Obituary for Wilbert Stockton Sr.
Mr. Wilbert Ned Stockton, Sr., affectionately known by his family as “PaPa”, transitioned to his eternal home on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Mr. Stockton was born June 3, 1923 to Ned and Ann Walker Stockton in Reidsville, North
Carolina. He graduated from Reidsville High School and then married the love of his life, Lois
Denny Stockton, on February 4, 1941.
Mr. & Mrs. Stockton made the decision to move north to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to
pursue a better life for themselves and their family. He worked in the family business with his
Uncle Henry doing auto detailing. He soon became employed for E.D. Jones Company, which later became Beloit Corporation. He retired from Beloit after 42 years of service.
Mr. Stockton served on several boards within the City of Pittsfield and was recognized in
1991 as having been the first African American Councilman in Pittsfield.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, one brother, James Stockton, and one sister, Ruby
He leaves to cherish his memory, along with his wife of 76 years, Lois Stockton, Ronald
(Darlene) Stockton of Laredo, TX, Wilbert Stockton, Jr. of Cape Cod, MA, Mark (Becky)
Stockton of Rutland, VT., Monica Stockton of AZ, Chauncey (Christine) Stockton of Cape Cod, MA, Wayne (Missy) Stockton of Greenville, SC, and Raya (Theodore) Stockton of Pittsfield; 21 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; many great great grandchildren; a
Special nephew, Douglas (Shirley) Davis of GA; a special niece, Sonnie Gail (Roy) Brown of
NC; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and friends.
Special thanks to all of PaPa’s caregivers, including grandsons, Brennan and Cameron
Stockton, and many special friends and neighbors.
Funeral services for Mr. Wilbert Ned “PaPa” Stockton, Sr. will be held Sunday, August 13, at 1:30 p.m., at Second Congregational Church, 50 Onota Street, Pittsfield, with Pastor William L. Brown Sr. officiating, assisted by Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross. Calling hours will precede the service beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Breast Cancer Foundation in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.