Obituaries, March 2, 2014

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 05:23 PM


Vernon Lee Bowen
ROUGEMONT — Vernon Lee Bowen, 70, of 410 Bill Poole Road, died Saturday morning, March 1,
2014 at Person Memorial Hospital. Born in Baltimore, MD., son of the late Raney Thomas Bowen & Bessie Odell Walker Bowen, in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Bowen, & his sister, Joan Weary. Mr. Bowen was retired from Public Service Gas Company and was a member of Red Mountain Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Alice Caldwell Bowen, of the home; five children, Dale McBride of Rougemont, Robbie Butler of Durham, Rhonda Bandes of Durham, Randy Butler of Rougemont, Renee Butler of Rougemont; five sisters, Delora Roberts & husband Vick of Roxboro, Mollie Huff & husband Ronnie of Timberlake, Norma Bowen of Rougemont, Viola Wilkens & Leonard of Rougemont, Gail Bowen of Rougemont; his sister-in-law Ann Johnson & husband Billy of Rougemont; eleven grandchildren & three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews.
Graveside Rites will be held 3:00 PM Monday, March 3, 2014 at Red Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. David Pryor.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, March 2,
2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Person County Home Health & Hospice, 325A South Madison Blvd., Roxboro, NC 27573 or Red Mountain Baptist Church, P.O. 103 Rougemont, NC 27572.
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Linda A. Grant
DURHAM — Linda A. Grant, 67, died February 11, 2014, after a brief illness. Linda is survived by her husband, Phil Kraysler; two step-children, Bruce Kraysler, Boston, MA, Carrie and husband David Skuaton, and grandchildren Amelia, Joseph and Maxwell Skuraton, Mendham, NJ; her brother, Richard Plotkin, wife, Lynn and nephews Ian and David Plotkin, of Apotka, FL.
Linda was born in Linden, NJ to Louis and Francis Fogel Plotkin. The family moved to Miami, FL where Linda attended Miami Public Schools and Miami-Dade Community College. Linda and her husband Phil Kraysler, moved to Durham in 2005, after hurricane Wilma.
At age 15, Linda enthusiastically assisted her mother in her picture-framing business. She went on to earn the Certified Picture Framer designation and later became a partner in “County Frame,” a large wholesale framing workshop where she managed design and production. She retired as frame shop manager of Wentworth Gallery, the largest fine art chain in America.
Linda displayed a talent for photography, specializing in rustic historical motifs in the Piedmont countryside. Her work has been shown and sold at Through This Lens Gallery, as well as the Eno River Gallery, at ERUUF, where she co-chaired the arts committee.
Linda was bright, thorough, and knew how to get things done. She had a sharp wit and a quick smile. She was very active in the life of ERUUF, co-chairing eight Thanksgiving dinners with Phil, three major fundraising auctions and assisting in four others. She was a talented graphic designer and a good friend. The many people who came to love her will miss her deeply.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at ERUUF. Details will be announced in the near future.

Kathryn Parker Harmon
DURHAM — Kathryn Parker Harmon, 92, passed away peacefully February 26th at Seasons at Southpoint. Kathryn was born in Durham, daughter of the late David H. Parker and the late Martha Bennett Parker.
Kathryn is survived by her brother, David Preston Parker of Massachusetts; cousins, Mary Lib Ryland of Durham; Phyllis and her husband Mack Conway of Greensboro; John Bennett and wife, Ann of Rome, Georgia, and numerous loved ones including nephew Jon Parker and wife, Mari Marsh of Durham.
A private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Heartland Hospice, 3200 Atlantic Ave., #100 Raleigh, NC 27604.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Carolyn Robinson Hemingway
DURHAM — Carolyn Robinson Hemingway, 62, departed this life on February 26, 2014. She leaves behind two daughters, Phyllis Robinson and Tonaka Hemingway, one step-daughter, Chirease Hemingway, five grandchildren, one sister and five brothers.
The viewing will be held Tuesday from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm. The funeral will begin at 2:00 pm at The Church of The Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road, Durham, N.C. 27707. Reverend Ronald Perry of Christ Central Church will be officiating. Interment will be at Glennview Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Erlene Bullock Smith
DURHAM — Erlene Bullock Smith, of Durham, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. Born in Pitt County, Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late William Wiley Bullock and Lula Nelson Bullock. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Owen Maple Smith. Mrs. Smith retired from Duke University after 48 years of service in the accounting department. She was a Charter Member of Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, Durham, where she also was a pianist, choir member and Sunday School Teacher.
Mrs. Smith is survived by a daughter, Dawn Altmeyer; two sons, Gary Smith and wife Connie, and William O. Smith and wife Karen; a sister, Joyce Rigsbee; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Virgil Nolen officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 808 W. Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27701.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Sarah L. Todd
DURHAM — Sarah L. Todd passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 26th with her family at her side.
Born in Little Washington, NC, Sarah graduated from Washington High School, East Carolina Teachers College and Watts Hospital Technology Program. Sarah worked full-time as head of the laboratory at Durham Medical Arts Building for twenty years. After retiring, Sarah became an active volunteer for the rest of her life, working at Duke Hospital rocking newborn babies, at Urban Ministries as a food server, and for twenty years she worked weekly at The Nearly New Shoppe.
To all who knew her, Sarah never lost her wonderful sense of humor or her zest for life. She loved her dogs, bird watching, baking, and was an avid gardener-–doing most of her own yard work well into her 80s.
Sarah was married in 1953 to Thomas J. Todd at First Presbyterian Church where she remained an active member and volunteer for the rest of her life. She is predeceased by her husband who passed away in 1986.
She is survived by her children, Jeff Todd (Dawn) and Lisa Peacock (Jim); her grandchildren, Noelle Hains (Brett), Justin Todd, Jennifer Grow (Nick), Michael Peacock, and Corey Schiffhauer; her sister, Mary Elizabeth Anglin; and her lifelong friend, Eleanor Reynolds.
Visiting hours will be at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, Durham, NC on Sunday, March 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC on Monday, March 3rd at 12:00 pm.
Gifts in celebration of Sarah’s life may be made to her two favorite charities: Barium Springs Home for Children, PO Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010 or Noah’s Ark Humane Society, 1239 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Allen D. Verhey
DURHAM — Allen D. Verhey, 68, died at home Wednesday, February 26th, after a long struggle with Amyloidosis. Allen is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Phyllis (DeKruyter) Verhey; his three loving children, Timothy Beach-Verhey of Faison, NC, Elisabeth “Betsy” Verhey of Davidson, NC, and Kathryn Davis and husband, Craig of Holland, MI; five adored grandchildren, Ryan, Caroline, and Janie Beach-Verhey, and Jack and Meghan Davis; and his brothers, Ron Verhey of Grand Rapids, MI and Roger Verhey of Ann Arbor, MI. He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Verhey.
Allen was born in Grand Rapids, MI on May 14, 1945, to the late Richard and Catherine Verhey. He attended Grand Rapids Christian schools, graduating in 1962. After high school, he received his B.A. from Calvin College in 1966, his B.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Yale Divinity School in 1975. He taught for over thirty years in the Religion Department at Hope College before finishing his career as the Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology, at Duke Divinity School.
Allen loved being a teacher and a scholar, continuing to teach until six weeks before he died and still working on writing projects until the very end. He wrote or co-authored several books, contributed essays to numerous books and journals, and lectured all over the country and around the world. Among his students and colleagues, he was known for his humility, generosity, and kindness. He was not only a gifted theologian but a faithful Christian, who did not simply write about Christianity but practiced it. This was evident in the way he taught, thought, wrote, and spoke.
In addition to reading books, writing books, and talking about books, Allen also loved Detroit Tigers baseball, Duke Basketball, puttering in the yard and playing with his grandchildren. There is nothing he enjoyed more than a good game of wiffle ball on the beach or in the backyard with his family, continuing to participate as all-time pitcher when he could no longer field or run the bases. Allen loved his family and his family loved him. His grandchildren called him different things—-some named him “Papa Duke” and others “Pop-Pop Scratchy”—-but they all loved him dearly and knew that he loved them.
Allen’s family is thankful for his life and mourns his passing but takes comfort in the words of the first question and answer of The Heidelberg Catechism which meant so much to him throughout his life. Q: “What is your only hope in life and in death?” A: “That I am not my own, but belong--body and soul in life and in death--to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Funeral services will be 4:00 PM Monday in Duke University Chapel. Private cremation will follow. Friends will be received 2-5 PM Sunday in First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers gifts in Allen’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.. Durham 27701 or Duke Divinity School, Box 90968, Durham 27708 or Arrangements under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory.


Trenda Junae McDowell
CHAPEL HILL — Trenda Junae McDowell, who was born in Durham and resided in Chapel Hill, died suddenly on Monday, February 24, 2014 in UNC Hospital’s ER. She was 36 years old.
She is resting at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, located at 2502 NC Hwy 55, Durham. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 3, 2014 at Bell Yeager Freewill Baptist Church, 128 E. Cornwallis Rd., Durham. The viewing will begin at 12:00pm and funeral services will begin at 1:00pm.


