Obituaries, March 6, 2014

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 05:23 PM


Ferdinand Vincent (F.V.) "Pete" Allison, Jr.
DURHAM — Ferdinand Vincent (F.V.) "Pete" Allison, Jr., passed away in his home at age of 91 on the morning of March 3, 2014. Allison was a retired banker and longtime civil and human rights activist with distinguished service to the Durham community expanding 60 years.
Mr. Allison was at the helm of Mutual Community Savings Bank from 1978 to 1996, serving as its president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors. He joined the bank in 1953, rising through the ranks after starting as a bookkeeper and teller.
He was also one of the early chairs of the Durham Business and Professional Chain and a longtime member of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, toiling for 34 years as its treasurer and then as its chairman in the early 1990s.
Mr. Allison was a native of Greensville County, VA, growing up in Emporia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University before relocating to Durham.
A meeting with former Mutual Savings & Loan Association President John S. “Shag” Stewart resulted in a job offer where he established a successful professional career in the banking industry. As its chief executive, Mr. Allison’s business acumen resulted in the bank’s transition from a savings and loan to a community savings bank, plus the acquisition of two smaller banks. It has been noted that Mutual’s success at “providing a vehicle for lending to people who might have had difficulties and challenges with more traditional banking institutions,” was due to Allison’s leadership. Mr. Allison was “a champion of economic development.”
Mr. Allison never held elected office, but his political prowess gained him respect from city and county leaders who looked to him to fill advisory roles. He served, for example, as Chair of the RDU Airport Authority Board, a post his son said he was “most proud of” because it coincided with the start of direct international flights to London. He also received a gubernatorial appointment to the board of the N.C. Education Assistance Authority, which advises the UNC system on the handling of student-aid issues.
Mr. Allison is survived by his wife, Dr. E. Lavonia Allison; two children, K. Michele Allison-Davis (Curtis) and F. Vincent Allison III (Terri); two sisters, Rosebud Caves and Christine Roberts; and four grandchildren, Christopher Vincent Allison, Bryan Mikell Allison, Curtis LeGrande Davis Jr., and Melissa Allison Davis.
The wake will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at White Rock Baptist Church. The Alpha Tau Boule and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be conducting their homegoing services during the wake. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at White Rock Baptist Church at 1:00 PM with visitation beginning at 12:00 noon.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to one of the following: Allison Endowed Scholarship at Hampton University, Office of the Dean, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668, or North Carolina Central University Foundation, Inc., 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707, memo line: School of Business, Attention: S.L. Hester.
Arrangements conducted by Burthey Funeral Services of Durham.

Edna Barbee Atkins
DURHAM — Mrs. Edna Barbee Atkins, age 89, died Monday afternoon at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
Born June 18, 1924, Mrs. Atkins was the daughter of the late Ernest Paul and Effie Pearl Couch Barbee. She attended the Durham County Schools, and was employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield for many years. She was a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church. Her husband, Harold Shepherd Atkins, died April 23, 1996.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Atkins and Sharrell Holleman Cabble and husband Richard, both of Durham; her brother, Herbert Barbee and wife Barbara of Durham; her sister, Clara Rigsbee of Wilmington; five grandchildren, Paxton Augustine and wife Sarah, Jennifer Smith and husband Danny, Ryan Augustine, Heather Althaus and husband T.J. and Josh Dernosek and wife Kristin; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 PM in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Rev. Dr. Bill Bigger officiating. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:45 -1:45 PM.
Pallbearers will be Paxton Augustine, Ryan Augustine, Josh Dernosek, T.J. Althaus, and Lou Dernosek and Danny Smith.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan. Select Obituaries.

