Obituaries, March 30, 2014

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:10 PM


Paul L. Addison
DURHAM — Paul L. Addison, of Durham, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at his residence. Born in Durham County, Mr. Addison was the son of the late Ardell Rigsbee Addison and Luther Allen Addison. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Irene Holloway Addison, and a son, Carl Addison. Mr. Addison was a former owner of Northgate Paint Company.
Mr. Addison is survived by two sons, Reid Addison and wife Peggy, and Gary Addison and wife Susan; a daughter, Wandra Addison Griffin and husband Carl; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. on Monday at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery, Durham, with Rev. Jeff McCarthy officiating. The family will receive friends in the church at the conclusion of the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 4109 Guess Rd., Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Elaine Lavar Barbee Rush
DURHAM — Mrs. Elaine Lavar Barbee Rush was a Durham native and a graduate of Hillside High School Class of 1961. She was married to John Thorpe, Sr. and four children were born to this union. Later, she married the late Arthur Rush in 1983 and retired from Scarborough Nursery in 1989.
Funeral services will be Monday, 1PM at Union Baptist Church. The family will receive fiends one hour before the service at the church.
Elaine Rush leaves to mourn her loss her children, John Thorpe, Jr. (Vivian), Robin Covington, Allison Thorpe, Sharonda Thorpe and Serena Rush, all of Durham; two sisters; one brother, Kenneth Barbee (Shirley); 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements provided by Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to

Richard Jeffrey Stone Sr.
DURHAM — Richard Jeffrey Stone Sr., 58, passed onto the Lord suddenly on Friday, March 28, 2014 at his home. Born July 30, 1955 to the late Sidney Walker Stone and Sara Shreve Stone, he was a life resident of Durham. Richard was a former member of Grace Baptist Church in Durham and is fondly remembered by his family and friends as “Loving Papa Bear.” Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Hord.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 34 years, Joyce Cash Stone of Durham; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Jeffrey Stone Jr. and wife, Lisa of Durham, Jeremy Stone and wife, Rebecca of Durham; two grandchildren, whom he loved dearly with all his heart, Hailey Lynn Stone and Hayden Charles Stone, both of Durham; a brother, Walker S. Stone and wife, Margaret of Durham; four sisters, Maggie Belle Sears and husband, John of Cary, Elizabeth Watkins and husband, Henry of Durham, Eleanor Ruth Haynes and husband, Walter of Garner, Sara Webster and husband, Harry of Cameron; two nephews, Sid Stone and wife, Tara of Durham and Clint Stone and wife, Carroll of Durham.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Condolences at See Obituaries.

Lillian Parker Turrentine
DURHAM — Mrs. Lillian Parker Turrentine departed her earthly life on March 28, 2014. She was born in Rougemont, the first daughter of the late Mr. Robert Lee Parker and Mrs. Pandonia Pride Parker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Myrl Parker Harris; two brothers, Mr. Hollis Parker, Mr. David C. (DC) Parker; and her husband, Mr. Larry F. (Buster) Turrentine, Sr.
At an early age, Lillian joined New Red Mountain Missionary Baptist Church, where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As a lifelong member, she has lived her life as a faithful servant always with a kind word. On November 23, 1943, she was united in holy matrimony to Larry F. (Buster) Turrentine, Sr. To this union one child was born, Larry F. Turrentine, Jr. She was truly a devoted wife and mother.
She graduated from Rougement High School. Lillian completed additional studies in Business, Secretarial and Nursing. She had longtime careers with North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company as an Administrative Assistant and Burlington Industries as Company Nurse. Mrs. Turrentine was a Nurse at Lincoln, Watts, and Duke hospitals. She also was a Nurse with Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Her nursing career continued as a Private Duty Nurse for the terminally ill. As a kind and dedicated person and wanting to be around people, even after retirement she participated in a special program that focused on placing interested senior citizens back in the work force. She chose to work with a security agency at RDU. This program was so effective that ABC’s Good Morning America highlighted it, and Lillian was the senior featured. Her hobbies included sewing and traveling.
Those she leaves to celebrate her life include her son, Larry F. Turrentine, Jr., daughter-in-law, Venice Ursula Thomas Turrentine, and granddaughter, Felicia LaVerne Turrentine, all of Greensboro; two special nephews and nieces, Sonny Lee Harris & Martha Harris, Michael Turrentine, Marsha Harris; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, family and friends.
Services will be held on Monday March 31, 2014 at New Red Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. Viewing will begin at 12:30pm and services will begin at 1:00 pm. Arrangements are by Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home of Durham, NC.

