September 5, 2013

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Doris Jean Bostic
DURHAM - Miss Doris Jean Bostic entered this life on July 21, 1957 and departed this life on September 2, 2013.
She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Maggie Bostic; five children, 20 grandchildren, two great grands, one brother and one sister.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday at Southside Church of Christ, 800 Elmira Ave., viewing at 12 noon and memorial service at 1 p.m.  
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

William Frank “Bill” Drummond
DURHAM — William Frank “Bill” Drummond, 57, husband of Lisa and proud father of Cortney and Kaytlyn, died on Monday, September 2, 2013 from complications of T-cell lymphoma.
Bill was born in Midland, Texas, where he married his high school sweetheart, Lisa Poer. He joined his father’s company, Sanitary Plumbing and received his Master’s license in both plumbing and heating/air conditioning. 
Bill and Lisa have made their home in Durham since 1987. He spent 26 years as Service Manager with Acme Plumbing and Heating, where he was known for outstanding customer service and an unmatched work ethic. Recently, Bill accepted the position of General Manager of Alpine Air.
Bill devoted much of his free time to serving the Lord through his church, Trinity Avenue Presbyterian, where he had been elected as both an elder and a deacon. Bill and Lisa were involved in every part of their church’s life, especially those involving young people, music or helping with the church events Lisa coordinated.
Bill will be remembered not for his cancer but for his kindness, gentleness, great laugh, warm hugs, and loving spirit. He fought valiantly these last few weeks at Duke Hospital with his family and dear friends by his side.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lisa; daughter, Cortney Morgan and her husband, Trent, of Durham; daughter, Kaytlyn Drummond of the home; and a sister, Meredeth Drummond-Cox of Weatherford, TX; as well as many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Turner and Mary Nelle Drummond; and his older brother, Robert Paul Drummond. 
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 7th at 11 a.m. at Trinity Avenue Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the church, designated to congregational care or youth ministries.

Virginia Marie Evans
DURHAM — Virginia Marie Evans, 64, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, after a 10-year battle with cancer. Ginnie was born in Quantico, VA, on April 25, 1949, to the late Wilbur Fisk Evans Jr. and Margaret Louise Hawkins Evans. 
Ginnie worked as a respected IT Professional for the University of North Carolina until she retired in 2007. She loved to travel – her favorite destination lately was Williamsburg, Virginia! She was a budding watercolorist and enjoyed perusing antique shows and pottery exhibits. She loved her family and her many friends, and she enjoyed movies, the theater, and fellowship times over dinner – she always loved trying new foods!
But more than anything, Ginnie loved the Lord. Her passion for God and His Word was an inspiration to all who knew her.  During the 10 years she battled cancer, her mission field was Duke Hospital, where she gently and compassionately witnessed to others, and comforted them in their shared struggle. Ginnie was a faithful member of Cresset Baptist Church, where she served for more than 12 years.
Ginnie is survived by her brother, Mike Evans and his wife, Joy, of New Bern. 
A celebration of Ginnie’s life will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Cresset Baptist Church, 3707 Garrett Road, Durham, North Carolina, 27707, with Reverend Jon Glass officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cresset Baptist Church, Duke Hospice & HomeCare, American Cancer Society.
The Evans family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. On-line memorials: Select obituaries.

Merty Vee Shackleford
DURHAM — Ms. Merty Vee Shackleford passed Friday, August 30, 2013 at Hock Pavilion. Funeral services will take place Friday, September 6, 2013, at the St. Joseph A.M.E. Church, 2521 Fayetteville St. Visitation will be between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Services will begin at 12 noon. Burial will be at the Beechwood Cemetery.
Surviving relatives are daughter, Cassandra Shackleford; granddaughter, LaShonda Shackleford Butler; grandson, Jamil Shackleford; and a host of family and friends.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapels and Gardens.

Kathleen “Sis” Roberts
BUTNER — Kathleen “Sis” Roberts, age 96, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening.
She was born January 13, 1917 in Granville County, daughter of Lonnie S. and Lucy F. Roberts. She graduated from Stem High School in 1934 as an honor student.
Surviving are three sisters, Mary Sanford, Durham, Eva Perry, Butner, and Jean Roberts of the home; two nephews; two nieces; one grandnephew; and three grandnieces. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lonnie Smith Roberts Jr.
Her grandfather, Ned Roberts, was determined to have a place to worship God in the small community of “Coonhill” where most of the Roberts lived. He got all the men in the community together and they built a church (Roberts Chapel Methodist). In a short while it was accepted into the NC Methodist Conference. Our family attended there until 1942 when “Camp Butner” came into the area. Kathleen taught Sunday School there for many years.
We moved to Butner and joined the Community Methodist Church. Kathleen was the oldest member of Community UMC, having attended there for 65 years.
Kathleen was devoted to her family and kept the household for her mothers and sisters for many years. Visitors to the Roberts’ home always found in the Kathleen a listening ear and a kind word. For all who knew her she was a model of the loving Spirit of Jesus.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Community UMC, West E Street, Rev. Jessie Larkins officiating. Burial will be in Community Memorial Gardens in Stem. The family will receive relatives and friends from 1 to 2 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Randy Perry, Ronnie Sanford, Clark Sanford, Ricky Loving, Richard Veazey, and Mike Ellis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community UMC, 507 W.E. St., Butner, NC 27509.
The family is being assisted by Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to

Clara Alice King Medlin Townsend
BUTNER — Mrs. Clara Alice King Medlin Townsend, 78, of Butner, died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Mrs. Townsend was born in Wake County, to the late Percy and Bilyon Mitchell King. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Fashion Tabernacle in Durham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Townsend; one sister, Barbara Perry; and one brother, Percy Archie King.
She is survived by her first husband, Fleming Medlin; two sons, Ricky Medlin of Oxford, Wayne Townsend of Timberlake; three daughters, Alice Murphy of Oxford, Marie Driver of Murfreesboro, Wanda Townsend Chase of Durham; four brothers, John King, Elbert King, Thomas King and Sidney King; three sisters, Ida Raybon, Louise Perry and Linda Guthrie; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Bill Lawrence. Burial will be in the South Granville Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Ricky Medlin, Tyler Medlin, Scott Strickland, Randy Hall, Mike Pope and Brandon Boyd.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to the Community HomeCare and Hospice, 152 Zeb Robinson Rd, Henderson, NC 27537. Online condolences may be made at

Bettye Thompson Johnson
HILLSBOROUGH — Bettye Thompson Johnson, age 73, born to the late James and Lena Thompson, died in Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, August 30, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted today at 1 p.m. in Russell Memorial Church in Durham, NC. Burial in Paynes' Chapel AME Church Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC.
Survivors are her husband, Theodore R. Johnson; daughter, Sheree' Harshaw Parker; and son, Shelton Thompson, all of Hillsborough, NC; step daughters, Diane Tam of Howell, NJ and Lisa Dailey of Brooklyn, NY; one sister, Ruth Sneed of Hillsborough, NC; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Chavis-Parker Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to or faxed to 919-644-1200.