William T. Charleston, Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. William T. Charleston, Sr., 84, of 507 Price Avenue, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at The Brian Center. His service will be held at 12pm on Saturday, March 8, at Burthey Funeral Chapel, 1510 Fayetteville St. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Burthey Chapel from 11am-12pm one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Charleston is survived by two daughters, Saundra Charleston and Sabrina Charleston-Miles, sister, Annie Ruth Charleston and brother, Edward Lee Charleston.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Samuel McCoy Dixon
DURHAM — Samuel McCoy Dixon, 50, departed his life on February 28th, 2014.
He is survived by his mother Celestine Dixon, father Samuel McCoy Dixon, daughter Shaquitta Pittman, a grandson Keith Lawrence Jr., five siblings and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at The Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3307 Dearborn Drive, Durham, North Carolina. Viewing for family & friends at 12 noon and services start at 1pm. Family will be receiving guests at 15 Ledgerock Way, Durham, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Sarah Brown Fuller
DURHAM — Sarah Brown Fuller, daughter of the late James Brown and Mary Harris, was born January 1, 1938, and departed this life on March 2, 2014.
She is survived by her five children, Linda Williams, Debra Williams, Anissianna Sneed (Walter), John Leach and James Williams; nine grandchildren, Anthony Durant (Jennifer), Travis Williams (Nikki), Kelly Williams (Erica), Christopher Williams, Phillip Williams, Harrison Sneed, Natalie James (Mike), Jessica Leach and Katrina Leach; fourteen great-grandchildren; a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home today at 2pm.

David “Wayne” Lowe
DURHAM — Mr. David “Wayne” Lowe, 72, of 711 Valetta Drive, died on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Mr. Lowe was a native and lifelong resident of Durham. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne and retired after 25 years from IBM Corporation. He was a member of Lowes Grove Baptist Church. He was a member of the Amran Shrine, Bahama Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post 416. Wayne was always giving of himself never expecting anything in return. He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Christine Whitaker, father, David “Mack” Lowe, and his first wife, Linda Lowe.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Dianne Lowe; his mother, Gladys Lowe Ribet; two daughters, Melissa Lowery (Tim) of Roxboro and Deborah Hempel (Alan) of Stafford, Va.; one brother, James Lowe of Durham; one sister, Fayedean Spencer of Durham; two grandchildren, Josh Lowery and Christopher Carden.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Lowes Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers are Jimmy Adams, Richard Dean Reese, Richard Kelly Reese, David Watson, Marshall Shipp and Gary Olive.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 711 Valetta Drive. Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be made at

Drema Delores Motley
DURHAM — Mrs. Drema Delores Motley passed on March 4, 2014 at Duke Hospice. On February 28, 1948, she was born to the late Willie and Georgia Motley in Beckley County, West Virginia.
Survivors include son, Clemon Boddie, II (Loretta); daughter, Lattisha Boddie; sisters, Valeria Shephard, Charlese Motley (NJ); grandchildren, Jamie Boddie, Reko and Mario Daye; and a very special friend, James Tatum.
Funeral service will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Rd., Durham, NC 27704 beginning at 12 noon. A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Professional services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Incorporated.

Ollie Frances “Mimi” Kelly Pickett
DURHAM — Ollie Frances “Mimi” Kelly Pickett met her heavenly father on March 4, 2014. Born October 21, 1924 in the Lowe’s Grove Community of Durham, NC to the late Andrew L. and Ollie Lowe Wynne. She retired from Liggett & Myers to enjoy her family, especially her grandchildren, Kelly and Andrew Bowling.
She was a longtime member of Lowe’s Grove Baptist Church and most recently a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Randy Bowling; her grandchildren, Kelly and Andrew Bowling; her sister, Barbara Adams; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Kelly; her second husband, Harold Pickett; her son, Gregory Kelly; and her siblings, W.C. “Buck” Wynne, Howard Wynne, Earl Wynne, James Wynne, Claiborne Wynne and Nellie Ross.
The family would like to thank her friends, family and special caregivers including Joanne Barker, Callie Council, her “girls” at the Duke Regional Ambulatory Care Center, the staff at Regional Cancer Care and the Hock Family Pavilion staff.
The family will receive visitors at Hall–Wynne Funeral Service on Thursday from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 am at Hope Valley Baptist Church and graveside services will be at Lowe’s Grove Cemetery officiated by Dr. Bill Bigger.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to the Hock Family Pavilion. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Lucinda Roberts Richmond
DURHAM — Lucinda Roberts Richmond, 77, departed her life on March 2, 2014.
She leaves behind her husband, Jimmy Richmond, three daughters and one sister.
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and funeral services will be at Flat Rock AME Church, Hillsborough, NC, Saturday at 2:00 pm.


