Ovalee “Lee” Elsworth Barefoot

February 16, 1932 - December 8, 2015
Ovalee “Lee” Elsworth Barefoot


Ovalee “Lee” Elsworth Barefoot, age 83, of Wilmington passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
He was born February 16, 1932 in Johnston County, North Carolina the son of the late Willie E. Barefoot and Leola Parker.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers; Donald Ray Barefoot, W. Ronald Barefoot and James Earl Barefoot.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Korea and while stationed at Fort Benning met and later married the love of his life in 1955, Julia Marie Hutcherson. Lee was the owner of a company where he was a master wood worker and over the years did many custom projects in churches and homes in Wilmington. He was a member of Greater Wilmington Exchange Club from 1981 to 2014, then joined Lower Cape Fear Exchange Club in 2014. He was a charter member of Harbor United Methodist Church, traveled the 50 states with his wife by RV and enjoyed gardening with flowers in his yard. Lee had a great love for children.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Julia H. Barefoot; brother, Bobby S. Barefoot; seven nieces; one nephew; numerous great nieces and nephews and many devoted friends.

A celebration of life will be held 11:00 AM Friday, December 11, 2015 at Harbor United Methodist Church, 4853 Masonboro Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28409. Receiving of Friends and an inurnment will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harbor UMC “Embark”, 4853 Masonboro Loop Rd., Wilmington, NC 28409 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC or NC Exchange Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at wilmingtoncares.com

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.799.9099

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  • December 10, 2015
    Willie Greene says:
    As I sit here quietly it is easy to remember the kind voice and ways of Lee Barefoot. J.B...........all the years you had together.............you have been amazing and glad you have so many people that love you dearly. Count me in! Willie

  • December 10, 2015
    Sandra Vail says:
    Some of my happiest childhood memories are playing along mountain streams with Julie and Lee and their lovely collies. Lee was a gentle and generous soul, always smiling. I am so grateful to have known Lee and for him to have been a part of my life. Julie, please know that my thoughts are with you. I love you!

  • December 10, 2015
    Sandra Vail says:
    Some of my happiest childhood memories are tramping along mountain streams with Julie, Lee and their lovely collies. Lee had a gentle and generous soul, and he seemed to me to be always smiling, always patient. I'm grateful to have known Lee and to have had him be a part of my life. My thoughts are with you, Julie. I love you!

  • December 11, 2015
    Judy Brown says:
    Didn't have an address to send a card to, but wanted to let you know you're in our thoughts and prayers during this time of transition. I get to look at the vanity Lee made for us every day, and that makes me smile. May the memories sustain you.

  • December 12, 2015
    Sabra Duncan says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.