January 8, 2013

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 08:15 PM

John LeGrande Anderson Sr. 
DURHAM - John LeGrande Anderson Sr., 95, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013. John was born at Nathalie, Va., on August 28, 1917 and was the son of the late John Mead Anderson and Neva Courtney Covington Anderson. He is also preceded in death by three brothers; a sister; his grandson, Todd Chappell; and granddaughter-in-law, Didi Chappell. 
John married, Kathleen Davis, his high school sweetheart, in 1940. Later he became an employee of Norfolk & Western Railroad as a Station Master and Telegraph Operator. John moved  to Rougemont in 1942. After joining the Rougemont United Methodist Church he served as chairperson of the Council on Ministries, Trustee, and Youth Leader. He was a former member of the Durham County Health Board. John was a charter member of the Rougemont Ruritan and founding president, serving as President 12 additional times. John was the oldest active member in Rocky Mount-Durham Ruritan District. He was awarded the Tom Downing Fellowship Award, Ruritan National’s most prestigious award.
John is survived by his wife, Kathleen Davis Anderson; daughter, Kathleen Chappell (John) of Durham; son, LeGrande Anderson (Robin) of Durham; sister, Dorothy Anderson Clements of Halifax, Va.; and three grandchildren, Brian Chappell, Joshua Anderson and Nicole Anderson.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Rougemont United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cheryl Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham. Casket bearers will be Brian Chappell, Joshua Anderson, Robert Younger, Paul Werkmeister, Norman Perry, Millard Thacker, Ronnie Clark and Charles Younger. Honorary casket bearers will be members of the Rougemont Ruritan Club. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Pantry Ministry or the Open Table Ministry, C/O Rougemont UMC, 8009 Bunny Road, Rougemont, NC 27572.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Virginia “Billie” Hopkins Cannada 
DURHAM - Virginia “Billie” Hopkins Cannada died on December 29, 2012 at the age of 90. Billie was born in Durham on December 4, 1922 to the late Lloyd Taylor Hopkins and the late Ella Utley Hopkins. She was predeceased by her husband, Vernon Pope Cannada, who died June 11, 2001. Billie is survived by her daughter, Marsha Cannada Blackburn of Raleigh, James L. Blackburn of Raleigh; grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey Robert Blackburn and Stacy Anne Blackburn; sisters, Rhudell Hopkins Ballard and her husband, R.H., and Dolores Hopkins Shaw; her niece, Tena L. Pipkin; and nephews, Bob Ladd and wife, Pat, and Hugh Shaw and wife, Charlene.
Throughout her life, Billie enjoyed participating in a local garden club, making crafts utilizing her sewing and creative abilities, and collecting paperweights. She had an extensive collection. 
Most of all, Billie loved her time spent with family. She enjoyed walking, bird watching and British comedies with her husband.  She was a proud mother, grandmother and aunt, always at the ready to offer her support and love. She especially loved time spent with her grandchildren at Hilton Head and at Disney World, places she went many times. Billie also loved her many grand dogs and always met their excited greetings with a smile and a laugh. The role of grandmother to everyone was her favorite. 
The family offers its appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Croasdaile Village - particularly the medical staff at the clinic, the staff at Friendship House and the Pavilion for their excellent care and support both to Billie and her family. 
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway in Durham on January 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m., prior to the service.   
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Croasdaile Village Benevolence Fund at 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham 27705 or to a charity of one’s choice. 

Robert (Bobby) L. Lytton Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. Robert (Bobby) L. Lytton Sr., 76, of Durham, died on January 3, 2013. He was of the Lutheran Faith. He was born in East Spencer. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Norfleet Gibbs Lytton and Doris Ketchie Lytton of Durham; his girlfriend, Linda Cates Dudley; and Missy, his beloved poodle. He is survived by two sons, Robert Lee Lytton Jr. of Durham,  Joseph M. Lytton of Raleigh; and ex-wife, Elizabeth Scanlon Lytton.
He was a tool & dye maker by trade. Upon retiring in 1998, he and Missy volunteered at Meals on Wheels delivering “Meals & Smiles”. There will be no funeral service.                                                     
The family is being assisted by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

Jasper "Jabo" McNeill Sr. 
DURHAM — Mr. Jasper "Jabo" McNeill Sr., 70, departed his life on Wednesday, January 3, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center.  He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Isabelle McNeill; five daughters; three sons; 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters; and two brothers.
Homegoing services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th at Union Baptist Church with family visitation at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

