October 23, 2013

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

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 today 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.

Michael Anthony Botts (Tony)
DURHAM - Mr. Michael Anthony Botts (Tony), 67, died on Monday, October 21, 2013 at home. He was born in Guilford Co. to the late Angus Brooks Botts Sr. and the late Blanche Margaret Hemphill Botts. Tony was a license examiner with the DMV.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Botts; daughters, Kristian Renee Martineau (Matt), Wendy Ann Shepard (Alan); sons, Jason Darnell Botts (Shandra), Anthony Kyle Botts (Holly), Rodney Scott Williams (Wendy); brothers, Angus Botts,Jr., George Botts (Sharon), Walter Botts (Cathy), Doug Botts (Cindy); sisters, Barbara LeVan (Larry) and Edith McNeal (Ronnie).
Tony was a proud Marine who loved Carolina basketball, baseball, reading and telling corny jokes. Above all, he loved God and spending time with his family, who were his greatest joy. We will miss our wonderful husband, father and papa.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, 2 p.m. at Guess Road Baptist Church with Rev. Daniel Tilley officiating. Burial will follow after funeral service. The family will accept visitors for an hour after the burial at Guess Road Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 7721 Six Forks Rd, Ste 136, Horizon 1, Raleigh, NC 27615.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.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.

Annie Mildred Sizemore Hester
DURHAM - Annie Mildred Sizemore Hester, age 93, died on October 21, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. She was born on December 12, 1919, in Bear Creek, Chatham County, NC in a two-room cabin built by her father on her grandfather’s farm. She was the second of three children born to Clate and Ross Sizemore. She was predeceased by her parents, an older brother, Shelby D. Sizemore; a younger sister, Rossie S. Criscoe; a son, William Douglas Hester; a daughter, Janet H. Kapiko; husband, William B. Hester; and a granddaughter, Robin B. Hyde.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen H. Hilbert of Bluff City, TN and Cheryl G. Hester of Durham; nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 14 great great grandchildren, two half-sisters and one half-brother, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many cousins who reside in Bear Creek, NC, including Berta and Hoyt Scott, with whom she remained in close contact. She also leaves behind her dearest friend of 60 years, Hazel Strickland of Durham who has been constantly by her side in her final months of life. She will be especially missed by great grandchildren, Tristan, Joshua and Emma Rogers, by whom she was affectionately called "great-mema".
Mildred was employed by Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company for over 30 years and retired at the age of 62. She enjoyed traveling and her most memorable trips were those taken to Israel. She was a lifelong member of Grey Stone Baptist Church in Durham. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of 6300 Duke University Medical Center and to the Palliative Care Team for their kind, compassionate care of our mother and grandmother.
A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life at a future date to be determined.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Mary “Elaine” DeLong Kelly
DURHAM - Mary “Elaine” DeLong Kelly, 61, of Durham died on Monday, October 21, 2013. She was the daughter of Ramona Allen DeLong and the late John Guy DeLong. She was a loving daughter, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Elaine loved and adored her three grandchildren. Elaine graduated from Southern High School in 1970. She retired from Verizon with 31 years of service, attended Bethesda Baptist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Ramona Allen DeLong; her husband of 43 years, Michael Ray Kelly; one son, Brad Ray Kelly; one daughter, Amy Kelly Schroeder and husband, Mark, and their three children, Maddison, Caleb and Grayson; three brothers, Guy Randall DeLong, John Deryl DeLong and wife, Becky, and James Stanley DeLong; one aunt, Martha Jane Allen and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Greg Allison will officiate. Burial will be in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of Mike and Elaine Kelly. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Bobby “Reggie” Riley
DURHAM — Rev. Bobby “Reggie” Riley, 56, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham Co. to the late Bobby George Riley and the late Shirley Cash.
Mr. Riley is survived by his wife, Cynthia “Cindy” Martin Riley; daughter, Danielle Riley Carpenter (Jason Wade); son, Jordan Glen Riley (fiancée, Brittany Blalock); grandchildren, Christian, Joshua, Micah, Silas, and Ruth Carpenter; sister, Ginny Riley Howard (Todd); brother, Barry Timothy Riley (Lisa); mother-in-law, Linda Glenn Ross; father-in-law, Myron Martin (Betty); brother-in-law, John; and numerous other family members.
A funeral service will be held Friday, 11 a.m. at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Virgil Nolen officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Calvary Free Will Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 15303, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Walter Lee Couch
CHAPEL HILL - Funeral services for Mr. Walter Lee Couch will be held on Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist in Chatham County at 2 p.m.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Thomas Ellison Faison
CHAPEL HILL - Thomas Ellison Faison, 85, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at UNC Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by his two children, Elizabeth Faison and Thomas I. Faison; Thomas’ wife, Jolee, and their children, Joseph, Cody, Kristina, Amber and Crystal. He is also survived by his brother, William A. Faison Jr. of Chicago, IL; and his sister, Sara Faison Hart of Daytona Beach, FL.; and by Angus McFang.
A memorial service will be held at Church of the Holy Family Episcopal in Chapel Hill on Friday at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Durham Rescue Mission or to the North Carolina Food Bank.
Online condolences can be made to the Faison family by visiting www.walkersfuneralservice.com.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is honored to serve the Faison family.

