Alfred Joseph Reyer
08/03/1934 - 11/30/2021
Obituary For Alfred Joseph Reyer
Alfred Joseph Reyer, Jr., 87, of Richlands, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Al was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 3, 1934, to the late Alfred Joseph and Cleo Welborn Reyer. Also preceding him in death was an infant daughter, Kathleen Reyer and brothers, George and Robert Reyer.
Surviving Al is his loving and faithful wife of 54 years, Bonnie Harrison Reyer; Daughter, Kristi Reyer Carroll (partner Norman Early) of Loganville, GA; Sons, Michael Timothy Reyer of Richlands, NC and Eric Andrew Reyer (partner, McCrae Hardy) of Garner, NC; Grandchildren, Kelsey Reyer, Nicklaus Reyer, Lilyanna Reyer, Alex Reyer, Cristofer Reyer and Amelie Reyer; Great Grandchildren, Ava and Scarlet Reyer; Sisters, Joann Hahn (husband, Jim) of Fort Worth, TX and Cleo “Dee Dee” Schcneider of Kenner, LA and loving family member, Shea Reyer.
Al was an amazing man with a gift of giving back. A Mustang who served two tours in Vietnam, being awarded a Purple Heart, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. In addition to his Purple Heart, he earned the following medals: Navy Commendation Medal w/”V”, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Distinguished Service Award (Marine Corps League), Humanitarian Service Medal and Meritorious Service Award (MCROA).
He had been the Headmaster of Onslow Academy and was an avid historian. Al was very much a part of the Richlands community which he loved so much. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Lion’s Club and the Chamber of Commerce; started the first soccer program in Richlands and was the Editor of the Richlands-Beulaville Advertiser News. Al was the oldest of five siblings and his entertainment came from being a huge LSU fan!
As we rejoice in the knowledge that he is in heaven, we are deeply saddened by Al’s passing. He will be truly missed by all, but in our hearts forever.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 10:00 am at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 711 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540. The family requests that masks be worn. A Private Burial Service will be held at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity, Wounded Warriors or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are in the care of Johnson Funeral Home, Richlands Chapel.
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