Obituaries, June 27, 2014

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 05:02 PM


Carol Jean Borchert
DURHAM — Carol Jean Borchert, 76, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Dayton, OH to the late William Ernest Tron and the late Agnes Kellerhals Tron. She was also preceded in death by her daughters, Lori Borchert, Julie McLamb; and brother, Keith Tron. Mrs. Borchert was a lifetime resident of Durham, graduated from the Ohio State University and taught Music Education in Ohio, Michigan and NC. She played the piano and organ at many churches and assisted living homes. Carol loved to draw, paint, and read. She loved her family, friends, and the Lord and will be greatly missed by many.
Mrs. Borchert is survived by her brother, Duane Tron (Mary) of St. Paris, OH; daughter, Lisa Borchert and Lisa’s care provider, Wanda Long; grandchildren, Chase McLamb (Saima) of Durham, Eli McLamb of Durham, Charlotte McLamb; sister-in-law, Donna Gewertz (Ted) of Kettering, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Joe and Shawna Savage of Durham and Bob Patterson of Durham and many church friends.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Monday at Northside Christian Church with Brother Eric Hurst officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, 450 West Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Haywood McCabe Davis, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Haywood McCabe Davis, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 while at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham to the late Haywood McCabe Davis, Sr. and Jeanette B. Davis. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before graduating high school with his parents’ consent. Immediately after graduating from Durham High School, he served actively and in the reserves for 6 years. During his time in the Marine Corps he also attended and graduated from East Carolina College in 1966 with a BS in Business Administration. His first job upon graduating was with DuPont in Kinston. After 5 months with DuPont he was asked to relocate to Germany for 2 years. He chose not to transfer for a second time and went to work for the Beaunit Corporation in RTP. In 1974, Haywood became the first Comptroller of the City of Durham. In 1976 he became a real estate agent and in 1980 opened Century 21 Haywood Davis Realtors, Inc. He worked tirelessly and successfully at real estate over the next 32 years with his company, Century 21 Haywood Davis Realtors. Inc. In 2012 he merged his office with Coldwell Banker Advantage on Hillandale Rd. where he worked until his last day.
Haywood served in many ways with Triangle Multiple Listing Service, Inc. and the Durham Regional Association of Realtors. He was local Director, Past President and Realtor of the Year of Durham Regional Association of Realtors and a member of the C.E. Phillips, Jr. Wall of Fame. This is an honor given to those who have given a lifetime of achievement and service to Durham Regional Association of Realtors.
Haywood was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, Kiwanian of the Year in 1979 and Club President of Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club in 1983. In 2009 he was recipient of the Legion of Honor Kiwanis Club of Tobaccoland after 35 years of service. For many years he was the outstanding Chairman for Recruitment and Pancake Chairman.
Haywood was preceded in death by his father, Haywood McCabe Davis, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rebecca (Becky) R. Davis; his son, Matthew McCabe Davis and wife Sharon Fay Davis; granddaughter, Mallory “Poppy” Fay Davis; grandson Matthew McCabe Davis, Jr., all of Durham. He is also survived by his mother, Jeanette Baggett Davis of Durham; his sister, Janet Davis Rizzo (Angelo Rizzo) of Lilburn, Ga. and many loving family members and friends.
The family will receive visitors Thursday, June 26 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at Clements Funeral Home on Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Adam Brinkley of Glendale United Methodist Church, where Haywood was a member.
Our family would like to thank the loving staff of Hock Family Pavilion for the love and comfort shown to us during our sadness. Flowers are welcomed and contributions in his name are appreciated to Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 North Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Rachel Gray Cole Mathison
DURHAM — Rachel Gray Cole was born on February 14, 1920, to Joseph Bernard and Nonie Hancock Cole. She died at age 94 on April 10, 2014 at Duke Hospital.
Rachel attended Durham High School, Mars Hill College, and Trinity College at Duke University. She received masters degrees from Troy State and Auburn Universities. She was an accomplished pianist, caring minister’s wife, a respected college English teacher, and a great mother.
Rachel married Ovie Wilson Mathison, a Duke Divinity School graduate. They served appointments to Methodist churches in North Carolina, Alabama and Florida.
Rachel Mathison is survived by John and Belinda Mathison of San Diego and their daughters Emily and Nancy; Carole Mathison of Durham, NC; Jeanie and Dennis Hahle of North Hollywood, CA and their children: George and Tonya Hahle of Mebane, NC, and their daughters Sarah, Georgie and Claudia; Martin and Lisa Hahle of Boise, Idaho, and their daughters Natalie and Rachel; and Joe Hahle of North Hollywood and his twin sons Alex and Max; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Tom Shehane and Mrs. David Mathison of Ozark, Alabama.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Memorial Chapel of Duke Chapel at 9:00 am. Friends and family are invited to the family home following the service to share memories and refreshments.

