Obituaries, January 14, 2014

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 06:55 PM


Joe Buie
DURHAM — Mr. Joe Buie, 87, died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Durham Regional Hospital. His service will be conducted at 1pm on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Burthey Funeral Chapel, 1510 Fayetteville St. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Burthey Chapel on Thursday from 12:30-1pm one half hour prior to the service.
Mr. Buie is survived by four daughters, Geneva Bullock Alston, Patricia Buie McGhee, Danita Buie and Francine Buie; and one brother Luther Buie.

Estella “Cindy” Gann
DURHAM — Mrs. Estella “Cindy” Gann, 77, of Durham died on Sunday, January 12, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John Davison and Cecelia Smith Davison. She was a member of Gorman Baptist Church and The Seekers Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband Sterling Gann.
She is survived by her three sons, Steven Gann and wife Beth of N. Myrtle Beach, SC; David Gann and wife Rhonda of Durham and Brian Gann and wife Jolee of Durham; her daughter, Karen Mothersill and husband Max of Longwood Florida; grandchildren, Matthew, Meagan, Brendan, Caitlin and Lilly Gann. Chris and Brittney Gann, Jake, Mia and Ava Mothersill, Kara and Kacie Gann.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Gorman Baptist Church. Dr. C.J. Bordeaux will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at 5608 Skylane Dr. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to Gorman Christian Academy, 3311 E. Geer St., Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences can be made at

Robert A. Michael, Sr.
DURHAM — Robert A. Michael, Sr. of Durham passed away peacefully and with a joyful heart on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital.  Robert worked for many years with Carolina Block Company and Adams Concrete, in the evenings drew architectural plans for many Durham homes and businesses, and was a true and trusted friend to everyone he met.
Mr. Michael, raised in The Children's Home in Winston-Salem, was a longtime resident of Durham, and made a happy home with his beloved wife Mickey and his three boys. Robert worked hard, never forgot how to play, and thoroughly enjoyed life with a keen mind and generous heart. In his later years he cared for his wife during her illness and found much joy in being with his family, telling tales of old Durham and his adventures here, watching M*A*S*H reruns and classic cartoons, and collecting auto racing and Piedmont Airlines memorabilia.
Robert was preceded in death by wife Mildred "Mickey" Latta Michael, sister Margaret Cook, and daughter-in-law Marcy Mitchell Michael. He is survived by sons Bob Michael and partner Dr. Ronette Kolotkin of Durham, Wayne Michael and wife Carol of Creedmoor, and John Michael of Burlington; a grandson Brandon Michael of Greenville, NC; as well as his twin sister Katherine Transou of Greensboro. He will be missed by all those at his church home, Grace Baptist Church, and his friend and wonderful caretaker of nine years Pam Leftwich of Durham.
Graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday at Maplewood Cemetery. The Rev. Johnny Jones, pastor at Southpoint Community Church in Chocowinity, North Carolina, and chaplain with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, will preside. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Durham Nativity School at P.O. Box 3537, Durham, NC 27702, which is located in the Grace Baptist Church building at 1004 N. Mangum Street in Durham. Donations can be made online at Or donations can be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Louise “Pat” Montgomery
DURHAM — Louise “Pat” Montgomery, 70, died Saturday afternoon, January 11, 2014 at Universal Healthcare in Raleigh. Ms. Montgomery was born in Durham, daughter of the late Robert G. and Louise Wrenn Montgomery. She was an Advanced Licensed Practical Nurse, retiring from Duke Medical Center and then she also worked at Central Prison.
A Funeral Service will be conducted Wednesday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Ms. Montgomery is survived by a son, Robert Powell (Sue); a daughter, Deidra Powell (Brian Bartz); five grandchildren, Ashley Jacobs (Sanford), Rachel Powell, Stan Powell, Tyler Powell (Jennifer) and Courtney Johnson (Jimmy); and her ex-husband, Jack Powell.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Duke Heart Center. Make checks payable to: Duke University and mail to Duke Heart Center, 710 W. Main St. Suite 200, Durham, NC 27710.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Jennie Jones Robeson
DURHAM — Mrs. Jennie Jones Robeson entered eternal rest on Saturday at Durham Regional Hospital. She is survived by three children Bonita (Lonnie) Hackney and Martha R McAllister of Durham, NC and Fred D Robeson Jr. of Sumter SC.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Union Baptist Church 12 Noon. The family will receive friends 1/2 hour before the service at the church and at other times at the home of Bonita Hackney 22 Plummer Place. Burial will be on Thursday at 12 noon at the Boone Family Cemetery in St Pauls NC
Services entrusted to Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Directors. Send condolences to


