December 28, 2012

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 05:46 PM

Ingrid Rose Gregory

DURHAM - Ms. Ingrid Rose Gregory, 58, died Thursday morning at Alamance Regional Hospital. Ms. Gregory was born in Durham Co., the daughter of the late James Warren Roberts and the late Nannie Mae Thompson Roberts; and wife to Marshall Willard Gregory.
Ms. Gregory is survived by two daughters, Karen Hayes and husband, Jeff, and Kimberly Brewer and husband, Gary; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 29 at 3 p.m. at Community Memorial Gardens in Stem, N.C.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Clark Richard Grundler
DURHAM — Clark Richard Grundler, aged 68, died at his home in Durham on December 18, 2012.
He was born March 26, 1944 in Springfield, Illinois and was preceded in death by his parents, Genevieve and Richard Grundler; his sister, Linda Grundler; and his twin brother, Mark Grundler. Clark is survived by his children, Megan Barclay-Grundler and Curtis Barclay-Grundler; his step-daughter, Andrea Kittelson; and his five grandchildren, Jacques, William and Andrew Barclay-Grundler and Ken and Arcadia Kittelson.
Clark graduated from Penn State University in 1966 with a degree in Theater Management and was in the Army Medical Service Corps from 1966 through 1971. Over the years, Clark continued his interest in and support of theater arts, directing and performing in many productions. Clark moved to Durham in 2008 and has been an active member of the St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, where he was loved by all. Our dad will be dearly missed.
Clark’s memorial service, with interpretation for the hearing impaired, will be officiated by Michael Jonah Kendall and held on January 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, 403 East Main Street, Durham. Phone: 919-682-5708.
Anyone interested can make a donation in Clark’s name at a website whose proceeds go to support men’s health issues.

Virginia “Ginny” Dare O’Briant Hunt
DURHAM - Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Dare O’Briant Hunt, 90, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Person Memorial Hospital ECU. Mrs. Hunt was born April 30, 1922 to the late Clarence E. and Eunice Mangum O’Briant. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Telphor William Hunt; and her two brothers, Ervin O’Briant and Clarence O’Briant Jr.
She graduated from Mangum High School and retired from Duke Power Company after 44 years of service. Mrs. Hunt was a member of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family and church and was a fantastic old fashioned cook and never measured anything. 
Mrs. Hunt is survived by two sons, Telphor William Hunt Jr. and wife, Vicki, and Edgar “Eddie” Thomas Hunt and wife, Beth, all of Timberlake; two grandchildren, Jennifer Hunt Daniel and husband, Lance, of Timberlake, and Jason Edward Hunt of Creedmoor; one great grandson, William Lucas Daniel of Timberlake; brother, Calvin O’Briant; sister, Ruth O’Briant Averette; sister-in-law, Ruth O’Briant; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her many friends at her McDonalds breakfast club that she truly enjoyed until she was not able to attend.
Graveside service will be held Saturday 12 p.m. at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Norman Gordon officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Rd., Durham 27712.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

Blondola Powell Lucas
DURHAM – Mrs. Blondola Ogeechee Powell Lucas, 91, entered eternal rest at 9:54 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at the Hillcrest Convalescent Center. A native of Charlotte, she was born on Friday, June 24, 1921. She graduated from Second Ward High School in 1938. She attended Barber-Scotia College for two years and graduated from Johnson C. Smith with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Social Studies in May 1943. She was elected Miss Johnson C. Smith for the 1942-43 year. She did further study at North Carolina Central University, Duke University and New York University.
She began her teaching career in the Kinston Public Schools in 1943. In 1954, she joined the faculty of Mary Potter High School in Oxford. She came to the Durham City Schools as a teacher at Whitted Junior High School in 1962. In 1964, she was promoted to Assistant Principal of Shepard Junior High School (later renamed Shepard Middle School) and remained there for 21 years retiring on June 30, 1985.
She was the recipient of numerous awards including the Durham City Schools Human Relations Award, Outstanding Assistant Principal Award, Department of Nursing (NCCU) Award as Lay Health Advisor.  She organized the Senior Adult Ministry of White Rock Baptist Church and was cited as the first recipient of the Durham County Board of Commissioners Fitness Award on January 12, 1998, a Durham Mother of the Year in 1974 and White Rock Baptist Church Senior Adult Ministry (SAM).
She held membership in the Durham Retired School Personnel, North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Retired School Personnel, National Education Association, Senior Pharmacists, Durham Area Chapter of Johnson C. Smith University Alumni Association, Dorcas Club, AACOP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and White Rock Baptist Church (Deaconess Emeritus and Chair of the SAM).
She leaves to cherish her loving spirit, her devoted and loving husband of 67 years, John Harding Lucas; one daughter, Cheryl J. Lucas; one son, John Harding Lucas Jr. (DeEdgra); one granddaughter, Tarvia Lucas; two grandsons, John Harding Lucas III and Jai Powell Lucas.
Homegoing Celebration Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Street, with family visitation beginning at noon.
You may make contributions in her memory to the White Rock Baptist Church Senior Adult Physical Fitness Ministry.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Juanita Cooper Montgomery
DURHAM — Juanita Cooper Montgomery was born on August 11, 1947 in Windsor, North Carolina, and went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, December 23, 2012.
The celebration of her life will be Saturday, December 29, 2012, 12 noon, at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Avenue. 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 noon.
She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Kevin G. Montgomery; daughters, Charita Renney Montgomery and Shaniqua Oliver; son, Kevin G. Montgomery II; six grandchildren, Jordan, Ryan and Kayla Oliver, and Kiani, Kamrin and Kori Montgomery; father, Johnnie Mack Mourning; five sisters, Connie Smallwood, Bonita Perkins, Valerie Freeman, Joyce M. Mitchell, and Matilda Mourning; godson, Corey McFarlane; goddaughters, Chenoa Oyin Williams-Miller and Tori Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Duke Cancer Center for Colon Cancer Research or First Calvary Baptist Church's Food Pantry.
Viewing will be today from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scarborough and Hargett Chapel.

