Obituaries, June 12, 2014

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 05:26 PM


James R. Cates
DURHAM — Mr. James R. Cates, 75, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at his home. He was born in Person County later moving to the Orange Factory Rd. area of Durham. He attended Northern High School and was a retired truck driver from ABF Trucking. Following his retirement, James enjoyed working in home repair service known as Cates & Co. Later he and his wife, Faye, enjoyed being car transporters for Performance Chevrolet. Mr. Cates was a former Exalted Ruler of the Durham Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Faye Dupree Cates; daughter, Tamara Cates Dezern (William) of Durham; son, Greg Cates (Tonja) of Butner; sister, Margie Cates Hedrick of Durham; grandchildren, Cliff, Ashley, Jesse, Brittney, Amber, Rhonda, Jaxson, Jaidynn and Juliana. Mr. Cates is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lonie Ragan Cates, and a son, Rodney Michael Cates.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Friday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Edward Leon "Chuck" Cradle
DURHAM — Mr. Edward Leon "Chuck" Cradle, 57, of Durham, husband of Isabella Hester Cradle, and son of Vivian C. Farrar, passed.
Service is Friday, June 13, at Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC. Visitation is 12:00 noon with the Funeral Service starting at 1:00 pm, all other times at 22 Malbry Place, Durham, NC. Funeral service entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Condolences can be sent to

Callie Mae Ellis Fisher
DURHAM — God called one of his angels home. Mrs. Callie Mae Ellis Fisher, 84, of Durham, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Mrs. Fisher was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Otha Ellis and Callie Roberts Ellis. She retired from Durham Hosiery Mills after 20 years. She was an active member of Olive Branch Baptist Church. She loved to cook and served many of her church members through the years.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ross Odom Fisher; brothers, Herbert Ellis and Ray Ellis of Durham; sisters, Marie Paschall, Jenny Adcock and Elaine Medlin, all of Durham.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Tim Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ricky Rigsbee, Steve Mishue, David Johnson, Ken Everhart, George Pearce and Randy Fisher.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Timothy Haywood McLeod
DURHAM — Timothy Haywood McLeod, 54, departed his life on June 7th, 2014.
He leaves behind a father, Mr. Howard McLeod Sr., three sisters, one brother, a brother-in-law, two god sisters, two aunts, a host of nieces, nephews and great nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, Friday, June 13, 2014 with visitation at 1:00 pm and the funeral service at 2:00 pm.

William M. Nance
DURHAM — William M. “Billy” Nance, age 62, a resident of 3501 Holloway Street died Wednesday morning at his home.
Born January 24, 1952 in Durham, Billy was the son of the late Garland Maitland Nance, Sr., and Myrtle Ammons Nance. He had been a resident of the Oak Grove Community all his life and for the past 20 years had operated Nance Auto and Truck Repair. Billy was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.
Surviving are his daughter, Wendy Nance Watson of Durham, his son, Michael J. Nance, of Durham, two brothers, Paul T. Nance and Garland M. “Maitland” Nance both of Durham, and two grandchildren, Ashlynn Watson and Robert Vaughan Wilson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Dr. Gerald Goodwin, Rev. Ed Denton, and Rev. Tim Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in the Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home Friday from 6 to 8 PM.
Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

Thomas William Orendorff
DURHAM — Thomas William Orendorff, 82, of Durham, formerly of Glenfield, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 30, 2014 surrounded by family at Hock Family Pavilion after a brief battle with mesothelioma.
He was born in Greig, NY on June 26, 1931 to the late Martin and Pearl (Leviker) Orendorff. He attended General Martin High School then joined the Army where he served from 1949-1953. Upon his return, he married his beloved wife, Janette (Beadore) Orendorff, on May 24, 1957.
Tom worked at Pajco, currently known as Fibermark, for 39 years until his retirement in June 1993. He was observant and thoughtful, an avid reader, a New York Yankee fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Jan of 57 years; daughter Rebecca Orendorff, son-in-law Eric Horowitz and grandchildren Holden and Piper Orenwitz; grandchildren Galadriel Fitzgerald, Christina Everrette and Brandon Burgy; great-grandchildren Cheyanne and Derek Hawkins-Hill and Sophia Reagan; sister Lorona Roach and nephew Garry Gallo.
He was predeceased by his parents, daughter Ann Everett in March 2014 and nephew Anthony Gallo.
A private burial will be held at Sands Cemetery in Greig, NY at a later date.

Richard Earl Umberger
DURHAM — Richard Earl Umberger, 73, of 3803 Shaftsbury Street, died Wednesday afternoon at Duke Regional Hospital. A Durham native, he was the son of the late Gilbert Rolfe Umberger and Eunice Downy Umberger.
Richard attended the Durham City schools and graduated from Durham High School Class of 1959. He retired from the US Air Force serving in the Vietnam War. He was a driver for Durham Sandwich Co. and involved in managing several Durham restaurants. Richard was a member of Parkview Baptist Church, Friendly City Civitan Club, the Moose Lodge and American Post 7.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Vivian Alley Umberger; two sons, Gilbert R. Umberger II and wife, Lora of Graham and Cecil Umberger and friend, Kim Price of Leonard, TX; one sister, Dawn U. Allred of Asheboro; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Ernest Ferrell. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock.
Instead of flowers memorials may be made to Parkview Baptist Church, 2500 Acadia St., Durham, NC 27704; Alzheimers Association or Hope for Soldiers.
Online condolences may be sent to Select Obituaries.


