September 26, 2013

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

L. Ray Hamilton
DURHAM - Mr. L. Ray Hamilton, 64, of 2629 Bonnie Brae Road, died on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ray was born in Wake County to the late Edward Louis Hamilton and Velma Lee Hamilton. He served as a Ranger in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After 40 years of working in Commercial Construction, he retired from Duke University Transportation Systems. He was a member of the Professional Construction Estimators Association (PCEA), The Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department as a Captain and was a longtime member of the Bethesda Athletic Association. He was an avid camper, golfer and fisherman and loved to ride his Harley.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Carpenter Hamilton; son, David Hamilton and wife, Sherry of Creedmoor and their children, Wesley Howard, Noah Howard and Landen Hamilton; one daughter, Angela Price and husband, Issac and their daughter, Madison of Hahira, Ga.; four brothers, Roger Hamilton (Patricia), Michael Hamilton, Bobby Hamilton and Richard Carpenter; two sisters, Laura Hamilton (Phillip) and Elaine Greenwood (Dan).
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jack Moody and Mr. Glenn Hessee. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Vernon Allen, Glenn Hessee, Phillip Brewer, Steve Newbern, Ricky Hall and Angela Price. Honorary pallbearers will be Linwood Allen and Jim Jones.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2629 Bonnie Brae Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of L. Ray Hamilton to the Scholarship Fund, Professional Construction Estimators Association, PO Box 18701, Raleigh NC 27619. Online condolences can be made to

Clifton Patrick Jones
DURHAM - Clifton Patrick Jones, 86, died peacefully on September 21, 2013. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, he was born to the late Jessie and Annie Jones.
Clifton retired from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill after 30 years in the Biochemistry department and the Wilson Library.
Cherishing his memory are his devoted wife of 20 years, Bettye Speight Jones; one sister, Annie J. Gains of Chapel Hill, NC; two sons, Michael Jones (Monica) and James Jones (Paula) of Durham; four daughters, Allison Judd, Twanna Jones, Mellace Hilliard of Durham, NC and Crystal Hilliard of Atlanta, GA; Eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The service will be held at Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Rd, Saturday, September 29, 2013 at 12 noon. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Petty Officer Thomas M. Moore
DURHAM — Thomas M. Moore, 30, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident while traveling to work. He was born in Chowan County to Thomas Dwight Moore of Durham, NC and Anna Lee Gribensk of Huntsville, AL. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Jesse Thomas Moore and Betty Jean Moore; step-grandfather, Hubert Phelps; step-grandparents, Arthur Gribensk and Abegail Gribensk.
Thomas’ first love was baseball. It started when he was a young boy playing with North Durham Little League through Senior League, Bombers Travel Team and American Legion Baseball. Thomas graduated from Northern High School in 2001 where he was a pitcher. He continued his baseball career at Louisburg College & later joining the Navy in 2007 and was stationed in Jacksonville, FL where he played on the US Military All Star Baseball Team and traveled all over the country. Thomas often asked “Do you want to throw”. He loved people, sacrificed for others, and would always go the extra mile to make sure there was peace and happiness.
Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Petty Officer Thomas M. Moore of Patrol Squadron FIVE The Mad Foxes faithfully served our Nation for six and a half years in the United States Navy. He served in two U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol aircraft platforms, deployed to the Western Pacific and the Horn of Africa actively participating in OPERATION ODYSSEY DAWN and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. His latest accomplishments with Patrol Squadron Five of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL where he was handpicked to lead 16 Sailors during the transition from the P-3C Orion to the Navy’s brand new P-8 Poseidon aircraft.   His awards and decorations include; the Joint Services Achievement Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals,  National Defense Service Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, the Armed Forces Service Medal, two Sea Service deployment Ribbons and two Flag Officer Letters of Commendation. A true patriot that served his country with Honor that will be truly missed.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by the love of his life, Tara V. Moore; and their four year old son, Zachary Thomas Moore of Jacksonville, FL; step-mother, Judy Elliott Moore; step-father, Arthur Gribensk; brother, Jason “Jay” Moore of Burlington; step-sisters, Courtney Elliott of Durham, Maria Gribensk and husband, Pablo Calero of Ecuador; step-brothers, Jeffrey and his wife, Taylor Elliott of Raleigh, Andrew Elliott of Durham, Arthur Gribensk of Chapel Hill; half-sisters, Alexis and Alaina Gribensk of Huntsville, AL; grandparents, Lee “PapPap” West and Josephine “Nanny” West of Plymouth, NC; James “Poppe” Ingram and Catherine “G-ma” Ingram of Durham; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church with Thomas’s cousin, Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and other times at his father’s home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Williams “Bill” Wilkins Sr.
DURHAM - Mr. Charles Williams “Bill” Wilkins Sr., 83, of 2513 S. Alston Ave., died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Mr. Wilkins was born in Orange Factory to the late Vester James Wilkins and Mary Lucy Ellis Wilkins. He retired from Burroughs Welcome where he worked in the Maintenance Dept. He loved fishing, hunting and playing his guitar. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Carr Wilkins.
He is survived by his sons, Terry Wilkins of Pittsboro, Scotty Wilkins (Leslie) of Pittsboro and Chuck Wilkins (Bonita) of Timberlake; two daughters, Sandra Gray (Bill Jr.) of Pittsboro and Teresa Howerton (Freddie) of Creedmoor; two brothers, Floyd Wilkins and Harold Wilkins both of Durham; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lowes Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2513 S. Alston Ave in Durham. Flowers are acceptable, or donations can be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 100, Durham, NC 27704.
Online condolences can be made at

Robert “Bob” Lee Belvin
RALEIGH - Mr. Robert “Bob” Lee Belvin, 72, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Rex Hospital. He was born in Danville, VA to the late Egbert Glenn Belvin and Ellen Nora Ragan Belvin. Mr. Belvin was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ruth Belvin Greene.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from IBM. Bob was an avid sailor and loved spending time on his sailboat in Oriental, NC.
Surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Belvin Rogers and husband, Steve; son, Robert Lee Belvin Jr. and fiancé, Tawnie Nguyen; grandchildren, Wesley and Ian Rogers; brother, Tom Belvin; and very special friend and companion, Phyllis DeFazio.
A graveside service will be held Friday, 1 p.m. at Old Maplewood Cemetery with the Rev. Virgil Nolen officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Sanford Irwin Cohen, M.D. (Sandy)
HUDSON, OH - Sanford Irwin Cohen, M.D. (Sandy), a noted psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher and former Chair and Vice-chair of three university departments of Psychiatry, died peacefully with family members by his side on September 18, 2013. He was 85. Beloved husband of Jean (Steinbruecker); father of Jeffrey (Sally Farwell), Debra (Randolph McLaughlin), John (Lisa David) and Robert (Leslie Pennington); and grandfather of Jennifer, Joshua, Zachary, Sara, Charles, Nina, Nicholas, Michael, Alexander, and Aidan. He will always be remembered as a man of integrity, humor, warmth, intellect and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation or the Laurel Lake Foundation – Tranquility Garden Fund, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson, Ohio 44236.

Garland Ford
GEORGIA — Mr. Garland Ford, 64, of Georgia died on Friday, September 20, 2013. He was a Durham native but lived in Georgia for over 20 years. He was the son of the late Elmo L. Ford.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Browning Ford of Hephzibah, Georgia; one brother, Lewis Ford and wife, Pat of Rougemont; one sister, Dorothy Glosson and husband, Bennie of Hephzibah, Georgia.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Tim Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at