January 18, 2013

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

Annie Marie Fulford Brown
DURHAM — Ms. Annie Marie Fulford Brown, 75, died Wednesday afternoon at her home. Ms. Brown was born in Pitt Co., the daughter of the late Jimmie Richard Fulford and the late Annie Laurie Parker Fulford. Prior to her retirement she was employed by Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. Ms. Brown was a longtime faithful member of Calvary Free Will Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.
Ms. Brown is survived by daughters, Pamela Brown Cokeley of Cornelius and Kimberly Brown Mitzkovitz of Manassas, Va.; sister, Janie Fulford Langley of Siler City; brother, Colon Fulford of Durham; grandchildren, Justin and Parker; longtime friend, Timmy Byrd.
Graveside service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

Sharyn Lynn Duke
DURHAM — Mrs. Sharyn Lynn Duke, 57, went to her heavenly home to be with the Lord Wednesday at her home. Sharyn was born in Durham County, the daughter of the late Patrick William Dixon Sr.
Sharyn is survived by her mother, Bobbie Ann Britt Dixon; husband, Thomas Wayne Duke; daughter, Shannon Lynn Duke (fiancé, Jacob Bradley Schronce); sister, Carolyn Ann Dixon; brother, Patrick William Dixon Jr.; many nieces and nephews; and six chihuahuas.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church in Rougemont with the Rev. Brian Hager officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverview United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home in Durham Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

Patricia Loyd Drinard Gettys
DURHAM — Patricia Loyd Drinard Gettys died of recent illness on Friday, January 11, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Patricia was born in Richmond, Virginia on December 6, 1935 to Lawrence Burgess Drinard of Richmond, Va. and Juanita Loyd Hatch of Danville, Va. In 1972, Patricia married Carl Alexander Gettys of Shelby. They made their home in Durham where Carl passed away in 1990. Patricia’s stepbrother, Frederick Parker Hatch Jr. of Wilmington died in 2003. Surviving loved ones are: Elsie Corbett Hatch, Frederick Hatch III (Helen), Grant Hatch (Tina), Stephen Hatch (Sherry), Mark Hatch (Rhonda), Bert Hatch (Kimberly), and their children.
Patricia (Pattie) attended local schools in Durham, graduating from Durham High School. She attended Stratford College in Danville, Va. graduating in 1955. Pattie enjoyed a career as a secretary for Dr. J.L. Goldner at Duke Hospital, receiving a commendation from the University President for 40 years of service to the institution. Collecting Limoges boxes, wooden nutcrackers, and NC pottery were some of her interests and she enjoyed telling where each came from. Apart from her family, Pattie’s greatest love was for the UNC Tarheels, especially Dean Smith and Carolina basketball.
A memorial service will be held in Durham in the near future, date and time to be announced. The family requests that memorials to Patricia be placed to one’s favorite charity in her name.

Thomas Milton Poole
BAHAMA — Thomas Milton Poole, age 89, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle joined his life-long love of 66 years on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his home in Bahama. He died on the morning of his wife's (Alma Truax Poole) funeral.
Alma and Tom started corresponding during W.W.II when Tom stopped by her home on the way to the European war zone to meet her.   He then went on to do a tour of combat missions over Europe as a B-17 co-pilot in the Army Air Corps honorably serving as a First Lieutenant based in London. His B-17 was nearly shot out from under him over Germany but he managed to get back to his base and land safely with his entire crew on board including the future Postmaster General of the United States, William F. Bolger, responsible for the creation of the zip code system. Tom was Officer of the Day in 1945 when the Japanese surrendered and the War was over. After the war, Tom married Alma and they settled in Ravenna, Ohio where they started a family and stayed for 17 years before moving to Bahama. He was able to attend the Flight of Honor for veterans in November 2010 and served as the Grand Marshall for the Bahama Christmas parade. In his earlier years in Ohio he worked as a siding contractor and later after moving to NC he operated his family business, Poole's Egg Ranch, and continued in tobacco farming for many years.
He was preceded in death by parents, John Lee Poole and Allie Mae Tilley Poole; and step-mother, Mildred Lizzie Schofield; a son, Jeffrey Scott Poole; grandson, Nathan Poole; and granddaughter, Lori Lee Wilson. Also predeceased were siblings, Kathleen, Rufus, James, and Mike Poole. Surviving are one brother, Russell Poole; and four half-sisters, Hilda Ladd, Alma Stalls, Patricia Russell and Karen Kerrick.
He is survived by his son, Tom Poole (wife, Linda); daughter, Cindy Crabtree (husband, Barnette); six grandchildren (Amy Smith, Christine Pronishen, Stacy Crabtree, Kim Stewart, Leigh Poole and Matt Crabtree); and 12 great grandchildren (Jerrol and Jenna Pronishen, Coleton Smith, Andrew, Sophie, Jackson, Lydia and Audrey Stewart; Joshua, Gray, and Julia Crabtree).
The funeral will be Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Road, Bahama, by the Rev. Wes. McMurray. The family will receive visitors immediately prior to the service at the church at 10 a.m. Interment will be at New Bethel United Methodist Church in Rougemont, on NC 57.
Pallbearers will be Matt Crabtree, Randy Stewart, Doug Stalls, Don Stalls, Chris Vermillion, Ronald Russell, Mark Poole & Mickey Poole.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardsville Station Road, Bahama NC 27503 or Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro St. Durham, NC 27704.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com

