Obituaries, January 20, 2014

Jan. 21, 2014 @ 05:48 PM


Lillian May Salata Danko
DURHAM — Lillian Danko passed away on January 18, 2014 at the age of 91 years old, after a long series of illnesses. She was born in New Brunswick, NJ to Anna Miklos and John Salata. She was raised in South River, NJ and spent most of her life as a homemaker in North Brunswick. She worked as an interpreter for the INS in New York during the Hungarian immigration of the 1950s. She moved to Palm Coast, Florida with her husband in 1986. She moved to Durham NC in 2008 and resided at the Durham Regent. For the past five years, she was cared for at Croasdaile Village. Those able to get to know her will remember her feisty spirit and sense of humor.
She was predeceased by John Joseph Danko, her husband of 60 years. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Danko Burk, of Durham , NC , a son, Jack Danko, of Chadds Ford, PA., and a brother, Jack Salata, of Metuchen, NJ. She has four grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.
Burial and graveside service will be at Hillside cemetery in Metuchen, NJ. Arrangements are by Clements Funeral Home in Durham NC and Flynn Funeral Home in Metuchen NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Duke Hospice Services, Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 North Roxboro Road Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Dorothy Jean Curtis "Dot" Hughes
DURHAM — Dot was born in Asheville, North Carolina to Thomas Grant Curtis and Lizzie King Curtis on April 30, 1929.  She enjoyed a rich childhood in Asheville and the surrounding mountains. Dot enjoyed playing the piano and writing poetry, and at Lee Edwards High School she discovered a love for acting on the stage, which she continued to pursue at Greensboro College.  She earned a degree in Elementary Education at GC in 1951and moved to Winston-Salem, NC to teach 4th and 5th grades.  Upon arriving at her rooming house in Winston, she met her husband of 56 years, I. Harding Hughes, Jr., when he offered to carry her trunk up the stairs to her new home.  
Dot and Harding moved to Durham in 1963 when Harding became City Manager there.  Through their many years in Durham, Dot dedicated her life to caring for her family, partnering with Harding to lovingly raise their four children, caring for her mother in their home for 10 years and then taking care of Harding during his final years with Parkinson’s disease.
A visitation for family & friends will be held Tuesday, January 21st from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home at 1005 West Main Street in Durham. The funeral service & reception will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at 2:00pm at Few Chapel at the Croasdaile Village Retirement Community on Croasdaile Farm Parkway in northern Durham, officiating will be Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman and Rev. M. Jonah Kendall.  Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery
Dot is survived by four children: Jean Hughes of Durham, NC; Thomas Hughes & wife Julia of East Bend, NC; David Hughes of Boone, NC; and Jo Lynn Smith & husband Ronnie of Greenville, NC.  She is also survived by two grandsons, Curtis Hughes of East Bend and Patrick Hughes of Raleigh, NC and her nephew, Charles Patterson and wife, Eleanor of Greensboro, NC.
Dot’s family would like to express sincere appreciation to Homewatch Caregivers of the Triangle, especially Denise Woody, Jacqueline Denmark and Raquel Pena for their care and friendship during our mother’s illness.
Dot passed away on January 17th.  She was loved very much by her family & friends and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers a memorial gift may be made to one of the following:  Greensboro College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 815 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401or the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 E. Knox St., Durham NC 27701.
The Hughes family is under the care Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted at, select obituaries.

Clyde Griffin “Pete” Oakley
DURHAM — Clyde Griffin “Pete” Oakley, of Durham, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at his residence. Born in Chatham County, Mr. Oakley was the son of the late Hubert Oakley and Willie Lee Jones Oakley. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Alice Logan Glosson Oakley; six brothers, Herman, Victor, John, Hubert, Clarence and Percy Oakley; and two sisters, Myrtle Harris and Evie Bowling. Mr. Oakley retired from Liggett & Myers in 1989 after 32 years of employment. Pete loved gardening, singing, hunting and pulling for the Tar Heels.
Mr. Oakley is survived by a daughter, Debra Oakley-Hunter and husband Billy; a son, Alvin C. Oakley and wife Terrye; two grandchildren, Hunter Oakley and Brok Oakley; and two sisters, Arnese Dillehay and Juanita Lunsford.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at Clements Funeral Chapel, Durham, with Rev. Ray Cobb officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Thurman ”Bob” Snyder
MEBANE — Thurman ”Bob” Snyder,78, of Mebane passed away at the Alamance-Caswell Hospice House in Burlington, NC, on January 18, 2014 after a brief battle with advanced lung cancer.
Bob was born on September 2, 1935 in Randolph County, AL to his parents William G. Snyder and Tiny Mae Parmer Snyder (both deceased). Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife Ruby Lilley Snyder of 56 years; son, Kenny Snyder (Rhonda); 3 daughters,  Karen Snyder Bailey (David) of Durham; Donna Snyder Lloyd of Mebane; Stephanie Snyder O’Rourke (Tim) of Hillsborough; 7 grandchildren:  Jennifer, Alex and Kyle Lloyd, Andrew and Jordan Snyder, Dustin Bailey, and Jeff Compton; one brother Lawrence Snyder (Charlotte) of Georgia, 2 sisters: Elizabeth Snyder O’Neill of Texas, and Jan Hagerty (Roy) of Durham; sister-in-law, Maverine Snyder, of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Ernest and Elmer and 1 sister, Ruth.
 Visitation will be on Tuesday Jan 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Service in Mebane. Funeral services will be at Efland United Methodist Church in Efland on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences can be left on Thurman Snyder’s memorial tribute at The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Efland United Methodist Church, 3418 U.S. 70, Efland, NC  27243.