Florence Carter Ellis
PITTSBORO — Florence Carter Ellis, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, March 3, 2014, with her family by her side.
Florence was born in Bynum, NC and graduated from Pittsboro High School. Prior to her retirement, Florence was employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her retirement years were spent gardening and caring for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, Pam Ellis, Pat Ellis, Amy Holdford and Angie Ellis; her four grandchildren, Brock Holdford, Ethan Holdford, Bryce Holdford and Travis Scott; and her two great-grandchildren, Aubree Holdford and Camden Holdford.
Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Ellis, Jr.
A graveside service will be held 1PM, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Bynum United Methodist Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Gina Barrow. Friends and family will be received at the home following the service.
The family is being assisted by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at Select the Obituaries tab.

Sarah E. Watts Foust Battle
HILLSBOROUGH — Sarah E. Watts Foust Battle, age 80, died March 3, 2014 at Chapel Hill Rehab.
The funeral will be Saturday 3:00pm at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Saturday 2:30pm at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home Chapel.
Survivors are one daughter, Priscilla Ann Foust, and four sons, Charles Foust (Roberta), Darron Foust, Harry “Pete” Foust, and Carton Foust.
Arrangements by Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Carl Thomas Crabtree
ROUGEMONT — Carl Thomas Crabtree, 77, of 9117 NC Hwy 157 W, died Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014 at his home. Mr. Crabtree was born in Person County, son of the late Luther Thomas Crabtree & Coma Hall Crabtree. He retired from Honeywell with forty-two years of service; volunteered with Disaster Relief Feeding Units through the NC Southern Baptist Men serving from the East Coast of NC to Texas, feeding as many as thirty-thousand meals a day. He also worked with Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM), serving on the Board of Directors; involved with Meals on Wheels delivering hot meals to those in need in the community as well as serving in Samaritan Relief Pantry. Mr. Crabtree was a devoted member of Berry's Grove Baptist Church where he volunteered countless hours cooking meals and also did the same on Mission Trips.
Surviving are his wife of over fifty-six years, Sybil Tillman of the home; his children, Sheri Ray & husband Larry of Efland, Jeff Crabtree of Rougemont, Keith Crabtree & wife Tammy of Graham; six grandchildren Chris Rimmer, Timmy McCullough, Wayne Crabtree, Jeffrey Crabtree & Kristen Dunnagan, Joey Crabtree, Caitlyn Crabtree; two great-grandchildren, Anna Rimmer & Gavin Wright.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening March 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM at Berry's Grove Baptist Church and other times at the home.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday morning, March 7, 2014 at Berry's Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Craig Willingham, Rev. Alfred Snipes & Rev. Michael Tillman. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to OCIM, 300 Millstone Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or Berry's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 9628 Berry Road, Timberlake, NC
27583. Condolences may be sent to

