Obituaries, August 14, 2014

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 05:18 PM


Helen Mieczkowski Cecil
DURHAM — Helen M. Cecil was called home by the Lord on August 8th, 2014. Helen was born on May 31st, 1921 in Johnson City, New York, the 7th of 9 children born to Joseph and Marianne Mieczkowski. She attended schools from elementary to sr. high school in Johnson City. Following graduation, she worked at the E.J. Shoe Factory prior to joining the Woman’s Air Corp (WAC) during WWII as a Clerk/Typist obtaining the rank of Corporal.
Helen was stationed at a variety of duty stations stateside on the east coast throughout WWII and was then later transferred to duty stations in Europe, particularly Germany traveling to Berlin and other German cities. Helen was very active in sports participating in basketball, softball, ice and speed skating, tennis, bowling and golf, and competed in competition in skating while in Europe.
Following her military service, Helen returned to Johnson City to attend school and received an Associate Degree in Medical Technology from Broome Technical Community College. While attending B.C.C she met her future husband, Donald J. Cecil, and they were married in 1952. They have three children, Suzanne, David, and Douglas. While living in Rochester Minnesota, she was employed by the Rochester Mayo Clinic as a Lab Tech. Upon moving to Durham, NC, she began a long career at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, rooting hard for the Tar Heels. After she officially retired, her support for the Heels never wavered and she was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and bingo player and loved her poodles.
Retirement gave her the perfect reason to continue her life passion of camping out at the beach, looking for shells and sharks teeth. Helen was also a member of the Henry Seemand WFW Post 2740 in Durham, NC.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 1998, and by her sisters, Stephanie, Wanda, Virginia, Mary, Anna, Connie, Josephine, and her brother, PFC Stephen Mieczkowski, USMC during WWII.
Helen will be greatly missed. She his survived by daughter Suzanne Cecil of Durham, David, Sandra Cecil and grandchildren Stacy and David D. of NC, and Douglas, Carol Cecil and grandchildren Seth and Sophie of GA.
There will be a graveside service held at the U.S. National Cemetery, located on the grounds of the W.G. “Bill” Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC, on Friday, August 15, at 1:00 PM.
Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Cecil family. Online condolences may be made at

Michael John Green
DURHAM — Mr. Michael John Green, 55, died Tuesday at Duke University Hospital.
Mr. Green is survived by his wife, Miriam Green.
A funeral service will be held Friday, 2:00 p.m., at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home prior to the service and in the Gathering Room at Clements following the service.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

William “Bill” Michael Greuling
DURHAM — William “Bill” Michael Greuling, of Durham, NC, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014. He was raised in Durham and spent time in the Peace Corps followed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Following his time in the Army, he returned to Durham for the duration of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Greuling; daughter, Steffani Ann Pettie; sons, William Jeb and Robert L. Greuling; two grandchildren, Calvin and Elizabeth Pettie; sister, Ruth Ann Greuling; and step-sister Katherine Bradley Johnson.
A private family service will be held in his honor. Flowers are acceptable and may be delivered to Clements Funeral Service in Durham, NC.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Clifton “Bart” Whicker, Sr.
DURHAM — 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


Donald Carlton Fuller
September 10, 1948 — August 11, 2014
MORRISVILLE — Donald who most people knew as "Duck" or "Don" died Monday, Aug. 11, at the Hock Family Pavilion after a timely battle with melanoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. Fuller & Thelma Fuller, and by his son, Kenneth Fuller. He is survived by his daughter, Gina Mabe (Jesse); his son, Kevin Fuller; his brothers, Buddy Fuller (Mary) and Ray Fuller; his grandchildren, Timothy, Chris and Hannah. He is also survived by his companion of 10 years, Tammy Wilkins. A memorial will be held Saturday, August 16, at 1pm at Sorrell's Grove Baptist Church, 210 Sorrell Grove Church Rd., Morrisville, NC. Visitation will be at the church from 12 to 1. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.


