June 2, 2013
William Wenford (Bill/Tink) Burgess
DURHAM — The children of William Wenford Burgess would like to invite family and friends to join us for a Celebration Of Life Memorial Service at Hope Valley Baptist Church, 6900 Garrett Rd. Durham, NC, on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. Please bring finger foods and/or desserts as well as stories to share as we gather to celebrate his life and enjoy fellowship in his honor and memory.
Ella Louise Colclough
DURHAM - Mrs. Ella Louise Colclough, 77, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. Louise was born January 10, 1936, daughter of the late Ella Duke Ladd and Walter Otis Ladd. She retired after 43 years at Liggett Group and was a member of Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church since she was 15.
She was known as the decorating lady of Roxboro Rd for her many years of decorating her home for the children. She even let the “Get Smart” children’s program from CBS be filmed in her yard on Christmas that has been shown on Channel 5 each year. She received many thanks through cards and personal visits. Cards were addressed to the “Decorating Lady”. She let handicapped children visit her home to touch the Santa, see the tree and she had gifts for them.
Through all her trials and tribulations, she would give you a smile and help many friends in many ways. She was known by all at the Wellness Institute as “Blondie” for many years.
She is survived by one daughter she loved so much, Lisa Dare Colclough of Oxford and her friend, Wayne Newcomb; granddaughters, Elizabeth Cox (Lee), Victoria Newcomb; two sisters, Virginia Hicks of Brookshire Rest Home and Juanita Allison of Durham. She is also survived by three nieces, five great nieces, one nephew and four great nephews, all of which had breakfast with her on Christmas morning since they were babies. Louise also leaves behind her pets, Little Bit, Crews and Megan.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church with Rev. Stuart Milton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A reception will be held at the church following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SNAP-NC, PO Box 278, New Hill, NC 27562 or Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, 5731 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Atlas Gavin Ellerbee
DURHAM - At 8:58 p.m. on May 31st, Atlas Gavin Ellerbee was born but was not meant for our world. He leaves behind his parents, Dylan and Taylor Ellerbee; and extended Brewton, Jones and Mulrooney families. Atlas taught us in his brief life that it is hope and love, not fear and sadness, that should drive us. His family will forever miss him but are choosing, as they did during his short life, to celebrate what he gave. The family asks that you remember Atlas by living life with love, strength, endurance and hope. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Conner Wayne Combs Foundation for pPROM: www.cwcpprom.org/.
Ronald C. Greene, Ph.D.
June 7, 1928 – January 25, 2013
DURHAM - Ronald C. Greene, 84, died on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Duke Hospital due to complications associated with COPD following hip replacement surgery. He was born on June 7, 1928 to James William and Bertha Emma Williams Greene in Los Angeles, California. In childhood, Ron discovered a passion for science that never abated and became an avid lover of music, arts, and culture. Throughout his life, Ron was driven by broad curiosity and a profound sense of responsibility to family and society.
Ron graduated early from Southgate High in 1946 and went on to study biology at the California Institute of Technology. He earned a master’s degree in biology at the University of California at Berkeley where he met his future wife, Christian “Chris” Hapke. Ron returned to CalTech with Chris, earning his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1954 (Studies on uricase from neurosporacrassa). He served in the Public Health Service in Bethesda, MD from 1954-58 in the Basic Research division. Ron joined the faculty of the Biochemistry Department at Duke University in 1958, with a joint appointment in General Medical Research at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, where he remained for the rest of his long career. Ron taught genetics at the Duke School of Medicine and mentored biochemistry graduate students and post-docs in genetics research at the lab he maintained on the V.A. Hospital campus for 43 years. He enjoyed sabbatical appointments at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France and at Genentech in South San Francisco, CA, where he conducted research contributing to the development of the anti-cancer drug, Herceptin. After retiring from the V.A., Ron continued to collaborate in the Spicer Lab at Duke. Throughout his life, Ron was active in progressive political causes and supported many environmental protection campaigns. He contributed to the Durham community through service on the boards of Operation Breakthrough and United Way of Durham and Durham County among others, and countless volunteer activities through the years.
Ron is survived by Chris, his wife of 63 years; and their three daughters, spouses and children, Liz of Tucson, AZ, Alison, Andrew, and Rosalia of Durham, NC, Nikki, Tim, Joey, and Dan of Shingle Springs, CA, and Faustin, Arnell, Ariane, Arvin, and Arcel Rusanganwa of Davis, CA. He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Greene Castle; and nephew, Tom Castle (Jennifer) of Huntington Beach, CA; and grandniece, Danielle; brothers-in-law, Earle Hapke (Vicki) and Ken Hapke (Margie); and their children and grandchildren.
Ron’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service this Friday, June 7, 2013, the date that would have been his 85th birthday, at 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel in Duke Chapel on the university campus. The family will greet guests at a reception immediately following the service.
