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Clyde Clingman Eskridge Jr.

  Mr. Clyde Clingman Eskridge Jr., 89, of 615 Spring Forest Drive, Sunrise Assisted Living, Raleigh, NC formally of Shelby, NC, died surrounded by his family Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Born September 20, 1922 in Winder, Georgia, he was the son of Clyde Clingman and Ella Mae Summerour Eskridge. He attended Duke University, and proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a staff sergeant and a decorated gunner flying thirty missions over Germany and France. He later returned to Shelby where he worked until his retirement from Dover Textile Group. Clyde was a member of Central United Methodist Church serving as church treasurer and a life-long member of the Hoey Bible Class.

Preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife of 54 years, Betty Norman Eskridge, he is survived by a daughter, Betsy Eskridge Batchelor and husband Scott, of Raleigh; a son Clyde Clingman Eskridge III and wife Linda, of Morganton; a brother, Bob Eskridge and wife Jeanne, of Shelby; a sister, Mary Frances Elliott, of Greenwood, SC; a sister-in-law, Louise Norman Burch, of  Forest City; a sister-in-law, Peggy Norman, of Shelby; and a sister-in-law, Carol Norman Jenkins and husband R.B., of Gastonia, NC. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Sarah Batchelor Tucker and husband Kyle, of Raleigh; Scott Batchelor Jr. and wife Mary Chandler,  of Greensboro; Katie Eskridge Turnmire and husband Ross, of Raleigh; Anne Summerour Eskridge, of Wilmington: and John Norman Eskridge, of Chapel Hill. He is also survived by his three great grandchildren Owen and Trey Tucker, and Louisa Batchelor.

The funeral will be Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, with Reverend Craig Langston officiating, with the family receiving friends immediately following in the fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 200 E. Marion, St., Shelby, NC, 28150

Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Eskridge.

Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com


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