August 12, 2013

Aug. 11, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

Christopher Lee Oakley Sr.
DURHAM - Christopher Lee Oakley Sr., 53, of Durham died on Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Robert Oakley. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and also a score keeper for the athletic games for Fellowship Baptist Academy, and he was an avid supporter of Village Lanes Bowling Center Youth Program. Mr. Oakley was also a gun and knife collector, loved his children, supported and attended all of their activities and games. He was a machine maintenance technician for American Tobacco.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Strombeck Oakley; one son, Christopher Lee Oakley Jr. of Durham; one daughter, Kristina Gail Oakley of Durham; mother, Jean H. Dority of Wake Forest; one sister, Kim Oakley Woodrow (Randy) of Boone, NC; father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Strombeck Sr.; brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robby Strombeck Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Strombeck, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Harward; nieces and nephews, Mason Woodrow, Kayla and Drew Harward, Lindsay, Emily and Cameron Strombeck, Hailey, Grant and Candance Strombeck.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church. Dr. Rick Finley and Dr. Roger Wall will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Robby Strombeck Jr., Kenny Strombeck, Mark Harward, Dennis Long, Johnny Pickard, Scott Currin, Jack Ellis, and Ray Bennett. Honorary pallbearers will be Mason Woodrow, Drew Harward, Daniel Johnson and Grant Strombeck.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at 3300 Redgate Dr. Flowers are acceptable, or donations can be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 515 Southerland St., Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at

Fanny Owen Edwards
OXFORD - Fanny Owen Edwards, 89, died Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Meadowview Terrace in Clarksville, Va. Graveside services today at 11 a.m. at Fuller Chapel United Church Of Christ. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:30 until 11 in the Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fuller Chapel United Church Of Christ, c/o Christy Pulley, 771 Edwards Road, Henderson, NC 27537.
Arrangements by J.M. White Funeral Home of Henderson. 

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.