Obituaries, February 25, 2014

Feb. 24, 2014 @ 06:21 PM


Ronald “Ron” Maddox Johnson

DURHAM — Mr. Ronald “Ron” Maddox Johnson, 76, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at his home after an extended illness. He was born in Adairsville, GA to the late Clinton Henry Johnson and the late Evelyn Casey Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a 1960 graduate of North Carolina State University. He retired from Burlington Industries and Reaves Company. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hillsborough, Clayton Sunday School Class, a Past Master Masonic Lodge Eno 210 AF & AM, a Past District Deputy Grand Master, a 32nd Degree K.C.C.H. Scottish Rite Mason, recorder for York Rite masonic Bodies, a member of Amran Shriners, Amran Shriners Road Runners, Amran Shriners Ceremonial Cast, a member of the board of directors of Triangle Shrine Club, Co-Chairman Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Media Committee, Board of Governors Emeritus of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, elected to the Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame 2013, a member and recruiter for NC State Wolf Pack Club and a member of the Durham Sports Club.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Shelba Faircloth Johnson; brother, Dale C. Johnson of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Carole J. Choate of Rock Hill, SC; nieces, Lisa Choate of Rock Hill, SC, Lyn Hahn (Norbert) of Athens, GA; Charis Moody (Burgess) of Charlotte, Casey Summitt (Joel) of Kings Mountain; several great nieces and nephews; 3 angels who looked after him, Renee Webb, Tammy Shotwell and Barbara Scott; and his best buddies, Mac McCallister, Jim Crawford, Lindon Lykins and Dan Critcher; and his special four legged furry friend, Ace. 

A graveside service with masonic rites will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Paul Menard, Chaplain of Amran Shrine Temple officiating. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Honorary pallbearers will be the Clayton Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church in Hillsborough and the Triangle Shrine Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Capital Campaign at First Baptist Church, 223 West King St, Hillsborough, NC 27278; Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St, Oxford, NC 27565,; or the Shriner’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Ellis L. Jones

DURHAM — Mr. Ellis L. Jones departed this life and entered into eternal rest on February 21, 2014.

He leaves to cherish his memory "His Girls" daughter Mildred Jones; granddaughter Erica Kemp; great granddaughter Kayden Williams; brother Plummer L. Jones; sister Barbera Jones; former wife and faithful friend, Joyce R. Jones and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Service will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Thursday at 1:00 pm.

Margaret Mishoe Lane

DURHAM — Mrs. Margaret Mishoe Lane, 67, of Butner died on Monday, February 24, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Burroughs M. Mishoe and Retha Maude Branton Mishoe. She was a member of New Birth Worship Center. She was preceded in death by her husband David Lane and brother James J. Hucks.

She is survived by her daughter, Traci Dixon, five brothers, Williams Hucks of Fayetteville; Waldo Mishoe of Arcadia Fl; Jerome Mishoe of Seabring, Fl; Elwood Mishoe of Zolfo Springs Fl; Don Mishoe of Zolfo Springs, Fl; two sisters, Alice Williams of Arcadia, FL; and Carolyn Cochran of Limestone, Fl.; two grandchildren Dakota Glascock and Jesse Glascock, several nieces and nephews,  and a special friend Mary Cordrey.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at New Birth Worship Center, 405 N. Durham Avenue  in Creedmoor. Pastor Billy Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens. 

The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. one hour prior to the service at the church. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneral

Ryan Jesse Molinatto

DURHAM — Ryan Jesse Molinatto, age 16, died Thursday, February 20, in his Durham home.  Born in Davidson County on July 5, 1997, Ryan was a student at Northern High School and a member of Christian Assembly Church.

Ryan never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, anytime, anywhere, and walk away friends. He was bright, intelligent, and could tell you the exact make and model of any vehicle on the road at any given time. He was tender-hearted. He was loved by many and well-liked by even more. He was a good-looking kid. He loved sports and was good at baseball, soccer and swimming but his all-time favorite was basketball. He loved kids and was good with them. He was a loyal friend. He loved his family, but most of all, he loved his best friend in the whole world, his dog Saint.

