Obituaries, May 11, 2014

May. 10, 2014 @ 05:12 PM


Lucas “Luke” Lyon Lee, Jr.
DURHAM — Lucas “Luke” Lyon Lee, Jr., 87, died on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Hock Family Pavilion. Lucas was born in Durham to the late Lucas Lyon Lee, Sr. and Estell Pendergraph.
Mr. Lee is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris “Dottie” Lee of Durham; sons, Larry Lyon Lee and wife, Bonnie, of Durham, and Michael Calvin Lee and wife, Lynn, of Durham; grandchildren, Whitney Lee, Stephanie Lee, Timothy Lee, Justin Lee and Trent Lee.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with Pastor Marc Francis officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Flowers are acceptable, or donations may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children Hospital at P.O. Box 1523, Ranson, WV 25438, and/or Duke Hospice at 4321 Medical Park Dr. #101, Durham, NC 27704.
Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences: Select Obituaries.

Annie Sue Pickard
DURHAM — Annie Sue Pickard, 88, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at The Pavilion at Croasdaile Village, Durham. She was born October 3, 1925 to J.E. Pickard and May Johnson Pickard. Ms. Pickard was a graduate of Durham High School and Duke University. She retired as the office manager of Davis and Loehr Medical Offices. She previously worked in the insurance department of Duke Hospital and was also in the investment business early in her career. Annie Sue was a lifelong, active and devoted member of Temple Baptist Church in Durham. Annie Sue enjoyed traveling and was a loving and supportive part of her family. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, James, John, Joe and Lewis Pickard.
Surviving are two brothers, Kenneth Pickard of Durham, Bill Pickard and wife, Myrtle of Durham; and many loving nieces, nephews and other family members.
The family will receive friends 10-11 a.m. Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in The Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham. Pastor Mark Mofield will preside. Burial will take place in Maplewood Cemetery, Durham. Donations in Annie Sue’s memory can be made to the Croasdaile Village Benevolent Fund, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway, Durham 27705 and/or Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Dr., Durham, NC 27712. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Larry T. Scearce, Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. Larry T. Scearce, Sr., 67, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born in Durham, the son of the late Viola Parham Scearce and Richard Wade Scearce. Larry worked at Liggett-Myers for 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Vicki Baber Scearce; son, Larry Thomas Scearce, Jr. and fiancé Krysta Einspanier of Durham; sister, Carolyn Browne of Clearwater, FL; and a brother, Richard Scearce and wife, Pamela Hayes of Durham.
A graveside funeral service will be held 2p.m., Tuesday at Maplewood Cemetery with Rev. Ernest Ferrell officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1- 2pm at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Griffin Worrell
DURHAM — Mr. Charles Griffin Worrell, 69, passed away Saturday, May 3rd, at Duke University Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1944 in Rocky Mount, NC. Mr. Worrell received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy with several commendations in August 1972. He retired in 2013 with over 30 years of service with TRC Environmental. He loved God, his family, and his country with all his heart. Mr. Worrell always had a smile and usually a joke for everyone he met. He would say he might forget your name but never forgot your face. His humor, humility, and genuine Christian love was what he lived every day. He was your friend when you needed one, and always there to help others. Mr. Worrell cherished each friend as family and loved with unconditional love. He lived each day to the fullest, regarding it as a new adventure, and simply loved and enjoyed life. Mr. Worrell had such respect for his pastor, Rev. Hoyt Shuford, and regarded him as his spiritual leader and friend. He loved and cherished his wife, daughters, and grandchildren with all his heart and always put their needs above his own. Mr. Worrell thanked God every day for them. His children and grandchildren gave him so much joy. He always supported them regardless of the situation and was so proud of all of them. Mr. Worrell tried to always be there for his extended family whenever there was a need, and loved them. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father, Nell and C.B. Worrell.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Vickie Davis Worrell of Efland, NC; two daughters, Lisa Ann Lee of Hillsborough, NC and Jennifer Hawks Howie of Indian Trail, NC; a son-in-law, Brian Anthony Howie of Indian Trail, NC; a brother, Leon Worrell of Raleigh, NC; five grandchildren, Taylor Brooke and Cody Blake Lee of Hillsborough, NC, Beckett Todd and Bayden Robert Howie of Indian Trail, NC, and Kayleigh Renee Moon of Hillsborough, NC; two nephews, Justin Worrell of Apex, NC and Christopher Worrell of West Virginia; and one great-nephew, Dylan Worrell of Apex, NC.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, at Clements Funeral Home, 148 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church, 600 Cornelius Street, Hillsborough, NC with the Rev. Hoyt Shuford and the Rev. C.J. Bordeaux officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to express special appreciation to pallbearers John Whitty, Bobby Tant, Billy Joe Hicks, Justin Worrell, Christopher Worrell, Keith Congleton, Bill McDonnell, and Jerry Kyle. A very special thanks also goes to Cody Blake Lee as the Honorary Pall Bearer.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made in Charles's memory to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10138-0176.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Hillsborough, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Thelma E. Burnette
