March 8, 2013

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Shirley Mae Thompson Burroughs
DURHAM - Shirley Mae Thompson Burroughs, age 74, died at her home on March 4, 2013. The daughter of the late Major and Ethel Thompson was born Oct. 6, 1938. She received her early education in Durham City Schools and moved to Orange County where she enrolled in Central High School in Hillsborough, NC. She was a faithful and active member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Shirley worked at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for 30 years and retired as Supervisor of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory in the processing area.
Funeral services will be held at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina, on March 9th, 2013 at 1 p.m. with visitation two hours before the service.
Shirley's memory will live on in the hearts of her loving and devoted husband, James R. Burroughs; sons, Steven Burroughs (Lola) of Marietta, GA, and Roger Kermit Burroughs of the home; two grandsons, Roger J. Burroughs, of Durham, NC, and Alden T. Burroughs of Marietta, GA. Also, left to cherish her memory are her sisters and brothers, Deborah McQuaig of Durham, NC, Arthur Thomspon (Shirley), Durham, NC, Agnes Green (Eddie), Linden, NJ, Queen Felton (Sam) of Allendale, NJ, Larry Thompson of Durham, NC; as well as a god daughter, Deloise Mayfield (Silas) of Cary, NC, a special niece, Veronica Rose (Anthony) of Roselle, NJ, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home, Inc. Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Forrest Henry Gilliam
DURHAM - Forrest Henry Gilliam, 72, died Wednesday in Duke Hospital. A native of Vance County, he had lived in Durham most of his life. He was the son of the late William Clifton Gilliam and Mincey Hux Gilliam.
He was employed with IBM for many years and was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, Scott Gilliam and wife, Laura, of Durham, Keith Poole and wife, Tammy, of Tampa, FL and Kelly Hogan of TX; two daughters, Marilyn Gilliam and husband, John Goodman, of Dunn and Theresa Powell of Durham; six grandchildren, Chris Gilliam, Jesus Velazquez, Matthew Gilliam, Jose Poole, Jessica Poole and Kyra Guy; and two great grandchildren, Dalton and Kaden West.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Clay Stevens. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jerry Horton, Josh Richardson, John Goodman, Chris Gilliam, Edward Gilliam, Robert Gilliam, Matthew Gilliam and Jesus Velazques.
The family will receive family and friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home one hour prior to the service, from 12 noon until 1 p.m.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Gilliam family. Online condolences to

