January 15, 2013

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 06:37 PM

Gwendolyn A. Baber 
DURHAM — Gwendolyn A. Baber was born in Gainesville, Florida and was the second of two daughters. She died at peace surrounded by loved ones and caring staff at Duke University Medical Center.
Mrs. Baber received early education in the Florida school system and completed Hillside High School in 1953. She received a B.S. degree from North Carolina Central University in 1957 and a M.P.H. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Other graduate studies included Social Work and Counseling at Adelphia University and Hofstra University in Long Island, NY. Additionally, Mrs. Baber trained and received certification in 1959 as a Medical Technologist at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, NY. She worked in Long Island Hospital laboratories for several years before entering government employment in Nassau County, NY. She retired from Durham County Department of Social Services in 1996 after 28 years of social and health services and 10 years of medical technology.
Mrs. Baber was a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was a longtime member of Saint Joseph’s AME Church where she served as an usher, member and past president of Satterfield-Davis Auxiliary and the Ladies Aid Society. She was a volunteer in the S.H.A.R.E. program and a volunteer reader in local elementary schools.
In retirement, Mrs. Baber found her calling as a music teacher to adults. She was employed at Maus Piano & Organ Company in Raleigh for several years. She was an active member of her neighborhood Coffee Hour Group and was a charter member and Vice-President of the Emorywood’s Investment Club. She treasured her many friends and a few lifelong friends she called “sisters.” Among them are Mrs. Billie C. Greenwell, Doris D. White and Mrs. Carolyn I. Thornton. She also had a special friend in Clarence Jones. She loved her friends and family and nurtured all who would allow it.
Surviving family include a daughter, Cheryl Baber Perkins (Charles) of Fayetteville; a son, Geoffrey C. Baber of Durham; a stepson, Phillip W. Baber of Chicago, Ill.; a grandson, Charles A. Kerins III of Fayetteville; a great grandson, Nasir J. Goshay of Raleigh; an aunt, Althea Hall of Riviera Beach, Fla.; cousins, Shirley Hall Miller of Dallas, Texas, Brenda Hall Winfrey of Riviera Beach, Fla. Wendell of Riviera Beach, Fla., Carla Hall of New York, NY, Audrena Hector of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and Josena Hector of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; many other relatives and friends especially the Literate Ladies Book Club, the Wednesday Pinochle Group and Campus Hills Bridge Club.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Saint Joseph’s AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street. Family visitation from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. with final rites by the Epicureans at 12 noon and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at 12:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Dorothy Carpenter Bullock
DURHAM — Mrs. Dorothy Carpenter Bullock, wife of the late Benjamin Walter Bullock, died Monday morning at the Seasons at Southpoint. Mrs. Bullock is survived by her children, W. Perry Bullock, Susan B. Chesser, and her husband, William, and Karen L. Bullock; as well as her grandchildren, Sara, Stephen and Ben Chesser.
A funeral is planned for Thursday at Grace Baptist Church, with burial at Maplewood Cemetery.
A full obituary will appear in Wednesday's paper.

Virginia M. Garrard
DURHAM — Mrs. Virginia M. Garrard, 81, a lifelong Durham resident, died Sunday evening at Durham Regional Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles L. and Katherine Hill McNay; and her husband, William Clifton Garrard Sr. Prior to retirement, Mrs. Garrard was a teaching assistant with the Durham County Schools.
The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home Thursday, January 17th from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that friends make memorial contributions to the Special Olympics of North Carolina, 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste. 201, Morrisville, NC 27560.
Surviving are two sons, Ken Garrard of Raleigh and William Garrard Jr. and wife, Debra of Durham; and a granddaughter, Kelly Garrard of Durham.
Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Alma Truax Poole 
BAHAMA — Alma Truax Poole, age 88 of Bahama, peacefully left her earthly life on January 13, 2013 to enter her much anticipated eternal life in heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alma was much loved by her family, friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was born in Judsonia, Ark., to Allie Faye Schofield and Ralph Jackson Truax and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, until her move to NC in the early 1960's.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Faye Truax of Ravenna, Ohio; a son, Jeffrey Scott Poole; two grandchildren, Nathan Scott Poole and Lori Poole Wilson. She was married to the love of her life for over 66 years, Thomas M. Poole.  Alma was a loving mother to Tom Poole (Linda) and Cindy Crabtree (Barnette). She was grandmother (affectionately called "GRANNY") to Amy Smith (John), Christine Pronishen (Darren), Leigh Poole, Stacy Crabtree, Kim Stewart (Randy) and Matt Crabtree (Holly). She was great-grandmother to Colton Smith, Jenna and Jerrol Pronishen; Andrew, Sophie, Lydia, Jackson and Audrey Stewart; Joshua, Gray, and Julia Crabtree and Kaylee Wilson.
She loved her time spent as a homemaker and served diligently in their family business for many years. She was a life time member and past President of the Rougemont Home Extension. She was a member and loved her Bahama Baptist Church family and enjoyed many wonderful years there in service, fellowship and participation up until her recent health decline.
We will miss her presence here on earth, her love, jokes and encouraging words. Our goodbye is not final. It is a goodbye for now until we see her in heaven.
The funeral will be held at Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Road, Bahama, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 16,  2013 by the Rev. Wes McMurray. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 10:00 at the church and other times at the home. Interment will follow in New Bethel United Methodist Church, Hwy 57 in Rougemont. 
Pallbearers will be Matt Crabtree, Randy Stewart, Doug Stalls, Don Stalls, Chris Vermillion, Ronald Russell, Mark Poole and Mickey Poole.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Road, Bahama, NC 27503 or to The Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com

Robert Leonard “Bob” Melton Sr. 

BURLINGTON — Robert Leonard “Bob” Melton Sr., 80, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013. He was born in Alamance County to the late Robert Lacy Melton and the late Carrie Thomas Melton and was the husband of 55 years to Mary Madren Melton who survives.
Bob was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired after 22 years of service with the US Navy and retired with Diebold, Inc. Bob was a member of Union Ridge Church, Fleet Reserve Association and The Retired and Enlisted Association.
Survivors other than his wife, Mary Madren Melton, includes his daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia M. “Cindy” and Keith Brady, Denise M. and Victor Tripp; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Leonard Jr. “Bobby” and JoAnne Melton; and granddaughter, Casey Ann Melton, all of Burlington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lewis Melton and Lloyd Melton; and stepmother, Bessie Mae Zimmerman Melton.
The Memorial Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. James Rosser. The family will receive friends following the service. 
The Melton family would like to say a special thank you to Hospice and the Homeplace for their loving care that they showed to Bob. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
You may sign the online register book at www.lowefuneralhome.com

Adean Florence

CHAPEL HILL — Adean Florence, 86, born September 7, 1926 to the late Ed and Ella Swann Yarbor, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at UNC Hospitals.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday in Lee's Chapel Baptist Church. Burial in church Cemetery. Family visitation thirty minutes before the funeral, 1:30 until 2 p.m.
Surviving are sons, James Florence of Durham, Donald Florence of Wake Forest, Kenneth Florence of Graham, and Christopher "Timmy" Florence of Chapel Hill; daughters, Hilda Durrana of Charlotte and Kathy Lunsford of Wake Forest.
Public viewing Wednesday 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.