Obituaries, December 10, 2013
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 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Hall-Wynne
Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Funeral services will be held
2:00 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 www.hallwynne.com. See Obituaries.
Bertha Mae Best
DURHAM — On September 3, 1932, God blessed the world with Bertha Mae Best.
She was given in birth to her parents, Jack Wesley Williams and Gerti Mae
Segers in Pikesville, North Carolina. She received her education in the
Wayne County school system. Bertha was affectionately known to all those who
loved her as “Ma Bert”. She worked at Duke Hospital until she retired.
Ma Bert was preceded in death by her sister, Bernice Bell and her son,
Herman “Dean” Best III (Valerie). She leaves behind four sons, Clarence
Williams Sr., James Williams, Donnie Best, and Dexter Best. Ma Bert was
blessed with ten grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; five
great-great grandchildren; cousins, Annie Retha Harris (Daniel), Benny
Segers Jr. (Sharron) and Mary Elizabeth Joyner; nieces, nephews, and a host
of family and friends. Ma Bert was loved and adored by everyone and never
met a stranger. She will be remembered by her infectious laugh, loving and
giving nature, and her endearing and kind warm-heartedness.
Funeral services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday at
1:00 pm with visitation at 12 noon.
Dorothy Whittinghill Rhinehardt
DURHAM — Dorothy Whittinghill Rhinehardt, 93, of Wake Forest died Monday,
December 9, 2013. Dot, as she was known by family and close friends, was
born in Hardinsburg, Ky on February 11, 1920 to the late Emmett and Ruth
Whittinghill.She is survived by three sisters, Esther Pearson of Memphis,TN,
Dell Sparks of San Antonio,TX and Evelyn Benge of Columbus ,OH; daughter
Cindy Estes of Wake Forest and son Bob Rhinehardt and wife Kim of Apex; six
grandchildren, Todd Estes of Youngsville, William Rhinehardt and wife,
Katie, of Fuqua Varina, Jennifer Brown and husband Jason of Holly Springs,
Leslie Horton and husband Rob, of Louisburg, Graham Rhinehardt and wife
Allie of Holly Springs, and Ashley Rhinehardt of Apex; twelve great
grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Dot is preceded in death by her husband of 61
years William A. Rhinehardt; siblings Doris Coleman, Ida Stone, Ed
Whittinghill, Graham Whittinghill, and Albert Whittinghill; son-in-law
Jimmie Estes, and granddaughter in-law Karen Estes.
Dot spent most of her life in Durham, NC , moving to Wake Forest in 2006.
She was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church. She was past
president of United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School and sang in the
choir for over 40 years. She served as Secretary for Church Women United for
many years. She led a life of unselfish giving of time and talents to her
Church, community, neighborhood and family. She believed strongly in
standing up for those that were oppressed. She served on the Human Relations
Council in Durham during and after the Civil Rights Movement. Dot never knew
a stranger and always did everything she could to help anyone in need.
A celebration of her life will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church,
3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707 at 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 12.
The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following
the service. A private burial will be held at Maplewood Cemetery.
Contributions to The Heifer Project, Hospice of Wake County, Epworth or Wake
Forest United Methodist Church would be welcomed. Howerton-Bryan Funeral
Home is handling the service.
Nellie Mayers Royster
DURHAM — Nellie Mayers Royster, 71, departed her life on December 6, 2013.
She leaves behind her dear husband, Fred Royster, eleven daughters, nine
sons, fifty three grandchildren, seventy two great grandchildren, and one
Funeral services will be held at First Ledge Rock Missionary Baptist Church,
Redwood Rd, Durham, NC on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm and
visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Hazel Nelson Tello
DURHAM - Mrs. Hazel Nelson Tello, 94, died Sunday at Brookshire Nursing
Center. Mrs. Tello was born in Poplar Bluff, MO, the daughter of the late
John Henry Nelson and the late Clohe Gipson Nelson. Mrs. Tello was also
preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Tello.
Mrs. Tello is survived by sons, Joseph Tello and wife, Joanne and Paul
Wright and wife, Ann; three grandchildren, Jessica Hayes, Paul Wright, Jr.
and Rachel Wright; and 3 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday 10:30 a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel
in Durham with a graveside service following at 12: 15 p.m. at Sunset
Gardens in Henderson.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham,
N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Albert Morris Thomas
DURHAM - Mr. Albert Morris Thomas October 9, 1918 – December 7, 2013.
