Obituaries, January 4, 2014

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 05:58 PM


Joan Ashley Apple
DURHAM — Joan Ashley Apple, 61, of Durham, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 3, 2014. Mrs. Apple was born in Durham to the late Audrey Ashley Pegram and Osborne Zebedee Ashley.
She grew up in Durham and Hillsborough and graduated from Orange High School and Hardbarger Business School with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Joan retired from the City of Durham after a 40+-year career in the Police and Transportation departments. She was also an active member of the Bartlett-Durham Chapter of the American Business Women's Association.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ricky D. Apple; son, Christopher D. Apple (Jennifer C. Apple) of Franklinton; daughter, Ashley N. Apple (Tyson Johnson) of Roxboro; one granddaughter, Caleigh L. Apple, the light of her life; and lifelong friend, Terry S. Thompson. She was preceded in death by her brother, Brent Ashley of Fayetteville.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham with The Rev. Dr. Nancy Ruth Best officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Joan Apple’s granddaughter, Caleigh L. Apple, for her future education and sent to 3720 Aztec Lane, Franklinton, NC 27525.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Burnice W. Durham
DURHAM — Mr. Burnice W. Durham, 99, son of the late Thomas W. and Lydia Jackson Durham, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Durham was born and raised in Durham. He attended the Durham public schools. He proudly served his country with the Army Air Corps for four years during WWII. After his service, Mr. Durham was employed with the Durham Hosiery Mill, then retired from the U.S. Post Office after 20 years of service.
Mr. Durham is survived by his lovely wife of 75 years, Mary G. Durham; son, James B. Durham, and his wife, Elaine; granddaughter, Ashley D. Harris and her husband, Jason; two great-granddaughters, Peyton and Palmer Harris; son, Thomas B. Durham, and his wife, Karen; granddaughters, Seanna M. Durham, Erin L. Doskey, Jennifer C. Durham; great-granddaughters, Caitlin L. Whitlock, and Chase R. Oswald; sister, Lois D. Henderson, of Greensboro, NC.
Mr. Durham was preceded in death by a very special daughter, Cheryl J. Durham; brothers, Thomas W. Durham, Jr., Gilbert V. Durham; sisters, Doris Pope, Katherine Rogers, Mary Herndon, and Willie Agnes Cates.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Chaplain Willis Herman. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the caring staff at Duke HomeCare and Hospice.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be directed to the Murdoch Center, 1600 E C Street, Butner, NC 27509.
The Durham family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select obituaries.

Barbara Ann Rochelle
DURHAM — Barbara Ann Rochelle, 55, departed her life December 29, 2103. She leaves behind three daughters, two granddaughters, one grandson, three sisters and two brothers.
A wake will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home Sunday, January 5, 2014, from 4:30 pm to 6 p.m., and funeral service will be at Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church on Monday, January 6, 2014, at noon.

Edna Louise Vise
DURHAM — Mrs. Edna Louise Vise, 92, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Lenoir County, NC, to the late Leland Ellis Banks and the late Barbara Belle Emory Banks. She was also predeceased by her husband of 57 years, George Andeson Vise. Mrs. Vise was a Nursing Assistant for 30 years at DUMC.
Mrs. Vise is survived by her children, Linda Averette, Andy Vise, Jr. and wife, Billie, Nancy Rasberry and husband, Buddy, Robert Vise and wife, Melanie; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother and a friend to all who knew her.
Funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m., Monday, January 6, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she was Lay Woman of the Year in 2000. She was also a Sunday School teacher for many years to the senior adult ladies. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1210 Pleasant Green Rd., Hillsborough, NC 27278 or a charity of your choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Winifred McMillen Wilson
DURHAM — Winifred McMillen Wilson was born at home in Shelby Springs, Alabama on November 15, 1919 and died January 2, 2014. She lived in Durham for 72 years: on Oakland Avenue, then David Street, and for 14 years at Croasdaile Village, moving from independent living to assisted living to the skilled nursing facility as her health declined.
Winnie grew up mostly in Alabama (with a short time in Maryland), the youngest of four children. During the Depression she and her brother and sisters all had to work hard to pay college and living expenses at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. While working in the guest house at Berry she was proud that she served dinner to many, including Henry Ford and the Governor of Georgia. She was valedictorian of her class, as were her two sisters before her.
Winnie met Cullum Wilson at Berry and they married in 1942. She moved with him to Durham where they both taught school. Her teaching career was put on hold when a daughter, Pat, and later, son, David, were born. She went back to work in 1964, teaching at Brogden Junior High for another 20 years until her retirement.
She was an accomplished seamstress, making and tailoring all of her own and Pat’s clothes; she passed that love of sewing on to Pat. She was a wonderful cook who was always trying new recipes. The decorated Christmas cookies she and Cullum made together were eagerly anticipated by their circle of friends and neighbors.
First Baptist Church was an important part of her and Cullum’s life as they sang in the choir for over 50 years. She taught children’s classes and led a women’s Sunday School class for many years. Members of the church were their best friends.
Family was central to her. She and Cullum celebrated 63 years of marriage before his death in 2005. Their children, Pat Thomas of Raleigh and David Wilson of Gadsden, Ala.; her grandchildren, John Paul (Toronto) and Katie Wilson (Birmingham); and her son-in-law, Mike, and daughter-in-law, Paula, shared in that love.
A graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m., Sunday, January 5 at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham. In lieu of flowers the family requests a contribution in Winnie Wilson’s honor to a charity of your choice which supports young people.
The Wilson family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Croasdaile Village for their care, help and support throughout the years.
Arrangements for the Wilson family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences at Select Obituaries.


