Obituaries, July 20, 2014

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 05:12 PM


Betty Ferrell Youngs Curtis
DURHAM — Betty Ferrell Youngs Curtis, 86, went to her eternal home on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from the PruittHealth Hospice (Carolina Point) surrounded by her family and numerous friends. She was born in Durham to the late Rufus F. Ferrell, Sr. and the late Ora Walker Ferrell. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, William Erwin Ferrell, Rufus F. Ferrell, Jr. and Reverend Norman R. Ferrell; sisters, Annie Lois Ferrell Cooper, Ora Ethel Ferrell Wallace; first husband, Reverend Paul Youngs; and second husband, George Curtis.
Mrs. Curtis is survived by brothers, Reverend Ernest H. Ferrell and wife, Ann of Durham, Reverend Arthur Kenneth of Elberton, GA; step-son, Douglas Youngs and wife, Linda of Glendale, AZ; granddaughters, Wendy Gebo of Glendale, AZ, Lisa Eggebrecht of Goodyear, AZ; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Betty was a member of the Edgewood Baptist Church in Durham. She grew up in West Durham and from an early age became actively involved in Grey Stone Baptist Church along with the other members of her family. She came to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, and dedicated her life to service in and through the life of her local church, and in her adult life through her denomination. Through her writing and teaching she touched many lives for the cause of Christ.
Betty received her education in the Durham City Schools, graduating from Durham High School in the Class of 1946. She received her A.A. from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, received her B.S. from George Peabody College for Teachers (now Peabody of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, TN, completed Graduate Studies at Columbia University Teachers College in New York City, and received her M.A. from Arizona State University of Tempe, AZ.
She had been previously employed by Duke University, Ridgecrest Baptist Church Assembly, First Baptist Church, Baptist State Convention of NC, Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, TN. Mrs. Curtis was a member of Women in Communications, Southwest Writer’s Conference, Phoenix Press Club and International Association of Business Communicators.
Mrs. Curtis lived a full, happy, productive life. Always optimistic about all that life had to offer. She was determined to leave this world a better place and always worked diligently to accomplish that goal. She loved people and demonstrated it by her generous spirit of giving back.
The family wishes to expressed their sincere appreciation for the care and love shown to our loved one by the staff and administration of Carolina Point, and the doctors, nurses and staff of Duke Hospital over the past two years.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham officiated by Pastor David Trump, Rev. Jimmy Bland and Rev. Jack Moody. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Herbert Hoover Eaton
DURHAM — Reverend Herbert Hoover Eaton, upstanding member of the Durham community, transitioned on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He is the son of the late Rev. Hugh Dee Eaton and Flossie Moss Eaton. Herbert was committed to walking in the footsteps of Jesus, as he engaged in ministering to the homeless, the hungry and those imprisoned, as well as advocating for justice for the powerless.
Rev. Eaton held advanced degrees from Boston Univ., Boston, MA, and Howard Univ., Washington, DC; studied African History and African Religions at Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA; studied at The Institute for African Studies, University of Ghana, West Africa; studied the “Teachings of Jesus” with the Guild for Psychological Studies, San Francisco, CA; and most importantly, he and wife of fifty-two years, Delores, have been active members and students of The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations for twenty-five (25) years.
Rev. Eaton served as Assistant Dean of the Howard University Divinity School, immediate successor to Martin Luther King, Jr. at Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL; and Chaplain at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and the State University of New York, Brockport, NY. Herbert served in the United States Army Medical Corp during the Korean War.
While in South Africa, Rev. Eaton along with Plowshares Institute, gathered evidence of the horrors of apartheid, and was successful in moving the University of Rochester to divest its holdings in South Africa. This effort became a part of the successful release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island Prison.
Rev. Eaton and Delores are charter members of the National Museum of African American History and Culture of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and he is recognized as the narrator of the permanent “Field to Factory” exhibit for the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
Rev. Eaton is survived by his wife, Delores; sons Eric Rennard and Herbert Edward and their wives; grandchildren Erica, Kimberly and Anthony; brother Henry L. Eaton, Durham, NC; sister Katherleen E. Scott, Tuskegee, AL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The memorial service will be held at The Stagville Historical Site. Details to be disclosed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the United Negro College Fund in the name of Rev. Herbert H. Eaton. Online condolences may be expressed at

