January 3, 2013

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 05:57 PM

Iantha Johnson Barnes

DURHAM - Funeral services for Iantha Johnson Barnes, 95, will be held Friday at 12 noon at Fisher Funeral Parlor; family visitation, 11:30-12.
Survivors include Stanford Johnson, several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Ann Holladay Stevens Buckner
DURHAM — Ann Holladay Stevens Buckner died peacefully on Thursday, December 20th at UNC Memorial Hospital with her beloved children at her bedside. She is survived by two sons, Clay Buckner of Carrboro (daughter-in-law, Jamie Allison) and Henry Buckner of Pittsboro (daughter-in-law, Gerri Roberts); one daughter, Liza Buckner of Petaluma Calif.; one grandson, Thomas Buckner; and two sisters, Dorothy McConnell of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Elizabeth Stevens of Albuquerque N.M.
A long time resident of Alamance County where she had deep roots, Ann was born on November 6th 1927, the daughter of Paul and Elizabeth Niles Stevens of Alamance, NC. She grew up on Road’s End Farm, family land that later became Cedar Rock Park.
Educated at St. Mary’s College in Raleigh and Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., Ann was a woman of varied interests and talents. She loved horses and became an accomplished and fearless equestrian very early in her life, and in her youth trained for her pilot’s license. She fished well, wrote poetry, enjoyed birdwatching and was an active member of her local Audubon Society as long as health permitted. Ann also loved music and enjoyed her church, especially singing in the choir. She was a philosophical person who generally maintained a sense of wonder at the world and all of its inhabitants. She admired innocence.
Her working life was spent at the Alamance Country Department of Social Services where she was highly regarded as a skilled and compassionate social worker.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, January 12, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Haw River.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to St. Andrew's Church, or the charity of one’s choice.

Benjamin "Mr. Ben" Harrison McClary
DURHAM - Benjamin "Mr. Ben" Harrison McClary was born February 2, 1918 in Kingstree, S.C. He departed this life on January 1, 2013, after a brief illness, at home. Services will be held January 6, 2013 at West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens Ave., at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at his home, 1514 Cassandra Dr., Durham 27712. He is survived by daughter, Lana Geer; and two grandsons, Shaun and Michael Geer, of Chattanooga Tenn.
Services are by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home.

Thad McKellar
DURHAM - Mr. Thad McKellar entered into rest Sunday, December 30, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clarence H. Burke, Eulogist. Interment Beechwood Cemetery.

James R. (Jim) Mullins
DURHAM — James R. (Jim) Mullins, 79, of Green Oak Drive in Durham, passed away peacefully in his sleep following an extended illness. 
Jim was born in Monroe, Mississippi on November 17, 1933. Jim was the son of the late James R. and Ernestine Mullins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Carolyn Mullins Roby. He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Mullins; his daughter, Teri Mullins Pond (Jeff); his son, Michael R. Mullins; two grandsons, James and Daniel Pond; and sister, Suzy Mullins Huber (David) of Natchez, Mississippi.
After graduating from Natchez High School in 1951, Jim joined the Navy and served for four years during the Korean War. Upon returning home from his time in the service, he met and married his loving wife of 53 years, Pat, in September 1959. After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1961, he was employed by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia where he worked for 30 years in Atlanta, Miami, and Durham. Jim was instrumental in a survey conducted following the nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island in Pennsylvania. In 1983, he was awarded the James McDiarmid Award for outstanding contributions in the area of Public Health. Jim enjoyed golfing and was active in coaching youth sports.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 4th at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, on Milton Road, in Durham. Visitation will be held at 11:00 and the memorial service will start at 11:30. The Reverend Marc Francis will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or to Ridgecrest Baptist Church. The family would also like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff at the Carolina House for their compassion and care for our beloved husband and father in his final months.

Annie Ruth Perry
DURHAM - Annie Ruth Perry, 85, of Durham passed into eternal rest in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 30, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Harold Headen and Rebecca McLean and was born on April 23, 1927 in Pittsboro. Mrs. Perry was an active member of Mount Olive A.M.E. Zion Church, where she worked diligently in the Missionary Circle and in supporting all auxiliaries.
Mrs. Perry was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Perry; son, Gary Farrington; and grandson Gregory Headen. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Perry Sulick; son-in-law, Dr. Michael Sulick of Wake Forest; brothers, Melvin Farrington of Durham, Wilber Cox and wife, Clara, of Chestertown, Md.; granddaughter, Felecia Perry of Raleigh; great-grandson, Gregory Thomas Headen; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Mount Olive AME Zion Church, 1515 West Club Blvd., Durham on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 11 a.m. until service time at 12 p.m. in the church. Interment will take place after the service at Beechwood Cemetery, 3400 Fayetteville Street, Durham.
Memorial donations can be made to the Mount Olive AME Zion Church Missionary fund, 1515 West Club Blvd., Durham 27705.

Terri Graham Waller
DURHAM — Terri Graham Waller departed this life on December 31, 2012.
She is survived by husband, Jerome Waller; daughters, Darica, Kelsey, and Prew Waller. Services will be held at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church at 316 Hebron Road, Durham 27704.
Viewing at 12 noon. Services begin at 1 p.m. Arrangements are by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home.

