November 10, 2013

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 08:08 PM


John R.Umstead

DURHAM —John R. Umstead died on November 7, 2013 at the Durham VA Medical Center.

He was born in Durham on January 16, 1927, the son of William L.  and Clara Roberts  Umstead.  He lived in Durham all his life attending the Durham City Schools and graduating from Durham High School in the class of 1945.  He served as the monthly luncheon meeting chairman of his class until he died.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his  brother William (Bill) Umstead,  sister Clara U. Kerr, stepsons, Daniel Holloman and Michael Holloman and grandson Brian Umstead.Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Pamela Bray Umstead of Durham, sons John R.  (Bob) Umstead, Jr. and wife Sandy of Cary, Rick Umstead and wife Dana of Angier, Randy Umstead and partner  Mary of Durham and Ray Holloman of Durham.

Other surviving and close loving family members are sister Sara Manoogian and husband  Ed of Mebane,  brother-in-law Bill Kerr of Mebane, daughter-in-law Donna Holloman of Durham and nephews Ron Kerr and Jay Mitchell.  John truly loved and cared for his entire family including his grandchildren  Charlotte Umstead, Devin H. Maymon,  Brandi  Umstead, Morgan Holloman,  Alison Umstead, Robert Tarpley, Jessica Daye, and eight great-grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947 with service primarily in the 9th Division Military Police in Berchtesgadeen, Germany.  He was a participant in the last Flight of Honor to Washington,  DC,  After service, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1951 with a B.S. Degree in Marketing.  His career at the Durham Herald Sun Newspapers spanned 34 years; six years as a retail salesman, eleven years as  National Advertising Manager and the final seventeen years as the Advertising Director.

John was active in various community affairs,  including past president of the Friendly City Civitans,  past chairman of the Herald-Sun Retirees, reunion  chairman of the Durham High School Class of 1945,  past  president of the Durham Jaycees,  past vice-president  of the N.C. Jaycees, founder and past president of  the Durham Roosters,  past board member of the Durham Merchants Association, past president of  the Century Club, and past vice-president  of the Sales and Marketing Club,  Judge Advocate for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Durham Post 2740, and a participant in the Senior Citizens Club.  He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 11 at 2:00 PM at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, 1005 W. Main St., Durham, Rev. Jimmy Weaver officiating.  A private family burial will follow at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bahama, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 2809 Guess Road, Durham, N.C  27705.

The visitation will be on  Sunday, November 10  from 6 to 8 p.m. at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.


Marie Gregoris Council

May 9, 1923 – November 5, 2013
DURHAM - Marie was born May 9th, 1923, to Kiriaki (Coula) Stavroulakis Gregoris and Nicholas Efstratios Gregoris in New York City where she lived until 1930 when her family moved to Durham.She attended a French school in Chania, Crete, Greece in 1927-29. She was elected to National Honor Society in 10th grade and graduated in 1942 from Durham High School with honors.Marie was awarded the “Angier Duke Merit Scholarship” but the country was in WWII and she did not attend Duke and was employed by the Federal Government - OSS Division.
Marie was employed by WD Sorrell Real Estate Attorney and the law firm of Umstead-Fuller until 1965 when she moved to Miami Beach until 1970. .
In 1970, she was employed by the UNC, Chapel Hill, Economics Department. Marie was advanced to the Department of Anesthesiology where she was a supervisor until she retired in 1990.
In 1987 Marie was married to Jackson Lawrence Council, the love of her life. He was a great fellow and they enjoyed traveling and an active social life until Jack’s death in May, 2008. She missed him every day, until she passed away.
Marie was a founding member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church and a founding member and first secretary of the Ladies Society of the Church. She was a member of the choir and a Sunday school teacher.
Marie was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW.
Marie, eldest of four children, dearly loved her late brothers, Nicholas, Strat and her surviving sister, Marina.
Marie’s life was happy and eventful until she was called to God on Sunday, November 5th at the age of 90.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor her memory please make a memorial donation to St. Barbara’s Building Fund, 8306 NC Highway 751, Durham, NC 27713.
Her wake will be held on Sunday, November 10th from 6-8 PM at Hall Wynne Funeral Home. The Trisagion Service will be at 7 PM.
Marie’s funeral will be held at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church on November 11th at 11:00 AM.
The family wishes to invite everyone in attendance to join them at a Makaria luncheon in memory of Marie at Parizade at 1:00 PM
May her memory be eternal.
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Sarah Caroline Knell

DURHAM - Sarah Caroline Knell passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013, after a brief illness. Born in Hackensack, NJ, in 1947to Raymond Edward Knell and Catherine Peck Knell, she is survived by her brother Raymond (Iris) of Springfield, VA, her nephew Mark (Rachel, children Adeline and Isaac) of Lake Oswego, OR, her niece Laura of Los Angeles, CA, and her uncle Robert Peck of Santa Fe, NM.  Carol grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, where she was a member of the madrigal group when she graduated from Ridgewood High School in 1965.

Carol’s love of singing developed at St. Olaf College, where she earned degrees in Music Education and in Performance.  She was soprano section leader of the renowned St. Olaf Choir.  After receiving a Master’s in Music Performance at Indiana University, she started her full-time teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and pursued a Doctorate of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her teaching then took her to Saint Mary’s College/Notre Dame, Oregon State University, and William Paterson College.  She continued throughout in study, teaching, and performance in New York City, where she studied with Martin Katz, and as an artist-in-residence at music festivals and concerts series throughout the United States.She described her lovely voice as a “lyric mezzo.” 

