Obituaries, January 10, 2014

Jan. 09, 2014 @ 05:46 PM


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.

Johnnie Lee Evans
DURHAM — Johnnie Lee Evans, 90, departed his life on January 7, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernetta Moore Evans. He leaves behind his two daughters, Johnnie Mae Becton and Barbara Jean Singletary, both of Wake Forest; four grandsons; ten great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 12:30 pm and funeral service will be at 1:00 pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Annie Mae Jones Smith
DURHAM — Annie Mae Jones Smith, 79, of Durham, NC, departed on January 5, 2014. She leaves three sons, Henry Smith, Jesse Smith, William Smith; three daughters, Christine Smith-Taylor, Sinatra Kitt, Clementine Smith.
A viewing will be held at Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11 am, funeral service will follow at 12 noon. Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

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

Kinchen O. (K.O.) Veazey Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Kinchen O. (K.O.) Veazey Jr., 98, passed away in peace at Duke Hospice in Durham, NC on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Born to K.O. and Ocena Veazey in Granville County, NC on October 25, 1915, he spent his childhood and adolescent years on the family’s farm on Veazey Ridge in Granville County. While living in Granville County, K.O. Veazey met Lou Ellen Green, whom he married on April 9, 1942.
K.O served in the Army Corp of Engineers in Guadalcanal and Philippines during WW II. Upon K.O.’s return from the war, he and Lou Ellen settled back into life in Creedmoor, and had three children, Otley, Douglas, and Linda. In 1956, the family moved into the home he built in Durham, NC.
K.O. worked most of his adult life in the tobacco business. He was co-owner of Wilkins-Veazey Tobacco Warehouse in Douglas, GA. He also traveled to markets in Ahoskie, NC, Tennessee, and Kentucky until he and Lou Ellen retired to their home in Durham in 1996. Lou Ellen and K.O. celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2012.
During his off-season from the tobacco market, K.O. chose to spend his time building homes in the Durham area and gardening. An exceptional carpenter and Mr. “Fix-it,” there was no home improvement task that he could not handle. Throughout the years, K.O. was always willing to help extended family members and his children with their numerous home improvements. He was significantly involved in building the homes of two of his brothers and his sons. He loved lending a hand to others in need.
K.O. was preceded in death by his wife, Lou Ellen. He is survived by his three children: Otley Veazey and his wife Wanda; Douglas Veazey and his wife Gwen; and Linda Veazey Duda and her husband Turan Duda. Also K.O. is survived by his six grandchildren: William Veazey, Elizabeth Veazey and her husband Ryan Wishart, Scott Veazey and his wife Ashley, Amanda Veazey, Ellen Duda, and Aisander Duda and his wife Julie, and their children Elias and Gabriel Duda.
The family expresses gratitude to his loving and dedicated extended family and caregivers: Iris Bradberry, Carolyn Williamson, Louise Green, Betsy Hayes, and Duke Hospice staff.
There will be a visitation honoring Kinchen O. Veazey Jr. at Hudson Funeral Home (211 S. Miami Blvd.) in Durham on Saturday, January 11 from 4 to 6 p.m and other times at his home.
A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery (1621 University Rd.) in Durham on Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m. Pastor Hope Vickers will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Epworth Care Group at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd., Durham 27707. Online condolences may be made to

Lucille Bethea Williams
DURHAM — Mrs. Lucille Bethea Williams, 77, of 1913 S. Roxboro St., died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at her residence. Her service will be conducted at 1 pm on Sunday, January 12, at Russell Memorial CME Church. Interment will follow in Markham Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends from 12-1 pm at the church on Sunday one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband, Don Williams, Sr; four children, Don Williams, Jr., Jackie Williams, Beverly Johnson and Kathy Williams; and two siblings, Vivian McCray and George Bethea. In lieu of flowers, the family asks check donations be made payable to the Lucille B. Williams Memorial Scholarship and mail to Russell Memorial CME Church, Attn: Lucille B. Williams Memorial Scholarship, 703 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27707.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Services.


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.


Billie Ginn Borden
CHAPEL HILL — Billie Ginn Borden, 95, widow of Arnold Borden, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014. Born in Augusta, KY, she was a longtime resident of Chapel Hill, NC, where she retired after 18 years from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Billie was also preceded in death by her daughter, Catherine, and son, John Borden. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Martha Borden, with whom she has lived in Hampton.
The family wishes expressions of sympathy to take the form of contributions to your favorite animal charity.
Arrangements are by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions in Hampton, VA, 757-825-8070.

Mary Ann St. Clair Steece
HILLSBOROUGH — Mary Ann St. Clair Steece of Hillsborough, NC, age 85, died peacefully January 5, 2014 in Chapel Hill, NC.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Philip John Steece, and her son, Steven Philip Steece.
Surviving are her daughter, Mary Clare Steece-Julich, and son-in-law, Alan Julich, of Mebane, NC; her son, Andrew St. Clair Steece, of Southern Pines, NC; her brother-in-law, Robert B Steece, of Scottsboro, Ala. and many nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann was born November 15, 1928 in Washington, DC to the late William F. and Alma E St. Clair. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and Dumbarton College and then worked for the federal government. She married in 1950, became a mother and homemaker and lived in Mclean, Va for 25 years before moving to Southern Pines, NC in 1983.
A memorial service will be held January, 18 2014 at 1 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough, 1710 Old NC 10, Hillsborough, NC 27278,
Donations may be made in her memory to Paws4ever Animal Sanctuary, 6311 Nicks Rd., Mebane, NC 27302,
The family extends their gratitude to the staff of Brookshire Nursing Center in Hillsborough and UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill for their fine and compassionate care of their mother.


Earl Glenn McCune, Jr.
EVANS, W.Va. — Earl Glenn McCune, Jr. of Evans, WV left this earthly life peacefully on Jan 7, 2014 at the age of 81. Earl succumbed to an extended illness. He fought a good fight.
Earl was employed by DuPont Plant in Belle, WV for 25 years and held many jobs in the coal and chemical industry through the years. After moving to NC, he was employed several years by the State of NC Division of Environmental Management and retired as a branch manager for Trigon Engineering Consultants. Earl valued hard work.
He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 64 years, Frankie; three children, Teresa McCune, Esq. of Williamson, WV, John McCune (Marina) of Durham, NC, and Mary Jane Saada (Dr.Simon) of Middletown, NJ; six grandchildren, Molly Mitchell (Dr. Robert) of Whitefish, MT, Andrew Saada of Middletown, NJ, Brian McCune of Oakland, CA, Adrianna Saada of Cambridge, MA, Ryan McCune Donovan, Esq. of Charleston, Angelica Saada of Brooklyn, NY; three great-grandchildren, Isabella & Gianna Mitchell, and Nile Saada; three brothers, Earl Gordon of Gallagher, William George of East Bank and James Keith McCune of Cross Lanes; and three sisters, Evelyn Ayotte, Nancy Devine, both of MI, and Patty Kroah of TX.
A tribute to Earl’s life will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Harding Funerals & Cremations with Father Leonard Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Pennington Cemetery, Charleston.
The family will receive from 6 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Barahona Fund, Inc., PO Box 634 Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Charleston, WV, is serving the McCune family.