Obituaries, December 11, 2013

Dec. 10, 2013 @ 06:31 PM

William "Nick" Allen
DURHAM - "Nick," 80, departed this life on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Duke Medical Pavilion. He is survived by his 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. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Baptist Church. The body will lie in state one hour before the service at the church. The family will be at 122 Carlion Ct., Durham, NC 27713. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to

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. (Rachel), 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.

Fay P. Ehrlich
DURHAM - Fay P. Ehrlich, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, passed away December 1st. She lived in Durham from 1990 to 2009 when she then moved to New Haven, Conn. Surviving Mrs. Ehrlich are two daughters, Karen Gantt of Durham and Rona Garbowit of Hamden, Conn., 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 & Bryan for handling the funeral arrangements.

Delores "Dee" Carolyn McInnis Jenkins
DURHAM - Delores "Dee" Carolyn McInnis Jenkins, died Thursday, December 5, 2013. Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013, at First United Metaphysical Chapel, 9602 Roxboro Rd., Bahama, NC 27503. The family will receive friends on Friday at Metaphysical Chapel from 12 to 1 p.m. one hour prior to the service.
Dee was born on September 28, 1947, to the late John Henry and Lillie Macie Rush McInnis. She is survived by two children, Ebony and Adonis Jenkins; one brother, John Darrell McInnis (Chris); an uncle, Wendell McInnis (Geneva); three aunts, Wilhelmenia and Daisy McInnis and Cumilla Payne; and many cousins and friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Mattie Liles
DURHAM - Mattie Liles departed her life at her home on December 4, 2013. She leaves behind to cherish her memory five daughters, two sons, two sisters, two brothers, one son-in-law, one brother-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at Seed Time and Harvest Fellowship, 804 Berwyn Ave., on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. with viewing at 1 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

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, Tenn., Dell Sparks of San Antonio,Texas, and Evelyn Benge of Columbus, Ohio; 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, N.C., 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 hurch, community, neighborhood and family. She believed strongly in standing up for those who 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 p.m. 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.

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 in 2010.
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

Rickey “Rick” Lemont Laws
CHAPEL HILL — Rickey “Rick” Lemont Laws, 56, departed his life on December 5, 2013. He leaves behind his mothers Addie S. Laws & Hazel P. Laws, 4 sons, 7 brothers, 5 sisters, 1 granddaughter, 7 uncles, 9 aunts and a host of nephews, nieces, a special friend, Cynthia Boone, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. and viewing at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Jones Funeral Home.

Luther Irvin Yates, Jr.
HILLSBOROUGH - Luther Irvin Yates, Jr., affectionately known as "Butch," passed away suddenly on Friday, December 6, 2013, of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born in Hillsborough, September 7, 1943, he was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Irvin Yates, Sr. and Ruth (Hauser) Yates; a step-child, Nicole Bailes St.John; and eight siblings. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; five children, Ty (Stephanie) Yates of Beaumont, Texas, Luke Yates of Converse, Texas, Cindy (Buddy) Speer of Fayetteville, N.C., Matthew (Rachel) Yates of Converse, Texas, Marie (Robert) Fowler of Mebane, N.C.; and one step-daughter, Shannon (Kyle) Myers of Cookstown, Ontario. Mr.Yates is also survived by four siblings, Nona Emory, Virginia (Bill) Whicker, Phyllis Seaman, and Deborah (C.J.) Ira. He was also beloved "Poppy" to nineteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
There will be a memorial in his honor on Friday, December 13, 2013, at Palmer's Grove Methodist Church in Hillsborough. Fellowship will begin at 2 p.m., with a service to follow.

Wendi Rene Hutchins
RALEIGH — Miss Wendi Rene Hutchins, 38, died on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. 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 who 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 p.m. 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, N.C. Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is honored to serve the Hutchins family.