April 9, 2013

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 07:19 PM

Lorenzo Edward Cozart Sr.

DURHAM — Mr. Lorenzo Edward Cozart Sr., 89, of 607 Rippling Stream Rd, departed this life on April 6, 2013.
His service will be held at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., on Thursday, April 11 at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Cozart is survived by one daughter, LaVerne Clement; one son, Lorenzo Cozart Jr; one stepdaughter, Saundra Holland; 11 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Dwight Thomas Ferrell
DURHAM — Mr. Dwight Thomas Ferrell, 94, of Durham died on Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was the son of the late Eddie Lee Ferrell and Pauline Burgess Ferrell. He served in the U.S. Army, World War II in the Philippines. He retired  after 37 years from American Tobacco as a machinist. He was a Charter member of Shady Grove FWB Church, taught Adult Sunday School Class for 25 years, Deacon for 30 years and also a Choir member. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pattie Adams Ferrell; two sisters, Clara Phipps and Swanie Knapp.
He is survived by his daughter, Lou Ferrell Hicks (Gene) of Durham; one sister, Fadene Woods of Durham; two grandchildren, Allen Raynor (Smith) and Steve Raynor; three great-grandchildren, Brinkley Raynor, Chip Raynor and Woody Raynor; step-grandchildren, Deborah Ferrell and Barry Hicks; step great grandchildren, Ashley and Michael Ferrell.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Shady Grove FWB Church. Rev. Joe Haas and Rev. Jonathan Sexton will officiate. Burial will be in Shady Grove Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable or donations to Shady Grove FWB Church, 3805 Carpenter Pond Rd., Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Ralph Curtis Graham Sr.
DURHAM — Ralph Curtis Graham Sr., Durham native, age 79, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013 at his residence of his niece and nephew, Eddie and Melissa Holliday, located at 57 Crews Dr., Columbus, MS.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Graham; four sisters; one brother; and brother-in-law and his wife, Melvin Norris and Eloise. Also leaving behind three sons, Ralph Curis Graham Jr., James Thomas Graham and Michael Henry Graham; one daughter, Angela Marie Rhodes; as well as eight granchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He will meet in death his parents, Luther and Edna Graham.

Dr. William Kenneth Poole
DURHAM — Dr. William Kenneth Poole, 73, passed away on April 6, 2013 at his home in Rougemont, North Carolina. He was surrounded by his wife, children and sister-in-law. Ken was born in April 1939 in Clarksville, TN and would have been 74 years old. Ken is preceded in death by his parents, the late James William and Lucille Atkins Poole. His sister, Leone Poole Wade; and brother, Michael A. Poole, also precede Ken in death. He is survived by his wife, Sue Poole of the home; brother, Dennis Ray (Paulette) Poole of Pleasant View, TN; sister, Shelby Jean Inman of Fayetteville, NC; his three children, Victor Kenneth  (Grace) Poole of Raleigh, NC, Melissa Poole Rhodes of High Point, NC, Carlton Adkins (Laramie) Poole of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Trevor Oren Rhodes of Boone, NC, Ashlyn Grace Rhodes of High Point, NC, W. Kenneth Poole II (Kenny) and Luke Edward Poole both of Raleigh, NC, and many nieces and nephews.
Ken graduated with the Clarksville High School class of 1957 and received a full four-year scholarship to attend Austin Peay State College (now APS University), graduating in the Class of 1960 where he received the William Drane Award, which is the highest academic award given to senior classmen. He attended Vanderbilt University and Stanford University for a one-year study of Biostatistics and then moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 1962 where he received a full stipend from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to attend the University Of North Carolina School Of Public Health. He received a Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics (MPH) followed by a PhD in Mathematical Statistics in 1967 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ken joined the Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle, North Carolina, (established 1958) where he served as Senior Statistician, Chief Scientist and Center Division Vice President. Between 1983 and 1994, he supervised over 125 staff members working on studies such as clinical trials, community interventions, epidemiological support and methodology environmental exposure and health, and development and maintenance of SUDAAN--a software product designed and developed by RTI statisticians for analyzing clustered data arising in many applications. He made significant contributions towards RTI’s reputation as a nationally-recognized organization in two areas of public health: epidemiological studies and multisite clinical trials. Early in his RTI career between 1973 and 1976, Ken was invited by the Nutrition Department of UNC’s School of Public Health, Duke University Medical School’s Prostate Cancer Group, and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia to direct the Data Coordinating Centers (DCC) for the multisite clinical and epidemiological studies. In each case, RTI’s invitation was at least partly based on his personal reputation with the researchers initiating the studies.
Of the 22 DCC projects supported by NIH at RTI since 1974, Ken was directly involved in 14 of those projects, serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) on 10 DCCs, as co-PI on one other DCC and as senior statistician on three other DCCs. He was also the mentor and statistical advisor to nearly all of the statisticians and a number of the protocol and project managers currently contributing to the DCC projects at RTI.
Ken was a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. His collaborative work with a large number of researchers in leading US institutions has resulted in around 100 publications in leading scientific journals (e.g., Pediatrics, American Sociological Review, Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Journal of Epidemiology, AIDS, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public health). These collaborations and publications enhanced RTI’s stature as a scientific organization with the reputation as a leading scientific institution in the US. As an additional benefit of the above collaborative activities, he formed relationships with a large number of prominent researchers, giving RTI access to collaborators as RTI bid for future health related work.
Ken was the instigator and manager of the initial Coordinating Center activities at RTI and he also helped direct their epidemiological studies program as it developed at RTI. His work and publications enhanced the stature of the now RTI International through the years. Many staff members considered him not only an excellent manager and statistician, but also their mentor and a close friend.
In his personal time, Ken loved spending time at the beach and in the garden with his wife, Sue. He has always loved fishing, as well as other hobbies such as woodworking, gardening and cooking. He was also very active for many years in the RTI Bowling League as well as the Saturday Morning Youth League at Fairlanes. Bowling was a pastime he loved and passed on to all his children. His family and numerous colleagues and friends throughout the country will miss Ken.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Rev. Johnny Hewett officiating.  Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorials may be made to your favorite SPCA in memory of Ken.
The family will receive friends at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, 1005 W. Main Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701,  phone 919-682-5464, today from 7 to 9 p.m.
Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.howertonbryan.com/.

