Obituaries, February 20, 2014

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 05:20 PM


Jack Edward Clements
DURHAM — Mr. Jack Edward Clements, 79, of 324 Hocutt Road, died on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Mr. Clements was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late William A. Clements and Lillie M. Weaver Clements. He served in the U.S. National Guard Reserve and was a retired paint contractor. He attended Grove Park Chapel. He was a member of the Hurdle Mills Hunting Club.
He is survived by his son, Steve Edward Clements of Jamestown, NC; two daughters, Sheila Clements Skeen of Archdale, NC and Jacqueline Clements and husband, Max Boswell, Jr. of Durham; two sisters, Sarah Drenton of Michigan and Christine Marsh of Florida; two grandchildren, Candice Renee Skeen and Jackson Hunter Boswell.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grove Park Chapel, officiated by Pastor Dale Brooks. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Merrick Clements, Randy Clements, Glenn Elliot, Dwight Beverly, Max Boswell and Wayne Mayton. Honorary Pallbearer will be Billy Elliott.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. 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 to

John Charles Herrman
DURHAM — John Charles Herrman, 65, of Durham died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at his residence.
A native of Plainfield, NJ, he was the son of the late William L. Herrman and Eleanor Smith Herrman.
John served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, including a three-year tour in Germany, after which he attended X-Ray School at Muhlenburg Hospital and then continued his education at the Duke University Medical Center Nuclear Medicine Program. He was recently retired from Duke University Medical Center, where he spent his career as a radiopharmacy technologist for 35 years. John was a member of the Durham Pistol & Rifle Club. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Carrboro Arts Center.
In his signature short-sleeved plaid shirt, John Herrman was known for his charismatic, larger-than-life personality and the knack for telling a good joke. He will be remembered as always being helpful to others, proud of his family, a friend to everyone he met.
John is survived by his wife, Linda Herrman; his daughters, Chrissy Lux and husband, Jeffrey of Holly Springs and Melissa Ann Herrman of Durham; and his sisters, Nancy Applegate of Bay Head, NJ and Karen Hill of Middlesex, NJ.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, with the Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.
Friends may visit from 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Saturday in the funeral home.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Arts Center of Carrboro, Click on the link: Invest in the Arts.
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Robert Lee Howard Sr.
DURHAM — Robert Lee Howard Sr., 60, departed his life on February 14, 2014.
He is survived by his wife Deloris Howard, three daughters, one son, twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one sister, five brothers and host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Services will be at Union Baptist Church, Saturday at 1:00 pm with visitation at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Briton A. Jenkins
DURHAM — Mr. Briton A. Jenkins, 89, passed away on February 12, 2014 in Jessup, Maryland. He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Brenda G. Jenkins; two sisters, Grizzelle Stone and Flora Small and family; and a host of extended family and friends. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 801 Colfax St, Durham, NC 27701, 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.

Shirley Reid Robinson
DURHAM — Funeral services for Shirley Reid Robinson will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12 noon at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC. Family visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
She departed this life on February 16, 2014. She was employed at Kroger's as a cashier and a produce manager.
Survivors include daughter, Michelle Robinson-Evans (Sean); 2 sons, Dwayne Brown (Tamala) and Thomas Robinson Jr. (Erica); brother, Ernest Reid (Thelma); 2 sisters, Bertha Kesler and Deloris Cunningham; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Lt. Col. Bertram T. Weiner
DURHAM — Lt. Col. (ret'd) Bertram T. Weiner passed away peacefully at Croasdaile Village Pavilion in Durham, NC on February 15, 2014 at the age of 96. He was born on January 20, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. Enlisting in the Army in World War II, he received a battlefield promotion to an officer in the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, where he also received the Bronze Star award for valor as well as a Presidential Unit Citation. Following World War II, he married his high school sweetheart, Irene Levine, and moved to Fall River, MA, where he remained until he was called back to active duty in the Army during the Korean War. While in Korea, he was awarded a second Bronze Star as well as a second Presidential Unit Citation for his distinguished service.
Following the Korean War, he continued on active duty in the U.S. Army for many years, with multiple worldwide tours of duty, including both Germany and Japan, eventually retiring in 1966. He and Irene then moved to Maitland, Florida, where he entered into a second career with the Naval Training Device Center in Orlando. Retiring a second time around 1980, he remained in Maitland with Irene until her death in 2008, after 64 years of marriage, then moving to Durham, NC to be near family.
Throughout his life, Bert was an athlete, excelling in many sports. He was also an avid reader, generally reading a book a day. He continued to keep up his reading pace even in his later years, thanks to the resources of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Bert is survived by his two children, Dr. Richard Weiner, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Susan Capeloto, of Belmont, CA, and their respective spouses, Renee and Allen, as well as three grandchildren, Justin and Nicole Weiner and Julia Capeloto, and one great-grandchild, Sadie Heier.
Bert will be buried next to his beloved wife Irene in Temple Beth El Cemetery in Fall River, MA. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be sent to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at
The Weiner family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.


