Richard David Longnecker Sr., 63, devoted husband and father

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Richard David Longnecker
Richard David Longnecker

Richard David Longnecker Sr., 63, of Wilmington, after a brave fight with cancer, went to be with the Lord Monday, December 21, 2015, while in the arms of his loving wife, Gail, and holding the hand of his son, Matthew.

David was an avid supporter of his wife’s ministry to children, Hidden Angels Ministry. Gail was going to cancel this year’s outreach, but David made her promise to help the children. The outreach took place on Friday, Dec. 18. He was so happy to learn that because of the outreach, on Christmas morning, over 35 children and their families will not go without and know Jesus cares for them.

He had several loves. His first was Jesus Christ. He was so proud of his son’s involvement in the church and his wife’s ministry. He loved worshipping with his family and his church family on Sunday mornings.

David loved his wife of 30 years, Gail devotedly. He took the words “Love, Honor and Cherish” seriously and loved her to his last breath.

He also loved his son Matthew. He was not only Matthew’s father, but his best friend and hero. Please pray for comfort and healing for the family.

He is also survived by a special little basset hound, “Sunny,” who brought a lot of happiness to some dark days.

David was also an avid fisherman. His favorite times were spent fishing on his dock with his wife and son.

The family would like to thank the many friends who have prayed for, loved and supported them through this journey. A few special ones are Kay and Mack Braxton, the Scourzo family, Nathan and Judi Sanders, The Askew and Brown Families, Susan Ywaskevic and Frances Mims. Also, his entire work family; he loved the guys he worked with. Cassie Whitney was like a sister and Cris Cote, he called his second mom.

The family would like to also thank Dr. Neill Musselwhite, the medical doctors at UNC Hospital, those at UNC Rehabilitation Therapy and most of all the nursing staff at UNC Hospital.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Pine Valley United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Tim Reaves officiating. Burial took place following the service at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity or Hidden Angels Ministry.

Friends may leave online condolences for the family by clicking here.