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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  • February 22, 2022
    Murray K. Seidel, m.d. says:
    John was part of my mermorys of 51 years of off- shore wbora racing and partying. he was hilarious , a tough competitor, and a friend we will all miss. He was a great architect and did an excellent job remodeling our house. I particularly remember our raft-ups at mile hammock bay and in banks channel. John really understood that this life was not a practice for a second life. He worked hard, played hard, loved hard and LIVED LARGE. On his final voyage may he have fair winds, and gentle following seas. My condolences to all his family. Murray K. Seidel. M.D.

  • March 10, 2022
    Brenda Stock says:
    He came to my house as Elvis for Halloween and was the life of the party! To meet him was to never forget him and the smiles he left one with

  • February 28, 2022
    Linda A PAYETTE says:
    I remember John working with me when he did the plans for my house . His office at the time was in the same building with mine. I would have an idea and he would say "of course why not" and I had some strange ideas but he GOT IT and everything I thought of he managed to make come to life. He helped me put my dream together and I still love my house . Thanks to John

  • February 27, 2022
    Kim Briles - sister lit a candle:
    Lit since February 27, 2022 at 2:41:48 PM

  • February 26, 2022
    Carolyn Lowder Whitley says:
    John was a friend in high school…I remember that he was always smiling and I can hear his laughter still! We recently shared messages on Messenger and it was so good to hear his perspectives on life and his purpose was strong and true!! May God hold you and all the family members close in His everlasting arms!