May 12, 2013

May. 11, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

Gert Berman
DURHAM — Gert Berman died on May 10 2013. She was 97 years old. Gert lived a very active life involved in a variety of communities. She spent many years with Jacksonville Little Theatre/Theatre Jacksonville in Florida and The Lost Colony in Manteo. Her last active community was with the downtown Durham YMCA family. In her 90's, the YMCA would celebrate her birthday each year with a party and all the fixin's. Gert always loved a good party!
The family will be honoring her in a private gathering. In lieu of sending flowers, a donation can be made to the Alzheimer’s association or the charity of your choice in her name.

Andrew Belle Cobb
DURHAM - Mrs. Andrew Belle Cobb, 85, of 826 Ridgeway Ave., departed her life on May 7, 2013 after an extended illness. Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12 p.m. at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery.
Family visitation will be on Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Burthey Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Cobb is a 1944 graduate of Hillside High School. In 1949, she received her degree at NCCU.
She is survived by two daughters, Jerris C. Wells (Eugene) and Jeanya C. McMillan (Harrison); one son, Claude C. Cobb III; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Service.

William Arnold “Bill” Holleman
DURHAM – Mr. William Arnold “Bill” Holleman, age 85, died early Tuesday morning at Duke University Hospital.
Born April 17, 1928, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, R. Hugh and Esper Baldwin Holleman; and his son, W. Douglas Holleman. He lived in Chapel Hill almost his entire life, graduating from Chapel Hill School, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bill served in the US Air Force from 1952 – 1956 and was stationed in Texas, Japan, and South Carolina. He owned Matthews and Farrow Automotive Repair, retiring in 1985. After his retirement, he enjoyed his hobby of working with lamps and antiques at Lamps Unlimited and also at Heirlooms.
Bill was very active in the Southwest Durham Rotary Club and, for his outstanding service, was honored twice with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He spent a lot of time with his son in Boy Scouts, becoming a Boy Scout Leader. He was a strong believer that life was a gift and lived each day to the fullest. He always gave everything his best effort and enjoyed life’s journey.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Jean Farrow Holleman of the home; daughter, Karen Holleman Burris and her husband, Buddy; granddaughter, Jennifer Morgan Burris; grandson, Michael Douglas Burris; great grandson, Jeremiah Steven Burris, all of Virginia Beach, VA; brother-in-law, Joseph A. Farrow Jr. and his wife, Emma, of Raleigh, NC; and his daughter-in-law, Sandra Greene Holleman, of Greensboro, NC.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Hope Vickers. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brent Blaylock, Marvin Carver, Joe Jernigan, Mal King, Dan Minor, Ben Mixon and Richard Watson. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Southwest Durham Rotary Club.
The family will receive visitors Sunday afternoon from 3 – 5 p.m. at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bill’s memory to the Southwest Durham Rotary Foundation, c/o Ben Ingold, 4011 University Drive, Suite 300, Durham, NC 27707; or to Epworth United Methodist Church Endowment, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707.
The Holleman family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Gayle F. Ledbetter
DURHAM - Graveside rites for Gayle F. Ledbetter will be held Tuesday at 2:30 at Beechwood Cemetery.
Survivors include: wife, Barbara McGirt Ledbetter; daughters, Hideara, Lashaonda; sons, Dijon, Isaiah, Shemar, Albert; four grandchildren; mother-in-law, Effie McGirt; brothers, Dwight, Sandy, Joseph, Franky; sisters, Betsy, Suzette, Diana, Peggy, Phyllis, Janice, Gabbryelle.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Larry Everette McFadden Sr.
DURHAM - Larry Everette McFadden Sr., the son of Grace W. McFadden and the late George W. McFadden, was born April 10, 1941 in Durham, North Carolina and passed on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Brian Center in Durham after a battle with cancer. Larry received his education in the Durham Public Schools, graduating from Hillside High School in 1960. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force where he served for four years. He attended Durham Technical Community College in preparation for a long career with IBM as a machinist. He retired in 1999. As a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, he actively served in several capacities. He was a trustee, an usher and worked with the Youth Summer Camp program, which he enjoyed so much. Larry is the father of two children, Lori Yvette McFadden of Durham, NC and Larry Everette McFadden Jr. of Sherman Oaks, California. He considered them such a blessing in his life, especially during his illness and marveled at how they cared for him. 
In addition to his children and mother, others deeply saddened by his passing are his former wife and friend, Cora Cole McFadden; his two sisters, Patricia McFadden Belle and her husband, Danny Dividu, of New York City and Bertha M. Blanding of Manning, South Carolina; his brother, Perry McFaddedn and his wife, Heidi of Ocala, Florida. Two brothers preceded him in death, Deryl McFadden and George McFadden, whose wives are Ronnie of New York City and Marie who resides in Teaneck, New Jersey, respectively. Larry is survived by an uncle, Charlie Williams and wife, Joyce, of Durham, North Carolina; two aunts, Virginia Bullock Byrd of Durham, North Carolina and Dorothy Clark of Danville, Virginia. He is also survived by nieces, Melissa McFadden and Tecia McFadden; and nephews, Jamal, Kyia and Esu McFadden and many, many cousins and other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday at 12 noon at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E. Weaver Street.
Family visitation one hour before services.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Michael Edward Norman
September 11, 1947 – May 9, 2013

