Saturday, April 13, 2024

Gary Len Cavenaugh, 62

SURF CITY — Gary Len Cavenaugh left his earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 28, 2021 following a well fought battle with Covid. Gary was born in Onslow County on January 21, 1959 to Mattox and Evelyn Cavenaugh.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Warren. He is survived by Denise, his wife of thirty years, and his son Austin and wife Courtney.

Gary spent his childhood and teenage years growing up in Richlands. As a young adult he began working at Onslow Beverage Company. He was later employed by Frito Lay for over twenty years, and had just recently retired.

Gary was a man of strong faith and loved by many. He enjoyed talking to people and made friends very easily. His infectious laugh made everyone around him feel welcome and included. Gary left a lasting impression on everyone who encountered him and never wavered in his testimony or an opportunity for witnessing to others. He gladly served his community and his family has been comforted by the overwhelming outpouring of love and support from them.  They are touched by the tremendous response from Gary’s work family at Camp Lejune. He was blessed to have worked with so many people that loved and respected him.

As an avid surfer, Gary took pride in establishing the Surf City chapter for Christian Surfers.  This ministry has had a lasting effect on many people, both men and women, young and old. Gary was a member of Chapel By The Bay where he taught Sunday School and led the youth group for many years. He used this as an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with young people in hopes of leading them to the Lord. Gary served as a member of the Surf City Planning Board for the last few years and was grateful for the many friends he made along the way.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Andrews Mortuary, 17730 Highway 17 North, Hampstead, where friends may call from Noon until time of services.  A graveside service will be held immediately following the service at Sea Lawn Memorial Park.   Please sign the online Guestbook at

The family requires that masks be worn by all who attend Gary’s services.

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