Obituaries, January 1, 2014

Dec. 31, 2013 @ 05:21 PM


Kemp Downs Gregory
DURHAM — Kemp Downs Gregory, 65, passed away on December 8, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, and a member of the First Baptist Church, he was predeceased by his brother, Keith Gregory, and by his parents, Alonzo and Nettie Gregory. For the past 23 years, Kemp had lived in San Antonio before a recent move to Houston.
An accomplished scholar, Kemp earned a master's degree after doing graduate work in religion and philosophy at Duke University.
A brilliant writer, he published poems in literary journals throughout his career. When not writing his own poems, he immersed himself in the work of Dylan Thomas and Billy Collins. He was a proud champion of the small press and an advocate for artists and writers of all kinds.
What made Kemp lovable was his gentle nature and sly humor. He could listen to problems and heal with words or make you collapse from laughter with just a glance.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, by his children Matthew and Alison, and by numerous family in New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

Zachery J. Hunter
DURHAM — On December 15, 2013, we tragically lost our beloved Zach, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Durham.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. one hour prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

Mary C. Perry
DURHAM — Mrs. Mary C. Perry, 87, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at her home. She was born in Florence, SC to the late Clarence Collins and the late Minnie Poston Collins. She was also predeceased by her husbands, Joseph Andrew Thomas, Jr., Al Wilson and Douglas H. Perry.
Mrs. Perry is survived by her son, Mark Thomas of Cedar Gove, and sister-in-law, Joyce Chalmers of Henderson.
Graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday at Woodlawn Memorial Park with Robert Adcock officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Delores Langley Quick
DURHAM — Delores Langley Quick, 65, departed her life on December 29, 2013. She leaves behind her loving husband of 44 years, Charles E. Quick, two daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, five sisters and two brothers.
The Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 3, 2013 at 12:00 noon at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Avenue. The family will receive friends at 11:00 am on Friday prior to the service.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Bryan Creighton Dean
WAKE FOREST — Bryan Creighton Dean, 43, died Saturday December 28, 2013. He was born in Wake County, the son of Gloria Holmes Dean and Roy Lee Dean. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katrina Goellner Dean.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held 11 o’clock, Saturday morning, January 4, 2013 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
Bryan is survived by his daughter, Emma Marie Dean; his son, Tyler Creighton Dean; his parents, Gloria and Roy Lee Dean of Wake Forest.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Suite 200, Cary, NC 27513.
Friends may visit with the family immediately following the service at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587, 919-556-5811.

Charles L. Nicholson
September 22, 1929 – December 29, 2013
RALEIGH — Charles L. Nicholson, 84, of Raleigh died Sunday, December 29, 2013. He was the son of James L. and Bernice Graves Nicholson, for 61 years the loving husband of Lorraine, loving father of Nora and Paul and grandfather of Sam. Educated by Georgia Public School System, Emory, Indiana and Pittsburgh Universities. Always a teacher, Dr. Nicholson's career began as a middle school teacher and went on as a guidance counselor, principal, professor and professor emeritus at North Carolina Central University. His strictness, high expectations, and concerns for his students earned him their respect and gratitude. He wrote two textbooks and many professional articles about educational testing and measurements and received various awards for his work. He served with the U.S. Army, 304th Signal Corps as a cryptographer during the Korean War. He loved traveling, studying history, science, the beach, and many family pets, but most of all he enjoyed people. His keen wit, sense of humor and generous spirit endeared him to people of many walks of life. He is also survived by brother and sister–in-law Robert and Patricia Kilduski, nieces, nephews and grand- and great-nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Raphael's the Archangel Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609 on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Raphael's the Archangel Catholic Church, Kidney Foundation and/or Parkinson Disease Foundation.
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