February 7, 2013

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 01:50 PM

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 today, February 7, 2013 at Temple Baptist Church, at 1 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Scott Hovey. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. 
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.

Sandra Ann "Sissy" Haskins
DURHAM — Funeral service for Ms. Sandra Ann "Sissy" Haskins, 55, of Durham will be conducted on Friday at 1 p.m. from The Union Baptist Church and the interment will follow in the Glennview Memorial Gardens. The family will meet with their friends one hour before the funeral service.
Survivors are two sons, Mr. Robert D. Haskins, Mr. Charles Johnson Jr.; two daughters, Mrs. Latasha Haskins-Lewis, Mrs. Sandy Johnson-Garner; one brother, Mr. Tharmick Meeks; one sister, Mrs. Terry Haskins-Mangum; 12 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

Kyle Lee Simpson
DURHAM — Kyle Lee Simpson, 57, passed away unexpectedly in his home on February 3, 2013. He was born in Richland, Wash. on January 31, 1956, to the late Charles and Janie Ann Simpson. He graduated from Columbia High School in in 1974 in Richland, Wash. and from Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash. in 1976. He met his future wife, Jennie Laurie Schuyler, on a blind date, and he fell for her right away. They married within the year, on August 17, 1985. He worked as a journeyman millwright on the Hanford Reservation in Richland, Wash. He and his wife moved to Durham in 1992 where he pursued a varied career. He enjoyed following the news, watching old movies with his family, and socializing with his friends and loved ones across the country.
He was the father of two daughters, Ann Grace and Emily Elizabeth. He is also survived by his wife, Jennie; his older brother, Virgil Simpson of Bremerton, Wash.; younger  sister, Alison Marschman of Idaho Falls, Id.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be offered 11 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2013 from The Chapel at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main Street, Durham.
Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
The Simpson family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, www.hallwynne.com select obituaries.

James Eddie Tapp
DURHAM — James Eddie Tapp, 70, departed his life on February 5, 2013.
He is survived by one brother, one niece, one nephew, six stepchildren, four aunts, one uncle and a host of cousins and friends.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Friday at 2 p.m., with visitation at 1 p.m. 

Elwood James Davis
GRAHAM — Elwood James Davis (86) died on Sunday morning, Feb. 3 at home after 10+ years of declining health. His wife is Otelier Adams Davis of the home. Children are Joan Guilkey of Chapel Hill, Gayle Davis of Hillsborough, and Randy Davis of the home. Joan is married to David Guilkey and there is one grandchild, Karen, of Louisville, KY. He has two sisters-in-law, Mary Belle Davis of Graham and Marie Davis of Greensboro. There is a nephew, Ray Davis of McLeansville, and one niece, Sharon Barfield of Conway, SC.
The service honoring Elwood will take place Friday, Feb. 8, at Concord United Methodist Church, 4462 E. Greensboro Chapel Hill Rd., Graham, with David King, pastor, officiating. Visitation and fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. at the church followed by a 2 p.m. service. Friends are invited to visit in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the service and later at the home (4573 E. Greensboro Chapel Hill Rd.)
Elwood was a perfectionist who loved growing things, including flowers and vegetables, and he could repair almost anything, be it a tricycle, a tractor or an airplane engine. 
A WWII veteran, Elwood flew B17 bombers and trained their crews. He was also a tail gunner and navigator, and one of only two survivors of a B17 crash near Keesler Field, AK in 1945.
Baseball was a favorite past-time when he was a teenager and he was invited to try out with the Detroit Tigers as a pitcher after discharge from the Air Corps, but he opted to come home to Graham and start a family instead.
Farming was his favorite career, and he continued to farm after he joined Sears, Roebuck. His career with Sears lasted until retirement and spanned a wide variety of jobs including floor sales, facility maintenance, store security, and appliance repair. He worked out of the Burlington, Greensboro and Durham stores and kids knew him as “Mr. Sears Man”.
A life-long reader and student, Elwood also taught Sunday School and loved to experiment with new varieties of tobacco, corn, peanuts or potatoes or whatever the Ag Extension Dept. at North Carolina State University had to offer.
In later years he enjoyed salt water fishing, growing peanuts to give to friends, selling flowers and vegetables at the Farmers’ Market, and taking short car trips with his buddy, Boyd Perry, whom he met at Sears.
McClure Funeral Service in Graham is handling arrangements. Messages for the family may be emailed to jguilkey@nc.rr.com or mailed to the home. Online messages: www:mcclurefuneralservice.net. Memorial gifts to Concord United Methodist Church or Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance/Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215, would be appreciated.

