Obituaries, April 11, 2014

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 05:23 PM


Doletha W. Blake
DURHAM — Funeral services for Doletha W. Blake (Dimple), 82, will be held today at 12 p.m. at St. Mark AME Zion Church. The family visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
Survivors include 6 children, Norman Blake, Clinton Blake, Jr., Terri Blake, Pamela Blake, Sharon Blake and Adrienne Blake Sutton (Terry); 2 brothers; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of family, friends and other relatives.
The family will receive friends at 4 Mattie Ct, Durham, NC 27704.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Rosalyn J. Long Bruce
DURHAM — Rosalyn J. Long Bruce of 5500 Fortunes Ridge Drive, #72A, Durham, departed this life on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Visitation: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014, prior to funeral services.
Funeral Service: 12:00 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Compassionate Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2310 Compassionate Drive, Raleigh.
Interment: Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.
Survivors: son, Michael A. Bruce (Dorlene E.) of Knightdale, and one grandchild, Christopher M. Bruce.
Family will receive friends at son’s address: 1109 Bishopton Way, Knightdale, NC 27545.

Frances Mae Couch Dorrity
DURHAM — Mrs. Frances Mae Couch Dorrity, 80, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Durham County to the late Oscar Aaron Couch and the late Alpha Mae Cole Couch. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Carlton Oscar Couch. Mrs. Dorrity was previously employed with Wensell Grabarek CPA and retired from Couch Oil Company. She is a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Orange County where she was a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Director, played the piano and organ, Director of Women’s Missionary Union and served several elected positions for Yates Baptist Association.
Mrs. Dorrity is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Thompson Dorrity; daughter, Cynthia Dorrity Nichols and husband, Charles Edward; brother, Bobby Cole Couch and wife, Shirley; sisters-in-law, Deborah Avent, Mildred Ferrell and husband, Carl, Ethel Kaplon and husband, Shelton; grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Nichols, Emily Nicole Nichols, Stephen Andrew Nichols; nieces, Lisa Couch Nichols and husband, Russell, and Janice Couch Thompson and husband, Tim; great-niece, Abby Mae Nichols; nephew, Stephen Carlton Couch; and great-nephews, William Cole Thompson and Eric Russell Nichols.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Bristol Winslow, Dr. Mark Powers, Dr. Anne Toohey, Dr. Amy Stein and to the compassionate Critical Care Unit Team from Duke Regional Hospital.
A “Going Home” covered dish lunch for family and friends will be held immediately following the morning worship service at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church on Sunday, April 13. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or donations preferable made to Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, 4511 Old NC 10, Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

James Edward Ferrell
DURHAM — James Edward Ferrell, 71, died Wednesday morning at Murdoch Center in Butner, where he had lived for many years.
A native of Orange County his family lived in the Ephesus Baptist Church Community for many years.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was predeceased by his parents, James Melvin Ferrell and Nellie Lloyd Ferrell, and two brothers, Thomas and Melvin.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Chaplain Willis Herman, Chaplain at Murdoch Center.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Ferrell family.

James Alfred Keith
DURHAM — Mr. James Alfred Keith, 68, of 2810 Shaw Road, died at his home on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Mr. Keith was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Nulushious Keith and Mary Jane Woods Keith. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He retired from GTE in 1997 as a switchman. Mr. Keith was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Creedmoor, where he served as a Deacon and was a member of the Adult III Sunday School Class. He loved to fish and was a member of the Catch’n Crappie Club and the Redwood Ruritan Club. He also enjoyed billiards, bowling and softball.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Mary Ann Shaw Keith; four sons, Jimmy Keith, Christopher Keith and Jeff Bailey, all of Durham, and Rick Bailey of Bullock; three sisters, Doris Scoggins and husband, Monroe, Merita Shambley and Evelyn Overcash, all of Durham; three grandchildren, Justin R. Keith, Caleb R. Keith and Zachery Bailey.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church in Creedmoor. Rev. Tom Lamm will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Redwood Ruritan Club and the Adult III Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2810 Shaw Road. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church, 1512 Beaver Dam Road, Creedmoor, NC 27522. Online condolences may be made at

Clellie Perry White
DURHAM — Mrs. Clellie Perry White, 94, of 5107 Whippoorwill St., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. Her service will be conducted at 11am on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St. Interment will follow in St Paul AME Zion Church Cemetery, Sanford, NC. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the church from 10:30-11am one-half hour prior to the service.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.


Genelle Blackley Addison
BOONE — Mrs. Genelle Blackley Addison, age 65, of Lynhill Lane, Boone, NC passed away Wednesday morning, April 9, 2014 at Watauga Medical Center. Born October 23, 1948 in Durham, NC, she was a daughter of the late Henry Grady and Nita Rose Williford Blackley. “Gee Gee,” as she was known, was retired from First Citizens Bank in Blowing Rock. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock where she sang in the choir. Genelle’s favorite things were loving the Lord, her family, singing, laughing, and making friends; she never met a stranger.
She is survived by her husband, Duane Addison; one son, Jordan Addison and wife Andrea of New York City; one daughter, Brook Addison Hicks and husband Carl of Banner Elk; two grandchildren, Madirose and Colt Hicks; one brother, Martin Blackley and wife Tommie of Durham; one sister-in-law, Teresa Blackley of Durham; one aunt, Louise “Teny” Moss of Durham; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, one brother, Grady Arnold Blackley, preceded her in death.
Memorial services for Mrs. Genelle Blackley Addison will be conducted Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 at 6 o’clock at the First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock for family and friends. Officiating will be Rev. Marshall Edwards, Rev. Jerry Allen, and Rev. Rusty Guenther. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NC Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or to Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.
Online condolences may be shared with the Addison family at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Addison family.

