March 15, 2013

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

Alice Johnson Davis
DURHAM - Celebration of Life Service for Alice Johnson Davis, 87, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Ave. Family visitation: one hour before service.
She was a 1943 graduate of Hillside High School and attended North Carolina College. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and its Outreach Committee, Ladies Altar Society, and Gospel Choir. Also, she held membership with National and NC Councils of Negroe Women, local advisor of the Duchess of Utopia, Golden Circle University Assembly #218, Heroines of Jericho, Cyrene Crusaders, Prospect Chapter #379 OES, Zeta Phi Beta Amicae.
Survivors: daughters, Margo Davis Harper, Rosada Davis-Layne, Marilyn Davis Long (Andre); sister, Teresa Johnson Daye (Paul); eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three nephews; niece; former husband, Leo Davis; sister-in-law, Gladys Johnson; two step siblings, Christopher and Geneva Johnson.
Public viewing at Fisher Funeral Parlor from 1-7 p.m. on Friday.

Lula Mae Council Johnson
DURHAM - Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Mae Council Johnson, 69, of Durham, NC, will be conducted on Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Union Baptist Church, and the interment will follow in the Glennview Memorial Gardens. The family will meet with their friends one hour before the funeral services.
Survivors are her husband, Mr. Otis Johnson; one sister, Mrs Bertha Lowry; seven daughters, Ms. Veronica Tabor, Mrs. Velinda Dunn (Richmond), Ms. Beverly Moser, Mrs. Nyoka Cook (Dennis), Ms. Deidra Camp, Ms Quashawha Tabor, Ms. Patricia Roberts; three sons, Mr. Timothy Tabor, Mr. Frankie Clemons, Mr. Leon Council (Ronda); 30 grandchildren; 50 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

James Michael “Jim” Schmidt
DURHAM — James Michael “Jim” Schmidt, 69, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at his residence. Born on Sept. 24, 1943 in Louisville, KY he was the son of the late Albert Michael Schmidt and Helen Catherine Dieckman.
Jim graduated from Trinity High School in Louisville, KY in 1961, and Bellarmine University, also in Louisville, in 1972. He continued his education at Duke University School of Medicine in the 8th class of the Physician Assistant Program graduating in 1974. He practiced as a certified Physician Assistant at Duke University Medical Center for 33 years, and retired in 2007. Jim had a lifelong love of botany and plant life and enjoyed many hours in the yard at home. He was an avid reader, enjoyed photography and Duke Basketball.
Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret C. Schmidt; his nieces, Laurie Ann Doyle, Lisa Marie Scheid, Jamie Michelle Valkovci; his nephew, Ronald Scott Smith, all of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by his K-9 companion & friend, Sugar. 
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Schmidt Smith.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 from St. Matthew Catholic Church with Fr. Thanh N. Nguyen and Fr. Tom Tully presiding. Burial will follow with military honors in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may visit Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1001 Mason Road, Durham NC 27712; Duke Cancer Center, 512 South Mangum Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701; or Corpsman Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 1264, Jacksonville, NC 28546.
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Arthur Winston Teasley Sr.
DURHAM - Mr. Arthur Winston Teasley Sr., 93, of Durham, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in his home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Teasley was born and raised in Bahama, NC, the son of the late Luther Lee Teasley and Mary Emma Veasey Teasley. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe and the Pacific during WWII and received a Purple Heart. He retired after more than 40 years as chef at Hartman’s Steakhouse. 
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Catherine "Kitty" Hartman Teasley; his five children, Julia Teasley, Arthur “Bubby” Teasley (Bonnie), Gertrude Byrd (Joe), Mary Jane Clark (Jim), and Cathy Teasley. Also left to cherish the memory of Grandpa/PaPa are nine grandchildren, Artie Teasley, Andrea Owens, Cindy Fox, Randy and Michael Byrd, Natasha and Rainbow Teasley, Kelly Kovalesky, Scott Clark; and nine great-grandchildren, Kendall and Cole Teasley, Nina Early, Grant and Erin Fox, Grace, Griffin, and Kenley Kovalesky, Clara Clark.
He is a beloved member of the NC State Fair Garden Show community. He competed in the patio garden competition and flower show for more than 25 years and won many first place awards as well as the Commissioner of Agriculture Award and Gardeners' Choice Award.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home.  
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you share your memories through notes, calls, or visits. Online condolences can be made at

