January 17, 2013
Joyce Annette Baucom
DURHAM — Joyce Annette Baucom, 68, of 811 Midland Terrace, departed this life at her home after a brief illness. Joyce was born in Sumpter, South Carolina on Christmas Day, 1944. Joyce was employed by Edward Weck Incorporated, where she also obtained her GED on March 2nd, 1992. Joyce went on to retire from Edward Weck on October 14, 2005. Anyone who got to know Joyce soon recognized her zest for life. Whether it be sharing a good meal, or chasing after that next big win. Joyce loved all games, cards, bingo, and Yahtzee, which she played with her longtime friend Sarah Clayton, who has since passed. Most recently, Joyce was forced to enhance her computer skills to conquer the online gaming world, which she did. Joyce was a fighter, with great pride, she battled nicotine and won, she battled breast cancer and won. Joyce was never willing to raise the white flag. Joyce also instilled in her kids to never give up the fight.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Leonard Donald Baucom.
Surviving are her three children, Teresa Annette Baucom, Andrea Baucom Chamberlain, and Leonard Donald Baucom II. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kaleb Christopher Chamberlain, Faith Elizabeth Baucom, and McKenzie Stace Chamberlain; as well as her mother, Hazel Riddle Davis; two brothers, Curtis Riddle and Tommy Davis; two sisters, Brenda Logner and Mary Jones, and her boyfriend, James Green.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham.
The family will receive friends on this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home at 211 S. Miami Blvd. in Durham.
Eloise Parker Beckett
Durham - Eloise Parker Beckett, 85, passed away peacefully Tuesday at Arbor Walk. Eloise was born in Durham, daughter of the late David H. Parker and the late Martha Bennett Parker.
Eloise is survived by her children, Laura, David, and Kelly Beckett of California; brother, David Preston Parker of Massachusetts; sister, Kathryn Parker Harmon of Durham; cousins, Mary Lib Ryland of Durham, Phyllis and husband, Mack Conway, of Greensboro, John Bennett and wife, Ann, of Rome, Georgia; and numerous loved ones including nephew, Jon Parker and wife, Mari Marsh, of Durham.
“Blithe Spirit” was the phrase used to describe Eloise in the Durham High Class of ’46 yearbook, and this remained an apt description of her loving and joyful presence. After graduation from Duke, she lived in New York, Connecticut, California, New Mexico and back to Durham in the late 90’s. Irrepressible, full of fun, a lover of nature, music, travel and beauty of all sorts, her circle of friends widened with each personal encounter. A healer and seeker whose fullest expression was found in the practice of Reiki and in the community of the Dances of Universal Peace. Through all her adventures, family was her rock-solid core.
The family especially wants to extend their deepest thanks to the dedicated assisted living staff at Arbor Walk who gave so much of themselves in their love, care and concern for Eloise. We will always remember her radiant spirit.
A memorial service for Eloise is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at Durham Friends Meeting House at 404 Alexander Avenue. A potluck dinner and Dances of Universal Peace will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Cornucopia House of Durham, 5517 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, #1000, Durham 27707.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Joe Russell Farned
DURHAM - Joe Russell Farned passed away peacefully at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, in his 87th year. Loving husband of 52 years of Polly Richardson Farned. Beloved father of Joe Jr. and his wife, Angela, of Atherton, California, and Laura and her husband, Fred Tan, of Potomac, Maryland. Proud grandfather of Joe III, Eric, Caroline and Jenna. Survived by his sisters, Carlene Brown McCarthy of Madison, Mississippi, and Gwen Garmany Bridwell of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and predeceased by brother, Ed and sister, Jean Neal. Son of the late Volney and Allyene Knight Farned. He was educated at Delta State College in Mississippi and The University of Tennessee. Joe was a long time resident of Durham, where he retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1986. A Memorial Service at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham is planned for May 2013.
Patricia Loyd Drinard Gettys
DURHAM — Patricia Loyd Drinard Gettys died of recent illness on Friday, January 11, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Patricia was born in Richmond, Virginia on December 6, 1935 to Lawrence Burgess Drinard of Richmond, Va. and Juanita Loyd Hatch of Danville, Va. In 1972, Patricia married Carl Alexander Gettys of Shelby. They made their home in Durham where Carl passed away in 1990. Patricia’s stepbrother, Frederick Parker Hatch Jr. of Wilmington died in 2003. Surviving loved ones are: Elsie Corbett Hatch, Frederick Hatch III (Helen), Grant Hatch (Tina), Stephen Hatch (Sherry), Mark Hatch (Rhonda), Bert Hatch (Kimberly), and their children.
