Obituaries, Dec. 1, 2013

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 08:54 PM

Kenneth “Kenny” R. Foss

DURHAM - Kenneth “Kenny” R. Foss, of Durham, died Friday, November 29, 2013, in Duke Regional Hospital.
Mr. Foss was born in Durham County to the late Dorothy Ellis Foss and Robert Foss. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Foss; a special aunt, Gaynelle Browning; his in-laws, Vallen and Margaret Husketh; and his very special canine companion, Mandy.
Mr. Foss was raised by his late grandparents, Marvin and Ludie Ellis, who formerly lived in the Bahama community. He was a graduate of Northern High School Class of 1963 and Croft Business College in 1964. Mr. Foss retired in 2006 as a bookkeeper for Brame Specialty Co. Mr. Foss was a member of Guess Road Baptist Church since 2008 and formerly attended Gorman Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Husketh Foss, and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Guess Road Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Daniel Tilley. The family will receive visitors from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to Guess Road Baptist Church, 3102 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Essie H. Lyons
DURHAM - Mrs. Essie H. Lyons, 97, of 2915 Kanewood Dr., died November 26, 2013, at Carver Living Center, Durham, N.C.
Her service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Oak Grove UAFWB Church, 801 Colfax St., Durham, N.C. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Norman Ira Margolis
DURHAM - Norman Ira Margolis, age 64, died on November 28, 2013 at his home. Norman was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and was a graduate of Durham High School in 1967. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Appalachian State University in 1972 and went on to a successful career as partner of Margolis Insurance Agency.
He was an active member of the Indian Princesses program at the local YMCA. Norman, known as “Big Buck” to the local Cheyenne Tribe, served as the Chief of the Nation during his three daughters' involvement in the program.
He had a lifelong passion for helping others and especially enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for those in need at the Durham Urban Ministries. He was also a member and past president of the local Sertoma Club, which strived to meet the needs of the community through service.
Norman inherited a love of cooking from his mother and received the most enjoyment from spending time with his family over a good meal. An avid sports fan, he loved rooting for his beloved Tar Heels.
Norman was born on July 1, 1949, to the late Jacob Clarence Margolis and Mildred Goodman Margolis. He is survived by his wife, Linda McMillan Margolis, and his three daughters, Jamie Leigh Margolis, Carlie McMillan Margolis, and Jaclyn Claire Margolis. Norman is also survived by his brother, Mark Jeffrey Margolis, and his “buddy,” family schnauzer Henry.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Judea Reform Congregation Cemetery located at 2560 Jones Ferry Road in Chapel Hill. Following the funeral service, the family will receive friends and family at their home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Urban Ministries of Durham, P.O. Box 249, Durham, NC 27702.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Margolis family. Online condolonces may be submitted to Select obituaries.

Margaret Dees Nelson Necessary
DURHAM - Margaret Dees Nelson Necessary died suddenly on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Margaret was born April 26, 1963 in Taipei, Taiwan. She was 50 years old.
Margaret was preceded in death by her father, Captain H. Reavis Nelson Jr., and her stepfather, W. Paul Pulley Jr.; grandparents Drs. John and Susan Dees and H. Reavis and Sarah B. (Diddy) Nelson Sr.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon Lee Necessary, of 19 years, and their beautiful daughter, Amber Nicole Necessary; her mother, Chi Dees Nelson Pulley; sister, Debbie McKnight (Brad) of Pittsboro; brothers Tripp Nelson (Robin) of Newport, Bill Pulley (Peggy) of Durham, Brad Pulley of Charleston; 17 nieces/nephews; numerous aunts and uncles.
After her birth in Taiwan, she lived in Durham, NC, graduating from Jordan High School and attending Elon College. She moved to Texas in the early nineties to work on her uncle's ranch, where she met her husband, Lee. Margaret and Lee moved back to Durham in 1999. Margaret worked at various veterinary clinics and hospitals for 30 years. Her love of animals and caring nature were evidenced in all she did. Everyone that knew her experienced and shared her joy through her love, kindness and laughter.
A visitation will be held in Durham on Monday, December 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Howerton-Bryan on Tuesday, December 3, at 2 p.m.
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In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Independent Animal Rescue (

