Obituaries Nov. 21, 2013

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 07:49 PM


Claud Cleveland Clark
DURHAM - Claud Cleveland Clark, 86, lost his battle with cancer and began his life eternal in heaven on November 7, 2013. 
A native of Hillsborough, N.C., he spent the last few years residing at Emerald Pond in Durham. Claud served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater in WW II and was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked at James Pharmacy in Hillsborough, the US Postal Service in Durham, and retired as an insurance agent for Liberty Mutual. His passions included spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and long-time friend and companion, Reca Pruitt Clark. He had a tremendous love for the great outdoors and enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing.
Claud is preceded in death by many loved ones including his mother Rosa Royall Clark, father Claud Cleveland Clark, Sr., sisters Anna Lee Clark Worley and Virginia Clark Whicker, and brother William Hiram Clark.
He is survived by his son Kenneth Dean Clark (wife Bernadette) of Raleigh, daughters Karen Clark Rice (husband Doug) of Clifton, VA., and Kathryn Clark Cates (husband Greg) of Durham, and grandchildren Ian Webster Clark, Sarah Elizabeth Clark, Andrew Douglas Rice, Matthew Clark Rice, Lauren Elizabeth Cates, and Kendall Alexis Cates. In addition, Claud is survived by Reca Pruitt Clark, of Boynton Beach, Fla. and family, and many loving nieces, nephews and their families.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Rose Manor in Durham and Duke Hospice for their attentive and passionate care for Claud in his final days, and especially the staff at the Durham VA Hospital for many years of faithful service to his needs.
A service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church at 927 W. Trinity Ave., Durham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duke Hospice at 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704 or Wounded Warriors Project at P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please be sure to include “In Memory of Claud Cleveland Clark” on the memo line of your check in order for the family to receive proper notification.

Arthur Watson “Bill” Holmes
DURHAM - Mr. Arthur Watson “Bill” Holmes, 94, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion. Mr. Holmes was born in Wake County, the son of the late Lonnie Holmes and Hattie Green Holmes. He was also preceded in death by his two beloved sons, Arthur Watson “Art” Holmes and Gary Lyn Holmes; his sisters, Elsie Crabtree, Mamie Bowman, and Lois Holmes; his brothers, Allen, Roy, Connie and Norman Holmes.
Mr. Holmes owned and operated the Ideal Sundry, a drug sundry and toy store in West Durham for 40 years. He will be affectionately remembered as the “Lemonade King of Durham” for his delicious frozen lemonade.
Mr. Holmes served his country in the Air Force in the European Theater in World War II and was recalled into the service during the Korean War, for which he received a Letter of Commendation from the Air Force Missile Test Center, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
He was a longtime member of Grey Stone Baptist Church. He was a member of the West Durham Exchange Club for 35 years and was made an Honorary Member of the Durham Exchange Club in 2004. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Exchange Club Family Center and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 7 and the West Durham Knights of Pythias for 57 years. During his years of service to the above clubs, he received many awards, including the Exchangite of the Year Award, the Knights of Pythias Extra Mile Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also a member of the Watts Hospital Hillandale Neighborhood Association and proudly served his “frozen lemonade” at many of their functions.
Mr. Holmes is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Anne Powers Holmes; three grandsons, Jeff Holmes (and wife, Karen), Kevin Holmes of Charlotte, and Tyler Holmes of Durham; and daughter-in-law, Dianne Holmes Duke (and husband, Ron) of Durham.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Grey Stone Baptist Church with the Rev. Clay Waters officiating. Burial will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery, Section 9. Pallbearers will be Jeff Holmes, Kevin Holmes, Tyler Holmes, Ron Duke, David Sink and Perry Whitted. Honorary Pallbearers will be Philip Holmes, David Holmes, Bill Holmes, Pete Holmes, L.W., Arthur, and Jimmy Crabtree and the members of Mr. Holmes’ Sunday School Class, West Durham Exchange Club, Board of Directors of the Exchange Club Family Center, and the West Durham Knights of Pythias.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry or Legacy Center of Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705. Flowers are accepted.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion for the kind and loving care given to Mr. Holmes.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Mike Inscoe
DURHAM - Mike Inscoe passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013 in his home surrounded by his family.
Mike was a lifelong resident of Durham. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1966 and attended Chowan College. He was a member of Lowes Grove Baptist Church and served his country in the Army Reserve. Until his retirement, Mike and his brother Ray operated Tom Inscoe’s Wholesale Meat, a company started by their father in the late 60’s. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Inscoe.
He is survived by his mother LaNelle F. Inscoe, his wife of 43 years Paulette W. Inscoe, a daughter Wendy Inscoe, a son Mike Inscoe, Jr. and wife Heather of Raleigh. Four grandchildren, Dustin Allen, Morgan Allen, Avery Inscoe and Logan Inscoe. A sister, Linda Grissom and her daughters Heather and Tara Grissom. A brother Ray Inscoe and his wife Joanie and daughter Audrie Inscoe. Mike also leaves behind a number of treasured friends that were an important part of his life.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Lowes Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Forest Gale officiating.
The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lowes Grove Baptist Church, 4430 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27713, Duke Home Care & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704, or to the charity of choice. Online condolences can be made at

