Obituaries, January 17, 2014

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Betty W. Allen
DURHAM — Mrs. Betty W. Allen, 78, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Johnston County to the late Harvey A. Wilson and the late Betty Parnell Wilson. Mrs. Allen was a former cashier at K-Mart.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband, Melvin Allen, Jr.; daughter, Annette Phillips; sons, Randy Allen, Michael Allen; sister, Carolyn Robbins; and brother, Wayne Wilson.
Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Thomas Lee and the Rev. Phil Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Clements Funeral Home and at other times at Randy’s home.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be made to Hock Family Pavilion, 4321 Medical Park Dr, Ste 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Donnie Mayo Batten
DURHAM — Mr. Donnie Mayo Batten, 74, a former resident of Durham, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. He had lived in Cary for the past 5 years.
Mr. Batten was a native of Durham, the son of the late Lonnie Batten and Ollie Mae Moore Batten. He retired from Airborne Freight Corp. as a station manager. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beth Thomas Batten; two sons, Jason Batten and fiancée, Chrisy Tellis of Cary and Chuck Batten II and wife, Wendy of Durham; one daughter, Sharyn Batten of Cary; brothers, Jack Batten of Bracey, Va., Erwin Batten and wife, Matilda of Timberlake; two sisters, Ramona Rauschert of Durham, Catherine Bailey and husband, Joe of Texas; three grandchildren, Brandy Woodall, Nicholas Batten and Lucas Batten; sisters-in-law, Bobbie Bennett, Mary Lee Batten and Francis Batten.
A chapel memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association of N.C., 2418 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27607. Online condolences can be made to

Antonio Montrez Dixon
DURHAM — Funeral service for Antonio Montrez Dixon will be conducted on Saturday at 12 noon at Fisher Memorial United Holy Church. Interment will follow at Glenview Memorial Gardens. The Family will meet one hour before the funeral service. Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Gilda Suiter (Calvin); his father, William Antonio Rochelle; three brothers, Eric, Breean, Joshua; one sister, Hope; grandmother, Johnetta Dixon-Billings; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hanes Funeral Service.

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 Wayne Bostick; and two brothers, Eddie and Roy Bostick.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Dr. James Theodore "Ted" Howell
DURHAM — Dr. James Theodore "Ted" Howell died January 14, 2014 at the age of 94. Born in Ironton, Ohio on December 15, 1919, Dr. Howell graduated from Ironton High School in 1937, Miami University of Ohio in 1941, and the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1944. He entered the Army Medical Corps immediately after graduation, serving first in the United States, and then in the European Theater of World War II before returning to the United States in 1946.
After the war Dr. Howell sought advanced training in Internal Medicine at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, particularly because it offered a broad scope of ambulatory care opportunities beyond the conventional hospital-based approach to medical care at the time. He remained on staff at the institution for 28 years from 1945 to 1969, serving as Chief Resident, Director of Nursing Education, Medical Division Chief, and ultimately Executive Director 1965-1969. He then became National Director for Health Consulting with Peat, Marwick Mitchell (KPMG) CPA firm, specializing in academic medical center planning and management, from 1969 to 1980. His work at leading American and European academic medical centers included the planning and construction of Duke North Hospital. He continued to work as a consultant and director of planning in both private and public university medical centers and large ambulatory-based health care delivery systems for the remainder of his career.
With his life-long interests in ambulatory-based care delivery, the health of populations, health care for the poor, and the efficient organization and delivery of medical services, Dr. Howell received several presidential appointments to advisory committees overseeing federal programs in heart disease, cancer, and stroke; served as an advisor for medical research in the Veterans Administration; and became a Fellow of the American College of Health Executives. He was a longtime member of the Society of Medical Administrators, the Council of Medical Administrators, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and a founder member of the Hospital Directors of Medical Education. He was also elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, served as a trustee or advisory board member of numerous organizations including the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Corporation, and the Salvation Army, and was listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Medicine. He was the author of 50 articles and monographs on clinical medicine, medical education, computer systems in medical organizations, hospital administration, and the automated emergency medical record.
Dr. Howell enjoyed numerous interests outside of medicine and was often spoken of as a "Renaissance man" because of the breadth of his interests and talents. His love of American history led to his construction of historically accurate replicas of naval and commercial sailing ships, and to woodcarvings depicting early American scenes. He was a writer, a painter, a published poet, a musician, and a perennial sports fan. He dearly loved the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman, bird enthusiast and gardener.
As much as he loved his profession of medicine, Dr. Howell's family was his real joy. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sarah Lee Dunn Howell; his daughter, Mary Lee Howell Lobach MD; and son-in-law, David F. Lobach MD PhD, all of Durham, North Carolina. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Anna Laura, Daniel, and Katherine; a niece, Elizabeth Howell Myers of Ottawa, Ohio; and a nephew, Thomas Howell of San Diego, California.
In short, Dr. Howell was a compassionate physician, a visionary leader, a gifted Renaissance man, and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew this gentle, loving, extraordinary man. A Remembrance of Ted’s Life will be held 2 PM Friday in Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village, Durham. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Dale Tingen
DURHAM — Dale Tingen, 19, of Durham died Thursday, October 3, 2013 from injuries sustained from a car accident. Dale was born in Durham to Dennis and Paige Tingen. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Eugene and Laura Tingen.
Dale was a graduate of Jordan High School and was recently accepted to The Chef’s Academy. He enjoyed fishing, hunting (especially waterfowl) and hanging with his friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Dale on Saturday, January 18, at 2:30pm at Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service in Durham, NC. For full obituary, please refer to Clements Funeral Service online at

