August 30, 2013

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Douglas L. Hall Sr.
DURHAM - Mr. Douglas L. Hall Sr., 86, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Ruby Hall; son, Rick Hall; brothers, Fred Hall and Billy Hall. Mr. Hall was a WWII Veteran serving in the US Navy. He was a self-employed flooring contractor and retired from The City of Durham as a housing inspector. He was also a renowned modified fast pitch softball pitcher.
He is survived by his daughters, Susen Darst (Glenn), Karen Crabtree (Steve); sons, Douglas Hall Jr. (Cindy), Randy Hall (Melissa); brother, Alvin Hartgrove (Phyllis); a sister-in-law, Ruth Anne Hall; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Thursday, 12 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. 
The family would like to give a special thanks to Myrtice Chavis, his care giver, and Kelly Bennett, his nurse, for their loving care during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to The Hock Family Pavilion at 4023 N. Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Hilda Pendergraft Hudson
DURHAM — Mrs. Hilda Pendergraft Hudson, 86, of Durham, died on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Mrs. Hudson was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Willie Bryant “High-Pocket” Pendergraft and Mary Aiken Pendergraft. She was retired Co-Owner, Vice-President and licensed Funeral Director of Hudson Funeral Home for over 50 years. For many years her duties also included secretarial, hairdresser and organist. She was a member of Branson Memorial United Methodist Church and attended Angier Avenue Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in both choirs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Thomas Hudson Sr.; son, Timothy Bryant Hudson; and sisters, Janet Glenn and Shirley Hill.
She loved chocolate and coffee.
She is survived by her son, O. Thomas Hudson Jr. and wife, Mary of Raleigh; daughter, Trina Hudson Campbell and husband, Steve of Durham; and three grandchildren, Brooke Hudson, Chris Hudson and Corey Vickers.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Hugh O’Shields. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Staff of Hudson Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be the Durham Funeral Directors.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and others times at the home of her daughter, 609 Guy Walker Way. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham NC 27703, in memory of Hilda Hudson.
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Carl W. Richardson Sr.
DURHAM — Carl W. Richardson Sr., 61, departed his life on August 25, 2013.
He leaves behind his wife, Carolyn Richardson; two sons, two grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers.
Services will be held at Orange Grove Baptist Church, Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. with visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Robert Linwood "Lenny" Rogers
DURHAM — Robert Linwood "Lenny" Rogers, born October 13, 1944, passed August 27,2013, Thursday at his home, 109-A Liberty St.
Funeral services will be Saturday, August 31, 2013 beginning at 12 p.m. at the Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Rd. Visitation will be at 11 a.m.
"Lenny" leaves to cherish his memories, three sons; three brothers; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a special friend. Interment will be held in the Beechwood Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to the Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Chloe Mason Smith
DURHAM — Chloe Mason Smith of Pinyon Place, Durham, NC passed on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Sandy Spring, Maryland. She was being lovingly cared for by her niece Elizabeth Meiller Baldwin. Ms. Smith has been predeceased by her husband, Wirt W. Smith, MD; her stepsons, Anderson Lewis Smith and Wirt Paddock Smith; and her sister, Joan Mason Meiller. She is survived by Mrs. Baldwin and Ms. Smith’s nephews, Richard Scott Meiller and John MacDougal Meiller.
A private family service will be held.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the ASPCA.

Gloria Jeanne Purefoy Alston
CHAPEL HILL – Gloria Jeanne Purefoy Alston departed her life on August 27, 2013. She is survived by her loving husband, David L. Alston Sr.; her children, Wayne R. Purefoy, Tiffany Alston and David L. Alston III., nine siblings and a host of other
relatives and friends.
Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1:30 p.m.
The family is being assisted by Jones Funeral Home in Chapel Hill.

Eva Belle Jacobs
HILLSBOROUGH — Eva Belle Jacobs, 53, died on Monday, August 26, 2013, at Duke University Med. Center in Durham, NC. Daughter of the late William and Earlie Jacobs.
A memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Chapel. Family Visitation 12:30 until 1 p.m.
Surviving are son, Brandon Jacobs; daughter, Christine Jacobs of Mebane, NC; sisters and brothers; nieces and nephews.
Chavis-Parker Funeral Home Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Gretchen “Gus” St. John
CHAPEL HILL — Gretchen “Gus” St. John, 78, died Friday, August 23 following a brief illness. A native of Wausau, WI, she was a 1957 graduate of Connecticut College for Women. Gus was married to Arthur that same year. The couple’s first year of marriage was spent on the island of Grand Turk, Bahamas, after which they moved to Philadelphia for Art to complete his MBA. Gus and Art lived in several places over the years, including, Wausau, WI; St. Croix, American Virgin Islands; Vancouver, WA and N. Palm Beach, FL, where they remained for 35 years. Gus and Art moved to Chapel Hill in 2001.
Gus was a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Family (Episcopal) in Chapel Hill and a member of the Prayer Team. An ardent volunteer, she was past President of the Chapel Hill Garden Club, a member of Chapel Hill Service League, past President of PEO Chapter AT, a member of the Questers of Chatham County, a board member of Orange County Historical Society and member of Chapel Hill Historical Society. She was an avid gardener and traveler, and took great delight in making Santa Claus dolls. Gus St. John did all things well.
Surviving are her husband, Arthur J. St. John; her children, Lisa St. John-Williams of Apex, Todd St. John of Cary and Scott St. John of Darien, CT; grandchildren, Robbie and Andrew St. John, and Oliver St. John; and a sister, Nancy Huffmann of Wausau, WI.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 6 from the Church of the Holy Family. A reception will follow in the parish hall.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Holy Family Church, 200 Hayes Rd. Chapel Hill, 27517 or to Friends of the Turks and Caicos National Museum, 39 Condesa Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87508. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory. On-line memorials

Lisa Ann Kramer
ROXBORO — Lisa Ann Kramer, 54, of 4255 Virgilina Rd., Roxboro, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born in Dade County, FL, Ms. Kramer was the daughter of the late Barbara Kramer. Ms. Kramer was an equestrian worker and caretaker of the elderly.
Ms. Kramer is survived by her companion of over 30 years, Michael Moudry; her father, Ron Kramer, of Bristow, VA; her sister, Heather McClean.
A private memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday at the home.
Memorials may be made to the Person County Animal Shelter, 2103 Chub Lake Rd., Roxboro, NC, 27574.
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Minnie Cain Allen
TAR HEEL, NC - Minnie Cain Allen, 94, died Aug. 28 2013 after a short illness and a long and happy life. Born April 11, 1919 on a farm in the Ammon community of Bladen County, her parents were Lorenzo and Ethel Cain. The youngest of eight children, her father died while she was a baby. Her oldest sister, Ruth, helped raise her. She married J.E. Allen of Tar Heel in 1937 after graduating from White Oak School. They had four children, owned and operated Allen's Tar Heel Oil Company and later Allen's Tire Service. J.E. died in 1995; they were married nearly 58 years. In later years, she enjoyed her summer garden and feeding birds. She dearly loved her family, Purdie's Church and Tar Heel. Minnie wanted her family, church and town to do well.
Her survivors are children: sons, James Edward aka Beamie Allen, Joe and wife, Wanda Allen; daughters, Ethel and husband, Daniel Vogel, and Faye and husband, Bill Weeber. Grandchildren are Joe Allen Jr., Samuel Allen, Lindsey Weeber and William Weeber. Great grandchildren are Olivia and Violet Allen.
Visitation will be at Purdie's United Methodist Church, Friday, August 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31. Burial will be in the Allen Family Cemetery. Reverend Al Marshburn will conduct the services. Street address for the church is 11567 Hwy-87N, Tar Heel, NC 28392.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Purdie's United Methodist Church or Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton, NC 28358.

Dr. Charles Leonard Evans
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Dr. Charles Leonard Evans Sr., son of the late Reverend Walter S. Evans and late Mrs. Pauline Parker Evans, was born on July 23, 1945 in Durham, North Carolina. He departed this earthly life on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at home in Tallahassee, Florida.
Charles graduated as Valedictorian from Merrick Moore High School in 1963 and attended NC A&T State University in 1967, majoring in Engineering Mathematics. Charles applied to the Navy’s Officer Training Pilot Program and was accepted. Upon completing his military obligations, he began work in Syracuse, NY while also obtaining his MBA in Management Information Systems and a Ph.D. in Marketing, both from Syracuse University in 1973 and 1976 respectively. After completing his doctoral studies, he returned to his alma mater in NC to teach in the Business School before relocating to Tallahassee as a Professor of Marketing in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University where he taught for over 32 years.
He was a Golden Heritage Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Board Member of the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Board Member & Chair of Bethel Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Steward Emeritus at Bethel AME Church, all at the time of his passing. His past memberships and associations were extensive with ensuring each served a purpose for the betterment of all people. Most notorious were his accomplishments through Civil Rights with participating in the first March on Washington in 1963 as a high school senior, attending the 25th Anniversary March with his family, as well as forging partnerships with numerous organizations and businesses in Tallahassee for the advancement and equality of all people.
Charles leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Dr. Constantine “Connie” Hicks-Evans of Tallahassee, FL; one son, Charles (Julie) Evans, Jr. of Seoul, Korea, three daughters, Carita Evans of Tallahassee, FL; Constance (Billy) Evans and Cara (Bryan) Evans-Patterson of Charlotte, NC; five brothers, Arthur Evans, Samuel Evans, Earl (Delores) Evans, Ronald Evans, Ricky Evans; and one sister, Dalphine (Manton) Evans Chapman, all of Durham, NC; five sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Parker Hicks, Vivian (John) Hicks Hanson, Carolyn Hicks Tyson of Erial, NJ; and one brother-in-law, Dwight (JoAnn) Hicks of Syracuse, NY; 13 grandchildren, Jasmine, Dwight, Trevor, Cerita, Gennara, Aviana, Chelsey, Tyler, Tayler, Jaylen, Nathan, Kaylee and Renee; three great grandchildren, Ricaryii, Camdyn and Milani; 16 nephews, 11 nieces, three god-daughters, Ediri Viegbesie, Shawn and Dr. Angela Tidwell and a host of other loving relatives, friends and neighbors.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on August 31, 2013 at Bethel AME Church, 501 W. Orange Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32310. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made payable to the Dr. Charles Evans Building Fund, P.O. Box 15671, Tallahassee, FL 32317 or by PayPal to
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