September 22, 2013

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Terry Chronaki
DURHAM - Terry Chronaki, age 79, died peacefully Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Croasdaile Village. A Durham native, Terry was born to the late George Nicholas and Despena Z. Chronaki on September 8, 1934. 
Terry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Cadee D. Chronaki of Chapel Hill, NC; and his sisters, Bessie Chronaki and Irene Chronaki, both of Chapel Hill; and sister-in-law, Deedee M.R. David of Orlando, FL. He was preceded in death by his sister, Julia Chronaki.
Friends may visit Wednesday, September 25, from 4-7 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
Those wishing to make contributions may direct them to St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, 8306 NC Highway 751, Durham, NC  27713, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements for the Chronaki family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Patricia Ann Baker Paulson
DURHAM - Patricia Ann Baker Paulson died peacefully and with her three children and eldest grandchild by her side on September 19, 2013. Pat was born in Hopewell, Virginia to Daniel and Anna Mae Wynn Baker. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in nursing and enjoyed a successful career as a nurse and, later, as a business owner. Pat is survived by her three children and nine grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the medical staff of Duke University Hospital for their professional and compassionate care. 
Pat will be laid to rest in a private ceremony where she will be buried in the Snow Hill Cemetery along side her parents and brother. May our mother rest in peace.
Arrangements by
Taylor-Tyson Funeral Service
Snow Hill, NC.

Mamie Yellock Stroud
DURHAM - Mrs. Mamie Yellock Stroud, of 221 W. Cornwallis Rd., daughter of Merritt and Ida Greene Yellock, was born February 12, 1923 in Roxboro, North Carolina and departed this life September 17th, 2013. She attended Person County Schools. She attended Durham Technical College, graduating from the Nurses Aid Program.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Willie Arthur Yellock, Donald Allbright, and Wilbur Stroud; four sisters, seven brothers and one daughter-in-law, Wilma Yellock.
Mamie is survived by one daughter, Pauline (James) Harris; Gene (Joyce) Yellock, James Yellock, and MacArthur Yellock. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, September 23, 2013 at Bethel Family Worship Center, 515 Dowd Street. The family will receive friends be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Beechwood Cemetery.
Professional services provided by Ellis D. Jones Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to

Derek DeAndre Walker
DURHAM - Funeral services for Mr. Derek DeAndre Walker, 27, of Durham, NC, will be conducted on Monday at 2 p.m. from the Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, and the interment will follow in the Markham Memorial Gardens. The family will meet with their friends on Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wake will be held tonight at Antioch Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Helen Walker-Smith; his father, Mr. Larry Hart, one son, Ethan Walker; five sisters, Ms. Deanna walker, Ms. Tamika Whack, Ms. Niesha Johnson, Ms. Kelza  Davis, Ms. Ayani Howard; and three brothers, Mr. Larry Hart Jr., Mr. Edward Bullock, Mr. Marcus Hart, and a host of other relatives and friends. Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service.

Captain Beverly W. Witherspoon
BAHAMA — Capt. Beverly Wilson Witherspoon, died Saturday afternoon at the VA Medical Center, the 9th anniversary of the death of his wife, Elizabeth Suitt Witherspoon.
Capt. Witherspoon was born in Catawba, North Carolina. He was raised at the Children’s Home in Winston-Salem where he was awarded the Male Alumni of the year in 2006. He was educated at RJ Reynolds High School, where he was Senior class president and captain of the football team, and attended Duke University, Class of 1955. 
Captain Witherspoon joined the US Naval Aviation Cadet program in 1954, where he entered flight training in Pensacola, FL. He proudly served his country in the US Navy for 31 years until his retirement in 1985. In 1961, Captain Witherspoon flew a HSS-2 anti-submarine helicopter 192.9 miles over a 3 mile straight line course for a world record. He was the recipient of many medals, including the Legion of Merit, the National Defense Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Upon his retirement, he remained active with the Retired Officers Association.
Captain Witherspoon was a member of the Bahama Ruritan Club serving as its President, Vice President, Secretary, and for four years was on the Board of Directors. He was also a very active member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, serving as vice chair of the administrative council, member of the staff/parish relations committee, and a member of the stewardship committee until his death.
Captain Witherspoon is survived by his daughter, Cathi Dele Witherspoon (Issy Carney) of Antioch, TN; brothers, Dr. Loy H. Witherspoon of Charlotte, NC, Joseph Witherspoon of Conover, NC; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Captain Witherspoon was preceded in death by his daughter, Kerri Jane Witherspoon.
A funeral service will be held Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Bahama. Officiating will be Rev. Grace G. Hackney. Captain Witherspoon will be buried next to his wife and daughter in Arlington National Cemetery at a time to be announced.
The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be directed to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 1605 Bahama Road, Bahama, North Carolina 27503, or to the Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104.
Captain Witherspoon’s family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. 

