Obituaries, January 7, 2014

Jan. 06, 2014 @ 05:22 PM


Bertha Mae Adams
DURHAM — Funeral Services For Ms. Bertha Mae Adams(63) of Durham, N.C. will be conducted on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. from the United For Christ Church and the interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Gardens. The family will meet with their friends 1 hour before the funeral service.Survivors are 4 Sons, Mr. Albert Adams, Mr. Tony Adams, Mr. Alonzo Adams, Mr. William Adams, 3 Daughters, Mrs. Lavasia Curne(Orlando), Mrs. Latonya Adams (Tom), Ms. Latasha Adams. Brothers, Mr. James Felton (Brenda), Mr. David Felton. Sisters, Ms. Clarabell Adams, Ms. Bobby Jean Adams. 14 Grandchildren and a host of other relatives & friends.
Final Care & Arrangments are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Services

William Thomas Barbee
DURHAM — William Thomas Barbee, 68, of Durham, NC departed his life on January 3, 2014. He leaves behind his lovely daughter, Angela B. Compton (Ronnie) of Durham NC., three grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters and two brothers.
A viewing will be held at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at noon and services to follow at 1:00 pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Henrietta (Yetta) Sawilosky Brandt
DURHAM — Mrs. Henrietta (Yetta) Sawilosky Brandt, age 92, a resident of 4434 Ben Franklin Boulevard, the Carolina House, died Saturday afternoon at Duke University Hospital.
Born March 21, 1921 in Augusta, Georgia, Mrs. Brandt was the daughter of the late Charles and Rose Schlanger Sawilosky. She lived most of her life in Durham, and attended the Durham City Schools, graduating from Durham High School in 1940. Mrs. Brandt attended Duke University, then graduated from Syracuse University. While a student at Durham High, she received the honor of being chosen “May Queen”.
For many years, she was employed as an administrative assistant to the Chairman of the Botany Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She was an active member of Beth-El Synagogue, where she was involved in the Sunday school, the Sisterhood, and in the development of the memorial booklet.
Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Murray Brandt; her daughter, Nancy C. Brandt of Salisbury; her son, Donnie Brandt and wife Eva Miranda of Timberlake; her granddaughter, Natasha Blue and husband Chris of Chapel Hill; her grandson, Jeremy Brandt of Hillsborough; and four great-grandchildren, Carter and Lia Blue, and Luna and Miles Adams.
Graveside funeral services were held Monday at 1:00 PM at Durham Hebrew Cemetery, Rabbi Daniel Greyber officiating.
The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorials may be made to Beth-El Synagogue, 1004 Watts Street, Durham, North Carolina, 27704.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Brandt family.
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Carolyn Harper Smith
DURHAM — Mrs. Carolyn Harper Smith, 71, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at her home. She was born June 21, 1942 in Franklin Co., to the late Robert Macklin Harper and the late Lottie Louise Murphy Harper. She grew up with her parents and her brother, Robert in Youngsville.
She loved sports, especially basketball, and was an excellent student. She enjoyed the many events of the town, and was active in the Youngsville Young Woman’s Club. Sewing was one of her hobbies - she designed and made her own Centennial dress for the 1975 Youngsville celebration.
Carolyn was baptized in and a long time active member of the Youngsville Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She shared her Christian faith with husband Dan at Park View Baptist, Northgate Chapel, Ridgecrest Baptist and Mt. Bethel Presbyterian churches in Durham during her more than 36 years of marriage.
After high school graduation she attended Louisburg College receiving an Associate Degree. She soon accepted a position with the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina where she was recognized as a positive and proficient employee. She worked for a Division Director and served as secretary of the state chapter of the professional organization, IAPES. She also participated in the State Employee’s Association of North Carolina.
Carolyn was promoted to Interviewer and transferred to the Durham Office. She worked with claimants and job seekers and helped improve the lives of many individuals. She met her future husband there also. She was a devoted wife and mother. Following her retirement July 1, 1992 she enjoyed home life and later returned as a part time temporary employee in the Durham office.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Danny “Dan” Smith of Durham; daughter, Jennifer Michelle Smith of Timberlake; son, David Michael Smith of Durham; brother, Robert Harper of Thomasville; aunt, Doris Aycock of Louisburg; nephews, R. Dwayne Harper, Jr. of Trinity and S. Travis Harper of Laurinburg.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. Ingram Hedgpeth officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

