Obituaries, June 18, 2014

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 04:58 PM


Shirley Ann Brown Merritt
DURHAM — Shirley Ann Brown Merritt, 82, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at her home. She was born in Durham County to the late Connie Mack Brown and the late Annie Mae Crabtree. She was also preceded in death by her sons, William Alan Merritt, Connie Wayne Merritt; granddaughter, Rebecca Anne Merritt and a brother, David Leroy Brown.
Mrs. Merritt retired from the American Tobacco Company. She was a former Sunday school teacher and church historian at Guess Road Baptist Church. Shirley was a loving and devoted wife, caring mother and adoring grandmother. She was a provider, homemaker, hard worker, and had a thoughtful soul. Shirley always had a kind word and quick wit, fast to laugh and love.
Mrs. Merritt is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, William “Bill” Merritt; grandchildren, Michael and Dana Merritt of Coral Springs, FL, David and Abigail Merritt of Durham, Ashlyn Merritt of Graham, Phillip Murray of Graham; great-grandchildren, Joshua Merritt, Jacob Merritt, William Parker Merritt, William Matheson Merritt and brother, Carl and Joan Brown of Durham.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, at Guess Road Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel Tilley officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hock Family Pavilion as well as the nurses and staff of 6300 at Duke Regional Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Guess Road Baptist Church, 3102 Guess Rd., Durham, NC 27705 or the Gideon’s International, North Camp, P.O. Box 15303, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Arthur Earl Creech
BURLINGTON — Arthur Earl Creech, 76, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. He was born in Durham County to the late Jessie Creech and the late Nellie Gay Creech. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Glenda Lee Lewis Creech, and a brother, Paul Creech.
Mr. Creech is survived by his son, Arthur Brian Creech (Elizabeth) of Conshohocken, PA; sisters, Margaret Fraser (Warren), Doris Ragle (Marvin) and grandson, Lincoln Creech.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 pm., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Isabelle Graham Webb
CHAPEL HILL — Isabelle Graham Webb, 88, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Carol Woods Retirement Community. Born on March 28, 1926, Isabelle was the daughter of the late John Graham Webb, Sr. and Mary Leigh Webb.
Isabelle is survived by her brother, John Graham Webb, Jr; her nephews & niece, John Thomas Webb and wife, Lucy; Nancy Webb and husband, Charles Lampe; and James Webb and wife, Beth; her great-nieces & -nephews, John Bennehan Webb, Emily Jane Webb, Lauren Elizabeth Mary Webb, Amanda Leigh Webb, Elizabeth Webb Lampe, and Johanna Marie Webb.
Isabelle was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Marilyn Webb.
A memorial will be held 2:00pm Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church with The Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 628, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or Thompson Child & Family Focus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane, Matthews, NC 28105.
Arrangements for the Webb family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.

Herbert Warne Wentworth
CHAPEL HILL — Herbert Warne Wentworth, 100, died on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Live Well Assisted Living in Chapel Hill. Herb was born on July 3, 1913, in Rochelle Park, NJ, to the late Herbert O. Wentworth and Mary Warne Wentworth. He left New Jersey to attend Duke University in 1931, and spent the rest of his life in N.C. He met Elsie Harris in Durham, where they married in 1936 and had two children.
Herb had a long and gratifying life in business. He began as a bookkeeper and salesman for Durham Notion Co., Inc., in 1935. From 1942-1945, he served successively as Office Manager, Comptroller, Director, and Vice President of the National Munitions Corporation in Carrboro, NC, which made, loaded, and assembled 20-millimeter shells for the US Navy. Not long after the war ended and the munitions plant closed, Herb and a partner, Richmond Sloan, purchased a small retail jewelry business in Chapel Hill. Under different ownership, Wentworth & Sloan Jewelers continues to this day. In 1951, Herb purchased an interest in a small insurance business in Chapel Hill, added a real estate department in 1952, and continued in real estate sales and appraisals for several years. He moved his family to Greensboro when he took a job as Executive Vice President of the N.C. Association of Realtors in 1957. He became Executive Vice President of the North Carolina Savings and Loan League in 1961 and was President and chief operating officer at the time of his retirement in 1978.
Herb and Elsie were married for over 60 years, until her death in 1998. At age 92, he met and married Lucile A. Frick, who died on May 26, 2014.
Throughout his career, Herb was active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including serving as President and charter member of the Chapel Hill Junior Chamber of Commerce; President and lifetime member of the Chapel Hill Jaycees; Secretary of the Orange County T.B. Association; President of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce; President of the Chapel Hill Board of Realtors; Vice-President of the Durham Board of Realtors; Vice-President and Director of the University National Bank; Sgt.-at-Arms of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club; Director of the N.C. State Board of Realtors; Dean of N.C. Realtors Institute, UNC; Member of the National Institute of Real Estate Brokers; and Secretary and Treasurer of the N.C. Archaeological Society. He and Elsie were active volunteers on archeological digs in NC with Dr. Joffrey Coe of UNC during the 1940s. They also traveled extensively. Herb was an avid golfer and played weekly into his 90s. He will particularly be remembered for his gregarious and generous spirit.
Herbert Wentworth is survived by a son, H.G. (Chip) Wentworth and his wife Rebecca Wentworth, of Denver, NC; a daughter, Lynne Wentworth and her husband James Ward, of Chapel Hill; and five beloved grandsons: Marc Talcott of Pleasant Garden, NC, Christopher Wentworth of Raleigh, NC, Matthew Wentworth of Durham, NC, Nicholas Ward and his wife Michelle Ward, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Samuel Ward and his partner Kimberly Garner, of Missoula, MT.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Diane and Paul Beckett and the entire staff of LiveWell Assisted Living for their loving care of Herb for the past three years.
A private service will be held at a later date.
The Wentworth family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.


Charlotte Carolyn Southerland Britt
CARY — Charlotte Carolyn Southerland Britt, 93, of Cary passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014. She was born on October 27, 1920 in Bahama, NC. She was a member of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Bahama. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband James and sisters Iris, Etoyle, Rebecca and Hannah. She is survived by daughter Brenda Monroe and her partner Jeff of Fuquay Varina; son Jerry Britt of Cary; granddaughter Michele Nease of Durham; grandson Matthew Strausbaugh and wife Christine of Bahama; granddaughter Lindsay Strausbaugh and her partner Scott of Cary; grandson Brian Strausbaugh and his wife Brandy of Durham; granddaughter Kenna Monroe and partner Matt of Cary; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Sammy, Dorothy, and Margaret; brothers Richard and Phillip; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, June 21st at 11:00 am at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Bahama. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Special Olympics of North Carolina in honor of her son Jerry.
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