Obituaries, February 23, 2014

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 05:20 PM


Edward "Spike" Bernard Boone
DURHAM — Mr. Edward "Spike" Bernard Boone, 52, of 3306 Redgate Dr., died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at his residence. His memorial service will be held at 12pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave. The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the church from 11am-12pm one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Boone is survived by his wife, Carolyn A. Boone, daughter, Amber Boone, mother, sister, Maria M. Sutton and brother, Timothy Boone.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Amanda Christy Barton Brogden
DURHAM — Amanda Christy Barton Brogden, 61, of Granville County died on Friday, February 21, 2014. She was the daughter of Marvin Barton and Jane Stewart Barton. She worked for Duke University Eye Center as a Contact Lens Technician for 20 years.
She is survived by her husband of forty-five years, Richard Earl Brogden, two sons, Buddy Blanchard and wife Tina of Durham and Demetrius Brogden of Tampa FL; three daughters, Lisa Hollar of Graham, Cindy Brogden of Burlington, and Janie Moore and husband Donald of Mebane; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She will be loved and missed dearly.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Duke Children’s Hospital, 710 W. Main St. Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701. Online condolences can be made at

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

Moses Menser
DURHAM — Funeral services for Moses Menser will be held Monday February 24, 2014 at 12 noon at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 2420 S. Roxboro St., Durham, NC. Family visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
He departed this life on February 15, 2014 peacefully in his home in Durham, N.C.
He leaves to cherish his memories two loving children: Vicky Menser, Durham, N.C. and Derry Menser, Durham, N.C.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Fisher Funeral Parlor Inc., 3137 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707, 919-682-3276.

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

Terry Anne Stone
DURHAM — Terry Anne Stone of Durham, 60, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home after a very long struggle with cancer on February 9, 2014, with her husband Roy T. "Tom" Eller at her side. Born in Oakland, Calif., Terry was the daughter of Beverly Larson Stone and the late Donald E. Stone, who was a professor at Duke Univ. She graduated from Jordan High School and attended Tulane University in New Orleans. Terry also spent many of her adult years in Tennessee and in Chapel Hill. She was very talented in the arts of sewing, knitting, cooking, gardening and hand crafts in general. She enjoyed the shortened life that she had, and lived life to the fullest. Besides Tom and her mother Beverly, Terry leaves behind her sisters Janne Stone Allen, and husband, Doug, of Houston and Diane Stone Langdon, and husband, Bert, their children Robert, Lauren and Courtney of Houston, and uncle, Stu Larson, and wife, Caryl, and cousins Amy Larson and Debbie Larson Andersen, all of California.

William "Bill" Strickland
DURHAM — William "Bill" Strickland peacefully entered eternal rest on February 20, 2014.
He is survived by four sisters, one brother and a host of relatives and friends.
Homegoing services will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1pm at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, wake at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Anthony George LoRé
CHAPEL HILL — Professor Anthony George LoRé died on his 92nd birthday, February 21, 2014. He was the son of Salvatore and Carolina LoRé, deceased, of Cleveland, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and returned to L.S.U. to complete his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Romance Languages. After teaching in California for a few years, he came to UNC Chapel Hill to pursue his PhD in Romance Languages, which was granted in 1965. Professor LoRé spent many years at UNC CH teaching Spanish, French, and Teaching Methodology and the last 15 of his pre-retirement years teaching the Cervantes novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha in English to upper-level undergraduate students. He published a great deal to do with the Quixote. After retirement from UNC CH in 1992, Professor LoRé pursued another passion: he became quite a bonsai appreciator and grew many of the wonderful little trees.
Tony was predeceased by his son Christopher; he is survived by his wife, Page M. LoRé, children, Anthony C. LoRé, Caroline LoRé Brewer and husband Tim and grandchild Isla Page Brewer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Inter-Faith Council For Social Services, 110 W. Main St., Carrboro, NC 27510.
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Noah Joseph Simpson
CALDWELL — Noah Joseph Simpson died Friday, February 21, 2014, at his home. He was a native of Person County and attended the Person County Schools. He was a farmer, owned his farm, and operated heavy equipment. He was a member of Little River Presbyterian Church for 50+ years where he served as Elder and worked with the youth group.
Surviving are his wife, Pearl Berry Simpson, two sisters, Mattie Blalock and Wilma Garrett, both of Rougemont. He was predeceased by his parents, Fannie and Millard Simpson, his brother, Alvin Simpson, and his sister, Myrtle Bowling.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Monday in Little River Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 1-1:50 PM Monday in the church. Pallbearers will be Larry Blalock, Greg Berry, Jay Berry, Ricky Berry Alex Crumbley, Andy Crumbley, Ken Crumbley, and Michael Garrett. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Little River Presbyterian Church, 4211 Little River Presbyterian Church Rd., Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.


