January 11, 2013

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

Benjamin “Ben” Wesley Burrage

DURHAM — Mr. Benjamin “Ben” Wesley Burrage, 82, of 3015 Ross Road, died on Thursday, January 10, 2013.
Mr. Burrage was born in High Point to the late Hoyle Monroe Burrage and Cora Neal Burrage. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Williams Electric as a Lineman. He attended Grove Park Chapel.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edna Earle Burrage; one daughter, Teresa Burrage Jones and husband, Tommy of Durham; one brother, Hoyle Monroe Burrage Jr. and wife, Frances of Durham; one sister, Margie Burrage Knight and husband, Conrad of Durham; three grandchildren, Renee’ Shrewsbury, Wesley Jones and Thomas Jones Jr.; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas Jones, Lauren Jones, Tucker Shrewsbury and Chase Jones.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Dale Brooks. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 3015 Ross Road. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of choice. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Gaynelle Fae Cash
DURHAM - Miss Gaynelle Fae Cash, 84, died early Thursday at Durham Regional Hospital. Miss Cash was born in Durham Co., the daughter of the late Jack C. Cash Sr. and the late Eula Mae Cash. She attended Croft Business College and worked as a legal secretary for Gant and Markham. She also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in the Research Triangle Park until retirement. Miss Cash was a member of Braggtown Baptist Church and was an avid Duke fan. 
Miss Cash is survived by a brother, Daniel H. Cash; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held Saturday 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. There is no visitation planned.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to The American Heart Association at 4217 Park Place Ct, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Mary Deborah “Debbie” Catlett
DURHAM — Mary Deborah “Debbie” Catlett, age 64, died peacefully in her Durham home surrounded by her loving family and friends on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. A native of Durham, Debbie was born to the late William C. and Mary Ferrell May. She was employed at Flextronics where she worked for over 15 years.
Debbie is survived by her daughter, Deirdre Catlett and husband, Jamie Guerrette of Biddeford, Maine; her sister, Nancy Lathan and husband, Joseph, of Moravian Falls; her two brothers, Robert “Bob” May and William “Bill” May, both of Durham; and her four grandchildren, Sydney, Brayden, Piper and Holden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Debbie’s life will be held at Lowes Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Debbie’s memory may be made to Youth Mission Challenge, PO Box 9420, South Portland, Maine  04116-9420 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements for the Catlett family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.

Grover Adams Clayton
Durham – Mr. Grover Adams Clayton, 87, died Thursday morning at the VA Medical Center in Durham.
Mr. Clayton was born and raised in Orange County. He was educated in the Orange County schools and Croft Business College. He was employed as an accountant with Gold Kist Poultry and Central Carolina Farmers Exchange for 30 years. Mr. Clayton was a proud veteran of the US Army, earning a Purple Heart. He served his country during WWII, where he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and the Hudson Mens Sunday school class.
Mr. Clayton is survived by his wife, Joyce Hunt Clayton, of the home; son, Rev. Steve Clayton and his wife, Alice, of Wilson; daughter, Mrs. Margaret Griffin and her husband, Mike, of Hillsborough; grandsons, William Clayton, Michael Clayton and his wife, Victoria; step grandsons, Robert Griffin, and his wife, Veronica, Wade Griffin; brother, John E. Clayton and his wife, Edith, of Burlington.
Mr. Clayton was preceded in death by his brothers, Dolphin, Elmo and Floyd Clayton.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Rich Goodier. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service, from 2 – 3 p.m. in the church. Memorial may be directed to Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 4511 Old NC 10, Durham 27705. 
The Clayton family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.

Rone D. Davis
DURHAM — Mr. Rone D. Davis, 62, of Durham, died on Saturday, January 5, 2013.
Rone was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Elemish D. Davis and Lois M. Perry Davis. For many years he was a Courier for the Durham Public Schools. He was a member of Durham Memorial Baptist Church. Rone was an avid Duke fan.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Susan Davis Hamel.
Rone was the last living member of his immediate family.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Durham Memorial Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Ed Denton and Dr. Ernie Mills. Visitation will be held in the Family Life Center at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. before the service. Private Burial will be held in Stoney Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the members of the Durham Rescue Mission Cooking Team and Honorary pallbearers will be the Durham Memorial Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Durham Memorial Baptist Church, Building Fund, 133 Robbins Road, Durham, NC 27703 or to the Durham Rescue Mission at www.durhamrescuemission.com.

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 today, 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