John Michael “Mike” Williams
DURHAM — John Michael “Mike” Williams, 59, passed away suddenly Tuesday, March 25, 2014. He was a Facilities Maintenance Technician with the City of Durham in the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Department of Water Management for 9 years.
Mike was an avid outdoorsman and scuba diver. He was also a professional paint contractor and carpenter and always strived for excellence. He was educated in Durham County Schools and earned an Associate’s Degree in electronics from Durham Technical Institute. He joined the US Marines in 1971 and served in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1973 as a Lance Corporal. Mike was a loving son, brother, and uncle and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Rebecca J. Williams; sister, Linda Williams May and husband, Johnnie of Wilson, NC; brother, Jesse Alton Williams and wife, April of Taylors, SC; nephews, David Wayne May, Christopher Bradley Williams, Benjamin Mark Williams and his loving aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John Wendell Williams.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1-2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Joseph H. Robertson, Jr.
MEBANE — Mr. Joseph H. Robertson, Jr., 68, passed away, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday March 25, 2014, in Mebane, NC.
He was the son of Joseph H. Robertson, Sr., and Kathleen G. Robertson, both deceased, and husband of Frankie W. Robertson for 51 years.
Joe earned his associate degree from Durham Tech, his bachelor's degree from Shaw University and also received training from UNC’s Institute of Government.
Joe was retired from the Chapel Hill Fire Department after more than 31 years of devoted service. He was also retired from the Florence (SC) Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief for 10 years. He received his Basic Law Enforcement Training certification, and had served as a reserve police officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Robertson; sons, Joseph H. Robertson III (Angela), Douglas Robertson (Sandra), Danny Collins; daughter, Beth Freeman (Jerry); grandchildren, Stephanie Robertson (Donnie), Alex Freeman, Joseph Robertson IV, Kathryn Robertson, Walker Freeman and Carson Shatley; brother, Charles Robertson.
Funeral services will be conducted at Walkers Funeral Home in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2pm, with burial to follow in Westwood cemetery in Carrboro.
The family will receive friends at Walkers Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNC Hospice Care and/or NC chapter of Alzheimer’s Association.


Mamie E. White
HILLSBOROUGH — Mamie E. White, 64 born to Henry C. Sneed and Fannie Holeman Sneed December 7, 1949, died on Friday, March 28, 2014, at home.
The funeral will be conducted 2:00 PM Monday in Lattisville Grove Baptist Church with family visitation one hour before the funeral 1:00 to 2:00 PM.
Survivors are son, Tony White (Aretha); brothers, James H. Sneed (Thelma) and Ronald L. Sneed (Shirley); sisters, Cecil Pettiford (James "Peter") and Tawanda Ross (Mark); and 2 grandchildren, Aliya and Cameron White.
She was predeceased by son, Bobby White.
Interment will be in Glenn Grove Church Cemetery, Rougemont, NC.
Public viewing Sunday from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.


