May 29, 3013
DURHAM - Mr. Robert Davis, age 63, passed on May 21, 2013 at Duke Medical Center.
He was born in Pennsylvania to the late Robert B. Davis Sr. and Evelyn Ann Thompson-Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Davis, and children.
Services will take place on Friday, May 31 at 1 p.m. A visitation will precede service at 12 p.m. at Union Baptist Church.
Arrangements are by Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.
Emily Thompson Fowler
DURHAM — Emily Thompson Fowler, 95, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at Villines Rest Home in Hillsborough. She was born July 7, 1917 to Eugene W. and Emily H. Belvin Thompson. She was a life resident of Durham where she graduated from Bragtown High School and was a lifetime member of Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Ted R. Fowler, who died in 1990; and her two brothers, Eugene and Belvin Thompson. Emily loved her church, family and friends.
Surviving are: her son, Ted W. Fowler and his wife, Linda of Hillsborough; two grandchildren, Jonathan A. Fowler and Melanie Toth; two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Benjamin Toth.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St., Durham. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Durham. The Rev. Julia Alliger will officiate. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Villines Rest Home, 401 W. Queen St. Hillsborough, NC 27278 or to Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 807 Old Oxford Rd. Durham, NC 27704.
Emily’s family gives many thanks for the loving care of Emily over the last six years by Louise Murphy and Villines Rest Home in Hillsborough and appreciation to Duke Hospice, and Dr. Kenneth Schmader, at Duke Geriatric Clinic. Share your condolences at www.hallwynne.com.
Cleo J. Melvin
DURHAM - Cleo J. Melvin passed Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the Houk Pavillion.
Funeral services will be Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at the Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel, 923-B Old Fayetteville St.; Saturday visitation from 1-2 p.m. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Surviving are children, Ronnie Melvin, Jacqueline Renee Melvin, Doris Marie Lewis, Julia Melvin, and Dardanella McMillan. Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.
Charles Henry Peete Jr. M.D.
DURHAM — Charles Henry Peete Jr. M.D., 89, former professor and doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, and a resident of Durham, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on May 26, 2013. Born April 30, 1924 in Warrenton, NC, he was the son of the late Lucy Pettway Jones Peete and Dr. Charles Henry Peete. He was married to Camilla Jonas Peete for 45 years, who predeceased him in 1999. He was a devoted husband, faithful and loving father, compassionate physician and loyal friend.
He spent his youth in Warrenton where his greatest education came from his father, Dr. Charles Peete, the town doctor. He maintained strong bonds throughout his life with his two sisters and especially his brother, Dr. William P.J. Peete. After graduating from John Graham High School, he attended the University of North Carolina where he had an accelerated education during the war years of September 1941 to December 1943. He immediately matriculated to Harvard Medical School, and graduated in 1947. The commencement address that year was delivered by George Marshall, who announced his magnanimous plan for the reconstruction for post-war Europe. Dr. Peete would graduate taking with him that generous spirit as he spent the rest of his life giving to others and serving his patients.
In July, 1947, he returned to his native state and accepted an internship at Duke University Hospital. He completed residencies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Endocrinology and then completed a residency at Boston Lying-In Hospital, before returning to Duke. In 1954, he served on active duty at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Key West, Florida. He and his new bride, Camilla, resided there for two years before returning as an assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center in 1956. He was an outstanding clinician who had an intuitive knowledge of his patients’ diagnoses before medical tests were ordered. He retired from Duke in 1994.
Dr. Peete enjoyed the outdoors and loved working in the yard, growing roses and vegetables. He loved giving away the fruits of his labor and delivering corn, tomatoes and string beans to family, friends and neighbors. In the mentoring phase of his life, he would often take medical residents to the Duke clinic back home in Warrenton. During growing season, he stopped at the vegetable stand and introduced them to the local Ridgeway cantaloupes. Subtly, this practice was his way of preserving the small town roots of a compassionate country doctor. Dr. Peete truly learned his medical skills from the time he was a small boy by helping in his father’s physician’s office that adjoined the home and by accompanying his father and brother in the family Ford sedan on house calls.
He loved his Tarheels, and during basketball and football seasons he would either attend games or watch them on television while listening to the play-by-play on his radio.
When Camilla was stricken with multiple sclerosis in mid-life, he served devotedly as her caregiver. When his own health declined, he moved to the skilled care facility at The Forest at Duke in 2004 where he resided until his death. He retained a remarkable long-term memory and a determined and persevering spirit. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the nurses, CNAs and physical therapists who took such good care of Dr. Peete.
