Obituaries, December 21, 2013

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

Louise M. Schneider Mason
DURHAM — Louise M. Schneider Mason, 97, a resident of Croasdaile Village in Durham for 10 years, passed on to the Lord Thursday, December 19, 2013. Louise was born September 26, 1916, in Hillsboro, Missouri, to Tony E. and Katherine Williams Schneider. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mont Gerald Mason, and two brothers, John Frederick Schneider and Capt. Tony Schneider.
Surviving are three daughters, Toni Basch of Somerset, N.J., Mary Cooper of Pittsboro and Julia Gaff of Lusby, Md.; twelve grandchildren and more than 16 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Croasdaile Village, Durham, and in Hillsboro, Mo., at a time to be announced. Share your condolences at See Obituaries.

Glenda Creech
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Glenda Creech, 71, formerly of Durham, died Thursday at Duke University Hospital. Mrs. Creech was born in Durham County, the daughter of the late Jesse Lewis and the late Hazel Griffin Gorham.
Mrs. Creech is survived by her husband, Arthur Creech; a son, Arthur Brian Creech and wife, Elizabeth Stawarz-Creech, of Conshohocken, Penn.; half-brothers, Gary Pearce, Mark Lewis and Jesse Lewis, Jr.; and half-sister, Cindy Poythress.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

James Howie
MEBANE — James Howie, 70, son of the late Gourley Howie and Mildred Letha Bowers Howie, died at Alamance Regional on December 17, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted at Mt. Bright Baptist Church 1 p.m. Monday with family visitation 12 until 1 p.m. in the church.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Teresa Whitted, of the home; sisters, Leslie, Anna, Cornelia; mother-in-law, Annie Whitted, and brother-in-law, Edward (Tony) Whitted, both of Hillsborough, N.C.
Public viewing 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. Family will be receiving friends at 2660 Turner Road, Mebane, N.C.

Rogers Lee Brooks
CEDAR GROVE — Rogers Lee Brooks, 54, son of Hazelene Parker and Rayfield Brooks, died December 20, 2013, in Uni-Health Nursing Facility in Durham, N.C.
A Memorial Service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Jones Grove Baptist Church.
His survivors are daughter, Latina Brooks of Chapel Hill; mother, Hazelene Parker Brooks; sisters, Lavonda Brooks, Debra Brooks, Gail Brooks Dixon, and Melanie Snipes, all of Cedar Grove, N.C.
Chavis-Parker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Watson Burnette
CHAPEL HILL — Mrs. Lois Watson Burnette, 94, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at First Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. Family visitation 30 minutes prior to service.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Burnette Love, and two sisters, Lucy Fearrington of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Helen Braxton of Newark, N.J.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home.

Sandra Lee Bass Newman
HURDLE MILLS — Sandra Lee Bass Newman, 63, of Hurdle Mills, N.C., passed away on December 17, 2013. She leaves behind her husband, William H. Newman; two sons; two daughters; one grandchild; five brothers; three sisters; nieces, nephews and other family members.
Viewing will be held at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Hurdle Mills, N.C., on Sunday, December 22, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Siloam Missionary Baptist Church in Rougemont, N.C., on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Alan Rodgman
WINSTON-SALEM — Dr. Alan Rodgman passed away on December 16, 2013. He was born February 7, 1924, in Aberdare, Glamorgan County, Wales, to Arch and Margaret Llewellyn Rodgman. The family moved from the United Kingdom to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1928. In 1940 he met his wife-to-be, Doris Curley. They went on their first date in 1941, married in 1947 and were a devoted couple throughout his life.
He entered the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 as an Ordinary Coder and was discharged in late 1945 as a Petty Officer (electronics). In 1945 Rodgman entered the University of Toronto. In June 1947 Alan and Doris were married in St. John’s Chapel of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, and they had three Toronto-born sons: Eric, Paul and Mark. In 1953 he received his Doctorate in Organic Chemistry from the University of Toronto.
In 1954 Dr. Rodgman joined the Research Department, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, N.C., where by year-end 1954 he initiated its research on cigarette smoke composition. He also personally conducted and actively directed environmental tobacco smoke research thereafter until 1987. He became Director of Research in 1976. During the span of his career, he served on the Editorial Board of Tobacco Science, the Council for Tobacco Research, the CORESTA Scientific Commission and several U.S. government tobacco-related committees. He was a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the American Chemical Society for 60 years and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences for 40 years.
Dr. Rodgman published numerous scientific papers on tobacco smoke composition and served as a reviewer for tobacco-related manuscripts.
In 2003 Dr. Rodgman was awarded the inaugural Tobacco Science Research Conference Lifetime Achievement Award for his tobacco-related research and activities. In late 2008 he co-authored The Chemical Components of Tobacco and Tobacco Smoke. The authors jointly received the 2010 CORESTA Award.
Since 1954 Dr. Rodgman attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. He also served for 20 years on the Board of Directors of the Winston-Salem National Little League.
Dr. Rodgman was predeceased by his father, Arch, in 1934 and his mother, Margaret, in 1980; his granddaughter, Christine Rodgman, in 1983 and his grandson, Colin Rodgman, in 1991. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris Curley Rodgman, and their three sons: Eric and wife, Melody, of Durham, Paul and wife, Ella, of Raleigh, and Mark and wife, Sara, of Winston-Salem; seven grandchildren: Melissa and husband, Jason Sholtz, of Durham, Kevin Rodgman of Durham, Mary Kathryn Rodgman of Durham, Jason and wife, Meridith Rodgman, of Raleigh, Laura Kelly and husband, Justin Lancaster, of Cary, Scott Rodgman of Greensboro and Samuel Rodgman of Chapel Hill; and two great grandchildren: Ryan Lancaster of Cary and Colin Sholtz of Durham.
A private service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem on January 4, 2014. A visitation with the family will follow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Colhoun Rooms B/C at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107. Online condolences may be made at (Hayworth-Miller, Silas Creek Chapel).