December 13, 2012

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 06:52 PM

Gay Boyce Ayers 
DURHAM — Mrs. Gay Boyce Ayers, 66, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Durham Regional Hospital. Born in Mineral County, West Virginia, Mrs. Ayers was the daughter of the late James Boyce and Leota Pauline Cavanaugh Boyce. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Don Boyce. 
Mrs. Ayers was raised in West Virginia moving to Virginia and then to Durham in 1977. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Ayers was an active member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where she served on the Flower Committee. She enjoyed and was gifted in decorating.
Mrs. Ayers is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Ayers; two sons, Robbie Ayers, of Morrisville, and Jay DeGrange and wife, Charlotte, of Wilmington; four sisters, Debby Brunkenhoefer and husband, Brunk, of Manassas, Va., Jean Paskel and husband, Stan, of Gore, Va., Kay Chapman and husband, Eddie, of Gore, Va., and Louise Hott, of Keyser, W.Va.; a sister-in-law, Mary Boyce, of Texas; grandchildren, Landon Ayers and Phoebe DeGrange; and numerous nieces and nephews.
On Saturday, December 15, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, there will be a reception of family and friends from 9 until 11 a.m.  This will be followed by a service with Dr. Marc Francis and the Rev. Don Chasteen officiating. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Monday, December 17, at Crouse Cemetery in Sparta.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

Roger Edward Cameron 
DURHAM — Funeral services for Mr. Roger Edward Cameron, 64, of Durham, will be conducted on Friday at 12 noon from the Bethel Tabernacle United Holy Church and the interment will follow in the Glennview Memorial Gardens. The family will meet with their friends 30 minutes before the funeral services.
Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Nicole C. Dennis, Ms. Tonya D. Cameron, Ms. Stephaine Gattis; two brothers, Mr. Tony Cameron, Mr. Marshall Cameron; two sisters, Mrs. Anglea McEachern, Ms. Peggy Cameron; six grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service.

Ernestine Jett Joyner

OXFORD — Ernestine Jett Joyner, 66, a resident of 318 Granville Street, died Monday at UNC Cancer Center in Chapel Hill. She was the daughter of Esther Morgan Jett and the late James Jett of Catawba County. 
She was an Attorney and respected Civil Activist. 
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Lacy L. Joyner; a daughter, Jocelyn J. Simmons, Snellville, Ga.; a son, Lacy L. Joyner Jr., Greensboro; a mother, Esther Morgan Jett, Hickory; two sisters, Nellie Cole, Flint, Mich. and Joyce Jett, Hickory; five brothers, Jason Jett, New York, NY, Jarrell Jett, Hickory, Nathaniel Jett, Columbus, SC, James Jett Jr., High Point and Jerome Jett, Hermitage, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 12 noon at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Edward Davis Jr. Burial will be in Meadowview Memorial Park. No public viewing has been requested. Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UNC Cancer Center, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC, 27514.

