John Christopher Detwiler, 83, died on February 25, 2020 in Durham, NC. He is survived by his wife, Lessie Lide Detwiler, daughters Laura Detwiler Stratton (Joe) and Jennifer Detwiler, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren , his sister Juliana Sutton (Jack) of Glen Allen, VA, brother-in-law William M. Lide Jr (Barry) of Irmo, SC and many beloved nieces and nephews. John and Lessie were married for 62 years.
John grew up In Columbia, SC and graduated from Dreher High School and Wofford College. John also received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a Master of Theology Degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC. John worked as a Chaplain and Marriage & Family Counselor at Duke Medical Center. He was a lifelong member of Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday March 14, 2020 in the Upper School Meeting Hall at Carolina Friends School, 4809 Friends School Road, Durham, NC 27705. Memorial Contributions may be made to Carolina Friends School or Duke HomeCare & Hospice (Hospice Program), Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.