Obituaries, February 6, 2014

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 05:53 PM


Ha Thi Nguyen Guthrie
DURHAM — Ha Thi Nguyen Guthrie, 66, of Durham lost her very brave year-long battle with gastric and breast cancer on February 1, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Vietnam on March 12, 1947. During the war, she met her husband, William Guthrie, an American soldier, while she was working as a secretary for the US Army. She moved to Durham, NC in 1972 and worked tirelessly to bring her entire family, consisting of her parents and 8 siblings and their families, to the US. Ha worked at Duke University as a computer programmer for many years before opening her own restaurant, Kim Son Vietnamese, in 1995.
Surviving are her husband of 41 years, William Guthrie; three daughters, Julie Vu and husband, Jack of Raleigh, Christine Martimbeau and husband, Elliott of Charlotte, Catherine Penilla and husband, John of Raleigh; seven grandchildren, Tony, Timothy, Tyler, Dylan, Will, Ian and Olivia; two brothers and five sisters.
The family will be present 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham, where a Rosary Service will precede visitation at 5 p.m. Funeral Services will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Father Timothy Sick will preside. Burial will follow at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Durham. Donations may be made to Charity of Retirement Saigon, Vietnam. Online condolences may be shared at See Obituaries.

Dorothy Nell Utley Hackney
DURHAM — Mrs. Dorothy Nell Utley Hackney, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Ms. Hackney was a native of Durham, the daughter of the late Marvin and Mabel Utley. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son Jerry and wife, Brenda of Durham; granddaughter, Lori Hackney; one brother, J. M. Utley, Jr. and wife, Catherine. She was predeceased in death by one sister, Peggy Edmonds.
Dot, affectionately known as Granny, loved her family and friends very deeply. She enjoyed spending time with them at family gatherings, going to the beach, eating out, shopping, or just riding around. She also enjoyed weekly beauty parlor appointments, dancing, singing and putting puzzles together. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel followed by burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at 2407 Azalea Drive. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences may be made at

Luther Thomas "LT" Henderson Sr.
DURHAM — Luther Thomas "LT" Henderson Sr., 67, departed his life on February 2, 2014. He leaves behind six sons, two daughters, twenty-two grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers and a host of nieces and nephews.
He will be funeralized on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. The wake begins at 11:00 am and funeral at 12:00 pm.

Carmen Perry Hoover
DURHAM — Mrs. Carmen Perry Hoover, 88, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Fairhope, Alabama. She was born in Durham County to the late William Alvin Perry and the late Annie Maude (Pittard) Perry. Mrs. Hoover was also predeceased by her husband, Hal V. Hoover Jr.
Mrs. Hoover is survived by her daughter, Cathy Minnetyan of Hamilton, Massachusetts, and her son, Michael Hoover of Fairhope, Alabama, as well as granddaughters Sona, Marta, and Teni Minnetyan and grandsons Robert, David, Jonathan, and Daniel Hoover. She also has five great-granddaughters and nine great-grandsons.
Graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Friday at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Muriel Veronica Gurtner Kirkland
DURHAM — Mrs. Muriel Veronica Gurtner Kirkland, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully on February 2, 2014 at age 95, surrounded by her family.
Muriel was born on September 22, 1918 in Bergenfield, NJ, and was the youngest child of Mary Veronica Mulligan and Jacob Emil Gurtner. She moved to Durham with her family at age 11 and graduated from Durham High School. She attended Woman’s College in Greensboro, and returned to Durham where she worked in the Treasurer’s Office at Duke University.
She married George Faucette Kirkland, Jr. on Christmas Eve 1938. When George returned from his service in World War II, they settled in Durham where they raised their three children. The family spent their summers on Kerr Lake where they enjoyed boating, skiing and sailing. Muriel continued to water ski and crew in sailboat races for many years. Muriel was active in the community, where she served as a Cub Scout leader and PTA president, and she was involved in the Republican Women’s Club and her Sewing Group. Muriel and her husband George were married for 62 years, until his death in 2001. George was a Periodontist and served as president of the North Carolina Dental Society, and dentistry played an important role in their lives. Muriel honored her husband after his death with a generous contribution to the UNC Dental School, and the Kirkland Auditorium at the new Dental Sciences Building is named in his honor. Muriel spent her final six years at the Forest at Duke where she stayed active playing bridge, making new friends, playing online Scrabble with her children and grandchildren, and participating regularly in sit-down volleyball. She was a vital, independent, strong woman who dearly loved her family, and she had a profound effect on her children, her grandchildren, and all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be greatly missed.
Muriel is survived by two daughters, Virginia Kirkland Caldroney and her husband, Tom, of Ruxton, MD, and Judy Kirkland Wilson and husband Jim, of Chapel Hill, NC, and a son, Dr. George F. Kirkland III and wife Leslie, of Durham, NC. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Lisa and husband Don Schline, Jill and husband Brad Whitehurst, Kirk and wife Carrie Caldroney, Lindsay, Allison, George IV (Kirk), and Rob, and 7 great-grandchildren, Hannah and Harrison Schline; Thomas, Virginia and George Whitehurst; and Lillia and Colten Caldroney.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, with Rev. Marilyn Hedgpeth officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Watts-Hill Hall at the church.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, 1005 W. Main Street, Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701.
The Kirkland family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Alice Walters Mumford
DURHAM — Alice Walters Mumford, 71, of Durham, NC, died February 4, 2014, of breast cancer.
Alice was born October 10, 1942 in Greenville, NC. She was the daughter of the late Stephen Franklin Walters, Sr. and Nell Merritt Walters. Alice graduated from Rose High School, received a B.A. in Education from East Carolina College and later received a Master of Arts degree in Education from East Carolina University.
Alice settled in Durham with her family in 1976. She retired from the Durham County Schools after teaching and working as a Guidance Counselor. Alice loved flowers, plants, arranging and volunteered with Duke Gardens for 18 years as a docent educator. She was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church for 38 years where she served as den mother, Sunday School Teacher, various committees but especially enjoyed Lay Shepherd Ministry with her husband Jerry and co-leading Martha Society efforts at the church for 20 years.
Alice was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. Larry Mumford. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Jerry S. McDaniel; daughter, Susan M. Stahl and her husband, John, of Greensboro; son, Michael S. Mumford and his wife, Courtney, of Durham; 5 grandchildren: Stephen, Sarah and Stanford Stahl and Caroline and Michael Mumford; sister, Louise W. Sammons and her husband, Robert, of Grand Junction, CO; brother, Stephen F. Walters Jr. and his wife, Frances, of Greenville; four nieces, their spouses and great-nephews.
A memorial service in celebration of Alice’s life will be held Friday, February 7 at 2:00 at Epworth United Methodist Church with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Private family burial.
Contributions in Alice’s memory may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707 or to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Box 90341 Duke University, Durham, NC 27708.

