August 27, 2013

Aug. 26, 2013 @ 06:22 PM

Lawrence Michael Byrd
January 26, 1955 – August 24, 2013

DURHAM — Larry Byrd of Durham, NC passed away at Duke Hospital on August 24 after an extended illness. Larry attended public schools in Wake and Durham Counties. He was licensed in HVAC and was a former volunteer in fire and rescue departments in Orange County.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Jane Eller Byrd of Hillsborough, NC and he is survived by his wife, Alice W. Byrd of the home; two siblings, David Byrd of Raleigh and Karen Byrd of Afton, Va; Alice’s sisters and brothers, Mary and Stan Mason of Bahama, NC; Susan and Gene Jackson of Goldsboro; Mike and Patricia Williams of Wilmington, NC; Christopher Williams of Greenville, NC, Tom Williams of Gibsonville, NC; nieces and nephews, Dr. Erin Saks, Brittany Byrd, Caitlin Byrd, Allen Mason; and a host of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends today, August 27 at 1 p.m. at the Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC.

Joshua Cornell Johnson
June 8, 1980 - August 21, 2013
DURHAM — On Tuesday night, August 20th, 2013, NC skies shined with a seldom seen "once in a blue moon". The next day, we lost ours...Joshua Cornell Johnson.
Sweet Joshua lived through so much in his 33 years. He had just come home. He was doing so well and getting his feet under him again. Joshua made a career as a cook and could wow everyone when he whipped up his garlicky vinaigrette. He knew his way around a kitchen. He was considering a new career and had completed electrical training at Piedmont Community College this past June. His life was coming together well. He was happy and hopeful. You could see it on his face by his infectious wide grin.
Josh was loved so. He was born in Durham on June 8th, 1980 to Mary Joann Gurry Johnson and Harry Cornell Johnson III. Joshua's father along with his life partner, Kerstin Nygard, Great-Grandmother, Helen Molina, and Grandmother, Marlene Johnson all shared in raising Josh. They will miss the confident man he had become. Josh was the first. As the first son, grandson, great-grandson, great-nephew, and nephew, big brother, and eldest cousin Joshua was a mentor to his younger brothers, sister, and cousins. His young nieces and nephews will miss their Uncle Josh who was always eager to horse and play with them and his dog Shadow. Left is a tender void in his huge extended family. Left are scores of dear friends. God bless him and those
he loved.
Donations in memory of Joshua C. Johnson can be made to the Eno River Association online at /support-us/join-us/ or mailed to 4404 Guess Road in Durham, NC 27712.
A service in celebration of Joshua's life will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at Pleasant Green Community Center in Durham at 2 p.m. Following the service the family invites you to share in a potluck dinner. Please bring a side or dessert. Come and join Joshua's family and friends to share our love and stories of Joshua.

Beverly Louise McCraw
DURHAM — Beverly Louise McCraw, 62, died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at her home. She was born in Decatur, Mississippi to the late Burley Houston McCraw and Berkeley Lyon McCraw. Beverly received her Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Michigan. She was employed as a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Hospital in Durham.
Beverly is survived by her sister, Virginia “Ginny” McCraw Thompson and husband, Rick Thompson of Chapel Hill; brother, Burley “Butch” Houston McCraw Jr., and wife, Barb of Bellevue, NE; niece, Jennifer Spring; nephew, Michael McCraw; nephew, Matthew Thompson; niece, Sarah Thompson; and her many beloved critters.
Beverly was known for her strong work ethic, her heart for stray cats and dogs, and her love of family. Her friends, family, and critters will miss her dearly.
Family will receive family and friends Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Emergency Chaplains, PO Box 14762, Durham, NC 27709.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Harold Leon Cobb

MEBANE — Harold Leon Cobb, 60, of Mebane, son of the late Julius and Alberta Walker Cobb, born October 13, 1952, died  Saturday, August 24, 2013, at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Chapel. Visitation 1:30 until 2 p.m. before the funeral.
Surviving is his wife, Prudence McAdoo Cobb of the home; a son, Javon Caldwell of Greensboro, NC; and three grand children.
Interment will be in Gaines Memorial Gardens, Efland, NC.
Public viewing Wednesday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home, Hillsborough, NC.  Condolences may be faxed to 919-644-1200 or e-mailed to

