December 14, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 05:18 PM

Rev. Dexter Maurice Bledsoe

DURHAM - Rev. Dexter Maurice Bledsoe, 47, departed his life on Monday, December 10, 2012. His service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St. The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m. at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the service.
He leaves a devoted wife, Shaunesi Reed-Bledsoe; two sons, Khori and Jourdan Bledsoe; his mother, Geraldine Lawrence (June); one brother, one sister and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Marion "Mary" Cameron
DURHAM - Marion "Mary" Cameron, 43, departed her life on Saturday, December 8, 2012.
She leaves behind her mother, two sons, one daughter, two sisters, one brother, four nieces, six nephews, and a host of family and friends. Viewing will take place on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Scarborough and Hargett Chapel.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at New Jerusalem Community Church, 3107 Hursey Street.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Rita Marcella Cameron
DURHAM - Rita Marcella Cameron, 42, departed her life on Monday, December 10, 2012.
Her sister, Marion L. Cameron, preceded her is death. She leaves behind her mother, four sons, two granddaughters, four grandsons, one sister, one brother, five nieces, four nephews, and a host of family and friends. Viewing will take place on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Scarborough and Hargett Chapel.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at New Jerusalem Community Church, 3107 Hursey Street.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Nathaniel Jones Jr.
DURHAM - Funeral services for Nathaniel Jones Jr., i.e. "Lil Nate", will be held Saturday at 12 noon at Fisher Funeral Parlor. Visitation: 11:30-12 noon.
Survivors include sons, Alonzo Adams, Albert Adams; daughters, Karen Jessie, Tonya Herron, Lakesha Marshall; godson, Antonio Adams; two brothers, Jimmy Jones, Albert Nelson; three sisters, Barbara Allen, Doretha Jones, Delores Davis.
Public viewing: 10-7, Friday at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Troy L. Parker
DURHAM - Troy Lee Parker, 79, of 226 Landsbury Drive, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Rocky Mount Memorial Park in Rocky Mount. The family will receive friends at 226 Landsbury Drive, Durham, after the service.
Troy was a native of Glendale, Arizona. He is survived by Amber L. Parker, daughter. Also preceded in death by Shelby J. Parker, wife; and Matthew B. Parker, son.
After four years of service, Troy was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. He then retired as a United States Postmaster General after 34 years of service. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

James R. Warner
DURHAM — James R. Warner died on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in Durham. Born September 3, 1918 in Lansing, Michigan, he was the son of the late Fred H. Warner and Katherine S. Warner. After growing up in Lansing and graduating from Michigan State University in 1940, he joined the U.S. Field Artillery as a second lieutenant. In 1941 he was promoted to 1st lieutenant and transferred to the U.S. Army Air Forces shortly after their formation. In 1942 and 1943, he was an aerial observer on Atlantic anti-submarine patrol, promoted to captain and then to major. In November, 1943, he was assigned to the 5th Air Force in the S.W. Pacific Theater of Operations and served overseas in the Philippines campaigns until the end of the war. Following the end of his active duty in 1945, he continued his service in the Air Force Reserve, being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1953 and retiring in 1978.
In 1945, Mr. Warner began a long and successful career in the textile industry. For five years he was employed by Burlington Mills at various locations in North Carolina, and then in 1950, he took an executive position with Holt-Williamson Manufacturing Company in Fayetteville where he continued until his retirement as Vice President, Secretary and Director in 1985. 
With his leadership abilities, business acumen and commitment to assisting others, Mr. Warner served his church and community in numerous significant ways, including Hay Street Methodist Church (Board Member and Chairman), Blood Assurance Plan of Fayetteville (Director), Heritage Place (Treasurer), Public Works Commission of Fayetteville (Board Member and Chairman), Fayetteville City School Board (Member and Chairman of Finance Committee), Cumberland County Historical Society (President), Cumberland County United Way (President), Pope AFB Chapter of Air Force Association (President), and Fayetteville Kiwanis Club (Member and Director). 
Notwithstanding his numerous commitments, Mr. Warner always had time for his family and his many friends. His was a rare combination of a keen mind, an engaging personality and attributes that included devotion to family, integrity, optimism and good humor, all of which continued undiminished throughout his long life.
Mr. Warner is survived by his wife of 31 years, Julia McCutcheon Warner; his son, James R. Warner Jr. and his wife, Teresa Rejent Warner, of Boydton, Virginia; his daughter, Janet McConnell Warner and her husband, Robert Schapler, of Alexandria, Virginia; his grandson, James Jackson Warner of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and his sister, Mary Anne Fry, of Nashville, Tennessee. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet McConnell Warner, to whom he was married from 1942 until her death in 1973.
After a family burial, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Hay Street Methodist Church in Fayetteville. After the service the family will greet friends in the fellowship hall of the church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hay Street Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Arrangements are in the care of Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

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.

Mary Elizabeth Hall VanBuskirk

YUCCA VALLEY, CALIF. — Mary Elizabeth Hall VanBuskirk, Yucca Valley California, died December 4, 2012 at the age of 86. She was born in Durham and graduated from Durham High in 1944.
She is survived by her sisters, Lucille Fowler of Durham, Lois Terry of Fleetwood; a brother, Jack Hall of Morganton; a nephew, Jimmy Hall of Creedmoor; three children, Phyliss, Richard and Verna, all of California; and several grandchildren and great grandchild. She had lived in California for 58 years.
A Memorial Service will be held in Yucca Valley Saturday.