Doris Marie Laws White Carpenter
GALAX, Va. — Doris Marie Laws White Carpenter, 84, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Waddell Nursing Home. She was born June 5, 1930 in Durham, North Carolina to the late Floyd Maurice Laws and Emma Jane Miller Laws. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant brother and brothers and sister, Donald, Jim and Nancy.
Doris was a 1948 graduate of Durham High School and attended Radford College. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Galax. She married Hubert Stuart White, Jr. on November 12, 1955 and was married for 40 years until his death in 1995. Survivors of this marriage are Sarah Jane White Keene of Johnson City, TN and Hubert Stuart White, III, of Fairfax, Virginia. Two grandchildren also survive: Jacob Drake Keene and Jesse Stuart Keene, both of Johnson City, TN.
On May 20, 2000 Doris married William Perry Carpenter of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Durham. They had attended Durham High School together and found each other at their 50th High School Reunion. They married two years later and shared a happy life together until Alzheimer’s took over the life of Jack. Doris cared for him with love as she did her “Whitey Darling.” She always felt she was lucky to have had two very special husbands in her life.
Survivors also include brother Jerry Laws and wife Shirley Ann of Sparta, North Carolina; niece Carolyn Morhous and husband Larry of Bluefield, West Virginia; nephew Dr. Allen Laws and wife Ames Cameron of Galax, Virginia; sister-in-law Doris M. Laws of Bluefield, West Virginia; two great-nephews, three great-nieces; special cousins Bobby and Jean Miller of Caldwell Community, Orange County, North Carolina. Special friend Virginia Baumgardner of Fries, three stepchildren and their families also survive.
At the request of Doris, she will be cremated. A private graveside service for family and very close friends will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Felts Cemetery.
At her request she suggests that in her memory, you visit a shut-in or a nursing home. She found so many people who have no one and that a brief “Hello” meant so much to them. She made many friends during Jack’s stay at Waddell Nursing Home and the residents and staff sustained her during a difficult time. They were truly FAMILY. Give and you shall receive. A smile goes a long way in bringing happiness into someone’s life. She wishes to thank her church family for their support and love extended to “Whitey” and Jack and to her during their illnesses. She remembered all who supported her during “Whitey’s” and Jack’s illnesses. She was blessed with dear friends and their love and support. She cherished her children and was so proud of them and the beautiful memories they shared.
A beautiful life has ended but hopefully her love for family and friends will be remembered...
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 306 West Center Street, Galax, VA 24333.
A guestbook is available online at

Marvel Ann Joneschiet Robinson
LEASBURG — Loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother Marvel Ann Joneschiet Robinson, 78, of Leasburg, NC passed away at UNC Healthcare Tuesday, August 12th. Marvel was born December 3rd, 1935 in Murdo, South Dakota to Lotis and Warren Joneschiet. She married Otho Cecil “Robbie” Robinson in Sioux City, Iowa and has been married for 56 years. Marvel retired as a civil servant from accounting and finance at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base after 30 years.
Marvel is survived by her husband, Robbie Robinson of the same residence; daughters, Lisa Riggsbee and husband Burke Riggsbee of Chapel Hill, Diane O’Dell and husband Steve O’Dell of Pittsboro; grandchildren, Zach O’Dell of Wilmington, Tyler O’Dell of Pittsboro and Jordan Riggsbee of Chapel Hill; and brother, Merlin Johns of Steilacoam, Washington. She is predeceased by her daughter, Sheri Robinson.
Marvel’s main interest and focus has always been family. Her sense of humor and wit was always welcomed and enjoyed by everyone. Marvel enjoyed UNC basketball and Atlanta Braves baseball and could talk the games and players with anyone. She was a true joy to have on this earth and will be greatly missed.
Services will be provided by Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough and will begin at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 16th. In lieu of flowers charitable donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association.