Obituaries, May 31, 2014

May. 30, 2014 @ 05:08 PM


Thomas J. Boatright
DURHAM — Mr. Thomas J. “Tommy” Boatright, 89, of Durham, died on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Born July 8, 1924 in Screven, Georgia to Lena Davis and Thomas W. Boatright. Preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mevis McQuaig and Doris Harris, and brother, Daniel K. Boatright. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Boatright for 66 years.
Married Martha Percy June 15, 1946. They have three children, Sandra Davis (Bill) of Mocksville, Daniel J. Boatright (Pam) of Cartersville, Ill., and Janet Wheeler (Russell) of Efland. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Quinelle B. Pittman of Waycross, Ga. and Winnie B. Gillespie of Blackshear, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews as well as many of his in-law family who loved him very much.
Tommy was a Mason, Shriner, and a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and Bethesda Ruritan Club. He worked several years for Colonial Stores and for 32 years at the American Tobacco Company in construction maintenance. He served his country for 33 months during World War II. His medals earned are the Purple Heart, Bronze star, Good Conduct medal, Combat Infantry Medal, unit citation award, and 3 battle stars.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. Rev. Earl Echols and Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Active pallbearers will be the members of the Amran Shrine Temple. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Bethesda Ruritan Club.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 6012 Deerwood Lane. Flowers are acceptable or memorial gifts can be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565. Online condolences may be made to www.hudsonfuneralhome.

Thomas Benjamin Fridley
DURHAM — Mr. Thomas Benjamin Fridley, 89, of Durham, died on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Mr. Fridley was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, son of the late Charlie R. Fridley and Betty Haskins Fridley. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the American Tobacco Company. He loved to travel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Fridley.
He is survived by his son, Donnie Fridley of Terre-Haute, Ind.; stepsons, Thomas Crabtree of Reidsville and Phillip Crabtree of Durham; step-daughters, Jean Marlowe and Edna Carden, both of Durham; grandson, Donnie Fridley; great-grandchildren, Thomas Adam Fridley, Jordan Fridley and Bryson Fridley; and special friend, Pauline Collie of Chase City, Va.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Glenn Burris.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 am, before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

John Earl Roseboro
DURHAM — On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Mr. John Earl Roseboro, age 74, son of the late John Earl Roseboro, Sr. and Sarah Roseboro, passed at Duke Regional Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred I. Roseboro; three children, Gregory L. Roseboro, Sr. Esq. (Daphne), John E. Roseboro, III (Leslie), Zaneta Roseboro Ponton (Brian); seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Mrs. Barbara Penn. Services will take place on Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, 531 South Roxboro Street, Durham, at 1:00pm. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home, Inc.