Juanita Lee Latimer McCulloh, 88, of Fort Worth, TX and most recently of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on April 26, 2015 in Durham, NC after a brief period of declining health.
Mrs. McCulloh was born on October 12,1926, in Douglass, KS to the Reverend Elwood Karl Latimer and Ismay Langston Latimer. She had one sister, Carolyn Joan Latimer Berk. As a child, her family moved many times including a move from Mississippi to California at the bottom of The Great Depression when her father arranged a “church swap.”
She graduated from Whitworth Preparatory School and received an AA degree from Brenau College in Gainsville, GA. In 1948 she received her BA from Texas Christian University majoring in Drama and English. Mrs. McCulloh began her teaching career in Mississippi and was soon recruited by Eagle Pass Public Schools in Texas. It was at Eagle Pass she met her future husband, Rayburn Eugene McCulloh and they were married in 1950.
After a decade of homemaking, and service to church and community she returned to teaching in 1971. She taught until 1998 at Western Hills High School in Ft. Worth TX. She established the Performing Arts Department and worked with music and art teachers and students directing signature musicals including South Pacific, Oklahoma, West Side Story, and Bye-Bye Birdie. She taught a wide variety of classes including American Culture and Thought, English, History, Speech and Drama. She worked with administrators to expand the high school curriculum to include Psychology and Sociology. She kept in touch with many of her student through social media.
Her summers were spent mixing adventure and service. She tutored incoming college students at Berea College. She taught at Oneida Institute. She was the librarian at Red Bird Mission all in Kentucky. She had the unique experience of supervising college students at the Edible Jungle in Hawaii. She traveled to Scotland, Greece, Mexico, and throughout the South visiting family and friends. During these trips she documented the history of the Latimer and Langston families.
Simply put, her life was adventurous, empowering and filled with humor. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and students.
Mrs. McCulloh was a member of the Mary Isham Keith Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, and the Wednesday Woman’s Club of Ft. Worth. She was a member of University Christian Church in Ft. Worth Texas and Chapel Hill Christian Church in Chapel Hill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and her husband. She is survived by her son, Rayburn Latimer McCulloh, her daughter in law Marie Hennelly McCulloh, her daughter the Reverend Rebecca Shirley McCulloh, her grandchildren Rayburn Eugene McCulloh II and Elizabeth Grace McCulloh, all of Durham NC. She is survived by six nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held on May 2, 2015 at 2:00 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 632 Laurel Hill Rd, Chapel Hill, NC. The Reverend Nancy Jenkins of Chapel Hill Christian Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers memorial contribution can be made to: McCulloh-Latimer Scholarship Fund: Schreiner University, 2100 San Antonio Highway, Kerrville TX. 78028, or the Chapel Hill Christian Church, PO Box 3424 Chapel Hill, NC 27515. Online condolences may be expressed at CremationSocietyNC.com.