Obituaries, July 27, 2014

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

Roxie Suit Lincoln
DURHAM — Mrs. Roxie Suit Lincoln, 99, died peacefully on July 11, 2014 in Wilmington, NC following a brief illness. A native of Granville County and resident of Durham for 65 years, Mrs. Lincoln resided in Wilmington for the past 3 years. A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Lincoln's life will be held at 2:00pm, Sunday, August 3rd, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Roxboro Rd. in Durham, NC where Mrs. Lincoln was a longtime member. A reception, open to all, will be held immediately following the memorial.
Mrs. Lincoln was born Roxie Elizabeth Suit on March 28, 1915 to William E. Suit Sr. and Lila F. Suit. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, John Thomas Fowler and Rev. James P. Lincoln; her daughters, Katrina Fleming Fowler and Jane Ellen Fowler; her brothers Robert, Royce, Howard, William, her twin brother James, and her sister Virginia. Roxie is survived by her son, Dr. Douglas Fowler and wife Pamela of Wilmington, NC; her grandsons, Michael Birch of Greensboro, NC and Jonathan Birch of Durham. Extended surviving family include members of the Suit, Flemming, Fowler, Walker, and Ellis families of Granville, Durham, and Carteret County. Mrs. Lincoln is also survived by members of the Lincoln and Lowery families of Virginia and North Carolina.
A graduate do East Carolina University, Mrs. Lincoln was a member of Phi Beta Kappa sorority for many years. After serving as a nurse at US Army Camp Butner during WWII, Mrs. Lincoln then began a 35-year teaching career working tirelessly to educate the children of this community and state. A loving daughter, sister, devoted wife, mother, cherished friend to many, Mrs. Lincoln was blessed with the life of both extraordinary length and richness of experience. A person of deep faith, good will, and concern for others, her passing is a great loss to the countless people who knew and loved her. Mrs. Lincoln received much joy and happiness in her life through the kindness, friendship, and love given to her by her friends, students, colleagues, neighbors, and family of both blood and of the heart. Those who love her can take comfort in knowing that she now resides in the kingdom of Heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Those wishing to send flowers can send them to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Durham, NC. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception. Those wishing to bring food to the reception are welcomed to do so.

Rebecca “Becky” Joan Rich
DURHAM — Rebecca “Becky” Joan Rich, 55, of Durham died on Saturday, July 26, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Thomas Rich. She worked for Durham Exchange Club Industries. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her mother, Shirley Oakley Rich; one sister, Deborah Fletcher and husband Tommy and daughter Ashley of Durham; Uncle Harry Oakley of Durham; Aunt Peggy Wilkerson of Roxboro.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Michael Hillard and Harry Oakley will officiate. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Bobby Pate, Keith Pate, Greg Stocking, Bobby James and Amos Rozier.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. one hour prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1008 McLamb Drive. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Jennifer Marie Slade
DURHAM — Jennifer Marie Slade, 55 (Jenny to her oldest friends), died unexpectedly in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
The daughter of Robert W. and Kennetha A. Slade of Poughkeepsie, NY, she was born on July 11, 1959. After showing early promise as an actress and singer, Jennifer appeared in productions of South Pacific, Briagdoon, and others at Clarkstown (NY) High School, from which she graduated in 1977, going on to pursue acting at NYU and as a student of Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio. She took a BA in Theater Arts in 1981 while living, as she delighted to point out, in the same hotel-turned-dorm as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. During her subsequent acting career she brought countless actors and other friends to her tiny apartment on Christopher Street for her celebrated daylong Thanksgiving dinners, which became a touchstone for her fondest memories of New York.
A birthright Unitarian Universalist subsequently called to the ministry, Jennifer attended Harvard Divinity School, taking her M.Div. in 1990. Having interned at the Winchester [Massachusetts] Unitarian Society, where she was ordained in 1991, she completed her Clinical Pastoral Training at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, afterward accepting a call to serve the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, SC (lovingly called GUUF). She grew Greenville’s congregation and shepherded them to a new, larger facility where they remain to this day. After spending her 2000 sabbatical as a Merrill Fellow at Harvard and moving with her family to Durham, NC, Jennifer served the Red Hill Universalist Church in Clinton, NC and the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham, and worked within the Durham County Library system. She was known for her excellence in both pastoral care and preaching.
Jennifer took on the difficult work of Interim Ministry beginning in 2011 with the Congregational Unitarian Church in Woodstock, IL (now Tree of Life UU Church in McHenry, IL). Here she also guided the church to a larger facility commensurate with its growth, particularly in Religious Education.
In 2013, Jennifer began a developmental ministry at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, VA, where she hoped to move the congregation to higher ground, literally and figuratively, as rising tides regularly flooded the church.
Wherever she served, her ministry touched countless lives and she strived to bring out those good qualities of her congregants they didn’t even know they had. She was generous, gregarious, brilliant, beyond well-read, and had an incredible memory for the events in the lives of her loved ones.
Her service on numerous boards and committees included The Urban League of the Upstate (SC), the UU World of Children, and organizations on addiction in NC and SC, including the Sampson County (NC) Meth Taskforce, among many others.
Jennifer, who suffered from depression, died of an apparent overdose of prescription drugs. She is survived by her husband, John Santoianni; son, Samuel J. Santoianni; daughter, Emma M. Santoianni; brother, K. Sean Slade; sisters-in-law, Rachel L. Slade, Lois A. Sans, Jeanne R. Century (Michael S. Weisman), and Joan Santoianni; brothers-in-law, Michael P. Normandin, and James M. Santoianni; nieces, Samara Ruberg and Rachel K. Sans (Christian J. Palmer); nephews, Kenan C. Slade and Reuben W. C. Slade; and grandnephews, Seamus M. Mone, Damian J. Palmer, and Jacoby N. Palmer.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC, the Rev. Deborah Cayer officiating. Receptions will follow at the fellowship and at the family home.
The family wishes to thank the congregation of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk for their loving generosity, the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for hosting her memorial service, and many friends and neighbors whose support has been of great comfort.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jennifer’s name to The UU World of Children, 1135 State Park Rd., Greenville, SC 29609, or go to to donate online.