December 7, 1941 - A day the world will always mourn… December 7, 2013 – a
date on which this world lost another of the “Greatest Generation” – a
Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great
grandfather…a World War II Veteran and man of integrity, valor, and honor.
Albert M. Thomas, a native and life-long resident of Durham, NC, joined his
Heavenly Father on Friday, December 7, 2013. The family is forever grateful
to the Duke Hospital Unit 8300 staff, which provided the most compassionate,
caring and expert care possible.
A World War II Veteran, Albert was most proud of his service in the US Army
as an engineer in the 526th Light Pontoon Company of the 7th Army Engineers.
His company played a vital role in providing passage for the armed combat
troops and later carrying equipment to the front line forces. The 526th far
out distanced any other engineer organization in tonnage carried and
distance travelled, moving trucks day and night to assist in bringing the
war to an end. He was in Bavaria, Germany when World War II ended. One of
Albert’s most treasured memories and proudest adventures was travelling to
the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the Flight of Honor
A devout Christian, Albert was a dedicated, active member and supporter of
Park View Baptist Church in Durham, NC for over 60 years – instrumental in
its growth and an influence in so many lives. He was a deacon, choir member
and leader and member of numerous committees and events. Albert owned and
operated Rollins-Bloodworth Furniture Store in downtown Durham for many
years and retired from a career as a purchasing agent for Duke University.
He loved to talk and tell stories, never meeting a stranger.
Always the consummate, though often mischievous, gentleman, Albert lived his
life as an example of utmost integrity. He believed in always doing the
right thing and in setting the standard as a positive role model and
influence for his family. He was a devoted husband and father, supportive
and proud beyond words of his daughters….probably “boring” anyone within in
earshot with stories of pride and adventure. He is survived by his wife of
76 years, Thelma, his daughters, Sandra Rogers and Carol Martin, and their
spouses Keith Rogers and Ray Martin, Jr., as well as a sister, Beth Batten.
Albert was the proud grandfather of six grandchildren, Cynthia Woodall,
Willson Holliday, Ray Martin III, Sean Martin, Sarah Mauney, and Amanda
Rogers, as well as 8 great-grandchildren, Jennifer Dillon, Aaron Dillon,
Marcus Woodall, Alex Woodall, Cate Holliday, Eleanor Martin, Jackson Mauney,
and Mary Marshall Mauney, and a great-great-granddaughter, Kyra Dillon. He
was preceded in death by his parents, Rosa and Zachariah Thomas, sisters
Maggie Thompson, Mattie Barnes and Daisy Stegall, a brother, Raymond Thomas,
and son-in-law, Chet Holliday.
As patriarch of both the Thomas and his wife’s Roberts family, Albert is
survived by sister-in-law, Helen Ellis and brothers-in-law, Elbert Roberts
and Tim Roberts, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by sisters-in-law Lorena Green, Betsy Mae Stone, and Martha Kulencamp,
as well as brothers–in-law R.G. Roberts Jr., Calvin Roberts, John Wesley
Roberts, and Thelbert Roberts.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 10 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at Clements Funeral Home, Durham, NC. Funeral Services are to be held on
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Park View Baptist Church, 2500
Acadia St, Durham, NC. Burial will follow at Ellis Chapel United Methodist
Church Cemetery, 2516 Levi Lane off Ellis Chapel Road, Bahama, NC.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Park View Baptist Church
Memorials, 2500 Acadia Street, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham,
N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Grace Phine Timberlake Hayes
Mt. Level — Grace Phine Timberlake Hayes, was born on July 5, 1916 in
Granville County to the late Eugene and Lizzy Jones Timberlake. She
departed this life on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
Grace, was a faithful missionary in both Durham and Granville Counties.
She was the oldest member of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, the Jones
Family Circle and the Timberlake Family Circle.
Grace, was joined in holy matrimony to Alvin Hayes on January 13, 1934.
From this union five children were born. She was preceded in death by her
loving husband, Alvin Hayes on May 29, 1993; two sisters, Elizabeth Eugene
Timberlake and Clara T. Evans, three brothers; Grady Timberlake, Julian
(Pete) Timberlake and R. D. Timberlake, Sr., three children; Lizzy Mary,
Alvernon (Buck), Dan and one grandson, Martez Levin Faucette.
Survivors include: one daughter, Betty Hayes Faucette; one son, Floyd M.
