April 7, 2013

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Hazel Pennington Brock

DURHAM - Mrs. Hazel Pennington Brock, 83, a lifelong Durham resident, died Friday evening at Durham Regional Hospital. Mrs. Brock was the daughter of the late Horace B. and Lela Pennington. She was a real estate agent in Durham for many years.
The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite #10, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Mrs. Brock is survived by two sons, Rod Shelburn of Lynchburg, VA and Rand Shelburn of Durham; a sister, Mrs. Violet Aldridge of Durham; and a brother, Mr.H. B. Pennington of Fuquay-Varina.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Helen Marie Ellis
DURHAM - Mrs. Helen Marie Ellis, 67, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 4, 2013 at her home. She was born in Durham County to the late William Alton Oldham and Thelma Gooch Oldham. Mrs. Ellis was also predeceased by a daughter, Geralyn Garcia; and a son, Dell Hilliard. Helen was a realtor for Century 21 RTA in Durham.
Surviving are her husband, Solomon Ellis; daughters, Christi Hendrick (Robert), Denise Wood (Jim); son, Rick Ellis (Cecilia); daughter-in-law, Cherry Hilliard; sisters, Becky Oldham and Donna Fields.
The family will be receiving friends 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday at Clements Funeral Home. There is no service scheduled at this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkwood Rescue Squad, Seaton Road, Durham, NC 27713.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Mary Gooch Ellis
DURHAM - Mrs. Mary Gooch Ellis, 85, of Durham died on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Hock Family Pavilion-Hospice. Mrs. Ellis was a native and lifelong resident of Durham and was the daughter of the late James and Sudie Gooch. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel “Wink” Ellis.
She is survived by her loving son, James W. Ellis (Tamra) of Durham; two sisters, Betty Baker (Harrell) of Burlington, Willie Mae Gammon of Reidsville; granddaughter, Courtney Beck (Jeff); great-granddaughter, Camdyn Beck all of Ocean Isle Beach.
Graveside service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Rev. Wes Murray will officiate.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 12 to 1p.m. one hour prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted, or donations can be made to Duke Hospice (Hock Family Pavilion), 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704-2199.
Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Green Blue Evans
DURHAM — Mrs. Shirley Green Blue Evans, a resident of 1833 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, died Tuesday at Duke Medical Center. She was a native of Granville County, NC. She was the daughter of the late Willie Lee Green and Annie Lee Vass Green.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Penn Avenue Baptist Church, 225 W. McClanahan Street, Oxford, NC by Rev. Willie S. Darby. Burial will be in Meadowview Memorial Park.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth Wayne Blue; a special daughter-in-law, Terri P. Blue, both of Hurdle Mills, NC; a granddaughter, Kennedi Marie Blue, a freshman at NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Henrietta G. Taylor (Joe), Joyce Green and Gloria G. Bridges, all of Oxford, NC; three brothers, Charles "Nunny" Green (Brenda), Kittrell, NC, James "Butch" Green (Angela), Oxford, NC, and Phillip Green (Wanda), Durham, NC; a nephew who was like a brother, Cecil Green (Sherrie), Durham, NC; a nephew who she mothered for 27 years, Christopher Edwin Green, of the home; a special niece, Marietta Hope Cheatham, Durham, NC; one uncle, Callaway Daniel, Richmond, VA; one aunt, Hallie Bailey, Creedmoor, NC; a host of other loving relatives and caring friends.
Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home in Oxford.

Ruth Holloway
DURHAM - Mrs. Ruth Holloway departed this life April 4, 2013. She is survived by nieces, nephews and a host of family members.   A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 9th at 12:30 p.m. with the funeral following at 1 p.m. at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Carolyn Virginia McGhee Williams
DURHAM — Funeral services for Carolyn Virginia McGhee Williams were held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. in NW Washington DC at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, 6th Street & Howard Place.
Born January 18, 1944 in Durham, NC to Isaiah & Maggie McGhee, she was a 1961 graduate of Hillside High School.
She was the loving wife of John Spinner; sister to Donna Mack (Ralph); mother of Arneathia Gray, Nicol Williams, Rahmaan Ali (Nasheed) and Jamal Williams; aunt to Tarleashia and Nikkia Mack; grandmother to Rahman (II), Raekwon, Rayshawn, and Raheem Ali.

Annie Laurie Newsom Bugg
PITTSBORO — Annie Laurie Newsom Bugg, 97, passed away at her farm in Pittsboro, NC, on April 4, 2013. Daughter of the late Marion Eugene and Annie Laurie Long Newsom, she was born in Durham and was a long-time resident until she moved to the farm in Pittsboro in 1984. She graduated from Durham High School in 1932, where she served as Student Council President and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1936, and during her four years at Duke, she served as Class President for two years, President of the Women’s Student Government, and Co-Editor of the Duke Chronicle. At Duke, she was also a member of both the Order of the White Duchy and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
Upon graduation from Duke, Annie Laurie married Dr. Everett Irving Bugg, Jr. They lived in Baltimore while he completed his medical training, and then moved to Ft. Bragg and later Thomasville, GA, where Dr. Bugg served in the army hospital during WWII. She raised five children, and over her protestations, was named Durham Mother of the Year in 1955.
Annie Laurie actively participated in many civic activities in her community.  She was the President of the PTA of Morehead School and the PTA of Carr Junior High School, President of the Durham Better Health Foundation, a member of the Durham School Board, Chair of the Durham United Fund Campaign, a member of the Board of Directors of both the Durham Child Guidance Center and the Council of Girl Scouts, Chair of the Durham United Nations Week Observance, and a Trustee of NC Central University – just to name a few. She dedicated her time and expertise to helping others and to building a strong community.
In her later years, Annie Laurie loved and was devoted to her Labrador retrievers. She bred, raised, trained and field-trialed her many dogs, and was active for many years in the Licensed Retriever Field Trials. Her passion for field trials prompted her move to the farm in Pittsboro. Even this year, she continued to reminisce about the field trial accomplishments of each and every dog.
Annie Laurie, affectionately known as Mun, was an accomplished woman who served as an extraordinary role model for everyone who had the good fortune to know her. Her many stories, practical perspective on life, and her positive and dogged outlook shaped many a family member and friend.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Irving Bugg Jr.; and her son, Everett Irving Bugg III. Her life will be forever celebrated by her sons, Charles Edward Bugg (Bebe) of Birmingham, AL, and John Eugene Bugg (Sally) of Durham; her daughters, Annie Laurie Bugg Compton of Raleigh and Betsy Bugg Malone (Gayle) of Nashville, TN; her daughter-in-law, Mary Clyde Wade Bugg of Durham; her 12 grandchildren, her 16 great-grandchildren, and her many nieces and nephews. 
The family extends their profound gratitude to their mother’s dearest friend and dedicated caretaker, Pauline Dunn. 
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, followed by a visitation with family and a reception at 12:00 at Hope Valley Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s Memorial Garden Fund or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.howertonbryan.com/, select obituaries.

William Henry “Bill” Day
OXFORD — William Henry “Bill” Day died April 5, 2013. Mr. Day was born in Oxford, N.C. on Ivey Day Road. He was the son of the late Ivey Wilson and Annie Mae Hart Day. He was a member of Oxford Methodist Church. Mr. Day also was a member of the Masons and served for many years. After serving in the US ARMY during World War II, he returned to Granville County to become a dairy farmer. In 1950, he married the late Emmy Lou Woody Day.   
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Gentry Newell and Vaughn Chapel by Dr. Dennis Herman.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. A visitation with family and friends will be prior to the funeral services from 2 – 3 p.m. at Gentry Newell and Vaughn Funeral Home. 
Surviving is his daughter, Emma Day McManus and her husband, Jim, of Garner, NC; his son, William Henry Day Jr. and his wife, Beth, of Oxford; and his daughter, Susan Day Whitt and her husband, Randy, of Oxford. His grandchildren whom he loved very much are Lynsey-Paige Phillips, Alan McManus, Marianna Whitt, Patrick Whitt, Audrey Day, and Will Day. He is also survived by his sister, Hortense Day Lasley of Charlottesville, VA and many nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Granville County Veterans Memorial, P. O. Box 2057, Oxford, NC 27565.
The Day family is under the care of Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. On line memorials at www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.

Nancy Anderson Michelle
MEBANE — Nancy Anderson Michelle, 59, of Mebane, N.C., passed away on April 1, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Nellie and Bill Anderson.
She was born in Wilmington, N.C., on August 4, 1953, graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1973, and continued on to receive her Art & Design degree from Guilford Tech in 1976.
Nancy met her husband, Ashley “Kelly” Michelle of Asheboro, N.C., in 1988 while they were both working for Village Companies in Chapel Hill, and they married in 1998.
Nancy was a very talented artist and had a long career in creative publication design and art directorship for The Village Companies, The Herald-Sun newspaper and most recently was Art Director and Designer for Chapel Hill Magazine until 2010. She also enjoyed many creative interests and hobbies, was an avid gardener, a knitter and felt artist, a baker, painter, bird watcher and multimedia craft artisan.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Kelly Michelle; her son, Mason Leigh Anderson Greeson and his wife, Britney, of Charlotte, N.C.; her siblings, Marsha Seaton of Mebane, N.C., Michael Anderson, of Kenner, La., and David Anderson of Mebane, N.C.; her brothers- and sisters-in-law; her dear nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephew and cousins, as well as many other loving friends and extended family members.
A private family service was held at her home. A memorial celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance/Caswell County, and Cornucopia House of Durham/Chapel Hill.
The family and friends of Nancy Michelle are extremely grateful to Hospice of Alamance County for their kind assistance.

William Darke Higgs
ISLE OF PALMS, SC - William Darke Higgs, 83, of Isle of Palms, SC died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.
William Higgs, better known as Bill Higgs, was born May 10th 1929, the son of James & Audrey Higgs, and grew up in Staunton Virginia. Mr. Higgs was married to Ellen Mary Francis Manning for over 50 years. After Ellen’s passing, he married Sara Michelin in 2008. He served his country in the Korean War and was a graduate of University of Richmond and a Certified Public Accountant. Before retiring, he was the Business Manager for WTVD-TV, Channel 11 in Durham, NC for over 30 years.
A loving father and husband, Mr. Higgs is survived by his wife, Sara Michelin of Isle of Palms, SC; a son, William Darke Higgs Jr. of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Stacey Higgs Gibson of Blowing Rock, NC; three grandchildren, Mathew Higgs, Megan Higgs and Kathleen Gibson; as well as a sister, Brooke Deacon; and three brothers, James Higgs, Ned Higgs and John Higgs all of Staunton, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter, 2090 Executive Hall Road, Suite 130, Charleston, SC 29407; Amedisys Hospice, 1027 Physicians Drive, Suite 240, Charleston, SC 29414; or Sunrise Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 517, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482.
A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting www.jhenrystuhr.com.

Louise S. Thomas
PARK HALL, MD — Louise S. Thomas, 97, of Park Hall, Md. died peacefully at her home on April 4. She was a former 30-yr. resident of Butner, NC and a member of Butner Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert R. Thomas; and son, Bob.
Survivors are daughters, Bette Fowlkes and Sandra Curl of Wake Forest, Linda Nachnani, of Park Hall and Eve Harrington of Cambridge, Vt.
A memorial Service will be held at the Joseph Thompson Building in Creedmoor at 11 o'clock on May 11.