Obituaries, February 27, 2014

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

DURHAM
Jeanette Lowe Dallas
DURHAM — Jeanette Lowe Dallas of Durham, North Carolina and formerly of Salisbury, Maryland, died on Monday, February 24, 2014. Born June 30, 1919 in Delmar, Maryland, Jeanette was the daughter of the late Hezekiah Staton Lowe and the late Mary Ellen Lowe. In addition to her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by her late husband, George Mifflin Dallas, and siblings, Milton and Paul Lowe, Alvirta Adkins, Mary Lawless, and Virginia Lowe.
She was a 1940 graduate of Peninsula General Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for many years as a Registered Nurse and spent her life caring for people. She was a member of the Peninsula General Hospital Alumni.
One of Jeanette’s greatest pleasures was community service. She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and a former member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, Maryland, the Inner Wheel and The John B. Parson Foundation. She also served as a volunteer for Coastal Hospice and PRMC.
In addition to all of her activities, Jeanette was completely devoted to her family and friends. Jeanette leaves behind her two daughters, Sue Ellen Kowalski and her husband Stanley of Dagsboro, Delaware; Mary Jane Stillwagon and her husband Jeff of Durham, North Carolina; stepson, George M. Dallas, Jr and his wife Katherine of The Villages, Florida; grandsons William Dallas and his wife Bev, Steven Dallas and fiancée Michelle, Michael Dallas, David Stillwagon and his wife Heather, Nason Kowalski and his wife Alice, and granddaughters Melissa Dallas and Stasia Kowalski. Jeanette is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren and several cousins.
Jeanette was a special woman with the incredible ability to make and keep true friends, none of whom felt anything less than a part of her extended family. She captivated people of all ages with her strength, will, and determination to fully live life each day. The joy that Jeanette brought to others is simply immeasurable, as is the degree to which she will be missed.
A memorial service will be held in the Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village at 10:00 AM Thursday, February 27th. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In addition, a graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2 pm at Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury, Maryland.
In this time of sorrow, the family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude for the care, concern, prayers, and love of so many good people who touched Jeanette’s life.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial donations be given to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peters Street, Salisbury, MD 21801; Friends of Nursing, Duke University Hospital Box 3543, Durham, NC 27710; or the UMRH Inc Benevolent Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham NC 27705.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to send condolences to the family.

Aljeuron Eubanks
DURHAM — Mr. Aljeuron Eubanks departed this life and entered into eternal rest on February 2, 2014.
He was employed by the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company for twenty-eight years. Al was regarded as a real professional, carrying out his duties with a smile and unwavering passion for the "Mutual."
Cherishing his memory are one aunt, Gertha Eubanks of Nyack, N.Y.; first cousins, Doris Baldwin, Daryl Chestnut, Valerie Chestnut, Anderson Council, James Council Eubanks, Albert Eubanks, Sr., Mark Eubanks, Charles Eubanks, Jr., Bobby Eubanks, Lady Eubanks, Patricia Eubanks, Tina Drake, Janice Hood, Lynette Marshall, Charlotte Stokes, Shirley Chestnut Tayborn and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Aljeuron Eubanks will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church located at 703 S. Alston Avenue. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 12 noon.
Professional services are provided by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Incorporated.

Lynn Fisher
DURHAM — Mrs. Lynn Fisher departed this life on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Funeral service for Mrs. Fisher will take place on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Professional services are provided by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Incorporated.

Joelle Land Fuller
DURHAM — Joelle Land Fuller, 44, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. Fuller is survived by her husband of 18 years, Nat D. Fuller; daughter, Chais; son, Cole; father, John (Louisa) of NC; sisters, Heather (Marc) of SC, Janet (Shawn) of PA and Casey of NC. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ashley O’Hara; sister, Teri Sokoloff and niece, Skye. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends. Joelle found a friend in everyone she met.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday at New Horizons Church, 100 Horizon Place, Durham, NC 27705. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nat D. Fuller, c/o Chais and Cole Fuller, PO Box 251, Rougemont, NC 27572.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept my faith.” www.livindrivenhope.com
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Robert Augustus Jackson
DURHAM — Mr. Robert Augustus Jackson, 75, of 2626 Camellia Dr, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 4:00pm at Burthey Funeral Chapel, 1510 Fayetteville St. The family will receive friends Saturday at Burthey Funeral Chapel from 3-4pm, one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Jackson is survived by three children: Elizabeth A. Jackson, Teresa Cousins and Gregory Cousins.

