Obituaries, June 26, 2014

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 02:17 PM


Haywood McCabe Davis, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Haywood McCabe Davis, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 while at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham to the late Haywood McCabe Davis, Sr. and Jeanette B. Davis. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before graduating high school with his parents’ consent. Immediately after graduating from Durham High School, he served actively and in the reserves for 6 years. During his time in the Marine Corps he also attended and graduated from East Carolina College in 1966 with a BS in Business Administration. His first job upon graduating was with DuPont in Kinston. After 5 months with DuPont he was asked to relocate to Germany for 2 years. He chose not to transfer for a second time and went to work for the Beaunit Corporation in RTP. In 1974, Haywood became the first Comptroller of the City of Durham. In 1976 he became a real estate agent and in 1980 opened Century 21 Haywood Davis Realtors, Inc. He worked tirelessly and successfully at real estate over the next 32 years with his company, Century 21 Haywood Davis Realtors. Inc. In 2012 he merged his office with Coldwell Banker Advantage on Hillandale Rd. where he worked until his last day.
Haywood served in many ways with Triangle Multiple Listing Service, Inc. and the Durham Regional Association of Realtors. He was local Director, Past President and Realtor of the Year of Durham Regional Association of Realtors and a member of the C.E. Phillips, Jr. Wall of Fame. This is an honor given to those who have given a lifetime of achievement and service to Durham Regional Association of Realtors.
Haywood was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, Kiwanian of the Year in 1979 and Club President of Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club in 1983. In 2009 he was recipient of the Legion of Honor Kiwanis Club of Tobaccoland after 35 years of service. For many years he was the outstanding Chairman for Recruitment and Pancake Chairman.
Haywood was preceded in death by his father, Haywood McCabe Davis, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rebecca (Becky) R. Davis; his son, Matthew McCabe Davis and wife Sharon Fay Davis; granddaughter, Mallory “Poppy” Fay Davis; grandson Matthew McCabe Davis, Jr., all of Durham. He is also survived by his mother, Jeanette Baggett Davis of Durham; his sister, Janet Davis Rizzo (Angelo Rizzo) of Lilburn, Ga. and many loving family members and friends.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, June 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at Clements Funeral Home on Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Adam Brinkley of Glendale United Methodist Church, where Haywood was a member.
Our family would like to thank the loving staff of Hock Family Pavilion for the love and comfort shown to us during our sadness. Flowers are welcomed and contributions in his name are appreciated to Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 North Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Robert Marsh Dowd III
DURHAM — Robert Marsh Dowd III died on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Bob was born on July 3, 1949 to the late Dorothy Jennison Dowd and Robert Marsh Dowd, Jr. He grew up in Charlotte, NC and Rome, GA and graduated from Brandon Hall High School in Atlanta, GA. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973, first in Tripoli, Libya, then in Myrtle Beach, SC. Upon leaving the Air Force, he moved to Durham where he worked for 23 years as a food service manager at Duke University. He was also co-owner of Pig Pickings and Chicken Cookings, Inc. catering business. After his retirement from Duke in 2003, he worked part-time for the American Legion Post 7, where he was appreciated for his bartending, cooking, and volunteer treasurer service.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara Dowd; brother-in-law, Michael Prendergast; and nephew, Carlos Prendergast; all of Newburyport, MA.
At Bob's request, his remains will be cremated and scattered at his favorite camping spot at Kerr Lake.
Condolences may be sent to and memorial contributions made to American Legion Post 7 in Durham.

Scott Wayne “Buddy” Ferrell
DURHAM — Scott Wayne “Buddy” Ferrell, 28, a former resident of Durham, died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Scott was living in Wendell at the time of his accident.
Scott was a service technician with Snappy Lube. He graduated from Southern High School in the Class of 2004. He formerly attended First Pentecostal Church. Scott enjoyed stock car racing and football.
He is survived by his son, Conner James Ferrell, and fiancée, Jaquelynne May; his parents, Jeffrey Scott Ferrell and Tracy McKee; paternal grandmother, Laura Richardson, and step-grandfather, “Junior” Richardson; sister, Brittany Shotwell, and step-sister, Lorie Clifton.
Funeral service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Pastor Johnny Godair will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of his grandmother, Laura Richardson, 3131 Redwood Road in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations can be made to the Autism Society of NC at and choose make a donation. Online condolences can be made at

