Obituaries, March 27, 2014

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 05:28 PM


Ida “Mae” Dodson Bolton
DURHAM — Mrs. Ida “Mae” Dodson Bolton, 96, died Monday evening at Brookshire Nursing Center. Mrs. Bolton was born in Orange County, the daughter of the late Sam Dodson and the late Ida Ann Garrett Dodson.
Mrs. Bolton is survived by sons, Jerry Craig and wife, Jeanine, and Jim Craig and wife, Pam; daughter, Jane Craig Carroll; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-granddaughter expected.
Funeral services will be held Friday 3 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church with the Rev. Rich Goodier officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and following the service at the home of Jerry Craig.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Brenda Ann Davis Joyner
DURHAM — Brenda Ann Davis Joyner, 63, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. Born on November 11, 1950, Brenda was the daughter of James Davis and the late Annie Brouner Davis.
In addition to her father she is survived by her brother, Allan Davis and wife, Annie of Richmond, VA; her sisters, Pamela Davis of Dothan, AL, Loretta Smith and husband, Frederick of Dothan, AL, Sandra Holden and husband, Glenn, of Kittrell, NC, Erika Davis of Mableton, GA, and Teresa Davis of Dothan, AL; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Davis, LaShanda Reese, and Hanna Reese; and her great-grandson, Jaiden Davis. Brenda is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2:00pm Thursday, March 27, 2014 in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with The Rev. Kenneth Buie officiating.
Arrangements for the Joyner family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.

Ruth Luhman Lewis
DURHAM — Ruth Luhman Lewis, of Durham, died suddenly Monday, March 24, 2014, at The Forest at Duke. She was 78 years old.
Ruth was born February 19, 1936, in Mahnomen, Minnesota. After graduating from Mahnomen High School she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, and then served for three years with the American Red Cross, both domestically and internationally. Following this service she returned to the University of Minnesota, earning a master's degree in social work. A longtime resident of Durham, Ruth worked at Durham Technical Community College for a number of years and was an active member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ, where she particularly enjoyed singing in the choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents Paul Luhman and Lorraine MengeLuhman, her husband Charles Lewis, her brother Francis Luhman, and her sister Marjorie Gill.
She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Atchison of Durham, her sister Betty Smith of Lake City, Minnesota, her brother Don Luhman of Fridley, Minnesota, her sister Carol Richards of Northfield, Minnesota, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 Friday, April 4, 2014 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road in Durham with the Reverend Dr. Ginger Brasher-Cunningham officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or to the charity of one's own choosing.

Kenneth Lovell McCall
DURHAM — Kenneth Lovell McCall, age 85, died Monday night in Duke University Hospital.
Born November 30, 1928 in Apopka, Florida, Mr. McCall was the son of the late Winborn and Mattie Lovell McCall. He graduated from Orlando College and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. A resident of Durham for 60 years, Mr. McCall was employed with Lucent Technologies for 40 years as an installation engineer.
He was a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church, and the Goodwin Sunday School Class.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mildred Williams McCall; and his niece, Diane Umberger of Dallas, Texas. In addition to his parents, Mr. McCall was preceded in death by his son, William Vann McCall, who died October 20, 2012, and also by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 PM at Hope Valley Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Bill Bigger officiating. Burial will be in Wake Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 12 to 1 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Terry Griffitts, George Hunt, Herbert Barbee, Jerry Tew, Joel Pendergraft and Gary Gentry.
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.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the McCall family. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

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.

Willis Ramsey
DURHAM - Willis Ramsey, 58, departed his life on March 25, 2014.
He leaves behind his dear wife, Brenda Ramsey, three daughters, two sons, six grandchildren, one sister and his father.
Services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 11:00 am to 12 noon with visitation at 10:00 am.


Sandra Faye Oakley Sarvis
HENDERSON — Mrs. Sandra Faye Oakley Sarvis, 72, of 103 Bobcat Lane, died on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Mrs. Sarvis was born in Durham to the late Jesse Lewis Oakley and Helen Mozelle Glasgow Oakley. She attended the Harold Sherman Adult Day Care in Granville County. She was preceded in death by Oscar Elliott Sarvis.
She is survived by four sons, Charles “Breeze” Fowler of Henderson, Michael C. Fowler of Chapel Hill, Brian Glasgow of West Virginia, and Donald Earl Sarvis of Henderson; two daughters, Sarita Lestyan of Henderson, Sheila Olds of Henderson; stepson, Roy Sarvis of Bahama; step-daughters, Barbara Leos and Janice Moore, both of Durham; two sisters, Donna Evans of Carrboro and Linda Sarvis of Bahama; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Pastor Frank Sossamon will officiate. Active pallbearers will be Bradley Olds, Chard Olds, Kevin Davis, Daniel Sarvis, Justin Sarvis, Joseph Sarvis and Michael Fowler.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


Haywood Lawrence Thompson
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Haywood Lawrence "Joe Louis" Thompson of Washington, DC, passed on March 20, 2014.
Loving father of Linwood Little, Michael Thompson, Diane Wilks, G. Lauren Thompson-Russ and Brian Thompson; one brother, Paul Thompson; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, 2:00 pm at St. Lewis Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC.
Interment at Thompson Family Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.