January 23, 2013
Ruby Morris Alford
DURHAM — Mrs. Ruby Morris Alford, 95, a former resident of St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, died on Monday, January 21, 2013.
Mrs. Alford was born in Wake County to the late Leonard and Lillie Gargis Morris. She retired from the Westinghouse Meter Division in Raleigh. She was a member of North Durham Baptist Church. She enjoyed camping. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Alford.
She is survived by her son, Michael Rives Alford; two daughters, Aultney Cozart and Susan Carroll; one brother, Robert Morris; two sisters, Mary Davis and Irma Prevette; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Wes McMurray. Entombment will be in Raleigh Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the North Durham Baptist Church, 6036 Guess Road, Durham 27712. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Joe William Howell
DURHAM - Mr. Joe William Howell was born February 9, 1959 in Durham to Mr. Thomas and Mary Frances Howell. He passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 1 p.m., Pine Grove Baptist Church in Creedmoor. The family will receive friends an hour before the service.
Joe is survived by his parents; brother, Michael Howell of Stem; sister, Shelia (Albert) Daniels; grandmothers, Josephine Howell of Butner and Minnie Lee Allen of Durham; and a close cousin, Cecilia Johnson of Butner; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at www.ellisdjones.com.
Raymond L. Mercer
DURHAM - Raymond L. Mercer, 69, departed this life on January 20, 2013. He is survived by his father, Morse Gilmore; sisters, Joyce Bolden, Carolyn Guy, Juanita Boston, Cathy Gilmore; brothers, Johnnie Mercer, George Gilmore, Donald Gilmore, Kenneth Gilmore, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, January 25, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10:30 a.m.
George “Debo” Wilbur Stanley
DURHAM - Mr. George “Debo” Wilbur Stanley, 71, of 2002 Baptist Road, died on Monday, January 21, 2013.
Mr. Stanley was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late John Wilbur Stanley and Mary Medlin Stanley. He was founder and owner of Top Coat Inc., until retiring. He attended Shady Grove Baptist Church. He loved the outdoor sports, turkey hunting, small game hunting and fishing. He was an avid bow hunter and 3D Target Archer and was co-Founder of the Falls Lake Archery Association and was a member of the Carolina Archer Coalition. He enjoyed farming and gardening and sharing the harvest with his family and friends. He was known for his deep compassion, help and love for others.
He is survived by his son, Johnny Stanley and wife, Jackie, of Durham; one daughter, Barbara Wilkerson and husband, Scott, of South Carolina; two sisters, Jackie Carpenter and husband, Ed, and Becky Carpenter and husband, Bruce, both of Durham; three grandchildren, Hunter Stanley, Colby Stanley and Jordan Wilkerson; three nieces, Rhonda Edwards, Laura Adcock and Karen Kirby and three nephews, Earl Carpenter, Neal Carpenter and Terry Carpenter.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Pulley and Pastor Frank Rice. Interment will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Larry Ricks, Gary Rigsbee, Earl Carpenter, Neal Carpenter, Robert Keller and Brent Brogden. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Dickerson, Ed Carpenter, Bruce Carpenter and Bill Blaylock.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2002 Baptist Road. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
George T. Thorne
DURHAM — George T. Thorne, 86, transitioned into eternal life on January 19, 2013 after a brief illness. The youngest child of the late Zebulon Vance Thorne and Mary Barrow Thorne, George was born on February 20, 1926 in Bath, North Carolina.
George graduated from Mother of Mercy Catholic School in “Little” Washington, North Carolina in 1943. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1949 from North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University) and later earned a Master’s degree in Accounting also from NCCU.
He served in the United States Army as Accounting Secretary in Japan during World War II, which laid the foundation for a dynamic 40+ year career at North Carolina Central University. George worked diligently and contributed greatly to the success of NCCU’s financial affairs.
While George’s financial expertise was his greatest gift to the Durham and NCCU communities, his pride and joy was the ongoing beautification project of the NCCU campus and the Holy Cross Catholic Church’s grounds. His love and passion for planting and growing flowers remains, even today, a great legacy of his hard work and dedication. George also personally identified a need for signage around the NCCU campus so that his alma mater was clearly identified in the community as a place of academic excellence and a landmark worthy of admiration to all who passed by.
George also enjoyed traveling with his late wife, the former Marian Henderson. He also participated on the Hazel B. Plummer “Monday Night” Bowling league for over 40 years. He was an avid photographer and unofficial historian for Holy Cross Catholic Church, where he has served faithfully as church accountant, member of the Men’s Society and Holy Cross Gospel Choir.
As the beloved patriarch of the Thorne family, he leaves to cherish his memory a loving daughter, Kathy Thorne Lindsay (husband, Dennis G. Lindsay Sr., who has been an exceptionally devoted son to George, especially in recent years as his health declined); three grandchildren, Dennis G. Lindsay Jr. (Tiara), Amber J. Timberlake-Lindsay (fiancé, Terrel Andrews), and Christopher A. Lindsay; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Alice Jones (Ron); nephews, Aaron Walter Solomon Jr. (Heidi), Michelle Solomon Brown (Mitch), Vance Thorne, George Thorne, Michael Thorne (Karen), and Rev. Stephen Thorne; and nieces, Trudy Jackson (Raymond), Mary Smalls (Dwayne) and Alice Thorne; along with a host of grand-nieces and nephews, special friends, in-laws, and colleagues.
Services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 South Alston Ave., Durham as follows: visitation and viewing, 12 – 1 p.m.; Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Donations may be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church in memory of George T. Thorne. Services entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home, Inc.
Peggy Lee Spivey
CHAPEL HILL— Mrs. Peggy Lee Spivey, 80, of 2913 Green Hill Drive, died at Durham Regional Hospital on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
Mrs. Spivey was a native of Durham, the daughter of the late Walter Lee Vickers and Catherine Ann Coe Vickers. She retired from Duke University Medical Center. She was a member of Palmers Grove United Methodist Church in Hillsborough. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Timothy Vickers, Walter Lee Vickers and Tommy Vickers.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James Earl Spivey; one son, Larry Wayne Wilson of Durham; three daughters, Donna Wilson Lockamy and husband, Steve, of Hillsborough, Cheryl Denise Wilson Lane of Chapel Hill and Regina Spivey Dufresne and husband, Ron, of Chapel Hill; one brother, Jimmy Vickers and wife, Linda, of Durham; one sister, Lynette Vickers of Durham; stepsons, James Ricky Spivey of Oklahoma and Rodney Mark Spivey of Georgia; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Steve Taylor and Rev. Dawn Davis. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Joshua Honeycutt, Matthew Wilson, Vince Wilson, Steve Lockamy, Patrick Lockamy and Joe Sands.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.