Obituaries, April 17, 2014

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 05:05 PM


Edna Louise Harris Bryant
DURHAM — Edna Louise Harris Bryant, 87, and a lifelong resident of Durham, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
Born June 6, 1926 in Durham, Edna was the only daughter of James Henry Harris and Esther Mae Pickett Harris, who grew up adored (and constantly teased) by her three older brothers. Edna was a student at Bethesda School from 1st grade till graduation in 1946, and enjoyed attending her class reunions for over 60 years. Growing up in a rural Durham farming family during the 30s and 40s saw her helping with tobacco crops, cows and chickens, all of which lead her to attend a Durham clerical school upon graduation.
Edna married Henry Lee Bryant on June 3, 1950 in their minister’s parlor in Durham. There was no reception after the wedding, and the tradition of sharing a piece of wedding cake did not occur until their 60th wedding anniversary celebration.
She retired as a Customer Service Manager after more than 30 years employment with Public Service Company in Durham. She and her husband were members of Angier Avenue Baptist Church.
Edna loved family vacations which included trips with her siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews. One of her favorite memories was dancing on stage with Lawrence Welk during one of their trips.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Henry Lee Bryant, on Feb. 4, 2014. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her brothers, James Henry Harris Jr, of Kannapolis, NC, Wallace Kelly Harris of Charleston, SC, Warren Pickett Harris of Durham, NC and nephew Richard Alexander Harris of Charlotte, NC.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, three sisters-in-law, two cousins, and dear friends.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 AM to 12 PM at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. A 12:30 PM graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Edna would be pleased if you remembered her with a gift to Duke HomeCare and Hospice of Durham or the charity of your choice.
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Margaret Adams Harris
DURHAM — Margaret Adams Harris, 97, died April 14, 2014. She was a resident at the Carolina House in Durham in the Clarebridge memory care wing and was under the care of Duke HomeCare and Hospice's Hock Family Pavilion at the time of her death.
A memorial service will be conducted at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro on Saturday, April 19, at 11:00 AM with Reverends David S. Melton and Bill Ellison officiating. A reception at the church will follow.
She is survived by her three children, Charles Marcus Harris and wife Jean of Charlotte, Thomas Adams Harris and wife Polly of Durham and Ann Harris Franceschini of Burgaw; her brother, Robert B. Adams of Yardley, PA, and sister, Julia A. Roberts of Cleveland, OH; three grandchildren, Anna Harris Else of Cockeysville, MD, Kimball Kennedy Polanik of Wilmington and Adam Stage Harris of Tokyo, Japan; three great-grandchildren, Margaret Kennedy Else, Gavin Joshua Else and Gaea Alexandria Polanik; and her foreign exchange student “daughter,” Chris Gibbs Beal of Papakura, New Zealand. She was predeceased by her husband, R. Kennedy Harris, her brother, Charles B. Adams, and her grandson, Charles Redding Harris.
Margaret was born to Charles S. and Annie B. Adams of St. Lawrence, PA on September 13, 1916. She was salutatorian of her high school class in Reading, PA, before attending Duke University, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1938 and law degree in 1940. She was the only woman student attending Duke Law School her graduation year, marking the start of a trailblazing career of professional and civic activity. She and her classmate husband, Ken, married and set up their law practice together in Greensboro in the fall of 1940. Other than Ken's tour of duty in the FBI during WWII, Margaret and Ken made Greensboro their home for the rest of their years together.
Margaret left the practice of law during her children's formative years, returning to it in 1952. During those years she began a lifetime of community service that eventually led to many leadership roles. She was active in the PTA, serving as a school president and later as president of the citywide PTA councils, posts that eventually led to her appointment to the Greensboro Public Schools Board of Education. She served on the school board for eight years, including four tumultuous years of school integration, during which she was a voice of calm and reason and was the first woman to serve as its chair.
She served faithfully in numerous lay positions at West Market Street United Methodist Church, including a term as the first woman to chair the church's governing Board of Stewards. She particularly loved her fellow members in the Morris-Fellowship Sunday School Class and her circle.
Other civic service included being a longtime member of the board of directors of the Greensboro Historical Society, member and president of the Greensboro Altrusa Club, member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators, and a board member of Greensboro Urban Ministries, where she volunteered at the food pantry well into her eighties. Margaret also was appointed to the commission to establish the first domestic relations court in Guilford County and to build its first juvenile detention facility, and served on the board of directors of the Guilford County Equal Opportunity Council.
Margaret was recognized for her roles as a devoted wife and mother and as a public servant by being named Greensboro's “Mother of the Year” in 1967 and the Greensboro Outstanding Civic Leader in 1974. Throughout these years of volunteer service, she successfully pursued a career as a practicing lawyer in the field of estate and tax law and was a devoted mother to her children. Among the many loving ways she supported them, Margaret served as a Cub Scout den mother and a Girl Scout leader.
Margaret also provided years of leadership and service to her beloved alma mater. She was the first woman president of the Duke General Alumni Association and the Duke Half Century Club. She served 12 years on the Duke University Board of Trustees, during which she worked closely with Athletic Director Tom Butters to implement Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ensure that Duke women athletes had opportunities and financial support equal to Duke's male athletes.
After her retirement, Margaret received the Distinguished Service Award from the Greensboro Bar Association. The closing remarks during that presentation aptly described her civic life: “Margaret has served in all of these capacities with energy and tireless devotion, never seeking recognition or praise. She has enriched all of those organizations in which she has become involved. I have never known Margaret to raise her voice in anger or to say anything negative about anyone. She has a grace and demeanor that radiates and positively affects all those who know her.” In addition to all this, Margaret had a good sense of humor that she shared joyously with her loving family and all others who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greensboro Urban Ministries, West Market Street United Methodist Church, or Duke University.
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Michael Nunn
DURHAM — Michael Nunn was born July 2, 1951 and passed April 14, 2014. Michael's living relatives are his father, Edgar Nunn of Stanley Road, and uncle, James D. Hackney of Sedgefield Street, both of Durham, NC. He was predeceased by his great-grandmother, Ms. Lottie Gibbs Nunn, who raised him; Mr. Wilbert Nunn; Ms. Eva Nunn Holeman; Mr. and Mrs. Troy and Artie Hackney; a brother, Harold Hackney; and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Hackney. He worked for many years at The Chicken Hut and Long Beverage. Michael graduated from Hillside High School in June 1970. Graveside service will be April 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the New Bethel Memorial Garden. The service is entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service, Inc.


Wanda H. Riley
BURLINGTON — Mrs. Wanda H. Riley, 80, died Monday afternoon at Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell. Mrs. Riley was born in Orange County, the daughter of the late Paul Lee Harward and the late Goldie Dezern Harward. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Culp Fabrics. Mrs. Riley was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Riley; brothers, William and Paul Harward; sister, Blondie Moore; and grandchild, Crystal Michelle Riley.
Mrs. Riley is survived by her sons, James “Freddy” Riley, Jr. and wife Cindy, David Wayne Riley; sisters, Coleen Sechrist, Pansy Riley; grandchildren, James Riley, III, Chris Riley, Michael Riley and wife Tiffany, Anthony Riley and wife Jessica, Dawn Miller, Dustin Miller; great-grandchildren, Krystal Riley, Brandon Riley, Macie Riley, Annalise Miller and Hunter Taylor.
A memorial service will be held 12pm on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3508 Wild Harvest Ct., Durham, NC 27712. There is no visitation scheduled.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to The Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell at 918 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at