December 3, 2012

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 01:10 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

William Fuller “Billy” Berry
DURHAM — William Fuller “Billy” Berry died Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Hillcrest Convalescent Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 21, 1921, in Campbell County, Kentucky, the son of James T. and Leota Clark Berry. He was educated in Ohio and was a member of the Methodist Church. He was raised in Maysville, Kentucky, and was a member of numerous civic and service organizations in Maysville and Lexington, Kentucky.
He was employed by Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. at several locations prior to transferring from Lexington, Kentucky, to Durham, North Carolina, on March 1, 1965. He worked in the Finance Department of Liggett Group Inc. and subsequently Grand Metropolitan USA, Liggett’s parent company. He was transferred to Montvale, NJ, in 1979, retired in 1982 and had resided in Durham since that time.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Kathryn Wilson.  Billy is survived by friends, Hay and Gin Brown, who he considered his family. 
Graveside rites will be at Maplewood Cemetery on Tuesday December 4th at 11am. No visitation is scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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 blessed, 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, her sister-in-law, Mary Fox Legg many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, and her dearest friend Ned Newsome. She and the entire family are 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.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 or Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Road #230 Raleigh, NC 27605
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.


Donald “Dude” Dallas Riggsbee
DURHAM — Donald “Dude” Dallas Riggsbee, 83, of Durham died on Saturday, December 1, 2012.  He was the son of the late Garney Riggsbee and Sara Howell Riggsbee. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and retired from Coca Cola as a service repairman. Mr. Riggsbee was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Bullock Riggsbee.
He is survived by his two daughters, Donna Emory (Billy) of Durham; Teresa Buchanan (Jerry) of Johnson City, TN; one grandson, Daniel Emory and three granddaughters, Ashley and Morgan Buchanan and Janet Emory.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.  at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Dr. Marc Francis will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Family will be assisted by Hudson Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., 1 hour prior to the service, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to: Ridgecrest Baptist Building Fund, 1104 Milton Rd., Durham, N.C. 27712. Online condolences can be made at