Julia Doris Ferrell Mathes
DURHAM - Julia Doris Ferrell Mathes passed away November 18 in Charlotte at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Mathes was the daughter of the late Julia Miller Ferrell and William Thomas Ferrell and loving wife of 37 years to the late John Franklin Mathes, Jr.
Mrs. Mathes was born in Durham and graduated from Durham High School with the Class of 1942. After graduation, Mrs. Mathes was appointed to serve on the staff at the Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly where she developed a lifelong love for tennis. She attended Women’s College of UNC Greensboro. She was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church and member of the Friendship Bible Class, as well as a lifelong member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
During World War II, Mrs. Mathes worked for the US Army Finance School and later worked for the US Army Reserve and Recruiting Services in Raleigh, NC. Her greatest accomplishment was being a devoted mother and best friend to her only child, her daughter, Julia. She was lovingly known to all as “The Nana.”
Mrs. Mathes is survived by her daughter, Julia Mathes Wheeler and son-in-law, James Brian Wheeler (Jim) of Charlotte, and two grandchildren, Julia Meredith (Meredi) and James Mathes (Jamie). She is also survived by a sister, Lois Ferrell Daves of Durham.
A Celebration of her life will be held in the Chapel of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home on Friday, November 22 at 2 p.m., followed by graveside services at Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Road in Durham. Rev. Paul Watson will officiate. The visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Michael Irving O’Briant
DURHAM — Michael Irving O’Briant passed away, surrounded by his family on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Mike was born May 20, 1953 to Adelia (Dee) and Lee O’Briant in Durham, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Vaughan O’Briant.
Mike graduated from Durham High School and received a degree in business from East Carolina University. Mike was employed over the years by O’Briant Motor Co., Coman Lumber Co., and was employed 17 years with Dealer’s Supply.
Mike is survived by his children, Heather O’Briant (Corrie) of Wilson, Matt O’Briant of Durham, their mother Dawn West O’Briant, and his grandchildren, Noah, Trenton, and Adie. He is also survived by his sister Dede Brockwell (Sam) of Durham, many nieces and nephews, and Katherine O’Briant.
Mike will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his talent for home improvements and decorating skills. Many will remember seeing his 6’4” frame driving a small red Alfa Convertible around Durham.
The family would like to thank UNC Cancer Center, his Nurse Navigator, Melissa Holt, and his Home Caregiver, April Locklear for their support and care.
A private family service was held on November 16th at Watts Street Baptist Church. Donations can be made in his memory to Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts Street, Durham, NC 27701 or to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB#7295 UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295.

Leigh Erin Sasser
November 8, 1979 - November 15, 2013
DURHAM - Leigh loved her family, her friends, strangers with a story to tell, good times, bears, and beer. Last Friday, Leigh bid this world good night to rest her beauty in a gentler place. But we know that nothing that is ever loved is ever lost and no one who has ever touched a heart can ever pass away because some beauty lingers on in each memory of everything of which they've been a part.
Leigh had so much love she needed four parents to share it. She is survived by her father Alan Sasser and her mother Ellen Jerome; Blair Jerome and Debbie Sasser; her beloved brother, Joel Sasser; and her special aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Join us in a Celebration of Leigh's life at the Durham Museum of Life and Science this Saturday between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. We have an outside courtyard and inside space in case of inclement weather. Park close to the large glass building which hosts the Butterfly House and enter through Gate 3 where there will be an attendant. The family will be at home afterwards for those who would care to visit, 116 Wedgeland Drive, Raleigh 27615. Personal messages may be sent to
In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donation are asked to please contact the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness.

