Obituaries, February 22, 2014

Feb. 21, 2014 @ 05:52 PM


Marion Holmes Cobb
DURHAM — Marion Holmes Cobb died Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center. She was born July 20, 1941 to the late Charles Marion Cobb and the late Lelia Swindell Cobb in Williamston, NC.
Marion moved to Durham to attend Watts School of Nursing. She ended up planting roots and working for decades as a registered nurse at Watts Hospital and later at Duke Hospital. In Durham, she developed a wide circle of friends, many of whom considered her a member of their families. She will be deeply missed at Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all of the days between.
Marion was predeceased by her parents, as well as her sister, Rebecca Cobb Rogers, and other members of her beloved Martin County family. She is survived by her cousins, Claxton Harris, Virginia McGranahan, Betsy Proctor, Ellen Weekley, Judy Eason, Sue Mobley, Lou Hollowell, Dr. Larry Poore, Betty Ann Perkins, Ed Swindell, Don Miller, Dr. Kent Denton, Dr. Jim Denton, extended family and special dear friends, Linda Everett and the late, Robinson Everett, and their 3 sons, Rob, Greg and Luke.
A visitation will take place at Clements Funeral Home in Durham on Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Williamston on Monday at noon.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

William “Billy” Arthur Evans
DURHAM — Mr. William “Billy” Arthur Evans, 70, of 1011 Camden Ave. Apt. 3-A, Durham went to meet the Lord on Friday, February 21, 2014. He was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Vernon Arthur Evans and Bertha Carroll Evans. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
He is survived by Delilah Evans and children, Melissa Page, Francis Page and Lori Roberts; one brother, Benny Evans and wife Brenda of Durham; one sister, Anne Boone and husband Ronnie of Knotts Island, NC; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Rev. Tim McCright will officiate. Active pallbearers will be Benny Evans, Tommy Flynn, Nat Runion, Wesley Evans, Ronnie Boone and Roger Evans.
The family will be at the home of his brother, Benny Evans, 2623 Barwick Dr. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Ara Lee Jones
DURHAM — Ara Lee Jones of Durham, NC peacefully entered into eternal rest on February 19, 2014.
She is survived by five children, nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one sister and a host of other relatives and friends.
Homegoing services will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 12 noon at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, wake at 11:00 am.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

William “Ronnie” Marshall
DURHAM — Mr. William “Ronnie” Marshall, 70, died Wednesday at Hock Family Pavilion. Mr. Marshall was born in Virginia, the son of the late William Abner Marshall and the late Dovie Mae Trent Marshall. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. Mr. Marshall moved to Durham in 1967 and was formerly employed with Meade Container and Durham Box Co. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge and the American Legion. Mr. Marshall was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Burks, and a sister, Joan Tweedy.
Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara Marshall; a daughter, Rhonda Marshall Bell and husband, Scott, of Roxboro; son, Charles Ritch of Efland; brother, Thomas Burks of Virginia; three grandchildren, Mackenzie Bell, Scottie Bell and Lindsey Freeman; and 4 nieces and 3 nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Clyde Goodwin Riggs, Sr.
BAHAMA — Clyde Goodwin Riggs, Sr., 84, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. Born in Durham County, Mr. Riggs was the son of the late John Kirkland Riggs and the late Rosabelle Cole Riggs. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Erma Odile Fears Riggs, and a brother, William Ralph “Buck” Clements and his wife, Janie Clements Shipp.
Mr. Riggs is survived by a daughter, Connie Riggs Tart and husband Carl; sons, Clyde Goodwin Riggs, Jr. and wife Jeannie, Anthony Thomas Riggs and wife Christi; grandchildren, Amy Winters Sellers and husband Mike, Kimberly Maniace and husband Joe, Steven Riggs, Chris Riggs and wife Angela, Kyle Riggs and wife Jennifer, Hannah Riggs, Ava Riggs, Landon Riggs; great-grandchildren, Carlie Sellers, Carson Sellers, Cierra Sellers, Savannah Cole, Jacob Cole, Carigan Maniace, Christina Maniace, Brianna Poole and Bobby Poole; brothers, James Kirkland Riggs and wife Frankie, John B Riggs and Ben Riggs, who was like a brother to him.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Pastor Ernest Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Clint Day, Jr., Frank Day, Mark Clements, Kirk Clements, Russell Riggs, Scott Riggs, Johnny Riggs and Alan Stephenson.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association, 514 Daniels St. #109, Raleigh, NC 27605.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Isaac “Ike” Francis Rowland
DURHAM — Mr. Isaac “Ike” Francis Rowland, faithful servant of the Lord, left his earthly home on February 20, 2014, to live eternity in his Heavenly home with Jesus. He’s been walking with Jesus for many years here on this earth with great assurance knowing he was going home one day to be with Jesus. He has traveled many places, but he’s now on the best trip ever, in the best place ever. Ike knew Heaven was his final destination. After 99 years (born February 6, 1915), Jesus finally called him home.
Ike was born in Durham County (Oak Grove), the son of the late Will and Ada Rowland, brother of the late Walter Rowland, Ed Rowland, Fannie R. Caulder, Lillie R. Hickman, and Mary R. Grady.
Ike was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Martha Clements Rowland; his son of 66 years, Clem Rowland; and his granddaughter of 8 years, Arlinda Bowen. His three surviving children are Beal Rowland (Donna) of Durham; Carrollynn Bowen (Jerry Briley) of New Bern; Casandra McBroom (Ralph) of Hurdle Mills; and his widowed daughter-in-law, Jean Rowland of Surf City, NC. His five surviving grandchildren are Tony Rowland (Jackie); Scotty Rowland; Rowland Bowen (Courtney); Beverly M. Clark (Jason); and Kevin McBroom (Liz). His five surviving great-grandchildren are Collin Rowland, Alexis Rowland, Griffin Clark, Emma Bowen, and Isaac Bowen.
Ike had a deep love for Jesus, and a desire for everyone to know Jesus as their Savior. Ike lived what he taught. He had been a member of Angier Avenue Baptist Church since 1939...for 75 years he cherished and was very devoted to his church. He was a member of the Cabin Class at the church. He served many years as Deacon, Usher, Sunday School Superintendent, Junior and Intermediate Boys Sunday School Teacher, Bible Training Union (BTU) Secretary, Joyful Noise Choir Member, and served on the Baptismal Committee as well as the House and Ground Committee. He helped with church literature program, maintenance, lights, audio and video programs. He played on the church’s Dart Ball Team, and actually played on the Lawrence Road Baptist Church (Hillsborough) Dart Ball Team for the last several years, until he turned 98. He and his wife, Martha, for many years helped with the youth group and youth choir in many capacities, some including cooking for the youth on retreats and working the light and sound systems for the musicals. They also cooked each week for the Wednesday night suppers at the church prior to Prayer Meeting. Many years ago, Ike worked with the Boy Scouts of America for about 10 years. Up until the last few years, he faithfully visited members of his church, including the shut-ins. He enjoyed reading, particularly his Bible on a daily basis, working word puzzles, and playing with his GameBoy. Ike worked at the American Tobacco Company from 1945-1977.
Funeral services will be held at Angier Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Rev. James Baggett and Rev. Kevin Byers will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons.
The family will receive friends in the Sanctuary prior to the funeral services beginning at 12:30 p.m. Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be made to Angier Avenue Baptist Church, 2101 Angier Ave., Durham, NC 27703, in memory of Ike Rowland. Online condolences can be made at

