July 7, 2013

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Donna Griffin
DURHAM — Mrs. Donna Griffin, 68, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at her home. She was born in Durham Co. to the late Ollie Lee Evans and Ruth Overton Evans.
Mrs. Griffin is survived by her husband of 47 years, Raeford Griffin; son, Mark Griffin (Lauryn); daughter, Dawn Pottorff (Chris); grandchildren, Brandon and Cody Pottorff, Matthew, Jordan, Jessica and Emily Griffin; brother, Kenneth Evans (Charlie); sisters, Anna Dufresne (Tony), Deborah Barbour.
Mrs. Griffin was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Patricia Hattie Johnson-Clifford
DURHAM – Patricia Hattie Johnson-Clifford, of Durham, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion, Durham. Born in South Carolina, Patricia was the daughter of the late John Wesley Johnson and Pearl Johnson Hall Herron. Ms. Clifford was also preceded in death by a son, David E. Hall. 
Ms. Clifford is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lee Hall-Baker; three sons, John William Hall Jr., William S. Hall, and Dickson M. Clifford III; five grandchildren, Tricia, George, Kristin, Summer and Jenna; and two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon.
The funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Clements Funeral Chapel with Pastor Kathie Wilkinson officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation, Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Polly Eldridge Melvin King
DURHAM — Mrs. Polly Eldridge Melvin King, 93, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, after a brief illness. Mrs. King was born on August 25, 1919 in Durham, the daughter of the late Leslie D. and Rena Johnson Melvin. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Erwin Mills and was a homemaker. In addition to her parents, Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert Odell King, in 2000; sisters, Nannie Melvin Gill and Merrow M. Melvin; and son in law, Kenneth G. Ross Jr.
Mrs. King is survived by daughters, Carolyn King Ross (Gerald) of Salisbury and Rebecca King Ross of Durham; granddaughters, Melissa R. Matton (Chris) of Raleigh and Jennifer R. Hall (Jay) of Clayton; great grandchildren, Joseph W. “Will” Hall IV, William Ross Matton, Zachary Alexander Hall and Nevett Scott Matton; niece, Denise Pulley Ellis of Durham; and nephew, Thomas Melvin Harward Jr. of Raleigh.
Graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening 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 www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Dr. Alphonse J. Langlois
DURHAM - Dr. Alphonse J. Langlois, Professor Emeritus of Duke University, passed away in the early hours of July 2, 2013, at home after an extended illness. Dr. Langlois, called "Al" by his coworkers and "Bob" by close family members, was born in Manchester, NH, on March 6, 1929, to Adelard and Evelina (Dufresne) Langlois. Dr. Langlois grew up in a modest home, working in a bakery and a shoe making shop as a teenager to help out his family. While working these jobs, he managed, along with his sister, Valentine Boulanger, to be the first family members to graduate high school. Then, with his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Marsh, he moved to California, joined the Air Force, got married and started a family.
After the Air Force, Dr. Langlois returned to New Hampshire and attended UNH on the GI Bill. He worked his way through college, while adding more children to his family. In 1958, he graduated from UNH with a BA, and moved the family to Durham, NC, to attend graduate school at Duke University in 1959. He finished his doctorate in 1966, and became an Assistant Professor. Over a long and productive career, he performed research on cancer and HIV. He is well published in professional journals and well respected in his field. While he enjoyed great professional success, he was first and foremost a family man, a great Dad and a shining example to those around him.
Dr. Langlois is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn; and their six children, Susan Langlois, Judith Jackson, Robert Langlois, Allen Langlois, Janice Albaugh, and David Langlois, his primary caretaker for many years. Dr. Langlois also has eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel inside Duke University Chapel. There is no visitation planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Dr. Langlois.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Alice Ruth Quesenberry
DURHAM - On July 5, 2013, Alice Ruth Quesenberry, of Durham NC, left this world to be reunited with her parents, husband and oldest son and is now fellowshipping with Jesus Christ.
Alice was very much loved by her family and many friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, the best sister one could have, a dedicated nurse, a loyal friend and encouraging to all. Alice’s strength throughout her life, and especially during her journey with cancer, was a real inspiration to everyone who knew and met her.
Alice is survived by her son, Ryan; granddaughters, Destiny and McKayla Quesenberry; her twin sisters, Linda Dixon (husband, Elmer) and Brenda Blackwood (husband, David); and her daughter-in-law, Morgan Quesenberry. Her nieces and nephews loved her deeply.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; son, Chip; as well as her parents, Bud and Billie Leathers.
A memorial service celebrating Alice’s life and arrival in heaven will be held Monday, July 8th at 10 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1210 Pleasant Green Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. The family will be available to meet with friends and loved ones after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to either Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Ingeborg Hildebrand Talton, M.D.
DURHAM - Ingeborg Hildebrand Talton, M.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center, died on July 4, 2013 at Croasdaile Village. She was a native of Germany and was married to the late W.I. Talton. She attended medical schools at the Universities of Heidelberg and Frankfurt and received her training in Anesthesiology at McGill University affiliated hospitals, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She was also a fellow in Behavioral Sciences of the Center for Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke and for over 17 years on the faculty there in the Department of Anesthesiology. She is survived by one sister, Elisabeth Weber; and two nieces, Evelin Pussert and Birgit Geiss, all of Germany. She was preceded in death by her niece, Betty Sambleson of Myrtle Beach, SC.
A funeral service will be held Monday, 10 a.m. at Duke Chapel with Rev. James B. Craven III officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park in Smithfield, NC.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Audra Arnetha Harris Walker
DURHAM — Audra Arnetha Harris Walker was born April 16, 1940, the daughter of the late Eva Hill. She departed this life July 5th, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. Audra graduated from Hillside High School in 1959. She went on to continue her education at Duke Hospital's LPN nursing school program and worked at Duke Clinical Research Unit for five years. She went to Memorial at UNC for five years and then started working at the Veteran's Administration Hospital where she later retired after nine and a half years, due to medical problems. Audra did private duty nursing for several years after that until she was no longer able to work. Audra was often called "Beanie" or "String Bean" by her close friends. She was a beautiful lady who loved the Lord at a young age, and she was committed to reading the Bible and praying. She attended Mount Calvary Holy Church and was a member and Worthy Matron of Order of Eastern Stars. While in the Eastern Stars, she started the Rachel Chapter.
She received care at Briggs Dialysis for the past 16 years. Her life has been about serving, caring and giving. She also enjoyed cooking, and on special occasions, she would cook enough food for an army and invite you to come and dine with the family.
She leaves behind four loving children, Dosie Walker Jr., Judge Doretta L. Walker, Elizabeth Mack and Jeffrey Walker (Serena); and the late Frederick Walker. She also leaves behind a sister, Dr. Jeanetta H. Speese (Brian); and brother, Leonard (Peter) Hill; and eight grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Her children and grandkids were the light of her life. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral: Monday, July 8, 2013 @ 1 p.m. at Victory at Calvary Covenant Ministries, 500 North Driver Avenue, Durham. Family Visitation: 12 to 1 p.m.
Public viewing: Today, 12-8 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Dr. Van Smith Jenkins
CREEDMOOR — Dr. Van Smith Jenkins, 80, a longtime resident of Greensboro, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013 at his home.
A native of Granville County, the son the late Samuel Forest and Fannie Smith Jenkins, he was a member of Providence Baptist Church and retired from Guilford County as the first soil scientist.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 7th, 2013 at Providence Baptist Church by Dr. Randy Pittman. Burial will be in Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of forty-five years, Mildred Greene Jenkins of the home; two daughters, Joan Jenkins Mitchell of Greensboro, Vanessa Jenkins of Oxford; and five grandchildren, Holly Mitchell, Erica Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell, Bruce Mitchell and Van Perez-Jenkins.
Visitation will be held from 12:30-2 p.m., Sunday, July 7th, 2013 prior to the funeral in the fellowship hall of Providence Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Jenkins family.

