September 15, 2013

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 05:06 PM

Joseph William "Joe" Becton Jr.
DURHAM - Mr. Joseph William "Joe" Becton Jr., 81, of 317 Wayne Circle, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the VA Hospital. His memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Rd. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11:30-12, one half hour prior to the service. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Dept, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or
Mr. Becton is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edna Burke Becton.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Charles R. Heilig
DURHAM - Mr. Charles R. Heilig, age 76, of Delano Street, Durham, NC, passed Tuesday at his residence. He was born March 23, 1937 in Salisbury to the late John and Maggie House Heilig. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School, East Spencer, NC. Mr.  Heilig retired from the US Coast Guard, the US Justice Dept. and the Federal Prison System. He was a Mason and member of the Police Belevont. Survivors are sons, Wayne D. Heilig (Angela), Sanford, NC and Larry R. Heilig, Wadesboro, NC; daughters, Terri Heilig and Sonya Heilig both of Wadesboro, NC, Telesha Heilig of Durham, NC; sister, Theola Heilig, East Spencer, NC; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be today at 3 p.m.; visitation 2:30 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Pastor, Rev. Dr. David Bracken, officiating. Military Rites and interment will be Monday, 1 p.m. at the US National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC. Services entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Inc.

Irving Brinton Holley Jr.
DURHAM — Irving Brinton Holley Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University and Major General, US Air Force (ret.), died August 12, 2013, in Durham, NC. At the time of his death he was 94 years old.
Professor Holley was a native of Torrington, Connecticut, and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 1940. He was working toward a Ph.D. at Yale University and had received the Tew Prize as Outstanding Scholar in History when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, and he enlisted in the US Army. Trained as an aerial gunner, he was commissioned at Officer Candidate School. He returned to private life as a captain after five years of active duty but remained in the US Air Force reserves until he retired in 1981 with the rank of major general, after nearly 40 years of service to his country. 
He completed his Ph.D. at Yale in 1947, receiving the Townshend Prize for Best Dissertation, and then accepted a position at Duke University. Although he officially retired in 1989, he continued teaching until the age of 92, making him both the oldest and longest serving professor in Duke’s history. In 2004, Professor Holley inspired the project “Books for Baghdad,” an effort by the university community to donate scholarly books and other materials to Iraqi university libraries which had been destroyed during Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Gulf Wars. He also served on the NC Health Planning Council, the Board of Trustees of Durham Academy, and as Senior Warden at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church.
Professor Holley was the author eight books, most notably Ideas and Weapons, a study of the relationships of technology, military doctrine, and weapons development. First issued in 1953, the book has been published in four editions and is still in print. It continues as an important text for several US military staff schools and war colleges. Other books Professor Holley wrote include General John M. Palmer, Citizen Soldier, and the Army of a Democracy, and Buying Aircraft: Materiel Procurement for the Army Air Forces, a World War II official history for the US Army Center of Military History. More recently, at the age of 89, he published his last scholarly book, The Highway Revolution, 1895-1925: How the United States Got Out of the Mud.
Professor Holley taught and mentored several generations of PhD’s and in so doing made a major contribution to the field of military history. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on military doctrine, he continued to lecture on the subject long after his retirement from the university. He served as visiting professor at the US military academy at West Point, NY, and the National Defense University. He was a frequent lecturer at the Army and Air Force Staff Colleges, the Army, Navy, and Air War Colleges, and the Pentagon. He also lectured at the US Marine University, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Royal Swedish Military Staff College in Stockholm, Sweden.
Professor Holley was an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a recipient of the Duke Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for History for his body of contributions to the field of military history. He was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, and the Air Force’s Exceptional Service and Distinguished Service Medals, and the Air Force Legion of Merit. In 2007 he was the first recipient of an award named in his honor by the Air Force for individuals who have made a “sustained, significant contribution to the documentation of Air Force history during a lifetime of service.”
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Janet Carlson Holley; and his daughters, Janet Wegner of Garrett Park, MD, Jean Schmidt of Greenville, SC, and Susan Holley of Clover, SC; as well as eight grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium.

Melba Gunter Jones
DURHAM - Mrs. Melba Gunter Jones, 100, of Durham, departed this life on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and went to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Jones was the daughter of the late Joseph Gunter and Edith Mims Gunter. Melba was an active member of Branson Memorial United Methodist Church for many years and, in recent years, belonged to Bethany United Methodist Church. Melba and her husband, Raymond, operated Jones Poultry Company in Durham for many years. Melba’s hobbies filled her days after retirement. 
She enjoyed painting and candle making, and she was active in church work. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Lewis Jones; two brothers, Garland Gunter and Elmond Gunter; sister, Leta Browning and several nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Jones Ammons; her grandson, Geoffrey Niles Ammons; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery. Rev. Jimmy Weaver will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church, 2809 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27705 for the Building Fund. Online condolences may be made at

Stella Mousmoules
DURHAM - Stella Mousmoules departed this life Friday, September 13 following a brief illness. She was born December 9, 1927 in Durham to the late Andrew and ZoiMousmoules. Her parents were founding members of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Barbara, where Stella was also a devoted member. She worked tirelessly for the church as a volunteer and for its fundraising efforts over many years.
A graduate of Durham High School in 1945 and Duke University, she was retired from Duke Medical Center and later worked at the Environmental Protection Agency. She was a member of the Philoptochos Society. Stella was also involved in the community tutoring children in reading and visiting nursing home residents.
Surviving are her nephews, Andrew and Jordan Mousmoules of Chapel Hill. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Paula M. Heonis; and brothers, James A. and John A. Mousmoules.
The funeral liturgy will be 2 p.m., Wednesday from St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, with Fr. Stavroforos Mamaies presiding. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, with the Trisagion service at 7.
Donations in Stella’s memory may be to St. Barbara Church Building Fund, 8306 Hwy. 751, Durham 27713. On-line memorials:

Frederick "Fred" "Sonny" Albert Schanze Jr.
ROUGEMONT — Frederick "Fred" "Sonny" Albert Schanze Jr., 84, of 213 Equestrian Chase, Rougemont, NC died Friday, September 6, 2013 following a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Louisville, KY, Mr. Schanze was the son of Frederick and Edna Schanze Sr.
Fred was a longtime resident of Miami, FL. He met the love of his life, Joyce Etheridge at Miami Edison Senior High School.  They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this past year. After retiring from a 40-year career with Southern Bell, he enjoyed 28 years of retirement. Fred was a veteran of the Marine Corps. He lived life to the fullest. Fred enjoyed the outdoors, sports and his family. Despite all three sons graduating from FSU, he remained an avid Hurricane fan.
Mr. Fred Schanze is survived by his wife, Joyce Schanze; three children, Michael Schanze, of Boise, Idaho, Keith Schanze, of Rougemont, NC and Ronald Schanze, of Westport, CT; one brother, Dr. John (Jack) Schanze of Palm Harbor, FL; two sisters, Jo Ann Troutman, of Atlanta, GA, and Marilyn Britt, Of Gastonia, NC; and six grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Sr, and Edna; brothers, Donnie, Gene and Bobby.
Funeral Services were held 11 a.m., Monday, September 9, 2013, at the Brooks and White Chapel, Roxboro, NC by the Rev. Lisa Cole. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Jimmy V Foundation, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513 or the Duke University Cancer Center, 20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Duke Hospice for their compassionate care. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness". 2 Timothy 4:7-8
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Genia Bell Whitted Cannada
HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Genia Bell Whitted Cannada, 82, died Friday, September 13, 2013. She was a native of Orange County and attended the Orange County Schools. She owned and operated Genia’s Grill. She was a member of the Voice of God Among You Ministers and Hillsborough Moose Lodge for 38 years.
Surviving are her daughter, Linda Nipper (Robert), Concord; three sons, James Lester Cannada (Jean), Durham, Harold Wayne Cannada (Dale), Winston-Salem, and Johnny Craven Cannada (Janice), Efland; eight grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Winford Cannada and Richard Cannada; and her husband, Charles Cannada.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday in Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel by Johnny and Wayne Cannada. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 7-9, Monday in Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough.

Mary Scarsella Bonti
CARY - Mary Scarsella Bonti, 84, Cary, NC, passed away on September 13, 2013. She was born on January 11, 1929 to Isadore and Estella Scarsella in Huntington Station, NY. She married Arthur Paul Bonti on June 3, 1951, and together, they raised seven children in Durham, NC before Art passed away in 1989. 
Mary volunteered for 38 years at Durham Regional Hospital, logging more than 20,000 hours. She loved bridge, bingo, Red Hat ladies, and the Carolina Hurricanes. Mary was a long time member of Holy Infant Catholic Church in Durham and, more recently, St. Michael Catholic Church in Cary. 
She is survived by her seven children, Paul (Lynn), Crystal Lake, IL, Joan, Cary, NC, Linda Stauffer (Jim), Hilton Head Island, SC, Steven (Pam), Bluff City, TN, Elaine Roth, Durham, NC, Laura Guffey, Raleigh, NC, and Thomas, Fayetteville, NC, and 19 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. 
A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Holy Infant Catholic Church, 5000 Southpark Drive, Durham, NC. The family will be receiving visitors 4-7 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd, Cary, NC on Wednesday, September 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Wake County.

Robert William Bullock Jr.
CARY – Robert William Bullock Jr., of Cary, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013 at his residence. Born in Durham County, he was the son of the late Robert William Bullock Sr. Mr. Bullock was also preceded in death by a step-mother, Faye Bullock; and a sister, Peggy Bullock Wells. Mr. Bullock was a health care volunteer.
Mr. Bullock is survived by his mother, Betty Sue Bullock and husband, Billy Turner, of Creedmoor; aunts, Dorothy Evans and Linda Jeffreys; uncle, Clarence Goss; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel, Durham, with Rev. G. John Rigsbee officiating.  Interment will be in Community Memorial Gardens in Stem. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
Flowers are acceptable. Memorial donations may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness, P.O. Box 62596, Baltimore, MD 21264-2596.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Thelma Horton Goodwin
APEX - Mrs. Thelma Horton Goodwin, 98, of Apex died Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Goodwin was born and resided in Chatham County until moving to be with her daughter. She was a cosmetologist for 40 years and operated University Beauty Shop in Chapel Hill for many of those years.
Mrs. Goodwin is preceded in death by her husband, Ollie A. Goodwin; and son, Eddie Goodwin.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Goodwin Hackney (Leon) of Apex; three grandchildren, Lee Hackney (Jaime) of Fuquay-Varina, Holly Hill (Chris) of Raleigh, and Clinton Goodwin of Chapel Hill. Mrs. Goodwin is also survived by her five great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Olive Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family would like to express their sincere thank you to Duke Hospice of their unwavering care and Dr. Shidhaye for her support.
Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Homecare & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
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Regina Rory Powers
CAROLINA BEACH, NC — Regina Rory Powers, 50, passed away on September 4, 2013. She resided in Carolina Beach, NC and formerly in Durham, NC.
A woman of kindness and thoughtfulness. She was a supportive and loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed. Surviving her is Husband, Ronald E. Powers Jr. of 29 years; one brother, Jimmy Rory; children and grandchildren.