Mary Frances Harris Goodwyn
DURHAM - Mary Frances Harris Goodwyn, 86, affectionately known as "Boop" to her grandchildren, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Born and raised in Durham, NC, she was the daughter of the late Draper and Mabel Berry Harris and the wife of the late William "Bill" Goodwyn. She was also predeceased by her sister, Virginia Holleman.
Mary Frances retired from the Installment Loan Department at Central Carolina Bank and was a faithful member of Braggtown Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She graduated from Hurdle Mills High School and Mars Hill College. A loyal alumna of the college, she served on the Mars Hill Alumni Council for many years.
Mary Frances is survived by her daughters, Sarah Goodwyn Harmon (and husband, Jerry) of Raleigh and Beth Goodwyn Chestnut (and husband, David) of Asheville; and sister, Alma Harris Woody of Roxboro. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Marcus Goodwyn Harmon, Benjamin Avery Harmon and Zoe Elizabeth Chestnut, the loves of her life.
In her retirement years, Mary Frances enjoyed traveling and participating actively in the lives of her grandchildren. She loved to read, watch old movies and stay physically fit by exercising regularly. She was an avid Perry Como fan and met him several times when he visited Durham for the Duke Children's Classic.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham with Rev. Rich Goodier presiding. A reception honoring the life of Mary Frances will be held following the service at The Gathering Place at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial gifts may be made to The Children's Home Society of NC, PO Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Alice Wilkerson Hamilton
DURHAM - Alice Wilkerson Hamilton, 94, joined her Heavenly Father early Sunday morning March 3rd, 2013.
Born in Person County, September 27, 1918, she attended The Gospel Center and Northgate Chapel. She retired from Liggett Myers after 37 years.
Survived by her daughters, Doris Jean Beasley Kaplan (Edward) of Annapolis, MD and Connie Beasley Cone (Dan) of Durham; sister, Jennie Davis of Durham; and brother, W.T Wilkerson of Newton Grove, NC; grandchildren, Kathy Kaplan Murray (John), Megan Kaplan Hendrick (Keith), all of Annapolis, Lenora Cone Murphy (Greg) and Loren Cone (Christina) of Durham; and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her grandson, Mark Kaplan.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9th, 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Clements prior to the service beginning at 1 and other times at the home of her daughter, Connie Cone. 
Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Pittsboro Christian Village, 1825 East Street, Pittsboro, NC  27312; or UNC Hospice, 1101 Weaver Dairy Road, Ste 200, Chapel Hill, NC  27514.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Minnie Ethel Fikes Jones
DURHAM - Minnie Ethel Fikes Jones, 91, went home to be with the Lord on March 4, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. Celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Hamlet Chapel CME Church in Pittsboro, NC with a visitation from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. Rev. Charles E. Robertson, officiating. Interment will follow in Hamlet Chapel CME Church Cemetery.
Minnie was born December 6, 1921 in Chatham County, North Carolina to the late Robert Fikes and Ida Freeman Fikes. Minnie was the fourth child born out of nine children. She was a graduate of Horton High School in 1940. Minnie was a faithful and dedicated lifetime member of Hamlet Chapel CME Church where she served with great pride and humility. She was an excellent cook and was known for her floral arrangements.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, John H. Fikes, Rufus E. Goins, Nathan D. Goins, Thomas R. Fikes, and Richard N. Fikes; along with two sisters, Fannie F. Clark and Louise F. Baldwin.
She leaves to cherish her memories one son, James “RJ” (Janie) Jones of McLeansville, NC; three grandchildren, Janelle (Earl) Barnes of High Point, NC, Jason Jones of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Jonathan Jones of Rocky Mount, NC; two step-grandchildren, Keith Price of Washington, DC and Brita Price of Jamestown, NC; three great-grandchildren, Nicole and Maciah Barnes of High Point, NC, and Kai’ahna White of Greensboro, NC; one sister, Juliaette Reynolds of Chapel Hill; two sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Goins and Alberta Neely of Chapel Hill; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Jones Funeral Home, Inc. in Chapel Hill is serving the Jones family.

Lucille Shirley McGhee
December 11, 1930 - March 3, 2013

DURHAM — Ms. Lucille Shirley McGhee, 82, of 6 Elderberry Ct., Durham, NC, departed this life on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Lucille was born on December 11, 1930 in Charlotte, NC to the late Howard Shirley and Susie Featherson. She was employed with the New York Telephone in various capacities for more than 36 years.
She leaves to cherish her memories and mourn her loss two sons, Charles Alfred McGhee Jr. and Jeffrey Allen McGhee, both of Baltimore, MD; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Funeral services for Ms. McGhee will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 12 p.m. at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. William Height will be presiding. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Ronnie Lee Mason
APEX — Mr. Ronnie Lee Mason, 56, of Apex, died March 6, 2013 in his home as his family surrounded him in prayer.  
Ronnie was born in Orange County on July 9, 1956, the son of Brodie Lee Mason, Jr. and Elizabeth “Lib” McCoy Mason. He was a faithful Christian man and attended New Hope Church as long as his health permitted.
Ronnie loved the Lord and his family more than anything. He enjoyed keeping his yard immaculate. He was proud of his 30+ years of service at Stone Truck Parts, where he built a countless number of good relationships with his clients.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Jessica Dominick Mason; his son, Parker Mason of Apex; his daughters, Ashley Whitaker and her husband, Kain, of Pittsboro, Leslie Mason of Cary and Taylor Mason of Apex; his mother, Lib M. Mason of Apex; and his sister and brother-in-law, Patt and Terry Sturdivant of Chapel Hill. He was predeceased by his father, B.L. Mason Jr., on June 20, 2012.
The service celebrating the life of Mr. Ronnie Mason will be held at 11 Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 from Bell’s Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Paul Alverson presiding. Interment will follow in Bell’s Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at Hall–Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro.
Memorials may be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 South Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN  56073 [] or to the Bell’s Cemetery Fund, c/o Bell’s Baptist Church, 1274 Farrington Rd., Apex, NC 27523.
Online condolences:, select Obituaries.
The Mason family is under the care of Hall–Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro (919) 542-3057.

