In Memory

Don Creed - Class Of 1963


Don Creed Graduated From CMA in 1963

First Lieutenant, B Company

Laurinburg NC


Varsity Letter Club

Day Student


Obituary As It Appeared In The Laurinburg Exchange Newspaper

Dr. Don Wendell Creed

Dr. Don Wendell Creed, 64, of Elizabethtown passed away on Sept. 21, 2009 surrounded by his family. Dr. Creed was a family physician who served the people of southeastern North Carolina for more than 30 years. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and physician, Dr. Creed will be long remembered for his dedication to his family, friends and patients. Dr. Creed was loved, respected and admired by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Dr. Creed was born July 26, 1945 in Scotland County to the late Dr. George Otis and Mrs. Jacquelyne Daniels Creed. He had two brothers, the late George Otis Creed, Jr. and the late Sandy James Creed. Dr. Creed grew up in Scotland County where his father was also a family physician. Dr. Creed was a 1963 graduate of Carolina Military Academy in Maxton. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Pembroke State University in 1967 and then went on to Clemson University where he earned his Masters of Science degree. In 1975 he graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina and did his residency in Greenville, South Carolina. After passing both his North Carolina and South Carolina State Medical Boards in 1976, he settled in Elizabethtown where he opened his family medicine practice in 1976. His career as a family physician spanned more than three decades before his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Creed was a true sportsman and spent his life practicing wildlife conservation and management. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved sharing his respect for the outdoors and love of wildlife with his family and friends. His love of wildlife extended into the treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife. He saved numerous lives of animals over the years and it was not unusual for Dr. Creed to raise from infancy deer, raccoons, possum and beaver, among others. He also loved operating his tractors, backhoe and equipment on his property. Later in his life Dr. Creed enjoyed studying and discussing Civil War history and artifacts.

Dr. Creed is survived by his wife of 42 years, Donna Stephens Creed of Elizabethtown; a son, Don W. “Skipper” Creed, Jr. and his wife Laura and their children, Ben and Sam of Southern Pines; two daughters, Jacquelyne G. “Gigi” Creed-Enloe and her husband Mark and their children, Tucker, Gianna and Jonsie of Elizabethtown, and Penelope V. “Penny” Creed and her son, Creed of Southern Pines.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that consideration be given to donations to the N.C. Wildlife Endowment Fund, 1710 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1710 and Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Visitation will be at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home, Elizabethtown on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home, Elizabethtown with interment immediately following at Hillside Cemetery, Laurinburg.  


A few reflections of Don Creed....

Don and I were good friends at Laurinburg High together. Then each of us went to different boarding schools. We were united when we both enrolled at CMA. It was 1962, its first year of operation. Along with Don's brother, Sandy, we were the only three day students.

After graduation, our paths took different directions. Unlike me, Don never went to Laurinburg High reunions. When I helped organize the first CMA reunion, Don and Donna attended. And as long as his health allowed, Don was at all the CMA reunions.

As is the case with truly good friends, time and distance had done nothing to make our friendship less dear. Don was fun, genuine, humble, and loyal to his family, friends, and patients. You could talk with him for hours and nothing he would say or infer would have you believe he was a highly educated physician.

A school -like society was a whole- reflects people of all caliber. Some are quite worthy, some very unworthy, with most of us somewhere in between. All that knew him would agree: Don Creed was top drawer.

Frank Lea Class of 1964


Don Creed's casket with the Confederate battle flag at Hillside Cemetery, Laurinburg


The floral arrangement sent by Cadets Shark Roberts and Frank Lea. Done in CMA colors, the picture is Don's senior photo enlarged.



The grave site of Don in front of the Creed Mausoleum. The mausoleum holds the remains of Don's parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Creed, his brother Skipper, who died in a auto crash in 1959, and his brother Sandy. Don was the last surviving child

In tribute to his fellow classmate, Shark Roberts lowered his battle flag to half staff at his home on the Ashley River near Charleston


Frank Lea flies his battle flag at half mast in Don's honor at his Ocean Isle Beach, NC, vacation house.







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09/22/09 09:34 PM #1    

Steve Peeler (1964)

I am saddened to hear of Don's passing. I felt we all belonged to something bigger than us when we were at CMA. When we gather for reunions I feel the same belonging. Don has moved to a better place.

To his family; Gods love and peace.

09/23/09 01:39 PM #2    

Randy Jennings (1963)

To his family and friends my heartfelt condolences, he will truly be missed as a friend and a classmate.

CMA 1963

09/24/09 09:59 AM #3    

Cal Humbert (1968)

With deepest sympathy for your loss-my thoughts are with you.

09/26/09 01:45 PM #4    

L. S. (Scott) Blankinship (1963)

Carol and I were deeply saddened over the news of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna and the Creed family.

Scott Blankinship
CMA 1963

09/27/09 10:42 AM #5    

Randy Jennings (1963)

I would like to thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. Daddy spoke highly of CMA and his classmates.He was a wonderful father,grandfather,physician and a wonderful friend to all that new him. With much appreciation,

Gigi Creed-Enloe

Email From Gigi Creed-Enloe to the CMA Alumni Assn.

10/09/09 12:28 PM #6    

Randy Jennings (1963)

October 1, 2009
Carolina Military Academy Reunion
5157 Shady Meadow Ln
Denver, NC 28037-6465

Dear Sir or Madam:

On behalf of the many children with autism who are unable to communicate and express their gratitude, I would like to thank you for your generous gift of $50.00 to Autism Speaks in memory of Don Creed. Your investment in our work is very much appreciated. We do not have a family member on file in which to inform of your

Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes,prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; raising public awareness about autism and itseffects on individuals, families, and society; and bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. A new child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes, making it the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the United States today.

Thanks to your help and the help of many others, we will be able to more rapidly advance our important mission.

For the many children and families we serve, thank you.


Mark Roithrna

Autism Speaks is a 50lc3 organization, donations to which are tax deductible to thefullest extent of the
law. This letter confirms that no good~ or services were provided in connection with the tax deductible

(Letter From Autism Speaks For Donation Given In Cadet/Dr. Don Creed Name At The Familys Request)

10/09/09 12:32 PM #7    

Randy Jennings (1963)

Mr. Jennings,

I can't express how touching this tribute is. Now even more than before I see why Daddy had such a connection to his CMA buddies. I would like to send you a memorial DVD of him to you in hopes that you can share it with others. Would you please send me your address so that I mail it to you? I would love to meet all of you some day and listen to all the tales about him. People often said that I had Daddy wrapped around my little finger,but in reality he had me wrapped around his. Thank you all again for your loyalty and kind thoughts. Gigi

--- On Tue, 10/6/09, Randy Jennings wrote:

From: Randy Jennings
Subject: Don Creeds' Memorial Tribute
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 6:08 PM
Hi Gigi

Frank Lea and Melvin Roberts asked me to send this link to you for Don's "In Memory" Page. They had taken some photos and added their thoughts to the page. If you have any questions about the site please let me know at the address below.

Gigi Creed-Enloe

Email From Gigi Creed-Enloe to the CMA Alumni Assn.

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