Obituaries, April 13, 2014

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 05:09 PM


Patricia Webb Cole
DURHAM — Mrs. Patricia Webb Cole, 62, of 702 Catalpa Dr., died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Hock Family Pavilion. Her service will be conducted at 1pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Morehead Ave Baptist Church, 1008 Morehead Avenue. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 12pm-1pm one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Cole is survived by her husband, Robert Earl Cole; daughter, Melody Webb McLaurin; son, Bobby Cole; sisters, Sylvia Webb Scott, Barbara Webb Edwards, and Sandra Webb Dawson; two brothers, Gregory Webb and Frank Webb and three grandchildren.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Linda Mae Jobes Miller
DURHAM — Linda Mae Jobes Miller, 64, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Allegheny County, PA to the late William Jobes and the late Clara Godfrey Jobes. She was employed by M.M. Fowler as an Accounts Receivable Representative and was also a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
Linda is survived by her husband, Gary Miller; son, Steve Christie and wife Anne Watson Christie of Durham; two step-sons, Eric J. Miller of South Chicago, IL and Brian D. Miller of Nashville, TN; a step-daughter, Stephanie Miller Hillyard and husband Zac of West Hartford, CT; a brother, Alan Jobes of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, JoAnn Jobes-Squibbs of Girrard, OH and Candi Carnes of Heartstown, PA.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. M.B. Collier officiating. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Kathryn Layser Small
DURHAM — Kathryn Layser Small, 86, of Durham, NC passed from this life on March 9, 2014 after a brief illness. She was residing at the Gables of Hudson, OH under the care of the Hospice of the Western Reserve at the time of her passing.
She is survived by daughter Sidney, son Bob (Deborah), 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Kathy Elliott Small. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, including Loretta Hollenbach (Henry) who was like a daughter to her. Her grandson, Matthew, was a great aid to her during her final years.
Kathryn was born and raised in Myerstown, PA, the daughter of Reverend Frank and Elizabeth (Horst) Layser (both deceased). She graduated from Myerstown High School in 1945 where she was a cheerleader and member of the band.
Her tremendous sense of adventure led her to leave Myerstown to marry Elliott Small, her husband of 59 years until his passing in 2006. Together they traveled the world, building expertise that they passed on as instructors of a “How to Travel” course at the Duke University Learning in Retirement program.
Determined not to be the only one in her family who didn’t have a college degree, she earned a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1982 at the age of 55.
In 2013 Kathryn was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Duke Hospital Auxiliary where she was a longtime volunteer and board member. One of the great joys of her life was the many people she met and worked with as a volunteer at the Gift Shop.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Duke Hospital Auxiliary, PO Box 2895, Durham, NC 27710.
An open memorial service will be held on April 19 at 2 PM at the Duke University Hospital Chapel, 2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC.

Dora Jones Yancey
DURHAM — Mrs. Dora Jones Yancey, age 87, went to be with her Lord, April 9th at Pettigrew Rehab Center.
She is survived by her husband, Doris Andrew Yancey, 4 daughters, Gladys Daye (Donald), Brenda Reid (Edward), Mary Y. Jackson, and Arthelia Harrell (Michael); 2 sons, Andrew Yancey (Donna) and Arthur Yancey; 2 sisters, Lessie Daye (Norman) and Ella Cooper (Bill); 2 brothers, Coy Jones and Earlie “Tony” Jones (Linda).
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 15th, 11 am at New Red Mountain Baptist Church. Family will receive friends a half-hour before the service at the church and at other times at the home of her daughter, Brenda Reid, #5 Old Harnes Place, Durham, N.C.
Funeral services entrusted to Ellis D. Jones & Sons. Condolences can be sent to


stelle Strum Blackwelder
HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Estelle Strum Blackwelder, 96, died April 11, 2014.
She was a lifetime resident of Orange County. Mrs. Blackwelder was born October 5, 1917 to the late Dick and Lizzie Strum. She was also a caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is in death predeceased by her husband, Charlie Blackwelder, and brother, Matthew Strum. She has one sister, Nettie Gravitte, and one sister-in-law, Valeria Strum.
Surviving are daughters, Annie Laura Perdue of Jamestown and Frances Twiford of New Bern, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 11 AM, April 14, in Hillsborough Town Cemetery officiated by Laurna Badendieck. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

