February 6, 2013

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

Percy Blount
DURHAM - Funeral services for Percy Blount, 95, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Street. Masonic rites at 2 p.m. with family visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m.
He was a 1937 graduate of Hillside High School. He was an honorably discharged World War II Army veteran and served 13 months in the South Pacific. Following Army duties, he attended Tailoring School in Durham for two years and received his teaching certificate from North Carolina State University.
He worked at Van Straten Men’s Store for 10 years and S&W Tailor Shop for over 10 years. He taught Tailoring at Hillside High School for six years and Durham High School for over eleven years.
Mr. Blount joined White Rock Baptist Church in August, 1930. He was a longtime member of the Ushers Ministry, was always in attendance and served in the Moore-Kennedy Bible Class and was a faithful member of his Sheepfold.
He joined Dorcas Lodge #460 F&AM in 1951 and served as Senior Deacon and Worshipful Master for one year and as the Secretary until his declining health prevented his service.
Survivors include a devoted nephew, Nathaniel Leon Moore; sister-in-law, Bessie Jenkins; a friend from Martinsville, Va.; and a host of nieces and nephews and friends.
Viewing, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Ruth Stallings Dixon
DURHAM - Mrs. Ruth Stallings Dixon, 98, wife of the late Bryan A. Dixon, died Tuesday morning at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
Mrs. Dixon was born and raised in Durham. She was educated in the Durham City schools, graduating from Durham High School in 1933. Upon graduation, Mrs. Dixon attended Catawba College. She was employed as a medical secretary and transcriptionist in the Surgery Department at Duke University Hospital for 34 years. She was very active during her life, serving as a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years at Temple Baptist Church, where she was a lifelong member; past Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star; former member of the Friendly Shrine #6 of the White Shrine of Jerusalem; past Worthy High Priestess and Worthy Scribe; more recently, she had been a member of the Northside Shrine #10. She was an ardent admirer of sea shells, wildflowers, the mountains, and traveling. She was the past president for two terms of the NC Shell Club.
Mrs. Dixon is survived by her sons, Bryan S. Dixon, and his wife, Marlene, of Fairfax, Va., and William B. Dixon and his wife, Carol, of Oriental, N.C.; granddaughters, Jessica Dixon Kirtley, and her husband, Marcus, Alisha Dixon Mikhaylov and her husband, Victor; two great grandchildren; and a nephew, Lee Satterwhite of Wilmington.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar Henderson and Mary Ruth Berry Stallings; step-father, Samuel Otha Blalock; and her sister, Janie Lee Satterwhite.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Temple Baptist Church, at 1 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Scott Hovey. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. 
The family will receive visitors Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted, or memorials in Mrs. Dixon’s name may be directed to Temple Baptist Church, 4505 Sterling Drive, Durham 27712.
The Dixon family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.

James W. Hamill
DURHAM — James W. Hamill, 78, died on January 30, 2013 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was a native of Pekin, NY, the son of the late Donald C. and Edith Clancy Hamill. He graduated from Wilson Central High School and was a 1955 graduate of Cornell University. Jim was a US Army veteran. Most of his working career was spent with the McGraw-Hill Companies in New York City and San Francisco. After retiring he moved to Palm Springs. Jim was a member of Hope United Methodist Church in Pekin, NY and an affiliate member of Palm Springs United Methodist Church. He had many close friends across the country and they, along with his family, will miss his wit and humor.
Jim is survived by his brother, Carl and wife, Sue of Durham; his nephew, Jeffrey Hamill and wife, Susan of Darien, Conn.; his niece, Susan H. Clark and husband, Christopher of Westford, Mass.; and six grandnieces and nephews.
A family graveside service will be held in Chapel Hill.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences can be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Leonard Ray "Boody" Jacobs
DURHAM — Leonard Ray Jacobs, 54, died unexpectedly Sunday morning at home. Mr. Jacobs was born in Durham Co. to the late Pervis James Jacobs. He was preceded in death by his brother, Allen Jacobs. Boody farmed alongside his father until the late 80’s after which he began work as a paint and body technician. He was a member and attended Mt. Tabor UMC in Rougemont.
Leonard is survived by his mother, Nancy Mangum Jacobs; sister, Bonnie Jacobs; brothers, Richard Jacobs, Michael Jacobs; his very special friend, Lisa Howerton; many nieces and nephews; and his beagle side-kick, Petey.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, 2 p.m. at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Marilyn Shipman and the Rev. Billy Lynch officiating. Family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Boody was an avid Nascar fan, he admired and pulled for Scott Riggs. He loved R&B music and loved his good times with good friends.  
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences can be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Jody Rico Lopez Purefoy
DURHAM – Jody Rico Lopez Purefoy, 51, of 611 Stratton Way, departed this life Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital.
He leaves to cherish his memories two sons, Dwayne Humphrey of New York and Breon “Hump” Purefoy; brothers, Benjamin Purefoy, Major Purefoy (Rita), and Antonio “Tony” Purefoy (Elizabeth); five sisters, Gina Brown, Felecia “Kitty” Purefoy, Gia “Tish” Evans, Thomasina Coleman, and Keyana “Boo Boo” George (Fedelis); a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and good friend, John Leary.
He attended Durham Public Schools and worked for many years at Durham Regional Hospital and Associated Scaffolding in Durham, NC. He graduated from Job Corps where he received certification as a Brick Mason. He was an honorably discharged in U.S Army veteran.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 906 S. Roxboro Street. Family visitation, 1 hour prior to service.
Viewing, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Iris Kernodle Douglas
MEBANE — Mrs. Iris Kernodle Douglas, 88, of 302 Buckingham Drive, Mebane passed away Monday, February 4th, 2013 at the Alamance Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
Born in Orange County,she graduated from Aycock High School, was retired from Liggett-Myers Tobacco Company and retired Owner of Ship Ahoy Fish House in Durham.
She is survived by a daughter, Dawn D. Lewis of the home; sisters, Anna K. Moorefield of Burlington, Onie K. Jordan of Durham and several special nieces, nephews and friends. Iris was preceded in death by her parents, William Edgar Kernodle and Writa Iona Walker Kernodle; brothers, William “Bill” Kernodle, James Harvey Kernodle; sisters, Emma Irene Kernodle, Mabel K. Cook.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Eno Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Chris Grill officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship building following the service and other times at the residence.  
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Eno Presbyterian Church, 5409 Efland Cedar Grove Road, Cedar Crove 27231. Arrangements are by the McClure Funeral Service of Mebane. Online condolences may be sent to the family: www.mcclurefuneralservice.net.

