October 27, 2013
Rubye Diane “Dee” Burke
DURHAM — Ms. Rubye Diane “Dee” Burke, 93, of Durham, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013. She was born in Whigham, Georgia on December 16, 1919 to the late Venie Holt and William Homer Burke.
Diane spent most of her life in Florida and Durham, NC. She obtained a BS degree in nursing from the University of Miami (Florida), a master’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and graduate studies in pediatric nursing at the University of Texas. She taught pediatric and obstetrical courses in nursing at the University of Miami and was Director of Nursing at Variety Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL (now Miami’s Children’s Hospital) and Supervisor of Pediatric Nursing Services at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC.
After retiring from Duke Medical Center in 1984, Diane had the chance to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an artist. She went to workshops in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and at the age of 87 to Montana where she rode horseback to the painting sites. She was a member of various art and civic organizations including the Durham Art Guild, the American Impressionist Society, the Eno River Association and the Triangle Land Conservancy.
Diane is survived by her “son”, Alois Callemyn (Kim) of Hillsborough, NC; “daughter”, Marsha Russo (David) of Sarasota, FL; long-time friend/neighbor, Becky Dodson of Durham; cousin, Arthur Burke of Leesburg, FL and his extended family; and her many friends who knew her well. A time of remembrance will be decided upon at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one of Diane’s favorite organizations.
James Charley Crain
DURHAM - Mr. James Charley Crain, 93, of Durham, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Mr. Crain was born in Franklinton, Louisiana to the late Charles Calvin Crain and Martha Coleman Crain. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the American Tobacco Company. He was a charter member of Page Road Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Louise Grice Crain.
He is survived by three daughters, Judy Phillips, Kathy Hicks and husband, Randy, all of Durham; Mary Ann Henderson and husband, Jeff, of Raleigh; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Phillips, LTJG Jeremy Phillips, USN (Lynsey-Paige), Charlie Hicks (Michaela), Jennifer Hicks, Michael Henderson (Bethany) and Laura Henderson; four great grandchildren, Cameron Hicks, Brianna Brault, Quinn Hicks, James Henderson and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Michael Bond. Entombment will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable, or memorial gifts may be made to Page Road Baptist Church, 2000 Page Road, Durham NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Cleophus “Cle” Daniel Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Cleophus “Cle” Daniel Jr., 44, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013. His service will be held Monday, October 28, 2013, at 12 noon, visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St, Durham NC. Rev. Dr. David Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Park.
Mr. Daniel is survived by his wife, Jevon; his dog, Raider; his parents, Cleophus & Ethel Daniel; brother, Jevon Daniel; nephew, Jevon Daniel Jr.; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins. Memorials can be made to Jevon L. Daniel c/o Fitts Family, PO Box 27, Weldon NC 27890. Condolences may be sent to: www.cofieldmortuary.com
Arrangements by Cofield Mortuary, Weldon, NC.
Margie Louise Mills Dawkins
DURHAM - Margie Louise Mills Dawkins departed her earthly life on October 24, 2013 at home surrounded by family.
Margie was a lifetime member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Morrisville, N.C. Margie was educated in Wake County and graduated from Berry O'Kelly Training School, Method, N.C. in 1942. Margie had a long career in food service and nutrition with the Durham City School System (1946-1986). She was the director and manager of the Hillside High School cafeteria until her retirement in 1986. Margie is survived by her son, Danny (Lee Ivey); grandson, Vashawne Dawson; her nieces, Delores Mills Scott (Gene), Ada Faye Mills, Debbie and Avis Hicks; her nephew, William Hicks Jr., and other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Morrisville, N.C., 1004 Church Street. Family visitation from 2:30-3.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Elton Timothy Elliott “Tim”
DURHAM - Mr. Elton Timothy Elliott “Tim”, son of the late Ronan Franklin and Nancy O’Briant Elliott, died Saturday morning at the Hock Family Pavilion.
Mr. Elliott was born and raised in Durham. He graduated from Southern High School in 1963 and attended East Carolina University. He was employed with UNC-Chapel Hill as a Layout Artist in the Printing Department for 25 years, retiring in 1998. Tim was a member of Massey’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member and teacher of the Adult Sunday school class.
