March 20, 2013
Rev. Eugene Tunney Curtis
DURHAM — Eugene T. Curtis, a longtime resident of Durham, found his peace on March 17, 2013. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 23, 1927 to Dalton Bolton Curtis and Cora Barnes Curtis, Mr. Curtis was predeceased by his parents; and his three siblings, Dalton, Evelyn, and Shirley. Gene graduated from Humes High School in Memphis and was an outstanding athlete and scholar there.
Gene is survived by his wife of 64 years, the Rev. Betty McEver Curtis; and daughters, Laura “Denny” Bell (Gary) of Newton, Kansas, Karen Wells (Scott) of Durham, and Donna Curtis of the home. Mr. Curtis is also survived by five grandsons, Sed Summers, Josh Bell, Luke Bell, Adam Bell, and Maxie Wells; and three granddaughters, Misty Medina, Peggy Bell, and Tiffany Bell; as well as 12 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and his four legged boy, “Fella”.
Gene served as a Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Georgia, and North Carolina. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WW II and as a Navy Chaplain, serving two terms in the Middle East. Gene also was the Head Librarian at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and was a consultant to the State of North Carolina’s Library system, focusing on helping the handicapped and those in the penal system.
Gene loved his God, his family, and his friends with all his heart and soul. He enjoyed engaging conversation, friendly competition of all sorts, and a good pot of hot coffee. Gene lived a long and bountiful life even after surviving two cerebral hemorrhages and was a remarkable example of how we all should live. The family would like to thank the staff at the VA Hospital for all their special care.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. Interment will be Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at Christmount General Assembly, 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC 28711. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Christmount.
Thomas (Tommy) Hamilton
DURHAM — Mr. Thomas (Tommy) Hamilton, son of the late Jacob Wade and Alma Johnson Hamilton, was born April 24, 1945 in Durham County, NC. Tommy was the 10th of 11 siblings. Thomas (Tommy) Hamilton departed this life March 13, 2013 at Duke Hospital. He was a graduate of Hillside High School in Durham, Durham Technical Community College in Durham and Shaw University in Raleigh, NC.
Tommy embraced his Christian Faith at an early age. He was an avid Bible reader and was always eager to discuss the Word. Tommy's Christian journey involved membership in various churches, among them was Peace Missionary Baptist and his current church, Russell Memorial CME Church, Durham, NC. At Russell Memorial, he served on the Steward Board, Trustee Board and was a part of the Male and Senior Choir. He also volunteered with the hot breakfast and men's ministry. Tommy loved discussing history and politics with his daughter and also loved singing. With each part of his Spirit-led transitions, he always found ways to use his anointed gift by joining the church choirs. He spent his early years working in retail for his Uncle at Dave's Grocery. Later, he was employed at Durham Regional Hospital and Davis Ambulatory Center. He later formed Hamilton's Limousine & Shuttle Services, Inc. Tommy was a thoughtful relative, a good neighbor and friend. He always took time to visit others when his health permitted and sincerely expressed his gratitude when he was the recipient of kindness. He married Linda Williams in 1976. To this union was born his Daughter, Tovon Hamilton. In 1987, he married Gloria Rosemond Hamilton. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary E. Hamilton Bradley and Elizabeth A. Dunnock; three brothers, Willie D. Hamilton Sr., Robert Hamilton and Harold Hamilton; son, Maurice McCallum; four aunts and four uncles.
Left to miss him and thank God for his life and his caring spirit, his wife, Gloria Rosemond Hamilton; son, Derick Williams (Patti); daughters, Tovon Hamilton, Ilyasah Green (Lonnie), all of Durham; his sisters, Shirley Hamilton Cox (Woody), of Brooklyn, NY, Anne Hamilton Daye (John) of Durham, NC; his brothers, Jimmy Ronald Hamilton (Mary) of Winston-Salem, NC, Rev. Jesse Wade Hamilton (Pearl) of Bronx, NY, James Edward Hamilton (Cora) of Brooklyn, NY; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. The many other survivors include his many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 22nd at Russell Memorial. The wake will be held at 12, with services following at 1 p.m.
HILLSOBORUGH — Jane Daly of Hillsborough passed away on February 12th, 2013 of natural causes. She was 84 years old.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Jane was a mother of seven children and was married to the late Tom Daly, who she had apparently decided had enjoyed peace and quiet for long enough.
A fixture of the Chapel Hill social scene, Jane Daly was the life of the party, a friend to all, an adopted mother to many, and an avid Tar Heel basketball fan. Jane also gained notoriety and the respect of her peers as an outspoken critic of the Duke Blue Devils, which she vehemently disapproved of to the very end.
Jane Daly is survived by six children; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and the patrons of Pantana Bob’s.
A mass is scheduled on Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish in Hillsborough, which will be followed by a celebration of Jane’s life at Pantana Bob’s in Chapel Hill.
Victor Howard “Jack” Roberts
CEDAR GROVE — Mr. Victor Howard “Jack” Roberts, 81, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. Mr. Roberts was born in Wake County to the late Victor Calvin Roberts and Naomi Goss Roberts. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Roberts.
Jack loved to fish and enjoyed watching Nascar. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Pennell (Philip), Linda Roberts, Connie Emory (Ronnie); son, Victor Roberts Jr. (Cindy); sister, Lula McGee (Lloyd); brothers, Ralph Roberts and Danny Roberts (Mary Joyce); many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Community Memorial Gardens in Stem with Pastor Mark Tilley officiating. Following the graveside the family will receive friends at his former residence in Durham.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.