Obituaries, May 4, 2014

May. 03, 2014 @ 05:11 PM


Shielda Louise Barnes
DURHAM — Shielda Louise Barnes, 63, departed her life April 30, 2014.
She leaves to cherish her memory father Arthur Ben Barnes, brother James Farrington (Hattie), playsister Verdie Hackney, one daughter Lakychia Barnes Myers (Hercules), two granddaughters Diamon and Synai Myers, two aunts, three uncles and a host of relatives and friends.
Services will be at Markham Chapel, Tuesday, May 6 at 12:30 pm with visitation at 11:30 am.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Allene Sears Clayton
DURHAM — Allene Sears Clayton passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Brandermill Woods Healthcare Center on May 1, 2014. She was born in Bexar, Arkansas to the late Pledger and Ellen Sears on August 29, 1919. Allene was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Clayton; son, E. Lynn Clayton; sister, Latain Gilstrap; brothers, Haskell and Carroll Sears; sister-in-law, Vestal and Jimmie Sears; and brothers-in-law Harry Gilstrap, William Bales, Cecil Smith and Gaylon Perryman.
She is survived by two sons, Ken Clayton (Gail) of Chesterfield, VA, and Jerry Clayton (Patricia) of Durham; daughter-in-law, Maria Clayton of Gainesville, TX; six grandchildren, Bruce Clayton (Nicole) of Durham, Kristen Clayton of Greensboro, Ashley Clayton of Richmond, VA, Brent Clayton of St. Paul, MN, Alison Clayton of Chicago, IL, and Brandon Clayton of Chesterfield, VA; two great-grandchildren, Bruce and Spaulding Clayton of Durham; four sisters, Velta Bales of Greenwood, MO, Lena Smith of Raytown MO, Vonda Sanders (Carmon) of Bexar AR, and Georgia Perryman of Viola, AR. Allene spent most of her married life in Greensboro before moving to Durham, and then to Chesterfield, VA. She was a devoted wife and mother and her dedication to her faith was always evident in the way she lived her life. The family would like to thank the staff of Brandermill Woods for the loving care they have given “our dear Nana” over the past seven years.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Red Mountain Baptist Church in Rougemont. Pastor Doug Brown and Rev. David Pryor will officiate. Burial will be in church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home in Durham. Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Employee Appreciation Fund, c/o Brandermill Woods Healthcare Center, 2100 Brandermill Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112 or a charity of your choice.

William Henry Kernodle
DURHAM — Mr. William Henry Kernodle, 79, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. Mr. Kernodle was born in Orange County to the late Thomas Clarence Kernodle and the late Dealie Westbrook Kernodle. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Faye H. Kernodle. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Glaxo Wellcome in the Building Maintenance Department. He enjoyed racing and restoring cars.
Mr. Kernodle is survived by his daughters, Mandy Daniel and husband Sam of Durham, Michelle Kernodle of Valrico, FL; and nephew, Richard Kernodle and wife Beth of Siler City.
A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mark Mofield. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and other times at the home of his daughter, 414 Valley Drive, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Gerald W. (Gerry) Nelson
DURHAM — Gerald W. (Gerry) Nelson, 86, died Saturday, April 26, 2014 at his home in Durham, North Carolina. The son of Elna and Axel Nelson, Gerry was born March 8, 1928. One of 13 children, he spent his early years in Kane, Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Johnson, his wife for 53 years, in September 1948. The couple lived and worked in several cities in western New York and Pennsylvania before settling in Pittsburgh, where they made home for their three children. Gerry worked for several companies, but always described himself as a salesman, sharing many stories of his days on the road.
In later years Gerry and Nancy moved to Columbia, South Carolina to be near family. While living in Columbia they cared for many children in their home, loving and following them into adulthood. Following Nancy’s death in 2005, Gerry relocated to Durham where he enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with his family there.
Gerry is survived by his three children, David and his wife Libby of Durham, North Carolina; Donald and his wife Maureen Donovan of Orchard Park, New York; and Deborah of Lackawanna, New York. He also leaves three grandchildren, Ben, Emily and husband Khedron, and Brett; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Kaseryn.
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Christian Otha Pittman
DURHAM — Christian Otha Pittman, 9, of Durham, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Christian was born in Durham on March 22, 2005. He attended Glenn Elementary School. He loved school, playing soccer, going to church and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and the “Patch Pirates.” He was a very loving and tenderhearted young man who never met a stranger. He loved going to work with his grandfather. He loved to visit the BP on Broad Street to see his Mama at work. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley Dianne Pittman.
He is survived by his mother, Amy S. Pittman, his grandfather, Franklin Walton “Frankie” Pittman; two brothers, Deeshawn Magwood of Roxboro and Desi Chaphin Akins of Durham; one sister, Destini Akins of Durham; nephew, Da’Kari Magwood of Roxboro, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church and other times at the home of Kisha and Chiquitta, 131-C Commerce Street in Durham. Online condolences can be made to

