June 17, 1931 - December 15, 2015
Raleigh Matkin Durham was born on June 17, 1931 in Waco, Texas to Mildred and George Durham. After frequent hospitalizations in the last 6 months, died peacefully at the age of 84 on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, DeAnna Sue; daughters, Kimberly Kaye Weinert, Beverly Sue Anderson, Emily Anne Taylor, and husband, Danny; seven wonderful grandchildren, Philip Weinert, Lauren Hairston, Cheryl Erven, Annalee Anderson, Ashleigh, Meaghan and Daniel Taylor; and niece Kelly Marzio.
Raleigh graduated from Crozier Tech High School in 1949. He served in the United States Army reserves. He loved playing in the men’s softball league at North Temple Baptist where he met his wife, DeAnna Sue Weidner.
Raleigh had a strong and genuine love for his Lord, Jesus Christ, his wife, his children and his wonderful grandsons and granddaughters. He loved sports with a passion. He enjoyed watching and going to see the Lady Bears of Baylor University play. He also loved watching baseball, especially the Texas Rangers. In his earlier years he enjoyed coaching children in Kid’s Community Basketball at his church First Baptist Church Carrollton. He loved traveling with his wife and family whenever the opportunity arose.
He loved sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone he could. He loved serving as a deacon at his church and singing in the Live Wire Choir.
He worked for several years at Republic National Bank. Later he worked as Office Manager for Colorado Professional Billing Services and recently retired from Dallas County Transportation after 19 years of service.
He was a wonderful husband, wonderful father, the rock of our family and a amazing PaPa to his grandchildren.
He will be deeply missed but his legacy lives on in the lives of his family and many friends.
Visitation will be on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at First Baptist Church Carrollton, 2400 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75006.
Funeral services will begin immediately after the visitation at the church.
Interment will follow the funeral services at Hilltop Memorial Park, 1810 North Perry Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006.
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