March 22, 2013

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

John Ricky Edwards
CHAPEL HILL - John Ricky Edwards, born to the late George and Lena Edwards, departed this life to begin his eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 18, 2013. Mr. Edwards was educated in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools System and went on to become a truck driver and manager at Wendy's. John attended the First Church of God in Carrboro, North Carolina as a child and formed a strong relationship with the Lord. He later joined Deliverance Tabernacle Fellowship Church in Chapel Hill, NC and became a deacon.
He leaves to cherish his memory, sisters, Teresa E. Suitt (Thomas), Chele Benton (Roy) and Degayle Edwards; brothers, Boris Edwards (Deborah) and Charvis Edwards; five nieces, four nephews, one great nephew, one great niece, and a special aunt, Mrs. Miranda Baldwin (Rudy); and a host of cousins and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Carrboro United Methodist Church in Carrboro, NC. Wake at 12:30 p.m. with service to begin at 1 p.m. Internment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dorothy F. Freeman
DURHAM - Dorothy F. Freeman, 97, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 21, 2013 at Rex Hospital. 
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Guess Road Baptist Church. Family will receive friends an hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Eunice Parker Hopkins
DURHAM - Eunice Parker Hopkins, 96, departed her life on March 20, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Hopkins, and son, Bing Hopkins; two granddaughters, one grandson, two great grandsons and two great granddaughters, four nieces, three nephews, and other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services will be at New Red Mountain Baptist Church on Sunday at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1:30 p.m.

Phyllis Ward Howerton
DURHAM - Mrs. Phyllis Ward Howerton, 69, of 2028 Eastwood Drive, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Mrs. Howerton was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late James Woodrow (Woody) Ward and Muriel Brame Ward. She was raised in Durham, attended Southern High School and graduated in 1962. She retired from Duke University Medical Center with over 40 years of service. She was a member of the Gospel Center on Driver Ave. in Durham, now Grove Park Chapel. Phyllis was the caregiver for her mother, father, brother and two grandchildren for many years. She was blessed to be in her home at the time of death surrounded by her family. She was an avid Duke Basketball fan “Go Duke!”. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Perkins Howerton.
She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Howerton Gillotti of Durham, Kimberly Howerton Ammon and husband, Jim, of Morrisville; two brothers, Terry Ward and wife, Sue, Eddie Ward and wife, Carol, both of Reidsville; two grandsons, Scott Harris and Steven Gillotti, lovingly called her “Nan”. She is deeply loved and will be missed by her family and extended family.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Ralph Clayton and Elder Ronald Lawrence. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2028 Eastwood Drive. Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at

Blanche A. Lane
DURHAM — Mrs. Blanche A. Lane, 84, of 605 Stoney Creek Circle, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Mrs. Lane was born in Logan, West Virginia, to the late Freddie Lee Adams and Margaret Baisden Adams. She retired from Nance Cafeteria as a Baker. She was of the Free Will Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Marion Lane Jr.; and a son, Timothy R. Lane.
She is survived by her sons, Clinnie Davis, Freddie Lane, Eddie Lane, Sidney Lane and Gary Hamm; two daughters, Teresa Hamm and Kim Lane Green; brother, Tommy Adams; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Pastor Jeff Moody will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Barbara Case McDonald
DURHAM - Barbara Case McDonald, age 79, died March 20, 2013 at Duke Medical Center. She was born in Sacramento, CA to the late Frank H. and Dorothy Case. Barbara worked as a real estate broker in Durham and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Eugene J. McDonald of Durham, NC; her six children, Michael John McDonald of Newnan, GA; Mark Raymond McDonald of San Bernardino, CA; Matthew Dale McDonald of Kennett Square, PA; Martin Case McDonald of Seattle, WA; Mary Zara McDonald of Tiburon, CA; and Molly Jean McDonald of Bethesda, MD; and five grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Beverly Case.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father William McIntyre, OFM, presiding. A reception will be held immediately after mass in the Gathering Space.
Burial will be held at a later date in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to Duke Cancer Institute, 512 Mangum St., Suite 400, Durham, NC  27701.
On-line memorials:  Arrangements for the McDonald family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.

Sara “Sally” Mosher Sheehan
March 3, 1915 – March 18, 2013

DURHAM - Sally was born the youngest of six children to Elwyn and Estelle Mosher in Northville, NY. She graduated from the University of Rochester and pursued a career in retail until her marriage to Joseph Sheehan in 1942. From that time, life was full of friends, travel and adventure. She had friends literally all over the world – having lived in Virginia, New York, Paris, Tunis, and Tampa before settling in Durham. Her interests and passions were numerous, but centered on family and friends, and the Girl Scouts.
Sally was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Joseph. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Tom Schick; two grandchildren – Sarah (Dan) Porper of Cary, NC and Jonathan (Shawna) Schick of Anchorage, AK; and four great-grandchildren – Rivers, Amelie and Margot Porper and Carter Schick.
Sally was interesting, interested, sensitive, and warm and loved by all. She leaves us with delightful, meaningful, and loving memories.
A memorial and burial will take place in June in Northville, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Duke Eye Center, the North Carolina Symphony, or the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the caregivers at The Forest at Duke for their love and devotion.

