Obituaries, Nov. 8, 2013
Kenneth Greene Ray
DURHAM — Kenneth Greene Ray, 69, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
A Durham native he was the son of the late Horace G. Ray and Thelma Miles Ray. Kenneth was
educated in the Durham City Schools and Louisburg College. He served in the US Navy during the
Viet Nam Conflict. Prior to his retirement he was employed in laundry services with Duke
Hospital. He was a former member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving are several cousins in Durham.
Graveside funeral services will be be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in Maplewood
Cemetery, Section 13. Officiating will be the Rev. B. Maurice Ritchie.
Mrs. Dorothy Chandler Stephens,
Mrs. Dorothy Chandler Stephens 85, of Durham, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday,
November 7, 2013.Mrs. Stephens was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of
the late Charles Thomas Chandler, Sr. and Flonnie Barnett Chandler. She retired after 35 years
as a machine operator for Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. After retirement she volunteered at
Durham Regional Hospital. She was a faithful and active member at Grove Park Chapel. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Avery G. Stephens; her brother, Charles Thomas Chandler, Jr.
and a sister, Marie Chandler Pierce.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Wayne Stephens and wife, Patricia of Raleigh and Michael
Avery Stephens and wife, Debbie of Durham; four grandchildren, Melanie S. Downum, Mark P.
Stephens, Alyson S. Weimar, Daniel Stephens and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grove Park Chapel. Rev. Dale Brooks
will officiate. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are
acceptable or donations may be made to Youth For Christ Military Ministry, account #32039, in
memory of Dorothy C. Stephens, Youth for Christ, PO Box 4478, Englewood, CO 80144-4478.
David Ronald Parker
David Ronald Parker, son of the late David C. and Eunice Parker was born on August 20, 1950. He
entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital after a
He was educated in Durham Public School systems at Little River. He was also employed for 36
years for Brame Specialty. He is predeceased by one son, Shelton Johnson. He is survived by his
wife of 35 years, JoAnn Parker; one son, David Johnson (Tara); two daughters, Shelia Johnson
and Karen Johnson; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Saundra Crumpe(Howard) and one brother,
Linwood Parker (Shearon).
Services are scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013 at New Red Mountain Missionary Baptist
Church beginning at 2 pm. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Services
are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.
William Dennis Carver
Born in 1930, William Dennis Carver passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on
Sunday, November 3rd.Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Jean Carver, three children, Denise
Clark and husband Gary of Roxboro, Donna Carver and husband DavidClose of Raleigh, Michael
Carver of Arlington, VA, 5 grandchildren, Stuart and Heidi Clark, and Evan, Will and Crandall
Close, his cat “Beulah Mae”, two sisters, and three brothers. Dennis was well known and well
liked throughout Person County having worked as a carrier for the Durham Morning Herald for
many years. In his later years, Dennis worked at the Person County Memorial Hospital and
continued to build meaningful relationships with county residents. Dennis served in the US Army
in the Korean War and as a war veteran, loved history and spent a lot of time reading and
researching US and world history and his own family genealogy. Dennis was well known for his
many talents including gardening, bowling, crafts including making stained glass stepping
stones and picture framing. His fabulous garden fed many of his neighbors and his framed art
hangs in Person County’s businesses, museums and residences. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice. A private memorial service for
family and close friends is scheduled for a later time.
Mary Ann Floyd Daniel
OXFORD — Mary Ann Floyd Daniel, 80, a longtime resident of Granville County, passed away
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham.
A native of Granville County, she was the daughter of the late Bud Leonard and Janie Pryor
Floyd. She was a member of Oxford Baptist Church and worked for many Granville County doctors
for 40 plus years.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 9th, 2013 in Elmwood
Cemetery by the Rev. Chris Aho.
Surviving are a daughter, Lynn D. Cox and husband Keith, a son, Charles N. Daniel and wife
Susan, five granddaughters, Ashley Cox Lewis (Bo), Leighanne Cox Keighley(Steve), Caroline Cox
Brewer (Matt), Mary Claire Daniel Duke (Ryan), and Allie Malone Daniel all of Oxford,two
great-grandsons, Landon and Noah Lewis, two great-granddaughters, Ava Grace Keighley and Lilly
Kate Brewer. She was predeceased by her husband, Nelson T. Daniel, longtime owner of Eakes
Funeral Home in Oxford and Creedmoor.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at Eakes Funeral
Home in Oxford and at other times at the home of Keith and Lynn Cox, 219 Hillcrest Drive,
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Oxford Baptist Church, PO Box 398, Oxford, NC
Online condolences may be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com . Select obits.
