Obituaries, July 13, 2014

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:34 PM


Dorothy L. Kamin
DURHAM — Dorothy L. Kamin, a North Carolina native born February 2, 1921, passed away quietly in her sleep on July 6, 2014, at her residence at Emerald Pond Independent Senior Living Community in Durham. Dottie, as she was known to her friends, had suffered from several debilitating illnesses but remained alert until her death at age 93. She was a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Nursing, specializing in nutrition, and, although she became a research associate in pharmacology later in her career, she was sought after to nurse many faculty members or their family members through illnesses and surgeries. Dottie married Henry Kamin, Ph.D., a Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University, in 1943, and they shared a very close and dedicated relationship for 45 years until his death in 1988. She assisted her husband in editing a book, following an international symposium of which he was the organizer in Durham in 1970. Dottie and her husband had no children but she loved animals and was particularly fond of cats. In her final days, she was seen feeding the geese that surrounded her cottage on the lake at Emerald Pond.
Although she mourned her husband’s death for the remainder of her life, she was very generous with the resources they shared. Dr. Richard Brennan, Chair of Biochemistry at Duke University, stated the following: “Dottie Kamin was a wonderful and gracious woman and a longtime supporter of the Department of Biochemistry. She was particularly interested in the welfare of our graduate students and, through her generosity, has made it possible for many of our past students and, indeed, will make it possible for many of our current and future students, to attain their career goals by supporting their travels to present their latest experimental results at national and international meetings. In addition, her support of the annual Henry Kamin Memorial Lecture, which brings the most outstanding biochemists in the world to the Duke campus, allowed Biochemistry graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty not only to hear cutting edge research seminars but also to meet one-on-one with those scientists behind these scientific breakthroughs. Her benevolence cannot be overstated and she will be missed.”
Dottie will be interred beside her beloved husband in the Searle Center at Duke University. She asked that no service be held, but donations may be sent to the Triangle Community Foundation at 324 Blackwell St., Suite 1220, Durham, NC 27701 for the benefit of the Henry and Dorothy Lee Lingle Kamin Endowment Fund.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Lewis "Jr." Mangum
DURHAM — Lewis "Jr." Mangum, 80, departed his life on July 9, 2014.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Marion Mangum, two daughters, two grandsons, one great-grandchild and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday at First United Antioch Baptist Church, Durham, with visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Marquise Keeshan Mangum
DURHAM — Marquise Keeshan Mangum, 18, departed his life on July 3, 2014.
He leaves behind his mother, Michelle Mangum; father, Delwin Dillard; one maternal grandmother, one maternal grandfather, one paternal grandmother and one paternal grandfather; two brothers, four sisters and one stepsister.
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Monday, July 14, from 12 to 1:00 pm; funeral at 1:00 pm.

Karen Moore Medlin
DURHAM — Karen Moore Medlin, 53, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and friends on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Karen was born on June 21, 1961 to Sylvia Ann Moore and Joseph Clifton Moore in Dunn, NC.
Karen graduated from East Carolina University in 1983 with a BSA in Business, and received her associate’s degree to become an occupational therapy assistant from Durham Tech in 2002. Affectionately known by her colleagues as “Big Red,” Karen served as an occupational therapy assistant at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC for 12 years, where her commitment to patient care was unparalleled.
Karen was an active member of Yates Baptist Church for 25 years, and took great pleasure in bringing joy to others through her service to and love of Christ, a strength she drew from throughout her life. She was an avid gardener and card-maker, and had the ability to nurture old and new friendships that will endure for years to come.
Karen is survived by Russell Donnell Medlin, her husband of 29 years; her children, Katie, Matthew and wife Kristin; her mother, Sylvia Ann Moore; her twin brother, Gary Moore and wife Rhonda; her sister, Debra Wheeler and husband Glenn; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Clifton Moore.
Friends may visit Monday evening, July 14th, from 5:00-8:00pm at Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham 27707.
Funeral services will be held 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 15th, at Yates Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, 1216 N. Roxboro Street, Durham NC 27701.
Arrangements for the Medlin family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. Online memorials: Select Obituaries.