Janice Faye Squires
DURHAM - Janice Faye Squires, 57, departed her life on March 19, 2013. She is survived by three brothers, Ennis Squires, Daniel Squires Jr. and Calvin Squires; three sisters-in-law and a host of special aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be at Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ, Sunday March 24, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Ileen Sego Wilson
DURHAM — Ileen Sego Wilson, 93, of Durham, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Duke University Hospital. Born March 23, 1919, in Hart County, Kentucky, she was raised by an aunt and uncle after her mother's untimely death. At the prodding of her aunt, she was an excellent student, attending Western Kentucky University and obtaining her degree from the Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. While in nursing school she met a young lawyer, Morris Wilson, and their marriage lasted 60 years until his death in 2000. Mrs. Wilson was living in Washington, D.C. and pregnant with her first child when the Army deployed her husband to Europe for World War II. She would not see him again for over three years. Upon his return, the couple settled in Corydon, Indiana, and had two daughters. In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Wilson worked full-time as a registered nurse in the hospital operating room. She loved tending her vegetable garden, playing cards, and reading. She was also a respected deacon at her beloved Corydon Presbyterian Church, and in her later years, the master of her iPad, which allowed her to beat her friends and relatives at Scrabble from hundreds of miles away. She gave selflessly without asking for anything in return, and will truly be missed by those lucky enough to have known her. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Morris; and her son, John, and is survived by two daughters, Mary Wilson (San Antonio, TX) and Kathy Brooker (Durham); three grandsons, John Brooker (Melissa) of Durham, Christopher Brooker (Valerie) of Louisville, KY, and Doug England; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the Corydon Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 24, 2013, from 2 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m.   Burial will follow at the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Corydon Presbyterian Church or to the Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Harrison County Community Foundation.

Rosa Richmond Thompson
MEBANE — Rosa Richmond Thompson, age 65, passed away March 20, 2013 at Duke University Center.
The funeral will be Saturday 2 p.m. at Hunter’s Chapel AME Church. Visitation will be Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Church.  Burial will be in Hunter’s Chapel Church Cemetery.
Survivors are husband, Fred Thompson; one daughter, Marlo Thompson; two sons, Stacey Thompson (Lisa) and Roger Thompson (Cindy); three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Public viewing will be Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Home. 

Charles Michael “Mike” Best
EFLAND — Mr. Charles Michael “Mike” Best, 58, of 6100 Bradshaw Quarry Road, Efland, died at his residence on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
A native of Alamance County, he was the son of Rachael Thompson Best and Charles M. Best, who survive. Mike was a graduate of Southern Alamance High School and Shaw University. He attended N.C. State University. He owned The Cutting Edge landscaping business.
In addition to his mother of Efland and father and his wife, Sarah Stephens of Mebane, survivors include a sister, Sarah B. Gibson and husband, Frank of Efland; niece, Lindsey Gibson; and nephew, Tyler Gibson. Mike was also survived by 3 step-sisters and their families.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carlton Ray “Bo” Best; and a sister, Betsy Ann Best.
A memorial service will be conducted at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 3624 Bethlehem-Saxapahaw Road, Mebane, NC 27302, (919) 563-5162, on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. by the Rev. David Crow and the Rev. David Hopkins with the family receiving friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. The family will receive visitors at the residence of his mother and father at other times.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at

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

CARY, NC — Juanita Hunt Stacy of Cary, NC passed away peacefully on Monday, March 18, 2013. 
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.
Condolences may be offered at:  

Thomas Lloyd Pendergraft
SNELLVILLE, GA — Thomas Lloyd Pendergraft, age 79 of Snellville, GA, passed away March 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Hattie R. Pendergraft; children, David K. Pendergraft of Las Vegas, Donna Earley of Durham, NC, Brenda Pendergraft of Greensboro, NC, Susan H. Pendergraft Frye of Durham, NC, Kelly D. Pendergraft of Cincinnati, OH, Karen Kahovache of Durham, NC; step sons, David Knight of Snellville, GA, Don Lee Knight of Hurdlemills, NC, Mark Knight of Tampa, FL.; brother, Ralph Pendergraft and wife, Toni, of Chatham County, NC. He was preceded in death by his brother, Emmett Pendergraft.
Mr. Pendergraft was born November 30, 1933 to Thomas Wilson and Edna Lloyd Pendergraft in Orange County, NC. He entered the US Air Force at age 17, trained and worked as a radar mechanic and operator. He served overseas in Guam and Korea during the Korean Conflict where he received a bronze star. He attended seminary at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, receiving a master of divinity. In 1977, he received ministerial standing with the United Church of Christ and, on June 10, 1979, was ordained as a full standing minister. Through his ministerial service, he pastured Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Charlotte, NC, Rodgers Park UCC, Kannapolis, NC, Interim Pastor at multiple UCC Churches in NC, Bethel Bear Creek UCC, Mt Pleasant, NC, Associate Pastor Oceanview UMC, Oak Island, NC.
A Memorial Service Honoring the Life of Thomas Lloyd Pendergraft will be held Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at Cannon UMC with Dr. Tom Elliott officiating. A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Bear Creek UCC Cemetery, 18937 Bear Creek Church Road, Mt. Pleasant, NC. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Bethel Bear Creek United Church of Christ, 18937 Bear Creek Road, Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124-8731. Wilkinson Funeral Home handling arrangements in Concord, NC 704.786.3168.
Condolences may be viewed or sent to Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company” Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.