January 30, 2013

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

LTC Raymond Michael Hobin (RET)
DURHAM - LTC Raymond Michael Hobin (RET), 78, died on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Raymond (Ray) was born in Teaneck, N.J. to the late Raymond Martin and Lillian Fair Hobin on January 14, 1935.
Mr. Hobin’s life was a distinguished one of dedicated public service. The son of a New York law enforcement officer and an only child, Ray graduated from St. Peter’s College with a B.S. in Biology with initial plans to teach school. However, while in college, he became commissioned as an Army Signal officer, and shortly after his best friend introduced him to Anne Marie Laplante, who he took as his beloved bride on December 22, 1956. Ray then began his required military obligation of four years, which led to a distinguished career in the Army of 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel with many Army decorations including a Meritorious Service medal and a Joint Service Commendation medal. LTC Hobin attended foreign language school in Monterrey, Calif., early in his career, and was fluent in Latin, German, Arabic and some Vietnamese. Other post assignments included Ft. Riley, Kansas, Camp Zama, Japan, Saigon, Vietnam, Arlington Hall, Washington, D.C., NCNG at the Durham Armory and culminating at Ft.  Monroe, Va., with TRADOC as a project officer. Ray and Anne had two children, Diana and Patrick.
Upon his retirement from the Army, Mr. Hobin and his family returned to Durham where he enrolled in law school at North Carolina Central University at the age of 48. He completed his juris doctorate degree in 1986. As an attorney, LTC Hobin went to work as a public defender in Durham, working from an office rented from Upchurch and Galifinakis. Eventually, he retired and returned to his boyhood and family love of trains, setting up a model RR train repair business. He was published in numerous model train publications and well regarded for his knowledge and work in model trains.
LTC Hobin was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Durham for 41 years, where he served as a Eucharistic minister. He also served as a Eucharistic minister to veterans at the Durham VA Medical Center during his retirement. Ray was a devoted husband, being married to his lifelong love, Anne Marie, for 56 years. He loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and especially loved sharing his love of trains and military history with them. He will be dearly missed by his family.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Anne Marie Laplante Hobin of Durham; daughter, Diana Hobin Shoaf and husband, Dr. James (Jim) Shoaf, of Durham; son, LTC Patrick R. Hobin and wife, Alice Brinkley Hobin, of Fuquay Varina; grandchildren, Michael, Karen, Hannah, Alexandra (Aleii) and Caroline.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 810 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham 27701 with Fr. Bill McIntyre, OFM, presiding. A rite of Christian burial with full military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.
Friends may visit from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main Street, Durham 27701.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Raymond’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215 or Duke Home Care & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham 27704.
The Hobin family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, www.hallwynne.com select obituaries.

Roberta Elizabeth Johnson
DURHAM - Roberta Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of the late Earl and Mamie Thompson Rainey, was born May 20, 1944 and died on January 25, 2013.
The service will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2012, at the Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace, 2722 E. Main St., Durham, and the visitation will be 2 p.m., prior to service.
Survivors: daughter, Janet Johnson; son, Michael Johnson (Elaine); six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Public viewing will be Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Chavis Parker Funeral Home, 405 N NC Highway 57, Hillsborough.

Margaret L. Little
DURHAM — Margaret L. Little, 87, departed her life on January 27, 2013. She leaves behind three sons, three daughters, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one brother and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and the funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. 

Clarence Wayne Hatley
November 4, 1937 - January 25, 2013

PITTSBORO — Clarence Wayne Hatley, age 75, of Pittsboro passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter in North Charleston, SC.
A native of Chatham County, he was the son of the late Clarence Leo Hatley and Lollie Hobby. Two brothers, Thomas William Hatley and Larry Cheek Hatley, preceded him in death.
Described by many as a “good friend,” he loved to help people in practical ways and did so selflessly. He enjoyed being outside and gardening. Mechanically gifted, he was a master craftsman. Vocationally, he worked in HVAC, retiring from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools after 25+ years of service in 2001.
Survivors include daughter, Wanda Hatley Litchenberg (Jeff) of North Charleston, SC and her mother, Carolyn Mishoe Hatley; two sisters, Sara Ann Oakley of Chapel Hill and Rena Hatley Perry (Clyde) of Pittsboro; sister-in-law, Jane Neville Hatley of Chapel Hill; one niece; three nephews; four great-nieces; and five great-nephews.
A graveside service honoring Mr. Hatley will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 269 Manns Chapel Road, Pittsboro. Following the service, friends may visit with the family in the church fellowship hall.
Memorial donations may be made in his honor to your local hospice (www.hospicefoundation.org) or the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home in Charleston, SC and Hall-Wynne – Griffin Chapel in Pittsboro are assisting the Hatley Family. For online condolences, please visit hallwynne.com.

Lottie Mae Wheeler Lester
BUTNER - Lottie Mae Wheeler Lester, 89, a long-time resident of Butner, died Monday at her home.
She was a native of Franklin County, North Carolina, and the daughter of Jessie Duke and Lizzie Bell Sanderford Wheeler. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Butner where she worked in the children’s department for many years and was a past active member of the choir. She worked at Murdoch Center in Butner before her retirement.
Surviving are two children, a son, Dennis Lester (Rayna) of Creedmoor; and daughter, Sheila Goss (Gene) of Hillsborough; four grandchildren, Cecily McDowell (David)  of Creedmoor, Neal Lester (Robyn) of Raleigh, Todd Goss of Carrboro and Jeannine Rogers (Stefan) of Hillsborough; and five great-grandchildren, Ainsley and Aiken McDowell of Creedmoor, Amelia and Taylor Lester of Raleigh and Jenna Hagwood of Hillsborough. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Lester; and an infant daughter, Teresa.
Funeral services, conducted by Reverend Lenny Rogers, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 1, at the First Baptist Church of Butner. The family will accept visitors from 12:30 until 2 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the church or at other times at the home of Dennis Lester in Creedmoor. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Durham.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the choir at First Baptist Church of Butner, P.O. Box 44, Butner 27509.
McLaurin Funeral Home of Clayton and Eakes Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements.

