January 26, 2013
Junette Wade Arcus
DURHAM — Junette Wade Arcus, 90, of Durham, died peacefully Friday, January 25, 2013, at her home. Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and friend, she resided in Durham since December 2004, after having previously lived in Poughkeepsie, New York, for 40 years.
Junette was born in Magnolia, Arkansas, to the late Rev. Junius Allen Wade and the late Ira Antionette "Nettie" Torbet Wade. She graduated Salutatorian from Magnolia High School in 1939, from Magnolia A&M in 1941 (now Southern Arkansas University), and received her BS degree in Religious Education from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 1943. Junette’s first position after graduating from Wheaton was as the secretary and Director of Religious Education at a church in the coal mining town of Williamson, West Virginia. She then went on to New York City and received a Masters of Religious Education from The Biblical Seminary in New York, NY, in 1947, later becoming secretary to the Dean at The Biblical Seminary. Junette also taught in a business school in New York City prior to marrying Alex Anthony Arcus in 1958. They were married for 52 years.
Junette was an active member, Sunday school teacher, and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Wappinger’s Falls, NY, before transferring her membership to Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, Durham. She was previously a member and Sunday School teacher in the Methodist Protestant Church in Magnolia, Arkansas, Methodist Church of Babylon, NY, and Clinton Avenue Methodist Church of Kingston, N.Y.
Junette loved to garden and was well known for giving away bushels of tomatoes and other vegetables to neighbors and friends in Poughkeepsie and Kingston as well as caring for her roses, day lilies and peonies. She shared her love of music with her children, playing the piano and singing in church choirs. Junette also shared her love of reading and English Literature with her children and fulfilled a lifelong dream to travel around Great Britain for a month with Alex in 1985.
Junette was preceded in death by her husband, Alex; brothers, General Horace M. Wade, Lt. Col. James E. Wade, Winston Wade and Milvean Wade; and is survived by a son, Robert, of Rochester, N.Y.; a son, David; and a daughter, Joyce, both of Durham; a granddaughter, Elizabeth; and a grandson, Alexander, both of Rochester, N.Y; and nieces, Sylvia Wade Beaver of Wesley Chapel, Florida and Sara Wade Marinaccio of Grand Island, N.Y. She also has many cousins still living in the Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Friends may visit Sunday evening, January 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. A memorial service will be held on a Saturday in February at (a day time to be determined) at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, with The Rev. Allan Poole presiding. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Junette’s honor, as well as to Wappinger’s Falls Presbyterian Church.
The Arcus family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham.
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Jack Harton Blackerby
Durham - Jack Blackerby, 71, passed away Thursday evening at home. A retired physical therapist who was active in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Blackerby had lived in Durham since 2007.
He is survived by wife, Maryann Super Blackerby of Durham; daughters, Holly Spriggs (Ben) of Denver, Colo., Jennifer Rehrig (Shannon) of Charlotte, Heather Wiegand (Steve) of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers, Jim Blackerby (Sue) of Wakefield, R.I., Robert Blackerby (Diana) of Berlin, N.J., Kim Blackerby (Rebecca) of Parker, Colo.; sister, Sue Miller (Morey) of Aurora, Colo.; and grandchildren, Levi Spriggs, Maia Spriggs, Jonathan Rehrig, Alexander Rehrig, Ethan Wiegand, Eliana Wiegand, Jeremiah Wiegand and Josiah Wiegand. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew; and his parents, Robert Ernest Blackerby and Beverly Stonebraker Blackerby, of Colorado.
Blackerby was born October 17, 1941, in Trinidad, Colo. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1962 and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a physical therapist for six years. He worked as a private practice physical therapist for hospitals and other health care facilities in Colorado, Wyoming and Pennsylvania before settling in Durham. From 1986 until 1992, Blackerby studied at the Westminster Theological Seminary near Philadelphia, where he received a Masters degree in Divinity. Following graduation from the seminary, he continued his physical therapy practice, served in various Presbyterian Church's as an elder, deacon and lay counselor and helped his wife operate a bed and breakfast establishment in Fort Collins, Colo. In Durham, Blackerby also taught English as a second language and assisted the Meals on Wheels program.
