Obituaries, December 8, 2013

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Ella P. McKay
DURHAM — Ella P. McKay, 72, went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2013, at Duke University Hospital surrounded by her family. Homegoing services will be conducted at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at 2200 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27707. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
Survivors include her children, Robert A. Worsley, Michelle M. Wright (Kip), Marvella M. Scott, Toshamalla McCloud (Bruce); five grandchildren, Denise Scott, Jasmin McCloud, Kayla McCloud, Kolbi Wright, Christian Wright; one brother, Curtis Al-khaaliq; four sisters, Evelyn Thomas, Jean Thomas-Banks, June Edmonds, Anne J. Williams.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Mary Louise Yow Carden
MEBANE — Mary Louise Yow Carden, 84, of 6320 Teer Road in Mebane died Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Hospice Home in Burlington. She was a native of Greensboro, retired from Isley Knitting Mill and Sweaters USA and a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Rufus Carden; parents, James Curtis and Lillie May Brown Yow; and a sister, Doris Stafford.
She is survived by her daughters, Annie Marie “Susie” Lamm of Saxapahaw and Juanita Louise Herndon of Chapel Hill; sons, Ronnie Wayne Carden of Chapel Hill, James Ervin Carden of Henderson, and Donnie Earl Carden of Mebane; sisters, Patricia Yow of Ohio, Beatrice Gaydon of Durham and Glenda Mauer of Chapel Hill; brother, John Walter Yow of Chapel Hill; 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Antioch Baptist Church conducted by Rev. David Atwater with the burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 12:30 – 1:30 before the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance/Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215. Online condolences may be sent to

Mitzi Elizabeth Poole
BUTNER - Miss Mitzi Elizabeth Poole, 53, of the Murdoch Developmental Center, died on Sunday, December 1, 2013.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Mt Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bahama. Read the full obituary online at

Clyde Leslie Strickland
OXFORD — Clyde Leslie Strickland, 89, of Butner, died Friday, December 6, 2013, at E.E. Toney Rest Home in Oxford. Visitation from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. prior to 3 p.m. service at First Baptist Church of Butner on Monday, December 9, 2013. Burial will follow in South Granville Memorial Gardens Cemetery off Old N.C. 75 Hwy. with Masonic Rites. The Strickland family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford.

Margaret Graham Kemper
November 7, 1950 – December 4, 2013
CHAPEL HILL - Margaret “Meg” Graham Kemper, a loving wife, mother, and friend who embraced the gifts of life, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, at the age of 63. She bravely faced cancer for six-and-a-half years and will forever remain a source of warmth and strength to all who knew her. She died at her home in Chapel Hill surrounded by her family.
Meg was born on November 7, 1950, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and was raised on her family’s farm in the Shenandoah Valley. She was the youngest of the three children of George Whitfield Kemper III and Helen Farley Kemper. Quite the tomboy, Meg loved playing games and helping her father on the farm. Her early years instilled a love of the outdoors that would remain an important part of her life.
After graduating from Montevideo High School in Penn Laird, Virginia, Meg attended Westhampton College at the University of Richmond where she graduated in 1973 with a degree in Psychology. She earned a master’s degree in School Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Duke University in 1980. Meg spent the next 32 years working as a therapist in private practice and with the Counseling and Psychology Services at UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Chapel Hill. Meg valued the many relationships she built with her clients and cherished the opportunity to support others.
Meg met her husband, Michael Patrick, at a UNC party and they later married at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill in 1981. They enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling to National Parks. Their daughter, Susan, was born in 1985 and their son, Will, was born in 1988. Shortly before her death, Meg said that her happiest moments were raising her children. She believed strongly in the importance of being physically and emotionally present for those that she loved. She showed her love through countless hours of cheering on her children, organizing trips to the beach and mountains, and leading her family in silly and serious traditions. After her cancer diagnosis, Meg felt strongly about upholding these family traditions and also seized the opportunity to take multiple international trips with her family.
Meg loved being active, spending time outdoors, reading, baking, and gardening. An athlete since childhood, she started running in college and was training for a marathon when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her competitive spirit came out while shooting hoops with her son or playing rousing board and card games with her family. Meg treasured her daily walks along Morgan Creek behind her family’s home. She loved to read and shared many recommendations and reflections with her daughter and friends. She became an avid gardener and nurtured the many plants, trees, and flowers around her home.
As with her garden, Meg always took great care of the people closest to her. She enveloped everyone with kindness and provided unconditional support to her family and friends. She offered a patient and attentive ear and had a knack for setting people at ease. In her quiet and humble way, she helped those around her become the best versions of themselves. Although it ended too soon, her life was full of love.
Meg is survived by her husband of 32 years, Michael Patrick; her son, William Patrick; her daughter, Susan Patrick; her son-in-law, Peter Muller; her sister, Sue Parker; her brother, Whit Kemper; and many loving family members.
Meg’s family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends, family, and neighbors who have provided support and care in the past six years. They particularly want to thank Meg’s sister, Sue Parker; her sister-in-law, Peggy Spain; and her dear friends, Pam Bailey and Anne Mulkern. In lieu of flowers, her family would suggest memorial donations in Meg’s name to the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, UNC-Chapel Hill, Campus Box 3375, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.
Meg’s life will be celebrated in a private ceremony that will be scheduled in January. An online memorial page can be found at
Online condolences may be sent to

