Obituaries, Nov. 3, 2013

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

Andrew Carter McCaskill
DURHAM — Mr. Andrew Carter McCaskill, 35, died August 31, 2013 in Clearwater, FL. Mr. McCaskill was born in Durham Co., the son of Donald C. McCaskill and the late Cynthia Cravens McCaskill. Andrew was the Class President of the Masters and Accounting Program at Kenan School of Business and one of the youngest certified financial analyst. He was employed as an investment analyst.
In addition to his father, Mr. McCaskill is survived by a brother, Douglas McCaskill and wife, Shannon, of Denver, CO; uncles, Jim McCaskill of Arlington, VA; John Cravens of CO; Tom Cravens of CA; Ed Cravens of Hawaii; aunts, Betty Markham of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and  Eileen Cravens of Richmond, IN.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Mable Briggs Morris
DURHAM- Mable Briggs Morris, 105, of Durham died on Friday, November 1, 2013. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Dewey Briggs and Cora Holder Briggs. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie J. Morris, Sr., one son, Jessie J. Morris, Jr., two brothers, Dewey Briggs and Herod Briggs, three sisters, Pearl B. Cooke, Margaret B. Ferguson and Virginia B. Carden, one nephew, Dewey “Skip” Ferguson.
She is survived by her nieces, Hilda Riggs, Linda Hatfield, husband Adrian, daughter Amanda Hatfield Moore and son, Robert Hatfield, Karen Hagwood, husband Mark, sons, Caleb, Jackson and Connor.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 12:00 noon at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Due to parking limitations a private burial will be in Morris Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Mark Hagwood, Caleb Hagwood, Jackson Hagwood, Connor Hagwood, Adrian Hatfield and Robert Hatfield. Honorary pallbearer,  Jimmy Hall.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Hudson Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Home Instead. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Catherine Gowing O'Foghludha
DURHAM -Catherine Gowing O'Foghludha, 88, of Durham and Clonskeagh, Dublin, Ireland, died on October 30, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.  Known to her friends and relatives as Kit, she was born November 15, 1924 in Killeen House, near Daingean, Co. Offaly, to John Christopher Gowing and Margaret Brereton.
She was educated in the Loreto Convent in Bray, Co. Wicklow, where she excelled in sports.  During World War II, she went to London to train as a registered nurse and midwife. She witnessed and survived the V1 and V2 Flying Bomb attacks on London, and treated some of the victims of those atrocities.  She worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital, for the Knights of St. John of Malta, and in private duty.
Remaining in London until 1949, she returned to her native Ireland, where she worked as a nurse at St. Vincent's and St. Luke's Hospitals in Dublin.  There she met her husband of fifty six years, Dr. Fearghus O'Foghludha, whom she married in 1956.  They came to the United States to live in 1963, and to Durham in 1970, where Dr. O'Foghludha served on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center and Duke University.
Mrs. O'Foghludha was active in the Durham community, and worked for many years, beginning in the early 1970s, at the Nearly New Shoppe, where she served as manager.  She also served as President of the Medical School Faculty Wives.
Mrs. O'Foghludha was steadfast in her loving husband's final illness, and left to her children and grandchildren a love of art, travel, history, literature, and sports.  She always supported her family and was very proud of their accomplishments.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband and her beloved siblings Frank, Mary, Angela, and Ann.  She is survived by two children, the Hon. Michael O'Foghludha, Resident Superior Court Judge of the 14th Judicial District, and Dr. Ria Mairead O'Foghludha, a professor at Whittier College; a daughter-in-law, Linda Daniel; two grandchildren, Matthew and Kevin O'Foghludha;  five siblings, Robin Hitchon, Thomas Gowing, John Gowing, Richard Gowing, and Dr. Edward Gowing, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends in Ireland, the United States, England, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the world.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Hock Family Pavilion of Duke Hospice, and the physicians and staff of the Duke University Medical Center for their excellent care in her final illness.
Friends will be received 3-5 PM Sunday at Hall-Wynne Service. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11:00 AM Monday from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham. On-Line memorials:
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Lonnie L. Wilson
DURHAM -- Funeral services for Mr. Lonnie L. Wilson will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 12p.m. at Union Baptist Church located at 904 N. Roxboro Street, Durham North Carolina.  The family will receive friends from 6p.m. to 7p.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013, and on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 11a.m. at Union Baptist Church for visitations.
He departed this life on Wednesday, October 30,2013, at his home.
He was preceeded in death by his wife, Lillie M. Wilson, three brothers, James Wilson, Clarence Wilson, and William Wilson, two sisters, Dorothy Wilson and Diane Wilson.
Mr. Wilson leaves to cherish his memory, Four children, Robert L. Wilson (Barbara) of Durham N. C., Barbara Carraway of Fayetteville, N.C., Cheryl Wilson of Durham N.C., and Kyser "Man" Wilson (Hazel) of Louisville Kentucky, five brothers, Walter Kyser Wilson of Durham, N.C., Frankie Wilson of Durham, N.C., Herman Wilson Of Durham, N.C., Michael Wilson (Velda) of Philadelphia, PA., Henry Wilson of Durham, N.C., three sisters, Evelyn M. Ettson of Durham, N.C., Virginia Wilson of Philadelphia, PA., and Sandra Wilson of Durham, N.C., five grandchildren, Maurice Wilson of Durham.N.C., Dedric Wilson of Durham, N.C., Derrick Bagley, of Durham, N.C., Bryant Carraway of Upper Marlboro, MD. and Liltoynia Wilson of Louisville, Kentucky.

