November 19, 2013

Nov. 19, 2013 @ 03:38 PM


Alton L. Copley

DURHAM - Mr. Alton L. Copley, 87, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. He was born in Durham County to the late Benjamin Lafayette Copley and the late Esther Brown Copley. He served in the U.S. Army and was a car salesman.
Mr. Copley is survived by his wife, Annie Copley; daughters, Becky Fowler and Susan Johnson; son, Tom Copley; grandchildren, Lisa Fowler, Jonathan Strickland, Laney Copley; step-grandchildren, Parker Cannady, Meaghan and Cailyn O’Mary.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Chaplain Phil Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow at Little River Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Manly Francis Michaux, Sr.

DURHAM — Mr. Manly Francis Michaux, Sr., (94) passed Friday, November 8, 2013 at the VA Hospital. He is survived by his children, Gurnia Michaux Griffin, Manly Francis Michaux, Jr., Barry Michaux, nieces and nephews including H.M. (Mickey) Michaux, Jr. and Eric C. Michaux. He was predeceased by his wife, Eddye Dora Leathers Michaux. Services are Tuesday, November 19, 2013, St. Joseph AME Church at 12 noon, visitation is11-12:00. Arrangements by Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home.

Albert “Pete” Peterson

DURHAM — Albert “Pete” Peterson passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital.
He was born August 15, 1935, in Valdosta, Georgia to the late Tom and Cleona Hillman Peterson. Albert was educated in the Lowndes County, Georgia Public School System, graduating from Dasher High School. He joined the United States Army, earning two medals while stationed in Germany: The National Defense Service Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. “Pete” was honorably discharged in December 1955.
He retired from Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company in 1989 after more than 30 years of employment. He was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by brothers Tom Peterson and Charlie Dixon, and sisters Mozelle Shaw, Roberta King, Mary Collins, Artha Ferguson, Annie Chambers and Betty Williams.
Surviving are his wife, Bernice Fowler Peterson and daughter, Sharon R. Peterson. Brothers Alton (Adline) Peterson, James (Carolyn) Peterson of New York. Dedicated nephews and nieces, Edward (Sarah) Williams, Wilbert (Ann) Fowler, Awanya (Noland) Caesar, June (Frank) Peterson Oruwari of Durham, NC, Frances (Eddie) Harris and Anthony (Nancy) Ferguson of Houston, TX. Sisters in-law Delores (Clarence) Johnson and Evelyn (Richard) Waller, faithful friend Joseph (Geneva) Haley and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 20 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro Street, Durham, N.C. Visitation will be held one hour (11:00 a.m.) before the 12:00p.m. services, Reverend Dr. Jerome Washington, Pastor officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Sidney Wallace Ray

DURHAM -- Sidney Wallace Ray of Durham died November 18th at Duke Hospital. Mr. Ray was born in Carrboro, North Carolina, on October 23, 1924.  He was the son of Ira and Mary Durham Ray. He graduated from Jamestown High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Ray acted as Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education while coaching football, basketball and baseball for the “Counts” of Durham County Schools. He taught and coached at Creedmoor and Northern High Schools. He later was principal of Mangum and Bethesda Elementary Schools and Southern High School. Mr. Ray retired in 1987 after serving thirteen years as a central office administrator for Durham County Schools. 

Surviving are his wife, Betty Owen Ray; children: Robin Derr and husband Eric, Cindy Keene and husband Mike, Bill Ray, Jeff Ray and wife Libby; stepchildren: Larry and Beverly Travis; grandchildren: Caroline and Samantha Ray, Sydney and Brian Derr, Elizabeth and David Efird, Miles and Brooklynne Travis, Evan and Kelly Travis; great-grandchildren: Keelie Keene, Halleigh Jane, Beau and Emily Travis, Anna, Everett and Grace Efird, Webb and Harris Travis; brother: Dr. Graham Ray and wife Helen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters: Mildred Ray, and Doris Wehry; and Doris’ husband Don.

The pallbearers will be Brian Derr, Miles Travis, Evan Travis, David Efird, Brandon Ray, Dr. John Saunders, and Bobby Saunders. Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow coaches and all the ‘boys’ he coached along with their wives.

Mr. Ray was an active member of McMannen United Methodist Church where the service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21st.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  There will be a reception at the church following the service. 

The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 p.m.  Friends may also visit and sign the memorial book from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road, Durham, NC 27705 or to the United Methodist Retirement Home Benevolent Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farms Parkway, Suite 500, Durham, NC 27705.

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

Linda Lou Pearson Sama

DURHAM — Linda Lou Pearson Sama passed from this life on November 18, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina surrounded by family. She was born on March 25, 1948 in New York. She was the second child of Dorothy Marie Olcott.
She was a wonderful mother to her two daughters, Cherie Sama-Hatton, and Melanie Sama-Coto, and to her son-in-law, Eduardo Coto. She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Coto (predeceased), Melissa Coto and Jennifer Coto, and Giana Carla Sama-Hatton and Chloe Linda Sama-Hatton. She was the sister of Michael Thomas Pearson, Debora Ann Vaske and Mark Jeffrey Pearson.
No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd. Suite 200 Cary, NC 27513, (919) 367-4100.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at