Rev. Dr. Ednace Albert Roberts
DURHAM — Rev. Dr. Ednace Albert Roberts, age 73, died unexpectedly late Sunday night at his home.
Al was born October 10, 1939 in Bath in Aiken Co. SC. He graduated from Aiken High School in 1957, then served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He received his Master’s degree from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and his Doctorate from Trinity Seminary in Evanston, IN. 
Al served in the ministry for 25 years, and was the pastor of three churches, Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Kenly, NC, the Turner Memorial Baptist Church in Garner, NC, and the Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church in Burlington, NC.
He retired from the Ministry about 14 years ago, and had lived in Durham for the past nine years. He served as President of the Parkside Neighborhood Association and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the Durham County Library Association.
He was a member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, and was a Stephen Minister and was associated with HEREOS HEROES C.A.R.E.
He had authored, and published his book, “A Disparity in Doctrine and Theology” and was preparing a second book. 
Al was a devoted family man. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marcia Norman Roberts; his daughter, Janet Roberts Sherrill and husband, Russell of Raleigh; his mother, Grace Ellenberg Roberts of Aiken, SC; his sister, Gayle Roberts Pierce of North Augusta, SC; his brother, Jeffrey Julian Roberts and wife, Jackie of Aiken, SC; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Ednace Albert Roberts Jr.; and his father, Marcy Ednace Roberts.
Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, Rev. Ginger Thomas officiating.
Following the graveside service, a memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Duke Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth St. Washington, DC 20006-3517, or to a favorite charity.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Roberts family. Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.howertonbryan.com/, select obituaries.

Dr. Gary Snyder
DURHAM — Dr. Gary Snyder, 63, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home.
Dr. Snyder was a psychology instructor at Durham Technical Community College. He was a lifelong scholar and advocated daily for his students to pursue their education and their dreams. Dr. Snyder was previously employed as a tennis professional on Hilton Head, Island, South Carolina. He served as the Director of United States Professional Tennis Registry’s Wheelchair Tennis Tournament (1991-1994) and represented the United States as one of six instructors to teach wheelchair tennis in Japan (1995).
Dr. Snyder is survived by his wife, Jennifer; and her children, Christopher Taylor and Stephanie Taylor White (Thomas).
A memorial service is being planned for a later date.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in honor of Dr. Snyder to the Zen Mountain Monastary P.O. Box 197 Mt. Tremper, NY 12457 or the Northwest Maritime Center 431 Water Street Port Townsend, Washington 98368.

