August 11, 2013

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 05:07 PM

Bryant Taylor Aldridge
DURHAM — Bryant Taylor Aldridge passed away peacefully August 7, 2013, at the Hillcrest Convalescence Center in Durham, North Carolina. 
Bryant, or “B”, as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren, was born November 8, 1933 in Kinston, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Alton Aldridge and Nannie Taylor Aldridge; and his brother, Jesse Alton Aldridge Jr.
He attended Grainger High School in Kinston, where he was the only Grainger student to be class president all four years of high school, the only student to win 12 varsity letters, and the only student who was co-captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a high school football All-American and a participant and co-captain in the 1951 Shrine Bowl Game and East-West All Star Game. He graduated from Duke University in 1956, where he was class president his freshman year and earned three varsity letters as a member of the Duke football team. He helped lead Duke to victories in two of his more memorable games over No. 1 Ohio State in 1955 and Nebraska 34-7 in the 1955 Orange Bowl. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, the Red Friars Honorary Society, and recognized at graduation for character and leadership with the Robert E. Lee Award. In 2007, he was inducted into the Kinston-Lenoir County Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1963 he obtained his Masters of Science Degree in hospital administration from Northwestern University. He also graduated from the Executive Program at UNC Chapel Hill, and did Post Graduate work in hospital administration at Cornell University.
On November 1, 1966, Bryant was chosen to oversee the planning, construction and management of Nash County’s newest facility, Nash General Hospital. As its President for 32 years, he demonstrated a commitment to the Rocky Mount, North Carolina community and the development of a thriving health care complex in Nash County. On June 1, 1998, he retired, leaving behind a legacy of visionary leadership recognized throughout the state and nation. He conceptualized and helped develop Nash General Hospital, the first all private room public hospital, which has now become the industry standard. In 1983, he pioneered the “day hospital” concept, building North Carolina’s first free standing out-patient hospital, Nash Day Hospital. On November 8, 1999, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center was dedicated in his honor on the Nash Healthcare System campus.
In addition to Bryant’s contributions to the healthcare community in Rocky Mount, he was a long time member and served as chairman of several civic groups including the American Red Cross, the Rotary Club, the Board of Planters Bank, charter board member of North Carolina State Bank and Area Health Education Center, Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Hospital Association, past President and Trustee of Carolinas Hospital and Health Services, and past Chairman of Volunteer Hospital America Carolinas-Tennessee. Throughout his time in Rocky Mount, he was an active and loyal member of the First United Methodist Church, serving on the administrative board and trustees.
Bryant has been a long time fan and supporter of Duke University, serving in many leadership capacities, guest lecturer, the Iron Dukes, the Gridiron Society and the James B. Duke Society. In 2002, the offensive backs coach’s office located in the Yoh Football Center was named The Bryant T. Aldridge Family Coach’s Office.
Further achievements and recognitions include: Tarheel of the Week, in June 1996; Distinguished Service Award, North Carolina Hospital Association 1996; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International 1997; Distinguished Citizen Award, Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce 1999; Special Achievement Award, North Carolina Area Health Education Center; and Trustee Emeritus, Health Education Foundation of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. Area L AHEC.
Bryant is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Jean Carol Peake Aldridge; two children, Bryant Taylor Aldridge Jr. and Myra Allison Aldridge Forrester; six grandsons, Bryant Taylor Aldridge III, Robert David Aldridge, Jesse Joseph Aldridge, Thomas Allen Forrester III, Bryant Aldridge Forrester, and Jamison Sanders Forrester. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Aldridge Cherry of Kinston; nephew, Julius Perkins Cherry Jr.; and nieces, Louise Cherry Mauck, Millicent Aldridge Thomas, and Sally Ann Aldridge Wood.
The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff and caregivers at Hillcrest Convalescent Center for their compassionate and professional care of our kind and wonderful husband, father and grandfather over the last several months.
A celebration of Bryant’s life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina at 11 a.m. on Monday August 19, with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall.
Memorials in Bryant’s memory may be made to the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Duke University Medical Center, Box 3600, Durham, North Carolina; First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; or Nash Health Care Foundation, 2416 Professional Drive, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. 
The Aldridge family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, Durham. Online condolences may be submitted at, select obituaries.