Carol moved to North Carolina in 1987 and worked as an administrator in UNC-Psychiatry until retirement in 2008.  Her other interests included being a pet lover (cats!), cooking, gardening, and needlework. She treasured her neighborhood church and friends in Durham.  Her memorial service will be at Grace Lutheran Church, 824 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham, on Saturday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m.  A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Donations in her name may be made to St. Olaf College (Choir), Northfield, MN 55057 or Independent Animal Rescue Inc., POB 14232, Durham, NC 27709.


Gail Marie Douglass

ROUGEMONT - Mrs. Gail Marie Douglass, 66, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. She was born in Forked River, NJ to the late Robert Eugene Pleger and the late Jeanette Matilda Thompson Pleger. Mrs. Douglass was a retired registered nurse.

Gail is a graduate of Angelo State University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and she received her Nursing Certificate from Monmouth Medical Center. She was a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol. Gail was the proud mother of her two Eagle Scout sons, and she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and animals; she was a great cook, loved to travel, smiled a lot and was a great Army wife. In her early years, Gail rode horses competitively, English and Western, and also was a competitive sailor and swimmer. She also had two sport parachute jumps to her credit and played competitive tennis in Georgia and Texas.

Mrs. Douglass is survived by her husband, Roy William Douglass; sons, Marc Robert Douglass and wife, Andrea of Durham, Ryan Kirk Douglass of San Angelo, TX; grandchildren, Averie, Braden and Colton Douglass; cousins, Carol and Bob Hodges of NJ, Edwin and Lorrie Thompson of Long Island, NY.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the SPCA, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27630.


Johnathan Tyrick Moore

DURHAM - Mr. Johnathan Tyrick Moore (19) of Durham, N.C. will be conducted on Monday at 1:00 p.m. from the United for Christ Church 1802 Angier Ave. The Family will meet with their friends 1 hr. before the funeral service; Suviviors are his Mother, Ms. Tameka Pettiford, Father, Mr. Terrance Bostic, Two Brothers,Mr. Jarvis Moore , Mr. Isaiah Bostic, 1 Sister, Ms. Whitney McLaughlin , Grandmother, Ms. Ethel Jones, Two GrandFathers, Mr. James Jones, Mr. Larry Crudup and a host of other relatives and friends.

Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.



Dr. Claudia Harris

CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Claudia Harris passed away Thursday, October 31, after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Claudia was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (BA) and the University of Utah (MBA, PhD). 

Teaching was her calling. Whether teaching junior high school math or business management at Scranton University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, Grand Valley State University, UNC, and Duke, Claudia maintained close relationships with her students.  She was innovative in her use of literature as a tool for understanding group process and leadership style. Claudia was an active member of the Eastern Academy of Management and was elected a Fellow of that organization in 2013.  She was an active and prolific researcher, continuing to explore new topics and have papers published after her retirement from active teaching.

Claudia was also an artist and musician. She played the oboe in her college symphony, sang with church choirs wherever she lived, and taught herself the violin so as to participate in the Durham Symphony. She leaves behind many examples of her art in needlework, collage, and photography.  She was a lover of math puzzles, word play, and NPR.

She was a writer of letters, a loyal friend, a maker of rituals and celebrations, a devoted mother and partner.

Left to miss her are her mother Ann Harris (Durham), daughters Alexis (Chapel Hill) and Jessica (Brooklyn NY), sister Gail Harris Schmidt (Steve) of Chicago, brother Tim Harris (Tara Key) of New York City, nephews Mike and David Schmidt of Chicago, her partner of 21 years, Kathy Schenley, many cousins, and numerous friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Claudia’s memory be made to the dance program of Carolina Friends School, the Fragile X Foundation, or your local Hospice organization.


Robert Burns Moorhead

Chapel Hill - Robert Burns Moorhead, Jr. died peacefully on Monday, November 5th, 2013.  Born in Gastonia, North Carolina on October 10th, 1932, he attended the Citadel, which he credits with saving him from juvenile delinquency, and later transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1952.  He fell in love with Chapel Hill and was determined to return, which he did in 1967.  Married to his high school sweetheart, Frances Sanders for close to 60 years; he created the family he  always wanted as a child but never had. Bob worked for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, retiring as Associate Dean for the School of Public Health in 1993.  Bob had a keen wit and sharp mind and was a formidable debater.  He is remembered for his lifelong love of learning and intense curiosity about the world.  He had an adventuresome spirit that included learning to fly airplanes, to sail and to operate ham radio. He was a history buff, loved to hike and played the clarinet in the village band. He enjoyed travel, time at his lake cabin, and reading. Mostly he loved spending time with his UNC friends and colleagues talking politics and "solving the world's problems."  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to National Public Radio by supporting WUNC (1.800.962.9862, or via or by donating to your local public radio station.  Bob is survived by his three daughters Lynn Morton (Rit), Jane Lyonnais (Mike) and Becky McGrath (Scott), beloved brother George Moorhead (Marianne) and nine grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 20th at 4:00 Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery located between Fordham Blvd (US 15-501 Business) and Legion Road. We will gather at the top of the Cemetery (Legion Road side) for a bagpipe processional to the gravesite where Bob will  be laid to rest with his wife, Frances.  A celebration of life will follow at the home of his daughter Jane Lyonnais of Chapel Hill.