March 21, 2013

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

E.J. “Red” Critcher
DURHAM — Mr. E.J. “Red” Critcher, 84, of Durham, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Mr. Critcher was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Ira Jackson Critcher and Mollie Riggins Critcher Sharpe. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. He retired from the American Tobacco Company. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma D. Brinkley; and his special friend, Elizabeth “Lib” Burgess.
He is survived by his son, Earlie “Bud” Critcher Jr. (Paula Kennedy); daughter, Judy Critcher Jones (Steve) of Durham; three stepsons, Bart, Doug and Eddie Brinkley; two granddaughters, Jodie Edwards (Jeff), Kimberly Edmiston (Armando); and three great-grandsons, Chase, Chesney and Cullen Edwards.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Tim Wheeler. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations can be made to the United Hospice Foundation, PO Box 1210, Toccoa, GA 30577 for Unihealth Hospice.
The family would like to thank Bonnie Mulchi for her care given to Mr. Critcher and all the caregivers at Carolina Point and Unihealth Hospice.
Online condolences can be made to www.

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, 703 S. Alston. The wake will be held at 12, with services following at 1 p.m.

Dorothy Shepherd Hilliard
ELON — Mrs. Dorothy Shepherd Hilliard, 87, died on Monday, March 18, 2013. 
Mrs. Hilliard was born in Durham, and was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Dora Perry Shepherd. She majored in voice at Elon College, where she met her husband, Charles A. Hilliard. She had a weekly radio show in Durham, and was the soloist for the choir at Elon College. Known affectionately to her students as “Mrs. Honey”, she taught music in Durham City Schools for 17 years. She was President of her ADK Teachers’ Sorority and a former Teacher of the Year. She directed the choir and sung at the Congregational Christian Church, and later joined Duke Memorial Methodist Church, where she sung in the choir and served on the Altar Guild.
She is survived by her husband, Charles “Al” Hilliard, now of Elon; two daughters, Kathy Hilliard Lies and her husband, Steve, of Goldsboro; Dody Hilliard Denault and her husband, Rich, of Elon; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; Windy Lies Lampson and her husband, Jeff, and their son, Noah Stephen; Hillary Lies Messer and her daughter, Hayley Noelle; Katy Denault and Patty Denault.
A service will be held at Duke Memorial Methodist Church in Durham on Saturday, March 23, 2012 at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell County.

Charles Mebane Durham
July 8, 1928 – March 19, 2013

CHAPEL HILL — Charles Mebane Durham, 84, of Chapel Hill, NC died March 19, 2013. He was born in Chapel Hill, NC, the son of Mr. Clyde Strowd Durham and Mrs. Lily Mae Edwards Durham. Mebane attended Chapel Hill High School and upon graduation served in the US Army.
In 1955, he was married to Evelyn Eugene Pickett at Yates Baptist Church in Durham, NC. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
Mebane was employed by the United States Postal Service for 33 years. Prior to joining the US Postal Service, he spent 10 years serving the town of Chapel Hill, NC as a Fireman.  Mebane was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, was a founder of the Antioch Baptist Church Men’s Club, and a member of the church choir. Mebane was a devoted husband and father and an active member in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community. He was instrumental in leading the Chapel Hill Recreation Department and ultimately helped create the Carrboro Recreation Department. His devotion as a coach, leader, mentor and positive force to youth for over 30 years in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area will never be forgotten.
He leaves his beloved wife, Evelyn “Bird” Durham; his children, Stanley Charles Durham Sr. of Columbia, SC, and his family, wife, Jane Ashley Durham; and children, Brittany Lee McAndrews/Charles McAndrews, Stanley Charles Durham Jr., and Madison McKenzie Durham; daughter, Beverly Durham Grabowski, of Chapel Hill, NC; and children, Emma Claire Grabowski and Evelyn Kate Grabowski, Kelton Strowd Durham of Manhattan Beach, CA, and his family, wife, Terri Parsons Durham; and children, Charles Grant Durham, and Grace Cameron Durham. He also leaves a brother, Hubert Lawrence Durham and his wife, Mava “Bebe”, Durham of Greensboro, NC. He was predeceased by brothers, Robert Polk Durham and Coy Edward Durham; and his sister, Kollah Strowd Oakley.
There will be a visitation service on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 6 p.m – 8 p.m., and the funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 1707 White Cross Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516. There will be a Celebration of Life Reception to follow at the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of Flowers, we would ask that donations be made to the Antioch Baptist Church – Youth Ministries, 1707 White Cross Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, Attn: Hilda Durham 919-929-2230. 
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Walker’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, NC.
Online condolences may be made at www.walker'

