Ovalee Elsworth Barefoot, 83, traveled by RV to all 50 states with his wife by his side

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obit flagOvalee “Lee” Elsworth Barefoot, 83, of Wilmington, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

He was born Feb. 16, 1932 in Johnston County, the son of the late Willie E. Barefoot and Leola Parker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Donald Ray Barefoot, W. Ronald Barefoot and James Earl Barefoot.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Korea and, while stationed at Fort Benning, met and later married the love of his life in 1955, Julia Marie Hutcherson.

Lee was the owner of a company where he was a master wood worker and over the years did many custom projects in churches and homes in Wilmington. He was a member of Greater Wilmington Exchange Club from 1981 to 2014, then joined Lower Cape Fear Exchange Club in 2014. He was a charter member of Harbor United Methodist Church, traveled the 50 states with his wife by RV and enjoyed gardening with flowers in his yard. Lee had a great love for children.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Julia H. Barefoot; brother, Bobby S. Barefoot; seven nieces; one nephew; numerous great-nieces and nephews and many devoted friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at Harbor United Methodist Church, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409. Receiving of friends and an inurnment will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Harbor UMC “Embark,” 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409; Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC; or NC Exchange Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

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