Obituaries, August 13, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014 @ 05:33 PM


Ada Carrington Foster
DURHAM — Ada Carrington Foster, 96, died peacefully at home Monday. Ada, a lifelong resident of Durham, was the daughter of the late Ethel and Tommy Carrington. She was predeceased by her husband, Leslie H. Foster, in 2002. She was a member of Bethany United Church, the Cornelius Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women. She is survived by her brother, Julian T. (Buddy) Carrington; two children, Carrington and Leslie; four grandchildren, John, Laura, Danna and Lisa; and five great-grandchildren, Lee, Evan, Leslie, Kaley and Tyler. In addition, the family would like to extend a very special “thank you” to Robin Jones of Duke Hospice for making Ada’s final days as comfortable as possible.
At Ada’s request there will be no visitation or final services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Building Fund, Bethany Methodist Church, 2809 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27705.

James Edward King
DURHAM — Mr. James Edward King went home to be with his Lord and personal Saviour on Monday, August 11, 2014, after an extended battle with cancer. He was born in Durham, the son of the late Thomas Dewey King and Sarah Lodge Mitchell King. He served his country in WWII with the U.S. Army. He retired as a Fire Captain with the Durham Fire Department in 1984. His 37 years of Public Service included employment as a Durham Public Safety (Police/Fire) Supervisor and also with the Durham Sheriff’s Department in his earlier years of public service. He was a lifelong member of Liberty Baptist Church and a member of the Men’s Sunday School Class, where he served his Lord and attended regularly until his last six months of declining health. For many years, he enjoyed his special times with friends Gary McCorkle and the late, Clifton Weaver, visiting the sick and elderly people of the church. He was a member of the Masonic Fellowship Lodge #687 for over 30 years.
In 2008 Mr. King was predeceased by his wife, Frances Stanton King, of 62 years, and his oldest daughter, Patricia King Moore, in June of this year. He is survived by two daughters, Donna King Cribb (Paul) of Luray, VA, Pam King Campbell; one son, Jimmy King (Tena) of Durham; one son-in-law, Bill Moore. He has 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren plus 3 of which are due in October. He has two living brothers, Bobby King of Durham and Norman King (Dora) of Niceville, FL, and many nieces and nephews. He loved everyone and appreciated the love and kindness shown by so many friends and family, including Dr. Michael Shipley, the Duke Hospice Team and also Pam King Campbell for being his special caregiver.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 14, at Liberty Baptist Church from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 2pm, Celebrating the Life and Homegoing. Pastors Scott Gray, Jack Cox and Guy Owens will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, 3864 Guess Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Mildred Louise Shipp Laws
DURHAM — Mildred Louise Shipp Laws, age 81, a resident of Mebane, NC, died on August 11, 2014 at Duke Medical Center in Durham.
Mildred was a native of Durham. She married A.B. Laws in 1966 and moved to Orange County. She worked at Durham Drapery until she retired. She loved fishing, dancing and Rock & Roll. She was a sweet and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, A.B. Laws of Mebane; three daughters, Sheryl V. Clement and Tommy of Durham, Louanne L. Thompson of Graham, June L. Thomas and Mark of Graham; two sons, Tony Vowell and Lisa of Henrico and Tommy Vowell of Durham; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Mildred was predeceased by her parents and sister, Dorothy Blake.
Visitation will be from 12:30PM to 1:45PM prior to the funeral services at 2:00PM on Friday, August 15, 2014 at Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough is honored to serve the Laws family.

