Obituaries, March 20, 2014

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 05:10 PM


Alexander T. Crockett
DURHAM — Alexander T. Crockett, age 86, of Durham, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was best known in the Durham community as a sports writer, then managing editor and executive at the Durham-Herald where his geniality and charity characterized his daily interchange with his fellow employees and townspeople. Alex, as he was known to all, wrote in a terse, energetic prose style and appreciated the same in others. In the sometimes rough and tumble trade of journalism, he never succumbed to cynicism as he remained an idealist and a gentleman.
Alex was an ardent fan of the University of Virginia Cavaliers and the Detroit Tigers. His other passions included family genealogy and collecting swing era big band music. He spent countless hours at his computer, surfing the internet and e-mailing friends and family. He was a longtime member and ordained elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Durham.
Alex was the son of the late Alexander Graham and Lenna Painter Crockett. He spent his childhood in Max Meadows and Wytheville, VA, graduating from Wytheville High School in 1944.
Alex enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1945 and remained active in the Naval Reserve for 19 years. He later became a life member of the American Legion. He attended the University of Virginia and the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now part of Shenandoah University). In 1949 he married Rebecca Janney Lodge of Frederick County, VA.
After returning to Wythe County, Alex was business manager of the Wytheville Statesman baseball team during the polio epidemic in the summer of 1950. He served on the faculty during the last year of Wytheville High School’s existence (1950-51) and worked at the Radford Arsenal for over a year.
After beginning his career as a newspaper reporter, Alex worked at Virginia newspapers in Winchester, Abingdon, Bristol and Roanoke. In 1962 he accepted a position as assistant sports editor at the Durham Herald-Sun. When he retired after 30 years’ service he was corporate vice president / secretary.
He is survived by Rebecca, his wife of 64 years, and his children, Lucy Crockett of Wilmington, NC; A.G. Crockett (Gayley) of Alpharetta, GA; Bruce Crockett (Susan Rigsbee) of Greensboro; his brother, Charles Graham Crockett of Wytheville, VA; and a grandson, John Alexander Crockett. His granddaughter, Katherine Julia Crockett, died in 2012.
Arrangements are being handled by Clements Funeral Home. Visitation will be at Clements on Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Durham on Friday at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception at the church. A graveside service and burial will be in Wytheville, VA, at a later date. American Legion Wythe County Post 9 will conduct final military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, 425 Grayson Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Ernest Crosby, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Ernest Crosby, Jr., age 52, of Durham, NC, died on March 16, 2014 at 1202 Fidelity Drive.
Family members include his loving and devoted mother, Ms. Victoria Cradle; five brothers, John, Otis, Davie, Norwood and Tommy Crosby; four sisters, Patsy Crosby, Martha Winston, Debbie Hightower and Vickie Cradle.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 1415 Holloway St, Durham, NC 27703. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Reverend Michael Page will officiate. Burial will follow at the Glennview Memorial Park. Professional service are provided by Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Incorporated.

Mae Sue Ellis (Shepherd) Harward
DURHAM — Mrs. Mae Sue Ellis (Shepherd) Harward, 99, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Duke Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born on October 1, 1914 in Durham County to the late J. Hosea Ellis and the late Bessie Burgess Ellis. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Daniel Boone Shepherd; son, Charles Daniel Shepherd; grandson, Charles Daniel Shepherd, Jr.; second husband, Ralph Coolridge Harward; brother, James Lewis Ellis; sisters, Mabel Ellis Darnell and Dorothy “Dot” Ellis Garrett.
Mrs. Harward attended Lowes Grove School and married Daniel Boone Shepherd on April 7, 1931. They resided in Durham for a number of years, rearing three of their children and subsequently moved to East Oceanview, VA where they lived for 9 years. In 1949, they returned to Durham, were reunited with family and had their fourth child. She was widowed in 1951 and married Ralph Coolridge Harward in 1969, with whom she resided in Durham until his death in 2011. She was a dedicated housewife and mother. Once her children were grown, she worked at the Broad Street Drug Store and the Remnant Shop in Wellons Village for over 25 years, retiring at age 72 when the shop closed. She was active in civic organizations, The Sons and Daughters of Liberty, and the VFW Post 2740, where she was the President of the Women's Auxiliary and actively volunteered with Buddy Poppy Sales. In her later years she spent much time at home and enjoyed going to Durham Bulls games and eating at Elmo's Diner with her two daughters.
She is survived by her daughters, Doris Shepherd Marriott (the late Philip A. Marriott), Patricia Ann Shepherd; son, Norman Carlton Shepherd (Carole); daughter-in-law Darlene Few (Theron); grandchildren, Diana Hall (Johnny), Sharon Shepherd, Kimberly Shepherd, Lisa Tysor (Cliff), Dean Shepherd, Rodney Shepherd (Diana), Elizabeth Prata (Rogerio); great-grandchildren, Brandon Hall, Seth Tysor, Jesse Shepherd, Austin Shepherd, Nathan Shepherd, Michelle Prata, Julia Prata and Lucas Prata.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 22nd, at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 12:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Breast Cancer CB #7295 UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295 or online at
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Jason Tamel Jacobs
DURHAM — Funeral services for Jason Tamel Jacobs will be conducted on Friday at 1:00 p.m. from The Greater Canaan Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the North Lawn Cemetery.
On Sunday, March 16th, 2014, Minister Jason T. Jacobs departed this life with his faithful & loving wife by his side.
Jason Tamel Jacobs was born August 5, 1982 to Mrs Lillian Coleman Jacobs and the late Horace Jacobs Jr in Cumberland County, NC.
At an early age he gave his life to the Lord, and attended church with his family, which he served as a faithful & loyal member.
On June 1st, 2013 he took the hand of Minister Arlene Lassiter to be his life partner.
Jason was preceded in death by a sister, Glenda Sue Baggett, and his father, Horace Jacobs Jr.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife, Arlene L. Jacobs; 3 daughters, Legacy, Jada & Janae; his mother, Lillian Coleman Jacobs; his 6 sisters, Linda Diane (Larry) Williams, Teresa (Wallace) Black, Patricia (Larry) Parker, Rachel Faye (John) Pguese, Tammy Ilene Baggett, Sheila Joplin; his brother, Horace Jacobs (Cherese); a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service, Durham, NC.

