July 11, 2013
Burma Elizabeth Pretty Holeman
DURHAM - Memorial services for Mrs. Burma Elizabeth Pretty Holeman, 101, will be held Friday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd Street. Family visitation, 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Mrs. Holeman, daughter of the late Hopkins and Pida Eaton-Pretty, was born in Granville County, February 27, 1912.
She was a beautician and owned her own shop; also, a retired employee of Duke Hospital.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Pointer; son, Kenneth Holeman; and other relatives.
A 50+ year member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and served with the Sunday School, Mixed Choir, the Silver Set, Hospitality Ministry, the Tribe of Judah. Also, she was a member of the Cosmetologist Club and the Merrick Moore Community Club.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Ira Thomas Miller
ROUGEMONT - Mr. Ira Thomas Miller, 91, of Rougemont, passed on to heaven July 9, 2013 after an extended illness at home. Ira Thomas was born August 18, 1921, in Orange County to the late Hassie McKee Miller and Henry Richard Miller. A memorial service will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. at Little River Presbyterian Church, Hurdle Mills, NC with Rev. Chuck Link officiating. A visitation will be held following the service in Latta Hall.
Ira Thomas graduated from Caldwell High School in 1942. Shortly after high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during WWII for 3 ½ years as a sergeant in the machine gun squad. He served in the Pacific Islands, Philippines, and received a Purple Heart after being wounded on the island of Leyte. After the war ended, Ira Thomas was involved in the occupation of Japan, securing weapons and dumping them into the ocean. From there, his happiest day was being discharged and going home.
In 1948, he married Helen Chisenhall Miller. Together, they worked on the farm many years.
Mr. Ira Thomas Miller was a life-long member of Little River Presbyterian Church, serving in various positions. Among his other contributions to the community, he was a charter member of Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department for 11 years.
In addition to his parents, Ira Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Chisenhall Miller; and brother, Hurdle Miller.
Surviving are two sons, Mark Miller and Vern (Tina) Miller; daughter, Wanda (Daniel) Stephenson; grandchildren, Christa (Jeff) Holden, Jay (Karmen) Stephenson, Sharon (Chris) Milton; great grandchildren, Milaina Stephenson, Jax Milton, Chase Milton; sisters, Elizabeth Marks, Lola Walker; brother, Guy Miller.
The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice, especially Brandi Rowe and Mary May Pratt. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Raymond Toher, Durham Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little River Presbyterian Church General Fund, 4211 Little River Church Rd., Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Hillsborough. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Rose M. Morgan
DURHAM - Rose M. Morgan, 86, a long-time resident of Durham, has gone to be eternally with her Heavenly Father as of Sunday evening.
All of us she dearly loved and cared for grieve and rejoice for we loved her so and are grateful for her victory in Jesus. Her faithfulness to the Lord and His to her is now, and has been, rewarded with countless blessings.
She's now with our dad in Paradise, her loving husband of 52 years, Walter Edgar Morgan. Their four children, Steve (Robin) Morgan of Eden, Joan (Steve) Ferguson of Durham, Joe (Jan) Morgan of Durham and Carol Durham of Bellingham, Washington marvel at the love, guidance and selflessness poured out to them through the years.
Precious memories of and pride in our parents are just too overabundant for words.
Such were the thoughts of Rose of her parents, John Henry Matthis and Rosa Thurmond Matthis of Edgefield, S.C. Predeceased brothers and sisters, Zelpha, Mamie, Gene, Charles, Lee and James (Red) welcome their baby sister home.
Surviving sister, Dorothy (Bob) Rummel of Durham remains with us. Thank you, Aunt Dot and Uncle Bob, for your love and care for mom and all of us. What a blessing you are.
Greatly missing Grandma Rose is Scott, Justin, Christina, Bryce, Ashlon, Dylan, Jonah, Sean, Dustin and Desirae.
Great grandchild, Whit, has felt the loving embrace and kisses from our angel and will one day be able to understand her profound treasure.
Countless friends and the extended church family of Immanuel Baptist belong in the fabric of love in Rose's life. All of you meant so much to her.
Rose's home since Dec. 2012 at Carillon Assisted Living on Garrett Rd. in Durham provided her warm companionship and valued friends. As she was cared for, so did she take care of. What a joy to have her as a friend and in your life!
At a later date, Mom's earthly body will be laid to rest with Dad in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a financial memorial in her name to Immanuel Baptist Church, 3610 Hillandale Rd., Durham, N.C. 27705.
Visitation will be July 13 (Sat.) at 3 p.m. followed by the service at 4 p.m. led by Rev. Mike Smith and former Immanuel pastor Raymond Johns, assisted by Clements Funeral Home.
The family will continue fellowship immediately after the service at the home of Joe Morgan, 5122 Russell Rd., Durham, N.C. 27712.
Donald. W. Stone
BAHAMA - Mr. Donald. W. Stone, 75, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at his home. He was born in Durham Co. to the late Coy Franklin Stone and Oleta West Stone. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Stone. Prior to retirement, Don worked at GE/Troxler Electronics as a mechanical engineer. He was a member at Bahama Baptist Church.
Mr. Stone is survived by his wife, Linda Dowell Stone; brother, Dwight Stone; daughter, Teresa “Terri” Stone; son, Jimmy Stone; step-sons, Lee Perry (Tammy) and Chris Perry (Denise); three grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ann Stone.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wes McMurray officiating. Family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), 912 Killian Hill Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 or Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Rd., Bahama, NC 27503.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Donald "Smiley" Hicks Jr.
