Obituaries, December 13, 2013

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

Marion Jacquelene Henry
DURHAM - Graveside rites for Marion Jacquelene Henry, "Jackie," will be held Saturday at 12 noon at Beechwood Cemetery.
She was a retired employee at IBM and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
She is survived by her brother, James R. Henry, Jr. (Rene).
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Parlor today.

Needham Walton Langston
DURHAM - Needham Walton “Walt” Langston, 89, died Friday, December 6, 2013, at Croasdaile Village. He was born in Johnston County on June 19, 1924, one of seven children of the late Emma and John H. Langston.
Walt served in WWII in the U.S. Army, 102nd Infantry Division, in the European Theater and was discharged in March 1946. He then joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1948 and retired as a Colonel in 1979. He was a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association, holding state and local offices for many years.
After graduating from N.C. State University in 1949 with an engineering degree, he worked in production control at Wright Machinery, which was sold to Sperry Rand; and later, in contract administration at Honeywell Space and Aviation Systems. Walt retired from Honeywell in 1991 after 40 years. An active member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Walt accepted many lay leadership positions, often as treasurer. He joined the Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club in the 1960s, and built a reputation as a persistent and successful ticket salesman for the club’s annual pancake dinner, which supports Kiwanis charities. Along the way, he served as club president and was named Kiwanian of the Year. He was a member of Umstead Pines Country Club, where he enjoyed golf with many friends.
Walt is survived by his wife and inseparable friend of 64 years, Agnes Eason Langston; his four children, Needham W. Langston Jr. (Marylou), of Laurel, Md.; Janet L. Molinaro (Robert), of Norfolk, Va.; Michael R. Langston (Lois Staton), of Raleigh; and John D. Langston (Lisa Zywicki), of Raleigh; and four granddaughters, Kathryn, Claire and Gabrielle Molinaro; and Anna Langston. He is survived by his sister, Irene L. Massengill, of Goshen, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Millard, Sallie L. Adams, Herbert, Eva and John.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Ginger Brasher Cunningham. A reception will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Housing for New Hope, 18 W. Colony Place, Durham, NC 27705; Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham, NC 27707 or a charity of one’s choice.
The Langston family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select obituaries.

Doris Nifong Pledger
DURHAM — Mrs. Doris Nifong Pledger, 91, formerly of Durham, died in Flat Rock, North Carolina, on Friday, December 6, 2013.
She was born on November 28, 1922, the eldest daughter of four children born to Samuel Lacy and Verona Moseley Nifong. She spent most of her life in Durham where she was educated in the Durham County Schools. She also attended Drake Business College in New York City.
She married Alton Carroll Pledger on December 25, 1941, in Durham. They had two children: son, Drew Trent Pledger, and daughter, Sharman Dee Pledger.
She was a charter member of Braggtown Baptist Church and took part in a number of church functions. At Parkview Baptist Church she was president of her Sunday school class and was president of the Joy Sunday School Class at Hendersonville First Baptist Church. She opened her home many times so these groups could gather for their devotions.
Doris was a charter member of the Durham Opti-Mrs. Club and served as president and North Carolina District Lieutenant Governor and District Governor. She graciously gave of her time to the cancer, heart, polio, and other health agencies. She joined the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville making her and Carroll the only husband and wife members of this club.
She participated with Carroll in the Democratic party and served on precinct committees many times. She also was Registrar for the Club Blvd. precinct in Durham.
In her youth, she was the “most popular” at her school and that vivacious character remained with her throughout her life. She treasured the fact that she met Carroll in high school and his first remarks to her were he was “glad to meet my wife.”
As a homemaker, mother, friend and loved one Doris had no equal. She remains one of God’s most treasured children and love abounds by those who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Drew Trent Pledger and wife, Virginia, of Knightdale; daughter, Sharman Dee Norman and husband, Mike, of Hendersonville; three grandchildren, Kyndal Norman, Spenser Norman and Kate Lundy; and three great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends on Saturday prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elizabeth House at Four Seasons, 581 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Online condolences may be made at

