Obituaries, August 26, 2014

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 05:33 PM


Terry Swanger
DURHAM — Terry Swanger, 80, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Eno Pointe Assisted Living. He was born in Haywood County, son of the late Sidney Carl and Theo Swanger.
Mr. Swanger is survived by his wife of 60 years, Becky Swanger of Durham, NC; daughter, Tamela VanDyke (Sam Collins) of Durham, NC; sons, Ricky Swanger (Yvonne) of Santa Rosa, CA, and Tony Swanger (Mary) of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Sarah Swanger, Emily VanDyke, and Bryan VanDyke; stepmother, Lena Winchester Swanger; and sister, Connie Ratcliff.
He graduated from Western Carolina in 1956 and received his master's degree in 1959. He had a career in teaching for 30 years at Southern and Northern High Schools. In addition to teaching, he enthusiastically served as Southern’s baseball and football coach. The highlight of his baseball coaching career was winning the state championship at Southern High School in 1960.
Mr. Swanger’s passion and commitment to sports led him to start tackle football for the Bethesda Athletic Association in 1968, which still exists today. He also participated as a member of the Duke Football chain crew for 44 seasons.
Throughout his life he was active in many areas from his love of caring for animals to his entrepreneurial career in land development.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Chaplain Phil Wiggins officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. They will also be available to see friends following the service.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612, or online at ALZ.ORG.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the loving caregivers at Eno Pointe Assisted Living in Durham, NC.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Howard Ward Crawford
CHAPEL HILL — Howard Ward Crawford, 85, of Chatham County, NC died peacefully at his home on August 24, 2014.
He was born on June 24, 1929 in Chatham County, NC, son of the late Joseph Clem Crawford and Julia Bynum Ward Crawford.
Howard is preceded in death by his wife, Anne McBane Crawford. He is survived by three sons, Joe Crawford and his wife Sandi, Jerry Crawford and his wife Donna, and Mark Crawford and his wife Sheila, all of Chapel Hill, NC. He has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He has two sisters, Sue Sturdivant and Clegg Williams, both of Chapel Hill, NC. In addition, he has numerous nieces and nephews.
Howard lived his life on his family’s farm doing what he loved best, “farming.” He passed along the love of farming to his family, which now is in the fifth generation of the business. He loved visiting his friends and would often bear the gift of doughnuts, peanuts, or fruit to show how much he cared for each of them. He always wanted to know if anyone had any “news,” as he enjoyed staying on top of what was happening in the neighborhood.
A celebration to honor his life will be held 11:00AM, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Orange Chapel United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service and burial.
The family wishes to thank everyone for the many acts of kindness shown to Howard over the past few years, with your visits, cards sent, food brought and prayers.
The family would like to specifically express their gratitude to Shirley Clark, Angie Brown, Terri Wood, Amanda Strickland, as well as UNC Hospice for their wonderful and devoted care to Howard during his illness, so that he could pass from this world, peacefully at home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Orange Chapel United Methodist Church, 1634 Orange Chapel Clover Garden Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Pittsboro, NC.


Marie Gupton Currin
OXFORD — Marie Gupton Currin passed away on August 25, 2014, in the early morning hours at her home in Oak Hill Township in Northern Granville County surrounded by her family. Marie is survived by her four children and their families. Her eldest son is Theodore R. Currin, married to Leslie T. Currin. Ted and Leslie’s children are Theodore Joseph Currin and Mary Hannah Currin--all of Stoneville, North Carolina. Her second eldest son is Thomas L. Currin of Oxford, North Carolina, married to Grey T. Currin. Tom and Grey’s children are Patrick T. Currin and Katherine Currin who is married to Kobie Morris. Her daughter is Cynthia M. Currin of Raleigh, North Carolina, married to John Frederick Webb III. Cynthia and John’s children are Suzanne M. Webb and Caroline K. Webb. Her youngest son is Timothy D. Currin of Oxford, married to Brenda F. Currin. Marie is also survived by her sister, Dorothy G. Wilkinson of Oxford. Marie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Arthur Ray Currin. Before his death, they celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on February 7, 2012.
Marie was the daughter of Olive Cheaves Gupton and Theodore R. Gupton of Franklin County. Marie was born on March 2, 1921 in Gold Mine Township of Franklin County. She graduated from Gold Sand High School in 1938, where she enjoyed Glee Club and Music. Marie attended Louisburg College from 1938 to 1939. She attended East Carolina Teacher’s College from 1939 to 1942, graduating with a double major in Science and Home Economics in 1942. She worked in the Dean’s Office while enrolled at East Carolina.
Marie married Arthur R. Currin of Oak Hill Township of Granville County on February 6, 1945. While Arthur served in the 103rd Infantry Division of the United States Army in the Spring Offensive of 1945 in Europe, Marie taught Home Economics at Creedmoor High School in Creedmoor, North Carolina.
Marie taught Science and Home Economics at Oak Hill High School in Northern Granville County from 1942 to 1943, from 1946 to 1951, and from 1961 to 1962. Marie then taught General Science at J.F. Webb High School from 1963 to 1972, and taught General Science to 9th graders at D.N. Hix School from 1972 to 1982. Marie retired after 30 years of teaching.
Marie was a dedicated educator and a lifelong supporter of the National Education Association and the North Carolina Education Association. She was active in the Oxford Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority from 1966 throughout her teaching career.
Marie had been an active member of Amis Chapel Baptist Church since 1945.
Marie and Arthur operated their Oak Hill farm for six decades. When her children were small, Marie often would be left in their home alone with them while Arthur answered the numerous calls which required him to work all hours as a Deputy Sheriff, an ABC Law Enforcement Officer, and finally, the High Sheriff of Granville County.
Marie and her husband, Arthur, traveled on five occasions to Europe in the last 30 years to attend veterans’ events and memorial services. They attended the dedication of the memorial at Pfaffenhoffen, Alsace to the liberators of France, where Arthur served as a delegate for the 103rd Division. Marie and Arthur frequently attended 103rd Division Army Reunions and national meetings across the United States.
Marie had a special bond with her sister, Dorothy. They attended grade school in a 3-room white frame schoolhouse at Centerville in Franklin County. They were members of Sarepta Methodist Church, where some of Marie’s fondest memories were of singing solos and duets as a very young girl. Marie told stories of traveling with her Grandpa Pate Gupton on a horse-drawn buggy to get grain ground at Laurel Mill. She also told of watching Grandma Pat make bread with her own homemade yeast cakes, using hops grown at their homeplace. Marie recalled the first electricity to the farm in the 1930s, with each room having a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling. It was Marie’s job to see that the family electric bill was paid to Carolina Power & Light Company each month by placing three $1 bills in an envelope bearing a 3-cent stamp in their rural mailbox.
Marie was an avid reader who kept the table beside her chair stacked with novels and non-fiction books. She played piano, was an extraordinary cook and cherished her family and grandchildren. Marie dedicated her life to home and family.
Visitation will be held at the home of Tom and Grey Currin, 316 Main Street, Oxford, NC, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Services will be conducted by Reverend Terry Howard at 11 a.m. at Amis Chapel Baptist Church on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Contributions may be made to Amis Chapel Baptist Church, c/o Gerald Rene Frazier, 9189 Amis Chapel Rd., Oxford, NC 27565.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is assisting the Currin family. For online condolences, go to and select Obituaries.