Ann Virgene Shupe Kirkpatrick
DURHAM — Our lovely and lively mother, Ann Virgene Shupe Kirkpatrick, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2014, at Duke University Medical Center, exactly two months short of her 91st birthday.
A resident at The Forest at Duke in Durham, NC, Ann was born April 21, 1923, in Ashville, Ohio. Her father, Lloyd Merle Shupe, Sr. (1886–1934), was Professor of Botany at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her mother, Lillian Marie Balthaser (1893–1983), was a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a writer and editor for The American Lutheran Church in Columbus.
Ann began her public school education when she was only four years old. Despite her young age, within the year she was advanced to second grade. She graduated from Bexley (Ohio) High School at the age of 16, and enrolled at Capital University, majoring in Speech and Drama.
It was at Capital that Ann met our father, James Russell Kirkpatrick (1920–1984). They were married May 29, 1943, as Jim, by then a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, was about to be deployed to the Pacific front. Their three children, Susan Kay (Ernest E. Kundert, MD) of Durham, NC, James Lloyd of Columbus, Ohio, and William Bruce of Durham, NC, as well as their grandson, Benjamin Harding Hoffman (Kim Terrell), of Mesa, Arizona, all survive. Ann was predeceased by her brother, Lloyd M. Shupe, Jr., and her nephew, Douglas H. Shupe. She is also survived by her treasured niece and nephews, Jan W. Spitzer, David M. Shupe, Richard L. Shupe, Jane Shupe Higgins, and their spouses, children and grandchildren.
In 1965, after 22 years as a devoted wife and mother, Ann re-enrolled at Capital University, fulfilling her promise to her mother to complete the degree program interrupted by her marriage during World War II, and graduated with a degree in Speech and Communications in 1968.
Ann and Jim moved to McLean, VA, in 1968, where she was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, a trainer for the AARP Reminiscence Program, and a volunteer usher for 28 years at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She retired to The Forest at Duke in 2001. Until the last, Ann was active in The Forest Singers, the play-readers and current events groups, and with her Monday Pub Night friends. In these, her boon companion, Thomas Eliot Frothingham, MD (1926–2012), shared her passions and enlivened her days.
We are so proud of her, and so inspired by her courage, persistence, and indomitable spirit in the face of increasing pain and disability as she aged. We are in awe of her gift for making friends, for rolling with the punches, and for always looking forward to the next good thing. We will miss her intensely.
The family invites Ann’s friends to join them at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, on Sunday, March 2, at 4:00, as her remains are interred.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the James R. Kirkpatrick Endowment at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, or Partner for Surgery (partnerforsurgery.org), a medical mission serving rural Guatemala.
The Kirkpatrick family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com. Select Obituaries.

Francis E. “Frank” Kozoman
ROUGEMONT — Francis E. “Frank” Kozoman, 77, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Joliet, Illinois to the late Marko Kozoman and the late Agnes Smolich Kozoman. Mr. Kozoman graduated from Engineering School at NC State University and was a member of the US Air Force serving as a pilot. He worked as an engineer with Duke University and Corning, later becoming a salesman and began his own company, Kozoman Instruments. He was active with the Red Cross and the YMCA in various teaching roles. One of his favorite hobbies was flying small aircraft. Mr. Kozoman had been a longtime member of Christian Assembly Church.
Mr. Kozoman is survived by his wife, Susan Kozoman; daughter, Rebecca Hewitt of Wilmington; sons, Gene Kozoman of Ocean Isle Beach, James Kozoman of Lillington; brothers, Len Kozoman of Punta Gorda, FL, Ron Kozoman of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Jonathan and Lauren Hewitt, Melissa Kozoman, and Bert, Maria, Julia and Sam Kozoman; great-granddaughter, Olivia Grace; step-daughter, Jennifer Faoro Weller (Ray) of Breckenridge, CO and step-son, Michael Faoro (Maria) of Seattle, WA.
A memorial service will be held this coming Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at Christian Assembly Church, 5516 N. Roxboro Road, Durham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Gideon’s International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 or a charity of one’s choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Carolyn Pratt
DURHAM — Ms. Carolyn Pratt departed this life on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Carver Living Center.
She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Carla Johnson Verley; three sons, Wibert C. Pratt, Jr., Johnny C. Pratt and Dennis M. Johnson. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Southside Church of Christ, 800 Elmira Avenue, beginning at 11 a.m. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service.
Professional services are provided by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Incorporated.

