May 16, 2013

May. 16, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

Norman Madison Hunt
DURHAM — Norman Madison Hunt, 89, of Durham, North Carolina, died Sunday, May 12, 2013. 
Born on December 23, 1923, in Durham, North Carolina, he was the son of the late William Madison Hunt and Jennie Kerr Hunt. He graduated from Hargrave Military Academy and attended North Carolina State University. Mr. Hunt served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Guam.
He was married to Hazel Estes Hunt on March 1, 1947; they were married 66 years.
Mr. Hunt was an active member of the Durham business community. His father founded W.M. Hunt Plumbing and Heating Company in 1929, and Mr. Hunt succeeded him in leading the company from 1950 until 1984. His civic interests included the Salvation Army Home for Unwed Mothers, Durham Civitan Club, Sales and Marketing Executives of Durham, and local and state trade associations.  He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.
Mr. Hunt is survived by his two children, William Mark Hunt of Chapel Hill and Marcia Hunt Thomas and her husband, J. Michael Thomas of Greensboro; two sisters, Joyce Hunt Clayton of Durham and Francis Hunt Johnson of San Bernadino, CA; three grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Hunt and her husband, William M. Russell of Charleston, SC, Helen Hunt Thomas of Greensboro, and Alexander Mark Hunt of Chapel Hill; and two great-grandchildren, Owen Hunt Russell and Leo William Russell of Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Hilda Hunt Donnelly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in June.
The Hunt family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at, select obituaries.

Krystal Lashay Langley
DURHAM — Krystal Lashay Langley, 24, departed her life on May 14, 2013.
She leaves behind her father, Godfrey Langley; and mother, Carol Sharpe; one sister, one brother, two grandmothers and one grandfather.
A viewing will be held at First Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, May 17. 2013 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and funeral service at 1 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Annie Mae Clark
OXFORD — Annie Mae Clark 91 died Tuesday May 14, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Graham B. and Ruby Hart Currin and the widow of Hammie B. Clark. A retired LPN at Granville Hospital and Murdock Center in Butner, a member of Oxford Baptist Church, active in Women On Missions, Meals on Wheels and a friend to all.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 am Friday, May 17, 2013 at Oxford Baptist Church, by Dr. J Steven Bolton. Burial will follow in Nelson Baptist Church Cemetery, Nelson, VA.
Surviving are her 4 grandchildren, Vincent Clark (Kerry) and Frances Clark of Newark, DE, Scott Willoughby and Chris Willoughby of Columbia, SC, her 2 great grandchildren, Graham Thomas Clark and Sophia Clark of Newark, DE, her sister, Lelia C. Blackwell (AD) of Oxford, many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by 3 brothers, Graham Currin, Buster Currin, Hillman Currin, 2 sisters, Thelma Hughes, Elizabeth Wilkinson.
Memorials may be made to Oxford Baptist Church, PO Box 398, Oxford, NC 27565.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11:00 am Friday in the church Living Center.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is assisting the Clark family.

John Taylor Bivins Jr.
HILLSBOROUGH – John Taylor Bivins Jr. (64), Johnny, died peacefully at Duke Medical Center, surrounded by his wife and loving daughters, on May 15th after suffering a severe stroke. He was born July 24, 1948 to John Taylor Bivins Sr. and Evelyn Nicholson Bivins Atkins. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Carolyn Bivins Welsh and Betty Bivins Holmes.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Bivins; daughters, Kristy Martin Mizzi (Tony), Jennifer Martin Shambley (Jeff); and three grandchildren, Stephen and Kelly Mizzi and Jessica Shambley; two nephews, Tommy and James Holmes; and one niece, Kim Holmes Daniel.
A graduate of Atlantic Christian in Wilson, Johnny became a buyer for NC Mutual Drug Company after serving in the Army. He had been a member of the Masonic Lodge of Hillsborough. Johnny enjoyed riding his tractors, gardening and spending time with his family. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a kind, thoughtful and gentle man.
The family will have a service honoring his life and receive friends on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Walker’s Funeral Home, 204 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC.