William “Bill” Albany Truesdell
DURHAM - Mr. William “Bill” Albany Truesdell, 89, of Durham, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Mr. Truesdell was born in Dothan, Ala., to the late Crandell Truesdell and Shelly Allums Truesdell. He retired from the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and the VFW Post 2740. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Truesdell; brother, C.S. Truesdell Jr.; and sisters, Jessie Anderson and Mattie Hayes.
He is survived by his daughters, Joy Casper and Cathy Truesdell both of Roxboro; step-daughter, Ann Perkins of Durham; stepson, Jim Rochelle of Durham; grandchildren, Jennifer Smith, Christina Crabtree, Jamie Warren, Sara Garrison; great-grandchildren, Julian, Boyes, Holden Kipp, Vindan Kipp, Addisyn Smith, Casey Crabtree, Owen Crabtree and Alyssa Crabtree, Christian Smith, Karson, Smith, Paisley Warren, Carter Garrison and Oliver Garrison.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Jack Cox. Burial with military honors will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home. Online condolences can be made at

Fredrick Spencer Wiggins
August 9, 1946 – March 12, 2013

DURHAM - Fredrick Spencer Wiggins, 66, died at Durham Regional Hospital on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. 
A native of Durham, Freddie was born August 9th, 1946, son of the late Joseph Spencer Wiggins and Thelma Doby Wiggins. As a boy, he achieved Eagle Scout status. Those skills would greatly assist him as he honorably served as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force, while stationed in Thailand and the Philippines, during the Vietnam War. In 1974, Freddie was approached for employment by Donald Trump Enterprises. Instead of accepting the position, he chose to marry the former Betsy Barrett and reside in Durham. The four decades that they would spend together would be enriched with wonderful experiences. Freddie was employed as a maintenance mechanic by the Golden Belt/American Tobacco Company. He retired from Comfort Engineers Inc. Among his passions, was hunting, playing golf and fishing in both fresh and saltwater.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Betsy Barrett Wiggins; his mother-in-law, Cleo Barrett, of Roxboro; his sister, Rebecca Manuel and her husband, Roger, of Durham; brother-in-law, Jim Barrett, of Durham; his uncle, Billy Doby, of Raleigh; his aunt, Inez Rackley, of Durham; his niece, Susan Swaim and her husband, Chuck, of Trinity; his great-nephew, Fletcher Swaim; along with numerous cousins across the country.
Services will be held 2 p.m., on Monday, March 18, 2013, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m., on Sunday, March 17, at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home of his sister, at 5100 Russell Rd., Durham.
Memorials may be made to: Ducks Unlimited, Inc. One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tennessee, USA 38120.
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Thomas Alvin Williamson
DURHAM — Mr. Thomas Alvin Williamson, 85, left his earthly home on Thursday, March 14, 2013, to rejoice with the Angels and to see his eternal Savior Jesus Christ.
The son of the late George Thomas Williamson and Carrie Jones Williamson was born June 25, 1927 in Vance County and spent most of his adult years in Durham. He served in WWII with the Navy Seals on the USS Kennebago. He retired from Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company after 36 years. He loved Bible Baptist Church as well as the members he had known for so long. He loved to hunt, make knives for himself and for friends. Many a friend and nephew enjoyed getting one of his knives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Callie.
He is survived by his daughter, Pam; and brother-in-law, Bobby Honeycutt (Nancy); a host of nieces, nephews and special cousins and his beagle, Thelma Lou.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Greg Allison and Rev. Jimmy Hall. Burial will be in Mt Hermon Baptist Church in Orange County.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m., before the service at the church. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at
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Sally Minor Parker