Harold B. Willett
DURHAM — Harold B. Willett, 64, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, with his family and friends by his side. Mr. Willett was born July 22, 1949 in Siler City, NC. He was the son of the late Evans & Estie Willett. He graduated from Chatham Central High School in 1967. He was a champion pork BBQ cook, winning many events including Hog Day in Hillsborough. He was also a huge Carolina fan who loved gospel and bluegrass music. Among many, one of his favorite artists was Bill Monroe. He attended Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor. What brought him the most joy was the love he shared with his family.
Mr. Willett is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sue Willett, of Durham; children, Darrin Willett and wife, Wanda, of Bennett, Mandy Willett Sanders and husband, Ronnie, of Creedmoor, Wendy Willett Howell and husband, Phillip, of Oxford; sibling, Leroy Willett, of Bonlee; sister-in-law, Joyce Gooch, of Creedmoor; 3 grandchildren, Ashley and husband Luke, Cooper, and Liam; along with many nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor, officiated by Pastor Greg Allison and Pastor Jimmy Hall. A private burial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive visitors on Friday, February 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in his memory to Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor Mission Fund, 2047 Gate 2 Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
He will be remembered by all as a caring husband, daddy, father-in-law, papa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. He cared more about the welfare of others than himself. He will truly be missed.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


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Terry Thompson
CEDAR GROVE — Terry Thompson, son of Alvuna Bessiel Pettiford Latta and the Late Bobbie Thompson, born May 11, 1960, died in Hospice of Alamance February 25, 2014.
The funeral will be conducted Friday, 2:00 PM in Mount Zion AME Church with visitation one hour before the funeral. Burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Terrance D. Murphy, Tramel D. Murphy and Tramine L. Thompson; five granedchildren; his mother, Alvuna Latta (Charlie); sisters, Carla Elliott (Jody), Sherry Thompson, Jackie Howard and Jeanne Whitted; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Public viewing 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.


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Alma Vaughn "Rita" Brown
CHARLOTTE — Mrs. Brown, 84 of Charlotte died February 24, 2014 at Morningside of Lancaster, SC after a long courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Orange County, North Carolina on April 20, 1929, Rita was the daughter of the late Robert Young Vaughn and Alma Christine Harris Vaughn.
A Charlotte resident since 1960, Rita was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Rita loved her late husband Curt, her family, church, beekeeping and Girl Scouting. She was a woman of uncommon common sense and lived her life wanting to leave things better than she found them.
Besides her parents and husband, Rita was preceded in death by her brother Robert Young Vaughn, Jr. and two sisters Sara Vaughn Derby and Margaret Vaughn Berry.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, Kathryn (Martin) Tiller of Kershaw, SC, Ellen (Edward) Smith of Mint Hill, NC, and Russell (Lisa Morris) Brown of Franklin, NC. She also leaves behind grandchildren Kate Tiller, Hunter and Kathryn Smith, Nicole (Joe) Bain and Shane Brown. Nola Ann Bain, her only great-grandchild, brought joy, smiles, and brief moments of focused connection.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 28th from 10-11 AM at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 5505 Monroe Rd, Charlotte. A service to celebrate the life of Rita will follow at 11 AM with Rev. Hope Avins officiating. A private inurnment will take place at Salisbury National Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the good people at The Havens at Carolina Place and Morningstar of Lancaster as well as the hospice caretakers from Providence Care for their loving kindnesses during this well-fought fight. These special souls stood with us and Rita as she "raged against the dying of the light."
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC, 28215. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com

