March 24, 2013

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 06:46 PM

Donald L. (Chip) Duke

DURHAM — Donald L. (Chip) Duke, 59, found his peace March 15th at his home. Chip was a life-long resident of Durham, NC. He loved music, cooking, boating, old Jeeps, and designing/building anything with his hands. He is survived by his daughters, Jessica Sara Duke and Stephanie Lee Duke of Durham; his mother, Louise Shamel of Durham; sisters, Dale McLain, Julie Duke and Paige Mull; and former wife, Patti Duke of Durham. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jessica Duke, 300 W. Woodcroft Pkwy, Apt 25D Durham, NC 27713.
The family is being assisted by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Online condolences may be made at

William “Bill” H. Fisher Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. William “Bill” H. Fisher Jr., 80, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013 at Duke Medical Center. Mr. Fisher was born in Buncombe Co., to the late William Homer Fisher Sr. and Willie Sue Roberts Fisher. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Kay Fisher. Prior to retirement, Bill was a Manager at Eckerd Drugs and also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Mr. Fisher is survived by his step-daughter, Patsy Martin (Mick) of Efland and daughter, Barbara Clayton (Ronnie) of Butner; son, William H. Fisher III (Sandy) of Creedmoor; sisters, Audrey Perry (Ellis) of Durham, Patricia Beaman (Tom) of Black Mountain; brother, Mike Fisher (Sandy) of Boston, Mass.; and grandchildren, Brian Fisher (Kristin) and Angela Cook (D.J.).
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Life Church of Durham with Rev. Jerry McBride officiating. Family will receive friends Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Life Church of Durham, 1210 Horton Road, Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Kathy Haines

DURHAM — Kathy Haines, of Durham, loves teaching and helping others. She was the proprietor of Oak Grove Tutoring and Daycare, and a volunteer at several local establishments including the Durham County Library, Durham Ridge Assisted Living, and Rescue Mission Thrift Store.
Kathy was the daughter of the late Dahlia Mae Ewing and the late David L Wade and was a graduate of Durham High School and Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C. She is survived by her sons, Frederick J. Haines III of Richmond, VA, Ryan M Haines of Mt. Laurel, NJ; sister, Lisa Bruckschen; and brother, Michael Ewing, both of Durham.
Kathy was a shining light in our community and will be surely missed by many friends, students, and loved ones.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Durham Ridge Assisted Living at 3420 Wake Forest Hwy, Durham, N.C.
There will be a small service on 3-30-13 at the Salvation Army Church at 909 Liberty St., Durham, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Helen D. Hall
DURHAM — Mrs. Helen D. Hall, a former resident of 407 W. Maynard Ave., died Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Hall was born in Durham, daughter of the late Lessie C. and William Duncan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Van Hall; and a son, Van Ryan Hall. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Hall was the Office Manager of the Speech and Hearing Center at Duke University Medical Center. She was a member of Braggtown Baptist Church.
A Graveside service will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will remain at the graveside to speak with friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that friends make memorial contributions to Braggtown Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hall is survived by a son, Gregory W. Hall and wife, Catherine; and two grandchildren, Meredith Hall and Rachel Hall.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service of Durham. Online condolences may be made at

John “J.C.” Clark Hill
DURHAM - Mr. John “J.C.” Clark Hill, 88, of Durham died on Friday, March 22, 2013. He was the son of the late Jonah Hill and Mary Hill. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ed Hill; and sister, Oleta Hill.
He is survived by wife for over 50 years, Martha Hill; four sons, John W. Hill and wife, Barbara of Burlington; Kenny Hill and wife, Susan of Creedmoor; Tommy Hill and wife, Carolyn of Rougemont; and Joe Hill of Durham; two daughters, Rose Moore of Hillsborough; and Sheila Hill of Durham; 20 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Rev. Allen Filgo and Rev. Daniel Evans will officiate.
The family will receive friends today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at 

