Obituaries, March 4, 2014

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 05:23 PM


Myrna Cook “Granny” Briggs

DURHAM — Mrs. Myrna Cook “Granny” Briggs, 86, of Durham, died at her home on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Mrs. Briggs was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Andrew Taylor Cook. She was employed with Burlington Industries as a seamstress for 17 years. She was affectionately known as “Granny” By her family and all the children whose lives she had touched. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and the Martha Class. She served in the children’s nursery for over 50 years. She also had provided child care for her grandchildren and several other children. She served her church, family and friends in many ways over her many years but most importantly she served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, James Briggs; daughter, Mollie Briggs Shannon and great-granddaughter, Olivia Faith Trueheart.
She is survived by her children, Ruby Massey (Leon), Peggy Clements (Merrick) and Ronald “Porky” Briggs all of Durham and Jackie Hemphill (Charlie) of Chatham County; grandchildren, Andrea Massey of Raleigh, Jennifer Trueheart of Stem, Robbin Wagner of Durham, Amelia Rose (Richard) of Durham, Mark Evangelist of Morrisville, Amy Waddell ( Jeremy) of Raleigh, Greg Davis of Durham and Amanda Straughn (Kevin) of Durham; great-grandchildren, Luke Trueheart, Brady Trueheart, Taylor Wagner, Coley Rose, Briggs Rose, Sidney Inscoe, Brody Waddell, Eli Straughn and Allie Straughn.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. Rev. Jacob Green and Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in the Mitchell Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home. Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Bethesda Baptist Church, Primetimers, 1914 S. Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703. Online Condolences may be made at

Mary Mangum Newton
ROUGEMONT — Mary Mangum Newton, age 76, of 5075 Mt. Harmony Church Rd., died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at her home. She was born in Durham County to the late Woodrow and Kate Tilley Mangum. Mrs. Newton was preceded in death by her husband William H. Newton. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church where she was very active and served in many areas.
Surviving are her three children: Sherrian Blalock (Richard), Cindy Whitfield, and Allan Newton (Missy); Five grandchildren: Lester Barker, Crystal Barker, Brittany Rimmer, Troy Penland, and Sarah Penland; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne Mangum; one sister, Wanda Lee Carden
(Clyde) all of Rougemont. She was assisted in her final days by Jennifer & Ashley Lay.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church by Rev. Brian Hager and Rev. Billy Lynch. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church and at other times the home of her son, Allan & Missy Newton, 5186 Mt. Harmony Church Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, 245 Bethany Church Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572; or Moriah Vol. Fire Department, 6005 Mt.
Harmony Church Rd., Rougemont, NC 27572; or Person County Home Health and Hospice, 325 S. Madison Blvd., Roxboro, NC 27573.
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Inez McBroom Rogers
DURHAM — Inez McBroom Rogers, 84, of Durham died March 2, 2014. She was born in Person County and was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary James McBroom. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Walters and one brother, Harold McBroom. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Timberlake.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews and one sister, Nannie Lou Garrett, of Roxboro.
A chapel service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum by the Dr. M. David Chambers. Entombment will follow. Visitation will be 6:30-8:00 PM Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Brooks and White Funeral Home.
Flowers are omitted, but donations can be made to Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 185, Timberlake, NC 27583.
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Allen D. Verhey
DURHAM — The funeral for Allen D. Verhey, originally scheduled for Monday, will be Tuesday, March 4 at 4:00 PM in Duke University Chapel. Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Clarence Lee (Cunch) Whitted
DURHAM — Mr. Clarence Lee (Cunch) Whitted age 90 of 4318 Denfield St passed away at Duke Regional Hospital on Saturday Afternoon.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday March 5  11 00 Am at Mt. Gilead Orange Church.  The Family will receive friends one hour before the  at the church and at other time at his home.  Funeral services entrusted to Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Directors.  Condolences can be sent to

Ronald H. Cash

CREEDMOOR — Ronald H. Cash, 80, a resident of 3154 Horseshoe Road, Creedmoor died March 2, 2014 art Duke Regional Hospital.
Born in Wilson, N.C. but lived most of his life in Granville County. He was the son of the late Wilbur E. and Nella O’Neal Cash. He was of the Baptist faith and a retired farmer and worked with A&P Foods, which he enjoyed the most.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Al Thomas. Burial will be in the Cash Family Cemetery on Horseshoe Road in Creedmoor.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Elaine O’Brient Cash of the home, a son, Ronald H. Cash Jr. and wife Jane of Creedmoor, two grandchildren, Crystal Hall and husband Justin of Durham, Johnny Ange and wife Nicole of Creedmoor,three great grandchildren , Wyatt Hall, Hunter Hall and Preston Ange and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Tydall and Rowena Baker and two brothers, Edwin Cash and Preston Cash and a nephew Malcolm Baker.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to one’s choice.
Visitation will be from 7:00-8:30 PM Tuesday evening March 4th 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.
Online condolences can be made to Select obits.

