March 31, 2013

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 07:04 PM

Willie Anthony "Sonnie" Bailey
DURHAM - Mr. Willie Anthony "Sonnie" Bailey, age 78, the son of the late Willie and Dorothy Bailey, passed on March 26, 2013 at the Hock Pavilion Center.
He was employed by Burlington Industries and Duke Medical Center.
Mr. Bailey is survived by three sons, Ricky Bailey (Sonya), Donovan Timothy Bailey and Randall Bailey; one brother, five sisters, and four grandchildren.
Services will take place at Union Baptist Church on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 1 p.m. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Also, visitation will be held at Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens on Sunday, March 31, 2013 between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Joseph A. Bryant
DURHAM — Mr. Joseph A. Bryant, 83, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 peacefully at his home. Mr. Bryant was born in Roanoke Rapids to the late P.G. Bryant Sr. and Beulah Elizabeth Hawley Bryant. Having spent his early years in Durham, Joe and his wife and daughters were long time residents of Roanoke Rapids. Joe was devoted to the church and spent many years serving in prison ministry in northeastern North Carolina. Joe and his wife relocated back to Durham in recent years to be close to family and were members of Guess Road Baptist Church.
Joe is survived by his wife, Lellon Carden Bryant; daughters, B.J. Bryant, Darla Bryant Wilverding (Thomas); and granddaughter, Lauren Wilverding. Joe is preceded in death by his two brothers, P.G. (Garland) Bryant Jr. and Cecil Bryant.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 2 at Guess Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Tilley officiating. Family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m., Monday, April 1, at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Boyd Lee Daniels
DURHAM - Boyd Lee Daniels, aged 86, died on Thursday, March 28, in his home. He was born February 5, 1927, to Lee and Ethel Daniels. A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Dr. Daniels holds a B.A. degree from the College of Wooster (English and Greek), a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary (focus on Biblical languages and church history), and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Duke University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was honored with the Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Service Award from the University of Tennessee in 1982.
Ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1950, Dr. Daniels served pastorates in the Durham, North Carolina area and Knoxville, Tennessee. He held academic and administrative posts at Duke University, Maryville College (Tennessee) and the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. At the time of his retirement in 1989, he was serving as Executive Secretary of Library Services for the American Bible Society. During his retirement years in Durham, Dr. Daniels was active in the leadership of Durham Congregations in Action and Crop Walk.
In addition to these many accomplishments, Dr. Daniels is remembered for his passions for social justice, classical music, travel, books, other cultures, stamp collecting and genealogy (not to mention peanut M&Ms). His broad-ranging interests allowed him to develop relationships with people from all walks of life.
Dr. Daniels is survived by his brother, Dean Daniels; his five children and their spouses, Diantha, Lee (Karen), Ellen (Todd), Greg (Beatriz), Amy (Sandy); stepdaughter, Laurie Fink-Green; and grandchildren, Aaron, Christina, Callie, Caroline, Laura, Matthew, Eric, Rachel, Kristi, Elizabeth, Christopher, Jennifer.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Watts Street Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CROP or to the mission fund of Watts Street Baptist Church.

