January 10, 2013

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 05:30 PM


DURHAM
Richard Earl Bellamy Jr.

DURHAM - Richard Earl Bellamy Jr., 58, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at his home in Raleigh.
He was employed by Sinclair Broadcasting Inc./WLFL-WRDC TV as a Credit Manager for over 14 years.
He is survived by daughters, Katina Bellamy Foster (Aubrey), Durham, and Kimani Earle Bellamy, Brooklyn, N.Y.; sisters, Gwendolyn S. Bellamy, Miami, Fla., Voncylle J. Bellamy, Charlotte, and Denise Bellamy, Durham; brothers, Dennis Bellamy (Mary) Montgomery, Ala., and Gregory Bellamy (Angela), Roxboro; grandchildren, Lauryn N. Hill, Durham, and Aubrey Bryson Foster, Durham.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ, 1715 Athens Ave., Durham, at 1 p.m. Visitation, 1 hour prior to start of service.
Arrangements by Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Durham.


Jackie Yevette Kersey
DURHAM - Funeral services for Mrs. Jackie Yevette Kersey (50) of Durham will be conducted on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at Bethel Tabernacle United Holy Church. The family will meet with their friends 30 minutes before the funeral service.
Survivors are three daughters, Ms. Neia Kersey, Ms. Pebbles Kersey, and Mrs. Shyia Hamilton; one brother, Mr. Burnice Royall; two sisters, Ms. Bonita Moya, Ms. Vanessa Langley; and six grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

Joseph Latta
DURHAM - Mr. Joseph Latta, 83, died Tuesday night at Hock Family Pavilion. Mr. Latta was born in Durham Co., the son of the late Moses Jackson Latta and the late Maroa Della Fowler Latta. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Golden Belt Manufacturing Co. Mr. Latta was a member of Pleasant Green United Methodist Church and a former member of the Friendly City Civitan Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Susan Ribet Latta.
Mr. Latta is survived by a daughter, Margaret Adcock and husband, Terry, of Durham; son, Joseph Manley Latta II and wife, Diana, of Hastings, Fla.; brothers, Ollie Latta and Ralph “Jack” Latta; and a sister, Nancy Seagroves and husband, Graham.
Graveside funeral service will be held Friday 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Brian Wingo officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Carillon Assisted Living for their love and support. Memorial contributions may be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Ste 101, Durham 27704.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 


Helen Hopson Lindsey
DURHAM — Helen Hopson Lindsey, 97, of Durham, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at The Hospice of Meadowlands.
Born September 3, 1915 in Durham County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie James Hopson and Winfred Cates Hopson.
Helen is survived by her sons, Tom Lindsey Jr. of Bowie, Md.; Gerald Lindsey and wife, Sue, of Durham; her grandchildren, Bonnie Lindsey Beverly (Eddie), Marty Lindsey (Aralu), Terry Lindsey (Lucia), Julie Lough, and Peggy Springteen (Mark). She is also survived by her 10 great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 in the Mausoleum of Woodlawn Memorial Park, 2107 Liberty Street, Durham.  
Friends may visit after the service in the Mausoleum on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Homecare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family will be at the home of Gerald and Sue Lindsey.
Arrangements by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.

Jay James Messer
January 31, 1946 - January 6, 2013
DURHAM - Jay J. Messer died peacefully at home on January 6, 2013. He was born in Joplin Missouri to Virginia and Nelson Messer. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He was educated in Jacksonville public schools where he was a distinguished student. He was selected to be a page in the US Congress in Washington D.C.; received the Harvard Book Award from the Harvard Alumni Association; and numerous other awards for scholastic and athletic achievement. He attended Duke, Jacksonville University, and University of Florida where he earned his PhD in environmental engineering.
After serving as associate professor at Utah State University he worked for the EPA until his retirement in July, 2011. Jay was the Interim Deputy National Program Director for the Sustainable and Health Community Research Program. He had worked in ORD since the mid 80’s and was the co-founder of the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment program. He served in many management positions, including Deputy Director NERL, and as science advisor to Senator Patrick Moynihan.
Jay was a runner, hiker, reader, thinker, accomplished musician and an amazing husband, father, son and brother.
Jay is survived by Janice, his wife of 35 years; his children, Elizabeth and John; mother, Virginia; brother, David and wife, Debbie; nephew, Chris; nieces, Kim and Kelly; and parents-in-law, Margaret and Howard; and scores of friends and colleagues.
A memorial service and celebration of Jay’s life will be held Friday, January 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nature Conservancy, NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Assn), or Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences at CremationSocietyNC.com


Phillip Stanton Skinner
DURHAM — Phillip Stanton Skinner, 66, of Durham, made his transition on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Hock Pavilion, following a courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) a “Parkinson-Plus” disorder.
Phil lived in Durham all his life, where he attended Durham public schools. He graduated from UNC-CH in 1968 with a degree in Business administration. He enjoyed sports and lived for “March Madness”. His favorites were tennis, kayaking, and running. He loved nature, gardening, and visiting national parks. He retired after 30 years from the Employment Security Commission in Raleigh, where he was a Systems Procedures Analyst.  He leaves many beloved co-workers and friends.
He was the son of Alta Vickers Skinner and Alton Skinner Jr. who preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Hooks Skinner; brothers, Robert Skinner (Linda) and Alton Skinner III; stepsons, Gary, Ricky, and Alan Hooks; their wives and children. He had many loving cousins, nephews, and nieces who held a special place in his heart. He had special connections with cousins, Lea Peed, his tennis partner, and Laura Hall, whose daughters called him “Uncle Phool”.
He attended Unity Spiritual Life Center of Durham.
A private Celebration of Life will be held. A reception for family and friends will be held on Sunday, January 20th from 2:30 to 4:30 at the home of Bob and Linda Skinner, 9411 S. Lowell Rd., Bahama. In lieu of flowers, Patricia suggests donations can be made to the Multiple System Atrophy Association at: SDS/MSA Support Group, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434 Raleigh, 27617 or a charity of your choice.
Patricia would like to thank everyone who helped with making his life fun and joy filled. His big smile will be missed.
Online condolences at CremationSocietyNC.com.

Rosa Belle Williams Tucker
DURHAM - Mrs. Rosa Belle Williams Tucker, 99, passed Saturday, January 5th at the Durham Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Tucker and her husband, several years ago, ran the Tucker Florist. Services will be Friday at the Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, 400 Piedmont Ave. visitation will be from 11:30-12. Services will begin at 12. Burial will be at the Beechwood Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Garden.


Ruth Matthews Williams
DURHAM — Mrs. Ruth Matthews Williams, 79, passed away on January 5, 2013.
She is survived by three sons, Richard, Kenny, and Eddie; one daughter, Dorothy Johnson; 12 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and five sisters.
Funeral services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 12 at 1 p.m. with visitation at 12 noon.

GRANVILLE
Lawrence Griffin Pulley Sr.

CREEDMOOR - Mr. Lawrence Griffin Pulley Sr., 89, passed away early Wednesday morning at Bethany Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation in Albemarle. Mr. Pulley was born in Youngsville, N.C. 
Mr. Pulley’s last place of employment was Kroger at Riverview in the Seafood Department. He served in the Army during World War II.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Marie Annette Ginn Pulley; step-daughters, Pat Nix Capel, Wendy Nix Duke, Jolynn Nix; step-sons, Mike Nix, Ricky Nix; son, Lawrence Griffin Pulley Jr.; daughter, Mary Alice Pulley; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mark Francis officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. 
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences can be
made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


ORANGE
Donald Maris Walker

HILLSBOROUGH — Donald Maris Walker of Hillsborough died Sunday, January 6, 2013. He was quickly followed in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Dorothy (Dot) Lloyd Walker two days later.
Surviving are his daughter, Donna Anne Walker Hall (husband, Leon); two grandsons, Lucas Joel Hall and Dylan Maris Hall of Caldwell. 
A visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hillsborough on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. and the memorial service will immediately follow in the church sanctuary.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Hillsborough Building Fund.

Dorothy (Dot) Lloyd Walker
HILLSBOROUGH — Dorothy (Dot) Lloyd Walker of Hillsborough died Tuesday, January 8, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, Donald Maris Walker two days earlier.
Surviving are her daughter, Donna Anne Walker Hall (husband, Leon); two grandsons, Lucas Joel Hall and Dylan Maris Hall of Caldwell. She is also survived by one brother, HM (Mitch) Lloyd Jr. (wife, Lillie) of Hillsborough.
A visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hillsborough on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. and the memorial service will immediately follow in the church sanctuary.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Hillsborough Building Fund.


PERSON
Johnny Michael Foster

HURDLE MILLS — Johnny Michael Foster, age 58 of Hurdle Mills died Sunday, January 6, 2013 at a Hurdle Mills hospital. He was born March 13, 1954 at War, W.Va. and was the son of Pat Foster of War, W.Va. and the late Darrie Foster. Mr. Foster had worked for several years as a maintenance worker for Duke University in Durham. Mr. Foster was an active member of the Five Forks Baptist Church and was an active participant in a jail ministry. He was a simple man whose life revolved around his family, his faith, and his Church. 
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Frankie Jordan Foster; one nephew, Mark Foster; one niece, Tabitha Foster.
Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife, Crystal Lynn Foster; one daughter, Rebecca Lynn Foster of War, W.Va.; three sons, Don Michael Foster and wife, Sarah of Bristol, Conn., John Edward Foster of Hurdle Mills, and Eric James Foster of Butner; four sisters, Penny Robinette and husband, Joe of Princeton, W.Va, Brenda Wilson and husband, Paul of Ohio, Joyce Adams and husband, Claude, and Kathie Whitt and husband, Paul, both of War, W.Va; six brothers, Jim Foster and wife, Barb of Florida, Randy Foster and wife, Carla and Riley Foster and wife, Jennifer, Darrell Foster and wife, Sharon, all of North Carolina, Ronnie Foster and wife, Karen of Bluewell, W.Va., and Rush Foster and wife, Joyce of Cucumber, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Noah Michael Foster, Lilah Joelle Foster and Tyler Foster; several nieces and nephews; his church family; and many other family members and friends also survive.
Funeral services for Johnny Michael Foster will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Canebrake Freewill Baptist Church in Canebrake, W.Va. with the Rev. Darrell Long officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be Don Foster, John Foster, Riley Foster, Adam Foster, Ron Foster, Darrell Foster and Ray Foster.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Canebrake Freewill Baptist Church in Canebrake, W.Va. Friday, January 11, 2013.
Hurst - Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. is serving the family of Mr. Foster and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com.


ELSEWHERE
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 10 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.