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Joseph Valentine Flor D’Auvray III, 33

WILMINGTON — Joseph Valentine Flor D’Auvray III, 33, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on April 18.

Val was born in Raleigh on Sept. 7, 1988. He was predeceased by his mother, Kayren Lee Flor D’Auvray, in 2006. He is survived by his father, Joseph Valentine Flor D’Auvray II, his brothers Alexander “Xan” Callihan Flor D’Auvray and Keefe Haywood Flor D’Auvray, along with his stepmother Elsie Shields and stepbrothers Patrick and Aidan Shields.

Val graduated from Topsail High School, an honor roll student and star soccer player. He was gifted as an athlete, from soccer to baseball, basketball to skateboarding, and he truly enjoyed fishing – anywhere, anytime. He truly loved going to the North Carolina mountains. After high school, he pursued restaurant work. He worked for seven years at Port Land Grille, where he ran the kitchen and excelled as a chef. Val struggled with addiction and fought hard to recover through very difficult periods in his life. His loss leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends.

His brothers meant the world to him, and they are heartbroken to lose him. He had a soft spot for his grandmother, “Nana” Jane Flor D’Auvray, and he shared a special bond with her – always the first to offer to help her. Val was adored by his extended family, including his maternal grandparents (deceased) Joe and Mary Ann Sugg of Greensboro, and his aunts Charlene Sugg Pegram and Marcia Sugg Lane and uncles Joe Sugg and William Flor D’Auvray. He loved all animals, but most of all –  his dog, Lily. Val is remembered by his longtime friend Kylie for his enormous kindness and for a heart “bigger than you can imagine.”

Val’s family is devastated but holds on to memories of his gentle spirit, smile, sweetness, and the caring, sensitive person they all knew and loved. He will be forever missed.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com. Services will be held at a future date at the Church of the Servant Episcopal Church on Oriole Dr. in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Hope Recuperative Care at 4806 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403 https://hoperecuperativecare.org/ .

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