Tim is survived by his brothers, Preston Franklin Elliott, and his wife, Sheila, of Pleasant Garden, David Marshall Elliott, and his wife, Sharie, of Holly Springs, NC; aunts, Mina Kyles of Durham, Annie King of Durham, Flonnie Mitchell of Spring Lake; Nephews, Brian Franklin Elliott, Johnny Cordial; nieces, Melissa Elliott Spence, Cynthia Cordial; great nephews, Patrick and Jonathan Elliott, Marshall Spence, and a great niece, Lauren Cordial.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Massey’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Kathy Kirkpatrick. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Massey’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 7222 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713, or to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The Elliott family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.
Douglas Edward Hunt
DURHAM — Mr. Douglas Edward Hunt, 77, died on Friday morning, October 25, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham Co., to the late Clarence Marvin Hunt and the late Mary Walker Hunt. He was predeceased by his wife, Jimise Yurt Hunt and brothers, Clarence Hunt and Billy Hunt. Mr. Hunt retired from Northern Telecom and was a member of Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey D. Hunt of Hilton Head, SC, Michael W. Hunt of San Francisco, CA; daughter, Jackie H. McMichael of Franklinton, NC; brother, Tommy Hunt of Durham; sisters, Janet H. Clapp of Durham, Elizabeth H. Dillehay of Durham; and grandchildren, Hunt, Alex, Kenly and Finn McMichael.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Croasdaile Village in the Few Chapel with the Rev. Stuart Milton officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Duke Homecare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Ste. 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Denis R. McNeil
DURHAM - Denis R. McNeil, 48, departed his life October 25, 2013 at home. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Doris McNeil of the home; one uncle, Isaac Kearney of Raleigh; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church at noon. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until noon. Reverend Norman T. Davis, will officiate. Arrangements are entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Timothy Karl Mack "Bulletproof"
HILLSBOROUGH - Timothy Karl Mack "Bulletproof", 48, of Hillsborough, died on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
The funeral will be conducted today: 1 p.m., visitation, and a 2 p.m. funeral in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in Lipscomb Grove Church Cemetery.
Surviving are his grandmother, Delores Mack (Nanny); and mother, Marjorie Mack Whitted; one brother, Carlton Whitted; three sisters, Tammy Mack, Vicky Whitted, Tiffany Whitted, of Hillsborough, NC; three aunts and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.
Evelyn Janet Murdoch
CHAPEL HILL — Evelyn Janet Murdoch passed away peacefully at Chapel Hill Rehab Center on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Janet was born in Kwalalumpur, Malaysia on November 29, 1930. She was the only child of Dr. James Wilson Murdoch and Evelyn Audsley, both of British citizenship. She lived in Malaysia until age 9 when she was moved to Perth, Australia to attend girl’s boarding school.
At age 14 she and her family moved back to Bath, England when Janet completed high school. They came to the US in 1946-47 when her father was appointed as the first Superintendent of Butner State Hospital as a physician.
She entered Duke University at age 16 and obtained a BS in Botany. She followed this with another BS in Botany from Cambridge
University, England. Her first job was back in the states at NC Dept. Of Agriculture in Raleigh, NC as a research technician in seed testing. She followed this position as a medical technician in clinical and basic research at UNC Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill and basic research at Duke Medical Center until 1982. At this juncture in her life, she obtained an accounting degree from Durham Technical Institute and worked for H&R Block for approximately 10 years. Janet retired in 1992.
Janet loved cats: they were her house companions. She has no known living relatives. She will be missed by all of her fiends whose lives she touched in a special way.
A graveside service will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3 p.m. and will be officiated by Rev. Clark French. Online condolences can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julian Cecil Knott
ROXBORO — Julian Cecil Knott, 90, of 138 Patterson Drive, Roxboro, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Person County, Mr. Knott was the son of the late Luther DeWitt and Annie Royster Knott. He was also preceded by his wife, Delma Cozart Knott; two brothers, Mac Knott and Sterling Knott; and one sister, Elizabeth Murray. Mr. Knott served in the United States Army from March 8, 1943 to April 8, 1946 where he was a Sergeant 34 607 871, Technician Fourth Grade and served in the 71st Light Infantry Division in the 571st Single Company. He fought in battles and campaigns GO33WD45, Rhineland, Central Europe, where he received a good conduct medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle-Eastern
Ribbon, and World War II Victory Ribbon. Mr. Knott retired from Centel/Sprint and was a member of Somerset Baptist Church.