Evelyn Murphy McNeill Sims
Evelyn Murphy McNeill Sims died peacefully thirty-six days before her 104th birthday on
Saturday morning, November 2, 2013 at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC. Born
on December 8, 1909 to the late Daniel B. and Frances I. King McNeill in Lumberton, NC. She was
the oldest of five daughters being followed by Frances lrene, Mary Ruth, Emma King and Leslie
who is the last to survive. An enthusiastic student throughout the Lumberton public schools,
Evelyn continued studies at N.C. Woman's College in Greensboro (UNCW) where she was active in
student affairs being elected freshman class president and to student government posts all four
years as well as Senior Marshall. Following graduation in l93l she received a full scholarship
from the College of William and Mary to pursue a master's degree in social work. An internship
with the Family Welfare Association took her to Baltimore where she worked two years and also
met her future husband, Robert Jordan Sims a Chattanooga, TN native. Receiving the MSW in '33
she returned to teach sociology at Women's College in the fall of 1934. Married in 1935, the
Sims moved to Chattanooga where Bob ran the B.F. Goodrich store. Their only child, Nancy
McNeill Sims was born there. Bob's advance at Goodrich took the family to Atlanta where Evelyn
resumed work for the Dept. of Public Welfare. At the outbreak of WWII Bob enlisted in the Navy
while Evelyn and Nancy moved back to Lumberton with Evelyn's parents which served as their base
for the war's duration. At war's end the family moved to Kingsport, TN where Bob started
Clinchfield Supply Co. with local partners, the first of several businesses he started through
the years, Evelyn continued social work primarily with Tennessee Home Society and Holston Home.
Active in her community she served as President of the PTA Association, Preservation of
Tennessee Antiquities, Junior Guild (later Junior League) and Holston Valley Hospital Auxilary.
A favorite activity was walking the trails with friends on Bays Mountain, a dominate natural
geological feature of Kingsport, especially in the spring when the wildflowers emerged. Evelyn
and Bob were instrumental in the formation and building of the first retirement community in
Kingsport, Baysmont. They were first to move there, enjoying eight years until Bob's death in
July 1991. Evelyn moved to Chapel Hill the following spring to the Carol Woods Retirement
Community to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Ed Preston, and their children,
Julia, Sarah, Anne and Sims, Her twenty-one years at Carol Woods were full and happy. She lived
first on the 'Lower Loop', then in Assisted Living and finally for her last nine months in the
health center. In every location she made friends with her winning smile, delight in others,
and sincere appreciation for all the wonderful help she was given in every circumstance. She
was known for and her longevity was enhanced by daily, long walks around the campus and her
vigorous exercise in the fitness room. She was predeceased by husband, Robert Jordan Sims,
three sisters, Frances Thomas (Dick), Mary Ruth McNairy (Wyatt), Emma King Seyfried (Paul)
granddaughter, Julia McNeill Preston Brumley (George,III) and two great grandchildren, Jordan
McNeill Brumley and George William Brumley,IV. Surviving her are children Nancy and Ed Preston,
three grandchildren, Sarah Preston, Anne P. Waltz (William) and R.J. Sims Preston (Olympia
Stone), five grandchildren, Rebekah Ketcham, Charlotte Waltz, Colby Preston, Theodore Preston,
and Olympia Preston as well as sixteen nieces and nephews, their husbands and children. A
memorial service will be held in Chapel Hill, NC at the Assembly Hall at Carol Woods Retirement
Center on November 21 at3:00 pm. On December 7, 3:00 p.m.in Kingsport, TN a graveside service
will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be directed to Carol
Wood's Staff Appreciation Fund, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 or NC Botanical
Garden Foundation General Fund, UNCCH, Campus Box 3375, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599.
Wilmington - Katsuto Ono died in his Plantation Village home on Nov. 6, 2013. He was 86 years
old and had moved with his wife Virginia Faye Tilley Ono to Wilmington from Rockville,
Maryland, in 1995. He was born April 1, 1927, in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii. He was one of eight
children of Tamano Fujito Ono and Yosuke Ono, both of whom were plantation-era immigrants from
Dr. Ono earned a BA degree from The University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and an MS and PhD from The
University of Maryland, Beltsville. He was a veteran of the Korean War.A research biochemist at
The National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Ono worked on problems of lipid
metabolism. Later on, in The Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, his research
centered on food science, work which helped to establish standards for nutritional intake used
by the National Academy of Sciences.
An unassuming, quiet, and loving man, Dr. Ono enjoyed his family and gardening, fishing and
golfing. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Harold Haruo, Tadaso, and
Susumu. He is survived by his wife of 50 years; four sisters, Edith Sadako Ono, Margaret
Tsugiko Ono Matsuoka, Machie Ono Kubota, and Patsy Sumiko Ono Akagi, all of Hawaii; three
adoring sisters-in-law, Vivian Tilley Cox (Pulaski, Virginia), Josephine Tilley Hasty
(Fayetteville, N.C.), and Carolyn Sue Tilley (Charlotte, N.C.); and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 5704
Oleander Drive (Unit 107),Wilmington, N.C. 28403. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov.
9, 2013, at 11am at St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel