Obituaries, June 1, 2014

May. 31, 2014 @ 05:08 PM


Louella Virginia Baucum
DURHAM — Louella Virginia Baucum, 92, of Durham, NC, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was born to the late Nettie May and Claude Evans, July 26, 1921, in Washington, GA.
Virginia was a caretaker to several notable families in Durham including the Stockers and Murheads. She also was a devoted nurse to her patients at UNC Hospitals until her retirement in 1986. When not taking care of others, Virginia spent her time gardening and visiting the NC Farmer’s Market, two of her favorite passions.
Virginia is survived by two children, Eldridge and Anthony Baucum Sr., both of Eugene, Oregon; three granddaughters, Natalie Baucum, of Durham, N.C., Lena Baucum of Portland, Oregon and Mandy Baucum of Eugene, Oregon; four grandsons, Anthony Baucum Jr. of Indianopolis, Indiana, Matthew Baucum of Eugene, Oregon, Benjamin Baucum of Portland, Oregon and Dustin Dykes of Dallas, Texas; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family requests your presence for a celebration of Virginia’s life on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 11am to 1pm. To RSVP and receive an official invitation for the event, please call 919-907-0922 by 12pm Saturday, June 14.

Thomas J. Boatright
DURHAM — Mr. Thomas J. “Tommy” Boatright, 89, of Durham, died on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Born July 8, 1924 in Screven, Georgia to Lena Davis and Thomas W. Boatright. Preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mevis McQuaig and Doris Harris, and brother, Daniel K. Boatright. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Boatright for 66 years.
Married Martha Percy June 15, 1946. They have three children, Sandra Davis (Bill) of Mocksville, Daniel J. Boatright (Pam) of Cartersville, Ill., and Janet Wheeler (Russell) of Efland. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Quinelle B. Pittman of Waycross, Ga. and Winnie B. Gillespie of Blackshear, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews as well as many of his in-law family who loved him very much.
Tommy was a Mason, Shriner, and a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and Bethesda Ruritan Club. He worked several years for Colonial Stores and for 32 years at the American Tobacco Company in construction maintenance. He served his country for 33 months during World War II. His medals earned are the Purple Heart, Bronze star, Good Conduct medal, Combat Infantry Medal, unit citation award, and 3 battle stars.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. Rev. Earl Echols and Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Active pallbearers will be the members of the Amran Shrine Temple. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Bethesda Ruritan Club.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 6012 Deerwood Lane. Flowers are acceptable or memorial gifts can be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565. Online condolences may be made to www.hudsonfuneralhome.

Nelsene Cutson
DURHAM — Nelsene Cutson of Rougemont, NC died May 28, 2014 at home with her family following a long illness. She was born May 16, 1932 at Spanishburg, West Virginia to Sylvester and Sittie Shockley. She was the last of five siblings who precede her including Carlos Shockley (killed in Battle of the Coral Reef, WWII), Helen Reid Violette, Claralee Vest and Stephen Shockley.
Nelsene graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV and joined the Air Force as a WAF. There she met her husband, Donald Richard Cutson. They were married for 63 years and had two daughters, Robin Wrenn, an author and attorney, and Toni Cutson McBride, a physician.
With her husband and family, she lived in many states across the country. Always a strong advocate and mother to her girls, she taught them the love of God, country and family. She encouraged the love of art, reading and education, especially US history. An advocate for animals, her house was always home to dogs and cats.
Her husband’s retirement brought them to North Carolina where both were active in the lives of their grandchildren, Devin and Megan. She enjoyed painting and cooking and was an avid reader. She is survived by her daughter, Toni, grandchildren Megan McBride-Caceres and Devin McBride, a great-granddaughter, Eris McBride, and her beloved Jack Russell, Eddie.
A private family memorial will be held after cremation with American Cremation. She will be missed and always loved. Donations may be made to the Humane Society or Best Friends Animal Society (Utah).

Thomas K. Hickson
DURHAM — After a long illness, Thomas K. Hickson of Brooklyn, NY died at his home in Durham, NC on Friday, May 30, 2014. He was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and served as a Gunner’s Mate in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard from 1943 to 1946. Tom was a NY City Police Officer and retired after 31 years as a police boat pilot in the Harbor Division. After moving to Durham in 1982, he became active at Holy Infant Catholic Church and the Armed Guard Association in Raleigh.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Hickson of Durham; their children, Thomas Hickson of Summerville, SC, Mary Sievers and Kathleen Raymond, both of Durham; their grandchildren, Thomas G. Raymond and Eric T. Sievers; his brother, Francis Hickson; his sister, Lillian Irwin; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from Holy Infant Catholic Church with Father David J. Devlin, OSFS, presiding. Friends may visit one hour prior to mass from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
A brief reception will be held immediately after mass followed by burial with military honors in Markham Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements for the Hickson family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.

William Dwight Mack
DURHAM — William Dwight Mack, age 65, of 1723 James St. passed at his home on Friday morning. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
In lieu of flowers the family requests the donation be made to Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abuse Inc. at or mail to 1820 James St., Durham, NC 27707. Funeral services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to

John Earl Roseboro
DURHAM — On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Mr. John Earl Roseboro, age 74, son of the late John Earl Roseboro, Sr. and Sarah Roseboro, passed at Duke Regional Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred I. Roseboro; three children, Gregory L. Roseboro, Sr. Esq. (Daphne), John E. Roseboro, III (Leslie), Zaneta Roseboro Ponton (Brian); seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Mrs. Barbara Penn. Services will take place on Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, 531 South Roxboro Street, Durham, at 1:00pm. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Public viewing on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. at funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home, Inc.


