Obituaries, May 3, 2014

May. 02, 2014 @ 05:22 PM


Barbara Jean Foster Rogers Herndon
DURHAM — Barbara Jean Foster Rogers Herndon, the daughter of the late Oscar and Mabel Foster, departed life on April 30, 2014 after a long illness.
She is preceded in death by her son Samuel Rogers, Jr., her sister Ada Warren and her brother Johnny Foster. Barbara is survived by her sister Jerdeane Haymer (Robert), two granddaughters Latisha Rogers and Carolyn Rogers, one great-grandchild, and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on May 5, 2014 at 12 noon and the viewing will be held from 11 am - 12 pm. The services will be held at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 2420 S. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27707.
Arrangements are entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

J. Linn Elmore Holloway
DURHAM — J. Linn Elmore Holloway was born September 13, 1930 and went peacefully to be with The Lord on April 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Holloway. She is survived by her daughter Donna Price (Clarence) and two sons Apostle Dr. Johnny Holloway (Pastor Deborah) and Thomas (Regina). She also leaves to cherish her memory 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. A Home Going Service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church, which is located at 1020 S. Miami Blvd. in Durham, NC. The family will receive visitors at the church one hour prior to the service. Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home are providing services to the family.

Sandra “Sandy” Faye Wheeler Parrish
DURHAM — Sandra “Sandy” Faye Wheeler Parrish, age 66, died April 16, 2014 surrounded by her family in Charleston, South Carolina. She died as she had lived, displaying grace and dignity during times of adversity.
Sandy was born January 18, 1948 in Morehead City, NC to Ardell “AJ” and Gertrude Wheeler. She graduated from New Hope High School in Goldsboro, NC in 1966 and from Watts Hospital School of Nursing in Durham with honors in 1969. On August 14, 1971, Sandy married Duane Edward “Ed” Parrish of Durham. In 1975, their daughter, April LeAnnewas born.
Although her career in nursing ended much sooner than Sandy preferred, she worked as a registered nurse at the Durham VAMC and then in private physician practices and outpatient clinics. Her next career move was to become a busy homemaker. Sandy’s passions were caring for her family, singing in the church choir, gourmet cooking and baking, sewing and making quilts, home decorating, traveling, and volunteering her time to others.
Sandy loved parties and socializing. In the early years of their marriage, Ed and Sandy hosted and participated in neighborhood vacations, card parties, and pig pickins’. While living in Georgia, Sandy became a very active and important member and “Valentine Queen” of the Xi Beta Xi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a service-oriented organization. She organized and led a chapter of the Durham “Red Hat Society” for a number of years upon her return to Durham.
Sandy truly loved her work and her friends, but above all, she loved her family. They were her greatest source of happiness and the real reason she so courageously endured decades of poor health with fierce determination and resilience.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ed Parrish of Durham; her daughter, April Daley and son-in-law, Scott Daley of Charleston, SC; her mother-in-law, Peggy Parrish of Durham; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Francis Parrish of Bath, NC; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Jane Parrish of Columbia, MD; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stuart and Lisa Parrish of Durham; her sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Tom Klamerus of Winston-Salem; her brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Jeanee Wheeler of Goldsboro; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A celebration of Sandy’s life and contributions will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 10 at Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts Street, in Durham. Chaplain Terry Parrish, nephew, will conduct the service.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Duke Hospice and Hospice of Charleston for their support and compassion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Sandy’s name to Urban Ministries of Durham, 412 Liberty Street, Durham 27701.


Joyce Ann Wilbourne Teel
OXFORD — Joyce Ann Wilbourne Teel, 72, wife of Robert G. Teel, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Brantwood Nursing Center in Oxford. Joyce was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on October 16, 1941 to the late Johnny Allen and Annie Christine Owen Wilbourne. She was retired from Burlington Industries after having been employed with them for 33 years. Memorial services will be held 5pm Sunday at Stovall United Methodist Church with the Reverend John Yount officiating. Interment will follow at Union Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. In addition to her husband of 37 years, Joyce is survived by her daughter, Joyce Gayle Wisbon of New Mexico, and sons, Melvin Timothy Faucette and Wesley Allen Faucette, both of Oxford. Her four grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy W. Campbell. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at


Gerald W. Brooks
PARTLOW, Va. — Gerald W. Brooks, 64, of Partlow, Virginia passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at his home after a short bout with cancer.
Mr. Brooks taught auto mechanics at Stafford Senior High School and Brooke Point High School. He coached football, wrestling and softball. He owned appaloosa horses. He was a former president of VaApHC.
Survivors include his wife Beth Ray; son Dale Brooks (Michele) of Graham, NC; grandchildren Kyra, Alexis and Jackson Brooks; mother Roberta Brooks; brother Jerry Brooks (Sandi); brother-in-law Jim Ray; niece Heather Gallagher; and nephew Shawn Brooks.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles R. Brooks Jr.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the funeral home chapel.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online guest book is available at

Peter Richard Skalak
SUNSET BEACH — Peter Richard Skalak, 58, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014. He was born in New York, NY to the late Edwin Skalak and the late Laura Plant Skalak.
Peter is survived by his daughter, Lindsay Skalak of Wellington, FL; son, Daniel Skalak of New York, NY; former spouse, Cindy Skalak of Durham; brother, David Skalak of Ithaca, NY; and sister, Judith Skalak of Robbinsville, NJ.
A funeral service will be held 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4 at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Father Donald Staib officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
He was a loving father and friend and will be deeply missed.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at