Ann McDaniel Smith
DURHAM — Ann McDaniel Smith of One Garber Court passed away on May 1, 2014. She lived a life of faith, family, friends and fortitude. Her shining presence is an immeasurable loss.
Mrs. Smith was born on April 26, 1935 in Durham, North Carolina and is preceded in death by her parents, Nancy Lucille and James Bruce McDaniel. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charles Thomas Smith, Jr., CPA, of Durham; her son, Charles Thomas Smith, III and his wife, Deborah Dove Smith, of Raleigh, NC; her brother, Riley M. McDaniel, and his wife Hazel, of Goose Creek, SC; as well as four nieces and three nephews.
A graduate of Bethesda High School of Durham, Ann married Charles T. Smith, Jr. [Duke University Class of 1954] in the Duke Chapel on June 11, 1955. They were blessed with their beloved son in 1958. She lived in many cities around the U.S. due to her husband’s distinguished career with KPMG, Inc., one of the world’s leading CPA and business consulting firms.
Ann enjoyed her many friends and homes in Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, [Bloomfield Hills] Michigan; New York, New York; Naples, FL; and Durham. After her husband’s retirement, they built a home at Durham’s Treyburn Country Club before moving to Croasdaile Village Retirement Village.
After her son enrolled at Duke in 1976, Ann and Charlie traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She enjoyed many of the world’s finest resorts and hotels, always reveling in fine dining and flying the Concorde.
When asked her profession, Ann proudly proclaimed, “I am a wife and mother.” She supported her husband and son in every imaginable way. She was active in her community, regardless of locale. She supported her church homes; was president of the PTA; president of the Newcomers Club in Bloomfield Hills; a judge for local Miss America pageants; a top member of the Ladies Golf Team at Atlanta Country Club; [competing against other Club leagues] editor of the Club’s publications; a member of many bridge clubs; and a community leader. She relished dancing and entertaining in her gracious homes. Ann was a highly accomplished needlework artist, whose work has been exhibited. She loved to read and solved daily crossword puzzles.
She was a member of the congregation at Duke Chapel and always cared deeply for those in need. In addition to her volunteer activities, Ann and Charlie gave generously to their church, the United Methodist Foundation and the United Methodist Retirement Homes. Their love for Duke University was marked as members of the Founders Society, the James B. Duke Society, the William Preston Few Association, the Cornerstone Society, the Medical Davison Club, the Fuqua Business Centurions and Isle Maligne Society, the Friends of Duke Chapel, and Life Members of the Iron Dukes. She also supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society and various charitable causes.
In recent years, despite the ongoing effects of multiple sclerosis, Ann carried forward with her ever-present positive attitude, her faith, and her astounding inner strength. Regardless of her physical condition, she accompanied Charlie as he traveled throughout the nation during his tenure as the International President of the National Association of Accountants, speaking at many of its 341 chapters with a total of 92,000 members. An Association publication included a feature article, entitled “NAA’s First Lady: A Profile in Courage.” The article stated: “Ann Smith refuses to let anything get her down. She has been able to attend all but the overseas meetings this past year. This determined lady hopes she can help someone else understand a bit more about MS and about facing all kinds of challenges.” This was a fitting testament to a strong and beloved wife, mother and mother-in-law.
Ann thoroughly enjoyed people and was blessed with many, many friends. Her three best friends, Mary Glomstead of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Elsa Jacquint of Atlanta, and Jane Lucke of Cincinnati, formed a lifelong friendship in 1977 when the group met as residents of the Detroit area. After Ann moved from Michigan in 1986, these wonderful ladies visited her on an annual basis for a week of bridge and fun. This joyful tradition continued for the next 25 years.
In these most recent years, Ann was again blessed by amazing caregivers, who became members of her extended family. These ladies include Rebecca Williamson, Shirley Adams, Sharon Hill, Sandra Wood, and Brenda Davis. She truly loved each and every one.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014 at the William Preston Few Chapel in Croasdaile Village. The Reverend Dr. Carol Gregg, Pastor to the Congregation, Duke University Chapel will officiate. The family will receive guests at a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the Smith Family requests that memorials be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or Duke University Chapel, Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708.
The Smith family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at Select Obituaries.


John Richard Garner
CREEDMOOR — John R. Garner of Creedmoor passed away Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at his home.
Graveside services will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 5th, 2014 at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor. Visitation will be held at Creedmoor United Methodist Church prior to the graveside service from 12:30 – 2:00 P.M.
Online condolences can be made to Select Obituaries.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Garner Family.


Dorothy S. Hall
CHAPEL HILL — Dorothy S. Hall of 750 Weaver Dairy Road, #2110, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died April 8, 2014 in the Carol Woods Health Center. She was 95. Born Dorothy Shaw in Fontana, Wisconsin in 1919, Mrs. Hall was an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina. Her exhibitions included the Museo de Arte Moderna and an individual show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of her sculptures is in the garden of the American Embassy in Brazil.
After earning a Master of Education degree she began a new career, designing learning materials for young children. She built two "Habitats" at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center and monitored differences in play between boys and girls. She held a workshop for parents and children at the Duke University Training Center for Hearing Impaired Children, and made portable playground equipment for the Sara Barker Center for Retarded and Handicapped Children; both were especially rewarding to her. An ad asking for a playground at the Ridgefield Public Housing Day Care Center led to an Adventure Playground built with the help of the children living in the project. Twenty-three activities were constructed from scrap material--mostly old tires, cable spools, and a scrap pile from University Mall, then under construction. It cost fifty dollars! Other playgrounds followed: four for Head Start, one for the Montessori School, and one for the Bayboro High School where 700 children were hanging out in the parking lot.
As a young woman in Chicago she was a model, and trained as a nurse at Michael Reese Hospital. While attending Milton College in Wisconsin she wrote and directed children’s radio programs for WCLO in Janesville--"Read and Rest" and Schooltime." She taught nursery-kindergarten classes in Storrs, Connecticut and Chapel Hill, and worked in advertising in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Chapel Hill.
In her later years she and her husband, Bill, sailed his thirty-one foot sloop from their home in Oriental, North Carolina, to Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Newport, Rhode Island. She was a member of Mensa, the Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill, and the Sams O'Wake RV Club. She was active in the PTA, Girl and Boy Scouts, and the Community Church.
She is survived by her two children, David and William Daland, and grandsons Robert and Adam Daland.

James Elwood Tripp, Jr.
CHAPEL HILL — James Elwood Tripp, Jr., 89 of Chapel Hill passed away May 3, 2014. He was born in Carrboro to the late James Elwood Tripp Sr. & Emma Gill Tripp. He was married to Peggy O’Briant Tripp for 54 years.
He is survived by his children, Ron Tripp & Cindy Tripp Allen. Graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 o’clock by the Rev. Ernie Keck at Antioch Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the home.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Dishwasher Fund at Antioch Baptist Church.


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.
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