Obituaries, January 31, 2014

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 05:16 PM


Minnie O’Briant Chandler
DURHAM — Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one cometh unto the Father but by me.”
Minnie O’Briant Chandler, 99, of Pittsboro Christian Village went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 27, 2014. She was born in Granville County on September 7, 1914, the daughter of the late William and Rosa Lee Bullock O’Briant.
After high school, Minnie came to Durham and graduated from the Watts School of Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Later, she worked as a nurse at Watts Hospital.
Minnie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Russell Chandler. She is survived by one brother, John Mitchell O’Brian of Norfolk, Va.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Pittsboro Christian Village Chapel, 1825 East Street, Pittsboro, NC. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Minnie attended the Durham Gospel Center for decades, serving in various capacities. She loved the Lord and was a faithful witness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the benevolent fund of Pittsboro Christian Village, 1825 East St., Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. Psalm 116:15
Online condolences may be made at

Lenroy Holland
DURHAM — Lenroy Holland, 94, aka “Van W,” was born February 29, 1919, to the late Peter James and Penelope Daniel Holland, formerly of Apex, NC. He departed for his heavenly home on Monday, January 27, 2014, in Durham, NC. Lenroy married Geraldine Jones Holland in 1947, and she was his beloved wife for 51 years. He is survived by his daughter, Marion W. Fisher (Milton), Eastover, NC; his sons, James L. Holland (Jean), Lanham, MD, and Michael R. Holland, Alexandria, VA; two grandchildren, Joshua Holland and Jessica Holland, Lanham, MD; and one great-grandson, Kalib Holland, Lanham, MD. He is also survived by his sisters, Lillian Holland and Pearl H. Robinson, both of Washington, DC; and brothers, Mainer T. Holland (Uva), Apex, NC, Willie O. Holland (Geneva), Bronx, NY, and Robert L. Holland, Washington, DC; and one sister-in-law, Marcella Wright (Arthur), Goldston, NC. His oldest sister, Erma H. Webb, 96, Oxford, NC, passed two days later on Wednesday, January 29.
His funeral service will be Sunday, February 2, 2014, with visitation at 12:30 p.m. followed by the funeral at 1 p.m. at Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 360 Burgess Road, Apex, NC, Rev. Dr. Orlando R. Dowdy, Pastor.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Judy Kessinger Johnson
DURHAM — Mrs. Judy Kessinger Johnson, 69, a former resident of Durham, died on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. She had been living in Sugar Grove, NC.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 pm at Hudson Funeral Chapel.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service at the funeral home. The full obituary is online at

Catherine Pugh Obie
DURHAM — Elder Catherine Pugh Obie, 83, transitioned from earth to glory on Sunday, January 26, 2014. She was born in Greensboro, N.C and resided in Durham, N.C.
Mrs. Obie is survived by her loving husband, Elder Samuel B. Obie; daughters, Veronica B. Smith (Harry) of Washington, D.C., and Paula Y. Obie, of Washington, D.C.; sons, Samuel A. Obie (Sheryl), Charlotte, N.C., Lyle Obie, Hillsborough, N.C., James K. Obie, Chapel Hill, N.C, Richardo Obie (Mia), Elon College, N.C., and Ravon Obie, Hillsborough, N.C.; sisters, Bishop M. S. Nesbitt of Raleigh, N.C. and Shirley Wiggs of Newport News, Va. Mrs. Obie is survived by a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday February 1, 2014 at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway 55, Durham, N.C.
Visitation: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, prior to the service at the church.
Interment: Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Road, Durham, NC.


