John Stirewalt

September 27, 1949 - February 14, 2022
John Stirewalt

Johnny Springer Stirewalt 72, of Wilmington died Monday, February 14, 2022 at Novant/New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

John was born in Albemarle, NC the son of the late John Odell Stirewalt and his living mother Virginia Elizabeth Springer. He was the youngest member on a competitive baseball team in his youth. He graduated from West Stanly High School, and was on the Dean’s List at UNC Charlotte. As a Residential/Commercial Architect, he was proud to design over 100 houses on Figure 8 Island. He lived many years on Wrightsville Beach and enjoyed sailboat racing with WBORA. John also enjoyed taking boat rides and casting for seasonal fish in Pages Creek with his friends and family. He loved to play guitar, and affectionately referred to it as pickin’ and grinnin’, making music with his merry band of “pickers”. He was raised by a family of musicians who joined in on many musical occasions. He was surrounded by a jovial glow that he shared with old and new friends and family. He served his country Honorably in the United States Navy, and was an active member of LifePoint Church.

He is survived by his mother Virginia Springer Griffin; daughter Rene Stirewalt Klotz and husband Andrew; son Jason Stirewalt; sisters Susan Rene S. Miller; Bobbie Ann S. Morgan; Debra Joy S. Treece; Kimberly Robin S. Briles brothers William Dale Stirewalt; Jeffrey Van Stirewalt and Joseph Dean Stirewalt. Four grandchildren Lucy; Conrad; Jason and Jacob; one great-granddaughter Everleigh ; and one long-trusted employee Maria L. Williams.

A memorial service is planned for 1:00 PM Saturday February 26, 2022 at Lifepoint Church 3534 College Road Wilmington, NC 28412. Please consider wearing a mask to the service.

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  • November 14, 2022
    Michaelah Simmons says:
    Not a day goes by that we don’t miss you Papa John. You would be so proud to see Everleigh walking and starting to talk along with everything having has accomplished in the short 9 months you have been gone 😢 We love and miss you so much I hope heaven is treating you amazing ❤️

  • November 02, 2022
    Jay Blackburn says:
    I had the privilege to build quite a few homes that John designed for my father - in- law, Colvin’s construction and helped John remodel his home in BayShore, thank you John for being a wonderful you , R.I.P. my friend.

  • September 27, 2022
    Ken Almond says:
    Just found out about John’s passing this morning through a friend who live in Wilmington who saw a post about it on Facebook John and I go way back. Met him at West Stanley. Went through CPCC together, joined the Navy together along with Frank Klutz, and went to UNCC together after getting out of the Navy. Went to visit Jonn in Wilmington many times through the years and got the pleasure of hanging out with him some after I retired and moved to the Wilmington area. Unfortunately lost contact with him after moving from that area and relocating back to the Albemarle area. Have always been close friends and considered John to be a brother. John was one of the greatest people I will ever known. Always happy and fun loving and welcomed you with open arms. We had many wonderful times together over the years and held a special place in my heart He will be greatly missed!

  • August 08, 2022
    Eddie Sandlin says:
    Had many fun times with John from boat rides from Bayshore to Figure 8...painted his house an office at Bayshore one year an John would feed us every Sat Smithfields BBQ sandwiches, he was a great guy !

  • February 23, 2022
    Jason Long says:
    John was a great friend and mentor that believed in us. We will forever be grateful for knowing The John Stirewalt.