WILMINGTON — Lewis Rudolph Frost III passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear & LifeCareCenter.
Mr. Frost was a native of Wilmington, born August 7, 1934, to Lewis R. Frost Jr. and Catherine Cromer Frost. He was graduated from New Hanover High School in 1952 and was a key member of the school’s 1951 State Championship winning football team. Later, he attended The Citadel on a football scholarship, graduating June 2, 1956, with a B.S. degree in business. That same day, in Summerall Chapel on campus, he married the former Edna Lee Lennon, with whom he later had three daughters, the late Lee Lennon Frost, Catherine Karine Frost Graves (married to James H. Graves) of Hampstead and Mary Lewis Frost James (married to Andrew R. James) of Raleigh. The couple had four grandchildren, Jessica Nichole Graves Beguhl (married to Daniel G. Beguhl) of Wilmington; Joseph Lewis Graves of Snead’s Ferry; Catherine Kaylee James and Elizabeth Drew James, both of Raleigh. They also had a great-grandson, Clayton James Beguhl of Wilmington.
He was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, and by his brother, Lt. Col. James Lindsey Frost.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, are his sister, Ms. Elsie M. Frost of Reidsville; and brother and sister-in-law, Alton Y. & Linda (Scotty) Lennon of Wilmington.
After leaving The Citadel commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mr. Frost was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., and became, at that time, the youngest company commander in the U.S. Army. After his military duty, he and his family moved to Charlotte. He had obtained his Maryland Real Estate License previously and, upon moving to North Carolina in 1962, became licensed there.
In addition, Mr. Frost served as the comptroller to Canteen Vending Services in Charlotte; he later opened a Canteen franchise upon his return to Wilmington. Mr. Frost was an entrepreneur. He purchased and sold real estate, while also being active in developing and appraising properties, both in Charlotte and in Wilmington. His later career saw him involved mostly with property management and appraisals for the Veteran’s Administration in a multi-county area.
Throughout his life, Mr. Frost enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. Often, he was with family and friends, either boating on a variety of vessels he owned over the years, from 15 to 42 feet in length, or preparing the fish and game he caught. He was a good cook, but he was even better at repairing about anything around his home, businesses or boats. In the Episcopal church, Mr. Frost served St. John’s in Wilmington as a lay reader, a chalice bearer and as senior warden on the church’s vestry. He was a member of St. John’s for many years until his death. Before that, he was a member of St. Andrews On-the-Sound.
A celebration of his life will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, at a date and time to be announced. A reception in the church’s Elebash Hall will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28403; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401-7335.