Obituaries, February 2, 2014

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 05:08 PM


Eleni Zourdou Varelas
DURHAM — Eleni Zourdou Varelas passed away peacefully Saturday in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born December 10, 1950 in Sparta, Greece and came to America with her beloved aunt at the age of 10 to live with her in Chicago. Eleni later married her neighbor in Greece, Dr. Dimitris Varelas, and moved to North Carolina, where her children, John Peter and Georgina, were born and raised.
Eleni leaves her husband, Dimitris Varelas, M.D. and her children, John Varelas of Raleigh and Georgina Varelas of Cary.
Eleni was a devoted wife and mother, and will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
The funeral liturgy will be 10:30 AM Wednesday from St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Durham. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit 6-8 PM Tuesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, with the Trisagion litany said at 7:00 PM. Gifts in Eleni’s memory may be made to St. Barbara’s Church, 8306 Hwy 751, Durham, NC 27713. Online memorials:


Madlin Witt Wright Fogleman
GRAHAM — Mrs. Madlin Witt Wright Fogleman, 94, of Graham died on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Hospice Home in Burlington at 6:51 PM.
A native of Orange County, she was the wife of the late James Uriah Fogleman Jr. and the daughter of Olin S. Wright and Annie Roberts Wright, both deceased. She was a member of Mount Herman United Methodist Church, a member of the Philathea Sunday School Class, and a member of the bible study. She was a leader of the Golden Nuggets and a huge contributor of the church.
She is survived by a daughter, Jane Fogleman of the home; a grandson, Chad Flynt and wife Bridget; five great-grandchildren; Caleb Flynt, Aaron Flynt, Cameron Flynt, Tara Painter, and Makenzie Woodham; and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, James Olin Fogleman; a sister, Mavor Godrey; two brothers, Melvin Wright and Maurice Wright.
A funeral service will be held at Mount Hermon United Methodist Church on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM by Rev. Tom Miller. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham. At other times the family will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance–Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
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June Willard Hails
CHAPEL HILL — June Willard Hails passed away peacefully in her sleep early on the morning of January 7, 2014, at the Carolina Meadows retirement community. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and wife. She is greatly loved and missed.
June’s parents were Frank A. Willard of Topeka, Kansas and Dorothea Warren Willard of Rapid City, SD, who met at the University of Michigan. She grew up in Scarsdale, NY. She had two beloved sisters, Sally and Doris.
June attended Smith College and the University of Michigan, from which she graduated with a degree in Spanish in 1945.
June married Raymond R. Hails, Jr., USMA ’47, in Scarsdale, on June 7, 1947. For five years, they moved often, while her husband was serving in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Their first son, Alan, was born in Fairbanks, AK. Their second son, Richard, was born at Ft. Belvoir, VA. Raymond was discharged from the military in 1952, and they moved to Manchester, CT, where their third son, Robert, was born.
In 1961, the family moved to Raymond Hails’ hometown in Glendale, CA. June mostly worked in the home until 1974, when she received an early childhood education certificate. She subsequently directed a church pre-school in Glendale for 3 years. She then worked as a teacher at Yorkdale Elementary School in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles for 18 years. She was a certified bilingual teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and taught pre-kindergarten classes for primarily Hispanic children in that area.
She was active at Episcopal churches during this time, including St. Luke’s of the Mountains in La Crescenta and All Saints in Pasadena. She sang in the choir and was involved in other social and humanitarian groups.
Her husband, Raymond, passed away in 1993, and she continued to live in his family home in Glendale after his passing.
In 1997, she retired as a teacher and moved to the Chapel Hill, NC area, near her son Richard. She moved into the Carolina Meadows retirement community, in late 1997. She lived there for more than 16 years until her passing. During that time, June had a loving companionship with Walter Saeman.
June was devoted to her family and had many strong interests. She was an avid gardener, particularly loving roses and camellias. She loved all types of music and sang in Episcopal church choirs in CT, CA and NC for 50 years. She also loved to travel, hike, and visit national parks and other outdoor areas.
She is survived by numerous family members: families of her 3 sons, Alan Hamilton Hails and Patricia Avila Hails of Bogota, Colombia, Richard Willard Hails and Dawn Hall Hails, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Robert Charles Hails and Karen Koeppe Hails, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; also by 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Sally Willard Yocum of Eugene, OR, and Doris Willard Allen of North Haven, CT.
June had a great spirit. She loved people and her family especially. She kept up with many family members and friends over the years. She is loved and missed by many persons.
A memorial service in June’s honor was held at the Church of the Holy Family (Episcopal) in Chapel Hill on Monday, January 13, 2014. Contributions may be made in her memory to a favorite anti-hunger charity of June’s, Heifer International. More information is available at


Archer Thomas Wainwright
WILMINGTON — Archer Thomas Wainwright, 53, died peacefully at his home in Wilmington N.C., on Tuesday January 28, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He is survived by his wife, Sarah McKinney Wainwright and their daughters Ruthie and Hope. Archie, as he is known by his friends and family, was the third son of his late mother, Ruth Palmer Wainwright, and father, Stephen A. Wainwright (Charlotte) of Durham N.C. He is also survived by his brothers, Peter Wainwright (Carolyn) of Davis, CA, Ian Wainwright (Amy) of Sanibel, Fla., and his sister Jennifer Wainwright of Durham N.C. He is also survived by fourteen nieces and nephews, a mother-in-law and three sisters-in-law.
Archie was born on the 13th of June 1960, in Berkeley, California. From the age of four, Archie grew up in Durham N.C. He moved to Wilmington in 1985. Archie attended Durham Academy, Stowe School in Vermont, Bard College in New York and Brunswick Community College. Archie was an aquaculture biologist and for many years, was an entrepreneur of a fish farm and hatchery in Brunswick County N.C. He was an accomplished fisherman and an enthusiastic outdoorsman, who enjoyed gardening, organic food farming and ceramic sculpting. As a young child and teenager he traveled with his family to Sweden, England, Fiji, Western Samoa, Hawaii, Mexico City, Canada and the Florida Keys. As a young adult he was a successful fishing guide in Alaska, a place he loved. He worked as a mate on a variety of boats at Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C., where he developed his knowledge and love of fishing and boating. Archie was also an excellent cook. He had a loving and kind spirit and he will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition at
His family and friends will honor and celebrate his life at Mount Lebanon Chapel, at Airlie Gardens on Sunday February 9, 2014 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The Reverend Robert Cook will officiate.
Condolences to the family at