WILMINGTON — David Lee Barham, 52, passed away Monday, June 21, 2021, at his home. He was born and raised in Raleigh.
David is survived by immediate family members, his mother, Kelli Moore Barham; father, Edward Lee Barham Jr.; and brother, Seth Paul Barham (Heidi Kost Barham). To cherish David’s memory are his nephew, Banks Paul Barham (7); niece, Darby Leigh Barham (4); as well as a large family and extended family of special aunts, uncles and cousins. His former wife, Suzanne Giddings Barham, remained his devoted supporter and adviser.
David was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Esther Davis Moore Lutrick and Paul Gilbert “Bub” Moore Jr.; and paternal grandparents, Edna Earle Johnson Barham and Edward Lee Barham Sr.
David graduated in 1987 from Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh, where he was a talented football defensive back, achieving induction into Ravenscroft Football Hall of Fame, as well as a scrapping baseball catcher and second baseman.
After high school, David attended ECU before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on April 3, 1990. He was sent to Naval Station Great Lakes, Chicago, Illinois, for boot camp. Out of the 1,400 recruits attending, David was the #1 recruit receiving the Naval Excellence Award — the highest award for any recruit. This award allowed him first choice of station pick. Choosing Oahu, Hawaii, he was stationed for four years at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. He was a second class petty officer hull technician, receiving a National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal. He also serving during Gulf War 1991. While in service, he was designated to spearhead the United Way Campaign for areas designated.
After four years of honorable service, David attended and graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, receiving his B.A. Degree in Economics in 1997. All things related to NCSU, David took great pride in and was a member of the Wolf Pack Club. David worked at UPS, and then ADI, securing wholesale distribution of electronics before starting NeuWave Systems in 2003 with his business partner, Andy Felton. Together, they built a successful business providing professional audio/video/ security equipment and services. NeuWave was an industry leader in the Triangle and surrounding areas providing all major electronic brands.
Throughout David’s life, he was fondly called by many names, including “Barham,” “D.B.,” and “Cool Breeze Barham.” Indeed, “too cool to be forgotten.” His much loved black labs; “Elbo Sr.” and “Elbo Jr.” were his constant companions for many years. He had a passion for golf, and over the years, was a member at Raleigh Country Club, North Ridge Country Club and Morehead City Country Club. He loved cooking and developed a reputation for his BBQs with Papa Barham’s “special sauce.” Family and friends were always the beneficiaries of his good food.
David touched many lives through his infectious dimpled smile, expressive beautiful brown eyes, generosity in giving support to advance others, kindness of heart, intense loyalty to cherished friends, sense of humor and wit, outgoing spirit and his deep abiding love of family, foremost as a son, brother, uncle. David was a team captain for the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, giving generously and organizing and sponsoring fundraisers. David was deeply honored serving on the selection board for his beloved friend’s memorial, The Charles Paul Horner Memorial Scholarship established Jan. 20, 2002. David loved a variety of music with a huge play list, boating, fishing and going to the beach. He had a residence in Atlantic Beach for many years before moving to Wilmington. David enjoyed long vigorous walks, often with others.
The family would like to give the deepest of heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Justin Miller and staff, New Hanover County EMS and Hospice Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for their dedication, compassionate care and constant support and to his personal caregivers Barbara and Sherwood Miller and their 24/7 team for their loving care of our beloved “D.B.” David was a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and also often attended Edenton Street Methodist Church, in Raleigh.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 30, at the Frank H. Kenan Chapel At Landfall, 510 Arboretum Drive, Wilmington. A casual visitation with family and friends will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service at the chapel entrance area. Interment will be a private family prayer ceremony immediately following the memorial service in the adjacent Chapel Woods. The Rev. David Haley, associate pastor of Wrightsville United Methodist Church, will officiate the service. The family will host a luncheon immediately following the memorial service and invite all attending to join the family to celebrate David’s life at the residence of David’s aunt and uncle, Susan Moore Thomas and Jeff Thomas. The address will be provided at the service, or you may contact a family member. Parking will be directed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, 605 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27610; Food Bank Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604; or favorite charity of your choice.
Condolences, cards, pictures and special memories of David may be sent to the Barham family and emailed to email@example.com. Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.