Liston Gore Sr.
DURHAM — Liston Gore Sr., 91, exchanged this life for eternity on July 16, 2014, two days after reaching his 91st birthday.
He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Liston Gore, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory a wife of 64 years, Annie Gore; three daughters; one son; one sister; one sister-in-law; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home from noon-7pm on Sunday.
On Monday, there will be family visitation at 11am, followed by funeral at 12noon at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Durham.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Lennox William “Buddy Roe” Harris
DURHAM — Mr. Lennox William “Buddy Roe” Harris, 55, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at his sister and brother-in-law's home in Durham surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late David Alfred Harris.
Buddy Roe lived the past fourteen years in Swansboro, NC where he owned Crystal Coast Glass, Inc. His friends and fishing buddies will truly miss him along with the fish fries and barbecue cookouts.
He is survived by his mother, Georgia Harris, of Durham; two sisters, Deborah Hudson (Jimmy) of Durham and Pam Rasmussen (Leif) of Manteo, NC; brother, Tony Harris (Andrea) of Pensacola, FL; ten nieces & nephews, four great nieces and nephews. All his nieces and nephews loved his wit and tough-as-a-bull style. The name of Buddy Roe’s boat best described him: “One Way.”
Memorial services will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Dr. Gerald Goodwin will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615. Online condolences can be made at

Guy Royal Lambert Jr.
DURHAM — Guy Lambert, who died unexpectedly Tuesday, sometimes got mistaken as a Canadian hockey player. Or as the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. Or even as a retired sumo wrestler decked out in a Hawaiian shirt.
Guy's friends, however, didn't mistake him for anyone other than the larger-than-life teddy bear he was, a world traveler who ate well, drank better, frolicked to Duke sports, befriended many, enjoyed playing harmonica and brought a rascal's joy to everything he did.
Guy Royal Lambert Jr., 53, was the son of Dorothy A. and Guy R. Lambert of Burlington, N.C. A 1978 graduate of Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, Guy won a multi-year Alyse Smith Cooper Scholarship to Duke University, from which he graduated in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in biology.
A longtime research biologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, Guy co-authored several scientific papers and book chapters on environmental issues. A resident of Durham since college, he also was a founding officer of the Philtrum Corp.
Guy is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Barnes, and a niece, Evelyn Barnes, both of San Francisco, Calif., and many close friends.
A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Duke Annual Fund - Trident College Financial Aid in memory of Guy Royal Lambert '82 ( or a charity of choice for the benefit of animals.

Charlie Jessie Lunsford
Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Jessie Lunsford (83) of Durham, N.C., will be conducted on Monday at 1:00 p.m from the United for Christ Church and interment will follow in the Lipscomb Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will meet with their friends 30 mins. before the funeral services. Survivors are son Mr.Johnny Cates, sister Mrs. Hazel Lunsford-Roper, brother Mr. Thomas Stroud Lunsford, special niece Mrs. Doris M. lunsford Johnson, and a host of relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service.

Richard Leon Thomas
DURHAM — Richard Leon Thomas, 72, departed this life on July 18, 2014.
He leaves to cherish his memory six children; twelve grandchildren; one sister; four brothers; and a host of special nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Services will be held at Oak Grove U.A.F.W. Baptist Church, Inc., Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. with visitation at 11:30 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Dr. Edward R. Perl
CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Edward R. Perl passed away on July 15th after a long life dedicated to science, education, and service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Perl’s lifelong contributions to the sciences include his groundbreaking work on the mechanism of pain. He helped found the National Society of Neuroscience and served as its first president. He was the Chairman of the Department of Physiology where he established a vibrant and highly respected research team focused on neurosciences.
He was a dedicated teacher training over 7,000 medical and PhD students. Dr. Perl was the primary contributor to the establishment of the Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize, honoring seminal achievement in the field of neuroscience. Since its inception, it has been awarded to today’s most successful neuroscientists, including four who have gone on to receive the Nobel Award.
Dr. Perl touched many lives including those of his family and friends. He was--and remains--deeply respected for his scientific accomplishments and personal contributions to UNC and the community. He was an inspiration to all those around him. He is survived by his wife, children, granddaughters, countless mentees, physicians and research associates. He will be sorely missed, and remembered dearly by all those who knew him.
Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas.


Pastor Joseph "Joe" Taylor
CHARLOTTE — Pastor Joseph "Joe" Taylor, formerly of 920 Dupree Street, Durham, NC, passed away July 13, 2014. He was born October 29, 1957. Services will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Alexander Funeral Home, 1424 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206. Viewing will be at 10am and the funeral following at 11am.