Obituaries, March 26, 2014

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:21 PM


Edward Attarian
DURHAM — Edward Attarian, M.D., F.A.C.P., age, 85 died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was born January 11, 1929, in Troy, New York. He grew up in Albany, New York, attending Albany High School where he became senior class president, and also achieved All City honors in Varsity Football, Basketball, and Track. He contracted pulmonary tuberculosis at age 18; six months in a sanitarium lead to his interest in a medical career. Upon recovery, he attended St. Lawrence University on an academic scholarship. After just three years of college, he was accepted at Albany Medical College graduating with his M.D. in 1955. He then completed his internal medicine training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, as well as the Albany Medical Center and the Albany VA Hospitals. From 1957-1959, he was on active duty with the US Army Medical Corps in Germany; he was awarded the Certificate of Achievement. He completed his specialty training with a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Henry Ford Hospital in 1962. From 1962-63, he was a full-time Attending at the Albany VA Hospital. Then, from 1963 to 1976, he was in the private practice of Medicine & Gastroenterology, and served as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College. In 1972, he also became the Chief of Medicine, Chief of Gastroenterology, and Director of the Affiliated Teaching Program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. From 1976 through 1992, he developed his private practice in Vero Beach, Florida. From 1992 through 2004, he was the Chairman of the Department of Executive and International Health at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Ft. Lauderdale. Upon his retirement, the Huizenga Family Foundation honored him by creating the Attarian-Huizenga Executive Health Clinic in Weston Florida. He then relocated to Durham, N.C. to be closer to family. He was board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He was a fellow or member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was completely dedicated to his family, friends, and patients. His greatest professional joys came from teaching residents in internal medicine in Albany, and then caring for his many wonderful patients in Albany, Vero Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale. He always said he was blessed to have the best patients in the world, and he always felt privileged to be able to help others. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Lou; and also, by his two sons, David and wife Claudia, and Mark and wife Sherrill. He has three cherished grandchildren, Caitlin, Matthew, and Allison. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Edward’s memory to the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Albany Medical College, or St. Lawrence University. Edward’s immediate family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate his life. The Attarian family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials: Select obituaries.

Elizabeth McCawley Connors
DURHAM — Elizabeth McCawley Connors, 87, died Monday, March 25, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. Mrs. Connors was born in Luzerne County, PA, the daughter of the late Leo Ralph McCawley and the late Mary Rita Occhrieter McCawley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Connors, and brothers, Bobby, Richard, Gerald, Billy and Francis McCawley.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty Ann Scarantino and husband, Joe; grandsons, Tony Scarantino and wife, Angela, of Durham, Tommy Scarantino and wife, Kristi, of Odenton, MD; great-grandchildren, Anthony, Cole, Kassi and Logan Scarantino; sister, Mary Lou Kowalczyk of PA; brothers, Leo McCawley and wife, Carolyn, of Charlotte, NC, Thomas McCawley and wife, Joann, Jackie McCawley, Donald McCawley and wife, Audrey, of PA; sisters in law, Janet McCawley and Judy McCawley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will held at a later date in Pennsylvania.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Emil Aubrey Gooch, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Emil Aubrey Gooch, Jr., 86, of 2709 Baptist Road, died Sunday evening at his home.
Emil was born close to his home on Baptist Road on October 24, 1927 to the late Emil Aubrey Gooch, Sr., and Estoy Rudd Gooch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Workman Gooch, his only sister, Earlene Gooch Hogan, his brother-in-law, the Rev. E. Thomas Hogan, and his stepson, Keith Douglas Workman.
He was an active member of Gorman Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, vice chairman and chairman of deacons, trustee, Sunday school teacher, usher, and chairman of various committees. Emil graduated from Oak Grove High School and Wake Forest College (University). Upon graduation from Wake Forest, Emil taught Latin and Math at Waynesville Township High School in Waynesville, NC. In 1951, he returned to Durham and became employed at American Tobacco Company, where he served faithfully for 35 years. From 1972 until his retirement in 1985, he served as Fabrication Superintendent. After his retirement, he continued to enjoy the family beach home and his hobbies of gardening and reading.
Emil was known for his dedication, his drive, and for being a man of his word. In a quiet way, he was an encourager and supporter of those who knew him. All who knew him will be blessed forever by his strong faith, his prayer life, and his determination to always do his best.
He is survived by his son, Robert Emil Gooch, and his wife, Jackie, of Wilmington, NC; daughter, Carol Gooch McCreedy, and her husband, Steve, of Greensboro, NC; two grandchildren, Michelle Roughton and her husband, Lucien, Jr., of Durham and Jackson R. Curtis of Chapel Hill; a stepson, Forrest Gordon Workman, and his wife, Susan, of Sanford, NC, and step-granddaughter, Katryn Joy of Raleigh.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 27, at 2:00 PM in Gorman Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. C.J. Bordeaux and Rev. Tim Wheeler. Burial will be private in the Gooch Family Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service at the church, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be directed to the TBAF Fund at Gorman Baptist Church, 3315 E. Geer Street, Durham, NC 27704.
The Gooch family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select obituaries.