Hayes (Pam); 8 grandchildren ; 10 great grandchildren; one great,
great-grandchild; one sister, Irene Timberlake Goss and one brother John
Hoover Timberlake; one godson Rev. Ralph Burton and a host of nieces,
nephews, and other family and friends.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Level Missionary
Baptist Church , 316 Hebron Rd., with family visitation being held one hour
prior to service. Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor
Levi Shelton Henderson
Chapel Hill — On Saturday, Dec 7th, Levi Shelton Henderson completed his
earthly duties and was called to be with his Heavenly Father. He was the
founder and CEO of The Shrunken Head Boutique on Franklin Street for 44
years. Shelton left this life peacefully in his home with his wife and four
children by his bedside.
He was born on Oct 25, 1933 in Jacksonville, North Carolina to Lillan and
Raymond Henderson of Jacksonville, N.C. Shelton established what many now
call the “Meca of Tarheel apparel” store known as The Shrunken Head Boutique
in Chapel Hill in 1969 and permanently moved his family to Chapel Hill in
To the legions of Shrunken Head faithful and all who knew him, Shelton was a
daily fixture inside the store greeting every customer with his chacteristic
million dollar smile and his warm handshake. He made every customer feel
like THEY were the reason him open the store that day. .
In addition to his devoted wife of 60 years, Mary Edna Chadwick Henderson,
he leaves behind four loving children; Genny H. Wrenn, Keith Henderson, Lisa
H. Floyd, and Teresa H. Lindsay as well as 7 grandchildren.
On behalf of Shelton, the family would like to recognize and thank the staff
of the Shrunken Head for their loyal support and genuine love for Shelton
and the entire family. In addition, the family extends a special heart felt
thanks to Jennifer Evans, Shelton’s In-home care giver, for her undying
dedication and relentless compassion………you are truly a blessing.
The visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. at Walker’s Funeral Home and the funeral will be held on Thursday, Dec
12th at 2:00 p.m. also at Walker’s Funeral Home: 120 West Franklin Street,
Chapel Hill, N.C
Eugene Caldwell Berryhill
ROXBORO — Eugene Caldwell Berryhill, Sr. age 92, departed this earthly
world December 8, 2013 at his home of 668 Berryhill Rd.
Gene was a native of Paw Creek, N.C. (Mecklenburg Co.), born the second
child and son of the late William Baxter and Beulah King Berryhill. His late
sister is Willie Belle B. Cash.
He was married to his loving and faithful wife of 64 years, Huldah Hall who
also predeceased him in 2011. Of this union came their children: daughter
Dr. Claudia Berryhill and husband Lacy W. Winstead, Jr., sons, Eugene
Caldwell Berryhill, Jr. ("Cal") and wife, Susie, and Joseph Baxter Hall
Berryhill ("Joe") and wife Nancy, all of Roxboro. Grandchildren are Bryce
and Joseph Berryhill, Jenny B. Eggleston and husband, Allen, and Suzanne
Berryhill all of Roxboro, and Meredith Berryhill of Raleigh. Great
grandchildren are Baker and Collins Eggleston of Roxboro.
Gene served in the U.S. Army during WWII (1942 - 1945) in the 45th Division
(The Thunderbirds), 179th Infantry, in Africa, the beaches of Anzio,
Germany and France. He is the recipient of 5 bronze stars, 1 bronze
arrowhead, Purple Heart and numerous other citations; but his most treasured
award was the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB).
After returning home, and graduation from North Carolina State College of
Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina in 1947 with
a degree in Animal Industry, he and Huldah lived in Catawba County while he
worked as a NC Co-operative Extension Agent. They later moved to Person
County as they began dairy and crop farming as fourth generation land
owners. Gene also had a dual career with Norden Laboratories for 15 years as
a sales representative and was awarded the President's Council citations for
Returning to full time farming in 1975 with Cal and Joe, he became very
active locally with many activities especially the Grange and Ag Extension
Council. Having achieved 4-H Honor Club status as a teenager, he always
remained interested with the Club. He served as a Person County
Commissioner for two terms.