Carmen Marie Howard
HILLSBOROUGH - Carmen Marie Howard went to heaven to be with the Lord on March 19, 2013. She was born to the late James Martin and Annie Belle Sykes Williams, February 21, 1937. She most often went by Marie, however, most who knew her called her “Ma”. Marie worked very hard and established herself a very successful career at Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company as a machine operator. After more than 30 years of service, she was able to retire at the young age of 55. This early retirement enabled her to enjoy many things she loved. Among those things, Marie loved to travel. Bus trips were her favorite! She also enjoyed working in her flower gardens – she just had a natural green thumb. Marie loved to shop! She always looked to find a bargain whether it was a department store or a yard sale.
She is survived by her husband, J.B. Howard, of the home in Hillsborough; her three sons, Richard Howard, Timothy Howard, and Christopher Howard, all of Hillsborough; her granddaughter, Amber Moize of Mebane; and great-granddaughter, Abbey Moize of Mebane. She is also survived by her siblings, Marilyn Pittman and husband, Richard, of Hillsborough, William Williams of Hillsborough, George Williams of Hillsborough, and Donald Wright of Hillsborough.
A viewing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Gospel Baptist Tabernacle Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013 also at the Gospel Baptist Tabernacle Church with Pastor David Bolick officiating.
Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to The Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Association, 4 N. Blount St, 2nd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601.
The family is being assisted in Hillsborough by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Juanita Hunt Stacy
December 11, 1933 – March 18, 2013

CARY — Juanita Hunt Stacy of Cary, NC passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013. She was born to the late Lawless T. Hunt and Annis Elizabeth Rhew in Durham, NC. She was a graduate of Bragtown High School. She worked as an administration assistant at Cary Senior High School for the Wake County Public System until retirement.
Juanita loved the students she worked with at Cary Senior High School and made lasting impressions among them. There have been many students who have shared the stories of their growing years with much laughter, and they always knew she was a caring adult that withheld judgment. She harbored many fond memories of her years there and made lifelong friendships along the way with the faculty and staff.
She was a woman with a humble spirit and a giving heart who dedicated herself to the Lord. She was an active member in her church and has served as a Sunday School director. She was ceaseless in her love for her husband and care for her children.  She was a truly dedicated wife of the late Rodney Stacy and mother to her children, and they have been blessed by her loving spirit. She will be greatly missed by family and friends that have been touched by her angelic spirit.
She is survived by her son, Rodney Stacy Jr and wife, Michelle, of Raleigh; daughter, Renee Stockley and husband, Peter of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Taylor Stacy, Trent Stockley and Seth Stockley; sister, Audrey Clayton and husband, G.D., of Durham; brother, Coy Hunt and wife, Patsy, of Durham; sister-in-law, Juanita Hunt of Durham and Moselle as well from Durham.
Juanita was predeceased in death by her husband, Rodney Stacy; brother, Ezra; brother, Calvin and wife, Dorothy; brother, Fred and wife, Corrina; brother, Telphor and wife, Virginia; and brother, Lawless Thomas Jr.
The family will receive family and friends at Westwood Baptist Church in Cary, NC on Friday at 11 a.m., followed by a service at 12 noon. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC.
Flowers accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Westwood Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 200 Westhigh St., Cary, NC 27513.
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