Melvin Rudolph Creech, 80, of 1611 E. Holly St., went home to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ on January 5, 2006, at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Creech was born in Johnston County on September 8, 1925, to the late William Aaron Creech and Beatrice Kirby Creech. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. While serving his country during the Battle of the Bulge, he became a prisoner of war. Mr. Creech was a health care technician for 20 years with Cherry Hospital, and also worked as a barber with Model Barber Shop in downtown Goldsboro. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First Free Will Baptist Church, 604 E. Ash St. The Rev. Norman Ard will officiate. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park.
Mr. Creech is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruby Grady Creech; two daughters, Sharlene Howell of Goldsboro and Melanie Skinner and husband, Johnny of Pikeville; a son, Rodney Creech and wife, Gale Jones Creech of Statesville; two brothers, John Creech and wife, Irene of Micro, and Roger Lee Creech and wife, Anne of Ayden; a sister, Pauline Brown of Smithfield; two grandchildren, Shawn Howell and wife, Karen of Benson and Timothy Howell of Goldsboro; and a great-grandchild, Isabel Howell.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Malcolm Creech and Aaron Creech; a sister, Essie Mae Deans; a grandson, Matthew Howell; and a son-in-law, Paul Howell, Jr.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home, and other times at his residence.
(Written & Paid by the Family) Published in Obituaries on January 6, 2006 2:11 PM (published in Goldsboro News-Argus Newspaper)
I recall hearing players refer to Rudolph as a gentleman, and a good checker player who supported our great mind sport. As secretary of NCCA, I inherited old records from our past secretary showing Rudolph played tournament checker in the seventies before his brother Roger started playing the tournament circuit, and perhaps before that. Here is a newspaper article of the Wilson - Greenville - Kinston - Goldsboro checker gang playing at Heath's welding shop (picture). He played the NC tournament circuit and was a NCCA Life-Time member. 1981 - 3rd GAYP National Cross-Tables
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