October 22, 2013
Dolphus Hall Bordeaux
DURHAM - Dolphus Hall Bordeaux, 75, of Durham died on Monday, October 21, 2013. He was the son of the late Roy Howard Bordeaux and Marietta Hall Bordeaux. Mr. Bordeaux served in the U.S. Army. He loved fishing and was also a member of Durham Memorial Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lillian “Lillie” Boyte; two brothers, Eugene (Gene) Bordeaux and James (Jimmy) Bordeaux.
He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Bordeaux Smith (Larry) of Rougemont; and Michelle Bordeaux Boyte (Cory) of Winston Salem; one brother, Frank Bordeaux (Billie) of Durham; one sister, Elizabeth “Anne” Holt (Jimmy) of Durham; four grandchildren, Hayden Smith, Collin Smith, Hannah Boyte and Eva Boyte; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, at 11 a.m. at Durham Memorial Baptist Church. Rev. Ed Denton and Rev. Don Westbrook will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 133 Robbins Rd. Durham, NC 27703 or Soltys Adult Day Health Center, PO Box 8181, Hillsborough, NC 27278, Attn: Alvonia Baldwin. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Minnie Lee Sheffield Brinson
DURHAM — Minnie Lee Sheffield Brinson – known as Micki to some of her friends and as Lee to others – suffered a major stroke on October 8 and died at the Hock Family Pavilion on October 20.
Micki was born on January 29, 1924, in the Mississippi Delta region to Julia Quinn Sheffield and Jesse E. Sheffield. She grew up in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. In 1947, she married Ernest Herbert Brinson (Herb). Herb and Micki had two children, Judy Dianne (Dianne) and Gary Ernest. The family lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Kentucky before moving to Durham in late 1966. (Herb was an electrical engineer for IBM, back when IBM seemed to stand for “I’ve been moved.”) Micki got the family through the moves, setting up a comfortable home in each new location and getting Dianne and Gary settled in their new schools. From the late 1960s to her retirement in 1985, she worked at Perkins Library, Duke University.
Micki is survived by Herb, her husband of 66 years; and by her daughter, Dianne Brinson, and Dianne’s husband, Mark Radcliffe, of Portola Valley, California. Gary died in 2003. She is also survived by “informally-adopted local family” Martha (Marty) Gagliano, Michael Novak, and Matthew Novak (Marty and Michael’s son).
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Yates Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Yates Baptist Church or to Duke Homecare and Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Brinson family. Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.howertonbryan.com/, select obituaries.
Letitia Wilmot Hutton
DURHAM — Letitia Wilmot Hutton, age 86, died at Hillcrest Convalescent Center on October 20, 2013.
Tish was born in Akron, Ohio and lived in Hickory, NC and New York City where she worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than 25 years before retiring to Manchester, New Jersey and finally settling in Durham in 2011. Tish earned a BA and MFA from UNCG. She was an Egyptian history scholar, an avid reader and enjoyed classical music.
She is survived by her sister, Alverta Sigmon of Durham; her nieces, Trilby Butler (Steve) of Greenville, NC, Teresa Sigmon (Larry) of Asheville, NC, Rita Grant (Melvin) of Washington, NC; and nephew, Gary Sigmon of Wilmington, NC; as well as five great nieces and nephews.
Robert William Laney
DURHAM — Funeral Services for Mr. Robert William Laney, (85), of Durham, N.C. will be conducted today at 1 p.m. from the Bethel Tabernacle United Holy Church. The family will meet with their friends one hour before funeral services.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Parker; four sons, Mr. Robert N. Laney Jr., Mr. Freddie Brockington, Mr. Gregory Brockington, Mr. Kenneth Brockington; five daughters, Ms. Sandra L. Cockrell, Ms. Evelyn Laney Branell, Ms. Helen B. Outen, Mrs. Alfreada B. Partridge & Ms. Deborah Brockington; & 30 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements and entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.
Rev. Willis Clarence Lassiter
DURHAM — Rev. Willis Clarence Lassiter, age 79, departed this life at Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, NC on October 19, 2013. He was born July 5, 1934 in Wake County, NC to the late Narvie H. Lassiter and Margie Upchurch Lassiter, the oldest of eight children. He served two years in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic. He worked 27 years for IBM. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; and six siblings to cherish his memory, Dr. E. Lee Lassiter (H. Louise), Mary L. Bynum, Jean L. Horton, Janie L. Thomas, Lewis I. Lassiter (Phyllis), and Ava L. Sweeney. He was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond H. Lassiter (Ernestine). His siblings blessed him with treasured nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located at 581 New Hope Church Rd., in Apex, NC on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1 p.m., visitation at 11:30 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Past Time Heritage Farm, 350 Lassiter Homestead Rd., Durham, NC 27713 in honor of Rev. Willis C. Lassiter.
Nancy N. McNeill
DURHAM — Nancy N. McNeill, of Durham, died peacefully on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Croasdaile Methodist Retirement Home at age 91.