Jason Chisholm Thresher
April 9, 1985-January 12, 2013
DURHAM - Jason Thresher, beloved son, grandson, and brother, died tragically and suddenly in a car accident. He is survived by his mother, Jill Thresher of Durham; brother, Erik Thresher of Durham; maternal grandfather, Keith Chisholm of Florida; paternal grandmother, Rita McKee of Massachusetts; as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jason was a kind young man with a heart of gold and intense love and loyalty for family and friends. He had just earned two degrees at Durham Tech and was soon to embark on a new path in his young life. He had the greenest of eyes that earned compliments from strangers and friends alike. Two of Jason's favorite things, other than family and friends, were basketball and animals. He was a lifelong fan of the Carolina Tarheels. He played basketball most of his childhood and more recently played recreational ball through the city parks.
Jason volunteered with the Animal Protection Society of Durham, and for several years, he assisted his mom as a volunteer with Independent Animal Rescue.
A private service will be held Sunday for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the APS, 2117 East Club Boulevard #101, Durham 27704; and IAR, Shannon Plaza, Durham 27707 would be welcomed.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Roy Marie Williams
DURHAM — Roy Marie Williams flew away home on January 15, 2013.
Born July 7, 1931 to Roy Milton Smith and Charlotte Boynton Smith, Roy Marie grew up and spent much of her life in Belton, Texas. The independence and self-reliance of her beloved hill country strengthened all her days. Her childhood was charmed: As a tot, she rode with Belton's sheriff on the horse leading the town's 4th of July parade. Although her father's lumberyard struggled during the Depression, her mother was able to piece together a gracious home. That inventiveness might have inspired Roy Marie's later talent as a quilter; in the late 1990s, she started central Texas' first chapter of Project Linus, which makes and donates quilts to critically ill children. Roy's quilts reflect her vibrant sense of color and experimentation; they will be treasured by her daughters, Barbara Williams Ellertson of Durham and Laura Brewer Hood of Lewes, Delaware.
An early marriage to Billy Joe Williams interrupted Roy Marie's college education, but with typical determination, she later completed coursework for her Associates degree at a community college in Temple, Texas. Her husband's work moved the family between Oklahoma and Louisiana for 15 years. Then, after a difficult divorce, Roy raised 3 children as a single parent in Louisiana in the 1960s -- a situation that required courage almost unimaginable now. At a time when working mothers were rare, Roy Marie enrolled in business school and launched a career in insurance administration. She was ahead of her time: Betty Friedan's studies were first published the same year (1963). 
In the early 70s, when her son was in the Army (Vietnam) and middle daughter away at college, Roy Marie moved with her youngest daughter to west Texas. It was a bleak period, but camping trips under the stars made lasting memories. Inheriting her grandparents' farmhouse took her back to central Texas, to Belton, where she built a life filled with family and happy social connections like square dancing and Quilt Guild meetings. Becoming a Master Gardener was a proud accomplishment. One memorable spring, she used city sludge as fertilizer, and unwittingly found a quarter acre solid in tomato plants: she sold bushels of tomatoes that summer to the local grocery. She became a literacy tutor, advised a program for troubled teens, renovated her 1910 farmhouse. One guiding maxim was "very well, then, said the little, small red hen, I will do it myself." She was an inspiring model of making the most of whichever resources were at hand -- and sharing them with treasured friends.
In 2006, Roy Marie transplanted some of her deep Texas roots to Durham to live at Croasdaile Village and be near the expert cardiac care at Duke Medical Center. As a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, she was a valued member of the Chronic Illness Support group and "Tongue & Thimble" sewing group. At Croasdaile, she made many friends as a bird-watcher, a library volunteer, and a lover of the many gardens. Roy's titanium- strength will and physical discipline drove her recoveries from too many health crises. She savored many joys, large & small, all of her days.
Roy Marie was pre-deceased by her parents; her sister, Charlotte Jean Smith; her son, Mark Stephen Williams; her niece, Beverly Taylor Flentge; and her nephew, Bruce William Taylor. In addition to her daughters, Roy Marie is survived by her sons-in-law, Charles Ellertson and Perry Hood; her dear friend, Gloria Wardrick of Durham; and her niece, Lydia Claire Taylor of Belton, Texas.
The family wishes to thank Gloria Wardrick of Home Instead for genuinely loving care, as well as staff of both Croasdaile Village Pavilion and Heritage Hall for innumerable kindnesses.
A service of committal and blessing will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham on Saturday, January 19th at 1:30 p.m.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests a charitable donation to Project Linus, to a literacy program, or planting a shrub or tree in Roy's memory. Interment will be at a later date in the Smith family plot of North Belton Cemetery, Belton, Texas. Roy Marie is home at last.

