May 14, 2013

May. 14, 2013 @ 02:25 PM

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 today, May 14 from 6 to 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.

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 Drive, Durham, NC after years of declining health. Her service will be held today, May 14, 2013 at 12 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC. Family visitation will be held at the church from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m.
Mrs. Weaver was a Durham NC native and graduated from Hillside High School in 1944. She retired from North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1988 as Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Policy Services Division after over 44 years of service. In addition to her business career, she was known for her superior homemaking and decorating skills, culinary delights, expert gardening, and creative designs in ceramics, silk flowers, textiles and other media.
Mrs. Weaver is survived by her daughter, Denise Weaver Hester (Larry); grandchildren, Erica A. Weaver and Christopher R. Weaver; brother, Anthony Allison (Dale); nephews, Michael D. Clements and Robert D. Clements; first cousin, Richard Smallwood of Bowie, Md.; and second cousins, Alice Sharpe, Raymond Sharpe and Michael Sharpe of Durham, NC. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Banks Allison; brother, Robert Clements; and husband, Robert Lee Weaver.
Arrangements by Burthey Service.

Michelle Antionette White
DURHAM — Funeral services for Mrs. Michelle Antionette White (39) of Durham, N.C. will be conducted on Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the Bethel Tabernacle United Holy Church. The family will meet with their friends one hour before the funeral service.
Survivors include her husband, Mr. Gregory White; six sons, Mr. Marlo Shockley, Mr. Andrew Gascott, Mr. Rasaul Abernathy, Mr. Keith White, Mr. Gregory White, Mr. Ky Yon White; four daughters, Miss Shantay Underdue, Miss Marlita Shockley, Miss Cadessia Perry, Miss Gemoni White; one brother, Mr. Bryon Stevens; one sister, Ms. Jammye Underdue; two granchildren; father, Mr. Michael Underdue; mother, Mrs. Carol Underdue; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service. 

