Obituaries, January 9, 2014

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 06:05 PM


Thomas George Anderson
DURHAM — Thomas George Anderson lost his battle with lung cancer January 7, 2014 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, N.C. Mr. Anderson, a decorated Navy veteran, had been a resident of Durham and Chapel Hill for more than thirteen years. He was a heavy equipment operator in the area's construction trades. Thomas Anderson was sixty-one years old, the son of George Mayhew Anderson and Helen M. Fuller of Oxon Hill, Maryland, born in Washington, DC on November 15, 1952.
He leaves behind his life partner and great love, Elisabeth M. Williams of Durham, his beloved son Ronnie Nathan Anderson and two grandchildren in Baltimore; his sister Alicia Chase of Springfield, Virginia and a brother, Alan Anderson of Clinton, Maryland. In recent years Tom Anderson worked as a landscape architect and builder in the Hyco Lake area of North Carolina. After several years in the Navy as a boatswain's mate aboard the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Anderson overcame alcohol addiction and became a generous, protective and loving partner to Elisabeth Williams. Elisabeth, her sister Mary Mount and brother Thom Mount respected, appreciated and will forever miss Tom, his great heart and dry wit.
He will be buried at Markham Memorial Gardens on Saturday, January 11 at 2 pm, arrangements through Walker Funeral Home. Tom Anderson's contribution to Elisabeth William's life will never be forgotten.

Edna E. Cole
DURHAM — Funeral services for Edna E. Cole, of Durham, will be held Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m. Service will take place at Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, with the Rev. Percy R. Chase officiating. Burial in Markham Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Surviving are her son, Reginald T. Cole; brother, Cleo Cole; sisters, Hazel McGill and Miss Wilma Smith. Funeral arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home Inc.

Marion Albert Hairston Jr.
DURHAM — Funeral service for Mr. Marion Albert Hairston Jr. will be conducted on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. from United For Christ Church. The family will meet with their friends 1 hour before the funeral service.
Survivors are 1 sister, Mrs. Flora Rhynehardt (Stanley); 1 niece, Mrs.Natisha McKoy (Terry); 3 great-nephews, Dwayne, David, and Devin; a special friend, Ms. Linda Mason; two uncles; 3 aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.

Patsy Olive Parker
DURHAM — Loving wife and mother, Mrs. Patsy Olive Parker, 79, of Durham, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Patsy is survived by her husband of 59 years, Willie (Billy) R. Parker, Jr; daughter, Cheryl P. Jarmon; son, Steve Parker and wife Sonya; 3 grandsons, Brad Jarmon and wife Kristie, Robert Parker, and Clint Parker; granddaughter, Sarah Felton and husband Jason; 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence (Whitey) Olive and wife Eunice; and brothers, Nick, Haywood, Billy and Kenny Olive.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by funeral service at 2 p.m. at Living Waters Christian Community. A private family burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made at

June Gallahan Sullivan
DURHAM — Mrs. June Sullivan, 80, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Stafford County, VA. June was a member of Cresset Baptist Church and retired from Durham Technical Community College. “Mama June” is best remembered for her devotion to family, and her love of cooking and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, Francis Sullivan of Durham; son, Dwight Sullivan and wife, Winnie of Fredericksburg, VA; daughter, Cindy Cheek and husband, Tony of Efland; son, Greg Sullivan and Kathy of Wake Forest; daughter, Pam Sullivan of Hillsborough; sister, Helen James of Fredericksburg, VA; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at Cresset Baptist Church with Dr. Ned Matthews and Rev. Jon Glass officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Friday 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


Claiborne Edward Ellis, Sr.
CREEDMOOR — Mr. Claiborne Edward Ellis, Sr., 85, of 1576 Munns Road, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
Mr. Ellis was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Bunnie M. Ellis and Ethel Seagroves Ellis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for Western Electric for 15 years and owned and operated Ellis Insurance Agency. He was a Sudan Shriner and Past President of the Durham Shrine Club. He was a Mason and was a member of Fellowship Lodge 687.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Barbee Ellis; one son, Claiborne Ellis, Jr. of Creedmoor; one daughter, Sue Colenda and husband, Steve of Oxford; sister, Kathy E. Strayhorn and husband, James of Durham; five grandchildren, Steve Colenda, Britt Colenda, Lauren Colenda, Brandon Ellis and Brittany Ellis; five great-grandchildren, Jada, Jennah, Jolie Colenda, Mylie Ellis and Bentley Dillard.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at his home, 1576 Munns Road in Creedmoor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or Amedisys Hospice, 2609 Duke Street, Suite 102, Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences may be made at
The family would like to thank the employees of Amedisys Hospice and a special thank you to Leah Williamson for her special care.

