It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mr. David Ray Fesperman, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. He departed this world on September 23, 2023, at the age of 77, at his home in Concord, surrounded by his loving family.
David's life will be celebrated during a funeral service at 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at Wilkinson Funeral Home. The service will be officiated by Rev. Jerry Ingle, followed by a burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends from 11:00-12:00 pm.
Now get a coffee, pull up a chair and get ready to read about this amazing guy who would have never typed this. (David never really talked about himself)
Born on October 21, 1945, in Salisbury, NC, David was the son of the late Addie Mae Poston Fesperman and Julius Adam Fesperman. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Lucille Fesperman Wingate, and brothers, Gilbert Fesperman, William B. Fesperman, Daniel T. Fesperman, and Charles V. Fesperman. In high school David ran cross country and briefly played on the football team. After graduating from Harding High School in 1964, David worked on his Associates through Central Piedmont Community College. David admitted that though he did not have much in comparison to others' standards, he still had family. By his own nature he worked hard to maintain his family.
David dedicated many years of his life to his work to performing specialty jobs within the field of Transportation, Logistics, and Traffic Systems. Prior to this, David was an EMS Technician in Charlotte for several years. After retirement he was a volunteer at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital. He shared a special bond with his wife, Linda. Earlier in their marriage, David and the family would go camping up in the NC mountains. There he often explored his artistic side by hanging out in the arts and crafts shop. David completed several large scale plaster painting which he gave away or hung around the house. David was also on the bowling team for Eckard Drugs and once won the highest average score for the team.
As time continued on, and children moved out of the home, their frequent visits to K&W Cafeteria and weekend beach trips were a cherished part of their life together. As a devoted fan of the Carolina Panthers, he found immense joy in following his favorite football team...even through the terrible seasons. Old Southern Gospel music and the tunes of Credence Clearwater Revival and Rod Stewart, provided a soundtrack to his life. David could often be heard singing or humming tunes while taking a break from yardwork. Maintaining the lawn at the family homestead was a second job for him, and he loved it.
But what truly set David apart was his warm and caring nature. He was honestly there for anyone who needed help or an uplift. He was a people person through and through, never meeting a stranger he couldn't strike up a conversation with. He took pride in his family's legacy, with his father, Julius, having worked at Spencer Shops (now the NC Transportation Museum). David made sure to point out Grandpa Fesperman in the group photo taken at the Yard . Family pets, especially dogs, held a special place in his heart. David's last dog, Ricky, now rests eternally by his side.
David is survived by his loving wife of many years, Linda Anne Martin Fesperman of Concord; daughters, Angela Fesperman Thompson and husband, John of Locust, NC and Tammy Fesperman Redmond and husband, James of Jacksonville, NC; cherished grandchildren, Christopher Thomas Knox, Aaron Matthew Knox, and Andrew Cameron Redmond; as well as very special nieces, Rena Laton and Rhonda Barrier.
The family kindly requests that memorials be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081, in honor of David's memory.
David Ray Fesperman's departure leaves a void in our hearts that cannot be filled, but his memory will forever remain in our thoughts and hearts. May he find eternal peace and may his love and warm spirit continue to inspire us all.