Alice Bunn Lloyd
DURHAM — Mrs. Alice Bunn Lloyd, 87, of 713 N. Mineral Springs Road, died at her home on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Mrs. Lloyd was born in Wake County to the late Morris Bunn and Clellie Poole Bunn. She retired from Durham Drapery and later worked for Southeast Food. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Lloyd; son, Billy Lloyd, Sr.; daughter, Delores Lloyd Adcock; and two brothers, Ray and Roger Bunn.
She is survived by one son, Russell Lloyd and wife, Debbie of Durham; four grandchildren, Charles Lloyd, Billy Lloyd, Jr., Lisa Lloyd and Raye Adcock; seven great-grandchildren, Timothy Lloyd, Crystal Lloyd, Zachary Lloyd, Caitlyn Lloyd, Ashley Lloyd, Taylor Lloyd and Austin Adcock.
Graveside services will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Rev. Jeff McCarthy will officiate. Active pallbearers will be her grandson and great-grandsons.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences may be made at

John H. Miles
DURHAM — Mr. John H. Miles passed on March 16, 2014 at the LaSalle Nursing Home. He was born in Sanford, NC to the late Albert and Connie Miles.
Surviving relatives are niece, Joyce Maxwell; great-niece, Cassandra Maxwell; and cousin, Denise Kaye Boyd-Ragland.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at No Greater Love Church, 314 N Hyde Park Ave, Durham, NC 27703, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.
Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Helen S. Roll
DURHAM — Helen S. Roll, age 96, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. She was born in Towson, MD to the late Edmund and Christine Sauerbrey on October 28, 1917.
A member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Durham, Helen worked in the family florist business for many years before it closed in the early 1970s. She enjoyed her many trips with the senior groups and spending time at the Seymour Senior Center in Chapel Hill.
Helen is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Helen R. Frederick of Durham, NC; her grandchildren, Robert Frederick and wife, Jamie, of Tampa, FL; Sandy F. Ranstead of Virginia Beach, VA; and her great-granddaughter, Claire Frederick. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Roll; her sister, Laura Schools; and her brother, Karl Sauerbrey.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham with the Rev. Reneé Harris of First Baptist Church of Pittsboro presiding. Private burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
Friends may visit one hour prior to the service from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the wonderful and efficient staff on Pinehurst in Hillcrest: Dr. Prasad, Brittany, Debra, DeeDee, Tameka, Miranda, Lydia, Jessica, Tamera, Crystal, Tanya and especially Debra Cox. Many others also showed their love and friendship to her during her stay.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to: APS (Animal Protection Society) of Durham, 2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704; Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham, NC 27704; or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Lonnie (L.T.) Matthews
BURLINGTON — Lonnie (L.T.) Matthews was born on October 8, 1932 to Lonnie Turner Matthews, Sr. and Katie Spivey Matthews in Durham County, North Carolina. His life ended on March 2, 2014 at Alamance Regional Hospital, Burlington, NC. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Clifton and Earl, and a sister, Doris Carver. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Betty Blomquist; two sisters, Geraldine Tyren and Katherine O’Briant; three children, Eric (Kalyn), Michael (Sarah) and Margaret Engelbrekt (Alan); six grandchildren, Cameron Matthews (Lauren), Nicola Matthews, David Matthews, Grace Matthews, Benjamin Engelbrekt, and Isabel Engelbrekt.
L.T. attended Durham Public Schools graduating from Durham High School in 1951. He graduated from NC State University in 1955 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with an option of Heating and Air Conditioning. In the fall of 1955 he was employed by the E.I. duPont de Nemours Company in Martinsville, VA as a Design Engineer in the Textile Fiber Nylon Manufacturing Division. In 1956 he was drafted into the United States Army, received Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and subsequently was sent to Fort Eustis, VA in the Training Research Transportation Division. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1958 he returned to DuPont until March 1959 when he was employed at Duke University, Durham, NC as an Assistant Engineer in the Maintenance Department where he worked for 10 years until he was selected as Director of Engineering and Operations for the Duke University Medical Center in which position he worked until his retirement in 1995. As the medical field began to blossom from 1960-1980, L.T. was proud of his involvement with the growth of the Medical Center particularly as a participant in the construction of the Duke North Medical Facility.
The funeral will be at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, NC on Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 PM with a reception at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s General Memorial Fund or The Tree of Life at Twin Lakes Retirement Community, Burlington, NC.


Willie Lee Warren
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. Willie Lee Warren of Hillsborough, N.C. reached the Crystal Shores on March 17, 2014 at 3:25 A.M.
Born to Haywood Thomas Warren and Maggie Clark Warren July 21, 1925 he was the youngest of ten children who proceeded him in death.
He was a lifelong native of Orange County and was educated in the Orange County Schools.
He retired from UNC Student Infirmary (Nursing Assistant) after more than 30 years of service.
A pillar of the Ridge Road Community each year he planted a community garden so that his family and neighbors could enjoy fresh vegetables.
He was a devoted member of Orange Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church Hillsborough, N.C. and served as church Treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Trustee Board, Male Chorus and Mass Choir.
In addition to the niece that he raised, Edna W. Williams (Bob) of Garner, N.C., he leaves to cherish with love his memory ten nieces, Mary W. Crawford, Malinda Brooks of the home, Margaret W. Bradsher (Tony) of Hillsborough, N.C., Eula Cooper of Durham, N.C., Shirley Northern of Stanford, Conn., Janet Wright of Bridgeport, Conn., Vera Hardaway of Hackensack, N.J., Crystal Bush (Robert), Yvonne Rawls, Altermease Green of Burlington, N.C.; two nephews, Cleo Warren (Fiesta), Donnell Warren (Joyce) of Burlington, N.C.; one great-niece, Eddra Brooks; two great-nephews, Daryl Crawford (Tawana) and Jarrid Brooks (Morgan) who grew up in his home and he provided them with a father figure that will last a lifetime; fifteen other great-nieces and nephews; ten great-great nieces and nephews; two adopted nieces, Phyllis Brooks and Brenda Brown of Hillsborough, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Rev. Lillie Warren and Mrs. Norma Watkins of Burlington, N.C.; many other special cousins and friends.
He will be forever special in the lives of his nieces and nephews who called him Pop. And they will always remember the life lessons taught by him that were worth knowing. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund c/o Brenda Brown, 2510 N.C. 86 North, Hillsborough, NC 27278.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM at the Orange Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Orange Cross Roads Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Family visitation from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Burial in church cemetery.
Public viewing Friday March 21, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.


Virginia Page Self
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Virginia Page Self was born on August 22, 1933 in Chase City, Virginia. She was the eldest child of five children that blessed the marriage of James and Minnie Lee Henderson. The family settled in Durham where she completed her primary education, graduating from Hillside High School. She would later meet and marry the love of her life, the late Woodrow Wilson Self, and together they raised five children: Sherrill, Maurice, Daryl (deceased), Mechita, and Gregg.
In 1962, the Selfs moved their family to New York. Virginia took an entry-level position with IBM as a secretary where she quickly advanced. Upon her 1985 retirement as an IBM Computer Training Specialist in White Plains, N.Y., the Selfs returned to Durham, N.C., where they re-joined The Church of God of Prophecy at Grant Street (now The Monument of Faith Church); Virginia served as treasurer.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband Woodrow in 1998 and their son Daryl in 1999. In 2010, Virginia returned to New York to be near her children.
Virginia peacefully transitioned into the bosom of her Savior on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
Left to cherish her memory are her 4 children; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Shirley Henderson, Cherolyn Griffin, Belinda Henderson; two aunts, Dorothy McNeil and Mother Alma Britton; a brother–in-law, Jonathan Self (wife Eunice); a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Homegoing services will take place at 12:00 p.m., Monday, March 24, at the Monument of Faith Church, in Durham. Assisting the family is Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.