Joe Alice “Jody” Barrett
WILMINGTON - Mrs. Joe Alice “Jody” Barrett, 81, died Wednesday evening at Duke University Hospital. Mrs. Barrett was born in Bardwell, TX, the daughter of the late Whitman Matheny and the late Fannie Lorene Matheny. She was preceded in death by her husband, Barrie P. Barrett; and a brother, Tom Matheny.
Mrs. Barrett is survived by a son, John Barrett (Toni) of Durham; daughters, Catherine Long (Rick) of Corona, CA and Susan Barrett Smith (Mike) of New Orleans, LA; a brother, John Matheny (Dianne) of Hammond, LA; and three grandchildren, Kristin Long, Molly Barrett and Rachel Barrett.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Elena M. Blackaby
DEARING, GA - Mrs. Elena M. Blackaby, Social Worker, of Dearing, Ga., entered into rest July 3, 2013 at University Hospital. Elena Minear Blackaby was born to Jerry and Helen Minear on March 11, 1942. Elena was an advocate for those with disabilities and worked for Durham County Community Living Programs of Durham for many years. In recent years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, Herb, and serving as Park hosts through the Southeast.
Elena is survived by her husband, Herbert Blackaby, Dearing, Ga.; and sons, Benjamin (Carmen) Houston, TX, Stephen (Beverly) Raleigh, NC, and Jeremiah of Cary, NC. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Christopher (Ashley) Cary, NC, Galen (Audra) Mobile, AL., Logan of Murphy, NC, Nicholas of Greenville, NC and Andrew of Huntersville, NC. Elena was a compassionate, creative and fun spirit. Her adventurous spirit and love leave those who knew her with beautiful memories.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to Durham County Community Living Programs, www.dcclp.org.
Please visit www.mcneillfuneralhome.com to sign the family’s personal guestbook.
McNeill Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 109 Shaw Street, Martinez, Ga., 706.364.9122.

Robert Michael Gabriel Jr.
August 2, 1947 – June 28, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL. — Robert Michael Gabriel Jr., age 65, of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Charlotte and Chapel Hill, NC, passed away early Friday morning, June 28 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton. He was born on August 2, 1947 in Durham, NC to Robert Michael Gabriel and Mary Bobbie McBroom Gabriel. He was preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Charlotte “Casey” Gabriel, of Durham; and his brother, Gerald “Jerry” Anthony Gabriel of Clayton, NC; and his life partner, Frances “Fran” Darr Parker, of Boca Raton.
Mike was raised in Goldsboro, NC, where he graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1965. He received his Batchelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and his Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University in 1972. He served in the United States Army National Guard. He established Carolina Carpet and Flooring, Inc. in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC, later renamed Gabriel, Menefee and Associates. In 1995, the business relocated to Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. He retired in 2012 to Boca Raton where he enjoyed remodeling his condominium, spending time with family, and playing golf. Mike wrote, “Thank you my loves.”
Memorials may be made in Mike’s memory to Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.