Reverend Harry Anthony Conte
STEM — Reverend Harry Anthony Conte, 79, of Stem passed away Tuesday, March 5, in his home.
He was born on May 27, 1933 in West Rutland, Vermont to the late Helen Westcott Conte-Ballard and Angelo Conte.
He was a long-time member of Butner First Baptist Church. He was a member and past president of the South Granville Exchange Club, as well as former director of the N.C. Child Abuse Exchange Foundation. He was also a member of Thorndale Country Club. 
He was a member of the Butner Masonic Lodge where he served as a past master and was recently recognized for 50 years of membership.
He was a building inspector in Fairfax, VA before becoming the first full-time Director of Planning and Development for the town of Cary. He also worked for the Durham Housing Authority and finished his career working in security.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbette Conte Carey of Oxford; adopted son, Michael Conte of Vera Beach, Florida; a brother, Angelo Conte of Connecticut; special friend, Christene Emory of Butner; and her children, Vorita Emory Wennermark of Greensboro, Charline Emory of Durham, and Patricia Johnson of Myrtle Beach, SC. He was blessed with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Nichols Conte; and brothers, Bill Conte, Joe Conte and John Conte.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Butner First Baptist Church. The Family will receive visitors between 1-2 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Curo Charitable Funds, Community Home Care and Hospice, 152 Zeb Robinson Road, Henderson, NC, 27537 - or to your favorite charity.

James Paul Riley
HILLSBOROUGH - On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, James Paul Riley, a lifelong resident of Hillsborough, NC passed away at the age of 87. He was born in Hillsborough on June 15, 1925 to Paul Miller Riley and Mary Oakley Riley. Eager to serve his country during WWII, James enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served in the Pacific Theatre, earning several medals including the Purple Heart. After the war, James returned to Hillsborough and began his career as a meat-cutter with Colonial Groceries.  
James was an avid square-dancer and enjoyed dancing well into his eighties, but his greatest joys in life centered on his grandchildren and the endless hours he spent with them. He taught generations of Riley children how to swim, spent countless hours in the stands at ball games cheering and offering encouragement, and was present at every important event in the lives of his large extended family.  
James was preceded in death by his parents and by his son, William Riley. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Percy Riley and Robert Riley; and his sisters, Gladys Wilder, Hazel Riley, Helen Collins and Ramona Overman. He is survived by his son, Gregory Paul Riley; his daughter, Kimberly Riley Carden (Chuck); his grandchildren, William Jason Riley, Jennifer Deloris Riley, Shannon Marie Blake, Britney Christine Sineath, Melissa Arianne Gordon and Jared Miller Riley; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Laiken, Chase, Tycen, Chiara, Chloe and Kaley; and by many nieces and nephews who will all miss him dearly.
Visitation with the family will be at Walker’s Funeral Home in Hillsborough on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday the 10th of March at Eno United Methodist Church on 903 Eno Street in Hillsborough. Burial to follow at Hillsborough Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Eno United Methodist Church.

Michael Patrick Earey
WILMINGTON — Michael Patrick Earey, age 62, passed away March 6, 2013 from complications associated with cancer.
Mike was born July 19, 1950, the son of Mary Louise Earey and the late Patrick F. Earey. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol; sons, Patrick and wife, Britt, and Ryan and his wife, Peyton; four grandsons, Parker, Michael, Brogdon, and Holt; mother, Mary Louise Earey; brother, Tom  and his wife, Eva; and a niece, Elizabeth.
He graduated from Chapel Hill High School and was later inducted into the Chapel Hill High School Hall of Fame as a sports standout. In 1972, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill where he lettered in basketball. He remained a loyal Tarheel fan. Mike spent his career in banking with Central Carolina Bank, now Suntrust Bank, for 41 years in Chapel Hill, Wilmington and Greensboro. As a lifelong outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf. He also enjoyed spending time with good friends and most recently, entertaining his grandsons. 
A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Triad Golfers Against Cancer organization, P.O. Box 4924 Greensboro, North Carolina 27404 or
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