September 29, 2013

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Charles Lee Averette
DURHAM - Mr. Charles Lee Averette, 72, of Durham, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013. He was born in Sampson County to the late Charles Vernon Averette and Midlena Weeks Averette. Mr. Averette was a long time employee of Anchor Tape Company as a Sales Representative and a former member of the North Carolina National Guard.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Vise Averette; daughter, Kimberly Averette LaRoche and husband, Michael; son, Chad Averette; grandchildren, Alexis and Christopher LaRoche; and brother, Roy Averette and wife, Gayle.
Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Edna Vise; and extended family members Andy and Billie Vise, Nancy and Buddy Rasberry, Robert and Melanie Vise, Albert Estok, Keyra Cowan-Estok, Anderson Cowan, Jade and A.J. Estok, and Dan and Jean Litton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff of unit 8100 at DUMC and the Hock Family Pavilion for their care and compassion.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Clements Funeral Chapel, Durham. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to The Second Mile Ministry or to The Legacy Center at Grey Stone Baptist Church in Charles’ memory.                    
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Wade Clarence Grady
DURHAM - Mr. Wade Clarence Grady, 75, of Durham, died on Friday, September 27, 2013.
Mr. Grady was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Ervin and Nora Lloyd Grady. He retired from the American Tobacco Company as a Machinist. He attended Freedom Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Lamm Grady; brothers, Bill and Buck Grady; sisters, Patricia Ross and Mary Riggs.
He is survived by his son, Tim Grady (Sharon); his daughters, Tammy Vaughan (Wade), Patricia Ange (Cliff); brother, Bobby Grady; sisters, Donna McFarling, Lillian Riggs; three grandchildren, Kirsten Vaughan, Kyle Grady, Blake Grady and two great grandchildren, Carson Wade Grady and Lisa Rose Vaughan.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Donnie Cash.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Helen Rhodes Barbee Higgins
DURHAM — Helen Rhodes Barbee Higgins, 89, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. She was born on January 29, 1924 in Durham, at Watts Hospital to Charles Wesley and Lillie (Rhodes) Barbee.
Helen grew up in Durham. She graduated from Bethesda High School. After high school she graduated from Meredith College. During World War II she was actively involved in volunteering with the USO at Camp Butner, NC. Following this she worked in art and advertising for WDNC Radio Station and later the Durham Herald-Sun. She retired after 40 years.
Helen married Edgar (Ed) Reid Higgins in 1947 in Durham, NC at Carr Methodist Church. Helen and Ed met at WDNC. Ed oversaw all aspects of the station on and off the air. Ed was the original “Voice of the Duke Blue Devils.” Helen and Ed traveled regularly with the football and basketball teams. They were patrons of The Masonic Home for Children, the Shriners Hospital, LA Sertoma, The Shriners Organization, Eastern Star, the Durham Jaycees and Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church – including the George Mathis Sunday School Class. In her free time, Helen was a model for local companies such as Lucky Strike, Durham Hosiery, Baldwin’s Department Store and Ellis-Stone. She also participated in local Charity Beauty Pageants.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Lillie Barbee; her husband, Ed Higgins; and her brothers, Charles and William Barbee.
Helen is survived by her sister, Louise Barbee Noel of Durham; her daughter, Bridgett and her husband, Randy Ray of Durham; and her daughter, Reid Higgins Forbes of Charlottesville, VA. She has eight loving grandchildren, Leslie and Dr. Robert Mazzei of Columbia, SC; Ashley and Kevin Utz of Wake Forest, NC; Caroline, Elisabeth, McCoy and Margaret Forbes of Charlottesville, Virginia. She is also survived by her two great-grandchildren, Madison Mazzei and Cameron Mazzei of Columbia, SC.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church at 927 West Trinity Avenue in Durham, NC at 2 p.m. this afternoon, September 29, 2013. The family will be greeting friends and relatives following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in her honor.  Condolences may be left on Howerton-Bryan’s online guest book at

Josie Ellerbe Holt
DURHAM - Funeral services for Josie Ellerbe Holt, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church. Family visitation, 30 minutes prior to service.
Mrs. Holt was founder and owner of Tiny Tots Day Care Center, located at 1220 Fayetteville Street. Also was a member of Junior Mothers Club and White Rock Baptist Church.
Survivors: husband, Sterlin M. Holt; son, Sterlin M. Holt Jr.; nephew, Russell Harrison (Delores), and other relatives.
Public viewing will be 12 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Geraldine “Gerrie” Ann Roberson
DURHAM - Geraldine “Gerrie” Ann Roberson, age 84, died peacefully at her sister’s home in Rocky Mount, NC on Thursday, September 26, 2013. A Durham native, Gerrie was born to the late John Knox and Juanita Gentry Roberson. She was a member of Cheek Heights Baptist Church and will be fondly remembered as a devoted Christian who loved the Lord.
Gerrie is survived by her sister, Patricia R. Bass and husband, Steve, of Rocky Mount; her brother, Robert E. Roberson and wife, Diane, of Little River, SC; and 15 loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, John W. “Bill” Roberson.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, September 30 from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham with the Reverend Steve Williams presiding. Burial will follow in Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.
Friends may visit Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Betty Jean Paschall Snow
DURHAM — Mrs. Betty Jean Paschall Snow, 80, of Durham, died on Friday, September 27, 2013.
Mrs. Snow was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Herman L. Paschall Sr. and Lillian Colclough Paschall. She worked for Liggett & Myers and retired from Colonial Store and SunTrust Bank. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church.
She is survived by her brothers, Herman Paschall, Earl Paschall, Larry Paschall and William Paschall, all of Durham; sisters, Judi Paschall Donna Hylton and Deborah Williams, all of Durham; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Kenneth Forehand.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of his sister, Donna Hylton, 7211 Cassam Road in Bahama. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made to

Gary Wayne Watkins
DURHAM — Funeral Service for Mr. Gary Wayne Watkins, (51) of Durham, N.C., will be conducted on Monday at 1 p.m. from the United for Christ Church on Angier Ave., and the family will meet with their friends one hour before the funeral service. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Sandra E. Watkins; one son, Mr. Reggie Johnson, two sisters, Mrs. Patricia Barr, Ms. Pamela Watkins; one grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final Care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

Donald Alan Littlefield
STEM — Donald Alan Littlefield, of Stem, North Carolina, died September 3, 2013 at the family cottage in Port Loring, Ontario, Canada. He was 72.  
Born in Buffalo, NY on April 21, 1941, he was the third son of Robert J. and Jeanne B. Littlefield. Don grew up in Williamsville, NY. He graduated from Williamsville Central School in 1958 and from Dennison University, Granville, Ohio in 1962. 
Don worked in sales his whole career, first with the Larus Tobacco Company, Richmond, VA, then with Titmus Optical in Petersburg, VA, and finally with Akzo Nobel and Bio Merieux in Durham, NC. He retired in 2004. 
Don was a gregarious person with a wide circle of friends. He was an accomplished linguist fluent in Spanish and French and was keenly interested in other cultures. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed a good joke, had a hearty laugh and laughed often.  He was intelligent, well read, widely traveled and generous of both his time and treasure. Don always looked for the best in people. He will be missed by many. 
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Anne-Louise Emanuelsson; and a brother, Robert B. Littlefield. He is survived by a brother, Colonel (Ret.) Richard E. Littlefield and his wife, Maxine, of Mount Holly Springs, PA; two sisters-in-law, Reita Littlefield of West Falls, NY and Kristina Emilsson of Sweden; three nephews, two nieces, and his beloved dogs, Kenzie and Buddy. 
Don's ashes will be buried near those of his parents in the churchyard of Saint John in the Wilderness, Flatrock, NC at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be given to your local SPCA or the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Condolences can be expressed at or (717) 386-9849.

Esther W. Tate
CHAPEL HILL — Funeral Services for Mrs. Esther W. Tate will be held on Monday, September 30, at 12 Noon. Visitation will be from 11-12, at First Baptist Church, Chapel Hill.

Gracie Poteat Winstead
CEDAR GROVE — Gracie Poteat Winstead, 73, died on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Duke University Med. Center.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday in Allen's Chapel Baptist Church with visitation one hour prior to the funeral, 1 to 2 p.m. Burial in church cemetery.
Survivors are sons, Ralph Winstead, Ronald Winstead and Douglass Winstead; daughters, Pamela Winstead and Beverly Pettiford; 11 grand children; 12 great grandchildren.
Public viewing: Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home. The family is at the home of Pamela Winstead, 405 Alpha Drive, Mebane, NC 27302.