Obituaries, December 7, 2013

Dec. 06, 2013 @ 06:24 PM

Alvin Bryant
DURHAM - Mr. Alvin Bryant, 87, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at the VA Medical Center, Hospice Unit. He was born in Durham County to the late Posey Lester Bryant and Annie Faulkner Bryant. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Eugene, Julian Charles, Posey Leon, Alvesta, George Watts, William Gray, and his twin, Calvin.
He was a graduate of Durham High School (Class of 1944) and UNC-CH Pharmacy School (Class of 1951). Mr. Bryant owned The Prescription Shop, Al’s Pharmacy and Al’s Holloway Street Pharmacy. He served along with his 6 brothers during WWII. He was in the U.S. Army, 69th Infantry, receiving a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Artillery Medal. He was a member of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church where he served as Trustee. He was a member of the Fighting 69th Infantry, Durham Lodge 352, Durham York Rite, VFW, Sudan Shriners, and American Legion.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Ella Bradshaw Bryant; son, Ronald Alvin Bryant (Peggy); daughter, Gloria Bryant Brown (Buddy); son, Johnnie J. Bryant; daughter, Sheila Eleanor Bryant; grandchildren, Kyle Brown (Stefani), Kirkland Brown (Lindsay), Kellie Linna (Troy), Sterling Bryant, Katelyn Sparrow, Chadwick Bryant; great grandchildren, Kailey Neville Brown, Kirkland Davis Brown, Eliza Grace Brown, Christopher Houston Huff, Lane Edward Huff; brother, Johnnie Mack Bryant; brother-in-law, Ray Poole; sister-in-laws, Rose Simpson (Tim), Lena Bryant; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Guy Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Eric Burmahl and Rev. Virgil Nolen officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be made to Welch College (Free Will Baptist Bible College), Campus Relocation and Building Fund, 3606 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Walter Evans
DURHAM - Mr. Walter Evans, 78, of 520 Reynolds Ave., died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Hock Family Pavilion. His service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013, at Aulander First Baptist Church, 835 S. Commerce St., Aulander, NC 27805. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 8, from 5-6 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., and again on Monday from 12-12:30 p.m. one-half hour prior to the service at Aulander First Baptist Church.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Mrs. Betty T. Evans; two children, Paula Stevens-Lassiter and Ryan Evans, Sr.; and one sister, Rosa Lee Evans.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

Ella P. McKay
DURHAM — Ella P. McKay, 72, went home to be with the Lord on December 4, 2013, at Duke University Hospital surrounded by her family. Homegoing services will be conducted at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at 2200 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27707. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until 12 noon.
Survivors include her children, Robert A. Worsley, Michelle M. Wright (Kip), Marvella M. Scott, Toshamalla McCloud (Bruce); five grandchildren, Denise Scott, Jasmin McCloud, Kayla McCloud, Kolbi Wright, Christian Wright; one brother, Curtis Al-khaaliq; four sisters, Evelyn Thomas, Jean Thomas-Banks, June Edmonds, Anne J. Williams.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Joseph Edward Elliott
OXFORD — Mr. Joseph “Joe” Edward Elliott, 79, passed away on December 6, 2013, at Universal Healthcare in Oxford. A native of Granville County, he was the son of the late Sam Howard, Sr., and Helen Currin Elliott. Joe was a lifetime and faithful member of Hester Baptist Church and his Men’s Sunday School Class. He served in the U.S. Navy and was employed by Burlington Industries, where most of his years, he was in a supervisory position. He retired after 37 years of service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at Hester Baptist Church, 6581 N.C. Hwy. 96, Oxford, N.C., by Reverend Alex Gallimore and Dr. Randy Bridges. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 p.m. prior to the service, in the parlor of the church and at other times at the home, 515 Williamsboro Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Joe is survived by his wife of 49 years, Peggy Perry Elliott; two daughters, Karen Murray and Goldie Garrett (Julian), both of Henderson; a son, Jack, of Oxford; two stepsons, Ray Baker (Pam) of Monk’s Corner, S.C., and Tommy Baker (Mona) of Rougemont; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Sam Howard Elliott, Jr., and Douglas Ray Elliott, both of Oxford; sisters Mae E. Hobgood of Oxford, Betty E. Jackson of Goldsboro, Helen Faye Elliott of Henderson, and Dixie E. Bennett of Raleigh. He leaves several special nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was predeceded in death by a son, Joe Perry Elliott, and a stepson, Randy Baker.
Joe was blessed with many good friends. He will be remembered by his family, friends and all who knew him as an honest, hard-working, devoted, kind and generous person who always aspired to do the right thing. He enjoyed spending time with friends for coffee and working in his yard with Peggy, where they took pride in their azaleas, roses, palm trees and banana plants. His special time was relaxing under the gazebo.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Eugene Day for the great care he always provided and to the staff of Universal Healthcare for their support and assistance.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Hester Baptist Church, P.O. Box 964, Oxford, NC 27565.
The Elliott family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. For online condolences, go to and select obituaries.

