Obituaries, August 10, 2014

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

David Bailey

DURHAM — David Bailey, 30, passed away unexpectedly. He was born in Whatcom, WA, son of William Bailey and Linda James Bailey of Durham.
In addition to his parents, David is survived by his maternal grandparents, David and Marilyn James. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert and Rosalind Bailey.
A funeral service will be held 2pm on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Family will see friends prior to the service from 12 until 1:45 pm at Clements Funeral Home. The family will have another memorial service in their home town of Baton Rouge Louisiana at Resthaven Gardens of Memory at 11817 Jefferson Highway, from 5-7pm on Saturday August 16th.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in David’s memory at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Bobbie Waller Blalock
DURHAM — Bobbie Waller Blalock, 64, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Durham County to the late Charles and Louise Waller. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Anne Nance; and brother, Ricky Waller.
In addition to being a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, and wife, Bobbie was an avid reader who loved spending her free time at the beach. She was a 1968 graduate of Northern High and a former student at East Carolina University. From 1975-1992, Bobbie was an employee of Liggett Group and also served as a planning coordinator from 1994-2009 at The R. David Thomas Center at Duke University. Bobbie was an active member at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, involved in Action Sunday School Class, Beulah Cole Circle, and the Backpack Program at Mt. Sylvan UMC.
Mrs. Blalock is survived by her husband of 43 years, Tommy Blalock; son, Tommy S. Blalock III and his wife Amy Clark Blalock; daughter, Kimberly Buff and husband Elliot Buff; brother, James Calvin Waller and his wife Pattie; grandchildren, Cameron Blalock, Caleb Blalock,Coltyn Blalock, Delany Buff, and Merrit Buff.
A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday at 2 pm.,at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Mt. Sylvan Backpack Program; 5721 N. Roxboro Rd. Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Anne Thistlethwaite Hull
DURHAM — Anne Thistlethwaite Hull, 86, longtime resident of Durham, NC, died August 5th in Hamilton, OH, with her family nearby. She is survived by her husband of 60+ years, Dr. Alexander Hull, and sons, David Hull and John Hull. Anne was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She was a lifelong patron of the arts and frequent volunteer at the Nasher and Duke Museums of Art. Anne loved walks in the woods and cooking for her family.

Wilbert "Gibb" Richmond
DURHAM — Wilbert "Gibb" Richmond, 71, departed his life at duke Hospice on August 6, 2014. He is survived by three sisters, five brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home Wednesday, August 13 at noon with visitation at 11:00 A.M.
Burial will be in the Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Charles Edward Gooch

CREEDMOOR — Charles Edward Gooch, 71, a resident of 2661 Hester Rd., died Friday at his home. He was the son of the late Hubert L. Gooch, Sr. and Willie Ada Fleming Gooch. He was a retired farmer.
He was a 1963 graduate of G. C. Hawley High School in Creedmoor. Throughout his life he had challenging health conditions but he was dedicated and committed to serving the Gooch Family Farm. He was proud of his ability to care for as many as forty cows and their calves. After the death of his parents, his sister Lois provided the daily care and support Ed needed to live a comfortable life. Ed's care was a major priority in her life.
He is survived by a dedicated and supportive family; his sister, Lois Gooch of the home; a brother, Dr. James Gooch, Oxford, NC; supportive in-laws, nieces, nephews and neighbors who all contributed to Ed's happiness.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2:00pm at Synama Grove Baptist Church by Rev. John E. Gooch. Burial will be in the Gooch Family Cemetery. A viewing is scheduled for Monday from 12:00 Noon until 6:00pm at Wright Funeral Home.

James (Jimmy) Robert Combs

HILLSBOROUGH — James (Jimmy) Robert Combs, Jr., 74, of Hillsborough, died at home on Friday, August 8, 2014 after a brief illness.
He was born to the late James and Dora Combs on Oct. 29, 1939 in Hillsborough, NC. He married Sandra Ashley in 1959, and they lived together in Hillsborough.
Jimmy was an active member of West Hill Baptist Church in Hillsborough. He loved beach trips with his wife and family, and any opportunity to go fishing.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Sandy; his children Joseph Combs of Mebane, Kim Combs Wright of Hillsborough, and Kelly Combs Midgett of Wilmington; grandchildren Ashley Wright Pope, Christian Wright, and Noah Midgett; great-grandson Tristan James Pope (who was named in honor of Jimmy); and sisters Wilma Latta and her husband David of Hillsborough and Rita Faucette and her husband Billy of Mebane.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at West Hill Baptist Church.