Costen Harrell Berry
MEBANE — Costen Harrell Berry, 90, of 437 W. Carr St., Mebane, passed away peacefully at his home on February 18, 2014. Costen (Cot to family and friends) was a WWII veteran serving in the Army 1st Division under the command of General George Patton in the North Africa and Sicily campaigns. He was retired from American Tobacco Company. In retirement Cot enjoyed travel, and was an avid golfer.
Cot was preceded in death by his wife Sarah Olive Berry, father Charles E. Berry, mother Luna Gray Berry, son Costen Harrell Berry Jr., brothers Charles E. Berry and Marshal Petain Berry.
He is survived by his daughter Joan Berry Rummel and husband Mel of Alpharetta Ga., his son Ken Douglas Berry and wife Nancy of Mebane, his brother John Thomas Berry and wife Lois of Raleigh, sisters Alyse Barnes and husband Lee R. (Shorty) of Durham, Silvia Clayton of Roxboro, Peggy Mustain and husband Al of Hurdle Mills, and Alma Jean Green and husband Robert of Simpsonville, SC. Costen is also survived by granddaughters Lauren Gray Rummel of Scottsdale, AZ., Kathryn Berry Mathias and husband David of Hillsborough, Sara Elizabeth Berry of Mebane and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at McClure Funeral Service in Mebane on Friday, February 21st from 6 to 8pm. A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Mebane on Saturday February 22nd at 1pm.
Memorials may be made to Duke Home Care and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr. Ste. 101, Durham, NC 27704.
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Frederick Norman Sims
RALEIGH — Frederick Norman Sims of Raleigh, NC went home to heaven early Tuesday morning. Norman was born in Durham, NC to the late Fred Cole Sims and Mary Benton Sims.
Norman graduated from Durham High School in 1954 where as a senior he stated in the yearbook that his ambition would be "To serve and please God." He went on to graduate from Emmaus Bible College in Chicago, IL.
He served his country in the National Guard and U.S. Army. Norman felt called to serve the Lord on the mission field in India, Pakistan, Afganistan, Singapore, and Southeast Asia for 18 months, while engaged to Carolyn Joyce Wheeler. Norman wrote his sweetheart throughout the weeks of their separation...those letters are a treasure to his family today.
He helped start Northgate Chapel in Durham and was instrumental in bringing the AWANA youth program to N.C. After moving to Raleigh he served for over 30 years teaching and preaching the gospel in Sunday School and Prayer Meeting services at North Raleigh Chapel.
Norman owned a contruction company for many years and there is a little piece of him throughout the entire city of Raleigh as well as surrounding counties, through the homes that he built from the ground up as well as remodeled.
Norman is proceeded in death by his brother Charles Sims and his sister Bonnie Suitt.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years Carolyn Joyce Wheeler Sims, sister Elizabeth Martin (Cleo), sister Roberta Addison (Dan), sister Margaret Hood (Ronnie), and brother Thomas Sims (Cindy); his two children, Shelley Hamilton and son-in-law Robby, and son Greg Sims and friend Rodolfo.
Also surviving is his granddaughter Ashley Hamilton Shelley and her husband Jordan, and his grandson Blake Hamilton.
The family will receive friends at North Raleigh Chapel, 5421 Six Forks Rd. in Raleigh at 1:00pm Friday Feb 21st, followed by a service to celebrate his life at 2:00pm.
The family wishes to thank the staff of The Laurels of Chatham in Pittsboro, N.C. for the loving care her received during his time there.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contibutions be made to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, 314 E. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, and condolences may be made through