April 30, 2013

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 05:57 PM

James Pleasant Davis Jr.

DURHAM — James Pleasant Davis Jr., 80, of Durham passed away suddenly at his home Monday morning April 29, 2013. He loved first and foremost his Savior, Jesus, his family, friends, trains and travel. 
Mr. Davis was born and reared in Durham and graduated from Durham High School. He was the only child of James and Evelyn Davis. He owned and operated Davis Baking Company in Durham for many years before retiring.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine Rochelle Davis; and their three sons, James P. III and wife, Sarah, Robert D. and wife, Verma, Neil E.; and one daughter, Denise D. Alesi. He was blessed with eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 Wednesday evening, May 1, 2013 at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home in Durham.
A funeral service will be held at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be submited to http://www.howertonbryan.com/, select obituaries.

Eloise Moses Bridgman

PITTSBORO — Eloise Moses Bridgman, 87, died Saturday, April 6 while at the home of her son Phillip Bridgman in Potsdam, NY after a year long battle with cancer. She and her husband, Arthur, were residents of Pittsfield from 1959 until 1985 when he retired from GE and they moved back to her original home place of Pittsboro, North Carolina.
She was born in Jonesboro, NC, January 7, 1926, the youngest child of Edwin F. Moses and Sallie Juanita (Glosson) who started life as share-croppers in rural NC. She graduated from Goldston (NC) High School.
Eloise was a trained vocalist, having studied at Greensboro Women’s College and then later under a private voice teacher for most of the years she lived in Pittsfield. She was a mezzo soprano, often singing solos or duets at Grace Church Congregational in Pittsfield where she and her husband were long-time members. She later played the piano for Cedar Grove United Methodist Church where she was a member when she died.
In her early 20’s she lived and worked in Chapel Hill, NC, and was a personal friend of Andy Griffith who was then a student at UNC. He would often stop by to walk her to choir practice. It was in Chapel Hill that she met her husband, Arthur L. Bridgman while he was a graduate student in chemistry. They were married July 9, 1948.
Eloise was also a quilter. She made numerous quilts for each of her five sons, her grandchildren, and even some of her great-grand children.
Eloise was always characterized by deep faith in her Lord Jesus Christ and a genuine concern for people. The integrity of her name was always of supremely more value than personal possessions or recognition.
She was predeceased by her husband Arthur in 1999 and by her three brothers. She is survived by one sister, Mabel Packer, of Virginia Beach, VA; her five sons, Arthur L. Bridgman Jr. and his wife, Chin Sun of Roseboro, NC, the Rev. Thomas E. Bridgman 
and his wife, Charleen of Pittsfield, Dr. Phillip M. Bridgman and his wife, Donna-Jean of Potsdam, NY, James M. Bridgman and his wife, Regina of Pittsboro, NC, and Dr. Bruce G. Bridgman and his wife, Jeanne Yang of Crofton, MD; as well as 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grand children; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Cedar Grove Methodist Church in Pittsboro, NC on May 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at the Cedar Grove cemetery.

Joyce Johnson Miller
PITTSBORO — Mrs. Joyce Johnson Miller, 83, of Pittsboro, died Monday, April 29, 2013 in Hospice Home of Alamance.
Joyce was born on January 17, 1930 in Orange County, NC, daughter of the late Allen J. Johnson Sr. and Audrey Ray Johnson. She was a retired beautician and member of Dasmascus Congregational Christian Church.
She is survived by her husband: Norwood E. Miller; daughter: Linda Carson Moore; son: William Allen Carson (Carolyn); brother: Allen J. Johnson Jr.(Carol); four stepchildren; grandchildren: Brad Gallagher (Heidi), Brian Gallagher (Theresa), Wendy Carson, Angela Carson, Allen Carson (Shannon), and Lori Riley (Johnny); great-grandchildren: Heather, Denton, Cody, Tyler, Katelyn, Preston and Brianna Gallagher, Austin and Haylee Riley, Dave Carson, Trevor Lewis, Chasity Carson, and Thurston Choplin Jr.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Hospice Home of Alamance for their outstanding and compassionate care given to Mrs. Miller and her family.
The family will receive friends from 6 till 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1st at Walker’s Funeral Home in Mebane.
Graveside Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 2nd in Dasmascus Congregational Christian Church Cemetery by Rev. Ernie Keck.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Online condolences may be sent to www.walkersfuneralservice.com
Walker’s Funeral Home of Mebane, 304 W. Center Street, Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 563-9211 is assisting the Miller family.

John William “Bill” Roberson

RALEIGH — John William “Bill” Roberson, 82, passed away Monday April 29 after a period of declining health. A longtime employee of Westinghouse Electric Meter Plant. Bill was born June 11, 1930 in Durham County to the late John K. Roberson and Juanita G. Roberson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Aline; sons and daughter-in-law, Will, of Charlotte, Jim and Amy, of Louisburg; grandchildren, Rachel and John of Louisburg. In addition he is survived by sisters, Geraldine Roberson and Patricia Bass (Steve) of Rocky Mount; and brother, Robert Roberson (Diane) of Little River, SC; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and relatives, today, April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh NC 27609.
Funeral service will be Wednesday May 1 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC.
There will be a private interment following the service.

Donald “Rusty” Myatt Pollard

CAROLINA BEACH — Mr. Donald “Rusty” Myatt Pollard, 56, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Cape Fear Hospital. He was born in Durham County to Robert “Mike” Myatt Pollard and the late Joan Elizabeth Carrigan Canning. Mr. Pollard owned and operated DMP Trucking Company.
In addition to his father, Rusty is survived by his sisters, Twila, and husband, Don Slater of Durham, Yvonna, and husband, Jeff Mills of Timberlake; step-mother, Jackie Pollard; nephew, Joshua Harden; nieces, Jessica and Caroline Harden.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Charles Thomas (Tom) Roach
SNELLVILLE, GA. — Charles T. (Tom) Roach, age 69, of Snellville, GA went to be with the Lord on Sunday April 21, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Jane Webber Roach on Sunday November 15, 2009. Services were held in Lawrenceville, GA on Friday April 26, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church.
Tom was born in Durham, NC (Watts Hospital) on October 4, 1943 to Frances Erdine Allen Roach and Charles Allie Roach. Tom grew up on Farthing St. in Durham and attended school here until moving to Charlotte, NC with his family in 1961. He remained close to many friends in the Durham area throughout his life. Tom graduated from Myers Park High School in Charlotte and attended UNCC and Piedmont College. He obtained a Master's Degree in Industrial Management and worked for a number of years as an Account Manager in the medical equipment field with Vision Sciences. He taught at NYU for 11 years and was co-inventor in 1972 of an apparatus that assists in placing an airway tube in a patient receiving anesthesia. Tom enjoyed hunting, golfing and watching the Atlanta Braves.
Survivors include his son & daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa Roach of Braselton, GA; daughter & son-in-law, Ashley and Brandon Folse of Lees Summit, MO; five grandchildren, Madison and Mason Roach, Morgan Folse and Olivia and Max Folse; sisters, Linda Roach Campbell and Frances Roach Humphreys, both of Charlotte, NC; brother, Harvey Roach (Kathy) of Cape May, NJ; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville Building Fund, 395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com