June 14, 2013
Veronica Yvonne "Ronnie" Amos
DURHAM — Veronica Yvonne "Ronnie" Amos, 62, departed her life on June 7, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Theodore Amos; her mother, Mary E. Christie and pre-deceased by her father, Willie L. Stinson; her son; two daughters; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers; five sisters; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A viewing will be held today, June 14, 2013 at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15 at New Life Christian Center at 12 p.m. Visitation begins at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Vernissa Ann McCallum Crawford
DURHAM — Mrs. Vernissa Ann McCallum Crawford, 59, of 315 Reynolds Avenue, daughter of the late Anderson and Norene McCallum, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Her homegoing celebration will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12 noon at Burthey Funeral Chapel, 1510 Fayetteville St. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family wishes to honor her memory by requesting you donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in order to find a cure. Please visit the website at www.nationalmssociety.org and search for Vernissa McCallum Crawford.
Arrangements by Burthey Service.
Eric Terrance Johnson
DURHAM - Eric Terrance Johnson, 63, departed his life on June 10, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Diana Johnson; his parents, James and Lucille Johnson of Arlington, Va.; four sons, one daughter and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Dorothy "Dot" Webster Lockhart
DURHAM - Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Webster Lockhart, departed her life on June 9, 2013.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Banks Lockhart; one daughter, two sons, one granddaughter, two sisters and other relatives and friends
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at The New Red Mountain Baptist Church Saturday at 1 p.m. and visitation at 12 noon.
John William Pope
DURHAM — John William Pope, age 79, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Duke Medical Center. John was born on October 29, 1933 in Queens Village, NY to the late John W. and Pearl Bardenstein Pope.
He and his wife, Gerry, retired to Durham in 1998 to be closer to their daughter and her family. He was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Durham and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree.
A mentor to many young men, John was deeply involved with the Scouting community in New York and Durham for more than 60 years. He held numerous positions in Boy Scouting including: Scoutmaster of several troops; District Commissioner; and member of the Sagamore Adult Service Troop in Long Island, NY.
John had been active in the Fifty Plus Club at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham and served as president for the past eight years.
John is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Gerry Pope of Durham; his daughter, Gerry Pope Young and husband, Chris, also of Durham; and two grandchildren, Caroline and Christopher.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at St. Matthew Catholic Church by Reverend Thanh Nguyen. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may visit Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to: Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council, John Pope Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund, 3231 Atlantic Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27604.
On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com.
Priscilla Jean Betterton
TIMBERLAKE — Priscilla Jean Betterton (nee Oakley), age 70, of 1707 Chambers Loop Road, Timberlake, NC, died at home at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Born in Durham County, "Pris" as she was affectionately known by family and friends, was the daughter of the late Liggett King and Sadie Oakley and the widow of the late John H. Betterton.
While still in her early 20s, Pris joined the Roxboro Police Department as a "meter maid" because, as she said, "I wanted a job that gave me a chance to be outside." When the city eliminated parking meters a few years later, she was presented with an opportunity for a career change. She attended requisite training and became a patrol officer. Police work turned out to be a great fit for her personality and interests. She had a knack for solving puzzles and unraveling mysteries. To further her career, she returned to school and earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Piedmont Technical Community College, Roxboro, NC, while raising her twin teenage daughters. She rose through the ranks to the level of detective sergeant, specializing in crimes against women and children.
After 27 years of law enforcement service, Pris retired from the police department at the age of 55, and spent the next 15 years enjoying her other interests, which included genealogy, traveling locally and abroad, buying and selling children's clothing and toys and memorabilia at yard sales and flea markets, and spending time with her family, especially her three grandchildren, to whom she was especially devoted. Although Pris lived her entire life in the Roxboro and Timberlake areas, she enjoyed traveling immensely and was pleased with having been to 47 states (South Dakota, Hawaii, and Alaska were still on her "to do" list). Along with her daughters, she also visited Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Sociable and outgoing, Pris made friends quickly with every one she encountered. She also was a great storyteller and liked to entertain those around her. She will be missed dearly by her family and close friends.
Pris is survived by twin daughters, Deana Betterton-Lewis (and her husband, Carl Lewis) of Durham, NC, and Donna Edwards, also of Timberlake, NC. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Brandon Edwards, of Durham, NC, and twins, Norah and Sarah Lewis, also of Durham.
After a 42-year history of cigarette smoking, Pris gave them up to prolong and improve the quality of her life. Her family is happy to have had another dozen years with her as a result. Donations to the American Lung Association in her honor would be appreciated.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, June 14, 2013, at Brooks & White Funeral Home, 907 Durham Road, Roxboro, NC.
Graveside services will be conducted at Burchwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.
Patricia Stegall Douglas
MOORESVILLE — Patricia Stegall Douglas, 77, of Mooresville, formerly of Durham, NC, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville. Born on November 20, 1935, in Durham, NC, she was a daughter of the late Howard McKinley Stegall and Daisy Thomas Stegall. Mrs. Douglas was a 1954 graduate of Durham High School. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, mother and daughter providing loving and nurturing care throughout her life. Mrs. Douglas was a member of Vanderburg United Methodist Church, Mooresville, and former member of Cresset Baptist Church, Durham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Winston Douglas. She is survived by her sons, Michael Gregory Whitfield Sr. and wife, Leigh Lowder Whitfield, of Mooresville, and Bradley Winston Douglas and Megumi Watanabe, of Tokyo, Japan; step-children, Michael Ray Douglas and wife, Donna, of Durham, and Susan Douglas Ferguson and husband, Todd, of Greensboro; grandchildren, Michael Gregory Whitfield Jr., Richard Lowder Whitfield and Caroline Ferguson; sister, Barbara Stegall Hall, of Durham; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Vanderburg United Methodist Church, Mooresville, with Rev. Susan German officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, Chapel Hill. Memorials may be made to Vanderburg United Methodist Church Lowder Scholarship Fund, 1809 Charlotte Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the family of Mrs. Douglas. Condolences may be made to the Douglas family at www.cavin-cook.com.