Obituaries, March 7, 2014

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 05:36 PM


Essie Mae Creech Hall
DURHAM — Evangelist Essie Mae Creech Hall entered her heavenly home Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
She is survived by three daughters, two sons, twenty-six grandchildren, forty-four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Sunday March 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Mt Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Rd. Funeral services at 2:30 PM.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Marguerite Terese McCauley Kull
DURHAM — Marguerite Terese McCauley Kull, age 94, died peacefully in her Durham home of 43 years on Tuesday evening, March 4, 2014. She was born to the late Mary Agnes Hannon and Charles McCauley in Newark, NJ on October 4, 1919. In 1937 she graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School in South Orange, New Jersey. On May 22, 1943, she married her loving and devoted husband of 71 years, Frederick C. Kull.
Marguerite was an active member of many worthwhile volunteer organizations such as the Watts Hospital and Durham County General Auxiliaries; the Catholic Daughters of Americas; the Study Club (Durham); the Durham Garden Club; and the Fortnightly Club (Summit, NJ). She was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, NC.
Marguerite was also the recipient of the Catholic Daughters of the Year Award, Court Durham in 1982-1983 and again in 1991, and twice regent of the Catholic Daughters of Americas. In 1982-1983, she was the recipient of the Durham County General Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year Award.
In addition to her husband, Frederick C. Kull of Durham, NC, she is survived by her five children, Mary Ann Smith of Morristown, NJ; Pamela Schmierer of Ewing, NJ; Frederick Kull, Jr. of Durham; Richard Kull of Milford, CT; and Marguerite Thoma of Chapel Hill, NC; her sister, Elizabeth Dougherty; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Stevens; grandchildren, Stephen F. Smith, III, Patricia Ann Kull; and niece, Susen Jean Dougherty Kreger.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Bill McIntyre, OFM, presiding. A reception in the gathering space will be held immediately after mass from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and then burial will follow in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may visit Sunday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St. in Durham.
Contributions in Marguerite’s memory may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham 27701.
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Charlotte Maynor
DURHAM — Charlotte Maynor, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Durham County to the late John Hubert Wynne and the late Inez Riggsbee Wynne. She was also predeceased by her husband, Ronald Eugene Maynor; step-mother, Helen Wynne and brother, John Wynne.
Mrs. Maynor is survived by her daughter, Laura Maynor Britt; sons, Kenneth Maynor, Keith Maynor and wife, Annie; grandchildren, Chris Maynor, Steve Maynor, Kimberly Maynor, Maddie Britt, Ashton Britt, Jack Britt and Sean Stringer.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at Lowes Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Forest Gale officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m., Friday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the General Fund or Rose Garden Fund at Lowes Grove Baptist Church, 4430 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27713.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Ronald Otto Rohadfox
DURHAM — Dr. Ronald Otto Rohadfox was born on March 12, 1935 in Syracuse, NY. He departed this life on March 5, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Rohadfox; four children, Renwick Rohadfox, Roderick Rohadfox, Reginald Rohadfox and Joy Rohadfox.
Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's AME Church on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm. A visitation will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Sidney Snow Jr.
DURHAM — Sidney Snow Jr., departed this life on Saturday, March, 1, 2014 at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carol P. Snow; two daughters, Ms. Rosa T. Fulton of Kingstree, SC and Mrs. Cindy Snow Gongs (Thomas) of Durham, NC.
Funeral services will be at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 1:00 pm with visitation a 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Courtney “Cowboy” Spann
DURHAM — Courtney “Cowboy” Spann passed at his home on March 3, 2014.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 7, 2014 at American Cremation Service (1204 Person Street, Durham). The family will receive friends at 11:00 am followed by the funeral at 12 noon.


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, and her son, William 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


Hubert L. Gooch, Jr.
OXFORD — Hubert L. Gooch, Jr., 78, a resident of 2667 Hester Road died Thursday at Brantwood Nursing and Rehab Center. He was the son of the late Hubert L. Gooch, Sr. and Willie Ada Fleming Gooch.
He was a 1953 graduate of G.C. Hawley High School, Creedmoor, NC. He received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC and was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the United States Army. When he completed his service to his country on January 6, 1965, he had earned the rank of Captain. After his tour of duty he earned a master's in Educational Administration from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC. He served the community as a teacher; assistant principal at South Granville High School in Creedmoor, NC; principal of Orange Street School, C.G. Credle and Mary Potter Middle School, all in Oxford, NC; assistant superintendent and associate superintendent of Granville County School System. His tenure with the school system opened the doors for many other African-Americans. After thirty years of devoted service he retired in 1993. After retirement he remained active in the community. In 1998 he was appointed to the Granville County Board of Commissioners and in 2000 he was elected to a four-year term, re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He served on boards of Kerr-Tar Council of Government, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Community Relations, C.A. Dillion Advisory Council, South Granville Rotary Club, South Granville Community College Board of Trustees, Granville County Planning Board, and RBC Centura Bank City of Oxford Board.
He was member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American Legion Post #166, Granville County Chamber of Commerce and the North Caorlina Cattleman Association. He received several awards including the Granville Administration of the Year in 1983, Granville County Principal of the Year in 1985, the United States Army Commander's Award for Public Service in 1992, Granville County Schools Priceless Gem Award and the Granville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1993.
He was a member of Synama Grove Baptist Church in Oxford, North Carolina where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher and church treasurer.
He is survived by a wife of fifty-three years, Geraldine Green Gooch; a son, Aubrey Gooch, Durham, NC; three daughters, Katrina Lawson, Roxboro, NC, Annette Gooch and Sheila Bailey both of Oxford, NC; a sister, Lois M. Gooch, Oxford, NC; two brothers, Dr. James J. Gooch and Charles E. Gooch, both of Oxford, NC; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Synama Grove Bapitst Church by Reverend Lenwood Timberlake and Dr. James J. Gooch. Burial will be in the Gooch Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m at Wright Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Duke Cancer Center or Granville Medical Center.


