May 19, 2013

May. 18, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Dorothy Ann Jackson Adams
DURHAM - Mrs. Dorothy Ann Jackson Adams passed away on May 13, 2013 At Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation.
She was born on October 7, 1915 in Clover, S.C.
Funeral services will be held at Union Baptist Church, on May 20, 2013 at 12 p.m. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the church.
Mrs. Adams is survived by one daughter, Marian C. Adams Holmes of Durham, NC; two granddaughters, Dawn A. Holmes of Raleigh, NC and Chrystal C. Holmes of Washington, DC; two great-grandchildren, Nicole C. Minor and Sterling Timothy Minor both of Greensboro, NC.
Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at

Elizabeth (Liz) Susan Benson
DURHAM — Elizabeth (Liz) Susan Benson, 50, of Durham, North Carolina died May 13, 2013, at the Hock Family Pavilion Hospice in Durham.
She was born 3/25/1963 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Florence Benson and the late, Arnold Benson.
During her teen years, a favorite activity was gymnastics for which she will be remembered for her participation at a local and state level. Liz was a very compassionate person who loved reading, art, animals and the western states.
She attended school in Morgantown, West Virginia and later at the University of New Mexico and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The Community Church of Chapel Hill (Unitarian-Universalists) was the church of her choice.
Liz is survived by her mother, Florence Benson; brother, Carl Benson (Tina); sister, Amy Benson; four nieces and nephews; and her beloved Yorki/Poo, "Mr. John Henry".

Charles Richard “Dick” May
DURHAM - Mr. Charles Richard “Dick” May, 86, a resident of Durham, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013. Born in Durham, Dick was the son of the late Robert Lee May and Louise (Lossie) Eason May.
He graduated from Lowe’s Grove High School and was a veteran of World War II having proudly served in the US Navy.
As a young man, he was employed as a fireman with the City of Durham. He then went to work for Mebane Homes and later as a sales representative for Kingsdown Bedding for 17 years. He finished his career at Cimarron Homes.
Dick was a member of First Baptist Church and also belonged to the Seekers Sunday School Class. For many years, he was actively involved in the church’s homebound ministry. As a former member of Braggtown Baptist Church, he was a teacher in the Lamplighters Class.
He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt as well as fish.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Bobby Olive May; his daughter, Patti M. Morrison and husband, Craig, of Durham; his son, R. Mark May and wife, Mitzi, of Rougemont; five grandchildren, Justin Morrison (Chelsey), Blair Morrison (Emily), Maggie Perkins (Seth), Conley May and Cassie May.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William C. May, Robert Lee May Jr.; and two sisters, Helen M. Downey and Eason M. Chandler.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home in Durham on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704 or Home Bound Ministries in c/o First Baptist Church, 414 Cleveland Street, Durham, NC 27701.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Valentina Wooten-Smith
DURHAM — Valentina Wooten-Smith, 51, passed away after an extended illness at on Wednesday, May 15. She was born in Durham and resided there until her health began to decline. She was the youngest daughter of the late James and Annie Wooten. She is survived by her four children: Roderick Wooten (Lumberton); Gabrielle Wooten (Durham); Kermit Smith (Durham), and Joshua Smith-Bailey (Durham). She is also survived by two brothers, Thomas Wooten (Wendell), Larry Wooten (Atlanta, GA); and one sister, Linda Wooten-Lowrance (Raleigh). 
Memorial service on May 20 @ World Overcomers Church, Durham, 12 noon.