Annie B. Talbert
CHAPEL HILL — Mrs. Annie B. Talbert passed away peacefully at Dubose Health Center in Chapel Hill on July 24, 2014. She was ‘Mom’ to three children, ‘Mizz Talbert’ to thousands of junior high school students, ‘Coach’ to hundreds of young athletes, and ‘Annie B.’ to friends and family.
Annie B. spent her youth on the family dairy farm in Meadowview, Virginia with her four brothers and two sisters, and many cousins and friends nearby. Fun times included basketball games and trips to the swimming hole, but only after all the milk bottles were washed and put away. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Spurgeon (Martha Lee Love), Tom, Frank (Katherine Lester), and David (Alice Wagner), and her sisters Mary Catherine and Martha Belle. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Radford College, and taught high school in Alexandria for two years. Annie B. married her childhood sweetheart, Luther Talbert, in 1948, and they moved to Charlottesville for Luke to complete a medical degree. Mrs. Talbert taught high school physical education and worked in the evenings as a referee for the recreation department. Children John, Luther and Cay were born in Charlottesville, and in 1958 the family moved to Chapel Hill. They quickly discovered the importance of attending football and basketball games if they wanted to be part of any social discourse. Annie B. and Luke were early members of the Olin T. Binkley Baptist church, where Annie B. taught Sunday school and worked in the nursery.
Mrs. Talbert taught health and physical education at Guy B. Phillips Junior High School for over 20 years, and enjoyed coaching volleyball, basketball, soccer, and cheerleading. She was always pleased to see her former students, and was very proud of their accomplishments. She remained close to her colleagues from Phillips for life.
Mrs. Talbert is survived by her children John (Cheryl), Luther (Hope), and Cay Bacon, grandchildren Ryan (Sunny) Talbert, Caytie Talbert, Molly Talbert, Kristine (Alex) Stewart, Luke Bacon, and Catherine Bacon, and great-grandchildren Jackson Talbert and Roman Stewart. Graveside services will be held at the Greenfield Baptist Church in Meadowview on Monday July 28 at 2:00 pm.


Harvey Strauss
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Harvey Strauss, 88, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, formerly of Hillsborough, died Tuesday, May 22, 2014.
He was born May 27, 1926, in New York City, New York, son of Matthew and Sadie Strauss. He married Suzanne Berdy in New York, New York. She preceded him in death.
He was employed in Quality Control with Guilford Mills, Inc., in Hillsborough.
Survived by: two sons, Mitchell (Annette Lynch) Strauss of Waterloo, IA, and Brian (Andrea) Strauss of High Point, NC; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Malvin Strauss of Florida.
Preceded in death by: a daughter, Jill Allison Strauss; and two sisters, Florence and Selma.
No services are scheduled at this time. Richardson Funeral Service, Cedar Falls, Iowa, assisted the family.
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