February 10, 2013
Ellis Leonidas Allen Sr.
DURHAM — Funeral services for Ellis Leonidas Allen Sr., 84, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Street. Family visitation, 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the church.
Survivors: daughters, Anne Clark Green (Willie) and Edith Maria Allen Penny (Charles); sons, Aaron Paul Allen and Ellis L. Allen Jr. (Geraldine); three foster children; grandchildren; great grandchildren; sister, Annie Doris Allen; sister-in-law, Janet Bynum Kennell.
Viewing, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Cordelia Nne Bucknor-Smartt
DURHAM — Cordelia Nne Bucknor-Smartt, 65, departed this life on January 15, 2013. She leaves behind her darling husband, Taiwo Bucknor-Smartt; one son, Oluseyi; daughter, Moronke; granddaughter, Morola; grandson, Oluseyi Jr.,; and a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Funeral service will be at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Monday at 11 a.m. and visitation at 10 a.m.
Bruce B. Goodwin
DURHAM — Bruce B. Goodwin, 86, of Durham passed away on February 8, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. He was the son of the late Robert C. Goodwin and Bertha Smith Goodwin, the 8th of nine children. He was preceded in death by his four brothers, Kermit, Oriville, Chester and Loomis Goodwin; and three sisters, Ruth Goodwin, Elaine Goodwin and Marianne Goodwin Johnson. Also preceded in death by his first wife, Eloise Blackwelder Goodwin; and a son, Alan B. Goodwin. Bruce worked in the automotive business, beginning at age 19 starting out as a mechanic assistant, then mechanic and moving on to Parts Manager. He retired after 25 years as Service Manager at Elkins Chrysler Plymouth in 1989. He attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Creedmoor.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hayes Goodwin; a daughter, Vickie G. Carlisle; step-daughter, Connie H. Mohammed; granddaughter, Ellison Goodwin; and a sister, Kathleen G. Shaw; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Dr. Marc Tilley will officiate. Burial will be at
1 p.m. in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable or memorials can be made to: Pleasant Grove Baptist, PO Box 745, Creedmoor, NC 27522. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
DURHAM — A memorial service for Betty Miller, formerly of Durham, will be conducted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 12 p.m. at West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St. The family visitation will be at 11:30.
For 23 years, Betty served as a cafeteria worker for the Durham Public School System. For many years after retirement, she was employed at Kiddie Kollege as a cook. She is survived by one son, Thomas McDougal of New York; one daughter, Elaine Cooper of Durham; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
David Louis Woods Sr.
DURHAM — David Louis Woods Sr., born April 19, 1936 and departed this life on February 7, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Christine Dingle Woods; 10 children; 42 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; three sisters; and three brothers.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 13, at 2 p.m. at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.
Charles Wayne Harshaw
GREEN LEVEL — Charles Wayne Harshaw, 62, born August 19, 1950 to the late Rayford W. and Claudia Hester Harshaw died February 7, 2013 in Alamance Regional Hospital.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday in Mount Zion AME Church. Family Visitation one hour before the funeral in the church. Burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Kattie Poteat Harshaw of the home; children, Charles Villines (Kenya), Gregory Harshaw, and Nickii Richardson, Gregory Jones, Eric Jones and Sherman Poteat; sisters, Lyvone H. Allison (Rev. Dr. George), Jennifer Harshaw, Sally H. Ramsey (Charles); two brothers, Bruce Harshaw (Joyce) and Thomas Harshaw (Joann); five grand-children; and one great-grandchild.
Public viewing 11 a.m. today in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.
Samuel Murphy Cates
EFLAND — Samuel Murphy Cates, 91, died Saturday, February 9, 2013. He retired from White Furniture Company after 45 years of service and was also a farmer. He was a member of Chestnut Ridge United Methodist Church. He was married to the late Genovia Doris Crabtree Cates for 57 years.
Surviving are his sons: Allen Cates (Faye), Efland, Lambert Cates (Joan), Efland, Paul James Cates (Kathleen), Hillsborough, Johnny C. Cates (Peggy), Efland, Rickey C. Cates, Mebane, Earl M. Cates (Katie), Efland, and Kent Cates (Renae), Efland; his daughters, Faydean C. Cannada (Les), Efland, Snodean C. Logan (Russell), Mebane, and Susan Cates, Timberlake; and 24 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons, Murphy Samuel Cates and Homer A. Cates; his brothers, Luther Cates and Daniel Cates; and his sister, Viola Jackson.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chestnut Ridge United Methodist Church by Mr. Tim Best and the Rev. Bobby Tate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday in Walkers Funeral Home of Hillsborough and at other times the family will be at Johnny Cates, 3102 West Ten Road, Efland. Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Ridge Memorial Association, P.O. Box 8, Efland, NC 27243.
Margaret Lamar Yancey Kirkman
CHAPEL HILL — Margaret Lamar Yancey Kirkman, a resident of Chapel Hill since 1965, died peacefully at home on February 8, 2013 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Devoted wife and loving mother, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Margaret and her identical twin sister, Marian, were born March 8, 1926 in Atlanta, Georgia. Their mother, Margaret Inez Yancey, died when the girls were toddlers and they were raised by their father, George Yancey and by two loving aunts, Pansy Skelton and Martha Griffith. Margaret excelled academically at Girls’ High School in Atlanta and at Agnes Scott College. She received a master’s degree in classics from Florida State University. While working at a Campfire Girl camp in north Georgia during summers in college, Margaret met Neil Kirkman, a Georgia Tech student working at a nearby boys’ camp. They married on August 25, 1950 and had been married over 62 years at the time of her death.
While her four children were young Margaret was a full-time mother and active volunteer. After the family moved to Chapel Hill, she served as a volunteer at what was then N.C. Memorial Hospital and expressed her love of art history as a docent at the Ackland Art Museum. When her children got older she became an employee and then manager of the gift shop at UNC Hospital, overseeing the shop’s expansion and eventual move to the “new side” of the hospital. She retired in 1991.
Prior to declines in their health Margaret and Neil were wide-ranging travelers, from medical trips to newly-opened China to visits to archeological sites off the north coast of Scotland. Her favorite trips, though, were those spent dragging Neil through numerous European cathedrals. Margaret was a staunch supporter of her husband, children, and grandchildren in their academic, career, and personal pursuits. A life-long Methodist, she was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church for 48 years and loved her church family, particularly her fellow members of the United Methodist Women.
Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Henry Neil Kirkman Jr. of Chapel Hill; her children (and their spouses) Alice Louise Kirkman of Rockville, MD, David Neil Kirkman (Debra Skinner) of Chapel Hill, Marian Sue Kirkman (John Krall) of Pittsboro, and Celia Kirkman of Chapel Hill; grandchildren Victoria Margaret Kirkman of Rockville, Evan Yancey Krall of San Francisco, Calif., and Jacob Alexander Krall (Jennifer Wing Krall) of Indianapolis; a half-sister, Lu Roll of Basking Ridge, NJ; and by her beloved twin, Marian Yancey Carroll, and Marian’s children and grandchildren in Atlanta: Philip Carroll (Paula, Jeanette), Margaret (Peggy) Means (Hugh, Ben, Alex) and John Carroll.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the wonderful staff of The Cedars, particularly the CNA’s whose dedication and care allowed Margaret to stay in her home until her death.
A visitation will take place on Monday, February 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill and a celebration of Margaret’s life on Tuesday, February 12 at 1 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, Margaret would be happy to know that contributions in her name were made to Aldersgate United Church in Chapel Hill.
Online condolences may be sent to www.walkersfuneralservice.com.
Henry Logan Jessup
RALEIGH — Henry Logan Jessup, 73, of Raleigh, was promoted to Glory on Friday, February 8, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his children, Suzanne Jessup, Kathryn J. Anders, and Michael and Marti Jessup, all of Durham; step-son, David Gurney of Raleigh; and grandchildren, Joseph and Naomi Anders of Durham; his sister, Peggy J. Perdue and her husband, Thomas of Louisburg; his brother, Richard Jessup and wife, Laurie of Warrington; and his sister, Helen J. Raymond and husband, Harris of Raleigh. He was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Katy Jessup; his first wife, Brenda C. Jessup; and second wife, Marylyn J. Jessup; and son-in-law, Phillip C. Anders Jr.
He was baptized at Mt Zion Baptist Church, now Creedmoor Baptist Church. He was a member of St. Francis United Methodist Church for over 13 years. He graduated from Millbrook High School in 1957. After high school, he went to work for Winn Dixie Stores and was eventually promoted to Meat Manager. He also served our country in the Marine Reserves. He then went to work for Yellow Cab, Medicare Supply Co. and Erwin Oil Company in Durham. He was a volunteer at WakeMed in Cary for many years.
A celebration of his life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at St. Francis United Methodist Church in Cary. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. The Rev. Leonard Fairley and Darrell Copeland will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Francis United Methodist Church.
Dianne Gainey Byrd
SCRANTON, S.C. — Dianne Gainey Byrd, 64, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday evening, February 07, 2013 at Duke Medical Center after an extended illness.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2013 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Florence. The family will receive friends at the church following the service until 8 p.m. and at other times at the home of her sister, Kay Davis.
Mrs. Byrd was born in Florence County, SC a daughter of Lois McDougal Gainey and the late Archie Lee Gainey. She was native Florentine and was employed at Carolinas Hospital System until 2000. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Nikki Byrd of Durham; her father, John T. Byrd of Darlington; mother of Scranton; sisters, Kay Davis and Toni McManus, both of Florence; nephew, Corey Davis; and nieces, Leann Davis and Marlee McManus.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Nurses, Dr’s and Staff at Duke Medical Center for the love and care in attending to Dianne.
Deborah Gray Harrell Saville
BROOKEVILLE, MD. — Deborah Gray Harrell Saville, age 54, of Brookeville, Md. passed away at Montgomery Hospice on Thursday, February 7, 2013 after an illness of several months, which she endured with grace, courage, her strong faith and the love and support of her family, friends and church family.
