May 1, 2013
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 this 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.
Mark Anderson Harris
ROUGEMONT — Mark Anderson Harris, 41, passed away unexpectedly on April 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California. He was born November 2, 1971. He graduated from Northern High School in 1990 and attended UNC Charlotte before moving to California.
He is survived by his mother, Janice Ray Harris of Oxford; father and step-mother, Robert and Elaine Harris of Rougemont; sister, Mary Michelle Harris; step-sister, Aprill Daniel Champion (Wade); step-brother, Larry Edward Daniel Jr. (Lisa) and step-niece, Andrea Daniel; Grandmother, Eleanor Marshall Ray, all of Granville Co.; and a slew of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Andy F. and Catherine Durham Harris; and his grandfather, Von Ray.
Mark was loved by all and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
James Roland McLamb
DURHAM — James Roland McLamb left this life April 17, 2013 in Warren, MI.
He was born in Johnson County, N.C. and lived most of his life in Detroit until retiring to Rapid River, MI. and Stovall, N.C.
James was a World War II Veteran serving his country throughout Europe as a Paratrooper in the 101st, 17th, 13th and 82nd Airborne DivisionS of the U.S. Army, earning many medals including the Bronze Star.
He will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman and sportsman who loved his family. James also enjoyed gardening and wine making and sharing it with friends and family.
Mr. McLamb is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Brian) Yacks of Michigan; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William Thomas and Mary Ellen McLamb; and siblings, Inez Strickland, Golden, Icem and Silas McLamb.
A memorial service and visitation with family will be held Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 416, 5419 S. Alston Ave., Durham, N.C. Final resting place to be at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI., date yet to be determined.
Susan Murphy Saunders
CHAPEL HILL — Susan Murphy Saunders, 75, a Chapel Hill native and long-time Charlotte resident and educator, died on Saturday at her home at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill after a two-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease.
Ms. Saunders was the daughter of the late J. Maryon Saunders and the late Susan Rose Saunders of Chapel Hill. She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Saunders Morris, of Chapel Hill; and her nephews, William T. Morris of Durham and Joseph M. Morris of Brooklyn, NY, and their families.
Ms. Saunders retired in 2001 after 39 years on the faculty of Charlotte Country Day School. She taught in the sixth grade and later became the Lower School librarian. Ms. Saunders took pride in having taught thousands of girls and boys – sometimes two generations of the same family - and in seeing former students throughout North Carolina and beyond. The School recognized her contributions with the Alumni Faculty Award and membership in the Honorary Alumni Association.
A graduate of Chapel Hill High School, Ms. Saunders attended Queens College and UNC-Chapel Hill, receiving an AB in Education from UNC in 1959. She earned a Masters in Library Science from UNC-Greensboro in 1986.
After a brief stint teaching in Wilmington, NC, Ms. Saunders spent four years as a teacher with the U.S. Air Force Dependents’ Schools in England and Japan. She traveled widely during those years, and collected books, costumes, and other treasures that she used in history and geography lessons for decades to come.
An inventive teacher, Ms. Saunders delighted in making far-off times and places real to children. Her proudest professional triumphs were the day-to-day connections she made between children and books. She had an uncanny ability to find the “right” book for any child.
After retiring, Ms. Saunders continued educating children as a volunteer docent at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, where she offered students a hands-on introduction to the history of their own communities. She also served as a volunteer at Hospitality House in Charlotte.
Ms. Saunders was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the UNC-CH General Alumni Association, and the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. She was an enthusiastic gardener, and grew flowers and vegetables which she shared with neighbors and friends. She had a diverse network of friends, colleagues and extended family, which she expanded into the Carolina Meadows community when she moved there in 2011. She cherished her annual trips to Isle au Haut, Maine, and the connections to family, friends and a close-knit community there.
In her fight with a debilitating lung disease, Ms. Saunders received great comfort from professional care-givers, Patricia Miller, Wilma Richardson, Deandrea Franklin, Cherry O’Neil, Donna Revels, Jannie Garcia-Villa, as well as from the nurses and staff of Hospice of Wake County and the Carolina Meadows Health Center.
A memorial service for Ms. Saunders will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education Foundation, 103 Peabody Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500 or to the Spike Saunders Scholarship Fund, UNC-Chapel Hill, PO Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Betty Sorrell Winslow
APEX — Betty Sorrell Winslow, age 76, of Apex, passed away on Monday, April 29th surrounded by her loving family after fighting a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease and Pancreatic Cancer.
Betty was born June 29th, 1936 in Apex to Woodrow and Inez Sorrell. She was married to Gale Norwood Winslow, her beloved husband of fifty-seven years.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958. Upon graduation, she taught nursing at Watts Hospital and UNC School of Nursing and worked at North Carolina Memorial Hospital for seven years. She then received her Occupational Health Nursing accreditation and dedicated over 20 years of occupational health service to Burroughs Wellcome Co. in Research Triangle Park. Betty received many nursing awards including induction into Sigma Theta Tau at UNC-CH and in 1994 was awarded the honor of “The Great 100” for excellence in practic, and commitment to the profession of nursing in North Carolina.
Betty was a caring, thoughtful, hardworking and compassionate and is best remembered for her loving spirit, generosity and kindness. Her memory will live forever in the many lives she touched. She enjoyed volunteering in church activities, gardening, and most especially preparing meals, baking, and hosting celebrations for family and friends.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tommy Sorrell. She is survived by her beloved husband, Gale; brother, Carl F. Sorrell; and sister, Jo Ann Sorrell Hunter, both of Apex, NC; and her daughter, Donna Bennett and her husband, Michael, of Coatesville, Pa; her daughter, Karen Bean and husband, David, of Wilson, N.C.; and daughter, Wendy Kennedy and husband, Chris, of Cary, N.C. Lovingly called “Granny”,“Googan”, and “Memaw Betty;” she is survived by six grandchildren, Amber Bennett, Morgan Bean, Austin Bean, Chad Bean, Ava Grace and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy; and many extended family members in Wake County.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Betty’s health care providers and especially Rhonda Gabr, MD, the Palliative Care Team of Duke Hospital, and the loving staff at Hock Family Pavilion of Duke Hospice. In addition, much appreciation is given to the many special home caregivers that have supported Betty for several years.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Montlawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 at Midway Baptist Church, 6901 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh. Entombment will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s memory to any Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27603. Condolences may be made at www.montlawn.com.