December 29, 2012

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 05:22 PM

James “Jimmy” Alfred Boycher Jr.

DURHAM - James “Jimmy” Alfred Boycher Jr., 68, of Durham died on Thursday, December 27, 2012. He was the son of the late James Alfred Boycher Sr. and Violet Poe Boycher. He was a former employee of Merita Bread, member of the AARP and a Big Duke Fan. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deidre Boycher; and sister, Susie Boycher.
He is survived by two sons, Todd Boycher (Cindy) of Roxboro, Ken Boycher (Beth) of Rougemont; four daughters, Angelia Ellis (Michael) of Hillsborough, Julie Matthews (Johnnie) of Oxford, Cheryl Starnes (Danny) of Durham, Crystal Boycher (Dante McCain) of Durham; 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. Rev. Keith Kimball will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

William Plas Godsey
DURHAM — William Plas Godsey, 72, of Durham died on Monday, December 24, 2012. He was the son of the late Charlie Alston and Gladys Hicks Godsey. He was a retired painter.
He is survived by two brothers, Bobby Godsey (Jayne) and Don Godsey; two sisters, Patricia Emory (Lynwood) and Carrie Hyatt; several nieces and nephews.
No services at this time, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Family assisted by Hudson Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at

Virginia “Ginny” Dare O’Briant Hunt
DURHAM - Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Dare O’Briant Hunt, 90, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Person Memorial Hospital ECU. Mrs. Hunt was born April 30, 1922 to the late Clarence E. and Eunice Mangum O’Briant. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Telphor William Hunt; and her two brothers, Ervin O’Briant and Clarence O’Briant Jr.
She graduated from Mangum High School and retired from Duke Power Company after 44 years of service. Mrs. Hunt was a member of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family and church and was a fantastic old fashioned cook and never measured anything. 
Mrs. Hunt is survived by two sons, Telphor William Hunt Jr. and wife, Vicki, and Edgar “Eddie” Thomas Hunt and wife, Beth, all of Timberlake; two grandchildren, Jennifer Hunt Daniel and husband, Lance, of Timberlake, and Jason Edward Hunt of Creedmoor; one great grandson, William Lucas Daniel of Timberlake; brother, Calvin O’Briant; sister, Ruth O’Briant Averette; sister-in-law, Ruth O’Briant; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her many friends at her McDonalds breakfast club that she truly enjoyed until she was not able to attend.
Graveside service will be held Saturday 12 p.m. at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Norman Gordon officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Rd., Durham 27712.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Luther Johnson
DURHAM – Mass of Christian Burial for Luther Johnson, 90, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Avenue. Family visitation, 1 hour prior to service.
He was a United States Army veteran.
Survivors: a daughter, Stephanie Johnson-Canty; a son, Stephen L. Johnson (Maria); grandchildren, Kevin Canty (Maree), Keith Canty and C. Vanessa Johnson.
Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Blondola Ogeechee Powell Lucas
DURHAM – Funeral services for Mrs. Blondola Ogeechee Powell Lucas, 91, will be held at 1 p.m. today at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St. Family visitation, 1 hour prior to service.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, John Harding Lucas; daughter, Cheryl J. Lucas; son, John Harding Lucas Jr. (DeEdgra); granddaughter, Tarvia Lucas; grandsons, John Harding Lucas III and Jai Powell Lucas.
Fisher Funeral Parlor.

John Loomis Merritt
DURHAM — John Loomis Merritt, 91, retired News Editor, Fayetteville Observer, a WWII Veteran and gifted writer, passed away December 24 in Durham.
Survived by daughter, Shayne Messina of Marathon, Fla.; son, John L Merritt Jr.; grandsons, Jeramy and Zach; and granddaughter, Kaitlin, all of Pa.
Memorial service to be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to VFW or Wounded Warriors.

Juanita Cooper Montgomery
DURHAM — Juanita Cooper Montgomery was born on August 11, 1947 in Windsor, North Carolina, and went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, December 23, 2012.
The celebration of her life will be today, December 29, 2012, 12 noon, at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Avenue.  Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at the church today from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Kevin G. Montgomery; daughters, Charita Renney Montgomery and Shaniqua Oliver; son, Kevin G. Montgomery II; six grandchildren, Jordan, Ryan and Kayla Oliver, and Kiani, Kamrin and Kori Montgomery; father, Johnnie Mack Mourning; five sisters, Connie Smallwood, Bonita Perkins, Valerie Freeman, Joyce M. Mitchell, and Matilda Mourning; godson, Corey McFarlane; goddaughters, Chenoa Oyin Williams-Miller and Tori Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Duke Cancer Center for Colon Cancer Research or First Calvary Baptist Church's Food Pantry.

S. Dudley Wall
Durham - S. Dudley Wall departed this life of 95 years on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 after spending a wonderful day of family, fun and conversation with his immediate family.
Dudley will be remembered as a wonderful man with a servant's heart and a strong mind. 
He was born in Wake County, on December 15, 1917, the first of Chloe and "Dutch" Wall's five children.
After finishing high school, Dudley worked for then Carolina Power and Light in Raleigh before moving to Wilmington in 1942 to work as a mechanic at the NC Shipyard. After the war, he moved back to Raleigh and worked for Carolina Coach Company and later with the NC Department of Transportation. He transferred to Durham in 1962 with the NC DOT and was appointed Regional Manager over shops in five counties. He retired in 1974 and began many years of helping others with various home projects and service to his church, including the Christmas Tree lot at Aldersgate UMC. He never met a stranger and always made himself available to assist a friend or neighbor in need. As a life-long auto enthusiast, Dudley enjoyed watching NASCAR, tuning up race cars, and fixing vehicles. Dudley was also a member of Masonic Lodge #687.
He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Nina Anne Welsh Wall, in 2010; and brothers, Harold and Homer Wall. Dudley is survived by daughter, Kaye W. Tabor of Durham; and granddaughters, Shawna Johnson (husband, Ty), Alanna Kneale (husband, Jamie); as well as four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Nanney of Aurora, N.C. and Peggy Goodwin of Clayton, N.C. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to his caregivers over the past two years for their loving care. 
A memorial service has been planned for Sunday, December 30 at 4 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, Durham. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Wesley Room. Those who wish to make memorials are invited to consider the building fund at Aldersgate UMC or to a charity of your choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at