Obituaries, February 13, 2014

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 04:02 PM


Barbara Jane Sayer Allen
DURHAM — Barbara Allen, age 86, departed her life on Feb 2, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. Barbara was born to the late Ogareta and Roswell Seager and raised in West Virgina in and around Salem, where she attended high school and college.
Barbara is survived by her 3 children Gregory Sayer, Laura Sears and Victoria Brendlinger, her sister Janice Lockard, 10 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by an older sister, Bettie Jean Seager.
Barbara celebrated 40 years of marriage with her husband, Murray Sayer, who predeceased her in 1993. They met during college in New York, and married and raised their children in Yorktown Heights, NY. She enjoyed many activities with her family, highlighted by annual trips to a family camp in Maine. She and her husband enjoyed a strong local community life as well as travels throughout the US and abroad.
Barbara and Murray retired to North Carolina in 1987 where they continued to enjoy an active lifestyle including golf, socializing and travel. After Murray’s passing, Barbara remarried in 1994 to Jerry Allen until his passing in 2001. They lived together in Huntington, WV, where Barbara resided until returning to North Carolina in 2005.
Always committed to her spiritual life, Barbara was very engaged in church activities in all of her locales, including St. Mary’s of Mahopac, NY; St. Thomas of Sanford, NC; First United Methodist Church of Huntington, WV; and finally the Few Chapel of Croasdaile Village. Her passions included singing in the choir, alter guild, and volunteering her time with others. Barbara had a strong place in her heart for giving friendship to those with limited opportunities for personal interactions.
A memorial service was held February 8, 2014 at the Croasdaile Village Few Chapel. Ms. Allen’s ashes will be interred in Salem, WV at a later date. Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or the various charities at Croasdaile Village.

David Lawrence Bass
DURHAM — David Lawrence Bass, 73, of Durham, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2014, at Durham Ridge Assisted Living after a long struggle with dementia.
Mr. Bass was born on March 13, 1940, to the late Julius Leslie and Sally Mae Bass of Wilson County. He enjoyed working at his place of business, Orange Paint and Decorating in Hillsborough, until he retired in September of 2008. A longtime member of Cresset Baptist Church, he faithfully served in many different ways throughout the years.
A loving and devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife Doris Harrell Bass, originally from Wilson, NC, daughter Pamela Bass Creel, and grandsons Jonathan and Jayson, all of Durham. Also surviving are sister Yvonne Proctor of Orlando, FL; brother Donald Bass and wife Jean of Clayton, NC; brother Wayne Bass and wife Cathy of Duluth, MN; sister Ann Hawley and husband Ronald of Marietta, GA; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was predeceased by one brother, Clifton, also of Wilson, NC.
A service celebrating his homegoing will be held at Cresset Baptist Church on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2:00 in the afternoon, officiated by Dr. Ned Mathews and Rev. Ronald Hawley. Friends may visit with the family immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jayson Creel Scholarship Fund through the Cresset Academy Educational Foundation, 3707 Garrett Road, Durham, NC, or to Gideons International. The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff at Durham Ridge and Hospice of Wake County for their gracious care in his final days.
“In quietness and trust was his strength” (from Isaiah 30:15).

Eva Mae Wilkerson Carrington
DURHAM — Mrs. Eva Mae Wilkerson Carrington was born October 15, 1916 in Granville County, NC. She passed away February 6, 2014 in Durham, NC at the age of 97.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6 PM at Union Baptist Church. The family will receive friends an hour before at the church. Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at

Edward M. Coleman
DURHAM — Edward M. Coleman, 60, departed this life on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, N.C. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 35 years, Julia, his son Jason and grandson Jayden, one sister, three brothers, two sisters-in-law, his mother-in-law and three brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at Greater Refuge Temple, 1438 Maplewood Drive, Durham, NC 27704 on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Visitation at 10am, service at 11am.
Professional services entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Mary Esther Williams Harward
DURHAM — Mary Esther Williams Harward, 96, died at home Tuesday. A Durham native, she was born January 6, 1918 in Watts Hospital to Claude B. and Ruth (Gentry) Williams. Mary Esther was educated at George Watts Elementary, Carr Junior and Durham High Schools. Following graduation in 1940 from Meredith College, she began a 37-year career as a third grade teacher, spending most of her tenure at Watts Street School. She adored children and will be remembered as one of Durham’s beloved and gifted teachers with an enduring positive influence.
Mary Esther was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school to 5-year-olds for more than 30 years. In later years she was a member of the church’s Loyalty Class, where she valued her many friendships.
After retirement Mary Esther enjoyed working as a volunteer at Duke Hospital’s gift shop and the Caring Center at First Baptist. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority, Alpha Mu chapter.
Mary Esther stayed busy throughout her long and productive life. She spent hours-on-end doing beautiful handwork, working in her yard, reading, and taking trips with friends and family.
Surviving are her daughters, Susan Harward and Cheryl Harward, both of Durham; her brother, Claude B. Williams of Durham; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in 1999 by her husband, Ray Harward. Mary Esther was devoted to her many pet dogs over the years, all of whom she considered a part of her family.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, with friends received in the funeral home 1-2:00 PM Saturday. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Independent Animal Rescue, or PO Box 14232, Durham 27709. Online memorials:

