Mr. Richard Eugene Swaringen, 102, of Hyde Park Dr., passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Wilmington. Richard was born Nov. 15, 1911, in Westminister, Md. to the late Rev. Robert Alexander and Louise Furr Swaringen. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Grove Scott Swaringen.
Richard attended Davidson College and graduated from Duke University, as well as receiving advanced degrees from UNC. He was a career educator, working as a teacher in Forsyth County, at Odell High School, and as a principal at A.T. Allen, Hartsell, and Wolf Meadow schools. Richard was a veteran of World War II, where he was a Captain in the U.S. Army.
He also was a dedicated member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for many years and served in leadership positions.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Swaringen Proseus and husband, Richard, of Wilson, Janet Swaringen Montgomery and husband, Frank, of Wilmington; grandchildren, Timothy Edward Proseus and wife, Ashley, of Millsboro, Del., Richard Robert Proseus, of Greenville, N.C. and Meredith Jill Montgomery, of Wilmington; and great-grandson, Edward Alexander Proseus, of Millsboro, Del. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Rd., Concord, NC 28025.
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