Peach Rittenhouse Culbreth
HILLSBOROUGH — Peach Rittenhouse Culbreth died in the early hours of July 23, 2014, age 84.
Born June 30, 1930 in Macon GA, youngest child and only daughter of William Henry Sr. and Florence Rittenhouse (nee Perry). Though officially named Della Florence after her grandmothers, her big brothers Bill and Jim nicknamed their “little Georgia peach” in the cradle.
Peach moved to Hillsborough, NC from Miami, FL as a lively teenage Baptist preacher’s kid. For a time early on, Peach helped out in the drugstore her family ran, which also served as the small-town bus station. She and a handsome young fellow buying frequent bus tickets caught each other’s eye. That young World War II vet and Duke graduate was Harold Culbreth.
In her many years in Hillsborough, Peach graduated from high school, attended Meredith College, married her beloved Harold and raised daughter Cindy, son Jim and son Bill. She had a long career as a professional secretary, including at Western Electric, Orange County Schools and UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital, going from mimeographs to photocopiers, carbon paper to computers. Then, in 1985, she and Harold retired to West Jefferson, NC, built a house on the side of the mountain and thrived for nearly 30 more years together, traveling, volunteering and loving the view.
Peach loved fun and family. She was happiest when surrounded by young people, singing funny songs around a campfire or making special treats, and in later years, when holding a grandbaby or great-grandbaby. Peach was also a die-hard Duke basketball fan and always did the crossword puzzle in ink.
Her beloved husband, James Harold Culbreth, Sr., predeceased her by less than three months. She really couldn’t wait for them to be together again in eternity. Her surviving family: Cindy (Lee), Jim (Kate), Bill (Hallet), grandchildren Sara (Johnathan), Elizabeth (Michael), Katherine, Julia, Duncan, Madeline, Mary Hallet and Ritt and great-grandchildren Mackenzie, James and Madelyn and her best friend, Jane Byrd.
Memorial services will be held in Hillsborough and West Jefferson in September, dates and times to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please remember Peach with a donation to missionaries and family friends Bob & Debby Bogart, and their Native American ministry in South Dakota. Donations may be made to Bob & Debby through Commission to Every Nation at Peach supported the Bogarts’ ministry for decades and asked in a final conversation for her family to carry on the tradition.

Gordon Kenneth Klintworth

CARY — Dr. Gordon Kenneth Klintworth, 82, went to be with the Lord on August 8, 2014 after battling cancer for the past 7 years.
He was born on August 4, 1932 in Zimbabwe and was the eldest son of John and Iveagh Klintworth. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Felicity Tait Klintworth, and his three adult children Susan Van Vleet (Eric), John Klintworth (Birgit) and Sandra Nance (Scott). He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Felicity Lewis (Britton), David Van Vleet, Lindsay Nance, and Margaret Nance. He was predeceased by his brother, Brian, and has one surviving brother, Ian.
He retired from Duke University Medical Center in June 2014 after 52 years of service. He was the Joseph Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and professor of Pathology.
Gordon was invited to deliver lectures around the world and was internationally renowned in his field. He was a prolific author having written numerous published books, articles, and papers on the subject of diseases of the eye with a specialty on the Cornea.
Around the year 2002, he created the website www. to help people living in rural areas around the world find information about the diseases of the eye. In 2010, the Duke University Medical Alumni Association awarded Gordon its Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2014, the Duke University Medical Center created the Gordon K. Klintworth Lectureship in Ophthalmology. Prior to working at Duke, Gordon earned his MD and PhD from the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa.
Gordon was a member of Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian in Cary, since 2001. Prior to that, Gordon was a member of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham and was baptized Presbyterian.
Gordon loved to travel, having visited many unique places such as Borneo, Iceland, and Nepal. During the 1960s through the 1980s he was a highly rated chess player and later enjoyed playing and watching golf. For fun, he enjoyed relaxing at his getaway house on Beech Mountain whenever he found the opportunity.
A memorial service honoring Gordon’s life will be held 5:00pm Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian, 200 High Meadow Dr, Cary, NC 27511.
A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held at The Forest At Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705 on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 3:00pm with a reception immediately following until 5:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Gordon to the Duke Cancer Institute to support of prostate cancer research. Checks may be written to the Duke Cancer Institute and contributions may be mailed to the following address: Duke Cancer Institute, 710 W. Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701, or online at:
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Sarah Margaret Brooks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sarah Margaret Brooks, age 97, died July 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. She was born July 11, 1917 in Timberlake, NC, to J.V. and Pattie Jane Rhew Brooks. She attended the Durham County schools and Croft Business School. She moved to Washington, DC to work for Navy Intelligence as a transcriber during WWII and remained there her entire career. She was quite proficient in the Russian language.
She was a faithful member of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington where she served as a Deacon and Elder. She was also a member of the VFW, The American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and was involved with Ingleside Nursing Home at Rock Creek where she later was a resident. She loved to travel abroad and visited nearly every state.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Pearl, niece Donna Middleton Turner of Washington, brother John W. Brooks and stepmother Hallie McDade Brooks of Durham, and nephew Joseph L Brooks of Florence, SC. She is survived by her sister and caretaker Jewell Brooks Bennett and nephew and caretaker Gardiner Middleton of Rehoboth, DE, nephew Larry Brooks, special friend Mary Lynn McKinzie who provided care during her illness, and by numerous relatives in the area. Special thanks to the members of Western Presbyterian Church who visited her regularly.
A graveside service conducted by Rev. Donald Phillips will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 2 pm at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham.