September 3, 2013

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

Cecil Manik Perera
DURHAM — Cecil Manik Perera, 71, died in Duke Hospital following a year-long illness. He was born February 6, 1942 in Sri Lanka, moving to the U.S. in 1967. Cecil initially worked with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, DC, where he met his future wife, Therese. They were married in 1969 in St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington. Cecil then spent about 30 years with the World Bank, from where he retired as Senior Disbursement Officer in 1998. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockville, MD and a member of the Knights of Columbus of Rockville. A Durham resident since 2005, he was a parishioner of Holy Infant Catholic Church.
Cecil was a founding member of the Sri Lanka Association of Washington, DC and the Saint Peter’s College Old Boys Union. He was also a member of the Sri Lanka Cricket Society of Washington and was an ardent Washington Redskins fan.
A man of kindness and thoughtfulness, Cecil easily made friends wherever he went. He was a supportive and loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his wife, Therese; his children, Ronald (Payal) Perera of Chapel Hill, Kathy (Jake) Jacobs of Rockville, MD, Sherine (Scot) Blackburn of Gastonia and Alan Perera of Alhambra, CA; his grandchildren, Justin, Aryanna and Evan Perera, Audra and Kaiden Jacobs, and Cecilia, Hannah, Lydia and Timothy Blackburn; and siblings, Lylee (Reginald) Perera of St. Paul, MN and Lucien Perera in Sri Lanka.
A funeral Mass will be offered 11 a.m. Thursday from Holy Infant Catholic Church, with Fr. David Devlin, OSFS presiding. The family will receive visitors from 10-11 in church.
Gifts in Cecil’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities of Washington, or to Help the Helpless, PO Box 270308, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorial:

Larry Junior Taylor
DURHAM - Funeral services for Mr. Larry Junior Taylor (64), of Durham N.C., will be conducted on Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the United For Christ Church on Angier Ave. The family will meet with friends one hour before service. Survivors are three brothers, Mr. Manuel Taylor, Mr. Bennie Taylor, Mr. Alvin Taylor; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Manning (Barry), Mrs. Priscilla Harrington, and Ms. Beverly Taylor; mother, Mrs. Rosa May Taylor, and a host of relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

Joanne Gmaz Vann
DURHAM — Mrs. Joanne Gmaz Vann, 91, of Durham NC, passed away peacefully at the Carolina House of Chapel Hill, Sunday, September 1, 2013.
Born February 7, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio, she was the second of two children born to Anna and Peter Gmaz. Raised in Dayton, she was a first generation American, both parents having immigrated from Croatia, Yugoslavia. She attended Duquesne University as an arts and science major and was a featured performer with the university’s world famous Tamburitzans. It was performing for visiting air cadets where she met Arthur Vann II, and they were married January 4, 1944.
She is survived by 11 of her 12 children, Cynthia, Susan Galluzzo (Tino), Ellen Pearsall (Phillip), Sarah Wyne (Chris), Gooche Stricklin, Liza Smith (Cameron), Woody (Lisa), Peter (Cari), Amy Efland (Mark), John and David/Doobie; 17 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Vann II; her son, Arthur Vann III; her parents, and brother, Bill Gmaz.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 5th, at Immaculate Conception Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11. The burial will be private.
The family will join friends immediately following at a reception at the Washington Duke Inn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's organization of your choice.
The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff and caregivers at Carolina House of Chapel Hill for their compassionate and professional care of our extraordinary mother over these last several years.
Arrangements are being handled by Hall-Wynne Funeral Home.
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Edith Wilkerson Currin
OXFORD — Edith Wilkerson Currin, age 92, died peacefully on September 1, 2013. She was wife of the late William Frank Currin and the daughter of Melvin and Kate Wilkerson of Sims, NC.
She was a 1944 graduate of East Carolina University with an AB degree in Home Economics and Social Studies. After 20 years in education, she retired in 1977. She was an educator, a loving mother, a devoted wife and a homemaker. She was an active member of Hester Baptist Church. She enjoyed participating in various community activities where she was recognized with many awards for her contributions throughout the years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, her mother, father, and five of her siblings. She is survived by her son, Michael Currin and wife, Lauren, of Oxford; a grandson, Daniel Currin and wife, Missy; and great-grandson, Monty; and great-granddaughter, Katie, all of Raleigh; a granddaughter, Casey Reagan and husband, Wen, of Durham; a daughter, Susan Lankenau and husband, Harry; and a grandson, Will Lankenau, all of Charlottesville, VA.
Funeral services will be held at Hester Baptist Church on Highway 96 North at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service during a luncheon hosted by the women of Hester Baptist Church. There will be a private family burial at Elmwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the W. Frank Currin Memorial Scholarship Fund of Hester Baptist Church, P.O. Box 9614, Oxford, NC 27565 or the Granville County Historical Society Museum, P.O. Box 1433, Oxford, NC 27565.
The family will receive at Gentry Newell and Vaughn Funeral Home, 503 College St., Oxford, NC, today from 7-8:30 p.m.

Joel Gold Woodlief Jr.
BUTNER - Joel Gold Woodlief Jr., 75, a lifetime resident of Granville County, passed away Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at his home.
A native of Granville County, the son of the late Joel Gold Woodlief Sr. and Myrtie Hendricks Woodlief, he was a member of Butner First Baptist Church and retired as a system analyst with Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m, Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at Butner First Baptist Church by Rev. Charles Bryson. Burial will be in South Granville Memorial Gardens in Stem.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Goldie Clack Woodlief of the home; three sisters, Dollie W. Elliott of Oxford, Myrtie W. Daniel, Ellen W. Clack (Donald), both of Hopewell, Va.; and a brother, Kenneth M. Woodlief (Lucy) of Oxford. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mabel W. Blackwell; and a brother, Wallace G. Woodlief.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 from 12:30 – 2, prior to the service at Butner First Baptist Church in Butner, N.C.
Online Condolences can be made to Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Woodlief family.

Bettye Thompson Johnson
HILLSBOROUGH — Bettye Thompson Johnson, age 73, born to the late James and Lena Thompson, died in Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, August 30, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted Thursday, 1 p.m. in Russell Memorial Church in Durham, NC. Burial in Paynes' Chapel AME Church Cemetery in Hillsborough, NC.
Survivors are her husband, Theodore R. Johnson; daughter, Sheree' Harshaw Parker; and son, Shelton Thompson, all of Hillsborough, NC; step daughters, Diane Tam of Howell, NJ and Lisa Dailey of Brooklyn, NY; one sister, Ruth Sneed of Hillsborough, NC; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home, who is assisting the family. Condolences may be e-mailed to or faxed to 919-644-1200.

Penelope "Penny" Lynn Lewis
PITTSVILLE, VA — Penelope "Penny" Lynn Lewis, age 50, died Sunday evening at MCV Hospital in Richmond, VA. She was born in Person County. Penny was a member of Theresa Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her son, John Henderson Palmer.
Penny was retired from the Person County School System.   
Surviving are her parents, William Henry "W.H." Lewis Jr. and Rosa Mae Duncan Lewis; two sons, William Charles Palmer and Cody Lewis Palmer; two sisters, Tammy L. Latta and husband, Charles, and Beverly L. Lloyd; two nieces, Kristy Cash and husband, Jason, and Ashley Jeffrey; two great nieces, Kaylee and Madison, all of Roxboro; and her loving companion for 13 years, Jeffrey Doss.
The family will receive friends 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Theresa Baptist Church.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Theresa Baptist Church with the Rev. Herbert Brown officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathon Dillard, Raymond Dillard, Jason Cash, Charles Latta, Justin Stone, and Charlie Samuel Stone.
Honorary pallbearers will be Penny's 1st cousins.
Memorial contributions maybe made to Penny Lewis c/o Brooks & White Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1135, Roxboro, NC 27573.
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