Hugh A. Maddry Jr.
HUNTERSVILLE — Rev. Dr. Hugh A. Maddry Jr., 73, of Huntersville, NC left this earthly life on January 11, 2014 at Novant Health Charlotte to begin his new life with his Heavenly Father. Hugh was born October 7, 1940 in Durham, NC to the late Hubert and Mary Louise Shields Maddry. Dr. Maddry was appointed to the position of Director, National VA Chaplain Center in Hampton, VA., and was awarded the Meritorious Service Award honoring his 36 years of service as a Chaplain in the Department of Veterans Affairs. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his beloved family.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife, Janet T. Maddry; sons Paul Maddry and wife Kristen of Naples, FL, Mark Maddry and fiancé Shanna Zappa of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughters Rebekah Baker of Huntersville, NC and Sarai Austin of Bixby, OK; grandchildren, Andrew, Justin, Hunter, Emmilie Grace, and William along with several extended family members and many friends and colleagues.
The family will receive friends on Thursday January 16, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Huntersville United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow with Rev. Paul Thompson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 222.S. Church St. Charlotte, NC 28202 or the food bank of the donor’s choice.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home Services is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at

Jean W. Stott
WILSON — Jean W. Stott, 77, of Wilson passed away Saturday. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Joyner’s Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.  The Rev. Doug Radford will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway and other times at the home.
Jean grew up in Wilson and lived in Durham for thirty-six years where she was employed by the County of Durham as a business clerk for twenty years.  She and Guy reunited with First Free Will Baptist Church after returning to Wilson.  She was involved in years past in her Sunday school and women’s auxiliary activities.
Jean and Guy enjoyed fifty-eight years of marriage.  They found that their union became more solid as the years went by.  They enjoyed traveling together after their retirement.
Jean is survived by her husband, Guy V. Stott of the home; her daughters, Lisa S. Gammon and husband, Ronnie of Hillsborough and Sharon E. Walker and husband, Tim of Downingtown, PA; her son, Rev. Kevin Stott and wife, Sherry of Bratt, FL; her eight grandchildren; her two great-grandchildren; her sister, Gail W. Norris of Randleman; her brother, Earl Wilson and wife, Janice of Black Creek; her sister-in-law, Sylvia Wilson of Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Thelma Wilson and her brother, James Wilson.
The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at DaVita Dialysis Center, WilMed Hospice and Dr.  Al-Haidary for all they have done.  A special thank you to her care giver, Michelle Bryant, for all the love and support she has shown Jean.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be directed to the First Free Will Baptist Church, 4865 Nash Street N.W., Wilson, NC  27896 or the WilMed Hospice Center, 1705 Tarboro Street S., Wilson, NC  27893
Condolences may be directed to

David "Dave" Vincent Van Nest
FRANKLINTON — David "Dave" Vincent Van Nest of Franklinton passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Dave was born in Binghamton, New York to Clarence Eugene Van Nest and Barbara Marean Van Nest. Dave served honorably in the United States Air Force rising to the rank of Sergeant and was President of Custom Installations and Alarms, Inc. in Franklinton, North Carolina.
In his spare time, Dave was an avid lover of sports, most especially professional baseball, he also enjoyed spending time outdoors, working on his farm, and travelling the world.
Dave was a beloved member of Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Franklinton. In a testament to his faith, Dave made the decision to donate his organs so that others might live longer and fuller lives. Preceded in death by his parents, and his brother-in-law David Potter of Copperas Cove, Texas, he is survived by his former wife and dear friend Kathy Martin Van Nest of Youngsville, his brother Dean Webster Van Nest (and wife Carolyn) of Copperas Cove, TX, and a sister Denise Van Nest Potter also of Copperas Cove, TX.
Dave will be missed by his beloved dogs, "Ruby", "Emmy" and "Charlie Wiggins". He will be remembered by his friends as a generous and loyal spirit, always willing to offer a hand to anyone in need. His legacy will be the many lives he touched with his kindness and genuine gift of caring for others.
The family will welcome friends on Tuesday evening January 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home, 1117 Broad Street, Durham, North Carolina. A graveside celebration of life will be held at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 1245 Mount Olivet Church Road in Franklinton, NC on Wednesday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Mount Olivet Baptist Church.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at