May 27, 2013

May. 26, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

GRANVILLE
Dera Lee Beck Estes
CREEDMOOR — Dera Lee Beck Estes, 84, a longtime  resident of Sandy Plain, passed away Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital.
A native of Wake County, the widow of Leon Estes, and the daughter of the late Elmos and Mattie Holloway Beck. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and retired from Mt. Hope Finishing Company after thirty-four years of service.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28th 2013 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Dan Hill.  Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
Surviving are a daughter, Brenda C. Estes Davis and husband, Donald, of Stem; a granddaughter, Rita Dale Williams of Oxford; and one great granddaughter, Eden Bentley. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Webster; a sister, Shirley Lineberry; a twin sister, Vera Beck; three brothers, Buck Red Beck, Maurice Beck and Bobby Beck.
Flowers accepted or memorials can be made to Union Baptist Church, 4024 Old Weaver Trail, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
Visitation will be held Monday evening, May 27th, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and, at other times, at the home.
Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Estes family.


ORANGE
Claudia Rankin
CHAPEL HILL - Claudia Rankin (88), beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, passed Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Laurels of Chatham after a long struggle with Dementia. She is survived by six children, three grandchildren, a sister and uncle. Family will receive friends at 315 Brooks Street (Sunday-Thursday) 2-5 p.m.
Services: St. Paul AME Church, June 1st. Wake: 1:45. Service: 2 p.m. Interment-Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Funeral Arrangements - Jones Funeral Home.

Lida Mae Miller Sparrow
CHAPEL HILL — Lida Mae Miller Sparrow, formerly of Chapel Hill, passed away in Wilmington, where she made her home for the last 10 years, on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
She was the daughter of Ethel and Garland Miller of Timberlake.
Surviving are a daughter, Stella G. Norwood of Wilmington; and son, Phillip H. Sparrow of Chapel Hill; and several grandchildren. Also survived are three sisters, Christine M. Clayton, Betty M. Roberts of Durham and Corene D. Miller of Oklahoma city, Okla.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 3 p.m. at Mt. Carmel-Sparrow Cemetery on Mt. Carmel Church Road.


PERSON
Lottie Mae Gentry Melton
ROXBORO — Lottie Mae Gentry Melton, 89, of Roxboro, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday at Roxboro Rehab and Rehabilitation Center.
A native of Person County, Lottie was on of 10 children born to John Robinson Gentry and Maggie Love Carver on April 3, 1924. She and Otis Lee Melton were married December 7, 1941, as news of the attack on Pearl Harbor changed the world. They had three daughters, Linda, Rowan, and Susan. Mrs. Melton played softball as a teenager and worked in the Longhurst Cotton Mill. She was a homemaker and cooked for and fed family and neighbors.
Mrs. Melton would always be willing to help anybody out and not expect anything in return.
Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by Otis, 47, in 1970; Linda (Mrs. W. Holmes Adair), 41, in 1984; and Rowan (Mrs. Richard Rackley), 60, in 2006.
She was also preceded in death by siblings, John Ed, Dick, Roscoe, Roy, Charlie, Peggy Gentry Clayton, Geraldine Gentry Holder, and Ida Gentry Hunley.
She is survived by daughter, Susan Melton Gentry and her husband, Stuart; and a sister, Margaret Gentry (Mrs. Eveird) Painter, all of Roxboro. Survivors also include grandchildren, Courtney Paige Gentry, of Roxboro, Kim Rackley Booth and Christy Rackley (Mrs. Danny) Shea, of Smithfield, Jason Rackley, of Willow Springs, and Dawn Adair (Mrs. James) Shamp, of Durham; and a son-in-law, Richard Rackley of Garner.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 28 at Theresa Baptist Church in Roxboro by the Rev Herbert Brown. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. prior to the service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Family will receive family and friends at the home of her daughter, Susan, 1120 Cavel Chub Lake Rd. in Roxboro.
The family requests that, if anyone wishes to make memorial gifts, please consider Theresa Baptist Church, 3919 Chub Lake Road, Roxboro, NC 27574 or The Alzheimer's Association, 3739 National Drive Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Condolences may be made to www.brooksandwhite.com.  


ELSEWHERE
Hal Holman Tunstall Jr.
GERMANTOWN, TN — Hal Holman Tunstall Jr., age 72, died at the Gardens of Germantown, May 24, 2013, ending his long bout with Alzheimer's.
Born in Henderson, NC, Hal enjoyed a successful career with Sears. His job took him from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama, before settling in Germantown, TN, where he and his wife, Joan, raised their two daughters, Cheryl and Michelle.
Hal was active in Germantown's youth athletic programs, serving as both coach and director. In 1979, Hal founded the Germantown Invitational Tournament (GIT), which has become one of the premiere softball tournaments in the country.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joan Knight Tunstall; his daughters, Cheryl Tubbs and her husband, Tommy, and Michelle Kendrick and her husband, Jim; sisters, Judy and Susan; brothers, Bobby and Tommy; and his grandchildren, Jake and Jordan Tubbs, and Jamie and Jack Kendrick.
A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC. A reception will follow at the home of his brother, Tommy.
Flower arrangements should be sent to Mitchell Funeral Home (Raleigh, NC). Memorial Contributions are welcome and should be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.