"For now I am ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand." II Timothy 4:6. Wilbert was 71 years of age and a resident of Port Allen, La.
He departed this life on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 3:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He retired from ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery, where he was the first black Crane Operator. Wilbert was a loving father, dedicated grandfather and avid hunter, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a graduate of Cohn High School and was formerly married to Barbara M. Ferdinand of Port Allen, La. Visitation was at Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St., Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. (only). Services were conducted by Rev. Clee Lowe. Wilbert is survived by his children: Wilbert James Ferdinand, Jr. (Timolin), Veda Ferdinand, Angela Ferdinand Murphy (Llewyn Troy, Sr.), all of Port Allen, La., and Domonick Crockett (Evita) of Baton Rouge, La.; eight grandchildren, Wilbert J. Ferdinand III, Ishmael Lane, Alesha Murphy, Amber Murphy, Warren Ferdinand, Llewyn Troy Murphy, Jr., Lleyton Murphy and Evan Crockett; two sisters, Martha McQuillon (Lester) of Sacramento, Calif. and Katherine Bynum (Pierre) of Richmond, Calif.; two brothers, Larry Ferdinand, Sr. (Cassandra) of Shreveport, La. and Anthony R. Ferdinand of Erwinville, La.; two aunts, Emily Madison of Seattle, Wash. and Leona Ecby of Crosby, Texas; six godchildren and a special friend, Shirley Moore of Baton Rouge, La. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Amelia Ferdinand; son, Damon Crockett; sisters, Mary Murray Jackson, Eloise Ferdinand Jack and Willie Mae Beverly. Services entrusted to Hall Davis & Son.