Marion Davis Wright
Jan. 2, 1928 ~ May 16, 2013
DURHAM - Marion Lane Davis was born on January 2, 1928, the only child of Beatrice Louise Green and George Cameron Davis in Durham, NC. She grew up in Durham and graduated from Duke University in 1949 with a B.A. in English.
After graduating from Duke, Marion married Leon Theodore “Ted” Meuche Jr. and moved to Dayton, Ohio. They had two daughters, Martha and Barbara. In 1958, Marion married James Ahart, and they welcomed daughter Anne in 1961.
In 1972, Marion resumed her teaching career at The Miami Valley School. It was through friends there that she was introduced to George Wilkinson “Wick” Wright on New Year’s Eve 1973. They married in 1974, and she became the adoring step-mother of Amanda and Stephen Wright.
Marion and Wick were married for 25 years, the very happiest years of her life, until his death in 1999. They traveled extensively to visit close friends and family in Canada and California as well as for aviation-related activities in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina, and made friends far and wide.
Marion was a passionate volunteer, and during her sixty years in Dayton, she was a docent at the Dayton Art Institute and a Girl Scout leader, as well as holding board positions at The Wright State University Library, The Dayton Literary Club, The Aviation Hall of Fame, and the San Francisco International Airport Museum. She was a long-time member of The Duke University Alumni Association, The Dayton Women’s Club, The Engineers Club, and First Baptist Church.
Marion was predeceased by her beloved Wick; her parents and aunt, Annie Mae Harrell, who resided with her. Marion was the cherished mother of Martha Sullivan, Barbara Cutillo (Daniel), Anne Pierce (Max), step-mother of Amanda Wright Lane (Donald) and Stephen Wright (Debra), and proud Nana of 10 grandchildren, Maria and Michael Sullivan, Cameron Cutillo Smith (Brandon) and Lauren Cutillo, Emily and Sean Kline, Brenden Lane and Meredith Lane Banhos (Pablo), and Iris and Samuel Wright. She leaves behind her dear friend, Hardy Trolander.
Marion was the family matriarch and inspired her family and friends with her command of proper English and inevitable gentle corrections, her voracious reading, her gracious hospitality, her delightful wit and sense of humor and her love of family, not to mention chocolate. Even during declining health in the last 10 years, she maintained her elegance and was an inspiration to her children and grandchildren and will be deeply missed.
A memorial service for family and friends is planned at The Wright Family home, Hawthorn Hill, Oakwood, Ohio, at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, preceded by private interment at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to The Wright Family Foundation, c/o The Dayton Foundation, 500 Kettering Tower, Dayton, OH 45423, or to Carillon Historical Park, 2001 Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45409, or to a charity of your choice.

Merle Roberston Jones
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Merle Roberston Jones of Graham, NC, loving mother and granny, passed away quietly on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Liberty Commons Nursing home. She was born on April 1, 1913, making her 100 years old. 
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles C. Jones; parents, Jack and Fannie Robertson; and grandson, Bryan C. Moore; as well as four brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Myra J. Thacker and husband, Kenneth H. “Tommy” Thacker Jr., and Flonnie J. Moore and Randy Moore; as well as three grandchildren, Kenneth H. “Trey” Thacker III, Kelly Buckner, and Johnathan Travis Thacker; along with six great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at McClure Funeral Home in Graham from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013. A graveside service with burial is scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Graham Memorial Park Cemetery, Graham, NC 27253.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Liberty Hospice Services, 2563 Eric Lane, Burlington, NC.

Frances "Frankie" Taylor Harris
GOLDSTON — Frances "Frankie" Taylor Harris, 83 of Goldston died Saturday, May 18, 2013.
Mrs. Harris was born in Durham on September 30, 1929, the daughter of Hanciel Clyde and Annie (West) Taylor. She was a 1951 graduate of Women's College (now UNCG) and taught at Chatham Central High School from 1957-1967. She was a member of Goldston United Methodist Church, the adult Sunday School Class, the church choir, church secretary and a member of the United Methodist Women. Frankie also served as coordinator for the college student outreach ministry and was a member of the Goldston Lion's Club. She retired from the office of Dr. James Little after 15 years of service. Frankie was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Harris; her parents; a brother, William W. Taylor; and sisters, Mary Coley and Sarah Conrad.
She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Harris Smith and husband, Randy, of Bear Creek, NC; one son, Jody R. Harris and wife, Tina, of Bear Creek, NC; grandchildren, Jordan and Turner Harris, Ethan and Hannah Smith; sisters, Leila T. Veasey and Lella T. Dezern both of Durham, NC; special caregivers and family friends, Carmen Bryant and Christina Stanley.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 20, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home, 230 North Second Avenue, Siler City, NC and other times at home of Jody Harris, 8343 Old Hwy 421, Bear Creek. The funeral will be Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Goldston United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Simpson officiating.
Burial will be in Goldston Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Goldston United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Goldston, NC 27252 or the Alzheimers Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220. Online condolences may be made at

Brenda Lee Slaughter-Pate (Franklin)
DURHAM - Brenda Lee Slaughter-Pate (Franklin)
Born: December 9th, 1942 – Died: May 18th, 2013
Brenda was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend to us all.
Brenda was a strong-willed woman who overcame many obstacles in her life except the final one: her struggle with cancer.
She is survived by her daughters, Gail Leonard, Francine Allen, Virginia Merritt, Mattie Howell, Alicia Utsman, Jolee Franklin.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Francis Ira Franklin Jr., Michael Franklin.
She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.
Celebration of her life will be held at Eno River State Park by family and friends. Contact a family member for details.