Margaret Davis Haywood
DURHAM — Margaret Davis Haywood died Wednesday, February the 5th at her home. She was the widow of Egbert Lynch Haywood who died in 1985.
She was born in Wake Forest, N.C. the daughter of the late George Priestley and Zua Mitchell Davis in 1915. She is survived by her sons, Egbert Lynch Haywood, Jr. and his wife Joanne Duncan Haywood and John and his wife Mary Fry. Four grandchildren and four nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Meredith College where her mother and two sisters had graduated. According to Meredith she graduated in three years; was a member of Silver Shield, which is a ded for highest achievements in academics and leadership; President of one of the two literary societies; May Queen in 1935. She made her debut in 1934 at the North Carolina Debutante Ball in Raleigh.
In 1938 she was married to Egbert Lynch Haywood, a Durham Attorney, at Wake Forest, N.C. Their life in Durham was interrupted in 1940 to 1945 by World War II, when her husband was an officer in Naval Intelligence serving in Charleston S,C; Washington, DC; New York; Coronado Island, CA; and the Pacific.
After the war, she was involved in the distaff side of her husband’s leadership at home and nationally: President of the International Insurance; American Counsel; The Defense Research Counsel; American Counsel; a member of the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors of the American Bar. He served on the Committee to rewrite the Rules of Evidence of the Supreme Court.
Mrs. Haywood was active in the religious, civic and cultural life of the community as follows: Founder and President of the Historic Preservation Society of Durham; Stagville Board and Stagville Associates; President of Family Service; Durham Theater Guild; and Pride Builders of Durham. She served as participant and leader of many organizations at the First Baptist Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She served on the boards of: Museum of Life and Science, Duke Art Museum, Junior League of Durham; Debutante Ball Society; Salvation Army; United Way; Daughters of the American Revolution, American Dance Festival, NC Symphony and the state and local boards of the NC Museum of History Associates.
She was awarded the Bartlett Durham award in 1984 and the St Joseph’s Award in 1999. She was named Sustainer of the year of the Junior League of Durham and was given the Community Service award in 2006 by the Family Counseling service of Durham. Mrs. Haywood was a member of the Jamestown Society, Colonial Clergy, Hope Valley Country Club, Friday Morning Music Study Club, Folio Club, Stockettes, Garden Study Club, and Duplicate Group. In 1939 she was a member of a small group of American Association of University Women AAUW under the leadership of a Duke professor’s wife who established one of the first child-care units in the United States.
A Memorial Service will be at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 15th at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will be private at Maplewood Cemetery.

Laurine Thomas Johnson
DURHAM — Ms. Laurine Thomas Johnson, 73, passed on February 8, 2014. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Kimberlee Johnson; one son, Isaac Louis Johnson, III; one sister, Annie Doris Hollingsworth and four grandchildren. Funeral services will take place on Friday, February 14, 2014 at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., Durham, NC 27707, beginning at 12 noon. A visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Ida Mae Mack
DURHAM — Mrs. Ida Mae Mack was born September 23, 1924 to the late Will and Elvana Ruffin Peaks in Durham, NC. She passed away February 9, 2014 at her home in Durham, NC.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1 PM at Union Baptist Church. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church and all other times at the home.
Services entrusted to and provided by Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at

Frances Wrenn Rigsbee
DURHAM — Frances Wrenn Rigsbee, 84, of Durham, died on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
Mrs. Rigsbee was born in Wake County to the late Alvis James Wrenn and Alberta Floyd Yates Wrenn. She retired from Golden Belt Manufacturing Company. She loved her home in the mountains and gardening. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Wrenn Murray.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra Rigsbee Lugar and Denise Wilson; son, Billy Rigsbee; grandchildren, Dawn Lugar King, Jeffrey Michael Wilson and Shannon W. Chandler; great-grandchildren, Makenzie King, Lexi King, Eli King, Tiffany Chandler and Chase Wilson.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences may be made at


