Obituaries, April 23, 2014

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:14 PM


David Michael Gallagher
DURHAM — David Michael Gallagher, 48, of Durham, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 16, 2014 surrounded by his wife, family and beloved pets. David was born in Memphis, TN in 1966 to Ruth A. Gallagher and the late Robert A. Gallagher.
David grew up in Winslow, Maine and graduated from Winslow High School, Maine in 1984 and the University of Maine in 1989 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He worked his entire career in the pulp and paper industry spending the last 17 years working for ERCO Worldwide. David truly loved his work, the people he worked with, the challenges it provided and the places he traveled throughout the world.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 20 years, Cassandra Gallagher, formerly of New South Wales, Australia. David and Cassandra met in Kennewick, Washington in 1994 and relocated to North Carolina in 1998. They enjoyed 20 great years of love and laughter.
David loved life and didn’t want to lose the ability to live it. He accomplished many things in his 48 years. No place embodied his spirit and life more than his love of the water. He spent many hours boating in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the Gulf Islands of Canada and the waters of the Carolinas. He was passionate about his love for music and playing his guitar; golfing; cooking for friends; riding snowmobiles; water and heli-skiing; skydiving and scuba diving; racing motorcycles; playing, coaching and refereeing hockey. David’s legacy is defined by his determination, amazing strength, resilience and unconditional love for life, friends and family. His wit, generosity and loyalty will be missed by all. He taught us all to live every moment, explore around every corner, love life and don’t be afraid to tell your family and friends, “I love you.”
David’s family would like to thank the staff of Regional Cancer Center, Durham, for their compassion, insight, knowledge, sensitivity and outstanding care over the past few years. Thank you isn’t enough. They will forever remain in our hearts.
David’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 24th, at Immaculate Conception Church, 810 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, at 9:30 a.m. Please wear something bright in color to David’s service in memory of “a bright life.” A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 7 to 9pm to celebrate David’s life, at the home of Nancy and Bret Butters.
In memory of David, donations can be made to Camp Southern ground, at or by mail to Camp Southern Ground, 101 Gardner Park, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss.
The Gallagher family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Liner Scott
DURHAM — Mr. Liner Scott, known to most as “Toe Joe” was born April 30, 1957 in Durham County to the late Betty Jean Scott. After a brief illness, a home was prepared for him in the Heavenly Kingdom on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Toe Joe was educated in the Durham City Schools, attending Hillside High School. He was employed as a CNA for numerous years at Lincoln, Duke and various home health agencies.
Liner leaves to cherish his memory his beloved dog, Ben, one sister, Betty Scott-Hunter (Joe), Lance Scott and Harvey Jr. McLean (Juaneza), one aunt, Mary Harris, 4 nieces, 2 nephews, 1 great-nephew, 3 great-nieces, and a host of cousins with a special bond with Brenda Bratcher.
The funeral is Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm (visitation from 12 – 1) at Bell Yeager FWB Church, Rev. Edward Holloway officiating. The family will receive visitors at 4511 Nightfall Court.

Arthur Ellison Sloat
DURHAM — Mr. Arthur Ellison Sloat, age 87, of Reno, NV died Sunday, April 20, 2014 after a short illness with son David and David’s family by his side.
Art was born July 5, 1926 in Lowell, MA to the late Mr. Archibald Elmer Sloat and Helen Bertha Ross. He was raised in Upper Montclair, NJ, attended Montclair Academy and after high school completed a stint in the Army Air Corp towards the end of WWII. Art graduated from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA where he met his former wife of forty-five years, Barbara Parcell (Bobbie). He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and Mason Washoe Lodge in Reno, NV. Art was an avid golfer and had been a member of the Hope Valley Country Club for twenty years and enjoyed many friendships over the years through golf, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed our beautiful country and took any chance possible to drive the back roads, taking photographs and meeting people in small towns throughout the USA.
Art began his business career with Johnson & Johnson with positions taking his family to Hartford, CT, Seattle, WA, Farmington, MI. and Middletown, NJ. He then moved on to Dow Chemical in Midland, MI as Marketing Director of Consumer Products; Warner Lambert in Mendham, NJ as V.P. of Sales; Liggett & Myers in Durham, NC as President and then onto Florida when he purchased two businesses. Art spent his retirement years in Astor, FL and Reno, NV.
Surviving Mr. Sloat are Bobbie Sloat of Durham, N.C. Five children, Peter A. Sloat of Fibre, MI; Joanne L. Whitenack and husband, Bruce of Durham, NC; David E. Sloat and wife, Sabrina of Reno, NV; Susan A. Hewitt and husband, Tom of Houston, TX and Robert E. Sloat of Wake Forest, NC. Eight grandchildren, Amy Brumbach and Adam Brumbach, of Mebane, NC, children of Joanne; Spencer B. Sloat of Reno, NV; Alexis R. Hewitt of Durham, NC; Katie Sloat Herberger of NJ; Megan Sloat Martin, Libby Sloat, Kelsey Sloat Merkart of MI and one great-grandchild, Myles Jeffrey Rand of MI. A private memorial service will be held at a beloved spot in the Florida Keys.