Oneita Thompson Howard Terrell
HILLSBOROUGH — A long and beautiful journey is over. Oneita Thompson Howard Terrell was born on December 9, 1924, and departed this world on January 1, 2014, to be reunited with loved ones who have passed before her. She was a graduate of Hillsboro High School and a longtime employee of Cone Mills and W.H. Brady Company before retirement. She was a member of the Gospel Baptist Tabernacle Church in Hillsborough. She is preceded in death by her 1st husband, Fred Howard, and their son, Thomas Howard; parents, Collie and Nora Thompson; sister and brother-in-law, Bessie and Duncan Collins; brother and sister-in-law, Edgar and Treva Thompson; and 2nd husband, John Terrell.
Mrs. Terrell is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Agnes Howard, and her daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Gilbert Shelton. She also leaves a legacy to six grandchildren, Melissa Howard Silverstein, Rebecca Howard, Tiffany Howard Duclau, Andrea, Andy and Allyson Shelton; three step-grandchildren, Woody, Dwayne and Ty Oldham; three great-grandchildren; as well as three nieces, Laverne Jordan, Linda Gilmore and Snodean Jacobs (who was like a special sister to her).
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, at the Gospel Baptist Tabernacle Church on Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough with Pastor David Bolick, Pastor Bobby Tate and Pastor Dale Brooks officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Alice Hubbard Phelps
ROXBORO — Alice Hubbard Phelps, age 73, of 2064 Seashore Road SW, Supply, NC, died Thursday morning, January 2, 2014 at the Hock Family Pavilion.
Mrs. Phelps was a native of Person County, NC, wife of 44 years to the late Phillip Ray Phelps and daughter of the late Willie Arch & Myrtle Sue Carver Hubbard. She was retired from Eaton Corp. after 36 years of service and was a member of Ca-vel Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Chris Phelps & wife, Amanda, Ken “62” Phelps & wife, Billie, & sister, Kathy H. Clayton & husband, Ronnie, all of Roxboro, NC; five grandchildren, Justin Phelps of San Clemente, CA, Jacob Phelps, Jared Phelps, Logan Phelps and Audrey Phelps all of Roxboro, NC; fiancé, Johnny Carter of Creedmoor, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Phelps was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette H. Clayton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Ca-vel Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Long and the Rev. Herbert Brown. Interment will follow in the Person Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, January 3, 2014 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the church and other times at the home of Chris Phelps, 1160 Country Club Road, Roxboro, NC.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Clayton, Todd Compton, Tom Hainline, Bill Hawkins, Rodney Howerton, Jonathan Hubbard and Pat Stewart. Hilton Hawkins, Paul Stewart, Robert Trickey and the deacons of Ca-vel Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to the Ca-vel Baptist Church General Fund, 1885 North Main Street, Roxboro, NC 27573.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home, 1314 North Main Street, Roxboro, NC 27573. Online condolences may be made at


Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” Enscore Holder
WINSTON-SALEM — Kathryn Elizabeth “Betty” Enscore Holder, 73, a resident of Old Lexington Road, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 31, 2013. She was born on September 29, 1940, in Forsyth County, NC, to Harley Emory Enscore and Adelaide Douglas Enscore. She retired as Executive Secretary from Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind. She was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church where in the past she served on various committees and sang in the choir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Harley Enscore, Jr., Roy Wayne Enscore, and James Roger Enscore, Sr.; and sisters, Edna Enscore and Doris Enscore.
Surviving are her brother, John William “Bill” Enscore and wife, Betty of Durham; sisters, Linda Pepper of Salisbury, Juanita Cromer of Winston-Salem and Judy Crotts and husband, Charles, of Winston-Salem; foster brother, Larry Gwyn of Stoneville, NC; and many nieces and nephews.
Special heartfelt thanks to Donna Kiger for the extraordinary loving care that she provided during this very difficult time.
Much appreciation to Judy Johnson for the invaluable support and guidance that she provided.
At Betty’s request, no formal services will be held.
Memorials may be directed to New Friendship Baptist Church, Food Pantry Fund, 4258 Old Lexington Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27107 or to Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, Attention: Dan Boucher, 7730 North Point Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
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