October 28, 2013

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 06:24 PM


Dorothy Carolyn LeGrand Gibson

DURHAM — Dorothy Carolyn LeGrand Gibson, 70, of Durham, NC, passed away peacefully at Hock Family Pavillion on October 23, 2013, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on February 26, 1943, in Rockingham, North Carolina to the late Price and Ruth LeGrand.  "Dot" was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who shared her love unconditionally. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than being with her family.

She taught science at Githens and Jordan High School in Durham, NC where she touched the lives of many in a positive and encouraging manner.  Even after retirement, she continued her positive influence on children by participating in mentoring and tutoring programs in the community. Her love of family, her enthusiasm for life, and her generous spirit was her legacy, and she will always be close to the hearts of many.

“Dot” is survived by two sons and their wives, Maurice (Karla) of Conyers, GA, and Vaughan (Tonya) of McLeansville, NC; ex-husband, Jesse Gibson; five grandchildren, Cameron, Cole, Olivia, Jabriel, Mikari; six siblings, Lucille Williams; Wanda Johnson; James LeGrand (Brenda); Charles LeGrand (Thomascena); Rachel Jackson (Artis); Cassie Decatur, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. She also had special relationships with her sons’ mothers-in law, Arleaser Aldridge and Virginia Brown.

Her funeral services will be at St. Mark AME Zion Church (531 S. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27701) at 11:00 on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Family Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at St. Mark from 5-7 P.M. Viewing will also be at Knotts Funeral Home (113 N. Graham Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27515) from 1-4 on Tuesday. Interment will be at the Ashley Chapel Cemetery (309 Rosalyn Road, Rockingham, NC 28379). Nelson Funeral Home of Rockingham NC in charge 919-478-5030.


Snowdine “Deanie” Neal

DURHAM — Snowdine “Deanie” Neal of Durham passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Duke University Hospital.  Born in Durham County, Mrs. Neal was the daughter of the late Benjamin Carden and Lottie Vickers Carden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Neal. 

Deanie loved flowers, decorating and especially enjoyed her local garden club. She and Marvin were very involved in all activities at McMannen United Methodist Church and were members during all of their married years.

Mrs. Neal is survived by two daughters, Pamela Beason and husband Les, Jan Cools and husband Joseph; two grandchildren, Michael Cools and Angela Cools.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. on Wednesday at McMannen United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Priestaf officiating.  Interment will be in McMannen United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Preschool Scholarship Fund at McMannen United Methodist Church; 4102 Neal Rd. Durham, NC 27705.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com


Marie Chandler Pierce

DURHAM — Marie Chandler Pierce, of Durham, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 26, 2013 after an extended illness.  Born in Durham County, Marie was the daughter of the late Charlie Thomas Chandler, Sr. and Flonnie Barnette Weaver.   She is also preceded in death by her husband, Luther T. Pierce and her brother, Charles Thomas Chandler Jr.  Marie retired from American Tobacco Company.  Marie loved her church, Liberty Baptist, where she was a faithful member and sang in the choir for many years.  Marie volunteered at Duke Regional Hospital and United Methodist Croasdaile Community Center for more than 20 years. Marie was honored in 2002 as Volunteer of the Year at Duke Regional Hospital. Marie volunteered her time to others because of her love for her Lord Jesus and her desire to share that love with people by helping them.

Mrs. Pierce is survived by a sister, Dorothy C. Stephens; her two nephews, Michael Stephens and Larry Stephens; great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.

A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday 11a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11a.m.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, 3864 Guess Rd., Durham, NC, 27705. 

The family would like to express a special thank you to her church family at Liberty for all their support and love to Marie over the years.   


Robert Lewis (Bob) Tesh

DURHAM — Robert Lewis (Bob) Tesh, died October 26, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham. He was a native of Guilford Co. and was the son of the late Russell Lewis and Katherine Hunter Tesh. He was of the Lutheran faith.

Mr. Tesh retired from the NC Army National Guard after 35 five years of service. He worked from 1959 until 1984 at the Roxboro Armory as the unit administrator. He also worked as a security guard for the Collins & Aikman MFG Company.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM in Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Chapel by Rev. Edward Bogie and Dr. Ann Sims.  Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Hester Baptist Church cemetery with military honors.

Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Rebecca Brooks Tesh of the home.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 7:00 prior to the service at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Hester Baptist Church cemetery fund, PO Box 964, Oxford, NC  27565.

Gentry-Newell & Vaughan is assisting the Tesh family.  For online condolences, go to www.hallwynne.com and select obituaries.


Jay Wesley Whitaker

DURHAM - Jay Wesley Whitaker, of Durham, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Duke University Hospital.  Born in Durham County, Mr. Whitaker was the son of Kelly Jay Whitaker and Vickie Whitaker Masingale (married to Chris Masingale).  Mr. Whitaker was preceded in death by his step-father, Jay Jarman.  Mr. Whitaker was involved with Young Life, a Christian outreach ministry for high school students. Jay spent his life building relationships with people and sharing the Gospel of God’s great love to all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Whitaker is survived by his wife, Alex Wilcox Whitaker; a brother, Joey Lee Whitaker; grandparents, Carl and Wandra Griffin, Helen Whitaker and Brenda Jarman; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; a mother and father-in-law, Tina and Jim Wilcox; and a sister-in-law, Anna Wilcox.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church with Jeff McSwain, Sid Bradsher and Eric Leathers officiating.  A private graveside service will be in the Rose of Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Young Life to help send high school students to camp.  Make check payable to Young Life, attention Jay Whitaker fund, 1008 Brookstown Ave., Suite D3, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. PERSON


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.