December 2, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 01:02 PM

Marie Mason Atwater
DURHAM — Mrs. Marie Mason Atwater, age 85, died Saturday afternoon at Rex Healthcare Center
Born April 22, 1927, in Chatham County,  Marie was the daughter of the late  Thomas Grady and Lila Upchurch Mason.  She attended the Chatham County schools where she graduated from Bells High School, and also attended Meredith College.   A resident of  Durham since 1948, she had been a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church for over fifty years.  Her husband,  George B. Atwater died January 14, 2005.   Marie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Surviving are her son, Roland A. Atwater, and his wife Lorrie of Durham,  two grandchildren, Mason Atwater and Jordan Atwater, both of  Durham, two step-grandchildren, Brandon Mikels and Ashley Glenn and her husband John both of Durham, and a step-great-grandchild Caroline Glenn of Durham.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 11:00 AM at Hope Valley Baptist Church, Rev. Bruce Benton officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be made to Hope Valley Baptist Church, 6900 Garrett Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Atwater family.  Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries


Estelle M. Bass
DURHAM — Mrs. Estelle M. Bass 75, passed on November 23, 2012. She is survived by her son, James Bass. Funeral services will take place on Monday December 3, 2012 at Union Baptist Church at 12 noon. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Katherine Louisa Legg Carr 
DURHAM — Katherine Louisa Legg Carr,(Mrs. Albert Gallatin Carr) was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925 to Maria and Milton Franklin Legg in Henderson, North Carolina. She lived a long, happy life and passed away peacefully at home on Friday evening with her family by her side.
Katherine was full of spirit with a loving and kind presence. She was a devoted wife, mother, and  loyal friend to many. She had a great appreciation for the arts, good books, delicious food and joyful music and loved playing bridge. She was an accomplished portrait artist and could spot a four-leaf clover in a patch of thousands.  She loved God and family and held a deep faith throughout her life time.  
Katherine grew up in Henderson, NC with her twin sister, Maria Legg Wortham and her brother Milton Franklin Legg. In high school she was a member of the girls basketball team and gained the superlative  “best all round girl”.  Katherine attended St. Mary’s junior college in Raleigh, where she was a Marshall and a member of the honorary society, “The Circle”.  She then attended Hollins College in Roanoke Virginia.
Katherine married the love of her life, Albert Gallatin Carr of Durham on June 29th, 1946.  For the rest of her life, Katherine immersed herself in the Durham community.  She became a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as Circle Chairman, President of the Women of the Church, deacon and elder. Katherine served as the co-chairman of the state committee to raise funds for building the NC Museum of Art for two years.  She was a founding member of The Better Health Foundation of Durham, the Durham Museum of History, the Stagville Historic Site, and the Durham Historical Society.  She was a member of the NC Museum of History and the NC Historical Society. Katherine also volunteered for “Meals on Wheels”  and for over 25 years she served on the Duke Hospital Auxillary . She was Co-Chairman of the first Duke-Carolina Freshman Football Classic to benefit the Cerebral Palsy Fund.  She was a member and past chairman of the NC society for the Colonial Dames of America as well as the Durham Debutante Ball society.  Katherine was a member and past president of the Up to Date Book Club and a member of the Forest Hills Garden Club.
Katherine is survived by her three daughters, Maria Carr Harrell, Louise Carr Faurot and Kappy Carr Black, her three granddaughters Katherine Eure Black, Maria Hollingshead Faurot and Anna Carr Faurot, two son in laws, Robert Perry Black and Bruce Hollingshead Faurot, her twin sister, Maria Legg Wortham, many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, she was grateful for her devoted caregivers Mia Alston and Robin Smalls.
A service of witness to the Resurrection will be 2:00pm Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Durham. Private burial will be in Old Maplewood Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.