Virginia Trigg Ellington
CHAPEL HILL — Virginia Trigg Ellington, mother, aunt and friend, died on Monday, March 3rd in Chapel Hill. She was 86. A force to be reckoned with to the end she died peacefully. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J.P. Ellington, Jr., in 1987.
Virginia was born in Lakewood, Ohio on May 5 1927 to Frances Warr Trigg and Harry E. Trigg. Her family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where she graduated from New Hanover High School. In 1950 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Elon College.
Virginia was married in 1950 to Fred Hawkins and moved to Chapel Hill in 1957. In her early years she devoted time as a founding family of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, was active in the Orange County Republican Party and was two-term president of the Chapel Hill Women's Pharmacy Auxiliary. She worked as an administrative assistant in the department of OB GYN at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She was particularly proud of the work she did in forming the Robert A. Ross Society. She formed many long-lasting friendships among the members of the Society as well as a later splinter group know as "The RARE Group."
She married J.P. Ellington, Jr. in 1967 and in 1973 moved to Lubbock, Texas where she worked in Human Resources for the Lubbock County Hospital District associated with Texas Tech University. She spent ten years in Texas and moved back to Chapel Hill where she devoted many tireless hours working for the Orange County Animal Shelter and later served as a member of the board of directors, serving as secretary and vice chairperson.
Virginia was a passionate advocate for animals particularly those who have no homes. She was the voice of homeless pets for many years and educated many about their plight. Her love of and way with taming stray cats will not likely be duplicated. Virginia's indomitable spirit and strength will be missed by many.
Virginia is survived by her three children, Phillip E. Hawkins of Fresno, California, Karen Hawkins Gillette of Cutchogue, NY, Brian S. Hawkins of Kerrville, Texas, and two step-children, Bari Ellington of Chico, Texas, and Beth Ellington Saunders of Greensboro. She is also survived by her beloved niece, Alice and her husband Richard Wright of Chapel Hill.
A service will be held at Walker's Funeral Home, 120 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Friday, March 7, at 4:00 PM. The family will receive visitors at 3:00 PM.
A private burial will take place at St. David's Cemetery in Cheraw, South Carolina on Saturday, March 8. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Orange County Animal Shelter or Hospice of Wake County.
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Nancy Smith Hooke
CHAPEL HILL — Nancy Smith Hooke passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on February 20, 1930 to Page and Sidney Smith of Greensboro, NC. After graduating from UNC-G with a degree in Piano, she was married to William Hooke on June 3, 1952.
She lived with her family in Princeton, NJ from 1953 to 1986 where she worked variously as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, a manager at the Princeton University Development Office, and most importantly, as a loving, caring mother and wife. She lived in retirement in Chapel Hill, NC from 1986 until her passing. She is survived by her husband, William, her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lisa Hooke, and her grandson, William Robert Hooke of Efland, NC.
A service to Celebrate Mrs. Hooke’s life will be held at the Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, on Friday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m.
Online condolences may be viewed at Select Obituaries & Guestbooks, then Current Services. Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation, Pittsboro, NC.

Grace Ann Palombo
EFLAND — Mrs. Grace Ann Palombo,79, passed away on Friday, February 28th, 2014. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.
She is survived by daughters, Dawn Toney and husband Albert of Mebane, Nancy Almaraz of Maryland; sons, Edward Palombo and wife Lisa of Durham, Paul Palombo and wife Heather of Efland; grandchildren, Kimberly Toney, Michael Palombo, Maria Palombo, and Nichole Palombo; brothers, Pat Cusanelli and Bert Cusanelli. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Palombo; parents, Nicholas and Mary Cusanelli; grandson, Nick Toney; and sister, Mary Griffin.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 7th, 2014 from 6-8PM at McClure Funeral Service in Mebane, 1308 S. 3rd St., Mebane, NC 27302.
A service will be conducted on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 1:30PM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough. Officiating will be Father Tom Tulley.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Home and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215.
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Andrea Lynn McCullom Parker
GREENSBORO — Andrea Lynn McCullom Parker, 48, of Greensboro, NC died Saturday, March 1, 2014 and was born in Brooklyn, NY, Thursday, September 9, 1965 to Steveson Parker and the late Sandra Gail Leek.
A memorial service will be held Saturday 12:00 PM in Love & Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 4344 Blackberry Rd., Greensboro, NC. Family will receive friends one hour before the funeral, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the church.
Survivors are son, Steveson DeLon Parker III, and daughter, Andrea M. Parker, father, Steveson Parker Sr., brothers, Steveson Parker Jr., Christopher Parker and Nicholas Parker, four aunts and two uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM Friday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home, 405 NC Hwy 57 N, Hillsborough, NC 27278, 919-732-3976, and a service with family visitation starting at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
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