LEWIS T. NUNNELEE II
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Lewis Tune Nunnelee II (Tuney) died peacefully Friday afternoon, June 29 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. Tuney, 86, is survived by his wife, Ann Robbins Nunnelee, to whom he has shared 62 happy years in marriage, his two sons and their spouses, Lewis Tune Nunnelee III (Tuney) and wife Rose Marie, Garland Robbins Nunnelee (Gary) and wife Sharon, and daughter, Nixie Nunnelee Peak, as well as five beautiful grandchildren Lewis Tune Nunnelee IV (Tee) and wife Gray, Elizabeth Ann Nunnelee, Ann Marie Nunnelee, Latham Conrad Peak II (Lat), and William Nunnelee Peak.
Born in Washington, NC in 1925, Tuney attended Washington High School and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Upon marrying Ann, he worked briefly for the IRS in Henderson, NC. He then moved to Wilmington where he entered what would become his lifetime occupation as a wholesale beer distributor. Since beginning Coastal Beverage in 1960, he has led the company to 52 successful years behind the unwavering support and dedication of the company's employees. Under Tuney's leadership, the company has expanded to service 39 counties in Eastern NC. He was past President of the North Carolina Beer Wholesalers Association and served many years on its Board of Directors. In 2006, Tuney received the prestigious MillerCoors "Legend" award for a lifetime of successful industry leadership.
Tuney was a member St. James Episcopal Parish and served as a Board Member of the Foundation of the Diocese of Eastern North Carolina.
Tuney has been involved in multiple community organizations including the YMCA, Brigade Boys Club, Plantation Village, Good Shepherd Ministries, and the Bellamy Mansion Museum. He received the Good Citizenship Award from the Wilmington Civitan Club in 2005. He is a past President and past member of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board, past President of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Board of Directors First Citizens Bank and Trust in Raleigh. He was also past President of the Cape Fear Country Club.
The Nunnelee family will receive friends at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Monday, July 2. The funeral service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, officiated by the Reverend Ron Abrams on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. Third St., Wilmington, NC 28403 or the Lower East Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from July 1 to July 2, 2012