Ronald Lee Nelson
DURHAM - Ronald Lee Nelson passed away Friday, November 29, 2013, at Duke Medicine Pavilion surrounded by friends and family. Lee was the eldest son of John and Maebelle Nelson and attended Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the hospitality industry for many years and served as the General Manager at several large hotels, including the Huntsville Hilton in Huntsville, Ala., the North Raleigh Hilton in Raleigh, N.C., and the Hawthorne Inn in Winston-Salem, N.C.
For the last 8 years Lee has been a cherished member of the staff at Urban Ministries of Durham where he has held several positions including Food & Clothing Manager, Urban Ministries Center Manager and Enrichment Program Manager. He was affectionately known as "Mr. Lee" and was famous for giving good advice and guidance to the residents as well as to fellow staff. He was beloved by the residents, staff and the many volunteers that he worked with at UMD. He and a his sense of humor will be sorely missed.
Left to cherish his memory is his long-term partner of 15 years, Kenny Mauney, of the home and his beloved companions "Jake" and "Charlie." He is also survived by his sisters, Lana Nelson and Sherri Parker of Godley, Texas; his brother, Donald Nelson of Arlington, Texas; and his many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Durham on Monday, December 2, at 1 p.m., followed immediately by a reception and Celebration of Life at the Urban Ministries Cafe at the corner of Queen and Liberty Streets. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made the "The Lee Nelson Memorial Fund" at Urban Ministries of Durham, P.O. Box 249, Durham, NC 27702.

Jerrie Robinson
DURHAM - Jerrie Robinson, 63, of Durham, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on Friday, November 29, 2013, in UNC Hospitals. She was born in Durham to the late Jerry Peninger and Mazelle Thomas Peninger. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Mitchell, and her in-laws, Mary and Otis Robinson. Mrs. Robinson was a Corporate Secretary and Office Manager at Pete Duty and Associates.
Surviving are her husband, Victor Robinson; a daughter, Veronica Mitchell and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Brooke Hall and husband, Derrick, Lauren Kirk and husband, Gabe, Bruce Mitchell, and Ben Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Trey Hall and Rylee Hall; a brother, David Peninger; and two sisters, Barbara DeBlanc and husband, Don, and Ann Chambers.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013, at Clements Funeral Chapel with Pastor Lonnie Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, December 1, at Clements Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Gaddy Tice
DURHAM - Elizabeth “Lizzie” Gaddy Tice, 103, of Durham died on Saturday, November 30, 2013. She was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was the daughter of the late William Charlton Gaddy and Hannah Elizabeth Davis Gaddy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Darius Armstead Tice; two sons, Wiley R. Tice and Donald Tice; one daughter, Carolyn Tice Driver. She was a member of Westfield Creek Baptist Church in Chesterfield, S.C. She was retired from Kings Department Store and Oak Grove School Cafeteria. She loved to make quilts, crocheting, loved her garden and especially loved to go fishing. She was a fantastic cook and cake decorator. She was also a great family historian, many times being able to recall special stories and details about her family’s lives.
She is survived by two sons, Eddie Tice and Harrell Tice (Anne); one daughter, Sally Tice Martin (Andy); two daughters-in-law, Charline Tice and Janice Tice; several nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Scott Martin and Melissa Driver Beard; two great-grandchildren, Davis Martin and Walker Beard.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Taylor Mills will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Andy Martin, Jim Bynum, Chuck Blevins, Tom Blevins, Jim Sturgill, Dick Gaddy, and Scott Martin.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. one hour prior to the service. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Henrietta Till "Tillie" Toher
DURHAM - Tillie Toher, 92, went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2013.
For the past two years Tillie made her home in Durham, North Carolina.
Tillie was born in Pawtucket, RI on March 19, 1921 to Charles and Louise Till. She attended Pawtucket public schools. On August 17, 1947 she married Raymond Joseph Toher, Sr., also of Pawtucket.
In 1955 Tillie and Ray moved to Spartanburg, SC where they raised their two children, Ray Toher and Charlene Toher Rowan. Later, Tillie and Ray moved to Greenville, SC before finally settling in Hilton Head, SC.
Tillie was a sunny, energetic, ebullient person. She enjoyed helping people and doing whatever she could to make their lives better. Her family meant a great deal to her. She rarely engaged in a conversation without bringing someone in her family into the dialogue. She was also a successful real estate agent and took much pleasure and had a sense of purpose in her work. She was raised in the Lutheran church and was devoted to it throughout her lifetime.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Raymond J. Toher, Jr. (Patricia Toher) of Durham; son-in-law, Ian Rowan of Savannah, GA; grandchildren: Alice Toher Doyal of Dayton, VA, Emily Toher Merryweather of Dayton, VA, and Caroline Toher Daniels of Atlanta, GA; and seven great-grandchildren: Patrick, Hannah, Lucy, David and Sam Doyal and Peter and Teddy Merryweather.
She is predeceased by her spouse, Raymond Joseph Toher, Sr., her daughter, Charlene Toher Rowan, and her sister, Carolyn Till Lillagore.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home of Durham, NC. A service will take place at Croasdaile Village Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 and another at Island Lutheran Church, Hilton Head, SC on Monday, Dec. 9, at 1:00.
The family would like to thank the staff and other residents of Croasdaile Village who generously offered friendship and care to Tillie during her time in Durham. As well, the family wishes to acknowledge the kind and faithful companions who, with grace, served Tillie through the final year of her earthly life: Betty McNeil, Doris Allen, and Alisa Hobson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Samaritan Health Center, P.O. Box 51339, Durham, NC 27717.
Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

