Obituaries, Nov. 16, 2013

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 07:58 PM


James Luther Hooker, Jr.
DURHAM - James Luther Hooker, Jr., 88, passed on November 11, 2013. His funeral service will take place on Monday, November 18, 2013 at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, 917 Onslow Street, at 12 noon. A visitation with family members will be held one hour prior to the service.
Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens is assisting the family with arrangements.

Francis Edgar Walker, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Francis Edgar Walker, Jr., 73, died of lymphoma on Friday, November 15, 2013 at home. He is the son of the late Francis Edgar Walker and Annie Carpenter Walker. He was a 1958 graduate of Durham High School and a 1962 graduate of Duke University and received a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University in 1970. He was a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and Michigan State University and taught for 11 years at international schools in Germany, Singapore, Greece and Turkey. He was a principal at T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point from 1984-88 and in later years taught at Jordan, Riverside and Southern High Schools in Durham.
He is survived by his son, Donald Carpenter Walker of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kirsten Eaton Lahey of Newton, MA; grandson, Edward Thomas Lahey, IV; brother, Thomas Lee Walker of Sarasota, FL; and long-term companion, Linda Craig Daniel. He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Gail Eaton Walker, who died in 2003.
There will be no funeral service, but the family will receive friends in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham Sunday afternoon from 3-5pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at


James Elbert Winslow, Sr.
ROXBORO — James Elbert Winslow, Sr. (Daddy Jim) age 95, died Wednesday, November 13,
2013 at his home. He was born in Perquimans County to the late John Elbert and Bessie Roundtree Winslow. He was husband of the late Louise Warren (10/20/17 - 6/6/94).

Mr. Winslow was a member of Salem United Methodist Church where he was Sunday School Superintendent for over 30 years. He was President of Person County Farm Bureau for over 30 years, State Board of Directors of NC Farm Bureau for 39 years, and PersonCounty School Board for 20 years being Chairman for 11 years. He coached midget baseball and basketball even though he did not play either. He was a caring and loving father and very respected man. He was very active in the community and friends knew that he could be depended on to help them. He did things such as keeping the grass cut at Salem United Methodist Church and Hester Family Cemetery. Mr. Winslow kept Salem warm in the winter and cool in the summer and made sure the system was cut off when not needed. We will all miss him.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. James E. Winslow, Jr. (Jimmy Jay) and wife Cherri and John C. Winslow, both of Roxboro; 4 grandsons, Dr. James E. Winslow, III (Trip) and wife Stacie, John McCrory Winslow (Mac) and wife Blythe, Walter Winslow, and Collin Campbell; 4 great grandchildren, Jake, Rachael, William, and Alex.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 PM Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rene Burnette and the Rev. Reggie Ponder officiating. The family will receive friends 1-2:30PM Saturday prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church Building Fund, 933 Salem Church Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.
Condolences may be made to


Ida Iannetta Coletta
ENNICE - Mrs. Ida Iannetta Coletta, 88, of Ennice, NC passed away peacefully, on November 14, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born in Viticuso, Italy on October 22, 1925. She married Rufino Coletta and together with their children, immigrated to the United States. She worked at Burlington Industries in Durham for 29 years. Following her husband's death, she relocated to Ennice, NC where she spent several years as a volunteer grandmother for Firehouse Preschool, at the age of 75. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Coletta was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Carina Mancone. She is survived by one sister, Filomena Caravaggio, one brother & sister-in-law, Silvio & Flora Iannetta, and one sister-in-law, Maria Cascarino, all of Italy, 9 nieces and nephews in Italy and many cousins in Italy and Canada. She is also survived by three daughters and sons-in-law: Emily & Rick Stallings of Durham, NC, Mary & Tom Toliver of Ennice, NC, and Anna & Jeff Jones of Durham, NC; one son and daughter-in-law, Ugo & Sandy Coletta of Siler City, NC; 6 grandchildren: Angie & Scott Buettner, Cliff & Lori Toliver, Matt Toliver Adam & Hannah Stallings, Michael Coletta, & Nathan and April Coletta; 8 great-grandchildren: William & Owen Buettner, Kannon Toliver, Andrew, Luke, Breleigh, & Anna Coletta, and Baby Stallings, expected in May. Mrs. Coletta was devoted to her Catholic faith and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her greatest joy in this life was spending time with her family and special friends, sharing her love of cooking and gardening. A Memorial Service will be held in Durham at St. Matthew Catholic Church on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Medi-Home Hospice of Alleghany, PO Box 1287, Sparta, NC 28675 or St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church, P.O. Box 367, Sparta, NC 28675.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville, NC is serving the family of Mrs. Coletta and online condolences can be made to

Pem (Julia Pemberton) Kahler
November 27, 1947 – November 5, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pem was born Julia Pemberton Kelly in Berkeley, CA, to Graham MacDonald Kelly and Julia Ferguson Kelly. She was the oldest of eight. She grew up in San Diego where she met her future husband Stephen Kahler. After graduation from Pt. Loma High School she attended Bryn Mawr College, Yale University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.D.). She commenced further training in psychiatry, but illness curtailed this in 1985.
She and Steve have one daughter, Jean Stirling Kahler. Jean and her wife Jessica Rowe are the mothers of Graham Curtis Kahler-Rowe.
Pem and Steve were married in 1970 in San Diego. They lived in Durham, NC, San Diego, Chapel Hill, NC, Melbourne, Australia, and Baltimore, before moving to Little Rock in 2005, when Steve took a position as Professor of Pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
She was passionate about all of nature, with a deep love and knowledge of birds and flowers, especially roses; she loved music and was a member of the St. Mark’s choir and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Community Chorus. She kept up an extensive correspondence (and phone conversations) with dozens of relatives and friends. She read extensively (especially poetry and literature). Curiosity about color vision and perception led to a deep interest in textiles, especially Japanese silks. She was passionate about civil rights and marriage equality. And she maintained an active medical license via continuing education.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her family, her siblings Graham Kelly, Jr., Susan Kelly, Molly Kelly, Nancy Kelly Johnson, John Kelly, Sarah Kelly and Anne Kelly, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Little Rock and around the world.
She died suddenly and unexpectedly. Memorial gifts can be made to the Nature Conservancy, the Lupus Foundation of America, or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Visitation and viewing were at Ruebel Funeral Home, 6313 W. Markham, Little Rock, Thursday, 11/14/13, 6-8 PM. Memorial service was at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi, Little Rock, on 11/15/13 at 11 AM. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

Oscar Eugene "Gene" Williams
NEW ORLEANS — Oscar Eugene "Gene" Williams passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the age of 70. Beloved husband of Michelle St. Romain Williams. Loving father of Angie Williams Livingston, Nicholas Galliano, Shaun Burke and the late David Eugene Williams. Son of the late Thelma King and Oscar Lee Williams. Grandfather of Christopher, Jonathan, Ashton, Hailey, Abbie, Anthony and Jackson. Great-grandfather of Zeke and Lilli. Father-in-law of Jamie, Terri and Stephanie. Oscar was retired from IBM and founder owner of Oscar's Q and Bar in Chapel Hill, NC. Recently relocated to the New Orleans area and became an avid LSU and Saints Fan. Who Dat! Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a memorial service at 2:00pm at the Pleasant Green Community Center at 3030 Pleasant Green Community Center Rd., Durham NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Mr. Williams to be made to the American Lung Association. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online Guest Book at