December 11, 2012

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 05:14 PM

Marion Elizabeth Davies

DURHAM — Marion Elizabeth Davies, eminent cellist and one of the first women to occupy a section principal’s chair in a major symphony orchestra, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, in Durham where she lived. She was 88. Cause was complications from pneumonia.
Ms. Davies performed as principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for many years. Earlier, she had been principal cellist with the Houston Symphony and prior to that, principal cellist with the Kansas City Symphony.
A versatile performer, Ms. Davies was at home in any classical instrumental setting, from trios and quartets to chamber orchestras and symphonies. She had toured Eastern Europe as a virtuoso, and in 1970 she ventured onto Broadway to play in the theater orchestra for the Stephen Sondheim hit "Company".      
She is remembered as a teacher by some of today’s prominent cellists. For four years in the 1970s, Ms. Davies was Professor of Cello at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
While in Dallas, Ms. Davies co-founded and developed Young Strings of Dallas, a classical music outreach program, now 20 years old. Young Strings introduces African-American and Latino public school students to classical music by teaching them to play the instruments involved in a classical ensemble. The program receives an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ms. Davies was eight years old when she was introduced to the cello at elementary school in San Leandro, Calif. She was a teenager at the San Francisco Conservatory when she was invited to attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The invitation was extended by Emanuel Feuermann, considered by many to be the best cellist of the 20th century. He was Ms. Davies’ teacher until his death a year later; she then studied at Curtis with Gregor Piatigorsky, a star cellist from Russia.
Ms. Davies has made her home in Hillsborough and Durham since 1995, a year after she suffered a stroke.
She is survived by two daughters, Claire McKean of Greenwich, Conn., and Carolyn Bottler, of Austin, Texas; grandsons, Charles McKean of Houston and Jack McKean of Seattle; and husband William P. Mitchell.
Services are pending.

Norma June Merritt Davis
Durham – Mrs. Norma June Merritt Davis, 83, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012. Faith in her Lord Jesus Christ blessed her with a peaceful passing. She was born in Forsyth County to the late Junius Alexander Merritt and the late Mildred Irene Merritt. She was the wife of 58 years to Troy Roebuck Davis who survives.
Norma was the owner of WonderLane Kindergarten in Durham and a member of Parkwood United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Troy R. Davis of the home; son, Stephen Kendall Davis of the home; daughter, Karen Davis Wickes of Durham; granddaughter, Mariel Poorbough; and sister, Dee Ferguson of Winston Salem.
The memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Parkwood United Methodist Church by Rev. Nathan Wittman. Memorials may be made to Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road, Durham 27713. Lowe Funeral Home is serving the Davis family.
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Rachel Marie Lineberry
DURHAM — Rachel Marie Lineberry, of Durham, passed away on Tuesday morning, December 4, 2012 after a brief illness. Marie was born and grew up in Savage, Maryland. She moved with her husband and daughter to North Carolina in 1972.
Marie is survived by her husband of 54 years, Don Lineberry; her daughter, Dona Kaplan; her son-in-law, Harry Kaplan; her grandchildren, Jackson and Hayley; her sisters, Mary Keeney, Irene Clark and Joan Wines and husband, Maynard; her brother, James Sherman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Vergie and Robert Sherman, Mrs. Lineberry was preceded in death two brothers, Gilbert Sherman and Robert Sherman; and two sisters, Frances Souder and Virginia Collison.
Marie devoted much of her life to her family. She doted on her grandchildren, spending as much time as possible with them.  Until she became ill, Marie never missed one of their sports activities. She attended countless soccer and baseball games. She also never missed a graduation, recital, or any other event, small or large.
Marie also enjoyed hosting her larger family at regular outings. She was famous for cooking enormous amounts of good food. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Fourth of July featured particularly memorable annual feasts.
She held numerous paid positions in her lifetime, including 12 years at CTB Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and several at Measurement, Inc., both in Durham.
Marie will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. The family will receive friends, Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

