March 17, 2013

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 05:23 PM

Ethel Ruppenthal Barlow
DURHAM - Mrs. Ethel Ruppenthal Barlow, 88, died Thursday at Durham Regional Hospital. Mrs. Barlow was born in Harrisonburg, VA, in 1924 but moved to Durham as a young child. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Harry P. Ruppenthal and Ruth Tutwiler Ruppenthal. She received a B.A. degree from Duke University in 1945 and a master’s degree in Religious Education from Duke Divinity School in 1947 and a master’s degree in student development from NCCU in 1986.
Mrs. Barlow was employed by Safeway Stores Meat Buying Department in Dallas, Texas for four years and for Duke University for ten years in various capacities to include secretary, cataloger for Perkins Library, and circulation librarian of the Medical Center Library. She retired from Durham Technical Community College in 1990 where she worked for 14 years as an admissions counselor. Mrs. Barlow was a charter member of Northgate Presbyterian Church and a current member of Living Waters Christian Community.
Mrs. Barlow leaves behind daughter, Sharon Gitlin of Durham, NC; son, David Gitlin and spouse, Sonja, of Tallahassee, FL; and son, Leon J. Barlow and spouse, Lisa, of South Bend, IN; two grandchildren, Zachary Gitlin and wife, Ashlie, and Rachel Eleftheriabis and husband, Anastasios, all of Tallahassee, FL; two great grandsons, Connor Gitlin and Ari Eleftheriabis; a sister, Lois R. Wethington and spouse, L. Elbert Wethington; and an aunt, Evelyn Parks Tutwiler of Harrisonburg, VA.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. at Living Waters Christian Community with Pastor Ron Watts officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Living Waters Christian Community, 1109 Lynn Rd., Durham, NC  27703.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

James Bonk
DURHAM - Professor of Chemistry, James Bonk, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Croasdaile Pavilion.
He was born February 6, 1931, the second child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bonk of Menominee, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 1953 from Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Following graduate from Carroll College, he pursued graduate studies in chemistry at The Ohio State University. While earning his graduate degree, he was also given the unusual opportunity to pursue his interest in college teaching by being awarded the DuPont Lecturing Fellowship, serving as Coordinator for general chemistry courses at the branch campuses of Ohio State and teaching chemistry during two summer sessions at Muskingum College (now Muskingum University) in New Concord, Ohio. In 1958, he received his Ph.D degree in Chemistry from Ohio State and in 1959 received an appointment to the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Duke University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students for the next 54 years.
In addition to his appointment in the Chemistry Department, he served as a volunteer assistant and later as volunteer associate coach to Men’s Varsity Tennis Team from 1959-1982. From 1982 to the present, he has served as an academic advisor to the men’s tennis team. His service to tennis was recognized in 2000 when the trophy room in the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center was named in his honor and was recognized again in 2011 when a court in the Ambler Tennis Stadium was named in his honor.
During his years at Duke, Dr. Bonk served on a number of university committees including the course committee, schedule committee and the Academic Integrity Council, which developed and implemented the university’s current honor code. For more than 25 years, he served as director or co-director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry. For more than 30 years, he served as an academic advisor to undergraduate students. Dr. Bonk was also the first faculty member to head the academic tutoring program for all varsity athletes in all sports at Duke.
In 2001, he received his third award for teaching, the David and Janet Brooks Teaching Award. In 2010, he received the Dean’s Service Award, and in 2011, the University Medal, the highest award the university can bestow upon one of its own.
He was pre-deceased by his brother, Robert, who died in 1948.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 in Duke University Chapel, lead by presiding ministers, the Reverend Dr. William Willimon, former bishop of the north Alabama district of the United Methodist Church, and Reverend Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of the Duke Chapel.
Interment of the cremains will be in the Memorial Garden of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University
Memorials may be made to the Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710 or to Duke Homecare and Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC  27704.
Arrangements are being handled by Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.