Ronnie Sue Mandel

PITTSBORO — Ronnie Sue Mandel passed away at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro on January 1, 2013.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill, 120 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, on Friday, January 4, 2013 from 7 until 9 p.m.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Church Of The Holy Family, 200 Hayes Street, Chapel Hill.

Cora Bell Chambers

BUTNER — Cora Bell Chambers, 70, resident of 600 East B Street, died Monday in Henderson. She was the daughter of the late Ollie T. Daye Sr. and Katherine Smith Daye of Person County.
She is survived by two sisters, Shirley Jones, Roxboro, and Pauline McDougle, Bunn Level, N.C.; and three brothers, Ollie "Joe" Daye Jr., of the home, Robert Daye, Roxboro, and George Daye, Gibsonville, N.C.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. at Siloam Baptist Church in Person County by Rev. Wayne Johnson. Burial will be in the Bass-Burton Family Cemetery. A viewing will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to services at Siloam Baptist Church.

Alice Coates Blalock

TIMBERLAKE — Alice Coates Blalock, age 83, formerly of 641 Surl-Mt. Tirzah Road, Timberlake, died Tuesday afternoon, January 1, 2013 at Roxboro Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Blalock was a native of Person County, daughter of the late William Boswell and Hurlie Ramsey Coates and wife of 60 years to the late Lennie Jackson Blalock. She had retired as owner/operator of Alice’s Beauty Salon and was a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher and choir member for more than 30 years and treasurer for 40 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis B. Farrell and husband, Gary of Rougemont, Jackie B. Hicks and husband, Chris of Timberlake; three grandchildren, Tamara F. Buffkin and husband, Lindy, Heather F. Marlow and husband, SFC Michael, Evan B. Hicks; two great grandchildren, Jenny Lynn Buffkin, Sydney Lenn Marlow; three sisters-in-law, Betty R. Coates, Dorothy E. Coates and Terri Coates. 
Mrs. Blalock is preceded in death by a sister, Jewell C. Meeler; five brothers, Calvin “Buck” Coates, Talmadge Coates, Everette Coates, Ernest “Jake” Coates and Winfred Coates.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2013 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church by the Rev. Barry Chambers.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today, January 3, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church and other times at the homes of her daughters, Phyllis Farrell, 8417 Guess Road, Rougemont or Jackie Hicks, 721 Surl-Mt. Tirzah Road, Timberlake.      
Pallbearers will be Mertis Blalock, Michael Blalock, Eldridge Coates, Michael Coates, Moffett Coates, Evan Hicks, James Mangum and Larry Meeler. James Fogleman and Woody Painter will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Building Fund, 1655 Mt. Harmony Church Road, Rougemont, NC 27572.
Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home, 1314 North Main Street, Roxboro. Online condolences may be made at stricklandfhroxboro.com.

Chester W. Gregory Sr.

WILMINGTON, DEL. — Chester W. Gregory Sr. PhD, age 94, transitioned from this world to eternity on December 25, 2012 in Wilmington, Del. He is survived by his wife, Caren Turner; four children, Kim Gregory of Baltimore, Md., Va'Shun Turner of Wilmington, Del., Chester Gregory Jr. of Baltimore, Md. and Deborah Jackson of Goldsboro; five grandchildren, Tavaraes Jackson of Goldsboro, Imani Greogry of Baltimore, and Malik Gregory of Columbia, SC., Jakia Rowe Turner and Jakai Rowe Turner; two great grandchildren, R'Mani Turner and Aubrey Perez Turner; sister, Velma Jones of Durham; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, sister and brother in laws. Predeceased: first wife, Dalthenia Crews Gregory; sisters, Alberta Sylvia Gregory Miller,  Christine Gregory Hall.
Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Jan 5, 2013 at Faith Tabernacle United Holy Church, 300 A St. NE Washington, DC 20002; Burial in Lagrange, NC.

Edith Cooley Hutchinson
GREENSBORO — Mrs. Edith Cooley Hutchinson, 89, died on Sunday, December 30, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Justin LaForest Hinton Cooley and Anna Laurinda Cooley. She was a homemaker but also worked part time at Kings Department Store in the 1960’s, she enjoyed bowling and was a member of Grace Baptist Church where she played the piano for her Sunday School Class.
She is survived by her two sons, Tim Hutchinson (Crystal) of Greensboro, Hal Hutchinson (Dawn) of California; and three grandchildren, Timothy J. Hutchinson Jr., Laura E. Hutchinson and Alison Ridenhour.
Graveside services will be held on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Dr. Wayne Riley will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Martin B. Wilson
NEWTON GROVE - Mr. Martin B. Wilson, 90, of 825 N. Johnson Road passed Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at home.
The funeral will be held Saturday, January 5, at White Oak Disciples of Christ Church, Newton Grove, with Bishop Charles J. Williams, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Newton Grove.
Visitation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, January 4 at the church.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Wilson; son, Coleman Wilson; and grandson, Torrey Wilson.
He is survived by his daughters, Luretha Lewis of Goldsboro, Rachel Hull of Roswell, Ga., Mary Wilson of Enfield, N.C., Emily Wilson, Deana Peaks, and Portia Wilson all of Durham, Darlene Wilson of Goldsboro; sons, Conrad Wilson of Enfield, N.C., Steven Wilson of Augusta, Ga., and Porter Wilson of the home; sister, Lillie "Pat" Dickerson, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to www.brockmemorialandworley.com.
Services entrusted to Brock Memorial & Worley Funeral Home in Clinton.