Obituaries, November 28, 2013

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 06:30 PM
Stephens “Steve” Carter
DURHAM - Mr. Stephens “Steve” Carter, 74, passed away November 26, 2013. He was born in Whitley City, in McCreary County, KY, May 15, 1939, the son of the late Marion L. Carter and Dea Stephens Merriman. His brother, Lee Carter, and sisters Colleen Stephens, Carol Penton, and Patsy Dawson preceded him in death.
Steve worked for GTE, which later became Verizon, as a Construction Supervisor in Lexington, Kentucky and Durham, North Carolina from 1964 to 1993. He was actively involved in volunteer work in both communities. Since retirement Steve enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Steve was an avid college basketball fan and loved to watch both Kentucky and Duke. He enjoyed NASCAR races, the military channel and war movies. Steve could be found having coffee with the other geezers at the Northgate food court regularly or at the Duke Fitness Center with his Mending Hearts buddies. Until recently he attended annual reunions with the Danville Boys that he grew up with. He will be remembered for his wonderful garden that the grandchildren helped him plant, drinking coffee and telling tall tales, pickled beets and apple butter, listening to rock n roll from the 50s, and sitting on the porch with a cold beer. When he moved to North Carolina from Kentucky in 1985 his garage became his “Little Kentucky” and the site of his many creative projects with GTE buddies Charlie Porter and Wayne Roberts.
He is survived by Janet “Jan” Ellen Coleman Carter, his wife of 36 years; sister Jane Anne Bishop of Lexington, KY; brother John D. Carter (Sandy) of Lawrenceburg, KY; brother William D. Carter (Jerri) of Harrodsburg, KY; and sister Sherrie Carter of Harrodsburg, KY.
Steve is also survived by his mother-in-law, Ursa L. Coleman of Stamford, CT; brother-in-law Dr. Martin R. Coleman (Vicki) of Poquoson, VA; sister-in-law Mollie D. Romanello (Don) of Ashland, MA; and brother-in-law Dr. Herman D. Coleman (Elizabeth) of Avon, CT.
He is also survived by eight children: Terri L. Haney of Chidester, AR; Stephens “Steve” D. Carter (Judy) of East Bethel, MN; Jean “Jeanie” M. Kenow (Mark) of Stacy, MN; Lois “Lowie” R. Beimert (Phillip) of Mound, MN; Patricia “Tacey” L. Saylor (Danny) of Fort Wayne, IN; Christopher “Chris” S. Carter (Connie) of Nicholasville, KY; Jennifer “Jenny” L. Kennedy of Cary, NC (Bob of Wilmington, DE); and Jarrod C. Walker (Dana) of Durham, NC.
He also had 17 grandchildren: Misty Boyd, Candy Lamb, D.D. Slone, Kyle Close, Steve Carter, Joseph Lindeman, Meloney Carter, Megan Shelby Kennedy, Jamie Lindeman, Jenny Kenow, Kelsie Close, Emily Kennedy, Jacob Lindeman, Erin Kennedy, Shannon Kennedy, Joseph Walker, and Eli Walker. In addition, he also had five great-grandchildren: Jonathan Boyd, Calob Lamb, Abigail Lamb, AnnaLyssa Boyd, and Brayden Stamper. “Adopted” sons Craig Barber and Jackie Farmer along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins will also miss him. “Daddy’s Girl” Belle Puppy and Sam Kitty always made him smile.
The family would like to thank Dr. Elizabeth Henke and the other staff of Triangle Heart Associates, Dr. James Partridge of Lakewood Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and the staff of Duke Home Care and Hospice for their understanding and support.
There will be no funeral service, but the family will receive friends casually to celebrate his life in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham on Saturday, December 7, from 3-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, 506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705.
Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, NC, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at
Josiah Cecil "JC" Cheek
DURHAM - On Sunday morning, November 24, 2013, a zealous and humble servant, Rev. Dr. Josiah Cecil "JC" Cheek, 79, was called to his heavenly reward by our Lord.
Dr. Cheek was born in Liberty, NC on September 12, 1934 to the late Rev. J.R. and Mrs. Queen Esther Bowden Cheek. He graduated from Graham High School in 1954 and one year later he married his high school sweetheart, the late Emma Marie Tate Cheek. To this union a daughter, Angela Kaye, and a son, James Cecil, were born.
Before becoming a full-time servant for close to 44 years at Mount Calvary UCC, he was employed with Burlington Industries, Piedmont Natural Gas Company and Frissell Fabrics for a number of years.
After he accepted God's call on his life to preach the gospel, in September 1968, Rev. Cheek enrolled in the Union Christian Bible Training Institute.
He was called to pastor Mount Calvary United Church of Christ in January 1970. In 1974 he received his Master of Divinity degree and in 1991 Rev. Cheek received an Honorary Doctorate of Ministry, both from the Union Christian Bible Training Institute.
After the death of his first wife in 1983 and more than 5 years of being a widower, in 1989, he was married to the former Priscilla A. Brown and together they were the parents of Angela, James and Deborah Brown; the grandparents of Antonio and Meiko Brown.
He was also preceded in death by his sister and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. KC and Katherine Foxx and Mr. Carl D. Torain.