Alease Roberts Watson
DURHAM — Alease Roberts Watson, daughter of the late John Tillet Roberts and the late Alice Parker Roberts, was born in Durham County on September 24, 1921 and departed this life on Monday, January 13, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Watson, her son, John Michael Roberts and her nine brothers and sisters.
She retired from Durham County School System as a teachers assistant. She was a lifetime member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and well-known in the Bahama community.
She leaves to cherish her memory and mourn her loss, her daughter, Donna Watson-McDuffie (Kenneth) of Mebane, NC; two grandchildren, Michele R. McKiver of McLean, Virginia and Nicole Henderson (Titus) of Durham, NC; two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Lauryn Henderson of Durham, NC; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Roberts of Durham, NC, Geraldine Smith and Vertabell Lee of Raleigh, NC; brothers-in-law, Alexander Watson of Greensboro, NC, Swade Exum of Garner, NC, Benjamin Exum of Maryland; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Pettigrew Rehab and Nursing Care and Heartland Hospice Care for the support and special care given to Alease.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Bahama, NC, with Reverend James W. Smith officiating. Family visitation will be thrity minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens. Flowers are welcomed or donations may be directed to Alzheimer's Association Eastern North Carolina, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.


Rochelle Farrington Kraehe
CHAPEL HILL — Rochelle Farrington Kraehe died from pancreatic cancer on Monday, December 16, 2013 in Chapel Hill. Born in 1950, Mrs. Kraehe graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1968. After her marriage to Laurence Adams Kraehe of Chapel Hill, she lived in Durham before moving with her husband to Georgia. There she worked at Georgia Tech University and also contributed her sharp bookkeeping skills to the family store fixture business. In addition to these activities and to being a mother, Mrs. Kraehe graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA in 1998, majoring in Southern History. She also parlayed a lifelong interest in cuisine--expertly executing anything from fried okra to a Viennese sachertorte--into a professional catering career. Mrs. Kraehe was in many respects a woman warrior. Despite battling severe rheumatoid arthritis, she triumphantly completed the 10K Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. For many years, Mrs. Kraehe was an active member of the Church of the Epiphany in Decatur, GA.
Rochelle Kraehe is preceded in death by her husband, Laurence. She is survived by her mother, Hattie Lee McCauley, her sister Linda Farrington, and her niece Tanzanika Farrington of Chapel Hill; her sons Laurence Adams Kraehe II of Covington, GA and Brendan Eggleston Kraehe of Orlando, Florida; and her daughter, Dr. Amelia McCauley Kraehe of Frisco, TX.
A service will be held Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 pm at St. Joseph CME Church, 510 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
Memorial donations may be sent to Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315.

Mary Maughan Patton
CHAPEL HILL — Mary was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 26, 1929 to Margot and William Maughan. She grew up in Durham, NC where her father was a Professor at Duke University. She studied at the University of NC at Greensboro and the Rhode Island School of Design as a Textile Design major. She designed for David and Dash, SM Hexter and Cohn Hall Marx in New York. She married James Richard Patton,Jr. in 1950 while he was attending Harvard Law School. Upon Jim's graduation in 1951, they were stationed at the US Embassy in Saigon for 2-1/2 years. As Jim worked as Special Assistant to the American Ambassador, Mary taught English, Art and American culture to the Vietnamese children and French Foreign Legion before moving back to Washington, DC. Once back in the US, she taught art and was a free lance designer of textiles. She volunteered at the McLean Citizens Association, The Information and Hospitality Service for the State Department, The Smithsonian Women's Committee, The National Council of the Phillips Collection, The Collectors Committee of the National Gallery and the United States Association of Museum Volunteers. She organized and Chaired the Docent program for the Hirschhorn Art Museum and helped start the Smithsonian Craft show. Mary and Jim are life members of The Whitney Museum of Art. In 1989, they purchased a home in Snowmass, Colorado where she continued to paint. She was involved with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. She served as a Trustee for the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass. Mary and Jim amassed a collection of contemporary art and rare books. Their art has been promised to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC as well as gifted to the Ackland Museum of Art. The rare books have been gifted to the University of North Carolina Wilson Library rare book collection. Mary's wish was always to share art as a teaching tool throughout schools in NC.
As an artist, Mary's work has been exhibited at the University of North Carolina, Rhode Island School of Design, Aspen Institute, American Embassy in Vietnam, Smithsonian Third Biennial American Craft Show Exhibition, Corning Glass Institute, McLean Art Club, Washington Print Club, Ackland Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Watkins Gallery, Mo's Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and other venues.
Married for over 63 years, she is survived by her husband James Richard Patton, Jr. (Jim), her two children James Macon Patton of Sumter, SC (Kim) and Lindsay Patton Kull (Bryan) of Long Valley, NJ. She has four grandchildren, one great-grandchild. She has a sister Barbara Eisele and 8 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by William Maughan (father), Margot Fairfield Maughan (mother) and brother William Fredrick Maughan.
A memorial service celebrating Mary's life will be held at The Cedars Club House, 100 Cedar Club Drive, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27517 on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be sent to the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, 57 West 57th Street, Suite 904, New York, New York, 10019,, (212) 901-8000.