DURHAM - Michael Edward Norman, 65, died Thursday.  
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner. A reception will follow the service at the home of Peter and Kelly Norman.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Candace Norman; his mother, Mary Norman; daughter, Heather Norman of Duluth, Ga.; son, Peter Norman and wife, Kelly, of Clayton; sisters, Barbara Simpson and husband, Melvin, of Concord, and Kathy Jones and husband, Ricky, of Charlotte.
He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Edward Norman; and his brother, Larry Norman.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
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Harry M. Pickett
DURHAM - Harry M. Pickett, age 85, died Thursday morning at Durham Regional Hospital.
Born July 28, 1927 in Durham, Mr. Pickett was the son of the late Milton Henry and Nannie Smith Pickett. He was a graduate of Bragtown High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Pickett was employed with the A&P for forty years where he became a manager and later with Town and Country Foods, Kerr Drugs and Eckerd Drugs.
He was a member of Temple Baptist Church and was a former member and deacon of Edgemont Baptist Church where he also taught Sunday school to junior high school boys.
Surviving are his son, David C. Pickett of Durham; his daughter, Debbie P. Bridges and husband; Wayne; of Clayton; two grandsons, Jason Bridges and Jarred Bridges; and one great-grandson, Brandon Bridges. Preceding him in death was his wife, Marie Carter Pickett. Mr. Pickett was the last surviving child in a family of ten children.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Forest M. Gale Jr. officiating.  
Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
The family would like to thank Ena Baker, nurse manager of Unit 5-2, Durham Regional Hospital, and the staff of nurses and assistants for the wonderful care given to Mr. Pickett  during his hospitalization there.
Online condolences may be submitted to

Mary "Seabird" Lee Reid
DURHAM — Mary "Seabird" Lee Reid, age 75, departed this life on May 8, 2013.
She leaves to cherish her memories, sons, Howard Reid, Clayton Reid and Eddie Reid; daughters, Lynette Trice, Nelea Reid and Linda Reid; one brother, Horace Reid; two sisters, Hattie Reid and Patsy Owens.
Services will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Church, 1715 Athens Avenue. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Scarborough and Hargett Funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Olivia Clements Weaver
DURHAM - Mrs. Olivia Clements Weaver, 86, formerly of 911 S. Plum St., died Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the home of her daughter at 3526 Abercromby Dr., after years of declining health. Her service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Road. Family visitation will be held at the church from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. one hour prior to the service. There will be a public viewing for Mrs. Weaver on Monday, May 13, from 1-7 p.m. at Burthey Funeral Chapel.