Wilhelmina Johnson Currin
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Wilhelmina Johnson Currin, 94, of Columbia, SC died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, SC. She was married to the late Morris W. Currin for fifty-five years.
Born on October 6, 1919 in Wake County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Lexie and Jodie Horton Johnson. She was a Durham resident from 1938-2002, in the Oak Grove community.
Mrs. Currin was a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church and the Ancient Irmese Red Hat Society of S.C. In Durham, she was a member Olive Branch Baptist, Oak Grove Ruritan, Durham YWCA, Matron's Club, Garden Club and an active participant/leader in numerous civic and art related projects. Art and music were a significant part of her years, and she shared a lifetime love for Paris, France and Maurice Chevalier, the French singer, actor, and entertainer.
Mrs. Currin is survived by her sons, Willie Currin and wife Mai of Kurtistown, Hawaii and Gary Currin and wife Lynne of Columbia, SC; sisters, Colleen Massengill of Wendell, NC, Mable Watkins of Raleigh, NC and Betty Bass of Alexandria, VA; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Minnie Sorrell of Cary.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Olive Branch Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Fred Williams and Rev. Tim Wheeler. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Cooley, Tony Freeman, Mark Hutchins, Greg Fisher, Sam Vaughan, Jr., Billy Nance and Paul Nance. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Oak Grove Ruritan Club.
Memorials may be directed to Olive Branch Baptist Church 123 Olive Branch Road, Durham, NC 27703.
The Currin family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

Walter Kelly Parris
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. — Walter Kelly Parris, lovingly known as Kelly, age 83 of McCaysville, GA, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014.
Kelly was a native of Guntersville, AL, and moved to DeFuniak Springs, FL. In 1947 as a senior football star, he met Annyce Caswell and they became sweethearts. They graduated in 1948 and moved on to different colleges. His mother called and said they were to draft him the next day. He wanted to join the Navy. He was sent to Japan for four years. He also played football for the Navy. After serving four years he returned home and finished college, earning his master's, and became a CPA. Mr. Parris then became Director of Fiscal Services for the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital at Chapel Hill until his retirement. For many years after retirement he and Annyce spent 22 years touring the U.S.A. from cover to cover.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Annyce Caswell Parris. Also surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth & Laura Parris, of Slidell, LA.; daughters, Karen Parris of Ft. Wayne, IN, Andrea Sorrell of Columbia, SC; son, Brad Parris of Garner NC; 2 grandsons; 5 granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from the Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Mr. Parris. His family misses him dearly.
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Mary Gwen Robins Schaffernoth
MATTHEWS — Mary Gwen Robins Schaffernoth died of a stroke, stemming from a brain aneurism, on February 19, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. She was 56. Mary Gwen, daughter of James and Jacqueline Robins, was the loving wife of Charles 'Chas' Schaffernoth Jr., and the devoted mother of Adam, Anna, James, Ashley, and Sherwood. She is survived by her siblings Barbara, Carol, and Doug. She was predeceased by her elder brother, Sherwood.
Mary Gwen was born and raised in Durham, NC and attended Jordan High School, class of 1976. She went to college at UNC Charlotte where she met Chas, the love of her life. The two wed in 1982 and, in the purest extension of her caring nature, Mary Gwen went into nursing. Chas and Mary Gwen began growing their family in 1985 and didn't stop until 1995, resulting in five wonderful children.
She left nursing to herd those children full-time, returning to the profession in the mid-2000s, once the state deemed it safe to allow most of them behind the wheel. She loved her children with an angelic devotion that was apparent in every conversation, every deed, and every smile.
Mary Gwen was an avid lover of dogs, horses, and people of all walks of life. She was the embodiment of a true Christian. She was an active member of the Order of the Daughters of the Holy Cross, a Christian prayer and outreach organization. She loved her family and friends deeply, more than we will ever know.
The viewing will be held at the Heritage Funeral Home on 3700 Forest Lawn Dr, Matthews, NC on Friday February 28, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. In addition, all are welcome to celebrate her life during the memorial service, burial, and reception on Saturday March 1, 2014. The memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on 4519 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC at 1pm with the burial and reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send charitable donations (tax deductible) to The Branches of the Vine (, a medical mission in Africa, to further a cause close to Mary Gwen's heart.