Obituaries, January 24, 2014

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 05:19 PM


O.H. “Jay” Joyner, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. O.H. “Jay” Joyner, Jr., age 89, died late Tuesday afternoon at his home.
Born September 26, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan, Jay was the son of the late O.H. and Elsie O. Joyner. He graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit in 1943, and was a veteran of World II, serving in the U.S. Army.
He moved to North Carolina in March of 1943, and after returning home from the war he operated Central Sales and Service on Main Street in Durham for several years. From 1965 until his retirement in 1987 he was employed with IBM, beginning as packaging machines and then at the time of his retirement operating a CAD machine.
Jay was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Julian S. Carr Bible Class. He was also a member of the Mt. Sylvan Seniors Group.
Jay was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Doris Harris Joyner.
Surviving are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Willie Mae Harris of Durham; his niece, Amy Harris Ascher and husband John of Chapel Hill, their children Benjamin, Avery, and Christopher; his sister, Delores McMurphy of Chesterfield, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews, including John Vollmayer and wife Diane of Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Rev. Taylor Mills officiating. Burial with military rights will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Justin Leitzel, Chuck Campbell, Randy Sheffield, Dan Cone, David Patterson and John Ascher.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 North Church Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701.
The family will receive friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home Friday from 6 to 8 PM.
The Joyner family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to Select obituaries.

Spencer P. Reid
DURHAM — Spencer P. Reid, 102, passed Tuesday, January 14, 2014 after a brief illness at the VA Hospital. Mr. Reid was a native and lifelong resident of Durham. He served his country in WWII from 1943 to 1945 in Europe. After leaving the Army, he worked at Leggett and Myers Tobacco Factory until his retirement. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Mitchell, Ms. Mertice Reid and Mrs. Constance Harris; two sisters, Ms. Elizabeth Reid and Mrs. Margaret Hill; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St., Durham, NC at 12:00 noon, with visitation starting at 11:00. Arrangements entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Elizabeth Frances Drydale Wheeler
DURHAM — Mrs.Elizabeth Frances Drydale Wheeler, 69, of Durham, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
Mrs. Wheeler was born in Parkchester, NY to the late William Drydale and Helen Frances Adams Drydale. She served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as a Military Intelligence officer. Beth was stationed for many years in Germany before returning stateside, where she resided for 24 year in El Paso before moving to Durham. She was preceded in death by her brother, John “Jack” Drydale.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Daniel Lee Wheeler; sons, Donald H. Wheeler and Christopher A. Hope; one daughter, Stacy Harris; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and her loving cat, Baxter.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the APS of Durham Attn: Development Office, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences may be made at


Donald Odell Vaughan
HILLSBOROUGH — Donald Odell "Don" Vaughan, 68, died Thursday morning in the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. A native of Davidson County, he was the son of the late Wallace Earl Vaughan and Olean Harris Vaughan.
Don was educated at Denton High School, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. He was employed with the US Postal Service for many years in telecommunications and after retiring he started Vaughan Scape, a landscaping business. He operated this business for the past ten years.
He was a veteran of the US Air Force serving in the Philippines. Don was a member of the US Parachute Association (USPA) and was an avid sport parachutist having just fewer than 4,000 jumps. He was also an avid golfer loving the camaraderie on the many courses he played especially his home course at Sea Trail, Sunset Beach. He had two holes-in-one in his career. Don Vaughan never met a stranger.
Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Wood Vaughan; one son, Jeff Walton and wife, Susan of Chapel Hill; sister, Pamella V. Jarman and husband, Garrett of Lexington; his nephew, Gary Jarman and wife, Donella of Hillsborough and two grandsons, Nick and Zack Walton of Chapel Hill.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, 1005 W. Main St., Durham, NC. Officiating will be the Rev. Gerald Goodwin.
The family will receive friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Vaughan family. Online condolences may be sent to Select Obituaries.


Claire Evelyn von Hassel Edwardson
CLARKSVILLE, Va. — Claire Evelyn von Hassel Edwardson, 83, loving wife of Arthur Henry Edwardson, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Halifax Regional Hospital. Claire was born December 1, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY to the late William Roosevelt and Henrietta Reichard von Hassel. Prior to moving to Clarksville in 1995, they lived in Emerald Isle, NC, Durham, NC, and Massapequa Park, NY. In addition to her husband of 62 years, Mrs. Edwardson is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Johnson of Raleigh, NC and sons, Richard Arthur Edwardson of Gastonia, NC and Eric William Edwardson of Libby, MO, nine grandchildren, two great-grandsons and her brother, William Roosevelt von Hassel, Jr. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Susan Grimm officiating. Memorial donations in Mrs. Edwardson’s name may be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 111 Sixth Street, Clarksville, VA 23927. Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at