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Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® Names Hall of Fame Award Recipients

Raleigh, NC, December 09, 2009 --( John Wood, president of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® (RRAR) (, announced the recipients of the 2009 Annual Hall of Fame Awards. The honorees this year include Raymond Larcher, Ed Willer, Carter Worthy, Parker Creech and the late Ray Stivers. The awards were presented in a private ceremony, which included close associated and family, on Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. at RRAR headquarters located at 111 REALTORS® Way in Cary.

About this year’s recipients:
Among his many accomplishments, Raymond Charles Larcher has been the executive vice president of RRAR for more than 16 years after joining in 1994 when the association had a mere 2,200 members. Prior to his membership in Raleigh, Larcher spent over a decade at the NC Association in REALTORS® in Greensboro, as well as served as the executive director of the NC Real Estate Educational Foundation and director of the association’s annual Convention.

Ed Willer is the current president of York Properties Residential. In addition to serving as a past president of RRAR, Willer has also been named as a REALTOR® of the Year and serves as the president of the North Carolina Educational Foundation. Ed is a strong believer in community service, and acts as a board member of Wake County United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and Wake Education.

Carter Worthy began her successful real estate career in the Triangle after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, and has been an active community servant in a wide variety of industry, public and volunteer roles. In addition to serving on the RRAR Board of Directors, she was named Realtor of the Year by the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors in 1998.

Parker Creech graduated from East Carolina University with a concentration in Real Estate and Marketing before he began his real estate career in 1977 in Wilson, North Carolina at Etheridge and Associates. He moved to Raleigh in 1984, still associated with Etheridge, later working with Steve Eastman. Creech came to work with Zack Bacon in 1987 – now with Prudential York Simpson Underwood Realty. Creech served as president of area board and was named its Realtor of the Year. He is a founding member of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors Foundation. On the state level, he served as a regional vice president and a supporter of North Carolina Association of Realtors’ Homes 4 NC.

Raymond Stivers was one of the original “southern gentlemen” of real estate back in the late sixties and early seventies. Stivers initially joined Ogburn Realty and later formed and co-owned Blakely-Stivers Realty before ending his career with Simpson Underwood. He served as president of RRAR in 1974 and remained an active board member as well as a community servant through his role as treasurer of the Brooks Avenue Church of Christ before his death in 1986.

“It is our great pleasure to honor this year’s Hall of Fame Award recipients,” said Wood. “RRAR appreciates the hard work of all of its members and we enjoy recognizing those who have dedicated their time and made lifelong contributions to the association.”

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About Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®:
For more than 70 years, the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® has been the area’s leader in real estate, providing quality programs to help its members deliver a myriad of real estate services in the Raleigh area. Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® offers members a vast resource of services, products and programs to meet the evolving needs of the real estate industry and consumers. These resources include educational programs, Triangle MLS access, networking opportunities and more. The association also serves as a leading advocate of private property rights and community involvement. For more information, visit

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