John Odis Smith
DURHAM — John Odis Smith, died on January 1, 2014, aged 97 years. He was born on March 28, 1916, in Statesville, NC, the youngest child of John H. and Nettie J. Smith.
He married Anabell Clark in 1938, and to this union two children were born; Otis Nathaniel and Joyce Anne. After the death of his first wife he married Mary Hester Livas of Durham, NC in June 1946.
He was educated at Billings Memorial Academy and Morningside High School, North Carolina College (North Carolina Central University), N.C. State University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cornell University and Boston University.
His extensive work experience included: Elementary Teacher - Principal in Statesville, NC; Mary Potter High School, Hillside High School, and NC Central University.
During WWII he took off three years. He was a dedicated church worker. He volunteered with several civic organizations in the city of Durham, NC: Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; North Carolina Central University Christian Ministry; Red Cross Transportation Program, and Meals on Wheels Program. He received many Awards and Certificates.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Hester Livas Smith; son, O. Nathaniel Smith (Anne), and daughter Joyce Anne Smith Campbell; niece, Claudia Smith Wallace; cousin, Lonnie Smith; nephew, Henry Livas; great niece, Nicole Livas; close family friend Alexine Miller and Rev. Dr. Adolphus Smith (Jessie).
A program for the Wake will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E. Weaver St., Durham, NC on today beginning at 6:45 p.m. until 8 p.m. A service of Witness to the Resurrection of Christ Jesus will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on Wednesday January 8, 2014 with the visitation being held one hour prior to service. The interment will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens, 7600 ACC Boulevard (off Hwy. 70, Glenwood Ave.) Raleigh, NC.
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Janice Warren Upchurch
DURHAM — Mrs. Janice Warren Upchurch, 71, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. She was born in Wake Co. to the late Rommie Hollard Warren and the late Grace Lucille Williams Warren. She was also predeceased by her brother, Barry Wayne Warren. Mrs. Upchurch moved to Durham and graduated from Durham High School, Class of 1960. She retired from Verizon as an Accounting Clerk following 22 years of employment. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She was also an avid gardener and lover of all God’s creations.
Mrs. Upchurch is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry Wayne Upchurch of Oxford; sons, Jeffrey Clark Upchurch and wife, Pamela of Stem, Craig Wayne Upchurch and wife, Tracy of Oxford; sisters, Joyce Butler of Norfolk, VA, Linda Morgan of Whitsett, Diane Davidson of Rocky Mount, Debra Carroll of Durham; grandchildren, Zackery, Chelsea, Jessica and Taylor Upchurch. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 8 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. Johnny Hewett officiating. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Nathaniel Williams
DURHAM — Funeral Services for Mr. Nathaniel Williams (58) of Durham, N.C. will be conducted on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. from the United For Christ church at 1802 Angier Ave. the wake will be one hour before funeral services and the interment will follow in the Williams family cemetery in Oxford N.C. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Locia Musika ,1 Son, Mr. Clifton Holloway and 4 Grandchildren and a host of other relatives. Final Care And Arrangements are Entrusted: Hanes funeral Service.

Mary Nell Wilson Austin

HURDLE MILLS — Mary Nell Wilson Austin, 84 of 2818 Breeze Road, peacefully left this earth on January 5, 2014 with her family by her side. Born in Person County daughter of the late William Coy Wilson & Missouri Brown Wilson, in addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandson Sean Michael Austin. She was a Homemaker and of the Primitive Baptist Faith. Mary Nell was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories her husband of almost sixty-three years Curtis Austin, Jr. of the home; her daughter Linda Bowes of Roxboro; her son Wayne Austin & wife Angela of Roxboro; five grandchildren Lori Osbone, Jeffrey Bowes, Brian Bowes, Thomas Austin & Carla Stone; eight great-grandchildren Georgia Ann, Lily, Connor, Landon, A. J., Aubrey, Henry & Philip; her brother Carlton Wilson of Hurdle Mills.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home Chapel by the Elder Bobby Daughtry. Interment will follow in the Norris Family Cemetery. The Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 7, 2013 at Brooks & White Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Pallbearers will be: Jeffrey Bowes, Brian Bowes, Thomas Austin, Bernice Parker, Howard Parker & Norman Parker.
In lieu of Flowers Mrs. Austin asked that Memorials may be made to UNC Children's Hospital, 88 Vilcom Circle, McClamroch Hall, LL, 100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7237. Condolences may be sent to