December 16, 2012

Dec. 15, 2012 @ 05:19 PM

Mary Braxton Adcock

DURHAM - Mary Braxton Adcock, 86, of Durham, died peacefully Thursday, December 13, 2012. A native of Durham, she was born January 28, 1926 to the late James Monroe Braxton and Hallie Fowler Braxton.
Mary is survived by her husband, Julius Samuel “Sam” Adcock Jr.; her daughter, Karen Sherrill and husband, Paul, of Willow Spring; her son, Kevin Adcock and wife, Gale, of Cary; her sister, Billie Jones of Pensacola, Fla.; and her grandchildren, Megan Sherrill, Jack Sherrill, Julius Samuel “Jay” Adcock III, and Alexander Braxton “Alex” Adcock.
A private graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh 27607.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: Select obituaries.

Julia S. Armstrong
DURHAM – Julia S. Armstrong, of 804 Ridgeway Avenue, departed this life at the age of 99, on Thursday, December 13, 2012.
She retired from Durham Regional Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Her husband and daughter, Elson Armstrong Sr. and Loretta M. Armstrong, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Davis (Dr. Faheem Ashanti) of Durham; a son, Elson Armstrong Jr. of Durham; four grandchildren, Thomas L. Lipscomb Jr. (Hope) of Mobile, Ala., Arleen Arais of Conyers, Ga., Charles “Chuck” Ashanti (Cheryl) of Conyers, Ga. and Jateko Ashanti of Atlanta, Ga.; three great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a sister, Pearl S. Ballard of New York.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro Street. The visitation will be at 11 a.m. with services beginning at Noon.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Mary Sue Wilson Blalock
ROUGEMENT — Mary Sue Wilson Blalock, 53, of 1220 Julian Oakley Rd., Rougemont, died Thursday, December 13, 2012. Born in Durham County, Mrs. Blalock was the daughter of the late Lester and Betty Walters Wilson and wife of the late James Blalock. Mrs. Blalock worked at the Radison Governor's Inn in Durham for over 30 years.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery by the Rev. John Pritchard. Visitation will be held 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Mrs. Blalock is survived by her son, Charles Wilson and Nan James, of Rougemont; four brothers, Lester Wilson of Wilmington, Donald Wilson of Raleigh, Jimmy Wilson of Durham, and Fred Burney Wilson of Missouri; two sisters, Ruth Ann Spence of Roanoke 
Rapids, and Margie Wilson of Durham; four grandchildren, Ariel Wilson, Tiffany Wilson, Kristen Day, and Brandon Currin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, c/o Brooks & White Funeral Home, Inc., P.O. Box 1135, Roxboro 27573.
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Rodney L. Chase Sr.
DURHAM - Mr. Rodney L. Chase Sr., 85, passed away early Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. Mr. Chase was born in Durham, the son of the late Beaula Andrews Chase and Rodney Y. Chase. He is also predeceased by his first wife, Doris Chase. 
He worked as a Sheet Metal Mechanic at American Tobacco before retiring and was also a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
Rodney is survived by his wife, Rosemary Cobb Chase; daughter, Susan Chase; two sons, Rodney Chase Jr. and wife, Marie, and Randy Chase and wife, Donna; two step daughters, Dawn Yose and husband, Dennis, and Rhonda Lowman and husband, Kerns; a step son, Jeff Cobb and wife, Connie; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 
His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Pastor Earl Echols officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens on Cheek Rd. in Durham. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. 
Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association online at or by mail at Alzheimer’s Association-Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh 27612.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Jerlene Flowers
DURHAM - Jerlene Flowers, a loving friend, sister, daughter and mother of three, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Duke University Hospital from liver and kidney failure due to multiple health afflictions at the age of 59.
She was born July 21, 1953 in her family manor located in Raeford, North Carolina. The former office manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was survived by three children, Nakia Flower (35), Henderson, Nina Flowers (21), Jonathan Flowers (13); son-in-law, John Henderson Sr. (35); two grandchildren, Jaida Henderson (14) and John Henderson Jr. (8); her mother, Willa Flowers-Mandy (83); six sisters, Patricia Flowers-Lyons, Shirley Flowers, Amanda Mandy, Janice Oliver, and Sandra Walker.
Jerlene Flowers was known and will be forever cherished and remembered for her sophisticated charm, gregarious disposition, optimistic perception, over and outspoken opinions, generous and affectionate spirit and beautiful smile.
Funeral and visitation services for Jerlene Flowers will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Victorious Praise Church of God in Christ in Durham.

Patricia Margery Green
DURHAM - Patricia Margery Green died in Durham after a long illness on December 13, 2012.
Born in Connecticut, she lived in North Carolina since 1984. An avid gardener, staff member of DILR/OLLI and longtime member of Watts Street Baptist Church, she is survived by husband, Boyd L. Daniels; and daughter, Laura Fink-Green; as well as nephews, Joseph Mastocciolo, William Mastocciolo and Scott Mastocciolo; and five stepchildren.
Memorial service will be held at Watts Street Baptist Church on Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow.