Clifton Benton Moss
HENDERSON — Clifton Benton Moss, 89, of 500 Moss Stock Farm Road, Kittrell, NC died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at a local nursing home.
Born in Vance County, he was the son of the late William Lewis Moss Sr. and Vashti Woodlief Moss.
Mr. Moss was the owner and operator of Moss Stock Farms and was the fourth generation on the farm. He spent his entire life on the farm where he was born. For fifty-seven years, he and his brother Roger raised polled Hereford beef cattle and sold them all over the United States and several foreign countries. He also sold high-quality hay over a wide area in North Carolina.
He was a member of Raleigh Road Baptist Church and was teacher of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at Raleigh Road Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Larry Purcell.
Surviving are a sister, Dorothy Moss of Kittrell, NC; a niece, Linda M. O’Brien; four nephews, Larry Moss, Dr. Ronald Moss, Steve Moss, and Paul Moss; and two sisters-in-law, Katherine D. Moss and Austine W. Moss. He was preceded in death by four brothers, William Moss, Albert Moss, Harvey Moss, and Roger Moss, and a sister-in-law, Genevieve Moss.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Joe Parks, Ernest Walker, R.C. Daniel, Gary Burney, Lennie Swanson, Winston Kerley, Tommy Pernell, Mike Roberson, Jerry Napier, and James Ayscue.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Raleigh Road Baptist Church, 3892 Raleigh Road, Henderson, NC 27537.
The family wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to his great-nephew, David Moss, who provided much care for Clifton over the past three years.
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.


Cyrus Franklin Rawls
RALEIGH — Cyrus Franklin Rawls, 67, of Raleigh passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Frank was a graduate of the class of 1965 at Jacksonville High School and the Charlotte Business School. Following graduation he worked for the National Center for Health Statistics, where he retired after 36 years. Following retirement he worked in the Wake County School System as a substitute teacher. He was an active member of Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh. He was a former member of the Raleigh Jaycees and was also a member of the Rams Club, a season ticket holder and avid Tar Heels fan. He could be counted on to be at Keenan Stadium cheering on the Heels. Frank will be remembered for his smile, his willingness in helping others and his devotion to his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyrus Franklin Rawls, Sr. and Mildred Pelletier Rawls, and his son, John Cyrus “Cy” Rawls.
Surviving are: his wife, of 41 years, Susan Ferrell Rawls of Raleigh; a sister, Elaine Rawls of Cape Carteret; cousins, Sam A. Starling and family of Raleigh and New York, Jeremiah P. Starling and family of Raleigh and New York, and Jeanette S. McIlwean and family of Rocky Mount and Wilmington.
Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Graveside services will be held 3:30 p.m. Friday at Jacksonville City Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to Duke Cancer Center, 20 Duke Clinic Circle, Durham, NC 27710 or to the Library Fund at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff in Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care and 9100 Oncology for their support and loving care. Also, to our family and friends, this journey with Frank, as difficult and sad that it has been, would have been much harder had it not been for all of your love and support. You are all very special. To Frank’s church family, thank you for your caring and being there for him. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham (919-688-6387) assisted by Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville (910-455-1281). Online condolences at


Lewis Barber Larkin Jr.
FORT MILL, S.C. — Lewis Barber "Lew" Larkin Jr. of Fort Mill, South Carolina, formerly of Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, age 83, passed away surrounded by his loving family on January 28th, 2014 following a valiant battle against lung cancer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lew attended Wayne State University and began his career in human relations and benefits management with Chrysler Corporation. Pursing his love of the East Coast, he transferred to Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked at Hercules, Inc. through 1982. He became Director of Human Resources for the National Railway Labor Conference in Washington, DC, and retired in 1995. Lew was well-loved for his jovial manner, quick wit and outgoing personality and well-known for his handsome demeanor and mischievous smile. He was an avid golfer, Big Band and Jazz aficionado,a lover of all things automotive and was devoted to his loyal dog, Bean. Lew is survived by his cherished wife of 60 years, Pauline (Gugelyk), beloved daughters Melanie Goddard, Kirstin Ellison, Nora Marshall and six grandchildren. A service to celebrate Lew’s life will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Sun City Carolina Lakes Lake House Media Room, 1353 Del Webb Blvd., Fort Mill, SC from 3-5 pm.

Eula Mae (Jenkins) Watson
COSBY, Tenn. — Eula Mae (Jenkins) Watson, of Cosby, TN, was born June 18, 1941 and passed away June 10, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born in Grainger County, Tennessee and moved to Durham in the mid-1970s where she resided and worked until moving back to Tennessee in the mid-1990s and lived until she passed. God saw she was getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So he put His arms around her, and whispered, "Come with me." She is preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Clyna Jenkins; son, Norman Watson; and brother, Carroll Jenkins.
She leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Robert Watson; sons, Blue (Sherri) Watson; Bobby Watson; Toney (Wendy) Watson; and David Watson; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and other family and friends. She will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 14, 2014. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, 222 Heritage Blvd., Newport, TN 37821 or condolences may be sent to Blue and Sherri Watson, 1804 Carpenter Pond Road, Raleigh, NC 27613.
Family and friends may sign the guest register online at
Manes Funeral Home, Newport, TN in charge.