Obituaries, December 12, 2013

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

William "Nick" Allen
DURHAM - "Nick," 80, departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Duke Medical Pavilion. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Allen; children, William Allen Jr., Larry "Lil' Nick" Allen (Venita), Margaret A. Littlejohn, Jean A. Curtis (Phillip), Sheilah A. Coffin (Larry), Denise Bynum, Dr. Cheryl A. Brewer, Jewel A. Morgan, and Nirilla Kearney (Ricky); sister, Sandra Chavis (Johnny), and brother, Ricky Bullock (Averie); 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Thursday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. The body will lie in state one hour before the service at the church. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to

Annie Ruth Strickland Arrington
DURHAM — Annie Ruth Strickland Arrington, 81, died Monday, December 9, 2013. Annie Ruth was born in Alamance County on August 10, 1932 to Clarence Pruett Strickland Sr. and Mamie Hybernia Dixon Strickland. She was a graduate of Durham High School. Following graduation she worked at Harris Upham & Company, ran a teletype machine and was a teacher’s assistant in the Durham Public Schools.Annie Ruth was a member of Temple Baptist Church where she was a member of the adult choir for over 50 years and the Golden Circle Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Peace, Mrs. Meredith Daughtry, and Mary Helen Kelly; two brothers, Mr. Clarence P. Strickland and Mr. Henry C. Strickland.
Surviving are her husband, of 57 years, William K. “Bill” Arrington of Durham; three sons and daughters-in-law, David K. Arrington and wife, Elizabeth, of Timberlake, Ted W. Arrington and wife, Leslie, of Chapel Hill and Glenn S. Arrington and wife, Tammie, of Graham; a grandson, Will C. Arrington; a sister, Mrs. Ida Virginia Marshall of Richmond, Va.
The family will be present 4–6 p.m. Wednesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Dr., Durham. Senior Pastor Mark Mofield will officiate. Burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Durham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Annie Ruth’s memory may be made to Temple Baptist Church Building Fund, 4504 Sterling Dr., Durham, NC 27712. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Marvin (June) Russell, Jr.
DURHAM - Marvin (June) Russell, Jr., entered into eternal rest on December 6, 2013, at Duke University Hospital. He was the son of Marvin Russell, Sr. and Estell Maybell Jones Russell. He leaves to cherish his loving memory two sisters of Durham, N.C.
Services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 12 noon with visitation at 11 a.m.

Mary Jones Simmons
DURHAM — Funeral services for Mary Jones Simmons will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 2420 S. Roxboro St., with family visitation being held one hour prior to service.
Survivors include four sons, Schuyler Jones, Dwight E. Jones, Christopher Jones, and Robert E. Jones; 5 grandchildren.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Mary Catherine Hines Roberson
PITTSBORO — Our sweet Mary Catherine Hines Roberson spread her angel wings at her residence on Saturday, December 7, 2013, after over a year of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was born to Edgar Miller Hines and Sarah Jane Borland on June 11, 1931, in Orange County, N.C.
She was known for her sweet and selfless soul. She always had a smile on her face for everyone. She also loved making and giving her famous chocolate pies, the beach at sunset and White Lake when her children were younger, sewing, shopping and cooking. She loved God, her husband, ALL of her family, working hard, camping/traveling, square dancing, being a “Brownie” and 4-H leader, a Sunday school teacher, football and cheerleading mother, babies and her own grandchildren lit up her life.
Mary Catherine graduated from Orange High School where she played (of all things) the base drum. She met the love of her life working at Rose's Dime Store in Chapel Hill, N.C. She married Jack Roberson on November 15, 1953. She worked as a “Soda Jerk” (her words) in Hillsborough, N.C., then with Western Union as a telegraph operator. After this, Mary Catherine worked at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for many years. She then kept and helped raise many children from her home. After her children were a little older, she went back to UNC and retired as the supervisor of Medical Reports there. Then she and her husband started Parker’s Creek Mobile Home Park and built the home where they resided on the property.
Mary Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, “Eddie” and Sarah Hines; her stepmother, Hazel Hines; and her dear brothers, Harold (Margaret) Hines, Edgar Hines and David Hines.
Her daughter, Jackie Roberson; two sons, Greg Roberson and Rusty Roberson; daughter-in-law (daughter in our eyes), Marlina Roberson, survive her, along with four grandchildren, Dylan Rigsbee, Randi Roberson, Kaydi Roberson and Noah Roberson; in addition, Greg’s dog, Savannah. She is also survived by sisters, Nellie Tunstall, Shirley (Eddie) Brown, Sarah Norton, Irene (Elise) Laube; and sister-in-law, Norkie Hines. She also has many nieces and nephews who love and respect her dearly.
Mary Catherine will be missed, but God has gotten the sweetest angel ever and she is dancing in the sky with the love of her life and many other precious people she knew and loved. Please celebrate her life with us.
The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro, N.C. Mary Catherine’s funeral will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dan Robinson officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery, then a reception will be held in the fellowship hall to honor the family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations for the education of Mary Catherine’s grandchildren to The Sarah Roberson Trust – C/O SECU Special Accounts, P.O. Box 876, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or drop off at any branch.
Online condolences may be left at Select “Obits.”
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

Hilda McCray Jefferson
STEM — Hilda McCray Jefferson, 48, fell asleep in death on December 7, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, Ned Jefferson III and two daughters, Kayla and Megan Jefferson, of the home; five sisters and three brothers; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, December 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 812 Junction Rd., Durham, N.C. at 1 p.m.
Holloway Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services.

Denette Holloway Claytor
ROXBORO — Mrs. Denette Holloway Claytor, 83, a resident of 210 Grapevine Dr., Roxboro, departed this life suddenly in her home Sunday morning, December 8, 2013. She was a native of Person County and a member of Lawson Chapel Baptist Church.
She is predeceased by her parents, William Acres and Addie Mae Holloway, and her beloved nephew, Eric Franklin Holloway.
She is survived by her brother, Franklin Delano Holloway (Frances) of Roxboro; one nephew, Ryan D. Holloway; two great-nieces, Erica and Nadira Holloway; and one great-nephew, Dawud Holloway.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Lawson Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Langston D. Logan, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Franklin D. and Frances Holloway, 570 Semora Rd., Roxboro.
Online condolences may be sent to
Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors are in charge of the service for Mrs. Denette Holloway Claytor.