December 23, 2012

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 05:12 PM

Mary Ruth Lester

DURHAM - Mrs. Mary Ruth Lester, 85, died Friday morning at Durham Regional Hospital. Mrs. Lester was born in Person County, the daughter of the late Oscar Wayne Long and Iris O’Briant Long. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Lester, and brother, Oscar Wayne Long Jr. Mrs. Lester is a member of Park View Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for 30 years.   She is a member of the Homestead Heights Garden Club and enjoyed playing bridge.
Mrs. Lester is survived by her brother, William “Bill” Long and wife, Hope of Raleigh; sisters, Becky Long Oakley of Roxboro, Betsy Long Clark of Charlotte; nieces, Beverly McCutcheon of Charlotte, Leigh Woods of Virginia Beach, Karen Charles of Charlotte, Mary Ellen Wallace of High Point, Alicia Ellington of Clayton, Megan Rose of Wilmington; nephews, Thomas “T” Long Oakley of Roxboro, David Wayne Long of Raleigh, great nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mina Hampton of Durham, Sonny and Barbara Newcomb of Durham, Howard and Linda Adcock of Durham.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. at Park View Baptist Church with Rev. Ernest Ferrell officiating. A reception will be held at the church following the service. Burial will follow at Burchwood Cemetery in Roxboro at 2:30 p.m.   
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Park View Baptist Church, 2500 Acadia Street, Durham 27704.

Thomas George Steinbacher
BAHAMA - Thomas George Steinbacher, 56, died at home Thursday following a six-month illness with cardiac amyloidosis. He was born October 8, 1956 in Williamsport, Pa. to the late James and Margaret (Bertin) Steinbacher. Tom completed community college in Williamsport and began a 25-year career with Fork Lifts, Inc. He then moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he began his dog training business, Obey and Protect. Tom moved to Durham in 2007, relocating his business. In recent years, he became a certified therapy dog evaluator, providing services to many local schools and nursing facilities. He founded the Bull City Shepherds, a club of regional German Shepherd dog owners. Tom also worked closely with German Shepherd Rescue.
Tom was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He will be remembered for his deep and quiet Christian faith and, despite his illness, a profound sense of gratitude for his family and friends, and the countless blessings he never failed to articulate.
Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Kathleen “Casey” Steinbacher; his daughters, Suzanne (Jeffry) Neve of Orlando, Fla., Elizabeth (Josh) Lambert of Mansfield, OH, and Margaret (Jacob) McAfee of Orlando, Fla.; his grandchildren, Matthew Thomas and Elizabeth Marie Neve, and Jackson William and Elliette Kathleen Lambert; a sister, Sandy Steinbacher; brothers, Don, Joe, Bernard, Mike and Dave Steinbacher; and his beloved dogs, Rudy, Tillie and Hayley. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Len.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10 a.m. Thursday from Immaculate Conception Church, with Fr. Lawrence Hayes, OFM presiding. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Memorial donations to: Friends of Duke Medicine, c/o Alumni Records, PO Box 90581, Durham 27708 or German Shepherd Rescue, Click on Donations. On-line memorials:

Jane Delois Brown Trice
DURHAM — Jane Delois Brown Trice, 60, departed her life on Dec. 19, 2012 at Duke Hospice House. She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Katherine Brown; two daughters, Tamkai (Richard) Sutton and Anita (Timothy) Hoggard; one son, Mark Alston; eight grandchildren; and one great grandson.
The funeral service will be at Refiner's Fire Community Church today at 1 p.m.

Rosalean Bessie Runco Kingan

CEDAR GROVE — Rosalean Bessie Runco Kingan, 88, passed away peacefully at Alamance Regional Medical Center on December 21, 2012 with family by her side. Funeral arrangements are pending with McClure Funeral Service in Mebane. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your local food bank or the American Red Cross.
Memorials may be sent at

Terry Lee Brinkley

TIMBERLAKE - Mr. Terry Lee Brinkley, 53, of Timberlake, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2012, at the Hock Family Pavilion.
Terry was the son of the Barbara P. Brinkley and the late Edward L. Brinkley. Terry was a member of Calvary Baptist Church on Lynn Road.
He is also survived by his sister, Donna B. Riley (Gene); nieces, Karen Webster and Shannon Hammontree; one great-niece, four great-nephews, an uncle, aunts and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jody Griffin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hock Family Pavilion, Duke HomeCare and Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham 27704 or to the Rev. James E. West Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1204 Lynn Rd, Durham 27703. Online condolences can be made at www.