May 2, 2013

May. 02, 2013 @ 04:35 PM

Dorothy M. Barnes
DURHAM — Mrs. Dorothy M. Barnes, 84, succumbed to illness on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
She is survived by Charles "Sweets" Barnes (her husband); two siblings, Marina F. Vincent of Durham and Shirley A. Cooper of Hopewell Junction, New York. 
Visitation is Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside rites will be held at Beechwood Cemetery on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2 p.m. 

Thomas Royster Howerton
DURHAM - Thomas Royster Howerton, age 91, died Tuesday morning at Hillcrest Convalescent Center.
Born May 9, 1921 in Durham, he was the son of the late Richard T. and Mamie Royster Howerton. Educated in the Durham Public Schools, Mr. Howerton also attended Duke University until he was drafted during his senior year by the U.S. Army. He served in a hospital army unit in England until the end of World War II, then returned to Duke to complete his degree, then remaining there for two more years to study hospital administration
His first employment was with the N.C. Medical Care Commision, building hospitals throughout the state. In 1950, he became administrator of Moore Memorial Hospital in Pinehurst, then relocated to Wilson in 1960 where he led the building of Wilson Memorial Hospital.
In 1970, Mr. Howerton returned to Durham to become CEO of Durham County Hospital, combining Watts Hospital and Lincoln Community Hospital, the name changing to Durham Regional Hospital.
After retiring, he traveled across the state, working for the N.C. Hospital Association.
Wherever Mr. Howerton lived, he served in many civic and professional organizations, among them the Kiwanis Club and Senior PharmAssist, committed to help any citizen with medications.
A member of First Presbyterian Church, he served as deacon and Elder and also served on various committees. In every church that he was a member, he was an enthusiastic singer in the choir. He was a loyal supporter of the Duke Blue Devils.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Martha Hamrick Howerton; four sons, Thomas R. Howerton Jr., James Fuller Howerton, David H. Howerton, and Robert L. Howerton; and nine grandchildren.
A private family graveside will be  held in Maplewood Cemetery on his family plot with Rev. Joseph Harvard officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Senior PharmAssist, 406 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27701, or to First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, North Carolina  27701.
Howerton & Bryan is assisting the Howerton family. Online condolences  may be submitted, select obituaries.

Fred Moseley
DURHAM — Fred Moseley, 67, departed this life on April 28th, 2013.
He leaves behind his lovely wife of 44 years, Betty Williams Moseley; two sons, Kelvin Moseley, David Moseley; one daughter, Kim Moseley; one brother, Terrance Nesbitt (Angie); four grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home. The viewing will be Friday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Funeral will begin at 2 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 904 North Roxboro Street. Dr. Kenneth Hammond will be the officiating pastor.

Charlotte Ann Lipscomb Sumrall
DURHAM - Charlotte Ann Lipscomb Sumrall was born on May 28, 1951 to the late Annie Marjorie Laws Lipscomb and Sam Cameron Jr.  She departed this life on April 29, 2013.
She is survived by a brother, James Lipscomb; a sister, Camilla Cates of SC; one daughter, Juanita Lipscomb (Garland); two sons, Keith Sumrall and Hayward Sumrall (Renee).
Her services will take place on Friday at New Destiny, 1309 Lincoln Street at 1 p.m. The visitation will precede service at 12 noon.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

Rodney Boyd Thomasson
DURHAM/BENSON - Mr. Rodney Boyd Thomasson, 62, born the youngest of four sons to the late Ralph W. and Ethel Holloway Thomasson of Morrisville, NC, went to his Heavenly reward Thursday, April 25, 2013. In addition to his parents, Rodney was preceded in death by two brothers, J.B. Thomasson and Raymond A. Thomasson.
Rodney was a 1969 graduate of Cary High School. He was previously employed by Gregory Poole Equipment Company in the Maintenance Department. Rodney was a former faithful attendee of Union Grove Baptist Church in Durham and for the last eight years was a faithful attendee of Benson Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Rodney is survived by his brother, Clifton S. Thomasson and wife, Virginia of Cary; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his adopted family, Jerry R. Ellis Jr. and wife, Angela, and their daughters, Andrea Faith Ellis and Cynthia Hope Ellis of Benson.
Funeral services will be held Friday 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. Mark Fields and Rev. Donnie Cash jointly officiating. Burial will follow at the Holloway Family Cemetery in Durham. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. Instead of flowers, Rodney wanted everyone to make donations to the Benson Pentecostal Holiness Building Fund, PO Box 177, Benson, NC 27524, and memo line: Rodney Thomasson Memorial.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. online condolences may be made at

Shirley Ann Wilcher
DURHAM — Ms. Shirley Ann Wilcher, 71, of 2617 Melrose Ave, transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Her service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St, Reverend Dr. G. Ray Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., one hour prior to the service.
Shirley was born February 19, 1942 to the late Swannie and Twillie Wilcher. She attended Durham Public Schools, graduating in the Hillside High School Class of 1959. She is a 1963 NCCU graduate and received a Master's Degree from Cheney State College, Cheney, Penn.
After college, Shirley relocated to Philadelphia, Penn. She was first employed with the U.S. Postal Service before starting a teaching career with the Philadelphia School System until retiring in 1991.
She returned to Durham to be with her beloved sister and taught at Hillside High School until 2005.
Ms. Shirley Wilcher was a long time devoted and faithful member of St Mark AME Zion Church. Surviving Ms. Wilcher are her brothers, Jesse Wilcher, John Wilcher; sister, Doletha Wilcher Blake; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Service.

