Forrest Lee Piver

September 23, 1940 - October 12, 2021
Forrest Lee Piver

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Forrest Lee Piver, age 81, of Wilmington passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Davis Health Care.

He was born in Wilmington on September 23, 1940 to the late Robert McDonald Piver, Sr., and Juanita Harper Piver. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Lynda Rogers Piver, brother Robert McDonald Piver, Jr., and two sisters, Betty Ann Piver Sheppard and Mary Nell Piver Bowden.

Forrest Lee was a graduate of New Hanover High School and attended Wilmington College. He was an active Presbyterian and past member of Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church in Scotts Hill; a member of Wilmington Lodge #319 A.F. & A.M.; Sudan Shrine Temple; and the Wilmington Shrine Club. He was a proud veteran of the US Army. He had a career as a Professional Safety Manager in Construction.

Forrest Lee enjoyed his involvement in historical and civic organizations including the Azalea City Kiwanis Club and the Moores Creek Battleground Association. He was former High Commissioner of Clan Donald USA and was actively involved in Scottish Heritage organizations including the Wilmington Scottish Society and the St. Andrew’s Society of NC.

Forrest Lee is survived by his wife, Betty Bateman Piver; one daughter, Harper Arrena Piver, and husband Robert Dean Lurie; two grandchildren, Dolly Lee Lurie and Dean Durant Lurie; one brother, E. Snow Piver, Sr., and wife, Dorothy, of Scotts Hill; along with nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church in Scotts Hill on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11 am. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, October 20 from 7-9 pm at the Hanover Seaside Club, Wrightsville Beach in an indoor/outdoor setting.

Memorials may be made to the Clan Donald Foundation ( or the Sudan Shriners Children’s Hospital Fund.

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  • October 17, 2021
    Karen Burton says:
    Betty, Harper and all of the Piver Clan, Forrest Lee was so enjoyable at Westminster Presbyterian. He inspired and helped many of us with his Scottish knowledge, and "Kirkin" contributions.

  • October 21, 2021
    Janet Logan says:
    Dear Harper, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of your father. We always chatted at WAC and O2 when exercising. The center of your father's chat was my daughter Harper and my grandchildren, Dolly and Dean. He was devoted to you and your family. I missed seeing him after the Pandemic began, yet he was in my thoughts and prayers as you and all his family are at this sad time. Your father was a gentleman of distinction and knowledge and an honor to know. With heartfelt condolences, janet logan

  • October 20, 2021
    Kyle Porpotage says:
    I'd like to express my deep condolence to the family of Forrest Lee. Forrest was the nicest and most genuine person I've ever met. Forrest Lee got me into my Scottish heritage in high school in the early 2000s, and later I volunteered with him for Clan Donald Mid-East Region many times. I knew Lynda as well. Forrest and Lynda were always extremely friendly to me and I appreciate them both in life. Sorry for your loss and I wish I could be at his funeral.

  • October 20, 2021
    Mary George says:
    My Uncle Forrest Lee will be greatly missed by myself , my dad, Snow and mom, Dorothy.

  • October 19, 2021
    Ricardo Perez says:
    Forrest will always be remembered for his dedication to the efforts of sharing history with the American public that visited Moores Creek National Battlefield. He worked hard to make this National Park Service site a memorable experience and protected for future generations. He will be missed.