Lee Weddington Earnhardt Jr.
Mr. Lee Weddington Earnhardt Jr., 95, of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Mark M. Vickers of New Hope United Methodist Church will officiate. Military honors will be provided at the graveside.
Mr. Earnhardt was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Kannapolis. He was a son of the late Lee Weddington Earnhardt Sr. and Mary Marks Barnhardt Earnhardt. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He served in World War II from 1944 to 1946, as a Marine, participated in combat action at Iwo Jima and received a purple heart. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the beach. In July 1965, Lee caught a King Mackerel that was judged largest of its class for the month by the Southeastern North Carolina Beach Association. He worked at H. E. Hall Furniture Company and Gem Vending/Servomation. He lived in Kannapolis until early retirement, when he was able to move to Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, where he enjoyed a very happy retirement. He attended Mount Olivet United Methodist Church and after marriage in 1947, he became a member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his spouse of 50 years, Emmy Lou Hurlocker Earnhardt; sister, Mary Louise Earnhardt; brother, Aubry Wilson Earnhardt; granddaughter, Lisa Fuller; and grandson, Ricky Barnhardt.
Mr. Earnhardt is survived by his daughter, Kathy Makely and husband, Gary; son, Bob Earnhardt and wife, Sylvia; his loving companion of 15 years, Betty Traynham and her sons, Ben Traynham and John Hickman; granddaughter-in-law, Kim Barnhardt; grandchildren, Lori Good and husband, Ken, Bryan Earnhardt and wife,, Julia, Ashley Meadows and husband, Jacob, Steven Earnhardt, Jason Vaughn, Brandon Vaughn and wife, Angelique, Tammie Anderson and husband, Kelly, Madison Traynham and wife,, Kristen, and Morgan Traynham and fiancé, Jeffery; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to New Hope United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 110, Bethania, NC 27010, where Lee's son, Bob, is an active member.
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Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Dec. 27, 2020.