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Lyman Lemaster Jr.
Lyman Lemaster Jr.

Whether he was reeling in the catch of the day or lining up animals in his crosshairs, Lyman Lemaster Jr. simply loved being outdoors.

Mr. Lemaster, of Wilmington, died June 19, 2015, at the age of 61.

Mr. Lemaster was a U.S. Army veteran and a professional plumber who owned a plumbing business. According to his daughter, April Spainhour, he was happiest in the mountains or on the water.

He passed his love of the outdoors down to his grandsons, Ryan and Tristin Spainhour and Kenneth and Joseph Lemaster, whom he adored, Mrs. Spainhour said. He brought them along on many fishing trips over the years. They were “his pride and joy.”

“They loved to go fishing and he loved to tell them stories about when he was a kid and stories about the Army,” Mrs. Spainhour said.

Mrs. Spainhour remembers her dad taking many fishing trips when she was younger and said his favorite catches were flounder, catfish and bass. As for hunting, Mr. Lemaster focused mostly on deer and had his two biggest kills stuffed.

Wanting to be outdoors even in death, Mr. Lemaster planned and paid for his funeral arrangements ahead of time, Mrs. Spainhour said. His family honored his wishes by scattering his ashes at sea, and Mrs. Spainhour believes her father is now at peace.

He was born July 5, 1953, to Lyman Lemaster Sr. and Earline Bryan Lemaster.

Mr. Lemaster is survived by his daughter, April Spainhour; son, Kenneth Lemaster; grandsons, Ryan and Tristin Spainhour and Kenneth and Joseph Lemaster; and other family members.

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Amanda Thames is the obituary writer for Port City Daily. Reach her at 910-772-6319 or