Debbie was born in Raleigh, on August 16, 1958 and grew up in Durham. She was the daughter of Emily Sexton Harrell of Durham, who survives and of the late Earl Bishop Harrell who died in 1994. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Glenn Eric Saville, to whom she was married on June 28, 1986; and their three children, Ryan Andrew Saville, Matthew Todd Saville and Christina Grace Saville, all of the home. Her survivors also include her brother, William Harmon Harrell; and her aunt, Rebecca Harrell, both of Durham; her uncle, William Robert Sexton and wife, Joyce of Plymouth, N.C. Debbie was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, George Sexton and Mildred Sexton Hatchell of Plymouth; and by her paternal grandparents, C. Grady Harrell and Iver Williams Harrell of Durham.
Debbie graduated in 1977 from the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton and was class valedictorian. She also graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. in 1981 and then attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a Masters Degree in Biochemistry. Until her retirement in October, 2012 for health reasons, she was employed by the Food & Drug Administration for 11 years and in previous years had worked for various Federal Agencies. Debbie was a member of Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church, Silver Spring, Md.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 11 at Hines & Rinaldi Funeral Home, Silver Spring. Burial will follow at George Washington Cemetery, Adelphi, Md.
Memorials may be made to Hampshire View Baptist Deaf Church, 360 Ednor Rd., Silver Spring, Md. 20905 or to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr., Rockville, Md. 20850.
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw
WILMINGTON — Gwendolyn (Gwen) Gore Senior Entwistle Shaw passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Davis Healthcare Center in Wilmington. She was born in Raeford on May 13, 1930 and was a true Southern Belle. Gwen resided in Chapel Hill the majority of her adult life later relocating to Winston-Salem and Wilmington.
Gwen was a devoted mother of five children and adoring grandmother of 13 grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Annie Black McFadyen of Fayetteville and the late Arthur D. Gore of Raeford.
Gwen attended Peace College where she was president of the Sigma Phi Kappa Society, treasurer of the Student Council and a member of the Papyrus Club. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and was a founding member of Kappa Delta. She received her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Virginia.
Following graduation, Gwen began her career as a first grade teacher and was featured in the local newspaper for her creative classroom.
In 1955, Gwen married Dr. Robert Joseph Senior of Williamsville, NY. They moved to Chapel Hill where they raised five children. For over 30 years in Chapel Hill, Gwen was a nationally acclaimed flower show judge, talented Realtor, active member of the Church of the Holy Family, a member of The NC Society of New York and community volunteer. She never met a stranger and always had smile on her face. She possessed a talent and passion for decorating, entertaining and flower arrangements. She also enjoyed fashion, tennis and golf.
Everyone knew Gwen for her outgoing uplifting personality and zest for life! No matter the mood of the room, when she entered she brightened the atmosphere and added a sparkle. While at Plantation Village retirement community, it was no surprise she was part of the “Welcoming Committee.” She loved meeting new residents, offering tours and involving them in social gatherings. She made sure no grass grew under residents’ feet! She even used her matchmaking skills on some of the residents.
Predeceasing Gwen are her husband's, Dr. Robert J. Senior of Chapel Hill; William (Bill) Entwistle of Winston-Salem and Alan Shaw Sr. of Winston-Salem.
Surviving her are: Christopher D. Senior of Chapel Hill and his wife, Leigh Ann; Gwendolyn (Gigi) Senior Robinson of Chattanooga, Tenn. and her husband, Bill and their four children: 1st Lt US Army Will Robinson and his wife, Jess, Nancy, Sam and Jack; Robert J. Senior II of Wilmington and wife, Angela and their three sons, Bret, Patrick and Cole; Anne Senior Brewer of Wilmington and her husband, Jerard and their three children: Avery, Coburn, and Paxton; Sue Senior Catherine of Greensboro and her husband, Chuck and their three children: Cameron, Casey and Charlie. Also surviving are two sisters, Anne Gore Hostetler Register of Pinehurst and three children and eight grandchildren and her husband, Tom Register; Fanette Gore Ollendorff of Naples, Fla. and her three children and two grandchildren; her cousin, Scott McFadyen of Fayetteville; her sister-in-law, Inez Gore of Chipley, Fla.; her step-daughter, Tancy Entwistle of Winton Salem; and, Alan Jr. and Beverly Shaw of Winston Salem.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Wrightsville Beach at The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, with the Reverend Pat Rabun officiating. A reception and celebration of life will follow in the fellowship hall. Gwen had a passion for life and it was full of color and happiness. It is the family’s special request that bright colors be worn in her honor at this gathering.
A Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in The Raeford Cemetery, Raeford. A reception will follow in Raeford Presbyterian Church, John C. Ropp Fellowship Hall, Raeford.
Donations can be made be made to The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, or Davis Healthcare Center in Wilmington, NC or your favorite organization.
Online condolences may be made at www.crumplerfuneralhome.com.