Robert Gerald "Jerry" Branscome
CHAPEL HILL — Robert Gerald "Jerry" Branscome, 71, passed away at his home on March 5, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his mother, Frances Branscome Clayton, and Marshall F. Branscome. He is survived by his wife, Jane Mangum Branscome, daughters Kristy Branscome Montana (Scott) and Tracy Branscome Lane, son Robert "Robbie" Branscome (Kim), 9 grandchildren and 4 great-greatchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Linda B. King (Charlie), and Ann B. Mays (Butch) and brother Wayne Branscome. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly and often referred to him as "the fun uncle." He served his country in the U.S. Army and retired from IBM. He than began a second career with PHE, Inc. He enjoyed growing "mums" in his spare time but was most passionate about being a great father and grandfather.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 7, 2014 at Walker's Funeral Home from 7:00PM - 9:PM. Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery at 11:00AM.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to UNC Hospice Services.
Online condolences may be made sent to
Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is honored to serve the Branscome family.

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 Saturday morning, March 8, 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


Frank T. Grogan Jr.
DANVILLE, Va. — Frank T. Grogan Jr., 90, of Danville, VA, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 after being in declining health for the past year. He was receiving care at Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, NC, at the time of his death. He was born in Danville, VA on October 23, 1923, a son of the late Frank T. Grogan Sr. and the late Eva Travis Grogan. He lived most of his life in Danville, graduated from George Washington High School, and within a few months of starting college in the Corps of Cadets at VPI (VA Tech), he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. He trained as a pilot and served as a gunnery/marksman instructor during World War II. His lifelong love of the water and boats was nurtured during his time in the Navy. Back on land, during a 3-day leave period from the U.S. Navy in 1944, he was able to borrow a car, obtain donated gasoline ration coupons, marry and honeymoon at Fairystone Park, Virginia, with his childhood sweetheart, Alice Roark. They were inseparable life partners for 59 years until Alice's death in 2003.
In 1946, after the war, he was one of twelve students to enter the inaugural class of VPI-Danville, newly located on the campus of Danville Technical Institute (later to become Danville Community College). In 1948 he returned to the Blacksburg campus of VPI and graduated with the class of 1950, with a degree in industrial engineering. Frank worked for a brief period as a plant engineer with DuPont in Delaware, until he and his now growing family returned home to Danville. He purchased a small ESSO (EXXON) oil distributorship with 2 trucks which began a 35-year career in oil and propane sales, including a changeover to Gulf Oil and then Marathon Oil. At Frank's retirement in 1985 Grogan Oil Co. Inc. had grown to serve oil, gas, and propane products to farms, homes, and industry throughout southern Virginia, including many retail gasoline outlets. He loved new technology and in 1977 he became one of the first distributors in Virginia to offer solar heating systems and products.
Throughout the years, Frank gave his time and resources to community and civic activities. As a teenager in the 1930s, he played and marched in the Danville Drum and Bugle Corps. In the 1960s he joined others to form the first board of trustees to financially back the development of Grove Park Recreation, Inc., creating and developing the building of Grove Park Swimming Pool. In 1973 he joined the Danville Rotary Club where his devotion to club activities meant being honored with the Paul Harris Service to Mankind Award. He was one of the founding members of the Danville Science Center and honored the call for funding when the center was being built. He was a major supporter of the arts in Danville, especially music. He donated pianos to Mount Vernon Church and was the major donor for a Steinway piano for the North Theater renewal and repurposing. He was a strong supporter of Mount Vernon Church, having served on the church board and many committees during his 70-plus years of membership. He was recently presented with an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Danville Community College Foundation. He was an avid member of the Danville German Club, where he was recognized as the pacesetter on the dance floor, often requiring multiple dance partners before taking a breath.
Frank's love for travel and adventure took him on two around-the-world cruises, being on ship for 100-plus days on each trip. He loved to visit and explore new and remote places. His travels took him to many places, but he always felt that being able to return to his beloved Danville and his red Ford Mustang, were a major highlight of each trip abroad. Family and friends will miss his many travel stories and photos.
In addition to his parents and wife, Frank was also predeceased in youth by a brother, Travis Grogan, and an older sister, Dorothy King.
Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Duncan of Centerville, Ohio, and Nancy Pittman of Pearl, Mississippi; two sons, Dr. Frank T. Grogan III and wife Cathy of Danville, and Richard G. Grogan and wife Marcia of Durham, NC; and four grandchildren, Kelly Jordan of Danville, Kevin Grogan of Durham, NC, Neil Grogan of Durham, NC, and Tommy Grogan IV of Flagstaff, AZ. There are also four great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Frank is also survived by his friend and companion, Anne T. Geyer.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm on Sunday, March 9th, 2014, at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 107 West Main St., Danville, VA 24541, with Reverend Barry Foster officiating. Interment will follow the service at Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at Townes Funeral Home on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 107 West Main Street, Danville, VA 24541.
Townes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Grogan family. Online condolences may be made at or at