Obituaries, May 1, 2014

May. 15, 2014 @ 05:13 PM


Mary June Mago
DURHAM — Mary June Mago, 78, of Durham, North Carolina, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, surrounded by her family at home, after a brave battle with cancer.
Mary June was born January 20, 1936, in Conway, AR, to the late Otto and Delma Turner. She graduated from Conway High School and went on to attend the University of Arkansas at Conway, the University of Missouri at Columbia, and Meredith College in NC. She earned her degree in teaching and in Home Economics.
Mary June is survived by her husband of 34 years, Dr. Gyula Mago; her son, Herb Schmidt (Judy) of Joplin, MO and Florida; her daughter, Danna Markoff of Raleigh, NC; and her son, Scott Schmidt of Joplin, MO. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Tyler Schmidt, Andrew Markoff (Megan), Paul Markoff, Sam Markoff, Katie Blankenship (Devin), and Taylor Anne Winters (Steve); one step-granddaughter, Shanda Scott (Kayle), and three new great-grandchildren, Nora Blankenship, Elise Winters, and Blair Scott. Survivors also include siblings Ed Turner of Tucson, AZ, and Dr. Kay Goodman of Duluth, MN, and a very special cousin, Bob Rickett of Monroe, LA.
Mary June will always be remembered as a special wife, mother, grandmother, friend, daughter, and sister, and as a giving member of her community, church, extended family, and many philanthropic organizations. She always found a quiet way to serve, never wanting to be out in front while attending to others’ needs.
Mary June was a perfectionist in all her activities, especially as they related to her family, but also in her well-known avocations as a musician, seamstress, gardener, and baker. Her children remember her love for cooking as she prepared wonderful cookies and meals for them and their friends. Everyone had their favorites, and asked for them whenever holidays and special events rolled around, and she delighted in providing for their wishes. She helped children and grandchildren make puppets, put on plays, carve pumpkins, shop for parents’ birthdays and other holidays. Her culinary skills were well-known at church, too, where she prepared meals for parishioners as well as visiting priests. Music was a lifelong activity as Mary June played the piano and organ at home, school, and churches throughout her life. She played the flute and piccolo in the Arkansas state orchestra and band and later learned to play several stringed instruments, including the zither. Mary June loved gardening and “rescuing” plants from almost anywhere. She grew, ate, shared, and amazed everyone with her awareness and knowledge of all growing things. Sewing and stitchery were her crowning skills. Her children and grandchildren remember that she always made THE BEST Halloween costumes and other attire for special occasions and created beautiful afghans and quilts. In recent years she learned to make vestments and altar cloths for her church, spending hours researching and sewing intricate designs by hand. Altar cloths that she created are now on display in the chapel of the USS North Carolina Battleship, in Wilmington, NC.
The family would like to thank the staff of Duke Hospice for their recent care and guidance.
Funeral arrangements are by Mitchell Funeral Home, Raleigh, NC, and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Wake Forest, NC.

Ralph Madison McKinney, Jr.
DURHAM — Ralph Madison McKinney, Jr., age 72, passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Services for Mr. McKinney will be held 2:00 pm Friday, May 2, 2014 in the mausoleum chapel of Pinecrest Memorial Park in Clayton, NC.
He was a native of South Carolina and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a local and state political activist who sought office in the U.S. Senate on behalf of people's civil and constitutional rights.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Anthony “Tony” McKinney.
Mr. McKinney is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Karangellen; two sons, Timothy Wayne McKinney and Jason Keith McKinney and his wife Stefanie; seven grandchildren, Leigha McKinney, Christopher Hellton McKinney, Nashua Chase McKinney, Cameron Lee McKinney, Julia Alexandria McKinney, Kathryn Ann
Marie McKinney and Collin Ray McKinney; two brothers and one sister.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Carolina Donor Services, 3621 Lyckan Parkway, Durham, NC 27707.
Online condolences may be made to the family at Arrangements are with McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton.

Maria Aldridge Nash
DURHAM — Mrs. Maria Aldridge Nash, age 99, a resident of 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Apt. 110, died early Monday morning at Croasdaile Pavilion.
Born October 11, 1914 on East Campus, Duke University, she was the daughter of the late Professor Fred Soule and Bertha McClees Aldridge. She lived her entire life in Durham and attended the Durham City schools. She was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church and the Sarah McCracken Sunday School Class. She was very active until recent years when her health declined. Mrs. Nash also belonged to the King’s Daughters Association.
Mrs. Nash was married to Clarence O. Nash on June 23, 1941. She loved her family and was a wonderful and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Surviving are her daughter, Becky Keesler and husband Larry of Mount Airy, NC; her sons, Berk Nash and wife Suzanne of Chapel Hill, and Wyatt Nash and wife Lisa of Chesapeake, Virginia; five grandchildren, Lisa Poe and husband Jamie, Greg Nash, Gary Nash, Devon Nash, Jared Nash and wife Kela; six great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and many very dear friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Dr. Fred Aldridge, Thomas A. Aldridge, Willis H. Aldridge, Julian M. Aldridge, Sr., and Edward Aldridge, and a sister, Elizabeth A. Henderson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 PM at the Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village, officiated by the Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman and Mrs. Nash’s nephew, Dr. Julian M. Aldridge, Jr. The family will receive friends at Few Chapel from 12 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 806 Clarendon Street, Durham, North Carolina 27705; Croasdaile Village Benevolent Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham, North Carolina 27705; Aldridge Family Scholarship at Duke University; or to a favorite charity.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Nash family. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Gary Paul Strobel
DURHAM — Gary Paul Strobel, 74, of Durham, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at his home. He was the son of the late Elmer C. Strobel and Anna Catharine Strobel of Akron, Ohio.
Gary was the Human Resources Director at B.F. Goodrich in Akron, Ohio, before relocating to Durham where he became the Human Resources Director for Qualex, Inc., retiring in 2001.
Gary collected and repaired clocks and many of his friends knew him as "the clock man." He was an avid golfer and belonged to the Umstead Pines (formerly Willowhaven) Country Club for 25 years but his greatest joy was his family and he gathered as many of them as often as possible to his home.
Gary is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joy McDonald Strobel, and his proudest legacy, their five children, Karen (Mark) Robertson of Durham, Diane (Bob) Magier of Red Oak, TX, Steven (Anne) Strobel of Southern Pines, NC, Jeffrey (Linda) Strobel of Chesterfield, MO, and John (Jennifer) Strobel of Durham. He leaves 16 grandchildren: Jenny and Brian Robertson, Katie, Sarah and Alex Magier; Dan, Emily, Sam, Becca, Mary Clare, Tom, and Joe Strobel; Grace and Lainie Strobel; and Jack and Maddie Strobel. He also leaves 17 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704 or for Down Syndrome research at LuMind Foundation, 225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 200, Marlborough, MA 01752.
A memorial celebration will be held in Akron, Ohio, at a future date.
Condolences may be expressed online at

