January 9, 2013
Edward Cecil Credle
DURHAM - Edward Cecil Credle, 86, of Durham died Jan. 6 at Duke University Medical Center after a period of declining health. He left this earth to be reunited with his wife, Mary Jane Wallace Credle, who died in 2010, as well as his beloved parents, Sam and Gertrude Credle; and older brother, Sidney Credle.
Born in Durham on Sept. 30, 1926, Edward graduated from Durham High School in 1943 and registered that same year as a freshman at N.C. State University. The next year, he enlisted in the Navy's V12 program and was assigned to Duke University where he graduated in 1946 with a degree in civil engineering and received a commission in the Navy as an Ensign.
After a 1947 discharge from the Navy, Edward put his engineering skills to use with the firm of Jackson and Moreland in Boston where he was sent to Rutland, Vermont, to work on dam restoration. While in the Boston area, he took advantage of the GI Bill for post graduate studies at Harvard University. He received a Masters of Science degree in 1949 and a Masters of Engineering degree in 1951.
With graduate school behind him, Edward soon began employment with DuPont as an area engineer at the Savannah River Project in Barnwell, South Carolina. After a time as a structural engineer with the Union Bag and Paper Co. in Savannah, Georgia, he returned home to Durham in 1953 to formally launch Credle Engineering Company with his father. Edward's late brother, Sidney, also a civil engineer, joined the business a few years later.
Edward married Mary Jane, also a Durham native, in 1957. He built the house where they raised their family. There he could always find a household project - indoors or outside - to keep him busy.
Edward and Mary Jane enjoyed many years together, sustained by family, friends, and their faith. Like his mother before him, Edward embraced the Catholic faith all his life. He married in Immaculate Conception Church and was a lifelong parishioner who could always be counted on to usher at Sunday mass. Edward and Mary Jane did their share of traveling around the United States, but there was no place like home for Edward.
Edward leaves to cherish his memory, daughter and son-in-law, Felicia and Conor McGaley of Larchmont, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Mark Brueckner of Durham; daughter, Melanie Credle of Durham; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Jennifer Credle of Durham; grandchildren, Emma Brueckner of Auburn, Alabama, Colum and Edward McGaley of Larchmont, NY, and Olivia Brueckner, Nicholas Credle, Matthew Credle, all of Durham.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held Friday, 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Bill McIntyre. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery, Section 12. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family would like to thank the staff of Seasons at Southpoint for Edward's compassionate care during the past 2 1/2 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protection Society of Durham, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, 27704 or Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences.
Ruth Langford Dillon
DURHAM — Ruth Langford Dillon died at the Forest At Duke, December 24th, 2012. She was 91.
Ruth was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. She attended Dobbs Masters School and graduated from Pine Manor Junior College. Ruth married the late John C Dillon in 1942. Over the course of their marriage, they made their home in Yonkers, Chappaqua and Raquette Lake, New York. In 1994, after John had passed away in 1991, Ruth relocated to the Forest At Duke in Durham where she greatly enjoyed her friends and the staff.
Ruth performed extensive volunteer work. In her years in Westchester NY, she volunteered with the Chappaqua School System. At Northern Westchester Hospital she assisted and ultimately supervised the volunteer staff. In the 1980's she was a docent at Katonah Museum of Art. There she created and assisted in producing Transformations, Shelters and Forever Wild, the Adirondack Experience, which toured throughout New York State. She was a docent at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, NY. When she moved to North Carolina she continued her volunteer participation at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Duke Chapel, and Duke University Hospital.
Ruth and John traveled the world whenever and wherever the opportunity presented. While not her first, or maybe her best trip, she is lovingly remembered for shoving four children, age 9 to 16, into a stationwagon in the summer 1959, and spending the next two months camping and driving across the US. After John's death, Ruth continued her travels with devoted friends and family until her death.
