Obituaries, February 28, 2014

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 05:43 PM


Aljeuron Eubanks
DURHAM — Mr. Aljeuron Eubanks departed this life and entered into eternal rest on February 21, 2014.
He was employed by the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company for twenty-eight years. Al was regarded as a real professional, carrying out his duties with a smile and unwavering passion for the "Mutual."
Cherishing his memory are one aunt, Gertha Eubanks of Nyack, N.Y.; first cousins, Doris Baldwin, Daryl Chestnut, Valerie Chestnut, Anderson Council, James Council Eubanks, Albert Eubanks, Sr., Mark Eubanks, Charles Eubanks, Jr., Bobby Eubanks, Lady Eubanks, Patricia Eubanks, Tina Drake, Janice Hood, Lynette Marshall, Charlotte Stokes, Shirley Chestnut Tayborn and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Aljeuron Eubanks will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church located at 703 S. Alston Avenue. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 12 noon.
Professional services are provided by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Incorporated.

Ruth Browning Ford
DURHAM — Ruth Browning Ford, 99, of Pine Needle Road in Burke County, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at her home.
She was born on April 8, 1914 in Durham, NC to the late Charles W. Browning and Emma Mae Wicker Browning. She moved to this area in 1984. Ruth was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmo Ford, and two sons, James M. Ford and Garland P. Ford.
She is survived by two children, Dorothy M. Glosson (Bennie), and Lewis W. Ford (Pat); 4 grandchildren, Bonnie M. Hong (Geno), Bennie Glosson II (Ildiko), Charles Glosson (Laura), and Paul Glosson; 10 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Tim Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

Linda A. Grant
DURHAM — Linda A. Grant, 67, died February 11, 2014, after a brief illness. Linda is survived by her husband, Phil Kraysler; two step-children, Bruce Kraysler, Boston, MA, Carrie and husband David Skuaton, and grandchildren Amelia, Joseph and Maxwell Skuraton, Mendham, NJ; her brother, Richard Plotkin, wife, Lynn and nephews Ian and David Plotkin, of Apotka, FL.
Linda was born in Linden, NJ to Louis and Francis Fogel Plotkin. The family moved to Miami, FL where Linda attended Miami Public Schools and Miami-Dade Community College. Linda and her husband Phil Kraysler, moved to Durham in 2005, after hurricane Wilma.
At age 15, Linda enthusiastically assisted her mother in her picture-framing business. She went on to earn the Certified Picture Framer designation and later became a partner in “County Frame,” a large wholesale framing workshop where she managed design and production. She retired as frame shop manager of Wentworth Gallery, the largest fine art chain in America.
Linda displayed a talent for photography, specializing in rustic historical motifs in the Piedmont countryside. Her work has been shown and sold at Through This Lens Gallery, as well as the Eno River Gallery, at ERUUF, where she co-chaired the arts committee.
Linda was bright, thorough, and knew how to get things done. She had a sharp wit and a quick smile. She was very active in the life of ERUUF, co-chairing eight Thanksgiving dinners with Phil, three major fundraising auctions and assisting in four others. She was a talented graphic designer and a good friend. The many people who came to love her will miss her deeply.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at ERUUF. Details will be announced in the near future.

