Obituaries, June 3, 2014

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 03:41 PM


Minnie Bunn
DURHAM — Minnie Bunn, 92, departed her life on May 29, 2014.
She is survived by one son, J.T. Thomas, and one daughter, Lisa Green; two sisters and one brother; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Visitation starts at 12 noon followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m.

Mary Vick Featherston
DURHAM — Mary Vick Featherston died Sunday night at the Dosher Rest Home in Southport, N.C., after a long illness.
Mary was 87. She was born in South Boston, Va., in 1927, but grew up in Durham. She graduated from Durham High School in 1944. She married A.L. “Lou” Featherston in 1947 and after living several years in Greensboro and Charlotte, the couple returned to Durham in 1961, remaining there until Lou’s retirement in 1981, when the couple moved to Seven Lakes, N.C. After Lou’s death in 1997, Mary lived with her daughter, Elizabeth, in Southport.
Mary is survived by her four children, Alwyn, Mark, Richard and Elizabeth, and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Alzheimer research.

Allen Dewayne Giles
DURHAM — Mr. Allen Dewayne Giles, 63, died Friday, May 30, 2014 at Carolina East Medical Center. He was born February 11, 1951 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mr. Giles attended Durham Public Schools, 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.
Mr. Giles was a member of Durham Masonic Lodge #352, where he served as Master in 1998. He was also a 32nd Degree A&A Scottish 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, Merlie Armstead Giles; and father-in-law, Harold Jackson Daves. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Daves Giles; sons, Matthew Allen Giles and wife, Aimee of Cary, 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, 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; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Reverend Chris Dickerson and Reverend Paul Menard officiating. Pallbearers will be members of Durham Masonic Lodge #352. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Masonic rites and military honors. The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Celeste Yvonne James
DURHAM — A visitation service for Celeste "Snookie" Yvonne James will be held Wednesday, June 4 at Fisher Funeral Parlor from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Survivors include Sherice James Olmeda (Juan II); 2 sisters, Sylvia James Shields and Julia James Simmons (Jack); 3 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Charles Lee Owens, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Charles Lee Owens, Jr., 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family. Charles was born in Wilson, NC, to the late Charles Lee Owens, Sr. and Katie Raper Owens. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, and servant of God. Charles attended Northgate Chapel where he faithfully served 49 years as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent of Sunday school, director of the Awana program, treasurer of the church, elder, and greeter. He worked in engineering at GTE and retired after 40 years of service.
Mr. Owens is survived by his wife, Greta Lewis Owens of Durham; daughters Lorraine Owens Freeman, Cathy Holsey (Mickey), and Susie Biggs (Jeff); and grandchildren, Heidi Burroughs (Greg), Heather Freeman, Michael Holsey, Stephen Holsey, Jeffrey Biggs, Jason Biggs, Jared Biggs, and Jamie Biggs.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Northgate Chapel. Graveside service will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. Family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Contributions may be made to Northgate Chapel, 3207 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham, NC 27705 and/or Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703. Flowers are acceptable.
The family would like to thank the staff at Duke Regional Hospital for their loving care.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Bessie D. Parker
DURHAM — Bessie D. Parker, 88, of Durham died Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. Born July 19, 1925 in Johnston County, she was the daughter of the late Zeb Daughtry and Ina Ennis Daughtry.
Bessie was predeceased by five siblings, a daughter, Marie Turner, and a son-in-law, Kenneth McRae.
Bessie is survived by her daughters, Joyce Turner and husband, Rev. Roby Turner, Jr. of Durham, Bobbie McRae of Creedmoor, Sharon Smith and husband, Larry of Durham; her son, David Parker and wife, Dolly of Hillsborough; her sisters, Etta Mae Johnson of Jacksonville, FL, Jean Johnson of Pine Level and Beatrice Pulley of Clayton. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, twenty two great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00am Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Tabernacle of Life Church with Rev. Roby Turner, Jr. and Rev. John Thornton officiating.
Friends may visit from 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Arrangements for the Parker family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences Select Obituaries.

Ernestine Essie Parsley
DURHAM — Mrs. Ernestine Essie Parsley, 85, departed her life on May 31, 2014 at Hock Pavilion, Durham, NC.
She is survived by two sons, Richard L. Rogers Sr. and John Anthony Parsley; four daughters, Mrs. Carolyn R. Goss (George), Gwendolyn A. Alston, Jacqueline E. Parsley, Rosalind Mims (Horace), all of Durham, NC; nineteen grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, seven nieces and five nephews.
Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Thursday at Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church, Durham, NC with visitation one hour prior to services.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Robert Lee Pate, Jr.
DURHAM — Robert Lee Pate, Jr., 91, of Durham died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Durham Nursing and Rehab Center after a few months of declining health. “Pete” as he was known since childhood was born on February 1, 1923 to the late Robert L. Pate, Sr and Beulah Bolten Pate. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, William E. Pate, Boyd L. Pate, and two sisters, Myrtle Wheeler and Lois Weaver.
He served his country in the US Army during World War II and participated in 4 major campaigns including the invasion of Southern France where he was wounded in action. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired from Imperial Tobacco Company in 1985 after working the Eastern North Carolina tobacco markets for 35 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Pate Massengill and husband, Ronald of Durham; his son, Wallace Michael Pate and wife, Anne of Leesburg, Georgia; a sister, Edna P. Outlaw of Durham; 4 grandchildren: Jason Foil and wife, Shelley of Lumberton; Kevin A. Pate of Denair, California; Ginny Williams and husband, Matt of Raleigh; Laura M. Pate of Birmingham, Alabama; and 4 great-grandchildren.
A celebration honoring his life and military service will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Meals on Wheels, the Durham Rescue Mission, or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at in the Obituaries section.