Sam Wyndham Craver Jr.
February 13, 1928 – February 2, 2013

PITTSBORO - Sam Wyndham Craver Jr. passed away peacefully at Galloway Ridge in Fearrington Village on February 2, 2013. He was a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Sam was born February 13, 1928 to Sam Wyndham Craver and May Pitts Craver in Charlotte, N.C. 
Sam graduated from Central High School in Charlotte in 1946. He continued his studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Journalism. Upon graduation, he served in the Army at Fort Bragg during the Korean War. After his military service, he joined his father’s business, Craver Theaters in Charlotte. After 11 years in Charlotte, he moved to Roanoke, Virginia to further his theatre career. He had a very distinguished and successful career during his 30 years in the motion picture business. 
He moved back to Charlotte in 1974 merging his Virginia theatres with Consolidated Theatres in Charlotte. In 1977, he became president of Consolidated Theatres. He and his business partner, Herman Stone, took Consolidated Theatres into the fast growing multiplex theatre business. Consolidated Theatres was based in Charlotte but built and operated theatres in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. The business was sold in 1988. At that time, he retired to his farm in Union County, North Carolina, and became a gentleman farmer. He enjoyed spending the summers in Blowing Rock at his summer home, while working on the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show. During his younger years, he showed in many horse shows. He helped found the Roanoke Valley Horse Show and, for many years, served on the board of the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.
Sam was proud of his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He spent quality time with each, and they were the joy of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sarah (Sissy) Rhodes Craver; son, Sam Craver III and wife, Sally, of Roanoke, G. Rhodes Craver and his wife, Ann, of Durham; daughter, Ashley and her husband, Howard Rice, of Durham; grandson, Stephen Craver of Charlotte; grandson, John Craver of Durham; and granddaughter, Sarah Virginia Craver of Apex.
The family would like to express deep appreciation to the Galloway Ridge Arbor Staff for their excellent care and compassion.
A Memorial Service will be held at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, 304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 9th, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund at 3000 Galloway Ridge Rd., Pittsboro 27312, or to The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation, Inc., PO Box 605, Blowing Rock 28605.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com, Select obituaries.

Johnnie Lee Gainey
HILLSBOROUGH - Johnnie Lee Gainey, 77, of Oakdale Dr., passed away at his home on Monday evening, February 4, 2013 after many years of declining health. Born on October 30, 1935 in Lancaster County, S.C., Johnnie was the son of the late Wade Hampton Gainey and Hattie Plyler Gainey. Upon graduating high school, he served his country in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of the Korean War.
For many years, he was a painter by trade and then Maintenance Supervisor for Triangle Communities in Durham until forced to retire in 1993 due to declining health. Johnnie was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, which he attended faithfully until his health prevented him from doing so.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jean R. Gainey of the home; daughter, Kim G. Drye of Prospect Hill; son, Jason L. Gainey (fiancé, Jennifer Glenn and her daughter, Paige) of Hillsborough; grandsons, Cody Lee Gainey, Thomas M. Holmes III and a very special grand-dog, Sam. He is also survived by brother, Jim Gainey of Orange Park, Fla.; and sister, Lois Ann Gainey of Newport, as well as a host of other family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his younger brother, Gene Gainey of Jarratt, Va.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Hillsborough.  Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2013 at Union Grove United Methodist Church led by Rev. Richard Greenway and Rev. Jack L. Moody. Burial to follow in church cemetery.
In the past 20 years of declining health, Johnnie was told, more than once, if he did not receive treatment of one sort or the other, his chances of survival were not good. To this, he always replied, “I’ll be here until the Good Lord decides to call me home,” And, call him home, He did, Monday evening.
The family is being assisted in Hillsborough by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences can be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Betha Ann Wade
CHAPEL HILL — Betha Ann Wade, age 88, of Chapel Hill, passed away on January 30, 2013 at Carol Woods Retirement Community.   Born in Omaha, Nebraska, October 6, 1924, she was a 1942 graduate of Omaha Central High School. She was a Princess of Ak-Sar-Ben in 1950. Ms. Wade graduated from The University of Colorado with a BA degree in sociology, and an MS degree in business. Later she received an MS degree in elementary education from New York University and taught elementary school children for 25 years. Ms. Wade retired to Port Charlotte, Florida, living there 17 years before moving to Chapel Hill in 1995, where she resided in Carol Woods Retirement Community.
Her activities included the League of Women Voters, American Contract Bridge League, Animal Shelter board member and volunteer, GED teacher, golf and gardening.
Survivors include her cousin, Lee Wade, and his wife, Phyllis Wade.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance Street, Port Charlotte, Fla. 33980.