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    Tuesday, August 24 2021
    Lofton Leon Durham, Jr.

    Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 06:46 pm   |  Permalink   |  8 Comments  |  Email
    We are so sorry to hear about Lee's passing. You are in our hearts and prayers. If we can help in any way just let us know. I am so sorry Lee had to suffer for so many years. Love to you and yours, Arlene and John
    Posted by Arlene Murdock on 08/26/2021 - 09:45 PM
    Leon will always be in my heart as a great man, role model, mentor, and friend. They don't get any better than he. To say he lived an exemplary life is an understatement. Leon, you're irreplaceable.
    Posted by George Thomas on 08/27/2021 - 09:48 AM
    TO NELL AND FAMILY: Our hearts are saddened to learn of Leon's passing. He held a special place in our realm of friends. We shall always remember the special times shared. May God hold you in the palm of him hands and grant you peace and understanding. Joe & Minnie Reamy
    Posted by Joe & Minnie Reamy on 08/27/2021 - 05:48 PM
    Dear Nell, and all your family, we are so sorry to hear that Leon is gone, we have good memories of our times together over the years. I know you are relieved that he is no longer suffering, as are we, but his loss will be a sadness for you all. We are sending our prayers for you from all of Nancy's family.
    Posted by Arthur and Martha Young on 08/28/2021 - 05:40 PM
    Nell and Family, I am so, so sorry to hear that Leon has passed away.  I worked with Leon at the AAF. He was without a doubt the best boss, mentor and friend.  I could go on and on!   I  lost track of him after he moved to Colonial Beach.  Again I am so sorry.  Christie S. Dalgarno (703) 624 8414 (cell)
    Posted by Christie S. Dalgarno on 09/08/2021 - 05:23 PM
    My condolences to the Durham family. I worked with Leon at AAF and he hired me from there to NAHRO in 1988. Leon was a great boss and considerate,hard working and kind gentlemen always. He often shared stories about his family he loved dearly. May your cherished memories be ever present in the days ahead.
    Posted by Lynetta Tolliver on 09/17/2021 - 08:42 PM
    To the Durham family..I am saddened to hear of Leon's passing. I was a former colleague from NAHRO. He was a great person and colleague..I will miss him..Peace and blessings to you and may Leon rest in peace.
    Posted by LaTonya Rajah on 09/19/2021 - 06:06 PM
    To the Durham family..I am saddened to hear of Leon's passing. I was a former colleague from NAHRO. He was a great person and colleague..I will miss him..Peace and blessings to you and may Leon rest in peace.
    Posted by LaTonya Rajah on 09/19/2021 - 06:08 PM

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    Lofton Leon Durham, Jr., 77, of Wake Forest, NC and formerly of Colonial Beach, VA died on August 24, 2021. He was born January 21, 1944 in Alexandria, VA son of the late Lofton Leon Durham, Sr. and Annie Lucas Smith Durham. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nellie June Dunnavant Durham and his three children and ten grandchildren. His son Dr. Lofton Leon Durham, III, wife Nancy Young and children Arthur and Howard; daughter Amanda June Durham Franko Wells husband Sam Wells, Jr., and children Cameron Franko, Brayden Franko, Addison Franko, Griffin Franko, Charlotte Wells , Sammy Wells, III; son Jonathan Ezra Durham, wife Amy Henry Durham, children Callie Durham and Henry Durham; two sisters, Deborah Durham Soper and Denise Durham Pauletti. Mr. Durham graduated from Wakefield High School, Arlington, VA in 1962 And received a BS in accounting from the University of Maryland in 1972. He served his country for four years as an army security analyst stationed in Ethiopia and Korea and at Vint Hill Farms Station in Virginia.

    He found his true calling in association management. He served three different non-profits over thirty-two years as a finance officer ending as chief financial officer for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). During this time he was a member of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives. He earned the designation of CAE (Certified Association Executive) and at the time of his death was a CAE Retired. He always liked the fact that in association management you worked the mission not the product. To him it was a higher calling.

    During his tenure at NAHRO, Mr. Durham was staff  in charge of delivery of a new headquarters building for the association. He was in charge of all construction management functions. The building is located at 630 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001. Mr.  Durham was very proud of this accomplishment.

    Mr.  Druham was a member and past treasurer of Ephesus Christian Church.

    Graveside funeral services will be held 11AM Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 22482 Prince Edward Highway, Rice, Virginia 23966

    Please consider memorial gifts to Ephesus Christian Church, Box 3, Foneswood, VA 22572.

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