Virginia Darrell Dutton Creekmore, a wife, a mother, a teacher, a librarian, a calligrapher, daughter of the late Clyde and Gladys Dutton, died too soon on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 after a courageous 20-year battle with cancer and its effects.
From deep Columbus and Brunswick County roots, Darrell was born at Sidberry Baby Hospital in Wilmington on Feb. 2, 1938. She was the wife of Col. (Ret.) Joseph Powell Creekmore, Sr., with whom she resided on the banks of the Little Shallote River in Supply, and the mother of Col. Joseph P. Creekmore, Jr. of Madison, Alabama and Christopher Lee Creekmore of Shallotte. Darrell was “Granny” to lieutenants Joseph P. Creekmore, III, of Huntsville, Alabama and Michael Dutton Creekmore of Fort Stewart, Georgia and Madeline Christine Creekmore Yerby of Madison, Alabama. Darrell had two great-grandsons, Joseph P. Creekmore, IV and Finn Yerby and was eagerly anticipating the arrival of two great-granddaughters in the spring of 2016.
Not a simple camp follower, Darrell oversaw 23 moves during her marriage and orchestrated the establishment of new homes at each location as her husband followed the flag. Her travels from Whiteville started at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro), to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to Harford County Community College in Maryland, to Towson State University in Maryland, and Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
Along the way she earned a bachelor degree, two master’s degrees, taught public school in three states and in Japan, served as a medical librarian in Heidelberg, Germany, worked at the Social Security Administration in Washington D.C., and taught English-as-a second-language to U.S. Army trainees, including how to assemble and disassemble U.S. Army rifles and the elements of drill.
Never content to just work for wages and keep house, Darrell was active in Officers Wives Clubs at each post, camp and station where she lived. When she settled in Greensboro for 20 years, she expanded her understanding and knowledge of Ikebana flower arranging which she first experienced while living in Okinawa and was an active member of the Anniversary Garden Club. Also, while living in Greensboro Darrell developed a passion for calligraphy. She was active in the Piedmont Society of Scribes and the North Carolina Lettering Arts Association.
When she moved to Brunswick County, she followed her dream perfecting “beautiful writing” as a member of the Coastal Calligraphy Collective–a dream no calligrapher ever fulfills. Darrell was privileged to study under great calligraphers Pat McKenzie in Greensboro, Joyce Teta in Winston-Salem, Peter Thornton from England, Sheila Walters of Washington D.C., Dot Boyd of Southport and a host of other guiding lights from other parts of the United States and Canada.
Wherever she went, Darrell made people smile and flowers bloom.
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