Obituaries, July 29, 2014

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Willie Herman Barlow

DURHAM — Willie Herman Barlow, Jr., 84, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Wake County to the late Willie Herman Barlow, Sr. and the late Sadie Pearce Barlow. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean Morris Barlow. Mr. Barlow retired from Golden Belt Manufacturing.
Mr. Barlow is survived by his brother, Donald Barlow (Auleen); nephew, Lynn Barlow (Sheila); niece, Donna Barlow; grandnieces, Krystal and Sadie Barlow.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation be made to a charity of your choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

James "Jim" Lee Dillehay
DURHAM — James "Jim" Lee Dillehay, 55, of Durham died on Monday, July 28, 2014. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. one hour prior to the service and other times at the home. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Donald Francis Lyon
DURHAM — Donald Francis Lyon, 78, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Carolina East Medical Center. He was born in Middlesex County, MA to the late Clayton Lyon and the late Gertrude Cox Lyon. Mr. Lyon retired from the US Army as a CW-3 after 23 years of service. He served during the Korean War and Vietnam war. He also retired from American Tobacco Company after 15 years. He sold strawberries and vegetables for Lyons Farm of Creedmoor across from South Square and worked for the American Diversified Security of Raleigh. Mr. Lyon was a lifetime fisherman who loved to share his knowledge and joy of fishing.
Mr. Lyon is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Lyon; daughters, Donna Tsukayama (Marc), Lori Stone, Tonya Queen (Ted); brother, Clayton Lyons (Gerry), sisters, Gert Lyons, Sandy Tucker (Barry); grandchildren, Kristy Walker, Justin Allen, Shannon Stone, Teddy Queen, Donald Tyler Queen and 3 great grandchildren. He also has several nieces and nephews and a special friend Doris Shelton.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Regional Cancer Center, 4411 Ben Franklin Blvd. Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Jack Herbert Royal
DURHAM — Mr. Jack Herbert Royal, 85, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Franklin Royal and Cleta Whitt Royal and two brothers, Marion Royal and Robert Royal.
He attended Greensboro City Schools and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.
Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret (Peggy) G. Royal. Also surviving are sons, Mark H. Royal and wife, Linda of Greensboro; J. Randall Royal and wife, Mollie of Chesapeake, VA; daughter Rebecca Royal McLoughlin and husband, Thomas of Center Valley, PA. He was Granddad to five special grandchildren, Ashley Royal Whited and husband, Rob; Jack R. Royal, Jr. and fiancé, Kelsey Lambdin; Ryan, Aidan and Keelin McLoughlin. Also surviving is one sister, Julia Royal Martin of Greensboro.
As difficult as this journey was for Jack and his family, it would have been much harder without the support of family and dear friends. We are very grateful for all of your love and concern expressed in so many ways.
His entire business career was with the Monroe Systems for Business for whom he served over 45 years as Field Service Manager in Raleigh. After retirement, he enjoyed working as a PHD (Professional Happy Driver) for Capital City Nissan. He was a very active, long-time member of Grace Baptist Church and the Anderson Bible Class. He also served as a deacon, trustee, and a participant on various other church committees. His church family played a significant role in Jack’s life.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Grace Baptist Church parlor. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary with Dr. Wayne Riley and Dr. Gerald Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 1004 N. Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Burnice Junious Snipes
DURHAM — Burnice Junious Snipes son of Sudie Beasley Wiley and the late Burnice Snipes was born July 30, 1947.
He died July 24, 2014 in the VA Hospital.
The funeral will be Wednesday 2:00pm at Lee's Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will be in Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Church one hour prior to service.
Suvivors are his wife; Mary Bailey Snipes , three children; Angelia Snipes, Jackie Snipes and Sandra Snipes, mother Sudie Beasley Wiley, five grand children, five brothers and five sisters, three step children.
Arangements entrusted to Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Florence “Granny” Austin

HILLSBOROUGH — Florence “Granny” Austin, of Hillsborough, died peacefully in her home on Monday, July 28, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Arvel Austin, Sr.; one son, Arvel Lee Austin, Jr. with wife June Austin; one daughter, Terri Stuart; four granddaughters, Shannon Medlin with husband Johhny Medlin, Chasity Pope, Brandi Walker with husband James Walker, and Christina Walton; two grandsons, Daniel Austin with wife Jennifer Austin, and Robert “Bobby” Austin; and 5 beloved great-grandchildren, Alissa Pope, CJ Pope, Skylar Medlin, Mackenzie Austin, and Rylan Walker. Memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, family is requesting donations be made to Duke Hospice Care

