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GREENSBORO -- Dr. Claibourne Worth Poindexter died peacefully on Saturday morning March 16th.

Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday March 20, 2013 at West Market Street United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends at 702 Country Club Drive on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, and following the church service.

Clay was born in Greensboro on January 25, 1926 to Edna Louise Taylor and Charles Cleveau Poindexter. He attended Spring Street Elementary, Central Junior High and Greensboro Senior High School where he graduated in 1944.As a youngster, he became associated with the Boy Scouts of America and attained the Rank of Eagle Scout, was initiated into the Order of the Arrow, served as Patrol Leader and later as Waterfront Director at Camp Greystone. he moved on to senior scouting by joining the storied National Flagship winner of the Sea Scouts, The SCS, Davy Jones. High Rock Lake Sea Scout Base became almost a second home every weekend. He was there on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 on the "day that will live in infamy". Clairbourne enrolled at NC State, was elected to the Freshman Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, withdrew in anticipation of being drafted, only to receive a senatorial appointment to the United States Naval Academy, transferred to Duke University while awaiting the incoming USNA class in June. Poor vision disqualified him for admission to The Academy so he enlisted in the USN Reserve and served in WWII as an Electronic Technician's Mate 2/C aboard the Destroyer Escort 163, the USS McConnell.Upon discharge, he returned to Duke, was selected to Phi Beta Kappa in his Junior year, left Duke to enroll in the freshman class at The University of Pennsylvania Dental School, but summer schooled at Duke to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in pre-Medical Studies, in 1950.At Penn he was President of the Matthew H. Cryer Society, the Junior Year Honorary, President of the University Section of the American Dental Association, was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Senior Year Honorary and was graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1952.Clay returned to Greensboro to associate with his father in the General Practice of Dentistry. In 1956, Claibourne joined in marriage with Emma Elizabeth Mills of Winston-Salem whom he had met at Penn Dental School. Emma became his helpmate in building his long career of service to his patients and to the professional organizations to which he belonged. They had four sons. The Poindexters were members of West Market United Methodist Church in which both served as teachers, board members and in various roles in the congregational structure. Claibourne was a Scoutmaster and Explorer Leader at West Market United Methodist Church. The Poindexters were also members of The Home Moravian Church in WInston-Salem, North Carolina.Emma and Clay were founding members of the Carousel Cotillion Club, founding parents of Greensboro Day School where Clay served many terms as Board Member and one term as Chairman. They also joined with friends in the formation of The Greensboro Opera Company and hosted many years of annual Opera Soiree evenings.In service of his profession, he moved up the "ladder" of offices in serving three terms as Secretary, then President of Guilford County Third District of North Carolina Dental Society and then President of the North Carolina Dental Society, all components of the American Dental Association. He was President of the North Carolina Orthodontic Society, which represented his specialty, having returned to academia at UNC Dental School for a residency and Masters Degree, MSC, graduating in 1965. He was on the Executive Committee of the Dental Foundation of NC, Inc. and Vice President of Delta Dental Corporation of North Carolina.Clay was most proud of his roles in desegregating the NC Dental Society and of his leadership. He considered that his role in promoting and funding of the prevention program of the North Carolina Dental Society was his finest contribution to the citizens of our State. At the National Congress of the American Dental Association, he accepted for the NCDS the award as the first publicly funded program in all of dentistry worldwide. He was an avid reader, outdoor enthusiast and had a great love of all things DUKE!He is survived by his wife, Emma Mills Poindexter, fours sons, Claibourne Worth Poindexter, Jr., Cabell Mills Poindexter, Charles Cleveau Poindexter, II and Christian Taylor Johnston Poindexter. Three "daughters in love", Beth Wojciechowski Poindexter, Pamela Gordon Poindexter and Jennifer Fenwick Poindexter. Three grandsons, Claibourne Worth Poindexter, III, Cabell Mills Poindexter, Jr and Charles Cleveau Poindexter, III. Two granddaughters, Emma Louise Poindexter and Alexandra Worth Poindexter.The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to his devoted caregivers, Carol Murphy, Lynette and Charles Roberts and Laurie Surratt as well as their wonderful medical Doctors, Dr. Richard Aronson and Dr. John Russo. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Greensboro Day School, Duke University or West Market Street United Methodist Church.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013
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