Obituaries, May 9, 2014

May. 09, 2014 @ 01:49 PM


Francis Xavier Boyle Jr.
DURHAM — Francis Xavier Boyle Jr. (57), also known as Frankie, passed away at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, N.C., May 1, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; son, Michael; mother and stepfather, Alice and Joe Pelkington; and sister, Debbie Pechack. Frankie also had cousins and friends whom he stayed in contact with through Facebook. Born in N.Y., he also lived in Virginia, California, Florida, Hawaii, and finally North Carolina. A loving husband, father, son, and friend, Frankie was very caring and kind and will be missed by many. Having a good sense of humor, he was also spiritual, and had a great love and knowledge of music from many different genres. Memorial Mass for Francis will be celebrated at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1001 Mason Rd., Durham, NC 27712 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 14, 2014.

Barbara Ann Gates Clayton
DURHAM — Barbara Ann Gates Clayton, 76, of 8604 Roxboro Road died Wednesday, May 7,
2014 at her home. She was born in Durham County and was the daughter of the late James Mack and Coleman Wilson Gates. Mrs. Clayton was also preceded in death by her husband, James Basil Clayton; three sisters, Goldia Gates, Frances Lane, and Lydia Riggs; one brother, Mack Ray Gates; and one grandson, James Vaughan. Mrs. Clayton retired from John Umstead Hospital in Butner and was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bahama.
Surviving are two daughters, Carol Keller and husband Kevin, of Mebane and Wendy Campbell and husband Chuck, of Durham; one brother, Dayton Gates, of Rougemont; one sister, Jean Clayton, of Hall River; and two granchildren, Tyler Campbell and MacKenzie Campbell.
Graveside Memorial Services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Gates Family Cemetery by the Dr. William C. Simpson, Jr. The family will receive friends anytime at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duke Home Care & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite #101, Durham, NC 27704.
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Frenchie Yolanda Conrad
DURHAM — Frenchie Yolanda Conrad, 60, departed her life on May 4, 2014.
She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, two sons, five grandchildren and one sister.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday at Mt. Calvary UCC with visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Regina Robinson Mullens
DURHAM — Mrs. Regina Robinson Mullens, 58, of Durham, NC, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at UNC Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.
She was born in Camden, SC, daughter of the late James B. and Marlene M. Robinson. She is survived by her husband, David Mullens; son, Joshua Robinson (Christian) of Raleigh, NC; daughter, Ashley Craanen (Michael) of Creedmoor, NC; grandchildren, Shaylyn Wilmoth, Mikey Craanen, and Jacobi Corpuz; sisters, Daylene Van Brunt of Estes Park, CO and Becky Robinson of Elgin, SC. She was predeceased by a daughter, Diana Mullens; sisters, Marlene Guy, Sandra Brown, and Deborah Segars; brothers, Jimmy Robinson and Alan Cariella.
Regina was a faithful member of the First Pentecostal Church for 24 years; she held many positions within the church with the bus ministry being her passion.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM at the First Pentecostal Church located at 2008 Carver Street, Durham, NC. Online condolences may be made at

Frances 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

Lisa Renee Taylor
DURHAM — Funeral services for Ms. Lisa Renee Taylor, 50, of Durham, N.C., will be conducted on Saturday, 12 noon from the United For Christ Church at 1802 Angier Ave. The family will meet with their friends 1 hour before the funeral services.
Survivors are two daughters, Ms. Semekia Taylor, Ms. Lakia Taylor; one son, Mr. James Oakley; son-in-law; three sisters, Ms. Maxine Williams, Ms. Bernadette Taylor, Ms.Shelia Yates; four grandchildren, Dylan Taylor, Devonte Taylor-Mills, Damya Taylor-Mills, Jaiden Taylor; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Final care & arrangements are entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service.


