Obituaries, May 7, 2014

May. 11, 2014 @ 05:36 PM


Joanne Erwin Edelman
DURHAM — Joanne Erwin Edelman, 73, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at home surrounded by her family. Her battle with cancer was brief but incredibly courageous.
Joanne's greatest passion was enjoying and helping others enjoy art, particularly through her volunteer service at the Nasher Museum. Joanne retired as the principal of Pearsontown Elementary. She also served on the planning committee for the Central Park School for Children and established a program for children with learning disabilities at Hope Valley Elementary School.
Per Joanne's request no formal service will be held, but her family will hold a private gathering to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nasher Museum in her honor. To offer online condolences, do so at Select Obituaries.

Helmut Traugott Klenke
DURHAM — Helmut Traugott Klenke, 76, of Durham passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Duke Hospital. He was born on January 1, 1938 in Hamburg, Germany to Bruno and Thea.
Helmut came to the US in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Margaret, on June 8, 1958. They lived in CT and NY before settling in NC.
Helmut loved spending time with his family, traveling abroad, and working outdoors in his garden. He also served as an Elder in the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 56 years, his two sisters, Barbel and Elke, his four sons, Steve, Robert, Erik and Jason, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, May 10, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 114 Bowen Rd., Rougemont, NC. Burial will be private.


Thomas Jerry Neal, Sr.
MEBANE — Mr. Thomas Jerry Neal, Sr., 87, passed away surrounded by his loving family at The Hospice Home in Burlington, NC on May 5, 2014. Mr. Neal was born in Warren County, the son of the late Thomas Mason Neal and the late Beulah Vaughan Neal. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Neal.
Mr. Neal is survived by his wife, Mary Neal; sons, Thomas Jerry Neal, Jr. (Audrey) and Steve Neal (Linda); daughter, Lori Smith (Bryan); stepson, Kenneth Tickle (Wanda); brothers, Billy Neal (Elizabeth) and Harvey Neal; sister, Anita Coghill; and grandchildren, Jeremy Neal, Megan O’Geary (Matt) and Meredith Neal.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Mark Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Mr. Neal, Jerry, Pop and Poppy was loved by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church, 3128 Osceola Road, Elon, NC 27244 or The Hospice Home of Burlington, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Charles Griffin Worrell
EFLAND — Mr. Charles Griffin Worrell, 69, passed away Saturday, May 3rd, at Duke University Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1944 in Rocky Mount, NC. Mr. Worrell received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy with several commendations in August 1972. He retired in 2013 with over 30 years of service with TRC Environmental. He loved God, his family, and his country with all his heart. Mr. Worrell always had a smile and usually a joke for everyone he met. He would say he might forget your name but never forgot your face. His humor, humility, and genuine Christian love was what he lived every day. He was your friend when you needed one, and always there to help others. Mr. Worrell cherished each friend as family and loved with unconditional love. He lived each day to the fullest, regarding it as a new adventure, and simply loved and enjoyed life. Mr. Worrell had such respect for his pastor, Rev. Hoyt Shuford, and regarded him as his spiritual leader and friend. He loved and cherished his wife, daughters, and grandchildren with all his heart and always put their needs above his own. Mr. Worrell thanked God every day for them. His children and grandchildren gave him so much joy. He always supported them regardless of the situation and was so proud of all of them. Mr. Worrell tried to always be there for his extended family whenever there was a need, and loved them. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father, Nell and C.B. Worrell.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Vickie Davis Worrell of Efland, NC; two daughters, Lisa Ann Lee of Hillsborough, NC and Jennifer Hawks Howie of Indian Trail, NC; a son-in-law, Brian Anthony Howie of Indian Trail, NC; a brother, Leon Worrell of Raleigh, NC; five grandchildren, Taylor Brooke and Cody Blake Lee of Hillsborough, NC, Beckett Todd and Bayden Robert Howie of Indian Trail, NC, and Kayleigh Renee Moon of Hillsborough, NC; two nephews, Justin Worrell of Apex, NC and Christopher Worrell of West Virginia; and one great-nephew, Dylan Worrell of Apex, NC.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at Clements Funeral Home, 148 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church, 600 Cornelius Street, Hillsborough, NC with the Rev. Hoyt Shuford and the Rev. C.J. Bordeaux officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to express special appreciation to pallbearers John Whitty, Bobby Tant, Billy Joe Hicks, Justin Worrell, Christopher Worrell, Keith Congleton, Bill McDonnell, and Jerry Kyle. A very special thanks also goes to Cody Blake Lee as the Honorary Pall Bearer.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made in Charles's memory to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10138-0176.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Hillsborough, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Beulah B. Mayes
ROUGEMONT — Mrs. Beulah B. Mayes, 78, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014 at Duke Medical Center. She was born in Harnett County, NC to the late Joseph Blackmon and the late Ollie Josephine McLean Blackmon. Mrs. Mayes was also preceded in death by her sons, Timothy Alan Mayes and Otto William Mayes, III. She retired from Duke Medical Center in the Patient Accounting Department.
Mrs. Mayes is survived by her husband of 59 years, Otto W. Mayes, Jr.; daughters, Rebecca Mayes and husband, Buck Willoughby of Rougemont, Mandy Mayes of Rougemont; sister, Ollie Inez Roberts of Timberlake; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Tommy Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 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