James "Jay" Marshall Rogers Jr. 
DURHAM - James "Jay" Marshall Rogers Jr., or "Jay" as he prefers being called, was born on June 20, 1940 to James Marshall Rogers Sr. and Annie Gilmore Rogers. He had six siblings, Marcia R. Barbee (Fred), Virginia R. Burnett (Charles) deceased, Ronald W. Rogers (Jo Ann), Alfred K. Rogers (Judy) and Charlene R. Taylor (Travis). He was educated in the Durham City Schools, graduating from Hillside High School in 1958. He enrolled at North Carolina College (NCCU) in the fall of 1958 and graduated with a degree in History in 1962. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force following graduation. When he left the military he served as Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps Community Action, Inc. during the "War on Poverty".
In 1970 Jay received a MA degree in History from Appalachian State University. He was hired by the Durham City School System and Chaired and taught History at Durham High School from 1970 -1976. During the 71-72 school year he was selected as the Teacher of the Year and was later selected as the State and National Teacher of the Year. He was the first African American teacher to be so recognized.
From 1976 until 1985, Jay taught History at Gaston College. From 1985 until he retired in 2004, he taught History at Phillips Academy, an Independent School in Andover, Massachusetts. He is "Faculty Emeritus" at Phillips.
Jay has performed as a vocalist and actor and was one of the first African Americans to perform in the outdoor drama - HORN IN THE WEST (1970).
He was a lifelong member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee, a member of the History/Archives Committee and sung in the Celestial Choir. On selected nights, he could be found ushering at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Jay loved teaching and feels that the teaching profession is one of the noblest to pursue and feels that education should never be denied to anyone nor should teachers ever abuse the trust of their pupils and their parents. An effective education is liberating and opens the doors to opportunities and life altering experiences.
"Celebration of Life" services will be conducted at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Durham on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Visitation at 11 a.m. with the "Celebration" starting at 12 noon. Viewing 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Wednesday at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Bennie Seagers 
DURHAM — Funeral services for Bennie Seagers, 100, will be held at noon Wednesday at Victory at Calvary Covenant Ministries, 500 N. Driver Street. Family visitation, one hour prior to service.
He retired as a maintenance engineer at Duke University.
He joined Mount Calvary Holiness Church and served faithfully as an usher. He was a member for 65 years.
Survivors include his wife, Louvenia Seagers; children, Annie Harris (Daniel), Bennie Seagers Jr. (Sharon) and Maxine Johnson; 15 grandchildren; a host great grand and great great grands.
Viewing, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Vernel 'Points' Whitely
DURHAM - Vernel 'Points' Whitely, 75, departed his life on December 29 2012.
He leaves behind his dear wife, Sislyn Whitely; one son; and one daughter; three grandchildren; one great-grand daughter; two brothers; and several special nieces and nephews; relatives and friends. 
Funeral services will be held at Bell-Yeager Freewill Baptist Church, Thursday at 12 noon and visitation at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Bonnie Terrell Johnson 

HILLSBOROUGH — Bonnie Terrell Johnson, daughter of the late James Ned and Emily Davis Terrell, born December 9, 1914, died in Durham Regional Hospital January 4, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday in Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. Burial in church cemetery. Family visitation one hour prior to funeral, 12 until 1 p.m.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Johnson Gattis (Joe) of Efland, Norma Johnson Dockery of Durham; three sons, Joseph Johnson, Harold Johnson (Delores) and Mincey Johnson (Rhonda), all of Durham; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 25 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews.
Public viewing 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Wednesday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Gary Robert Kramish
CARRBORO — Gary Robert Kramish, 56, died unexpectedly January 3. A native of Washington, DC, Gary is survived by his parents, Shirley and Arvin Kramish of Chapel Hill; and brother-in-law, Tom Campbell of Durham. He was predeceased last year by his sister, Marci Kramish Campbell. Gary was beloved by his family and friends.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, with a reception following at Residential Services, Inc., Chapel Hill.
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Carolyn Thompson Long
EFLAND — Carolyn Thompson Long, daughter of the late James Edward and Hattie Currie Thompson, born December 17, 1942, died in Rose Manor January 5, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Kimes Chapel Baptist Church. Burial in church cemetery. Family visitation one hour before the funeral in the church.
She is survived by sisters, Rev. Barbara Dixon (Nathaniel) of Roxboro, Peggy Foust of Mebane, Lola Thompson of Burlington; brothers, Joseph Thompson (Linda) of Mebane and Calvin Thompson of Efland; a host of nieces nephews and cousins.
Public viewing 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Joyce Clayton Dunevant

TIMBERLAKE — Joyce Clayton Dunevant, 68, of Timberlake, died Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Mrs. Dunevant is survived by her daughter, Michelle Dunevant; her brother, Sheldon Clayton and wife, Julie.
Graveside rites will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m., today at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.