Victor Pratt Bowles
CHAPEL HILL — Victor Pratt Bowles, 94, died peacefully in the early morning of January 28, 2013 at Carolina Meadows Health Center in Chapel Hill. Victor was born in Person Co. on June 6, 1918. He was the first born of three children to the late David Pratt Bowles and Mary Ethel Rogers Bowles. He lived and worked the last 60 years of his life in Chapel Hill and is survived by his wife, Doris Taylor Bowles; his daughter, Tamara D. Bowles of Durham, and her daughter, Kierra; his son, V. Mark Bowles, his wife, Marjorie Mueller Bowles of Raleigh, and their children, Harrison Pratt and Gillian O’Neil; his brother, William E. Bowles of Durham; his sister, Mary Bowles Leonard of Cary; and three nieces and their families. He was close to his wife’s sister, Kay Miller of Kernersville; friend, Patricia Gainey of Kernersville; numerous church and work friends, and extended family.
Vic was raised on his family farm in Person Co. during the time of the Great Depression. He graduated from Helena High School in 1935, and worked on the family farm and held other agricultural jobs until he was drafted into the Army in 1941. He served in the European theater of war and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Warrant Officer, Jr. Grade. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. After the military, Vic entered UNC, using his GI bill and was graduated in 1949, having earned Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honors. After working for Southern Bell for four years, he returned to UNC-CH in 1953 to work in Business and Finance, retiring in 1988 as Director of Budget and Finance for the University. He was awarded the C. Knox Massey Award in 1983 for meritorious service to UNC.
During his Chapel Hill years, Vic married, became a father and was very active in his church. He was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club and served on several University committees. He loved to take trips in the family camper and visit their Lake Gaston cottage with his family. He was often seen at UNC basketball and football games. After retirement, he and his wife traveled with friends and family. He loved to be with his children and grandchildren and to work in the garden. He remained active in church and Kiwanis and easily transitioned to life with new friends at Carolina Meadows. 
The family would like to especially thank the caring staff in the Health Center of Carolina Meadows, the employees of Carolina Meadows, and his church and Carolina Meadows friends who supported them during the time of Vic’s illness. 
A memorial service will be held at University United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University United Methodist Church or to Carolina Meadows, Inc. for the “Remembrance and Gift Comm.—Employee’s Scholarship Fund”, 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Albert Lee Clark Sr.
CHAPEL HILL — Mr. Albert Lee Clark Sr., 71, of Chapel Hill, departed this life on January 26, 2013 at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, 112 S. Graham St., Chapel Hill.  Visitation 30 minutes prior to service.
Burial in Markham Memorial Gardens, Durham. 

Irving Norfleet Davis Jr.
HILLSBOROUGH — Irving Norfleet Davis Jr., son of the late Irving Davis Sr. and Elsie Clark Davis. He was born March 4, 1957 and died on January 25, 2013.
The services will be conducted 1 p.m. February 2, 2013 at Mt. Bright Baptist Church, 211 W Union St. in Hillsborough and visitation will be one hour prior to funeral at 12 p.m.
Survivors: Mrs. Elsie Clark Davis, mother, of Hillsborough; children: Jamilia Norwood (Tracy), Janee Davis (Antonio), and Jeman Davis; sister: Tracie McKennon; brothers: Steven Davis (Tammie), Stanley Davis, Mark Davis (Veronica) and Dean Davis (Lisa); grandchildren: Jordan, Aydin, and Kassidy. 
Public viewing Friday, February 1, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Chavis Parker Funeral Home, 405 N NC Hwy 57,  Hillsborough.

Hilda Mae Turner Young
WAKE FOREST — Hilda May Turner Young (Mrs. Frank E. Young Jr.) passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013 at her home in Wake Forest.
She was born May 23, 1927 in Granville County, the daughter of the late William Alman Turner Jr. and Dovie Morado Hunt Turner.  Mrs. Young was a graduate of Wilton High School and Mrs. Fuller’s Secretarial School in Oxford. She married the love of her life, Frank E. Young Jr. in 1951 in Oxford and retired from Carolina Power and Light after many years of service.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford. A private committal service will be held in Meadowview Memorial Park where she will be buried next to her husband, Frank E. Young Jr.
Surviving are her sister, Alice Turner Scurlock; two brothers, Billy Turner Jr. and Jack Turner, all of Creedmoor; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; and a sister, Katherine Turner Ross.
Visitation will be held 2 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the funeral service Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.eakesfuneralhome. Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Young family.

Margaret E. (Foster) Jones
GREENSBORO — Margaret (daughter of the late Roy and Margaret Foster of Durham) passed on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Greensboro. Those she leaves behind are daughters – Gayle Taliaferro of Durham, Michelle Jones-Keeter and Janine Jones of Greensboro; and her son, Elder KeVin Jones of Kansas City, MO. Also, her siblings: Roy Foster Jr., of Durham, Deria Foster-Moore and Gayle F. Magellan of Greensboro. Additionally she leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great-grandchild, and relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, January 30, 2013 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro – 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.