Hazel James Miller
DURHAM — Hazel James Miller, 84, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Durham County to the late Perry Watson James and the late Ella White Bobbitt James. She was also predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Miller, Sr.; daughter, Susan Bridges; and sister, Dorothy James. Mrs. Miller retired as a secretary from Duke University.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her daughter, Kirsten Beeker and husband, Edward, of Spartanburg, SC; son, Charles W. Miller, Jr. and wife, Jennifer Swanson, of Durham; and a grandson, Will Beeker of Spartanburg, SC.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Beauford Evans Shuler
DURHAM — Mr. Beauford Evans (Boots) Shuler, 92, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Mr. Shuler was born in Providence, SC, to the late Ashton Avon Shuler, Sr. and the late Lillian Evans Shuler. Corporal Shuler served in the United States Air Force during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was stationed at New Guinea, South Philippines. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by GTE. Mr. Shuler was a member of the American Legion Post 0090 in Congaree, SC and Red Mountain Baptist Church in Rougemont. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Steele Shuler.
Mr. Shuler is survived by one daughter, Pamela Cates and husband, Norman, of Timberlake; one son, Barry Shuler and wife, Nancy, of Hillsborough; four grandchildren, Jason Cates and wife, Tina, of Mechanicsville, VA, Kevin Cates and wife, Carla, of Mechanicsville, VA, Evan Shuler and Mason Shuler, of Hillsborough; four great-grandchildren, Alex Gunter and wife, Jeannie, of High Point, Kirsten Cates, Hannah Cates and Chara Cates; and one great-great-granddaughter, Caroline Gunter; brothers, A.A. “Bo” Shuler and Danny Shuler, both of SC; sisters, Eva Lee Williams and Linda Shuler Jacobs, both of SC.
Graveside service will be held Saturday 11 a.m. at Red Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Jones with reading by Evan Shuler. There is no visitation planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 800 Health Park #10, Raleigh, NC 27615.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Allen D. Verhey
DURHAM — Allen D. Verhey, 68, died at home Wednesday, February 26th, after a long struggle with Amyloidosis. Allen is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Phyllis (DeKruyter) Verhey; his three loving children, Timothy Beach-Verhey of Faison, NC, Elisabeth “Betsy” Verhey of Davidson, NC, and Kathryn Davis and husband, Craig of Holland, MI; five adored grandchildren, Ryan, Caroline, and Janie Beach-Verhey, and Jack and Meghan Davis; and his brothers, Ron Verhey of Grand Rapids, MI and Roger Verhey of Ann Arbor, MI. He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Verhey.
Allen was born in Grand Rapids, MI on May 14, 1945, to the late Richard and Catherine Verhey. He attended Grand Rapids Christian schools, graduating in 1962. After high school, he received his B.A. from Calvin College in 1966, his B.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Yale Divinity School in 1975. He taught for over thirty years in the Religion Department at Hope College before finishing his career as the Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology, at Duke Divinity School.
Allen loved being a teacher and a scholar, continuing to teach until six weeks before he died and still working on writing projects until the very end. He wrote or co-authored several books, contributed essays to numerous books and journals, and lectured all over the country and around the world. Among his students and colleagues, he was known for his humility, generosity, and kindness. He was not only a gifted theologian but a faithful Christian, who did not simply write about Christianity but practiced it. This was evident in the way he taught, thought, wrote, and spoke.
In addition to reading books, writing books, and talking about books, Allen also loved Detroit Tigers baseball, Duke Basketball, puttering in the yard and playing with his grandchildren. There is nothing he enjoyed more than a good game of wiffle ball on the beach or in the backyard with his family, continuing to participate as all-time pitcher when he could no longer field or run the bases. Allen loved his family and his family loved him. His grandchildren called him different things—-some named him “Papa Duke” and others “Pop-Pop Scratchy”—-but they all loved him dearly and knew that he loved them.
Allen’s family is thankful for his life and mourns his passing but takes comfort in the words of the first question and answer of The Heidelberg Catechism which meant so much to him throughout his life. Q: “What is your only hope in life and in death?” A: “That I am not my own, but belong--body and soul in life and in death--to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Funeral services will be 4:00 PM Monday in Duke University Chapel. Private cremation will follow. Friends will be received 2-5 PM Sunday in First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers gifts in Allen’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St.. Durham 27701 or Duke Divinity School, Box 90968, Durham 27708 or Arrangements under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory.