Frank Ferguson Troy
DURHAM — Mr. Frank Ferguson Troy, 74, a former resident of Durham, died at UNC Hospital on August 11, 2014.
Mr. Troy was a native of Durham, the son of the late John Clark Troy, Jr. and Hazel Ferguson Troy. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Medic and was assigned to Camp Lejeune. He retired from Duke University Medical Center as a Lab Assistant.
He is survived by his wife, Jimmie Smith Troy; one son, Frank Ferguson Troy, Jr. of King Street, SC; three daughters, Brenda Diane Driscoll of Travelers Rest, SC, Melissa Ozbourn and Virginia Nadine Bryant, both of Andrews, SC; his twin brother, John Clark Troy III of Cedar Grove, NC; sister, Louise Helen Flora of Asheville; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Philip Yohn
DURHAM — Charles Philip Yohn, 86, died at Carillon Assisted Living of Durham, on August 8, 2014, after a valiant battle with congestive heart failure. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., to Milla and Philip Yohn, and grew up in Maryland. A high honors graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, class of 1950. While there he was a member of Atmos, Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honorary Society and Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Engineering Society. He was a member of the Sage Chapel Choir, Glee Club, Cornell Corinthian Yacht Club and goalie on the lacrosse team. He interrupted his Cornell years, serving as an M.P. in the U.S. Army in Germany. Hired by Alcoa, he held managerial positions in their N.J., California and Ohio facilities, winding up at corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. After 33 years with Alcoa, he was hired as Director of Research and Development at his Cornell alma mater, and after five years, held the position of Associate Dean, College of Engineering, at Duke University, N.C. He retired in 1995 to enjoy his love of golf, painting, barbershop singing, beach and mountain escapes, and happy family time. Throughout the years he was involved in many volunteer and civic organizations, coach of his sons' baseball teams, church Elder, President of the Park Ridge, N.J. Board of Education, Vice President of Board of Health, Park Ridge, N.J., SPEBSQSA, Research Triangle Park "General Assembly" barbershop quartet chorus, "The Village Voices" of Fearrington Village, and member of Willowhaven and Croasdaile golf leagues.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley, son Jeffrey and wife, Jeanne, son Todd and wife, Betsy, five adored granddaughters, Amanda, MacKenzie, Callie, Hailey and Maris, brother, Jere Yohn, brother-in-law, Warren Neumann, sister-in-law, Audrey Agnell, numerous nieces and nephews, and his special little buddy, Scooter Boy. Charlie was a highly respected man of integrity loyalty and family devotion and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.


Paul Orville Brummett Jr.
MEBANE — Mr. Paul Orville Brummett Jr., 77, passed away Monday, August 11th, 2014 at Hospice Home and Palliative Care Alamance-Caswell. Paul was retired from Duke University as the Director of Material Support. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all. He was a positive influence as well as an inspiration to his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Karel Cooper Brummett; sons, Jeffrey Paul Brummett and Kirk Alan Brummett & wife Tamera; granddaughters, Logan Brummett, Denise Smith, and Josie Mayclin; great-granddaughter, Jaelynn Mayclin; sister, Anita Norris & husband Joe; mother-in-law, Denise Simon; brother-in-law, Michael Cooper; nieces, Kathy & Kristy; and nephew, Jerry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Orville Brummett Sr. and Althea Baugher Brummett.
A memorial service will be conducted on Friday, August 15th, at 3:00 at McClure Funeral Chapel in Mebane with Pastor Gray S. Clark officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 prior to the service at McClure Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601 or to: Hospice Home and Palliative Care Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215.
Online condolences may be sent at

Charlie Mebane Vanhook
MEBANE — Charlie Mebane Vanhook, 90, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Veterans Hospital Hospice Division in Salisbury, N.C. He was born Wednesday, October 31, 1923 to the late Daniel Vanhook and the late Willie Elizabeth Parker Vanhook.
The funeral will be held 2:00 P.M., Thursday, at Mt. Zion AME Church with family visitation one hour before the funeral service at the church. Burial in Mt. Zion AME Church Cemetery.
Surviving are sons, Scottie Jeffery Vanhook (Sabrina) of Sanford, NC, Mark Myrth Vanhook of Durham, NC and Steven Fitzgerald Vanhook (Joy) of Dunn, NC; daughters, Netherlan Theresa Davis (Anthony) of East Spencer, NC, Sophia Faye Wilkins (Larry) of Mebane, NC, Beverly Gale Gainey (Kellie) of Rock Hill, SC, Melody Rosalyn Nance of Salisbury, NC, and Leslie Michelle Vanhooke (Miguel "Michael") of Sanford, NC; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine Poole, Annie Bell Paige and Aggie Poole.
Family is receiving friends at the home of Josephine Poole, 3300 Gunn Poole Road, Mebane, NC, and at the home of Sophia Wilkins, 305 W. Roosevelt Street, Mebane, NC.
Public viewing in Chavis-Parker Funeral Chapel Wednesday, 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM with a walkthrough visitation with family receiving friends 3:00 until 7:00 PM in the funeral home Wednesday afternoon.


