August 21, 2013

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 12:01 AM



Deborah Ann Aus

DURHAM - Deborah Ann Aus passed away on August 18, 2013 after a courageous battle with kidney cancer and its insidious effects. Debbie was born in Montclair, NJ on July 8, 1954 to the late Ralph and Margaret O'Larte. She grew up in Lincroft, NJ and graduated from Middletown High in 1972. Debbie joined the first women's class at Rutger's College where she met her future husband, Brian Aus, and graduated in 1977. Debbie and Brian married and moved to the Research Triangle area of NC the same year, where they raised their son, Erik, and helped Brian build and run his law practice in Durham. 

In addition to Debbie's husband and son, she is survived by sisters, Donna O'Larte, Denise O'Larte, brother Brian O'Larte and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at 


Roderick "Duke" Fenner  

DURHAM - Mr. Roderick "Duke" Fenner was born August 22, 1956; he passed away May 28, 2013.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Birchwood Heights Community Center, 416 Walston St. Durham, NC 27703. Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at

Rae Ellen Francis

DURHAM - Rae Ellen Francis died peacefully on August 15 at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham.

She was born August 13, 1947 in Erie, PA where she grew up, graduating from Strong Vincent High School in 1965. She spent many summers at her Aunt Grace and Uncle David's home in the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Rae Ellen attended Grove City College, but her passion was to be a flight attendant. She received her "wings" from American Airlines in 1969, and was based in New York City until her marriage to her husband of 41 years, Bill, in 1972. Bill was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Stuttgart, Germany where the young couple began their life together. Rae Ellen loved life and the many friends she made along the way. All knew her for her strong faith, warm smile and joyful laugh. Having lived in six states and two countries, she enjoyed travel. She and Bill saw much of Europe as campers, then much of the US east coast and Caribbean islands as cruising sailors.

Rae Ellen was a pre-school teacher for 26 years, most of them with Westminster Kindergarten in Durham. She was very active as a volunteer serving with Meals-on Wheels, Southlake, TX Senior Citizens, National Charity League, and Women's International Bible Study Fellowship, among others. Rae Ellen loved cooking and entertaining friends and family in her warm and welcoming homes. She especially loved her flowers, birds, sea life and just being around any water. She was a devoted wife and mother and coveted every moment with her precious grandchildren. Above all, Rae Ellen loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Durham, where she shared her gift of service with the Women's Guild. She completed 14 years of study with Women's Bible Study Fellowship. Rae Ellen was the daughter of John and Helen Walter, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bill; her daughter, Abigail Schmidt (David) of Rhome, TX; two sisters, Lynn Schneider (Arthur) of Cary and Deborah Marsh (Harold) of Edinboro, PA; three grandchildren, Joshua, Joseph and Kimber Schmidt of Rhome, TX; and a host of other relatives. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry St., with a reception following the service in the church Fellowship Hall. 

Bill wishes to sincerely thank everyone who so dearly touched Rae Ellen's life, especially the loving thoughts, prayers and gestures in these last difficult years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duke Home Care and Hospice or the Duke Cancer Institute.  Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory. On-line memorials:


Faye Hicks Kernodle

DURHAM - Mrs. Faye Hicks Kernodle, 75, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. Born in Hillsborough, the daughter of the late William M. Richardson and Myrtle E. Richardson. Faye retired from Communications Department of Durham Regional Hospital in September 2000 after 22 years of service.Faye is survived by her husband, William H. Kernodle; daughters, Mandy Daniel and husband, Sam of Durham; Michelle Kernodle of Brandon, FL; two sisters, Pansy Davis and Jean Holmes; two brothers, Roy Blalock and James Blalock; nephew, Richard Kernodle and wife, Beth; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. 

A memorial service will be conducted 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Mark Mofield. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at 



Gladys H. Wilkins

ASHEBORO - Gladys Wright Hicks Wilkins, age 95, of Asheboro, formerly of Durham, died Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Woodland Hill Care & Rehabilitation in Asheboro. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 1113 W. Main St.,Durham. A memorial service will follow on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home with Elder Johnny Ray Gardner officiating. Mrs. Wilkins was born in Rougemont, NC on September 28, 1917 to Albert and Freddie Slaughter Hicks. She was retired as a seamstress in the alterations departments of Belk and Thalhimers. Gladys was a member of Red Mountain Baptist Church in Rougemont, NC.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her son and daughters, Alease Hughes, Elmer Wilkins, and Brenda Gravitt; and brother, Billy Hicks.  She is survived by her son, Earl Wilkins and his wife, Brenda of Asheboro; grandchildren, Kelly Wilkins of Myrtle Beach, SC, Todd Wilkins of Wilmington, Kenny Remington of Durham, Kim Remington of Wilmington, and Ben Huff of Durham; five great grandchildren; and sisters, Glenna Matthews of Chapel Hill and Goldie Gentry of Roxboro. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204-0009. Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro and Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Durham are serving the Wilkins family. Please share remembrances and condolences at