John Asbury Fisher, Jr.
BUTNER — John Asbury Fisher, Jr., age 83, a native of Burke County, died January 7, 2014 at his home. He was the oldest son of John Asbury and Lula walker Fisher. John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Butner, a contractor and retired after 42 years of service in the N.C. National Guard.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the First Baptist Church in Butner by Rev. Charles Bryan. Burial with Military Honors will be in South Granville Memorial Gardens.
Surviving is his wife, Eva Walker Fisher; sons, David “Andy” Fisher of Durham and John Douglas Fisher of Butner; daughters, Linda Shore of Raleigh, Christina Fisher (Jackie) of Siler City and a step-daughter, LeAnne Lindsay (Timmy) of Butner; brothers, Jesse Fisher and Charles Fisher both of Morganton; sister, Peggy Bennett of Morganton; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford. At other times they will be at the home.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Duke Home Care & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr. Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The Fisher family is under the care of Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. Online memorials at Select obituaries.


Jeane Daniel Dennis
PINEVILLE — Jeane Aiken Daniel Dennis, 74, of Pineville, passed away at home on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 after a six-month battle with brain cancer.
Jeane was born on April 29, 1939 in Durham, NC to the late Susan Aiken Daniel and Aubrey Clark Daniel. She graduated from Durham High School and attended Wake Forest University where she was a member of the String Society, and the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. After three years in Miami, Jeane spent eleven years in Raleigh, before moving with her three children to Wilmington, where she worked as a legal secretary and then at General Electric. Jeane made a good life for herself, and in turn, made a great life for her children. She retired from GE in 2001 and moved to Pineville to be closer to family. Jeane enjoyed retirement to the fullest. She was an active member of Providence Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School class. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing canasta, cooking and eating good Southern food and following her grandchildren’s academic, artistic and athletic pursuits. She loved watching Carolina Panthers games and any and all Wake Forest athletic events. Jeane was devoted to her family and her many friends. She had a passion for life, a quick smile, a keen sense of humor and was ever the optimist. She loved the Lord and even when times were tough, her faith remained strong. Over the past three years, while fighting two different cancers, Jeane could often be seen wearing her “Choose Joy” necklace.
Jeane is survived by three children: Kimberly Dennis Powell and husband, David, of Charlotte, Jeffrey Todd Dennis and wife, Donna, of Raleigh and Kevin O’Neal Dennis of Charlotte, as well as three grandchildren who were the joys of her life: Hunter Clark Powell and Lindsey Burnette Powell of Charlotte and Jakob Lawrence Dennis of Raleigh. She is also survived by her sister, Carol Daniel Ellwanger and husband, Scott, of Charlotte, and a niece, Susan Ellwanger and a nephew, Chris Ellwanger and their families.
The family would like to thank Dr. Andrea McGrath, Dr. Jennie Hauschka, Dr. Robert Higgins, Dr. William Bobo, Dr. Tony Asher, Dr. Daniel Haggstrom, their staffs and the many people associated with the Levine Cancer Institute for the excellent care that was given to Jeane during her illness. Thanks also to the wonderful people of Bayada Home Health, Hospice and to Sandra Wilkins for their devoted care over the past several months.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 on Saturday, January 11 at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte. A memorial service in celebration of Jeane’s life will be held at 3:30 on Saturday, January 11 at Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 or to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. TH Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family.

Lynette Adcock Thomas
BOYDTON, Va. — Mrs. Lynette Adcock Thomas, 83, widow of the Reverend Harry Lee Thomas, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Meadowview Terrace in Clarksville. Mrs. Thomas was born June 30, 1930 to the late Julian Carnegie and Grace Rogers Adcock in Granville County, NC. A graduate of Meredith College, she was an archivist for Colonial Williamsburg before she returned to Oxford, NC as a librarian for the Masonic Orphanage. After marrying the Reverend Harry Thomas, they moved to South Hill where she worked as a bookkeeper for Hudson Warehouses. A member of St. James Episcopal Church in Boydton, Mrs. Thomas served as the church organist. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday in the chapel at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. Paul (Peter) Hogg, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Creedmoor City Cemetery, Highway 56 in Creedmoor, NC. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Julia Adcock and Col. Robert F. Carr of Alexandria. Her nieces, Ann Carr Whitney, Melanie Carr Curtis and Pamela Carr McPherson and nephews, Christopher Metteau Carr and Julian Adcock Carr also survive. The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 10 AM on Friday. Please consider memorial donations in lieu of flowers to The Boys Home, 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, VA 24426, 540-965-7700,, or The Prestwould Plantation and Foundation, 429 Prestwould Dr., Clarksville, Virginia 23927. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at