Surviving are his daughter, Garland Peete Simon and husband, Edwin Chatfield Simon of Atlanta, GA and their children, Adam Chatfield Simon and Cameron Alexandra Simon; his son, Charles Henry Peete III of Durham; daughter, Alexandra Peete Jones and husband, Jeffrey Paul Jones of Durham, and their son, Charles Jeffrey Jones; and his son, William Gregory Peete and wife, Vanessa Phelps Peete of Richmond, VA, and their children, Winston Alexander Boyd Peete and Charlotte Camilla Margaret Peete; and two nephews and two nieces. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. William Pettway Jones Peete; and two sisters, Nancy Peters Peete Blankenship and Catherine Jane Nicholson Matthews.
Dr. Peete was one of the founding members of the F. Bayard Carter Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of many other medical societies. He was also a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. Peete had a gentle spirit, giving nature, kind heart and a reserved and sweet demeanor. He was respected by his peers, appreciated and admired by his patients, and loved by his family and friends. He was a tireless worker, compassionate physician, and a humble servant. He had an economy with words, but by example his character and integrity enriched those around him.
What Jesus illustrated in the parable of talents would appropriately apply to the life of Dr. Peete: “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Matthew 25:21
The funeral liturgy will be offered 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St., Durham. The family will greet friends immediately following in the church parish hall. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery, Warrenton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the F. Bayard Carter Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Duke Medicine Development & Alumni Affairs, Duke University, Box 90581, Durham 27708-0581. Arrangements are with Hall Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.
Margaret Linda Zealy
DURHAM — Margaret Linda Zealy, 67, died unexpectedly Saturday in Duke Hospital. A native of Savannah, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Mildred (Monroe) and Aloysius Jones Zealy. She attended Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s Academies in Savannah, after which she received an associate’s degree from Armstrong College.
After marriage Margaret started her family in Savannah. She then lived briefly in Charleston prior to settling in Lincolnton, NC in 1979. Margaret was on the staff of Crowell Hospital in Lincolnton for many years. She returned to academics and received a B.A. degree in social work from East Carolina University. A Durham resident since 1999, Margaret began working as a social worker with NC Partnership for Children, and throughout her career was passionate about the needs and challenges of children. Her most recent work was with Exchange Club’s Family Center of Durham County, initially as an administrative assistant and at the time of her death, Executive Director.
Margaret never met a stranger. She was a consummate “people person” always stepping outside of herself to show attention and kindness to anyone in her presence. While she had a soft heart and keen sensitivity, Margaret was determined, fearless, bright and resourceful. As her family said, “she loved to have a good time. The dishes could wait.” Margaret’s grandchildren were the light of her life. She was their “Bubbe” as she was to many other adopted grandchildren.
Surviving are her children, Robin Williams Harper and husband, James, of Durham; Patrick Williams and wife, Kristy, of Lincolnton; and Jason Williams and wife, Dana of Cary; her grandchildren, Jessica and Emily Harper, Zealy and Delaney Williams, and Benjamin, Samuel, Cora and Jacob Williams. Also surviving are Carole Williams and partner, Evie Williams, and their daughter, Alexis.
A service in celebration of her life will be 6:30 p.m. Friday in King’s Park International Church, 1305 Odyssey Dr., Durham, after which the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall. Gift’s in Margaret’s memory may be made to: Exchange Club’s Family Center, exchangefamilycenter.org.
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.
February 14, 1922-May 26, 2013
PITTSBORO — Warren Seitz, 91, died Sunday morning in Pittsboro, NC. Warren was born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. After college, he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942. Stationed at Guam in the South Pacific, he was assigned to the 20th Air Force-305th Bomb Wing. After serving for four years, he returned home to begin his career with Gulf Oil Corporation, first in sales and later as a self-employed distributor. A resident of Wilton, Ct. for forty years, he was involved for many years in all levels of Little League where he shared his love for baseball with countless young players. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Wilton Playshop where he worked alongside his wife. In 1997 he and his wife moved to Pittsboro, NC to be closer to their family.
Married for 66 years, he is survived by his wife, Anita Seitz; son, Gerald Seitz, daughter, Suzanne Carothers; grandsons, Tyson Seitz, Nicholas Seitz; granddaughters, Lauren Prosser, Dana Wimsatt, Ellee Seitz; great grandson, Wyatt Wimsatt; and great granddaughters, Charlotte and Samantha Wimsatt.
A celebration of his life will be held at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro, NC on May 30th at 4:30. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Save the Children Foundation in Westport, Ct.