John C. Golden Jr.
John C. Golden, Jr., age 79, passed away on Friday, January 29th.
John was born in Dania, FL to John C. Golden, Sr. and Elizabeth Burroughs Golden.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, children Martha and John, daughter-in-law Lee, brother Kim (Adriana), sisters Beth (Chuck) and Debbie (Lance), three amazing grandchildren Ethan, Annalise and Kate and dear nieces and nephews.
John attended Duke University where he met Mary Ellen. After graduation he joined the Army Corps of Engineers and earned a Master’s degree from Harvard. Mary Ellen and John lived in Huntington, WV and Mount Pleasant, SC before moving to Wilmington, NC in 1977. John retired from the Corps at age 55. For the rest of his life he enjoyed making music and telling stories with many friends in Wilmington and Ocracoke. He sang for hospital patients with the Therapeutics music group weekly at NHRMC and supported local musicians and groups by organizing benefit concerts. He had a gift for getting people together to make music and sang with many good friends including the Hewlett’s Creek Boys, Mark Teachey, Catesby Jones, Geoff Morris, Martin Garrish, Jim Clare, Gary and Kitty Mitchell and Molasses Creek, Anne Haley, Kent Knorr, Eric Miller, Alex Lanier, Eric Bruton, Dave Bond, Randy Drew, Phil Bruschi, and many more. He wrote and performed songs about the Lost Colony and Cape Fear history with Rob Nathanson and told stories with Lloyd Wilson and Joyce Grear.
John served on the Eagle Scout Board of Review and helped countless scouts achieve that honor. He was active for many years in the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear, the Friends of Fort Fisher and the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina. In past years he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and worked with youth groups at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Wilmington.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who helped John during his battle with cancer including EMS, ER, hospital, Zimmer Cancer Center and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare personnel. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local hospice or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (formerly Hospice) 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 in memory of John.
The family plans to hold a hootenanny to celebrate John’s life with his musician friends and family later when the pandemic allows.
2/1/2021 12:31:42 pm
John was a wonderful person. Handsome, gifted, decent, good family man. He and Mary Ellen were a fine team, giving much to our community. I have admired them both for many years.
2/1/2021 12:34:18 pm
John was a wonderful person. Handsome, gifted, decent, good family man. He and Mary Ellen made a fine team. I have admired them both for many years.
Ed and Cheryll Shuford
2/1/2021 01:41:13 pm
Mary Ellen, Martha, and John,
Adriana S Golden
2/1/2021 01:42:07 pm
My love and prayers are with all of you. I feel that knowing John was an enrichment and I'll always remember the wonderful summers we spent on Ocracoke listening to his music and stories.
2/1/2021 02:23:05 pm
So sad to hear that John has passed on. He was truly a classy man with many, many talents. He will be missed. Condolences to Ms. Mary Ellen, and the rest of John’s family.
2/1/2021 03:58:04 pm
You could not know John Golden without realizing what an amazing man he was in so many ways. The world has lost someone extraordinarily special. My extreme sympathy to Mary Ellen and the entire family.
2/1/2021 05:50:28 pm
Enjoyed making music with John over the last 40 years ! He was a great friend and a blessing to everyone . My condolences to his family . I imagine he is picking with Saint Peter at the pearly gates this evening ! Now I guess he knows if they have banjos in heaven . Will miss you for a little while and then it’s a hootenanny forever !
2/1/2021 06:00:15 pm
I will never forget John’s generosity when he came to our house to sing to Charley Moyer, our houseguest with cerebral palsy. John even cut a CD with Elvis songs for Charley. John Golden was a unique, loving, generous man. He will be missed.
2/2/2021 05:24:53 am
The world grew more dim when John left us. The music was more sad and hearts were broken.
James L Lewis
2/2/2021 06:06:44 am
John, you were an inspirational friend for the 15 years I knew you. As a latecomer to the Hewletts Creek Boys, I was always encouraged to grow and explore by your advice, example, and friendship. We will miss your mellifluous baritone and fine interpretations, as well as your stories and historical knowledge. Be at peace, and please, help the Lord keep that heavenly hootenany going till we all get there!
Vivian Small Schneider
2/2/2021 07:27:27 pm
4/4/2022 01:51:50 pm
For years John spearheaded the annual Battleship Hootenanny to benefit Friends of the Battleship NC. Like the Pied Piper, he invited his wonderfully talented musical friends and led us through delightful evenings. He was gracious and generous and a pleasure to work with. He will be missed indeed.
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