August 25, 2013

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 05:12 PM

Gladys “Faye” Bishop
DURHAM - Gladys “Faye” Bishop, 84, of Durham died Friday, August 23, 2013 at Carolina Point. Faye was born in Johnson County on September 10, 1928 to the late Willie Edgar Jones and Alice Allen Jones. She was one of nine children.
A longtime member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, Faye worked in the nursery and taught Sunday school. She was passionate about serving others and she loved her church, flowers, family and friends, but most of all her grandchildren brought her the greatest joy. She retired after working 28 years at Liggett Myers.
Faye is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Alton Bradshaw Bishop; her daughters, Donna Christian and husband, Buddy, Susan Boyd and husband, Harold, all of Durham; her sister, Grace Goodings of Four Oaks; her brother, Roger Jones and wife, Peggy, of Lynchburg, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mark Christian and wife, Shanna, Matt Boyd and wife, Susi, Emily Turner and husband, Michael; her great grandchildren, Christopher Boyd, Samantha Boyd, Carson Turner, Finn Christian and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 27 at New Hope Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kerri Hefner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4701 N. Carolina 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
The Bishop family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. On-line memorials: Select obituaries.

Ralph Aiken Evans
DURHAM — Long time Durham resident Ralph Aiken Evans died peacefully in his sleep at University Retirement Community in Davis, CA on June 22, 2013.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Ralph was the fourth of five children. He was raised in East Orange, New Jersey. He had fond memories of his close family. He is predeceased by his father, Durward Randall Evans (Norwich, NY) and his mother, Hazel Agnes Aiken (Warrensberg, MO); and his four sisters. His daughter, Ann M. Evans of Davis, CA; and his stepson, Victor George Wynne of Clayton, North Carolina, survive him.
The family grew up in the depression, where Ralph remembered with fondness all of the kids in the back seat of the car returning to Norwich, NY to work on the extended family’s farms every summer, and similarly, driving across New Jersey on weekends helping his father set up food buying clubs and co-op stores. Ralph later became the President of the board of the Berkeley Co-op Credit Union in Berkeley, CA.
Ralph received a full scholarship and a BS (1944) in Engineering Physics and membership in Phi Beta Kappa from Lehigh University, PA. He received a PhD (1954) in Physics and membership in Sigma Xi from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1944-46 he worked at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. as a radio engineer, and then went back to school. He was an Ensign in the US Navy from 1944 to 1945.
1n 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Smith (now Audrey Lippman of Davis, CA), at the Arlington Presbyterian Church, East Orange, NJ where they had met in the young people’s group. They drove across country to their new home in Berkeley, CA. They had two children, Paul Aiken Evans (now deceased) and Ann Mary Evans.
In 1954, Ralph moved to the Midwest where he worked for Link-Belt Company, and in 1959, he became Director of the Research Laboratory. In 1961, he moved to North Carolina’s new Research Triangle Park as a senior physicist for the Research Triangle Institute, where he prepared many of the NASA Reliability Abstracts and Technical Reviews.
In 1968, he married former teacher and long time Durham resident Catherine Martin Wynne (now deceased) at the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. Catherine had two adult children, Victor George Wynne and Mary Wynne (now deceased). Catherine and Ralph shared 34 years of marriage in Durham, North Carolina where he enjoyed walking in the neighborhood with various dogs the couple owned over the years.
In 1972 he became a Product Assurance Consultant (Evans & Associates) and Editor. He was a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Managing Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability. He was a Fellow of ASQC (American Society for Quality Control) and the Founding Editor of the ASQC Reliability Review. He was on the management committee of the ASQC Symposium from 1965 until his retirement and enjoyed the work and his colleagues on the management committee very much.
He received many awards from his colleagues. In 1984 he received an IEEE Centennial Medal. In 1988 he received the Allen Chop Technical Achievement Award from the ASQC Reliability Division, and the 1987 Annual Reliability Award from the IEEE Reliability Society. In 1989 he received the initial ASQC Electronics Division Ralph A. Evans Award.
Always one to emphasize the real world as he called it, he was well known in his profession for beginning his tutorials with the question, “how many of you have ever hit your thumb with a hammer?” An avid home repairer, whether electrical, construction or plumbing, he had done so many times, feeling there was no substitute for real world learning.
In 2009, Ralph moved into the memory care unit of Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC, where his stepdaughter Mary Wynne also looked after him. In 2012, he moved to the University Retirement Community Memory Care in Davis to be closer to his daughter, Ann M. Evans and other family members who surrounded him with love.
He is survived in Davis by his daughter, Ann M. Evans and son-in-law, David J. Thompson; his granddaughter, Hatley Thompson (Birmingham, AL); his stepson, Victor Wynne; and granddaughter, Sarah Wynne of Clayton, North Carolina; and other grandchildren and great grandchildren; nephews and nieces.
The family would like to thank the staff of Croasdaile Village in Durham, North Carolina, and of University Retirement Community and Yolo Hospice, in Davis, California. Private graveside services will be held at the Davis Cemetery and the Riverside Cemetery in Smithfield, NC.
His wonderful, gentle spirit, and sense of humor will be missed. He was a fair and kind man with egalitarian values and well loved by his family. He enjoyed being precise in language as well as life. His favorite phrases, which he used in his editorials over the years and remembered and repeated, despite suffering from Alzheimer’s, to the day he died. His family and friends remember them too with fondness, including, among many others, “If you have to choose between luck and skill, choose luck every time; “Life can get complicated at times;” and “100 years from now, no one will know nor care.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Lehigh University for the Ralph A. Evans, Class of 1944, Endowed Scholarship Fund. Payments may be sent to the Lehigh University Development Office, 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015 Attn: Mrs. Elizabeth Posivak.