Peggy Jean Lyons
DURHAM — Peggy Jean Lyons, 61, departed this life on December 13, 2012.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Otis Lyons and David Lyons; three daughters, Carolyn Lyons, Tiara Lyons and Shakira Scarlett; seven grandchildren, Danyelle Jones, Martez Lyons, Charmel Holland, Ricquaz Brandon, Amire Brodie, Micah Lyons and Dazz Lyons; and five great grandchildren, along with many other loving relatives and friends.
Visitation on Tuesday, December 18th from 10:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service to celebrate her life at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

James E. McLean

March 19, 1926 – December 10, 2012
CHAPEL HILL — James E. McLean, PhD, died on Dec. 10, 2012 at his home in Chapel Hill. His rich life spanned 86 years. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lee Kelsey McLean, PhD., associate dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences.
A child of the Great Depression, Jim grew up in South Bend, Indiana, where he and his younger sister, Janice, shared hardships that created a mutual caretaking bond that they maintained until her death two years ago.
Jim’s service in the Army Air Corps during World War II stamped his membership card in what has come to be known as the “greatest generation” and provided the GI Bill benefits that afforded him an opportunity to be the first in his immediate family to go to college. Jim took full advantage, earning an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas in the discipline of speech-language pathology. After obtaining his doctorate, Jim embarked on a teaching and research career at KU’s pioneering Bureau of Child Research that produced breakthroughs in the way that speech and language therapists provided evidence-based services to developmentally disabled children. Much of this work was done in partnership with his wife, Lee, at a state hospital for the developmentally disabled in Parsons, Kansas.
His teaching and research career might never have materialized if not for a serendipitous encounter. Jim and a friend were hitchhiking shortly after their release from the Army when an admissions officer from Park College offered them a ride. By the time they reached their destination, Jim was enrolled at the small Kansas City, Mo. liberal arts college where he met his first wife, Barbara Malan McLean, the mother of his two sons. The couple married in 1950 and transferred to Indiana University to complete their degrees. They divorced in 1971 but remained close until her death in 1989.
Jim was a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the recipient of its highest recognition, The Honors of ASHA. Only months before his death from congestive heart failure, he was nominated for ASHA’s most prestigious lifetime clinical award. His nomination by his friend of 50 years, David Yoder, chair and professor emeritus, Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC, and the many letters of support that flooded in from colleagues across the country greatly enriched the final weeks of his life.
Jim was a self-anointed “charming curmudgeon” who enjoyed hosting family gatherings, jazz, beach vacations, lingering conversations at the dinner table and being among the best-dressed men wherever he happened to be living. In a letter he wrote to Lee in 1989 with instructions not to open until his death, Jim provided options for how he would like to be dressed if family members desired a viewing. The letter specified details down to the color and pattern of the tie he preferred, evoking knowing chuckles from family members who traveled to be at his side in his final days. The letter went on to discuss the specific traits that he loved and admired in his two sons, James M. McLean, Topeka, Kansas and Thomas A. McLean, Parsons, Kansas, who continue the family tradition of rooting on Jim’s beloved Kansas Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse.
Other Kansas survivors include daughters-in-law, Teresa McLean and Deb Miller; grand children, Andrew, Katy, Ian, Neil and Ben McLean; and great grandson, Kendal McLean. Jim also leaves his beloved niece, Peggy Maracinni and her children, Stephanie and Michael, and his aunt Leah Scheid and her husband, Tom, all in California; and his brother-in-law, Ward Kelsey and his wife, Mary Ruth of Pittsburgh.
A celebration of Jim’s life for family and friends is being planned for next month. Charitable contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Southern Poverty Law Center, UNC Hospice, or Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at

William (Billy) Sparrow
CHAPEL HILL - William (Billy) Sparrow, 94, died at his home on Friday morning after many years of declining health. He was predeceased by his father, June Albert Sparrow; mother, Mary Belle Johnson Sparrow; his wife, Emily Bazemore; five brothers, Philip, Leonard, Junius, Waldo, Vernon; and four sisters, Jessie Williams, Maggie Dollar, Emily Sparrow, and Christine Wilson.  He is survived by five nephews and four nieces.
Billy was a native of Orange County, graduated from Wake Forest University and attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He served in the Armed Services during World War II. Billy retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield as Claims Director. He was recognized as a volunteer at the Orange Correctional Center for almost twenty years. Besides the prison ministry, an ordained minister too, he was very active in many Baptist churches in the area. Billy loved music and sang in many choirs and a barbershop chorus. His hobbies and interests included gardening and yard work. Billy had a sincere love and interest in people.
Visitation will be at Walker's Funeral Home, Sunday, December 16, 7-9 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted at the Sparrow/Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery, Monday, December 17, 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 9932, Chapel Hill 275154.
The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to Billy's caregivers, James Long and Linda Bowman.