Lanier “Lee” Roach

November 20, 1935 - December 13, 2016
Lanier “Lee” Roach



Lanier (Lee) Madison Roach 81, of Wilmington died Tuesday, December 13, 2016 after a courageous 10 month battle with cancer.

Lee  was born November 20,1935  the son of the late Carvin Gardner Roach and Sudie Lee Roach. Following graduation from Shallotte High School, He Married Janice Holden Roach. He served in the US Air Force for 8 years. Later, he served as a civil servant with The Sunny Point Fire Department. Lee was an entrepreneur and visionary who started many businesses most notably D&L Trucking Company of Wilmington, East Coast Leasing of Greensboro and Harbor Side Yachts of Wilmington. Lee never turned down a challenge. He loved adventures, travel and spending time on the water with his boats and family. His passion for the sea led him to obtain his captains license. Throughout his life he made many lasting lifetime friendships. He loved his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and never missed an opportunity to help another. His Faith in the Power of the Lord never waivered during his illness.

A Loving Father and Grandfather. He will be missed greatly. In later years he enjoyed greeting customers and helping his wife Pam of 7 years manage and operate Ernie’s Hair Care.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Finch Roach of Wilmington who was his Caretaker, Best Friend and Forever Love, Sister Betty Clemmons of Supply and Mother in Law Mary Finch of Wilmington,  Son Douglas Lanier Roach wife Danielle of Wilmington daughters Pamela Barker Colwell and husband Albert of Wilmington, Amanda Jean Kunkel & Samantha Jean Myrick of Wilmington. Grandchildren Samantha Koch and husband Lee, Sydney Barker, Matthew Colwell, Trevor Roach and Seth Roach.

Funeral service will be conducted 2:00 PM Sunday December 18, 2016 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will see friends from 1:00 PM until service time.

Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256. Telephone 904.296.7350.

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  • December 15, 2016
    Sharon Jacobs Murray says:
    Pam & Family, We are so sorry about the passing of Lee. He was a nice guy. All of us enjoyed seeing him at the NHHS Class Reunions...and the photos Pam posted of their many adventures on facebook...Pam, know that we love you and we are thinking of you.... Love, Sharon Jacobs Murray & Rufus Murray & NHHS Class of 1976 Classmates Wrightsboro Elementary Classmates

  • December 15, 2016
    Sharon Jacobs Murray lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2016 at 12:30:22 AM

  • December 15, 2016
    Charles Lanier says:
    There is no way to recount the many years we fished and traveled together. Always a gentleman and friend. I will forever remember the good times had by all. RIP

  • December 15, 2016
    Ray Flanigan says:
    RIP Lee. Your friendship and interest in coins meant a lot. You will be missed.

  • December 17, 2016
    Phil Hinson says:
    I only new Lee for seven years but we became friends and I will him