May 3, 2013

May. 02, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

Charles Moses Alford
DURHAM - Charles Moses Alford, age 92, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Born in Zebulon, NC on July 17, 1920, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses C. Alford. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean.
He retired from American Tobacco Company after 35 years of service. Charles was also a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed being a baseball coach and fishing.
He leaves behind two sons, Charles J. Alford and his wife, Paulette, of Rocky Mount and Jerry Alford and his wife, Kim, of Durham; grandchildren, Charlie Alford and his wife, Jenny, Jennifer Laughinhouse and her husband, Bill, Ashley Alford, Alana Alford and Scott Alford; great-grandchild, Grace Alford; nephews, Michael Emory and wife, Cynde, Kiffin Johnson, David Strickland and his wife, Colleen, and Phillip Strickland; and niece, Jeannie Ann Pappalardo.
A service to remember Charles will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Pineview Cemetery with Rev. Tim Lowry of Arlington Baptist Church officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting

James Willis Kithcart Sr. (Kit)
DURHAM - James Willis Kithcart Sr. (Kit) passed on Monday, April 29th at his home. He is survived by his wife, Myria Kithcart; four daughters, Lynette Cradle (John) of Durham, NC, Celena Turner (Reginald) of Fayetteville, NC, Shayla Harris of Greensboro, NC, Kiara Gibbs of Durham, NC; one son, James Kithcart Jr. (Nanette) of  Durham, NC; one sister, Peggy K.Council of Durham, NC; two brothers, Thomas Kithcart of Lakewood, NJ, Rev. Norman Kithcart (Arnell) of Lake City, SC; six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Saturday, May 4th at Union Baptist Church, Durham, NC at 12 noon with Rev. Kenneth R. Hammond officiating. Viewing will be one hour prior to services. Professional services by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home.

William Broadus Mack
DURHAM - William Broadus Mack, age 88, formerly of Seneca, South Carolina, died Tuesday afternoon at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. He was the son of the late John V. Mack and Nina Dixon Mack. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) in Durham, NC.
He spent most of his adult life in Durham where he worked as an Assistant Manager until his retirement from Hope Valley Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Paula B. Mack; son, Gary R. Mack (Jackie) of Los Angeles, CA; grandson, Gavin (Erin); two brothers, Roy L. Mack (Margaret) of Anderson, SC and Perry V. Mack (Gloria) of Greensboro, NC; several nieces, nephews and many relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, 2502 NC Hwy 55, Durham, NC. 

Wanda Ann Wakeland
DURHAM — Memorial service for Wanda Ann Wakeland will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Christ of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road.
Survivors include: mother, Shelly Ann Royster; three children; Christy Mallot and family.

Gerald A.L. Wright
DURHAM — Gert A.L. Wright born December 19, 1933 was called home on Wednesday April 24, 2013. He leaves behind wife, Geraldine; three sons, six daughters, four sisters, two brothers, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Clarence Ludlow C.L. Rich
CREEDMOOR — Mr. Clarence Ludlow C.L. Rich, 51, of 2410 Coley Pond Road, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
C.L. was employed with UPS. He loved the Lord and was a member of Brassfield Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman. He was a former member of the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department and the Brassfield Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Crystal Lynn Rich.
He is survived by his wife, Toni Harless Rich; one son, Joseph Adam Rich of Creedmoor; his parents, C.J. and Camilla Rich of Durham; brother, Charles J. Rich Jr. of Durham; sisters, Elizabeth Watson and Kathryn Jones (Allen), both of Durham, Denise Barbour (Moses) of Creedmoor and Teresa McCall (Mark) of Garner; nine nephews; three nieces; four great-nieces; and one great-nephew.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Brassfield Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Fred Williams.
Memorial donations can be made to the Brassfield Baptist Church, 2072 NC Hwy. 96, Creedmoor, NC 27522. Online condolences may be made at

McCollins Thorpe Sr.
ROXBORO — McCollins Thorpe Sr., 70, peacefully departed this life April 30th, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center. Mr. Thorpe was born on January 17, 1943 in Person County to the late Edward and Vida Mae Tabron Thorpe.
He leaves to cherish his memories three sons, Darryl Thorpe, Ricky Thorpe, McCollines; and a host of relatives. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Gwendolyn Faye Thorpe.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 4th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at New Hope Person Baptist Church, 1361 Tom Oakley Road, Timberlake, NC. The Homegoing Celebration will be Sunday, May 5th, at 2:30 p.m. at The Greater Cleggs Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church, 2601 Surl-Mt. Tirzah Road.
Online condolences can be posted at

