Obituaries, February 17, 2014

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 05:26 PM


Donnie Wayne Evans
DURHAM — Donnie Wayne Evans, 67, departed this life on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan.
He leaves to cherish his memory six children, two sisters, stepmother, twenty one grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Graveside service will be Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Beechwood Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

June Lillian Klyde
DURHAM — June Lillian Klyde, 75, who was known for her wonderful sense of humor, died peacefully Saturday at UNC Memorial Hospital.
She was born Aug. 10, 1938 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Clara and Michael Klyde. She grew up in Buffalo.
Klyde graduated from Bennett High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo. She taught high school history for several years before starting a family. She later earned her master's and sixth-year degrees in counseling and psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.
She worked as a guidance counselor and was director of guidance at Bullard-Havens Regional Vocational Technical School in Bridgeport, Conn.
She appeared on "Jeopardy!" in 1968 and was very active in the Women's Movement in the 1970s.
Klyde spent her retirement in Durham, where she was involved with her synagogue and studied at Duke's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She was an expert at needlepoint and looked forward each week to completing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. She enjoyed UNC sports and was a season-ticket holder for the Tar Heels women's basketball team.
She was a devoted mother to Geoffrey Silverstein of Bloomfield, N.J., and Lynn Klyde-Silverstein of Arvada, Colo. She loved spending time with her grandsons, Gregory, Eric and Darrian. Her sister, Laurie Brickman of Syracuse, N.Y., and her brother, Jay Klyde of Boca Raton, Fla., also survive her.
A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2014 at Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery, 450 State St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USO or to Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community, 4030 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Ricky Louis Metts
DURHAM — Ricky Louis Metts, 48, passed away on February 13, 2014, at the Duke Hock Family Pavilion He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Elizabeth Kressler; one son, DeMarcus Dorty; his mother, Velma Bass; two sisters, Angela Jeter (Tony) and Julia Walker; two grandmothers; Arthina Poteat and Lillie Mae Kearns.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:00pm at Union Baptist Church. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons in Durham, NC. Condolences may be sent at

John Rhodes
DURHAM — John Rhodes, of Hillsborough, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his residence. Born in Durham County, Mr. Rhodes was the son of the late Noah Rhodes and Dorothy Allred Rhodes. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nova Jones. Mr. Rhodes was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Pilot Freight Carriers and the Orange County bus garage.
Mr. Rhodes is survived by his wife, Faye Rhodes; three daughters, Lisa Littler and husband Dale, Suzie Rhodes and April Rhodes; grandchildren, Laurel Littler, Elijah Johnson and Ellen Littler; one brother, Clyde Rhodes and wife Peggy; and one sister, Ruth Williams and husband Eddie.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Clements Funeral Chapel, Hillsborough, with Pastor Bobby Tate officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Herman Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home, Hillsborough.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Hillsborough, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Lois Smith Spell
DURHAM — Mrs. Lois Smith Spell, 86, of Durham, died on Saturday, February 15, 2014. She had lived at the Croasdaile Pavilion for the past 2 years.
She was born in Sampson County to the late Fred Benson Smith and Iola Hair Smith. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elven Benson Spell.
She is survived by her son, Floyd Spell of Roxboro; three daughters, Willa McGhee of Stanley, NC; Loretta Little of Rougemont and Karen Knox of Raleigh; two sisters, Marie Williams of Durham and Bernice Rodriguez of Fayetteville; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences may be made at

Sarah W. Council

CHAPEL HILL — Ms. Sarah W. Council went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 14,2014.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday,February 19,2014 at First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C. at 12 noon. Family visitation at the church 30 minutes prior to the funeral.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill,N.C.