December 26, 2012

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 04:34 PM

Paulette DeWitt
DURHAM - Paulette DeWitt, 63, departed her life on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Her service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday December 28, 2012 at Greater New Birth Baptist Church, 2618 Harvard Ave. The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m. at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.
Paulette leaves four daughters, Gerri Woods, Sharon Sinclair, Lisa Benekin and Desire Uzzell,  a devoted sister, Vera Walthour, brother George Jones Jr, six grandchildren, three nieces, two nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Holloway Memorial Funeral Home  - public viewing Thursday.


George L. Rogosa
DURHAM — George L. Rogosa, of Durham, NC. Entered into rest on Dec. 22, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Archie (Rhoden) Rogosa. Survived by his sister-in-law Elinor Rogosa.  Cherished uncle of Howard Rogosa, Martin Rogosa, and David Rogosa. Loving brother of the late Mary Rogosa, Florence Hymes, Morris Rogosa, Israel Rogosa, Louis Rogosa, and Lillian Rogosa. George earned his undergraduate and PhD degrees in physics from John Hopkins University.  After retiring from the government as the Director of the Division of Nuclear Physics in the Department of Energy, he became a professor of physics at Duke University. Interment will be private.  Details for a memorial service in Durham, North Carolina in January will follow. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to a charity of the donors' choice.


Louise McKoy Shipman
DURHAM — Mrs. Louise McKoy Shipman, 92, died December 19, 2012, at Duke University Medical Center.  Her service will be Saturday, December 29, 2012, 12:00 noon, at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St.  Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery.  Prior to the service the family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11am to 12pm with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony beginning at 11:05am.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.


Joseph Randolph Neikirk
CHAPEL HILL— Joseph Randolph Neikirk passed away on December 22, 2012. He was born in Max Meadows, Virginia on May 29, 1928. He was the son of the late John William Neikirk and BridyeArmentrout Neikirk of Roanoke. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Charles William Neikirk, his sister, Bessie Lee White, and his son, John McClure Neikirk.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor McClure Neikirk, to whom he showed exemplary love and devotion.He is also survived by his sons, Jeffrey Alden Neikirk and his wife, Anne, Robert Charles Neikirk and his wife, Betty, and Christopher Rex Neikirk and his wife, Chris, and daughter-in-law, Christy Brown Neikirk; and six grandchildren Sarah Elizabeth Neikirk, Joseph Randolph Neikirk,II, Christopher Alexander Neikirk, Charles Fisher Neikirk, William McClure Neikirk, and Kathryn Ellen Neikirk.
Mr. Neikirk was a 1950 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he played center on the famed 1946-1949 football teams, which played in the Cotton Bowl and twice in the Sugar Bowl. After graduation, he was the head football coach at Mooresville High School, Mooresville, NC for three years. In 1955, he began his career in an entry-level position with the Norfolk and Western Railway and progressed through numerous positions, concluding his career as Vice Chairman of Norfolk Southern Corporation, retiring in 1993.
Mr. Neikirk served on numerous civic and philanthropic boards, including Virginia Institute of Marine Science and William and Mary ‘s Board of Visitors.
Upon retirement, the Neikirks moved to Chapel Hill where they reunited with old friends. Mr. Neikirk spearheaded a fiftieth Sugar Bowl reunion football train trip to New Orleans that was affectionately referred to as the “Sentimental Journey”.  He also served as a board member of the UNC Educational Foundation. In gratitude to the University for his opportunity, Mr. Neikirk endowed a football scholarship, and in recognition for distinguished career Norfolk Southern Foundation established a professorship in the School of Education in his honor. He also enjoyed immensely his family,
especially his grandchildren, who often accompanied him to Carolina sporting events. His thoughtful disposition and clever sense of humor will be missed by many.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Neikirk will be held at University Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27. The family will receive friends at a reception to be held in the home following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the UNC Educational Foundation, PO Box 2446, Chapel Hill, NC 27515.

Frances T. Howie
GULFPORT, MISS. — Mrs. Frances T. Howie, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2012.  A former longtime resident of Gulfport, Miss., she had taught PE in the Biloxi and Gulfport School Districts and has lived in the Mobile area since 1999.  Mrs. Howie was preceded in death by her husband, J.W.”Bill”Howie.  She is survived by her two sons, Bob(Jackie)Howie and Scott(Evelyn)Howie;  one grandson, Travis(Stephanie)Howie; close friend, Cathy Shrout; two loving care givers, Sarah Pruitt and Camey Johnson and other relatives.  Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2 PM in Mobile Memorial Gardens, with Rev. L.D. Henderson officiating.  Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 until 2 PM Thursday.
Condolences may be offered at
Arrangements by Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.