Pauline Laura Riley Dickerson
HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Pauline Laura Riley Dickerson, 92, of 2023 Dimmocks Mill Road, died Monday. A native of Alamance County, Mrs. Dickerson was a member of the Gospel Baptist Tabernacle Church for 50 years and a retired weaver from Cone Mills.
Surviving are her daughter, Gail D. Hill of Mebane, and son, Paul L. Dickerson, Jr. of Hillsborough; her sisters, Martha Murray and Grace Wright both of Hillsborough; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dickerson is preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Dickerson, Sr., and her daughter, Barbara D. Williams.
The visitation will be Thursday at 1 pm at the Gospel Baptist Tabernacle Church followed by the funeral at 2 PM by the Pastor David Bolick. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Williams, Keith Williams, Robert R. Summey, Jr., Will Dickerson, Albert Dickerson, and Jonathan Terrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Terrell, Cody Curry, Cameron Williams, Connor Williams, Jonathan Metcalf, and Levi Terrell.
At other times the family will be at the home of her daughter, 6742 Lakeview Road, Mebane.


Wilverlen S. Pleasant Slaughter
ROXBORO — Wilverlen S. Pleasant Slaughter, "Willie," age 79, of Roxboro, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Duke Hock Family Pavilion Hospice Care surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness.
Wilverlen S. Pleasant Slaughter was born in Bushy Fork, North Carolina. She graduated from Watts Nursing School and worked as a CRN Anesthetist at Watts Hospital and Person Memorial Hospital until retirement. Wilverlen attended Allensville United Methodist Church.
Wilverlen is the daughter of the late William Samuel Pleasant and Betty Briggs Pleasant. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 47 years, Horace G. Slaughter, sister Pauline Soloman Burchfield, sister Clara Pleasant Smith, brother Dewey Soloman, brother Earnest Soloman and brother George Soloman. She is survived by daughter Cindy Slaughter Henry and husband Don Henry, her son, Steven H. Slaughter, her grandchildren, Shane Slaughter and wife Christie, Stephanie Michelle Slaughter and Kimberly Henry Miller, her great-grandchildren Hunter Dillon Henry, Cameron Scott Bray, Kaylee Elizabeth Bray, Erica Dawn Miller, Seth Michael Ellixson, Vincent Lee Napier, Ashlynn Brooke Slaughter, Nathan Horace Slaughter and Aleah Ann Burch.
Wilverlen will be missed more than words can describe. The remarkable and selfless love and care that she shared with others her entire life is without equal. We could say that our only regret is not having her here with us longer but honestly, no amount of time would have been enough. She will always be deeply loved and greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to the following people for the great love and support that they've provided during the last several weeks: Linda Skinner, Linda Briggs, Pastor Lori Cox, Dianne Ellington, Denise & Mike Whitlow and Rosabelle and Earl Mangum.
Visitation will be at Brooks & White Funeral Home on Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 PM.
Funeral Service will be at Allensville United Methodist Church on Friday, April 25th at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at the Church cemetery.
Officiating will be Pastor Lori Cox and Stew Crank. The family will also be receiving friends at the home, 500 Dirgie Mine Road.
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Ruby Mae Dollar Cook
MONROE — Mrs. Ruby Mae Dollar Cook, age 77, of Monroe, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at CMC-Union of Monroe.
Funeral Services to celebrate her life will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at West Monroe Baptist Church, officiated by Reverend Gary Underwood. Interment will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.
Mrs. Cook was born on October 19, 1936, in Durham, to the late John William Dollar and Ruby Bobbitt Dollar Helton. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Helton and Donald Helton.
She was educated in Durham Schools at George Watts Elementary, Carr Junior High, and Durham High School, where she graduated in 1955. She has always kept in touch with a lot of her school friends, especially at class reunions every five years.
She was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Durham when growing up. After moving to Monroe in 1969, she joined West Monroe Baptist Church, which she dearly loved and has so many friends there.
She was married to Ernest Donald Cook for 38 years until his death in 1995.
She worked in insurance all of her adult life. She was with Crum and Forster in Durham, then Blue Cross Blue Shield. After her children grew up, she went to work at Crum and Forster in Charlotte. She retired from there in 1997.
Survivors include two sons, David Cook and wife, Holly, and Rodney Cook, all of Monroe; two grandsons, Zachary Cook and Nathan Cook, both of Monroe; two brothers, Reverend Eddie Dollar and wife, Paula, of Durham, and Kenneth Ray Helton of Durham; one sister, Carolyn McKinney of Durham.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, one hour prior to the service, at West Monroe Baptist Church.
The family asks that donations be made to West Monroe Baptist Church Building Fund or to West Monroe Baptist Church Bus Fund. Donations may be mailed to 1212 Icemorlee Street, Monroe, North Carolina 28110.
Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Cook. An online guestbook is available at