Mary Ringland
HILLSBOROUGH — Mary Ringland, 96, died peacefully on a sunny afternoon in Hillsborough, N.C.
Born in Barry, Texas, and a proud life-long Texan, Mary graduated from North Texas State University. She got her pilot’s license in 1938. She and her husband, Breen, were married for 59 years and raised five children: Ann, Joe, David, Tom and John. They lived in Houston for over 40 years, until Mary moved to North Carolina five years ago to be with family.
Mary’s passions were reading, music, traveling, gardening and volunteering. She traveled widely with her husband and children. She was humorous, patient and feisty. The family often repeats her favorite quotes, “I’ll worry about that on Thursday” and “When tarts are passed, take tarts.” She truly was the last of her kind.
Surviving Mary are Ann Ringland, of Durham; Tom Ringland and his wife, Lucy Procter Ringland, of Raleigh; and John Ringland, of Hillsborough, N.C.
The family thanks the staff of Carillon Assisted Living and personnel of Liberty Hospice for their care and support.
A celebration of Mary’s life is being planned by family and friends. Memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Genevieve Annette Weisbecker
CHAPEL HILL - Genevieve Annette Weisbecker, 83, died Thursday, December 5, 2013. She was born on February 8, 1930, to Daniel and Anna Louise Klink Murphy in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended Duchesne Academy in Omaha, Nebraska, and received a nursing degree from St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. After raising five children, Genevieve worked for 17 years as a Registered Nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Reginald and Daniel Murphy.
Surviving are: her husband of 51 years, Leo Weisbecker of Burlington; a daughter, Rose (Paul) Gemborys of Durham; four sons, Paul (Amy) Weisbecker of Decatur, Ga., John Weisbecker of Atlanta, Ga., Peter Weisbecker of Chapel Hill, and Michael (Brigid) Weisbecker of Alpharetta, Ga.; six grandchildren, Hannah, Madeline, James, John-Paul, Jackson and Jillian.
The family will be present to receive friends 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 9, at St. Thomas More Church, Chapel Hill, where Genevieve’s Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Genevieve’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Norman R. Streib
APEX — Norman R. Streib, 93, died peacefully at his home in Apex, N.C., on December 6, 2013. A native of Versailles, Ohio, Norm was born on a farm in Darke County and remained a lifelong farmer and gardener. He moved with his family to Butner, N.C., in 1960 and resided there until 2012. When the family relocated to Butner, he became a master carpenter, working with Trout and Riggs Construction Company for many years. He was proud of the many church buildings he helped construct, including his home church, First Baptist of Butner. He was fond of fine wood and enjoyed sharing the things he made with many people, especially children. He would patiently allow them to stand by his worktable and "help" while he made them toys and puzzles. As a young man he served in the Army during World War II. He was proud of his service but rarely shared his duties because of the atrocities of war. The First Calvary Division, of which he was a part, was the first American division to enter Manila, Phillipines, liberating the prisoners at Santa Thomas internment camp and re-taking the Phillipine Islands from the Japanese.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Virginia Wethington Streib; his son, N. Richard Streib and wife, Ellen; daughter, Linda S. Smith and husband, Carson; daughter, Bonnie Lane; granddaughter, Sara S. Nesbitt and husband, Peter; grandson, J. Alex Smith and wife, Sharon; and two great-grandchildren, Mary Nesbitt and Hannah Nesbitt. He is also survived by loving in-laws and devoted nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
The family will receive visitors from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, December 9, in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church, Butner, N.C. Memorial service will begin at noon.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Hospice of Wake County, Good Health Services, Dr. David Fisher, and staff of Cambridge Village for their compassion and excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Butner, 200 West D St., Butner, NC 27509 and Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

