May 23, 2013

May. 22, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Madeline Copeland Curl
DURHAM - Madeline Copeland Curl, 82, died Monday, May 20 at her home in Croasdaile Village, Durham NC following a lengthy illness. She was the daughter of Alvis & Lizzie Wilson Copeland of Orange County, and a graduate of Chapel Hill High School.
Mrs. Curl was an Executive Secretary until her retirement from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she served in several departments. 
Mrs. Curl was a Christian and member of Antioch Baptist Church of Orange County, and in previous years taught Sunday School, Bible School and led in Girl’s Auxiliary. In her retirement years she was an avid gardener, and pursued her ‘yard-of the month’ awards and seasonal landscaping with passion! ‘Mimi’ adored all of her grandchildren and cherished the time spent with each one. Her generous heart and endless Christmas cards will be remembered by all.
She is survived by daughters, Cheryle Atwater and Toni Buck; sons-in-law, Raymond Atwater & Gary Buck; grandchildren, Jonathan Atwater (and wife, Veronika), Jeremy Buck (and wife, Kelley), Justin Buck (and wife, Anne Marie), and Jordan Buck; great-grandchildren, Torben Atwater, Jaycey Buck, and Hayley Loftus; and sister, Susie Pendergrass (and husband, Lindy). Her loving grandson, Drew Atwater; brother, Louis Allen; and former husband, David Curl, predeceased her.
A funeral will be held today, May 23 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, preceded by visitation with the family at 1:00, and followed by a graveside service at Clover Garden Methodist Church.

Carl A. Haggard Jr.
DURHAM - Mr. Carl A. Haggard Jr., 90, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. Carl was born on September 23, 1922 in Portsmouth, VA. He was the son of the late Carl A. and Cora Jones Haggard.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Caudill Haggard; daughter, Lynn Haggard Llewellyn and husband, Richard Llewellyn; son, Jim Haggard and wife, Beverly Smith Haggard; and three grandsons, Matthew Haggard, Tyler Haggard and Harrison Llewellyn.
Carl grew up in Norfolk, VA, graduating from Maury High School. He served in the US Navy in World War II as an X-Ray Technician aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. Carl graduated from Wake Forest College in 1951 where he played football and baseball. He was the co-leading scorer on the 1947 football team, ranked 11th in the nation at mid-season, which was the highest ranked team in Wake Forest history. Carl once held the record for longest interception returned for a touchdown. His record stood for over 30 years.
He met his wife, the former Ruth Caudill of Goldsboro, while they were both students at Wake Forest College. They were married on January 26, 1951. After their marriage, they moved to Norfolk, VA where Carl managed Haggard Motor Company. They lived in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Knoxville, TN where Carl served in management positions with major oil companies.
In 1963, the family moved to Durham where Carl began a career at Durham Technical Community College where he taught business management courses. Carl was active in various organizations in Durham for the past 50 years including: a founding member of the Holt Athletic Association, one of the first athlete programs for youth in the state; Captain of the United Way, working with YMCA to obtain funds to help underprivileged youth; a member of the State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board; Vice-Chairman of the Carrington Education Association; on the Board of Directors for the Durham Civitan Club; and a lifetime member of the Durham Sports Club. He was also a proud member of the Northgate Men’s Coffee Group. For 50 years, Carl was a member of Guess Road Baptist Church where he served as Superintendent of the Young Married Adults; taught a Men’s Adult Sunday School Class; and was a member of the Bridge Builders Men’s Bible Class.
Athletics were a big part of Carl’s life. He was an avid Wake Forest University football fan and attended every home game through the 2012 season. Carl loved golf – playing golf, watching it on television, hanging out at Hillandale and attending the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA. Carl and Arnold Palmer were classmates at Wake Forest College, and became lifelong friends. When Arnie heard that Carl was battling cancer, he wrote Carl a personal letter of encouragement.
The family would like to thank Dr. Raymond Toher, Carl’s doctor and trusted friend, and his wonderful staff at Durham Medical Center who have cared for Carl for many years. They also appreciate the loving care of Lisa, Rosa, Belinda, Felicia and the staff at Hock Family Pavilion.
Funeral services will be held Friday 11 a.m. at Guess Road Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Memorial donations may be made to Guess Road Baptist Church, 5102 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27703 or Duke HomeCare & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Bobby Olive May
DURHAM - Mrs. Bobby Olive May, 84, a resident of Durham, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles Richard “Dick” May, on May 17.
A memorial service will be held for both, Dick and Bobby at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28 at Clements Funeral Chapel.
A full obituary will run in Sunday’s edition.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Gerome McDowell
DURHAM — Gerome McDowell, 85, fell asleep in death on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Duke Hospice Hock Pavilion. He was a local businessman for over 40 years and a loving husband and father.
He is survived by four children, Michael McDowell, Jackie Bullock, Douglas McDowell, Diane Marvin and their spouses; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild preceded by death and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial Service will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 812 Junction Rd., Durham, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

David Earl Phillips
DURHAM - David Earl Phillips, 50, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from a long battle with cancer. Mr. Phillips was the son of the late James B. Phillips and Gladys B Christian. He is survived by four brothers, James B. Phillips Jr., Jerry and wife, Fay Phillips, Donald and wife, Annette Phillips, of Durham, Edward L Phillips of Franklinton; along with nine nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be at 6 p.m. today at Life Church, 1210 Horton Rd., Durham, NC.
In lieu of flowers please make contribution to Meadow Land Hospice or Life Church.