Thomas “Tommy” Grant Clifton Jr.
DURHAM - Thomas “Tommy” Grant Clifton, Jr., 59, of Durham died on Saturday, December 1, 2012. He was the son of the late Thomas Grant Clifton, Sr. and Margaret Thomas Clifton. He was in the U.S. Army and National Guard.  He was an electrician for UNC Hospital where he retired. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Clifton.
He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Clifton of Durham; one brother, Mike Clifton and Patsy of Rougemont, one sister Linda Koontz and companion Steve Smith of Smithfield; one grandson Jacob Broyal.
Graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hopson Family Cemetery on Broach Rd.  Rev.  Hugh O’Shields will officiate.
Family will be assisted by Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Robert L. “Bob” Hill 
DURHAM - Robert L. “Bob” Hill, Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Biochemistry Department at Duke University, died Thursday, November 29 at Duke University Hospital. He was 84. Dr. Hill is survived by his wife, Deborah Steege; his son, Terry Hill; his daughters, Amy Hill Gery (Frank), Geneva Hill (Jim), and Becky Hill Claycomb (Larry); and his five grandchildren.
Dr. Hill was one of the great protein chemists of his generation. He was instrumental in building the reputation and ranks of the Department of Biochemistry over nearly a half century career at Duke.
Bob Hill was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1928. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1949 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1954, both from the University of Kansas. He then moved to the University of Utah for his postdoctoral fellowship with Emil L. Smith. He continued his work on protein chemistry and enzymology as a faculty member at Utah for several years.
Dr. Hill joined the Duke faculty in 1961 as an associate professor. He was recruited to the Department of Biochemistry to work in the field of protein chemistry and enzymology. He established one of the most highly regarded protein chemistry labs in the world and did work on a range of proteins and glycoproteins, most notably, lactose synthase.
Dr. Hill was appointed Professor of Biochemistry in 1965 and James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry in 1974. He served as Chairman of the Biochemistry Department at Duke from 1969 till 1993, building one of the strongest Biochemistry Departments in the world. According to colleagues, the department’s environment under his leadership was exceptional, characterized by extraordinary morale and an almost family-like atmosphere. Under Dr. Hill’s direction, the visibility of Duke Biochemistry increased dramatically, with his own scientific achievements contributing significantly to the department’s reputation.
While at Duke, Bob Hill received continuous NIH grant support for 42 years to study the structure and function of proteins and enzymes in his lab. Hill effectively trained and mentored numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in his lab, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in biochemistry. He also directed Duke’s MD/PhD program for many years and taught biochemistry to first-year medical students.
Bob Hill published 175 refereed papers over the course of his career. His accomplishments have been widely acknowledged by the scientific community, including election to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the William C. Rose Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1991, the North Carolina Gold Medal (for science) in 1985 and the Karl Meyer Award from the Society for Glycobiology in 2001. Hill served as President of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 1976 to 1977 and had many executive leadership roles on national and international scientific societies. Hill served admirably on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for 47 years, one of the longest editorial services in the journal’s history. In recent years, he has played major roles in the popular JBC Classics series, which highlights important papers in the history of biochemistry.
Bob Hill will be missed by his colleagues both within and outside of the Department of Biochemistry at Duke and by his many former students and postdoctoral fellows.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Robert L. Hill Biochemistry Education Fund. Please send contributions to Kristina Amidon, Major Gift Officer, Duke Medicine Development, 512 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400, Durham 27701.
Arrangements for the Hill family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. Online condolences:, select obituaries.

Kenneth D. “Yo Yo Man” Masingale
DURHAM — Mr. Kenneth D. “Yo Yo Man” Masingale, 72, died Friday morning at Hospice at the Meadowlands. Mr. Masingale was born and reared in Durham Co., the son of the late Thomas Edward Masingale and the late Frances Helen Daughtry Masingale. He was currently a resident of Efland.
Mr. Masingale is survived by a daughter, Helen Masingale; and a son, Kevin P. Masingale.
Graveside service will be held Tuesday 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Madelyn Winstead Renn 
DURHAM — Mrs. Madelyn Winstead Renn, age 73, resident of Durham died unexpectedly Friday, November 30, at Duke University Medical Center. Mrs. Renn was born in Ayden, NC to the late Mattie Lee Winstead and Ernest Winstead. Mrs. Renn was also predeceased by her husband, Charles Michael “Big Mike” Renn.
Moving to Durham, Mrs. Renn graduated from Durham High School Class of 1956 and graduated from Watts School of Nursing in 1959. She earned her Registered Nursing degree and retired from Duke Eye Center. She was an active member of Guess Road Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Renn loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. She had a love of making jewelry, canning vegetables and preserves, and carried on the tradition of making “Papa’s” peanut brittle.  Most of all she loved her son and daughter and was known as “Banga” to her six grandchildren and her recently born great granddaughter.
Surviving are her children, Charles Michael Renn II and wife, Ronda and Melisa “Missi” Renn Lemmons all of Durham; her sister, Tena Wokaty and husband, Bob of Virginia;  her grandchildren, Brandy R. Gill and husband, Marc, Brittany R. Clements and husband, Blake, Brooke Renn, Bridgette Renn, Maddy Gunn and Mitch Gunn; and great granddaughter,  Gemma Renn Davis.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, 11 AM at Guess Rd. Baptist Church, by Rev. Daniel Tilley. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Casket Bearers will be Robert Mitchell, Bobby McFarland, Bobby Wingate, Tommy Jeffries, Lonnie Long, and Mike Bowling. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 9 PM at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Gbasay Lawrence Rogerson
August 15, 1937 - November 19, 2012

