Peter Arlen Nemmers

July 25, 1932 - July 17, 2020
Peter Arlen Nemmers

Peter Arlen Nemmers, age 87, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Morningside of Wilmington.

He was born on July 25, 1932 in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA, the son of Peter and Winnie Cleve Whitley Nemmers.

Pete graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh in the Class of 1950. He joined the United States Navy and served with honor and distinction during the Korean War. After his service to his country he continued his education at NC State where he graduated in 1959 with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Pete worked for Corning in their Human Resources Department. For many years Pete owned and operated several restaurants in the Wilmington area most notably Middle of the Island at Wrightsville Beach and Salt Works II on Wrightsville Avenue.

Pete is survived by his children Cheryl Loyd (Brent), Lori Womble (Jack), Mary Puskas (Brian) Julie Nemmers, and Pete Nemmers, and grandchildren Lucy Womble, Lily Womble and Jackson Womble. He is also survived by his siblings Shirley Hamilton (late Robert), Robert Nemmers, Raymond Nemmers (Moira), Catherine Booth (Greg), Karen Jackson (Jerry), and Michael Nemmers.

Together with his parents Pete was predeceased by his sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Deangelis (Amedeo) and Evelyn Szuchan (late John).

Pete was a devout Catholic. He was a kind and generous man who treated people equally no matter their status. He loved his family and his family loved him, he was very generous to them. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Funeral Mass will be held at the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary on Friday July 31 at 10am. Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers Memorial donations made to the American Heart Association, in memory of Pete, would be greatly appreciated.

Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Post a Condolence” tab below.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

Tribute Video


Purchase Flowers

Tribute Wall

Please feel free to sign the guestbook or share a memory



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • July 19, 2020
    Arlene Gallan, PhD says:
    I am writing for Peg Blair with her permission. She was a friend of Pete's and is wishing to be able to send her condolences or speak to a family member. I can help provide information from the family TO her or FROM her to the family.

  • July 20, 2020
    Harry Whitney says:
    Pete was one of the finest men I’fe known. You will be missed.

  • July 21, 2020
    Kay Regnier says:
    I worked for Pete at Middle of the Isle restaurant in 1977 to 1980. He was the kindest most humble boss. He was a joy to work for and know. Just a great man all.around. I have and will always compare all managers \ supervisors to him. No one could compete. Sending up prayers for his family.

  • July 25, 2020
    A Friend lit a candle:
    Lit since July 25, 2020 at 7:23:28 PM

  • July 27, 2020
    Jenel Small Jackson says:
    I am so sorry for your loss..your Dad was an amazing person!