PITTSBORO — Ms.Thelma E. Burnette, age 109, went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2014 at the Laurels of Chatham, Pittsboro, N.C.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1;00pm at Hamlet Chapel CME Church, Pittsboro, N.C., with visitation 30 minutes prior to the funeral at the church. Burial in church cemetery.
Service entrusted to Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Sarah Rhodes Craver
PITTSBORO — Sarah Rhodes Craver, 82, died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at The Arbor @ Galloway Ridge. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 21, 1932, the second of two daughters to George Nicholson Rhodes and Virginia Bell Rhodes. She was always known as “Sissy.” Sissy was raised in the Charlotte area, but attended St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, N.C. and graduated in 1950. She then attended Queens College. In 1951 she married Sam Wyndham Craver, Jr.of Charlotte. Sissy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a dedicated volunteer, especially in her Episcopal parishes and with the Junior Leagues of Charlotte and Roanoke. She also enjoyed playing bridge, flower arranging, landscaping, travel, and entertaining. She was very fond of taking the family to her mother’s vacation home in Blowing Rock, where they spent many happy times with family and friends. Sissy and Sam lived primarily in North Carolina, but resided in the Roanoke, Virginia area from 1974 – 1984. Sissy loved the rich history of the state of Virginia, especially the Blue Ridge Parkway. Soon after Sam’s retirement in 1987, they moved to their vacation home in Blowing Rock, and also spent time at their condominium at Wrightsville Beach. Children and grandchildren visited frequently in the mountains and at the beach, providing many fond memories for Sissy and Sam. They spent their final golden years at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, a retirement community in Pittsboro, N.C. They still traveled to Blowing Rock for the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show and to the beach. Sissy will always be remembered as loving, gracious, friendly and loyal to family and friends.
Sissy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Sam and Sally Craver of Roanoke, Va., son and daughter-in-law Rhodes and Ann Craver of Durham N.C., and daughter and son-in-law Ashley Craver and Howard Rice of Durham, N.C. Her grandchildren are Stephen Craver of Charlotte, Sarah Craver of Cary, N. C. and John Craver of Houston, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sissy’s memory may be made to Galloway Ridge – Residents’ Reserve Fund, 3000 Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or to Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, 1500 Laurel Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. We also wish to thank the dedicated staff who cared for Sissy at The Arbor and at Duke Regional Hospital. They were such a blessing to Sissy and her entire family.
A Memorial Service celebrating Sissy’s life will be held 2pm Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, 3000 Galloway Ridge Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312. Phone 919-545-2215. Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Edward Chapin Oldham
PITTSBORO — Mr. Edward Chapin Oldham, 91, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at Cambridge Hills in Pittsboro, NC.
Chapin was born on March 13, 1923 in Chatham County, NC, son of the late Coley Graham Oldham and Mamie Cooper Oldham. He honorably served as a Master Sergeant in the Army Signal Corps in Okinawa, Japan during WWII. Chapin met and married the former Audrey Campbell. They were together 61 years until her death October 9, 2003.
Chapin Oldham is survived by his sons, Chapin Pierre “Pete” Oldham (Dare Scott Oldham) of Asheboro, NC, and Steven Eugene “Gene” Oldham (Vicky Thomas Oldham) of Pittsboro; his grandchildren, Andrea Oldham Anderson (Calvin) of Yorktown, VA, Heather Oldham Osborne (Jody) of Clemmons, NC, Steve Oldham (Catherine Hamm Oldham) of Pittsboro, and T.J. Oldham (Jenna Arthurs Oldham) of Pittsboro; and his great-grandchildren, Eric, Brian and David Anderson, Jordan, Daniel and Emma Grace Osborne and A.J. Oldham; his brother, Graham Camp Oldham of Pittsboro; his sister-in-law, Emma Dell Ritter of High Point, NC.
The family will receive friends from 6-8:00PM Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 396 West St., Pittsboro, NC. A funeral service for Mr. Oldham will be held 11:00AM Monday, May 12, 2014 in the Griffin Chapel of Hall-Wynne, Pittsboro, with the Reverend Ray Gooch presiding. Burial will follow at Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left at Select Obituaries. The arrangements for Mr. Oldham are under the care of Hall–Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.


