December 20, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:13 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 son-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 wife, Pam and Randy Barnette and wife, Bambi 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 the Rev. Donnie Cash. Burial will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends today 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

David Albert Helms
DURHAM — David Albert Helms passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at his residence in Durham. He was born on November 9, 1948 in Charlotte, the son of Robert and Hazel Helms.
David is survived by his wife, Cathy J. Helms of Durham; sons, John Helms and wife, Shahirah Mahmood of Goleta, Calif., Paul Helms of Durham; parents, Robert Albert and Hazel Routh Helms of Charlotte; brothers Jerry, and his wife Sylvia, of Charlotte, and Mike, and his wife, Lisa, of Scottsdale, Ariz. David is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
David graduated from NC State University with a BS in Physics in 1970. On January 1st, 1972, he married Cathy Kay Jones in Knotts Island, NC. He attended Duke University where he earned a PhD in Physics. Following graduation in 1977, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to continue his research in Giessen, Germany. He and his wife, Cathy, moved to Houston, Texas where he held a post-doctoral appointment at Rice University and later a position as a scientist at Texaco Research Laboratories. The family relocated to Durham where he was a software engineer in the Research Triangle.
David is remembered for his dedication and love for his family and friends. He took every opportunity to remind his wife and sons how much he loved them and how proud he was of their accomplishments. People who knew David and Cathy witnessed the devotion they had for each other during their 40 years of marriage. Everyone that knew David benefited from his kind-hearted spirit and unparalleled honesty.
A memorial service will be offered 7 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012 from Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main Street, Durham. 
Friends may visit from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to the Frontotemporal Lombar Degeneration Association at FTLDA, PO Box 171221, San Antonio, Texas 78217.
The Helms family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, select obituaries.

Edward Simeon Henson
DURHAM - Mr. Edward Simeon Henson, 81, of Durham, died on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.
Mr. Henson was born in Harrodsburg, Indiana, to the late Cisero and Flossie Henson. He retired after 35 years from Owens-Illinois Mold Shop. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lucy Meyer Henson; son, Ricky Henson; daughter, Nancy Wargo; grandson, Brian Ivesdal; and daughter-in-law, Shirley Henson.
He is survived by two sons, Gary Henson of Durham and David Henson (Sherri) of Alton, Ill; two daughters, Donna Ivesdal (John) of Asheville and Roxane O’Brian (Mike) of Franklinton; four sisters, Dorothy Anspach and Vickie Whitfield both of Arizona, Pat Paxton of Ohio and Sue Cravey of Georgia; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Hugh O’Shields. Interment will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Downey, Don Mulford and Bill Patrick.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of Gary Henson, 2002 Patterson Road. Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to the Lucy Henson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Gary Henson, 2002 Patterson Rd, Durham 27704. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Juan Alva and the caretakers at the Hock Pavilion and Eno Pointe Assisted Living. Online condolences can be made at

Carla Brooke Hopper
DURHAM — Miss Carla Brooke Hopper, 18, died December 5, 2012 at Duke University Medical Center. Miss Hopper was born in Durham, the daughter of Carl Bradford Hopper and Anita Hopper.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Anna Hopper; paternal grandparents, Bill and Novella Earls and James Hopper; and maternal grandmother, Esther Lovell.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012, 12 p.m. at Bible Believers Full Gospel Church, 815 Hurley Rd., Durham, with the Rev. Roy Stallings officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

Barbara Rhew Wilkins
DURHAM - Mrs. Barbara Rhew Wilkins, 70, died Wednesday morning at her home after a 22 year battle with breast cancer. Mrs. Wilkins was born in Durham County, the daughter of the late Joe Rhew and Elsie Garrard Rhew. She was preceded in death by her son, Darrell Wilkins; and brother, Wayne Rhew. She retired from Nello Teer and American Tobacco. Mrs. Wilkins was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wilkins is survived by her husband, James Harold Wilkins; daughter, Kim Wilkins Robins (Doug); son, Randy Wilkins (Tina); sister, Margie Dickerson (Bobby); and grandchildren, Taylor Wilkins, Kenan Robins, Nelson Robins; four nephews and one niece.
The family will receive friends Thursday, December 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and at other times at their home. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 21, 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. Jack Cox and the Rev. Chris Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview United Methodist Church Cemetery. Following the burial, the family will receive friends at Northern Free Will Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.         
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at Flowers are acceptable; memorial contributions may be made to Duke HomeCare & Hospice Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101 Durham 27704; or Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858, Durham 27703.

