Mr. James Edward Durr, age 79, of Jefferson, North Carolina died on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast in Concord, N.C. Mr. Durr was born on August 25, 1934 in Otoe County, Nebraska to Hubert Joseph and Bertha Barbara Volkmer Durr. He was a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and began his professional career by serving as an accountant at Veterans Administration hospitals across the nation. In 1983 he and his family relocated to Jefferson where he worked for the Appalachian Regional Library as the finance director and also in the circulations department until his retirement in 1996. In addition to his devotion to the Nebraska Cornhuskers college football team, Mr. Durr was an enthusiastic musician, accomplished in both the piano and organ. He will be remembered for his love of music which he shared with the congregation of St. Francis of Assisi in Jefferson, serving as the church organist for 25 years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father David Brzoska on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, followed by a burial service in the Jefferson City Cemetery and a meal in the church hall. The family will receive friends the evening before on Tuesday, January 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home in West Jefferson.
Mr. Durr is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patsy Richardson Durr of the home; one son, Mark Durr of Jefferson; four daughters: Barbara Durr (Robert) Weaver of Jefferson, Rebecca Durr (Paul) Moffett of Davidson, N.C., Melissa Durr (Fred Jr.) Shulski of Goodyear, Arizona and Martha Durr (John) Shulski of Lincoln, Nebraska; one sister, Mary Durr (Leonard) Kaiser of Nebraska City, Nebraska; eight grandchildren: Bryan Bell, Maggie Moffett, Janey Moffett, Hannah Shulski, Paul Shulski, Claire Shulski, Dmitri Shulski and Edmund Shulski. In addition to his parents, Mr. Durr was predeceased by one brother, Kermit Durr and one sister, Dorothy Durr Sullivan.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Building Fund, P.O. Box 1, Jefferson, NC 28640.
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