Robert Edward Clark
HILLSBOROUGH — Robert Edward Clark, age 81, son the late William Clark and Maggie Frances Clark, died January 16, 2013.
The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mebanes Chapel Holliness Church. Burial will be in Clark Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 6 to 8 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.
Survivors are wife, Mageline Clark; two sons: Robert Clark Jr. and Julius M. Clark; one daughter, Laverne (David) Thompson.
Arrangements by Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Sarah Ruth (McGinnis) Dye
PANAMA CITY, FLA. — After a courageous fight with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Sarah Ruth (McGinnis) Dye, 69, of Panama City, surrounded by friends and family, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on January 12th. Simple words cannot describe how much she was loved and will be missed.
Sarah was born to the late Herbert and Ruth McGinnis, Aug 24, 1943, in Branford, Fla. She graduated from Mainland High School, Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1961, and married John “Buddy” Dye in 1965. They lived together in Florida, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, before relocating permanently as retirees to Panama City in 2005.
Sarah was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother (My My). She and Buddy raised two sons and Sarah worked as a medical secretary for several years in Durham. She was passionate about her faith in Jesus and traveled on several mission trips to spread the Gospel. She loved quilting and was well known for her beautiful creations, bestowed in love, to many friends and family. Those who knew Sarah remarked on her faith, compassion, and loving spirit. She demonstrated this throughout her life and most recently as a volunteer at the St Andrew Christian Care Center, where she cared and prayed for those in need.
Sarah was an active member of St Andrew Baptist and the Chapel Sunday School Class. She loved to travel and took many trips all over the world with her husband and friends. Along with trips to China, Russia, and Africa, some of her most memorable trips were made with her favorite group of friends, “The Travelers.”
Sarah is survived by Buddy Dye, her loving husband of 47 years; two children, Col. Craig Dye, USAF, (Lori), MSgt Brian Dye, USMC, (Angie); brother, MSG Stephen McGinnis, USA (RET) (Chitar); sister, Sharon Biddle (Joe); and three grandchildren, Jake, Jessica, and Hunter. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David; and sister, Peggy.
The family would like to extend our gratefulness to Covenant Hospice, who provided compassionate and professional care to Sarah.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St Andrew Christian Care Center or the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Foundation.
Visitation will begin on Saturday, January 19th at 10 o’clock a.m. at St Andrew Baptist Church, Panama City, Fla. with funeral services beginning at 11 o'clock with Dr. Michael Claunch officiating. Burial will be held immediately following at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.