Muriel Pendergrass Carroll
DURHAM - Muriel Pendergrass Carroll, 92, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Waxhaw, NC at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. She was born in Durham, NC on September 11, 1920, a daughter of Norman and Etta Pendergrass. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Carroll, in 1993. Mrs. Carroll is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Charles Howard, of Waxhaw; her two granddaughters, whom she adored, Erin Howard Cook of Waxhaw and Emily Howard Brown of Charlotte; their husbands, Chad Cook and Andrew Brown; and her “littlest angels,” Lacey Elizabeth Cook and Reid Howard Cook. She is also survived by her brother, Roger Pendergrass (Inez) of Morehead City, and several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Dr. Janet Lehr and Integrative Physicians of Durham for their compassionate care, as well as Hospice of Union County. In addition, we wish to express our deepest gratitude to Katherine Dauchert for the attentiveness and love she has shown Mrs. Carroll over the last several years.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 12th, at 2 p.m. in section six at Maplewood Cemetery with Rev. Ed Denton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to A Helping Hand, 1502 W NC Highway 54, Suite 405, Durham, NC 27707.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Roxie Harris Pettiford
DURHAM - Roxie Harris Pettiford, of Durham, NC, died on Monday, August 5, 2013 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Al and Ardenia Harris of Creedmoor/Northside Community. Her three brothers, David, WT, and IE; and six uncles, Paul Walker, Silas
Walker, Jonah Walker, Junius Walker, James Walker and Henry Burton, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at Union Chapel Church in Butner on Monday, August 12th at 12 noon. Viewing will be 11 a.m. -12 noon with Rev. Dr. Harold Trice officiating. Burial will be at Union Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

JoAnna Suzanne Wright
DURHAM - JoAnna Suzanne Wright, 27, died Friday, August 9, 2013, in Duke Medical Center. She was a native of Durham and a graduate of Tabernacle of Life Christian School. She was a Christian and sang in the quartet of the Tabernacle of Life Church with her closest friends (Amanda, Emily and Esther). She had a great personality and loved beyond and cared for others. She never met a stranger and had a heart of gold. She was employed at First Citizens Bank.
She was an only child to her surviving father, Harold C. Wright Jr. Her paternal grandparents, Sam and Helen Gibbs. Her maternal grandparent, Marie Green Turner. She claimed and acknowledged one brother, Dylan Turner; and also three sisters,  Amanda L. Griffiths, Dawn L. Jimenez, and Amy L. Batten. Surviving close aunts are Sarah Wright Faircloth and Phyllis Turner-Lutterloh; and uncles, loved ones, cousins, friends and church family. Her fiancé was Timothy Greene. She was predeceased by her mother, Naomi Jean Turner Wright. Deceased also are her paternal and maternal grandfathers, Jasper “Pete” Turner and Harold Cleveland Wright Sr. 
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday in Tabernacle of Life Church, 2400 Sovereign Street, Durham, NC, by Pastor Roby Turner Jr. and Assistant Pastor John Thornton Jr. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday in Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough. All are welcome.

Patricia Evelyn Poplawski McMahon
CHAPEL HILL — Patricia Evelyn Poplawski McMahon, 78, of Chapel Hill, NC, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Pat was a registered nurse and before retirement, had worked in the office of W. Woodrow Burns, MD, for over 30 years. Through her nursing and in her life, she touched many lives; she believed each person deserved all of the love and care that she could give. Pat was always able to comfort those around her, whether it was a family member, patient, or a complete stranger. She enjoyed spending time with her six grandchildren, playing cards, traveling, reading and having conversations with her friends. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all. Pat is survived by her husband, Richard R. McMahon; her brother, Harold Poplawski of Glen Dale, WV; her daughters, Cynthia Easley of Waxhaw, NC, Catherine Perret, of Tampa, FL, Debra McMahon of Charlottesville, VA, and Diane Gibb of Bellingham, WA. She is also survived by her sons-in-law, James Easley, Gerard Perret Jr., Dan Gioeli, and John Gibb. Pat also had many children of her heart that came to her for comfort and counsel; she cherished the time she had with each one. She was a beloved wife and mother and the proud grandmother of her six grandchildren, Lauren Gibb, Jessica Easley, Cole McMahon-Gioeli, Caroline Perret, Jordan Gibb and Grace McMahon-Gioeli. In lieu of flowers, Pat requested that contributions be made to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Research, NC Women’s Hospital or any program dedicated to the treatment of cancer in children. Mass will be held at the Holy Infant Catholic Church in Durham, NC on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. An open house to celebrate Pat’s life will be held at the McMahon residence from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the evening of the 13th.