Harry Hobart Hall
CHAPEL HILL — Harry Hobart Hall--“Hobie” to family and friends--died on May 25, 2014 at the age of 93. He was a native of Dothan, AL and recent resident of Chapel Hill, NC. Harry is preceded in death by his father, Harry H. Hall Sr.; his mother, Gertrude Hall; and his beloved wife, Jane Sumpter Hall, whom he wed in 1950. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Janice Humphreys, and his niece, Sandra Alexa.
Harry graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. A five-year veteran of World War II, he was a trombonist and arranger in various service bands as well as in his later capacity as a professor of music at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. Harry was the published author of “A Johnny Reb Band from Salem,” a history of Moravian music during the Civil War era. From the late 1950s through the early 1990s, Hall served as music consultant for the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem.
As avid lovers of all animals, Harry and his wife, Jane, raised purebred Doberman Pinscher show dogs for many years. His dogs, including his most recent companion, Katar, were considered much-loved family members. Harry will be fondly remembered for his wit, humor and never-ending passion for music and animals.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, 1307 Summit Ave. SW in Roanoke, VA.

Grant Lodge MacNichols
HILLSBOROUGH — Grant Lodge MacNichols, 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. He was born July 25, 1925 in Wheeling, WV to the late Abner Wellington and Jessie Evelyn MacNichols. Grant is survived by many loving cousins.
Grant loved the outdoors and spent much of his early years in Wheeling Creek. After serving in the South Pacific as a Navy Seabee during WWII, he studied biology at Bethany College in WV. Grant spent much of his career as a biologist working in several states for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He moved to Durham in 1972, where he worked at the National Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences in Research Triangle Park until his retirement in 1987. He was a man of many interests and abilities, and generously shared his knowledge with others. An avid birder, Grant was known locally as the Triangle’s Blue Bird Man because he installed and maintained so many blue bird boxes in the area. He volunteered with local conservation groups to help protect wildlife habitats. Photography was another of his talents, a medium with which he experimented for decades. He was the family historian, keeper of the genealogical record and always remembered birthdays. He will be lovingly remembered for his kind heart and gentle sense of humor.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at Duke for their skillful and compassionate care. Special thanks go to Grant’s thoughtful friend Jennifer for all of her kindness and assistance to Grant in his final months. A memorial webpage can be found at in the Obituaries section.

Melissa Joyce Stout
CHAPEL HILL — Melissa Joyce Stout passed away peacefully on May 17, 2014, following her diagnosis of ALS in July 2013, having had care at home from family and friends with a great deal of assistance from Home Instead and Duke Hospice.
Melissa was born March 28, 1949, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of Nancy Jane Halstead Stout and John Sprague Stout. She grew up in Chatham, Illinois, then graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in French and English with high honors. Though Melissa accomplished a great deal in her career, she would tell you that her greatest achievement in life rests with her absolutely wonderful children and grandchildren. Melissa was predeceased by her parents and her older sister, Joan Edith Stout Johnson-Blackwell. She is survived by her sisters, Phyllis Stout of Chapel Hill, NC, and Janifer Stout Day of Springfield, IL; her son, John L. Scheitler, M.D. (wife Marlo); her daughter, Jennifer M. Waters (husband Lee); and her granddaughters, Jasmine and Jordyn Scheitler and Hollis Jane Waters. Melissa also leaves behind nieces and nephews, Jo Johnson of Springfield, IL; Andrewe Johnson (wife Stephanie) of Canton, IL; Lindsay Kinkade of Phoenix, AZ; Amanda Kinkade Obusan (husband Dan) of Seattle, WA; Phyllis Day Kastle (husband Alan) of Westchester, IL; Joshua Day of Springfield, IL; more cousins than we can count and dear friends around the world from her vast travels and the beautiful way she reached out in every community she touched.
For the past 17 years, Melissa has managed business, technology, and consulting projects for Clarkston Consulting with clients across the USA and in Switzerland, Scotland, France, Puerto Rico and Canada. Previously she was manager of Corporate Communications and Training for Crown Central Petroleum.
She was a member of The Church of the Holy Family serving on the music team and the fellowship commission, teaching Sunday school and helping with other ministries as needed. She was also a member of the Chapel Hill Optimist Club and Foundation, serving frequently in community service events such as Ronald McDonald House meals and fundraising for Childhood Cancer. Having been inducted into Iota Chapter of Delta Gamma at the University of Illinois, she recently served as an alumnae on the House Corporation Board for the Delta Gamma chapter, Eta Kappa, at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.
The funeral service for Melissa will be held on July 12, 2014, at The Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road, Chapel Hill, NC at 11 a.m. followed by internment of her ashes in the Holy Family garden columbarium. A marker will be placed in the Philemon Stout family cemetery in Chatham, Illinois. Though she loved flowers and cards, instead, please consider donations in her memory to the Jane and John Stout Educational Scholarship at University of Illinois, Springfield, or The ALS Association – Catfish Hunter Chapter, Raleigh., NC or The Delta Gamma Foundation for support of the visually impaired or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences,; select Obituaries.