Society Notes – September, 2021

By Darlene Bright, History Center Director

  • The History Center had ­­­­­­­­­­­­­48 visitors.
  • Welcome to new members: Gene and Arlene Rumley of Sanford, Florida, Deb and George “Butch” LeCompte of Carolina Beach and Jim and Gail Hinte of Raleigh, NC.


John Edward Gregory, III

Rare picture of John in front of the camera in 2016, just a few doors from his family cottage on Atlantic Avenue.  He was holding an umbrella to shade longtime member Punky Kure who John greatly admired.

It saddens us to announce the unexpected death of longtime member and FPHPS photographer, John Gregory.  John lived in Kure Beach on Atlantic Avenue in his family’s cottage for the past several years.  He was owner of Beach Portrait Photography in Carolina and Kure Beaches and formerly worked for Olan Mills and the News and Observer newspaper in Raleigh.

We knew and loved John as a longtime member of our historical society and our always faithful photographer who was on the scene for our functions without ever being asked. You could depend on John to be there with his camera to record our activities with his beautiful professional photographs.  He worked quietly behind the scenes, snapping away and would email them to us the same day, pro bono. He will be sorely missed by FPHPS.  We extend our sincere condolences to his sister, Susan Gregory McLaurin of Windsor, NC and his many friends.



Eulogy for John Edwards Nelms

by Leslie Bright

We were saddened to learn that our good friend and longtime member of the Society, John Edward Nelms, Sr., passed away on June 21, 2020.  I first met John and his wife, Judy, in the mid-sixties at the Fort Fisher Underwater Archaeology Lab.  They wanted to see the artifacts recently recovered from the Civil War shipwreck, “Modern Greece”, before his leaving for a tour in Vietnam.

John was born August 15, 1941, in Charlotte, NC, and became a soldier at the early age of 14 when he joined the Civil Air Patrol. Eventually, he served in Vietnam, and received many medals for outstanding service.  John retired after 20 years as Master Sergeant.  He took a job as Building and Grounds Superintendent for the Town of Carolina Beach.  He is best known locally for his landscape designs and development.  After the hurricanes in the 90s, he developed a nationally recognized Sea Oats project.  One little known project that he and his brother, James, volunteered for was to hang the sheetrock in the entire Federal Point History Center.  They say old soldiers never die, they just fade away.  For all those who knew John, his memory will continually live on.


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