Obituaries, April 24, 2014

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 05:16 PM


Jimmy Dunlap
DURHAM — Jimmy Dunlap, 71, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at his home. Mr. Dunlap was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Dunlap, and a son, Danny Dunlap. He was a lifelong resident of Durham County. Mr. Dunlap was a graduate of Northern High School, as well as a member of the Gorman Hunting Club and a member of Northern Free Will Baptist Church.
Mr. Dunlap is survived by his sons, Dennis Dunlap (LouAnn) of Timberlake and Derek Dunlap (Renee) of Oxford; grandson, Hunter Ladd Dunlap; daughter-in-law, Kellie Dunlap of Durham; brother, Ronnie Dunlap of Pamlico County; and sister, Helen Jean Purser of Pamlico County.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at Northern Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Norman Gordon officiating. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at the home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Northern Free Will Baptist Church, 405 Orange Factory Rd., Bahama 27503.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Frances G. Green
DURHAM — Frances G. Green passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Frances was born and raised in Durham and was the daughter of the late James Otho Grady & Sudie Grady Barbour. She attended Durham High School. Frances retired from GTE after 36 years of service and Durham Area Transit Authority after 21 years. Frances was a member of Springs of Life Bible Church and the Ladies Bible Class.
Frances is preceded in death by her husband L. Jack Green, her son Malcom Thomas Green, sister Ethel Paschal and brother Thomas Grady. She is survived by her children, Clark Green, Amy Best (Danny), her grandchildren, Ashleigh Green, Macy Carver, Kelli Carver and Aaron Best, sister-in-law Margaret Grady and niece Susan Grady and plenty of cousins and friends whom she loved very much.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Springs of Life Bible Church at 12:00 PM. Visitation will be one prior to the service at 11:00 AM.
Death is not the end. Rather it is the beginning of life as God intended--free from sin and all its negative consequences of suffering, sickness and pain. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees that believers will be raised as well as receiving new bodies that are strong, perfect and eternal. Furthermore we’ll have the joy of being reunited with loved ones in Christ and seeing our Savior face to face.
The family would like to thank Duke HomeCare and Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
Memorials can be made to Springs of Life Bible Church, 5301 Guess Rd, Durham, NC 27712 or Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.

Martha Hunter
DURHAM — Mrs. Martha Hunter passed away on April 20, 2014. Funeral Services are on Friday at 2:00 PM at St. James Disciples of Christ Church, 1404 Acadia Dr., Durham, NC. The family will receive friends an hour before service at the church and all other times at the home of Diane Lyons, 1208 Red Oak Ave., Durham, NC. Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Send condolences to

Tarsha Joylean Lawson
DURHAM — Tarsha Joylean Lawson, 39, departed her life on April 21, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Kelsey Gyant, her life partner Micheal Gyant, loving mother Pearlie Jones, sister Leslie Bass and brothers Richard, Sterling, and Ray Lawson and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday at 1:00 pm with a visitation at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Ola McClain
DURHAM — Ola McClain of Durham passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Hock Family Pavilion. Born in Durham County, Mrs McClain was the daughter of the late Ola Walker Thompson and David Thompson. She graduated from Hillside High School in 1947. She was married to the late Sandy McClain and four children were born to this union. Her service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Immanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2102 South Alston Avenue. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.
Ola McClain leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Sandra McClain Shed, Brenda McClain Roberts (Darryl), Ryan McClain, Sharon McClain Ray (Vincent); one brother, David Thompson, Jr; 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Darryl Lynn McReynolds
DURHAM — Darryl Lynn McReynolds departed this life on April 19 at his home, 2513 Shirley Street.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 2508 Crest Street. The family visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by his wife, Reta Scarlett; two sons, Ishmael and Isaac Scarlett; his father, Louis McReynolds of Seymour, Indiana; two brothers, Michael McReynolds (Sylvia) and Larry McReynolds Sr., both of Seymour, Indiana; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Clarence Ivan "Tunky" Watkins, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Clarence Ivan "Tunky" Watkins, Jr., loving father and brother, passed away on April 21, 2014 at The Brian Center in Durham, NC.
He was the son of the late Clarence and Frances Watkins. He is survived by his daughters Regina Bagley and Hennessey White (Kenny) and his son Ivan Taylor all of Durham, NC.
Viewing will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and the funeral service will follow at 12:00 (noon), at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway in Durham, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Clyde Thomas Watson, Sr.
ROXBORO — Clyde Thomas Watson, Sr., 85, of 780 Parham Road died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Born in Caswell County, Mr. Watson was the son of the late Hurley Oscar Watson and Mollie Cates and also preceded in death by one sister, Betty Watson Mautesiak Allen. Mr. Watson was a barber at Longhurt Barber Shop, farmed, and assembled merchandise at Roses. He also fought in the Korean War and was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Watson enjoyed hunting, fishing, Nascar racing, and working on lawn mowers.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Callie Parham Watson; two children, Kathryn Watson Bullock and husband Tommy of Sandy Ridge and Clyde Thomas Watson, Jr. and girlfriend Debbi Borden of Roxboro; six grandchildren, Tiffany Watson, Caleb Bullock, Ryan Watson, Camryn Bullock, Rebecca Watson, Katlin Bullock.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, April 25, 2014 at Mill Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Dion Loving. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:30-8:00 PM Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Caleb Bullock, Ryan Watson, Lewis Parham, Adam Jones, Ronald Kaylor, Jr., Jeff Gibson, Mike Parham, David Parham, and Richard Parham. Honorary pallbearers will be the Wade-Tingen Sunday school class.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be made to Mill Creek Baptist Church, 1562 Mill Creek Road, Roxboro, NC 27574 or a charity of one's choice.
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Major Mae Harris
EDEN — Major Mae Harris (Salvation Army), 88, of Eden, NC, formerly of Shelby and Durham, NC was promoted to glory on Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014 surrounded by family and friends.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 11 AM on Friday, April 25 at The Salvation Army Church, 314 Morgan Road in Eden, NC. A graveside service will be held at 3 PM on Friday at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 2107 Liberty Street, Durham, NC 27703.
During Major Harris' serving in The Salvation Army she was a force in four buildings built for God and The Salvation Army. During retirement and health issues she dedicated herself, in service, for the Lord in Eden. Mae Elexzinia Harris was born in Timberlake, NC on July 8, 1925 to Charlie A and Jackie Taylor Harris.
She is survived by two brothers, Gordon F. Harris and wife, Josephine of Boone, NC and Charles L. Recktenwald and wife, Jane of Durham, NC; 10 nieces, 10 nephews, 24 great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday evening, 6 - 9 PM, at Fair Funeral Home, 432 Boone Road in Eden.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to The Salvation Army, 314 Morgan Street, Eden, NC 27288.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at