Over her life, Ruth grew to love the Adirondacks and its people. Birthplace to her husband, fortress in life, the Adirondacks, and the love and effort she invested there, are her legacy to family and friends.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, John C Dillon; her son, Lt. Geoffrey Arnold Dillon; and her daughter, Martha Langford Stothers. She is survived by her loving twin sister, Hope Langford Turney of Los Angeles, California; her daughter, Dr. Hope Caldwell Dillon-Jones of Providence, Rhode Island; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Karen Dillon of Juneau, Alaska; son-in-law, Hilton Hedley Stothers Jr. of Bronxville, NY; grandchildren, Geoff Jones and Leila (Craig Dean); Zachary (Amy McKinnon), Callahan, and Heather Dillon; Ruth (Mike Dolan), Sarah, and Hedley (Elena Smetanina) Stothers; great grandchildren, Sophia and Gordon Dean; Gwen and Patrick Dolan; Arina Stothers and Oskar Dillon. She leaves a large and loving family of relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held this summer at Raquette Lake, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raquette Lake Fire Department, PO Box 160, Raquette Lake, New York 13436.
Curtis Ray Duke
DURHAM - Mr. Curtis Ray Duke, 68, of 306 Robbins Road, died on Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Hock Pavilion, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Duke was born in Apex to the late John Graham Duke and Bessie Jane Hicks Duke. After retiring from Danaher Corp as a Tool Maker and Welder, Curtis loved spending time at the beach with his family and friends. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his five brothers, Hoover, Milton, Marshall, Bobby and Eugene Duke.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra Moore Duke; three brothers, Titus and Elsie of Durham, Billy and Jackie of Chapel Hill and Linwood and Mary Lou of Fuquay-Varina; one sister, Brenda Lorren of Cary; sister-in-laws, Peggy, Phyllis, Millie and Alice Duke; special son, Toby and numerous family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church. Dr. Rick Finley will officiate. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 306 Robbins Road. Flowers are acceptable, or donations can be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, 515 Southerland St, Durham 27703. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Helen Virginia Squires Garrison
DURHAM – Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Virginia Squires Garrison, 82, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Street. Family visitation, 30 minutes prior to service. Another service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at NBEMBA Headquarters, Highway 306 North, Gransboro, N.C. Visitation, 1 hour prior service.
Survivors include a daughter, Sally G. Fields (Ronald); sons, Terry E. Garrison and Walter A. Garrison (Phyllis); nine grandchildren; great grandchildren; sisters, Oneida G. McGhee, Wilhelmina G. Howe and Alice G. Daniel.
Viewing 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Beverly Wyland Langford
DURHAM — Mr. Beverly Wyland Langford, 89, of Durham, died on Monday, January 7, 2013.
Mr. Langford was the son of the late Frank and Tiney Wilson Langford. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a Purple Heart Recipient. He was a self-employed upholster.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Betterton Langford; one son, Scottie Fallen; four daughters, Pamela “Penny” Dolinger, Joyce Ray, Renee Fallen Walker, Shawnee Irby Francis; and one granddaughter, Rachel Nicole Dolinger.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Dr. Marc Tilley will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Grace Stewart Rasberry
DURHAM — Mrs. Grace Stewart Rasberry, 89, died Monday evening at Peak Resources. Mrs. Rasberry was born in Wayne Co., the daughter of the late Richard Andrew Edwards and the late Luna Irene Game Edwards. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an LPN at Durham Regional Hospital. Mrs. Rasberry was preceded in death by her husbands, Gaylon Stewart and Archie Clifton Rasberry; and a sister, Irene Edwards Carr.
Gracie is survived by a daughter, Gayle Adams and husband, Jeff, of Durham; and a grandson, Kenneth Adams.
Funeral services will be held Thursday 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Clay Waters officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
James "Jay" Marshall Rogers Jr.
DURHAM - James “Jay” Marshall Rogers Jr. or “Jay” as he prefers being called, was born on June 20, 1940 to Annie Gilmore Rogers and the late James Marshall Rogers Sr. He departed this life on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Virginia R. Burnett.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by four siblings, Marcia R. Barbee (Fred), Ronald W. Rogers (Jo Ann), Alfred K. Rogers (Judy) and Charlene R. Taylor (Travis); a Goddaughter, Jessica Rogers; an aunt, Gwendella Clemons; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was educated in the Durham City Schools, graduating from Hillside High School in 1958. He enrolled at North Carolina College (NCCU) in the fall of 1958 and graduated with a degree in History in 1962.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force following graduation.
