Dave Scurlock


David Caesar “Dave” Scurlock Jr. age 84, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at his home in Sylva, N.C., surrounded by family.

Dave was born on Nov. 22, 1935 to the late David C. Scurlock and Julia Scarborough Scurlock in Greensboro.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Blair Hartbarger.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Helen Payne Scurlock; son David Caesar “D.C.” Scurlock III; daughter, Mary Helen Scurlock Hartbarger and husband James Francis “Buzz;” grandsons, James Robert “Jay,” David Christopher and William Gordon; granddaughter Julia Hartbarger Duvall and husband Corey; great-grandson, John Bairs “J.B.” Duvall; niece, Pamela Austin Chewning (Lee); nephew, Lyman D. Austin (Elaine); and several nieces, nephews and several beloved cousins.

Born prematurely with little chance of survival, Dave beat the odds and grew up in Greensboro excelling in football, basketball and track and later attended UNC Chapel Hill on a full track scholarship where he set numerous records and as a senior, received the highest athletic honor at UNC, the Patterson Medal.

After college, Dave went into the Air Force and was based in California and later Texas. When his time in the service ended, Dave moved his young family to Lumberton, N.C., where he managed the local Sears store for more than 30 years.

After his retirement from Sears, Dave went to work for himself and long-time friend Richard “Dick” Taylor renovating properties in Lumberton.

Dave was very active in the Lumberton Presbyterian Church, especially in the kitchen where you could find him most Wednesdays preparing Wednesday night supper. He served as a youth group leader along with his wife, Helen, for many years and was also a member of the choir.

In 2006, Dave and wife Helen purchased a home in Sylva to be closer to their family in the mountains. Dave was back and forth taking care of properties in Lumberton for many years before he moved to Sylva permanently in August 2019.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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