Margaret Markham Pickett
DURHAM — Mrs. Margaret Markham Pickett, age 94, died Friday morning at her home.
Born November 23, 1918 in Chatham County, Mrs. Pickett was the daughter of the late Thalius J. and Dillie Mae Williams Markham.  She was employed with Montaldo’s as a buyer for many years. Mrs. Pickett was an active member of Yates Baptist Church, where she had been a Sunday School teacher. An avid reader and an accomplished artist, she had traveled extensively with her husband, Murray McDonald Pickett, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are her son, Michael J. Pickett and wife, Diane of Durham; her daughter-in-law, Trish Pickett of Luray, Virginia; her brother, Jack Markham and wife, Rea of Greensboro; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband died January 30, 2000. She was also preceded in death by a son, Mark C. Pickett.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, the Rev. John Frederick officiating.  Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, North Carolina 27704, or to Yates Baptist Church, 2819 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707.
The family will receive friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m.
Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

William Thomas Proctor Jr.
DURHAM - William Thomas Proctor Jr., son of the late William Thomas and Sadie Crabtree Proctor, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion, Durham.
Mr. Proctor is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Patricia Gunter Proctor; two sons, William Thomas Proctor III (Dana) and Daniel Allen Glosson (Christy); a daughter, Susan Proctor Porterfield; grandchildren, Nate Weston Porterfield, Zackary Jordan Porterfield, Cody Jordan Tapp and Haley Marie  Tapp; one very special great-grandchild, Christopher Daniel Glosson; a sister, Carolyn Proctor Bass (Robert); and a brother, James Bernice Proctor (Jean).
Bill was a longtime grading contractor in Durham and an avid golfer. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Durham.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Pastor Jimmy Weaver officiating. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home, Durham, on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at other times at the Proctor home. The family requests in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Bethany United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2809 Guess Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Carol Fuller Webb Pullen
DURHAM - On March 12, 2013, Carol Fuller Webb Pullen died at Durham Regional Hospital. She was born on December 16, 1939, in Durham, North Carolina, the first child of Henry Bond Webb and Wilhelmena Fuller Webb. Her early years were spent on Cobb Street in Durham, and then on Carolina Circle with her sister, Marion Fuller Webb.
Carol graduated from Durham Public Schools and attended Stratford College in Danville, VA. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Greensboro in English and after working for a few years, an M.Ed in English and Social Work from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
She started her career in teaching in Wilmington, NC, and later moved to Washington, DC, where she was co-founder of Project SOC, a program for under-privileged, pregnant teens to acquire job skills. In Atlanta, she worked as coordinator for an inner city program teaching job skills to youth. In New Bern, NC, in the early 80's, Carol started the Craven County Home Health Hospice and became its first coordinator. While in New Bern, Carol initiated the New Bern Soup Kitchen, which became a model effort in eastern North Carolina. She also taught English at Craven Community College and at the Marine Air Station in Havelock, NC.
Her grassroots and personal efforts in the furtherance of the Gospel of her Savior, Jesus Christ, were among her dearest passions and pursuits. She spent her life sharing and spreading the Good News to all who would listen. She was a member of the Council of 100 at the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, VA. In Raleigh, NC, she was a member of the Church of the Apostles, and was most recently attending All Saints in Durham, where she currently resided.
She was last married to John Shearer Pullen of Raleigh, NC.
Carol is survived by her sister, Marion Webb O’Malley; brother-in law, Art Scherer, of Efland, NC; niece, Kirsten Webb Krueger; nephews, Thomas Brummel Krueger of Carrboro, NC and Corey O’Malley of Chapel Hill, NC; as well as her great nephews and nieces, Jackson Henry Krueger, Julia Kate Krueger and Mena Claire LaVelle; and many cousins.
Carol did not know a stranger. Everyone was a part of Carol’s circle of friends, which numbered into the thousands from all corners and walks of life. She also loved animals, social get-togethers and traveling.
Carol’s memorial service will be held at The Church of the Apostles in Raleigh at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd. She will be laid to rest the following day at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Durham or Wake Counties or the Durham Humane Society in Carol’s name.

