October 2, 2013

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

James Basil Clayton
BAHAMA — James Basil Clayton, 78, of 8604 Roxboro Road, died peacefully Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at his home. Born in Person County son of the late Buck & Erma Clayton, in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Mageline Wrenn; two brothers, Fred Clayton & Gary Clayton; and one grandson, James Vaughan. Mr. Clayton retired from John Umstead Hospital in Butner and was of the Methodist Faith.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Barabara Gates Clayton of the home; two daughters, Carol Keller & Kevin of Mebane, Wendy Campbell & Chuck of Durham; five sisters, Corene Whitfield of Rougemont, Shirley Kenion & Clyde of Rougemont, Patricia Newcome & Bo of Timberlake, Sandra Martin of Roxboro, Joan Champion & Bill of Roxboro; one brother, Thomas Clayton & Sadie of SC.; two grandchildren, Tyler Campbell & MacKenzie Campbell.
Graveside Memorial Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Gates' Family Cemetery by the Rev. Grace G. Hackney. The Family will receive friends anytime at the home.
Memorials may be made to Duke Home Care & Hospice 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite # 101, Durham, NC 27704 or Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church P.O. Box 27, Bahama, NC 27503.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.

Jimmy W. Forrester (POPS)
12-29-1947 to 09-30-2013
DURHAM — He is survived by his sons, Jeff (Beverly) and Tony (Renee) in Florida; a sister, Patsy Medlin; and three brothers,  Jerry (Joyce), Joe (Linda) and Ross Long. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn. He leaves behind Ms. Mary Woodley, his partner to the end; and an adoptive daughter, Ms. Tracy Ferrell; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; step-children; and many other family members and friends.
A memorial will be held at 2303 Ashe St. at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4th.
He will be greatly missed by all.     

Ruth Mary Meyer
DURHAM — Ruth Mary Meyer passed away on September 26, 2013 at the Forest at Duke retirement community. She was born on June 28, 1926 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the older of two children, to Martha and Warren C. Hunter. Ruth Mary and her younger brother Warren Jr. (“Bud”) grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1948 with a B.A in physics. She was married in 1953 in Oxford, U.K., to Horst Meyer, a PhD in physics from Switzerland. They moved to the USA in 1957, settling in Durham in 1959 when Horst joined the physics faculty of Duke University.
After moving to Durham, Ruth Mary became a civic-minded community volunteer who worked in a quiet and efficient manner. She joined the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, and served as its president from 1973 to 1975. She played a major role in the effort to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed in North Carolina. She was appointed to be a member of several North Carolina boards and commissions, among them the State Goals and Policies Board (1977-1985) and the NC-2000 Commission (1981-‘82) (Governor Jim Hunt’s Appointments). She was a member of the Women’s Forum of North Carolina, and served on the Board of Directors. She also served on the Durham County Department of Social Services Board (1993-‘99). She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Durham County Hospital Corporation (1989-’91), and was instrumental in the leadership of Durham Health Partners and the Foundation for Better Health of Durham. She was a leader for many other organizations, most recently serving on the Board of Senior PharmAssist (2004-’10). She served twice as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church. Ruth Mary received several honors for her civic activities, among them the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”, awarded by Governor Hunt.
Ruth Mary is survived by her husband, Horst, emeritus professor at Duke University; and her son, Christopher. Her other son, Richard, passed away in 1994. Christopher is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD; he lives in Potomac, MD with his wife, Simone.
A memorial service will be planned for the latter part of November at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Senior PharmAssist, 406 Rigsbee Ave, Suite 201, Durham, NC 27701-2186 (seniorpharmassist.org, 919-688-4772), or to WUNC91.5 North Carolina Public Radio (wunc.org, 919-445-9150).

Curtis J. Watson "Jody"
MEBANE — Curtis J. Watson "Jody", 73, died Saturday, September 28, 2013, at home.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday in Gaines Chapel AME Church. Family visitation 1 to 2 p.m., one hour before the funeral in the church. Burial in Gaines Memorial Gardens.
Surviving are sons, Devon Watson and Ronnie Tate (Tilda); daughters, Sandra Powell (Willard), Inetta Pennix (Ricky), Sylvia White (Jerry) and Della White (Jimmy); three sisters; two brothers; nine grandchildren; and four great-grand children.
Public viewing today 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.