FPHPS and Carolina Beach have lost a native son in the death of Larry Bame. He was the grandson of James Rowan and Amanda “Mandy” Ludwig Bame who came to Carolina Beach in the mid-1920s from Barber, NC eventually opening a café. This marked the beginning of the Bame family’s relationship with Carolina Beach. It would grow to include several beach businesses, hotels, piers, restaurants, two Carolina Beach mayors, a fire chief and span four generations.
Larry had deep roots as a Carolina Beach boy and grew up working summers at the Bame Hotel and other family businesses where he met his wife, Doris. She was from Rowan County and also had a summer job working in the hotel dining room.
He was a quiet, unassuming and introspective man who could be overlooked, yet those who made the effort to know him found that he had much wisdom to share on meaningful aspects of life. Larry had a small and successful tool and die shop here on the island and was a faithful and loving husband to Doris, father to Melissa and Jeffrey and grandfather to his three grandsons.
He saw a lot of progress and changes to our beach community in his 75 years and could tell wonderful stories about growing up and living here. He was quite a guy in his own way and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.