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Ila Virginia Wright: North Myrtle Beach

1933 – 2023

     Ila Virginia Wright, formerly of Tabor City, passed away Sunday, April 16 in North Wilksboro. She was 90.

     Her two sons and family were taking care of her alongside Hospice. Her home was in North Myrtle Beach. She had been suffering from cancer since diagnosed in 2022.

     She was born on March 16, 1933. Ila was the daughter of the late John Harvey Hardee and Carrie McCumbee Hardee of Tabor City.

     Ila began her long career in cosmetology in 1962 in Florence where she completed her training. She worked in Myrtle Beach for several years, later moved to Tabor City, and built a small Beauty Salon next door to her home. Ila built a clientele of people she had known most of her life.

     In the 1980’s Ila had a residence in North Myrtle Beach and started work at the Myrtle Beach Manor Beauty Salon; she was there for many years, enjoyed her time there among many very good friends before she retired in 1999.

     Ila was a member of Bible Fellowship Baptist Church. Pastor Anthony Poston was so special to her, she enjoyed worshipping there. She will be missed by her dear family, her church family, and the many friends that loved her.

     Ila was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Dale Wright; grandchild Megan Wright; a sister, Eva Mae Wallace; a brother, Eugene Hardee; and her good friend and nephew Jerry Pope.

     Ila is survived by two sons, Stan Wright of North Wilkesboro, and Myrtle Beach and Charles Wright (Alicia Burr) of North Wilkesboro; grandchildren Dustin Wright (Brooke Wright), Emily Cox (Marcus Cox), Krystal Williams (Joey), Angelica Burr (Austin Elledge), Zeb Wright (Candice Wright), and Cole Wright; great-grandchildren, Carter Cox, Camden Cox, Jonah Wright, Beau Wright, Wade Wright, Clay and Oliver Elledge, and Austin and Mallory Williams; a sister, Gray Ostrom of Atlanta; nieces Gayle Maloney (David Maloney) of Nashville, Tennessee and Laura Matthews (Edward Matthews) of Atlanta, Georgia; and special friends Jean Frye, Carolyn Herring, Linda Long, Gayle Memory, and Renee Long.

     Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Inman Ward Funeral Home chapel, burial following in Pireway at the Hardee/Benton Cemetery.

     Visitation was planned for the hour preceding services in the chapel.

     Flowers or a memorial donation to a charity of one’s choice are welcome.

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