Obituaries, June 5, 2014

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 05:54 PM


Wallace Edward Burke, II
DURHAM — Mr. Wallace “Wally” Edward Burke, II, 33, of Durham, left this earth Wednesday, May 28, 2014. He was born in Naples, FL and lived in FL, WV, and PA with his family before moving to NC. He was a 1998 graduate of Northern High School where he played soccer. He was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow and of the Catholic Faith. He worked in the hospitality and cable fields. Wally enjoyed hiking, geology, music, dancing, birds of prey, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Wallace E. and Marie P. Burke of Durham; sisters, Brandi Marie Burke-Hicks (Gregory), Michelle Elizabeth Dafoe (Christopher); brother, Robert George Burke; niece, Charlotte Rose Burke; and nephew, Blake Edward Dafoe.
The family will receive visitors at their home on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, after 4pm at 618 Wanda Ridge Dr., Durham. A Celebration of Life will be held at 618 Wanda Ridge Dr., Durham at 3pm on Sunday, June 8 (Wally’s 34th birthday). In lieu of flowers, the family requests prayers. Memorial donations may be made to the Eno River Association at or 4404 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27712. This will help preserve the land and the environment that Wally loved.

Maria Cuttino
DURHAM — Ms. Maria Cuttino, 97, passed on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Carver Living Center.
Services will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Victory At Calvary Covenant Church, 500 N. Driver Street, at 1 p.m. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Inc.

Fred A. Gregory
DURHAM — Fred A. Gregory, 60, died suddenly at home on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Fred was born March 4, 1954 in Medina, Ohio to Howard R. and Mary Cutlipp Gregory. He proudly served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Fred graduated with honors from Geneva College, Bowling Green University and UNC Chapel Hill Law School. Fred was an attorney for over 25 years, working at the Dare County District Attorney’s office, the Durham County District Attorney’s office and the North Carolina ABC Commission in Raleigh, where he was chief counsel for many years. He enjoyed fishing, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns and UNC basketball. Fred was an avid gardener, who for many years grew, canned and shared with many his hot peppers. His passion was writing and singing country songs. He was a dedicated and loyal friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard R. Gregory.
Surviving are: his wife, of 29 years, Darcy Nahigyan Gregory of Durham; a son, Henry C. Gregory of Asheville; a daughter, Georgia P. Gregory of Durham; his mother, Mary Cutlipp Gregory of West Virginia; three brothers, Steve Gregory of Mocksville, Tim Gregory and wife, Roberta of Ohio, Bruce Gregory of West Virginia; a sister, Terry Gregory of Florida; nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at The Church of The Good Shepard, 3741 Garrett Rd., Durham. Rev. David Bowen will preside. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham Chapel. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Sandra Addison Haigler
DURHAM — Mrs. Sandra Addison Haigler, of 2544 Burton Road, went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her husband and children on Wednesday, June 04, 2014.
Mrs. Haigler was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Hugh Addison and Julia Denson McDaniel. She retired after 20 years from Northern Telecom. What she loved the most was making memories with her family and being “Granny.” She was a member of Gorman Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ronnie Haigler; son, Scott Haigler and wife, Sam of Bahama; daughter, Amy Hicks and husband, Mark of Wake Forest; two grandchildren, Jack Dylan Haigler and Tiffany Marie Hicks; brother, Danny Addison and wife, Carol of Durham; sisters, Eleanor Deering and husband, Chuck of Durham and Linda Langdon and husband, Rick of Cary; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and her Hibernia Lake friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Griffin, and nephew, Jeff Addison.
Funeral services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gorman Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Daniel Tilley and Dr. C. J. Bordeaux. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Kelly Hatley, Jamie Haigler, Kyle Hatley, Charles Flamion, Ronnie Williams, Sr. and Mike Phillips. Honorary pallbearer will be Jeff Addison.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Julius Bain Howell
DURHAM — Julius Bain “JB” Howell, 90, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at UniHealth PAC of Durham. He was born in Wake County to the late Roan Howell and the late Estelle Olive Howell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Leora Grace Eakes Howell. Mr. Howell served in the Navy during WWII and later became the owner of a building supply company.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Tibbetts (Dr. Fred Tibbetts); son, David Howell (Brenda); daughter, Sandra Brown (Doug); son, Mark Howell (Jami); 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 10 a.m., Friday at Maplewood Cemetery with Rev. Ed Denton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the Gathering Room 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