Mary Isaacs Goodman
DURHAM — Mrs. Mary Isaacs Goodman, 83, died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Carter Co, TN to the late Thomas Isaacs and Laura Greene Isaacs. Mrs. Goodman was a registered nurse.
She is survived by her husband, Forrest Goodman Sr.; son, Forrest Goodman Jr.; niece, Shirley Pitts; and nephew, Charles Cook.
A graveside service was held Friday, 12 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, 123 Mountain Dale Rd, Vilas, NC with Rev. Barry Goodman officiating. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hampton Funeral Home located in Boone, NC.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at
The family is being assisted in Boone by Hampton Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Ernestine Richards Harris
DURHAM - Mrs. Ernestine Richards Harris, 72, of 1211 Red Oak Ave., died Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Her service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, at Lipscomb Grove Baptist Church, 800 Lipscomb Grove Church Rd. Interment will follow in the Lipscomb Grove Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the church from 12-1 p.m., one hour just prior to the service.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Roy Willis
DURHAM - Roy Willis was born on March 12, 1930, in Durham, NC. He passed away Friday, August 23, 2013.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The family will receive friends a half hour before the service at 10:30 a.m.
Services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent at

Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Wilson
DURHAM — Mr. Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Wilson, 54, of 3233 Rowena Avenue, died on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Ronnie was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Percy Lee Wilson and Della Bradley Wilson. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Theodore M. Wilson and Larry O’Dell Wilson.
He is survived by his three sisters and spouses, Shirley W. Couch (Bobby), Betty P Holder (Eugene) and Irene W. Phelps (Louis).
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. Rev. Fred Johnson will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Monday one hour before the service at Maplewood Cemetery. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to Duke HomeCare and Hospice for the Hock Family Pavilion, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham NC 27704, in his memory.
Online condolences can be made at

Donna Harmon Dominguez
GREENSBORO - Ms. Donna Harmon Dominguez, 45, of Greensboro died on Thursday, August 22, 2013. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen McNeal Harmon. She worked in retail sales. Her biggest joy was her two daughters.
She is survived by her dad, David L. Harmon; two daughters, B. Ashley Dorthy and Kalei Reagan Dominguez; one sister, Kimberly Albright.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Lucielle Clark Perry Harvey
RICHMOND, VA. — Lucielle Clark Perry Harvey, 89, of Richmond, VA and formerly of Berea, NC, received her place next to the Father, at the home of her Caretaker, Robert Tapp on August 19, 2013.  
She was the widow of Douglas G. Perry Jr. and James A Harvey and the daughter of the late Claborne C. Clark and, Lenora Jones Clark, and Dollie Green Perry and Velma Matthews Perry. She is survived by her children, Karen P. Hall (Tommy), Douglas G. Perry III (Jeannie), and Michael D. Perry (Donnetta); her grandchildren, Ian Hall, (Linda), Miriah Piedra (Fabian), Tyler Hall, William Hall IV, Christopher Perry and Lori Teague (Arliss); and her great grandchildren, Jazmyn, Thomas, Abigail, Victoria, Katie; beloved nephew, McVay Colclough; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family in Christ Church England.   Because our Mom gave herself as a selfless gift of donation there will be a memorial service on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. at her church, Monument Heights Baptist at 5716 Monument Ave., Richmond VA, where she was a member for 48 years. She loved her church family and the Lord. She never met a stranger. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Autism Society-Central VA P.O. Box 29364 Richmond, VA 23242 or on line at in honor of her grandson Christopher.

