Obituaries, December 15, 2013

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

William "Bill" Bacon 
DURHAM — William "Bill" Bacon, 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. He was born in Bradley County, Tennessee to the late Ben H. Bacon and the late Mamie E. Bacon. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Bacon and Paul Bacon.
He is survived by his wife Gretchen Bacon of Raleigh, NC, his daughter Elise Bacon of Santa Fe, NM, daughter Karen Bacon Heltne and son-in-law Christian Heltne and two grandchildren, Jonas and Adeline Susannah Heltne of Raleigh; and a loving family far and wide.
Bill attended Bradley Central High School and was a three sport varsity letterman. Bill is a 1956 Carson-Newman College mathematics graduate and varsity football player. Following active military service as a commissioned officer in the USNR, Bill joined the General Electric Company in 1958. While employed by GE, Bill earned an MBA from Purdue University's Krannert School of Business. He retired in 1997 after a successful career at GE. He moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to be near family in 2008.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jonathan Llewellyn Beal
DURHAM — Jonathan Llewellyn Beal, most recently of Chicago, IL, 37, beloved husband, brother, uncle, friend, and son passed away after taking a fall on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Jonathan was born November 27, 1976 to Ann Dickinson and Harley J. Beal in Greensboro, NC and grew up on the campus of Chatham Hall in Chatham, VA. He embraced the freedom, creativity, and connection to nature that this small town allowed. His annual event "the Haunted Woods" was a major attraction at the school. He attended Woodlawn Academy in Chatham, VA; Sacred Heart School in Danville, VA; and George Washington High School in Danville, VA. He received a BS from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, where he was a Balfour Scholar and a founding member of the rugby team. He was inspired and fascinated by the importance of the law in bringing order to our lives and received a JD from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Professionally, Jonathan worked on behalf of ambulatory surgery centers nationwide providing consultation on legal and health policy issues.
Jonathan married the love of his life, Carol Anthony-Beal, in Waupaca, WI in 2010. Jonathan and Carol enjoyed laughing together, relishing in the pureness and beauty of the first snowfall of the season, their cat, Ori, and beating each other in card games. He was a steady presence who loved the outdoors, was a fantastic cook, a loyal and generous friend and the best uncle a child could ask for. Jonathan was deeply loved and admired by so many and will be dearly missed.
An avid Carolina fan, Jonathan had a quick wit, a bright spirit, and a unique ability to put everyone at ease even in difficult and stressful situations. He had a passion for helping others enjoy the opportunities of life fully and he volunteered for several years with the Special Olympics. He loved hiking with friends and family on Mount Le Conte in the Smoky Mountains.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Anthony-Beal, originally of Waupaca, WI; his mother, Ann Dickinson Beal, of Hillsborough, NC; his father, Harley J. Beal of Elizabethtown, KY; his sisters, Madeline Corbin-Beal of Laurel, MD, Molly Beal Toda of Kernersville, NC and Grace Beal of Nashville, TN; his niece Mildred Corbin-Beal and his best-friend and nephew, Walter Corbin-Beal of Laurel MD. He died too young.
A visitation was held on Saturday, December 14th, from 9-12 at Clements Funeral Home on Churton Street in Hillsborough, NC.Services were at Saint Matthew´s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, NC at 12:30. Memorial donations are welcomed in Jonathan´s name at either the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 or Friends of the Smokies, P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764-7660.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made

Ernest Herbert Brinson
DURHAM - Ernest Herbert Brinson, known as Herb, died peacefully in his sleep the morning of December 7 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. He had turned 92 on November 16.
Herb was born in Rankin County, Mississippi, to Ernest Brinson and Iris Summers Brinson. He attended school in Florence, Mississippi, and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. During World War II, he was a Marine, serving in a communications unit in the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific. Following Japan’s surrender, he and other members of the 1st Marine Division were sent to China.
In 1947, Herb married Minnie Lee Sheffield (known to some friends as Micki and to others as Lee). Herb and Micki had two children, Judy Dianne (Dianne) and Gary Ernest. The family lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Kentucky before moving to Durham in late 1966. Herb was an electrical engineer for IBM for thirty-four years, retiring in 1985. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and growing vegetables in his large vegetable garden.
Micki died on October 20, 2013. Gary died in 2003. Herb is survived by his sister, Christine Brinson Hogg, of Mississippi, and by his daughter, Dianne Brinson, and Dianne’s husband, Mark Radcliffe, of Portola Valley, California. He is also survived by an “informally-adopted local family” Martha (Marty) Gagliano, Michael Novak, and Matthew Novak (who called Herb and Micki “Grandpa Herb” and “Grandma Micki”).
A celebration of the lives of Micki and Herb Brinson will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Yates Baptist Church.
Dianne and Mark invite everyone to join them at 12:30 that day for a buffet lunch in the Vista Restaurant of the Washington Duke Inn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707.
The Brinson family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted Select obituaries.

