August 2, 2013

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

Phyllis Bass
DURHAM - Phyllis Bass, 63, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Durham Co. to the late John Davidson Bass and Katherine Ellis Bass. She was employed at Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company for many years.
She is survived by her brother, John Bass of Graham.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, 2 p.m. at Ellis Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Marilyn Shipman officiating.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Anita C. Harris Miller
DURHAM - Anita C. Harris Miller, 57, was born in Raleigh on March 26, 1956. Anita graduated from Enloe High School and North Carolina Central University. Anita is survived by her husband, Shelton Miller.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 12 noon at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Carolina Biblical Gardens. Repast will be held at Maple Temple United Church of Christ.

Lucille Womack Rich
DURHAM — Mrs. Lucille Womack Rich, 98, of Durham died on Monday, July 29, 2013. She was the daughter of the late James Womack and Martha Pipkin Womack. She retired from Measurements, Inc. as a file clerk. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayborne Thomas Rich; two sons, Jerry Rich and James Rich; one daughter, Phyllis Medlin.
She is survived by her grandson, Travis Medlin.
Graveside Memorial Service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Rev. Fred Johnson will officiate.
Family will be assisted by Hudson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: First Freewill Baptist Church, 225 Chandler Rd. Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at

Alma Clements Sorrell
DURHAM- Mrs. Alma Clements Sorrell, 99, of Durham died on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late James Offie Clements and Blanche Beavers Clements. She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Woodrow Sorrell; two brothers, James Linwood Clements and Winfred Clements; two sisters, Olivia C. Mason and Madeline C. Marks.
She is survived by one son, Clyde R. Sorrell (Sharon); one sister, Ruth Perry; three grandchildren, Wendy Auman, Paige Ciasto and Parrish Livingston.
Funeral services will be held on today at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Tommy Talton, Pastor Betty Bunn will officiate and Wendy Auman will speak. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Lola Marler Rogers Williams
DURHAM — Lola Marler Rogers Williams, 99, of Durham, died on July 30 after a short illness.
Born November 3, 1913, in Yadkinville, NC, Lola lived in Durham all her life. She graduated from Durham High School and Duke University (class of 1934, Phi Beta Kappa).
She was married to James Wesley Williams, a professor of civil engineering at Duke University, and had three sons, James Marler, Winston Rogers, and John Derek.
An educator all of her life, Lola inspired generations of students. She began her teaching career at Oak Grove School at age 20 and later taught English, literature, writing and music at Calvert Method School (now Durham Academy), Carr Junior High School, Durham High School, and Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. She retired from teaching in 1972 in order to pursue her love of Shakespeare and her interest in music composition.
Survivors include two sons, Jim (Patty) and Derek (Ranny Bledsoe); her niece, Gayle Batty (Jerry); and nephew, Winston Rogers (Joan); grand nephews and niece, Jesse and Jordan Batty and Adam Rogers; step grandchildren, Ginger Basa and Peter Eisenbeiser; and great grandchildren; Lucy, Caleb, Jack and Cricket Basa; and a vast circle of friends and former students.
Her family would be happy to hear from those who knew her. Notes can be sent to or, or posted on the memorial page of the Howerton-Bryan Funeral home (
A service celebrating her life will be held at Duke University Gardens at 2 p.m. on November 3, 2013, her 100th birthday.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Williams Family.

Margaret Louise Wilson Bradley
MEBANE - Margaret Louise Wilson Bradley, 83, of Mebane passed away on July 31, 2013 at the Presbyterian Home of Hawfields.  Louise was born on August 15, 1929 to the late Henry Grover Wilson and Alice Ray Wilson. She was a homemaker and wife to Thomas H. (Buck) Bradley for 64 years. Louise was also a lifelong member of Mebane Presbyterian Church and received an Honorary Life Membership from the Presbyterian Women in 1989.
Louise is survived by her husband, Thomas H. (Buck) Bradley of the home; children, Nancy (Glenn) Womble of Mebane, Dare (John) Nicholson of Durham, Clinton (Sarah) Bradley of Mebane, and Charles (Sherri) Bradley of Mebane; sisters, Gloria Whitfield of Haw River and Judy Clontz of Burlington; and brother, Henry Wilson of Mebane. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Jenny Nicholson, Anna Nicholson, Jane Nicholson, Susan (Matt) Linder, Tom (Megan) Bradley, Sarah Louise (Rusty) Boyette, Andy Bradley, Ryan Bradley, and Catherine Bradley. Louise was predeceased by three brothers, Jesse Wilson, Braxton Wilson, and Glenn Wilson; and two sisters, Susan McPherson and Mabel McKinney.
The funeral service will be held at Mebane Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Smith will be officiating, and burial will follow the service in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary one hour before the service on August 3. At other times, they will be at the home.
Memorials can be made to Mebane Presbyterian Church (502 South Fifth Street, Mebane, NC 27302) or to a charity of choice.  McClure Funeral Service in Mebane is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Nelson “Nat” McCauley
MEBANE — Nelson “Nat” McCauley at the age of 79, passed away August 1, 2013 after a 7-month battle with cancer.
Born June 20th 1934, to the late Ira and Alma Fox McCauley, he was a lifelong resident of Mebane, NC.
He worked for Pepsi Cola and retired from Kingsdown Mattress Factory. Nat loved bluegrass music and played the banjo. He enjoyed the music and company of many friends for over 20 years at his “Happy Home” on Wednesday nights.
He is survived by sons, Mitchell McCauley and Barry McCauley (Teresa), both of Mebane; grandchildren, Jacob McCauley (Anja), Allison McCauley, Natallie McCauley, Ryan McCauley, Megan McCauley and Robin Dorsett (Harold); several nephews, nieces and mother of his children, Sandra McCauley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Georgia McCauley Gattis and Elizabeth Holt Gattis; brothers, Orva McCauley and Melvin McCauley; significant other, Betty Jean Dorsett.
Visitation will be at McClure Funeral Service in Mebane Friday, August 2nd from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the McClure Chapel on Saturday August 3rd at 3 p.m.; burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Mebane, following the service.
The family will be receiving visitors at 2913 Mebane Oaks Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNC Hospice at P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312. For more information on how to donate, please go to Online condolences may be sent to the family at