Chief Wilbert Lee “Strong Spirit Ammons”
Rev. Chief Wilbert “Strong Spirit” Ammons is truly an elder pillar of the Coharie Indian Tribe. A lifelong resident of the Coharie Tribal Community and he is an outstanding Member of the Coharie Tribe. Rev. Ammons is a modern-day warrior who has worked hard throughout his life to assure that Indians, Veterans, and All Man-kind are treated fairly, not discriminated against, and that they were well represented in all aspects of life. He has a great passion for life and a greater compassion for his fellowman. Wilbert was born September 23, 1922. He married Alice Maynor on August 1, 1944 and they shared 66 years with her until our Lord called her home. Rev. Ammons is retired from Lundy’s Packing Company and will celebrate his 94th birthday this year. Rev. Ammons is one of the few living Native American Indian soldiers that served America during World War II. To envision Mr. Ammons is to partake in the freedom we all enjoy today. Wilbert served in the armed forces from 1939 until 1945. Rev. Ammons has also been a minister for 65 years. We, the Coharie Indian Tribe give very deserving honor to Wilbert L. Ammons for a job well done, and still today he continues to touch us all in many aspects of our lives.