Obituaries Nov. 13, 2013

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 07:03 PM

Hazel Ivirinia Boyd
DURHAM -- Mrs. Hazel Ivirinia Boyd, was born February 3, 1941 in Louisburg, NC, to the late Eullis Brodie and Mary Alice Kearney. She quietly went home to be with the Lord on November 7, 2013 at UniHealth Nursing Home.
Hazel was united in marriage to the late Marion Boyd on July 3, 1959 in Paterson, NJ. They were blessed to celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary together this year.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: three children, Kelvin (JoAnna) Brodie, Marion "Berry" Boyd and Quarron Boyd all of Durham, NC.
Services will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at St. Joseph A.M.E. Church,  2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707 at 12 noon. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the service.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Gail Turner Burnette
DURHAM - Gail Turner Burnette, 59, daughter of the late Jasper and Lucille Peaks Turner, departed her life on November 10, 2013.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Charles Burnette and three daughters and one son: Charmin Burnette, Jazmina Burnette, Kelly Holloman and James Holloman and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Burnette family's residence at 503 Fanning Way in the Braggtown area of Durham, NC 27704.  The wake will be held at noon and the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Cameron Grove Baptist Church located at 816 Berwyn Avenue, Durham, NC 27704.  
Arrangements are entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Eleanor Crews Cannady
DURHAM - Eleanor Crews Cannady, 65, departed her life on November, 11, 2013.  She is survived by her one sister Gwendolyn Headen and one brother Fred J. Crews.; two daughters Angela Cannady and Sherry Cannady; two sons Gregory Cannady and Frederick Cannady; twelve grandchildren, one special niece Claudette Belfield and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Friday at 1:00pm with visitation at 12 noon at Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church.
Services are entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Jacqueline Ann Johnson Hancock
DURHAM —Jacqueline Ann Johnson (Jackie) Hancock , 67, of Durham, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
Jackie was a native and lifelong resident of Durham. She worked as Office Manager at Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham from 1964 to 2003. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Ellis Johnson.
Surviving are her mother, Agatha Hurley Johnson; her husband, Donald Lee Hancock; brother, David Earl Johnson; children, Darryl Lee Hancock (Gail), Kimberly Hancock Oakley (David), and Donald Scott Hancock (Carrie); grandchildren, Emily Anne Hancock, Alan Michael Hancock, Bobby Oakley; two great-grandchildren, Kymberlee Oakley and Hunter Oakley.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. J. B. Ellis will officiate.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Tony Hurley, Barry Oakley, Vic Oakley, Mickey Ashley, Ricky Ashley and Mike Byrd.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2015 Medallion Drive.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Leslie Foreman, Dr. Kombiz Kline, the 6th Floor MICU Staff and the staff of Duke Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at