Dorothy R. Kornegay
DURHAM - Dorothy Reich Kornegay, 94, widow of Dr. Grey B. Kornegay, passed away Wednesday evening, May 29, at The Forest at Duke.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, June 4, 11 a.m., Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Olive.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan and Cathee Kornegay of Washington, NC, John Carr and Cheryl Kornegay of Pleasant Valley, Conn., and Frank and Janet Kornegay of Kingston, Tenn.; a grandson, Eric Wade Kornegay and wife, Meghan; and their sons, Satchell and Wade Kornegay.
In lieu of floral gifts, memorial contributions may be made to Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Dr., Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708, or Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc., 1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27609.
A Tyndall Service of Mount Olive (www.tyndallfh.com).
Henry Neil Kirkman Jr. M.D.
Sept. 14, 1927 to May 29, 2013
CHAPEL HILL - Dr. Henry Neil Kirkman Jr., beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Wednesday following a lengthy battle with cardio-vascular disease.
Dr. Kirkman was a Kenan Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He chaired the Division of Genetics and Metabolism of the School’s Department of Pediatrics from 1965 to 1991. Upon his arrival at UNC, he quickly became known for his skill in diagnosing and treating illnesses in infants, his expertise in inborn errors of metabolism, and his research into treatable genetic diseases in newborns. Dr. Kirkman was instrumental in making North Carolina’s newborn screening program one of the finest in the world. That program was established to spot and immediately address treatable genetic diseases in newborns, such as “PKU” (phenylketonuria), before they caused the infants to suffer severe brain damage. Identifying babies with such diseases and closely monitoring their treatment until they developed into bright, healthy adults was the aspect of Dr. Kirkman’s career that brought him the most joy and satisfaction.
Dr. Kirkman, also known as Neil, was the son of Henry Neil Kirkman Sr. and Louise Pruitt Kirkman. Born in Jacksonville, FL in 1927, he received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech at age 19, a Master’s Degree in physics from Emory a year later, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon at the end of the Korean War.
Neil and Margaret Lamar Yancey of Atlanta were married in 1950. They had four children. For the past half-century, he and Margaret were active members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill and dedicated world travelers. Neil was a runner most of his life, an amateur astronomer, a lover of classical music, and a loyal fan of the UNC Tar Heels, except when they played Georgia Tech, whereupon he would say, “I just hope neither team embarrasses the other.”
An early devotee of personal computers, Neil imparted his love for computing to grandsons, Evan and Jacob, when they were preschoolers. Both are now accomplished software engineers.
Neil’s skills as a teacher drew praise from medical students. Dr. Francis Collins, who became the Director of the Human Genome Project and now serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health, states that one of Neil’s UNC med school lectures inspired him to pursue a career in medical genetics.
Neil authored or co-authored over 90 articles and reviews in prominent medical or scientific research journals. He served on several National Institutes of Health study sections and training committees, chairing its Genetics Study Section from 1975 to 1978. His many accomplishments as a laboratory researcher were tied closely to his skills and dedication as a clinician. A recent Facebook message from UNC medical colleague Dr. Ernie Kraybill captured well the fruits of Neil’s career. It described a conversation their colleague, Dr. Bill Hubbard, just had with a man on a fishing pier at the coast. Upon learning where Hubbard worked, the man stated that his grandson was diagnosed with PKU at birth, then treated and monitored by Neil and his UNC colleagues until he graduated at the top of his high school class. The grandson was attending Wake Forest University on an academic scholarship.
Neil’s beloved wife of 63 years, Margaret Kirkman, passed away in February. He is survived by his children, Alice L. Kirkman of Rockville, Maryland, David Neil Kirkman and wife, Debra Skinner, of Chapel Hill, Dr. Marian Sue Kirkman and husband, John Krall, of Pittsboro, Celia Kirkman of Chapel Hill; and by granddaughter, Victoria Kirkman of Rockville, Maryland; grandson, Jacob Krall and wife, Jennifer Wing Krall, of Indianapolis; and grandson, Evan Krall of San Francisco.
The family thanks the dedicated nursing, physical therapy and other medical professionals of The Cedars of Chapel Hill for enabling Neil to live all but his final few weeks in his own home.
The family will receive visitors Monday, June 3 from 7-9 p.m. at Walker’s Funeral Service of Chapel Hill. A celebration of Neil’s life will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Neil would be happy to know that contributions in his name were made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church (Chapel Hill) or NC Children’s Hospital (www.ncchildrenspromise.org).
Online condolences may be sent to: walkersfuneralservice.com.
CHAPEL HILL — Having seen most of this world, Sylvia Lauterborn, 74, of Chapel Hill, set off on her last great adventure on Memorial Day 2013. The cause of her death was pancreatic cancer, but the cause of her life was making others happy.
Born in Crumlin, Wales, on May 1, 1939—prophetically, International Day—Sylvia Ann Stebbings was a student nurse at Charing Cross hospital in London, a nursery schoolteacher, and a wages clerk for British Rail before being chosen by famed Pan American Airways to be a stewardess—one of only 50 chosen out of 500 U.K. applicants. While in training for Pan Am in Queens, N.Y., she met Bob Lauterborn, who was on a training program for General Electric at the time. They were married September 28, 1963.