Irene Stephens Whitfield
DURHAM — Mrs. Irene Stephens Whitfield, 88, died Wednesday morning at Hock Family Pavilion. Mrs. Whitfield was born in Caswell County, the daughter of the late Robert B. Stephens and the late Nina Hicks Stephens. Prior to her retirement, she was a secretary at Duke University. Mrs. Whitfield was a member of Braggtown Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood E. Whitfield; brothers, Earl Stephens and Herman Stephens; and sisters, Virginia S. Harris Williams and Pauline S. Hunley.
Mrs. Whitfield is survived by a son, Donald Reed Whitfield; brothers, Ronald Stephens of Burlington, C. J. Stephens of Rougemont and Thomas Stephens of Mebane; and sisters, Lois S. Clayton of Roxboro and Dale S. Wooten of Cary.
A graveside service will be held Friday, 1:00 p.m. at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Eric Burmahl and Mr. Norman Stallings officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Hock Family Pavilion with Duke Hospice, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704 or Braggtown Baptist Church, 3218 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Esther Lavorsia Watts Wiley
DURHAM — Esther Lavorsia Watts Wiley was born in Greenville, SC on October 31, 1912, to Henry and Carrier Watts. She departed this life on January 31, 2014.
Upon completion of her studies in the public school system of Greenville, SC, she moved to Durham where she met and married Buddie Wiley. She was employed at Montaldo Womens Dress Shop in downtown Durham. She was their first African American saleswoman. She later began her studies in cosmetology. She attended the DeShavor Beauty School and served as a president of the Durham Chapter Alumni Association. Esther enjoyed those studies and continued them in Paris, France. Esther returned to Durham, NC and began her cosmetology career. She opened her own hair salon and enjoyed a wonderful career doing what she loved.
Her survivors are Brucie Brunson, Winetta Hopkins and Marguerite Bradley, all of Maryland. Services will take place at St. Joseph A.M.E. Church on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12 noon. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.


Diane L. Hobby
MEBANE — Diane L. Hobby, 61, of Mebane, NC surrounded by friends and family went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
She was born July 19, 1952 in Durham, NC to Walter and Evelyn Leich. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and served as Choir Director at the time of her death. She also cared for children in her home. Her church, her music and the children she cared for were the focus of her life. She previously served as pianist for The Celebration Singers of Burlington, NC.
She is survived by her husband Edward Hobby of the home, her daughter through love Liza Coombs (Jamie) of Mebane, NC, her stepson Brent Hobby (Katherine)of Mebane, NC, her grandchildren Ali and Peyton Coombs and Wyatt Hobby, her sister Joan Griswell of New Smyrna, GA, her brother John Leich (Linda) of Greenville, NC, her sister Susan Rackley (Lawerance) of Oxford, NC, her brother William Leich of Durham, NC, her nephew Michael Lashley of Cary, NC and her niece Stephanie Rackley of Oxford, NC.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Walter and Evelyn Leich.
A memorial service celebrating Diane's life will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Salem United Methodist Church located at 4924 Salem Church Road, Haw River, NC. Rev. Cathy Hoyle, Rev. Cindy Lister and Colby Leonard will be officiating. Visitation of family following the service in Salem UMC Fellowship Hall.
Triad Cremation Society, Inc. of Greensboro in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Diane may be made to Salem United Methodist Church to be used by the Ministry in Missions. A special heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses of the Cardiothoracic ICU at NC Memorial Hospital for their loving care and support during Diane's illness.
“I am the resurrection and I am life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Because I live you shall live also.”