William Anderson Blackburn
WILMINGTON — William (Bill) Anderson Blackburn of Wilmington died Thursday, December 5, 2013, after an extended illness.
Born in Opelika, Alabama, March 3, 1925, to John Anderson Blackburn and Vera Aleen Blackburn, he grew up in Auburn, Alabama, and entered the Air Corps in 1943. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Corps and served as a P-51 fighter pilot in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during and after WWII. Mr. Blackburn flew 11 combat missions and many peacetime missions while in the reserves. He achieved the rank of First Lieutenant and was honored for his service in the military.
Mr. Blackburn obtained a B.S. and later a master's degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Miami. He completed coursework towards a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career as a research chemist and inventor earned him 13 patents. He was a key member of the technical team that developed Astroturf and worked on innovations using nonwoven textiles.
An avid tennis player, Bill Blackburn helped found the Chapel Hill Tennis Club and was ranked 2nd in North Carolina as a player in his 70s. Mr. Blackburn was well-known and loved in the Chapel Hill and Wilmington communities. He was a loyal member of the Quiet Birdmen, served on the Inland Greens/Cedar Ridge Community Board, was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as a docent at the Latimer House. As a storyteller he frequently held court, sharing flying stories, jokes, or tales of truth and fiction. Occasionally, a bugle was played badly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joe and Gilmer Blackburn.
Mr. Blackburn is survived by his wife, Anne Blackburn; sister, Christine Danner; seven children, Cathy Barnes, Teresa Miska and husband George, Peter Blackburn and wife Linda, Susan Newman, Tim Blackburn and wife Debbie, Phyllis Barbour and husband Steve, Carleton Davis and husband John; along with 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. “Grandpa Bill” treasured his family and loved visits with his children and grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the community at Inland Greens/Cedar Ridge for their devotion and friendship.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Society or Church of the Servant.
Family visitation will be Sunday, December 8, from 6-8 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, N.C. The memorial service will be Monday, December 9, at 2 p.m. at Church of the Servant, 4925 Oriole Drive, also in Wilmington.
Condolences may be sent to the family at, Andrews Market Street Chapel, Wilmington, N.C.

Justine Adams Niedworok
SANFORD - Justine “Tina” Adams Niedworok, died on December 6, 2013, at The Laurels in Pittsboro after a long period of declining health. She was born in Windsor, Vermont, on December 17, 1926, to Raymond F. Adams and Lorene Clough Adams. She graduated from Castleton Teacher’s College in Castleton, Vermont.
After graduating from college she taught grades 1-4 in a two-room schoolhouse in rural Vermont. She loved teaching and continued to teach for several years. Her passion was sewing, quilting, and tatting. She was a masterful seamstress. She custom-made wedding dresses, men’s suits, winter coats, prom dresses and anything that could be put together with fabric. She was an expert at alterations and she spent many years altering clothes for many clients.
Tina leaves behind her husband, Hans; son, David Hale; daughters, Debbie Hale Penny and Louise Hale Taff; step-children, Claudio Niedworok, Dieter Niedworok, and Sigrid Colvin; brother, Delbert Adams; sister, Marilyn Adams Stone; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Sanford, N.C. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service.
Online condolences may be left at Arrangements being handled by Miller-Boles Funeral Home in Sanford.