Clarence Johnson, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Clarence “CJ” Johnson, Jr., born August 20, 1935, in Winnsboro, South Carolina, to the union of the late Clarence, Sr. and Mrs. Ethel Broom Johnson. He passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Delores Fowler Johnson; son, Maurice (Tanya) Johnson; daughter, Gloria Johnson; grandchildren, Maurice DeShawn (Garisha) Davis, Marcus and Taylor Johnson; great-granddaughters, Mariah Davis, Kolby and Cynia Black; sisters-in-law, Bernice Fowler Peterson, Evelyn Fowler (Richard) Waller, and Doris B. Fowler; brother-in-law, Carl Lowry, all of Durham, N.C.; several cousins, nephews, nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service is Friday, June 6, 2014 at Abundant Hope Christian Church, 1011 Junction Road, Durham, NC. Viewing will be at 11:00 a.m., and the funeral service at 12:00 noon, Pastor, Mark-Anthony Middleton, officiating. The family is receiving visitors at 3320 Holloway Street, Durham, N.C.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

William Calvin Mangum
DURHAM — William Calvin Mangum, 80, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home. He was born in Harnett Co. to the late John Bert Mangum and the late Emma Judy Arrington Mangum. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Diane Mangum Nash. Mr. Magnum retired from the Maintenance Department at Duke Medical Center.
Mr. Mangum is survived by his wife, Margie Mangum; son, Calvin Mangum; daughter, Elaine Johnson; son, Wayne Mangum; daughters, Paula Morgan (David), Pam Taylor; sisters, Irene White and Mary Ann Cook.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Friday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

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.

Michael Sterling Slade
DURHAM — Michael Sterling Slade, a Durham native and resident of Pensacola, Florida, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2014 at the age of 64. At the time, he was in the excellent care of West Florida Hospice. Michael was born April 20, 1950 in Durham, NC. He attended Durham City Schools and graduated from Durham High School in 1969. A father of two, he is survived by his daughter, Lauren Slade, his son, Ian Slade, and their mother, Lisa Hamill. He is also survived by his mother, Nellie Slade, his sisters, Jean Haithcock, Linda Lanum (Oren Dameron), and Dianne Branson (William Branson). He is also survived by his brothers, Gary Slade and Dennis Slade (Diane Slade). Michael will be remembered for his pure heart, his love of the ocean, and his enduring love for his family and friends. The family will receive friends at the home of William and Dianne Branson on Monday, June 16 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at 4312 Cobscook Drive, Durham, NC.

Ruth Beasley Upchurch
DURHAM — Mrs. Ruth Beasley Upchurch, 96, of Croasdaile Village passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born on May 16, 1918 in Durham County and attended Durham City Schools, graduating from Durham High School in 1936. She retired from Durham County Governmental Offices in 1980 after 40 years of service. A lifelong member of Calvary United Methodist Church, she loved singing in the choir. Known as “Aunt Ruth,” she worked with the youth of Calvary Church for many years. She spent many of her retirement years as a volunteer at Durham Regional Hospital and with the Durham County Rescue Society. “Once she made a friend, she kept a friend.”
Mrs. Upchurch was preceded in death by her mother, Hilda Gray Beasley; father, W.A. “Donnie” Beasley; husband, Wallace H. Upchurch; grandson, Daniel Scott Winfrey; and three brothers.
She is survived by her son, W. Gray Upchurch and companion, Donna Moss; daughter, Nancy Dixon and husband, Lad; granddaughter, Jennifer Koehler and husband, Doug; grandson, Jay Upchurch and wife, Laura; granddaughter, Christie Dixon and fiancé, John; granddaughter, Michelle Wheeler and husband, Judd; daughter-in-law, Pat Dunford and husband, Greg; niece, Sandra Beasley; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, 304 E. Trinity Ave. in Durham at 11 a.m., Saturday. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery where Ruth will be laid to rest beside her husband, Wallace H. Upchurch. The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Friday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, please follow in the footsteps of “Aunt Ruth” by embracing a loved one, calling a friend, visiting a shut-in or contributing your time to a charity of your choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


