Obituaries, December 20, 2013

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

Elvan David Douglas
DURHAM — Elvan David Douglas, formerly of Durham, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
He is survived by his parents, Dr. LaDell Douglas (Elaine) of Hope, Arkansas, and Mrs. Constance Brown Douglas of Durham, N.C. He was formerly married to Theresa Parker Gantt and to their union two children were born: Alyssa Divine Douglas and Alexandra Delaney Douglas. Also surviving Mr. Douglas are a special friend, Jessica Hinson, with whom he shared a child, Alivia Bree Douglas, and adopted son, Christian Hinson; one brother who was his twin, Dr. Ethan Devon Douglas (Sydney) of Durham, N.C.; one sister, Dr. Yolanda Douglas Williams (Jon) of Durham, N.C.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He enjoyed laying tile, playing golf, tennis and especially going to the movies. He also loved to work out at the gym, loved to read and had many books. Most importantly he cherished spending time with his family, especially his children.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Sweet Gum Grove Missionary Baptist Church at 8609 NC Hwy 119, Mebane, NC 27302. Dr. Webb will be delivering the eulogy. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. before the service.
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Christopher “Chris” Sholes Garrett
DURHAM — Christopher “Chris” Sholes Garrett, 55, died Monday December 16, 2013.
The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A graveside service will be private.
Chris was a native of Greenville, Pitt County, and was born on July 6, 1958. He made his home in Durham, N.C., for the past 23 years. In his early years, he worked for Carolina Leaf Tobacco Company in Greenville and also in the floral industry in Kentucky. He later held positions with car dealerships in the Durham area and was an award-winning service manager with the Mercedes-Benz dealership. In addition he was the owner and operator of a landscaping business in Durham, N.C. Chris’s passion was coaching Little League baseball, and during that time he touched the lives of many.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mary Frances Garrett, and his brother, Radford M. Garrett III.
Chris is survived by his son, Christopher Robert Garrett of Raleigh, N.C.; step-daughter, Rebekah McDowell and husband, Graham, and their three children of Morrisville, N.C.; sisters Myra G. Slate and husband, Kent, of Mt. Airy, N.C., Frances E. Garrett of Greenville, N.C., and Mary G. Huggins and husband, John, of Navarre, Fla.; former wife and special best friend Blanche Garrett of Wilmington, N.C.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Durham Alano Club” in memory of Chris Garrett, 1106 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705. Online condolences at

William "June" Harris
DURHAM — Services for William "June" Harris will be Monday, December 23, at Believer Missionary Baptist Church, 235 Ward Rd., Greensboro, N.C. Visitation from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Glenview Cemetery in Durham, N.C.

Butch Parker
DURHAM — Funeral services for Butch Parker will be held at 1 p.m. at Triumphant Tabernacle Christian Fellowship, 2807 Dark Circle, with family visitation being held 30 minutes prior to service.
Survivors include his wife, Gina H. Parker, and a host of family and friends.
Family will receive guests at 3315 Silver Star Drive, Durham, NC 27713.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Annie “Bonnie” Gilliam Paschall
DURHAM — Mrs. Annie “Bonnie” Gilliam Paschall, 67, of Durham died on Friday, December 13, 2013. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham. She retired from Walmart as an Invoice Clerk. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother.
She is survived by her husband, Edward “Eddie” Paschall; one step-son, Phillip Paschall of Killeen, Texas; her nephew whom she raised, Lonnie Gilliam; two half-brothers, Robert Gilliam of Oxford and Edward Gilliam of Durham; one granddaughter, Shayln Paschall; two grandsons, Hunter Gilliam and Trevor Johnson.
Memorial service will be held on Friday at 5 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate.
Family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Bonnie Paschall to Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, P.O. Box 3624 DUMC, Durham, NC 27710. Online condolences can be made to

