August 13, 2013
Lillie Macie Rush McInnis
DURHAM — Mrs. Lillie Macie Rush McInnis, 92, of 615 Rippling Stream Road, died peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2013. Her service will be conducted at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at St Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Markham Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the church one hour prior to the service.
Lillie was born on March 30, 1921 in Norwood, NC, the ninth child of Lina Pankey and Alonzo Rush. She was married to John Henry McInnis who died in 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Delores McInnis Jenkins; her son, John Darrell McInnis; two grandchildren, Ebony Angelique Jenkins and Edward Adonis Jenkins; son-in-law, Christopher Putney; and sister, Cumilla Payne.
Lillie matriculated at Fayetteville State Teachers College in Fayetteville, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1944. She later earned a master's degree from A&T State College in Greensboro.
Lillie began her career as a teacher in Norwood in 1945. She met John Henry that same year, and they were married in 1946. To this union, two children were born. In 1961, the family moved to Rockingham, where they made many lifelong friends. Lillie taught 8th grade science and math at Leak Street High School; in 1969, she was transferred to Rockingham High School, following the United States Supreme Court decision that required mandatory desegregation of public schools.
That same year, John Henry accepted a position as principal of Grady Brown Elementary School in Hillsborough. In 1970, the family moved to Hillsborough. Lillie joined the faculty at Stanford Junior High School in Hillsborough, where she taught earth science in the gifted and talented program. While continuing to work in Hillsborough, Lillie and John Henry eventually moved to Durham. John Henry retired in 1980, and in 1983, Lillie retired from her position at Stanford Junior High, after 38 years of teaching.
Lillie loved teaching. Throughout her career, she continued to take college classes to advance her teaching skills. She placed enormous value on education, convinced that it is the key to success. She instilled this powerful love of learning in her children and her students.
Lillie will be remembered with great fondness by all who knew her and loved her. She will be especially remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, her kindness and compassion, her great intellect, her dedication to justice and intolerance of injustice, her always-shrewd insights, and her absolute love of life.
As testament to her extraordinary character, Lillie had many friends of all ages and from all walks of life, and she was surrounded by friends and family right up to the time of her death. Above all, Lillie will be remembered by her family as a wonderful mother, a mother who provided constant love and support to her children and grandchildren as they progressed on their own journeys through life.
She was a unique and unforgettable lady, and we miss her terribly.
Bonnie Freeman Nichols
DURHAM — Bonnie Freeman Nichols, 67, of Durham passed away August 12, 2013 at Duke Medical Center following a brief illness. No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
Richard Arthur “Dick” Perschel Sr.
DURHAM - Richard Arthur “Dick” Perschel Sr., age 92, of 4434 Ben Franklin Blvd., formerly of Sandlewood Dr., passed away Monday, August 12, 2013 at his home.
A native of Syracuse, NY, he was the son of the late Neil Leland and Geneva Valentine Perschel and husband of Elizabeth Espantoso Perschel, who survives.
Dick was a member of Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, Pres. of the Sylvan Bible Class, Charter member of the Mt. Sylvan Seniors and the Men’s Prayer Breakfast. He was a 1945 graduate of the American Academy of Mortuary Science, was a licensed funeral director, employed by Marsellus Casket Co in Syracuse, NY for 30 years and was the retired Chairman of the Board of Mastercraft Casket Co. in Graham, NC. He was also President of the Tar Heel Boxer Club and Past President of the Durham Kennel Club. Dick was a proud U.S. Marine Corp Veteran of WWII and he traveled with “A Flight of Honor” to Washington, DC.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Espantoso Perschel of the home; sons, Richard A. Perschel Jr. and Mark Kevin Perschel; grandchildren, Mark Perschel Jr., Matthew Perschel and Erin Perschel. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Ann Perschel; sister, Grace Ann Perschel; and brothers, Fred and John Perschel.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church by Rev Stuart Milton and Rev. Robert O’Keef. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The Perschel family will receive friends from 1-1:45 at Sylvan United Methodist Church, prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Sylvan U.M.C. Cemetery Fund; 5731 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27712.
Barbara Faye Taylor
DURHAM — Barbara Faye Taylor departed this life on August 9, 2013. She is survived by her son, Dewayne Taylor; four sisters; four brothers; three grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 12 noon on Thursday at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Durham, NC with visitation at 11 a.m.
Barbara Anne Lawson Vickers “Bobbie”
DURHAM — Barbara Anne (Bobbie) Lawson Vickers, beloved Daughter, Wife, Mother and Grandmother passed from this life into the next August 11, 2013. Bobbie was born September 26, 1932 in Durham, NC, the daughter and only child of Claibourne H. Lawson and Alma Terrell Lawson. She attended Holloway St. Elementary School, East Durham Junior High School and graduated from Durham High School and Croft’s Business School.
In 1953 Bobbie married the love of her life, William Thomas (Tommy) Vickers. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 4, 2013.
After her husband was discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Bobbie devoted the next 25 years to being a homemaker, taking care of her husband and raising their three children, all of which she considered her finest accomplishment. Bobbie returned to the workforce about 1981, ultimately retiring from BellSouth.
Bobbie loved reading, cooking for her family, hosting family holiday gatherings for her children and grandchildren, and family trips to the beach.
Bobbie leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Tom Vickers; her children: Beth Roll of Durham, Will & wife, Delana of Winston-Salem, Patrick & wife, Karen of Atlanta; Grandchildren: Trey & Alex Vickers, and Zachary Roll.
Bobbie is also survived by former son-in-law, H.M. (Rusty) Roll and wife, Debbie; Special Friends: Dulcene Roll, Trish Proctor, Patsy Gurganus & Nancy Watkins; and many cousins, all of whom she loved as siblings.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 24th at 2 p.m. at Bethany Methodist Church, 2809 Guess Road in Durham.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations in Bobbie’s name be made to Bethany Methodist Church.
Margaret Ann Reid Shumake
CHAPEL HILL — Margaret Ann Reid Shumake passed away Saturday, August 11, in Chapel Hill. She was 69 years old. Margaret was born in Thomasville, NC to the late Voida Owen Reid and Herman Reid and graduated from Lexington (NC) High School. A 20-year resident of Carrboro, NC, Margaret worked caring for patients at the Chapel Hill Rehabilitation Center until her retirement, in 2009. She was preceded in death by her brother, Douglas Reid, and is survived by her daughter, Dana Shumake Stamey; her son-in-law, Christopher Stamey; and her granddaughter, Julia Stamey, all of Chapel Hill; and by her former husband, Donald Shumake, of Jacksonville, Fla.
Arrangements are being handled by Walker's Funeral Service, (919) 942-3861. <www.walkersfuneralservice.com>