Obituaries, May 8, 2014

May. 07, 2014 @ 05:16 PM


Alton James Coppridge, M.D.
DURHAM — Alton James Coppridge, M.D., 87, died Tuesday, May 6th at the Pavilion at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community. He was born on December 8, 1926 in Roanoke, VA but lived in Durham most of his life. Dr. Coppridge was the son of the late Dr. William Maurice and Ferrie Choate Coppridge. He was in the original class of Calvert Method School in Durham (forerunner of Durham Academy), attended Fishburn Military School in Waynesboro, VA and graduated from Durham High School in 1944.
Dr. Coppridge served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was among the first troops to occupy Japan following the surrender. He was a 1949 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He attended the two-year program at UNC Medical School and was a 1953 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
After medical school, he completed an internship at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, a two-year surgical residency at the University of Iowa, and a three-year urological residency at the University of Michigan. He practiced medicine in Durham from 1959 to 1989 with the Coppridge Urologic Group. He was chairman of the Urology Department at Durham County General Hospital from 1978-1984.
Dr. Coppridge was a member of the N.C. Medical Society (President of the Urology Section in 1978), Carolinas Urologic Society (President, 1985), American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Urological Association (AUA), the Southeastern Section AUA (Executive Committee member, 1983-1986), and the Durham-Orange County Medical Society (President, 1978). He was on the teaching staff at both Duke and UNC Schools of Medicine.
Dr. Coppridge was a former member of First Presbyterian Church and a founding member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon at both. He was a life member of UNC Alumni, the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, and served as its North Carolina Chapter President from 1979-1980. He was a member and past President of the Durham Pistol and Rifle Club and a charter member of the Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club. He was a member and past President of the Associated Investors of Durham and was a former member of the Hope Valley Country Club. Dr. Coppridge is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Science in America and Who’s Who in America.
His two main hobbies were hunting and caring for his farm in Person County. He hunted throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Africa.
Surviving are his son, William Allen Coppridge of Timberlake, and his daughter, Virginia Coppridge Hayes of Durham; his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. James Wendell Ligon and Linda of Franklin, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Burnett of Hillsborough; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice at 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, N.C. 27704. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 9th at 11 o’clock at Few Chapel in Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, officiated by the Reverend Haywood Holderness, following a private interment at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the parlor of Howerton Bryan Funeral Home on Thursday, May 8th from 6-8 p.m.

Daniel (Danny) Francis Gourley
DURHAM — Daniel (Danny) Francis Gourley, 60, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his home in Durham, N.C. He was born to Richardine and the late William Gourley on November 6, 1953, in Charleston, S.C. He graduated from St. Andrew’s High School and attended the College of Charleston on a golf scholarship. Danny spent most of his career working as a golf professional, teaching on Hilton Head Island and at the Peninsula Club in Cornelius, N.C. He also ran his own golf school in Sarasota, Fla., and worked at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, S.C and most recently at UNC Finley Golf Course.
Danny brought comfort to people in so many different ways. Whether it was via his sense of humor, a bowl of his 5-star shrimp stew, a gentle act of kindness, his chatter on the golf course or his courage, Danny made you feel good whenever you were in his presence.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Rita A. Balaban of Durham, N.C.; his mother, Richardine Jenkins Gourley of Charleston, S.C.; his children, Sarah Jane Gourley of Columbia, S.C., Daniel Francis Gourley II of Columbia, S.C., and Robert Jackson Gourley of Concord, N.C.; his brother, William Gale Gourley (wife Janis) of Jacksonville, NC; and his mother-in-law, numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Danny’s family is genuinely grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital and UNC Hospice for the care and comfort that he received.
A memorial service will be held for his family and friends on May 18 at 6p.m. at the UNC Finley Golf Course. Interment will be in Charleston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Danny's memory may be made to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB#7295 UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295 or to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.

Thelma Scott Hopkins
DURHAM — Thelma Scott Hopkins, daughter of the late Belton and Levenia Scott, was born in Columbia, South Carolina on April 24, 1924 and departed this life Saturday, May 3, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Lunsford Hopkins, Sr.
Survived by daughters, Brenda H. McCoy, Huntingdon Valley, PA, Joyce H. Williams, Cynthia Hopkins, Kathy H. Wilborn of Durham, NC; sons, Lunsford Hopkins, Jr., Kenneth Belton Hopkiins and Reginald Scott Hopkins, also of Durham, NC; sister, Eleanor S. Porter, Los Angeles, CA; and brother, Eddie Lee Scott, Ft. Worth, TX.
Services will take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at West Durham Baptist Church, 1902 Athens Ave., Durham, NC 27707 at 11:30 a.m. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting family with arrangements.

Walter Gold Smith
DURHAM — Mr. Walter Gold Smith, 94, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born July 19, 1919, son of the late Wilma Smith and Luster Gold Smith. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Smith, and son, Greg. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. He was appointed a County Squire by Governor W. Kerr Scott in 1952. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the US Navy.
Surviving are caregivers, Audrey Binns and George Martin.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Diehl officiating. Friends will gather prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 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

