Obituaries, March 9, 2014

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 05:24 PM


Georgia Mae Hopson-Richmond
DURHAM — Mrs. Georgia Mae Hopson-Richmond, age 61, a resident of 807 South Duke Street, Durham, NC, died in Duke University Medical Center Tuesday night, March 4, 2014. She was a native of Person County.
She is survived by one brother, George Hopson, Jr. (Louise) of Durham, NC; two nephews, Carlton Hopson (LaShea) of Atlanta, GA and Jermaine Hopson (Sherrita) of Raleigh, NC; and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:00 noon in Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church, 801 Colfax Street, Durham, NC 27701 where the Rev. Teresa Hodges serves as interim pastor and Rev. Mattie Richmond Joyner will provide the eulogy.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The body will lie in state at the church Monday one hour prior to the service.
Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors are in charge of the service for Mrs. Georgia Mae Hopson-Richmond.
Online condolences may be sent to

Dennis M. Mason
DURHAM — Dennis M. Mason, of Durham, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. Born in Baltimore City, MD, Mr. Mason was the son of the late Cornelius Beale Mason and Dolores Flanagan Mason. Mr. Mason was a retired Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force where he worked in aircraft maintenance.
Mr. Mason is survived by his wife, Lavanda Mason; a son, Justin Dennis Mason; two daughters, Laura Natasha Mason and Kimberly Mason Browning; seven sisters; four brothers; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be private, and will be held at a later date.
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 today, 2:15 pm, at St. Joseph's AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Winfred Clavern "WC" Smith
DURHAM — Winfred Clavern "WC" Smith, 76, of Durham died on Thursday, March 6, 2014. He was the son of the late Grady Vincent Smith and Beulah Womack Smith. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Ann Smith.
Memorial Service will be held on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Hugh O'Shields will officiate.

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

Barbara Jean Williams
DURHAM — Barbara Jean Williams, 63, departed her life on March 5, 2014. She leaves to cherish her memory one son, Michael Williams, two brothers, two sisters, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Fisher Memorial United Holy Church at 12.00. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at 11:00.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Jean Daniel Jones
BUTNER — Jean Daniel Jones, 71, a lifetime resident of Butner passed away Friday, March 7, 2104 at her home.
A native of Granville County, the daughter of the late John and Mildred Daniel. She was a retired secretary from John Umstead Hospital.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. March 10, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Butner by Pastor Charlie Bryan and Rev. Lennie Rogers. Burial will be in South Granville Memorial Gardens in Stem.
Surviving are her husband of fifty-three years, Herman (Whitey) Jones of the home; three daughters, Barbara Rayborn, Eloise Bailey (Donnie), Cheryl Klinefelter (Barry); one son, Thomas Jones (Susanne); nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Elizabeth Watkins.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Butner and at other times the home.
Online condolences can be made to Select Obituaries.
Eakes Funeral Home is assisting the Jones 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.

Cheshire Jackson Cole, Sr.
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. Cheshire Jackson Cole, Sr., 89, died Friday, March 7, 2014. He attended Hillsboro High School and was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII. He retired from General Electric. He was a founding member of the Orange County Rescue Squad. He was a member of the Hillsborough Planning Board and The Church of God. He was truly a great person to be with and around.
Surviving are his wife, Geraldine Hardee Cole; his son, Cheshire Cole, Jr. (Beverly Wagner), Efland; one brother, Jack Cole (Anza), Colfax, NC; one stepson, Ray Hardee (Cathy), Hillsborough; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 Tuesday in Walker’s Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be 1-2:20 PM prior to the service. Burial will be in the Hillsborough Town Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Suite 700, 1120 Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005.

Mitch Lloyd
HILLSBOROUGH — Mitch Lloyd, lifelong resident of Orange County, died in his sleep at his home outside of Hillsborough, NC on Saturday, February 22, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Orange High School, in Hillsborough, NC at 2pm.
He is survived by his wife Lillie H. Lloyd, daughter Azilee, granddaughters Jane and Charlotte, as well as extended family and numerous friends. All who knew him will feel his absence: Mitch will be sorely missed.
Mitch was not one for lengthy obituaries. He was, however, an avid volunteer and a good neighbor who loved working to make his community a better place. He had a great sense of humor and was blessed with a genuine sense of purpose. An active member of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, Eagle Lodge No. 19, and the Hillsborough Exchange Club, Mitch's passion for helping others permeated his entire long life.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mitch's name to any of his most strongly supported local organizations: Orange High School FFA, Orange Congregations in Mission, Exchange Club of Hillsborough , Oxford Orphanage, and Duke Health Community Hospice. Better still, do what Mitch did and donate your time and talents to them.


Robert F. Chambless
PHARR, Tex. — Robert F. Chambless, 56, died February 18, 2014 in Pharr TX, after a long struggle with diabetes. The son of Dr. Robert Chambless Sr., DVM and Jean Spencer, he was born in Opelika, AL and raised in Chapel Hill, NC. He was a member of BSA Troop 39, and became an Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1975 and received his BA in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in 1984. Although he lived in Longhorn country for the past 14 years, he remained a devoted Tarheel fan. Bob was a history buff, trivia master and an avid collector of comic books. Politics and Disney World were also passions.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Amy Becker-Chambless and their four-legged "children": Zora, Reynard, Rocket and Star; his brother Rick Chambless (Gayane) with son Spencer; brother-in-law, Bob Becker (Mary Martha); brother-in-law Julius Becker (Jill); sister-in-law Nancy Becker; family friend Lee Arvidson and son Eric; a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as numerous friends.
A memorial service will be held in May in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to American Diabetes Association.

Gus N. Tsamas
NEW YORK — Gus N. Tsamas, former resident of Durham, NC, died on Feb. 5, 2014, at age 65 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in New York City. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan Horlacker Tsamas, and his children, Kira and Gregory. He was dearly loved and adored by his siblings, Micheal N. Tsamas, Irene Tsamas Zahariades and husband, Chris, and Andronike C. Tsamas, and by his many nieces and nephews. He was the owner of American Foliage Designs, which served the Arts. He was a special and unique individual whose intelligence, humor and thoughtfulness will be missed by both family and associates.