Lloyd Stanley Elkins Jr. died on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at his home in Wilmington, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87.
Lloyd was born on Aug. 19, 1927, in Rochester, New York and was raised in Bladenboro. He studied at Campbell University before joining the U.S. Navy and serving in the Pacific. After studying at Duke University, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and moved to Wilmington to start practicing law in 1951, which he continued until retiring in 2013. He was honored with a lifetime membership by the New Hanover County Bar Association.
He was a faithful member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church serving as deacon and elder, was a longtime member of the choir and taught Sunday school for 50 years.
A lifelong learner and Renaissance man, Lloyd spent countless hours tackling new subjects, discussing issues and opinions of the day, appreciating art and music and exchanging stories with friends—who knew he often could be found in the corner booth at Hardee’s on 17th Street or the Northeast Regional Branch Library. An example of his sense of humor is that his family and friends are still not sure which of the competing stories behind his nickname “Easy” is true. He was a man of great integrity and great warmth with a generous spirit and scrupulously fair mind, whose opinions were solicited and respected by all.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his dearly beloved wife of 55 years, Tina C. Elkins; his sisters, Carolyn Elkins Nance and Anita Elkins Glass; and his brother, Frank Callihan Elkins.
Lloyd is survived by his children, Steven Elkins and wife, Jane, Susan Elkins Roberts, Julia Elkins Kunze and husband, Jamie, Catherine Jill Elkins, Patricia Elkins Matson and Sarah Elkins; his grandchildren, Anne Elkins, Madeleine Roberts, Jennifer Kunze, Carys Kunze and Jillian Kunze; and numerous other relatives. His last couple of years were enriched by the loving companionship of Becky Barefoot.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Winter Park Presbyterian Church. Following the service, the family will receive friends at Chadbourn Hall.
The family would like to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their support during Lloyd’s last days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the Memorial Fund of Winter Park Presbyterian Church or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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