Kenneth “Ken” Suttle
DURHAM — Kenneth “Ken” Suttle, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his home. He was born in Clinton, SC to Jimmie and Joan Suttle of Cary. He was a retired police officer with the Durham Police Department and a veteran of the Navy.
In addition to his parents, Ken is survived by his wife, Lynette Teague; step-sons, David Teague (Heather), Ben Teague; grandchildren, Connor and Maddox Teague, who always called him KK; sisters, Helen Wagner, Ellen Edmonds (Jerry); and his feline pals, Buddy, Leah, and Darwin.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Pastor Ralph Thompson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703 or TROSA, 1820 James St., Durham, NC 27707.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Irene Harris Talley
OXFORD — Irene Harris Talley, 91, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Universal Health Care in Oxford.
A native of Vance County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Harris and Kate Stevenson Harris. She was a charter member of Delrayno Baptist Church and worked at Touch of Class in Oxford for many years.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Delrayno Baptist Church by Rev. D.L. Page. Burial will be held in Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford.
Surviving are a son, William G. Talley, III and wife Carolyn M. Talley of Oxford; a granddaughter, Lisa A. Mize; four grandsons, Gray and Daniel Talley and Keith and Larry Adcock; a step-granddaughter, Gwen McKay, ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gray Talley Jr., and a daughter, Linda Talley Whitt.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Delrayno Baptist Church, 1315 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 AM, prior to the service, in the sanctuary of Delrayno Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made to Select Obituaries.
Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Talley family.


James Nelson Clayton
ROXBORO — James Nelson "Papa James" Clayton, 86, of 1708 Forest St., Roxboro, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his home. Born in Person County, Mr. Clayton was the son of the late William Alfred and Effie Mae King Clayton. Mr. Clayton retired from Collins & Aikman with over 40 years service. After being discharged from the US Navy Reserve he served in the National Guard.
He was an avid fisherman, golfer and beach goer and loved bluegrass music and feeding the birds and squirrels. Mr. Clayton was preceded in death by his son, Harvey Clayton.
Mr. Clayton is survived by his wife, Atha Day Clayton; four children, Susie C. Foushee and husband George of Timberlake, James Larry Clayton and wife Christine of Alton, VA, Phyllis C. Clayton and husband Mike of Roxboro and April C. Welch and husband Lanny of Timberlake; one brother, William "Bill"
Clayton, of Roxboro; one sister, Elizabeth Watson, of Roxboro; eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11AM, Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Brooks & White Chapel by the Rev. Ross Thompson. Burial will follow in Surl Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:30-8PM Friday at the Brooks & White Funeral Home and at other times at the home.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Lennie Clayton, Greg Foushee, Jayme Welch, Justin Clayton, and Nick Clayton, and his nephew, Hughie Holt.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to a hospice of one's choice.
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Dorothy Whicker Keyes
MODESTO, Calif. — Dorothy Whicker Keyes, 88, formerly from this area, passed away June 24, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband, Willis Keyes; her parents, Obie and Mina Whicker; daughter, Shirley Hoagland; sisters, Gladys Vail, Myrtle Minnis.
She is survived by daughters, Sandra Cromwell (Vern), Deborah Huggins; son, Timothy Keyes; sister, Lucille Strum (Armp). She had 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Burial will be in the Ceres Cemetery, Ceres, Calif.