David Ray McLemore

December 30, 1947 - August 5, 2022
David Ray McLemore


David Ray McLemore, age 74 of Wilmington passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 at his home.

Dave was born in Archer City, TX on December 30, 1947. His parents were Roscoe Lee McLemore and Mary Margaret Carriger McLemore.

Dave’s career spanned over many years as a Nuclear Engineer, Manager, and Executive in manufacturing and technology for General Electric and later, ADVENT, an international venture capital company. He and Carolyn lived all over the world during his career, including Wilmington, NC, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, Germany, Sweden, England, and the Netherlands.

Dave is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carolyn Michele Riggs McLemore; children, Nicki (Jason) Sherrill, Mark “Mac” (Kristi) McLemore, April Doetsch and Bennett “Ben” Tidwell, Stephanie Doetsch and W.K. Kennedy, and Alexandra (Cody) Boston; grandchildren, Morgan, Brittni, Mary, Johns, Miller, Halie, Chase, Jackson, Luke, Meadow, McKinley, Leo and Shelby; great grandchildren, Paisley, Brantley, and Everleigh; brother, Freddie “Fred” McLemore and sister Sue McLemore Outhier; special cousin, Neva (Wayne) Curtis and special aunt Lousie “Mom” Jones.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to One Love Lenny Simpson Tennis and Education Fund “LSTEF”, PO Box 3112, Wilmington, NC 28406 or the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org or consider planting at tree in David’s memory.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Gazebo at David and Carolyn’s home, 1708 SE Harbor Lane, Wilmington, NC.

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  • August 23, 2022
    Nancy Bobowiec says:
    Dear Carolyn and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Dave was always a pleasure to work with at GE Nuclear. May the passing of time and good memories help to ease your pain. God's peace to you. With deepest sympathy.

  • August 08, 2022
    Mike Chilton says:
    I'm so sad to hear of Dave's passing. My life would not be what it is without his mentoring, his shrewd ability to read and understand people, and his humor. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.