WILSON - Harry Linwood Lamm Sr. of Wilson passed away February 21, 2018. He was 90 years old.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 at Maplewood Cemetery in Wilson (Section E.)
Harry Linwood Lamm Sr. was born on May 14, 1927, in Wilson County to Ophelia Riddick and William Thomas Lamm Sr. His wife of 52 years, Geraldine Williamson Lamm passed away in June, 2000. He was predeceased by a sister, Kate Harrison Baker; brothers, W. T. Lamm Jr., Riddick M. Lamm, Jack R. Lamm and James G. Lamm; a grandchild, Julianna B. Lamm and his daughter-in-law, Ruth Bennett Lamm.
Harry graduated from Charles L. Coon High School and enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17. He served as a Seaman, 1st Class in the Military Police. After World War II, he attended The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Harry returned to Wilson in 1948 and joined the family firm, W. T. Lamm Cotton Company, which was started by his father in 1919.
Harry was an entrepreneur in his beloved hometown of Wilson. Harry planned and built Wedgewood Public Golf Course which he later deeded to the city. In addition, he created Toisnot Park, Lamm Park and Glenwood Hills, all of which he gifted to the City of Wilson and its citizens. Harry was instrumental in developing the long-term plan for what is now the Wilson Medical Center, A Duke Life Point Hospital.
For more than 80 years, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wilson and served in many capacities including president of the Bradshaw Sunday School Class.
Surviving are his daughters, Sandra Homes (Garland) of Wilson and Geraldine “Deane” Heenan (Jim) of Raleigh; sons, Harry L. Lamm Jr. (Sandy) of Wilson and Robert “Brad” Lamm (Drucilla) of Wilson, Jack R. Lamm II of Apex and Scott M. Lamm of Raleigh; grandchildren, James J. Heenan (Sarah), Sarah G. Heenan, Elizabeth L. Heenan, Harry L. Lamm III, Anna E. Lamm, William Thomas Lamm, Drucilla Gail Lamm, Rachel O. Lamm, Garland R. Homes III, Cameron D. Homes, Lee H. Homes, Conyers B. Lamm (David), Mary Claire Lamm and Laura W. Lamm; great-grandchildren, Willow McKenzie, John Michael Heenan, Bradford Clark Cannon and Ophelia Ruth Drews; dear friend, Peggy Woodard Ferrell of Winston-Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1423, Wilson, NC 27894, Masonic Lodge #117, 2501 Nash St NW, Wilson, NC 27896 or to Shriners Crippled Children Hospitals, 403 E. Front St, New Bern, NC 28560.