Harold B. Willett
DURHAM — Harold B. Willett, 64, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, with his family and friends by his side. Mr. Willett was born July 22, 1949 in Siler City, NC. He was the son of the late Evans & Estie Willett. He graduated from Chatham Central High School in 1967. He was a champion pork BBQ cook, winning many events including Hog Day in Hillsborough. He was also a huge Carolina fan who loved gospel and bluegrass music. Among many, one of his favorite artists was Bill Monroe. He attended Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor. What brought him the most joy was the love he shared with his family.
Mr. Willett is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sue Willett, of Durham; children, Darrin Willett and wife, Wanda, of Bennett, Mandy Willett Sanders and husband, Ronnie, of Creedmoor, Wendy Willett Howell and husband, Phillip, of Oxford; sibling, Leroy Willett, of Bonlee; sister-in-law, Joyce Gooch, of Creedmoor; 3 grandchildren, Ashley and husband Luke, Cooper, and Liam; along with many nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor, officiated by Pastor Greg Allison and Pastor Jimmy Hall. A private burial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive visitors on Friday, February 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in his memory to Bible Baptist Church of Creedmoor Mission Fund, 2047 Gate 2 Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
He will be remembered by all as a caring husband, daddy, father-in-law, papa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. He cared more about the welfare of others than himself. He will truly be missed.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Nelda Sloan Davies
CHAPEL HILL — Nelda Sloan Davies, manager and agent for a number of notable performing artists and groups died on February 18, 2014 at her home in Chapel Hill, NC. She was 85. The cause was emphysema.
Born in Palmerton, PA, Nelda excelled in school and was editor of her high school newspaper fostering a lifelong interest in print journalism. While attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, she leveraged the schools’ co-op program and worked for The Philadelphia Record and later was hired by The New York Times.
In 1976 Nelda moved to Chapel Hill, NC and began managing artists and groups such as the Touch Mime Trio and the Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits. Under the name Southern Artists, her list of clients grew as did her reputation among local arts societies and communities across the Mid-Atlantic region in providing interesting and educational talent for schools and festivals. She retired in 1994.
Nelda was married to David L. Davies of Fort Pierce, FL, and is survived by Daniel Davies of Tucson, AZ, Dee Davies Lamay of West Kingston, RI, Bruce Davies in North Potomac, MD, and Timothy Davies of Atlanta, GA, along with nine grandchildren. A memorial Service celebrating Nelda’s life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Eno River Unitarian Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707, 919-489-2527. As a champion for art and artists, Nelda wished that donations be made in her name to local art charities and also to the UNC Hospice program, 919-542-5545.


Charles Edward Hux
GREENSBORO — A graveside service for Charles Edward Hux, 91, formerly of Greensboro, NC will be held at 11:00 Monday, March 3, 2014 at Salisbury National Cemetery. He was born November 22, 1922 in Roanoke Rapids, NC to the late Charlie Gardner Hux and Katie Morris Hux.
Mr. Hux enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was injured while serving in China, Burma and India during World War II. He also served as a Master Sargent in the NC National Guard for fourteen years. He was a minister, a past chaplain for the DAV and the VFW and served as a member of the Honor Guard. He was an amateur radio operator and a former pilot. He volunteered for many years in sound and video production at his churches in Durham, Burlington and Greensboro.
Always a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Mr. Hux is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice Holt Hux of Salisbury Gardens, Salisbury, NC; son Kenneth E. Hux and wife Rebecca Hux of Canton, GA; daughter Carol Hux Burnett and spouse Edward G. Burnett, DDS of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, Scott Hux and wife Melissa Hux of Waleska, GA; Wendy Hux and partner Malissa Cook of Canton, GA; Robin Hux of Canton, GA; Matt Burnett and wife Misty Burnett of Charlotte, NC; Laura Burnett Dortch of Greensboro, NC; fourteen great-grandchildren; Skyler Cyr, Payton Hux, Carter Hux, Parker Hux, Charlotte Hux, Cross Hux, Joshua Hux, Caleb Hux, Isiah Taylor, Landon Burnett, Brady Burnett, Jameson Dortch, Noah Dortch, Mariah Dortch. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Ruth Hocutt of Durham, NC, sister-in-law Virginia Pierce of Henderson, brother-in-law LD Holt of Creedmoor, NC and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to Greensboro, Mr. Hux and his family lived in Burlington and Durham.
Mr. Hux died Monday, February 24, 2014 at WG “Bill” Hefner VA Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. The family would like to thank the staff of Forbis and Dick Funeral Home in Greensboro and that of the Medical Center, in particular those at Building 42-1 D for their exemplary care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be shared with the Children’s Home Society of NC, 604 Meadow St., Greensboro, NC 27405.
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