Robert Kent Evans
October 12, 1943 – May 12, 2013 
CHAPEL HILL - Robert Kent Evans, 69, of Chapel Hill passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at UNC Hospitals. Born in Durham in 1943, he grew up in Carrboro, the son of the late William Thomas Evans and Julia Beck Evans, and was a longtime Chapel Hill resident. Kent was a 1965 graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a double major in Radio, TV, Motion Pictures and Physics and, in his senior year, managed WUNC-FM radio. With the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1968, he served as a crypto maintenance chief and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. After Army service, Kent worked in Los Angeles and New York as director of photography on feature films, composed music, and formed a recording company. He returned to North Carolina to manage the motion picture film lab for Cox Broadcasting in Durham. At the same time, he started Cinema/Audio Designs, which built custom, high-end audio equipment. He later became construction manager for Time Warner Cable in the Triangle area. An entertainment and technology enthusiast and lifelong Tar Heel sports fan, Kent gave his greatest devotion as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family, which was his pride and joy. Kent is survived by his wife, Janet Wood Evans; children, Kathleen Julia Evans and Scott Thomas Evans of Chapel Hill, NC; William Brady Hill of San Francisco, CA; Nancy Bryson Evans of Durham, NC; Elizabeth Logan Evans of Durham, NC; and grandchildren, Parker and Carson Carnahan and Addie Stokes of Durham, NC.   His preference was for a private family graveside service. An additional memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill or the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC Chapel Hill.

Hettie Westbrook Graff
CHAPEL HILL — Hettie Westbrook Graff, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Hettie was born on February 16, 1928, to William and Josephine Murphy in Wallace, North Carolina.
Hettie married William Hastings Graff on July 12, 1948. The couple lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they lovingly raised three children, William, Richard, and Cynthia. In addition to being a homemaker, Hettie worked for the Philadelphia public school system. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she went on to earn her Master’s and PhD in Philosophy from Temple University, where she remained on the faculty for several years.
Hettie and William retired to Chapel Hill and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998. While living in North Carolina Hettie was president of the Chapel Hill Garden Club and an active member of The Church of the Holy Family.
She is survived in death by her husband of 65 years, William; their three children, William Hastings Graff, Richard Westbrook Graff, and Cynthia Todd Graff; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren; as well as one brother and one sister. She also leaves behind her faithful four legged companion, Puddin’.
Services will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Family. The Church is located at 200 Hayes Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Donations can be directly to the Church.

John David Sasser Sr.
TAYLORSVILLE — John David Sasser Sr., age 70, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 13, 2013. Born February 18, 1943 in Wayne County, NC to the late David Nathan and Mary Adell Sasser. John was a do-it-yourself guy always staying busy outside. He was retired from the NC Department of Corrections. John and his wife rescued a Great Dane from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue and fell so in love with the breed that they started "Triple J - Great Dane Rescue" here in the county. He was a lifelong Tar Heel fan. His greatest love was family. After every email he would write, "I love my family." Including his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister - Patricia A. Smith Luckey. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 33 years - Diana Sasser of the home; sons - John David Sasser Jr. of Rougemont, NC, Jeffrey Lee Sasser of Greensboro, NC and Jonathan Michael Sasser of Highland Village, TX; brother - Charles Sasser of Wake Forest, NC; sisters - Geri Keffer of Sandston, VA, Barbara Walters of Patrick SC, Joyce Batts of Hartsville SC and Glenda Smith of Battleboro NC; grandsons - Adam and Daniel Sasser of Greensboro, Austin Sasser of Rougemont NC and Jackson Sasser of Highland Village, TX; mother-in-law: Anne Amy Routt; brother-in-law: Richard Nelson Routt Jr.; sister-in-law: Terri Ann Koe and a number of nieces, nephews and a great niece.
The family will receive friends today, May 16, 2013 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service and service will begin at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wayne Whitley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Great Dane Alliance of the Carolinas @ 10425 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd; Huntersville, NC 28078 or to any animal rescue or shelter of the donor's choice. Condolences may be sent to
Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral Service.