Obituaries, January 15, 2014

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 06:16 PM


Frederick G. (Rico) Duff, Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. Frederick G. (Rico) Duff, Sr., 66, formerly of Durham died Friday, January 10, 2014 at his home in Dillon, SC. His service will be held at 12pm on Friday, January 17, at Burthey Funeral Chapel, 1510 Fayetteville St. The family will receive friends at the chapel on Friday from 11:30am-12pm one half hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Salisbury Veterans Cemetery.

Lillie Eva Bostick Holloway
DURHAM — Mrs. Lillie Eva Bostick Holloway, 85, of 1306 Drew St., died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at her home. Her service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 18, at Union Baptist Church, 904 North Roxboro St. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the church from 12-1pm one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Holloway is survived by three children, Brenda Holloway, Dwight Bostick and Kenneth Bostick; and two brothers, Eddie and Roy Bostick.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Gloria Cooper James
DURHAM — Gloria Cooper James, 64, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014. She leaves behind her dear husband, William James; two sons; one daughter; one granddaughter; three sisters; and one brother.
The funeral service will be held at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707, Friday, January 17, 2014 at noon. The viewing will take place an hour prior at 11:00 am.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

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

Jaeden KaSean Sharpe
DURHAM — Jaeden KaSean Sharpe (9 years of age) departed this life on January 9, 2014.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving mother, LaKisha Holloway, his loving father, Justin Sharpe Sr.; one brother; five sisters; two grandmothers, two grandfathers; and his loving God Mothers.
A viewing will be held at Monument of Faith, Church of God of Prophecy on Friday, January 17, 2014 at noon. The Homegoing Celebration will begin at 1:00 pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Alease Roberts Watson
DURHAM — Alease Roberts Watson, 92, died on Monday, January 13, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:00pm at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Bahama, NC, with the Rev. James W. Smith officiating. Family visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Services entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home.


Alvis L. Thomas
HILLSBOROUGH — Alvis L. Thomas, “Al,” 92, died peacefully in his sleep at home Monday afternoon, January 13, 2014.
Mr. Thomas was born in Johnston County on October 19, 1921, the son of the late Lottie Ann King Thomas and Robert E. “Bob” Thomas. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Dean Thomas; four sisters, Onie Crumpler, Ann Watson, Esther Bayer, and Osie Peterson; one brother, Robert “Bob” Thomas; a daughter, Louwanna Compton; and a son, David Thomas.
He leaves behind four daughters, Debbie Gentry and husband, Rick of Banner Elk, Sandy Thrift of Durham, Tina Ayers and husband, Darryl of Durham, and Kim Watkins of Youngsville. He was particularly close to one of his nephews, David W. Fowler, Jr. of Hillsborough and one of his nieces, Debbie Hatch of Raleigh. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Before his military service, Al worked in the Newport News Ship Yard as a pipefitter. He enjoyed telling stories about his involvement in the construction of the USS Yorktown carrier.
He was a proud World War II Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He loved to tell stories about his days driving a DUQW “Duck” amphibious truck he named Louwanna to transport troops and cargo between ships and Leyte Island in the Philippines.
After returning from the War, Al went on to work as an Area Sales Manager for many years for Taylor Biscuit Company in Cary and afterwards for Pine State Creamery in Durham, where he later retired. During his early retirement years, he and his wife operated several convenience stores in Durham and Hillsborough.
Upon retirement from operating convenience stores, he had the time to devote to his passions. He was a very talented gardener. He spent most days, weather permitting, planting and tending beautiful flowers and trees, many of which he had seeded. He was also an avid fisherman. His home overlooked a well-stocked fish pond where he enjoyed spending time fishing with family and friends.
Visitation will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 17 at Triangle Baptist Church, 9713 Old Stage Road, Raleigh, NC with the memorial service immediately thereafter at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC.
Memorial donations may be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
Thomas Funeral Home of Fuquay-Varina is handling arrangements.

James A. Thompson
HILLSBOROUGH — James A. Thompson, 87, born June 5, 1926 to the late Arthur and Hannah Green Thompson, died January 12, 2014, in White Oak Manor.
The funeral will be conducted 1:00 P.M. Thursday in Mt. Zion AME Church with family visitation thirty minutes before the funeral in the church. Interment in Mt. Zion Memorial Cemetery.
Surviving are daughters, Loretta Clark (Minister Everette) and Miriam Thompson (Anthony); wife, Caterine Stroud Thompson; sisters, Elsie Mae Bins, Minister Millie Warren, Vera Watts and Louis Thompson; one great-uncle, Celo Green; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.
Public viewing 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home, Hillsborough, NC 27278.


George "Joey" Wade, Jr.
TIMBERLAKE — George "Joey" Wade, Jr., 40 of 269 Gates Run, died suddenly Monday, January 13, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital.
Surviving are wife Jennifer Nelson-Wade of the home; his stepson Kade Nelson of the home; his mother Carolyn Dixon & stepfather Kenny Reeves of Durham; his sister Cathi Kendrick & husband Jerry of Durham; his niece Cameron; his maternal grandmother Bobbie Dixon of Durham and his extended family.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Condolences may be sent to


Raymond D. Willis
MOREHEAD CITY — Raymond D. Willis, best known as Pete of Morehead City N.C., died Wednesday, January 8 at Duke University Hospital in Durham N.C.
A celebration of his life will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal church Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. With the Reverend John Pollock officiating.
Pete was a devoted Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle. We'll always remember his great love for Family, Church, and the water. He'll be deeply missed by all who new and loved him.
He is survived by his daughter, Elena Williams; his 3 grandchildren, Kristy and Ben Jackson and Alex Clark; his sister, Sophie Willis of Smyrna; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Andrews Episcopal church at 2005 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC or Duke Cancer Institute Office of Development, DUMC 3828, Durham, N.C.