Loyd James Mintz, 92, 68-year aquatic gardener who owned Winter Park Water Gardens

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Loyd James Mintz
Loyd James Mintz

Loyd James Mintz, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at the age of 92.

Loyd was born on Aug. 22, 1923, in Wilmington, son of the late Benjamin Julius Mintz and Lavada Kate Sellers Mintz. Loyd was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Mintz; son, Jamie Mintz; brother, Julius Mintz; and sisters, Ethel Mintz Smith and Loretta Mercer.

Loyd was a WWII veteran, having served his country as an artilleryman with the 88th Infantry in Italy. He was in love with the outdoors and was an aquatic gardener for 68 years, owning and operating Winter Park Water Gardens. Loyd was a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Loyd is survived by his dog, Darlin, who is left in the caring hands of his daughter, Jill Schatz and her husband, Jeff Schatz; grandchildren, Heather Lynde-Lowery, Danny Burns, Nikki Mintz, Amy Mintz, Raina Brothers and Michael Harrison; and great-grandchildren, Elijah Lynde, Wyatt James Burns and Hannah Harrison.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 1311 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28412 with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Hanover Animal Shelter or Lower Care Fear Hospice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service.

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