Ralph Edward McLaurin, 86, of Hadley Mill Road, Siler City, died December 6, 2009 at the VA Medical Center in Durham.
A Chatham County native, Mr. McLaurin was born September 20, 1923, a son of Albert Hugh McLaurin and Lucy Rhyne McLaurin. He was a retired seafood dealer; an avid outdoorsman that loved to hunt and fish, and a notorious gardener who enjoyed both growing and sharing nature’s bounty with his family and friends. Mr. McLaurin was a long time, devoted member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where he had served in various capacities, including chairman of the trustees, Sunday School superintendant, and teaching Sunday School Mr. McLaurin served as a US Marine in the Pacific during World War II. He was also a loyal Tarheel fan.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Irene Poe McLaurin; son, Ed McLaurin of Siler City; daughter, Teresa McLaurin Bower of Springfield, IL; brothers, Neil J. McLaurin of Pittsboro, and A. Joe McLaurin of Siler City; grandchildren, Donnie Shane Brafford, Ginger Irene McLaurin Cunningham, Ralph Edward McLaurin, III, Cathy Bower, and Kelly Bower Norris; and a great-grandchiild, Bryce Shane Brafford.
The funeral service for Mr. McLaurin will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ray Gooch presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may visit with the family in the church fellowship hall following the service, and at other times at the McLaurin residence.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hallwynne.com, select “Obituaries”.
Arrangements for Mr. McLaurin are under the care of Hall – Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation, Griffin Chapel, of Pittsboro.