Captain Richard (Dick) H. Gresham, U.S.Marine Corps, Ret., 69, of Sunset Beach, N.C., passed away at the UNC Chapel Hill Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, on Saturday, July 13, after a 10-year battle with leukemia.
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Dick was from Greensboro, Ala., and was an avid Crimson Tide football fan. After serving 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dick became a mathematics teacher in the N.C. and S.C. school systems, eventually retiring in 2008. In addition to teaching, Dick coached football, baseball and also coached two N.C. state championship softball teams at Independence High School in Charlotte. He was a member of the Calabash VFW, the Calabash Elks and Quantico Marine Athletes Association.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marge M. Gresham; sons, Kreg and his wife, Lynn, and Kris and his wife, Debbie; and four grandchildren, Hayden, Tanner, Karsen and Tyler. Along with his family, Dick has many friends who supported him through this long battle.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, in the Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Shallotte. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Dick to UNC Chapel Hill Lineberger Cancer Center, Bone Marrow Program, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or the Quantico Marines Athletes Scholarship Fund, c/o Ron Maheau, 274 Beacon Street, Unit 8R, Boston, MA 02116.
Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements by Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.
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Published in The Brunswick Beacon on July 18, 2013