Obituaries, December 24, 2013
Rachel Mae Perry Allison
DURHAM — After 89 years, and a lifetime filled with being a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rachel Mae Perry Allison passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Born on July 28, 1924, Rachel grew up on a farm in Franklin County, daughter of Bessie Purgerson Perry and Allie P. Perry, sister to William, Ellis, Tom, Rebecca, Christine, and Janie.
After a childhood filled with working the farm growing cotton, she followed her brother Ellis to Durham, where she married Ervin Allison on Christmas Eve in 1943 – this year would have marked their 70th wedding anniversary.
Rachel and Ervin lived in Durham for over 50 years, raising a family of three daughters, Linda Ellis (Stan), Kay Johnson (Walker) and Jean Britt.
Rachel was truly the heart of the home. She was known for her garden, sewing the girl's clothes and making some of the best meals in town in her tiny kitchen. She and her husband attended Guess Road Baptist Church for years, moving to Grey Stone Church later in life.
Rachel was pre-deceased by her husband Ervin in 2008. Her sweetness and kindness are cherished by her daughters, along with her grandchildren who fondly called her “Ma-ma”, Alise McNeill (Don), Brian Johnson (Natalie), Shannon Rogers (Mark), Tim Johnson (Brooke) and Blair Henley. She was also the great-grandmother of Sophie McNeill, Sydney Rogers, Gavin Rogers and soon-to-arrive, baby Kensley Johnson.
Visitation will take place at Grey Stone Church at 1:00pm, on Dec. 29, followed by a memorial service beginning at 2:00pm. A graveside service will follow at Little River Presbyterian Church, Hurdle Mills.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Masonic Home for Children (formerly known as the Oxford Children’s Orphanage), 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or if preferred, flowers will be received at Walker's Funeral Home, 120 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516.
David L Goodman
DURHAM — David L Goodman, 27, departed his life on December 20, 2013. He is survived by his mother Dianne Goodman, father Michael McKinnon, stepmother Juaneca McKinnon, two sisters, two nieces, and host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Services will be Friday, December 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home with visitation at 12 noon.
Linwood Lee Mitchiner
DURHAM - Memorial service for Linwood Lee Mitchiner, 80 will be held at later date.
Survivors include: 3 brothers, Dr. Reginald Mitchiner, Charles Mitchiner, Duban Mitchiner; 2 sisters, Mary Margaret Street and Nettie M. Alston. Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Alice P. Smith
DURHAM — Mrs. Alice P. Smith departed this life on December 20, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Jerome Smith; three daughters LaShawn Pennington, Tamika Truitt , Nakecia Smith; one sister, one brother, seven grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service will be Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church on East End Ave at 2:00pm with visitation at 1:00pm. Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Herbert Odell Smith
DURHAM — Memorial service for Herbert Odell Smith Jr., 64, native of Richmond, Virginia, will be held at a later date.
Survivors include: wife, Phyllis Johnson Smith; daughters, Paula Smith, Sylvia Smith, La Kisha Drumgole, Janice Johnson, Tamika Pickett, Tracey Brown; sons, Herbert O. Smith III, Charles Brown, Jermaine Pickett, O'Barfe Smith, Determan Smith, Belqian Smith; several brothers, sisters and other relatives. Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.