Geraldine "Gerri" M. West
DURHAM - Geraldine "Gerri" M. West, 67, passed away unexpectedly on November 26, 2013. She leaves behind twin sons, one granddaughter, one sister, and one brother.
Service will be at Community Baptist, Durham, N.C. at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. There will also be a brief graveside service at the burial site in Rose Hill, N.C. at approximately 3:30 p.m. the same day.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Snowdine Pettiford Daye

HILLSBOROUGH - Snowdine Pettiford Daye, 81, daughter of the late McKinley and Mary Elizabeth Breeze Pettiford, died November 28, 2013 in her home.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday with family visitation one hour before the funeral at 1 p.m. in First Community Baptist Church, 509 Eno Street, Hillsborough, NC.
Survivors are daughters Dorothy P. Lea (Leon), Stephanie McBroom (Thomas), Lynn Watkins (Brad); sons Jeff Mitchell (Renee) and Robert Daye; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sisters Bertha Fuller (Harden), Ruthie Mae Miles (James), Mary Gant (Wallace); brothers Dewey Pettiford, Robert Pettiford (Dee); aunts Katie Mae Breeze and Cary Pettiford.
Public viewing Monday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Betty Frances Ladd Duncan
HILLSBOROUGH - Mrs. Betty Frances Ladd Duncan, 81, died Wednesday, November 27, at Duke Hospital. She was born and raised in Durham; daughter of the late William A. Ladd and Pansy M. Ladd. Mrs. Duncan was a member of West Durham Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Donna Kay Saunders Basden and grandson Christopher Drake Basden.
She is survived by her husband, Howard Duncan, and daughter Nancy Saunders McNeill and husband Paul of Durham; her grandchildren Kevin McNeill, Tom McNeill, Mike Basden and Melissa Basden Logsdon; two great-grandchildren Chelsea Logsdon and Christa Logsdon; one sister Margaret L. Wilborn and husband Archie of Mebane.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, 12-1-13, at Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to her church or to Animal Protection Society.

Michael Loyd Norwood
CHAPEL HILL — Michael Loyd Norwood, 69, of Chapel Hill passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013, from complications of Legionnaires' disease.
The firstborn child of Loyd Archie and Mary Burden Norwood, Mike was born on April 27, 1944, in Palestine, TX, and grew up near Hattiesburg, MS. He became the youngest Eagle Scout in Mississippi's history, receiving his award at the age of 13. He won a nomination to the US Air Force Academy and completed graduate school at the University of North Texas. Mike was proud to have been a Green Beret, serving with the Special Forces in Vietnam. He worked for the City of Dallas for 25 years, during which time he held many titles including Director of Economic Development and Executive Assistant Director of the Police Department. He then worked as a comptroller with FEMA, traveling all over the United States and as far as Puerto Rico and Guam during his 12 years with the agency. Mike was an active member of University Presbyterian Church.
Mike was a man of honor and integrity, choosing what was right over personal interest in every situation. He enjoyed studying history, tracing family ancestry, listening to music on the back porch, quoting favorite lines from Western movies and holding his grandbabies. Mike put his wife and family first and he was loved and admired by them and by so many others.
Mike is survived by his wife of 41 years, Gail Weaver Norwood; daughter Mary-Evelyn Starnes and husband Andy, of Marietta, GA, and their children Ella Kathryn and Woody; daughter Amy Roush and her husband Don, of Raleigh, and their children Samuel and Isaac; and his beloved Cairn terrier, Jasper. Mike is also survived by his four siblings, Lou Ann Poynter, James Norwood, Sue Barnhill and David Norwood, his brothers- and sisters-in-law and ten nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service in his honor will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the University Presbyterian Church, 209 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, Pastors Robert Dunham, Anna Pinckney Straight and John Rogers officiating. A reception in the church Fellowship Hall will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the University Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 509, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or the NC Botanical Garden Foundation, The University of NC, CB 3375, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Online condolences at