Patricia (Pattie) attended local schools in Durham, graduating from Durham High School. She attended Stratford College in Danville, Va. graduating in 1955. Pattie enjoyed a career as a secretary for Dr. J.L. Goldner at Duke Hospital, receiving a commendation from the University President for 40 years of service to the institution. Collecting Limoges boxes, wooden nutcrackers, and NC pottery were some of her interests and she enjoyed telling where each came from. Apart from her family, Pattie’s greatest love was for the UNC Tarheels, especially Dean Smith and Carolina basketball.
A memorial service will be held in Durham in the near future, date and time to be announced. The family requests that memorials to Patricia be placed to one’s favorite charity in her name.
Cardoza McCollum Jr.
DURHAM — Cardoza McCollum Jr., 53, of 504 Gray Avenue, departed this life on Monday, January 14, at Duke Hospital. He was the son of the late Cardoza McCollum Sr. and the late Ruth Suitt McCollum.
He graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1981 and was a former employee of Glaxo-Smith Kline, where he worked until his health declined. He was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, where he was a former member of the Inspirational Choir. Cardoza enjoyed playing tennis and watching sports.
He is survived by two sisters, Rosalyn M. Cole and Anita M. Cameron; a brother-in-law, Calvin Cameron; two nephews, Richard (Ricky) Cole Jr. and Roderick Cameron, all of Durham; one aunt, Vivian M. McLaurin of Augusta, Ga.; first cousins, Frederick Douglas Suitt Jr. of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Carolyn V. Suitt of Washington, D.C., Michael T. Suitt (Linda) of Durham, Portia Edwards (Willie) of Albany, Ga., Bernard Bell (Madeline) of Maplewood, N.J., Katrice Bell-Jefferson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Cardoza requested that his body be cremated and that there will be no funeral or memorial services.
The family is being assisted by Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Gardens.
Roy Marie Williams
DURHAM — Roy Marie Williams flew away home on January 15, 2013.
Born July 7, 1931 to Roy Milton Smith and Charlotte Boynton Smith, Roy Marie grew up and spent much of her life in Belton, Texas. The independence and self-reliance of her beloved hill country strengthened all her days. Her childhood was charmed: As a tot, she rode with Belton's sheriff on the horse leading the town's 4th of July parade. Although her father's lumberyard struggled during the Depression, her mother was able to piece together a gracious home. That inventiveness might have inspired Roy Marie's later talent as a quilter; in the late 1990s, she started central Texas' first chapter of Project Linus, which makes and donates quilts to critically ill children. Roy's quilts reflect her vibrant sense of color and experimentation; they will be treasured by her daughters, Barbara Williams Ellertson of Durham and Laura Brewer Hood of Lewes, Delaware.
An early marriage to Billy Joe Williams interrupted Roy Marie's college education, but with typical determination, she later completed coursework for her Associates degree at a community college in Temple, Texas. Her husband's work moved the family between Oklahoma and Louisiana for 15 years. Then, after a difficult divorce, Roy raised 3 children as a single parent in Louisiana in the 1960s -- a situation that required courage almost unimaginable now. At a time when working mothers were rare, Roy Marie enrolled in business school and launched a career in insurance administration. She was ahead of her time: Betty Friedan's studies were first published the same year (1963).
In the early 70s, when her son was in the Army (Vietnam) and middle daughter away at college, Roy Marie moved with her youngest daughter to west Texas. It was a bleak period, but camping trips under the stars made lasting memories. Inheriting her grandparents' farmhouse took her back to central Texas, to Belton, where she built a life filled with family and happy social connections like square dancing and Quilt Guild meetings. Becoming a Master Gardener was a proud accomplishment. One memorable spring, she used city sludge as fertilizer, and unwittingly found a quarter acre solid in tomato plants: she sold bushels of tomatoes that summer to the local grocery. She became a literacy tutor, advised a program for troubled teens, renovated her 1910 farmhouse. One guiding maxim was "very well, then, said the little, small red hen, I will do it myself." She was an inspiring model of making the most of whichever resources were at hand -- and sharing them with treasured friends.
