Obituaries, March 21, 2014

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:22 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

James Louis Luxton
DURHAM — James Louis Luxton passed away Wednesday morning, March 19, 2014 at his home in Durham, NC. He was the son of the late John Virgil and Fannie "Bud" Smith Luxton and was born February 4, 1923 in Chatham County and grew up in Lee County.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Clark Luxton, his children: son, James "Jim" Virgil Luxton of Chapel Hill, son, Donald Keith and his wife MaryBeth Luxton of Charlotte and daughter, Marianne Luxton and her husband Michael Pickett of Maui, HI. His grandchildren are Lindsay Denise Luxton, Gregory B. Luxton of Boone and David M. Pickett of Maui, Hawaii. His great-grandchild is Kylie Luxton of Boone.
Louis is also survived by his sisters, Gracie McLeod and Helen Williams of Sanford. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters Maggie Ellis, Coy Luxton, Fred Luxton, Sr, Hayden Luxton, Huey Luxton, Jesse Luxton, J.V. Luxton, Charles Luxton, Lillian Moore, Corina Wicker, Viola Kelly and Barbara Potter.
Louis lived with his wife Joyce at the Emerald Pond Retirement community on Pickett Road. He will be remembered for his calmness, patience, generosity and his passion for Tarheel sports. He was a long-term member of Ephesus Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and as leader of the RA Boys program. Louis enjoyed all kinds of sports and over his life loved to hunt, golf, fish and he played baseball and basketball.
Louis served in the US Navy during WWII and worked making ice cream and in the blow mold division of Long Meadow Dairy in Chapel Hill and Durham. He retired after 42 years.
Louis leaves the world a better place for having been in it. He will be missed.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 21 from 6-8 pm at Walker's Funeral Home in Chapel Hill. The funeral service will be held Sat., March 22 at 2:00 pm at Ephesus Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Burial will occur immediately after the service.

Phyllis Robinson Melton
DURHAM — Mrs. Phyllis Robinson Melton, affectionately known as “PM,“ the daughter of the late Anna Mae Quick, Durham, N.C., and Alfred Boyd of Baltimore, MD, was born August 20, 1948 in Durham, N.C. She departed this life on March 18, 2014 at UNC Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, N.C. She passed away peacefully. “PM“ was being visited and comforted by family members at the Brian Center Rehabilitation Facility in Durham, NC and at UNC Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC, at the time of her passing.
Phyllis joined Russell Memorial CME Church, Durham, NC, at an early age. She was educated in Durham public schools and was a 1966 graduate of Hillside High School, Durham, N.C. She furthered her education at North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C. She was a dedicated and loyal employee of IBM for twenty–two years before retiring.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 24, 2014, 12 noon at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Hwy, Durham, NC 27713. Family Visitation will begin one hour before the service. Friends and relatives are invited.


Clifton Duke, Sr.
BUTNER — Mr. Clifton Duke, Sr. passed from this life to his heavenly home Thursday, March 20, 2014. Mr. Duke was born in 1930 and born again in 1967. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church for 31 years.
Clifton leaves to cherish his memory his dear and faithful wife of 58 years, Kathleen Duke; son, Clifton Duke, Jr. and wife, Wendy, and their son, Dillon; sister, Betty Lou Mincey; sisters-in-law, Lois Cooley and Violet King; niece, Donna Garner; and nephews, Dennis Toney, Don Teasley and Jack Teasley.
Graveside funeral service will be held Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Greg Allison officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Teresa Bullock
HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Teresa Bullock, age 53 of 2007 US 70-A East, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at home where she was surrounded by family and friends she loved. She was a native of Durham County and attended the Orange County schools. She and her husband, Randy, were married in 1980. She was employed by Hatfield-Berrang Hearing Aid Centers. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother and sister.
Surviving are her husband of 33 years, Randy Bullock of the home; two daughters, Melisa A. Ellis and Jena M. Bullock, both of Hillsborough; one son, Jason Bullock (Pattie); six grandchildren, Dustin, Christian, Valaree, Jacob, Madison, and Ethan; her loving mother, Betty Jean Goodson, Griffithsville, W.Va.; her brother, Tim Goodson (Joy), of Griffithsville, W.Va.; two nephews and one great-nephew; three aunts, Betty G. Chance (Edgar), Rockville, Dorothy Gooch, Mebane and Mae Suggs, Mebane; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her beloved father, Virgil L. Goodson, her grandmothers, Mrs. Bell Woods and Mrs. Ariel P. Goodson, and her grandfathers, Mr. Robert Woods and Mr. Oliver Goodson.
Graveside services will be held 2 PM, Saturday, March 22 in the United Methodist Memorial Cemetery in Efland by Pastor Brad Williams. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 PM Friday, March 21st in Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough. Pallbearers will be Dustin Bullock, Ed Sykes, Mike Dawson, Steve Baker, Michael Denson, and Danny Whicker.