Obituaries, May 5, 2014

May. 04, 2014 @ 05:21 PM


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

Eleanor Butler Ricks
DURHAM — Eleanor Butler Ricks, 77, of Durham died on Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Walton (Shorty) Butler and Narcissus Johnson Butler born on May 23, 1936 in Johnston Co.  She was married to Raymond (Tom) Ricks. She lived most of her life in the Redwood Community, was a member of Grove Park Chapel and retired from Nortel.
She is the beloved and awesome mother of six children, fourteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  The children Donna Stainback (Kerry- Kathryn, Kendel) Debra Young (Michael- Michelle, Lauren and Stacey) Pamela Williams and Gary McLean (Koren, Megan) Richard Ricks (Janice- R. Patrick, Melissa) Beverly “Becky”  Mills (Morgan Brittany, Brandon) Bonnie Biggs (Michael- Christie, Daniel, Andrew).
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Grove Park Chapel, 805 Sherron Rd. Durham, NC. Pastor Dale Brooks will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Kendel Stainback, Daniel Biggs, Andrew Biggs,  Brandon Mills, Todd Harrelson, Joseph Holt, Matt Kartes, Jonathan Allen and Justin Ilharramendy.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter Bonnie Biggs, 5141 Swisswood Dr., Raleigh. Flowers are acceptable. The family wants to thank friends and extended family for their prayers and loving support.  Online condolences can be made at

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.

Arthur Nathaniel O'Briant

TIMBERLAKE — Arthur Nathaniel O'Briant, 84, of 504 Dink Ashley Road died Saturday, May 3, 2014.  Born in Person County, Mr. O'Briant was the son of the late Arthur Sewell and Mary Parrott O'Briant.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Shelton O'Briant; one son, Stephen Anthony O'Briant; one brother, Harold Jerome O'Briant; and one sister, Bessie Louise O'Briant.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and attended First Pentecostal Church of Roxboro.
Mr. O'Briant is survived by two sons, Gary Nathaniel O'Briant, of Timberlake and Terry O'Briant, of Raleigh; one daugther, Stephanie O'Briant Jordan and husband Marcus, of Hurdle Mills;one step-son, Edward Robin Hudson and wife Melinda, of Rockingham;  two sisters, Mary Lee Tuck, of Roxboro and Theresa Zimmerman, of Hickory; two grandchildren, Mary Lindsay Jordan and Stephen Marcus Jordan.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Brooks and White Chapel by the Rev. Matthew Wilmoth and Dr. M. David Chambers.
Burial will follow in Burchwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held 7:00-8:30 PM Monday, May 5, 2014 at Brooks and White Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Tuck, Chris Tuck, John McKinney, Paul Herendeen, Ronnie Webb, and Rev. Vernon Wilkerson.
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Jerry Henry Barger

SALSIBURY — Jerry Henry Barger, 82 of Salisbury passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday May 3, 2014.
Born January 24, 1932 in Charlotte , N.C. he was the son of the late Charles T. Barger and Frances Barger.
Jerry was a graduate of Salisbury’s Boyden High School, where he earned All-State and All-Southern honors in football, and also played basketball and baseball.  He started at quarterback for Duke University, being selected as 1954 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the year.  He led the Blue Devils to the 1955 Orange Bowl championship over the University of Nebraska, and is a member of Duke University’s all time football team, Duke Hall of Fame and Salisbury Rowan Hall of Fame.He was drafted by NFL Chicago Bears in 1955.  He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Duke and a member of the Iron Duke’s Club.
He served in the United States Air Force where he earned the rank of Captain instead of playing in the NFL.   He owned the Corbin Hills Golf Course where he could be found most days of the week.  A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church he served as usher and on various other committees.
Preceding him in death in addition to his parents was a brother Charles Barger.
Jerry, married Claudette Shaw Barger, July 26, 1953 and has two daughters, Traci McLaughlin (Matt) and Kerry Gardner and husband Tim; Grandchildren Brittany Tully, Drew, Chris and Kerry McLaughlin and Garrett, Katie and Mallory Gardner.
A visitation for Jerry will be held Wednesday from 6-8 at Summersett Funeral Home.  A Memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church with pastor Rhodes Woolly officiating.  A committal service will be held at the columbarium at St John’s Lutheran.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144 or Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144 or Faithful Friends, PO Box 3097, Salisbury, NC 28145
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