When he left the military, he served as Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps Community Action, Inc. during the “War on Poverty”. In 1970, Jay received a MA degree in History from Appalachian State University. He was hired by the Durham City School System and Chaired and taught History at Durham High School from 1970 - 1976. During the 71-72 school year, he was selected as the Teacher of the Year and was later selected as the State and National Teacher of the Year. He was the first African American teacher to be so recognized. From 1976 until 1985, Jay taught History at Gaston College. From 1985 until, he retired in 2004, he taught History at Phillips Academy, an Independent School in Andover, Massachusetts. He is “Faculty Emeritus” at Phillips.
Jay has performed as a vocalist and actor and was one of the first African Americans to perform in the outdoor drama - HORN IN THE WEST (1970). He was a lifelong member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee, a member of the History/Archives Committee and sung in the Celestial Choir. On selected nights, he could be found ushering at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC).
Jay loved teaching and felt that the teaching profession is one of the noblest to pursue and felt that education should never be denied to anyone nor should teachers ever abuse the trust of their pupils and their parents. An effective education is liberating and opens the doors to opportunities and life-altering experiences.
“Celebration of Life” services will be conducted at Noon Thursday at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St. Family visitation, 1 hour prior to service.
Viewing, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the J. M. Rogers Scholarship Fund at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
Ruby Louise Stone
DURHAM — Ruby Louise Stone, 88, of Durham died peacefully Sunday, January 6, 2013 at UNC Hospitals.
Born in Forsythe County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley Ernest Mock and Ruby Louise Spangler Mock.
Louise is survived by her son, Richard “Rick” Stone and wife, Pamela, of Franklinton; her sister, Dorothy Singleton and husband, Kramer, of Greensboro; her daughter-in-law, Joyce Stone of Franklinton; her former daughter-in-law, Susan Jones Stone, of Chapel Hill; her grandchildren, Jessica Carmichael and husband, Kevin, of Hillsborough; Amanda Thomson of Franklinton; Jessica Clayton of Rougemont; her great grandchildren, Bryson Carmichael, Lucas Carmichael and Mackenzie Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Stone; and great grandchild, Kevin Lee Carmichael Jr.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013 from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham.
Friends may visit prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.
Leon Burnice Perkinson
BUTNER — Leon Burnice Perkinson, 89, a longtime resident of Granville County, passed away Monday, January 7, 2012.
A native of Vance County, the son of the late Elisha Oscar and Minnie Susan Ferguson Perkinson, he was a former member of First Baptist Church in Butner, where he was a deacon, treasurer, Sunday School teacher and choir member. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Butner Masonic Lodge, charter member of the Creedmoor Lodge. He was a member of Granville County Shriners and Amran Temple. After retiring as business manager at John Umstead Hospital in Butner, he became President of South Granville Financial Services.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Butner by Rev. Lenny Rogers. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
Surviving are his wife, Bess Ruppelt Perkinson of Durham; a son, Randall Wayne Perkinson of Creedmoor; a sister, Laura Frances Wynne of Louisburg; three step-daughters, Nancy Mundorf (Jim) of Charlotte, Linda Wilson (Kevin) of Durham, Phyllis Steele (Luke) of Creedmoor; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Moseley Perkinson; a son, Roger Perkinson; and a daughter, Patricia Riggsbee.
Visitation 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Butner.
Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome .com. Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Perkinson family.
Rita Jane Ward Needham
EFLAND — Rita Jane Ward Needham passed away Sunday, January 6th at Duke Medical Center after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Howard Ward and Mae Dorsett Ward, and was born on November 3rd, 1933 in Thomasville. From the time she was born she was full of boundless energy.