Virginia Elizabeth Oakley Clayton
ROXBORO — Virginia Elizabeth Oakley Clayton died Friday, March 28, 2014 at Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro, NC surrounded by her loving family. Virginia lived in Bushy Fork, North Carolina until her move to Roxboro in 2013.
Born in Roxboro, NC, Virginia was the daughter of the late John Willie Oakley and Gracie Clayton Oakley. She was married to the late Robert Irving Clayton.
Virginia worked at Prospect Hill Community Health Care for 28 years. She was a faithful member of Clement Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years. Virginia loved her Church, her Family, and Her God.
Her loving family will miss their wonderful Mother, Sister, and Aunt.
Surviving is a son, Charles Irven Clayton, of Schaumburg, IL and his wife Laurie; a daughter, Layne Clayton of Roxboro; and two wonderful granddaughters, Katherine Margaret Clayton of Stephens City, VA, and LeeAnn Clayton, of Schaumburg, IL. Surviving siblings include Sam Oakley (Marie), Carl Oakley (Lillian), Sue Latta, Willie Suitt, Barbara Loftis, and Margaret O'Briant.
Virginia was predeceased by her children, infant daughter Linda Darnell Clayton, sons Donn Rickey Clayton and Lt. Colonel Timothy Ray Clayton. Other family preceding Virginia in death include her sisters, Lucille Oakley Eastwood Turner and Evon Oakley Duncan, and brothers, James Oakley, J.W. Oakley, Jr., and Raymond Oakley.
Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 PM Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Brooks & White Funeral Home Chapel by the Reverends Hal Dickerson, Herbert Brown, Joel Bradsher, and Dr. Ben Gault. Interment will follow at the Oakley Family Cemetery on the Oakley Family Farm at City Lake.
Pallbearers will be Butch O'Briant, Greg Oakley, Reggie Oakley, Adam Oakley, Johnny Oakley, Henry Loftis, Gary Latta, Kevin Puryear, Mickey Oakley, and Bill Oakley.
Memorials may be made to Theresa Baptist Church, 3919 Chub Lake Road, Roxboro, NC 27574.
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Virginia “Ginger” Crowe Rogers
RALEIGH — Virginia “Ginger” Crowe Rogers, 68, of Raleigh, passed away peacefully March 27, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother.
A celebration of life will be held at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh on April 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Senior Pastor Rick Clayton of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church will be officiating.
Ginger was born in Raleigh, NC to Richard Donald and Virginia Smith Crowe on August 31, 1945. She attended Kinston High School and graduated in 1963 where she served as head cheerleader and was voted most athletic. From there she proceeded to earn a nursing degree from Watts School of Nursing, Duke University Health System, in Durham, NC in 1966. In the 80s she enjoyed teaching disco and shag dancing with her husband as well as leading Sunday school classes. She went on to be a successful mother, wife, grandmother, philanthropist and realtor. She was passionate about helping others and did so through her many charitable activities: fostering babies, hosting high school exchange students, caring for hospice patients, driving patients to chemotherapy, delivering meals on wheels, working at the Open Door Clinic and Urban Ministries.
Ginger was an incredibly nurturing mother. She was vibrant and full of life with a giant heart. She loved fashion and wearing as she would say, “the unexpected.” The word most people used to describe her was “classy.” Ginger loved her family, friends, and dogs, Cameron and Zoe. She loved the outdoors and cherished her times in Blowing Rock and her walks with family and friends around Bass Lake. She was also a devoted Cameron Crazy--Go Duke! She cherished her valuable time with her grandkids and said she “could never get enough sugar from them.” Her kisses were infinite and will be missed greatly!
Ginger was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Virginia, and her son Richard Todd. Ginger is survived by her sister, Patricia Anne Goodheart of Raleigh; daughter, Aven Rogers Burt of Wake Forest; husband, Reginald Carr Rogers; two grandchildren, Foster Todd Burt and Smith Aven Burt; son-in-law, Mark Anthony Burt, M.D.; and her Brazilian “son,” Yuri Feria.
Celebration of life 4/1/2014, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, NC 27608.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Ginger’s honor, to one of these foundations: Saving Grace Animals for Adoption, P.O. Box 1649, Wake Forest, NC 27588,, or The Urban Ministries of Wake County, 1390 Capital Blvd.
Condolences may be expressed at Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s Street.


Richard W. Rosenthal
HOBE SOUND, Fla. — Richard W. Rosenthal, 79, of Hobe Sound, FL died January 30, 2014. Richard was born in Durham, NC, was a former resident of Grosse Pointe, MI, and moved to Florida in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Judith Rosenthal; sons, Jeffrey Rosenthal and David Rosenthal; step-children, Tracey Angott, Joseph Angott and John Angott; brother, Joseph (Jack) Rosenthal; and 10 grandchildren. Memorial Service: Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 3:00 pm., Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Rd., Durham, NC.