Jane Levring Stam Miner
DURHAM — Jane Levring Stam Miner, 88, died February 3, 2014 at her home in Chatham County.
She was the daughter of Carl Gustav Levring of Copenhagen, Denmark and Christine Ruth Whitten of Jackson, Mississippi. She was a graduate of Wheaton College (IL). Dr. Paul B. Stam, Sr. to whom she was married for almost 44 years predeceased her in 1990. In 2004 she married Dr. Jack Manning Miner who died in 2011. Her son, Carl Levring Stam, predeceased her in 2011.
She is survived by her children, Karen Jane Stam of Salt Lake City, Utah, Paul Stam and wife, Dorothy Mills Stam of Apex, NC; her daughter-in-law Doris Anne Perry Stam of Louisville, KY; and her son, William Whitten Stam and his wife, Lynn Fordham Stam of Raleigh, NC. She was survived by grandchildren, Nathaniel Edward Stam and wife, Kristi Cooke Stam of Apex, NC; Carl Michael Stam of Boone, NC; Jana Stam Estes and husband, Jimmy Estes of Apex, NC; Timothy Martin Stam and wife, Shannan Renee Stam of Louisville, KY; Eric Emery Stam and wife, Christina Chenlo Stam of Washington, DC; Clara Christine Flores and husband, John Henry Flores of Louisville, KY and Kevin Fordham Stam of Raleigh, NC and by seven great-grandchildren who rounded out her immediate family. She had hundreds of other relatives and friends who cared for her.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Bible Church, 206 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 followed by a reception. The family will greet friends and relatives. Interment will follow later at Arlington National Cemetery.
Those interested may visit and find articles on her many exploits.


Helen Spencer Council
OXFORD — Helen Spencer Council, age 83 of Oxford, died February 9, 2014. A native of Granville County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Bascom and Annie Rochette Burwell Spencer and widow of Calvin Cecil Council. Helen was a member of Lowe’s Grove Baptist Church in Durham, recently attended Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford and was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM from Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home Chapel by Reverend Forrest Gale. Burial will follow in Tranquility Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:30 AM prior to the service at the funeral home chapel. Pallbearers will be Donald Council, Robert Council, Jimmy Council, William Council, Donald Ray Dean, Tom Engle, Andy Hielema, Steve Strickland.
Surviving is a daughter, Fannie Daniel Strickland (Roy) of Oxford; her son, Paul Wright Council of Oxford; 2 grandchildren, Sam B. Strickland of Oxford, Roy C. Strickland (Kimberly) of Charlotte; 3 great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Brandon, Travis Strickland of Charlotte.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Lowe’s Grove Baptist Church, 4430 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27713 or Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, c/o Jane Morton, 1589 Sunset Rd., Oxford, NC 27565.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan is assisting the Council family. For online condolences, go to and select Obituaries.

Judy Kay Wiles Wilkins
STEM — Judy Kay Wiles Wilkins, 66, a longtime resident of Durham County passed away Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at her home.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Wes Garner Jr. Burial will be in the Wilkins Family Cemetery on Tump Wilkins Road in Stem.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 - 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 15, 2014 prior to the funeral service at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.
Online condolences can be made to Select Obituaires.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Wilkins family.


Terry Tilley Eaton
HILLSBOROUGH — Terry Tilley Eaton, 67, of 420 Buttonwood Drive, Hillsborough, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. Eaton is survived by her children Jamey M. Sanderford, of Hillsborough, Jeffery T. Eaton, of Durham, 3 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sisters Linda T. Francis, of Durham, Veda T. Manley of Hillsborough, 3 half-brothers, Frankie, Joe, and James Tilley.
Visitation with funeral service immediately following will be held 2 PM Sunday, February 16, 2014, at Walker’s Funeral Home at 204 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
The family is requesting that money donations can be made to the church Mrs. Eaton was a member of, Hillcrest Baptist Church at 219 Gwen Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278.


Terry Dean Schluchter
RALEIGH — Terry Dean Schluchter, born in Detroit, Michigan, October 21, 1955, and a 48-year resident of Raleigh, passed away peacefully at Duke Raleigh Hospital February 9, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was a graduate of Sanderson High School and the School of Nursing at UNC-Greensboro. His career included both nursing and clinical drug research.
He is survived by his partner, Tom Anderson of Raleigh; his mother, Betty Schluchter, also of Raleigh; sister, Jill Price (Ron) of Lexington, KY; brothers David of Minneapolis, MN and Bruce (Risa) of Raleigh; aunt, Judy Terry of Nashville, TN; nephew, Carson of Lexington, KY; and niece, Samantha (Matt) of Charleston, SC. He is preceded in death by his loving father, Dean Schluchter of Raleigh.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 14 at 1:30 pm at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Duke University Cancer Center ( or the ASPCA (
Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Street.


Daniel Holloway “Dan” Umstead, Jr.
FT. MILL, S.C. — Mr. Daniel Holloway “Dan” Umstead, Jr., died January 27, 2014 at his residence.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15th at Pleasant Green United Methodist Church in Durham, where he was a member.
Mr. Umstead was born March 23, 1943 in Durham, NC and was the son of the late Daniel Holloway and Jean Harris Umstead. He was a graduate of Durham High School and Campbell University. Dan retired from Transport Clearings East, where he was a computer engineer. He was a Ham Radio Operator with the call sign WA4LXY.
Dan is survived by daughters Lauren Umstead of Charlotte and Angela DeHart and husband, Greg of Indian Trail; grandchildren, Bailey, Lexi, Jack and Justin; and by his dearly loved chihuahua, “Prissy."
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215 or
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail, NC is honored to serve the Umstead Family.