Grace C. Hayes

HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Grace C. Hayes, 75, died early Sunday morning at Alamance Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Hayes was born in Orange Co., the daughter of the late William Crabtree and the late Mary Watkins Crabtree. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Ellis Hayes Sr.
Mrs. Hayes is survived by sons, Marvin Ellis Hayes Jr. (Beverly) of Hillsborough and Robert “Bob” Hayes (Denise L.) of Timberlake; grandchildren, Robbie Hayes and Chasity Hayes; sisters, Maxine Edwards (Clarence), Faye Wheeley, Belle Granville (George); and a brother, Bill Crabtree (Miltilda).
Graveside services will be held Wednesday 3 p.m. at New Sharon United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Belcher and the Rev. Jeff Nash officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Hillsborough.
A special thanks to Libby Jennings, life-long friend and caretaker.
The family is being assisted in Hillsborough by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Ruby Hunt Merritt
CARRBORO — Mrs. Ruby Hunt Merritt, 104, died May 12, 2013 at her home. She was born May 17, 1908, in Chatham County to the late Charlie and Maybelle Hunt. Mrs. Merritt spent most of her life living in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eben Merritt, and her brother, Onyx Hunt.
She is survived by four children: Virginia Grantham, Iris Womble (Tom), Clarice Page (Bill), and Dr. Wyndell Merritt; seven grandchildren: Mary Lib Sinodis (David), Kathy Lynch (Mark), Karen Wallace, Bruce Page (Linda) and Doug Page, Hunter Merritt (Lori) and Ian Merritt; five great-grandchildren: Brian Grantham (Dreama), Dillon and Riley Lynch, Eben and Sunny Merritt; three step great-grandsons: Joey (Chris), Ross (Amanda) and Thomas (Tiffany) Sinodis; two step-great-great-granddaughters: Kate and Lily Sinodis.
Mrs. Merritt was the oldest member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. She served the church by freely giving her musical talent for 75 years. As a gifted teacher in the church, she taught different age groups from the youngest to the oldest classes about God's love. Throughout the years she served on many church committees.
She remained alert and true to her church even though her health prevented her from attending during her last years. Each month she faithfully sent her monetary contribution and each week she looked forward to hearing the sermon on her CD. She always enjoyed visits from her pastor and friends. A favorite pastime was cheering for UNC athletes on television. What a wonderful role model for her family and all who knew her!
Her preference was for a private family burial service followed by a memorial service for family and friends at Mt Carmel. The memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 16, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m., with the Reverend Dennis Hill officiating. Following the service, there will be a reception for family and friends.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to all those who provided prayers and support. Especially are they grateful to the nurses with Southern Comfort Home Care who gave "Miss Ruby" their special love and care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Building Fund, 2016 Mt. Carmel Church Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Annie Margaret Roberts Thompson
HILLSBOROUGH — Annie Margaret Roberts Thompson, 95, of Hillsborough passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at her residence. Born in Orange County on November 7, 1917, she was the eldest child of the late Currie Paul Roberts and Alice Ray Roberts.  She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church her entire life. She served the Lord faithfully in many capacities with over 40 years as church treasurer and custodian.
A loving mother and grandmother, Margaret is survived by her sons, Dr. James Thompson and wife, Betty of Durham, Rev. Larry Thompson and wife, Emily of Morganton; daughter, Debra Wilder and husband, Mark of Graham; grandchildren, Andy Thompson, Susan McConville, Bill Thompson, Heather Smith, and Catherine Mashburn; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Nell Loftis and Betty Stauffenberg; and brother, Bryant Roberts, all of Durham; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil W. Thompson in 1987 to whom she was a devoted wife for 49 years. Also, sisters, Pauline Ellisor, Katherine Phillips, Naomi Apperson; brothers, Paul Roberts, Bobby Roberts, and Jimmy Roberts.
The family extends gratitude to Connie Flowers and Peggy Oxendine for the care they have given to Mrs. Margaret that has allowed her to remain in her beloved home over the past four years.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., today, May 14 at Cross Roads Baptist Church, Hillsborough with Rev. Bruce Brown and Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cross Roads Baptist Church, 3216 Orange Grove Road, Hillsborough, NC  27278.
Online condolences may be sent to
Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert Eusry Denny

ROXBORO — Robert Eusry Denny, 87, of 4091 Denny Store Rd., Roxboro, died Sunday, May 12, 2013. Born in Person County, Mr. Denny was the son of the late Henry and Mae Wilkerson Denny and father of the late Randy Denny. Mr. Denny retired from Pepsi Cola of Roxboro and was a member of Roxboro Baptist Church where he was a former deacon and choir member. He was also a member of the Fisher's of Men Sunday School class. Mr. Denny formerly served with the Allensville Volunteer Fire Department and also enjoyed antique refinishing. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Mr. Denny is survived by his wife, Clara Gentry Denny; one daughter, Judy Long and husband, Ray, of Roxboro; his daughter-in-law, Cindy Denny, of Raleigh; two sisters, Christine D. Mangum, of Oxford and Thelma D. Canada, of Danville, VA; four grandchildren, Amber Ellixson and husband, Cody, Jenny Humphries and husband, Billy, Brandon Nelson and Cherise Denny; one great-grandchild, Codi-Layne Ellixson.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Roxboro Baptist Church by the Dr. DuPre Sanders and Mr. Charles Jackson. Burial will follow in the Denny Family Cemetery. 
Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m., today at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be held Brandon Nelson, Danny Faucette, Eddie Denny, Matt Denny, Gene Morris, Donald Morris, Paul Bailey, Rux Canada, Steve Gregory and Larry Grissum. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fisher's of Men Sunday School class, Cleo Wilson, Roy Huff and members of the Allensville Volunteer Fire Department.
Memorials may be made to Roxboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 348, Roxboro, NC 27573 or the Allensville Volunteer Fire Department, 1344 Denny Store Rd., Roxboro, NC, 27574.
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