Ryan is survived by his loving parents, Jon D. and Pam A. Molinatto of Durham, NC; his paternal grandparents, Jonathan J. and Virginia Molinatto of Bryson City, NC; his two brothers, Jonathan R. Molinatto and wife, Cheryl Ghesquiere Molinatto and their son, Cameron, of College Park, MD; and David P. Molinatto of Durham; his dog Saint; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, at Christian Assembly Church with Pastor Dub Karriker presiding.  A private cremation ceremony will be held later at Hall-Wynne Crematory.

Family and friends may visit Tuesday evening from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

A memorial service will be held at Northern High School at a time and date to be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Development Office, 716 Mt. Airyshire Blvd., Suite 100, Columbus, OH  43235.

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Shirley Nicholson

DURHAM — Shirley Nicholson, 60, departed this life on February 24, 2014.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Rev. Dr. T. C. Nicholson and Rev. B. M. Nicholson, one daughter, two sons, two grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers.  Preceded in death by one sister.

Viewing will be held at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Durham on Thursday, February 27 at 12 noon.  Funeral services following at 1:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Willis J. Ray

DURHAM — Willis J. Ray, 81, a longtime resident of Durham passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at his home.

A native of Wake County the son of the late Joseph Carlton and Katie Rigsbee Ray.  He was a member of New Light Baptist Church and retired from American Tobacco Company.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27th, 2014 in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor, North Carolina.

Surviving are his wife Bobbie Estes Ray of sixty-three years of the home, one daughter Kelley Ray Russell (Ronald) of Rougemont, three sons; Dennis Ray (Brenda), Ricky Ray (Debbie) and Randy Ray (Tammy) all of Durham, two sisters; Beatrice Riggsbee and Martha Rigsbee both of Durham, a brother, Joe Ray of Durham, three granddaughters, three grandsons, one great- granddaughter and two great-grandsons.

Flowers are accepted. Visitation will be held Wednesday Evening, February 26, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times the home.

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Eakes Funeral Home is assisting the Ray Family.

James H. Taylor
DURHAM —James H. Taylor, of Durham, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Duke Regional Hospital. Mr. Taylor was born in Durham to the late Ila Creech Taylor and Johnnie Festrice Taylor.

Mr. Taylor was a Plant Manager at Servitex. He enjoyed hunting with his son, Greg, grandson, Geremy, Uncle Howard Taylor, Craig Morrison and Jamie Walker, and spending time with all of his Kerr Lake friends.

Surviving are his wife, Gayle Taylor; a son, Greg Taylor and wife, Diane; a grandson, Geremy Taylor; and a sister, Hilda Barbee and husband, Connie Mack.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 27th, at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Pastor J. Wayne Wright officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and at other times at Greg’s home.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at



David Mason

CHAPEL HILL — Mr. David Mason, Sr., age 93, died at his home in Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday, Feburary 20, 2014. Born on July 28th, 1920 in Chapel Hill, NC. He worked in hospitality at The Carolina Inn until he retired.

He was an active member of St. Joseph CME Church until his health declined. He was a member of The Mt. Olive #36 Masonic Lodge, the Elks Lodge, and was Chapel Hill’s first African American member of PI Kappa Alpha fraternity.  He was a man of service and an active participant in community affairs. David served in the military and was a World War II veteran. He loved to travel, to play board games, and was an excellent cook.

Survivors include his wife of seventy-three years, Mrs. Emma Mason; three sons David Mason (Patricia) of Chapel Hill, NC; Donald Mason (Kaye) and Daryl Mason (Cheryl), both of Atlanta, GA. He was preceeded in death by a fourth son, Dr. Ernest Douglas Mason (Amanda). He also leaves behind eight grand children and twelve great-grand children, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, 510 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  Visitation is at 11am, Service  at 12noon.  Funeral services provided by Jones Funeral Home.