Obituaries, Nov. 23, 2013

Nov. 22, 2013 @ 06:52 PM


Byron Shane Sims

DURHAM -- Byron Shane Sims was born on April 29, 1971.  He leaves to cherish his memory his parents Dr. Bernard Sims and  Lula Sims, a twin brother Bruce Guy Sims, sister Tonya Renee Sims, and son Deon Jamaree Sims. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and a special friend.

Funeral service will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 11:00 am with visitation at 10:45 am.

Mildred Dollar Wright

DURHAM — Mrs. Mildred Dollar Wright, 96, of 93 Stone Hill Court, Durham died at Carolina Point Hospice in Durham on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of the late R. Chester Dollar and the late Thomas LeRoy Wright and the daughter of John L. Thompson and Lillian Hastings Thompson, both deceased. She worked for many years at Morton’s Department Store and was a member of the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Elana Davis with whom she made her home; sister, Betty Shoffner of Graham; grandson, Keith Davis of Durham; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Clarence, Floyd, Melvin, Wilson and Elmer Thompson and three sisters, Louise McAbee, Elsie Henderson and Thelma Thompson.

The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Tim Robinson with the family receiving friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Duke University, Office of Gift Records, 2200 West Main Street, Suite A 230, Durham, NC 27705.

The family would like to express their many thanks to Phoenix Assisted Living Facility in Cary for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Mrs. Wright.

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Ann Palmer Bayliss

CHAPEL HILL — Ann Palmer Bayliss, a 43-year resident of Chapel Hill and long-time elementary school library volunteer, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, from complications of lung cancer at Carol Woods. She was 89.

She started volunteering at the Estes Hills Elementary School library in 1977 while her youngest son was a student there and continued long after all three sons had graduated from the school system. In 2000, the school dedicated the Ann Bayliss reading corner, commending her “for her thousands of volunteer hours.” She was one of the original “soccer moms,” ferrying the boys and their friends to games on Saturday afternoons in the early 1970s while listening to the weekly opera broadcast on the station wagon radio.

She was born on October 16, 1924, in Orange, N.J., to Theodore DeCue Palmer Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth Ochs. Her grandfather, Milton Ochs, was publisher of the Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times; she was a great-niece of Adolph Ochs, publisher of The New York Times. She graduated from Miss Beard’s School in 1942 and Wells College in 1946. While living in Germany from 1948-1951, she worked for the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. Upon return to the U.S. she worked as a personnel interviewer for Cities Services Oil and Gas in New York.

In 1957 she married William H. Bayliss and moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., where their three sons were born. They moved to Chapel Hill when her husband entered Duke Law School and remained throughout his law career. She and Bill were avid travelers, visiting Western and Eastern Europe, Egypt, Turkey, China, New Zealand. Bill died in 2012.

She is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law and four grandchildren: George Bayliss and Svea Herbst; Ted Bayliss and Maura Landry (Margaret, Caroline and Andrew) and Mark Bayliss and Christianne Edkins (Alexander). She is also survived by her sister, Josephine Dean Hall, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 10 am at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, PO Box 877, Carrboro, NC 27510. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Warren Spencer Summey, Sr.

HILLSBOROUGH - Warren Spencer Summey, Sr., age 90 of Hillsborough, died November 22, 2013. He was the son of the late Osborne and Alverta Woods Summey. He was a member of Hillsborough United Methodist Church, the Alpha Wesley Class, and the Men’s Breakfast Group. He was a member of the Schley American Legion.

Warren retired from Lucent Technologies. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the European, African, and Asiatic-Pacific theaters.

He was married to Agnes Smith Summey for 62 years. She preceded him in death June 12, 2011.

Warren is survived by a son, Warren “Spencer” Summey, Jr. and wife Wanda Mashburn Summey of Hillsborough; two daughters, Carol Summey of Lexington, and Jan Hemby and husband Billy of Clayton; three granddaughters, Kimberly Rochelle Lowery and husband Jason of Smyrna, GA, Hope Hemby of Raleigh and Cara Hemby of Clayton; and great-granddaughter, Ivey Lowery of Smyrna, GA; a sister, Dathene Hawkins and husband Bill of Cedar Grove. Three brothers preceded him in death, Gilmer Summey, Lawrence Summey, and Harold Summey, all of Hillsborough.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 4:00pm at Hillsborough United Methodist Church with the Reverend Al Horne officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00-4:00pm. A private burial will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank Warren’s Caregivers, Annie, Donna and Lester. Your devotion, care, and love for “Mr. Warren” will always be remembered and appreciated. Thanks also to the friends, neighbors, family, and church members who loved Warren (and Agnes) and were so faithful over the years. Thanks to Duke Hospice for all your care and compassion.

Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough is serving the Summey family.


Willie Ann Lunsford Knott

ROXBORO — Willie Ann Lunsford Knott, 82 of 201 Lunsford-Knott Road, died Thursday, November 21, 2013. Born in Person County, daughter of the late John Wesley Lunsford & Annie Pixley Lunsford. Mrs. Knott was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was an active member of the United Methodist women.

Surviving are husband of 59 years Phillip Knott of the home; her son Brent Knott & wife Lvinnie of Roxboro; her daughter Lisa Morris & husband Donald of Timberlake; two grandsons Wesley Morris & wife Leslie and Blake Morris.

Memorial services will be held 3:30 PM Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jack Ruth. Interment will be at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund c/o Josephine Huff, 6622 Old Roxboro Road, Oxford, NC 27565.


Henry Clyde Benton

NORFOLK, VA - Henry Clyde Benton, Jr., 73, of Norfolk, Va., died Monday, November 18, 2013. Born in Washington, N.C., he was the only child of the late Henry Clyde Benton, Sr. and Mary Louise Whidbee Benton. He attended Warwick High School in Newport News, Va., graduated from Christchurch School, and obtained his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was an extremely proud and active member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Clyde is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betsy Fitch Benton, originally of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two daughters: Dawn Kimberlee Benton White and husband Brice of New Paltz, N.Y., and Holly Benton and husband Frank Bozzo of Durham, N.C.; nine grandchildren: Sarah White Ortiz (David) and Rachael, Nathanael, Josiah, Rebekah, Mary, Gabriel and Anna White, and Ben Bozzo; great-grandchildren Dominic and Blaise Ortiz; nephews Miles, David, Brad and John Fitch and Brooks Walker; and niece, Hunter Walker.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the 24th, in Norfolk. The full obituary may be viewed, and online condolences offered, to the family through

Mary Louise Wilkins Cole

WINSTON-SALEM — Mary Louise Wilkins Cole, 93, passed away August 24, 2013 at Salemtowne Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, NC. Mrs. Cole, daughter of Lonnie and Clair Wilkins, was born November 14, 1919 at the Wilkins home place on Mt. Sinai Road in Orange County, NC.

Louise graduated from Hope Valley High School in 1936 and attended Brevard College for two years. She returned home, became an x-ray technician and worked at Duke Hospital. She married Jesse Cole, who was serving in the Army during WWII, on November 2, 1942.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Cole, and her youngest son, Denny Cole. She is survived by her son, Tommy (Betty), of Winston-Salem, NC, two granddaughters: Jennifer Cudd (Gabe) of Gilbert, AZ, and Ashley Panek (Alan) of Houston, TX, two grandsons: David Cole of Winston-Salem, NC and Jesse Cole of Phoenix, AZ, and four great-grandchildren: Piper Cudd, Cameron Cudd, Grayson Panek and Kayten Panek. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC at 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 with the Rev. Ned Mathews officiating. The family will receive visitors at the Cressett Baptist Church Family Life Center, where she was a charter member, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm following the graveside service.

Memorial gifts may be made to Cressett Baptist Church, 3707 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707.

Esther Stovall Thompson

WILMINGTON - Mrs. Esther Stovall Thompson, 93, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Silver Stream Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Thompson was born in Granville County, the daughter of the late Alexander Marrow Stovall and the late Nanny Tazz Norwood Stovall. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry Thompson.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Mitchell and husband, Floyd of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Adam Mitchell, Melanie Floyd; grandchildren, Adelynn, Taylor and Harrison; sister, Edith Broadbent of Salt Lake City, UT.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Mr. Normal Stallings officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, NC Affiliate, 3131 RDU Center Drive, Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at