Bobby Lee Baker
HILLSBOROUGH — Bobby Lee Baker, 75, passed away surrounded by his family on the evening of December 5.
Bobby was born on February 27, 1938, and has spent the majority of his life in the gorgeous countryside of Orange County. He has lived the last 50-plus years residing in the Orange Grove Community, Dairyland Road, Hillsborough, N.C. Until his retirement, his history of employment over time included early experience in the Printing Department of UNC and Printing and Electronic Systems with Pitney Bowes, Inc., followed by years of community service that included South Orange Rescue Squad and services, Orange Grove Voluntary Fire Company and services, and Director of Emergency Services for Orange County. Bobby was part founder/originator of the first existence of centralized 911 emergency dispatch services including both fire and rescue for Orange County; as well as being part founder of Orange Grove Voluntary Fire Company and one of the early members of South Orange Rescue. He was a quiet and honorable man, recognized for his service in supporting the care of many lives in his tenure with emergency work in the county. In his following years of retirement, it was his systems experience and unique ability to simplify complex and intricate detail that allowed him to enjoy the rebuilding of antique tractors from what would be a box of scrap metal to a showcase model.
Bobby and his wife, Margaret, of 59 years were blessed to enjoy their home place property, developed by him, surrounded by rolling grass, gardens, grapevines, fruit trees, and a fishing pond. They also shared for many years a small property at Bogue Sound in Atlantic Beach surrounded by friends, and boating and fishing in the beautiful coastal waters. He had a tremendous love for the outdoors, from sunup to sundown. Whether it be bird-watching, building, landscaping, gardening or fishing, Bobby never missed an opportunity to be outside with his face to the sun.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Margaret A Baker; his children: Anita B. Pope of Durham, N.C., Sharon K. Bone of New Canaan, Conn., Rick J Baker and wife Teri of Conway, S.C., Beverly A Lankford and husband Reid of Durham, N.C.; his grandchildren: Brittany Bradley and husband Jonathan, Ryan and Jessica Bone, Jeremy and Ciara Baker; and one of his newest joys, great-grandson Declan Bradley; as well as his brother, Willie Baker and wife Margaret Baker of Creedmoor, N.C.
The family wishes to thank the community of Orange Grove for friendship and support of him and the family over the years, and to thank the 7th Floor Nursing Staff of Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, N.C., for their attentive and passionate care in his final days of struggle, and ultimate rest.
A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, at Cane Creek Baptist Church, 6901 Orange Grove Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278, followed by a reception to be held at Orange Grove Fire Station, 6800 Orange Grove Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orange Grove Voluntary Fire Company, 6800 Orange Grove Road. Please be sure to include "In Memory of Bobby Lee Baker" on the memo line of your check in order for the family to receive proper notification.

Mary C. Reed
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Mary C. “Margaret” Reed, 84, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013, at her home.
Born on September 2, 1929, in Durham, N.C., she was a daughter of the late William G. and Mary Sykes Carrington. She was predeceased by a son, Barry Mickelson, and a daughter, Mary Reed.
Margaret had a servant’s heart which was reflected in the abundant love she had for her family and friends. Her greatest joy and fulfillment was found during time spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret was a 1947 graduate of Durham High School in Durham, N.C. She served for over 40 years as chairman of her class reunion. Margaret retired with 20 years of service from the Environmental Protection Agency in Durham. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and a lifelong member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C.
Margaret is survived by her husband of thirteen years, David A. Reed; two sons, John Bryan and wife, Phyllis, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Bill Mickelson and wife, Renee, of Wilmington, N.C.; four daughters, Deborah Randall and husband, Randy, of Woodville, Texas, Carol Carlisle and husband, Mike, of Brookeland, Texas, Gayle Ridings and husband, Danny, of Stephens City, Va., and Patricia Entsminger of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by a brother, William “Lad” Carrington and wife, Donna, of Mebane, N.C.; a sister, Dorothy Starks of Durham, N.C.; seventeen grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday, December 9, from 7 until 9 p.m. at Clements Funeral Service, 1105 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1367, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578-1367.
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