McNeil (Mac) Pettiford
DURHAM — Mr. McNeil (Mac) Pettiford was born on May 23, 1925 in Granville County. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Durham, NC.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2014, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church.
He is survived by his wife, Jettlean W. Pettiford; four sons, Glenn Pettiford, Ray Pettiford, Johnnie Pettiford and Roderick Pettiford; two daughters, Joyce P. Manning and Deidra P. Waddell (Robert); nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Duke Hospice in the name of McNeil Pettiford.
Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at

Alma Shaw Swinson
DURHAM — Alma Shaw Swinson, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 7, 2014 while surrounded by her children. She was born Alma Eliza Shaw on June 23, 1921 in Elizabethtown, N.C. to Pearl and Heaman Shaw. Alma met the love of her life, Rev. John Thomas Swinson, in Fayetteville, N.C. in 1948. After they married, she and Tommy served together in ministry for more than 40 years. As a pastor's wife, Alma used her musical talents as church pianist and children's choir director. After retirement from full-time ministry, she and Tommy stayed active in nursing home ministry for several years. Following Tommy's death in 1990, Alma remained active in the nursing home ministry, van ministry and Senior Choir at Grey Stone Church in Durham. She loved her Sunday School class taught by Mrs. Jan Smith. While living at JFK Towers, Alma was the social chairperson who arranged for Christian music and ministry programs for the residents at JFK. She will be remembered for her love of God and all those around her, as well as for her sense of humor. Alma is preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Heaman Shaw, sisters Rosalie Campen, Ethel Gooden, and Beulah Gooden, husband John Thomas Swinson, step-daughter Joyce Swinson Smith, and grandson Gary Swinson.
She is survived by sister Edna Duncan of Atlanta, Ga., brother David Shaw of Elizabethtown, NC., daughter Jan Swinson Hallenborg and husband John of Durham, N.C., son Stan Swinson and wife Ann of Raleigh, NC, step-son Walter Armond Swinson of Haw River, N.C., grandchildren Erin Hallenborg Solomon and husband Curt of Raleigh, Jonathan Hallenborg and wife Amber of Raleigh, Kelly Swinson Pendleton and husband Earl of Wake Forest, Jeremy Swinson and wife Beth of Charlotte, Gail Swinson Sharpe of Gibsonville, Karen Swinson Thompson and husband Tim of Burlington, Phil Swinson and wife Jan of Smith Mountain Lake, Steve Smith and wife Linda of Mebane, and Kevin Smith and wife Barbara of Elon. She was also blessed with 23 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the caring staffs of Unihealth Post-Acute Care of Durham and Hock Family Pavilion (Duke Hospice), as well as her loving caregiver, Barbara Norwood of Durham.
Alma's family will receive friends at Grey Stone Church Parlor, 2601 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705, on Monday evening, July 14, at 6:30-7:30 PM, followed by a celebration and worship service in the church sanctuary at 7:30 PM. Arrangements by Hudson Funeral Home of Durham, NC. Online condolences may be sent to
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her name to the Grey Stone Church Seniors' Ministry or to the Hock Family Pavilion with Duke Hospice, 4023 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704.

Janice Muse Thomas
DURHAM — A memorial service for Mrs. Janice Muse Thomas will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 Weaver Street, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. The family will greet visitors one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Covenant Presbyterian Church or The Durham County Library Foundation, P.O. Box 3809, Durham, NC 27702.


(Gerard) Gary Dee Bowden
APEX — (Gerard) Gary Dee Bowden, 70, of Apex, NC passed away Tuesday July 8, 2014 surrounded by his family. Gary was the beloved husband of Susanne (Lukas) Bowden, Apex, NC; loving father of Geri Dee (Bowden) McGrath of Cary, NC, Dr. Gary Dee Bowden of Butler PA, and John Bowden of Apex, NC; grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 1.
Gary was born in Coaldale, PA, the son of Dewitt "Lefty" Bowden and Helen (Haco) Bowden who preceded him in death. Gary's early childhood began in Coaldale, PA with his parents and extended family including his maternal grandparents who were Slovak immigrants. At the age of 9, Gary joined his parents in Germany where his father was serving as a Master Sergeant in the US Army. A few years later, Gary returned to the US as a pre-teen living on various military bases (Kansas, Kentucky, and Washington). Eventually, the family settled back in his father's home state of North Carolina where Gary graduated from Chapel Hill High School.
At 19, he returned to PA where he met his wife, Susanne (Lukas) Bowden, in Bridgeport, Pa., whom he married on February 14, 1966. After having 3 children they eventually settled in Sanatoga, Pa. He worked in automotive management for over 30 years, including owning his own transmission shop. In his final working years, he served on the security staff at Paoli Hospital, where he was affectionately nicknamed “Bull.” As he moved into retirement, he once again returned to his father's home state of North Carolina.
Gary was a practicing Catholic, and was a member of St. Mary Magdalene in Apex, NC. He always believed in being generous towards the church, and charitable to anyone who needed help. He had a great sense of humor, and a smile that will remain embedded in our hearts.
A memorial mass will be held 10:30 am, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at St. Mary Magdalene, 625 Magdala Place, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Online condolences may be made to


