December 19, 2012

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 05:21 PM

Ollie Ferrell Black

DURHAM - Mrs. Ollie Ferrell Black, 94, of Coley Road, Durham passed away at her home, with her family by her side on Monday, December 17, 2012, at 8:46 p.m.
She was born on Coley Road in Durham County on April 1, 1918, the eighth of twelve children of the late Willie Melvin and Lacy Tilley Ferrell. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.
She married Archie Junius Black on November 11, 1942, and he left 10 days later to serve in Italy during World War II. He returned home in 1945, and they moved to Wake County where they lived for 12 years, moving to Coley Road in 1958.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Junius Black in 1976; grandchild, Derrick Pearce; great-grandchild, Jacob Barnette; brothers, Talmadge, Waylon, Atlas, Jimmie, W.M., Calvin and Coy; sisters, Mattie, Lillian, Mae, and Alice; and sons-in-law, Bobby Shepherd, Bobby Barnette and Bill Pearce.
She is survived by her daughters, Lacy Roberts of Maryland, Linda Pearce and Dianne Barnette of Durham; grandchildren, David Pearce, Teresa Price, Tony Pearce, all of Durham, Toby Barnette and Randy Barnette of Granville County; great-grandchildren, River, Kayci, Cole, Karris, Ridge, Alec, Kaydi, Brandin, Zakry, Austin and Kyle.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Donnie Cash. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 3314 Coley Road. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Geri Tarrant Collins
DURHAM - Mrs. Geri Collins, 60, passed away Tuesday morning at Hock Family Pavilion. Mrs. Collins was born in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of the late Victor Joseph Tarrant and Coryce Isabel Lowe Tarrant. 
Geri enjoyed photography and was given the title of The Duke Football Family Photographer by Head Coach David Cutcliffe. The football family at Duke was an important part of Geri’s life. She also enjoyed painting, exercising, and spending time with family and friends especially at the beach. Before retiring she was a first grade teacher at Littlewood Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla. She was also a member of The Duke Catholic Center.  
Geri is survived by her husband, Jim Collins; their daughter, Jennifer Collins; and sisters, Patti Tarrant Duke and Mary Tarrant Amiano.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 22, 9 a.m. at Duke University Chapel.
The family requests casual attire at the service, feel free to wear your Duke blue, jeans and sneakers. The family would also like to express a special thank you to the Duke Cancer Center, doctors and nurses on the 9th floor at Duke Medical Center and Hock Family Pavilion.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Duke Cancer Institute for either Dr. Jeffrey Crawford’s Research or Lung Cancer Research at Duke Cancer Institute Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710 or to The Hock Family Pavilion, Duke HomeCare & Hospice Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101 Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Claude Edwards Jr.
DURHAM - Funeral service for Claude Edwards Jr., 64, will be held Thursday, December 20, at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 2420 S. Roxboro St., Durham. Family visitation: 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Survivors include wife, Rosalyn Williams Edwards; daughter, Latisha Edwards (Sean); son, Nicholas Williams (Tashuia); five grandchildren; brother, Bernard Edwards; sisters, Carolyn Edwards, Yvette Edwards, Lola Edwards Baugham, Hattie Edwards Harper.  He was preceded in death by his son, Reginald Bernard Edwards.
Public viewing Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Dwight Thomas Emory
DURHAM — Dwight Thomas Emory, 65, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Dwight, a Durham native, was born to Walter Thomas and Alma Daniel Emory on May 31, 1947.
Dwight graduated from Southern High School in 1965, and worked for Wright machine prior to joining the Navy in 1966. He served active as well as reserve duty until 1972. Dwight had a number of skills and interests. He had a love and passion for music with the uncanny ability to play any instrument he put his hands on. He also enjoyed his time being part of St. Philip’s and tending to his gardening activities at home. Dwight worked at Durham Regional Hospital as maintenance supervisor for over 40 years.
Dwight is survived by his wife, Caroline Emory of the home; son, Daniel Tyson Emory; daughter, Anna Elizabeth Rosati; as well as his two sisters, Jean Emory Pate (Otis) and Jo Ann Emory Thomas (Eddie); grandchildren, Elijah Kien Emory, Elyse Marie Emory, Logan Linley Rosati, Delaney Dell Rosati. He also had step grandchildren, Camden King, Savannah King, Trevor Lindner, Callen Lindner, from his step daughter, Jennifer King; as well as step sons, Carl and Ralph Lindner. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Brent Emory.
A Funeral Service will be offered 2 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012 from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main Street, Durham. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main Street, Durham.
The Emory family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, select obituaries.

Cornelia “Connie” Grissom McLeod
DURHAM - Cornelia “Connie” Grissom McLeod, 88, died Monday in Duke Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Vance County, she was born June 6, 1924 to Charlie and Effie (Glenn) Grissom. Connie graduated from Peace College, after which she began working in the offices of Golden Belt Manufacturing Co. She married Randall A. McLeod, her husband of 62 years, whom she met on a blind date. For many years, she worked alongside her husband in their Durham business, Piedmont Printers. 
Connie was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was a faithful Tuesday afternoon office volunteer. She was active in Presbyterian Women’s organization, serving as the treasurer for many years. Connie was awarded an honorary life membership in Presbyterian Women in 1996. She was known for her quilting and handicrafts, and initiated the Presbyterian Women’s Chrismon making project, which continues to decorate the church Christmas tree annually. Together she and Randall enjoyed dining out and travel over the years. Connie took a keen interest in others, savoring the stories of people’s lives.
Surviving are her husband, Randall A. McLeod; sisters, Beth G. Bussey of Greensboro, Edith G. Shelden of Raleigh and Rachel Grissom of Durham; 10 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Joseph Harvard III and Marilyn Hedgpeth officiating. A reception will follow. Gifts in Connie’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham 27701. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory.

James E. West
Durham - The earthly life of James Ernest West ended on Sunday, December 16, 2012, as his Heavenly Inheritance began.
James was born on June 5, 1923 in Sampson County. His parents were James Ernest West Sr. and Bettie Hunter West. His sisters were Nina Rose Wooten (husband, Sam, and daughter, Bettie Jane) and Nadine Howell (husband, Ed, and sons, Edward and David). His parents, sisters and their families were highly treasured.
He was richly blessed with a loving and loyal wife, Esther Magdaline Phillips; and two remarkable sons, Samuel James (wife, Kathy) and Joseph Mark (wife, Laura, and sons, Joshua, Christopher and Luke). Love for his family was second only to his love for the Lord.
His education included graduating from Westbrook High School, Sampson County and Worth Business College, Fayetteville. An undergraduate degree was received from Wake Forest and graduate degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest.  Additional studies were in Pastoral Care at Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, and Dorothy Dix Hospital, Raleigh.
During the Second World War, James served in the Army, 1943-1946, in North Africa and Italy. Many medals were awarded, including the rank of Sergeant Major.
James' pastoral call and ministry began in 1951. His schooling in Wake Forest included both College and Seminary. His Baptist Pastorates included churches in Amhers, Va. (St. Stephens), Wake Forest (Forestville), Raleigh (Mt. Moriah), and Durham (Calvary). After retiring, interim pastorates in Durham included Lakewood, Plainview, Leesville Road and Homestead.
Throughout Rev. Wests' Christian ministry, he had a pastor's heart and loving kindness spirit toward church, family and friends, ever striving to honor and glorify God. He was purpose driven to be like Christ and to make a difference for good in others' lives. His motto: "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
Funeral service will be held Thursday, December 20, 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wed. evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. James E. West Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1204 Lynn Rd., Durham 27703.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Ellen Laws Wilkins
DURHAM — Ellen Laws Wilkins of Durham passed away peacefully in her home on 12/17/2012.
She was born in Orange County on May 27, 1925 to the late Birdie Blalock Laws and Hubert Garland Laws. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Madison A. Wilkins; and a sister, Evelyn L. Parker. She is survived by five children, Carl M. Wilkins of Dallas, Texas, Donald W. Wilkins of Rougemont, Nancy W. Mitchell and husband, Thomas, Brent T. Wilkins and wife, Cathy, both of Durham, and Robin Wilkins Doyle of Petaluma, Calif.; eight grandchildren (Ronnie, Donnie, and Darryl Wilkins, John, Bobby and Cierra Mitchell, Kevin and Danny Doyle); five great grandchildren; two sisters, Elma Hawkins of Hurdle Mills, Era Carr of Hillsborough; a brother, John W. Laws of San Jose, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Louise Cole of Durham/Winston-Salem; and many special nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

William Curtis "Bill" Barbee

CHAPEL HILL— Mr. William "Bill" Curtis Barbee, age 77, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Anointed Christian Church, 1400 Ferguson Road, Chapel Hill 27516.
Family visitation will be on Thursday evening from 6-7 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.
Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.