CHAPEL HILL — Sally Minor Parker died peacefully at her home in Chapel Hill on Sunday, March, 10.
Born in Batavia, New York on November 13, 1925 to Henry H. and Monica Hanley Minor, Sally soon developed a life-long love for horses. Later, while attending Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, she met and subsequently married, Daniel S. Parker on October 10, 1945.
They spent many years in Janesville, WI where they raised four children. While Dan served as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board for The Parker Pen Company, she entertained an endless flow of business and personal visitors from all over the world. When he was later appointed to serve as Administrator of the Agency for International Development in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, Sally put these same skills to good use again at their home in Washington, DC, hosting the likes of Henry Kissinger, William P. Rogers, and many prominent politicians of the era.
Following government service, they moved to the Charleston, SC area, where they eventually divorced. Sally chose to once again pursue her love of horses. She established the widely respected Cross Creek Farm in Cleveland, TN. As owner, breeder, trainer, and exhibitor of American Saddlebreds, she brought one World Champion after another into the show ring. She served on the Boards of both the American Saddlebred Association and Museum and the 4-H Club of America.
In 2003, she moved to Easton, MD where her love of plants and flowers brought many to visit and admire her exquisite gardens.
In 2009, she chose to settle in Chapel Hill. Sally, known to all for her caring and deeply loving advice, had wide reserves of wonderful friends, all of whom she cherished.
She is survived by her brother, Henry “Bud” Minor of Vero Beach, FL and Canandaigua, NY; and her children, Geoffrey Parker (Kearby) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Steven Parker (Linda) of New York, NY, Jennifer Parker (Peter Rosenberg) of Hillsborough, and Sarah Parker Daniels (Josh) of Isle of Palms, SC,; seven grandchildren, Douglas Parker (Alicia), Christopher Coleon (Elizabeth), Adrienne Coleon Gaskell (Devin), Olivia Coleon, Matthew Parker, Kathryn Parker, and Sarah Parker Topping; three great-grandchildren, Sophie, Roger, and Charlotte; and her devoted caregiver, Claudia Palacios.
A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill this Saturday at 1 p.m., with visitation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Walker Funeral Home. Burial will occur one week later in Batavia, NY. Flowers would be welcomed by the family and memorial donations may be sent to the UNC Hospice Association.
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June Dorothea Gahrs Scott
CHAPEL HILL — June Dorothea Gahrs Scott, resident of Chapel Hill, passed away peacefully at her home on March 9, 2013, after an extended illness. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, June was also a resident of Chapel Hill for the past 12 years.
June was born May 31, 1922, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the daughter of the late Aimiee Smith Gahrs and Arthur Fredrich Gahrs, cherished wife of the late Walter Irving Scott Jr., and mother of her late beloved son, Walter Irving Scott III. June is survived by her son, Ward Ivor Scott; her daughters-in-law, Genine Sander Scott and Vivian Elizabeth (Beth) Thibaut Scott; her grandchildren, Debra Scott (Bradley) Delony, Tim Rogers, T.R. Sander Scott, and Bennett Arthur Charles Scott; great-grandchild, Garrett Delony; dear friends, Marguerite Scully and Homer Rasch; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
June will be remembered for her happy personality, her devotion to the Blessed Mother, and her intense love of politics.   Memorial contributions can be made to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (www.shrineof, 2734 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115-7008, the National Federation of the Blind (, 200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230, and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation ( 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Rosary and visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker’s Funeral Home, 120 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, March 18th, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, with a reception held afterward at the church hall. Interment will be at St. Thomas More Catholic Church Columbarium at a date yet to be determined.
The family wishes to thank the kind nurses and staff of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice for their care and compassion over the years.  

George Ed Dickerson
ROXBORO — George Ed Dickerson, age 78 of 122 Henderson Road, died Thursday, March 14, 2013 at his home. He was born in Granville County to the late Riley Elbert Dickerson and Patty Chandler Dickerson. Mr. Dickerson was a member of Providence Baptist Church. He was retired from C&A with approximately 40 years employment. Mr. Dickerson enjoyed golfing, fishing, and singing.
Surviving are his wife, Shirley McCullock Dickerson; his son, Bobby Dickerson of Raleigh; three sisters, Mary Johnson and Maxine Call, both of Roxboro, and Patty Mabe of Winston Salem.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis McDonald officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.
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Anne Timberlake Sapp

LUMBERTON — Anne Timberlake Sapp, 86, of Greensboro, formerly of Lumberton, died on March 13, 2013. She was born in Durhamt to the late W. Carr and Mildred Elizabeth Timberlake. 
She was a graduate of Durham High School in 1944 and attended Salem College in Winston Salem, Greensboro College, Greensboro and received an Education Degree at Pembroke State University. She had a combined total of 20 years as a teacher with Bladen County, and then a librarian with the Lumberton City Schools. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lumberton, and volunteered her time in the church library. She loved to read, play bridge, and try new recipes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Sapp; and son, David W. Sapp.
She is survived by her daughters, Janice and Elizabeth Sapp of Greensboro; two grandsons, Kevin C. Sapp of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Ethan M. Sapp of Wilmington; and two brothers, Dr. Robert Timberlake and W. Carr Timberlake Jr., both of Winston Salem. 
An entombment will be held at Gardens of Faith Mausoleum in Lumberton, on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11 a.m., with Dr. Ralph Richardson officiating.
A time of visitation will follow the service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 606 North Walnut St., Lumberton, NC, 28358 or to Bible Alive Ministries, P.O. Box 2222, Fayetteville, NC, 28302.
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