Burmas "BT" Green
DURHAM — Burmas "BT" Green, 75, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
He leaves behind a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers, a host of nieces and nephews and a special friend.
Funeral services will be held at Union Baptist Church, Durham, NC, Friday, at 1:00 pm with visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Nannie Mae Laws
DURHAM — Funeral services for Nannie Mae Laws will be held Friday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church. The family visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
Survivors include grandson, Sherrod Lamonté Laws (Cecilia), and granddaughter, Sherricka Lorraine Laws; 5 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Annie Bell Lee
DURHAM — Mrs. Annie Bell Lee, 96, of 501 Commonwealth Street, Durham, transitioned June 19, 2014. She was born in Durham County on June 1, 1918 to the late Fred and Mattie Lee. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Earnest and Robert Lee, and one daughter, Daisy C. King. A third brother, John Wesley Sr. of Durham, remains to cherish her memory. Mrs. Lee graduated from Hillside High School and went on to complete cosmetology training at DeShazer School of Cosmetology. She relocated to Mount Holly, New Jersey in 1956 where she worked until she retired in 1986.
Surviving are: one daughter, Glyndora C. King (Fred) of Mount Holly, New Jersey; nine grandchildren, George W. King II (Cynthia) of Raleigh, NC, Anthony O. King Sr (Sandra) and Christopher G. King (Lilly) of Durham, Peter D. King (Lisa), of Cary, NC, Valerie E. King of Durham, Fred M. King, of Mount Holly, NJ, Benjamin V. King (Rachele) and Joseph C. King (Nicole) of Burlington, NJ, and Edwin B. King (Trisha) of Trenton, NJ; twelve great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Anthony Jr., Jason, Gerard, Ben Jr., Miles, Ryan, Mia-Sara, Victoria, Anna, Aaron, Darius; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Dayzee and Izaiah; and 8 nieces and nephews and their families.
Funeral services will be held at Greater Waltown United Holy Church, Inc., 706 Belvin Avenue, Durham, NC, on Saturday June 28, 2014. Viewing will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM followed by the homegoing celebration.
Interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to the hands of Fisher Funeral Parlor, 3137 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC.

Wright C. Robinson
DURHAM — Wright C. Robinson, Chuck, went home to be with The Lord on June 21, 2014 at the Hock Hospice Pavilion in Durham, NC, after battling bladder cancer for almost two years.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife Cindie Lou Robinson of 37 years; three sons, Wright Robinson, Keith Robinson, Troy Robinson; one daughter, Dawn Denson; three sisters, Holly Every, Linda Clancy, Gail Wood; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Chuck was born in Washington DC, on January 20, 1950. He grew up in Beverly Beach, MD. He worked as a Manager of Mechanical Services at Organon Teknika for 37 years.
Chuck enjoyed spending time with his family, raising money for 21 years at the Mule-A-Rama mule and horse show for Hospice, riding his mule Cadillac, going 4-wheeler riding, camping out at the NASCAR Races, helping others in need and giving back to his community, driving the shuttle tractor at the Occoneechee Speedway Car Show, and living life to its fullest. For the past six years, he was an active member of the Hopedale chapter of Piedmont Men of Steel.
The family had a private service at the Hock Hospice Pavilion and in lieu of flowers the family would like for donations of twin size throw blankets to be made for the Hock Hospice Pavilion in Durham, NC.
Psalms 18:2--The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.

Hattie Mae Sowell
DURHAM — Mrs. Hattie Mae Sowell, born December 18, 1966 in Tampa, Florida, departed this life on June 23, 2014 at the age of 47 at Duke University Medical Center.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband Anthony Sowell, her mother Cloria Waddell, two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren, four brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held at Hatcher Grove Missionary Baptist Church on June 28, 2014 at 1:00pm. Viewing will be held at 12 noon.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Send all acknowledgements to the Sowell family at 621 E. Main St., Apt 7, Durham, NC 27703.

