January 4, 2013

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

Olivia Virginia Harris Deans

DURHAM - Mrs. Olivia Virginia Harris Deans, 100, of Durham, passed away January 1, 2013. She was born in Rougemont, February 2, 1912.
Funeral Services will be Sat. January 5, 2013 at St. Mark AME Zion Church at 12 Noon. The family will receive friends a half hour before the service at the church.
Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at www.ellisdjones.com.

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 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at his home, 1514 Cassandra Dr., Durham 27712, from 1-1:30. 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 the 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 today, 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 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.

Arnetta Perry Shearin
DURHAM — Memorial service for Mrs. Arnetta Perry Shearin, 75, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Avenue. Family visitation, 1 hour prior to service. Inurnment, Glennview Memorial Park, Garden of Devotion.
She was a retired Clinical Social Worker with the V.A. Medical Center.
Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Kaye Shearin; a son, Clinton A. “Chip” Shearin Jr. (Krystal); grandchildren, Cole A. Shearin, Maxwell A. Shearin and Skye A. Shearin; sister, Carolene Perry Griffin.
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Nancy Jenkins Sides
DURHAM - Mrs. Nancy Jenkins Sides, age 78, a former resident of W. Murray Ave., died Tuesday afternoon at Eno Pointe Assisted Living.
Born December 21, 1934 in Henderson, Mrs. Sides was the daughter of the late William C. and Elma Grace Stanford Jenkins. She was a homemaker and had been a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio,
Mrs. Sides is survived by a niece and several cousins. Her husband, Glenn Luther Sides, died September 5, 2005. Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, section 16, with Rev. Forest Gale officiating. Funeral arrangements are with Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan, select obituaries.

Clyde William Terry Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Clyde William Terry Jr., 77, died Thursday morning at Duke Medical Center. He was born February 17, 1935 in Durham County, the son of the late Clyde William Terry Sr. and the late Bessie Inez Lumley Terry. Mr. Terry retired from IBM as an Electronic Specialist.
Mr. Terry is survived by his wife, Linda Terry of Swansboro; son, Mark Terry (Esther); daughters, Kim Pojman (Kenny), Beth Barbee (Darrell); sister, Carol Belcher; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at North Durham Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

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 Saturday, January 5, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church at 316 Hebron Road, Durham 27704. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m.
Services begin at 1 p.m. Arrangements are by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home.

Ronnie Sue Mandel

PITTSBORO — Ronnie Sue Mandel, age 76, passed away unexpectedly at Galloway Ridge retirement community on January 1st, 2013.   She was born in N.Y.C. on March 17, 1936 to Dr. and Mrs. Emanuel Rabins. She was a graduate of Columbia University School of General Studies. 
Ronnie Sue was the founder of the Sandell Dance Studio of Chapel Hill. Her teaching passion for 35 years was ballet, jazz, tap and pointe. She encouraged many of her students to achieve careers in the musical arts. 
She married her loving husband of 54 years Stanley R. Mandel, MD, who served the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals as Professor of Surgery, Chief of Staff and Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. With Dr. Mandel, she pursued mentoring and development of faculty and staff of UNC Chapel Hill. Her family consisted of one son, Colin Mandel (deceased); three daughters, Allyson Pittman, Carolyn Morton and Katharine Fowle; and eight grandchildren: Nicole Pittman, Richard Pittman, Edward Morton, Robert Morton, Meghan Morton, Aerial Fowle, Cooper Fowle and Colby Fowle. A crucial dimension of her life was her love of animals, particularly German Shepherds and her loyalty to UVA in Charlottesville where the Mandels lived during Dr. Mandel’s training.
Visitation will be held at Walker’s Funeral Home on 120 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill, today, January 4th from 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral Services will be conducted at the Church of the Holy Family, 200 Hayes Road at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent the Alzheimer’s Association or UNC Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be made to Walker Funeral Home at <www.walkersfuneralservice.com>

William Ezekiel Whitted

HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. William Ezekiel Whitted, born June 20, 1919, died January 2, 2013 in his home.
The funeral will be Sunday 2 p.m. at Mt Zion AME Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service in the church.
Survivors are his wife of seventy years, Gracie Whitted; five daughters, Wilma Hester, Sharon Villines and Lisa McCauley, all of Hillsborough, Priscilla Moraven of Durham, and Donneice Witcher of Washington; two sons, William Whitted Jr. and Kenneth Whitted, both of Hillsborough; one brother, Lonnie Whitted of Washington; fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Public viewing will be Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. 

Wilsie B. Rohrer

RALEIGH — Wilsie B. Rohrer, 96, of Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh, died January 2, 2013. She was born on January 21, 1916 to P.M. and Ida Bussell in Durham. Mrs. Rohrer obtained her bachelor and master degrees from Duke University, graduating magna cum laude and Phil Beta Kappa. She taught as a graduate assistant at Duke and taught French and Spanish at Elon College prior to World War II. From 1944 to 1947 Mrs. Rohrer served in The Office of Strategic Service (OSS) and The State Department. She served as an intelligence interpreter in Italy, in active zones, and the American Embassy in Paris. Following the war, Mrs. Rohrer earned her Doctorate in French from Duke in 1950. She taught French at Smith College, during which time she met her husband George W. Rohrer at a summer session of French conversation at Penn State University. Their common interest in French led them to graduate study and extensive travel in France over the years. They married in 1953, and the Rohrers settled in Toledo, Ohio. Mrs. Rohrer taught French at Maumee High School for 24 years, retiring in 1977. Her students won numerous local, state, and national honors in French language competitions. She felt teaching at Maumee High School was the most satisfying period of her professional life. She maintained close contact with many of her students throughout her life. Upon retirement, the Rohrers moved to Raleigh and later became one of the founding residents of Springmoor.
Mrs. Rohrer was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Margaret B. Black. She is survived by her sister, Blanche B. Brewer of Durham; nephews, David M. Brewer of Durham, Scott T. Brewer (Karen) of Rockingham, and Douglas Windley (Roseanne) of Nanjemoy, Md.; niece, Jan Parker (Tom) of St. Louis; three great-nieces and one great nephew.
A memorial service will be held in The Springmoor Chapel on Saturday, January 5, at 11 a.m. The burial will be private.  Arrangements have been made through the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 806 Springmoor Drive, Raleigh 27615; or to the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 407, Toledo, OH 43697.

Rebecca Sharla Holleman

CAMDEN — Rebecca Sharla Holleman, 37, of 103 Marla’s Way, Camden, went to Heaven Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. A native of Durham, she was the daughter of William Charles Dismuke and Karla Payne Trout and the wife of Joseph Karl Holleman. She loved her job as the Box Office Manager at the College of the Albemarle. Becky enjoyed anything to do with the beach, was a lover of bright colors, and always ready to greet you with a smile. Becky was an animal lover and enjoyed time with her basset hounds through all of her final days.
She is survived by her father, (Charles Dismuke); mother, (Karla Trout); brother, (Chad Dismuke); and her loving husband, (Joe Holleman).
A visitation will be held Friday the 4th of January from 7 to 9 p.m. at Union Grove Methodist Church and the funeral will be Saturday the 5th of January at 2:00. Union Grove Church is located at 6407 Union Grove Church Rd., Hillsborough.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to any local SPCA.
Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, is serving the Holleman family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.twifordfh.com.