March 18, 2013

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

Julius Samuel Adcock Jr.
DURHAM - Julius Samuel Adcock Jr., 83, of Durham died Friday, March 15, 2013. A native of Durham, he was born December 19, 1929 to the late Julius Samuel Adcock Sr. and Ruby Godwin Adcock.
Mr. Adcock was educated in the Durham City Schools and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was employed by Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company for 32 years and retired as Personnel Manager in 1991. He was of the Episcopal faith and member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
His wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Braxton, preceded Mr. Adcock in death. He is survived by his son, Kevin Adcock and wife, Gale, of Cary; his daughter, Karen Sherrill and husband, Paul, of Willow Spring; his brother, Frederick Adcock of Raleigh; and four grandchildren, the lights of his life, Jay and Alex Adcock and Megan and Jack Sherrill.
A private graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Rex Healthcare Foundation, 2500 Blue Ridge Road Ste. 325, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.  Online memorials:  Select obituaries.

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 graduation 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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. 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.

Joseph Albert “Little Joe” Carden Jr.
DURHAM - Joseph Albert “Little Joe” Carden Jr., passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at his residence. Born in Durham County, Mr. Carden was the son of the late Joseph Albert Carden Sr. and Christine Hawley Carden. Joe was also preceded in death by his wife, Lynda Womack Carden; and a brother, Michael Carden. Mr. Carden was a former member of the National Guard and was a retired engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. He formerly was employed at Monsanto, Merck and Becton Dickinson. Joe was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Eno Beach Shag Club and past president of Civitans.
Mr. Carden is survived by a daughter, Kristina Carden, of Durham; a sister, Linda Carden Weaver, of Rougemont; a brother, Bill Carden, of Durham; and his fiancé, Carolyn Beam.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Durham, with Rev. Doug Lain and Mr. Rob Womack officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
Pallbearers will be Clark Weaver, Ken Weaver, Chris Womack, Jason Lunsford, Jamie Lunsford, John Lunsford, Rob Beam and Tony Beam.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Jeanette “Jackie” Bullock Lawson
BAHAMA - Jeanette “Jackie” Bullock Lawson, of Bahama, NC, passed away on March 14, 2013 in Williston, FL.
Born January 7, 1918 in Richmond, VA, she lived in the city of Durham for 69 years before moving to Bahama, NC. Mrs. Lawson was preceded in death by her loving husband, Roy M. Lawson; her parents, John Wilbur Snipes and Mary Bennett Snipes; her brother, John Wilbur Snipes Jr.; and sisters, Lina Mae Snipes Ferrell and Lucille Elizabeth Snipes.
Mrs. Lawson graduated from Durham High School in 1936. She retired from Wrights Machinery 1980 after 25 years of service as a Tester & Calibration Technician. She was a member of Mt. Bethel Methodist Church, Bahama, NC and a member of the Joyful Workers Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy in Durham, NC, served with Meals on Wheels in Durham, NC, a member of the Bahama Woman’s Club, Bahama, NC, Holy Hatters (Red Hat Society) Gainesville, FL., the Golden Gaters, Gainesville, FL. and the JOY Dining Group, Gainesville, FL.
She was a diehard Carolina basketball fan all her life. After moving to Florida in 2006, she would cheer on the Florida Gator basketball team.
Mrs. Lawson is survived by her sons, Jimmy (Pat) Bullock of Newport TN and Mack (Toni) Lawson, of Archer, FL.; grandchildren, Michael (Caren) Bullock, Jeff (Deneen) Bullock, Beth (Vince) Tucker, and Rob (Kati) Lawson; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Morgan Bullock, Jonathan and Katelyn Tucker and Logan and Riley Bullock
Funeral services will be held at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, 1005 W. Main St., Durham, NC on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. Prior to the service, visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in  Maplewood Cemetery.
The family wants to sincerely thank the staff at the Williston Rehab and Nursing Center, Williston, FL and Hospice of Nature Coast for their loyal care of Jackie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Bethel Church, 1605 Bahama Rd., P.O. Box 27, Bahama, NC 27503, or to Hospice of Nature Coast, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 35564.
Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Doris Sellars Sorrell
DURHAM - Doris Sellars Sorrell, 92, died Saturday at Croasdaile Pavilion. She was born February 6, 1921 in Mebane, NC as one of six children to Julian and Minnie (Roney) Sellars. After studying music at Greensboro College, she went to New York City to further her education at the New York School of Interior Decoration. Doris retired after 25 years from the University of North Carolina as the Director of the Interior Design Dept. In 1991, she was presented a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alumni Assn. of Greensboro College. Throughout her life, Doris was a passionate and prolific gardener. Most recently, she became known as the “flower lady” at Croasdaile Village, employing her talents in establishing the English garden, Rose gardens and the Japanese garden. She was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her children, Jane Sorrell Walden of Durham, Fred Gordon Sorrell III of Costa Rica; her grandson, Geoffrey Sorrell of Waverly, AL; and sister, Catherine Sellars Green of Burlington. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Sorrell Jr. in 1985.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Few Chapel of Croasdaile Retirement Community. Private burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Donations in Doris’ memory may be made to: Croasdaile Retirement Community, c/o Garden Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy., Durham 27705. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials:

Daniel “Dan” Raymond Wiley
DURHAM – Daniel “Dan” Raymond Wiley, of Durham, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. Born in Virginia, Dan was the son of the late William Thomas Wiley Sr. and Rebecca Hoskins Wiley. Mr. Wiley was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church.
Mr. Wiley is survived by two sisters, Patricia Wiley Marshburn and husband, William, and Jane Wiley Rigsbee and husband, Lewis; a brother, William T. Wiley Jr. and wife, Gail; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clements Funeral Chapel, Durham. There will be a private burial service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Triangle Ostomy Association, 8703 Cypress Club Dr., Raleigh, NC 27615.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Gregory Leon Wright
DURHAM — Mr. Gregory Leon Wright, 41, of 1301 Bacon St., died Wednesday, March 13, 2013. His service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Burthey Funeral Chapel, 1510 Fayetteville St. The family will receive friends at the chapel on Wednesday from 12:30-1 p.m. one half hour prior to the service. There is also a public viewing on Tuesday from 12:30-6:30 p.m. in the chapel.

Lannie Christine Dickerson
CREEDMORE — Lannie Christine Dickerson, 87, a longtime resident of Creedmoor passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.
A native of Franklin County, the daughter of the late Phoniex and Lannie Chappell Dickerson. She was a member of Creedmoor First Baptist Church for most of her life and retired in 2007 after 56 years of service from Southern States.
Funeral Service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Lenny Rogers. Burial will follow in Creedmoor Cemetery.
Surviving is a sister, Josephine Dickerson Paschall of Durham; three special nieces, Rebecca, Erica and Elisabeth DeLong; a special nephew, John Delong, several other nieces and nephews, special relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be held 6 – 7:30 p.m., Monday evening, March 18, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and other times at the home.
Flowers are acceptable, or contributions may be made to Creedmoor First Baptist Church, PO Box 38, Creedmoor, North Carolina 27522.
Online condolences may be submitted to Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor assisting the Dickerson Family.

Ernest O'Neal Parker
CREEDMOOR - Mr. Ernest O'Neal Parker was born on April 27, 1949 to Nathan Parker and the late Doris Parker in Hertford, NC. He died on March 13, 2013 at the Durham Veteran Hospice Center after an extended illness. He attended and graduated from Robert L. Vann High School in Ahoskie, NC and was later drafted by the US Army from August 1969 to August 1971, receiving an honorable discharge. He later moved to Durham, NC and attended the Durham business College. He worked at GTE for 15 years and then for Level 3 Communication as a Central Office Equipment Installer until his health declined. He was a faithful member of Eagles' Summit Church under the leadership of Pastor James Lilly where, at one period of time, he served on the usher board.
Survivors: wife, Edna Parker; son, Jafta Oniel Parker; daughter, Amina Parker; step-daughter, Charmont Cameron Young; step-son, Kelvis D.W. Epps Jr,; father, Nathan Parker; five sisters, Pecolia Sessoms, Barbara Moss (Johnny), Charlotte (Joe) Fennell, Patricia (Larry) Jenkins, and Doris Jarrell; brothers, Melvin (Betty) Parker, Cornell (Vi) Dwight Parker, Glenn (Sandra) Parker; aunts, Janette (Joe) Vinson and Catherine Byerson, Clairine Coston; uncles, Elton Lassiter, Richard Lassiter, Delaware Parker; grandson, Jordan K. Wilkerson; a host of nieces and nephews; and his special companion, his grand dog, Kam, a Catahoula American Bulldog.
Funeral service: Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church, 600 N. Roxboro St. Family visitation, 1 hour before service.
Public viewing: Tuesday, 1-7 at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Bernice Edith Buettner Tucker (Bunny)
CHAPEL HILL — Bernice Edith Buettner Tucker (Bunny) passed away on March 15 in her home in Carrboro, NC. Born in Chicago on March 11, 1928 to Helen and Herbert Buettner, she devoted her life to service to her family and her Faith. After marrying William Tucker of Greenville, NC, they moved to Rocky Mount where they began teaching the principles of the Baha'i Faith, particularly working to promote racial integration in the community. This also motivated their moves to Argentina, Jamaica, and Asheville, where they were honored by the Community Relations Council for their 30-year efforts to harmonize the different races and religions.
Bunny was a model of compassion and generous and loving hospitality. She particularly loved her roles as wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her devoted husband Bill, she leaves behind daughters, Leanne and Joy; son-in-law, Namvar Zohoori; grandchildren, Andishe, Cameron, and Colin; and her brother Clyde Buettner.
Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, between Fordham Boulevard (US 15-501 Business) and Legion Road, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, followed by a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. at the Intercommunity Baha'i Center, 5103 Revere Road, off Highway 54 in the Parkwood neighborhood.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at