Colonel Marcus L. Powell Jr.
OXFORD — Marcus L. Powell Jr., Colonel, US Army, Retired, a resident of 508 East Spring Street, Oxford, NC, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2013. He was born on October 9, 1918 in Mecklenburg County, VA. He was the son of the late Marcus L. and Annie O. Powell. An older brother and a younger sister also preceded him. 
His military career began in May 1941 when he was ordered to active duty as a 2nd LT, Army Reserve, and assigned to the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. Colonel Powell remained with this unit throughout WW II, participating in the D-Day assault on Utah Beach as a captain, commanding the regimental antitank company. Following assignments as Regimental S-3 (operations) and 1st Battalion XO, he became the fifth combat commander of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Inf. Regt, a position he held for the remainder of the war. In July 1945, with the war over in Europe, his unit was returned to the States with the mission of training for participation in the invasion of the Japanese mainland.  On July 21, 1945, ten days after arriving in the States, he married Katherine (Kay) Spencer, his wife of 49 years and the mother of his four children.  Kay died on August 1, 1994. Following WW II, Colonel Powell was awarded a commission in the Regular Army, with the rank of major. In between overseas assignments in Germany, Greece, Iraq, Korea and Vietnam, he was a student and instructor in the military school system, served four years in the Pentagon and on the staffs of other senior headquarters. While in Korea, he commanded the 2nd Battle Group, 3rd Infantry, 7th Infantry Division. His decorations include the Silver Star for gallantry in action, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star medals, the Air Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachute Badge, the Distinguished Unit Citation and numerous service and foreign awards.  Colonel Powell was a graduate of Virginia Tech, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. 
Surviving are his wife, Henrietta Parker Powell; daughter, Sandy Holden and husband, Pete, of Highlands, NC; daughter, Barbara Roberts of Whitestone, VA; son, Bob Powell and wife, Phyllis, of Irmo, SC; daughter, Kathy Rhine and husband, Greg, of Garland, TX; brother, Edwin H. Powell and wife, Margie; two granddaughters, a grandson and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three step-daughters, Carol Barnes and husband, Dudley, Pam Counts and husband, Joe, Henrietta Bickett and husband, Bill, and seven step-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held at Oxford United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013 by the Reverend David Haley. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service. Following the service, the family will host a luncheon at Thorndale County Club. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Request that flowers be omitted. Donations may be made to Oxford United Methodist Church, 105 W. McClanahan Street, Oxford, NC  27565 or to Oxford Presbyterian Church, 121 Gilliam Street, Oxford, NC  27565.
The Powell family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford. For online condolences, go to and select obituaries.

Ernest E. Green Jr.
CHAPEL HILL — Ernest E. Green Jr., 69, departed this life to be with The Lord on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Originally from Enfield, NC, Mr. Green had been living with his daughter in Chapel Hill. He leaves to cherish his memory four daughters, Vonda Green of Charlotte, North Carolina, Karen Green-McElveen (Greg) of Chapel Hill, Jenell Green of Savannah, Georgia, and Felicia Thompson of Hamilton, Ohio; one son, Andre Poe of Dayton, Ohio, ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Green's life will be celebrated on Monday, September 23, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 106 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., and services will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Enfield Memorial Cemetery, Enfield, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 24. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jones Funeral Home.