Charlie Henry Winston, Sr.
HILLSBOROUGH - Mr. Charlie Henry Winston, Sr., 83, of Hillsborough, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Mr. Winston was born in Wake County, to the late Crockett Winston and Lucy Pearce Winston. He retired from the American Tobacco Company as a fixer.
He is survived by two sons, Stephen Winston, Jr. and Chuck H. Winston, Jr.
A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home.

Carolyn Koon Sparks

TIMBERLAKE — Carolyn Koon Sparks, 76, of Timberlake, died on Friday, November 29, 2013. Carolyn was born in Spartanburg, S.C. to the late David Koon and Ethel Owens Koon. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Billy” Sparks.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna S. Leathers and husband Larry W. Leathers; son, Phillip B. Sparks and wife Pamela H. Sparks; grandchildren, Bryan Dillehay and wife Robin Dillehay, Adam Sparks and wife Tara Sparks, Leslie S. Taylor and husband Curtis Taylor, Zachary Leathers and Ashley Sharpe, Matthew Dillehay and Chelsea Bennett, Matthew Leathers and Ashley Alexander; three great-grandchildren, Mason Taylor, Knylee Taylor and Harper Sparks; sister, Jean Koon Cooley.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. David Chambers will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 677 Antioch Church Rd., Timberlake, NC 27583 or Duke Homecare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences can be made at

Walter Brodie Burwell

HENDERSON - Dr.Walter Brodie Burwell of Henderson died at Maria Parham Medical Center Friday, November 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen K. Burwell of the home; a son, Walter Brodie Burwell II and wife, Connie Hayworth Burwell; a daughter, Kathleen Burwell Burke and husband, Arthur Joseph Burke; four grandchildren: Jessica Burke Mulkey and husband, David Hill Mulkey, of Cary, N.C.; Arthur Joseph Burke III, Veronica Blair Burke and Walter Brodie Burwell III, all of Raleigh, N.C. He was preceded in death by a brother, Spottswood Blair Burwell II.
Dr. Burwell was born in Henderson on November 25, 1916, the son of Spottswood Blair Burwell and Frances Brodie Burwell. He was a graduate of Henderson High School and attended the Citadel, Charleston, S.C. and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. He earned his M.D. degree from Tulane University of Louisiana and interned at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans.
Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States in World War II, Dr. Burwell volunteered for service in the Navy Reserve and was assigned as a medical officer to the U.S.S. Suwannee, which was being commissioned at the time as an aircraft carrier. In the following 27 months at sea, until it was forced to return to the United States for extensive repairs due to severe battle damage, the Suwannee participated in the assault and landings at Casablanca and North Africa, the capture and defense of Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetck, Palau, western New Guinea, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Halmahera, Morotal and the Philippines, earning eleven battle stars. For its part in the invasion of the Philippines and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Suwannee received a Presidential Unit Citation and Dr. Burwell was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry and intrepidity action against the enemy on his ship.
At the end of the war, Dr. Burwell continued post-graduate training as Assistant Resident and Fellow in Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. In 1947 he married a former Navy Nurse, Lieutenant Kathleen Krenke of Janesville, Wisconsin and in 1948 they made their home in Henderson. Dr. Burwell then began to establish a practice of Internal Medicine, and joined the Medical Staffs of the Maria Parham and Jubilee Hospitals, developing electrocardiographic services for both hospitals. He also served as Medical Director of the Scott Parker and Jubilee Tuberculosis Sanatoria from 1950 to 1960, during which time the extraordinary advances made in treatment of tuberculosis finally enabled the sanatoria to be phased out and closed at the end of this period.
After the Jubilee Hospital closed and its Medical Staff merged with Maria Parham Hospital Medical Staff in 1965, Dr. Burwell established the hospital’s first Coronary Care Unit and taught a number of courses at the hospital on “Cardiology and Electrocardiography for Coronary Care Nurses.” Meanwhile he maintained his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve until his retirement with the rank of Captain in the Medical Corps in 1976. Dr. Burwell continued private practice until 1992, when he became Consultant Member of the Hospital Medical Staff and Medical Director of Industrial Medicine and Occupational Health at the hospital, finally retiring in 2002, having served continuously in various capacities on the Staff for 53 years.
Dr. Burwell was a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the North Carolina Medical Society, the North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine and a number of other professional organizations. His interests in various aspects of medicine and history were reflected by some of his papers and articles in the Naval Medical Bulletin, the North Carolina Medical Journal, the American Journal of Medicine, the American Review of Tuberculosis, Navy Medicine and the Confederacy Magazine, as well as by a series of presentations on various aspects of medical history sponsored by the Area Health Education Centers for the hospital medical staff.
Dr. Burwell was also interested in Henderson’s downtown and served on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Development Commission from 1992 to 2006. He was an enthusiastic participant in tennis and golf activities at the Henderson Country Club, where he was a charter and lifetime member, and his fondness for fly-rod-fishing took him to a variety of interesting locales in this country and abroad.
A memorial service officiated by the Reverend Donald A. Lowery will be held in Henderson on Tuesday, December 3, 11 a.m., at the Church of Holy Innocents where Dr. Burwell was a lifelong member and thrice a Vestryman. Committal will follow in the church memorial garden columbarium. The family will receive and welcome friends at “Fair Home,” the Burwell residence at 716 South Garnett Street, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, December 2.
Those who wish to so express remembrance could consider a memorial gift to The Church of The Holy Innocents, 210 S. Chestnut Street, Henderson, N.C. 27536.
Arrangements are made by J.M. White Funeral Home, Henderson, N.C.