Johnny Walker

CREEDMOOR — Mr. Johnny Walker, 74, of Creedmoor died on Monday, August 26, 2013. He was the son of the late Raymond Walker and Mozelle Williams Walker. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard. Mr. Walker retired from the State. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Butner, Creedmoor Masonic Lodge, Amateur Radio Club and a graduate of Southern High School. He was also involved in Soap Box Derby with his sons, his favorite hobby was metal detecting. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sonya Lynne Walker.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cash Walker; two sons, Kenny Walker and Kevin Walker (Tammy) both of Creedmoor; one brother, Sammy Walker (Wanda) of Youngsville; two sisters, Sue Atkins of Bahama; Ann Baker (Lawson) of Durham; two grandchildren, Taylor Walker and Logan Walker.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Butner. Rev. Lenny Rogers and Rev. Charlie Bryan will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Jeff Boyce, Stanley Keith, Todd Keith, Dennis Scearce, Greg Womack and Wyatt Womack. Honorary pallbearers will be Southern High School Classmates of 1958.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at First Baptist Church of Butner and other times at the home. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Butner, 202 West D Street, Butner, NC 27509. Online condolences can be made at

Wayne Stephenson

CHAPEL HILL — Wayne Stephenson, 46, passed away Saturday, August 24 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Visitation will be at Walker's Funeral Home in Hillsborough NC on today, August 27, from 7:00 to 9:00. Funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Durham NC on Wednesday, August 28, at 11:00 by the Rev. Earl Echols. Interment will follow in the Maplewoods Cemetery.  Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough, 204 N Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278 (919) 732-2121 is assisting the Stephenson Family.

Kermit Lawson Wilkerson

ROXBORO — Kermit Lawson Wilkerson, 85, of 1231 Pointer St., Roxboro, died Sunday, August 25, 2013. Born in Mecklenburg, VA, Mr. Wilkerson is the son of the late Frank and Lola Smith Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson retired from Home Beneficial Life Company after 38 years and later Wal-Mart after 10 years.
He was a member of Ca-Vel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. Mr. Wilkerson was preceded in death by his brother, Floyd Wilkerson; and sister, Janie Rheimer.
Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Peggy Oakley Wilkerson; two sons, Larry Ray Wilkerson and wife, Elaine and Alton Wayne Wilkerson and wife, Helena, all of Roxboro; six grandchildren, Lauren Jenks, Teresa Clayton, Amy Wilkerson, Samantha Carr, Arthur Carr and Grace Wilkerson; four great-grandchildren, Austin Wilkerson, Noah Clayton, Matthew Lynch and Hannah Broadwell.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Ca-Vel Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Long and Mr. Harry Oakley. Burial will follow in Person Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Wednesday at Ca-Vel Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Frank Shotwell, Ken Norman, Brad Price, Raymond Smith, Huell Howerton, Andy Beaber & Hilton Hawkins.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Men Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to, Ca-Vel Baptist Church, 1885 N. Main St., Roxboro, NC 27573.
Condolences may be sent to

June Pierce-Sebesta

HUNTINGTON NY — June Pierce-Sebesta, passed away August 21, 2013 in her 87th year. June was the loving wife of the late George Sebesta Sr. 
June battled Alzheimers Disease for 15 years and now rests in peace. June will always be remembered as a mother and wife, who loved unconditionally. June loved to laugh, was strong, kind and passionate about her family, music, and duplicate bridge.  Her beautiful spirit will be forever missed.
June is survived by her three children: Gail Pierce of Huntington, NY, Scott Pierce of Boston, MA and Tracey Pierce of Louisville, CO; as well as her grandson, Ryan Pierce of Monterey, CA. June also is survived by her brother, Delmar Moulton of Albuquerque, NM.
June was born in Kingsport, TN and lived in Huntington, NY for 40 years. She also resided in Pittsboro, NC for 12 years. 
In lieu of flowers the Family requests donations be made to the Alzheimers Foundation ( Please leave messages online at:
Mom we love you always.