Obituaries, April 12, 2014
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 www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Eloise Chappell Morris
DURHAM — Eloise Chappell Morris, aged 97, passed away March 8, 2014.
Mrs. Morris was the daughter of John M. and Lucy Chappell and the widow of the late Dr. James B. Morris of Durham.
Upon graduating from Durham High School, she attended Campbell University, where she assisted the late playwright and UNC professor Paul Green in his outdoor theatre productions in eastern and western North Carolina.
Mrs. Morris’ love for the theater was a lifelong interest. She worked with the Duke Players under the late director A.T. West to organize the first Little Theater group in Durham called the “Durham Theater Guild” in 1950. The Guild became a part of the Allied Arts in 1954 and was renamed Durham Allied Arts in 1975. A highlight of her life was assisting her late daughter, actress Anita Morris, backstage in New York Broadway shows.
She had a large collection of cultural and antique costumes and music, and used them in original shows she produced for charities and churches.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Durham Exchangette club for over 60 years.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. Jon Byron Morris and wife Maurine, and Dr. James Douglas Morris and wife Carolyn, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Morris’ memorial service will be limited to a gathering of family and close friends, date to be announced.
Earl Esau Thomas Jr.
DURHAM — Earl Esau Thomas Jr., 66, is survived by his three sons, one daughter, one grandchild, one great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, 2502 NC Highway 55, Durham, NC, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 4:00pm.
Colleen “CoCo” McCrea Hall
CHAPEL HILL — Colleen “CoCo” McCrea Hall, age 63, died April 8, 2014 in her home in Chapel Hill, NC after courageously battling cancer for more than 27 years. CoCo was born September 29, 1950 in Baltimore, MD to Betty Carl McCrea and the late Edward Wesley McCrea. In 1968, she graduated from Towson High School where many lifelong friendships began. On May 31, 1975, Coco married Daniel F. Hall, also of Baltimore, and in 1980 they started their family in Arlington Heights, IL with the births of their son Ryan and, sixteen months later, their daughter Megan.
Over the next 17 years, CoCo was a proud and busy homemaker. She supported Dan’s demanding corporate career and travel schedule, maintained the household, helped raise Ryan and Megan, managed nine family moves between Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Illinois and still found time to earn her associate degree, with honors, in Marketing and Sales. In reference letters, professors applauded her leadership qualities, while classmates, 25 years her junior, looked to her as a role model, describing her as caring, hardworking, and honest. CoCo regularly volunteered in community, school, and charitable activities including service to Meals on Wheels, local soup kitchens, women’s shelters, Binkley Preschool and Chapel Hill Service League among others. Not unusually, CoCo formed special friendships while volunteering but was always most rewarded by simply helping others.
In 1997, after the family returned to North Carolina and settled in Chapel Hill, CoCo began more than 16 years of service to the Town of Chapel Hill, first joining the Parks and Recreation Department. In 2001, she moved to the Town’s Finance Department where, for 13 more years, she continued her devoted service and proudly earned her professional designation as Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer (CLGPO). CoCo’s friends and colleagues often thought of her as a teacher, confidant, and mentor. In January 2014, her medical condition forced her to leave work and the people of whom she was so fond.
CoCo truly loved her work and her friends, but above all, she loved her family. They were her greatest source of happiness and the real reason she so courageously endured. Over the last two years of Coco’s life, she especially cherished the addition of her granddaughter Grayson, who brought her great joy and happiness.
Perhaps no place embodies the spirit, the light, and the life of Coco more than the beach. Whether work or play in her high school years, summers with family, or fall reunions with friends, her times at the beaches in Ocean City, MD and Nags Head, NC were her fondest and most fulfilling. There, like no other place, she was able to rest and renew while raising her kids, delighting in family, and enjoying friends.
Coco was everybody’s friend and a source of affectionate laughter. She was funny and inspiring, generous, and a model of selflessness. She approached every day with hope and purpose, and found a smile to hide the terrible burden of her pain and constant fear. She never complained and she never allowed illness to define her.
CoCo’s legacy is defined by her incredible strength and resilience and her unconditional love for life and family. She is and will always be our hero. CoCo will forever remind us to live, to laugh, and to smile every day.
CoCo was preceded in death by her father, Edward McCrea, and is survived by her husband, Daniel Hall of Chapel Hill; her son, Ryan Hall of Charlotte; her daughter, Megan Hall of Chapel Hill; her mother, Betty McDermott of Berlin, MD; and her daughter-in-law, Sara Hall, and granddaughter, Grayson Hall, both of Charlotte.
A celebration of CoCo’s life will be held Thursday, April 17 from 2pm to 5pm at La Residence Restaurant, 209 W. Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill.
Katherine Ross Wray
HENDERSON — Katherine Ross Wray, 79, of Henderson, NC died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Rougemont, NC.
Born in Durham County, she was the daughter of the late Reuben Vernon Ross and Gaynell Terry Ross. She was the widow of James Talmadge Wray.
Mrs. Wray was a retired employee of John Foster Homes. She was a member of South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church.
A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at Sunset Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Frank Sossamon.
Surviving are a sister, Barbara R. McNeill of Rougemont, NC, and a brother, Jerry Ross and wife Virginia of Rougemont, NC.
The family will receive friends Saturday, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Flowers Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-9989.
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.
Carroll Dale Rogers
MILTON — Carroll Dale Rogers, 64, of 328 Rock Creek Drive, Milton, NC died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham after automobile accident injuries. Born in Person County, he was the son of the late Mr. Leon Carroll Rogers and Inez Humphries Rogers.
Carroll was a 1967 graduate of Roxboro High School and a 1971 graduate of Wake Forest University.
He was an athlete having played football and basketball in high school, and enjoyed tennis and surfing.
Carroll loved the Lord, was dedicated to his family, and unselfishly invested in others.
He had recently retired after being a longtime employee of the NC Department of Agriculture.
Carroll is survived by his wife, Jan Howe Rogers of the home; four children, John and wife Coty, Jeph, Aimee Rogers Ward and husband David, and Michael; sister, Susan Rogers Newton and husband Larry of Hurdle Mills.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Wednesday, April 16, at Roxboro Baptist Church by Rev. Dupree Sanders and Worship Pastor Richie Surles of Lambs Chapel.