Obituaries, July 3, 2014

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 05:05 PM


Brian L. Ball
DURHAM — Brian L. Ball, 40, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born and raised in Durham. Brian was formerly employed by SunTrust Bank for 14 years, most recently as an Assistant Branch Manager at Northgate. Brian will be forever remembered for his warm personality, infectious smile and unparalleled wit. Those who were fortunate to be touched by his presence will be forever blessed.
Brian is survived by his mother, Barbara Temple of Durham and her fiancée, Mark Johnson of Pinehurst; sister, Beverly Moore of Hillsborough; brothers, Wayne Ball of Durham and David Ball of Carolina Beach; and closest lifetime friends, Jason Kersey and Josh Kravitz, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; his two four-legged babies, Oscar and Gracie; and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ball; and brother, Gary Ball.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Dr. Marc Francis officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ASPCA, 2117 E. Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Joseph Lee Byrd
DURHAM — Joseph Lee Byrd, 83, son of the late Irving and Mary Elizabeth Byrd Johnson, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Stratford House in Chapel Hill, NC.
The funeral will be conducted 2:00 PM Thursday at First Community Baptist Church with family visitation one hour before the funeral. Burial in Rosewood cemetery.
Surviving are sons, Darryl Byrd of California, Rodney Byrd, Bryon Byrd, Kerry Byrd and Jeremy Byrd, daughter, Gayle Byrd.
Arrangements entrusted to Chavis-Parker.


Frances Sinclair Cates
CHAPEL HILL — Frances Sinclair Cates, 85, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Raleigh, NC. She was born on August 19, 1928 in Chapel Hill, NC to John Frank and Annie Gattis Sinclair. Frances grew up in West End, NC. She graduated from West End High School in 1945. After high school she attended the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education.
Frances married Jack L. Cates in 1954 in Chapel Hill, NC. They were happily married for 34 years before his untimely death. Frances was a member of University United Methodist Church and the Colony Woods Garden Club. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Frances was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Frances is survived by sons John (wife Jennifer) Cates and David (wife Carla) Cates, all of Raleigh, NC; sister Louise S. Bost of Durham, NC; grandchildren Tyler (wife Liz), Megan, Jackson, Chandler, Spencer and Russell; and her nieces and nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive visitors at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, on Saturday July 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the west parlor. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 in the sanctuary presided by the Rev. Billy Olsen. The church will hold a reception following the service in the fellowship hall. Later that day the family will gather for a private interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Carolina Botanical Garden or University United Methodist Church. Walker's Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.