Sylvia and Bob moved from Scarsdale, N.Y., to Chapel Hill in 1986 when he joined the faculty at UNC. She worked at Fine Feathers and later managed The Cotton Boll.
Over more than 50 years of travel Sylvia visited 83 countries, first as a stewardess and then with Bob as he taught all over the world. Her wish is for her ashes to be sprinkled at sea, so she can reach all the countries she missed.
Sylvia is survived by husband Bob and their two sons, Michael of Fairfield, Conn., and David of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; daughter-in-law Jill Lauterborn (nee Cherry) of Harpers Ferry; grandsons Evan and Phillip Lauterborn of Fairfield; sister Jean Huckle in England; brother Bob Stebbings in Wales; scores of Welsh relatives; and thousands of friends on six continents.
Those who wish to remember her may donate in her name to support pancreatic cancer research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295.
George Russell Poole
ROXBORO — Mr. George Russell Poole, 92, passed away late Tuesday, May 28th, at Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Poole was born in Orange County, NC, on August 21, 1920, to John Lee Poole and Allie Tilley Poole, who predeceased him as did his siblings from that union - Kathleen, Rufus, James, Mike, and Tom. He also was predeceased by his stepmother, Mildred Schofield Poole and in 2000 by his wife of 58 years, Hazel Barbee Poole.
Mr. Poole lived in Rougemont for over 91 years until his health forced him to move to Caswell House Assisted Living in February 2012 and then to Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in July 2012.
Prior to retirement in 1985, Mr. Poole was a cattle and tobacco farmer.
As a young man, Mr. Poole was an avid fox hunter. He also loved to bird hunt and owned both a pack of prized fox hounds and several bird dogs.
Later, when the deer population began to explode in North Carolina, he hunted deer and owned deer dogs. He continued to hunt well into advanced years. Mr. Poole also owned game chickens, and when it became difficult to fox and deer hunt due to development and his age, he devoted a great deal of his time to his chickens much to the dismay of both his wife and daughter.
Following the death of his wife when he was 80 years old, his daughter recognized that the chickens provided him with something to do, kept him active, and probably helped add years to his life.
Mr. Poole is survived by his daughter, Linda P. Hicks and her husband, Joseph of Roxboro, NC; his grandchildren, Johanna Blood and her husband, Bill of Alpharetta, GA, and Joel Hicks and his wife, Stephanie of Zebulon, NC; and his great grandchildren, Billy Blood, Kassidy Denton, and Garrett Hicks. He is also survived by his sisters, Hilda Ladd of Roxboro, NC, Alma (Scrumpy) Stalls of Aberdeen, NC, Patricia Russell of Rougemont, NC, and Karen Kerrick and her husband, Lew of Aurora, CO.
Visitation for Mr. Poole will he held at Brooks and White Funeral home on Wednesday, June 5th at 1 p.m. with a memorial service officiated by Reverend David Chambers following at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, for those wishing to make a donation, the family suggests either Chances Angel Rescue & Education (C.A.R.E.), 1793 Stoney Mountain Road, Rougemont, NC 27572 or Feathers & Fins, c/o Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation, 901 Ridge Road, Roxboro, NC 27573.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ralph Corey and Dr. Ruth Ann Greenfield for the outstanding care they provided to Mr. Poole for many years and to the employees at Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation for taking such excellent care of Mr. Poole, being so kind to him, and making his final days as comfortable as possible.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.
Onest P. "Buddy" Bowling Jr.
ASHEVILLE — Onest P. "Buddy" Bowling Jr., 79, of Asheville, died Thursday, May 30, 2013.
A native of Durham Co., NC, he was a son of the late Onest P. Bowling and Lillian Cowan Bowling. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean Riddle Bowling; sisters, Ruth Marshall and Billie Marie Hill; and step-mother, Fay Bowling.
Mr. Bowling worked for Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh for 6 years. He married Jean on October 5, 1956, and they moved to Asheville in 1960. He then worked at St. Joseph's Hospital for four years, Citizens-Express for 19 years, and Citizen Ford for 15 years (retiring in 1996). He then volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital, with 3500 hours of service. He attended Grace Baptist Church.
Mr. Bowling was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany from 1954 to 1956.
Mr. Bowling is survived by a daughter, Laura Katherine Bowling, of Asheville; sons, Michael Patha Bowling and wife, Tammy, of Alexander, and Dr. Mark Rolin Bowling and wife, Donna, of Greenville, NC; grandchildren, Julian Patha Bowling, Emma Kay Bowling, Katherine Ann and Donna Marie Bowling; and a brother, Stanley Lewis Bowling and wife, Donna, of Glass Lake, MI.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family and the online register may be signed at www.grocefuneralhome.com.