Alice Osment Bates Walker
DURHAM — Alice Osment Bates Walker passed away February 17, 2013, at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham. She was the only daughter of Thomas Isaac Bates and Margaret Bates Bates of Charleston, Tennessee. She was born on her paternal grandmother’s dairy farm in Bradley County, Tennessee, and later moved with her family to Charleston. Alice received her B.S. degree in home economics from the University of Tennessee in 1940 and married the late Thomas B. Walker in 1942. The Walker family moved in 1948 to Durham where Tom earned a Masters degree in chemistry while working at Liggett and Myers. The family lived near Oval Drive Park on West Club Boulevard and were members of Duke Memorial Methodist Church.
Alice was gifted at cooking, sewing, upholstering, knitting, quilting, flower arranging, canning, jewelry and leather work, furniture making and ceramics. She volunteered extensively in the community, leading a girl-scout troop, working with a literacy project, volunteering in school libraries, and helping at the polls on election day. In the 1960s, she taught home economics to pregnant high-school-aged girls at Durham’s Cooperative School.
Alice moved to the Methodist Retirement Community in 1994, four years after her husband Tom’s death. She later moved to their new facility, Croasdaile Village. She loved the weekly birdwatchers meetings hosted by Judy Webber. The group put up many bluebird houses around the Croasdaile campus.
Alice and Tom had five children: Margaret Walker of San Leandro, CA., Susan Walker Gardner (and husband, Ned) of Apex, Thomas Stuart Walker (and wife, Jackie Davis) of Augusta, GA., and twins Ann and Nina. Ann Walker, her husband, Michael Berman and children, Adam and Alice live in Glendale, CA. Nina Walker Deckert died suddenly of cancer in March, 2012, and her whole family grieves her loss. Nina is survived by her son, Tom Stoddard Deckert; her husband, Sam Lewit of Berkeley, CA.; and her ex-husband, George Deckert.
Alice was the sister of the late Thomas Isaac Bates Jr. and the late William Fulton Bates. A third brother, Creed Fulton Bates, died in childhood. There are many surviving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the two brothers, and descendents of Alice’s aunts and uncles. Thanks are due to Tripp Bates whose interest in Bates genealogy thrilled Alice, and whose writings have been a factual and spiritual help after her death.
The Watts Hospital-Hillandale July 4th Parade has been a big part of the Walkers’ lives for over 60 years. The family will have a memorial service for Alice in the Croasdaile Village chapel at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5th, 2013. The family will attend the parade the day before in her honor. Alice was grateful, as is her family, to everyone at Croasdaile who helped her and offered friendship, from the doctors, nurses and staff to the multi-talented residents. We are particularly indebted to Mary Buchanan, whose joyful spirit is a treasure. In lieu of flowers, memorials could be made to the Food Bank, the NC Wildlife Fund, or WUNC-TV. Mom would be pleased if you listen to the birds, or maybe read a book to a child.

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. today 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.
Online condolences may be sent to:, select “Obits” then “Current Services”.

Regina Ann “Jean” Bacon Hinton
BURLINGTON - Regina Ann “Jean” Bacon Hinton, 89, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Twin Lakes Health Care facility after several strokes over the last six weeks.
She was born in Indiana and lived for a while in Ohio, New York, Florida, and Maryland prior to moving to Chatham County in 1989. She moved to Twin Lakes in 2007. She was predeceased by her parents, W.J. and Ethel Bacon; three sisters and two brothers; and her husband of 51 years, Curtis V. Hinton. 
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Karen Hinton of Columbia, Maryland; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Lloyd Osborne of Burlington; and two grandsons, Patrick Osborne of Burlington and Philip Osborne and wife, Sims Osborne of Gibsonville. 
There will be a graveside service at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to Grove Park Chapel, 805 Sherron Road, Durham, NC  27703.
Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered at