Hazel Lee Etta Deitz Shelton
SAN ANGELO, TX — Hazel Lee Etta Deitz Shelton has “gone the distance” in her earthly journey. She departed this world on August 24, 2013 after living with Alzheimer’s Disease for the past 10 years. Hazel began her circle of life on January 31, 1933 in Pigeon, North Carolina, where she was born to J.W. and Margaret Evelyn Deitz, and was big sister to Loretta and Gary. She spent her youth in Durham, North Carolina where she was a cheerleader, member of the debate team, and senior class Historian at Bragtown High School. Hazel married her high school sweetheart, Norman Shelton, on June 6, 1952, which was the beginning of a 61 year adventure together. She traveled the world with her Air Force husband and called many interesting and wonderful places home during her lifetime, including Goldsboro, North Carolina; Valdosta, Georgia; Frankfurt, Germany; San Antonio, Texas; and Iraklion, Crete, Greece, before moving to San Angelo in 1977. Hazel worked in Civil Service for 40 years, serving as secretary to many Air Force leaders, including 9 Wing Commanders at Goodfellow Air Force Base, beginning with Colonel Charlie Powell, before her retirement in 2000.  Hazel excelled in her job and was well-respected by her bosses, coworkers, and members of the community. Her greatest accomplishment and source of immense pride, however, was her family. Hazel was devoted to raising her three daughters and one son and doting on her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, inspiring them to pursue everything they put their mind to with unwavering dedication and heart. She was a talented seamstress and made many of her children’s clothes and gifts for friends and family. Hazel had a deep love of music and was a gifted pianist. She shared this gift by playing the piano at her church, accompanying the family Christmas carol chorus and sing-a-longs to her favorite songs, and passing down her passion for music to her children and grandchildren through music lessons. Hazel was an amazing mother to her own children, as well as a second mom to many of their friends who endearingly called her, “Mom Shelton.” Although Alzheimer’s took Hazel’s memories from her, she leaves many wonderful and cherished memories with all the people she touched in this lifetime.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Margaret Evelyn Dietz; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy Shelton Scott and Fred Scott; and her in-laws, Hop and Nellie Shelton. Hazel is survived by her husband, Norm Shelton, of San Angelo; and their four children, Teresa Shelton of Wylie, Texas, Pat Shelton (Ted Gardeline) of Anchorage, Alaska, Linda Shelton Gellman of League City, Texas, and Tim Shelton (Dawnn) of San Antonio, Texas. Hazel also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Tiffany Nickels (Lon) of Beaumont, Texas, Tera Gallaway (Jamie) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Terry Shelton (Heather) of Rockwall, Texas, Dana Sanchez (Anthony) of Wylie, Texas, Austin Gardeline of Anchorage Alaska, Andrea Chase (Joe) of Austin, Texas, Michael Shelton of San Antonio, Texas, and Hannah Gellman and Tori Gellman of League City, Texas. Hazel was also blessed with 12 great-grandchildren, Frank, Joseph, Grace, Caydee, Amanda, Payton, Jacob, Skyler, Madison, Nicholas, Hayley and Andrew. Hazel is survived by her sister, Loretta “Ro” Foushee (John) of Roxboro, North Carolina; her brother, Gary Deitz (Debbie) of Stem, North Carolina; and her uncle, Clyde Sutton of Asheville, North Carolina. She also leaves behind her nieces and nephews, Jay (Kim), Barry and Lori Foushee, Gary Jr., Alesia, Heath, and Chris, all of North Carolina, Danny Scott of South Carolina, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Hazel is also survived by special family member, Lynne Shelton, of San Antonio, Texas; and forever furry friend, Sam.
Hazel’s family extends heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate staff at the Beehive Homes of San Angelo and the caring team from Odyssey Hospice for allowing Hazel to live the final chapter of her life with comfort and dignity.
Visitation will be at Johnson’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service celebrating Hazel’s life will be held Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Johnson’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. A reception in the fellowship hall at Holy Angels Catholic Church will follow. 
Please make donations in Hazel’s memory to the national Alzheimer’s Association ( or Odyssey Hospice through the Gentiva Hospice Foundation (  
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