William Francis O’Reilly
August 6, 1943 - July 19, 2020

William Francis O’Reilly, affectionately known as “Mr. Bill”, went on to join his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Bill was 76. He is survived by his wife, three sons, two grandchildren, extended family, and extensive friends. A proud veteran, Bill served during the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam. His rank: SPC (Specialist) in the 563rd Medical Co. at the 2nd Surgical Hospital in Chu Lia. For years he served as a deacon and taught the scriptures at Cape Fear Christian Church in Wilmington, NC. Bill was a voracious reader and a fair-weather Duke fan. He threw his own Celebration of Life party weeks before his passing, which was attended by a large crowd of friends and family.  Bill’s legacy is one of faith in God, devotion to Christ, and love for others. He will  be dearly missed. A small family gathering is planned at the home he shared with his wife, Catha. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either Cape Fear Christian Church building fund, Vigilant Hope ( a ministry serving Wilmington’s homeless), or the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill, NC.


  • Kellie Hawkins Posted July 23, 2020 1:18 am

    I Love you Mr. Bill!! You touched the Lives of so many people and I’m so glad I had the honor of knowing you and Thank you for showing the world what true Unconditional Love is!! Enjoy eternal bliss!!

  • Ann Rousseau Posted July 23, 2020 11:44 pm

    Catha, DJ, Jonathan and Billy: My love to all of you. I will miss my brother Billy so very much. He was very special to me.
    Love always, Ann/Auntie Ann

  • Terri L Moore Posted July 24, 2020 12:05 am

    You will be missed very much. I admired your will and determination in everything you did. You touched my life from the first day I met you. It was a true honor to have know you. God called a great warrior to his Kingdom. We luv you and will always remember your smile.

  • Timothy Rizor Posted July 24, 2020 2:21 pm

    A great man and a great friend. I’m thankful to have had Bill’s example to follow. Looking forward to seeing my friend again in heaven.

  • Paula and Keith Posted July 24, 2020 9:19 pm

    Keith and I are blessed abundantly to have had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bill. What an impression he has left on us personally and spiritually. What a great smile he had. He will surely be missed by all. ❤️

  • Jason Mitchell Posted July 24, 2020 11:54 pm

    A man that quickly became very dear to me, a man that showed me so much grace to so many people, a man that ran after God’s heart at full speed and made other want to pick up their pace,a man that has made such a tremendous impact and everyone he knew and as a result, so many that he didn’t, a man that I miss already and will not cease to until we meet again….. Love you Mr Bill

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