Thomas G. Poe
DURHAM - Mr. Thomas G. Poe, 90, died Thursday morning at Spring Arbor of Durham. Mr. Poe was born in Durham, the son of the late Bailey and Valley Poe. He was a member of the Durham High School Class of 1943 and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from Golden Belt Manufacturing Co. and was a member of Red Mountain Baptist Church.
Mr. Poe is survived by daughters, Rebecca Poe-Watts of Chapel Hill and Donna P. Bowling of Rougemont; a sister, Sue Holmes of Winchester, Va.; grandchildren, William Ragan, Merland Ragan, III and Dawn Neakta; and great-grandchildren, Kimberly Ragan, Madelyn Neakta, Alex Neakta, Nicholas Neakta and Lilly Neakta.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Red Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. Dave Pryor officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery in Durham. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Mr. Poe to Red Mountain Baptist Church, 1322 Red Mountain Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572 or Liberty HomeCare and Hospice, 3414 N. Duke St., Ste. 201, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Roberta Marie Sheeley
DURHAM - Roberta Marie (Pookie) Sheeley, 48, departed life as we know it early Wednesday morning, December 11, 2013.
She leaves to cherish her memory her fiancé, Daniel McClary; her parents, Larry and Hilda Sheeley Keith; a step-sister, Tiffany Keith; special nephew, Bobby Tucker; godsister, Angelina Jackson, all of Durham, N.C.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Monday, December 16, at 1 p.m. with visitation at 12 noon.

Mary Catherine Hines Roberson
PITTSBORO — Our sweet Mary Catherine Hines Roberson spread her angel wings at her residence on Saturday, December 7, 2013, after over a year of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was born to Edgar Miller Hines and Sarah Jane Borland on June 11, 1931, in Orange County, N.C.
She was known for her sweet and selfless soul. She always had a smile on her face for everyone. She also loved making and giving her famous chocolate pies, the beach at sunset and White Lake when her children were younger, sewing, shopping and cooking. She loved God, her husband, ALL of her family, working hard, camping/traveling, square dancing, being a “Brownie” and 4-H leader, a Sunday school teacher, football and cheerleading mother, babies and her own grandchildren lit up her life.
Mary Catherine graduated from Orange High School where she played (of all things) the base drum. She met the love of her life working at Rose's Dime Store in Chapel Hill, N.C. She married Jack Roberson on November 15, 1953. She worked as a “Soda Jerk” (her words) in Hillsborough, N.C., then with Western Union as a telegraph operator. After this, Mary Catherine worked at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for many years. She then kept and helped raise many children from her home. After her children were a little older, she went back to UNC and retired as the supervisor of Medical Reports there. Then she and her husband started Parker’s Creek Mobile Home Park and built the home where they resided on the property.
Mary Catherine was preceded in death by her loving husband, “Jack” Roberson; her parents, “Eddie” and Sarah Hines; her stepmother, Hazel Hines; and her dear brothers, Harold (Margaret) Hines, Edgar Hines and David Hines.
Her daughter, Jackie Roberson; two sons, Greg Roberson and Rusty Roberson; daughter-in-law (daughter in our eyes), Marlina Roberson, survive her, along with four grandchildren, Dylan Rigsbee, Randi Roberson, Kaydi Roberson and Noah Roberson; in addition, Greg’s dog, Savannah. She is also survived by sisters, Nellie Tunstall, Shirley (Eddie) Brown, Sarah Norton, Irene (Elise) Laube; and sister-in-law, Norkie Hines. She also has many nieces and nephews who love and respect her dearly. A special thanks to Hospice and her personal angel, Cheryl Marie Smith, for the wonderful care they gave to her and us at the end.
Mary Catherine will be missed, but God has gotten the sweetest angel ever and she is dancing in the sky with the love of her life and many other precious people she knew and loved. Please celebrate her life with us.
The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro, N.C. Mary Catherine’s funeral will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dan Robinson officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery, then a reception will be held in the fellowship hall to honor the family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations for the education of Mary Catherine’s grandchildren to The Sarah Roberson Trust – C/O SECU Special Accounts, P.O. Box 876, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or drop off at any branch.
Online condolences may be left at Select “Obits.”
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

