Leslie Davis “LD” Springle Jr., 89, of Beaufort, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.
After serving three years on various assignments and vessels, LD received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1954 as a Radarman Petty Officer Third Class. LD continued serving his country by working at NARF (Naval Air Rework Facility) for 27 years as a radar technician and later a supervisor until his retirement in 1974. He retired from Cherry Point to pursue his lifelong passion for Farming. He raised corn, soybeans, cabbage, wheat, tobacco, and hogs. In 1987 he and sons Bill and Ashton began harvesting grain on the Open Grounds Farm. They worked together harvesting until he retired from Farming “full time” in 2009 at the age of 78. For the next 11 years he farmed his garden where he happily gave his harvest to his many friends and family. He was also an avid baseball fan having coached Little League, Babe Ruth, and in the Carteret County Men’s Baseball League serving as the coach of the Beaufort Birds. He coached and mentored hundreds of county ball players building countless memories and lasting relationships. LD was also deeply involved in the NC Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Program, where he and his wife Barbara traveled to Oklahoma, New York City after 9/11, Kentucky, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and many local areas affected by various disasters. LD was extremely devoted to his wife, 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Whether it was on the baseball field, a church gathering or at a horse show arena where he followed his only granddaughter, Kimberly and her passion, LD was a family man down to the bone till the very end. He loved and cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren with all his heart.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday at the Springle Farm in Beaufort with Pastor David Phelps officiating. Burial will follow at Carteret Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Willis Springle of Beaufort; son, Bill Springle of Beaufort; son, Ashton Springle and wife, Debbie of Beaufort; daughter, Susan Springle Earp and husband, Jae of Beaufort; nine grandsons, Benjamin Springle and wife, Kelly of Beaufort; Aaron Springle of Morehead ; Ethan Springle of Beaufort; Noah Springle of Newport; Patrick Springle of Newport; Davis Springle and wife, Samantha of Beaufort; Ryan Springle and wife, Kristen of Beaufort; Stephen Earp and wife, Dakota of Beaufort; Daniel Earp and wife, Samantha of Beaufort; granddaughter, Kimberly Earp of Beaufort; four great grandchildren, Wyatt Springle of Beaufort; Nathan Springle of Morehead City; Camden Springle of Beaufort; Julia Renae Earp of Beaufort, and many nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Blanche Springle; 1 brother, Brian Springle; four sisters: Mildred Sewell, Jean Williams, Lucille Pake, and Pat Russell.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 Friday at the Springle Farm around the “Old Oak Tree”.
Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noefs.org
Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.
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