Joan Miller Mathews
GREENSBORO — Joan Miller Mathews was born April 24, 1937 to the union of Thomas Calvin and Pearl Campbell Miller. She was raised in the Traphill Community of Yadkin Valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the morning of April 30, 2013, she passed peacefully at Moses Cone Hospital. She was a faithful member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church until she left the community to further her education. At the time of her death, she was a member of Providence Baptist Church where she was involved in the Health Ministry. She has been a member of St. Joseph AME Church of Durham, NC and Reid Memorial CME of Greensboro.
She matriculated at Lincoln Heights High School where she graduated valedictorian. She received a diploma in practical nursing from Durham School of Practical Nursing in 1958 and was awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award for the highest grade point average. After working two years as a LPN, she entered Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing. At graduation in 1962, she received the Leadership Award and the Technical Competence Award from Lincoln. She passed the RN Licensure Examination and received commendation from the N.C. Board of Nursing for being one of three nurses with the highest score in Obstetric Nursing in 1962. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1965 from North Carolina Central University, a Masters degree in Medical-Surgical Nursing in 1971 from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Teaching in 1997 from University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
She was a faithful and committed graduate to the educational institutions she attended. She held faculty positions at Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, North Carolina Central University and University of North Carolina-Greensboro. 
She was a 44+ year member of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. Chi Eta Phi is an international sorority with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds founded in 1932. Its membership consists of professional nursing students and professional registered nurses. In 2009, she received the highest honor given to a member by the Southeast Region of Chi Eta Phi during the 56th Regional Conference. She served on the Southeast Region Scholarship Committee as the Sigma Chi Chapter’s Scholarship Chairman and as a delegate to regional and national meetings. Since the UNCG Sigma Chi Alpha Beta Chapter was chartered in 1999, she has been faculty advisor and Beta sponsor. During the 10 years of service, the UNCG Chapter has received scholarship awards totaling over $35,000, five Beta Image Awards and eight academic achievement awards in recognition of community service.
She served on the Guilford County Board of Social Services from January 2001 – June 2007, including one year as vice chairman. She was a member of the NC Association of County Boards of Social Services and a member of NC A&T School of Nursing Advisory Committee, and NC Nurses Association, Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She was a member of the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and was a Distinguished Alumnus of North Carolina Central University School of Nursing. She served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Armed Forces Retirees Club.
She and her sister, Clara Jones, have spent countless hours researching the family roots. Their great grandfather, Solomon Campbell, was an ex-slave who owned land on Campbell’s Mountain which is now a part of Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina. The family also published The Intelligent Banner newspaper in early 1900s while living on Campbell’s Mountain.
She was very outgoing and made an impression on everyone she met.
She is survived by husband, Louis Mathews; son, Joseph H. Martin Jr., MD; daughter-in-law, Bertha; step-son, Gregory Mathews; step-daughters, Wanda Bethea (Laurence) and Ashley Mathews; sister, Clara Jones; brother, Jerry Miller; granddaughters, Jazzary and Kierra Martin; nieces, Sharyn Gardener (Rohan), Joylynn Miller, Jenelle White (Milton); cousins, Patricia Ramsey, Charles Campbell, Bobbie Campbell, Larry Campbell (Sandra), Gwendolyn Potter, Sarah Campbell; dear friends and extended family,  Elmontanel, Allens, Delores and Earl Washington, Amelia Cain and Family, Cathy Badgett, Riley King, and a host of other relatives and friends. 
Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon at Providence Baptist Church, 1106 Tuscaloosa Street, Greensboro, NC. Family hour is 11 a.m. at the Church. Funeral Arrangements by Perry Brown Funeral Home, 909 Market Street, Greensboro, NC, 336-272-6109. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Woodrow Jones Nursing Scholarship Fund at NC Central University, 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707, Attn: Department of Nursing.

CORRECTION: For the Thomas Royster Howerton obituary that ran in the May 2, 2013 edition of the paper, the address for Senior PharmAssist was listed incorrectly. The correct address is 406 Rigsbee Ave Suite 201, Durham, NC 27701.