Obituaries, January 22, 2014
Lee Harris Potter
DURHAM — Lee Harris Potter died on Friday, January 17, in Durham. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1924 to Paul Merrick Potter and Lula White Potter, and lived in Atlanta until he left for Davidson College. His studies were interrupted when he enlisted in the army after Pearl Harbor. On Christmas Eve, 1944, he survived the torpedoing of the troopship SS Leopoldville, which sank with great loss of life. It was characteristic of his attitude toward life and people that he always looked back on his time in the Army as an experience of personal growth and learning.
Upon returning to the U.S. he enrolled first at the Yale School of Music, then went to Chapel Hill for his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature. While in Chapel Hill he met and married the love of his life, Edith Turpin. They lived for the first six years of their marriage in a cottage in the backyard of Dr. Will Coker in Chapel Hill. Those were wonderfully happy years and they made lasting friends before moving to Greencastle, Indiana, where Lee taught at Depauw University. In 1958 they moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Lee taught at the University of Virginia. In 1960 Lee was asked to be the first dean of the newly instituted George Mason College of the University of Virginia, later George Mason University, and the family moved to Oakton, Virginia.
In 1965 Lee came to Wake Forest University, where he spent many fulfilling years teaching in the collegial and stimulating atmosphere of the English department. Some of the highlights for him were five semesters leading the Wake Forest study programs in Venice and London, and his directing the Wake Forest Institute of Literature. He published poetry and short fiction along with his professional writing. One of his colleagues called him “the most loved man in the department,” and he was a mentor and friend to many. Lee’s students formed lifelong relationships with him and he followed their careers with pride and affection.
Lee and Edith’s cabin on Stoots Mountain, in southwest Virginia, became an important part of their lives. Lee balanced contemplation and do-it-yourself projects amid the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Lee had the gift of making friends wherever he went. He was a great listener and was genuinely interested in every new acquaintance. His never-failing courtesy and kindness were part of his nature because his instinct was always to make others comfortable. It would be hard to say what he enjoyed most-–staking tomatoes, reading poetry, or playing the piano--but certainly his greatest joys were being with his family and his dogs.
Lee is survived by his wife, Edith Turpin Potter; four daughters, Page Potter, Edith Potter Keene and husband Paul Keene, Lee Potter Rogers and husband Gary Rogers, Jane Potter Quigley and husband Bernie Quigley, as well as six grandchildren, Betsy Keene, Grace Rogers, Ben Quigley, Tom Quigley, Peter Quigley and Catherine Quigley; nieces and nephew Adriana Turpin Morison, Kate Turpin Citkovic, and William Turpin. The extended family includes Janne Williams and Bob Warren. The family wishes to thank Mary Buchanan and the staff of Croasdaile Village retirement community, who provided loving care to Lee in the last four years of his life.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. in Few Chapel of the Croasdaile Village community in Durham. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wake Forest University scholarship fund for students studying abroad.
Condolences may be extended at CremationSocietyNC.com.
DURHAM — Nathaniel Richardson was born to the late Maggie Richardson and Moses Richardson on November 13, 1939 in the county of Durham, NC. He entered to holy eternity after a lengthy illness on January 16, 2014 at home. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:00am at St Paul Sounds of Praise Church located at 587 18th Ave., Newark, NJ 07103. Service provided by Perry Funeral Home in Newark, NJ.
Elizabeth Ann Simmons
DURHAM — Elizabeth Ann Simmons, of Durham and Buck Creek Road, Marion, died December 19, 2013. Ms. Simmons was born in Asheville to Martha T. Simmons and Abraham Lincoln Simmons on November 20, 1949. She graduated from Pleasant Gardens High School in 1968 and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, where she was a recipient of the Blanchard Scholarship, with a Bachelor of Science in Science Teaching. In 1989, Ms. Simmons graduated from the NCMH Management Institute of the Graduate School of Business Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was awarded a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1995. Ms. Simmons was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marion. She was a Medical Technologist, board certified in both Medical Technology and Special Hematology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Her professional career spanned more than 40 years, from her first position at Biological Reference Laboratories in Burlington, then St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville, UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, Cabarrus Memorial Hospital in Concord, LabCorp in Chicago, Illinois, Clark Regional Hospital, Winchester, Kentucky to her second and final position at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Stuart Michael Simmons of Marion, her sisters, Edith Dawn Simmons Martin of Pittsboro and Jane Ellen Simmons of Durham, and her brother-in-law, Roel Schaaper, of Durham. Her nieces, Martha Chandler Martin of San Diego, California, Geneva Lee Martin of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Johanna Elizabeth Schaaper of Durham, and nephew, Robert Abraham Martin of Milford, Ohio, also survive. A funeral service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Marion, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014. A reception will follow at the Parish House. Memorials may be made to the Martha T. Simmons Food Ministry, St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 968, Marion, NC 28752.
Richard Austin Gilbert
CHAPEL HILL — Richard Austin “Dick” Gilbert of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C. He was 97.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 6, 1916, to Phil Edward and Florence Miller Gilbert, he graduated from Evanston High School then Dartmouth College and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1939. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity and was a star backstroke swimmer on the Dartmouth swim team, where for many years he held several college records. He was slated to swim in the 1940 Olympics until they were canceled due to the Second World War. Upon graduation, he enlisted in Officer Candidate School at Duke University and was then transferred to Florence, South Carolina as a Major in the US Army, Air Corps. He met his wife of 61 years, Marie Laurence Rogers, in Florence where they married in 1946, launching a devoted and loving partnership. Initially, Marie and Dick lived in South Carolina where he was a Vice President with Liberty Life Insurance Corporation. Their son, Richard Austin Gilbert, Jr., was born, followed by their daughter, Marie Laurence Gilbert. Shortly after the birth of their second child, Dick was called to serve in Korea as a major in the Air Force, where he was active for twelve months.
Returning from Korea, he accepted a position as Corporate Comptroller of McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and moved his family to St. Louis, where Dick was involved in setting up the computer systems for McDonnell Douglas which included the system for the first satellite to orbit the earth carrying chimpanzees. He later became Vice President of Mead Paper Corporation and moved his family to Dayton, Ohio, at which point he was recognized as a leading pioneer in computer systems for large corporations. In 1969, they moved to Greensboro, N.C. where his family resided for 35 years, during which he worked as Vice President with Burlington Industries. Initially retiring in 1975, he returned to the corporate world as the Court Appointed Trustee of the Washington Group for several years. He semi-retired again, working for himself as a part-time financial advisor and spending time in the places he and Marie loved. They built their dream beach home in DeBordieu Colony in South Carolina, splitting their time between the beach, Greensboro and their lovely winter hideaway in Stuart, Florida. Dick and Marie felt at home on the coast, and their time at the beach brought many guests to share their island homes along with children and grandchildren for over 30 years.
In 2006, as Dick was approaching his 90th birthday and Marie was making headlines in the literary world as a regionally and nationally known poet, the couple decided to move to a retirement community in Laurinburg, N.C. so that Marie could be close to St. Andrews College where she taught, wrote poetry, and attended classes. They loved being close to the coast, midway between the homes of both children, Austin and Laurie. When Marie suffered a stroke at age 83 from which she subsequently died, Dick moved to the Cedars of Chapel Hill Retirement Community where he met many friends and enjoyed the surroundings of the Chapel Hill community.
During their lifetimes, Dick and Marie established an endowment for the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series and an endowment for the Tuck School of Business, Finance Faculty. He was also a member of numerous community boards, a devoted member of Kiwanis, and a loyal Salvation Army supporter.
Dick was a dear friend and valued advisor to many, a loving and devoted husband, and a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by two children, son Richard Austin Gilbert, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Young Gilbert of Florence, SC; daughter, Laurie Gilbert Sanford and her husband, James Terry Sanford Jr. of Durham, NC; four granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 AM Thursday, January 23, 2014, in St. Philips Episcopal Church in Durham, NC.
Memorials may be made to the Duke Cancer Center, 20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710, or Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Gilbert family. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com. Select Obituaries.
Douglas Wayne Holt
ROXBORO — Douglas Wayne Holt, 71, of 109 Woody St., Roxboro, died Monday, January 20, 2014. Born in Person County, Mr. Holt was the son of the late Harvey Thomas and Martha Bowes Holt. Mr. Holt retired from Dialight and was a member of Longhurst United Methodist Church. Mr. Holt enjoyed his passion for antiques. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Clarence Holt, Hugh Holt, Garland Holt, Junior Holt and Dorothy Blalock.
Mr. Holt is survived by his daughter, Amanda Ostertag and husband Shannon, of Monett, MO; his sister-in-law, Betty Jo Holt, of Roxboro; one grandson, Tristen James Ostertag; three nephews, Hugh Holt, Jr., Mark Holt, and Terry Blalock; three nieces, Angela Hurlocker, Wendy Dukes, and Dawn Holt; and his best friend, Carol Gentry.
Funeral services will be held 2PM, Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Brooks & White Chapel by the Rev. Francisco Garcia-Velasquez and the Rev. Herbert Brown. Burial will follow in Person Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1PM to 2PM Thursday at the Brooks & White Funeral Home prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Mark Holt, Hugh Holt, Jr., Mike Wesley, Shane Newcomb, Steve Gentry, and Ralph Dukes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Longhurst United Methodist Church, 265 Providence Rd., Roxboro, NC 27573.
Nannie Satterfield Rogers
YANCEYVILLE — Mrs. Nannie Satterfield Rogers, 79, passed away January 20 at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Rogers, and her siblings, Red, Bun, Ella, Clarence, and Bob. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Mike and Pam Rogers, two granddaughters, Jessica Gates and Sarah Rogers, two great granddaughters, Sadie Mae (Peanut) and Josie Anne (Piper) Gates. Nan is also survived by special nieces who were viewed as daughters and held a special place in her heart.
A native of Yanceyville, she returned to her home place upon retirement and enjoyed her family and friends in the area. She was an active member of Community Baptist Church and the Central Caswell Ruritan Club where she was able to touch many lives by giving freely of her time to help others. Nan lived life to its fullest and enjoyed her flowers and her garden, always happy to share her green thumb tips with anyone who wanted to know her secrets.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Harrelson Funeral Home in Yanceyville, with funeral services to be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Community Baptist Church in Yanceyville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Community Baptist Church, 3050 Old NC Hwy 86 N, Yanceyville, NC 27379 or the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 E Knox St, Durham, NC 27701.
Harrelson Funeral Home is assisting the Rogers Family with arrangements and condolences may be made at www.harrelsonfs.com.