December 27, 2012

Dec. 26, 2012 @ 06:36 PM

Wilson Odell Coe
DURHAM — Mr. Wilson Odell Coe, 85, died Wednesday morning, December 26, 2012 at Carolina Point. Mr. Coe was born September 9, 1927 to the late John F. Coe and Ruby Coe. He is predeceased by a brother, Johnny Coe of Daytona Beach, Florida. Mr. Coe served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning to Durham, he owned and operated several electrical, heating and air conditioning companies over a 60 year span. Mr. Coe was an avid golfer, bowler and fisherman and loved to fly his plane.
Mr. Coe is survived by his wife, Shirley Crabtree Coe; daughters, Deborah C. Marsh (Roland) and Cathy M. Dickey (Roy Birdzell) of Virginia Beach, Va.; sons, Rodney Coe and Mark Coe of Durham and Gregory Coe of Raleigh; a sister, Margaret Spivey of Hillsborough; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
A Graveside Service will be held Friday, 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham. The family will receive friends Friday prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

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 to 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 today.

Richard W.H. Harper Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Richard W.H. Harper Jr., 79, went to be with The Lord, Tuesday, December 25 at Hock Family Pavilion. Mr. Harper was born in Durham County, the son of the late Richard W.H. Harper and Mary Elizabeth Lloyd Harper. He retired from the US Postal Service as a mail handler and then worked in security at The NC Mutual Building. Mr. Harper was a charter member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia O. Harper.
Richard was a well-known bowler with numerous awards and achievements. He was an avid sports fan, and especially loved his Duke Blue Devils. He could do anything he put his mind to including building, wood working, painting, and rebuilding bicycles for children. 
Mr. Harper is survived by his wife, Sue P. Harper; children, Richard W.H. Harper III (Pamela), Teresa Perry (Bobby), Barbara Miles (Wayne), William E. Atkins (Cindy), Vickie Theis (Gary), Gary Atkins (Sid) and Mike Atkins; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Pastor Randy Youmans and Pastor Derek Ketner officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday afternoon prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family wishes to especially thank Natassia Knuckles from Visiting Angels for her care and kindness along with the staff of Duke Hospice at The Hock Family Pavilion and The Duke Cancer Institute.
Richard never met a stranger; he was a kind and gentle man who was always ready to help or assist anyone in need. His family and many friends are comforted by the words of an old proverb: “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’, but live in thankfulness that he was.” 
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

James Edward Haskins
DURHAM — Funeral services for Mr. James Edward Haskins, 70, of Durham, will be conducted on Friday at 1 p.m. from the Antioch Baptist Church and the interment will follow in the Glennview Memorial Gardens. The family will meet with their friends one hour before the funeral services.
Survivors are three daughters, Ms. Barbara Jones, Elder Sabina Ivey (Anthony), Ms. Carolyn Dupont; one brother, Mr. Robert Fuller; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grands; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

Juanita Cooper Montgomery
DURHAM — Mrs. Juanita Cooper Montgomery, 65, passed Sunday, December 23, 2012 at her home, 204 Hardwick Drive.
Homegoing services will be Saturday, December 29th. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Services will begin at 12 p.m., at the First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., Pastor Fredrick A. Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Beechwood Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel.

George L. Rogosa
DURHAM — George L. Rogosa, of Durham, 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 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 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 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony beginning at 11:05 a.m.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

George Wright Jr. 
DURHAM — George Wright Jr., 81, departed this life on Dec. 25, 2012.
He leaves behind, six daughters; seven sons; 35 grandchildren; 33 great-grands; four sisters; and three brothers.
The family will receive visitors at 2405 Anacosta St.
A viewing will be held at Peace Missionary Baptist, Hwy 55, Durham, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29th.
All arrangements being handled by Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. 

Joyce Tilley Nash

CHAPEL HILL — Mrs. Joyce Tilley Nash, age 67, a resident of 2467 Farrington Point Road, died Christmas day at the home of her daughter in Cary.
Born May 29, 1945 in Durham, Mrs. Nash was the daughter of the late Robert Wesley and Annie Loretta Barbee Tilley. She attended the Chatham County schools, and was employed as an Administrative Assistant with the Lewis and Anderson Law Firm in Chapel Hill, where she worked for 15 years. Mrs. Nash was a past President of the Chatham County Historical Society.
Surviving are her husband, John Thomas Nash; her son, Steven Wesley Goodwin and wife, Haley of Clayton; her daughter, Leigh Goodwin Jones and husband, Tim of Cary; her sister, Shirley T. Wheeler and husband, Ed of Chapel Hill; and four grandchildren, Anna Grace Johnson, Claire Goodwin, Isabelle Goodwin and Willow Jones.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Shay Hall officiating.  
Burial will be in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Chatham County. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Steve Goodwin, Harry Goodwin, Michael Wheeler, Brian Wheeler, Tim Jones and Doug Nash.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.
Online memorials may be made to, select obituaries.

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 Bridye Armentrout 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, 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 50th 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 p.m. today, 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.

William Rudolph Warren
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. William Rudolph Warren, 93, of Mebane died Monday, December 24, 2012. He was a native of Orange County and a graduate of Efland High School. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force. He was employed by Liggett & Myers until his retirement. He and his late wife of 65 years, Virginia, enjoyed traveling and being with their family.
Surviving are his son, Kenneth R. Warren (Lisa), Efland; one granddaughter, Cassidy Geren (Bob), Pennsylvania; one grandson, Jeremy Warren (Laura), Mebane; two great grandsons: Gavin Geren and Reece Geren; one sister, Rozelle Crabtree; and one brother, B.K. Warren. He was predeceased by wife, Virginia; and his sister, Mozelle Williams.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday in Efland United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Efland United Methodist Church.