Marilyn Lea Kusch Gasswint
MANKATO, Minn. — The Reverend Marilyn Lea Kusch Gasswint, age 76 of Mankato, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society Grandview in St. Peter, MN, with her son and daughter by her bedside.
Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12th at First Baptist Church, 101 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. The Reverend Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr. and The Reverend Nathaniel O. Boykin of First Baptist Church will be officiating. A fellowship dinner will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Mothers and Their Children (MATCH), 4287 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4287.
Marilyn was born November 25, 1937, in Omaha, NE, to Albert Carl Kusch and Nellie May Terkelsen. Marilyn Lea Kusch married Charles David Gasswint, Jr. in Iowa City, IA. Marilyn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS in 1963; a Secretary and Staff Assistant, Counseling Clinic, Honolulu, HI, from 1963-1964; a Research Assistant, Neuropsychology Lab, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, from 1965-1968; a Psychometrist, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK, from 1967; a Secretary to the Pastor, White Rock Baptist Church, Durham, NC, from 1975-1980, 1982-1984; a Student Chaplain, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, in 1979; a Licensed Minister, White Rock Baptist Church, Durham, NC, in 1980; a Student Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC, from 1980-1981; received M. Div., Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC, in 1981; was Ordained to The Gospel Ministry, White Rock Baptist Church, Durham, NC, in 1981; an Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean and Seminar Instructor on "Death and Dying," The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC, from 1981-1983; a Chaplain, Durham County General Hospital, Durham, NC, from 1981-1983; an Instructor in "Death and Dying" course, Federal Correction Institution, Butner, NC, out of Durham Technical Institute, Durham, NC, in 1982; Chaplains' Auxiliary Staff, Durham County General Hospital, Durham, NC, from 1981-1985; a Resident serving as a Chaplain to the Heart Team in Clinical Pastoral Education, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, from 1983-1984; a Church Secretary, Parkwood United Methodist Church, Durham, NC, in 1985; an Assistant to the Pastor, St. John's Baptist Church, Mason City, IA, from 1985-1986; a Teaching Assistant, Instructor, Group Supervisor in Pastoral Care, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, from 1983-1984, 1986-1989; the Director of Members' Services, Methodist Retirement Home, Durham, NC, from 1986-1989; a Pastoral Counselor, Marriage and Family Counseling Center, Durham, NC, 1988-1989; an Associate Minister, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC, from 1988-1994; the Senior Chaplain, Director of Chaplaincy Services, North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Raleigh, NC, from 1989-2000 due to retirement; a Counselor, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Raleigh, NC, from 2002-2005; the Chaplain, Presbyterian Ministry, Raleigh Correction Center for Women, Raleigh, NC, from 2005-2007 and a Counselor, Federal Correction Center for Women, Waseca, MN, from 2009-2010.
Marilyn served on many various boards. She was an Executive Board Member, Durham County Mental Health Association, Durham, NC, from 1973-1975; an Advisory Board Member, Durham County Mental Health Center, Durham, NC, from 1973-1975; The Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Durham County Mental Health Association, Durham, NC, in May 1975; a Board Member Comprehensive Education Training Act (CETA), Durham County, Durham, NC, in 1979; an Advisory Board Member, Comprehensive Education Training Act from 1979-1980; a Board Member, American Baptist Regional Board of Christian Education Serving the Triangle Area for the American Baptist Churches of the South, from 1982-1983; a Member of the Ministers Council, American Baptist Churches of the South, from 1981-1988; a Member of the Committee on Prison Ministry, General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, from 1981-Present; a Member, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., from 1981-Present; a Devotional Leader for The Women's Convention of the Mid-American Baptist Churches in 1985; a Volunteer Committee, Durham County Habitat for Humanity, from 1987-1988; an Area Coordinator, Prison Committee, General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, 1988-Present; a Board Member, Beacon Haven Ministries from 1991-1993; and a Board Member, North Carolina Correction Institution for Women - Mothers And Their Children (MATCH), Raleigh, NC, from 1991-2000.
In 2007, Marilyn and her daughter Karen moved to Mankato, MN for Karen to take care of her father, Charles, who died October 5, 2011. Though divorced, Marilyn and Charles were lifelong friends. While living in Mankato, it was Marilyn's desire to participate in church services where Charles was a member. Pastors Dean Wolf and Pam Serdar invited Marilyn to share their pulpit in worship service at Centenary United Methodist Church. Marilyn especially enjoyed serving communion. Marilyn assisted Jo Thomas, the Caring Ministries Director with World Community Sunday and regular communion at Keystone and Primrose Senior Communities. Marilyn also led a women's Bible Study and Book Club. Marilyn and Karen enjoyed serving food and fellowship at the Salvation Army. Marilyn continued an aftercare ministry with inmates and served as the Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Center for Women in Waseca, MN. There she organized volunteering from Mankato and surrounding areas for those to work directly with the inmates. She was devoted to all the inmates she served through the years and felt they were often victims. In addition of the love of ministry, she was a devoted friend, daughter, mother and grandmother. Marilyn enjoyed volunteering, cooking and baking, gardening, cross-stitching, gospel music and theater.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Kay Gasswint of Mankato, MN and Clear Lake, IA and son, Devin Charles (Amy) Gasswint of Madison Lake, MN; grandchildren, Carson Paul, Taylor Marie and Mya Kay Gasswint all of Madison Lake, MN and cousins, Donald (Cindi) Kroll of Winnie, TX, and Chuck (Marjorie) Kroll of Tomball, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Charles David Gasswint, Jr.