October 29, 2013

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 06:26 PM

Mary Louise Minor Boston

DURHAM — Mary Louise Minor Boston, 77, of 1203 Landon Street, Durham, N.C. died Sunday, October 20, 2013 in Duke Regional Hospital.
Born in Durham County she was the daughter of the late Thelma Garnes Minor and Earl G. Minor.
Mrs. Boston retired from Northern Vance Senior High, Henderson, N.C. and a graduate of North Carolina Central University. She was a member of St. Joseph’s A.M.E. Church.
Mary was a member of the Satterfield Davis Club at St. Joseph’s A.M.E. Church; Future Business Leaders of America; and NCCU Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.
Surviving are husband, Jesse Boston of the home; two sons, Claude F. Toombs of Newport News, VA and Bryson Boston of Durham, NC.; two siblings to cherish her memory, Yvette Leathers and Earl Minor of Durham, N.C.; two grandchildren, Brianna Toombs and Claude N. Toombs, Newport News VA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Shelia Minor Barnes.
A memorial service will be conducted on November 2, 2013 at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph’s A.M.E. Church, 2521 Fayetteville St. Durham, N.C. with Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Owens officiating. Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home is assisting the Boston family. The family will receive friends at the home, 1203 Landon Street, Durham, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation 1150 17th Street, NW Suite 850 Washington, DC 20036 Phone 1 (800) 231-4222 Website nof.org

Mildred Louise Carden “Granny” Jackson
DURHAM — Mrs. Mildred Louise Carden “Granny” Jackson, 85, formerly of 8715 Wake Forest Hwy, died on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Mrs. Jackson was born in Durham, to the late Lundy Buck and Ruby Johnson Carden. She was a homemaker and a member of New Grace Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, William R. Jackson Jr. (Kathy) of Durham; daughters, Mildred J. Williams (Don) of Oxford and Mary J. Williams (Thomas) of Durham; brother, Connie Carden of Durham; sister, Lillie Parker of Oxford; four grandchildren, William R. Jackson III (Michelle), Bryan Davis, Tracy Jackola (Jeremiah), Richard Jackson (Meghan); and 11 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Rev. Jimmy Pulley will officiate.
The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences may be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.

Benjamin “Benny” Leonard Suitt
BAHAMA — Mr. Benjamin “Benny” Leonard Suitt, died Friday morning at Peak Resources – Treyburn.
Benny was born and raised in Durham. He graduated from Durham High School before serving his country in the United States Coast Guard. Upon his Honorable Discharge, he began working for several years as a mechanic. Upon retiring from the automotive field, he began a successful business as a courier for several local companies. In 1955, he married his wife, Maxine Castle, who preceded him in death in 1998. He had been a resident of Bahama for the past 35 years.
Benny is survived by his son, Benjamin ”Benji” Leonard Suitt Jr.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Riverview United Methodist Church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Marilyn Shipman.
The Suitt family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.

Maude Josephine Goss Stephens
CREEDMOOR — Maude Josephine Goss Stephens, 75, a longtime resident of Creedmoor passed away, Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, North Carolina.
A native of Granville County, the daughter of the late Aubrey Kitchen and Vida Mae Goss. She was a member of Living Word Baptist Church and a retired employee of Northern Telecom. She was a very loving and nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She was a hard working woman who never stopped. Josephine will be missed by many that she touched with her presence. She is gone from our sight but will always be in our hearts. Till we meet again in the sweet by and bye.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor by the Rev. Wesley Holder. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Lester C. Stephens of the home, two daughters; Denise Stephens Cooper of Creedmoor and Betty Stephens Trautman of Stem; two sons, Barry G. Stephens and Archie C. Stephens, both of Creedmoor; two sisters, Louise G. Hines of Henderson and Lurline G. King of Creedmoor; two brothers, Aubrey Goss of Oxford, Billy Goss of Creedmoor; and three grandchildren, Kacie Stephens, Kaitlyn Stephens and Emily Cooper; and one great granddaughter, Aubrie Bryson. She was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Stephens; and her brother, Herbert “Coconut” Goss.
Visitation will be held today, October 29th, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the home.
Flowers are accepted.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Stephens Family.
Online Condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com

Gloria Nassif Blythe

CHAPEL HILL — Gloria Nassif Blythe was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 27, 1928, and died in Chapel Hill on October 27, 2013. With her older brother David, she grew up in a family that celebrated its Scottish and Lebanese ancestry. She attended Classical High School in Springfield, and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, where she studied chemistry.
An adventurer, she gradually made her way south, traveling and working first in Boston, then New Haven, and finally in Chapel Hill, where she helped Dr. Louis Welt set up a clinical and research lab. She ate her first proper Southern breakfast at the Carolina Inn, and took an immediate liking to a heretofore foreign substance called grits. She soon developed an affection for another Southern dish—her husband-to-be, Dr. William Brevard Blythe, whom she met in the hospital cafeteria when he sidled over and charmed her.
They married in February, 1956, at University Presbyterian Church, and had four children, William; Anne; David; and John Blythe.
Gloria grew to love the culture and history of her adopted state, while continuing to honor her New England roots. She became a devoted fan of UNC sports, especially basketball. She assisted in numerous memorable comebacks by coaching from the couch.
She also contributed to many realms of the local community through her love and patronage of the arts; through her early membership in the Chapel Hill Preservation Society and the Interfaith Council; through her involvement in the UNC Press and libraries; through her activity as a deacon and circle member at the Presbyterian Church; and as a grade mother and soup kitchen volunteer. A democrat with a big “D” and little “d”, she also engaged quietly in many acts of charity for families and individuals whom she just happened to come across. She remained involved with many of them throughout her life. Her house was always open, with many a good meal and much warm company to be found there.
Survivors include her children; her daughter-in-law, Mellicent; and two grandchildren, Anna and William.
On October 30, a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the University Presbyterian Church, 209 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Charitable donations may be made in her honor to the Chapel Hill Interfaith Council for Social Services, Capital Campaign or General Fund; or the Blythe Family Fund at UNC Press.

Michael Cook
June 22, 1921-October 5, 2013
HILLSBOROUGH — Michael Cook, age 92, passed away on October 5, 2013 in his home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is survived by his four children, Alan, Kathy (Mark), Brian, and J. Michael (Gail), all of North Carolina. In addition he is survived by his grandchildren, Ethan, Margot, Julia, Garrett, and Kim, all of North Carolina; and his sister, Anna Babcock of Wellsville, New York. He leaves behind a special friend of many years, Eleanor Beck of Westfield, New York. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane in 2005; and by his grandson, Kevin Cook in 2009.
Michael was born June 22, 1921 the son of Anna and Michael Cook in Silver Springs, New York. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier, the Bon Homme Richard. After the war he returned to Rochester, New York where he met his wife Jane. They moved to Wellsville, New York after they were married and Michael went to work in the oil fields. He worked for many years with Bradley Producing as a geologist. 
Michael loved sports of all kinds. When his sons were involved in Little League Baseball and Small Court Basketball he served as umpire and referee for many of the games. In his 40’s he started playing his favorite game, golf. He continued to play into his late 70’s. He loved the Golf Channel.
Michael was a member of the Wellsville School Board and served as president of that board in the late 60’s. He also was president of the Wellsville Country Club for a time. He loved Wellsville and it was his home for 33 years. 
He retired to Honolulu, Hawaii, then to Houston, Texas, and finally settled on the shores of Lake Erie near Westfield, New York. Because of age and health he settled in North Carolina near all of his children for the last couple of years. We are glad to have had the chance to be near him as he neared the end of life.
The family would like to recognize the women that took care of Michael for the last couple of years. We could not ask for better care from anyone. Those women are Dorothy Foreman, Elaine Williams, Val Jeffery, Tanya Johnson, and Carla Campbell. A special thanks also to Dr. Jennifer Nunez. Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the David A. Howe Library of Wellsville.

James Ellis Morgan
ROXBORO — James Ellis Morgan, 85, died Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, in Person County Memorial Hospital.
A resident of Roxboro, he was retired from the University of North Carolina.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mallie May Morgan.
He is survived by a brother, Billy Morgan of Chapel Hill; a sister-in-law, Annie Lee Pendergrass of Chapel Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at Bethel Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, N.C. by the Rev. Cameron Currin. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Dollie Lynn Odom Brown
WILSON — Dollie Lynn Odom Brown passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. She was born April 21, 1945, in Durham, NC. She was 68 years old. She lived in Wilson, NC and worked at BB&T. 
She is survived by her husband, Richard Brown of Wilson; three daughters - Samantha Miller of Raleigh, Stephanie Sodano of New York and Amanda Wood of Raleigh; her mother, Dollie Alwilda Odom of Durham; sister, Darby Odom of Durham; and brother, Don Odom and wife, Robin, of Durham. 
A memorial visitation will be held today, October 29th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Thomas-Yelverton at Evergreen Memorial Park, 2704 Nash Street N., Wilson, NC, 27896. Online condolences can be made at www.thomasyelverton.com. Memorials may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.