Mary Frances Brewer Strayhorn
DURHAM — Frances Strayhorn, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion following several weeks of declining health. Frances was born in Halifax County on March 21, 1936. She graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School, and attended Watts Hospital School of Nursing. Frances retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC after many years of employment.
She was the daughter of the late Grady Thomas Brewer and Martha Murphy Brewer. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Moss; her brother, Grady T. Brewer, Jr. and his wife, Lucille; her niece, Judy Gantt; and her nephews, Dylan Moore and Jeff Strayhorn.
Frances is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Bill; her son, Thomas of Lynchburg, VA; her daughters, Brenda of Durham, Janet Allen and husband, Steve of Wake Forest; her grandchildren, Laurel Allen of Wake Forest and Landon Allen and wife, Brandi of Greenville, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service, conducted by Reverend Kerri Hefner, will be held Friday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family would like to thank Duke Regional Hospital and Hock Family Pavilion for their kindness and loving care for Frances and the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4701 N.C. Hwy 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Thomas Jerry Neal, Sr.
BURLINGTON — Thomas Jerry Neal, Sr., 87, went home to be with the Lord 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 “Micky” Neal. He was an active member of Fairview United Methodist Church where he served as president of the Men’s Club, Sunday school teacher, and was awarded The Father of The Year. He was passionate about knowing Jesus and making him known. Jerry attended Wake Forrest University where he studied business. He served in the Navy throughout World War II as a Heavy Artillery Gunman. Jerry worked in sales for American Standard Corporation in the Triangle area.
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 whom he loved and adored, Jeremy Neal, Megan O’Geary (Matt), Meredith Neal, B.J. and Sam Smith.
A service to celebrate his life 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.
Jerry was a very kind and gentle soul with a loving and generous heart, and was adored by everyone who knew him. He enjoyed telling jokes, Duke basketball and football, the Atlanta Braves and spending time with his loving family. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Hospice Home of Burlington and their support in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting 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

Allen William Olsen
BURLINGTON — Allen William Olsen, 66, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Cedar Ridge Senior Community. Allen was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late William H. Olsen and Florence Christophersen Olsen.
Allen served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Allen loved North Carolina basketball.
Allen is survived by daughter, Amy Olsen of Chapel Hill; and former wife, Donna Olsen of Carrboro.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11:00am Friday, May 9, 2014 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Fr. James Labosky presiding.
Friends may visit from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Thomas More Catholic Church “Faith Connection” 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Online condolences: Select Obituaries.


Sandra Thomas Curl
CREEDMOOR — Sandra Thomas Curl, 71, passed away peacefully on May 6th, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Johnston County on December 29th, 1942 to the late Robert Ruffin and Louise Sapp Thomas. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Ruffin Thomas, Jr. She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Andrew Benson Curl of Creedmoor, three sons, Andrew Benson, Jr. (Denise) of Lexington, KY, Stephen Thomas (Jennifer) of Mount Pleasant, SC, Ira Wilkins (Julia) of Bahama, NC, three sisters, Linda Thomas Nachnani (Gurbux) of Park Hall, MD, Eve Thomas Harrington of Underhill Center, VT, Betty Thomas Fowlkes of Raleigh, NC, ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ethan, Parker of Lexington, KY, Adele, Thomas, Andrew of Mount Pleasant, SC, Samuel, Sarah, Anna and Daniel of Bahama, NC.
Sandra was a gracious and faithful servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. A devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was an amazing cook, loved her needlework, an avid reader, loved working in her gardens. She had a passion to serve others. Always with a quick smile and caring word, Sandra had a way of making all she met feel special. She will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service will be held at Olive Grove Baptist Church on May 10th, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. by Rev. Jonathan Barbee and Rev. Jack Hollowell, 3024 Olive Grove Baptist Church Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Olive Grove Baptist Church of the charity of your choice.
Online condolences can be made to Select Obituaries.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Curl Family.


Marilyn Williams Pittman
HILLSBOROUGH — Marilyn Williams Pittman, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at her home. She was born in Alamance County, NC to the late James Martin Williams and the late Annie Belle Sykes Williams. She was also preceded in death by her son, Billy Terrell; sister, Marie Howard; brothers, Larry Williams and Jimmy Williams. Mrs. Pittman retired from General Electric and was a member of Gospel Baptist Tabernacle.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Pittman; daughter, Kay McAdams (Wesley); son, Jeff Terrell; brothers, Willie Williams, Georgie Williams; grandchildren, John McAdams (Christie), Melissa McAdams (Wayne Herndon), Jonathan Terrell (Brittany), Jeremy Terrell; 5 great-grandchildren and her caregivers.
A funeral service will be held 4 p.m., Friday at Gospel Baptist Tabernacle with Pastor David Bolick officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Edwards, Frank Edwards, Tony Riley, Robert Barrett and Troy Comar. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church.
Flowers are accepted or memorial donations can be made to the Amedisys Hospice, 2609 N. Duke St., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Cheryl Terrell Tubiolo
HILLSBOROUGH — Cheryl Terrell Tubiolo, of Hillsborough, passed away May 5, 2014 at UNC Memorial Hospital Chapel Hill.
We're celebrating the life of Cheryl Terrell Tubiolo. After battling a lengthy illness, Cheryl, 55, of Hillsborough, has joined her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing. Cheryl was born January 14, 1959, in Durham County to Felton and Rena Terrell.
Cheryl was fun-loving, outgoing, full of life and she loved her family, friends and the beach.
She was predeceased by her father, Felton Terrell, and her brother, Grady Terrell. She is survived by her mother, Rena Terrell; daughters, Christy Shields of Clayton, Casey Eviston of Burlington and Regina Baity of Efland; son, Jeffrey Tubiolo of Hillsborough; grandchildren, Blake, Grant, Victoria, Aubrey, and Ava; and brothers, Richard Terrell of Durham and Geryl Terrell of Hillsborough and several nieces, nephews and many loved friends.
A memorial service will be held at Lamb's Chapel in Haw River, NC, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNC Cancer Hospital.