November 6, 2013

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 06:42 PM

Flora B. Browning

Durham -- Flora B. Browning, 88, of Durham, died Sunday, November 3, 2013. Flora was born in Orange County on February 9, 1925 to George and Rosa Walls. She was the youngest of five children. Flora was educated at Mangum High School.After graduation, she moved from Rougemont to Durham to attend Beauty College and was a beautician for over 65 years. She was the owner of Flora’s Beauty Shop and was a longtime member of Bethany United Methodist Church where she was active in the Ladies Circle Club. Flora was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Browning.
Flora is survived by: two sons, George Browning and wife, Marcia of Durham, and Donald Browning of Hurdle Mills; a grandson, William Browning and wife, Jennifer; the love of her life, her great-granddaughter, Jorja Lynn Browning; her loving caregiver, Rachel Vargo. Her many friends will remember Flora’s smiling face and all the generosity she showed to everyone.
The family will receive friends 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Graveside services will immediately follow in Section 9 of Maplewood Cemetery in Durham. Pastor Jimmy Weaver will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church. Share your condolences at  See Obituaries.

Mr. Quenton "Pee Wee" Dillard
DURHAM -- Mr. Quenton “Pee Wee” Dillard, 83, died Monday, November 4, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Dillard was born and raised in the Leesville Community in Wake Co. and has been a resident of Orange Co. for the past 52 years. He was the last of 12 children born to the late Newton Vance Dillard and the late Vallie King Dillard. He was also predeceased by his daughters, Rhonda Diane Dillard and Kay Dillard Winston; brothers, Wade, Allie, Lattie, Lennis and Lummie; sisters, Francis Adams, Lillian Terry, Bertie Marks, Clydie Worthington and Hazel Clayton. Pee Wee retired from Liggett Myers Tobacco Company and Southern Coach. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, a caring person who loved his family and enjoyed working on antique tractors and trucks. Mr. Dillard is survived by his wife, Nancy Lee Dillard; children, Linwood Dillard and wife Louise; Patsy D. Tucker and husband, Jerry; Susan D. Clayton and husband, Steve; Vickie L. Sorrell; grandchildren, Phyllis Holt, Christy Daniel, Linwood Dillard, Jr., Emily Dillard, Erin Galloway, Zack Winston, Morgan Sorrell, Brandy Wilson and Randy Dunman; great grandchildren, Travis Holt, Haley Holt, Blake Daniel and Chandley Daniel; and his special canine companion, Zoe.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church with Rev. Rich Goodier and Rev. Anthony Oakley officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be made to Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 4511 Old NC 10, Durham, NC 27705 or Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr, Ste 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Donald D. France
DURHAM -- Mr. Donald D. France, 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Duke Regional Hospital. Don was born on February 1, 1934, in Bryn Mawr Hospital in greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Delbert W. France and the late Alexandra Drougge France.
Don was a 1952 graduate of East Stroudsburg High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business at Penn State University in 1956. He began his work career at IBM; afterwards, he worked at Hyco, DynaColor, 3M, and Colorcraft Corporation which became Qualex. At Colorcraft, he was Executive VP of Sales and Marketing. After his retirement, he became president of Photo Market Makers in Durham. Don was a lifelong sports enthusiast and Iron Duke. He was an avid fisherman, traveler, photographer, stamp collector, American Civil War aficionado and voracious reader. He was, for a time, president of the North Carolina Civil War Roundtable. In full retirement, he was a birder and derived great pleasure from nature.
Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Shaffer France of Saxapahaw; his daughter Victoria Bonnet France Stavish and her husband Michael Stavish of New Britain, Pennsylvania; Dr. Linda Gail France Stine and her husband Dr. Roy S. Stine of Liberty; Dr. Erik Donald France of Fort Worth, Texas; Jamie France and his wife Suzanne Girard France of Cary; sister Denise I. France DeVivo and her husband John F. DeVivo of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; sister Gail R. France Stine of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law Linda E. Kresge of Tannersville, Pennyslvania; sister-in-law Josephine Shaffer of Fort Collins, Colorado; grandchildren Noah M. Stavish and Sophia C. France; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a sister, Susan Victoria France Vinyard.
A memorial service will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday at Union Grove United Methodist Church, 9903 N. Roxboro Rd. across from Black Horse Run, Bahama, with the Rev. Cheryl Lawrence officiating.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations can be made to the National Audubon Society at or Friends of Bentonville Battlefield, PO Box 211 Newton Grove, NC 28366 email: 910-594-0789.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at


