James Ernest Hearn III, 71, Civil War enthusiast

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James Ernest Hearn III
James Ernest Hearn III

WILMINGTON – James Ernest Hearn III, 71, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 23, 1945, in Wilmington, North Carolina.

He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and was a founding brother of TKE, Wilmington Chapter.  He continued his education at Emory University where he earned his Master’s degree.  He was a member of the American Legion, Sons of the Confederacy and served in the National Guard. Jim enjoyed fishing, reading and was a Civil War buff.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Delfina Carmen Bueso Hearn and a brother, Ron Hearn.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Smith Hearn; daughters, Cheryl Hearn Lawley (Dr. Chris Lawley) and Meredith Hearn Dockery (Jason Dockery); grandchildren, Ashton, Baylor, Annabelle and Alex; sister, Maria Vereen (Joseph); brother, Michael Hearn (Joy); sister-in-law, Laura Hearn and nephew, David Hearn.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 South College Rd., Wilmington, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pets for Vets, Cape Fear Chapter 3831 Halifax Road, Wilmington, NC 28403