As a student at Fair Grove School she was involved in nearly every activity a small school could offer. After graduating high school she attended High Point College where she received her degree in education. While at High Point, Rita met a young farm boy, Willis Huston Needham, who became the love of her life and she his.
She taught at Kern Street School, Fair Grove Elementary, and E. Lawson Brown Junior High. She loved young people and loved teaching them science. Her students to this day remember Roy G. Biv - the colors of the visible light spectrum. She also loved to point out the constellations on cold winter nights. To her, the earth, the skies, and the oceans were God's Revelation of His love.
During her retirement, she continued to care for children and was a nanny for her beloved granddaughter, Jolie, as well as the children of Donna and John Kramer. She became known as Nannay to them.
She loved music, she loved to sing, she loved to travel, garden, and read. The world will be a little less fun without her.
While living in Thomasville, she was a faithful member at Heidelberg United Church of Christ and was a member of the consistory, was a dedicated choir member, and a Sunday School teacher.
Her parents preceded her in death as well as a special niece, Rosemary Ward. She is survived by her beloved husband, Will Needham of Efland; one son, Hugh Needham, also of Efland; a daughter, Jane Needham Day (Patrick) of Carrboro; granddaughters, Jennifer Needham (Thomasville) and Jolie Day (Greensboro); one brother, Charles Ward (Thomasville); and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her very much. Her work and love will ripple across life's waters for years to come.
A service of celebration and remembrance will be held at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, Salem Street, on Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. Memorials may be directed to the general fund at Heidelberg United Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be sent to the Needham family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Peggy Woodall McAlexander
WAKE FOREST — Mrs. Peggy Woodall McAlexander, 82, of Wake Forest, died on Monday, January 7, 2013.
She was a native of Wake County, the daughter of the late Charles Daylon Woodall and Virginia Brown Woodall. She worked for McLean Trucking Company and retired from Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. She owned and operated The Little Rebel Grocery Store in Oak Grove. She loved the beach and previously had retired to Surf City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. McAlexander Jr.
She is survived by her two sons, Charles McAlexander and wife, Gerri and Eddie McAlexander and wife, Regina; five grandchildren, Kelly McAlexander, Johnny McAlexander, Ashley Howey and husband, Fred, Heather McAlexander, Daylon McAlexander; and six great-grandchildren, Hunter, Katie, Caroline, Grayson, Kaycee and Raegan.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiating will be the Rev. Hugh O’Shields. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Eddie McAlexander, 9037 Watershed Way in Wake Forest and also on Thursday, before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Lily Immanuel Anjilvel (1927-2012)
MARYSTOWN, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA — With great sadness, the family of Dr. Lily Immanuel Anjilvel, 85, announces her death at home on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Mourning her death with loving memories are Dr. George Anjilvel, her husband of 56 years; sons, Sidharth (Christine), Kingston, ON, and Satish (Holly), Durham; daughters, Saritha (Tim), Anchorage, AK, and Sunitha, Redmond, WA; brother, Paul (Phyllis) Immanuel, Durham; nine grandchildren; plus a large circle of family and friends. The funeral service was held in Marystown on January 3, 2013 at Wiseman's Funeral Homes.
John David Simpson
FRANKLINTON - Mr. John David Simpson, 71, passed away on Monday at the home of his daughter in Oxford. Mr. Simpson was born in Durham Co., the son of the late John Calvin Simpson and Edith Sims Simpson.
John lived in Durham most of his life before moving to Franklin County ten years ago. He is a graduate of Durham High School, Class of 1960. Mr. Simpson retired from Cavins 3M as a Copier Technician with 25 years of employment. John was an avid Duke fan who lived and breathed all of Duke sports. He also loved rescuing and caring for Greyhound dogs.
Mr. Simpson is survived by his daughter, Jan Simpson-Bunch and husband, Patrick; grandson, Michael John Simpson and wife, Rose; and his Greyhound companion, Mars.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Jan would like to thank his special neighbors who have helped with the special care of her dad, David.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Triangle Greyhound Society, PO Box 20788, Raleigh 27619.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.