EFLAND — Donald "Smiley" Hicks Jr. died July 9, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald S. Hicks Sr.; daughter, Amy D. Hicks; and granddaughter, Genevieve Folmer.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta C. Hicks; mother, Ethel Taylor; daughter, Christina Dermont; son, Stephen Dermont; and grandsons, Benjamin Folmer and Trey Harris.
The family will accept visitors Saturday, July 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hicks home (3115 Maple Ave., Efland) in a celebration of life for his last "Ride."
Evelyn Rigsbee Boger
CHARLOTTE — Evelyn Rigsbee Boger, 87, daughter of the late Arthur and Alice Rigsbee, died on July 9th in her sleep at White Oak Manor, Charlotte.
She is survived by her son, Mark Boger; daughter Cathy Hulla; four grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death on March 16, 2013. She is also survived by two sisters, Bobbie Nash of Greenville, Alabama and Mary Gay of Durham; two brothers, Tony Rigsbee of Hurdle Mills and Lewis Rigsbee of Morganton, NC.
Services will be on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. and Woodlawn Baptist Church, in Charlotte.
Bettye Hancock Fitch
WASHOUGAL, WASH. — On June 28, 2013, Bettye Hancock Fitch, age 74, went home to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Bettye graduated from Northern high-school and worked for Duke University Medical Center for many years in the 1960's and 1990's.
She last resided in the State of Washington where she raised her children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lillie Mae and John William Hancock, and her sister, Jerry Hancock Nance of Durham, North Carolina.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Nona Hancock of Asheville, North Carolina, 2 daughters, Donna Fitch of New York, New York, and Robin Fitch Steigmann of Washougal, WA, 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Alyson, and William Steigmann, and her son-in-law, Butch Steigmann.
Arrangements were entrusted to Brown's Funeral Home & Cremation Services. A private Celebration of Life dinner will be held for family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House, 2112 East Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98661.
To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.brownsfh.com.
Charles Edward Zeigler Sr.
CHARLOTTE — Charles Edward Zeigler Sr. passed away on July 9, 2013 at his Southminster home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born September 28, 1925 in Bogota, New Jersey to Charles B. Zeigler and Nora E. Zeigler. He was previously deceased by his parents, his sister, Charleen Z. Kissinger, his brother, Branson E. Zeigler and his sister, Jean Zeigler, and is survived by his sisters, Phyllis Z. Sudduth and Annabelle Z. Royster.
Mr. Zeigler is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Virginia “Ginni” H. Zeigler; three children - Charles E. Zeigler Jr. and his wife, Anita P. Zeigler, Virginia Jeanne Zeigler, and Nancy Z. Ruane and her husband, James L. Ruane III; six grandchildren - Austin B. Zeigler (Elizabeth), James L. Ruane IV, Virginia Isabelle Ruane, Braden D. Hamilton (Alfred), Richard B. Davis Jr. and Kensley D. Nelson (Luke); and four great-grandchildren - Tobin P. Zeigler, Davis A. Hamilton, Fenley L. Hamilton and William P. Nelson.
Mr. Zeigler was Chairman, President and CEO of PSNC Energy, formerly known as Public Service Company of North Carolina Inc., a natural gas public utility company where he contributed 46 years of service. He also served as chairman of the Southern Gas Association, president of the Southeastern Gas Association, chairman of Associated Gas Distributors, and served on the board of the American Gas Association, from which he received the Hall of Flame Award.
Mr. Zeigler graduated from Charlotte Central High School and attended NC State University, then honorably served his country during World War II and the Korean War, retiring from the US Air Force Reserve as a Major.
Among other notable accomplishments and civic service, Mr. Zeigler was elected a member of the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame, served as president of the board for The Salvation Army of Gastonia, served on the national advisory board of The Salvation Army, served on the board of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce (NCCBI), served as chairman of the advisory board for the Duke University Eye Center, served as president of the Gastonia Chamber of Commerce, served as president of the Gaston County Community Foundation, from which he received the Allen Sims award, served as president of the Noon Optimist Club, served as president of the Gaston County YMCA, served as chairman of the Gaston County United Way, served as chairman of the board of advisors for Belmont Abbey College and as a member of its board of trustees, served on the board of advisors for UNC-Charlotte, served on the board of trustees for Gaston College, served on the board of advisors for Johnson C. Smith University, was a member of the NC State University Foundation, served as an elder and as a deacon for the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, was named a Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, was named Man of the Year by the Gastonia Gazette in 1996 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Belmont Abbey College.
Mr. Zeigler was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was known by his friends and many others whose lives he touched as a gracious, charitable gentleman.
Mr. Zeigler will be greatly missed by his family, who wish to thank Nancy Schroemer and also the staff at both Southminster and Hospice, who very capably cared for Mr. Zeigler, providing him with comfort and dignity during the last months of his life.
McLean Funeral Home on New Hope Road in Gastonia, North Carolina will be providing care for Mr. Zeigler's family. A private family committal will be held at the mausoleum of Gaston Memorial Park on New Hope Road. A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Zeigler's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th, at the First Presbyterian Church on Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia with Rev. Dr. John L. Frye Jr. and Rev. Lauren Sease Vanacore officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be former board members of Public Service Company of NC Inc. Mr. Zeigler's family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following his memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Mr. Zeigler's honor to the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, 1621 E. Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28054, or to the charity of one's choice.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com.