Obituary for Jimmie Ray Lucas

Jimmie Ray Lucas, 81, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.

A native of Moore County, he was the son of the late Jimmie Thorne and Lessie Lee Lucas.   Jim graduated from West End High School.  He served his country in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Jim spent 43 years in management for the concrete business, in Aberdeen, NC.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years; Carolyn Dowd Lucas; son: James Robert Lucas; sister: Carol Lucas Killian.

Jim is survived by wife: Carol Reams Lucas; daughters: Mary LeAnne Lucas, of West End, Meredith Lucas Marshburn and husband Andrew, of West End, Nancy Elisabeth Beruk and husband Jeff, of Apex, Sarah Lucas Fann and husband Michael, of West End, Caroline Rae Kosbe and husband Mark, of Cary; grandchildren: Connor Lucas,  MacKenzie Smith,  Reid Marshburn, Harper Fann, Sawyer Fann, Sophia Beruk, Nick Beruk; niece:Carla Killian, of Jamestown. 

Jim worked hard his entire life.  Hard work and a strong work ethic meant a great deal to him.  He was meticulous, having things in order and neat.  Jim was known for being frugal and thrifty.  Those traits made him the target of jokes from many of his friends.  He was a family man who enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren. Jim was faithful and dedicated to his wife, Carol for over 20 years.  He enjoyed the Outer Banks, especially fishing with family and friends.  Jim was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed woodworking.  He loved the outdoors and gardening.  As a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, he served as a Elder, Deacon and on numerous Committees.

His children referred to him as an animal whisperer due to his ability to attract numerous animals around his home.  Often hummingbirds would land on his hand. His cat, Molly B, was a stray that he loved dearly.  He also had peacocks that often took up residence at his house, most recently one he named “Big Boy”.

Graveside service, with Military Honors, will be 4 PM, Friday July 31, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Carthage, NC,  officiated by Reverend Rick Martindale and Reverend Tom Currie.  You are invited to bring a chair if you would like.  The body will lie in state from 2 to 5 PM, Thursday, July 30, 2020 and 9 AM to 2 PM. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home.   The family will receive friends following the service on Friday, at the home, for food and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to be made to: Moore Humane Society, 5355 Hwy 22, Carthage, NC  or FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC.

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lucas family.

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