Jacqueline Perry Matlock
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Jacqueline Perry Matlock, 90, of Cedar Ridge Retirement Community died at the Hospice Home on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 12:42 p.m. following a short illness.
A native of Lexington, NC, she was the wife of the late Carey Rufus Matlock and the daughter of Donald Hugh Perry and Gladys Jones Simpson, both deceased. She was an Assistant Director of Admissions at Elon College for 40 years. She was also an avid bridge player and active in many book and garden clubs. Jacqueline was a member of Elon Community Church United Church of Christ where she was a deacon, church secretary and member of the church circle.
Survivors include a son, Ronald C. Matlock and wife Jan of Marietta, GA; daughter, Kay Matlock of Carrboro; granddaughter, Andria Matlock Dobson and husband Bryan of Scotland Neck, NC; and two great-grandchildren, David and Caroline Dobson.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Gividen.
The funeral service will be conducted at Elon Community Church United Church of Christ on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Randy Orwig. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to Elon Community Church United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 625, Elon, NC 27244.
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Oscar Hicks
CREEDMOOR — Oscar Hicks, 87, a longtime resident of Creedmoor passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Peaks Resource of Treyburn.
A native of Person County, the son of the late Bunnie and Eva Hicks, he was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and a retired barber.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 7 at Fellowship Baptist Church. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are his wife of sixty-two years, Betty Arnold Hicks of the home; two daughters, Vicky Hicks Cates of Butner, Susan Hicks Miller of Anderson, S.C.; one son, Steve Oscar Hicks of Creedmoor; five grandchildren, William Crews III, Christopher Gilliam, Stephen Hicks, Lauren Rigsbee and Katie Miller; four great-grandchildren, Ayden Rigsbee, Peyton Hicks, Emily Crews and Landon Rigsbee.
Flowers are accepted or memorials can be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times the home of Vicky Cates.
Online condolences can be made to Select Obituaries.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Hicks family.

Timothy “Dwayne” Slaughter
CREEDMOOR — Timothy “Dwayne” Slaughter, 35, passed away at his home in Creedmoor on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Tim was a devoted father, husband, son, and brother. He is survived by his wife Ashley; his son, Justin; his parents, Stan and Debbie Slaughter of Roxboro; his sister, Amy (David) Thorneloe of Weaverville; his mother- and father-in-law, Vickie and Al Daughtridge; grandfather, Elmo Slaughter of Roxboro; grandmother, Mary Ellis of Pine Level; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and adopted brother, Pat Skipper.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Slaughter, and grandfather, Donnie Ellis.
Tim was born in Durham on September 3, 1978, and grew up in Raleigh, where he graduated from Leesville Road High School. He graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 1999. Tim was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, achieving the rank of Sergeant and serving overseas in Iraq. He continued his service to the United States as a shop foreman at Butner Federal Correctional Institution. He was a member of the Maltese Knights Motorcycle Club in El Paso, Texas. He was a charter member of the Falls Lake Academy school board in Creedmoor and was excited about overseeing the construction of the new building. He was a former captain of Stony Hill Fire Department in Wake Forest, NC, and a little league baseball coach with the South Granville Athletic Association.
Funeral services will be conducted at Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 A.M. with visitation on Friday evening from 6:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. Pallbearers will be Joe Metcalf, Joey House, Bryan Dillard, AC Rich, Mason Dorsett, and Andrew Patterson.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Tim Slaughter Fund at Falls Lake Academy, 1701 E. Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
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Shirley Ann Weimer
BUTNER — Mrs. Shirley Ann Weimer, 78, died Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014 at her home. Mrs. Weimer was born in Durham, NC, the daughter of the late Layton Pridgen and the late Ethel Robertson Pridgen.
Mrs. Weimer is survived by sons, Charles Weimer, Steve Weimer, Jack Vaughan and Rick Vaughan; brothers, Donnie Pridgen and Joseph Pridgen; sisters, Mary Keith and Carolyn Black; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 2 p.m. at First Pentecostal Church with Pastor Johnny Godair officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at First Pentecostal Church.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Beulah Mae Smith Holifield
HENDERSON — Mrs. Beulah Mae Smith Holifield, 90, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Senior Citizens Home. She was born in Hale County, Alabama to the late Huston Smith and the late Victoria Calhoun Smith. She is also predeceased by her husband, Robert Watson Holifield.
Mrs. Holifield is survived by her daughter, Janice Edenfield of Stem; sisters, Betty Jean Crawford and Bessie Nell Crocker of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; granddaughter, Stephanie Taylor of Stem; great-granddaughters, Caitlynn and Caroline Taylor of Stem.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at