John Wesley Jones

ROXBORO — John Wesley Jones, beloved father, grandfather, brother and uncle, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. He was 96.
A Person County native, he was born in the Timberlake area of the county. He was one of seven children -- the oldest son -- of John H. and Lula P. Jones.
Until a recent illness, he had lived in the Pine Lakes home he and his wife, Joyce, built in 1957. Joyce preceded him in death in 2003, and he had lived alone since then, being unwilling to leave his familiar surroundings, including his workshop, yard and garden where he had spent so many happy hours.
John Wesley worked for Export Leaf Tobacco Company for more than 50 years, most of the time as a buyer on markets from Georgia to Kentucky. His favorite was the Roxboro market, and even after he retired, he would go down to the warehouse to see how the sale was going.
At the beginning of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and was a First Class Petty Officer. He served as an airplane mechanic, primarily in Corpus Christie, Texas. His service and patriotism were an inspiration to his granddaughter, Cera Tillett Benbow, who chose to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and is now a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
A life-long member of Brooksdale United Methodist Church, John Wesley served nearly every office in the church, faithfully attended the Key Taylor Sunday School class and sang in the choir, which was directed by his wife, Joyce.
He stirred stew, painted walls, put up Christmas decorations and did many other tasks with his dear friends and family at Brooksdale.
Surviving are his daughters, Harriett Tillett and husband, Ben of Roxboro and Ramona DuBose and husband, Alan of Raleigh; granddaughters, Cera Benbow and husband, Devon of Pensacola, Fla., and Christen Tillett of Roxboro; grandsons, Wesley DuBose and Elliott DuBose of Raleigh; sister, Emma Bailey Hicks of Burlington; numerous nieces and nephews throughout the country. He was very close to his extended family, including many cousins. Among them are Carl B. Jones and his wife, Peggy, who lived next door to John Wesley and Joyce for more than 50 years.
The family also wishes to thank the wonderful family who took such great care of John Wesley in his later years, allowing him to stay in his own home. They are Margie Loftis and her husband Earl; her daughter, Christie Carver and her husband, Jimmy Carver; and Christie's daughter, Stephanie James.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. today, Dec. 13, 2012, at Brooksdale United Methodist Church by the Rev. Seong Il-Eom and the Rev. Charles Owen.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Zion United Methodist Church cemetery. Pall bearers will be Berk Jones, Johnny Bradsher, Tommy Carver, Tommy Humphries, Jimmy Carver, John Wood, Wesley DuBose and Stuart Hicks.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Brooksdale United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 614, Roxboro, NC, 27573.
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Dorothy Lee Vann
ROXBORO — Mrs. Dorothy Lee Vann, age 69, died Wednesday morning at the Walnut Cove Healthcare Center in Stokes County.
Born February 4, 1943 in Roxboro, Mrs. Vann was the daughter of the late James Bickett and Clarice Ellis Lee. She attended the Person County Schools, graduating from Roxboro High School. Prior to her retirement she was employed with Cooper-Kenworth Trucking Company, where she was a secretary. Mrs. Vann was a member of Robbins Road Christian Church.
Surviving are two brothers, Cecil Lee and wife, Margaret of Durham, and Arch Lee and wife, Paulette of Willow Springs; her sister, Wanda Lee Wilkinson of Durham; one son, Keith Wade of Kenly; three stepsons, Dwayne Vann, Brian Vann, and Mark Vann;  and two grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in Person Memorial Cemetery, C. Michael Poole officiating. The family will receive friends at the cemetery from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Carolina Food Bank, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27609 or to a favorite charity.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Vann family. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Peter Fredrick Knauert 

DENVER, COLO. — Peter Fredrick Knauert, age 14, died tragically December 7. Peter was born October 28, 1998 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the first child of Leigh and the late David C. Knauert. He was in the 8th grade at Mountain Ridge Middle School in suburban Highlands Ranch. The family moved to Denver from Durham, where Peter’s father had received a Ph.D. from Duke Divinity School just prior to his untimely death in 2009. Peter had been a student at Hillandale Elementary School. While in Durham, the Knauerts were a beloved part of the First Presbyterian Church family. Along with his dad, Peter was passionate about Karate and was a devoted student of Shaw’s School of Karate.
Peter leaves his mother, Leigh Ketler Knauert; his siblings, Harrison, Lily and David; paternal grandmother, Holly Knauert; and maternal grandparents, Martha and Peter Ketler.
Peter’s funeral will be 9 a.m. Saturday from St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, Colo., with the Rev. Joseph S. Harvard III and the Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann officiating. Visiting hours 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Horan & McConaty  Mortuary, 5303 E. County Line Rd. Centennial, Colo. Memorial gifts designation pending. On-line memorials: Select Obituaries.

Clarence D. Lee 
NEW WINDSOR, NY - Clarence D. Lee, age 79, went to be with his Lord December 4, 2012 in New Windsor, N.Y.
He was born in Durham to the late Richard and Minnie Lee. He was predeceased by his siblings, Richard, James, Angel Mae, and John Lee. Clarence's life will be celebrated by his wife, Edie; son, Sean; siblings, Jesse Lee of Beaufort, S.C. and Barbara Lee Logan (Alphonso) of Durham, and family today, December 13, 2012 at 12 Noon at New Creation United Methodist Church, 201 S. Alston Ave. The family will receive friends an hour before the service.
Services entrusted to Ellis D Jones and Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at