Calvin Lucian Ward
DURHAM — Calvin Lucian Ward, 85, Duke University Professor of Zoology, died April 2, 2013, at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.   Calvin was born in Yancey, Texas, and was one of six children. He is predeceased by his parents, Lucian Simeon and Artie Berry Ward; his sister, Evadna Chalmers; and three brothers, Don, Gordon, and Ross Ward. 
Calvin had many fond memories of growing up on the farm in Texas. His childhood challenges provided him with his strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, and devotion to family, as well as the desire to complete his education and move from the farm to university life. He graduated early from high school and went to the University of Texas for his undergraduate degree and his M.A. He completed his Ph.D. at the age of 23. He taught for several years at Texas and was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory before coming to Duke University. He served 2 years in the Army at Edgewood, MD. Calvin’s 43 year career at Duke included teaching Zoology and Genetics and mentoring graduate students. His research resulted in 20 scientific publications. 
His many contributions to the intellectual life of the university, the Zoology Department, and the university administration included planning the Zoology section of the Biological Sciences Building, Director of the University Program in Genetics, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Zoology, Director of the Summer Session, Director of Foreign Academic Programs, Chairman of the Educational Facilities Committee, Assistant Provost for Academic Facilities, and National President of the Association of University Summer Sessions. He was particularly pleased to have collaborated in initiating the first interdisciplinary program at Duke in Genetics.
Calvin had a keen sense of beauty and design which showed in his work on renovating the Faculty Commons and the East Duke Parlor. He appreciated classical music, antiques, and books. He especially loved mysteries and enjoyed exchanging books with friends. He loved gardening and was a lifelong resource to his children in maintaining their homes and making them functional and beautiful. He taught his children the value of hard work, doing the right thing, and treating themselves and others with respect. 
Calvin was a member of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed stimulating discussions in the Covenant Life Sunday School Class.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Suzanne Collings Ward; his daughter, Laura Elizabeth Ward and her husband, Uriah Lee Shang; his son, John Benjamin Ward; a granddaughter, Joanna Elizabeth Shang; a sister Peggy Ward Little; and a sister-in-law, Rebecca Sollock Ward.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12, at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church Chapel with the Rev. Katie Crowe, the Rev. Elizabeth Michael, and the Rev. Graham McChesney officiating. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 W. Trinity Ave., Durham, NC 27701, or to the ALS Association Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter, 120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27603.
The family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. 
Online memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.

Kathleen Dickey Oakley

MEBANE — Kathleen Dickey Oakley, age 81, of 5620 US 70, Mebane, died Monday, April 08, 2013 at Hospice Home in Burlington following an extended illness. She was a native of Orange County and retired from Western Electric with 35 years of service and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She delivered for Meals on Wheels and was a member, First Baptist Church of Mebane where she was also a member of the Koinonia Sunday School Class.
Survivors include her husband, Alvis Oakley, of the home; son, Barry Oakley, High Point, NC; daughter, Chandra Oakley Herriman, Gastonia, NC; grandchildren, Beneth H. & Seth Smith, Neil & Amy Herriman, Caitlin Herriman; great grandchildren, Caleigh, Judah & Adah Smith; brothers, Freeman & Anne Dickey, Clemson, SC, W.R. “Bill” & Edna Dickey, Burlington, J.W. & Mary Lou Dickey, Thomasville, NC; sisters, Alice D. & Edward Moize, Hillsborough, NC, Faye D. & Chuck Burgner, Hillsborough, NC.
She was preceded in death by Joseph Ira & Sue Watson Dickey.
Funeral will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, First Baptist Church of Mebane with ministers Dr. Terry Farmer & Dr. Charles Fleshman.
Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hal Oakley, Randy Phelps, Neil Herriman, Clyde Dickey Jr., Richard Burgner & John Dickey.  
The family will receive friends at McClure Funeral Home in Mebane 6 to 8 tonight, other times at the residence.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance/Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or First Baptist Church of Mebane, 301 South Third Street, Mebane, NC 27302.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice for their care and compassion shown to Mrs. Oakley during her illness.
Online condolences: www.mcclurefuneralservice.net

Donnie Harold Chapman

July 10, 1953 - April 6, 2013
HILLSBOROUGH — In the afternoon hours of April, 6 2013, the loving hand of God reached down and took one of his very special angels home. Donnie Harold Chapman joined many family and friends in heaven. He began his life in Gaston County NC, later moving to the Hillsborough area. From an early age he learned hard work and strong family values, which he taught to those around him. Some called him son, daddy, husband, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson, and best friend, but no matter the name used it was always with the deepest and most sincere love and kindness. His hands told stories of hardship, tears, hard work and the most tender love and care. He created an amazing business that has served the community for nearly forty years. Horses and kids were dear to his heart and most pretty weekends you could find him on the trails loving life and enjoying time with those around him. The number of people he touched is too great to name, but we know he carries a little of each of us in his heart.
He will be missed greatly by his wife, Darlene; mother, Gladys Chapman; daughter, Donna Chapman (Philip Ezell); step-daughter, Nicki Tant (Rodney); grandchildren, Daniel Chapman, Bailey Briley, Corey Cates, Nicholas Tant, Alexis and PJ Ezell, Calab and Jacob Tant; sisters, Michelle McCormick (Jim), Sherry Combs (Mike), Lamar Chapman (Amanda); best friends, Mike Griffin, Alan Hansen; many nieces and nephews and extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Union Grove United Methodist Church, 6407 Union Grove Church Road, Hillsborough, NC with Pastor Richard Greenway officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends today at Union Grove United Methodist Church from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent to www.walkersfuneralservice.com
Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough, (919)-732-2121 is assisting the Chapman family.