Boyd E. Dickey
DURHAM — Boyd E. Dickey, 79, of Durham, died Saturday, December 14, 2013. Mr. Dickey was born in Orange County to the late Alice Hunt and Edgar Dickey. He was a Korean War veteran and served in the National Guard for 25 years. Boyd was employed as a mechanic by the N.C. National Guard. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, where he pastored for 10 years. Boyd was predeceased by his grandparents who raised him, Geneva and Joseph Dickey; his great-granddaughter, Gracie Beck; and a son-in-law, Ernest Buchanan.
Surviving are his wife, Charlene Vollers Dickey; a son, Leon Dickey and wife, Wanda of Chesapeake, VA; a daughter, Cindy Dickey Buchanan of Durham; grandchildren, Dawn Buchanan Beck and husband, Lenny, Amy Dickey Morton, Brian Buchanan and wife, Carly, April Dickey Bassing and husband, Josh and Skylar Goodman; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Buchanan, Chance Morton, Nicole Buchanan, Jackson Beck, Jacob Buchanan, Michelle Bassing, Kenley Beck, Jack Morton and Caleb Buchanan.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16th, at Clements Funeral Chapel. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home and at other times at the home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc.; in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made

Leroy B. Miller, III
DURHAM — Leroy B. Miller, III, of Durham, died Thursday at his home, December 12, 2013. Prior to retirement, Leroy was employed as a banking loan officer and was an Air Force veteran.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathy Bobbitt; a son, Marc Miller and four grandchildren, Megan Bobbitt, Macy Bobbitt, Jacob Bobbitt and Cashton Miller.
The family will receive visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, December 16 at the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home.

Marian Burch O’Brient
DURHAM - Marian Burch O’Brient, age 96, died Tuesday at her home.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2:00 PM in Old Maplewood Cemetery, New Extension, Rev. Andy Winn officiating.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-1002.Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the O’Brient family.

Harry Adams Pickett
DURHAM - Harry Adams Pickett, 89, of Durham, N.C., passed away on December 11, 2013, in Matthews, North Carolina at Carrington Place.
Harry was born and educated in Durham County. He was preceded in death by Dorothy (Dot) Dennis Pickett, his loving wife of more than 60 years. Together they owned and operated Pickett’s Catering Company for many years. He was an active member of Yates Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memory is a son, Wayne Pickett and wife Carolyn of Valrico, Fla.; daughters Phyllis Medlin and husband Mike, of Monroe, N.C., and Annette Williams and husband Ronnie of Franklin, Va.; grandchildren Jonathan Pickett, Michael Pickett (Stacey), Matthew Medlin (Terilynn), Mark Medlin, Bryan Medlin (Brenda), Shannon Medlin, Martha Marks, and Edward Marks; great-grandchildren Jordyn, Riley, Kennedy Pickett; Brooke, Bailey, Codi, Sam, Allie Jo and Ava Marie Medlin; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive visitors Monday, December 16, between 1 and 2 p.m. prior to a memorial service at 2 p.m. at Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, N.C. Officiating will be Rev. John Frederick. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to Yates Baptist Building Fund, or the charity of your choice.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Pickett family. Online condolences may be submitted at Select obituaries.

Charles Tidwell
DURHAM — Mr. Charles Tidwell, 72, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the VA Medical Center. He was born in Hardin Co., TN to the late John Bannister Tidwell and the late Mary Baxter Tidwell. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Chuck was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was admired and respected by all who knew and worked with him. Before retiring from Lord Corporation in Cary, he served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the 11th Armored Calvary, Black Horse Division and he received the Army Commendation Medal.
Mr. Tidwell is survived by his wife, Barbara Tidwell; daughter, Cheryl, granddaughter Heather, Grandson Brad and great-granddaughters Madison and Alexys, all of NC; son Charles Jr., granddaughters Sarah and Andrea, grandson Steve and five great-grandchildren; son Phillip and grandson Chris, all of Indiana; two sisters; a brother; and a large extended family.
Funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Mr. Walter Ray Smith officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens on Cheek Rd in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions can be made to the Durham VA Hospital online or to Durham VA Medical Center. Attention Voluntary Service (135) 508 Fulton Street Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made