Frances Cherry Cartwright Parker
CHAPEL HILL - Frances Cherry Cartwright Parker was born in Elkton, Ky. Cherry had a rewarding and distinguished career in nursing. She received her RN at St. Thomas School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn., and a B.S. in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She taught in the UNC-CH School of Nursing for eight years in pediatric and community health nursing. Cherry also worked as Medical Nursing Supervisor for UNC Hospitals.
Cherry's other love was writing. For several years she served as editor of the N.C. League for Nursing News. As a freelance writer she co-authored with her mother The Hand-Me-Down Cookbook, and a number of her short stories were published in The Carolina Quarterly, Pembroke Magazine, The State, Tar Heel Magazine, and Living with Children, to name a few. In the 1980s she wrote a weekly column, "With Cherry," that appeared in three local newspapers.
In 1943 Cherry married the late Fred Parker. They were together nearly fifty years. She is survived by her two children, son David Parker (Susan) of Cary, N.C., and daughter Pam Carroll (James) of Wilmington, N.C.; three grandaughters, Kimbery Carroll Ward (Jay) of Winston-Salem, N.C., Laura Parker Bass (Jason) of Raleigh, N.C., and Sarah Parker of Cary, N.C.; and 3 great-grandchildren, Grace Ward, Jack Ward, and Grady Bass.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Carol Woods Charitable Fund, Residence Assistance, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, UNC Hospice, or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods Assembly Hall on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. A private burial will be held at 10 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery.

Maxine Carver Cash
TIMBERLAKE — Maxine Carver Cash, 86, of 59 Bunnie Lee Road, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at her home. Born in Person County, daughter of the late Henry Carver & Jeanette Cole Carver, in addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son Roger Oakley, two brothers Peter Carver & Jackie Carver, and one granddaughter Cassie Cash. Mrs. Cash retired from Burlington Industries and was a member of Helena United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband William B. "Junior" Cash, Jr. of the home; one daughter Penny Brown & husband Matt of Durham; one step-son Randy Cash & wife Debbie of Timberlake; one brother Randy Carver & wife Polly of Roxboro; five grandchildren & four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013, at Helena United Methodist Church by the Pastor Julie Poston & Rev. Jack Snyder. Interment will follow in Person Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013, and other times at the home.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Helena United Methodist Church Playground Fund, 290 Helena-Moriah Road, Timberlake, NC 27583.

Linda Turnbull
ROXBORO - Linda Turnbull, 71, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013, at her home. She was born in Philadelphia, Penn., to the late Alexander Turnbull and the late Clara Bernadine Wagoner Turnbull. She retired from Public Service Gas Company as a Customer Service Representative.
She is survived by her children, Judi Lynne Hummel, Scott and Stacey Hummel, Jim and Karen Hummel, Cathy Hummel and Matt Mickelson, as well as her brother, Sandy Turnbull, and sister-in-law, Janeth Turnbull. Linda also had 9 grandchildren, Eric, Kimi, Craig, Felicia, Jamie, Lyndsi, Randy, Kasi and D.J.; 5 great grandchildren and 2 nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 12 noon at Markham Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends following the service at 2 p.m. at the home of Cathy Hummel-Mickelson, 25 Trescott Dr., Timberlake, NC 27583.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Wesley Crowder
HENDERSON — Mr. Charles Wesley Crowder, died December 11, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Durham. Born in South Hill, Va., on January 17, 1924, he was the son of the late James A. Crowder and Sarah J. Roberts Crowder. A veteran of the United States Army, he served in WWII at the Battle of the Bulge and was a Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Crowder was a member of Flat Rock United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 79 in South Hill, Va. He retired from the former A&P Grocery Store where he worked as a meat cutter.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Flat Rock United Methodist Church by Rev. Cathy Hoyle. A graveside service with military honors will follow in Orange United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chapel Hill at 2 p.m.
Mr. Crowder is survived by his wife, Jean Clark Crowder of the home; a daughter, Trudy Tudor and husband Brantley of Scotland Neck; a son, Kenneth Charles Crowder and wife Melinda of Pittsboro; a grandson, Charles Tudor and wife Tracey of Raleigh; two great-grandsons, Alexander and Eric; and a brother, Samuel G. Crowder of Sulfolk, Va.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday at 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Flat Rock United Methodist Church.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Flat Rock United Methodist Church, 2568 Satterwhite Point Rd., Henderson, NC 27537.
Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

Josephine Duncan Coates
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Josephine Duncan Coates, 84, was born September 19, 1929, and passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2013, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel, and also from 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Brooks and White Funeral Home, 907 Durham Road, Roxboro, N.C. A graveside service will follow the visitation in Person County Cemetery.
Mrs. Coates, a fabulous Godly woman whose passion was serving the Lord and cooking for her family, is survived by her children, Mildred “Millie” Crayton of Columbia, S.C., Wayne Coates of Lexington, S.C., David Coates (Karen) of Acworth, Ga.; brother, Pello Duncan of Oxford, N.C.; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and son-in-law, Ken Ritchie of Columbia, S.C. She was predeceased by her husband, Everette Coates and her daughter, Cathy Ritchie, and brothers, Terrell and Eldredge Duncan.