Stephen Alfred Pendergrass
ROUGEMONT — Stephen Alfred Pendergrass, 61, of 12521 N. Roxboro Rd., Rougemont, died Friday, March 22, 2013. Born in Durham County, Mr. Pendergrass was the son of the late James Alfred Pendergrass and Mattie Poe Pendergrass, of Durham.
Mr. Pendergrass retired from the City of Durham and was the Past Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 852. He loved motorcycles, hunting, NASCAR and sitting on his front porch. Mr. Pendergrass was affectionately known to his grandchildren by "Pa".
In addition to his mother, Mr. Pendergrass is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann McBroom Pendergrass; three children, Tammy Taylor and husband, Mike, of New Mexico, Jamie Pendergrass, of Timberlake, and Stephanie Coons, and husband Dwight, of Florida; one brother, Keith Pendergrass, of Durham; six grandchildren, Chad Vaughn, Tristan Cash, Kaylee Pendergrass, Tyra Coons, Kaleb Pendergrass and Tayrn Coons; one great-grandchild, Kylie-Rae Vaughn; and his life long friend, Wayne "Hogbody" Bowen.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2013, at New Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery by the Dr. M. David Chambers. Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m., today, at Brooks & White Funeral Home and at other times at the home.
Pallbearers will be Rex Blalock, Nick Bowen, Mike Taylor, Wallace Laws II, Dwight Coons, and Charles McBroom.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to the Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC, 27704.
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William Beasley Shipp
5/3/1923 – 3/22/2013

DURHAM — The big-hearted, generous Bill Shipp left this world on March 22, 2013. Born to Eula Beasley Shipp and Needham Robert Shipp on a tobacco farm in the Nelson community of Durham County on 5/3/1923, he graduated in 1940 from Lowe’s Grove High School. He worked for the American Tobacco Company before serving in the Army Air Force during World War II. 
After discharge from the Army on February 9, 1946, he married Helen Fuller Shipp of Durham on December 14, 1946. He worked for the Durham County Health Department before graduating from Duke University with a degree in civil engineering in 1953. 
Bill and Helen lived for a few years in Baltimore, Maryland and in Dayton, Ohio while Bill worked for Glenn L. Martin, but he brought his very home-sick bride back to Durham in 1957 when he joined the research engineering unit of Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. He stayed at Liggett for the rest of his career (29 years), serving as director of engineering before retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Cedar Fork Baptist Church and Carr Methodist Church. He was a Mason and member of the Lion’s Club. He never met a stranger and was distinguished by his friendliness and kindness to all he met.  A lifelong Duke fan, his inclusive spirit was exhibited when he was witnessed singing “Hark the Sound of Tarheel Voices” during his daughter’s graduation ceremony. He spent the past 7 years at Galloway Ridge Retirement Community in Pittsboro.     
Bill is survived by his daughter, Kathy Shipp and husband, Carl Pieper, of Durham, NC; his son, Greg Shipp and wife, Alison, of Scottsdale, AZ; his granddaughter, Elena Shipp and step-granddaughter, Ellen Pieper of Bellevue, Washington. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen.
Bill’s funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Lowe’s Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Forest M. Gale Jr. presiding.  Burial with military honors will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Friends may visit this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858, Durham, NC 27703.
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Lula Vivian Vaughan
DURHAM — Ms. Lula Vivian Vaughan, 86, died Friday morning at Hock Family Pavilion. Vivian was born in Durham, the daughter of the late John Knox and Sally Mangum Vaughan. She was educated in the Durham public schools. She was a member of Braggtown Baptist Church.
Ms. Vaughan is survived by her niece, Karen Smith of Bean Station, TN.; her great niece, Debbie J. Walker, and her husband, Jonathan, of Durham; and her great nephew, Allen Swanson of Lindale, TX.
In addition to her parents, Vivian was preceded in death by her sisters, Brooks Smith, Polly Vaughan, and Louise Garrard; and her brothers, Jack and Earl Vaughan.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Norman Stallings.
The Vaughan Family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at, select obituaries.