Thomas T. Thompson

RALEIGH - Thomas T. Thompson, MD, 80, passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Dr. Thompson was born in Elkhorn, W.Va., on February 18, 1933, to Rosa Lee Mills Thompson and Charles Frederick Thompson. He was one of seven children and was preceded in death by two brothers, William Thompson and Charles Thompson, Jr., and one sister, Betty Jean Thompson.
Dr. Thompson grew up in Scarbro, W.Va. and graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1951. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1960 with a major in Mathematics and Physics. He also served in the Marine Corps from 1952-1955. Dr. Thompson graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1964 and in 1967 completed his Residency in Radiology at Duke University Medical School. In 1969, he joined the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, N.C., eventually becoming both Chief of Radiology and Associate Chief of Staff of Allied Health and Education. He also served as Professor of Radiology and Associate Dean of Duke Medical School from 1975-1981. It was during this time that he met and married his wife of nearly 38 years, Nancy White Thompson, originally of Statesville, NC.
In 1981, Dr. Thompson joined the University of Miami Medical School in Miami, Fla., and became Chief of Radiology from 1981-1986. He was Professor of Radiology from 1981-1988, and then moved to South Shore Hospital to serve as Chief of Radiology from 1986-1993. Dr. Thompson completed and published numerous books and articles on the subjects of Radiology and Family Medicine. In 1993, Dr. Thompson retired from medicine and was awarded a Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Radiology. He enjoyed an active retirement in Wilmington, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C., spending time with his wife and three children, as well as being very active with St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wilmington and the New Hanover County Senior Center. He was a certified Master Gardener.
Dr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Nancy W. Thompson, and three children, Mark C. Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif.; Carol M. Thompson of Candler, N.C.; and Sarah V. Thompson of New York, N.Y. He is also survived by three siblings, James E. Thompson of Port Orchard, Wash.; Robert C. Thompson of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; and Kay Katz of Cookville, Tenn. He is also survived by loving nieces Kim Rhinehardt of Apex, and Ashley Rhinehardt of Rovaniemi, Finland, as well as Regina Lafferty, Jeff Thompson, April Jones, Charles Thompson III, Stuart Thompson, Terri Gomez, Gene Thompson, Donnie Thompson, Karen Critzer, and Lorrie Katz.
A memorial service will be held at the Memorial Chapel at Duke University Chapel in Durham on December 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. with The Revered Doctor Michael Frye of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. There is nothing more important to the family than making advances in prostate cancer research; therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Cancer Centers of North Carolina, Prostate Research Department, c/o William R. Berry, MD, 4101 Macon Pond Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which ye may have of him: for the Lord hath created him. Ecclesiasticus 38:1