September 18, 2013
Helen Louise Chisolm
DURHAM — Family visitation for Ms. Helen Louise Chisolm will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Parlor. Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 21 at 12 noon at Fielding Home for Funerals Chapel, 122 Logan Street, Charleston, SC. Survivors include: two daughters, Cassandra Fogg, Missy Chisolm-Robinson (Tony); sister, Marie Terrell (Charles); four grandchildren; two great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Phyllis Kay Spence
DURHAM — Mrs. Phyllis Kay Spence, 92, passed away under hospice care, Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC. She was born in Stafford County, KS to the late Burney Otto Kay and Lily Myrtle Sade Kay. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Spence. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Old Kent Bank as a Secretary.
Mrs. Spence is survived by her daughters, Cristie Morgan (Richard) of Durham, Andrea Blake (Richard) of Waxahachie, TX; son, William Spence (Rebecca) of Caldonia, MI; grandchildren, Kelly, Blair and Mitchell Spence, Whitney Blake Sanderlin and Adam Blake. A graveside service will be held for the family in Grand Rapids at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to Duke Hospice, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Pamela Dodson Andrews
HILLSBOROUGH — On September 16, 2013, Pamela Dodson Andrews' life journey ended peacefully in her home, where she was surrounded by family and friends. Pam is predeceased by her parents, Glenn and Elizabeth Dodson; and her grandson, Chase Underhill. She is survived by her son, Chris Andrews and his father, Dennis Andrews; her grandchildren, Mollie Andrews, Grace Andrews, Chad Wilkins (Lauren), and Ashley Underhill; her brother, Ernie Dodson (Gwen); her sister, Phyllis Dodson (Marty Cassady); and her nephews, Zachary Dodson (friend, Ella Bertram) and Isaac Dodson (friend, Kelcey Beech.)
Pam was a lifelong member of Union Grove United Methodist Church, and recently received a Certificate of Honorary Membership in the Church Council. She attended the yearly Methodist conferences and spent many hours organizing church functions and working in the church office. She always knew the importance of faith and family, and of ministering to those less fortunate in life. She was active in the church's prison ministry and cooked many meals for the homeless shelter in Chapel Hill. Volunteer activities meant so much to Pam, not only for the help she gave others, but for the enrichment she received from hearing their stories and being part of their journey.
Pam touched countless lives, and her friendships were always lifelong. She attended Hardbarger Business College in Raleigh, and worked as an office administrator at UNC in the School of Dentistry, the Art Department, the National Paideia Center, and the Marine Sciences Department, making lasting friendships at each job. Pam's friends often thought of her during their lives and travels, and brought her gifts as gestures of gratitude for caring about them, spending time with them, and making them feel welcome. Some of these gifts grew into impressive collections: Elvis memorabilia, Blue Ridge pottery, and snow globes from around the world. Each summer, Pam and a group of her high school classmates, who all started first grade together, would travel to Emerald Isle. Their group of 13, known as "the beach girls," have vacationed at the same beach house every year for 20 years.
Pam's five grandchildren were the absolute light of her life. She was the best "maw maw" in the world. She spent time together with them and individually with them. She encouraged them in school, in sports, and in life. She has promised to watch over them, and she will always be with them. "The life that touches others lives forever."
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Union Grove United Methodist Church, 6407 Union Grove Church Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. The family wishes to give thanks to Duke Hospice and all the friends and relatives who have been so supportive.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m., at Union Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas.
Brennan Kyle Conklin
RALEIGH — Brennan Kyle Conklin, 25, of Raleigh, N.C., died on Sunday, Sept 15, 2013. Brennan was born on February 11, 1988 in Durham, NC to Kyle Bartee and David Conklin.
A proud graduate of Immaculata and Cardinal Gibbons High School and a decorated military veteran, Brennan will always be remembered for his loving heart, great smile and total dedication to his family, country and the United States Army. Brennan Kyle Conklin is, in every definition of the word, a hero.
Brennan is survived by his wife, Caitlin (Steigerwald) Conklin; and son, Chase Conklin, both of Raleigh, NC; mother, Kyle Bartee of Durham, NC; father, David Conklin of Durham, NC; brother, Cameron Conklin and his wife, Lauren, of Durham, NC; sisters, Madison Conklin and Chapel Bartee of Durham, NC; maternal grandmother, Patricia Bartee; and Godparents, Paul and Kristi Bartee Mann and their children. Also surviving are: Steve Steigerwald, Marirose Keyes Steigerwald, Sean Steigerwald, Marcy Steigerwald, and Bob and Mary Steigerwald. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends.
The family will receive guests at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and a Memorial Mass of Resurrection will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2013.
A Private Cremation Service was previously held through Mitchell Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The Wounded Warrior Project.
Online Memorials: www.MitchellatRMP.com.