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.
Family visitation will be today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.
Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Martha R. Robinson
CHAPEL HILL — Funeral services for Ms. Martha R. Robinson will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Haw River Baptist Church, Chatham County.
Family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes prior to the funeral.
Burial in the church cemetery.
Services entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Charlotte Anderson Clark

LOUISVILLE, KY. — Charlotte Anderson Clark, 88, died Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville, Kentucky after a lengthy illness. Born on July 26, 1924 in Wilson to the late Dorothy Mae Pillsbury and James Banks Anderson, Charlotte lived most of her life in High Point and Jamestown, NC before moving to Kentucky to be near her daughter.  She attended St. Mary's College in Raleigh and in 1945 married the love of her life, George P. Clark Jr., also of Wilson, upon his graduation from Duke University. She worked in the Duke University Sports Information Department, the High Point office of the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co., and later in life at the Jamestown Methodist Church.
Charlotte enjoyed music and sang for many years in the choir of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in High Point. She served on the board of the High Point Community Concert Association, often helping entertain visiting artists. She was an active member of the High Point Regional Hospital Guild and served several terms on the board of Fellowship Hall in Greensboro. Most of all, though, Charlotte was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, an effervescent hostess, a wonderful cook, and a caring friend. She loved reading, chocolate, and the Duke Blue Devils.
Charlotte is survived by her children, Priscilla C. Tillett (Robert Jr.) of Louisville, Ky., George P. Clark III (Dorothy) of Durham and Kenneth G. Clark, of Charleston, SC; sisters, Isabel M. Pennell, of Mesa, Ariz., and Lalla Kay Griffin, of Jamestown, NC; four grandchildren, Arden Clark Mills (Adam) and Patrick Clark of Durham, Kathryn Tillett and James Tillett (Tracy) of Louisville, Ky.; and four great grandchildren, Jack and Luke Mills of Durham, and Harper and Anderson Tillett of Louisville, Ky.
Charlotte's family would like to thank the caring staff of the Episcopal Church Home as well as her compassionate caretakers from HOSPARUS for their many kindnesses to her.
A Memorial Celebration of Charlotte's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. today, December 20 in St. Luke's Chapel at the Episcopal Church Home. Please enter from Lyndon Lane. Private burial will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Wilson at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Children's Fund, Duke Medicine, 512 Magazine St., Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701.

Wilhelmina Peterson “Puddin” McNeil
BALTIMORE, MD. — On Thursday December 13 2012, God called from labor to eternal rest our dearly beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Wilhelmina Peterson “Puddin” McNeil.
Wilhelmina was born September 6 1940 in Durham County to the late Mr. Willie Edward Peterson and Mrs. Melzie Lee Hinton Peterson. She received her primary education in the Durham City Public Schools, and her secondary education at Baltimore City Community College (AA Degree) and Coppin State University (BS Degree in Liberal Arts). She joined Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church (Durham) at an early age and remained a member until she married and relocated to Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, Maryland Wilhelmina united with Calvary Baptist Church, and remained a faithful member until her illness.
Wilhelmina’s life’s work was devoted to sharing and caring for others, as displayed during her work as a Dental Hygienist with Baltimore City Health Department, from which she retired. She was always available to help others in their time of need; she was one, who lovingly showed more concern for others before considering herself.
She leaves to mourn and to cherish her memory, one son, James McNeil III; five daughters, Sheree Peterson, Jacqueline Johnson (James), Yvonne Magwood, Arlicia Pierson (Tony), and Janice Sanders (Junius), all of Baltimore, Maryland; three sisters, Anita Hinton–Brunson (James) of Baltimore, Maryland, Ava Hinton, of Durham and Gloria Hinton of Durham; a very dear and precious  cousin who was truly a sister at heart and in spirit; three brothers: Ernest Peterson of Washington, DC, Delthy Hinton of Durham, Larry Hinton (Julia) of Clayton; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Home going services will be rendered Friday, December 21, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3911 Garrison Boulevard, Baltimore, Md.
Services entrusted to March Funeral Home Inc., 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore, Md.