O. Michael Colvin

CHAPEL HILL — O. Michael Colvin died peacefully Saturday evening, March 16, 2013. Mike was born in Princeton, Indiana, on June 15, l936, the only child of Jack and Evelyn Colvin. 
Mike graduated from Princeton High School in 1954, Indiana University in 1957 and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1961. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University. After two years as a fellow at the National Cancer Institute, he worked at Johns Hopkins for the next 30 years. He was Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Director of the internationally recognized Division of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics for the Oncology Center. He also served as Research Director of the Oncology Center and Associate Dean for Research for the Medical School.
In 1995, he became Director of the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mike was named the William W. Shingleton Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. He served as Director until 2002, leading the Cancer Center through a period of significant growth and scientific achievement. Mike retired from Duke in 2008 as Professor Emeritus of Medicine.
Mike was a prominent cancer researcher, publishing several hundred journal articles, book chapters and abstracts and holding five patents. He did pioneering work establishing the mechanism of action of several drugs, including cyclophosphamide, one of the first and most commonly used anticancer agents. He was one of the first investigators to use high dose cyclophosphamide to treat solid tumors, now a common practice in bone marrow transplantation for breast and other cancers. His work contributed to the development of current stem cell therapies.
He served on the Executive Board of the American Association of Cancer Research and on the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Heath Center for Scientific Review, which oversees NIH grant review and funding. He was co-editor of the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics and served on the advisory boards of several cancer centers, including that of his medical school alma mater. He received numerous honors, including election to Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha and the Association of American Physicians. In 2003, he received the R. Wayne Rundles, MD, Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.
Mike recognized the overwhelming impact cancer has on patients and their families and was a strong advocate for patient support services. He served on the Advisory Board of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program and the Duke Caring House Board. Mike was a dedicated teacher and mentor; his first thought was always how he could help advance the careers of his students and colleagues. He was widely respected for his leadership style, which combined a thoughtful and calm demeanor with a dry sense of humor and a sincere interest in the needs of others.
Mike and Arline Macey (Lockerbie) Colvin, his wife of 53 years, have four children: Michael and his wife, Phung and daughter, Kate of Merced, CA; Jennifer of Chapel Hill, NC; Kimberly and her husband, Kevin and daughters, Erin and Clare of Graham, NC; Christopher and his wife, Stephanie and twins, Ellie and Jack of Brooklyn, NY. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Rita Lockerbie and nephews, Stuart and Craig and their families. 
Mike is fondly remembered by his four children as a caring dad who always found time to participate in their activities, help with school projects and take family vacations. He coached softball and soccer for years and virtually never missed a diving meet, lacrosse game, recital or school event. He also enjoyed running, bird watching, reading history and literature, and listening to classical music and jazz.
A memorial reception to honor his life and contributions is to be held on Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Vista Room of the Washington Duke Inn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Duke Cancer Institute via or by mail to 512 Mangum Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701. Please indicate on the check or website that this is a contribution in memory of Dr. Michael Colvin.
The Colvin family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, select obituaries.

Charles Thomas Tatum Sr.

ROXBORO — Charles Thomas Tatum Sr., 85, of 1442 Mill Hill Rd., Roxboro, died Saturday, March 23, 2013. Born in Person County, Mr. Tatum was the son of the late Joseph Scott and Lottie Alma Long Tatum and husband of the late Jennie Lee Tatum. Mr. Tatum retired from Public Service Gas Compnay in 1993 after 34 years of service. He was a member of Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Mr. Tatum was an U.S. Army Veteran. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Louise Brewer; and two brothers, Joe Scott Tatum Jr. and Clyde Osborne Tatum.
Mr. Tatum is survived by his children, Thomas Tatum and wife, Debbie, Pam T. Wagstaff and husband, Willson, Gail T. Clayton and husband, David and Randy Tatum and partner, Phil Thomas; seven grandchildren, Bobby Walker and wife, Tonya, Brent Walker and wife, Tammy, Jennifer W. Lunsford and husband, Rodney, Adam Clayton, Joshua Clayton, Will Wagstaff and Nicole Clayton; four great-grandchildren, Justin Walker, Grant Lunsford, LeAnn Walker and Brock Walker; four sisters, Ellen Montague, Estelle Cox, Doris Davis and Carol Dean Trickey and husband, A.C.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2013, at Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church by the Rev. Gerald Thomas.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m., today, at Lamberth Memorial Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Adam Clayton, Joshua Clayton, Will Wagstaff, Rodney Lunsford, Bobby Walker, and Ray Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Warren, Roger White, Fred Cox Jr., and Brian Lunsford.
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Arthur Clyde Rigsbee Jr.

SAVANNAH, GA — Arthur Clyde Rigsbee Jr., 92, died early Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Memorial University Medical Center.
Born September 24, 1920 in Durham, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Arthur C. Rigsbee Sr. and Ola Beeker Rigsbee. He received his education in the Durham County schools and the University of North Carolina. Mr. Rigsbee proudly served in the United States Air Force as a pilot during World War II. For a number of years, he worked for the late Phillip Hutchings Sr. CPA Firm and Muirhead Construction Company as a Controller until his retirement. In addition to his parents, Mr. Rigsbee was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Carl Rowland; two brothers, B. Waddell Rigsbee and Bobby S. Rigsbee.  Survivors include his wife, Gladys L. Rigsbee; daughter, Lunda R. Rowland; and granddaughter, Lindsay Rowland.
The family will have a private graveside service at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.
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