Lee Dingle, Husband of Christian Writer and Father of Six, Dies After Wave Hits Him on North Carolina Beach

The Dingle family. Photo by Amy Paulson, via GoFundMe

The husband of Christian writer Shannon Dingle died in a beach accident on the North Carolina shores last week.

Lee Dingle, 37, was playing with his children on Oak Island when a wave hit him so hard he crashed on the sand, apparently breaking his neck.

Dingle was the husband of Shannon Hope Dingle, a blogger and activist who has written about sexual abuse, the #Churchtoo movement and disability rights.

“My partner, my love, and my home died Friday, July 19, after a freak accident,” she posted to her blog Monday. I wasn’t supposed to be saying goodbye at 37. I don’t know how to be a grown up without him, but I’ll learn. I just wish I didn’t have to.”

The couple met in their late teens and went on to raise six children, four of whom were adopted, including a daughter, Zoe, who has cerebral palsy. Her adoption seven years ago from Taiwan was documented by the Archibald Project, which uses stories to educate people about orphaned and vulnerable children.

“We are grieved and saddened to share the tragic passing of a beautiful man and father,” the Archibald Project posted to Facebook.

The couple adopted three other children, siblings, from Uganda.

Lee Dingle was the president of Atlas Engineering in Raleigh, North Carolina, a company that assesses older or damaged buildings and designs repairs and upgrades. He earned an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 2004 and also worked as a collapse rescue engineer with N.C. Emergency Management.

His wife, Shannon, has written moving pieces about abuse for numerous publications. After Alabama banned abortion for victims of rape, she wrote an opinion piece for USA Today, revealing that she had been raped by her father and became pregnant at age 12.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron