Obituaries, March 24, 2014

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 03:14 PM


Edward Attarian
DURHAM — Edward Attarian, M.D., F.A.C.P., age, 85 died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was born January 11, 1929, in Troy, New York. He grew up in Albany, New York, attending Albany High School where he became senior class president, and also achieved All City honors in Varsity Football, Basketball, and Track. He contracted pulmonary tuberculosis at age 18; six months in a sanitarium lead to his interest in a medical career. Upon recovery, he attended St. Lawrence University on an academic scholarship. After just three years of college, he was accepted at Albany Medical College graduating with his M.D. in 1955. He then completed his internal medicine training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, as well as the Albany Medical Center and the Albany VA Hospitals. From 1957- 1959, he was on active duty with the US Army Medical Corps in Germany; he was awarded the Certificate of Achievement. He completed his specialty training with a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Henry Ford Hospital in 1962. From 1962-63, he was a full time Attending at the Albany VA Hospital. Then, from 1963 to 1976, he was in the private practice of Medicine & Gastroenterology, and served as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College. In 1972, he also became the Chief of Medicine, Chief of Gastroenterology, and Director of the Affiliated Teaching Program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. From 1976 through 1992, he developed his private practice In Vero Beach, Florida. From 1992 through 2004, he was the Chairman of the Department of Executive and International Health at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Ft. Lauderdale. Upon his retirement, the Huizenga Family Foundation honored him by creating the Attarian-Huizenga Executive Health Clinic in Weston Florida. He then relocated to Durham, N.C. to be closer to family. He was board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He was a fellow or member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was completely dedicated to his family, friends, and patients. His greatest professional joys came from teaching residents in internal medicine in Albany, and then caring for his many wonderful patients in Albany, Vero Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale. He always said he was blessed to have the best patients in the world, and he always felt privileged to be able to help others. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Lou; and also, by his two sons, David and wife Claudia, and Mark and wife Sherrill. He has three cherished grandchildren, Caitlin, Matthew, and Allison. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Edward’s memory to the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Albany Medical College, or St. Lawrence University. Edward’s immediate family will hold a private memorial service to celebrate his life. The Attarian family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. On-line memorials: Select obituaries.

Wyatt Thomas “Tee” Brinkley
DURHAM — Wyatt Thomas “Tee” Brinkley, Sr., 82, of Durham, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Duke Regional Hospital. Mr. Brinkley was born in Durham to the late Macie Estes Brinkley and Edward Kitchen Brinkley. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward L. Brinkley and a sister, Mary Simmons.
Mr. Brinkley served in the United States Army during the Korean war and then went to work in sales in the pharmaceutical industry. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Mary S. Brinkley; two sons, Wyatt Thomas Brinkley, Jr. and Scott McFarland Brinkley and wife, Chris; two grandchildren, Jarett Brinkley and Carson Brinkley; two sisters, Lucille Crabtree and Martha Ray; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 25th, at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Tim Wheeler and Dr. C.J. Bordeaux. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8pm at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Gorman Christian Academy at: 3311 East Geer Street Durham, NC 27704
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

George Wallace “Papa” Ellis
DURHAM — George Wallace “Papa” Ellis, age 80, passed on March 22, 2014 at Duke Hospice.
Wallace Ellis was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, NC, son of the late William Marvin Ellis and Eva Byrd Ellis. He served in the Army Signal Corp. He was a graduate of NC State University in 1955. He retired from Flav-o-Rich and Coca-Cola. He was a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church.
He is survived by LaVerne Yeargan Ellis; son Keith Ellis and wife, Renee; daughter, Kim Ellis Adams and husband, Kirk; and grandchildren, Travis Ellis and wife, Kristi, and Keenan and Kourtney Adams. He was preceded by his siblings, William Ellis, Warren Ellis and Hazel Seagroves.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, March 26th, at 11 a.m. in Hope Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Bill Bigger and Felton Yeargan. A memorial graveside service will follow in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Hope Valley Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Flowers are acceptable. Donations may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 East Knox Street, Durham, NC 27701. The family thanks hospice, family and friends for their support and prayers.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

John Gilbert Reaves Jr.

RALEIGH — John Gilbert Reaves Jr., 55, of Raleigh went home to be with the Lord on Saturday March 22nd. He is the son of the late John Gilbert Reaves Sr. and Davina Robbins Reaves. John was the owner of J.G. Reaves Consulting Firm. He attended Campbell, Elon and N.C. State University. John was extremely involved in his community, church and Elon University. John loved the Lord and was a devoted member of Caraleigh Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He was a longtime member and treasurer of the Caraleigh community watch and also served as the accountant for the Durham Lions Club. John was an active member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Elon University. John loved N.C. State University and Wolfpack Athletics.
John is survived by his brother David Reaves and his wife Jovonda Reaves of Sanford, niece Jessica Cochran and her husband Eric Cochran, great-nephew Brady Cochran of Wendell, long-time friend Mildred Flynn of Raleigh, and many other dear friends. He is preceded in death by his aunt Yvonne Reaves of Raleigh.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm on Monday at Caraleigh Baptist Church, Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Caraleigh Baptist Church: 1400 Green St. Raleigh, NC 27603.
Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner.