June 16, 2013

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 11:35 AM

Harold Lloyd Driver

DURHAM- Harold Lloyd Driver, 81, of Durham died on Friday, June 14, 2013. He was the son of the late Jessie Dewey Driver and Betty Lewis Driver. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Driver retired from Mutual Distributing Co. after forty five years of service as salesman and sales supervisor. He was a Charter member of Oak Grove Masonic Lodge  #750, Sudan Shriner, Triangle Racing Pigeon Club and founding member of Oak Grove Athletic Association. He was also a member and deacon of Page Road Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wives, Delilah Massey Driver and Dot Page Driver, and one brother Louis Driver.

He is survived by two sons Jeffry Driver of Winston Salem; Bradley Driver  (Frankie) of Raleigh; one daughter, Gwen Johnson (Jimmie) of Durham; one step-daughter, Cheryl Caddell (Jim) of Durham; two brothers, Glenn Driver and J.D. Driver of Middlesex, NC; two sisters Jacqueline Murray of Raleigh; Naomi Johnson of Middlesex; one step-grandson, Kyle Caddell of Wilmington.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Page Road Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Bond and Kyle Caddell will officiate. Graveside will be at 1:30 p.m. at Rocky Cross Holiness Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be  Bobby Murray, Jr., Millard Page, Wesley Smith, Ben Albaugh,  Jeff Albaugh, Jim Caddell, Ricky Glasgow and Lewis Ray, Jr.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at 1304 Patterson Rd. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.


Charles X. Larrabee

DURHAM — Charles X. Larrabee, long-time head of Research Triangles Institute’s public relations activities died June 12, 2013 at his Croasdaile Village home in Durham. He was 90 years old.

From 1964 until he retired in 1991 he cultivated local and national media coverage of RTI’s scientific programs in many disciplines and their role in fostering regional and state economic vitality. Through news announcements, feature articles and RTI’s research magazine “Hypotenuse”, the word went out that something of special interest was going on in the “Research Triangle” centered on Duke, UNC and N.C. State Universities.

A native of Bellingham, Washington, Larrabee attended the public schools there and Dartmouth College. During World War 2 he served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including overseas duty at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Before coming to North Carolina he held positions with the San Francisco Chronicle, Stanford Research Institute, Collier’s magazine in New York and the United Fruit Company in Boston.

Larrabee’s book “Many Missions” published by RTI in 1991 remains the prescriptive account of the events and forces that led to RTI’s formation by the three universities at the end of 1958. A separate entity, RTI was seen as the focal point for an unidentified research park that university sponsors, state officials and business leaders hoped might spring up around it.

The RTPark today has won worldwide acclaim. From a standing start RTI itself has grown to a permanent scientific and support staff of 2,200 with contract research revenues of $800 million annually.

Larrabee was active in the Durham Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Division of Travel and Tourism. He is a member of the Public Relations Hall of Fame at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass communications in UNC.

Named after a grandfather, Larrabee throughout his life was known as “X” for Xavier by family, friends, fellow workers and a steady stream of gagsters. His wife of 65 years, Margaret Dwelle, died in 2008. They leave 7 children, 7 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the kind and professional staff at Croasdaile Retirement Village.


Wayne Rigsbee

DURHAM — Wayne Rigsbee, 66, of Durham, died Friday, June 14, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center. Mr. Rigsbee was born in Durham County to the late Coy Jackson Rigsbee and Mabel Chappel Rigsbee. He was a route supervisor for Classic Food Service. Mr. Rigsbee was a Navy veteran and was a member of Union Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Ray Rigsbee; three daughters, Frankie A. Rigsbee, Debbie N. Rigsbee and Kimberly D. Rigsbee; four brothers, Arnold Rigsbee, Coy Rigsbee, Willie Rigsbee and Paul Rigsbee; three sisters, Cynthia Hazzard, Rebecca Smith and Dyanne Rigsbee; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens by Rev. Dan Hill. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Clements Funeral Home.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


Veora Carrington Pratt

DURHAM - Graveside rites for Veora Carrington Pratt will be held Thursday at ll a.m. at New Bethel Memorial Gardens, Dr. Glenn Davis, officiating.  Survivors include: sister, Mary T. Carrington; brothers, Benjamin Eugene Carrington, Wilford Cornell Carrington, James Arthur Carrington.  Public viewing Wednesday from l0 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Parlor.



Dr. Edgar A. “Bud” Parsons

CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Edgar A. “Bud” Parsons, 93, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Memorial Day Sunday, May 26, 2013. Born January 7, 1920, in Akron, Ohio, Parsons attended Akron public schools, graduating from Garfield High School in 1937. World War II interrupted his course work at the University of Akron and employment with Star Well Drilling and Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He trained at Ft. Benning, GA, where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and later served as an officer in Rifle Company A, 272nd Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division. He was with the Fighting 69th at the first linkup with Allied Soviet Union ground forces on April 25, 1945, on the Elbe River near Torgau, Germany, during the final days of the Battle of Berlin. The “Linkup” facilitated the end of the European War effort, with Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945, now known as "VE Day.".   

Post war, Bud attended a portion of the Nuremburg Trials before he returned to the University of Akron, obtaining his degree in 1946. He earned a Ph.D. from Cornell Graduate School of Economics in 1947 and worked as an assistant professor in the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations until 1950 when, due to the outbreak of the Korean War, he was recalled to active duty at the request of the newly established Directorate of Intelligence Headquarters, US Air Force. He served in Japan, Korea, and elsewhere in the Far East.

Bud worked in National Security Planning in the Executive Office of the President, Federal Civil Defense Administration, and Office of Defense Mobilization Preparedness. He is the author of numerous military operations planning publications on the threat of fallout or residual radioactivity that are still referred to in related national and global dilemmas. In 1960, Bud accepted a position at Research Triangle Institute, a cornerstone of Research Triangle Park, NC. He originated and directed RTI’s Office of Operations and Economics Research and spearheaded the award of many of the largest RTI projects during its early development as a leading “think tank.” In 1980, he became vice president of research at System Sciences, Inc., based in Chevy Chase, MD, from which he phased into retirement in Chapel Hill. 

In advance of the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, Bud was a principal negotiator with German and Soviet Elbe River Veterans for two linkup commemorative locations at Torgau and Strehla, Germany. He made presentations to US President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Boris Yeltsin and helped obtain authorizations and multi-nation approval to fly the American flag on a permanent basis at these locations.

Bud was an active member of the University Presbyterian Church and a past president of Chapel Hill Rotary Club. He was well known in his Lake Forest neighborhood and other walks of life as a great raconteur and listener and for his love of learning and teaching. Bud is predeceased by his wife, Frances, in 2005. A loving, caring father and grandfather, he is survived by his four children, Jeanne, of Norfolk, VA; Allen (Susie) of Hillsborough; Celia “Cindy” Bode of Chapel Hill; Patricia Beyer (Wayne) of Bahama, NC; and grandchildren, Luke Bode (Blair) of Atlanta, GA, and Casey Bode (Christine) of Birmingham, AL.

A memorial service will be held at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill in conjunction with inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Veterans Memorial in Chapel Hill via http://www.chapelhillmemorial.org/make-donations or Friends of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation, 200 Plant Rd, CH, NC 27514 would be most appreciated.



Edwin Robert Hudson

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Edwin Robert Hudson, M.D., was born in Oak Ridge, Tenn., October 9, 1951, and died of trauma sustained in a bicycling accident in Columbia, S.C. on June 11, 2013. He was preceded in death by parents, Ed D. Hudson and Marjory Arends Hudson. He is survived and missed by ex-wife and best friend, E. Jayne Moffatt, M.D., of Columbia, S.C.; sister, Patricia Hudson and her husband, Sam Stapleton, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and beloved nieces, Elizabeth Stapleton, of Durham, N.C., and Erin Stapleton, of Knoxville; and uncle and aunt, William and Jean Arends of Melvin, Ill.

He attended the University of Tennessee where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He completed doctoral course work in Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill before earning an M.D. at East Tennessee State University. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at ETSU and his Radiology residency at the University of Vermont, followed by fellowships in Interventional and Vascular Radiology at Duke University Medical Center, Neuroradiology at Duke, and Neurointerventional Radiology at George Washington University.

He resided in Columbia, S.C., for fifteen years and was on staff at Palmetto Richland Hospital from 1997-2006 and at Lexington Medical Center from 2006 until the time of his death.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road, Columbia SC 29201 or Pawmetto Lifeline, PO Box 1777, Columbia SC 29202.

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