Bobby Lee Weaver, Sr.
DURHAM - Bobby Lee Weaver, Sr., 74, passed away on November 18, 2013 at Duke Hospice in Durham, North Carolina after a brief period of failing health. He was born on August 29, 1939 in Durham, North Carolina to Billy and Ada Alston Weaver.
Bobby grew up in Durham and attended the Durham Public Schools. After high school, he began work in the textile industry where he worked for 14 years. He left the textile industry in 1972 and began working for IBM as a technician. He retired from IBM in 1995 after 23 years.
In 1958, Bobby married Gennell Lassiter in Bennettsville, South Carolina. They were happily married for 39 years until she passed away in December 1997. Their marriage produced two sons and one daughter.
Bobby was a devoted father, husband, brother, and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching his favorite teams, the Duke University Blue Devils men's basketball team and the NFL's Washington Redskins.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, six sisters, and his beloved wife of 39 years. He is survived by two sons, Bobby Jr. and Ricky, of Durham, North Carolina; one daughter, Tonya (Curtis) Rucker; two sisters, Ella Mae Pratt of Durham, North Carolina and Betty Dees of Chesterfield, Virginia; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service will be held at Pilgrim Baptist Church at 2420 S. Roxboro Street at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 22, 2013. A visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Beechwood Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

Kaylor Marlise Gregory
RALEIGH - Kaylor Marlise Gregory, 63, passed away peacefully over the weekend at her home in Raleigh, NC, after a nearly 2-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Born in Durham, NC, to Lois Freeman and the late James A. Gregory, Kaylor lived a beautifully simple life almost exclusively in her beloved North Carolina. She graduated from Durham's Southern High School, continuing on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She had one son, Gregory A. Harris.
An Information Technology professional and financial whiz, Kaylor worked as General Accountant most recently for Adams, Martin & Associates. Amazingly patient and selfless, she was always happy to share her craft at home as well, assisting her mother, son, and nieces with taxes or personal financial concerns.
Kaylor is survived by her mother Lois Freeman Gregory of Durham; her brother and sister-in-law Vann and Nancy of Newark, DE; her sister and brother-in-law Deborah and Stephen Leighton of Winston-Salem; and her son Greg, daughter-in-law Stewart, and granddaughter Ava Camille of Charlotte.
Although intensely private and often preferring to keep to herself, Kaylor touched many lives in her brief 63 years...her gentle, insightful, and compassionate demeanor deeply impressing upon the souls of those who knew her.
In accordance with Kaylor's wishes, there will be no formal ceremony. In lieu of flowers, one may wish to make a memorial donation to the Duke University Cancer Institute at 512 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC, 27701,

Sylvia “Ray” Suggs Freeman

WILMINGTON - Sylvia “Ray” Suggs Freeman, 86, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 15, 2013, at her residence. Ray was born March 8, 1927, in Durham, N.C., daughter of the late Thomas Lacy and Maggie Beatrice Suggs.
Her sisters, Claudine King and Isobel Hall, and brother, Thomas Suggs, preceded her in death.
Ms. Freeman graduated from Durham High School, attended Duke University and retired to Wilmington in 1992 following a 35-year career with General Telephone/Verizon in Durham, N.C.
She loved her family, friends, shopping for bargains, cooking for a crowd, reading, writing, sewing, decorating cakes, music, spoiling her dogs and playing bridge.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Cherry; three grandchildren, Xan, Carla, and Quin Cherry; and one great-granddaughter, Rain Spencer.
A memorial service was held Monday at Wrightsville United Methodist Church with Pastor Bob Bauman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Please leave online condolences for the family at

Killian Samuel Perez
FAYETTEVILLE - Killian Samuel Perez, 4, of Fayetteville beloved child of Jeff Perez and Elizabeth "Liz" Brazil Perez was born July 22, 2009 and earned his angel wings on November 16, 2013.
He is survived by his parents, one brother, Gatlin Perez; two sisters, Sydney and Bailey Perez all of Fayetteville; grandmothers, Mary Perez and Sarah Wright Faircloth; great-grandparents, Maurice Wallace, Dorothy Spencer, Dan and Mary Perez, and Sam and Helen Gibbs.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Village Baptist Church, 906 S. McPherson Church Road, Fayetteville, with the Pastor Sam Gibbs, Rev. Dan Stanley and Rev. Nick Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, 500 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC.
Donations may be made to the Killian Perez Memorial Fund at any Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union or online at We truly appreciate the help that we have received.
Our sweet baby boy Killian went home to be with Jesus. He was a ball of energy that touched the hearts of many. Killian was a blessing that we will forever hold in our hearts. "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you" - Philippians 1:3.
Service entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville, NC.