Margaret Lucy Disney
CHAPEL HILL — Margaret L. Disney died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Carolina Meadows Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was born February 21, 1909, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the daughter of Richard Philip and Lucy Smith Disney. She lived, was educated, and was employed in Maryland until she moved to North Carolina in 1985. She enjoyed life in NC living close to her sister Elizabeth and John, her sister’s husband, who both preceded her in death.
Margaret retired in 1977, after 30 years as Administrative Secretary in both Maryland’s Chronic Disease section of the Public Health Department and Rehabilitation Hospitals. 
Margaret served her country in World War II as a WAC where she was trained to be an x-ray technician. She was a talented artist and attended art and design school in Baltimore. Her love for art and painting brought lifelong joy to her. Her skills as a clothing designer and seamstress enabled her to create lovely fashions. 
A stalwart in the Pittsboro United Methodist Church, Margaret collected items all year long to turn into art for the annual fundraiser. With great attention to detail, she painted, sewed, and glued many handcrafted items for the bazaar. 
Aunt Margaret was dearly loved and will be missed by her family and friends. Surviving are nephews John Hughes, Jr. and wife Charlotte of Hillsborough NC and Robert F. Hughes and wife Linda of Roanoke VA. She has three grand nieces and nephews, Johna Hughes Bruton and husband Ric and their sons Bays and Hampton, Josh Hughes and wife Jamie and their children Olivia and Hoyt, and Robby Hughes.
A memorial service will be at Pittsboro United Methodist Church on 11/16/2013 at 10:00 and a memorial service at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill NC on 11/16/2013 at 2:00.
Memorials may be made to Pittsboro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 716, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or Wesley Grove United Methodist Church, 1320 Dorsey Road, Hanover MD 21077.

Leigh Ann Mclaurin Hecht
HILLSBOROUGH  –  Leigh Ann Mclaurin Hecht, 57, passed away on November 1, 2013, at Alamance Regional Hospital in Burlington, NC.  Leigh was born on January 16, 1956, in Durham to Robert and Shirley Mclaurin.  Leigh grew up in Durham, NC.  Leigh graduated from Orange Senior High in Hillsborough, NC, in 1974.  Leigh married Raymond Hecht in June 10, 1973 in Durham, NC at Grace Lutheran Church.  They were happily married for 40 years.  She enjoyed bird watching, collecting smiley faces and being surrounded by her family.
Leigh was preceded in death by her mother Shirley Mclaurin, her sister Donna Willet and her father-in-law Herman Hecht.  Leigh is survived by her husband, Raymond Hecht of Mebane, NC, her daughter Jennifer Campbell and husband Darin Campbell of Hillsborough, NC and daughter Jaime Hecht of Hillsborough, NC; her father Robert Mclaurin of Durham, NC and mother-in-law Rubie Hecht of Hillsborough, NC; her grandchildren Jeremy Brown, Elijah Hecht, Nathan Hecht, and Justice Campbell all of  Hillsborough, NC; her nephews Mathew Separk, and Ryan Hecht; nieces Melissa Hecht and Ashley London; great nephew Brian Separk and great nieces Gracie Separk, Lillie Separk, and Avery Separk.
The family will be receiving friends and relatives at the residence of Ray and Leigh Hecht at Carden Place Apartments building, 103 apartment C, Mebane, NC.  The viewing will be held November 4th from 6:30-8:30 PM at Walker’s Funeral Home in Hillsborough, NC.  The funeral service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Durham, NC on November 5th at 10 A.M.  Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC.

Barbara Ann King
HILLSBOROUGH – Barbara Ann King, 74, died Friday, November 1, 2013.  She was an Orange County native and attended the Orange County schools.  She was employed by BVD in Carrboro/Mebane.  She was a loving person who cared for many nieces and nephews and extended family.
Surviving are two sisters:  Marie King, Hillsborough, and Sylvia K. Kernodle, Durham; one brother, Rodney King (Doris), Mebane; nieces and nephews:  Elaine, Buddy, Tommy, Dale, Tyra, Jimmy, Chris, Shane, Daniel, Alex, Austin, Colton, Taylor, Hunter, and Hayley.
Funeral services will be held 2 PM Wednesday in Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be in the Hillsborough Town Cemetery.  Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 PM Tuesday in the
funeral home.



Robert Earl McClain
CONCORD -- Robert Earl McClain, 80, of Concord, passed away on October 15, 2013, at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis.  Robert was born on July 7, 1933, in Newman, Illinois, a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Clara McBride McClain. 
Robert attended Grammar and High School in St. Charles, Illinois. Robert is a Veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War.  He was a Professional Golfer on the PGA Tour in 1967 and 1968, he then worked at golf courses as a resident golf pro.  Robert retired from South Granville Country Club in Creedmoor.  Robert was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Concord, and served on the Pastor Parish Committee.  He was also a life member of the Carl Siemens VFW Post of Durham, NC.
In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by brothers, Donald and Charles McClain. 
Survivors:  Robert is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty Jean McClain; sons, Nathan McHenry, III and wife Kay of Durham, and Michael Gerald McHenry of Jacksonville, FL.  Daughters, Patricia Jean McHenry of Durham and Bobbi Jo McClain and her significant other Todd Pope of Durham.  Grandchildren, Becky Sims and husband Randy, Steven Morton, Michael Morton, Addie McHenry Kimball and husband Aaron, Kevin McHenry, and Taylor Cowan (Jessica). Great grandchildren, Jordan and Ryan Sims.  Brother, Joseph McClain and wife Gerry of Bradenton, FL.
Service:  There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Concord, conducted by Rev. Alan Thompson, Pastor. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church  4877 HWY 200, Concord NC 28025. 
The family would like to offer a special thanks to Tucker Hospice House of Kannapolis, NC.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, North Carolnia is assisting the McClain family.  Online condolences may be made at