Charles N. “Mickey” Hilliard, Jr.
SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. — Charles N. “Mickey” Hilliard, Jr., age 85, of Surfside Beach, SC, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2014.
Born April 3, 1928 in Durham, NC, he was the son of the late Charles N., Sr. and Sally Hilliard. Mickey grew up in Bear Creek, NC, and later moved back to Durham where he was a Supervisor at the American Tobacco Company for 40 years, retiring in 1987. In 1984, Mickey and his wife, Mary, moved to Surfside Beach, SC.
Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Mary, of the home; a sister, Marie Kidle of Sanford, NC; two sons, Captain Larry Hilliard and his wife, Linda, Tony Hilliard and his wife, Patty, both of Surfside Beach, SC; and one daughter, Diane Cameron and her husband, Mike, of Murrells Inlet, SC; a niece, Dana Jasso, and a nephew, Chris Castleberry; grandchildren include Travis Lathan of Surfside Beach, SC, Trina Loomis and her husband David of Charlotte, NC, Joshua Hilliard of Hendersonville, TN, Cody Hilliard and Kaly Hilliard of Surfside Beach, SC., and one great-grandson, Jackson Loomis of Charlotte, NC.
Mickey enjoyed camping with his family, was a past president of the Eastern Airstream Club, and a member of the Shriners. Playing the piano and entertaining family and friends gave Mickey great pleasure, as well as playing putt-putt with his friends. Collecting glassware he found at yard sales was a favorite pastime. Mickey was a friend to all and loved by all, and will be missed by his family and friends.
Memorials to Mickey can be made to Agape Senior Hospice, 3938 Hwy. 17 Bypass South, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
The family will receive friends at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, February 28, 2014 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Murrells Inlet Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jack W. Powell
FRANKLINTON — Jack W. Powell , 73, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Hospice of Wake County. Mr. Powell was born in Durham, son of the late Carl Vance Powell and the late Lillie Creel Powell. He was also predeceased by his former spouse, Pat Montgomery.
Mr. Powell attended ECU and then graduated from Oglethorpe University in ATL. He lived the majority of his adult life in Houston, TX and returned to NC after he retired from Namasco Steel. Jack was an avid sports fan pulling for ACC basketball and the Carolina Panthers. He also loved the outdoors, especially working in his yard.
Mr. Powell is survived by a son, Robert Powell (Sue); a daughter, Deidra Powell (Brian Bartz); and five grandchildren, Ashley Jacobs (Sanford), Rachel Powell, Stan Powell, Tyler Powell (Jennifer) and Courtney Johnson (Jimmy).
The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Gregory C. Rose at Wake Heart and Vascular and also Dr. Sanjay Patel of Wake Forest Family Physicians. In addition they would like to send their appreciation to Ginger at Wake Heart and Vascular, and the rest of the medical staff at Rex Hospital.
Additionally the family would like to thank Dr. Jamshed Khan of the Palliative Care Team at Rex Hospital and Hospice at Wake Co. for the care and compassion shown to Mr. Powell.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, support@hospiceofwake.org.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Marian E. Sherburne-Zang
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Marian E. Sherburne-Zang, 91, of Daytona Beach passed away peacefully Sunday morning, February 23 at The Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Daytona Beach, Florida. Born in Coldwater, MI, November 13, 1922, she was preceded in death by her father Virgil Arthur Sherburne, her mother Mary Katherine (Kate) Gruner Sherburne, her brother Virgil Arthur, Jr., a sister Carol Odette, a son James Rabbitt and her husband Cosmo D. Zang.
Marian lived in Coldwater where she attended a one-room school until the Sherburne’s moved off the farm to Battle Creek, MI during the Great Depression. At the age of 14, she traveled to California where she stayed with family for a year, returning to Battle Creek to be graduated from Central High School class of ’38. In 1940 she met and soon after married Joe Rabbitt, a US Marine stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. In December of 1942, their first son, Michael, arrived. Joe was sent to the Pacific theater and Marian and Michael went to Michigan via Ohio.
After the war, son Thomas was born in June of 47, then son James in August of 48. Marian worked for the federal government most of her life and moved from Michigan following her separation and divorce in the fall of 1960 to the Washington D.C. suburb of Falls Church, Virginia. At that time she worked for the Public Health Service in Washington, D.C. which eventually became the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her retirement, she married Cosmo Zang and upon his retirement, they moved to Russellville, AL, a town of her family heritage in the Alabama foothills. When Cosmo died, Marian’s aunt Helen, who had been the only living relative there at the time had previously passed on so she decided to move to Durham, North Carolina to be with her son James. All was well until James fell ill and died in the summer of 2011. She decided that it would be best to sell her home in NC and move to Florida to be near her eldest son Michael.
Marian was a certified Genealogist having been published and having written “The Gruner Heritage” (hardback) which now is shelved in the US Library of Congress, and the Branch County (MI) Historical Society. She was a former Regent of the North Carolina Division of the Daughters of the American Revolution, also, former Grand Regent of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was very active in NARFE (National Association for Retired Federal Employees) for which she has earned the “Good Egg” award and was former Editor/Publisher of the chapter newsletter.
She is survived by two sisters, Gerry (Johnny) Jackson, Mary Jo (Carl) Cordell, two sons, Michael and Thomas (Claire) Rabbitt, seven grandchildren, Stephen, Jennifer, Virgil, Christopher, Sean, Celeste, Damen, Shannon, Dawn and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
While she herself was not Irish, she was a devout Catholic and close to her former in-laws who were. It is her expressed wish to hold an Irish wake to celebrate her life. It will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Lohman Funeral Home, 1423 Bellevue Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at The Basilica of St Paul, 317 Mullally St, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Cremation will follow and interment in Coldwater, MI will take place in June, 2014 at a date and time to be determined.
Please do not send flowers! The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to Marian’s favorite charity (or a charity of your choice). Send a check or money order payable to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