Paul E. Watkins 
DURHAM — Paul E. Watkins, 95, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2013, at Spring Arbor of Durham.
A lifelong resident of Durham, he was the son of the late Newton B. Watkins, Sr. and Addie Partin Watkins. Paul graduated from Bethesda High School in 1938 and proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was a member of Angier Avenue Baptist Church and retired from a long career with the National Cash Register Company.
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Helen Mann Watkins, as well as his sister and four brothers.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Paulette W. Inscoe; granddaughter, Wendy Inscoe; grandson, Mike Inscoe, Jr. and wife Heather; and four great-grandchildren, Dustin Allen, Morgan Allen, Avery Inscoe and Logan Inscoe.
A visitation will be held Sunday, December 15, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. The family will have a private service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite church or charity. A simple act of kindness this holiday season would be a fitting tribute. Online condolences may be made at
Harry Lee "Pete" Wilkerson
DURHAM — Harry Lee "Pete" Wilkerson, 79, died Wednesday, December 11, after an extended illness. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Anne H. Wilkerson, and a son, Patrick L. Wilkerson, both of Durham; a daughter, Suzi Leonard, a grandson, Brian H. Leonard, and a great grandson, Cooper Z. Leonard, all of the Austin, Texas area.
Pete's request for cremation has been honored by his family and a memorial service will take place at a later date.
In Pete's memory, if so desired, condolences may be expressed through contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project with a mission of assisting thousands of injured warriors returning from battle.  More information about the WWP project and making a contribution can be found at or by calling 904.296.7350.

Ricky Devon Watson
DURHAM — Ricky Devon Watson, 51, departed his life on December 12, 2013. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Shirley Watson; two daughters, Reenisha Williamson and Shaquaria Williamson, one son Ricky Adams; eight grandchildren, six brothers, four sisters, three aunts, one uncle, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm at Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ, 1715 Athens Ave, Durham, NC with the viewing from 12noon to 1:00 pm.  Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Mozelle Brooks Green
PITTSBORO — Mozelle Brooks Green, daughter of the late Manley and Nellie Snipes Brooks was born in Chatham County on October 15, 1924.  She departed her earthly life on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in her home, at the age of 89.
She attended school in Chatham County before moving away.  While living in New York, she met and married the late Jule Green. She resided in New York until she retired and returned to Pittsboro, NC where she lived, until her death.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Rodgers, James and Eddie Jack Brooks.  She is survived by sisters, Annie Matthews, of Pittsboro, NC, Shirley Frierson, of Brooklyn, NY;  brothers, Lenon Brooks of Pittsboro, NC and Shelton Brooks, of Washington, DC; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
Homegoing Services for Mrs. Green will be held 1:00PM, Monday, December 16, 2013 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Pittsboro, NC.  Burial will follow in Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at, select “Obits”.  Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.  

Daniel George Hunsberger
WILMINGTON — Daniel George Hunsberger, of Wilmington, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.
He was born in Clarion, PA on September 12, 1939, the son of  Della Blanche Murray Hunsberger and the late George Daniel Hunsberger
As a young man, Dan served in the US Navy, stationed on the USS Charles H Roan.  He worked as a field engineer with NCR Corporation for over 30 years, where he made lifelong friends.  He and his late wife, Martha, retired from Durham to Kure Beach where Dan enjoyed sailing, golf, and traveling prior to his illness.    
Dan leaves behind his mother Della Hunsberger and four siblings, Ray, Charles, Thomas, and Patti, all of the Pittsburgh, PA area.  He also leaves behind three sons; Daniel Hunsberger of Durham, NC, Scott Hunsberger (Melodie) of Raleigh, NC, and Brian Hunsberger (Mary Beth) of High Point, NC.  Dan’s family also includes seven grandchildren, Kristen (Raleigh NC), Erin (Fayetteville NC), Robert (Fayetteville NC), Allie (Raleigh NC), Hailey (Raleigh NC), Benjamin and Emma (both High Point NC). He also leaves cherished family friends, Jerry and Marian Loy, of Kure Beach, who helped care for him during recent years.
The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.
The funeral service will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at