Virginia Lucas “Gennie” Wester
HENDERSON - Virginia Lucas “Gennie” Wester, 77, of 1211 Valley View Drive, Henderson, NC died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Maria Parham Medical Center.
Born in Lucama, NC, she was the daughter of the late Earlie Brian and Mamie Susan Moore Lucas.
Mrs. Wester was a homemaker. She was a member of The Church of the Holy Innocents.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at The Church of the Holy Innocents, conducted by Father Donald Lowery. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.
Surviving are her husband, William Hutson “Hut” Wester II; a daughter, Tonya N. Strickland of Sims, NC; two sons, William H. “Bill” Wester III and wife Brittany of Pittsburgh, PA and Carl Britt Wester and wife Amy of Wake Forest, NC; a sister, Nona L. Love of Wilson, NC; six grandchildren, Casey Romero and husband Marvin of Wilson, NC, Brittany Lynn Wester of Osceola, WI, Datyn Wester of Houston, TX, Lyberty Wester of Pittsburg, PA, and Alex Wester and Ben Wester, both of Wake Forest, NC. She was preceded in death by a son, Vincent Craig Nichols; two sisters, Lennie Lamm and Bertie Barbee; and two brothers, Wilbert Lucas and Herman Lucas.
Serving as active pall bearers will be Rich Harris, Billy Stanton, Felix McDaniel, Gene Edmundson, Jim Beck, Bill Mast, George Watkins, and David Thomas.
The family will receive friends at the home, 1211 Valley View Drive, Henderson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church of the Holy Innocents, 210 S. Chestnut Street, Henderson, NC 27536.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Jacqueline Evans and Dorothy Holloway, caregivers.
Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.


Robert Archie Gentry

TIMBERLAKE — Robert Archie Gentry, 87, of 286 Robert Gentry Road died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at his home.
Surviving are his 4 children, Kathy G. Cates ,husband Richard of Hurdle Mills, Bobby Gentry and Tommy Gentry, wife Patty all of Timberlake, and Ray Gentry wife Patricia of Hurdle Mills; 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; one brother, Kelly Gentry, wife Ann of Roxboro; one sister, Libby Seaford, husband Mac of Durham.
The funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, 1/21/2014 at Brooks & White Chapel with the Rev. Melton Hatley officiating. Burial will be in the Person Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be made at

Janie Sue Blalock Tillett
TIMBERLAKE — Janie Sue Blalock Tillett, 83 of 3756 Surl-Mt.Tirzah Road, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at her home with her family. Born in Person County daughter of the late Richard Blalock & Agnes Brooks Blalock, in addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son John Tillett. Mrs.Tillett, a graduate of East Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for over thirty years in Person County & Wake County. She was a member of Mt. Tirzah United Methodist Church & St. Marks United Methodist Church in Raleigh.
Surviving are her husband of over sixty-one years William Tillett of the home; her daughters Sue Scruggs & husband Gary of Merritt Island, Fl., Mary Ann McBride & husband Chuck of Raleigh; her daughter in law Amy Smith Tillett of Raleigh; her sisters Pauline Gentry of Roxboro, Christine Redecker of Raleigh, and her grandchildren Thomas Scruggs, Alex Scruggs, Melissa McBride & Reade McBride.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Mt.
Tirzah United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jarrod Davis. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM and other times at the home.
Pallbearers will be: Arthur Tillett, Ben Tillett, Gary Blalock, Alex Scruggs, Thomas Scruggs & Reade McBride.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Mt. Tirzah United Church 4553 Surl-Mt. Tirzah Road, Timberlake, NC 27583
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Thomas Fredrick “Tom” Williams

KNIGHTDALE — Thomas Fredrick “Tom” Williams, 83, of 128 Lynnwood Estates Drive, Knightdale, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Tom was born in Orange County on February 3, 1930 to the late Lynn Green Williams and Luna Kitty Johnson Williams. He served his country in the US Army and worked for 36 years as a bus driver with Carolina Trailways, where he became a member of the Two Million Mile Club. Tom was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, singing in the church choir for 16 years.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 8400 Poole Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 with Reverend George Fox and Reverend George Pullium officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, January 20, 2014 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545.
Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years: Betty Lewter Williams; daughters: Donna Adcock (Al) of Raleigh, Connie Edgerton (Jerry) of Pine Level; son: John F. Williams (Teri) of Raleigh; grandchildren: Dana Parker (Sam), Kristin Adcock, Mitchell Adcock; Brandon Edgerton, Zack Williams, and Blake Williams; great-grandchildren: Sami, Carl and Amos Parker.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences to the family may be sent to under Obituaries.