George Bennett Werk
DURHAM - George Bennett Werk died peacefully in his sleep at his home on the morning of Saturday, May 11, 2013, following a long illness. He was eighty-seven years old.
George enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1944, prior to his high school graduation, and saw combat action in the Pacific, specifically in the Philippines and Okinawa, receiving two bronze stars. After discharge, he attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and received his B.A. degree from Duke University in June 1949. He attended the University of Zurich in Zurich Switzerland and the Universite’ de Geneve’ in Geneva Switzerland. He received a Masters in Foreign Studies from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He was fluent in German and French.
George was preceded in death by his father, George Herancourt Werk; and his mother, Julia Bennett Werk; and also by his sister, Alice Werk, with whom he traveled extensively until her death in May 1995.
George was a member of numerous clubs in Miami Beach, Florida, Durham, North Carolina, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was a strong patron of the Arts and an enthusiastic supporter of Duke University Athletics.
George is survived by his cousin, Tom Werk; his wife, Paula; and his children, Allison and Collins Werk of Raleigh, North Carolina; and by his cousin, Steve Werk, his wife, Lynn, and their children, Emily and Caroline Werk of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is also survived by his long time friends, William Owens of Miami, Florida and Kent Collins of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The family wishes to convey a special thank you and gratitude to Dr. Steve Kizer of UNC Geriatrics and to George’s wonderful caregivers, Diane Everette, Keisha Underdue, Nathaniel Dickerson and Lamin Saidywan and Nursecare of North Carolina that all showed great compassion and care for George during the past eight years.
A service will be officiated by The Reverend Robert K. Kaynor, Rector of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, North Carolina in the Dorothy Teer Chapel at St. Stephens at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The family will greet friends and guests in the Chapel one hour prior to the service, and a reception will be held at the church immediately following the service. There will be a graveside service at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013.
The Werk family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Gary Ray Wicks
DURHAM — Gary Ray Wicks, 56, passed away May 8, 2013 at Duke Hospice Hock Pavilion surrounded by family and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Ray Wicks and Joyce Overline Wicks; and son, Matthew Lee Wicks.
Gary's career extended from an electrician, to Paramedic, to manager of ProCare Therapeutics, to his own home repair business.  Gary was an avid Duke fan and loved his "Blue Devils".
Gary is survived by his sisters, Lorri Wicks and Cheri Fuller; daughters, Tabitha Moore and Courtney Hawn; sons, Trevor Wicks and Brandon Baker; nieces, Grace Ann Fuller and Sarah Drap; three grandsons; one great niece; and many special friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Dr. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to either Temple Baptist Church or Duke Hospice.

Walter "Shy" Wilson Jr.
DURHAM — The Life He Lived......"
Early Monday morning, May 6, 2013 at 5:00 a.m. at VA Hospice, Durham, NC, God called WALTER "SHY" WILSON JR. home to rest.  Walter was born September 27, 1930 in Durham County to the late Walter and Sadie Wilson Lipscomb.
Walter leaves to cherish his memories: four daughters, Shirley Ann Harper, Linda Daniels, Robin Tharrington (James) and Mamie Watson; six sons, Tyrone Wilson (Tara), Anthony Wilson, Marcus McCormick, Lamont Bolden (Suama), Marvin Bolden (Haime) and Dehaventon (Glenda); two grandsons that he raised, Derek Meekins and Antwan Wilson; 16 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren.
Services will be Monday, May 13, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. Viewing at 12 noon and services at 1 p.m. 
Family will be receiving visitors at 11 Lullwater Court, in the Grove Park subdivision, 919-596-5103.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Carolyn A. Wallace
CHAPEL HILL — Carolyn A. Wallace, retired director of the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina, died on April 30, 2013, at Carol Woods Health Center in Chapel Hill. Born September 30, 1919, in Hillsborough, she was the daughter of the late Charles M. Andrews and Virginia Dare Danner Andrews of Burlington and the granddaughter of the late Samuel Weldon Andrews and Robena Tilley Andrews of Chapel Hill. Dr. Wallace's husband, Prof. Emeritus Wesley H. Wallace died in 2004.
A 1940 alumna of Meredith College, Dr. Wallace later earned MA and PhD degrees from the University in Chapel Hill and taught briefly at the University and at the Woman's College (now UNC-G). She then began a nearly 40-year career as an archivist and teacher of archives. Later as Director of the Collection she also became Curator of Manuscripts. Dr. Wallace achieved her success at a time when women were often discouraged from seeking advanced, better paying positions in academia. Although she did not consider herself to be aggressive about advancement, her devotion and her expertise established her as an example for the women who followed her in university faculty service. A long-time member of the American Historical Society, the Southern Historical Association, and the Society of American Archivists, she also served the Historical Society of North Carolina.
In addition to her parents and husband, Dr. Wallace was predeceased by her brother, Charles D. Andrews and his wife, Hazel Jenkins Andrews of Greensboro. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Sue Wallace of Chapel Hill; granddaughter, Susan Branch Schoaps and husband, Ed of Salem, Oregon; granddaughter, Jennifer Branch of Huntingburg, Indiana; grandson, Lt. Leslie B. Branch and wife, Jennifer of Sigonella NAS, Sicily, Italy; and six great grandchildren. Also surviving are nephew, Charles Thomas Andrews and wife, Paula of Rochester, NY; niece, Sara Andrews Wilkins and husband, James of Charlotte; niece, Lee Smith Spong and husband, Dewey of Raleigh; and nephew, Wesley Lawrence Smith and wife, JoAnne of Greenville, SC.
Arrangements are through Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill.
A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods Retirement Community on June 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Carol Woods Charitable Fund, the Lillian Parker Wallace Lecture Fund at Meredith College, the Southern Historical Collection Endowment Fund, or the Wesley Wallace Professorship Fund at UNC Chapel-Hill. The family wishes to express deepest gratitude the entire staff of Carol Woods who enjoyed and cared for Dr. Wallace during her over 33 years of residency there. She was the last of the founding members of Carol Woods.