Robert Brooks Carter

ETOWAH - Robert Brooks Carter, 65, laid his earthly burdens aside and was welcomed home by his creator on July 24, 2014 at his home in Etowah.
Bob was a native of Durham and a son of the late Luna and Chester E. Carter. He was a 1967 graduate of Durham High School.
He was justly proud of his service in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller. His tenure, as he liked to recall, was 20 years, one month, and three days. Finding a second home in Colorado, he found his place with the Federal Aviation Administration even though he was too “old.” He built everlasting friendships and met his soul mate. His service with the FAA included 17 years at the Asheville Regional Airport. He was able to keep his cool under the stress of the work. Working hard was part of his core.
Bob’s love for all things aviation drew him to join the Western North Carolina Pilots Association and the Western North Carolina Air Museum, were he created many loving and lifelong friendships. Giving back, even in his passing, by requesting that donations go to the Education Foundation so others are able to pursue their love of aviation.
Bob was an avid fan of Duke basketball and football. One of his favorite souvenirs was a cap signed by Duke football coach David Cutcliffe. During basketball season he could be found rooting for his team until the very end.
Bob will always be remembered for his quick wit and his generous nature. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 16 years Cindy Carter; two daughter, whom he “adopted” and called his own, Kari Snell (Josh) of Albany, NH, and Kristi Ure (Aaron) of Thornton, CO. His legacy will live on in his four grandchildren, Logan Snell, Brodie Snell, Kaylea Ure and Landon Ure. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Carter of Fuquay-Varina; a sister, Ann Kirkland (Bill) of Durham; two nieces, Jo Carter of Portland, OR, and Elizabeth Sickles (Robert) of Davie, FL; a nephew, Kirk Kirkland (Gina) of Raleigh and great nieces and nephews, Alex, Kari and Michael Sickles, as well as Coley, Mimi and Kate Kirkland. Numerous McIntyre family members remain to cherish his memory as well.
A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Hendersonville. The Reverend Danny Griffith will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the WNCPA (Western North Carolina Pilots Association) Educational Foundation, c/o Will Crook CPA, PA 33 South Main St. Waynesville, NC 28786
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Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Robert “Bob” Dyson Waller
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — Mr. Robert “Bob” Dyson Waller,78, of Courtney Drive went home to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at his residence.
His memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday,July 31, 2014in the Chapel of Rowland Funeral Home with Chaplain Jason Whittaker officiating.
Bob was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 7, 1935 to Midford Davison and Clarissa Virginia Waller. He is predeceased by his parents and brother, Midford M. Waller. He met his wife in Wisconsin with whom he was happily married for 44 years.
Bob was a Communications Engineer and worked for telephone companies all over the country, including GTE in Durham, NC where his family lived for 30 years. He loved his family, his profession, his Lionel toy trains, his dogs, cats and previously all the cows and goats on their farm in Roxboro, NC. Bob was the kindest man to everyone he met and could not conceive of cruelty to anyone or anything. He was a true Christian and will never be forgotten or far from the hearts of his loving family all the days of our lives.
Bob was the beloved husband of Susan Waller; loving father to Cathy Leigh LaBreck (John) of Bradenton, FL, Stacy Dee Waller of Tucson, AZ, and Clarissa Waller of Aiken, SC; stepfather to Deidre Ann Marshall of Baraboo, WI and David A. Stowell of Portage, WI; loving grandfather to Jackson Blackmon (Janelle) of Emerald Isle, NC; and great grandfather to Nova Rose and Peter Michael Blackmon. He is also survived by his sister, Edith Ann Cartwright (Bobby) of Palmyra, VA; and his sister-in-law, Dorcas Waller of Elizabeth City, NC.
The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Wayne Yost, his nurses Garland and Ashley, Dr. Doris Tummillo, and to Dr. Michael Whitlow. In addition, the family holds special gratitude to United Hospice, Nurses Pamela, Candy, Sylvia, Tiffany, and Brittany for all their kindness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Aiken-Augusta Wounded Warrior Project, 1765 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30904.
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