Lee T. Sellars
DURHAM — Mr. Lee T. Sellars, 97, peacefully passed away on May 31, 2014 at Duke Hock Family Pavilion. His service will be conducted at 12pm on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at St Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Lee Memory Gardens, Sanford, NC. The family will receive friends from 11am-12pm on Thursday at the church one hour prior to the service and all other times at 5106 Old Well St.
Mr. Sellars is survived by his godson, David T. Sellars, Sr. (Gloria), two brothers, four sisters and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.


Brenda Barker Pendergraft
CARRBORO — Brenda Barker Pendergraft was born in Durham, NC, on March 8, 1957, to the late Clifton and Mary Barker.  She passed away, June 1, 2014, at UNC Hospitals after a brief illness, surrounded by her family.  She enjoyed an active professional life as a dedicated employee of AT&T for 38 years.  Along with her husband, Terry, she is survived by her children, Chris, wife Angela of Haw River; Jeremy, wife Kayla of Mebane; and Kelly Burton, husband Brad of Rougemont; as well as two grandchildren, Waylon and Memphis Pendergraft.  Visitation will be held at Walker’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, Wednesday, June 4th from 6-8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 5th, 11 a.m. at Walker’s funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Westwood Cemetery Carrboro.


Barbara T. Currie
CARY — Ms. Barbara T. Currie, 78, died Monday at Rex Nursing Care Center. Ms. Currie was born in Durham and raised in Washington, DC. She was the daughter of the late Dwight Thompson and the late Elsie Bell Johnson Thompson Tyler Hertzog. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company for 42 years. Ms. Currie devoted her life to her family and friends.
Ms. Currie is survived by a daughter, Carla Currie Biddy and husband, Steve; son, Daniel Currie and wife, Jessica; and nine grandchildren, Currie, Steven, Cameron, Carson, Jeffrey, Tyler, Ryan, Lucas and Aaron.
Funeral services will be held Thursday 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Markham Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 2:00 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Doris Wooters Forman-Winger
HENDERSONVILLE — Doris Wooters Forman-Winger, 89, died on May 30, 2014 in Hendersonville, NC. She was born in Greensboro in 1925, the daughter of Albert Lee and Margaret Holt Wooters. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Howard Lee Wooters, and her husband, John G. Winger.
Doris graduated from Bessemer High School and proceeded to a dedicated career in nursing. She was a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corp at the NC Baptist Hospital school of Nursing in 1943 and graduated in 1946. She lived in Fairmont, WV from 1956 to 1968 where she was employed by the Fairmont Clinic. In 1968 she moved to Durham, NC and worked at the VA Medical Center for 20 years, retiring in 1988.
Doris was a member of Duke Memorial Methodist Church, Durham, NC, the Bessemer Golden Belles, and the Wake Forest-Baptist Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.
Doris is survived by her son, J. W. (Bill) Forman, Jr. of Pine Knoll Shores, NC and wife, Susan Stroud Forman; daughter, Lynn Forman Coppedge of Hendersonville, NC and husband, Bill Coppedge; four grandchildren, Holt Coppedge and wife, Grace, of Watertown, TN, Evan Coppedge and wife, Kristen, of Arden, NC, Maggie Forman Baker and husband, Brent, of Morehead City, NC, and Sarah Holt Forman of Pine Knoll Shores, NC; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Weston Coppedge of Watertown, TN; step-son, Thomas Winger of Rockaway, NJ; and step-daughter, Cheryl Bullard and husband, Hank Bullard, of Greensboro, NC.
A memorial service will be held at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home located at 1118 Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception for family and friends at the Fountain Manor club house. Interment will be at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY, NY 10163-4777.

Jean Lynch Holt
ANNANDALE, Va. — Jean Lynch Holt, of Annandale, Virginia, passed May 31, 2014. She was born on October 1, 1935 in Durham, North Carolina.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Colonel William Bruce Holt (Ret.), and three children, Kimberly Holt Wedel, of Fairfax, Virginia, William Bruce Holt III, of Stafford, Virginia, and Karen Holt Leygraaf, of Manassas, Virginia, sons-in-law Charles F. Wedel and Gregory L. Leygraaf, and six grandchildren, Jason C. Wedel, Bryan J. Wedel, Elise W. Brammer, Kyle V. Leygraaf, Dylan G. Leygraaf, and Bryce W. Leygraaf.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 5th, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia. Services will be held Friday, June 6th, at 1:00PM, at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children (