Wilbur Watkins Milligan

Princess Anne – Wilbur Watkins Milligan, age 76, of Princess Anne, went home to be with the Lord on November 5, 2018 surrounded by his loving wife, children, and other family members. Born in Princess Anne, Maryland on July 17, 1942, he was the son of the late Lester and Pauline Milligan.

Wilbur was a 1960 graduate of Washington High School in Princess Anne where he enjoyed his involvement in track and field, setting several records in the sport. After completing school, he married his high school sweetheart, Dianne, and began a family that would include 3 children.

As a young man, Wilbur began his lifelong career in the poultry industry, serving with various companies in the trade, working in many areas from the hatchery, to growing chickens, and later as a service representative.

Those who knew him best knew that his personal relationship with Jesus Christ was the center of his life. It was the desire of his heart to share that relationship with everyone he met. He served Christ faithfully in the work he did as a long-time member of Walker Memorial Church of God.  He served in many ministries including youth ministry, couples ministry, Celebrate Recovery, as a church council member, as a volunteer at Hope Ministries feeding center, and in many other ministries as well. His life’s legacy will be that he loved Christ faithfully and served others selflessly.

Wilbur was a true outdoorsman.  He was very proud to be from the Eastern Shore and his favorite pastime was fishing with his friends and family.  He loved hunting, watching the weather, and spending time near the water.  He also enjoyed vacationing with his family in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Wilbur was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, mentor and friend. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dianne Milligan, and beloved children; David Milligan and wife, Karen; Rebecca Sylvia and husband, Brian; Steven Milligan and wife, Heather. Wilbur dearly loved his five grandchildren Brandon, Hunter, Jacob, Annaliese, and Morgan and his three great grandchildren Madison, Noah and Chloe. He also leaves behind his sister, Lydia Livingston and husband, Doug.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Wilbur’s memory to Hope Ministries, PO Box 544, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00pm at Walker Memorial Church of God, 11429 Hayman Drive, Princess Anne, Maryland. A visitation will be held at the church prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

8 comments to Wilbur Watkins Milligan

  • Gerald and Brenda Benton

    We know of no one who touched so many lives for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for giving to the Lord. You are missed, but the Joy you now know is truly unspeakable and full of glory. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Sarah Whitelock

    I will miss this special man. He has been in and around my life and my family’s lives since 1967. We attended church together for over 20 years and no matter where you saw him, be prepared for one of his big hugs. He has touched so many lives and will be missed here on our earthly home, but I know heaven is rejoicing and welcoming you Wilber.

  • Gail Price

    Dear Dianne — I am so sorry to hear of Wilbur’s passing and wish I could be there to give you a hug. I am there in spirit and am sending you love, thoughts, and prayers. Gail

  • Roger Smith

    I have been blessed throughout my life with some wonderful people around me. Wilbur and Diane Milligan are two of those. They are so special, to me, that I consider them to be family. I feel as if I have lost my father. Ms Diane, David, Steven, Becky and families, I love you all and you’ll continue to be in my prayers.


  • Dolores Benson Crismond

    Dianne & family
    So sorry for the loss of Wilbur. I have known Wilbur for a long time and he will be miss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  • William R. Culver

    I have know Wilbur all of his life tho’ When he and Diane married her parents, Herman and Mary Smith were out neighbor in the backyard. Ww use to see them over the years, seeing the kids grow and just enjoy the family gatherings at the Smiths.
    I always found Wilbur to be a gentleman and always ready to greet you with a big smile. What a great guy he was. My sympathy to the family and I know they can rest in peace knowing their loved one is in heaven.

  • Judy Widdowson Johnson

    Diane and family, So sorry for your loss. Wilber was a very special person and will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

  • Brenda Blevins

    Diane, David, Becky, Steven and families, I feel the same as probably so many that knew Wilbur feel that I have lost a part of my family. Wilbur was such a special and Godly man, and he will always have a special place in my heart. He was always so kind, caring, and friendly to everyone, and he had the biggest heart. What an example he was for us all. Diane, you and Wilbur had a beautiful love story, and were an awesome team, working for the Lord in so many ways, and responsible for helping lead so many souls to Christ. My heart and love goes out to you all. No one has one doubt where he is today, and that he was welcomed into heaven by His Savior with the words “well done my good and faithful servant”. He will be so missed, but we will see him again with great rejoicing.

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