Donnie “Roller” Pollard
DURHAM - Donnie “Roller” Pollard was born on March 5, 1951 in Durham to the late Wallace and Dorothy Pollard. He departed his life peacefully on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in his home.
He leaves to cherish with great memories his six children, Carmen Dantzler of Rome, N.Y., Kelvin Patterson, Tamecia, Penny and Marcus Pollard, all of Durham, and Donnie Pollard of Louisburg, N.C.
The viewing will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7 p.m., and the funeral will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church, 3411 Dearborn Drive, Durham 27704. Friends may visit the family at 911 Waring Street, Durham 27704.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Lucille Parker Rochelle
DURHAM — Lucille Parker Rochelle, 76, passed on Dec. 7, 2012 at her home after a long illness. She retired from Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, James Rochelle (Johnnie) and Walter Rochelle (Marilyn); three daughters, Shirley Williamson (Wendell), Barbara Rochelle, Gean Rochelle-Hardnett (Jeff); two sisters; one brother; and other relatives, family and friends. 
Services will be held Wednesday at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, 2502 NC Hwy 55, at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1:30 p.m.

Lester Lee Richard

CREEDMOOR — Lester Lee Richard, 82, a longtime resident of Granville County, passed away Monday, December 10th, 2012 at his home.
A native of Granville County, the son of the late Archie and Cellie Keith Richard. He was of the Baptist faith, a veteran of the US Army,a member of Creedmoor Lodge 499 and was a retired superintendent at Duke Golf Course in Durham.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Dr. Marc Tilley and Rev. Alvin Thomas. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
Surviving are his wife of fifty nine years, Ella G. O’Neal Richard of the home; two daughters, Susan R. Dickerson (Jim) of Oxford, Pamela R. McFalls of Creedmoor; two sons, Randy L. Richard of Creedmoor, Donnie Richard of Louisburg by a previous marriage; two sisters, Christine R. Ross and Betty Lou Ellington both of Creedmoor; four brothers, Bobby Richard, Donald Richard, Otis Richard all of Creedmoor, Harold Richard of Wake Forest; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Junior, Charlie and Ray Richard.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 12:30-2 p.m. prior to the service at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.
Online condolences can be made to Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor in assisting the Richard family.

David Donald

HILLSBOROUGH — David Donald, 79, died on Thursday, December 6, 2012, in his home. He was born on Sept. 19, 1933 in Greenville, South Carolina.
Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12th in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. Family visitation will be one hour before the funeral.
Burial in Bradsher Family Cemetery, Hurdle Mills.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Donald; children, John Donald and wife, Susan, Bennie Donald and Michelle Brooks and husband, Swantee, all of Hillsborough; brother, JC Russell; and sister, Rena M. Jones. 
Arrangements by Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.  

Claude Long

ROXBORO — Claude Long, died December 9, 2012. Mr. Long is survived by his sister, Sue Whitt, of Durham; and nieces, Jeanne Tunstall and husband, Macon and Amy Nipper, of Stem; grand nieces and nephews are Cody Nipper, Gracie Nipper, Hunter Tunstall, also from Stem and Katie Tunstall, of Greenville.
The family will receive friends tonight, December 11, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Burial will be private.
The family requests no flowers or food. Memorials in his memory may made to Maple Heights Rest Home, P.O. Box 279, Roxboro, NC, 27573 or the American Heart Association, c/o Gracie Napier, 355 A S. Madison Blvd., Roxboro, NC, 27573.
Special thanks to Christy Haley and the staff at Maple Heights, Angela Jones of Person County and the staff of Person Memorial Hospital. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Condolences may be sent to

Jerry Thomas Morris Jr.

WARRENTON — Jerry Thomas Morris Jr., 41, of Warrenton, passed away Sunday evening, December 9, 2012 at Maria Parham Hospital.  Mr. Morris worked for Nine’s Auto Parts in Wake Forest for over 27 years and in 2012 had opened J&J Auto Parts in Warrenton.  He was a loving husband, father, son and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock, Thursday afternoon, December 13, 2012 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the Rev. Cecil Newton officiating.
Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Jamie Nine Morris; daughter, Jessica Ann Morris of Warrenton; parents, Jerry and Sandra Peedin Morris of Warrenton; brothers, Jeff Morris of Durham and Steven Morris of Warrenton. He was also survived by Theodore Nine and wife, Brenda of Youngsville who was like a second father to Jerry.
Friends may visit with the family prior to the service from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Thursday afternoon, December 13, 2012 at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest.