Obituaries, December 4, 2013

Dec. 03, 2013 @ 06:59 PM

Suzanne Rollins Wallace Godwin

DURHAM — With the passing of Suzanne Rollins Wallace Godwin on November 27, 2013, Durham has lost a quirky but charming and delightful woman. She died exactly as she lived...loving Durham and its history.

Suzanne was proud of the fact that her family owned The Durham Morning Herald and The Durham Sun, which were a vital part of the lives of Durham during the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The newspapers remained in her family for over 100 years.

To the end of her life, she was a keen observer of the world around her, and she took from it all she could consume. With politics, it was wise not to approach the subject. Her love of life, daring humor, elegance of the word and thought, piercing wit, and intellectual hunger will be missed.

Suzanne’s constant travels all over the world, especially Switzerland and England, convinced her that people were good everywhere and should be admired.

Mrs. Godwin’s southern roots were evident in her love for Durham, its old houses and streets, and the sweet smell of tobacco. She was proud of her home on East Forest Hills Blvd., designated historic by the Durham Preservation Society.

Suzanne was a determined member of that small and tenacious group of people who lived life to the fullest and counted as her friends all members of the Durham community.

She showed courage and determination in her late years and remained an independent woman. Suzanne was a patron of the arts and had a strong and rewarding association with the Nasher Museum at Duke University.

It was a grande finale to a long and fabulous life which consisted of great fun, friends, family, and laughter. Now her spirit soars with the angels.

Mrs. Godwin was predeceased by her loving husband, Cecil Raymond Godwin, Jr.
Surviving are daughters Robin Wallace Godwin and Meredith Rollins Godwin Wellendorf; sister, Betty Wallace; and brother-in-law, Thomas Mack Godwin.

Bon Voyage to our beautiful mother, sister, and friend. We will honor our fabulous Suzanne with loving and happy memories.

You will live in our hearts forever.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Godwin family.

Demanester Billy Howard, Jr.
DURHAM - Demanester Billy Howard, Jr., 76, departed his life on November 29, 2013. He leaves behind four sisters, Mrs.

Earnestine Melvin (Bobby Melvin) from Clinton, N.C.; Mrs. Denise Faison (James Mayso Faison) Clinton, N.C.; Ms. Annie Fay

Blue, Clinton, N.C.; Elder Tillie Parker (James D. Parker) Fayetteville, N.C.; one brother. Mr. James Tony Howard, Jersey City, N.J.; one grandson, John Tavis Howard of Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends and a special friend Ms. Jo Ann Stinback from Henderson, N.C..

Funeral service will be at Huntsville Baptist Church in Oxford, N.C. on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with visitation at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Hunter
DURHAM - "Piggy" Charles Edward Hunter, 75, departed his life on November 28, 2013. He leaves behind loving wife Viola Tatum Hunter, one brother, six children, eighteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 12:00 noon. Services will be at 1 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Mary Carol Johnson
DURHAM — Mary Carol Johnson, 67, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013, at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, N.C. Born on April 24, 1946, Ms. Johnson was the daughter of the late Albert Richard and Edith Arnold Johnson. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a long-time resident of Durham.

Carol is survived by her brother, Al Johnson and wife Alice Ann of Greensboro, N.C.; her niece, Edie Johnson and husband

Jason Overall and their son James of Knoxville, Tenn.; her nephew, Andy Johnson, his wife Michaella and their daughters, Emma Lee, Kerri and Dorothy of Macon, Ga.

During her professional career, Carol worked as a social worker, was employed by the Girl Scouts of America and ended her

career with the Durham County Public Schools. She enjoyed beach vacations, her dogs (Benji, Jake and Josh), church activities, and home decorating.

The family would like to express deep appreciation to Pastor Marilyn Hedgepeth, the wonderful network of faithful friends from First Presbyterian Church as well as caregiver and dedicated friend Rena Pinnix who supported Carol in recent years.

A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Durham.
Arrangements for the Johnson family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences at; select obituaries.

Joan Poteat Pepper
DURHAM - Joan Poteat Pepper, 66, died after a struggle with cancer on Monday, December 2, 2013, at the Hock Family Pavilion Hospice Care center.

She was born on May 15, 1947, in Durham, N.C., to Ralph and Rebecca Poteat. In 1966, she married Victor Pepper and together they had two children, Victor Pepper, Jr. and Caroline Pepper Silvoy.

Joan worked as bookkeeper and later president of her family-owned business, Durham Electric Company, started by her parents

in 1957. She was also an advocate for adult care patients and member of the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee. Joan enjoyed playing bridge with friends, ringing handbells at church, and spending time with her five grandchildren.

A unique soul, Joan was known by those closest to her as a loyal friend, loving wife, mother and grandmother, and “for making a long story short.” She will be greatly missed.

Joan is survived by her husband, children, daughter-in-law Alicia Pepper, son-in-law Chris Silvoy, granddaughters Lindsay Silvoy, Emily Silvoy, Megan Pepper, and Molly Pepper, and grandson, Patrick Pepper.

A memorial service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Durham, N.C., on Friday, December 6, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s name to Duke Home Care and Hospice. Gifts can be made online at Click on “Make a Gift,” input personal information, scroll down to “Other Duke Medicine Funds” section and select “Duke Homecare and Hospice.”

Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Pepper family. Online condolences may be submitted to Select obituaries.

Thelma Thompson Mayo

HILLSBOROUGH — Mrs. Thelma Thompson Mayo, 100 + 8 mos., went home to be with the Lord Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Rose Manor in Durham, N.C. She was a native of Orange County and attended the Orange County Schools at High Rock Road School.

Mrs. Mayo was a member of Lambs Chapel Church in Haw River. She was the wife of the late Knox Mayo.
Surviving are two sons, Walter Mayo and Bobby Mayo, Sr. (Vivian); one granddaughter, Angela Mayo Wells; one grandson, Bobby Wayne Mayo, Jr.; one step-granddaughter, Chanita Williams (Kevin); two great-grandsons, Clifton J. Wells and Joshua Williams; and two great-granddaughters, Jordyn and Joya Williams.

Homegoing services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, in Lambs Chapel Church. Visitation will be 12-1 p.m., Thursday, in the church. Burial will be in the Hillsborough Town Cemetery.

Patricia Ann Riddle
HILLSBOROUGH - Mrs. Patricia Ann Riddle, 42, died Sunday, December 1, 2013. She was a caregiver for elderly people. She was an Orange County native who was educated in the Orange County Schools. She was a loving and caring wife and mother who enjoyed going to the beach and being Chris’ best friend.

Surviving are her husband, Rodney Hilton; her son, Chris Hilton; her parents, Shirley B. and James W. Riddle, Sr.; two brothers, Phillip Riddle and James Riddle; and her sister, Sandra R. Smith (Earl).

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday in Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Memorial may be made to Walker’s Funeral Home at

Cora Gaynelle (Gay) Winstead

CARY — Cora Gaynelle (Gay) Winstead passed away November 27, 2013, at her Cary, N.C., home. She was born on September 6,

1950, at Farmville, N.C. Gay was preceded in death by her parents Cecil G. and Gaynelle H. Winstead; a brother, Cecil G.

Winstead, Jr.; and her "furry family" Cassie, Holly, Robin and Atticus.
She is survived by two brothers, M. Guy Winstead of Cary, N.C., and Wade H. Winstead of Hillsborough, N.C.; two nieces,

Virginia Winstead and Misty Barnes; one nephew, Wade H. Winstead II. She graduated from Southern High School in Durham in 1968, and Appalachian State University in 1975. She recently retired from Holly Hill Hospital, Raleigh, N.C., where she had been employed as a mental health technician. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Gay was laid to rest on December 1 at Hollywood Cemetery in Farmville, N.C.

Willie Ann Whitehead

VANCEBORO - Funeral services for Willie Ann Whitehead will be held on Thursday at 12 noon at St. John Missionary Baptist

Church, 270 Whispering Pine Rd., Washington, N.C., with family visitation being held one hour prior to service.
Survivors include son, Thomas Whitehead (Barbara), and daughter, Joyce Freeman.
Burial will be at Robinson Family Cemetery in Vanceboro, N.C.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor.