December 7, 2012

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 06:18 PM

Larry Lee Rigsbee

DURHAM - Mr. Larry Lee Rigsbee, 66, of 628 Patterson Road, died on Thursday, December 6, 2012.
Mr. Rigsbee was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Alvis Rigsbee Sr. and Marie Kirby Rigsbee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He was employed with Brenntag Southeast as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Parton Rigsbee; son, Larry Randall Rigsbee; and three brothers, Jesse Wallace McFarland, William Edward Rigsbee and Thomas Rigsbee.
He is survived by his son, William Carmack of Durham; four daughters, Lillian Carmack of Durham, Rebecca Jones of Mechanicsville, Va., Kristie Santos and Kathy Carmack both of Timberlake; step-daughter, Donna Keith of Kentucky; one brother, Alvis Rigsbee Jr. of Durham; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Markham Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Ted A. Suggs
DURHAM — Ted A. Suggs of 4628 Rogers Rd., Durham, beloved husband of Linda A. Suggs, passed peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Duke Hospital.
He was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Gladys Suggs of Aurora; and brother, Terry Suggs of Chocowinity. He is survived by his wife of 17 1/2 years; daughter, Tammy G. Ortiz of Vero Beach; son, Christopher G. Suggs of Clayton; mother-in-law, Grace A. Amelia of Durham; granddaughters, Tiffany A. Dyer of Chadbourn and Alyssa L. Dyer of Creedmoor; and a host of relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank all doctors and nurses that were involved in Ted's care over the past two years - especially Dr. Camillo Milano, Dr. Laura Blue and Amanda Haynes from LVAD Department, Dr. Ruth Ann Greenfield (all from Duke Hospital) and recently staff of Duke Home Health especially Paul Evangelista, P.T.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Robeson Grove Baptist Church - Cheek Road - with the Reverend Jack officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to American Cremation Services. Flowers or donations to Duke University Hospital Heart Center are welcome.

Reverend Milford V. Thumm
DURHAM — Reverend Milford V. Thumm, a resident of 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, died Tuesday night at Hospice of the Meadowlands. He would have celebrated his 95th birthday on Sunday, December 9th.
Born in Wilmore, Ky., Milford was the second of six children born to Rev. George Wesley and Myrtle Garrett Thumm. His two brothers, Byron and Garold Thumm; and a sister, Phyllis Cunningham, preceded him in death. The family settled in the Elkview/Pinch area of W.Va. Milford was educated in the W.Va. school system and received his undergraduate degree from Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.Va. in1940. He then moved to Durham where he received his B.D. Degree from Duke Divinity School.
Upon his ordination, he served in the Western North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church, first in rural and then urban appointments. He served churches in Flat Rock, Summerfield, Bethel, Big Spring, Cullowhee, Asheville (Biltmore), Charlotte, (Grace and Mouzan), Belmont, Mooresville, and finally, First High Point.
Rev. Thumm served on the Bishops Committee on Investigations, was Wesley Foundation founder, and director in Cullowhee at Western Carolina College, member of the Western Conference Board of the Ministry for eleven years, and Chairman of the Conference of the Board of Trustees for 16 years and a member for 26 years.
He retired from the ministry after 44 years of service. His dedication can be exemplified by the time he and his wife, Martha, were on vacation in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and were in attendance at the World’s Fair in 1967, when his name was paged over the loudspeakers all over the grounds. He was asked to call his church and was informed that one of parishioners had died, and they asked him to return and conduct the funeral. Of course, he did.
Milford had been a resident of Croasdaile Village for the past 13 years following the loss of his beloved wife of 53 years, Martha Mallory, who died on October 19, 1996. Martha also graduated from Morris Harvey as well, and she and Milford formed an inseparable team at every charge they had. Her sister, Margaret Merryman, is also a resident at Croasdaile.
After his retirement, Milford and Martha moved to Durham to be near their only child, Michael M. Thumm, who survives, as do two grandchildren, Melinda Thumm of Raleigh and Michael Thumm of Durham. Also, two sisters, Janice Woods of Springfield, Mass. and Doris Shank of Pinch, W.Va. survive.
Milford was a member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, keeping his involvement in the church by teaching the Spence-Kale class there for over twenty years.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village. Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman officiating.
Visitation will be at Few Chapel 30 minutes prior to the service.   Inurnment will be at a later date in the Columbarium at the First Methodist Church in High Point.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wesley Foundation, POB 2345, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Thumm family. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Lora Lee Woods

BURLINGTON — Lora Lee Woods, age 94, died December 5, 2012 at Alamance Health Care Center.
The funeral will be Monday, December 10, 2012, 11 a.m., at Union Grove Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Monday, 10:30 to 11 a.m., one half hour before service. Burial will be in Church Cemetery.
Survivors are one daughter, Mary Woods Kenion; one son, Marshall Woods Sr.; one sister, Gladys Torain.
Public viewing will be Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Larry Wallace Johnson

CEDAR GROVE - Larry Wallace Johnson, son of Etta Johnson and the late Herbert Johnson, was born November 26, 1944.
He died December 5, 2012 at Alamance Health Care Center.
The funeral will be Monday, December 10, 2012, 1 p.m. at Martin’s Chapel Baptist Church. Visitation will be Sunday 6 to 7 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. Burial will be in Church Cemetery.
Survivors are his mother, Etta Wade Johnson of the home; one brother, Jerry Johnson (Janice) of Goldsboro, N.C.; one aunt, Pete Magdalene Farrish of Cedar Grove.
Public viewing will be Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Carlton Whitted Sr.
HILLSBOROUGH - Carlton Whitted Sr., age 69, son of the late Richard Whitted and Mandy Whitted, died December 4, 2012 at UNC Hospitals.
The funeral will be Saturday, 2 p.m., at Abundant Life Church Hill. Burial will be in Lipscomb Grove Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m., one hour before service in the Church.
Survivors are wife, Marjorie Whitted; five children, Carlton Whitted Jr., Vickie Whitted, Tiffany Whitted, Tammy Mack, Timothy Mack; one brother; eight sisters; two aunts; and two uncles.
Public viewing will be Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.