Kaye "Fran" Frances Lynch Bradsher
ROUGEMONT — Kaye "Fran" Frances Lynch Bradsher, 52, of 309 Peed Road, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her parents' home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Bradsher was born in Granville County, daughter of the late Hilma "Moma Kaye" Ray Lynch & the Rev. Billy Lynch, who survives, of Rougemont. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her niece Monica Blalock Day. Mrs. Bradsher graduated Campbell University with a BS in Language and was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa. She taught at East Bladen High. She taught five years at Harrell's Christian Academy and twenty-seven years at Granville County School. She enjoyed teaching Language, Computer & Social Studies.
Mrs. Bradsher was one of the first women Fire Fighters in Person County and a member of Moriah Volunteer Fire Department since 1983. She also became a Paramedic. Fran enjoyed being the Cub Master for Pack 226 and later Pack 223 and was also a member of Bethany Baptist Church since she was nine years old.
Surviving in addition to her father are her husband of over twenty-seven years Assistant Chief C.W. Brandsher of the home; her two sons Clifton Wade Bradsher III and William Gray Bradsher & fiancée Erin Lemin, both of the home; her two brothers James Lynch & wife Kris of Ovedo, Fla. and Chief Bruce Lynch & wife Janet of Rougemont; her sister Brenda Biggins & husband Gerry of Plymouth, Mass.; her granddaughter Maggie Roselynn Bradsher; her two nieces Melissa Shelton & husband Joey and Jessica "Mini-Me" Renee Lynch; her three nephews Ray Lynch, Shelby Lynch & Carlton Day; her great-niece Kristen Day.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, July 4, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church and other times at the home of her parents, 8427 Range Road, Rougemont, NC 27572.
A Celebration of Fran's Life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church by the Rev. Brian Hagar & Rev. Jim Shelley. Interment will follow in the Lynch Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her Eagle Scouts from her Packs: John Hamlett, Jason Hamlett, Drake Day, Drew Day, D.J. Lester, Christopher Bowers & Jacob Bowers.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Person County Relay for Life, P.O. Box 165, Roxboro, NC 27573 or Moriah Volunteer Fire Dept., 6005 Mt. Harmony Church Road, Rougemont, NC 27572.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Members of the Moriah Volunteer Fire Department.
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Claude Tipp "CT" Hall, Jr.
ROXBORO — Claude Tipp "CT" Hall, Jr. died Tuesday, July 1, 2014. He was born August 26, 1922 at home in Person County to the late Claude T. Hall, Sr. and Addie Jones Hall. He is also predeceased in death by his sisters Madeline H. Eaker and Huldah H. Berryhill, and his brothers Moses H. Hall and John L.
He is survived by his loving sister Nancy M. Hall of Winston-Salem, niece Dr. Claudia K. Berryhill and husband Lacy W. Winstead, nephews Eugene C. Berryhill Jr. "Cal" and wife Susie, Joe B.H. Berryhill and wife Nancy, and David B. Eaker, four grandnieces, five grandnephews, and a great-grandniece and great-grandnephew, all of Roxboro.
CT graduated from Bethel Hill High School and attended and supported North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina (NCSU). After service in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 as Storekeeper Third Class, he returned to the family farm in Bethel Hill/Woodsdale to manage the farming operation and after his father's death managed the family property in Uptown Roxboro until his retirement in 2011.
He was an icon of the streets in Uptown Roxboro, whether in his characteristic dress hat or in his ball cap when there was repair work to do.
He also served many years on the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service board (FSA) and was an advocate for the taxpayer by always voicing his opinion at county and city budget discussions. He also advocated for Bethel Hill School.
CT was the "mischievous" one and family historian; he was a great storyteller and loved relating episodes of mischief and daily adventures of family and friends.
CT was a man of God; he was devout in his Primitive Baptist faith. Although baptized in Durham at Durham Primitive Baptist Church he was one of the last two members of Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church where he was a lifelong member and also served as a deacon.
Funeral services will be Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church by Elder Cleo Robertson. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Thursday preceding the service. Other times of visitation will be at the homes of his niece and nephews. Burial will be at the church cemetery following the service.
Pallbearers are Woody Jacobs, Ronnie Bowes, Richard Whitfield, Henry Daniel, Ralph Lewis, Jr., Allen and Baker Eggleston. Honorary Pallbearers are Tommy Brandon & Ron Phipps.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church c/o Nancy Hall, 2654 Merry Oaks Trail, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Alice Allen Melton
ROXBORO — Alice Allen Melton, 78, departed this earthly life on July 1, 2014, to be with her heavenly Father.
Born in Person County, NC on January 26, 1936, she was the daughter of the Johnnie W. and Lillie Aiken Allen. She retired in 1995 after 24 years as a medical lab technician II from GlaxoSmithKline, originally known as Burroughs Wellcome in the RTP area.
Alice was of the Primitive Baptist faith and faithfully attended all the churches in the Lower Country Line Association. Flat River Primitive Baptist Church was her home church where she served as trustee.
Her love as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend was immeasurable. If you knew Alice you were truly blessed. She always put others needs before her own, while at the same time maintaining her personal relationship with Christ our Lord.
Survivors include a son, Gerald Wayne Little; a daughter, Pamela Kay Dollar (Richard); a sister, Irene Allen Holmes, of Sumter, SC; a half-brother, Edwin Herbert Allen, of Goldsboro; six grandchildren, Heather Balltzglier Tunstall, Jessie Hudson, David Hudson, Spencer Gregory, Matthew Gregory and John Wayne Little; four great-grandchildren, Brandon Allen, Amber Allen, Kayla McMann and Julie McMann; many special nieces and nephews, two of whom were very special, Sharon Holmes DuBose, of Sumter, SC and Faye Clayton Beneville, of Roxboro.
She was preceded in death by a son, Perry Bruce Gregory; two sisters, Christine A. Holmes Edens and Dorothy Ann Allen; a half-sister, Elva Allen Green; a brother, Lindsey D. Allen and one half-brother, Clinton L. Allen.
Funeral services will be held 2PM Friday at the Brooks & White Chapel by the Elder Jesse Hutchins and the Elder Bobby Daughtry. Burial will follow in the Flat River Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:30-8PM Thursday at the Brooks & White Funeral Home and at other times at the home of her son, Wayne Little, 381 John Allen Rd., Roxboro.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Allen, Barry Rudder, Reverend Joel Bradsher, Antoine Drumwright, Jimmy Midkeff, Leon Clayton and honorary pallbearer, Warren Hawkins.
Memorials may be made to Flat River Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Leon Clayton, 94 Herman Oakley Rd., Roxboro, NC 27574.
The family extends deepest appreciation to all doctors, nurses, caregivers and staff at Peak Resources during Alice's brief stay there. Their many acts of kindness and sympathy to the family and, above all, the loving care for our precious loved one will never be forgotten.
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Mark Anthony McDonald
GARLAND — Mark Anthony McDonald, 60, went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014.
Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by his parents, Troy L. McDonald Sr of Durham, and Juanita Saunders Vallese of Turkey, NC.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00P.M., Friday, July 4, 2014 at Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Moody and Rev. Leah Rade. Burial will follow in the Garland Cemetery.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his, wife Denise Dodson McDonald; son, Jamie McDonald and wife Lauren of Durham; three sisters, Peggy Moran, Gloria Williams, both of Turkey, Marie McMahon of Florida; three brothers, Troy McDonald, Jr. of Clinton, Bruce McDonald and Carl Vallese, both of Georgia; grandsons, Mason and Jaxon McDonald; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved golden retrievers.
The family will receive visitors from 1-2 pm on Friday, July 4, 2014 at Carter Funeral Home before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, External Affairs Office, UNC-CH CB# 7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295.