September 1, 2013

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

Ruth Bizzell Warren
DURHAM — Ruth Bizzell Warren, 90, of Croasdaile Village Retirement Community, died Thursday, August 29, 2013. She was born in Newton Grove, NC on July 2, 1923, the daughter of the late Adlai and Florence Davis Bizzell. She was educated at Newton Grove High School, with honors at East Carolina University (then East Carolina Teacher's College), and did graduate study at The University of North Carolina Greensboro earning a bachelor's degree in Home Economics and Science. She taught Home Economics at Newton Grove High School in 1942 and moved to Greenville, NC in 1943 to accept a position as an Assistant Home Demonstration agent in Pitt County, NC.
On June 29, 1946 she married the late Clarence Burton Warren in Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. They resided in Fayetteville, NC where she taught at Central, Stedman, Hope Mills and Seventy-First high schools. Their son, Robert Burton Warren, was born. The family moved in 1956 to Punxsutawney, PA where Mr. Warren became resident Postal Inspector. Their second son, William Bizzell Warren, was born. In 1957 Mr. Warren was transferred to Norristown, PA, and the family lived there until 1963 when he took a position in Postal Service Headquarters, Washington, DC. The family settled in the Fort Hunt area of Fairfax County, VA where she served as a substitute teacher for many years; was active in community garden clubs including a special interest in Ikebana floral arrangements; and a loyal member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In 1999 she and Mr. Warren moved to Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham, NC.
Ruth is survived by two sons, Robert B. of Chapel Hill, NC and William B. of Southborough, MA; three granddaughters, one grandson and two godchildren; sisters, Doris Wilkerson, Raleigh, NC and Louise Edmundson, Havelock, NC; and many other relatives and friends.
Interment will be at Raleigh Memorial Park. September 1 at 2 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held in the Chapel at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham, NC on Friday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of floral tributes it is suggested that memorials be made in memory of her mother, Florence Bizzell, and sent to Newton Grove United Methodist Church (135 W. Grove St. Newton Grove, NC 28366) or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences at

Robert Taylor Rogers
ADAMSTOWN, MD — Dr. Robert T. Rogers, a former university professor and space systems engineer, died on August 21 at Buckingham’s Choice, a retirement community in Adamstown, MD, where he had resided since October 2011. He was 82.
Dr. Rogers moved to the Washington, DC area in 1982 to work for contractors to NASA and NSA; he retired from Fairchild Systems, Germantown, MD. Previously, he had taught electrical engineering at Pennsylvania State University, the Capitol Campus at Harrisburg, PA.
Robert Taylor Rogers was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1930, and moved in 1937 to Durham, NC, where his father, the late Professor Robert S. Rogers, became a member of the faculty at Duke University. He attended Durham Public Schools and graduated from Durham High School with the Class of 1948. He went on to receive degrees of Bachelor of Arts and of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Duke, Master of Science in the field of electrical engineering from Clemson University, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Delaware. He represented the fourth successive generation of the Rogers family to receive a doctorate and teach at the university level.
His first wife and a graduate of Duke School of Nursing, Sara Kent Ellet, whom he married in 1962, died in 1994. They had no children.
His second wife, Barbara Lee Wilson Watterson, whom he married in 1996, died in 2005.
Survivors include his brother, David Taylor Rogers of Fairfax, VA; two nieces, Carolyn Rogers Barrick of Laytonsville, MD, and Elizabeth Rogers McKnight of Tucson, AZ; stepdaughter-in-law, Helene Watterson Seversen of Northfield, MN; stepdaughters, Kathy Houser of Cape Coral, FL, and Kerry L. Turner of New Windsor, MD; and four step-grandchildren.

Margaret Jean Seate Timberlake
BUFFALO JUNCTION, VA — Margaret Jean Seate Timberlake, 75, Buffalo Junction, VA, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2013. She was born April 20, 1938 in Granville County, NC to the late Badger Fenton and Allene Frances Williams Seate. She graduated from Oxford High School in the class of 1956. Margaret operated Margaret’s Hallmark Shop in Richmond for nine years. Margaret was President of Women’s Missionary Union and taught Sunday school at Clarksville Baptist Church. She was also an active member of Baptist churches in Seaford, DE, Richmond, VA and Oxford, NC. Mrs. Timberlake is survived by her husband, George Noblin Timberlake; and daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and John Stegeman of Suwanne, GA, Vickie and John Jorstad of Snellville, GA, and Kim and Jean Desdunes of Lake Worth, FL. She is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. Dr. Billy and Wanda Seate of Oxford, NC and Jimmy and Sarah Seate of Fuquay-Varina, NC; and seven grandchildren, Scott Stegeman, Troy Stegeman, Ryan Jorstad, Cody Jorstad, Taylor Dunn, Whitney Dunn and Pierre Desdunes. Visitation will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home, 703 Virginia Ave, Clarksville, VA 23927. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 2, 2013 at Clarksville Baptist Church, 210 Fifth Street, with Rev. Dr. Greg Randall and Rev. Dr. Billy Seate officiating. Contributions may be made to Clarksville Baptist Church Building or Mission Fund, P.O. Box 126, Clarksville, Virginia, 23927. Online condolences may be expressed to the Timberlake family at