Lois Darwin Hutchinson Vick
DURHAM — Mrs. Lois Darwin Hutchinson Vick, died Wednesday morning at Carolina Point.
Mrs. Vick was born in Aberdeen, Miss. She was educated at Hamilton High School, Wood College of Miss., and Duke University. At Duke, she graduated magna cum laude with AB and MS degrees in English and Education. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi. She continued graduate studies in English and participated in many Faulkner Conferences at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
Mrs. Vick taught the first classes for the Gifted at Durham High School. She designed and taught the first Advanced Placement English classes at Durham Academy, where she also served as charter Secretary of the Cum Laude Society, and editor of The Literary Magazine. She was also a Lecturer in English at Duke University, teaching Composition and Literature, Beginning and Advanced Writing, and Literature courses in Duke’s continuing education.
She was a member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, where through the years she taught Sunday school classes, was an assistant chaplain, and served on several boards and committees. She was co-chair of the Anchor class, and member of the Logos class, Circle 8, and the United Methodist Women. She was a past-president of the Beta Iota chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, and a member of the Durham Historic Preservation Society, the Durham Women’s Club, the Education Choir, the Book Club and the Duke Alumni Club.
Mrs. Vick is survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins in N.C., Texas, Ind. and Miss.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Whitfield Vick; her son, Mark Whitfield Vick; her parents, Lois Inez Wright and James Perry Hutchinson; her brother, James Perry Hutchinson, Jr.; her sister, Anne Hutchinson Adams; her grandparents, Robert Darwin Hutchinson and Helen Little, and George Allen Wright and Annie Givin.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Will Willimon. Burial will be private in Maplewood Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be directed to Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701, or to the Duke University Chapel, Alumni and Development Records, Box 90581, Durham, NC 27708. Please include Lois’ full name with your donation.
The Vick family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Olivia Leigh Locklear
CREEDMOOR — Miss Olivia Leigh Locklear, 2-year-old daughter of David and Wendy Locklear, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Olivia was only in our lives a short time but will be in our hearts forever.
In addition to her parents, Olivia is survived by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Donna Emory of Durham; her paternal grandparents, Doug and Judy Locklear of Rougemont; great-grandmother, Margaret Watkins of Oxford; aunts, Elaine Emory, Connie Cook, Wanda Emory, Becky Walker and husband, Earl; uncles, Daniel Locklear, Bob Emory and wife, Rosa; cousins, Lilli Ruger, Shannon and Lauren Morgan, Billy, Lauren, David and Dominic Emory, Tammy Wall; and many others including her Olive Grove church family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday 1 p.m. at Olive Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Barbee officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday at the church beginning at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Olive Grove Baptist Church, 3024 Olive Grove Church Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Bert Williams
September 5, 1928 — December 18, 2013
CHAPEL HILL — Educated in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system, Bert was a proud 3-letter varsity man of Chapel Hill High School. Bert later went on to play minor league baseball. After his sports career, he found his way back to Chapel Hill and tried his hand at several businesses before concluding if you have to work you might as well do something you like. He thus began his career as a bar owner in the mid-1950s. Bert owned The Patio until the mid-1960s and the Smoke Shop until he retired in 2010.
In his life as a bar owner Bert heard others tell what they felt they could tell no other, provided loans to those with no other lending option, was the arbitrator of disputes and was willing to play a game of chance with anyone who felt luck was on their side. His large hands raised high above his head soon meant his baritone voice would belt out “last call” for each night of his working life.
Bert is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Blocksidge Williams, his son Blair Williams (Cara), his granddaughter Savannah Brooke Williams, a sister Donna Markham and his brothers Dan, Claudie and David Williams, many nieces and nephews and friends.
A graveside service will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Saturday December 21, 2013, at 1 pm. A reception to raise a glass with Bert will be held at Chapel Hill University Inn (the original site of the Patio) following the service to celebrate his life and enjoy his “last call” for the final time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Ronnie Lee Barnette
HOLLY RIDGE — Ronnie Lee Barnette, 67, passed away at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington on Tuesday December 17, 2013, of amyloidosis, a rare blood disease. He was born in Wake County, son of the late Edith Ray Barnette and Ervin Barnette.
Funeral services will be held 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, December 21, 2013, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the New Light Baptist Church Cemetery.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marie Davis Barnette; daughters Rebecca Avery and husband, Barry, of Creedmoor, Rhonda Satterfield and husband, Ron, of Hampstead, Marcia Blackley of Creedmoor; grandchildren, Justin Avery, Emily Satterfield, Nicholas Satterfield and Lacey Blackley; a brother, Sherman Barnette and wife, Fay, of Durham; sisters Alice Hensley and husband, John, of Graham, Marie Mabe and husband, Richard, of Elizabethtown; family friend James Tilley of Raleigh; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.
Friends may visit with the family from 6-8:30 Friday evening, December 20, 2013, at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587, 919-556-5811,