Annie Lee Patton Young
October 5, 1908 – April 30, 2013

MEBANE — Annie Lee Patton Young, educator, artist and community activist, who contributed tirelessly to the Woodlawn community and to Cross Roads Presbyterian Church promoting peace through compassion and understanding, died on Tuesday at the home of her son, Joe, in Mebane, NC. She was 104.
Born in Mebane on October 5, 1908 as the second of six siblings, Annie Lee attended Woodlawn School in Mebane and received a teaching degree from Appalachian State College in Boone, NC.
A lifelong educator and a teacher since her first teaching job in Reidsville, NC, she married William Howard Young on June 2, 1934. Mr. Young died in 2003.
For 31 years, Annie Lee Young taught first, second and third grades at several Alamance County schools.
After retiring in 1971, Annie Lee dedicated herself with renewed vigor to her lifelong volunteering passion throughout the community. Her contributions included extensive works at her church, the Good Shepherd Kitchen in Burlington, Meals on Wheels, C.A.R.E., indigenous Indian charities, garden club work, quilting clubs, the Salvation Army and to various missionary families.
Annie Lee remained a passionate contributor to Emma Harris Garden Club, a civic gardening group that works to beautify Mebane Township and its environs, and continued painting flowers and local scenery near her home in Mebane, NC.
In 2008, when she turned 100, she remained actively involved in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church where she was a lifelong member and had been elected as the first woman Elder of the church.
In 2011, Annie Lee was awarded a prestigious national award for her Service from the National Federation of Garden Clubs.
Her support of countless and far-reaching community causes included the restoration of the original Woodlawn Schoolhouse which she attended as a child.
Mrs. Young was also a benefactor of higher education, giving to UNC Greensboro and particularly to Appalachian State College, her undergraduate alma mater.
Annie Lee Young is survived by her daughter, Eunice Young Lasala (Anthony) of Branford, CT; and her son, Joe Harlan Young (Billie) of Mebane, NC. 
She leaves six grandchildren, Michele Young Davidson, Billy Joe Young, Matthew Young, John Lasala, Edward Lasala and Andrew Lasala; five great-grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Jennifer, Lucas and Hannah; and three great great grandchildren, Logan, Savannah and Caylee.
Visitation will at McClure Funeral Home at 1308 S. 3rd Street in Mebane on Thursday, May 3 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Funeral service will be at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Tempe Fussel and Reverend Matthew Randolph officiating. Burial will follow at Cross Roads Cemetery. McClure Funeral Services is handling the funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations, which may be made to Cross Roads Presbyterian Church at 3302 North Highway 119, Mebane, NC 27302.
Condolences may be made to:

James Wayne Nobblitt
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. James Wayne Nobblitt, 81, died May 1, 2013 in his home surrounded by his family following a brief illness.   He was born February 14, 1932, in Galax, VA. He was in the US Air Force 1950-1954 and served in the Korean War 1952-1953. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Regina; his daughter, Sandra Jean and husband, Dr. Bruce Tripp of Greenville, NC; his son, Terry Wayne Nobblitt and wife, Robyn, of Hillsborough, NC; four grandchildren: Jeffrey Tripp, Elizabeth Tripp, Christopher
Nobblitt and Jessie Nobblitt.
There will be the scattering of ashes at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Chapel Hill Meals on Wheels or Duke Home Health and Hospice. Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough is serving the family.

Carnedith “Bea” Grooms Wiseman
HILLSBOROUGH - Carnedith “Bea” Grooms Wiseman, 77, went home to be with the Lord on April 30, 2013 after a brief illness. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend to everyone she met. She was born in Kannapolis, NC to the late Rev. Dewey & Clara Tilley. She was a faithful member of Wayside Baptist Church for 46 years. She loved to go to church functions and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was married for 46 years to Luther Grooms who is deceased. She leaves behind her husband, Robert Wiseman of the home; four sons & two stepsons, Luther Grooms Jr. (Virginia), Grady Grooms, David Grooms (Donna), Billy Grooms (Francis), Jerry Wiseman (Lisa) and Philip Wiseman; two daughters, Patricia Champion and Patsy Smith (Lee). She also leaves behind nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home in Hillsborough, NC on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and other times at the home on 514 W Short Street, Hillsborough. The funeral will be held at Wayside Baptist Church by Pastor Brad Williams on Friday at 11 a.m., and burial will follow at Wayside Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is being assisted in Hillsborough by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Deacon Delmous Roy Ingram Sr.
RALEIGH — Deacon Delmous Roy Ingram Sr., of 2405 Brenda Dr., departed this life on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Funeral service, 12:00 Noon, Friday, May 3, 2013, First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Visitation, 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, prior to service at church. Interment, Carolina Biblical Gardens, Garner.
Survivors: Sons, Delmous R. Ingram, Jr. of Durham, Victor O. Ingram (Demeta) of Durham, and Handsel G. Ingram of Pittsburgh, PA; Sisters, Elizabeth Moody, Ruth Dockery, and Ecolia Avent, all of Washington, DC; Five grandchildren; Two great grandchildren.