Obituaries, March 23, 2014

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 05:16 PM


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; seven brothers; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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.

Emma Lou Lloyd Goodwin
DURHAM — Emma Lou Lloyd Goodwin, age 91, died peacefully Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Carolina House in Chapel Hill. She was born in Raleigh, NC to the late Eugene W. and Flora Beasley Lloyd on March 1, 1923.
Emma Lou worked at CCB for many years before her retirement in 1965. She was a member of Cedar Fork Baptist Church and enjoyed her many trips to Ocean Isle Beach.
Emma Lou is survived by her son, Barry Goodwin and wife, Sherrie Eisleben, of Raleigh, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Sunday Goodwin, and her son, William Lloyd Goodwin.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 24, in Maplewood Cemetery, Section 16, with the Rev. Forest M. Gale, Jr. presiding.
Friends may visit Sunday afternoon from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and Monday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
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James Edward Jones
DURHAM — James Edward Jones, 68, departed his life on March 19, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Jones, and his children, Jacqueline Council (Wilbert), Sharon Holeman, Catherine Reid, Delvan Reid-Harp (William), Tarsha Satterwhite (Michael), Timothy Jones, Keith Moore (Clevette) and Barbara Tucker.
Services will be held at New Covenant UHC, Durham, NC, Tuesday at 1pm with visitation at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Phyllis “P.J.” Jorgensen
DURHAM — Phyllis “P.J.” Jorgensen, 61, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro. She was born in Erie County, PA to the late Lewis Deuel.
She is survived by her husband, Peter Jorgensen; daughter, Patricia Page; and son, Christian Jorgensen.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, at the Gathering Room 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

Edna Lola Rominger Matheson
DURHAM — Edna Lola Rominger Matheson, 92 of Cambridge Hills, 5660 Durham Road, died Friday, March 21, 2014. Mrs. Matheson was born in Watauga, NC and was the daughter of the late James Marion and Florence Harmon Rominger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ed G. Matheson; two sisters, Minnie James and Jimmie Gilliam; two brothers, Roy Rominger and Arnold Rominger; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Poole Matheson. Mrs. Matheson was retired from the Durham County Public School System as a bus driver and cafeteria worker and was a member of Rougemont United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her three sons, Eddie Matheson and wife Donna of Bahama, Baxter Matheson and wife Margaret of Clayton; Basil Matheson of Bahama; two daughters, Catherine Matheson of Durham, Wanda Tingen and husband Donald Ray of Roxboro; one brother, Alfred Rominger of Banner Elk; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Brooks & White Chapel by the Rev. Ryan Ford. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham. Visitation will be held 1:00-2:00 PM, one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of her son, Eddie Matheson, 7521 County Knoll Road, Bahama, NC.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
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Shirley Harward McLean
DURHAM — Mrs. Shirley Harward McLean, 75, died Friday morning at her home surrounded by her family.
Mrs. McLean was born and raised in Durham County. She graduated from Durham High School in 1956, and attended Durham Business College. For 42 years, she was employed by Duke University as an Administrative Assistant, retiring in 2000. An avid Duke fan, she and her late husband Charles shared the same seats in Cameron since 1957, rarely missing a game. She was a lifelong member of Temple Baptist Church, actively involved with the church choir, bells, and the nursery.
Mrs. McLean is survived by her sons, Charles A. McLean, Jr., his wife Jennifer, and their children, Madison, Sydney, and Cooper; Richard Todd McLean, his wife Janet, and their children DeSean and Byron, all of Durham; sister, Patricia Crutchfield of Pittsboro, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 28, at 2:00 pm at Temple Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Mark Mofield. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 4-7pm at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, and at other times at the home of Charles and Jennifer McLean. Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be directed to Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, NC 27712.
The McLean family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at Select Obituaries.

Pearl Shelby Sharpe
DURHAM — Pearl Shelby Sharpe (3/26/49 – 10/22/13). A joyful coming-together of Pearl’s wonderful community, reflecting on her many gifts, & carrying her gifts forward will be held March 30, 2:30-4:30 pm at The Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. Come festive! Altar offerings are encouraged, should represent our love for our dear sister, & will be gifted to Pearl's family from her family & community here.


William Henry Campion, Sr.
BURLINGTON — William (Bill) Henry Campion, Sr., 86, of Burlington died on March 11, 2014 at White Oak Manor in Burlington, North Carolina.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Marcella Plunkett and the late William Campion. He was married to the late Nancy Suzanne Happenny Campion.
He is survived by his daughter, Julia M. Campion and her husband William F. Smith of Tigard, Oregon; his son William H. Campion, Jr. of Point of Rocks, Maryland; his son Clifford P. Campion and his wife Donna M. Landers and his grandchildren Megan S. Campion, Andrew K. Campion and Katie M. Campion-Hogge and her husband Peter Hogge of Sunrise, Florida; and his son Jeffrey E. Campion and wife Kimberly H. Campion and his grandchildren Kyle N. Campion and Sean M. Campion of Vancouver, Washington. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen C. Gerren and her husband John Gerren of Montecello, Florida.
For the past 40 years, Bill has helped many men recover from the disease of alcoholism, and they and their families, communities, and employers are grateful for his service to them. Bill’s love, kindness, patience and humility were an example to them all. Bill was an avid golfer and sports fan. He was retired from the real estate business.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington with visitation afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army.
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Eleanor "Marie" McLamb Tunstall
HENDERSON — Beloved teacher passes. Eleanor "Marie" McLamb Tunstall, age 60, of Henderson, N.C. passed in her home on Thursday, 3-20-14, after a brief illness. Marie was a graduate of Presbyterian Nursing School in Charlotte. In her career she worked as an RN at Cape Fear, Rex, Lennox Baker Children's, and Duke hospitals. She also taught nursing classes in Orange, Durham, Person, and Vance counties. She was a member of Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Durham and attended Poplar Creek Baptist Church in Henderson. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Thomas Tunstall; son, Joshua Tunstall of Henderson; daughter, Rachel Tunstall of Raleigh; and grandson, Tyler Tunstall, also of Henderson. A memorial service will be held at Poplar Creek Baptist Church on Sat., March 29, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in memory of Marie be made to Poplar Creek Baptist Church, 1371 Poplar Creek Road Henderson, N.C. 27537.


Larry Chevaliet Maynard
QUEENS, N.Y. — Larry Chevaliet Maynard, 59, died March 18, 2014 in Parker Jewish Institute Rehab/Health Care Center in New York; the son of Donald Boone and the late Joyce Maynard was born July 2 1954.
The funeral will be conducted 12:00 PM Tuesday in Warrens Chapel Baptist Church with 11:00 am family visitation in the church. Interment in Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, NC.
Survivors are brother, Maurice Shavers (Diane) of Burlington, NC; step-sisters, Dorothy Harrington (Weldon) of Durham and Mary Kenion of Hillsborough, NC.
Public viewing Monday 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home, Hillsborough, NC.