Obituaries, December 27, 2013

Dec. 27, 2013 @ 02:56 PM


Leonardo “Leo” Itzak Bortiri
DURHAM — Leonardo “Leo” Itzak Bortiri died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, while traveling with his parents in Argentina. Leo was a bright-eyed 7-year-old in the second grade at George Watts Montessori Magnet in Durham. He was born in Berkeley, California, but loved his adopted state of North Carolina. Leo was in perpetual motion. He was an avid soccer player, playing many seasons with Hillandale Sports Association and later Triangle Futbol Club. He rode his bicycle all over his Trinity Park neighborhood, and relished summer camps at the Eno River and the Levin JCC. He would eat platefuls of homemade pasta, and had just learned to play the theme to Star Wars on the piano. A week before his death, Leo proudly hiked up Mt. Tronador in the Argentine Andes, and walked across the Alerce Glacier. Leo is survived by his parents, Rachel Raney and Esteban Bortiri; his grandparents, Carolyn Raney and Curt Raney; his abuela, Ana Maria Bortiri; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins, both in the US and Argentina. And his beloved dog, Nelly. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Levin Jewish Community Center on Cornwallis Road in Durham, with support from Triangle Family Schule, where Leo and his family are members. Leo's many friends and classmates are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the George Watts PTA in Leo's honor.

Edward “Jim” Hans
DURHAM — Edward “Jim” Hans, 79, died December 25, 2013. The family will be present to receive friends 4-6 p.m. Friday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Jim’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Infant Catholic Church, 5000 Southpark Dr., Durham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park #10, Raleigh, NC 27615. Share condolences at See Obituaries.

Sarah “Geraldine” Hannah Hudson
DURHAM — Mrs. Sarah “Geraldine” Hannah Hudson, 83, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at Carver Living Center. She was born in Atlanta, GA, to the late Jerry Hannah and Lilla Mae Tidwell Hannah. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvard “Harvey” Hudson; a daughter, Martha Hudson Brockwell; and a brother, James E. Hannah.
Mrs. Hudson is survived by her daughter, Carla Hudson Hancock of Butner; grandchildren, Katy Brockwell and Jennifer Brockwell of Chapel Hill; sister, Margaret H. Tilley and husband, Billy, of Oxford; a special sister-in-law, Norma Rigsbee Hannah of Cary; son-in-law, Mike Brockwell of Chapel Hill; niece, Diane Fish and husband, Mike; nephews, Mike Cowart, Donnie Cowart and wife, Sheila; great-nephews, Matt Cowart, Daniel Cowart and Kaden Fish.
Graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, at Maplewood Cemetery officiated by Rev. Jack Moody. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and other times at the home of her daughter.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Jesse William James
DURHAM — Jesse William James, age 72, of Laurel Crest Dr., Durham, died Monday, December 23, at the VA Hospital in Durham. He was born in Person County to the late Johnnie Thomas James and Minnie Gregory James. Mr. James was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine Holbrook James, and his two sisters, Erma Bowen and Rosa Lee Crabtree.
He was retired from the NC Department of Transportation. Mr. James was an Army Veteran. He also worked part-time for the Braggtown Shell.
Surviving are his brother, Billy James and wife Linda of Bahama, and his sister, Annie Wyvonia Slaughter and husband James of Durham; dear friend and caregiver, Cindy Poe.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Durham by the Rev. John Pritchard.
Memorials may be made to Brooks and White Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1135, Roxboro, NC 27573 to assist with funeral expenses.
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Lorraine Johnson
DURHAM — Mrs. Lorraine Johnson, 82, passed away on December 21, 2013, at the Carver Living Center of Durham, NC. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Sandra Mann and husband, James D. Mann; two grandchildren, Donnie Mann and Kim Mann; and two great-grandchildren, Jamil Mann and Donovan Mann. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27701. A visitation with family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Charles B. Justice Sr.
DURHAM — Charles B. Justice Sr., 74, departed his life on December 24, 2013.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Barbara Farrar Justice; two sons, Charles B. Justice Jr. and Corstandis (Stan) Justice; two daughters, Sara Hill (Tony) and Charlene Bass (John C.); five grandchildren, April Jones, Sha'nirah Justice, Devante Walker, Sha-Ron Justice and Jaheim Justice; four great-grandchildren; cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
No service and visitation. Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Betty Ruth Leak
DURHAM — Betty Ruth Leak, the daughter of the late Doris Elizabeth Gatling and Johnnie Maryland Tyler, was born in Musfreeboro, NC, on January 11, 1950. God called her from labor to reward on the evening of December 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She resided in Cary, North Carolina, for many years.
She leaves to cherish her memory and mourn her loss, her husband, Keith Leak, whom she married on May 26, 1984; two sons, Lloyd Hunt of Raleigh, Melvin Hunt, of Garner; daughter, NaKeisha Leak, of Durham, NC; one daughter-in-law, Kim Hunt; two brothers and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will begin at 12 noon and will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Scarborough and Hargett Chapel.
A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Hurley Mulkey
DURHAM — Mr. Hurley Mulkey, 88, died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at his home. He was born in Columbus, Georgia, to the late Cicero Hurley Mulkey and the late Miriam Frances Miller Mulkey. Mr. Mulkey served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He was an Administrative Manager at Duke University and a member of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church.
Mr. Mulkey is survived by his sons, Patrick Hurley Mulkey and wife, Robin, of Chapel Hill, Michael Alan Mulkey and wife, Elaine, of Bakersville, CA; grandchildren, Brian, Roxanne, Grant, Kathleen and Lauren Mulkey; sister, Frances Chupp of Canton, GA.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff McCarthy officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Randolph County Honor Guard, P.O. Box 1672, Asheboro, NC 27204, or Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27712 or Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858, Durham, NC 27703.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, NC. Online condolences may be made at