John Robert Poe
CARRBOROJohn Robert Poe, Jr., of Carrboro, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital, Durham.  Born in Carteret County, Mr. Poe was the son of the late Rev. John Robert Poe, Sr. and Sallie Gattis Poe.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Susan Faye Poe and infant Sarah Frances Poe. John graduated from Fuquay Varina High School, attended Loiusburg College, earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and a master’s in Political Science and History from UNC-Chapel Hill. John was Admissions Coordinator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics for many years. He was a man with many passions, especially people, making many friends along his path in life. In retirement he enjoyed time travelling, playing basketball, pulling for the Duke Blue Devils, listening to traditional music, reading about and discussing politics, and daily workouts at the gym.
Mr. Poe is survived by his wife, Rose M. Etheridge; two beloved, furry feline children, Annabelle and Franklin; cousins, Lucy B. Sayre, Laura Slater, Daniel Montague and Marguerite Washburn.
Graveside services will be private.  The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.  A memorial service will be conducted 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Christ United Methodist Church, Southern Village, Chapel Hill, with Rev. David Goehring officiating.
The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

John Locksley Hall
ROXBORO — John Locksley Hall died Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Charlotte, N. C. He was born November 1, 1926 at home in Person County to the late Claude T. Hall, Sr. and Addie Jones Hall.  He is also predeceased in death by his sisters Madeline H. Eaker and Huldah H. Berryhill, his brother Moses H. Hall and his wife Marie Harris Hall.
He is survived by his loving sister Nancy M. Hall of Winston Salem and his brother C. T. Hall, Jr. of Roxboro, niece: Dr. Claudia K. Berryhill and husband Lacy W. Winstead, nephews: Eugene C. Berryhill "Cal" and wife Susie, Joe B. Berryhill and wife Nancy, and David B. Eaker, four grandnieces, five grandnephews, and a great grandniece and great grandnephew, all of Roxboro.
Brady C. Hall of San Clemente, California was a cherished friend to John and thought of as "family".
John was a graduate of Bethel Hill High School, a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1946.  He then graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His first job was working for Mill Power Supply Company, the purchasing agent for Duke Power.  After a short time later, he joined Ford Motor Company as a sales agent.  His career and "professional life" was Ford Motor Company; his life is a story of enthusiasm, creativity, innovation, and a knack for helping the people he worked with meet their needs and desires while simultaneously meeting his
own objectives.   His star in the company spanned from Assistant Sales
Manager to District Sales Manager in the Charlotte, Memphis, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, and California/Nevada/Los Angeles markets. He also spent several years in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Under his leadership in the company, Ford regained national sales leadership for the Light Truck Division, a feat he was especially proud of.
John was the creative force behind the dramatic national "unveiling events"
for new cars and trucks replete with rainbow curtains, balloons, beautiful models, champagne, music and celebrities. Of all the places he was fortunate to live, Southern California was his favorite.
Even though obtaining a pinnacle of professional success, John never forgot his mentors who coached, encouraged and promoted him along the way and modeled his personal life after them. He adopted a similar role in the lives of many young people that he sponsored and helped financially along the way, students and individuals, among them members of the UCLA wrestling team and Crossnore School for Children. Continuing his grandfather Moses Jones'
example of establishing an academic scholarship at Wake Forest, he himself established such a scholarship in his name and along with his siblings established a scholarship in his mother's name at Meredith College.
After retirement from a 31 year career at Ford, John's focus became more
broad: restoring and preserving family history and antiques, and living one of his core beliefs "to he whom much is given, much is expected", he was a major benefactor to the Person County Museum of History and he continued his grandfather's and parents' support of Bethel Hill Charter School, restoration of several buildings of the family property in uptown Roxboro and the installation of a large mural depicting farmland and early Roxboro scenes.
John's love of the arts was shown by his collection of paintings, sculptures and other artifacts, more specifically the love and connection to nature appealed to him. He was gifted in the use of natural and "simple" materials to create beautiful arrangements and holiday environments.
John was an original member of the Grandfather Golf and Country Club and maintained a condominium there; he divided his time between there, Charlotte and "the homeplace" in Roxboro. He was a faithful member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church and regularly attended Bethel Hill Baptist Church while "at home".
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Bethel Hill Baptist Church, Roxboro, N. C. at 2:00 pm by the Pastor Jason Evans. Visitation will be one hour preceding the service and interment will follow at Shiloh Primitive Church.  A memorial service will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N. C. Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am by the Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush.
Pallbearers will be Herman Gentry, Mac Wagstaff, Eddie Talbert, Jim Lawton, Richard W. Whitfield, and Lacy Winstead.  Honorary pall bearers will be Dr.
Thomas Long, Dolian Harris and Walter Porter.  
Memorials may be made to Bethel Hill Charter School, 401 Bethel Hill School Rd, Roxboro, N. C. 27574, Person County Museum of History, P.O. Box 1792, Roxboro, N. C. 27573, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, N. C. 28207 and the Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, N.C. 28616.
The family wishes to express grateful appreciation to Jim Lawton and Renea Robinson for their compassion and kindness shown to John.
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Philip Robbins Broyhill
WINSTON-SALEM — Philip Robbins Broyhill passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.  He was born May 16, 1956, in Lenoir, North Carolina.  He graduated from the Asheville School, attended Duke University and Wake Forest University, and graduated from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He also completed rigorous wilderness training in his youth at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming.
Philip was an accomplished, award -winning, and prolific artist.  He worked and exhibited in a number of studios in the Boston area over the last 30 years, and was constantly striving to reach his maximum creative potential through his paintings and pencil sketches.  One of his paintings was selected for an award by the State of Massachusetts.  He had recently moved to North Carolina where he was beginning to make his presence known in the artistic community.   
In addition to his artistic gifts, Phil was blessed with a gentle and compassionate nature.  He was deeply spiritual, and tried to see only good in everyone he met.   He volunteered as a reader to the blind, and completed certification as a peer counselor. Philip was an avid reader and took a great interest in current events and history and served on the Board of Westbridge Community Services of Boston for a number of years.
He is survived by his parents, James T. and Louise R. Broyhill, a sister, Marilyn Broyhill Beach and her husband Robert T. Beach, a brother, J. Edgar Broyhill and his wife Melanie P. Broyhill, six nieces and nephews, and two great nephews.  
A Memorial service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church (646 W 5th St, Winston-Salem, NC) on Friday, March 7th at 11 AM.  Family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Philip Robbins Broyhill Memorial Fund at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Development office, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC.  
Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Philip Robbins Broyhill.