Mr. Knott is survived by one son, Randall Knott and wife, Loretta M., of Mechanicsville, VA; one daughter, Mitzi Miller and husband, Joey, of Timberlake; five brothers, Robert Knott, of Roxboro, Dolowayne Knott (Bea), of Roxboro, Charlie Knott (Nell), of Durham, Bart Knott, of Timberlake, and Bruce Knott (Jackie), of Roxboro; three sisters, Mary Gentry (Bernard), of Timberlake, Violet Whitfield (Marvin), of Roxboro, and Sandra Eakes, of Timberlake; four grandchildren, Meredith Knott (Jonas), Oscar Knott (Michelle), Oliver Knott, and Abby Faulkner (Chris); and three great-grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Knott, Lilah Belle Knott, and Hudson Faulkner.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Person Memorial Cemetery by the Rev. Bob Baynard. Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Brooks & White Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.
Gary M. Hock
SANTA BARBARA, CA — Gary M. Hock, age 68, of Santa Barbara, Ca., and formerly of Bloomsburg, Pa., passed away peacefully at his home, Thurs., October 24, 2013 after a lengthy illness.
Born in Bloomsburg, Pa. on October 27, 1944, he was a son of the late Horace H. “Tinker” and Thelma D. (Wood) Hock. He was educated in Central and Bloomsburg schools, Pa.
The remarkable business career of Gary Hock began in the 1970s when he purchased a gas station. With the excess land from the gas station purchase, Gary developed a small community of town homes. From this humble beginning, Gary, with no formal training in real estate, excelled in a career that spanned nearly four decades.
Throughout the 1970s, Gary operated a lumberyard and developed nearly two dozen small service offices for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. By 1979, he was the largest builder/owner in Pennsylvania.
Beginning with a new service center for Reliance Insurance, which he had already built to suit in Harrisburg, Pa., Gary was brought to Durham in 1980. Opportunities were not just limited to Durham, however, with expansions in Charlotte and Earth City, a small suburb of St. Louis, Mo.
By the early 1990s, Gary began the iconic master-planned, mixed use development Independence Park, located on the former Teer Estate in Durham. As was the case in Gary’s life, success bred success, and Independence Park became the focal point for development in Durham County, an achievement that still holds today.
Beginning with significant engagements with the Duke University System, Gary diversified into the commercial office sector for what would come to define his career. Admirable medical developments included practitioner offices and nearly half a million square feet of mixed-use facilities at Hock Plaza. Gary also focused on regional charter schools, in which development is still occurring today.
In a life defined by impeccable timing, Gary most recently provided himself and his wife, Lyn, with an estate home in the hills of Santa Barbara, Ca. In his relentless pursuit of quality, his home is a testament to this goal. While few will fully comprehend the scope of what Gary accomplished in his brief time, even the casual observer would be impressed by the attention to detail and quality that will show through in his work for decades to come.
Gary was a thoughtful and generous philanthropist who supported a number important organizations and causes in California, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
While the physical accomplishments are significant, more enduring are the memories and bonds of friendship that were forged during Gary’s unique life.
Surviving is his wife, friend and partner of over 20 years, the former Evelyn “Lyn” Proctor, at home; four children, Michael P. Hock, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dax Hock, wife, Susan, Austin, Tx., Tanner Hock, wife, Mimi, Chapel Hill and Michelle Hock, Santa Barbara, Ca.; three grandsons, Sage, Blake and Tristen Hock; two graddaughters, Sabine and Tinsley Hock; three siblings, Terry W. Hock, wife, Patti, Bloomsburg, Pa., Timothy J. Hock, N.C. and Dolores I., wife, of Richard Nichols, Bloomsburg, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dixie M. Bardo.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg, Pa. with Rev. Dr. Gary D. Weaver, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
A full list of the causes Gary has donated to throughout the years, along with condolence messages and photographs, may be seen and posted at www.krinerfuneralhomes.com.