John D. Loudermilk, III

December 30, 1957 - December 28, 2021
John D. Loudermilk, III

John D. Loudermilk, III, age 64, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at his home.

He was born in Washington, DC on December 30, 1957, the son of the late John D. Loudermilk, Jr. and the late Gwendolyn Dare Cooke Loudermilk.

John worked as a Sound Engineer in the Music Industry.

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  • January 04, 2022
    I am saddened to hear of John’s passing he was an exceptional person and always willing to lend a hand to a friend or fellow musician may he Rest In Peace Ronnie r taylor says:
    I am saddened to hear of John’s passing he was an exceptional person and always willing to lend a hand to a friend or fellow musician may he rest in peace

  • January 04, 2022
    I am saddened to hear of John’s passing he was an exceptional person and always willing to lend a hand to a friend or fellow musician may he Rest In Peace Ronnie r taylor says:
    I am saddened to hear of John‘s passing he was an exceptional person and always willing to help a friend or fellow musician May he rest in peace

  • January 05, 2022
    George Hamilton V says:
    My Brother Peyton, Sister Mary & I grew-up with John and his Brothers. His Parents and Ours were close friends, since John's Dad & Our Dad began their Music Careers together. I just spoke with Our Mom, "Tink" Hamilton, and She Sends Deep Condolences and All Her Love to John's Brothers Rick & Mike! One of Our Fondest Memories is Recording "You Are My Sunshine" with John at his Wilmington Studio, featuring Our Dad, George Hamilton IV, Our Mom "Tink" Hamilton and All of the Hamilton Family for Our Dad's Album "Heritage & Legacy". With Great Sorrow, All The George Hamilton IV Family Mourn The Loss of John D. Loudermilk, III (aka "Johnny" to Us). And With Great Joy, We Will CELEBRATE the Heritage & Legacy of Many Wonderful Memories and Our Family Connection with John D. Loudermilk, III, and All of His Family!

  • January 06, 2022
    Catherine Morton says:
    I’ve been told I played with John and Peyton when we were all preschool age, but the first time John and I ran into each other after starting college was when each of us showed up to see George Hamilton IV playing for an anniversary celebration at a Ford dealership in Durham. A car salesman ran up to us seconds after we connected, asking what kind of car we were looking for. John told the salesman we were newlyweds and our parents said they'd buy us the vintage T-Bird on their showroom floor as a wedding present. We ALMOST got a test drive! A few weeks later John took me home to meet his mom, Gwynne. I apologized that we were late to dinner because I could not get John to put down my guitar and head out. Gwynne got all excited and asked me to encourage John to play the guitar any way I could. She said, “he hasn’t played the guitar since the last time he got struck by lightning!” “Excuse me Gwynne? The LAST time?!?!?” Not long after that he asked me to come inside while he picked something up from his grandparents place. When we walked in there were hundreds of parts and wires and circuit boards spread out on the living room floor. He told me not to touch anything. His grandparents had just gotten a fancy new TV and he had taken it apart to see how it worked. He warned everyone not to touch the parts cuz he knew where everything was and he needed to make time to put the TV back together again. Another time John bluffed us past security to get in backstage at the Grandfather Mountian Music Festival. We ended up having dinner with Vassar Clements while John McEwin tuned ALL the instruments for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band across the room. Another time I unlocked the door to my house, came inside to find a Gordon Lightfoot album on the turntable (that I did not put there) before I walked into the kitchen and discovered a string of trout in the sink. I knew John Loudermilk had been there!

  • January 07, 2022
    Barbara W. O'Neal says:
    My husband and I are deeply saddened by the news of John's passing upon returning home from visiting family over the Christmas holiday.. John and his late mom Gwynne became neighbors since we moved to Landfall in 2006. In time, John enjoyed reminiscing about growing up in the Nashville music industry and later his career in the music and film industry. His family was well entrenched in the Nashville music industry when he was very young. His father was the honored songwriter for the hit song "Tobacco Road". And during that time, his parents threw elaborate parties with star-studded guest lists such as Elvis Presley and George Hamilton. Being so young, John did not think of his association with such big stars as anything extraordinary. To him, their frequent visits seemed like favorite uncles in the family. So, as John thought about what he would like for his own career to be, it was a natural for it to be in the music industry. He settled in as a sound engineer for the stars which evolved into having one of the most state of the art sound studios of the time. In our last conversation just before Christmas, he remembered the time when Michael Flatley brought his RiverDance group to him for a recording. This state of the art studio had the floor to flex with the sound giving optimum sound performance for the artist. The RiverDance group gave the studio "a run for it's money" making the building flex, and everyone that were present were extremely pleased. Then when film Director De Laurentis came to Wilmington, so did John the sound engineer with the film industry until his retirement. What an extraordinary life! May you rest in peace, John. .