In 2006, Roy Marie transplanted some of her deep Texas roots to Durham to live at Croasdaile Village and be near the expert cardiac care at Duke Medical Center. As a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, she was a valued member of the Chronic Illness Support group and "Tongue & Thimble" sewing group. At Croasdaile, she made many friends as a bird-watcher, a library volunteer, and a lover of the many gardens. Roy's titanium- strength will and physical discipline drove her recoveries from too many health crises. She savored many joys, large & small, all of her days.
Roy Marie was pre-deceased by her parents; her sister, Charlotte Jean Smith; her son, Mark Stephen Williams; her niece, Beverly Taylor Flentge; and her nephew, Bruce William Taylor. In addition to her daughters, Roy Marie is survived by her sons-in-law, Charles Ellertson and Perry Hood; her dear friend, Gloria Wardrick of Durham; and her niece, Lydia Claire Taylor of Belton, Texas.
The family wishes to thank Gloria Wardrick of Home Instead for genuinely loving care, as well as staff of both Croasdaile Village Pavilion and Heritage Hall for innumerable kindnesses.
A service of committal and blessing will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham on Saturday, January 19th at 1:30 p.m.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests a charitable donation to Project Linus, to a literacy program, or planting a shrub or tree in Roy's memory. Interment will be at a later date in the Smith family plot of North Belton Cemetery, Belton, Texas. Roy Marie is home at last.
Erma Lucas Davis
HILLSBOROUGH – Mrs. Erma Lucas Davis, 91, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013. She was born January 27, 1921, in Salisbury to the late Homer Franklin Lucas Sr. and Nora Smith Lucas.
She attended school in Salisbury until she moved to Hillsborough in February 1938 where she graduated from Hillsborough High School in May 1938. On November 2, 1940, she married Kelly Marvin Davis Sr. and had two children, Betty Reed and Kelly Davis, Jr. She went to work at Farmers Mutual Exchange of Carrboro in 1944 while her husband was in the Navy. She retired in 1998 after 54 years as office manger. She was a member of Hillsborough Order of the Eastern Star and was of the Presbyterian faith.
Surviving are her son, Kelly Davis Jr.; son-in-law, Albert V. Reed Sr.; grandchildren, Imogene Davis, Houston, Tx., Albert Victor Reed Jr. (Cheryl), Hillsborough, David Reed (Charlotte), Durham, and Michael Reed (Sarah); great grandchildren, Victor Lee Reed, Michael Reed, Cathy Reed Minton, Michael Andrew Reed; great great grandchildren, Andrew Reed, William Minton, and Andrew Minton. She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Kelly Davis; and daughter, Betty Reed.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 19, by Rev. Rich Greenway in the Hillsborough Town Cemetery. www.walkersfuneralservice.com
Dr. Herbert Hacker Jr.
DALLAS, TEXAS — Dr. Herbert Hacker Jr. was born on June 4, 1930 in Cleves, Ohio and died on December 1, 2012 in Dallas, Texas of natural causes.
Herbert grew up in Cleves and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 until he was honorably discharged in 1953. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University, his Masters of Science Degree in Engineering from Princeton University, and his Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Herbert was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Duke University for over 27 years. When he retired from Duke, he became a National Park Ranger with the National Park Service, serving on the Blue Ridge Parkway for several years. He spent his final years traveling to national parks all over the United States until settling down in Dallas, Texas. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved the outdoors and photography.
He is preceded in death by his father, Herbert Hacker Sr.; his mother, Eleanor (Spinning) Hacker; and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Wright) Hacker. He is survived by his ex-spouse, Marjorie (Kobel) Hacker of Sun City Center, Florida; his son, Douglas Hacker and daughter-in-law, Linda (Bonneville) Hacker of Carbondale, Colorado; his son, David Hacker of San Miguel, Mexico; and his daughter, Diane (Hacker) Richardson of Dallas, Texas. He had two grandchildren, Andrew Hacker of Boston, Massachusetts, and Hopper Hacker of San Miguel, Mexico; and one granddog, Lilly Richardson of Dallas, Texas.