Bobbie Marie Spence Teer
DURHAM — Bobbie Marie Spence Teer, daughter of the late Mack Carlie & Connie Fogleman Spence, was born on February 1, 1927, in Durham. She died Tuesday morning, February 19, 2014, at Rose Manor, following several years of declining health. During that time she resided at Carolina House of Durham, where she made many good friends. Everywhere she lived, worked, or visited, she made lifelong friends. Her laughter was infectious. Bobbie retired from Sperry Rand Corp. and later worked at the Duke Athletic Center and volunteered with the American Red Cross. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William (Bill) E. Teer and his daughter, Janet Teer, a child with special needs who loved Bobbie and her family. Both of Bobbie’s children, James Ferrell, Jr., and Janice Ferrell Newcomb preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Wesley Monroe Spence, and sister, Marion Maxine Spence.
Survivors include two sisters, Virginia Spence Meachum and Judith Spence Ford (Eddie) of Durham and their families. Other survivors include her cherished grandchildren, Lisa Hinson (Mike) of Timberlake who was her caregiver this past year, Connie Ferrell of Apex, and Joshua Ferrell (Shannon) of Wendell, and her great-grandchildren, Morgan Yount, Tyler Hinson, and Kane, Parker, and Colt Ferrell of Wendell. Bobbie had many devoted medical caregivers who were special to her; two who gave her long-term support were Dr. Tracey Black and Dr. Anita Cook, Duke Physicians.
Memorial services will be held at 2 pm Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2700 Roxboro St, Durham. Reverend Mark D. Stephens will preside. Her ashes will be buried next to her son in Maplewood Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Bobbie requested that donations be made to St. Paul or to the Urban Ministries, PO Box 249, Durham, NC 27702. Arrangements for the Teer family are entrusted to Hall-Wynn Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences are at See Obituaries.


Kathryn Anna Weir Vander Weide
TIMBERLAKE — Kathryn Anna Weir Vander Weide, age 84, went to be with her Lord on February 20, 2014 at Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Vander Weide was born in New Jersey, daughter of the late John and Anna Weir, and lived there until retiring to North Carolina in 2009. She was a homemaker and loved to sew and do needlework. Mrs. Vander Weide was an active member of Living Word Reformed Church in North Haledon, NJ and Little River Presbyterian Church in Hurdle Mills, NC.
She is survived by her husband of over 63 years, Frank Vander Weide, of Timberlake; four children: Kathy Barnes of Timberlake, Nancy Gerritsen and husband, Steve, of Hawthorne, NJ; Lois Harriman and husband, Robert, of Prospect Park, NJ; and Paul Vander Weide and wife, Carol, of Sycamore, IL; brother, Robert Weir and wife, Marge, of Whiting, NJ; seven grandchildren: Rebecca Hatcher, Neil, James, and Glenn Vander Weide, Steven, KayDe, and Emily Gerritsen; four great-grandchildren: Price and Andrew Hatcher, Isaac and Paesyn Vander Weide; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Little River Presbyterian Church, 4211 Little River Church Rd., Hurdle Mills, NC, 27541 on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mission Fund at Little River Presbyterian Church.