A memorial service will be held 4:30 p.m., Sunday, at The Church of Good Shepherd with Rev. Chris Garrett and Rev. Jerry Currin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 3131 RDU Center Dr, Morrisville 27560.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Paul Ross Harrison
DURHAM — Paul Ross Harrison, 89, died January 22nd. He was born June 13th, 1923, the loving son of Edgar Ross Harrison and Lillian Spencer, in Leeds, England.
He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne Rosemary Jenkins; and his two sons, Andrew Ross Harrison and Julian Ross Harrison.
With his wife, Norma, he immigrated to the US in 1967 and became a US citizen. He held several jobs in England and America, including working in the Circulation Dept. of the Durham Herald-Sun and as a Field Engineer in the Water Dept. of the City of Durham. Before immigrating to the US he worked as a mounted police officer in the Yorkshire Constabulary and as a Chauffer/Groom for several grateful employers. He was a decorated War Veteran, in World War II serving with distinction in both the RAF (Royal Air force) and the British Army, where he fought in both Europe and the Pacific.
Dr. Verne C. Lanier Jr.
DURHAM — Dr. Verne C. Lanier Jr., retired plastic surgeon, died Thursday, January 24, 2013, in the Hock Family Pavilion.
Verne is survived by his wife, Dean McClelland Lanier of the home; three daughters and their spouses, Cecile and Pride Scanan of Nashville, Tenn., Melissa and Mark Turner of Chandler, Ariz. and Renee and Andy McKown of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Sarah Warneck of Dallas, Texas; and six grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at a time to be announced, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham.
A full obituary will run the first of next week in the Herald-Sun.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the family of Dr. Lanier. Online condolences may be sent to www.howertonbryan.com
Elder Hal Joel Royster Sr.
DURHAM — Elder Hal Joel Royster Sr. of Durham passed on January 21, 2013.
Elder Royster was pastor of Robinson Memorial United Holy Church in Eden for over 45 years and retired from Duke University Medical Center after 32 years of service.
He is survived by five children: Ronald D. Royster (Mildred), of Shallotte, Hal J. Royster Jr. (Gail), Michael D. Royster, William F. Royster and Sharon McMillon (Lewis), all of Durham; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs Jean Miller, Mrs. Laura Walker; and twin brother, Harry J. Royster, all of Durham.
The family will have visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, January 28, 2013, at Fisher Memorial United Holy Church, 420 E. Piedmont Ave, Durham. The funeral will take place at noon immediately following visitation. Burial will be in Beechwood Cemetery.
Professional services provided by Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Tommy “T-Bone” Thompson
DURHAM - Tommy “T-Bone” Thompson, 58, of Durham died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was the son of the late Tom Cecil Thompson Sr. Previously employed for fifteen years with the City of Durham in maintenance.
He is survived by his mother, Marie Culbreth; brother, Russell Thompson and wife, Linda, of Fuquay Varina; sisters, Jeannette Ramsay of Gainesville, Fla., and Janet Goldman of Loudon, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Hudson Funeral Home will be assisting the family. Memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of Marie Culbreth, 9068 Hwy. 751, Durham. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.
Ruth Elanor Royster
OXFORD — Miss Ruth Elanor Royster, age 75, a former resident of 1301 Royster-Clay Rd., Roxboro, died in Universal Health Care, Oxford, Sunday night, January 20, 2013. She was a native of Person County and a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
She is survived by one sister, Martha R. Allen of Baltimore, Md., and a host of nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 145 Allen Chapel Church Road, Roxboro with Rev. Larry McDonald officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. At other times, the family be at the home.
Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors are in charge of the service for Miss Ruth Elanor Royster.
Online condolences may be sent to cunninghamnelsonfuneralhome.com.
CHAPEL HILL — Due to inclement weather the Funeral Services for Mrs. Peggy Spivey will be changed to Monday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.