Obituaries, June 2, 2014

Jun. 01, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

Allen Dewayne Giles

DURHAM — Mr. Allen Dewayne Giles, age 63, died Friday, May 30, 2014. He was born on February 11, 1951 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mr. Giles attended the Durham Public Schools and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Giles retired from the City of Durham Water and Sewer Department in 2000 after 30 years of service. He was a member of Durham Masonic Lodge #352 where he served as Master in 1998. He was also a 32nd Degree A&AScottish Rite of Freemasonry Mason, a member of Amran Shriners, Amran Shriners Ritual Cast, Amran Motorcycle Club, and a member of Wake County Shrine Club. Mr. Giles received the “Shriner of the Year Award” for 2013 and the “Walt Disney Award” presented by the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Board of Governors. He was also a member of the Iron Dukes and an Alumni of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity of East Carolina University. Mr. Giles was preceded in death by his Father, Sherman Edwin Giles, Sr., Stepfather, Peter Jackson Ladd, Brother, Sherman Edwin Giles, Jr.; Grandparents, Junior Clyde Strother, Hattie Pauline Strother, Johnny Milton Giles and Merlie Armstead Giles, and Father-in-Law, Harold Jackson Daves. Mr. Giles is survived by his wife, Sandra Daves Giles, sons, Matthew Allen Giles and wife, Aimee of Cary; and Gregory Scott Giles of Wilson; Granddaughter Emma Jordan Giles of Cary who was “PA PA’s” little ray of sunshine and could bring a smile to his face on his worst feeling days; soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Jesse Lee Bendle of Wilson; Christie Renee Parnell of Haw River, who was like a daughter to Mr. Giles; Mother, Hazel Strother Ladd of Garner, Brother, Dan Durwood Giles and wife, Sue of Garner, Sisters Donna Ladd McGhee and Husband, Danny of Raleigh; and Linda Ladd Hernandez and Husband, Bulmero of Rougemont; Mother-in-Law, Lecie Jeans Daves of Mebane, and Sister-in-Law, Eleanor Joyce Moss of Mebane. Visitation will be Tuesday evening at Clements Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00 PM. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 PM at Clements Funeral Chapel with Reverand Chris Dickerson and Reverand Paul Mennard officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565

Leonard O. “L.O.” Hilliard
DURHAM — Mr. Leonard O. “L.O.” Hilliard, 90, died peacefully on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Leonard Oscar Hilliard, Sr. and Effie Crabtree Hilliard. L.O. was the happiest when he was at home surrounded by his wife, children, grand and great- grandchildren. His family was his heart. He retired from IBM in 1987 and was an active member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men’s Class and Layman of the year for BUMC, he also volunteered for Durham Rescue Mission. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII and received the Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and he was also a member of the 104th Infantry Division, Timberwolves.
He is survived by his wife of seventy one years, Olive Percy Hilliard of the home; four daughters, Linda H. Roberts (Carl), Debra H. Eatman (Bob), Pamela H. Watkins (Ricky), Martie H. Nolan (Patrick) all of Durham; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda United Methodist Church. Rev. Harold Salmon will officiate. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Len Roberts, David Roberts, Brent Epps, Terry Epps, Rob Eatman and James Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be Brock Epps.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at his home, 3004 S. Miami Blvd.  Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to Bethesda UMC, 2309 S. Miami Blvd., Durham, NC. 27703. Online condolences can be made at

Mary Ann Thompson

HILLSBOROUGH — Mary Ann Thompson, born July 24, 1940 to the late Rufus Oliver and Annie Tyler Oliver  died on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Hospice Hock  Pavilion in Durham, N C.
The funeral will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday at Warren's Chapel Baptist Church, Prospect Hill N.C.  27314 with family visitation at 2:30 until 3:00 PM in the church.  Burial in church cemetery.
Survivors are son, Tony Farrish and wife Rev. Sharon Diane Farrish, daughters, Cheryl D. Farrish  and Mary B. Farrish, Six Grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, brother, Marcus E. Tyler, two aunts. Madgeline Snipes, husband Leon, Annie McDowell, husband, Tyler.
Public viewing Tuesday 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM  and Wednesday until 1:30 PM in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. Condolences may be e-mailed to and Faxed 919-644-1200.