Jimmie Ray Lucas, 81, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.

A native of Moore County, he was the son of the late Jimmie Thorne and Lessie Lee Lucas. Jim graduated from West End High School. He served his country in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Jim spent 43 years in management for the concrete business, in Aberdeen, NC.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years; Carolyn Dowd Lucas; son: James Robert Lucas; sister: Carol Lucas Killian.

Jim is survived by wife: Carol Reams Lucas; daughters: Mary LeAnne Lucas, of West End, Meredith Lucas Marshburn and husband Andrew, of West End, Nancy Elisabeth Beruk and husband Jeff, of Apex, Sarah Lucas Fann and husband Michael, of West End, Caroline Rae Kosbe and husband Mark, of Cary; grandchildren: Connor Lucas, MacKenzie Smith, Reid Marshburn, Harper Fann, Sawyer Fann, Sophia Beruk, Nick Beruk; niece:Carla Killian, of Jamestown.

Jim worked hard his entire life. Hard work and a strong work ethic meant a great deal to him. He was meticulous, having things in order and neat. Jim was known for being frugal and thrifty. Those traits made him the target of jokes from many of his friends. He was a family man who enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren. Jim was faithful and dedicated to his wife, Carol for over 20 years. He enjoyed the Outer Banks, especially fishing with family and friends. Jim was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed woodworking. He loved the outdoors and gardening. As a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, he served as a Elder, Deacon and on numerous Committees.

His children referred to him as an animal whisperer due to his ability to attract numerous animals around his home. Often hummingbirds would land on his hand. His cat, Molly B, was a stray that he loved dearly. He also had peacocks that often took up residence at his house, most recently one he named “Big Boy”.

Graveside service, with Military Honors, will be 4 PM, Friday July 31, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Carthage, NC, officiated by Reverend Rick Martindale and Reverend Tom Currie. You are invited to bring a chair if you would like. The body will lie in state from 2 to 5 PM, Thursday, July 30, 2020 and 9 AM to 2 PM. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service on Friday, at the home, for food and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to be made to: Moore Humane Society, 5355 Hwy 22, Carthage, NC or FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC.

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lucas family.

Condolences on line at pinesfunerals.com


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  1. Jimmy will be missed, he was a gentle soul and his smile would brighten up your day. With sympathy and prayers for peace, strength and comfort for the family.

  2. Sending my love to the Lucas family. My heart hurts for you. Amen to a life well lived and an amazing legacy left.

    • Meredith, Nancy, Anne, Connor & others 🙃, I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s/granddad’s passing. And sorry that I have to be in Raleigh on Friday and won’t be able to attend the service. Your dad was certainly blessed with a wonderful family. Each of you will be in my thoughts and prayers, as will Carol.

  3. Sarah, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our thought and prayers for you all at this difficult time.

  4. Anne and family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was a fine man and will be missed by many. Love and prayers💕

  5. A beautiful tribute.
    I wish I could be there tomorrow, please know I will be in spirit.
    My love to you all especially to our Nancy and Jeff.

  6. I am so sorry for your lost . My condolences to the family and friends . Jimmy was such an Awesome Man and a asset to our community .Jim was well loved and will be greatly missed . God Bless each of his family members and friends and comfort them at this time … RIP Jimmy … I love you Ann Hugs

  7. We lost a very good man and Heaven gained another angel. Jim will truly be missed by many, including us. Fly high Jim. You are free of earthly pain and you are with loved ones that went before you. Love you. Marie & JD

  8. We were truly blessed to have met Jimmy. He was a warm and kind man. He will be missed by his loving family and friends. Heaven has gained an angel and we have lost a wonderful man. May God bless you Jimmy. You will be missed.

  9. Lucas Family,
    Thinking of you all. Your dad was was such a good man and father. He welcomed so many Of us kids back then into your home and treated us as his own and i will always cherish the memories i spent with your dad and family. I will be Praying for peace and comfort during this time. Love you all.

  10. He will certainly be missed, a loss to all that knew him, and to those who never got that opportunity.

  11. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. It was a pleasure to meet him at Jeff and Nancy’s wedding.
    Sending love and prayers to your whole family.

  12. Jimmy will be missed as a second father to me and a true friend . He made all of our fishing trips to Cape Lookout memorable. Rest in Peace!

  13. The Lucas family is in our hearts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. I have such happy memories of our high school days at WEHS. Jimmie was a special classmate and a wonderful friend. He will be missed.

  14. Dear Carol & Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My sympathy to all. Cherish your memories.

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim was a fine man and will surely be missed by all that knew him

  16. Caroline, Your Family and friends of your Father,
    My condolences and sympathy for the loss of your father . By stories you have shared it is quite evident that your dad was indeed a good ,caring, loving, honest man. Someone to respect and emulate . In meeting him , I heard a soft and gentle voice and witnessed his keen sense of humor.. Please know your are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for a couple of years and kept in touch for several years afterwards. I found Jim to be the epitome of a southern gentleman. He was kind and fun to be around.

    As a representative of the concrete industry he had a dubious distinction of being able to sit in the Aberdeen office and customers would come to him instead of the typical opposite.

    I enjoyed my time knowing Jim and he will be missed.

    My sincere sympathy goes out to the entire family.

  18. Jimmie you will be missed so much so many people spoke very highly of you. Was always there if anyone needed anything many times you would ask is there anything you need such a good man prayers for the family🙏

  19. Jim,
    What a wonderful man and friend. I met Jim in the 70’s. I was a contractor and Jim of course was the best Concrete Man around. We became friends through the years. Our son’s played football together at Union Pines. He use to tell me stories of his children and how much trouble he had with them—Laughing all the time. We didn’t see each other much after he retired but he has and always will be in my heart. Bless the Lucas Family. You all were his purpose in life.

  20. When someone you Love, becomes a memory,
    The memory becomes a Treasure.
    We are hoping that the Love of Friends
    Will help to see you through and that time
    will bring you brighter days
    because we care, Clement Richardson, High School friend
    at Wet End

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