Left with the delightful and precious memories of this great man are his loving wife and constant companion, Mrs. Priscilla Cheek of Graham, NC; two devoted daughters, Ms. Angela Cheek of Burlington, NC and Ms. Deborah Brown of Charlotte, NC; one caring son, Mr. James Cheek of Statesville, NC; two wonderful grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Tony and Meico Brown of Pleasant Garden, NC; two affectionate great-grandchildren, Kyndall and Kayson Brown; an attentive adopted daughter, Ms. Yolanda Watson of Durham, NC; four doting brothers and one sister-in-law, Mr. Edward Cheek of Greensboro, NC, Mr. James Cheek of Baltimore, MD, Rev. and Mrs. George and Katrina Cheek of Pleasant Garden, NC and Mr. Robert Moore Jr. of Graham, NC; two considerate sisters, Mrs. Ethelyne Headen of Liberty, NC and Mrs. Dora Moore Thompson of Greensboro, NC; two helpful sisters-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Margaret Nichols and Mrs. Velvet Torain both of Durham, NC; an adoring adopted sister, Ms. Joyce Bowling; a kind nephew and nieces, Rev. and Mrs. Rodney Elizabeth Foxx of Liberty, NC; Ms. Whitney Torain and Mrs. Deondra Torain, both of Greensboro, NC.
Funeral service will be held Saturday at noon at Mount Calvary UCC, 1715 Athens St., Durham, NC. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with the family present from 11 a.m. to noon. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Children's Chapel UCC, 334 W. Harden St., Graham, NC.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Terry Vanessa Ferrell Jones
DURHAM — Terry Vanessa Ferrell Jones, born on June 20, 1957 in Durham, NC, departed this life on November 24, 2013 at the age of 56. She leaves to cherish her memory five daughters, one son, nineteen grandchildren, five brothers, five sisters, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church with a visitation at 12 pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Sally Nelson O’Brien
DURHAM - Sally Nelson O’Brien, 53, passed away at home on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Durham, NC.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 1, at 2 o’clock p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC 27705. After the service, there will be a gathering for fellowship, remembrance, and reflection at Metro 8, 743 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705.
Sally was born in Wooster, OH on August 2, 1960 to Maxine and Tom Nelson, of Ludlow, PA, who survive. Also surviving is her husband, Larry O’Brien, and her two daughters, Jessica Blakely and Amy Blakely, also of Durham, NC; two sisters, Gwen Nelson (Mike) Bengfort of The Woodlands, TX and Patty Nelson (Chris) Merrifield of Atlanta, GA; and niece, Maggie Merrifield.
She attended schools in Charleston, WV, Gainesville, TX, and Houston, TX. She received her B.A. degree in Modern Dance from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.
Sally was a certified personal trainer and fitness coach. She enjoyed her music, literature, cooking, and being with her family and her many dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in Sally's name be made to the YMCA Lakewood, 2119 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707 or to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.
Donna Hargis Scoggins
DURHAM - Mrs. Donna Hargis Scoggins, 67, of Durham, North Carolina, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at her home. Born September 20, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Raymond W. Hargis and Doris V. Hargis of Durham, NC. Donna was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and a friend to all.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, George R. Scoggins of Durham, NC; two sons, Doug Scoggins and wife, Beth of Durham, NC and Greg Scoggins and wife, Yvonne of Durham, NC; three grandchildren, Grant, Cameron and Lexus; a sister Betty Jean (Bean) Bouthillier of MN; brother-in-law, Don Scoggins of Durham, NC and sister-in-law, Dr. Lois Scoggins Self and husband, Dr. Robert Self of IL; and many nieces and nephews.
At Donna’s request, a graveside service for family and friends will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Durham, NC with the Rev. Elizabeth Michael (Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church) officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Donna loved flowers, so they are encouraged.
The family would like to thank 3 dedicated caregivers and Community Hospice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at
Hezekiah “Tiney” Smith
DURHAM - Hezekiah “Tiney” Smith departed his life on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the Durham VA Medical Center. He is survived by his children, Kate Brodie, Beverly Harris, and Robert Smith; one brother, Alfred Smith of NJ; twenty-five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon with visitation at 11:00 a.m.
Mildred Aiken Stevens
DURHAM - Mildred Aiken Stevens, 94 years old, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. She was born in Durham County, the daughter of the late Joseph Yancey Aiken and Lillie Maye McFarland Aiken. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland T. Stevens and daughter, Patsy S. Penny.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda S. Schlink and her husband, Wayne Schlink of Spring Lake; four grandchildren: Terry Wayne Schlink of Lillington, Dawn S. Mason of Spring Lake, Kimberly P. Larson of Wilmington and Kelly Penny of Creedmoor; seven great-grandchildren: Christian and Lauren Mason, Steven and Katlyn Schlink, Ashlyn, Devin and Haley Butler; and two brothers, W. Henry Aiken and Jasper J. Aiken.
She retired after 28 years of service to Thalhimers of Durham and about 14 years as a guide at Bennett Historical Place. She was a long-time member of Gorman Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at Clements Funeral Chapel on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Benjamin Ira Davis
ROUGEMONT — Benjamin Ira Davis, age 94, formerly of 7316 Mary Hall Road, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Roxboro Healthcare and Rehabilitation. He was born in Person County to the late William Ruffin Davis and Lula Ann Wade Davis. Mr. Davis was husband of the late Sadie Berry Davis. He was a WWII Army Veteran. Mr. Davis retired from the NC Department of Transportation.
Surviving are two sons, Calvin Ruffin Davis and Norman Ira Davis both of Rougemont; one sister, Pauline Clayton of Rougemont; two grandchildren, Robyn Davis Stephens, and Charles William Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Elias Stephens & Owen Stephens.
The funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday, November 29, 2013 at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church by the Rev. Gayla Collins. Interment will be in the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the church.
Pall Bearers will be Linwood Clayton, Tommy Clayton, Mitchell Berry, Jimmy Berry, A. T. Cooper & Andy Gates.
Memorials may be made to Duke Children's Hospital 2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705.
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