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Jerome ‘Archie’ Herring Sr., 91, founded Wilmington Lawn & Leisure

Jerome ‘Archie’ Herring Sr.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Jerome “Archie” Herring Sr., 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 17, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 4, 1928, in Rose Hill to the late Bennie G. Herring and Pearl Miller Herring. He had six older siblings, Ben Herring Jr., William “Tut” Herring, Ruth H. Philbeck, Mattie H. Best, Eugene Herring and Shirley A. Herring, who all preceded him in death.

Archie graduated from Rose Hill High School and was in the poultry industry for 25 years. He moved his family to Wilmington in 1974 and opened Wilmington Lawn & Leisure — John Deere dealership — on South Kerr Avenue. He continued to operate the business until his retirement in 1993. During that time, he brought his son, Jerome, and daughter, Kim, into the business. Today grandsons Jason and Evan make it a third-generation business.

He had always been an avid golfer. On his 70th birthday, he proudly shot his age, and over the years made five holes-in-one, which is quite an accomplishment.

Archie was a member of First Baptist Church of Wilmington and the Wells Sunday School Class, where he enjoyed many friends.

He was a great man who lived a great life. Archie loved his family and always let them know how proud he was of them. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Susan Scott Herring; two children, Jerome Herring Jr. (Judy), and Kimberly H. Smith (Colwell) of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Jason Herring (Cindy) of Wilmington, Abi Richbourgh (Lee) of Raleigh and Evan Smith of Wilmington; three great-grandchildren, Jas Herring, Emmaline Richbourgh and Eloise Richbourgh; sister in law, Jean Scott Rivenbark; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a private family graveside service will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Rose Hill. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 411 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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