November 21, 1933 ~ August 17, 2012

Born in: Norton, VA,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Creed F. Alderson, Jr., 78, of Asheville died August 17, 2012 in the loving arms of his family at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center, Asheville. Born in Norton, Virginia, November 21, 1933, Creed was a 22-year resident of Asheville and 50 year part-time resident of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida. Son of Creed Flanary Alderson, Sr. and Mary Ford Alderson, he was preceded in death by his brother Tom Gent Alderson and loving wife, Nicola. Creed wanted to write his own obituary, but it wasn't to be. Creed was a driven man who found great success in every aspect of life. He was raised in the loving care of his mother, Mary, in Washington, DC with siblings Anne and Tom. He enlisted in the army during the Korean War, just after graduating high school, in 1953. He was commissioned to the Corps of Engineers tasked with rebuilding France, and achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant in his three years of service. Indicative of Creed's cleverness, he and an armed guard crossed the border weekly to attain the best exchange rate for the soldier's pay. Having discovered his financial acumen, Creed then enrolled in the esteemed McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia. He graduated in three years with a BS in Commerce, having much success in those college years. Creed was recruited to Francis I. DuPont Company straight out of college. He was named President of his training class and was first in his class at the New York Institute of Finance, Commodity section. His financial services career was remarkably successful, studded by significant contributions to DuPont, Shearson Hayden Stone, Dean Witter Reynolds, Smith Barney and finally as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Wachovia Securities here in Asheville. He was sought after as one of the best and brightest, and worked with some of the greatest stars of the Wall Street world. He was the youngest member of the Chicago Board of Trade. He ran the commodity department on Wall Street for Shearson. For many years, he was called to New York to lecture the next generation of financial managers. Creed frequently participated in radio broadcast open forums on international trade and world monetary policy. He also published and authored an independent political newsletter, and ran for local representative offices in South Florida. Creed was a Renaissance man, a charmer, a gentleman, an epicurean. He was an architect in all aspects of his life and business. In every object, building, and interaction he saw an opportunity to perfect and elevate. He had a tender touch in the garden, cultivating African violets. He had the expertise of a sommelier and the pallet of a gourmand. In retirement he reveled on the golf course at Biltmore Forest Country Club and studiously perfected his West coast swing on the dance floor. Creed lived! He lived a grand life of his making which he shared with a select and adored circle of friends and family. A connoisseur, mathematician, and romantic; he cultivated his life like the finest of wines. At his core was a steely determination to succeed in all things. Most expertly he crafted his years, his days, and his last moments exactly as he wished. This is testament to his love of life. Creed is survived by his children of his first wife, Robert B. Alderson and Mary Anne A. Scott, their spouses Brenda L. Alderson and Samuel E. Scott, and his treasured grandchildren Kayla Anne and Kyle J. Alderson, and Samuel Creed and Benjamin A. Scott. Creed had the distinct honor and pleasure of finding his soul mate of 32 years his dearest "Pucci", Nicola Alderson, with whom he shared a beautiful, rich life of perfect symmetry and balance, love and beauty. They are dancing together now. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 21, in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Interment will follow at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asked that you consider a contribution to your local American Cancer Society or to John F. Keever Solace Center, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28816.

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  1. I was so sad to read of Creed’s passing. He and I spent many hours dancing at the ballroom, at the shag club and at BFCC. He did love to shag and swing! We also shared many meals and bottles of wine. Such a fun and delightful man! Creed really did live life to the fullest, with the energy of a man much younger than he. His life has ended much to soon.

  2. Rob & Brenda, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I remember how close you were and of the golf games you played together. You are in our prayers and thoughts. We love and miss you,
    Cathey & Jack

  3. I remember first meeting Creed at the Asheville Ballroom. He was such a gentleman and a born dancer. He was very sweet and a delight to know. He always had a smile on his face. I will miss seeing him.

  4. Alderson Family, From all of us at the Greensboro System Support Center (FAA), you all are in our
    thoughts and prayers during this saddened time. We know that the loss of Mr. Alderson is devastating, and our prayers are that God’s Grace will comfort and heal.

  5. Rob, Brenda, Mary Ann, Sam, Kayla, Kyle, Sam and Benjamin – my love goes out to all of you at this sad, sad time. To my dear ‘Creedy’, my friend, my mentor – You taught me well. I learned to have eyes ‘in the back of my head’; I learned to store things in my mental computer and let them out when I needed to use them. At first we were just boss and secretary. But soon, we became the dearest of friends. I will miss you, but I know you are with our darling Nicky (your nighttime Italian). And I will always be your ‘daytime Italian’. Love you always, your JV

  6. Creed will be missed by all his golf buddies. Jan and I always enjoyed his company especially the wonderful trip to the Homestead several years ago and more recently, the wine club meetings. He was accomplished, engaging, fun, and a true gentleman. Jan and Lary Schulhof

  7. Rob,
    I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know from the way you always talked about your dad, that you loved him and were very proud of him. I’m really glad that you were able to work in Ashville for the last few weeks, so you could be close and share his final days. I’m deeply saddened at your loss and know you will miss him. Rob, try to remember the good times you had with your dad and cherish those memories.
    I wish we could be at the service, but we have a commitment to our grandsons.
    God bless you and your family as you grieve your loss
    Jerry Bennett

  8. Creed was one of the first Golfers I met when I joined the BFCC; he was a good sport and a true gentleman on and off the course.
    I shall miss him.

  9. Dear Mary Anne and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your father, Creed’s, passing. He was clearly embraced by so much love and support from you all. Allow his love to surround you now and make a home in your hearts and minds. We will be sending you blessings and light.

  10. Creed’s family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your loss and all of ours too. I am so glad I was able to meet some of you at the funeral home and share what a wonderful man he was. He loved to dance and I loved dancing with him. We only played golf once but had a great time. I loved his zest for life and we lost him much too soon. He was a true ‘Southern’ gentleman. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Best man at my first wedding. High school buddy and best buddy and High school Frat. member. After the wedding never saw him again. I have been in Sarasota Fl. since 1986. C Alan Hite


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