Roger Lee Creech Age: 84,  born June 29, 1930 - died August 28, 2014  

Roger Lee Creech, 84, of Ayden, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014. He was born to the late Beatrice and William Aaron Creech on June 29, 1930 in Johnston Co., NC. Roger graduated from Selma High School. He graduated with honors from Atlantic Christian College in 1957. He received his Masters in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1961. He also did post graduate work at the University of South Carolina.

In 1958, he married Anne Moore. They, along with their five children made Ayden, NC home. In addition to enjoying his family, Roger enjoyed playing checkers and participated in tournaments throughout the state. He was an avid ECU Pirate Football fan and Carolina Panthers fan.

Roger was a member of the faculty in the Mathematics Dept. at East Carolina University from 1963 until he retired in 1996. He greatly enjoyed his students and his years teaching.

Roger is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Carolyn Creech and husband, Brian McGinn, of Farmville and Stacy Gunnels and husband, Warren, of Odenton, MD; his sons, David Creech and wife, Laura, of New Bern, Durwood Creech and wife, Lynn, of Ayden and Howard Lee Creech and wife, Judi Rowe Creech, of Ayden; grandchildren, Robert Lee Creech, of Atlanta, GA, Pam Creech, of Wilmington, NC, Raven Creech, of Ayden, Steve Rowe, of Portland, OR and Madison Gunnels, of Odenton, MD.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 6-8pm at Farmer Funeral Service-Ayden and other times at the family home. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The Ronald McDonald House, 529 Moye Blvd. Greenville, NC 27834.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Roger Lee Creech please visit our Sympathy Store. Visitation August 30, 06:00AM - 08:00AM | Farmer Funeral Service, 109 2nd Street, Ayden, NC 28513

Roger and his brother Rudolph were both active and excellent tournament checker players. They were both well liked, fine gentlemen, and both were Life-Time North Carolina Checker Association members. They will be missed, but they leave us with fond memories. Here is a newspaper article of the Wilson - Greenville - Kinston - Goldsboro checker gang playing at Heath's welding shop (picture). Roger played his last National, placing 9th in the Minors Division at the 2003 ACF National GAYP Checker Tournament in Anderson, SC - August 1st - 8th, held at Holiday Inn Express - Sponsored by Honea Path Merchants Association. Roger was a regular at our North Carolina State Opens and District IV Tournaments in the early 80's through 2004.  He placed 3rd in at the 2003 NC State Open at the Ahoskie Inn, Ahoskie, NC and 6th placed in the 2004 NC State Open in Kinston, NC tying with Wade Holder. Roger was usually in the top 1/5 of the field.

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