Charles Rogers Gregory
RALEIGH — Charles Rogers Gregory died on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Rex Hospital. He was born in Durham on October 25, 1930, the youngest of 9 children born to Edward Moore Gregory and Melinda Frances Rogers Gregory. He grew up in Durham and graduated from Bragtown High School. Although he lost his mother at age 9 and his father at age 17, he was blessed with older brothers and sisters who loved and cared for him. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. From an outfit of over 5,400 men, he was one of thirty soldiers chosen and sent to Kyoto, Japan where he served as a hospital medic. He attained the rank of Sergeant, and was honorably discharged having received, among other awards, the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal. After his discharge from the Army, he entered college at the University of Hawaii–Honolulu where he completed his first two years of school studying Organic Chemistry (frequently on a towel in the sunshine on Waikiki Beach). He then transferred to the only college from which he ever intended to graduate--the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he remained an avid Tar Heel for life.
Professionally, he began his career working for Dunn & Bradstreet before becoming an insurance agent with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in Raleigh. Later, he became a self-employed independent insurance broker, Certified Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant (CLU, ChFC).
Charles is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia Dawne Porter Gregory, daughters Sylvia Carla Gregory and Melinda Gregory Villena (Gabriel), both of Raleigh, along with two grandsons--his “day-brighteners” and “big buddies”--Gregory Brett and Steven Cole Villena. Spending time with Brett and Cole, following all of their activities, and acting as their head cheerleader brought him so much joy. He is also survived by a sister, Thelma Gregory Wheeler of Durham. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Louis, Edward, Ernest, Alton and Clyde, and sisters Lucille Gregory Horton and Edna Gregory Kellam all of Durham.
Visitation will be from 6:00--8:00 pm, Friday, January 31 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary’s St. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, Feburary 1 at North Raleigh Chapel, 5421 Six Forks Rd. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601, the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 E. Knox Street, Durham, NC 27701 or to a favorite charity of your choice.


Dr. J. David Goodwin, Jr.
GADSDEN, Ala. — Dr. J. David Goodwin, Jr., age 81, of Gadsden, Alabama died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday in Gadsden.
Dr. Goodwin is survived in Durham by his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Gerald C. and Mrs. Anne Goodwin.
Arrangements in Gadsden are by the Collier-Butler Funeral Home, (Tel.) 256-543-2140.

Catherine Layne Long Snodgrass
FORT MILL, S.C. — Catherine Layne Long Snodgrass (Cathy), 60, Fort Mill, South Carolina, died January 27, 2014 as the result of an accident.
Cathy was born August 7, 1953 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the second of five children to Betty Layne Hollinshead Long and the late Richard Gwynn Long. She was a happy-go-lucky, pigtailed blonde youngster with a beautiful smile and a skip in her step. This love of life defined her in every way. She adored animals and collected them, taking in baby chicks, stray dogs, bunnies or just about anything with a need for shelter. She was a nurturer. Above all, she nurtured and reared her son Stewart with all her might. He is her crowning achievement. People came to see Cathy for a laugh or a good cry because the door was always open. Cathy loved a good joke and laughed heartily even if she had heard the joke before. “Favorite Aunt Cathy,” as she was called by her nieces and nephews, always remembered birthdays, and sent humorous cards with clever notes that reminded us to love life. She wasn’t afraid of hard work, and always more than earned her way, without complaint. As a child coming of age in the late 60s, she understood flower power. She was educated at Harringswell Manor (Surrey, England) and graduated from Person Sr. High School (Roxboro, NC) and UNC Charlotte. Cathy was a talented actress in high school and college and enjoyed playing roles in many theater productions. She was married to Robert Snodgrass and is survived by him and her son, Robert (Stewart) Snodgrass, a student at the University of South Carolina. Also surviving are her mother, Betty Layne Long of Raleigh, and four siblings, Margaret Gwynn Long Winstead of Raleigh, NC, David Hollinshead Long of Greensboro, NC, Richard Gwynn Long, Jr. (Susan) of Monroe, NC and Nicholas Thompson Long (Elizabeth) of Milwaukee, WI.; and brother-in-law, Tommy Snodgrass of Fort Mill. She will be dearly missed, as well, by many treasured friends and her extended family of nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 2 o'clock at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Ft. Mill. The Rev. Dr. Brad Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.