Elizabeth Boteler Lamb
ROSWELL, GA. — Elizabeth Boteler Lamb died peacefully on December 16, 2013, with her children by her side. Elizabeth, known to her friends as Pat, was born in Frederick, Maryland, on June 2, 1929, and grew up on a farm in nearby Buckeystown. She attended and graduated from the University of Virginia nursing school, where she met her husband of 49 years, George C. Lamb Jr. Pat was a loving wife and mother of four. She was a great supporter of George's career as he finished law school and worked for United Parcel Service, becoming the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1980. Pat was a religious and charitable woman who supported medical research at Duke University, the University of Virginia, and Vanderbilt University, which is home to the Elizabeth B. Lamb center for pediatric research. She was an active volunteer throughout her life, an Elder in her church, and an avid gardener and reader. Pat was predeceased by her husband George C. Lamb Jr. She is survived by children George Lamb III, William Lamb, Claire Lamb Solly, and Margaret Lamb; grandchildren, twins Elizabeth and Carolyn Lamb, Joseph and Elizabeth Reed Solly, Charlsea, Ellea, and George Lamb IV, and Frank Eldridge. They all love and miss her very much. Services will be held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Trina Mullen
AHEVILLE — Trina passed away peacefully on December 3, 2013, one day short of her 69th birthday, following a courageous two-year battle against cancer. Born in Asheville, Trina was the daughter of Jack Butler and Christine Plemmons Matthews. As the first-born of three children, she was a leader, mentor, and positive inspiration throughout her life. If anyone ever said, “I can’t...”, Trina’s immediate response was, “Yes, you can.” She had a zest for life and lived her life to the fullest. When faced with cancer, she met it head-on with a ferociousness that surprised no one who knew her. With the exception of her illness, she was victorious in everything she undertook.
She earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from UNC-Chapel Hill and an Ed.D from N.C. State University. She began her career as a public school teacher and worked as the first Community Educator for Legal Services in North Carolina (where she met her husband Patric) advocating for low-income clients. She continued her career at Nortel Networks, where she rose to the position of Vice-President for Training and Documentation, directing thousands of employees throughout North America. All who knew and worked with her greatly admired her for her warmth, compassion, leadership, trustworthiness, fairness, and honesty. She believed, and instilled in her co-workers the belief, that all people can achieve great things.
Trina and Patric lived in Durham for more than 30 years. Following her retirement nine years ago, they moved to downtown Asheville. During her retirement, Trina made a profound difference to Asheville’s residents and visitors. She was a founding member of the Downtown Asheville Residents Network (DARN) and, along with a friend and neighbor, transformed downtown’s Pritchard Park into a flowering, shady oasis. She used her own funds and raised funds plus logged countless hours of manual labor to enhance the park with stone planters, beautiful flowers year-round, a variety of trees and shrubs, tall bird houses that were created by an Asheville artist, and a sense of orderliness and cleanliness. One of her signature projects in the park was the installation of a magnificent new fountain.
In the Triangle, she was an avid board member of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC), and her volunteer work culminated this year when she was named Volunteer of the Year at Asheville Greenworks.
She was a loving wife, a cherished daughter, sister, and niece, a devoted mother and grandmother, and a beloved friend to many. A masterful knitter, she loved traveling, gardening, cooking, art, films, books, and her family.
She is survived by Patric, her loving husband of 30 years; her mother, Christine Matthews of Asheville; her children, Warren Gentry of Colorado (and his son Gunnar) and Katharine Davis of Pennsylvania (and her husband Mark and daughter Emily); her sister Jacqueline Matthews of Durham; her brother Ross Matthews (and his wife Kathleen and children Daniel and Meagan) of Salt Lake City; step-children Erin Mullen (and husband Craig and son Ronan) of San Francisco, and Aden Mullen of Seattle.
The family is thankful for the care Trina received during her illness. She received treatment at the Duke Hospital Cancer Center, under the care of Dr. Neal Ready and Jennifer Tenhover. Through her many months of treatment at the Cancer Center, her sister Jacqueline served as her medical partner and companion. During the course of lengthy infusions, they savored petit fours and memories and caught up with each other’s daily lives. For her treatment in Asheville, the family is thankful to Dr. Jim Cummings and Trina’s radiation oncology team, Dr. Sesalie Smathers and Angela Cathcart. They are also thankful to the doctors, nurses, and others on Trina’s team at the John H. Keever Solace Hospice Center in Asheville. They are grateful to Trina's friends Adrienne Fox, who welcomed Trina and Patric into her Durham home when they were in town for Trina's treatments, and Pam Duncan, who served as caregiver shortly before Trina was hospitalized in Asheville in November.
Trina was delightful. She was happy, warm, witty, generous, loving, kind, and joyful, and she added beauty to our lives. What a legacy she leaves – one that will bring her memory and a smile to our faces over and over again.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Trina Mullen Fund for Pritchard Park, CFWNC 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville, NC 28802 or