Reverend Zebedee "ZD" Harris
DURHAM - Reverend Zebedee "ZD" Harris, 89, of 910 Cox St., died Thursday, March 28, 2013 at his residence. His service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at Oak Grove FWB Church, 801 Colfax St.
Interment will follow in Markham Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, from 6-8 p.m. at Oak Grove Church.
Reverend Harris is survived by his wife, Lucy B. Harris; daughter, Theresa Hodges; and stepson, John L. Battle.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Claude Huskins
DURHAM - Our beloved Father, Claude Huskins, passed away on March 29, 2013. He was born November 30, 1925, in Celo, NC to the late Martin and Dora Young Huskins. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Florence McKinney Huskins; and three brothers, Clayton, Homer and Jack Huskins.
He served in the US Army in 1946, stationed in the Philippines and was decorated with the WWII Medal of Victory.
He retired from both Nello Teer Company (25 years) and RTI International (1970-1998). He worked as a Security Guard at Security Forces for several years after his retirement. His life was a perfect example of what a Christian man should be, as he led by example and was never ashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ. He was ordained as a Deacon in October 1971 and has served in that capacity over the years. He was an active member of Providence Baptist Church, Stem, NC.
Surviving are his loving sisters, Dollie Wilson, Maud Murphy and Jewell Frye, all of Burnsville, NC; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Huskins, Ruby Hall; and one brother-in-law, Ike Frye. He is also survived by his children, Harold Huskins (Sue) of Raleigh, NC, Eddie Huskins (Bette) of Morganton, NC, Brenda Hair (Paul) of Timberlake, NC, Carol Eubanks (Eddie) of Hillsborough, NC, Debra Mazzucca (Tommy) of Nashville, TN, and Lisa Elliott (Stephen) of Oxford, NC.
He leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, many loving nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.
He has been a strong encouragement in many lives. He was loved by all who knew him, as he was a loving husband, father, brother and friend.
Visitation will be at Providence Baptist Church on Monday, April 1, 12:30 p.m. Other visitation times will be at his home at 4086 Old Route 75, Stem, NC.
Services will be at Providence Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Cheek Road, Durham, NC beside his wife and best friend.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations may be made to Providence Baptist Church,4603 Old Rt 75, Oxford, NC, or Amedisys Hospice Care, 3320 US 1 Highway, Suite B, Franklinton, NC 27525.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Lowell Ross King
DURHAM - Lowell Ross King, 75, passed away March 29th 2013. Lowell was born on April 26th 1937 to the late Sidney Richard and Alma King. Lowell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma King. He is also survived by a son, Scot King and wife, Vickie; a daughter, Jennifer King; grandsons, Richard and Jason King; granddaughter, Lauren King; a sister, Hazel Swanson and husband, Jack; and a sister-in-law, Willie Johnson. Lowell is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lowell was a talented craftsman who loved woodworking, antique cars and machinery. He had the unique ability to envision, plan and build nearly anything he set his mind to. Always fixing things, he was unable to fix the cancer that took his life; Lowell decided to donate his remains for research. It was his desire that maybe this unselfish act would help “fix” cancer in others, especially children. No service is planned at this time. The family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Carol, Diane, Ingrid and Danielle. Their care and compassion to Lowell and the family is truly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

Donald Earl Lassiter
DURHAM - Mr. Donald Earl Lassiter, 75, a former resident of Durham, died on Friday, March 29, 2013.
Mr. Lassiter was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late William P. Lassiter and Flozy Tilley Lassiter.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He worked for Durham Hosiery and retired from Wright’s Machinery. He was an avid Carolina fan.
He is survived by his three sons, Wayne Lassiter and wife, Melissa, David Lassiter and wife, Kim, Mark Lassiter; daughter, Mary Ann Lassiter Blackburn; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor James Bo Mullins. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Kate Bumpass Painter
DURHAM - In the early morning hours of Good Friday, the loving hand of God reached down and took one of His very special angels home. Kate Bumpass Painter joined the love of her life, Lawrence Elwood Painter, just 5 days after reaching her 97th year. Ten plus years of dementia had taken its toll, and her frail body was unable to hold to this earthly life any longer. She was predeceased by her parents, Felix O. and Bertha Whitfield Bumpass; brother, James Otey Bumpass; and sister, Odell Bumpass Wheeler, and seven half-brothers and sisters. They all grew up on a farm in northern Granville County near Virgilina, VA. And though it was a hard life in many ways, in her years of dementia, she often longed for “home.”
Kate was a loving, gentle, caring lady who was often busy doing for her children, church and community. Besides being a cub scout den mother for many years, she found time to teach Sunday school, be financial secretary of her church home more than 20 years, be an active member of Home Demonstration clubs, secretary of the local Grange, hold offices in the Durham Exchangette Club, and still find time to participate in school activities of her three children. All this, while supporting her husband in his many civic and business projects. Since all this didn’t constitute a “fulltime” job, her days were filled with all the canning, cooking and freezing needed to feed a growing family and any hungry folk that happened along. These many wonderful traits earned her the title of Mother of the Year when nominated by her daughters-in-law.
She will be missed by her daughter, Patricia E. Painter; son, Donald L. and wife, Ann J. Painter; and son, Thomas E. and wife, Sue Y. Painter. Also missing her gentle ways will be her grandchildren, Doug Painter, Thomas (Pam) Painter, Denise (John) Sumner, Todd (Pattie) King, Wanda (Jerry) Honeycutt, Robert (Jennifer) Painter, Laura (Kevin) Kalinowski and Kevin (Chelsea) Painter, and 16 great grandchildren. Also missing her are numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. Her special caregivers who became family to her were Annette Faries, Lynne Penny and Sherry Tart.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Milton Gilbert, special friend, officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit 5-8 p.m. Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Doug, Thomas, Rob and Kevin Painter, Todd King and John Sumner. Memorial gifts may be made to Duke’s Chapel Church or Duke HomeCare& Hospice. On-line memorials:

