Obituaries, June 14, 2014

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 05:03 PM


Diskin William Thomas Clay
DURHAM — Diskin William Thomas Clay, 75, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Durham NC. He was born in Fresno, California, November 2, 1938, to Norman William Clay and Florence Patricia (nee Diskin) Clay. He grew up with his brother Michael and grandparents, Michael Angelo and Florence Dinnegan Diskin, in Reno, Nevada.
He earned his BA from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon (1960) and his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle (1967). He taught at Reed College, Haverford College, The Johns Hopkins University, Vassar College, The City University of New York, and in France, Greece, and Italy. He was a distinguished Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University from 1990 until he retired in 2008. His main publications were on ancient Greek philosophy and Greek literature, including Lucretius and Epicurus, Archilochos Heros, an introduction to Marcus Aurelius´ Meditations, and Platonic Questions. He also translated Greek tragedians and John Locke. His recent work focused on Dante as well as modern European literatures.
His surviving loved ones include his wife, Andrea Purvis (Durham, NC); brother, Michael Clay (Ferndale, WA); sister, Kenzie Clay, (Reno, NE); daughters: Andreia Clay (Cambridge, England), Hilary Witte and her husband Mark, with granddaughter Honor Sophia (Mount Pleasant, SC), Christine Clay with grandchildren Celeste, Isabella, Eliana, and Zeus Diskin (Chapel Hill, NC); former wives, Jenny Strauss Clay (Charlottesville, VA) and Sara Clay (Hillsborough, NC). We will miss his brilliance, passion for his work, and rascally sense of humor!
A Memorial service will be held Monday, 2:00 PM, at Clements Funeral Chapel, 1105 Broad Street, Durham NC. Plans are underway for a memorial symposium at Duke Nov. 7-8, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diskin Clay Graduate Travel Fund, and sent to the Department of Classical Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0103.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Gloria Faye Jones Hight
DURHAM — Gloria Faye Jones Hight, 82, of Durham died on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Forest Percy Jones and Lottie Hortense King Jones. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. She loved the beach and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She retired from Durham Public Schools. Mrs. Hight was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Hight, Sr.
She is survived by her son, Robert E. Hight, Jr. and wife Jan of Durham; two daughters, Brenda H. Black of Durham, Pamela H. Parker and husband Stan of Durham; five grandchildren, Chris Weiss, Traci Parker Baird, Kathryn Parker McIver, Maddy Hight, Robbie Hight III; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 to 11:00, one hour prior to the services at Bethesda Baptist Church and other times at the home, 2605 Rolling Pines Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Amedisys Hospice of Durham, 2609 Duke St., Suite 102, Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences can be made at

Nadell “Jack” Jackson
DURHAM — Mr. Nadell “Jack” Jackson passed on Wednesday, june 11, 2014 at the Duke Hospice Center. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Jackson; son, Lydell and Michelle Jackson; daughter, Audrey Jackson Lucas; brother, George Jackson; sisters, Marion Loftin and Betty Jones.
Services will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 at New Rock Spring Christian Church, 2711 Rock Spring Church Road, Creedmoor, NC. Viewing will take place one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to