Mildred Churchill Briggs
CREEDMOOR - Mildred Churchill Briggs, 69, a resident of Creedmoor passed away Saturday, March 16th 2012 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law.
A native of Durham County, the widow of Marvin H. Briggs and the daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Medlin Churchill, she attended Olive Grove Baptist Church, retired from the Durham Exchange Club, loved spending time with family, friends and her dog, Tanner. She was known as Mama to everyone who knew her.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Dean Perry and Rev. Brad Wiggs. Burial will be in South Granville Memorial Gardens in Stem.
Surviving are a daughter, Dorenda B. Michalina (Todd); a son, Z. Chris Briggs (Barbara) all of Creedmoor; two sisters, Frances Rogers of Durham, Peggy Greene of Creedmoor; five grandchildren, Z. Chris Briggs Jr., Cortney B. Bowling, J. Cord Michalina, Karlee Michalina, Brittany Acrey; and her beloved friend, Billy L. Chappell. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Renee Briggs; and two brothers, Troy Churchill and Carlton Churchill.
The family prefers that contributions be made to the Granville County Animal Shelter, 5650 Cornwall Road, Oxford, NC  27565, and also flowers will be accepted .
Visitation will be held Sunday evening, March 17th 2013 from 6-8:30 p.m. and at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home of Todd and Dorenda Michalina.
Online condolences can be made to Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Briggs Family.

Danny Lee Womble
CREEDMOOR - Mr. Danny Lee Womble, 50, of 2809 Rogers Court, died on Friday, March 15, 2013.
Danny was born in Durham to the late Bobby Lee Womble and Ann Hall Womble. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 687 in Durham and a lifetime member of the Sudan Temple. He was a UNC fan, loved NASCAR, and cooking. He was proud of his son and daughter serving in the Armed Forces. Danny will be missed by his family and his many loved nieces.
He is survived by his wife, Crystal Freeman Womble; son, Joseph Andrew Womble (Jennifer) of Ft. Bragg; daughter, Lindsey Paige Freeman of Creedmoor and sister, LuAnn Bell (Ronnie) of Durham.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Ralph Thompson. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of LuAnn Bell, 5219 Sweet Clover Court in Durham. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858
Durham, NC 27703 or Online condolences can be made at

Celia Ann Boyd
CHAPEL HILL — Celia Ann Boyd, 87, passed away peacefully Monday morning with family in Raleigh.
Celia is survived by her son, Bruce Boyd (and partner, Wayde); daughters, Denette Clara, Sharon Minick, Jill Hassan (Mike), Lisa Boyd, and Elinor Smith (Edwin); and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Service in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels, PO Box 2102, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Ron Fisher
HILLSBOROUGH - Mr. Ron Fisher, 80, died Thursday morning at his home, surrounded by his family. Mr. Fisher was born in New Bedford, MA, the son of the late Edward Dewey Fisher and the late Olive Dixon Schoene. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by General Electric Medical Systems, a career that he truly enjoyed.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife, Linda J. Fisher; children, Carol Ann Rakers and husband, Jeff, of Quincy, IL, Steven Ronald Fisher of Nantucket, MA and Dawn D. Brown and husband, Brad, of Hillsborough; grandchildren, Phillip Quevillon, Audrey Quevillon, and Ashley Dawn Brown; and great grandchildren, Vincent Quevillon and Tyler Bradley Mangum.
A celebration of life will be held Monday evening, March 18, 7 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Hillsborough. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Hillsborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted in Hillsborough by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online
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Celestine McClinton
PROSPECT HILL - Celestine McClinton, 52, of Prospect Hill, formerly of Hillsborough, NC, died in Person County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, March 14, 2013.
The Funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. Family Visitation One hour before the funeral 1 until 2 p.m.
Survivors are devoted husband, Stacy Carver of the home; son, DeMarcus Carver (Tireka); sisters, Wilma Mae (Mit) Turrentine and Lola McClinton of Hillsborough, NC; brothers, Robert (Roy Lee) McClinton, Chapel Hill, NC, Fred McClinton of Durham and Redell McClinton of Hillsborough, NC.
Public viewing today from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.