Ozzie Myrtle Rogers
DURHAM - Ms. Ozzie Myrtle Rogers, 70, of Durham, NC, transitioned from her earthly home on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at DUMC.
Ozzie was employed with Durham Public Schools for over 40 years. She retired her position in 2006. She completed her education at Merrick Moore High School. 
She is survived by her only child, the love of her life, Nichole Rogers-Warren (Reginald); and four grandchildren, Shaun, Reggie Jr., Nicholas and Kamryn. She also leaves behind two great grandchildren, Sienna and Edin; two sisters, Anne Mae Murphy, and Marie Johnson; and one brother, Rodney Rogers (Bonita). 
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 with visitation at 12, services at 1 p.m. at Union Baptist Church.
Interment following at Beechwood Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Frederick Wright Vogler
CHAPEL HILL — Frederick Wright Vogler, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Romance Languages at UNC, passed away Mar. 28 at his Chapel Hill home. He was born in Burlington, VT, May 27, 1931. He completed the BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Chapel Hill, his father’s alma mater, where he later taught and also served in varied administrative positions. He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; one son, Robert Frederick and wife, Ann, of Arlington, Va.; and three grandchildren, Katherine, Colleen, and Robert.   Services will take place Apr. 5 at 2 at the Chapel of the Cross, followed by interment in the churchyard and a reception for friends in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Chapel of the Cross Capital Campaign or to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at

Hazel Graham “Red” Roberts
RALEIGH — Hazel Graham “Red” Roberts, 92, of Raleigh, died March 29, 2013 at his home in Raleigh. 
“Red” was born in Granville County to the late U.M. Roberts and Lucye Fowler Roberts. He retired from IBM in 1983, after working for Exxon for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Sallie N. Roberts; sister, Nellye R. Tunstall; and brother, Ira Welford Roberts. 
“Red” is survived by his son, Michael G. Roberts and wife, Sharon, of Cary; daughter, Vicki Hauser of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Jason Hauser of Raleigh, and Amanda Roberts of Charlotte; and a very special friend and companion, Betty Waters of Raleigh. “Red” felt that he had lived a full, happy life, with a wonderful family that loved each other.
During WWII, he spent 39 months in the US Army Air Corps. He spent two years in overseas duty, in North Africa and India, as an aircraft instrument specialist with the rank of staff sergeant. 
His favorite hobbies were traveling and fishing. He enjoyed visiting the 48 states, many times. He also spent many happy hours fishing with his family on trips to Topsail Island which he loved. 
He loved his church family at Longview Baptist Church where he had been a member for over 60 years. He was a member of the “Old Men’s Class” for many years and was the oldest male member in the church who was able to drive and attend church, which he did faithfully. 
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609. Burial will follow the service at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Longview Baptist Church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.
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Brenda Hunt Preacher
(October 10, 1942 - March 22, 2013)

SUMMERVILLE, SC — Brenda Hunt Preacher, 70, of Summerville, SC, wife of Hugh W. Preacher, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013 at The Village of Summerville. A memorial service was held on March 27 at the Summerville Baptist Church.
Brenda was born October 10, 1942 in Durham, NC, daughter of the late James Frederick Hunt and Corrina Davis Hunt. She attended Northern High School in Durham, NC. Brenda was a long time Audio Visuals Specialist with Dorchester District II Schools in South Carolina. She loved people and especially children. As the Sunday School Director of the fifth grade, she had a positive influence on many children.
Survivors include her husband Hugh, of 51 years; one son, James Preacher and wife, Debbie of Tampa, FL; one daughter, Lynn Yeager and husband, Tim of Jacksonville, FL; two grandsons: Jackson Preacher of Tampa, FL and Jacob Yeager of Jacksonville, FL; and three sisters: Linda Hunt Bass and husband, Beaty, Jean Hunt Chapin, and Judy Hunt Turner, all of Durham.
Memorials may be made in Brenda's honor to her grandson Jacob's school in Jacksonville, FL: Jacksonville School for Autism, 4000 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207.