June 8, 2013
Robert “Bob” Quinn Celko
DURHAM — Robert “Bob” Quinn Celko, age 65, died Wednesday, June 5, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Bob was born in Atlanta, GA to the late Joseph and Vendetta Quinn Celko. He proudly served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
Bob retired from Xerox in 2007 with 34 years as a service technician starting in Atlanta and then finishing in Durham, NC. He loved hiking, camping, nature, and photography. He was a volunteer with Troop 492 of the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed his trip to Philmont with them in 1991. He was an avid woodworker and voracious science fiction reader and had a quirky sense of humor that everyone loved and will miss. In his retirement he rekindled his love of motorcycle riding and enjoyed the many outings and challenging rides along with the fellowship of new friends and fellow bike lovers in the BMW Sport Touring Group.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Janet Greene Celko of Durham, NC; his son, Matthew Celko, also of Durham; his brother, Joseph Celko, Jr. and wife, Jackie, of Austin, TX; mother-in-law, Helen Greene Hampton; in-laws, Dianne Greene and Bob Brown; Cynthia Greene; Jim & Elizabeth Greene and Katie and James; and Joni & Bill Russell and Andy. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Celko.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 10, from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ginger Thomas officiating. A private cremation service will follow at Hall-Wynne Crematory.
Friends may visit Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 E. Knox St., Durham, NC 27701; or to the American Red Cross, Central North Carolina Chapter, 4737 University Dr., Durham, NC 27707.
On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com.
Edna Blalock Gordon
Durham - Edna Blalock Gordon, 83, of Durham, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion, Duke Homecare and Hospice after an extended decline in health.
Edna was born May 2, 1930 to William Bernard and Naner Sherron Blalock. She was a member of Lowe's Grove Baptist Church and retired from American Tobacco Company in 1988. She was a long time resident of Chatham County.
Edna is preceded in death by her husband, Revis Taylor Gordon; and her beloved daughter, Sandra Jo Gordon. She is survived by two sons, Ricky Taylor Gordon, his wife, Ginny, Gary Wayne Gordon, his wife, Rita; two grandsons, Matthew Gordon and Carson Welch; and her granddaughter, Regan Welch; and numerous loving family members and friends.
Burial services will be private at the request of the immediate family.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Lowe's Grove Baptist Church, 4430 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC or Hock Family Pavilion/Duke Homecare & Hospice, 4023 North Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family extends a special "thank you" to the staff at Brian Center Rehabilitation Facility, UniHealth Post Acute Care, and the Duke Hock Pavilion for the wonderful care of their mother.
Rudy Lee Griffin
DURHAM — Mr. Rudy Lee Griffin, 86, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Greensboro to the late Joseph Henry Griffin and Minnie Apple Griffin. After graduation from Greensboro High School, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Griffin graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Engineering in 1951 and a MS in engineering in 1968. He worked as a professional engineer with the City of Durham from 1952 to 1984. Mr. Griffin later was self-employed as an engineer and land surveyor. He attended Ridgecrest Baptist Church and was a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. In addition to his parents, Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Sara Myers Griffin; and two brothers, Hassel Griffin and Ray Griffin.
Mr. Griffin is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Craig and her husband, David; granddaughter, Christine; grandson, Cameron and wife, Amanda; great grandson, Corbin; and extended family, Jim and Trudy Sneed of Roxboro, Henry and Mildred Walke of Kittrell, Annette Myers of Cape Carteret, Belton and Nancy Myers of Shallotte, Carolyn Whedbee of Greensboro and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 2:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Dr. Marc Francis officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
The family wishes to thank The Duke Hock Family Pavilion staff and Regional Cancer Care staff for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 11858, Durham, NC 27703.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Helen Boone Norwood
PITTSBORO — Helen Boone Norwood, 94, passed away peacefully at Unihealth PAC-Carolina Point in Durham on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. She was born May 5, 1919 in Chatham County and graduated from Pittsboro High School.
The daughter of the late Fred L. and Ruth Eubanks Boone, she was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Max; one brother, William “Buck” Boone; three sisters, Emily Glenn, Auburn Harris and Ethel Stroud; one daughter, Barbara Norwood Clark, and son-in-law, Rufus “Buddy” Clark.
She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Chatham County and active in church activities as long as her health permitted. She was employed by Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. She took great pride in her family and was a friend to all who knew her. A great cook and planner of family “get togethers”, she loved gardening, doing things with Max, and her UNC Tar Heels.
Surviving are a sister, Anne Mathes of Tampa, FL; brothers, George Boone of Wichita, KS, Ernest (Carmen) Boone of Graham; daughters, Ruth Meeks (Ralph) of Sanford, Maxine Norwood of Durham; granddaughters, Helen Clark of Chapel Hill, Janet Walker (Barry) of Roxboro; grandson, Jonathan Meeks (Erin) of Raleigh; great-grandsons, Jeffrey and Will Walker of Roxboro; and many nephews, nieces, family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of Unihealth-PAC Carolina Point for the care they gave Helen during her stay there. The funeral service for Mrs. Norwood will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, June 10, 2013 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Jones presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hall – Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro.
Online condolences may be left at www.hallwynne.com, select “Obits”.
Memorials may be given to either Mt. Pleasant UMC, 269 Manns Chapel Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements for Mrs. Norwood are under the care of Hall – Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.
Horace Ted Smith
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. Horace Ted Smith, 94, died Thursday, June 6, 2013. He grew up in Morganton, NC, where he graduated from Morganton High School. He worked in furniture manufacturing until December 4, 1940 when, as one of the first draftees from Burke County, NC, he entered into the U.S. Army. He served in WWII as a member of the 32nd Armored Regiment Maintenance Company, 3rd Armored Division, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was decorated with 5 bronze service stars and the European Theater of Operations (E.T.O.) Ribbon.
Following his return from Europe (WWII) in October 1945, he married his beloved wife Betty. They lived in Morganton, NC, until 1950 when they moved to Hillsborough. He was employed by White Furniture Company of Mebane as superintendent. He managed the Hillsborough operations from 1950 until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the Hillsborough United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Buckhorn Gun Club, as well as a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association of America. In addition, he was a member of the NC Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Surviving is his daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Graves (Greg) of Mebane, NC. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Smith.
Special thanks and acknowledgement to all of the executive staff of Home Watch Caregivers of the Triangle and the individual caregivers: Sonya Corbett, Shirley Purdie, Francis Odima, Sharon Odima, Gary Clement, Cassandra Sanders, Cummie Davis, and Carol Horton for their devotion and care of Mr. Smith.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in Hillsborough Town Cemetery.