April 10, 2013
Deacon Harvey Ray Harris Jr.
DURHAM — Deacon Harvey Ray Harris Jr., 71, departed his life on April 5, 2013. He is survived by his niece, Cheryl Norwood; two special children that he helped raise Tashika Bellamy and Danielle Alston and six remaining children; a special Godchild, "Roy"; and a host of special friends.
Services will be held at Morehead Ave. Baptist Church, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Wake at 11 a.m. and funeral at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Bonnie Brunk Hillerbrand
DURHAM - Bonnie Brunk Hillerbrand died Monday, April 1, 2013 at age 78. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd, Friday, April 12th, at 11 a.m. For those interested, Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Following the memorial service, attendees are invited to lunch and a time of remembrance. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.
Ezekiel "Junior" Mangum Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Ezekiel "Junior" Mangum Jr., age 80, died at the VA Hospital on April 6.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at Russell Memorial C.M.E. Church. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to www.ellisdjones.com
Johnny Wayne Mokus
DURHAM — Johnny Wayne Mokus, age 71, died Sunday, April 7, at the Murdoch Center in Butner. A native of Durham, NC, Johnny was born to the late Johnny Joseph Mokus and Mildred Hicks Mokus Eubanks on March 30, 1942.
Johnny is survived by his brother, Marshall Lee Mokus of Timberlake, NC; his sisters, Sharon Mokus Seslar of Franklinton, NC; and Charlotte Mokus Evans of Roxboro, NC. In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his step-father, Floyd Eubanks.
Johnny’s graveside will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11th, in Maplewood Cemetery, Section 3, with the Rev. Willis Herman presiding. Friends may visit with the family following the service at the cemetery.
On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Arrangements for the Mokus family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham.
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.
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.
Tiffany Longest Tidwell
GRAHAM — Ms. Tiffany Longest Tidwell, 31, of Graham died Saturday, April 6, 2013.
A native of Alamance County, she was the daughter of Rick Longest and Karen Stewart Longest, who survive. She was a beautician and attended Lamb’s Chapel.
In addition to her parents of Graham, survivors include a daughter, Shea Tidwell of the home; son, Keith Tidwell of the home; grandmother, Wanda Hughes Longest of Graham; and two uncles, Bill Stewart and wife, Priscilla of Burlington and Eric Longest and wife, Patricia of Graham.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Longest; her paternal grandfather, Richard Longest Sr.; and her maternal grandparents, William and Jerry Stewart.
The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Graham on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Graham Memorial Park. Other times, the family will be at the residence of her parents, 207 Clapp Street, Graham, NC.
Memorials may be made to God Did It Recovery Home, 5146 Mrs. White Lane, Mebane, NC 27302; Locks of Love, 234 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33405-2701; Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, 5970 Fairview Road, Suite 407, Charlotte, NC 28210; or American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
Kathleen Elizabeth Brann
CHAPEL HILL — Kathleen Elizabeth Brann, 93, of Chapel Hill, passed away April 7, 2013 in Raleigh. Funeral service will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill, on Fri April 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Walker’s Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
Kathleen was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Maurice and Julia Smith on Feb 27, 1920. She met and married her husband, Herbert, when he was in the U.S. Army stationed in Melbourne during WWII. Kathleen was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and crafts/handiwork. She was very active at New Hope Church, receiving a “Lifetime Service Award” in 2012. Kathleen was a 4-H Club organizer and leader for many years. She was also well-known for her great love of cats, having cared for many over her lifetime.
Kathleen is predeceased by her husband, Herbert; and daughter, Marcia. She is survived by her son, James Brann of Chapel Hill; daughter, Victoria (Dennis) Benson of Raleigh; and granddaughter, Lorna Knick of Chapel Hill.
Memorial donations may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4701 NC 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, or to the feline (or animal) rescue organization of your choice.
Julius Duncan Hays
ASHEVILLE, NC — Julius Duncan Hays, 78, of Asheville, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Born in Apex, NC, on July 13, 1934, Duncan lived in Durham and Lumberton before moving to Asheville in 1986.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hays of Durham; and his brother, Robert S. Hays Jr., also of Durham.
Duncan is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jayne Hamlet Hays; his daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Hays; his grandson, Jared Duncan Hays, all of Asheville; as well as his sisters, Laura Frazier of Salisbury and Marion McNair of Pinehurst.
He graduated from Sewanee Military Academy and attended Campbell University and UNC Chapel Hill.
Duncan loved life, his family, his friends and his animals, especially his Arabian horses.
He was a golfer, a hunter and UNC Rams Club member for over 35 years.
A celebration of Duncan’s life will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, 72 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hope for Horses, PO Box 1449, Leicester, NC 28748; Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, 38 Glendale Ave., Asheville, NC 28803 or to a charity of one’s choice.
The online registry is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Katherine "Kappy" McGranahan Holditch
LITTLE RIVER, SC — Ms. Katherine "Kappy" McGranahan Holditch, 91, died April 8, 2013 in Little River.
She was born on July 9, 1921 in Durham, NC; the daughter of William Scott and Annie Lee Evans McGranahan.
Kappy is survived by daughters, Mary Virginia"Jenny" Wesson and Carolyn Trickey; a sister, Julia M. Wimbish; a brother, William Scott McGranahan Jr.; three grandchildren, Jeffrey and Scott Wesson and Kathryn Trickey.
Kappy was graduated from Durham High School, and attended Duke University; she worked for Wright Machinery Company for 25 years before moving to Atlanta Georgia to do advertising. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach, the Possumetts at Possum Trot Golf Course; she loved her family, her dogs, and golf.
A funeral service will be 12 noon Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach, with burial following at 12 noon Friday, April 12, 2013 in Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 373, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597.
A message of condolence may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the Holditch Family.