N. Eugene Lemley
N. Eugene Lemley, 86 of Fayetteville passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Transitions Lifecare Hospice House in Raleigh.
Gene was born December 8, 1934 in Belpre, Ohio to the late Lester and Iris Lemley.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jean Lemley and brothers, Max and Bob Lemley.
Gene graduated from Belpre High School in 1952 and was a pole vaulter on the track team which won the 1952 track and field state championship. He began his career as a retail milkman and was promoted to Plant Manager of the Broughton Dairy Plant in Paden City, WV and was later transferred to Lexington, KY as a Retail Route Supervisor. Returning to Ohio in the early 1960s, he joined the Dupont Washington Works. Gene was an employee of DuPont for 38 years. In 1970 he was sent to Fayetteville, NC from the Washington Works to help set up the Butacite lab at the Fayetteville Works. At that plant’s start up, he was named lab supervisor. He was also part of a work team sent to set up a new lab facility in Germany during the 1980s. He often traveled back to the Washington Works for meetings. While there he was able to visit with family and friends in the Belpre, OH area.
Music was always a part of those visits. He enjoyed listening to and making music. Next to family, music was his greatest joy.
He is a former member of the Belpre Heights United Methodist Church where he served as that church’s first Cub Scout Master.
In Fayetteville, Gene was a member of the Haymount United Methodist Church and its Barrington Bible Sunday School Class which he considered his Fayetteville family.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Rockland Cemetery in Belpre on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 PM.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Jeanie Lemley: sons, Rick Lemley and wife Beverly, Michael Lemley and wife Yvette; sister, Evelyn Hoover: grandchildren, Allyson Page and husband David, Zachary Lemley and wife Ashley, Jeanna Johnson and husband Travis, and Jessica Lemley: great grandchildren, Olivia, Grant, Wyland and Thaddeus.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Haymount United Methodist Church, 1700 Ft. Bragg Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28303.
Funeral arrangements by Leavitt Funeral Home, 801 Victor St., Belpre, OH 45714.
Online condolences may be made at www.leavittfuneralhome.com.