Marie R. King
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marie R. King, age 91, a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida for 58 years, passed away on July 11, 2014. She was born in Wake County, N.C. on February 2, 1923.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Connie Ray and Katie Bell Stanley Ray; four brothers, Clellan, Graham, Jack, and Connie Lee; and a special friend, Jerry Bocchino.
Marie was a member of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. She was a professional photographer and the owner of House of Portraits in West Palm Beach until health problems caused her to retire. She was a resident at St. James Residence and later at Darcy Hall.
She leaves behind wonderful memories for her two surviving sisters, Elsie Goss (John) of New Hill, N.C., and Mary Ann Saitta of Durham, N.C.; Donna Bocchino of New York, who was like a daughter; many loving nieces and nephews; and many friends who assisted her in her declining years, especially Pat Block and Tom Marinello.
Marie was a loving and giving person her whole life and will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held for her in Durham, N.C., at a later date.

Dudley Tyng Fisher Marple
AUGUSTA, Maine — Dudley Tyng Fisher Marple, born September 18, 1927, in Portland, Ore., to the late Mildred Fisher Marple and Nathan B. Marple III, passed away on July 4, 2014. He was raised on a farm near Columbus, Ohio.
Dudley received a degree in physics from Kenyon College and a doctorate in physics from Syracuse University. Dudley studied the nature of light at the General Electric Global Research Center in Schenectady. His research was published in a number of physics journals. Dudley was an avid hiker. He was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, and served as chairman of the trail maintenance committee. He hiked all 46 of the 4000-foot peaks in the Adirondacks, the 412th person out of the now 9,000 to do so. He also hiked all 111 of the 4,000-foot peaks in New York and New England, making him the 50th "111'er" out of several hundred to accomplish this. He also enjoyed working with electronics and motorcycling.
Dudley was involved in a variety of community activities. For a long time he read newspapers for RISE, a special service of public radio WMHT for the blind. He also created books on tape for the blind, and more recently, repaired talking book machines for the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped. He made deliveries for Meals on Wheels, volunteered with the Schenectady Museum, was a member of the Capital Region Volksporters and was a generous donor to many charitable and environmental organizations. Despite his many accomplishments, his modesty and humility were remarkable.
Dudley is survived by his twin brother Nathan Boileau Marple IV of Durham, and Nate's wife Bonnie. He is also survived by his cousins, Louis J. Trostel, Anne James, Allen Marple, Harriet Plehn, Sara Templeman and Tony Marple, and is predeceased by his cousins, Marion Fisher Abel and Michael F Trostel. Donations in memory of Dudley may be made to the Schenectady Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, P.O. Box 733, Schenectady, NY 12301-0733.

Thomas Neal Parrish
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thomas Neal Parrish, age 18, a previous resident of Hillsborough, NC and prior student of Durham Public Schools, passed away on Sunday, June 29th, 2014. He has gone to join his Grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Parrish, whom he loved very much. The lives and hearts of those who knew Neal are forever changed and altered by his infectious love of life and his persistent optimism. Despite physical challenges, Neal lived a full and happy life. He loved connecting/texting with family and friends, instigating laughter and fishing with his uncle Troy. Neal is survived by his Mother, Dr. Rosalie Parrish , and sister, Jenny, of Sacramento, California; uncles, Troy, Joe, Buck and cousin Audrey of North Carolina. Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Sacramento, California.