The native of Dayton, Ohio, was the daughter of Dr. Charles G. Noble, M.D. and Alice B. Noble. After graduation from Flushing High School in New York, she graduated from Hunter College, and served as a Wave during WWII where she met her husband, Capt. Dan C. McNeill. After the war, Nan was a homemaker, starting a family while her husband served in the Navy, in Paris, Pennsylvania and Newport, RI. Upon her husband retiring from the Navy in 1964, she moved her family to New Caanan, CT before retiring to Seven Lakes, NC in 1982. She was an athlete, enjoying tennis, paddle tennis, swimming, and speed skating.
She is survived by her three loving children, Pamela McNeill Nelson and her husband, Dennis of Wilmington, OH, Jeffrey N. McNeill and his wife, Kazuko of Tokyo, Japan, and David C. McNeill and his wife, Diana of Durham, NC. Combined she leaves eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Dan; her brothers, Charles G. Noble Jr. and Raymond H. Noble; and older sister, Ruth Penfold. She maintained a welcoming home, where all children, grandchildren and great grandchildren loved to visit.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in the Chapel at Croasdaile Methodist Retirement Home at 2600 Croasdaile Parkway, Durham, NC 27705.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association- Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110 Raleigh NC 27612 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 7721 Six Forks Road, Suite 136, Horizon One, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Arrangements for the McNeill family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences www.hallwyne.com, select obituaries.
Bennie William Meeks
DURHAM — Bennie William Meeks, 70, departed his life on October 17, 2013.
He is survived by his step mother, Katrina Meeks; two daughters, Jacqueline Meeks and Cathy Meeks-Jackson; two sons, Terrence Meeks and Bryan Ellison; three step-children, Tanya Dennis, Tracy Drinker, and Torey Drinker (deceased); two brothers, William Hopson and Michael Peaks; three grand children; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be at Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Durham, N.C. on today, October 22nd at 1 p.m. with visitation at noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Daryl Antonio Smith
DURHAM — Daryl Antonio Smith was born to the late Earlie Mae Williams on September 11th, 1955 in Durham, North Carolina. He departed this life on October 18, 2013.
Daryl loved his family very much and leaves to cherish his memory: his sons, Deshun Ginyard and Dewayne Taylor, both of Durham; two brothers, Dwight Williams (Amelia) (San Diego, CA) and Damon Williams (Monique) of Durham; two sisters, Alfreda Gwynn (Otis) of Hope Mills, NC and Lamez Williams of Durham; four grandchildren; six aunts; and one uncle; a very special cousin, Steve Wiley; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel AME Church.
Services entrusted to Holloway Funeral Home, 2502 NC Hwy 55 Durham, NC.
Charles Reynolds Warren
DURHAM - Mr. Charles Reynolds Warren of 69 Candytuff Lane, Durham, died on Friday, October 18, 2013 at his home. He is the son of the late Mr. Charlie A. and Mrs. Enolia McBroom Warren. He is survived by a sister, Evelyn J. Allen (Thomas) of Burlington; and a dear friend, Ms. Marion Bailey of Durham; many other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Green Level Christian Church at 1 p.m. The family will be at the church at 12:30 p.m. At other times, the family will be at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jeanette Allen at 1635 Cadiz Street.
Public viewing will be from 1 until 8 p.m. at Hargett and Bryant Funeral Home today, October 22.
CHAPEL HILL — Estelle Barbee, 79, of Chapel Hill passed away at WakeMed in Cary on Saturday, October 19, 2013 after a brave battle with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rob and Ruby Maynor of Carrboro; her husband, "Pete" Barbee; her son, Steve Barbee; and her brothers, Wilbert, Carlton, and Homer Maynor.
She is survived by her daughter, Melba Barbee; granddaughter, Gwen Harris (Victor); great grandchildren, Madalynn and Alex; granddaughter, Stephanie Mueller; great grandchildren, Jaxson and Reagan; and nieces and nephews.
A wake will be held at Walker's Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at Walker's Funeral Home on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dan Robinson officiating. A graveside service will be held at Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro following the service.
The family will receive friends after the service at the home of her sister-in-law, Pearl Maynor, at 804 Polks Landing Rd, Chapel Hill 27516.
John Junior Rainey
HURDLE MILLS — John Junior Rainey, 76, son of the late John Arch Rainey and Fannie Lee Cearnal Rainey died in Brian Center, Durham, NC October 20, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted 12 p.m. in Lattisville Grove Baptist Church Wednesday with family visitation at 11 a.m. and burial following in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lee R. Rainey of the home; three sons, Shelton Rainey, Marvin Rainey and Casey Rainey (Celia); two daughters, Valerie Rainey and Stephanie Rainey; sisters, Mamie Parker, Cleola McCoy, and LeAnn Bostic; two brothers, Howard Rainey (Valerie) and Thurmon Rainey (Errie); 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two uncles.
Public viewing will be held today 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.