Alfrieda “Pete” Britt Polcaro
DURHAM — Alfrieda “Pete” Britt Polcaro, 76, of Pittsboro, died December 22, 2013, in her home.
Mrs. Polcaro was born December 9, 1937, in Lumberton, NC, to Forest and Daisy Britt. Mrs. Polcaro graduated from Lumberton High School in 1956. She continued her education at the NC Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1960. Mrs. Polcaro served many years as registered nurse in Lumberton, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. She concluded her nursing career in Chapel Hill as a home health nurse where she gave her heart, soul and treasure to her patients.
Mrs. Polcaro was married 52 years to Joseph Polcaro who she is survived by. Mrs. Polcaro is also survived by her children, Adriana, Anthony and Giuseppe Polcaro as well as her sister, LaVon Taylor, her son and daughter-in-law, Ross Warren and Jennifer Polcaro and her grandchildren, Nic and Nina Polcaro Warren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Forest Britt, her mother, Daisy Faircloth Britt, and her brother, Forest “Buddy” Britt.
Memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. Polcaro’s name to your local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The funeral will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, NC, on December 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.


Virginia Wilkinson Hughes Wells Boland
CEDAR GROVE — Virginia Wilkinson Hughes Wells Boland died Tuesday, December 24, 2013. She was a native of Orange County. She graduated from Aycock High School and attended Montreat College. She was married to Jack Wells for 39 years and John Boland for 25 years. She was a lifetime member of Eno Presbyterian Church where she played the organ and piano and served as Elder and Clerk of Session. She was a founding member of the Cedar Grove Quilters. She retired from Duke Medical Center after 25 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Jane Wrenn and Martha Anne Wright; one son, Hugh Wells; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was predeceased by her parents, Lois and Robert Hughes; her husbands, Jack and John; and her son, Kenneth Wells.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, December 29, in Eno Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be 1 p.m. Sunday in the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Old Eno Cemetery Fund.

Marvin “Uncle Marvin” Rogers
MEBANE — Mr. Marvin “Uncle Marvin” Rogers, 92, passed to be with his Lord Wednesday, December 25, 2013. A native of Northern Orange County, he was the son of the late Ira Stambre and Bessie Wilkerson Rogers. He was a retired farmer who spent his life loving his family and farming. Prior to that he served his country during WWII in the United States Navy. He was a lifelong member and Deacon of Mt. Adar Baptist Church and a charter member of the Cedar Grove Ruritan Club.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda I. Rogers, and his son, Stephen F. Rogers.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Rich Rogers; two brothers, Linwood Josiah Rogers and Irving Hughes Rogers; and three sisters, Irma Rogers Allen, Pauline Rogers Russell and Virginia Rogers Collett.
The family will have visitation 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the church. The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Mt. Adar Baptist Church by Pastor Susan Pasour. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive family and friends following the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the home, 6703 Corbett Ridge Rd., Mebane.
The family would like to thank the home care providers and the members of the Corbett Ridge Community for all their love and support during the past several months. A special thank you to the members of Mt. Adar Baptist Church who loved and cared for Uncle Marvin during his 97 years. Memorials can be made to Mt. Adar Baptist Church, 7503 NC Hwy 49, Mebane, NC 27302.