March 26, 2013

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 07:14 PM

Dollie Mae Tart Alford

DURHAM — Mrs. Dollie Mae Tart Alford, age 93, departed this life on Friday March 22, 2013. She was born on May 21, 1919 in Alfordsville, NC, to the late William Henry Tart and Carrie Bell Mclean.
Mrs. Alford was married to John Luther Alford in 1936. To this union, six children were born. She was a faithful member of Peace Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Carrie Mae Brooks (Roger) and Vethius Alford of Durham; three sons, Willie Moses Alford (Sylvia), Eugene Alford (Lacey) of Atlanta, GA, and Eric Lloyd Alford of Durham; one brother, Press McCallum (Verdell) of Fayetteville, GA; two sisters in law, Mary McCallum of Fayetteville, NC; and Mary Shephard of Chesapeake, VA; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will take place on Wednesday March 27, 2013, at Peace Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation with the family is one hour prior to the service which begins at 1 p.m.
Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens are assisting the family with the home-going celebration.

Thomasina "Sina" Avant-Kelley
DURHAM — Thomasina "Sina" Avant-Kelley, 58, departed her life on March 23, 2013.
She leaves behind a daughter, Stefanie Wrenee Chalmers; and her sister, Tonia Avant-Dowdy; and brother, Thomas "Kip" Avant Jr.; three grandchildren, Javier, Dominic and Kamryn; and one honorary grandchild, Timia.
Family will receive visitors at Greater St. Paul Church on Thursday, March 28 from 11:00 to 12:00 and funeral services will follow at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Mary Etta Bynum
DURHAM — Funeral services for Ms. Mary Etta Bynum will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Terrells Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C., at 12 p.m. Family visitation 30 minutes prior to the funeral at the church.
Services entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Lulie Gilliam Dickson Odom
DURHAM - Mrs. Lulie Gilliam Dickson Odom, born December 24, 1922, died at UniHealth PAC-Carolina Point on Monday morning, March 25, 2013, after a short period of declining health. Lulie was the daughter of the late Robert Pettigrew Dickson and Ida Goodwin Dickson. She was born in Wake County, moved to Durham as a young child and was educated in the Durham Public Schools. Lulie retired from the American Tobacco Co. in 1984 after 41 years of service.
Lulie was predeceased by her love, Andrew “Amos” Odom, who died in 1999. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Pettigrew Dickson; and sisters, Katherine Elizabeth Dickson, Margaret Dickson Jackson and Allie Dickson 
Colton; and her son-in-law, Tom Bowen. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Lulie is survived by her devoted daughter, Andrea “Andi” Odom Bowen, of Durham; her grandson, Jason Mangum and wife, Stacey, of Durham; and granddaughter, Brandy Mangum Bockhahn and husband, Brian, of Durham. She is also survived by her great grandsons, Christopher and Andrew Mangum; and all of her beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Clements Funeral Home in Durham Wednesday evening, March 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. At other times the family will be at the home of Andrea Bowen. Graveside service will be held Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m. at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.
Flowers are acceptable or a donation to a charity of choice would be appreciated. 
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Chretien Matthew Price
DURHAM — Chretien Matthew Price departed his life on March 21, 2013. He leaves behind his mother, Patricia Ann Hill, stepfather, Walter J. Parker; two children, Kaimya Price and Chretien Price Jr.; two brothers; one sister; a loving grandmother; and a host of special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 
Services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m.

Mildred “Mimi” Best

CREEDMOOR — Mrs. Mildred “Mimi” Best, 86, of Creedmoor died on Sunday, March 24, 2013. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Clay Briggs and Elsie Summerlin Briggs. She was self-employed, she had a Daycare in her home. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and also a member of Martha Surely Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hydra S. Best; daughter, Karen Sherow; and granddaughter, Amy Hales.
She is survived by her grandson, Jonathan A. Weary; son-in-law, Wayne Sherow; four nephews, Floyd Perkins, Steve Perkins, Larry Perkins and Reid Cooper; one niece, Susan Perkins.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Ernestine Whitaker Clary

HURDLE MILLS — Mrs. Ernestine Whitaker Clary, 83, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at her home. She was born in Harnett County to the late Ernest and Mable Bryant Baker. In the mid 1940’s, she moved to Durham and was formerly married to Mr. Elmo Whitaker. She and her husband, Elmo, were very dedicated to the Children’s Ministry previously at Ridgecrest and Ebenezer Baptist Churches. Mrs. Clary was a member at Guess Road Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of A&P Grocery.
Survivors are her husband, James Clary of Hurdle Mills; sisters, Hazel Maxine Raulston of Galatin, TN, Christine Templeton (Bruce) of Hillsborough, and Lorrie Jean Roberts of Durham; three step children; four nieces; two nephews; and five step grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 2 p.m. at Guess Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Tilley officiating. Family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. Pall-bearers will be Bobby McFarland, Fred Jacobson, James Woods, Mike Cole, Joel Clary, Ryan Clary and Bill Merritt.
Mrs. Clary will be missed by all her family and friends whom received telephone calls from her on a regular basis.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Garland Reid Tanksley
ROXBORO — Garland Reid Tanksley, 63, of 604 W. Gordon Street, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at Person Memorial Hospital. Born in Pittsylvania County Va., son of E.G. Tanksley Jr. and Melba Gosney Tanksley of Danville, Va., Mr. Tanksley worked for The Furniture Mart and America Mattress Outlet, he graduated from Averett College in Danville. He served in the National Guard and was a member of Roxboro Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Pat Lewis Tanksley of the home; his son, Drew Tanksley and wife, Shanna of Roxboro; his brother, E. Dale Tanksley of Danville, Va.
Memorial Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Roxboro Baptist Church by the Rev. DuPre Sanders. The family will receive friends following the service at the church and other times at the home.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: The Men's Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to The Forward by Faith Building Fund, P.O. Box 348 Roxboro, NC 27573 or Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, 677 Antioch Church Road, Timberlake, NC 27583 or a Charity of One's Choice.
Condolences may be sent to

Michael Wesley Nash

MOREHEAD CITY — Mr. Michael Wesley Nash, 52, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Hospice Home of Alamance County. He was born in Durham County. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Attrress Dorbert Nash. He worked for the department of Navy, Fleet Readiness Center East, as a Sheet Metal Mechanic.
Mr. Nash is survived by his daughter, Michelle Nash of Morehead City; mother, Alice Kathleen Williams; sister, Wanda Edens; and brothers, Jesse and Thomas Williams.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Brian Wingo officiating.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials can be made to Sarcoma Foundation of America online at
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at