Paul Edward Chambers
ROXBORO — Paul Edward Chambers, 82, formerly of Red Oak Dr., died Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Born in Person County son of the late William "Willie" Edgar Chambers and Rosa Blalock Chambers, in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Fred, and sister, Essie Mae. Paul was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of North Roxboro Baptist Church; owned and operated several convenience stores during his life. Paul loved to sing gospel songs and bluegrass with several different groups.
Survivors are his sister, Ersene C. Wrenn, and several nieces & nephews.
Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Brooks & White Chapel by Rev. Ben Durand. Interment will follow in Surl Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Surl Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Clayton, 215 Charlie Moore Rd., Timberlake, NC 27583.
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Louise Grinstead Costin
CHARLOTTE — Louise was born July 28, 1928 in Durham, NC. She was the daughter of the late John Ivey and Mamie Beeker Grinstead. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, with whom she enjoyed 63 wonderful years, and two sisters, Nancy Coolick and Peggy Chance.
Louise is survived by three children, Janet (Jim) Blane, John Costin, and Julie Costin (Steve Keim); nine grandchildren, Alexis Blane (Peter Rudebeck), Brent Blane, Shawn (Matt) Williams, Casey, Ryan, Jack, and Kelly Costin, Isabelle and Olivia Keim; five great-grandchildren, Conner, Ben, Davis, and Jack Williams, and Harper Costin; a sister, Carol Howell; and two brothers, Buster Grinstead and Doug Grinstead.
Louise loved life, and gave freely to others in need. She enjoyed traveling, and was an avid reader and gardener, but her greatest joy was her family, with whom she delighted in spending time. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Kelly Fisher, Cassie Lansing, Joetta Goode, and Maria Quintana for their wonderful love and care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, or the charity of one's choice.
A service to celebrate the life of Louise Costin will be held 11:00 am Saturday, January 18, 2014 in the Harry and Bryant Chapel, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. A reception for family and friends will follow the service at the funeral home. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery will be private.
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Jesse Owen Fearrington
CHARLOTTE — Mr. Jesse Owen Fearrington, 94, formerly of Pittsboro, NC, died at his residence in Charlotte, NC early Friday morning, January 10, 2014. Son of the late John Bunyan Fearrington and Annie Jessica Owens, Jesse was born May 20, 1919 and would spend a big part of his life farming and making a home with his wife, the late Sarah Willa Drew. In 1973, he exchanged the point of the plow for the rudder of a ship and started selling Viking boats and enjoying time on the water deep sea fishing. Later in life he developed various properties with his friend Earl Thomas.
Jesse was a 32nd degree Mason and was active in CHICO-–the Chapel Hill Investment Club. He served on the North Carolina and Chatham County Soil and Water Conservation Commissions, The Pittsboro Central Carolina Bank and Trust Board and was President of the Dairy Council for the Burlington-Durham-Raleigh area. He served on the Chatham County Planning Board and was its chairperson for six years. Jesse was a man of integrity and one with a sweet disposition. This quiet man spoke few words, but was always there to help out those burdened or in need. In addition to his wife and parents, Jesse was preceded in death by his brother Edwin.
Surviving Jesse are his daughter, Willa Anne Fearrington, of North Palm Beach, FL; his son, Jesse (Barbara) Fearrington, Jr., of Charlotte, NC; his granddaughter, Sarah (Tom) Ellis, of Athens, GA; his grandson, John Fearrington, of Raleigh, NC; and his great-grandchildren, Adelaide, Crews and William.
A service to honor the life Mr. Jesse Fearrington will be held 1 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 269 Manns Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC.
At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church or the charity of your choosing.
Online condolences may be left at Select “Obits.” The arrangements for Mr. Fearrington are under the care of Hall–Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.