Herbert Floyd Crovitz
PITTSBORO — Herbert Floyd Crovitz of Pittsboro died July 15 at age 82.
He was born May 21, 1932 in Providence, R.I., to Jack and Natalie Crovitz.
He earned a BA and MA at Clark University and received his Ph.D. in psychology at Duke University in 1960.
He was a science fiction writer and served as the chief statistician for the State of Rhode Island before becoming a research psychologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, N.C., and a professor of psychology at Duke University. He was the author of Galton’s Walk, a book about memory.
For more than 30 years, he kept notebooks as an aid to studying memory. He wrote in Science magazine in 1969, “In them is everything written down as it occurs: good ideas, bad ideas, plans for experiments, data from experiments, notes of what I read and what I think.” These notebooks, measuring 30 linear feet, are held in the Duke University Archives.
Despite a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at the age of 18, he enjoyed a full, rewarding and long life, serving as a happy inspiration to family and friends.
His wife, Jane B. Crovitz, predeceased him. He is survived by his children, Gordon Crovitz(Minky Worden) of New York, N.Y., Debbie Manus (Paul Manus) of Oak Park, Ill., and Sara Crovitz (John Sherburne) of McLean, Va. Stepdaughter Jill Burtnett predeceased him. He is survived by stepson Jonathan Burtnett, with whom he lived during his final years, and by stepchildren Carrie Dasen, Amy Johnson and Timothy Burtnett. He was proud of his grandchildren, Melissa Manus, Justin Manus, Jack Crovitz, Ben Sherburne, James Crovitz and Tom Crovitz, and his step-grandchildren, Bryan Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Rachel Dasen and Laura Dasen. He is survived by his sister, Sandra Cobden of Warwick, R.I., and former wife, Elaine Crovitz, of Hillsborough, N.C.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, August 16, at the home from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Donations should be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell.


Clifton “Bart” Whicker, Sr.
TIMBERLAKE — Mr. Clifton “Bart” Whicker, Sr., 73, of 237 Waterfront Lane, died on Monday, August 11, 2014.
Mr. Whicker was born in Philadelphia and had lived most of his life in Durham. He was the son of the late James Clyde Whicker and Katherine Rogers Whicker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the 82nd Airborne and 325th Infantry. Also during his service he was a U.S. Paratrooper, Swift Strike II & III attached to the 101st Screaming Eagles, Brigade Educational NCO, Recon (Pathfinder). He was in the Dominican Republic (San Domingo) from April 1965 to October 1965 and had top-secret clearance (CODE). He was in the Lyndon B. Johnson Inaugural parade. He retired as President of Eagle Water Systems of the Triangle. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He loved hunting and boating. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Charlotte Goke and Nancy Priester.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sondra Pierce Whicker; son, Clifton Bart Whicker, Jr. and wife, Tina of Hillsborough; daughter, Kimberly Grinstead and husband, Bryan of Rougemont; brother, James Clyde Whicker; 5 grandchildren, Katie, Kelsey and Kourtney Whicker, Taylor and Tyler Grinstead; and his loving pet, Tiffany.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Ernest Ferrell will officiate. Burial with military rites will be held in the Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Bell, Bill Abernathy, Ken Cook, Bill Maness, Buzz Griggs and Don Miller.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 11 Burgess Court, in Hillsborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the DAV at Online condolences can be made to


Peggy A. Cotton
CARY — Peggy A. Cotton, age 65, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC. Viewing one hour before the funeral at the church and on Wednesday, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, 112 S. Graham St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.


Mary Bundy McIver Etheredge
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Mary Bundy McIver Etheredge, lovingly known as Mary Mac, died peacefully on August 9, 2014 in Greenville, SC where she has lived for the last three years. Mary Mac was born March 2, 1918 in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating from Miss Porter’s School for girls she married Evan Gordon (Gus) McIver, Jr. and lived in Durham, NC until after his death in 1986. In 1988 she married Dr. Samuel Norfleet Etheredge and lived in Orinda, California until Dr. Etheredge’s death in 2011. She then moved to Greenville, SC to be closer to her family.
Mary Mac was a longstanding member of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina, the Junior League of Durham, The Hope Valley Country Club and the National Society of the Colonial Dames. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and mahjong. She had a passion for growing and tending to her rose gardens both in Durham and California. She was the epitome of a true southern lady who was devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Harriet McIver Arnold of Atlanta, Georgia and Anne Gordon McIver of Greenville, South Carolina; four grandchildren, McIver Arnold, Patrick Arnold, Anne-Marie Himmel, and David Harner; her six great-grandchildren; her brother, Nathan Hollister Bundy of Norfolk, Virginia; her sister, Anne Bundy Lewis of Petersburg, Virginia; as well as four nieces and one nephew.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 11:30 at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s association.