Vada Jane Cutts Brummitt
RALEIGH — Mrs. Vada Jane Cutts Brummitt, 86, of Raleigh, loving daughter, wife and homemaker, died May 3, 2014 at Hospice of Wake County.
Jane was born May 1, 1928 in Baxley, Georgia to Harry Thomas Cutts and Ruby Bass Cutts. Her father was a demonstrator of flue-cured tobacco cultivation in Baxley and her mother was a housewife. They moved to Tar River, NC in 1930 and subsequently settled on the farm outside Creedmoor, NC where she grew up.
She had a lifelong interest in words and language that was recognized in the third grade when she was often asked to tell stories at the end of the school day. She graduated from Wake Forest College as an English major with a BA in 1950. Throughout her life she entertained friends and family with her observations and tales in Christmas letters and wrote more than 60 poems.
A memorial service will be held at 10 am on May 10 in the chapel at Eakes Funeral Home, 106 Clement Ave., Oxford, NC. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 102 Moss Road, Creedmoor, NC with visitation after committal at graveside.
Mrs.Brummitt is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dennis Brummitt, Raleigh, NC; sister-in-law Pat B. Cokewell, North Bend, WA; brother-in-law John E. (Jack) Tefft, Virginia Beach, VA; 10 nieces and nephews; 32 great-nieces and -nephews; and 14 great-great-nieces and -nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brummitt was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law, Ranson S. Averitt, Nathaniel T. Brummitt, and Robert T. Cokewell, and five sisters-in-law, Ann B. Averitt, Dorothy J. Brummitt, Isabel C. Brummitt, Mary Frances Brummitt, and Evelyn B. Tefft, and niece Anne delaVergne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Brummitt may be made to a charity or hospice of your choice.
Online condolences can be made to Select Obituaries.
Eakes Funeral home in Oxford is assisting the Brummitt family.


Darrell Wayne Bowden
INVERNESS, Fla. — Darrell Wayne Bowden, 56, Inverness, FL, died at home April 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joan “Kathy” Opperman Bowden; his son, Jesse Wayne Bowden of Durham, NC; two sisters, Carol Inscoe (Lathan) of Durham, NC, Cheryl Barbour (Donnie) of Rougemont, NC; and granddaughter, Alexi Elizabeth Bowden. He is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.
Darrell was born in Chapel Hill, NC on March 26, 1958 to the late William and Doris (Robinson) Bowden. After leaving North Carolina, he resided in Tampa, FL for 11 years before moving to Inverness, FL. He was the owner of Bowden’s Interior Trim before becoming a superintendent in the construction industry. Darrell’s life will be celebrated on Thursday, May 8, at Clements Funeral Home, 148 N Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278. Visitation will be from 5 – 6 p.m. with the Memorial Service starting at 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tampa General Hospital Foundation Transplant Campaign at or Wounded Warriors Project,
The family is being assisted by Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness, FL, and Clements Funeral Home in Hillsborough, NC. Online condolences may be made at