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Lorenzo Plyler

Lorenzo Plyler

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05/31/13 08:02 PM #1    

Carol Hans (Daniel)

LELAND, NC. - PLYLER  Lorenzo G. "Rhett" Plyler June 22, 1945 - June 24, 2012   Lorenzo G. "Rhett" Plyler, 67 of Leland, NC, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC. He was born in St. Mary's, PA, June 22, 1945, son of the late Lorenzo Pierce Plyler and Elizabeth Harris Plyler. Mr. Plyler was a Vietnam War Veteran having served honorably in the United States Army, and was a graduate of Morningside College, Sioux City, IA. He was a marketing director for Nortel Networks, retiring with over twenty-five years of service, mainly in the Raleigh area. After retirement and moving from Atlanta to Leland, he was employed with Home Depot in the Myrtle Grove area.  In his free time he enjoyed gardening, fishing and golf. Rhett is survived by his loving wife of twenty-six years, Cindy Lee Plyler; a son, Lorenzo E Plyler of Houston, TX; one grandson, and his faithful canine companion, Susie. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, Wilmington, NC, with the Rev Patricia Cox officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Grade United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at  Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel

Rhett was as much a part of my family for years after graduation as I was his and I was saddened to hear of his passing.  My heart goes out to Cindy as well as, of course, to our son.  He was a kind, generous, caring person, with a grand sense of humor that my dad often took advantage of with occasional pranks.  One such sent Rhett home covered in motor oil from a Mack truck during an "oil change?"

He graduated from Morningside College with a Bachelors degree in both Business and Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He worked his way through, while his dad taught theology for a short time before accepting a Minister's position in two small churches in northern Iowa. His mom loved nurturing the community and Rhett got a lot of his gentle, patient and tutoring-type qualities from her.  That's why he was so patient with kids and his dogs.

He loved hunting, fishing, and camping and our family did a lot of that.  When Rhett wasn't working or at the dorm, he would be at the house at one of our all-night poker games, which always had the family beagle at the table.  She never wanted to miss the great breakfast at the end of the game.  Rhett's love for dogs continued throughout his life and so did his love for hunting and fishing and eventually he even dabbled in taxidermy.  One expects small game in their freezer, right; but not with their skins on and eyes looking at you! As long as it wasn't the family pet.

Rhett volunteered for Vietnam before he was drafted so that he could get a position that suited him and not risk being put in harm's way.  He would laugh when asked what he did over there and answer he was a "Remington Raider" instead of "in-country processing clerk."  In all the thousands of men he processed, he did see men he knew, did see action; and like all, was glad to get home.

Both Rhett and Dale Day helped get me through my own father's death and I will be always grateful for their friendship and support, though I don't remember much of the James Bond movie they tried to get my mind off things with.  They did their best to cheer me up, I must admit, it was a difficult and long illness we went through with dad, so my depression wasn't the easiest to always deal with.  Those guys were the best.

Rhett, I hope you have found peace with your parents and are enjoying the greatest retirement ever!

Carol Hans (Plyler) Daniel

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