Maggie Robelle Raines
DURHAM — Mrs. Maggie Robelle Raines, 76, died Sunday, (05-19-2013) at Durham Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, (05-24-2013) at Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Apex. 
The family visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m., with Rev. Dr. Orlando R. Dowdy officiating.  
Survivors include her husband, James Louis Raines Sr.; sons, James Louis Raines Jr. of Roxboro, Andrew Raines of Camden, NJ, Troy Raines of Durham; daughter, Faith Wells of Durham; sisters, Bernice Barbee, Unita Wilson, both of Apex, Wilhemenia Thomas of Durham, Emma McCullough of Camden, NJ, Mary Breeze of Harrisburg, PA; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Ricky Rankin Jr.
DURHAM - Funeral service for Ricky Rankin Jr., 31, will be held Friday at 12 noon at Pilgrim Baptist Church. Family visitation, one hour before service.
Survivors include: father, Ricky Rankin Sr.; mother, Blanche Eubanks; brother, Cedric Eubanks; sister, La Chaunte Rankin; several aunts, uncles, other relatives.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Lois Dixon Stewart
DURHAM — Mrs. Lois Dixon Stewart, 84, died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Carver Living Center. Her funeral service will be Friday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at Burthey Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Glennview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 12 Noon until 1 p.m., just prior to the service. She is survived by her daughter, Aarona Daye.

Frank J. Davis
HILLSBOROUGH – Frank J. Davis, 93, a lifetime resident of Hillsborough, born February 12, 1920, passed away May 21, 2013, after many years of declining health. He was a charter member of Abundant Life Church, where he served as head of the Doorkeeper Ministry for many years. He retired from the American Tobacco Company after 34 & ½ years. He served in the United States Army in WWII from 1942 until 1945, serving in North Africa, Italy, Germany, Austria, France and took basic training in Ireland with British troops. He was in Battery D, 124 anti-aircraft artillery Gun Battalion under General Omar Bradley. 
Frank was the son of the late John Archie Davis and Lillie Smith Boggs Davis. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen Gates Berry Davis; four sons, Wayne T. Davis (Sylvia) of Alcoa, TN, Grant J. Davis (Linda) of Roxboro, Ronald G. Berry (Joan) of Mebane, and Steven G. Berry (Debbie) of Hillsborough; daughter-in-law, Cheryl W. Davis; two granddaughters, Cherie D. Brown (Scotty) of Signal Mtn., TN, and Kristin N. Davis (John) of Roxboro; three grandsons, Bart W. Davis of Nashville, TN, K. Michael Davis of New Bern, NC, and Kevin D. Berry of Raleigh; two great-grandsons, Scotty IV, Stuart, and Taylor Brown of Signal Mtn., TN and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his sisters, Bessie Boggs Cates and Belva Grace Boggs Collins; and his brothers, Luther Curtis Boggs, Cashe Smith Boggs, John Lewis Davis, and Robert Dossy Davis; and one son, Kenneth Lewis Davis.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday in Abundant Life Church. Burial will be in Hillsborough Town Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be made to Abundant Life Church, 512 US 70, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

James A. Mason
TRENTON, NJ — James A. Mason of Trenton died peacefully Sunday, May 19th at his residence.
Born in Apex, NC, Mr. Mason was a resident of the Trenton area for many years. He attended Apex Elementary School in Apex, NC and Berry O’Kelly High School in Raleigh, NC, before serving in the U.S. Army.  
Mr. Mason worked at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital for many years. He was also a lifelong member of White Oak Baptist Church in Apex, NC.     
Predeceased by his parents, William H. Mason Sr. and Estelle Patterson-Mason; his brothers, William H. Mason Jr. and Robert Lee Mason, surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph L. Lunsford (Mary Christine) of Raleigh, NC; two grandchildren, Klinton Joseph Lunsford and Daniel James Lunsford; two great-grandchildren; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Mason Young (Randolph) of Durham, NC, Lillian Mason Holeman (Linwood) of Atlanta, GA, and Cathern Mason Evans (James) of Raleigh, NC; one uncle, Rev. Calvin Farrar; a special friend and caregiver, Marie Culmer; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be today, May 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Chapel 1225 Calhoun St. Trenton, NJ 08638.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the chapel.
Final services will be held Sunday, May 26th at 2:30 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church, 1621 White Oak Road Apex, NC. Calling hours will be 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the church.  
Interment will be in the White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery Apex, NC. 
Final arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor in Durham, NC.