He then retired from The Hill of Berrys (the farm) in 1993. He and Huldah
enjoyed traveling to many areas of the United States, Mexico, Europe and the
Caribbean. He was a devout Wolfpack fan, holding continuous Alumni and
Wolfpack Club memberships since graduation. Gene was the Person County
Wolfpack Club chairman for several decades. They attended all football home
and bowl games and many basketball games as they were able. He was proud to
say that he attended all four of the Gator Bowls that State played in. He
loved ribbing his Tar Heels friends and could also take their ribbing. He
loved the land and farming, he built a woodworking shop and made toy chests
for the grandchildren and many other items for friends and family. He loved
people and was a "man's man". Gene knew and understood the importance of
education and he supported Bethel Hill Charter School and N. C. State Alumni
Association. Gene and Huldah lived "lives to the fullest" with each other
and their family and friends. He was a faithful member of Long Memorial
United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at Long Memorial United Methodist Church on
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Rev. Bruce Allen. Entombment will
be at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church immediately following the service.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Long Memorial
Fellowship Hall and other times at the homes of his children.
Pallbearers will be Frankie Gentry, Herman Gentry, Joe Pate, Dr. Bob Jones,
Claiborne Tuck, Earl Brooks, and Dr. Bill King.
Honorary pallbearers are Cotton Powell, Dr. Joe Taylor, and Don Shotwell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Hill
Charter School, 401 Bethel Hill School Road, Roxboro, N. C. 27574, Long
Memorial United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 310, Roxboro, N.
C. or other charities of one's choice.
The family wishes to express grateful appreciation to Person Memorial
Hospital, Person County Health Department for the compassion and support
shown to our "Daddy" and his family.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.
Wendi Rene Hutchins
Raleigh — Miss Wendi Rene Hutchins, age 38, died on Saturday, December 7,
2013 in Raleigh, NC. Wendi was the daughter of Chip and Margaret Hutchins of
Raleigh. She was a member of Cane Creek Baptist Church where she taught
Sunday School. She was a participant in the Special Olympics and an active
member of the UNC Wellness Center. She was an avid Carolina fan that loved
and supported the UNC Ladies' Basketball Team. Survivors include her
parents, Chip and Margaret Hutchins, several aunts and uncles, four cousins,
and many dear close friends and relatives.
A memorial service for Wendi will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, December
11, 2013 at Cane Creek Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Youth Ministry and Music Ministry of Cane Creek Baptist Church
located at: 6901 Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough, NC. Walker's Funeral
Home of Chapel Hill is honored to serve the Hutchins family.
Lee Ray "Buckshot" Browning
Buffalo Junction, VA — Lee Ray "Buckshot" Browning, 64, husband of Imogene
Bishop Browning, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013. Lee Ray was born
July 2, 1949 in Durham to William Donald "Buddy" and Virginia Mason
Browning. Mr. Browning was formerly employed with Russell Stover Candy
Company and Colonial Flooring. He loved to fish and hunt. Funeral services
will be 11 Am Wednesday in the Watkins Cooper Lyon chapel with Mr. Curtis
Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Browning Family
Cemetery. In addition to his wife, Mr. Browning is survived by his
daughters, Lisa Browning (James Scott) of Scottsburg, Kristy Pruitt (Lee) of
Halifax, and Carla Browning (DeWayne Davis) of Bullock; and grandchildren,
Wesley Pruitt, Jimmie Rogers, III and William Browning. His brother, Donald
Wayne Browning and a host of cousins, including his devoted cousins, Curtis
and Clara Thompson also survive. The family will receive friends 7-9
Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed to
the family at www.wclfh.com.
Fay P. Ehrlich
Springfield, MA. — Fay P. Ehrlich, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts,
passed away December She lived in Durham from 1990 to 2009 when she then
moved to New Haven, CT. Surviving Mrs. Ehrlich are two daughters, Karen
Gantt of Durham and Rona Garbowit of Hamden, CT., four grandchildren, one
great-grandson, and a number of nieces and nephews. Fay embraced life with
joy and laughter and touched the life of any who knew her. The family would
like to thank Howerton and Bryan for handling the funeral arrangements.
James W. Vaughan
Aleandria, VA — James W. Vaughan, Jr., 77, of Alexandria, VA, passed away
peacefully at Mt. Vernon Nursing and Rehab Center, December 4, 2013. The son
of the late James Willard Vaughan, Sr. and Florence Alberta Vaughan. He is
survived by his wife, Frances, of 56 years. Proud father of Kevin of
Cleveland, OH, Keith and his wife Jennifer and their two children Griffin
and Owen of Washington, D.C. A memorial service will be held at Westminster
Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, 2701 Cameron Mills Rd Alexandria, VA
22302, on January 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Contributions may be made in his name
to: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra 2121 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314,
or Submarine Force Library and Museum, 1 Crystal Lake Rd, Groton, CT 06340.