Johna Wagner Potts
DURHAM -- Mrs. Johna Wagner Potts, 41, passed away Monday, November 11, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Durham County to Donald Allen Wagner, Sr. and Patricia Ann Wagner. Mrs. Potts was the owner/manager of Wagner’s Auto Salvage.
In addition to her parents, Johna is survived her husband, John Curtis Potts; son, Kevin Curtis Potts; sister, Pam Wilson and husband, Eric; brothers, Donald Wagner, Jr., Mike Wagner; sister-in-laws, Renee Bouziden, Deborah McCrea, Susie McBroom, Robbi Badgett; nieces and nephews, Juily, Roger, Daniel, Gregory, Jacob and Joshua.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Rev. Forest Gale, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Pall bearers will be Kevin Curtis Potts, Mark Daley, Greg Jenkins, Roger Curtis McCrea, Ronnie Layell and Paulo Gonzalez. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Lois T. Shytle
DURHAM – Mrs. Lois T. Shytle died on November 11, 2013.
Lois made her home with her daughter, Lynda Lacy-Higgins and her son-in-law, Bruce W. Higgins at their home in Treyburn.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John D. Shytle, her infant daughter, Deborah, her son, John David Shytle, III, and her sisters, Jonne Bonner and Jeanne Shell.
Lois and John spent many years in Silver Spring, MD, he as Controller of the Veterans Administration while Lois served as Development Officer at Landon School for Boys, and later Assistant to the Guidance Director at Holton Arms School for Girls. While in Maryland, she actively held many offices in North Chevy Chase Christian Church.  They came to Durham in 1974, where John served as an Administrator for Duke Medical Center and Lois served the Durham community as a volunteer in many social and civic organizations, including the Duke Garden Club, the Reserve Officers Association Wives’ Auxiliary, Duke Hospital Auxiliary, Duke University Campus Club, Medical Wives Faculty Club, and the Nearly New Shoppe.  She was also a very active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Lois is survived by grandson, C. Dickson Faires, III, and his wife, Christine, of Newport Beach, CA, granddaughters, Kimberly L. Faires of San Francisco, CA, and Jacqueline Shytle of Elizabeth City, NC; great grandson, Jake Faires of Newport Beach, CA; brother, Dr. William B. Shell, and his wife, Delores, of Auburn, AL; and her sister, Millicent Hammett, and her husband, Dr. Jay Hammett, of Gafney, SC.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 3:00 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Avenue, Durham, NC 27705.  Officiating will be the Reverend Joseph H. Hensley and the Reverend Stephanie Yancy.  Burial will be in the church garden.  The family will receive visitors immediately following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  
The Shytle family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Mirtie Ruth Conley Thompson
YOUNGSVILLE -- Mirtie Ruth Conley Thompson, 93, of Youngsville, peacefully passed away Monday, November 11, 2013 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh surrounded by her family. The oldest daughter of nine children, she was born July 26, 1920 in Matoaka, West Virginia to the late John Gordon Conley and Eva Ratcliffe Conley. In 1942, she married Travis John Thompson.
Ruth was a longtime resident of Bluefield, West Virginia and Durham, North Carolina. In Durham, she was known as one of the affectionately called “Northgate Ladies” having worked in retail sales there for over forty years at Robbins, La Vogue, Tyler House and Carlyle and Company. She will also be remembered for her dedicated service as a member of the Dogwood Garden Club, Triangle Civitans and Glendale Heights United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by two daughters, Toni Thompson Smith Kinder of Youngsville and Deborah Thompson Upchurch and her husband, Joel, of Durham. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Wendy Smith Riggs Brooks of Youngsville, Deborah Smith Sanford and her husband, Chad, of Roxboro, and Jody Upchurch of Durham, and four great-grandchildren, Hannah Victoria Riggs, Cade Sanford, Connor Sanford and Shelby Gayle Brooks.    
The family will receive visitors Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glendale Heights United Methodist Church to celebrate her love of life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Glendale Heights UMC, 908 Leon Street, Durham, North Carolina 27704.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Victor Blacknell
HILLSBOROUGH -- Mr. Victor Blacknell, son of the late Mr. Frank Blacknell and the late Betty R. Blacknell and late Junior Byrd was born on August 2, 1942, and departed this life on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
He attended Lincoln High School. He worked at the UNC Dental School for 38 years.
Victor was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and dedicated his life to Jehovah. He served as an elder in the West Hillsborough Congregation. Victor loved working with the Regional Building Committee (RBC), assisting in food service.
Victor leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Bettie Ann Blacknell, to whom he was married for 30 years; five daughters, Anna Williams, Cassandra Johnson (Milton), Cheryl Williams, Annette Williams, Quintina; and one son, Kelvine Thompson; three aunts, Clarene Harris, Erma Farrar, Laura Lee (Julius); six brothers, Teddy Byrd (Ivan), William Byrd (Prescious), Joe Byrd (Rhonda), Alvin Byrd (Christen), David Byrd, George Byrd; two sisters, Charlene Graham and Barbara Byrd; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 635 Bon Air Ave., Durham.

Betty Hayes Sharpe
HILLSBOROUGH -– Betty Hayes Sharpe died October 20, 2013.  She was born December 14, 1925 in Asheboro, NC to Moody T. and Glada Yow Hayes.  She retired from the Orange County Tax Supervisor’s Office in Hillsborough.    
She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Sharpe Diana and husband Phil of Lakeland, FL; and son Hayes Sharpe and wife Marian of Matthews, NC; brother-in-law Malcom C. Parnell and sister-in-law Grace Sharpe Parnell of Raleigh, NC; one niece and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, C. Wayland Sharpe; her sister, Mary Ellen Pickard and brother-in-law Morris Glenn Pickard.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 16th at 11 a.m. at the Hillsborough Town Cemetery.

William “Reid” Proctor
CHAPEL HILL -– Reid died on Monday, November 11, 2013 at UNC Hospital. He was the son of the late Wallace Reid Proctor and Thelma Josephine Collier Proctor. Reid served in the US Air Force for 13 years and was a letter carrier in Chapel Hill for 23 years.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Ripley Proctor and daughter Kimberly Proctor-Kings and grandson, Landon Reid Proctor. He also has a sister who lives in Durham, Lynda Proctor Benson, niece, Michelle Norton, nephew R. Christopher Benson, nephew Joshua Reid Benson, and three great-nieces and two great-nephews.
Reid loved camping and Duke basketball and music. He will be missed by everyone because of his kind heart and willingness to do anything for anyone at any time.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Durham at 2 PM with visitation at 1 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army. Share condolences at, select obituaries.


Peter Thomas Jacob
WILMINGTON -- Peter Thomas Jacob, age 61, of Wilmington, North Carolina, passed away late Saturday, November 9, 2013 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.
He was born in Franklin, New Jersey, and traveled throughout the country before settling with his wife, Cathy Collins Jacob, and his three children, Benjamin Jacob, Jessica Jacob, and Thomas Jacob in Wilmington.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his brother, Donald S. Jacob Jr. and wife Erin of Elmira, NY; sisters Elizabeth Gail of Charlotte, NC; Dian Bidwell and husband Bob of Rock Hill, SC; Clare Jacob of San Diego, CA; Catherine Moody and husband Dennis of Mooresville, NC; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald S. Jacob Sr. and Jane Jacob.  Peter was a beloved husband, father, brother, friend, and mentor, whose good spirit and laughter were contagious.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 2:00pm at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.