Marie Gresham Meachum
RALEIGH — Marie Gresham Meachum, 75, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014 at Rex Healthcare. Marie was born March 13, 1938 in Franklin County to the late Arthur Melville Gresham and Lucy Allen Gresham. As a child, Marie sang in “The Gresham Trio” with her brother, Shirley and sister, Julia. Her love of music led her to sing on radio, TV, and with Billy Graham’s choir during a Raleigh crusade. She retired from First Citizens Bank and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm, Monday, March 3, 2014 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545. The family will receive relatives and friends immediately following the service and other times at her home, 2020 Quaker Landing, Apt. 204, Raleigh, NC 27603.
She is survived by her daughters, Donna M. Eaton (Rich) of Ithaca, NY, Cynthia M. “Cindy” Aubin of Raleigh, Angela M. Peterson of Apex, and Barbara M. Hatcher (Leslie) of Benson; grandchildren, Bennett Aubin, Jennie Eaton, Corey Eaton, Bradley Hatcher, Kristen Hatcher, Kirk Peterson, and Karl Peterson; and her sister, Julia G. Hicks of Raleigh.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Meachum, and her brother, Shirley Gresham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or to
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John Worth McDevitt
WINSTON-SALEM — John Worth McDevitt died peacefully in Winston-Salem Thursday evening in the midst of his family. He was 100. He had not been ill. Mr. McDevitt was born in Marshall in Madison County to Alice Hurt and Newberry McDevitt on April 16, 1913, the fourth of their five children. He was married to Rena Forest Joyner with whom he had daughters Alice Rayburn McDevitt Cleland and Jean Forest McDevitt Mallard.
He was a graduate of Mars Hill College and Western Carolina Teachers College, now Western Carolina University.
During World War II, Mr. McDevitt served in the US Navy in both the Atlantic and Asia-Pacific Theaters of Operation. He was commanding officer of an escort destroyer, SC 716.
Prior to his wartime service, Mr. McDevitt taught public school in Madison County. On leaving the Navy he returned to Cullowhee where he worked in the administrative offices of WCTC.
Mr. McDevitt moved to the Town of Wake Forest and worked with the NC Department of Administration in Raleigh. In 1948 he was appointed by Governor Kerr Scott to create the Department of State Personnel; he was its first director. In 1966 he was appointed by Governor Dan Moore to be a commissioner on the NC Utilities Commission where he served until his retirement.
A lifelong Democrat, Mr. McDevitt served as the Executive Secretary of the NC Democratic Party in the late 1940s.
Subsequent to his retirement from state government, Mr. McDevitt lived in Durham and worked with Home Security Life Insurance Company as its Director of Personnel and Public Relations. At different times he returned to state government as a consultant to the NC Attorney General, to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NC, and to the University of NC at Chapel Hill where he oversaw the disposition of its utility system.
Mr. McDevitt was a Baptist from birth, a Mason, and a Rotarian.
He is preceded in death by his wife Rena Forest; sisters Carol Wells and Selwyn Eure; brothers N.B. and Wendell.
In addition to his daughters, he is survived by son-in-law George Montgomery Cleland and grandchildren: George Montgomery Cleland IV (Melissa), Jennifer Cleland Green, John Duff Cleland (Patricia Lin), and Juliana Cleland Richards (Charles); James Quentin Davis Mallard Jr., John McDevitt Mallard (Taylor), and Anna Rayborn Mallard.
His great-grandchildren: George Montgomery Cleland V, Christopher Wells Cleland, and Jane Brethauer Cleland; Stanley Cleland Green, Jack Lassiter Green, David Sarber Green, and Alexander McDevitt Green; Charles McDevitt Richards, Elizabeth Forest Richards, and John Davidson Richards; John Duff Cleland II.
The Rev. Dr. David Hughes, former longtime pastor of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, will preside over a graveside service in Mars Hill at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 6. Memorials may be sent to Mars Hill University through the Institutional Advancement, Mars Hill University, P.O. Box 370, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

Marguerite Taylor Wood
WINSTON-SALEM — Marguerite Taylor Wood, age 93, of Winston-Salem died Friday, February 28, 2014, at Vienna Village. She was born in Dallas, NC, on August 5, 1920, to the Rev. Richard A. Taylor and Rosamond Shinn Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Wood, who taught physics at Durham High School. She also is preceded in death by her sisters, Katherine Taylor Stewart and Rebecca Taylor Little; and her brothers, George Taylor, Paul Taylor and Tillet Taylor. Mrs. Wood graduated from Lewisville High School in 1937 and received a bachelor's of science in home economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1941. She became a registered dietician in 1942 upon completion of coursework at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit, MI. She later practiced dietetics at Amos Cottage at Baptist Hospital for more than 20 years. Surviving are two daughters and one son, Janet Wood Ruis of Pfafftown, Ann Wood Spragens of Durham, and Philip Stephen Wood (Ann) of Winston-Salem; four grandchildren, Jacqueline Spragens Soule of Durham, Stephen David Spragens (Emily) of St. Louis, MO, Emily Wood Lemons (Robert) of Clemmons, Suzanne Wood Wilkison (William) of Raleigh; six great-grandchildren, Zachary and Nathan Soule, Lillian Spragens, Robert and Wesley Lemons, and Charlotte Wilkison. The family will receive friends at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, March 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Amos Cottage Inc., Attn: Garfield Duncan, Treasurer, PO Box 15124, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; or to the Sacred Music Fund at Centenary United Methodist Church at PO Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27102. Online condolences may be made at