Joseph P. Hughes
CHAPEL HILL — Joseph P. Hughes, 75, of Chapel Hill died at home February 5, 2013.
He was born July 30, 1937, in Brunswick County, NC, to the late Percy and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hughes. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary; sister-in-law, Helen Hughes; nieces, Brenda Canes, Beverly Hewett, and Beth Long; and numerous friends.
Joe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served in the US Air Force, and worked for Carolina Telephone Company in eastern North Carolina for over 28 years.
He is remembered as a quiet, gentle man who loved music, sports, and researching family history.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 10 a.m., at University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or University United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 728, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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 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 the Rev. Richard Greenway and the 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.

Larry J. McAdoo "Chink"
EFLAND — Larry J. McAdoo "Chink", 64, born February 3, 1948 to the late Mildred McAdoo, died in his home Jan. 31, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah Church with burial in Gaines Memorial Gardens in Efland.  Family will receive friends one hour before the funeral, 2 until 3 p.m. in the church.
He is survived by his loving wife, Adriene McAdoo of the home; daughters, Tara McAdoo, Keema Armstead, Na'Tasha James, Judi McAdoo, Nikki McAdoo, Tajia McAdoo and Tamara McAdoo; and sons, Steven Stewart, Brent Stewart, and Ainsley Lake; four sisters; and two brothers; a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing Friday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home, Hillsborough.

Rodney Warren Terry
HILLSBOROUGH = Rodney Warren Terry, age 60, died Saturday, February 2, 2013. A Hillsborough native, Rodney was born to the late John P. and Abbie Smith Terry.
Rodney is survived by his sisters, Alice Pearce and husband, Kyle, of Kannapolis; and Mary Terry of Covington, Ga.; three step-children, Melissa Glosson, Tony Davis and Jason Davis; his niece, Kelly Pearce and nephew, Kevin Pearce; special friends, Alicia Bartholomew and Debbie Campen.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may visit at the cemetery following the service.
On-line memorials:  www.hallwynne.com. 

Ann Thompson Sorrels
FUQUAY-VARINA — Ann Sorrels passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013. She was born March 14, 1927, in Goldsboro, the daughter of the late John and Lilla Mae Dawson Thompson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Charles Sorrels. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Lynne Sorrels of Fuquay-Varina; granddaughters, Chelsea and Mackenzie Sorrels of Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina respectively; brother, John Thompson (Helen Carole) of Goldsboro; sisters, Mae Henry (John) of Rocky Mount, and Katherine Thompson of Goldsboro; and brothers-in-law, John Nicolson (sister, Dawson-deceased) of Spartanburg. S.C. and Bill Sorrels Sr. (sister-in–law, Elinor-deceased) of Wadesboro.
Ann lived in Durham for many years where she taught in the city and county schools. She retired to Goldsboro where she resided until she moved to Windsor Point Retirement Community in Fuquay-Varina in 1998.
She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro and an associate member of Fuquay-Varina United Methodist.  She also was a member of the International Order of Kings Daughters and Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority.
Visitation with the family will be held at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 9, at 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial service at 11 a.m. at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church. Burial services will be at Willowdale Cemetery in Goldsboro on Saturday, February 9, at 3 p.m. followed by a visitation at St. Paul United Methodist in Goldsboro at 4 p.m.
Memorials may be made to: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, NC 27530 or to: Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church, 100 S. Judd Parkway, SE, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.