Earl Edward Thomas IV
May 1, 1958 — June 20, 2014
DURHAM — Earl Edward Thomas IV, 56, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at his home in Durham, NC.
Born in Louisville, KY on May 1, 1958 to Earl E. Thomas III and the late Beverly C. Collins, Earl moved to NC with Nortel in 1984. He was a Sr. Technical Support Engineer with Oracle at his death.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy and Earl Thomas II. Earl is survived by his fiancée, Deborah T. Johnson; former wife, Renae Worthy; sons, Michael Thomas (Larishia) and Scott Thomas; grandsons, Jacob Thomas-Willoughby and Jordon Thomas; expected granddaughter, Chayla Thomas; father, Earl E. Thomas III; stepmother, Barbara Thomas; siblings, Debra LeFave (Carl), Angie Wade (Jason), Jennifer Welch (Chris), and Steve Thomas (Kim); numerous nieces and nephews; one great-niece; goddaughter, Nicole Groft; and godson, Seth Wade. He is also survived by Debbie’s daughters, Julia Szeto (Michael) and Jayne Miano (Nick); and Jayne's children, Noah and Arabelle.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. A funeral service will be held 2:00pm Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the funeral home. He will be cremated and then laid to rest at Louisville Memorial Gardens at a later date.
Donations can be made in his memory to Carolina Raptor Center at
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Phyllis Benson Tranchese Wiggins
DURHAM — Mrs. Phyllis Benson Tranchese Wiggins, 58, of Durham, died on Monday, June 23, 2014.
Phyllis was a native and lifelong resident of Durham. She was employed as an attorney with the Attorney General’s Office. She was past president of the Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
She was preceded in death by her father, Leon Benson. Prior to her illness she enjoyed running 5k’s and relaxing at the beach.
She is survived by her husband, Gary L. Wiggins; son, Luigi Tranchese and wife, Jennifer of Durham; her mother, Nell High Benson; sister, Brenda Benson of Emerald Isle; and her English Mastiff dog, Cody.
Graveside services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Josh Wiggins, Jason Butler, Brad Kelly, Mike Kelly, Michael Wagner and Mickey High.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations can be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704 or the Animal Protection Society of Durham, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences may be made at


Lillian Mae "Sister" Corbett
HILLSBOROUGH — Lillian Mae "Sister" Corbett died June 22, 2014.
Funeral services are Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:00pm at Lee's Chapel Baptist Church. A wake will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.
Survivors are two daughters, Diana Corbett and Zenda Corbett; one son, Barry Corbett; one sister, Fannie Crisp (Melvin); two brothers, Earnest D. Corbett (Anna) and Claude "Bruce" Corbett; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Public viewing will be held Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 11:00am to 7:00pm at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.


Cynthia Marie Morris Howard
FUQUAY VARINA — Cynthia Marie Morris Howard, 51, of Fleming Loop Road, Fuquay Varina, passed away suddenly Saturday, June 21 at her home. Cynthia was the loving mother of Trevor and Allie Howard, step-mother of John Jr. (Diane) and Jody Howard, Mema of Zachary and Collin Howard, and sister of Valerie Morris. She was predeceased by her husband, Johnny Howard, and her parents, Ruth and Fred Morris. She was a loving niece, cousin, and friend to many; a passionate lover of animals, especially her dogs. She previously worked as a veterinary assistant and performed as a singer in dinner theatre. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Williford Funeral Home in Fuquay Varina and a funeral service on Friday, June 27 at 1:00 pm at Calvary UMC at 304 E. Trinity Avenue, Durham, NC 27701. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund at


Nathaniel "Nate" Louis Kitt Sr.
PHILADELPHIA — Nathaniel "Nate" Louis Kitt Sr., departed this life on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Visiting Nurses of Philadelphia Hospice. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church with Rev. Julius A. Renwick officiating. Family visitation will be held two hours prior to service. The church is located at 2207 W. Tiago Street in Philadelphia.
He attended the Durham Public School System. He graduated from Hillside High School in 1957.
Survivors include wife, Evangelene S. Kitt; 3 sons, Nathaniel Louis Kitt Jr. (Sinatra Kitt), Kevin "Kev" Duwayne Kitt and Anthony "Tony" Maurice Kitt; 2 daughters, Claudene "Gail" D. Kitt and Jean Marie Wesley Mills (Rev. Medric C. Mills III); 2 sisters, Signora Robbins and Jacquelyne Stanley; a brother, Leondras Hyman (Estella); sister-in-law, Rhonda S. Maclin; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; an ex-wife, Magdalene G. Kitt; a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Family under the care of Rick's Funeral and Cremation Service.
Local arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.