June 22, 2013

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Claire Goldberg Crenshaw
DURHAM - Claire Goldberg Crenshaw, 76, died on April 11, 2013. A resident of Durham for more than forty years, she passed away in Lancaster, SC. A memorial service for Claire’s family and friends will be held on Sunday, June 23, from 1-2 p.m. at Arbor Walk, 5705 Fayetteville Road, in Durham, where she lived for the last four years.
Claire is lovingly remembered by her three sons, Ari David Crenshaw of Lancaster, SC, and his wife, Michael-Ann, and daughter, Morgan; Scott Harding Crenshaw of Groton, MA, and his wife, Jill, and two children, Stanley and Theo; and Stephen Paul Crenshaw of Providence, RI, and his wife, Mara Hermano, and their two children, Angela and Lucas. Claire is also survived by two sisters, Judith Kovenock of Chapel Hill, NC, and Jean Goldberg of New York, NY; a nephew, Daniel Kovenock; and two nieces, Ann Emo and Rachel Lewis-Marlow.
Claire was a dedicated administrator at Lincoln Community Health Center for several decades before her retirement, overseeing the transition from Lincoln Hospital to the modern Health Center. In addition to her daily administrative responsibilities, she was a champion of causes such as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and managed an annual road race to raise funds for the Center. Contributions in Claire’s memory can be made to Lincoln Health Center’s annual Christmas gift fund for community children. Please send your contribution to:
Siglinda Schulz, CFO
Lincoln Community Health Center
1301 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707-2325

Dr. Earl C. Davis
DURHAM - Dr. Earl C. Davis died June 7, 2013 at his retirement home, The Forest at Duke in Durham, North Carolina. The son of Earl R. and Ida C. Davis, he was born June 19, 1913 in Philadelphia, Pa. His father was killed in France in 1918 in World War I. He graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1931 and earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from West Chester State College in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1937. He earned his way through college working at the National School for Elocution and Oratory doing scenery construction and stage lighting. Both his sister, Ethel, and his future wife, Henrietta, were students at the school and acted in many Shakespearian plays throughout the Philadelphia area. He was an Eagle Scout with 3 palms, Master Counselor in DeMolay, President of the Luther League of Pennsylvania and served on the Boy Scout Council of Chester Co. Pa. He taught mathematics and social studies in Coatesville Public Schools from 1937 to 1943. He married his wife of 56 years, Henrietta Mooney, of Springfield Pennsylvania June 17, 1939. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a medical corpsman. After the war, he taught mathematics at Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania and spent 2 years as Dean of Men and Director of Admissions at Centre College of Kentucky before moving to Upper Montclair, New Jersey where he became Dean of Students at Montclair State College in 1950. He earned his Ph.D. from N.Y. University in 1954. While at Montclair State College, he established the Masters Degree program for the preparation of High School Guidance Counselors and in 1957 became Chair of the Graduate Department of Student Personnel Services, a post that he held until his retirement in 1973 when he was named Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Guidance. During his years at Montclair State, he served on many state and local committees, was President of the New Jersey Guidance Association, President of the Association of Student Personnel Advisors in College Education, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Personnel and Guidance Association and coordinator of the 1971 Annual Convention of the APGA. He was also Chairman of the North Atlantic Region of the National Association of Counselor Educators and Counselor Trainers. Together with his wife, Henrietta, he founded and operated a Testing and Advisement Service for Schools and Colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1962, he built a summer home in the Montclair Colony of Shelter Island in New York, which he enjoyed for 20 years. While summering on Shelter Island, he was very active running sail boat races and served terms as Fleet Captain of the Menantic Yacht Club, President of the Long Island Yacht Racing Union and President of the Shelter Island Association. He and his wife were also members of the Shelter Island Yacht Club and the Gardiners Bay Country Club. In 1983, he retired to North Carolina and moved to The Forest at Duke Retirement Community in Durham. While in North Carolina, he was active in the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement and was a volunteer for the Duke Children’s Miracle Network for many years. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Peter and Daphne Blumberg of Frederick, Maryland; and his friend, Mrs. Sarah McCracken of Durham, North Carolina. A memorial service is planned for July at the Forest at Duke.

Earl C. Walker
DURHAM — Earl C. Walker was born June 23, 1935 at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. He entered eternal rest suddenly at Duke University Medical Center on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, just four days shy of his 78th birthday. He was preceded into eternal rest by his mother, Bernice Amelia Pennington Walker; and his father, Ralph Hawkins Walker.
Earl was a 1953 graduate of Hillside High School in Durham and continued his education at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), Hampton, VA. He earned his degree in Industrial Education in 1958, with a concentration in Plumbing and Heating.  Immediately following his education at Hampton, he was drafted into the US Army where he honorably served for two years, as a member of the Military Police (MP) at Fort Ord in Monterrey, CA. He began his early work career in plumbing with the Berry Company and later with Ace Plumbing Company. In 1964, Earl, his mother, Bernice, and his sister, Omelia (Pinky), collaborated to establish Utility Plumbing Company, where he and Pinky became partners, and their mother, Bernice, was Senior Accountant and Business Manager. Earl was joined by his brothers, Randy and Norman, also master plumbers. As proprietor, partner, and master plumber, Earl successfully operated the business for over 40 years, also as a private contractor and consultant for the Duke University Medical Center Plumbing Department. He also served many years on the N.C. Plumbing Board of Examiners.
During his lifetime, Earl was an avid bowler and also had a deep passion for fishing. For over 30 years, Earl was a member of the Plaza Men Bowling League. He had a love for deep sea fishing and always came home from many fishing trips with his uncles, brothers, and friends, with an array of great-tasting fish.
Earl leaves to celebrate his life his son, Kenneth D. Walker; and daughter, Gina M. Walker, both of Durham; his siblings, Randolph H. Walker (Julie) of Durham, Omelia “Pinky” Walker of Durham, Jerome Walker (Rosa) of Hackensack, NJ, Jesse Walker currently of Hackensack, NJ, Norman H. Walker (Marie) of Durham, Elsie Walker Taylor (Thurston) of Richmond, VA, Ralph K. Walker (Marjorie) of Richmond, VA, Timothy Walker (Deborah) of Matoaca, VA, Joseph Walker (Sharon), of Richmond, VA, Gary Walker (Joyce) of Durham, and Loretta Finley (Lemuel) of Radcliff, KY. Also to share in his memory is a large host of other relatives and friends. 
In honor of Earl’s love of fishing, a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Sandling Beach Shelter 6, 14605 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest, NC, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Robin Renee Bradsher
HILLSBOROUGH – Robin Renee Bradsher, 43, of Durham went to be with the Lord earlier this week. She graduated from Orange High School.
Surviving are her parents, John and Jackie Bradsher, Hillsborough; three sons, John Christopher Bradsher, Trevor Bradsher, and Desmond Grady; her sister, Lisa Haradon, Colorado; her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Slaughter; and her best friend, Debra Cannady.