Paul Leon Thorpe, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Paul Leon Thorpe, Jr., died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Phyllis Thomas-Thorpe, and son, Paul L. Thorpe III. His service will be conducted at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Rd. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 12-1pm one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the White Rock Baptist Church Enrichment Center. Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.


Mary “Alice” Earp Duke
OXFORD — Mary “Alice” Earp Duke, 75, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. She was born in Durham County to the late Charles Clifford Earp and the late Mollie Landon Earp. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Patrick Duke; sisters, Roberta Hamlett and Margaret Weaver; brothers, Billy Earp and Bernice Earp. Alice retired from Liggett Myers. She loved animals, especially hummingbirds and her cats.
Mrs. Duke is survived by her sons, Michael Eugene Duke (Brenda), Mark Douglas Duke (Susan), Patrick Keith Duke (Rodney); sister, Dolly Wilkerson (Jack); brothers, Elmer Earp, Joe Earp (Pat); grandchildren, Jason Duke (Jessica), Jessica Duke, Matthew Duke and great-granddaughter, Delilah Duke.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Friday at South Granville Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday 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


Lloyd Clifford Deckard, Jr.
LEASBURG — Lloyd Clifford Deckard, Jr., 80, of 355 Kelly Brewer Road died April 29, 2014. Born in Washington, DC, Mr. Deckard was the son of the late Lloyd Clifford Deckard, Sr. and Nancy Sue Ellis. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Mr. Deckard loved watching sports, especially women's college softball, and in high school he was a Guilford County baseball all-star shortstop. He also enjoyed woodworking, building model ships, and bowling.
Mr. Deckard is survived by three children, Danny Deckard and wife Jo of Durham, Traci Deckard Bobbitt of the home, and Jamie Deckard and wife Melissa of Charlotte; one sister, Dee Dee Ewell of Los Angeles, CA; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
At the request of Mr. Deckard there will not be a service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or by calling 877-958-2233.
Condolences may be sent to


Randall Gregg
RALEIGH — Randall Gregg, 44, an accomplished entrepreneur and journalist of Greensboro, died Friday, April 25, 2014 while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes of riding motorcycles.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 11:00am at Summerfield Baptist Church, located at 2300 Scalesville Rd., Summerfield, NC 27358. A visitation will follow the service at the church.
A complete obituary can be read at

Nancy Adcock Hall
RALEIGH — Nancy Adcock Hall, 83, passed away on April 22, 2014. Mrs. Hall was born in Durham, NC to the late William Frank Adcock and Beatrice Ragan Adcock. She had two brothers, William F. Adcock Jr. and Louis H. Adcock (both deceased), and is survived by her sister, Phonetta A. Leavell; son, Frank E. Hall; three grandsons; a granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Hall graduated from Durham High, and worked for the NC Department of Transportation for over 30 years. Mrs. Hall was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend.
Condolences may be expressed to the family through

Grady Leo Riddle, Jr.
GARNER — Mr. Grady Leo Riddle, Jr., 72, of 140 Montague St., Garner, NC and formerly of Durham, died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Wake Medical Center. His service will be conducted at 1pm on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 12-1pm one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Riddle is survived by three siblings, Mrs. Patricia Moore, Mr. William E. Riddle and Mrs Deborah R. Evans.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.


Annie Tate-Boone
ORANGE, N.J. — Annie Tate-Boone, born January 11, 1929, the youngest daughter of the late Young and Minnie Torain, entered into eternal rest April 25, 2014.
Graveside services will be held 10:00 am Saturday morning in Gaines Memorial Gardens, Efland, NC. Family visitation 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday evening in Chavis-Parker Funeral Chapel, Hillsborough, NC.
She leaves to mourn her husband, Arthur Nathaniel Boone; three children, Carolyn Tate-Gillard, Octavis Tate Jr., and Ann Tate-Jackson; one sister, Josephine Cousin; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-grandchildren.
Annie graduated from Alamance Community College with a degree in Nursing. She was employed at UNC Hospital until she relocated to New Jersey to pursue her nursing career in Orange Memorial Hospital, Orange, New Jersey, where she later retired.
Public viewing in Chavis-Parker Funeral Chapel 1:00 PM until the family visitation starts at 6:00 PM.