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Richard Palmer Cram

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Richard Palmer Cram went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2018, at the age of 71 years. He will forever be remembered by his wife and best friend Judy; three daughters; Suzann (Art), Leann (Boz), and Amanda (Brent); brother Peter (Donna), sister Jill (Terry), and two stepchildren, Adam and Sam. Twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild, and many other relatives and beloved friends will miss Richard’s smile and encouragement. He is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ruth Anne (Palmer), and his sister, Bonney.

Richard was raised in Middlebury, Vt., served in the Air Force and graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He lived in various states, finally settling in Greensboro, North Carolina. Richard worked as an IT professional and DBA at such companies as General Electric, Black and Decker, VF Corp and LabCorp. After retirement, he returned to school and became a commissioned lay pastor. Richard then had the privilege of serving as pastor to the congregation of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church in N.C. before heading overseas.

Richard’s passions were people and travel, and he very much enjoyed residing in Casablanca, Morocco the last few years of his life. While living in Casa, Richard and Judy had the opportunity to travel all over Europe and Africa, appreciating new cultures, and learning about themselves in the process. Richard greatly valued participating in the African Entrepreneurship Award program, encouraging and mentoring young entrepreneurs from Africa and around the globe. He truly believed that African entrepreneurs are the economic future of the continent.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 2, at Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 2614 Oak Ridge Rd, Oak Ridge, NC 27310. The Reverends Marti Reed Hazelrigg and John Hartman will preside. Donations in memory of Richard can be made to Autumn House, 3902 Derbyshire Dr. Greensboro, NC 27410. Autumn House is a small residential facility that serves adults with developmental disabilities.◊

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