Bobby Reynolds Peele
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. Bobby Reynolds Peele, 79, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Hospice Home of Burlington. He was born in Wayne County, NC to the late Zeb Peele and Bertie Pate Peele. He was also preceded in death by his sons, Nick and Tony Peele, and sister, Carolyn Howell.
Mr. Peele is survived by his wife, Judy Peele; sons, Bobby Peele, Jr. and wife, Wanda, Mitchell Peele and wife, Gail; sister, Jane Smith and husband, Billy; grandchildren, Brad Peele, Matthew Peele and wife, Beth, Samantha Peele, Cody Medlin, Mykaela Chamberlain, Kirstin Peele; great-grandchildren, Grace and Gabe Peele; and brother-in-law, George Howell.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday at Bethel Christian Center, 3518 Rose of Sharon Rd., Durham, NC 27712 with Pastor Don Westbrook officiating. Burial will follow service. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the church.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Beulah B. Mayes
ROUGEMONT — Mrs. Beulah B. Mayes, 78, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014 at Duke Medical Center. She was born in Harnett County, NC to the late Joseph Blackmon and the late Ollie Josephine McLean Blackmon. Mrs. Mayes was also preceded in death by her sons, Timothy Alan Mayes and Otto William Mayes, III. She retired from Duke Medical Center in the Patient Accounting Department.
Mrs. Mayes is survived by her husband of 59 years, Otto W. Mayes, Jr.; daughters, Rebecca Mayes and husband, Buck Willoughby of Rougemont, Mandy Mayes of Rougemont; sister, Ollie Inez Roberts of Timberlake; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Tommy Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Cyrus Dwight Lanier
RALEIGH — Cyrus Dwight Lanier of Raleigh, NC, passed away on May 5,2014 at the age of 78.
Dwight is predeceased by his wife, MaryAnne Lanier; parents, Cyrus and Lucy Lanier; brothers, Marion and Harvey Lanier; and sisters, Irene Cunnion and Edna Norris.
Dwight is lovingly remembered by daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Ricky Harlow of Raleigh; grandchildren, Logan and Cooper Harlow; brothers, Jimmy and Ken Lanier; sister, Faye Yopp; his special friend, Barbara Phillips; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dwight was born in Chinquapin, NC on July 22, 1935. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1953. He worked as car salesman for Toyota and Mercedes for many years in both Durham and Raleigh.
Dwight was a huge Tarheel fan who enjoyed traveling, watching sports, the beach and reading.
However, what Dwight was most passionate about was his family. He enjoyed being with them in both good times and bad. He was always there when you needed him. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched, especially those who called him “Dad,” “Pop Pop,” “Brother,” “Uncle,” and “Honey.”
A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday, June 7th, between 1-3PM at 18 Seaboard Restaurant in Raleigh, NC.
Please visit to sign the online guestbook.


Ralph Lynn Pruette
ANDERSON, S.C. — Mr. Ralph Lynn Pruette, age 87, of Anderson, SC, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Charlotte, NC, he was the son of the late G.V. Pruette and the late Ivy Wyrick Pruette. As a teenager, Ralph was very involved in sports as a player in both football and baseball. He was enthusiastic about aviation and acquired a pilot’s license at the age of 15. He joined the United States Navy during World War II, where he served on the USS Midway and then later on the USS Layete. After his military career, Ralph received a degree from Clemson University in Textile Engineering. He worked in the textile industry for several years. Most of his career he worked as a mechanical engineer, first with the University of North Carolina and later with the state of North Carolina. Ralph was active in many endeavors. He was a longtime member of the Durham Lion’s Club, where he especially enjoyed his role as tail twister. Ralph was also very supportive of Clemson University athletics. He was a member of Parkwood United Methodist Church in Durham, NC.
Left to carry on his legacy include his sons, Dr. Ralph Pruette, Jr. and his wife Windy of Anderson, SC, Henry W. Pruette and his wife Eileen of Durham, James E. Pruette, of Durham, and John R. Pruette and his wife Donna, of Greensboro; eight grandchildren, Dr. Autumn Pruette, Todd Pruette, Megan Pruette, David Pruette, Edward Pruette, John Henry Pruette, Alaina Pruette and Ryan Pruette; and three great-grandchildren, Ben, Dan and Andy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Annie Rose Wolfe Pruette.
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Mr. Ralph L. Pruette will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Clements Funeral Home in Durham, NC. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Pruette may be made to Durham Lion’s Club, 1209 Queensbury Circle, Durham, NC 27713.
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting, The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC.