Obituaries, February 24, 2014

Feb. 23, 2014 @ 05:19 PM


Irene Veasey Guerrant

DURHAM — Irene Veasey Guerrant, 83, ended her earthly sojourn on February 22, 2014, and went to be with her Heavenly Father.  Born to Ben and Rosa Veasey on November  29, 1930, she was the first of five siblings born of this union. She grew up on her father’s tobacco farm and was educated in Durham County schools. She was a loving wife, sister, aunt and friend.  She accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and attended church regularly all her life.  She was of the Baptist faith.
After graduating from high school, she accepted employment in retail at the Riley Paint Company in Durham.  As a result of her excellent job performance and people skills, she was highly regarded by her employers, and the Riley family grew to love her and treated her like a daughter.  She retired from Riley Paint Company after more than thirty years of service.  Subsequently she worked part-time for American Greeting Card for several years before complete retirement.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie, and a brother, Linwood (Charlotte).  She is survived by three brothers: James (Jane) of Newport News, VA; Douglas  (Tommie) of Olive Branch, MS; Bobby (Valinda) of Durham; and her best friend, Loretta Regan, plus a host of nieces, nephews and friends she has made over the years who will greatly miss her and cherish their memories of her.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 25th, at 11 a.m. in Clements Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services at Clements Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Bob Veasey, 5217 Hamlin Road.
The family would like to express our appreciation to the staff of truly professional workers at Duke Regional Hospital, who aided Irene and supported us during this sad time in our lives.   All who loved Irene should know that she was as brave in death as she was in life.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Forrest Marion Goodman, Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. Forrest Marion Goodman, Sr., 91, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Durham County to the late Forrest Mason Goodman and the late Virginia Eva Carver Goodman. He was also predeceased by his wife, Mary Isaccs Goodman. He retired as a Clerk from the American Tobacco Company.
Mr. Goodman is survived by his son, Forrest Goodman, Jr. of Wilmington, NC.
A graveside service was held at 12 p.m., Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Vilas, NC.  The family will received friends prior to the service at Hampton Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Ryan Jesse Molinatto
DURHAM — Ryan Jesse Molinatto, age 16, died Thursday, February 20, in his Durham home.  Funeral services will be held 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26th at Christian Assembly Church in northern Durham.  Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St. in Durham.  Complete obituary will run in Tuesday edition.

William "Bill" Strickland
DURHAM — William "Bill" Strickland peacefully entered eternal rest on February 20, 2014.
He is survived by four sisters, one brother and a host of relatives and friends.
Homegoing services will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1pm at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, wake at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Lynn Allen Hughes

CONCORD — Lynn Allen Hughes M.D. was born December 28, 1938, in Ardmore, OK, the first of four children for Rev. Ross and Pauline Hughes who were Baptist Missionaries in Oklahoma. He passed away peacefully on February 13, 2014 at The Havens at Highland Creek surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at First Assembly Worship Center of Concord. Services will begin at 3:00 officiated by Dr. Rick Ross and Rev Tom Whidden.  Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park.
Dr. Hughes graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, OK, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK), and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX).   Lynn was presented his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma, School of Medicine (Norman, OK) and completed his internship at Mercy Hospital, in Oklahoma City, OK.
He had a passion for helping those in need.  While in medical school he was one of five medical students chosen to serve a summer at the Can Tho Hospital in Vietnam, part of the American Physicians’ voluntary program to aid South Vietnamese civilian casualties of war.  
Dr. Hughes served as a Captain and Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Vietnam during the War. Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Hughes completed his residency and was Board Certified as a Surgeon in Otolaryngology at Duke University in Durham, NC.  Throughout his professional career, he maintained his relationship with Duke University Medical Center as an Assistant Consulting Professor of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery.
With his young family, Dr. Hughes moved to Concord in 1975 and began his medical practice.  
Dr. Hughes opened The Hughes Clinic, P.A. which later became Northeast ENT. He healed the Concord community faithfully for over 35 years, before retiring in 2010 due to failing health.  
Dr. Hughes loved to travel and took great joy in sharing his love with his family.  He visited six continents and his journeys included Dominican Republic, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Europe, the Cayman Islands, Peru, China, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam in 2009 where he witnessed the changes that had taken place since his service there in 1966.  His pilot’s license and SCUBA certification helped him explore the world that so fascinated him.  He was also an avid reader and author, a wine enthusiast  and enjoyed creating stained glass in his spare time.
Dr. Hughes always had a ready smile and a positive outlook on life. Lynn was a Christian who loved the Lord and dedicated his life to church and community.  For over 20 years he volunteered with week-long medical missions in the Dominican Republic, performing surgeries at a Mennonite hospital in the mountain region. He demonstrated his passion to better serve his patients in  both the Concord area and abroad by fluently learning Spanish.
In 2008, he was honored by his alma mater Oklahoma Baptist University’s prestigious “Profile in Excellence Award.”
Dedicated to the Concord community, he was an active volunteer in numerous school, civic, professional, and religious groups.  Notably he and his wife were very passionate about the works of CVAN. Dr Hughes was Chairman of the Piedmont Area Mental Health Board, where he was named its outstanding board member, citing his success in improving the relationships between the mental health center and the medical community and his assistance in the recruitment of psychiatrists.  He received the Concord Tribune “Good Guy” of Cabarrus County Award for being a caring and responsive physician; he was a volunteer with the Cabarrus County Schools; and was named the Christian Layperson of the Year at the 20th Annual Lions Club Awards.  Dr. Hughes led the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus County Help Line; acted as a lay minister at several Concord area churches for over 30 years. He was a member of the Concord Zoning Board; was on the Board of the Cold Water Volunteer Fire Department; and was an active member in the Lost Chord Club of Concord.
Dr. Hughes was devoted to his family and his legacy of caring and love will go forward in those he leaves behind.  He will be dearly missed and his compassionate spirit will live on in the hearts of all that he encountered.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 26 years Sheila; his daughters Shannon Williams  (Chuck) of Raleigh and Heather Griswold (Jack) of Harrisburg;  his stepson Keith Barbee (Niki Parrish); his grandchildren: Molly Williams, Mick and Zach Griswold, and Tristan Barbee, Edgar Torres and Angel Martin; his three siblings:  Dr. John Hughes (Thompson) of Tucson, AZ, Janet Clark (David) of Wilmington, DE, and Joe Hughes (Lyn) of Seattle, Washington; his brother- and sister-in-law, Bud and Ann Spong of West End, NC, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Spong of Concord, NC; nine nieces and nephews:  Justin  Hughes (Wendy), Cole Hughes, Mark Feldman (Alexis), Kara Funk (Daniel), Joshua Hughes, Annie Hughes, Brandon Hughes, Angie Spong and Alex Spong, and ten great nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, Ross Lindsey Hughes and Hazel Pauline Steph Hughes.
The family wishes to thank the staff at The Havens for the love and care they provided Dr. Hughes while he was there.  The family is also very thankful for the amazing staff of Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  Solid Rock International P.O. Box 20867 Indianapolis, IN 46220 in support of Dr. Hughes’ medical mission in the Dominican Republic and Hospice & Palliative Care of Lake Norman 705 Griffith St. Suite 203 Davidson, NC 28036.
Condolences may be left at
Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the Hughes family.