Walter Lee Dunn Jr.
PITTSBORO — Walter Lee Dunn Jr., 65, passed away peacefully at his home on May 4th, 2014 in Pittsboro, NC surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Walter was born September 20th, 1948 in Golden Meadow, LA, the son of Lola Bert and Walter L Dunn Sr. Walter was a retired law enforcement officer with the UNC Campus Police Department where he spent 30 years until his retirement as Major in 1999.
Walter was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather who always put his family first above himself. He loved working outside on his tractor and other heavy machinery (even though we knew he was just moving dirt from one corner to the next) along with working on projects around the house and farm in his free time.
He married Linda W. Dunn December 18th, 1965 in Chapel Hill, NC and they were happily married for 45 years.
Walter is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Dunn Glosson of Pittsboro, NC; his son, David Dunn of Charlotte; sisters, Patricia Schukis of Jacksonville, FL and Shirley Esponge of Grand Isle, LA; and step-brother, Thomas Ramos of Kokomo, MS. Walter is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Jenna, Brandon, and Hunter Glosson and 2 great-grandchildren, Ally and Aiden. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lola Bert and Walter Sr.; his wife, Linda; and son, Walter Lee Dunn III. Also preceding Walter in death were his brother, Freddie Dunn, and sisters, Betty Jean Cheramie, Edwenia Terrebonne, and Linda Tuttle.
Walter will forever be remembered for his sharp wit, sense of humor and constant sense of selflessness to his family and friends.
A visitation will take place at Walker's Funeral Home, 120 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC, Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will take place at Rock Springs Baptist Church, 29 Rock Springs Church Rd., Pittsboro, NC, Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 3pm.


James Everette Briggs
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. James Everette Briggs, 54, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
He was born in Person County and attended the Person County schools. His work included farming and constructing. He was married to Marie Dixon Briggs for 27 years.
Surviving are his wife, Marie D. Briggs; his son, James Eddie Briggs (Brandy), Chapel Hill; his daughter, Tina Yarborough, Efland; one sister, Jane Whitt (Mike), Hurdle Mills; one brother, John Eddie Briggs, Jr. (Carolyn), Roxboro; and five grandchildren, Victoria Keeter, Shane Keeter, Devin Keeter, Eli Briggs, and Lexi Smith. He was predeceased by his parents, Geraldine and John Eddie Briggs, Sr.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 PM Saturday in Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Shane Silvers and Pastor Mike Whitt. Visitation will be 1-2:20 PM before the service. Burial will follow in Old Lea Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made on behalf of the family to Walker’s Funeral Home, P.O. Box 506, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Elizabeth Deane Haw Hobbs
CHAPEL HILL — Elizabeth Deane Haw Hobbs, 80, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina died on May 7th, 2014. She was born February 17, 1934, the daughter of the late Joicey Edna Ruffin Haw and Richardson Wallace Haw of Richmond, Virginia.
Known to her friends as “Betty,” she grew up in Richmond and Chester, Virginia, graduated from Thomas Dale School and attended what is now Virginia Commonwealth University and North Carolina Wesleyan College. While working at the Central National Bank in Richmond, she met her future husband, Robert Branson Hobbs, whom she married on Valentine’s Day in 1959 and with whom she had two sons. Mr. Hobbs’ banking career led them to Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1967, where they lived and raised their family until 1996, when he retired from Centura Banks Inc. They subsequently moved to her husband’s hometown, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and settled into retirement there.
Mrs. Hobbs was an active Episcopalian and was a member of the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. Before that, she was a longtime member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rocky Mount, where she was President of the Altar Guild for over 25 years and a member of the Chancel Choir. She also served as a lay reader and chalice bearer.
One of Betty’s great passions was ballet dancing. She studied ballet for many years and danced in the Richmond Civic Ballet Company while living there. Mrs. Hobbs instilled in her children a love of history and of her native Virginia. She took her family on numerous trips to see historic Virginia houses, furniture and decorative arts. She was proud of the fact that she was an eleventh-generation Virginian and a third-generation genealogist who could trace her family’s lineage back over a thousand years in England and France. She was certified by the National Board for Certification of Genealogists and had a certificate in Advanced Genealogical Research from the North Carolina State Archives. She used her skills to help many friends trace and document their family histories. She also taught numerous classes over the years to civic groups, at several technical colleges and at Duke University. She was a member of numerous genealogical societies, including the Jamestowne Society, the Order of the First Families of Virginia and thirteen other societies. In Rocky Mount, she was Secretary-Treasurer of the Nash County Bicentennial Commission and had a leadership role in raising funds to restore Historic Stonewall in Rocky Mount as part of the Nash County Historical Association.
Mrs. Hobbs had a lifetime love of flowers and flower arranging. She was a member of the Chapel Hill Garden Club and the Rocky Mount Garden Club. Her family took pride in the numerous awards and blue ribbons that she won over the years at competitions. She also taught many classes on flower arranging and constantly arranged flowers at Good Shepherd and the Chapel of the Cross for many services over the years.
Most of all, Betty loved her family. Her husband predeceased her in 2008. She is survived by son, Robert Branson Hobbs, Jr., his wife Laura Thiele Hobbs and daughter Anna Branson Hobbs of Southern Shores, NC; and son, William Thomas Hobbs II, his wife Elizabeth Gilman Hobbs and children William Thomas Hobbs III, Elizabeth Sheppard Bradford Hobbs, Henry Huntington Hobbs and Samuel Middleton Hobbs of Charlotte, NC.
She was predeceased by one sister, Joicey Haw Lindsay of Richmond, VA and three brothers, Richardson Wallace Haw, Jr. of Chester, VA, George Ruffin Haw of Chesapeake, VA and John Osborn Haw of Chester VA.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00PM on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC. The Reverend Stephen Elkins-Williams will officiate. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service. Interment will follow at the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the S. Huntington Hobbs, Jr. Endowment for Faculty Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in care of the Arts and Sciences Foundation, 134 East Franklin Street, CB6115, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.


