Obituaries, March 22, 2014

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:12 PM


Diane Chavis Cheek
DURHAM — Diane Chavis Cheek, 67, departed her life on March 15, 2014. She is survived by three children; ten grandchildren; three brothers; a host of special family and friends.
Services will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home today with visitation at 12pm and memorial service at 1pm.

Mary L. "Lou" Thomas Davis
DURHAM — Mrs. Mary L. "Lou" Thomas Davis, 77, of 631 Rippling Stream Rd., died Monday, March 17, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center. Her service will be held at 12pm on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday at the church from 11am-12pm one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Robert N. Davis, James F. Davis, Antoinne D. Bouknight, Darius L. Davis and Roderick D. Davis, and five brothers.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Joseph Farmer, Jr.
DURHAM — Joseph Farmer, Jr., age 76, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on March 19, 2014.
A pioneer in the development of cochlear implants and hyperbaric and diving medicine, and a devoted physician, scientist and leader, Dr. Farmer was a treasure to his profession, to Duke and to the countless patients, trainees and colleagues who had the good fortune to cross his path.
Dr. Farmer, a native of Henderson, North Carolina, came to Duke in 1955 as an undergraduate, then stayed for medical school, his surgical residency and a fellowship in thoracic surgery. After serving at the National Cancer Institute, he returned to Duke and joined the division of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, where he remained for his whole career. He served as division chief at Duke for more than a decade. Dr. Farmer also served at the Durham VA Hospital for more than 20 years.
Dr. Farmer co-founded the Duke Hearing Center and the cochlear implant program, one of the first of its kind in the world. Under his energetic leadership, this program provided first-rate clinical care and pursued pioneering research that paved the way for the extraordinary devices available today. In the early 1980s, little was known about how to restore hearing for a totally deaf person using electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. Dr. Farmer and his team filled gaps in the knowledge and developed progressively better ways to transmit speech and other sounds to people who were previously deaf. Through his contributions, he provided hope and hearing to countless individuals worldwide.
Dr. Farmer also was a pioneer in hyperbaric and diving medicine, contributing significantly to research on the inner ear response to diving. Always an active leader at Duke, during the latter part of his career he co-led the Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for Clinical Investigations and helped make it a model for IRB programs nationally.
A revered and respected teacher and mentor to many now-eminent physicians, Dr. Farmer was known by colleagues for his dedication to the profession, his kindness, his commitment to collaboration and his intellectual spirit. But his greatest joy was always his patients, and his devotion to them was always returned in spades.
Being a physician was important to him; equally important were his roles as husband, father, and doting grandfather. He met his wife, Margery, who survives him, when they were students at Duke University. They married in Duke Chapel in 1957. He is also survived by his son Tom, daughter-in-law Shauna and three granddaughters, Suzanne, Catherine, and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bettie (Eatman) Farmer, and his oldest son, Joseph Farmer, III.
A memorial service will be held in Duke Chapel on Wednesday, March 26, at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donating to the Joseph Farmer, III Memorial Fund at the Durham Academy Development Office, 3601 Ridge Rd, Durham, NC 27705 or the Duke Hearing Center, care of Kristina Bowman, Duke Medicine Development, 710 W. Main St, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701.
The Farmer family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Joseph Ray Haigler, Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. Joseph Ray Haigler, Sr., died Thursday evening at his home, surrounded by his family.
Ray was born and raised in Union County, NC. He was a graduate of Wingate High School, and proudly served his country in the US Army. Ray was a barber for over 40 years, the owner and operator of End Side Barbershop. After End Side, he semi-retired and relocated to Northgate Barbershop. He was a charter member of Cresset Baptist Church, where he was also a member of Senior Men’s Sunday school class and a greeter at the church.
Ray is survived by his wife of 60 years, Swannie Davis Haigler of the home; daughters, Evelyn H. Ray and her husband, Johnny, of Hillsborough, Dianne H. Christensen of Durham; sons, Donald Yates Haigler, and his wife, JoAnne, of Harpers Ferry, WV, Gabriel Blake Haigler of Durham, Barry Lynn Haigler and his wife, Jami, of Hillsborough, Fred Haigler and his wife, Esther, of Hillsborough; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Wade Haigler of Wingate, NC; sisters, Ellie Nash of Monroe, NC, and Sarah Traywick of Wingate, NC.
Ray was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Ray Haigler, Jr.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 3pm at Cresset Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jon Glass. Burial will follow at Markham Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service, from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at Cresset Baptist Church. Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be directed to Cresset Baptist Church, 3707 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707.
The Haigler family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Clenso Clio Hinnant Winston
DURHAM — On March 17, 2014, the Father called Evangelist Clenso Clio Hinnant Winston, our Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Aunt and Friend, Home to Glory. Her funeral services will be held on Sunday March 23, 2:30 PM, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the Church and at other times at the home of her daughter, Kelly Winston, 2030 Bedford St., Apt. 14. Her services are entrusted to Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to


Beatrice Painter Crowder
ROXBORO — Beatrice Painter Crowder, 92, of 523 Clayton Avenue, died Thursday, March 20, 2014. Mrs. Crowder was born in Person County and was the daughter of the late Herbert Hassell and Connie Harris Painter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Anderson Crowder; one son, James Anderson "Andy" Crowder, Jr.; one daughter, Susan Crowder Hicks; and one sister, Mildred Painter Fleig. Mrs. Crowder worked as a bookkeeper on the tobacco market for 53 years, mostly the Danville market, and was a member of Long Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving is one daughter, Connie Lee Mundy and husband Jamie, of Roxboro; one brother, Hassell Painter, of Roxboro; four grandchildren, Ashley Mundy Bailey and husband Steve, Kelly James Mundy, Anderson Hicks Garrett and husband Adam, Elizabeth Hicks Hefner and husband Tyler; three great-grandchildren, Samuel James Bailey, Susan Claire Bailey, and Margaret Elizabeth Bailey; and one son-in-law, Gary Arnold Hicks.
Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Long Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bruce Allen and Rev. Tom Loftis. Burial will follow at Person Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:30-8:00 PM Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home and at other times at the home, 523 Clayton Avenue.
Pallbearers will be Earl Clayton, Bryan Westmoreland, Neal Hamlett, Ronnie Peed, Danny Bumpass, Paul Bailey, Stanford Harris, and Dr. John R. Bradsher.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Plenty, Jay Neville, Dwayne Sparks, and Wayne Winstead.
Memorials may be made to Susan C. Hicks Hope Charities, P.O. Box 1448, Conover, NC 28613.
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