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L. Donald Underwood

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Lehman Donald Underwood


L. Donald Underwood, 82, son of the late Sarah and Lehman Underwood of Smithfield, was born December 4, 1930, and passed away November 29, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois Chilton Underwood; daughter, Donna Underwood Reiter and husband, Gary, of Durham; son, David Underwood and wife, Mary, of Raleigh; grandchildren, Jessica Reiter Williamson and husband, Odell Williamson, Jr., Ocean Isle Beach, Meredith Reiter and Adam Smith of Charlotte, Gray Underwood of UNC-Wilmington, and Harrison Underwood of Raleigh; great granddaughter, Lillian Williamson; brothers, Dewey, Bobbie and Norman Underwood; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Scott Underwood.

Don graduated from Smithfield High School, NCSU School of Textiles with honors and Accounting at King's Business College, Raleigh. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and after graduating from the Southeastern Signal School at Camp Gordon, Augusta, GA, was sent to Germany where he served in Field Communications. After active service, he remained in the Reserves.

He was a member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church and the Frances Asbury Sunday School Class since 1966.

Don was founder and owner of Educational Equipment Company. With his business expertise and love of carpet textiles, the company became one of the first exclusively commercial carpet companies in NC. He enjoyed all aspects of his many projects working with owners, company representatives, designers and architects throughout the state.

Don loved his family, enjoyed travel, especially to the beach, being with friends, golf, sports and his work.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Marys Street, Raleigh, NC 27605. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Private inurnment in the church columbarium will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 or Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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Published in The News & Observer on Dec. 1, 2013
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