S. Dudley Wall
Durham - S. Dudley Wall departed this life of 95 years on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 after spending a wonderful day of family, fun and conversation with his immediate family.
Dudley will be remembered as a wonderful man with a servant's heart and a strong mind. 
He was born in Wake County, on December 15, 1917, the first of Chloe and "Dutch" Wall's five children.
After finishing high school, Dudley worked for then Carolina Power and Light in Raleigh before moving to Wilmington in 1942 to work as a mechanic at the NC Shipyard. After the war, he moved back to Raleigh and worked for Carolina Coach Company and later with the NC Department of Transportation. He transferred to Durham in 1962 with the NC DOT and was appointed Regional Manager over shops in five counties. He retired in 1974 and began many years of helping others with various home projects and service to his church, including the Christmas Tree lot at Aldersgate UMC. He never met a stranger and always made himself available to assist a friend or neighbor in need. As a life-long auto enthusiast, Dudley enjoyed watching NASCAR, tuning up race cars, and fixing vehicles. Dudley was also a member of Masonic Lodge #687.
He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Nina Anne Welsh Wall, in 2010; and brothers, Harold and Homer Wall. Dudley is survived by daughter, Kaye W. Tabor of Durham; and granddaughters, Shawna Johnson (husband, Ty), Alanna Kneale (husband, 
Jamie); as well as four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Nanney of Aurora, N.C. and Peggy Goodwin of Clayton, N.C. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to his caregivers over the past two years for their loving care. 
A memorial service has been planned for Sunday, December 30 at 4 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, Durham 27712. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Wesley Room. Those who wish to make memorials are invited to consider the building fund at Aldersgate UMC or to a charity of your choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Ethel Diehl Ziegler
DURHAM — Mrs. Ethel Diehl Ziegler, 94, of Durham, died on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.
Mrs. Zeigler was born in Royersford, Pennsylvania to the late Herbert I Diehl and Kathryn Latshaw Diehl. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter David Zeigler in 1993; and a daughter, Susan Z. Fjeld.
She is survived by her two daughters, Karen Z. Burns of Durham and Cheryl Franklin-Cook of Efland; one brother, Herbert Diehl of Royersford, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research at Online condolences can be made at

Lettie Lee Ashley Willett

CREEDMOOR — Mrs. Lettie Lee Ashley Willett, 80, died Thursday at Hock Family Pavilion. Mrs. Willett was born in Durham Co., the daughter of the late Vincent Elsworth Ashley and the late Iris Leota Swain Ashley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold David Willett, the love of her life, who she has now joined.
Mrs. Willett is survived by two daughters, Kathy Barbour and husband, Chuck, and Susan Kay Brogden and Sam Freitag.
Graveside service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. There is no visitation planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duke Hospice at Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at 

Charles Franklin Watson Sr.

ROXBORO — Charles Franklin Watson Sr., 84, of 130 McGhees Mill Rd., died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at his residence. Born in Caswell County, Mr. Watson was the son of the late Willie P. and Omie Mitchell Watson. He was member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. He was retired from Central Telephone Company. He was known among his friends as the Great Milker, the Great C F, The Mighty One, and The Golf Man. He was four time champion at Roxboro Country Club. He was asked to play professional golf.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Charlotte Robinson Watson; two sons, Charles Franklin Watson Jr., and wife, Kayre of Yanceyville and James Kent Watson and wife, Jean, of Roxboro; two daughters, Wanda Watson, of Roxboro and Ginger Williams, and husband, Bruce of Oxford; four grandchildren, Sarah Koterba, of Roxboro, Brian Tuck, of Roxboro, Kyle Watson and Chris Watson, both of Yanceyville; and two great-grandchildren, Calleigh Koterba and David Tuck. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Davd Lee Tuck.
Funeral services will be held 12 p.m. today at the Brooks & White Chapel by the Rev. Herbert Brown. Burial will follow in Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. today prior to the service at the Brooks & White Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Don Clayton, Charles Hicks, Kyle Watson, Chris Watson, Clifton Lee, Anthony Lee, Brian Tuck and Mel Dorey.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Theresa Baptist Church, 3919 Chub Lake Rd., Roxboro, NC, 27574.
Condolences may be made at