Richard Grantham Gregory

CHAPEL HILL — Born to Marjorie Grantham Gregory of Wilson, NC and James Edward Gregory of Chase City, VA, Richard “Dick” grew up in Wilson and attended Wilson public schools. Upon high school graduation he served in the US Air Force and was stationed in Germany during WWII and its aftermath.
After graduating from UNC as a Political Science major in 1951, Dick went to work for NC Department of Transportation and enjoyed a 55 year long career in the Right of Way branch, overseeing the acquisition of land for highways and also serving as a state negotiator. He retired soon after his 80th birthday. With his long time service to the state he received many commendations such as The Richard Caswell Award in 1998 and The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2007. Hearsay is that Governor Hunt commented that he was one of the most honest men in state government.
Dick is survived by his wife and best friend of 43 years, Jayne L. Gregory.
A committed and loving father to all seven of his children, he was preceded in death by his oldest son, Richard Gregory Jr; he is survived by James Edward Gregory (Kim) and Timothy Gregory, both of Durham; Robin Atkins (Jim) of Dillon, SC; Deborah Maxwell Dion (Hal) of Los Angeles; Pamela Chatham of Chapel Hill; and Tammy Miketa (John) of Durham; as well as his former daughter in law, Cynthia Gregory of Durham. Dick, also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Megan, Katie, Thurmond, Timothy, James G., Mary Ann, Madison, Grantham, James A., Hadley and Emily; as well as three great-grandchildren: Meriana, Makaia, & Gabriel.
Dick was known for his quiet dignity, his loyalty and his wonderful dry sense of humor that he displayed until the very end. Unwaveringly thoughtful, his family always heard about his good deeds and acts of kindness from those he touched – not from him. He will be truly missed by all who were blessed enough to know him and stand in his light.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to honor Duke Hospice for their loving care, and requests that gifts be made online to dukemedicine.org/giving and click on “Giving Opportunities” then “Duke HomeCare & Hospice”.
A Memorial Service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 806 Clarendon St., Durham, NC 27705 on Saturday, October 26 at 3 p.m.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF Ralph Brian Hemmig
CHAPEL HILL — Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF Ralph Brian Hemmig passed away peacefully October 21, 2013 at Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC. Col. Hemmig was born April 26, 1921 in Delphi, Indiana. He first attended Perdue University where his education was interrupted by World War II. He later graduated from Sacramento State College with an AB. Degree in Personnel Administration.  He holds a Master’s Degree in School administration from Denver University. Col. Hemmig’s Air Force career of 27 years included participation in the Pacific Theater of World War II, the Korean War and six months of the Berlin Airlift. He flew a total of 85 combat missions and logged more than 6,000 hours in the air; 1,010 of them combat hours. During World War II, Col. Hemmig pioneered the famous low-level bombing attacks on the Japanese mainland.
He was the “pathfinder” navigator for 450 B-29s on the bombing raids on Yokohama. He received three distinguished Flying Crosses, nine Air Medals, battle stars and campaign ribbons. He was cited as one of the top crewmen in the 20th Air Force.  Following the war, Col. Hemmig served 3 years in Occupied Japan, bases in Florida, Texas and California. He served as Associate Professor of Navigation at the US Air Force Academy from 1959-1963, when he moved to England as Chief of Third Air Force War Plans. In 1966, he took his last assignment as Professor of Aerospace Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he retired in 1969. 
Col. Hemmig is survived by his wife of 68 years, Juanita Ragland Hemmig of Chapel Hill; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Hemmig (Nancy) of Charlotte, NC, Dr. and Mrs. James D. Hemmig (Cecelia) of Niceville, FL; granddaughter, Rebecca M. Elliott (husband Michael); and granddaughter, Amanda Leigh Elliott of Waxhaw, NC. 
A memorial service will be held today, October 23, 2013 at 2:00 in the Board Room of the Main Center at Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.