Hal Lawson Williams
REIDSVILLE — Hal Lawson Williams, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Hospice of Rockingham County after a three-year battle with cancer.
Born Aug. 1, 1925, to Gordon and Cassie Williams, he grew up in rural Rockingham and Caswell counties during the Depression-era hard times. He changed schools often but developed a love for books and adventure. He once worked as an usher for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Sarasota, Fla., but his mother’s protestations eventually persuaded him to come home.
Hal’s youthful endeavors came to an end when he was drafted into the Army in January 1944 and sent to Camp Croft, S.C., where he endured 17 weeks of basic infantry and anti-tank training. He volunteered for jump school at Fort Benning, Ga., and made the qualifying parachute jumps and then volunteered for Riggers School, thinking that packing parachutes would be safer. But the Army instead sent him to a school where he learned Morse code messaging and radio communications. Eventually he was shipped as a replacement to England and assigned to the 194th Glider Infantry of the 17th Airborne Division.
That got him into the fight in Bastogne, Belgium, and eventually into the Battle of the Bulge with the 517th Signal Company. Hal said he was lucky that he was helping set up message centers, because the Germans inflicted heavy casualties on the front-line troops, and as he wrote in a memoir, he “witnessed the indescribable horrors of warfare.” He was discharged in January 1946, sent back to Fort Bragg and hitchhiked home.
After the war, he went to work for Hastings Furniture Co. in Reidsville and enrolled in Elon College to study business. In 1950, he married Woman’s College student Merle Elizabeth Howe, and they embarked on a loving relationship that kept them together for 64 years. Hal’s successful business career took off after he managed one in a chain of State Furniture stores in downtown Reidsville, and the Winston-Salem based company promoted him to general manager of all the stores, including one on Elm Street in Greensboro.
In 1972, he got a chance to operate his own business, Riverview Furniture and Interiors, in Durham. The retail store survived the trend of big-box furniture marketing that forced many independent stores in the Triangle area to fail. Hal knew what to buy at the High Point Market (he never missed attending one) and how to manage inventory, and he worked hard to cultivate repeat customers. Merle would later join the business as an interior decorating consultant and accessory buyer. They retired to Reidsville in 2006 after Hal sold the store, with the stipulation that the buyer would keep all of his employees.
When Hal wasn’t working in his store, he enjoyed his family, which included three sons. He helped coach their Little League teams and took them on vacation trips to games in Washington and Baltimore. He became an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and followed the team by watching every TV game he could in his retirement years. He also loved ACC basketball, and after all those years in Durham, Duke became his favorite team.
During retirement he also became interested in U.S. foreign policy, paying special attention to the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq, a move he did not favor. He did extensive reading on the subject and wrote a paper about the neoconservatives who pushed for the war.
Throughout his life, Hal attended church faithfully and was a member of Woodmont Methodist in Reidsville. He was a compassionate man who reached out to the underprivileged. It is said that he never met a stranger. His sense of humor and desire to communicate with people and show interest in their lives played a large role in his business success.
Hal is survived by his wife, Merle Elizabeth Williams of the home; sons, Bob Williams of Greensboro and Steve Williams and wife Mary Lynn of Reidsville; grandchildren, Brooks Williams and wife Melissa of Whitsett; Kellie DeLapp and husband Jeremy of Reidsville; Garrett Williams and wife Becca of Matthews; Neal Williams and wife Anna of Astoria, N.Y.
Hal had four great-grandchildren, Ella Kate and Kassie Mae DeLapp of Reidsville, Carolina Brooke Williams of Whitsett and Benjamin Reid Williams of Matthews.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Reid Williams, and a brother, Lawrence Williams.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Woodmont Methodist Church. Following that, there will be a private burial ceremony at Reidlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Morris Brown will officiate the services. The family welcomes friends to join them from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thurdsay at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Reidsville and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made in Hal’s memory to Woodmont Methodist Church and The Salvation Army.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Moses Cone Annie Penn Hospital and Hospice of Rockingham County for their dedicated services and kindness during Hal’s final days and the many health care professionals who attended to his long-term treatment.
Online condolences can be made at www.wilkersonfuneral.com.