Fred Douglas Richmond Jr.
GREENSBORO — Climaxing a period of declining health that was born with patience, with bravery and brightened by God's abiding love, the mortal life of Fred Douglas Richmond Jr. slipped into a peaceful eternal rest on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina. Fred Douglas Richmond Jr., the proud addition to the family of the late Fred D. Richmond Sr. and Sallye Roberts Richmond was born on October 17, 1972.
His service will be on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 at Wayman Chapel AME Zion, 1923 Osbourne Road, Hamlet, NC 28345 at 1 pm, Janice Ingram, Senior Paster, officiating.
Condolences may be sent to his mother, Mrs. Sallye Bright, 1608 Mcconnell Rd., Greensboro, NC 27401.

Kramer Ulysses Singleton
GREENSBORO — Kramer Ulysses Singleton, age 90, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2014.
The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10th, at Westover Church in Greensboro.  The funeral will follow at 11 a.m., also at Westover Church, in the Theater Wing.
He was a resident of Greensboro where he has lived with his wife, Dorothy, for over fifteen years.
He was born 3-8-24 in Durham, NC. He was one of seven children born to Thomas and Blanche Singleton.
He was a member of Westover Church and enjoyed attending the Abundant Life Sunday School class. He and Dorothy enjoyed serving as greeters at the church entrance for many years.
He proudly served his country in the Korean War and in World War 2, where he earned several medals for distinguished service. Kramer retired from the Durham Fire Department as Assistant Fire Marshall following 32 years of service.
For many years Kramer and his wife Dorothy owned a beach home in Garden City, South Carolina where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends. In his spare time Kramer enjoyed making crafts from seashells. Family affectionately referred to his crafts as “Kramer’s Kritters.”
 He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Dorothy, one daughter, Donna Owens, her husband Joseph; one granddaughter Christi Foxworth, her husband Parker; one grandson Brent Pilson, his wife Marianne and one great-granddaughter, Elise. Other surviving family includes Dale Pilson, his wife, Julia; his sister Ann Upchurch; nephew, Mickey Upchurch; and great-nephew Michael Upchurch.
Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel has the honor of assisting the Singleton family.
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