Annie Laurie Freeman
CHAPEL HILL — Annie Laurie Freeman, née Clayton, (94) passed away quietly with her family by her side on April 9, 2014 in Chapel Hill. Laurie was born on June 12, 1919 in Sylva, NC. Her father, Thomas Lee Clayton, and mother, Ethel Dona Clayton, née Hooper, died of illness when Laurie was eight years old. She, along with four (Helen, Sarah Lee, James, and Max) of her eleven siblings, moved to the Mills Home, an orphanage in Thomasville, in 1927. Many of Laurie’s fondest memories were of her friends and mentors at the Mills Home. Mammy Dixon and Mother Wilkens, two of Laurie’s houseparents at the orphanage, were instrumental in her decision to attend Mars Hill College where she received an Associate of Arts degree in 1940.
Laurie met her future husband, Thomas Parker Freeman, after graduating and they were married in Wilmington in 1943. In 1945, their first child, the late Margie Freeman DeWoskin of Durham, was born in Richmond, VA while Tom was enrolled at the School of Dentistry at VCU. Their daughter Jean was born in 1949 in Lenore, NC and their son Brad was born in Raleigh in 1951. Tom passed away in Chapel Hill in 2006.
Over the sixty-three years of their marriage, Laurie and Tom were frequent visitors and supporters of the Mills Home, now the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina. Laurie lived with her family in Germany, California, Japan, and Maryland while Tom was serving in the military. An avid gardener and gourmet cook, Laurie always maintained a vegetable and floral garden at her homes around the world. She was a lifelong and talented seamstress who made clothes for her children and grandchildren. Laurie’s paintings, made mainly while living in Japan, were well-crafted and hang in her children's and grandchildren's homes.
Soon after retiring to Chapel Hill in 1972, Laurie and Tom built together their retirement home that was noted for its energy conservation features. Family photographs document her role in laying bricks and being Tom’s carpentry assistant. For more than forty years, the couple were active members of Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Laurie served as a Deacon for many years. Even when not serving in an official capacity for the church, she found meaningful ways to care for others. Many thought of her not only as a friend, but as family, and some considered her a surrogate grandmother.
As the gregarious bedrock of her family, Laurie loved to tell the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren to friends and strangers alike. Her love and caring extended beyond her own family and this is reflected in her years of volunteering for the Meals on Wheels. Laurie, along with her husband, was an active participant in Elderhostel.
Laurie is survived by daughter Jean Parker Freemanof McLean, VA, son Brad Freeman of Chicago, son-in-law Rob DeWoskin of Durham, as well as granddaughters Anneliesa Alprin of Washington, DC, Dona Aguayo of Durham, Lauren Miller of New Brunswick, Canada, and grandson Matthew Miller of Washington, DC. Laurie also leaves behind her great-grandchildren Dave and Sienna Aguayo, children of Dona, and Joaquin and Marleah and Jacob Alprin, children of Anneliesa and Scott.
A memorial service will be held at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill on Monday April 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Memorial donations can be made to the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360,, in memory of Laurie Clayton Freeman.

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.


Elaine Joyce Goldston
EDEN — Elaine Joyce Goldston, 96, of 134 N Oakland Ave, passed away late Friday evening, April 11th, 2014 at the home of her caregiver. The funeral service will be Monday, April 14th, 2pm at Fair Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to take place in the Overlook Mausoleum following the service. Mrs. Goldston was born February 18, 1918 in Leaksville, NC to the late William Yance Joyce, Sr. and Kate Gray Joyce. She was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and she retired from Fieldcrest Mills where she was a bookkeeper in the accounting department. Surviving are her son, William G. Goldston and friend Jan Williams of Durham, NC, and grandson, Joseph W. Goldston and wife Elizabeth of Durham, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garth E. Goldston, and one brother, William Yance Joyce, Jr. and his wife Elaine Joyce. Visitation will be held Monday one hour prior to the service at Fair Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Western NC Alzheimers Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215 and the local "Meals On Wheels" at the Leaksville Nutrition Center, 400 Bridge St., Eden, NC 27288. Online condolences can be made at