Daphene Lacock Dobson
CHAPEL HILL — Daphene Lacock Dobson of Chapel Hill passed away on May 9, 2013.
She was the daughter of the late Lula Johnson and Forrest Lacock. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Miriam and Norman Tripp; grandsons, Garrett, Britton, and Connor Tripp; a sister, Myrtis Williams of Whitsett; a brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Carolyn Lacock of Chapel Hill; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, May 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Damascus Congregational Christian Church. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Pittsboro, NC. See for additional information or to express condolences.    

Kenneth Wayne Cash
ROXBORO - Kenneth Wayne Cash, age 44, died Friday evening, May 10, 2013 at the Rose Manor in Durham. He was formerly of 335 Woodsdale Road in Roxboro. He was born in Person County to the late Dale and Dorothy Self Cash. Mr. Cash was a member of the Roxboro Loyal Order of the Moose and Family Center #2004 where he was a Legion Member. Kenneth was a former employee of Keen Transport of Pennsylvania. 
Surviving are his wife, Linda M. Cash of the home; three daughters, Amanda Robinson and husband, William, and Jaimie Blurton, all of Methuen, MA and Kristy Garcia and husband, Lupe, of Timberlake; six grandchildren, L.J., Jamie, Adriana, Sofia, Matthew, and Liam; two brothers, Roger Cash and wife, Sandra, of Duffield, VA and Troy Cash and wife, Sabrina, of Roxboro; one sister, Patricia C. Coates and husband, Tommy, of Mebane.
The family will receive friends Monday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Brooks & White Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Brooks & White Chapel with the Pastor Richard Long officiating.
The family will receive friends after the service at the Roxboro Moose Lodge on Burlington Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moose Charities, Inc., 155 S. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL  60539-1100.
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Bobby Ray Long
ROXBORO — Bobby Ray Long, age 75, of 1185 Mountain Road, Roxboro, NC, died Saturday morning May 11, 2013 at the Hock Family Pavilion.
Mr. Long was a native of Person County, NC, son of the late William Henry and Sadie Lowery Long. He was retired from PSNC Energy and was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.
Surviving are a brother, Spurgeon L. Long & wife, Dianne; a niece, Tracy L. Harris & husband, Chad; two great nephews, Hunter & Jax Harris, all of Roxboro, NC.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 in the Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Fred Lowery. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 6 til 7:30 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home. 
Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Duke Homecare & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704-2199.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home, 1314 North Main Street, Roxboro, NC 27573. Online condolences may be made at