John Manley Dennison
CHAPEL HILL — John Manley Dennison, 80, went to be with his Lord on Monday, June 2, 2014 at his home. John M. Dennison was born in Keyser, West Virginia on April 13, 1934. He was the second of two children by Raymond Lewis Dennison and Edna Sturm Dennison. He was preceded in death by his brother, Byron Dennison.
An early interest in rocks and fossils on the dairy farm where he was raised led to a career in geology. He attended West Virginia University for his undergraduate degree. Schooling was interrupted by two years in the Army, where he served as a rocket engine test engineer at what is now Marshall Space Center. After leaving military service, he learned that two of the engines he worked with as weapons systems had also been diverted to become the second and third stage launch engines of the first U.S. satellite in 1957. After his military service, he went to the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. in geology in 1960. He then taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Tennessee, and finally, from 1967 until 2002, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His investigations were varied, but focused on the strata of the Appalachians from Alabama to New York and their associated fossils, mineral resources, and the geologic history of their developing structures and topography. His research spanned over half a century of scientific publications, more than a hundred in number. He humbly received many professional honors.
From 1957 until 1972, he was married to Wilma Kay Bailey. That marriage resulted in a son, John Robert Dennison, who is now a physics professor at Utah State University. That lineage produced granddaughter, Sarah Dennison, and grandson, Jim Dennison.
In 1972, John M. Dennison married Sondra Wise, and that marriage endured until 1980. In 1989, he married Priscilla Anne Lechner and has resided since with her in Chapel Hill, NC. John and Priscilla Dennison have a daughter, Abigail Marie Dennison. They were married and worshiped these years at Ephesus Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.
John M. Dennison was the middle of a three-generation family of teachers in public colleges and universities, and he especially enjoyed working with students who were first experiencing the awakening of university education. Many of his students have become lifelong friends, and several have continued collaboration with John as their own research careers matured. John thought it was important that the university environment interact with the world of larger scope, and he was a strong participant in professional and industrial geologic groups, reasoning that his teaching would become more relevant to the practical world.
He enjoyed field work and probably examined more of the strata of the Appalachians than any other geologist. A favorite saying of John’s was that “Geology is made up of mostly people, a few rocks, and some interesting restaurants along the way.” Science is a creation of the human mind, and the joy of being a scientist is the active participation in the personal development of knowledge.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ephesus Baptist Church with Dr. Harry Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be made to Carolina Covenant at
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Lucile Atkins Frick Wentworth
CHAPEL HILL — Lucile Atkins Frick Wentworth, known to all as "Lou," died at Wynwood of Chapel Hill May 26, 2014. Lucile, the only child of Victor L. and Belle Rankin Atkins, was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 4, 1911. She lived an exemplary life serving her family and community until her passing at the age of 102.
Lou graduated from Women's College (now UNC Greensboro) class of 1932 after which she attended Duke University to study dietetics before becoming a hospital dietician. Lou was devoted in marriage to Clarence Adam Frick, "Pop," for 53 years before his passing in 1986. Lou and Pop called many cities home as a result of his work with the Southern Railroad, the last being their retirement home near family in Kernersville, North Carolina. At the age of 94, Lou found love again and married Herbert Wentworth of Chapel Hill. Lou is survived by her husband, Herbert Wentworth, two sons, Robert Frick of Salisbury and John and wife Donna Frick of Chapel Hill, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and Rose Johnson, her loving and faithful caregiver for 4 years. Lou was predeceased by her son Larry in 2013 and her daughter, Nancy, at the age of 16 in 1959.
Lou was a loyal and perpetual giver of her wit, talents, and time to her church, friends, and community groups wherever she lived. She joyfully gardened and was noted for her exceptional cooking, but her deepest desire was to be the best homemaker, wife, and mother she could be. Well done, Mom.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 7, 11:00 am, at the Kernersville Moravian Church in Kernersville, North Carolina. A reception at the church will follow the service. Memorial gifts may be made to the Church Missions or Women's Fellowship of the Kernersville Moravian Church.


James Andrew Dickey
ROXBORO — James Andrew Dickey, 91, of 3550 Oxford Road, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Mr. Dickey is survived by his son, Donald Dicky & wife Sandra, of Roxboro; two granddaughters, Michelle Davis & Jeremy, of Roxboro, and Mary Leigh Land & Michael, of Concord, VA.
Visitation will be held 6:30-8:00 PM Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home. Other times at the home of his son Donald Dickey, 3550 Oxford Road, Roxboro, NC 27574, and at the home of his granddaughter, Michelle Davis, 2904 Oxford Road, Roxboro, NC 27574.
Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, June 6, 2014 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church by the Rev. Barry Chambers. Interment will follow at Burchwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 1655 Mt. Harmony Church Road, Rougemont, NC 27572.
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