Mary Louise Morrison
DURHAM – Ms. Mary Louise Morrison, 86, entered rest on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. A native of Durham, she was born on March 13, 1927 to the late Elijah and Missouri Morrison. She was preceded in death by one son, Rev. Arthur Bernard Morrison; three sisters, Ruth Morrison, Helen Morrison Glenn and Wilhelmina Morrison Upchurch; and one brother, Samuel D. Morrison.
She graduated from Durham’s Hillside High School and attended Winston-Salem State University.
After 20+ years of service, she retired from Murdoch Center, Butner.
Mary Morrison was a lifetime member at Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Durham.
Mary Morrison leaves to cherish her memories two granddaughters, Angyhlie Morrison Perry (Alvin Perry) and Apryl Morrison; six great grandchildren, Brendton Jackson, Alexandria Morrison, Brandon Holmes, Greyson Morrison, Aysia Perry and Ayva Perry; one sister, Julia Morrison Varner of Norfolk, Va.; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Joyce Worsley Peel
March 15, 1936 - January 9, 2013
DURHAM - Joyce Worsley Peel died Wednesday night after a courageous fight with cancer. She was surrounded by her children and at peace with her life and her salvation. Joyce is survived by three children and their families: son, Taylor Peel and his wife, Sherry, of Rougemont, and their two daughters, Abby and Rachel; daughter, Anna Jones and her husband, Steve, of Durham, and their two children, JoAnna and Owen; and son, Walter Peel and wife, Celeste, of Raleigh, and their daughter, Caylen. She is also survived by a brother, J.N. Worsley of Jamesville and his family.   
Joyce was born in Bethel, N.C. in March of 1936, the first child of Julius and Dorothy Worsley. Raised in nearby Robersonville, Joyce attended Robersonville High School. She graduated from East Carolina University in 1958 with a degree in education and began a lifelong of teaching, both professionally and personally.  
In 1960, she married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Charles Peel. They ultimately settled in Durham, raising their two sons and a daughter. Charles and Joyce lived the values they cherished, providing a home filled with integrity, grace and love.
After Charles' death in 2003, Joyce began her second life, pursuing new interest with deep lasting relationships. She enjoyed walks with her beloved dog, Sam, participated in yoga, played bridge, and enjoyed time and fellowship with her friends. She was extremely active in her church, providing leadership and support in many different ways. Mostly, she loved her five grandchildren, making each feel unique and special. She lived a busy, happy life, filled with family and friends that she cherished.
Joyce was a woman of strength, optimism, grace and wisdom. Her life was filled with the love she gave and received from all the people she touched. For all of those that knew her, she will remain the guiding light for a life fulfilled. She was a remarkable woman.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at her home in Durham Friday night from 7 to 9. The funeral will be held at 11 on Saturday at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 3541 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham 27712. There will be an additional opportunity to visit the family preceding the service at the church beginning at 9:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church in support of the choir. Memories, stories and condolences may also be shared at memorialsolutions.com.

Minister Eugene Richardson
DURHAM - Minister Eugene Richardson, 64, departed his life here on earth on January 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Sister Ewanda Richardson, of 38 years and 2 days; two boys, four sisters, two brothers, 13 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at City of Joy Ministries, 2000 Chapel Hill St., Durham, at 1 p.m. with a viewing at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Gayle B. Smith
DURHAM - Mrs. Gayle B. Smith, 71, died Thursday morning at Hock Family Pavilion. Mrs. Smith was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Jake Brewer and the late Mary Hancock Brewer. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Durham Public Schools.
Mrs. Smith is survived by a daughter, Rhonda G. White and husband, Billy, of Durham; son, Randall Smith of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Nancy Carlson and husband, Al, of Snow Hill, N.C.; four grandchildren, Mary Tabatha Smith, Jeremy White, Jennifer Parrott and Jamie Faircloth; and seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Marc Francis officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Memory of Mary Gayle Smith may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Greenville Unit, 950 W. Faris Rd, Greenville, S.C. 29605.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.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 today at the Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, 400 Piedmont Ave. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Services will begin at 12 p.m. 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.

Lois H. Hux

HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Lois H. Hux, 78, died Wednesday at Roxboro Nursing Center. Mrs. Hux was born in Halifax Co, one of 11 children of the late Isaac Levi Hedgepeth and the late Dora Warren Hedgepeth. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Weck Closure Systems and during her retirement years volunteered at Durham Regional Hospital. Mrs. Hux was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis F. Hux; and two sisters; and three brothers.
Mrs. Hux is survived by a daughter, Pam Rust and husband, Don, of Durham; two sons, Gary Hux and wife, Janice, of Hillsborough and Timothy Hux of Rougemont; siblings, Ray Hedgepeth, John Hedgepeth, Mike Hedgepeth, Dorothy Matthews, all of Halifax, Lillian Ball of Mechanicsville, Va. and Peggy Bishop of Durham; three grandchildren, Kevin Rust, Tabitha Smith (Lonnie) and Heather Little (Chad); and four great grandchildren, Tyler Smith, Peyton Smith, Logan Smith and Elizabeth Little.
The family will receive friends Friday, January 11, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and other times at the home of her daughter, Pam Rust, 5726 Claremore Dr., Durham.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Community Center Baptist Church, 1673 Ridgecrest Rd., Halifax, with the Rev. Grady Dickens officiating. Burial will follow at Hedgepeth Family Cemetery, Halifax. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Alzheimer’s Research, Bryan ADRC, 2200 W. Main St., Suite 2-A, Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

Robert Anthony Scholar
CHAPEL HILL — Robert Anthony Scholar died 2 January 2013. He was born in 1926 in Chicago to immigrant parents Anthony (Andrew) James D'Escolapio (Scholar) and Marie Georgette St Pierre. Bob served in the US Army Air Force (AAF) during World War II. He married Rachel Sager in 1955. Bob worked for Government Services Administration and later in his own business restoring old homes.
After 25 years of married life in Chicago they moved to North Carolina and spent the next 25 years in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. There Bob restored homes and he also built affordable homes in Hillsborough. Bob and Rachel saw the world together and "retired" in Ajijic, Mexico in 2005.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents; son, Bill; and sister, Gloria. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; son, David; daughter, Jane; grandchildren, Johanna, Trevor, Bryan, Chiara, Eric, Alexis, and Sterling; great grandchildren, William, Josiah, and Ellie; brother, Paul; nephews, Paul, David, and Josh; and nieces, Barbara and Jessica.
Bob wished good will to all people.