Eleanor Whitney Happer
(December 17, 1923 – November 4, 2013)
Durham -- Mrs. Eleanor Coburn Whitney Happer, 89 of Durham passed away on November 3, 2013 at Croasdaile Village.  Mrs. Happer was a native of Massachusetts but spent most of her life in Durham, the daughter of the late Frederick Augustus Whitney and Blanche Abbott Whitney. Mrs. Happer graduated from Duke University with the class of 1944 and the Prince School of Retailing, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts. She married William Willis Happer, Jr of Durham in November, 1947. She has been for many years an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. She treasured spending time with her family and friends.  She had an amazing wit, love of life and relished the laughter brought to her by all who loved her. Being of person of strong Christian faith, we rejoice in her everlasting life with Christ.
She is survived by three children: son, William Coburn Happer and his wife, Kimberly of Concord, NC; daughters, Sarah Whitney Happer Barnes and her husband, Tracy of Easley, SC, Blanche Abbott Happer Bjorneboe and her husband James, of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, William Harrison Barnes of Mebane, Charles Whitney Barnes of Skaneateles, NY, James Abbott Bjorneboe of Charlotte, NC, Brandon Mayes Bjorneboe of Hayesville, NC, Joseph Willis Happer of Greensboro, NC. and Fletcher Coburn Happer of Concord, NC and five great grandchildren.
The Happer family would like to express sincere appreciation and gratitude to the dedicated staff of Croasdaile Village and all friends who regularly visited for their loving care and devotion of our Mother.
A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, November 7, at 11:00 am at Maplewood Cemetery.  Officiating will be Reverend David Bowen.  Memorials may be directed to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road, Durham, NC.  27707.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Happer family. Online condolences may be sent to, select obituaries.


Hallie B. Massey
DURHAM — -Mrs. Hallie B. Massey, 92, of 1424 Maplewood Dr., died Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Duke Medical Center.  Her service will be conducted at 2pm on Friday, November 8, 2013 at Beacon Light Missionary Baptist Church, 403 Cook Rd.  Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7-8pm at Burthey Funeral Chapel and again on Friday at Beacon Light from 12:30-2pm one and a half hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Massey is survived by her four children; Elisha S. Massey, William Larry Massey, Harriet C. Sutherland and Dr. Lillie S. Cannon.
Arrangements by Burthey Service


William Gerald Judge
Graham -- William Gerald Judge departed his earthly life on November 3, 2013 at UNC Hospital, surrounded by family.Bill was born in Harvey, IL on September 23, 1950 to William Orin and Shirley Jean Judge. He spent many years in Griffith, IN and down-home in Winchester, TN. He served in the US Army and is a retired member of the United Steel Workers Local 1010 after 31 years with Inland Steel. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Pamela Ann Judge, who never left his side. Bill had two children, Joe Judge and Christine Irene Judge. He also had two four-legged children, his loyal companion, Lady and his cat, Lacy. Bill was the oldest of five. He had four sisters, Pamela Bock, Bonnie Settles, Trudy Rittenhouse and he had one brother, Ed Judge. 
Friends and Family will be received on November, 6, 2013 at American Cremation Services at 1204 Person St., Durham, NC, 27703 from 4-8.

Eleanor Hester Dickens
Always in grace
June 16, 1918 - November 4, 2013

ROXBORO — Surrounded by loving family, hearing twice-told stories, laughing, hands held tight, singing  "Amazing Grace".  On the last chorus with the simple word, "grace", one deep breath, exhaled. On the winds of homecoming, an angel took flight.
Eleanor's legacy of love continues through her daughters, Leigh and Elin, son-in-law, Jerry Blow, grandsons, Michael and Chris Blow and her sister, Catherine Hester Bullock of Durham; and several generations of nieces and nephews.
Preceding Eleanor in death are her parents, Nathaniel Howard Hester and Ada Jacobs Hester, her brothers, N.H. Hester, Jr.; Randolph T. Hester, G. W. (Billy) Hester, Stedman Hester, and Horace Hester.
The family will receive friends 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Brooks & White Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Long Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Concord United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Roxboro NC 27573.
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Bernice Dixon Richardson
ROXBORO -- Bernice Dixon Richardson, 86 of 129 Badger Circle, passed Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at her home.  Born in Person County daughter of the late Wiley "W.P." Preston Dixon & Martha D. Dixon, in addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband David Gordon Richardson.  Mrs. Richardson was a homemaker and a member of Roxboro Baptist Church.
Surviving are her two sons David C. Richardson & wife Michelle of Raleigh, Jerry D. Richardson, Sr. & wife Jodi of Burlington; one brother Thomas A. Dixon of Newton; two sisters Betty D. Hines of Danville, Va., Patsy D. White of Greensboro, two grandchildren Mary Richardson Bowers & husband Jonathan & Jerry D. Richardson, Jr. & wife Meredith.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Brooks & White Funeral Home in Roxboro & other times at the home.
Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, November 8, 2013 at Roxboro Baptist Church by the Dr. DuPre Sanders.  Interment will follow at Leasburg Community Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Roxboro Baptist Building by Faith, P. O. Box 348, Roxboro, NC 27573
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