DURHAM - Gbasay Lawrence Rogerson, age 75, of Durham. Survived by niece, Francess (Alade) Saracouli; also many nieces and nephews in West Africa.
Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 2 p.m. at the Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, 6000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Interment: Bonthe Cemetery in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Visitation at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Saturday.


Jack F. Holsonback, Sr. 

BURLINGTON — Mr. Jack F. Holsonback, Sr., 84, of Manchester Lane, Burlington died at Alamance Regional Medical Center on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:14 p.m. He was known to many young family and friends as “Papa Jack”.
A native of Durham, NC, he was the husband of Sylvia Tillery Holsonback, who survives and the son of Paul Holsonback and Lilly Mae Roberts Holsonback, both deceased. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and retired from Western Electric and AT&T. Jack was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He was an avid Duke fan and enjoyed NASCAR racing. 
In addition to his wife of the home, survivors include his daughter, Laura Holsonback Lynthacum and husband Wayne with whom he made his home; two sons, Jack F. “Jeff” Holsonback, Jr. and wife Ann of Birmingham, AL and Richard Eric Holsonback and wife Phyllis of Burlington; sister, Jo Ann Latham and husband H. Leonard of Graham; six grandchildren, Kelly B. Teague, Tillery L. Holsonback, Daniel Blair Thompson, Carmen Vicenta Prieto, Joseph Prieto and Chris Prieto; five great-grandchildren, Abigail, Caroline, Riley, Jett and Gabby; and his loving dogs and best friends, Maggie, Lilly and Benjamin.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Holsonback and Calvin Holsonback and four sisters, Mary Cook, Roberta Douglas, Edna Thompson and Nan Perreira.
The funeral service will be conducted at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Lee Roy Pittard. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.  Other times they will be at the residence.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 609 Trail 2, Burlington, NC  27215 or to Community Home Care and Hospice, 2541 South Church Street, Burlington, NC  27215 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Joseph Washington Holmes 

MIAMI, FLA. — Joseph Washington Holmes, formerly of Durham, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 (Thanksgiving Eve) in Miami, Florida.
Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Dollie M. Holmes; and his mother, Mrs. Margaret H. Turner.
Joseph was a member of St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church when living here, and graduated from Hillside High School in 1960. He served in The Army and retired from his civilian job in 2005. He has a son, Joseph Holmes Jr.; and a daughter, Cassandra; four grandchildren; also Linwood and Carolyn T. Jones, all of Miami, Florida, formerly of Durham.
His survivors in Durham include Alma Turner, Margaret Turner, Anita Lovette, Fredric Turner, Linwood Jones Jr., Eugenia Motley, and Joyce Ann Motley, Dyanne Mitchell, of Dallas, Texas and Richard M. Motley Jr. of New Rochelle, New York.
Final Rites were held in Miami, Florida on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The family will receive friends there.
For more information contact Burthey Funeral Services. They are assisting the family locally.

Patricia Gaddy Pons
RICHMOND, VA. - Patricia Gaddy Pons, 73, of Richmond, Virginia died November 26, 2012. Born in Valdese, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Carlos Franklin Gaddy and Eliza Lewis Gaddy. She is survived by her three children, Christopher Britt Pons and his wife, Diane Abramson Pons, Jennifer Neill Bellamy and her husband, William Murray Bellamy III, and Marc Franklin Gaddy Pons and his wife, Louisa Borden Pons; and eight beloved grandchildren, Sydney Taylor Pons, Bailey Abramson Pons, Eliza Britt Bellamy, Lucy Austin Bellamy, William Murray Bellamy IV, Franklin Gaddy Pons, Robert Borden Pons, and Victoria Tucker Pons.  Graduating as her high school valedictorian, attending Duke University and acquiring her Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University, Pat was an avid lifelong learner. Her passions included reading, cooking, needlework, the arts and all things tied to her adopted hometown of New York City. The family would like to thank Donna Griffin Hart for her devoted care and loving support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank, 1415 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond, Va. 23220 or The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, 110 West Main Street, Carrboro, N.C. 27510.