Kenneth Lovell McCall
DURHAM — Kenneth Lovell McCall, age 85, died Monday night in Duke University Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 PM in Hope Valley Baptist Church, Rev. Bill Bigger officiating. Burial will be in Wake Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors at the church from 12:00-1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Capital Campaign Fund at Hope Valley Baptist Church, 6900 Garrett Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707.
The complete obituary will appear in Thursday’s edition of The Herald-Sun.

Shirley Harward McLean
DURHAM — Mrs. Shirley Harward McLean, 75, died Friday morning at her home surrounded by her family.
Mrs. McLean was born and raised in Durham County. She graduated from Durham High School in 1956, and attended Durham Business College. For 42 years, she was employed by Duke University as an Administrative Assistant, retiring in 2000. An avid Duke fan, she and her late husband Charles shared the same seats in Cameron since 1957, rarely missing a game. She was a lifelong member of Temple Baptist Church, actively involved with the church choir, bells, and the nursery.
Mrs. McLean is survived by her sons, Charles A. McLean, Jr., his wife Jennifer, and their children, Madison, Sydney, and Cooper; Richard Todd McLean, his wife Janet, and their children DeShaun and Byron, all of Durham; sister, Patricia Crutchfield of Pittsboro, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 28, at 2:00 pm at Temple Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Mark Mofield. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 4-7pm at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, and at other times at the home of Charles and Jennifer McLean. Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be directed to Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, NC 27712.
The McLean family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Wishum H. Twitty
DURHAM — Mr. Wishum H. Twitty, son of the late Jack C. Twitty and Dovie Bryant Twiity, was born on May 30, 1913 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. He departed this life on Saturday, March 22, 2014.
He grew up on a family farm with eight brothers and two sisters, who all preceded him in death. He finished Palmer Memorial Institute and later the Letcher Commercial Art School.
He joined the Army and served in World War II. He met Alene Miller in Washington, D.C. and they were married in June of 1946. They enjoyed 53 years of marital bliss before Alene passed in 2000. While living in Washington D.C., he was a commercial artist and later worked for the federal government central protection agency until his retirement. He also served as a reserve police officer in D.C. and received the “Reserve Police Officer of the Year” award in 1965.
After moving to Durham in 1986, he quickly became a well-known fixture in his neighborhood, his church, and his daughter’s dental office.
Mr. Twitty was a lifelong herbalist. He grew, collected and sold herbs, while sharing his knowledge about their use. He was a frequent guest lecturer at Washington Hospital Center, Duke University, Lincoln Community Health Center and North Carolina Central University. He was known to recommend a “natural” remedy for anything that ailed you.
He leaves to cherish loving memories, a son, Walter Gregory Twitty of the home; daughters-in-law, Nine Eva Twitty of Columbus, OH and Anna Patricia Twitty of Deale, MD; a daughter, Desiree Twitty Palmer and husband, Michael J. Palmer of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Monique A. Greene and Tiffany A. Twitty of Cincinatti, OH, W. Greg Twitty, Jr., Wishum S. Twitty, Aaron A. Twitty and Patrick Kennedy of Deale, MD, Austen M. Palmer of Sedona, AZ, Brandon R. Palmer and wife Bobbiette Palmer of Durham, Colton S. Palmer of Atlanta, GA; great-grandsons, Brandon and Christian Twitty of Cincinatti, OH; great-granddaughters, Ava Twitty of Deale, MD, and Brianna Palmer of Durham; brother-in-law, Furman Miller and wife, Viola Miller, of Lancaster, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1pm, with family visitation at noon, at Church of the Abiding Savior, Lutheran. 1625 S. Alston Ave.
Funeral Arrangements are provided by Fisher Funeral Parlor
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.


Berrie Lee Parker
BUTNER — Berrie Lee Parker, 85, a resident of 900 East F Street, died Sunday at his home. He was the son of the late Hezikiah Parker and Mozella P. Parker. He was a retired employee of Murdoch Center.
He is survived by four daughters, Joyce Broach and Starr D. Parker both of Oxford, Annie Mildred Paschall Chavis and Samantha Davis Parker both of Butner, NC; four sons, William Mitchell, Roanoke Raids, NC, Stephon Parker, Durham, NC, Simon Paschall and Aaron Parker both of Butner, NC; four sisters, Margaret Hazel Laws, Durham, NC, Ruth Rose Parker, Annie Frances Parker and Jessie Parker Smith all of Creedmoor, NC; twenty-one grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Reverend Harold F. Trice will conduct funeral services Thursday at 1PM at Union Chapel Baptist Church in Butner. Burial will be in Union AME Church cemetery.
The family will receive visitors Wednesday from 7-8PM at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford where viewing will begin Wednesday at 11AM.

William “Bill” Watson
CREEDMOOR — Mr. William “Bill” Watson, 88, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Durham to the late Sam Watson and the late Ella Weaver Duke. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ruth Ashley Watson. He retired from the American Tobacco Company.
Mr. Watson is survived by his children, Ronnie (Pam) Watson, Leonard Watson, Sandra (Marshall) Watson Brogden, Barry (Brenda) Watson, Brenda (Danny) Parker, Ricky Watson; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Gorman Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at