Eleanor G. Jarvis
DURHAM — Mrs. Eleanor G. Jarvis, 82, died Thursday at Croasdaile Village. Mrs. Jarvis was born in Cabarrus County, NC, the daughter of the late Julian Goldston and the late Pearl Murr Goldston. Mrs. Jarvis received her degree in education from High Point College. Mrs. Jarvis was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Jarvis, and two brothers, Billy and Bud Goldston.
Mrs. Jarvis is survived by her children, Jim Jarvis and wife, Pam Chastain, Scott Jarvis, Lynne Jarvis Neal and fiancé, Paul Dickerson, and Laurie Jarvis Kronenberg and husband, Michael; her sister, Paiti Cochran and husband, Bill; and her grandchildren, Emily Neal, Kerrie Neal and Nathan Kronenberg.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village with the Rev. Laurie Hayes Coffman officiating.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Vernette Wittenberg Propes
DURHAM — Vernette Wittenberg Propes of Durham, NC, died peacefully on June 11, 2014 at the age of 85. Born in Alexander County in the community of Bethlehem on November 9, 1928, to Letha and Ransom Wittenberg. Vernette grew up in a family of eight brothers and sisters. She was a devoted daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family most of all. As an adult Vernette lived in several North Carolina cities, but she spent the majority of her life in Durham. She was a longtime employee of Hillcrest where she was Social Director for residents. An extension of her own vivacious personality, Vernette loved bringing joy, fun, and activity into the residents’ lives. Vernette is survived by her three sons, whom she loved first, last, and always: Dascheil Darrell Propes and wife, Mary, of Raleigh, NC, Blair Wittenberg Propes and wife, Karen, of Rougemont, NC, and Dewitt Drew Propes and Regina Stehlik, of Wake Forest, NC. Vernette is also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild of whom she was proud as only a grandmother can be: Mary Margaret Propes of Raleigh, NC; Rebecca Ann Terry, husband Vernon and daughter Aubrey Ann, of Rolesville, NC; and Brooke Anneliese Propes and Adam Drew Propes, of Wake Forest, NC. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham, NC. A reception for family and friends will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas.


William McClure Hooke
CHAPEL HILL — William McClure Hooke passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. He was born on November 17, 1930 to Lucy and Malcolm Hooke of Greensboro, NC. After graduating from UNC with a degree in physics, he went on to receive his PhD from Princeton University. He married Nancy Smith, the love of his life, on June 3, 1952. They lived in Princeton, NJ from 1953 to 1986. He was a researcher at the university. He and Nancy lived in retirement in Chapel Hill, NC, where he continued to work variously for UNC, ITC, Inc., Kobe Steel, and a school in Durham.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lisa Hooke; and his grandson, William Robert Hooke of Efland, NC. He loved his grandson, Will, more than anyone else on earth.
A service to celebrate Mr. Hooke’s life will be held 2:00PM, Monday, June 16, 2014 at The Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Lydia James Music Fund at Chapel of the Cross.
Online condolences may be viewed at Select Obituaries & Guestbooks, then Current Services. Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation, Pittsboro, NC.

Linda Louis Richardson
CHAPEL HILL — After a courageous and hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer, Linda Louis Richardson, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on June 9th, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was 55. She is survived by her husband Craig and her two children Will and Carly, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; her parents Bill and Sally Louis, Sun City Center, Florida; sister Laurie Louis deVilla, husband Dean, and children Sean and Lauren, Lima, Peru; mother-in-law Libby Richardson, sister-in-law Susan Renard, husband Bruce and son Cutler, Jacksonville, Florida; and many cousins and other relatives in Jacksonville, Florida, and Ohio.
Linda was valedictorian of her graduating class at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, an honors graduate of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Florida, and received her Pharm.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a hospital pharmacist her entire career, caring for others. She worked at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida from 1982-1996; and for the past 18 years at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she served as a Clinical Specialist in the Medicine Intensive Care Unit as well as in a variety of medicine specialty areas. Recently she was appointed Lead Pharmacist for the Medicine Division. Linda also held an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. During her career at UNC Hospitals she touched many lives as a practicing clinical pharmacist and clinical pharmacy educator working with numerous pharmacy students, residents, nurses, and physicians in her effort to teach others and optimize patient care.
She was a longtime resident of Southern Village in Chapel Hill; a member of Christ United Methodist Church where she has served as a Sunday School teacher and as an active parent supporter of the cub scout troop sponsored by the church. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister, and is loved dearly by her family.
A memorial service celebrating Linda’s life will be held in Chapel Hill at Christ United Methodist Church (Southern Village), on June 21, at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in honor of Linda Louis Richardson for a pharmacy student scholarship to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Foundation, 194 Finley Golf Course Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.