Obituaries, March 8, 2014

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 05:07 PM


Gayle Averette
DURHAM — Gayle Averette, 68, died Thursday, March 6, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Wallace L. Bowling and Katherine Browning Bowling.
Gayle was born and reared in Durham. After graduating from Western Carolina, Gayle worked as a speech therapist until she and Roy started their family, at which time she became a stay-at-home mother, a role that she cherished. Gayle loved God, and she considered herself blessed to sing His praises in church choirs throughout most of her life. She was an active member of Triangle Presbyterian Church. Gayle's family, both immediate and extended, were treasured by her. She had a particularly rich relationship with her two grandsons, Barrett and Bennett, who felt loved and nurtured by the woman they called “Gammy.” Both family and friends felt that same kindness over the decades, and her absence will be felt keenly.
Gayle is survived by her husband of 45 years, Roy Averette, her children, Melissa Britt of Creedmoor, Brian Averette and his wife, Joan Pepper of Durham, and her grandchildren, Barrett and Bennett Britt.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Triangle Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ray Cobb officiating.
Friends may visit from 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000 or to Staff of Hope, 4711 Hope Valley Rd., #114, Durham, NC 27707
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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.

Lois Green Henderson
DURHAM — Lois Green Henderson (October 8, 1921--March 5, 2014) was born in Granville County to the late Lucious and Jeanette Satterfield Green. She departed life for eternal rest after an extended illness. She was married to the late Willie Lee Henderson and is survived by one daughter, Selena Henderson, eight nieces, five nephews, and a host of devoted caregivers and friends.
Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27707, beginning at 10 a.m.
Professional services are provided by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Frances Alberta “Bertie” Wilkerson
DURHAM — Frances Alberta “Bertie” Wilkerson, age 80 and 10 months, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion after a lengthy time of suffering from strokes. She was born in Durham County and attended Bethesda School. After graduation, she then worked at Duke Medical Center in the Prosthetic and Orthodic Department for 44 years before retiring. She was the daughter of the late Victoria Mims Lockamy and E. Clyde Mims, Sr.
She was also preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy “Dot” M. Rhew and Janet M. Currin and brothers, Carl Mims and “Jack” Clyde Mims, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 46 years and 9 months, Cecil H. Wilkerson, her son, David B. Williams and wife, Joan of Timberlake and stepson, John D. Wilkerson and wife, Sheila and their children and brothers, Ricky Lockamy and wife, Bennett and their children and Victor Lockamy and his daughter and her sister, Marie M. Phipps and her children.
After retiring from Duke, Alberta still loved going to Duke basketball games and vacationing at resorts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and seeing gospel country and western shows and other events that she loved to see and do with her husband, Cecil who loved to take her and have a wonderful time. Alberta was a very compassionate, caring and loving person to all who really knew her. She loved going to church until she could no longer physically go. Then, she loved to see and hear on TV at home on Sundays, Charles Stanley and other ministers and gospel music.
Many thanks go out to Hock Family Pavilion for their comfort and compassion as expressed by her husband. She has now gone to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as she told her husband many times she wanted to do to escape the pain and suffering she was having. She was a loving wife and person who will be greatly missed by her husband and all who really loved her. Being a born-again Christian, Alberta is now away from pain and sorrow and in a much better place in her spirit and soul and in Heaven.
A graveside service will be held at 2pm on Monday, March 10, at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Dr. Marc Francis officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Billy Thompson Turner Sr.
CREEDMOOR — Billy Thompson Turner Sr., 79, a lifetime resident of Granville County passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.
A native of Granville County, the son of the late William Alman Turner Jr. and M. Dovie Hunt. He was a tobacco farmer for many years and retired from Murdoch Center as a healthcare supervisor.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Genavus John Rigsbee. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Sue Bullock Turner of the home, two sons, Billy Turner Jr. of Rougemont, Mike Turner of Creedmoor, a sister, Alice T. Scurlock, brother, Jack Turner, both of Creedmoor, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Ross and Mae Young, a son, Teddy Turner, stepson, Bobby Bullock, stepdaughter, Peggy Wells, granddaughter, Holly Turner and great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Bowen Turner.
Visitation will be held on Saturday evening, March 8th 2014 from 6:00-8:00PM at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.
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Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Turner family.


Eleanor Bienstock
CHAPEL HILL — Eleanor Bienstock, 92, Chapel Hill, NC, passed away peacefully at the Duke Hock Family Pavilion Hospice, on Thursday, March 6, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Rachelle Bienstock of Chapel Hill, NC (Scott Snyder), and her two sons Rabbi Arnold Bienstock of Salisbury, MD and Jeffrey Bienstock (Linda) of Queens, NY. She is also survived by her six granddaughters, Julia and Shira Snyder (Chapel Hill, NC) and Levana, Meira, Mazal (NY, NY), and Hadas Bienstock (Salisbury, MD). Her beloved husband of 45 years, Julius Jerry Bienstock, predeceased her in 1994.
Eleanor Bienstock loved her life as a quintessential New Yorker as she relished the sights, sounds, and smells of the Big Apple. She matured during the Great Depression as a student at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York and obtained her B.A. in English and elementary school education from Brooklyn College. She also completed graduate courses at City College in Manhattan. She worked for an international trade company and the Draft Board (during WWII) before beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in the New York City Public School System.
Eleanor gave up her full-time teaching career to raise her three children. She later returned to education as a substitute school teacher. She was the beloved “preferred” substitute school teacher at Parsons Junior High School No. 168 in Queens for many years. She was a devoted member of Israel Center of Hillcrest Manor in Queens, NY, where she served as religious school secretary and choir member.
Relocating to Chapel Hill after the death of her husband, Eleanor created a new life for herself by becoming an active member of the Chapel Hill Senior Center and the Durham-Chapel Hill JFS Chaverim Group and The Chapel Hill Kehillah. She was an RSVP School reading volunteer at Glenwood Elementary School for several years. She enjoyed the culture opportunities at the University of North Carolina, as she was a devotee of music and the arts. Her greatest pleasure was watching her North Carolina granddaughters, Julia and Shira, grow to maturity and attend their school events.
The family expresses its sincere appreciation to the aides and med techs at Wynwood Assisted Living, Chapel Hill and the compassionate staff of the Duke Hock Pavilion Hospice for their exceptional care. Deepest thanks to Dr. Margaret Helton, UNC Family Practice, whose medical insight allowed Eleanor to reach the age of 92. Special thanks to family friend Susan Saltzberg for all the support she has given through some difficult times.
Contributions may be offered to the American Diabetes Association, Fountain House, NYC and Durham-Chapel Hill JFS Chaverim Program in Eleanor’s memory, as these were her special charities.
Funeral services will be held at Howerton & Bryan in Durham, NC on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm. Committal will be at the Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmington, LI, New York.

Grace Ann Palombo
EFLAND — Due to inclement weather, the visitation for Mrs. Grace Palombo will be postponed until Saturday, March 8th, from 12:00 until 1:30 at the Holy Family Catholic Church. The service will still be conducted on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 1:30PM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough.