October 11, 2013

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

DURHAM
Lee Cheney
DURHAM — Lee Cheney, 61, passed away peacefully at Duke Hospital on Tuesday October 8, 2013. Her husband and daughter were with her, along with many loving friends, who came throughout the day to support her family.
Lee was born in New Orleans, LA on December 11, 1951 and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from the University of Virginia. She practiced law almost 30 years, first at Hurt, Richardson in Atlanta and then at Young Moore, Womble Carlyle and Troutman Sanders, all in Raleigh, NC. She enjoyed traveling, spending time in nature and with family and friends, and her beloved dogs.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Daniel Mark; her daughter, Rebecca Mark; her mothers, Neva Jane Cheney and Alexandra Mark; her father, Vernon Mark; her sister, Sarah Cheney Logan; her nephew, Terry Logan; her aunt, Ramona Thompson; her brothers-in-law, David Mark, Jeffrey Mark and William Lippe; her sisters-in-law, Valerie Mark Lippe, Lucy Maddock and Katie Mark; many cousins; and by her dogs, Bailey, Sonny, and Lilly.
A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. Visitation will follow. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the International Myeloma Foundation.
Share your condolences at www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.


Margaret Neal Smith Davis
DURHAM — Margaret Neal Smith Davis, age 101, of Durham and formerly of Charlotte, North Carolina died on October 7 at the Forest at Duke. Born in Matthews, North Carolina on September 15, 1912, Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Mary Jane Freeman Smith and Samuel Leroy Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Van Davis, co-founder of Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; and her brother, William Leon Smith.
After graduating from Matthews High School and Brown Business College in Charlotte, she worked for George Smith, Attorney-at-Law. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Davis served on the board of directors of Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and as a secretary of the Board until she retired in 1977.
As a lifelong Presbyterian, she was an active member of Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Amity Presbyterian Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, and First Presbyterian Church in Durham, where she taught Sunday school and Circle Bible lessons. She faithfully volunteered in the church office and for Meals on Wheels. In Charlotte, Mrs. Davis was a member of the Mizpah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Belvedere Garden Club.
Surviving are her daughter, Ella Jane Davis Rourk and husband, Malcolm Henderson, of Durham; her son, William Javan Davis and his wife, Elizabeth of Rougemont, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Davis Rourk and Malcolm Henderson Rourk, III, both of Durham, Peter Javan Rourk and his wife, Karen of Cedar Grove, NC, and Elizabeth Rourk Hayden and her husband, John of Louisville, KY; and a great grandson, Davis William Rourk.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday from First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev’d Marilyn Hedgpeth and the Rev’d Sam Miglarese officiating. Interment will be Tuesday in Sharon Memorial Park, Charlotte.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. Durham, NC 27701, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Rd. Richmond, VA 23227 (upsem.edu) or to Meals on Wheels, 2522 Ross Rd. Durham, NC 27703. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.

Jonathon Bradford Fochler
ROUGEMONT — Mr. Jonathon Bradford Fochler, 42, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Duke University Hospital in the arms of his wife and surrounded by his family after a three and a half year battle with colon cancer. He was raised in Durham Co., the son of Ronald Henry Fochler and Kathryn Sawyer Fochler. He was a sales representative with Sunbelt Rentals in Durham. Mr. Fochler was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wilma Evans Frazier and Orville Henry Frazier; and his father in law, Larry Douglas Watson Sr.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his devoted wife, Amy Michelle Watson Fochler; his three beautiful daughters who he loved more than anything in this world, Kayla Nicole Fochler, Eliza Grace Fochler and Delaney Rose Watson Fochler; sister, Suzanne FochlerOtt; mother in law, Tiney Wheeler Watson; and brother in law, Larry Douglas “Buddy” Watson Jr.; nephew, Cameron Ott; niece, Kristin Pickrell; and numerous extended family members and special friends.
Jon was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in June, 2010. He chose to keep this extremely private because his only concern was never for himself, but for his children's well being and he never wanted them to worry about him. He endured so much and went through things most people would not have in order to stay here with his wife and children for as long as possible. He did all this while continuing to take care of his family and working full-time until the time of his death. He exemplifies the meaning of courage and went through this entire ordeal with quiet determination and strength. We will miss him more than words can express. Jon was never one to mince words and could always make you laugh with his "special" and often sarcastic outlook on things. He loved to "push buttons" so to speak and getting you riled up was his specialty, but then could have you laughing just as quickly. That is what I will miss most about him. As my husband and my best friend, he was my complete opposite. He was everything that I wasn't. Always exuding confidence, always so self assured-sometimes obnoxiously so, never afraid to speak his mind, could debate with the best-even about things that he had absolutely no knowledge about and always refused to take no for an answer. One of his favorite things to tell me was that if was when he stopped picking on me that I had better worry. We balanced one another. I was the voice of reason and he was the one who took control when reasoning wasn't enough. He never failed to make me laugh and not a single day went by that he didn't tell me he loved me and that I was the most beautiful person in the world. He was a devoted father and would have moved heaven and Earth for his girls. He often joked that we were lucky he didn't have any hobbies like watching sports, etc. and we were because that meant that he spent all of his free time with us. Words can never express how much I will miss this man who truly became the other half of my soul. Our daughters are so much like him and I know that we will get through this ordeal because his strength and resilience lives on through them. It is my absolute honor to be able to say that Jonathon Fochler was my husband and the father of my children.
I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Dr. Herbert Hurwitz and Leigh Howard at Duke Cancer Center for doing all they could to help Jon and the endless support that we were given. I would also like to thank everyone at Sunbelt Rentals for their encouragement and support throughout this entire ordeal and all of our special, dear friends that have helped us in too many ways to list.
A celebration of Jon's life will be held Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, 5731 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC  27712. This will be a completely casual, inspirational event with people just sharing stories in his honor.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to The Fochler Girls Educational Fund which is being set up at Wells Fargo Bank.


James B. Lockett
DURHAM - James B. Lockett passed away at his home on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
He is survived by his three children; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Lockett was a 27 year veteran of the Air Force. He also retired from the state of North Carolina after 20 years of service.
His funeral is Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12 noon at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Bahama, NC. Visitation at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Elizabeth Ann Stutts Owens (Peggy)
DURHAM — Elizabeth Ann Stutts Owens (Peggy), age 67, formerly of Newcastle Rd. in Durham, NC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the residence of her daughter, Beth Stutts Wilson.
Recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, she fought a courageous battle, and has now emerged victorious, received by her Lord Jesus Christ, into everlasting rest.
The daughter of Darlene Tolley King and the late James Hobart King, she is also survived by a daughter, Beth Stutts Wilson; sons, Todd Stutts, and his spouse Rhonda, Matt Stutts, and husband John Marsh of Durham; along with grandchildren, Christian Wilson, Tor’e Wilson and fiancé Dillon Durham, Ashleigh Wilson, Ashlee Stutts, Jonathan Stutts, and fiancé Tori Parker, Rachel Stutts; and great-grand daughter, Brayleigh Wilson. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Anthony Stutts; and her father, James Hobart King.
Other survivors include her brothers, James King, Jimmy King, David King, Tommy King; and sister, Louise Jones, and husband, Randy; and several nieces and nephews.
Peggy worked as an EKG technician for many years at Duke Hospital. Additionally, she worked as an EMT in Chesterfield County, Virginia with Bensley-Bermuda Rescue Squad. She volunteered at Blevins House and Triangle Hospice. She owned and operated Grandma’s Kitchen in Emerald Isle, NC for many years. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was loved and will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Peggy's life will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, 11 a.m. at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, 5731 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27712. Family will receive friends at the home of Beth Wilson, 627 Goodwin Road, Durham, NC 27712, Thursday evening from 6 to 10 p.m., and at the home of Matt Stutts, 1110 Sandlewood Dr., Durham, NC 27712 Friday evening from 5 to 10 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heartland Hospice, 3200 Atlantic Ave., #100, Raleigh NC 27604-1699 in Peggy’s memory.


Billy Jerome Richardson Sr.
DURHAM - Billy Jerome Richardson Sr., of Commonwealth St., Durham, NC, went to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, surrounded by his family.
Billy is the son of the late Deacon Moses Richardson and Maggie Harris Richardson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Northside Missionary Baptist Church at 1239 Berkley St.
Viewing will take place at 12 p.m., and funeral services will begin at 1 p.m.
He leaves to cherish his memory three sons, Robert E. Lyons,  Billy Richardson Jr. and Ortez Richardson, all of Durham, NC; six grandchildren all of Durham, NC; one brother, Nathaniel Richardson; and four sisters, Maggie Jackson, Jacqueline Sinclair of Newark, NJ, Ruthie Ward, and Ruby Brown (Larry). 
The family will be meeting at the home of Ruby Brown, 2208 Buffalo Way, Durham, NC 27704, located off East Geer St., 919-537-1864 for more information.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Sam “Sammy” Rimmer
DURHAM - Mr. Sam “Sammy” Rimmer, 53, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Person County to Coleman Hughes Rimmer Sr. and Lois Rimmer. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Cathy Davis; his daughter, Maggie Elizabeth Rimmer; and his daughter’s mother, Beth Landis. He is also survived by six siblings: Coley Rimmer, Robin Rimmer Dunn, Danny Rimmer, Darryl Rimmer, Brian Rimmer, Shirley Rimmer Acosta; and an extraordinary circle of family and friends.
Sammy grew up on his parent’s farm in Caldwell, NC and graduated from Orange High School, in 1978. He attended Appalachian State University and completed his education with rigorous training to be an optician. Across the Triangle, hundreds of people see the world more clearly because of him. With a life long interest in music, Tar Heel basketball, and the long season of baseball, he was a devoted husband, a generous, loving father, and a kind and funny man, who believed that most of life’s wisdom could be found in the simplest places. Everyone who met him found a new friend. He will be dearly missed, though his presence will long be felt in the lives and hearts of all who knew him.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to charities of their choice in his honor. 
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


GRANVILLE
Celia Pruitt Ellington
OXFORD — Celia Pruitt Ellington, age 96, died peacefully on October 8, 2013. She was the wife of the late William W. (Bill) Ellington.
She was born October 7, 1917 and was the daughter of the late Allie Gilbert and Flora Hobgood Pruitt. 
A resident for 92 years of Oxford, NC, Celia and Bill formerly lived at 517 College Street. She was the owner of Lovely Lady Beauty Shop. 
She was a faithful member of Hester Baptist Church and the Celia Ellington Sunday School Class which she taught for many years.
Surviving are her daughter, Dulcie E. Creech, husband John, of Greenville, SC; her son, Allie G. Ellington, of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, Reid Ellington (Stephanie), Benbury Ellington (Jennifer), Missy Butler (Archer), Katherine Westmoreland (Johnny), Mary Lanier Stepp (Graham); and eight great grandchildren, Cooper Ellington, Haley Ellington, CeCe Butler, Patterson Butler, Tee Butler, Whitaker Westmoreland, Wells Stepp and Ford Stepp. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law, Marsha W. Ellington and Martha H. Ellington.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, William W. Ellington Jr.; her sister, Ruby Taylor; and her brothers, Winston Pruitt and Buster Pruitt.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Hester Baptist Church. Visitation and lunch will immediately follow the service in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hester Baptist Church, PO Box 964, Oxford, NC 27565.
The family will be at the home of Anne and Jimmy Winston.
Courtesy of The Mackey Mortuary, Greenville, South Carolina. Online registry available at www.mackeymortuary.com


ORANGE
Ruth Dodson Thomas
CHAPEL HILL - Funeral services for Ruth Dodson Thomas, age 86, who passed away on October 5th will be held at 2:30 p.m., today October 11th at Farrington Road Baptist Church in southwest Durham County.
The family will receive friends starting at 1:30 prior to the service. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro immediately after the service.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband of 64 years, John E. Thomas, Sr. She is also survived by four children, John E. Thomas, Jr. and wife, Arlene of Durham, Mary Ann Ryan and husband, Ed of Havelock, NC, Ellen Ellis of Carrboro, and Eugene Thomas and wife, Leisa of Sanford. She is survived by four grandchildren: Stacey Thomas, Haley Thomas, William Ryan, and Cory Thomas; and by a brother, James R. Dodson and wife, Barbara of Athens, TN. She is predeceased by brother, Eugene E. Dodson.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill, NC is handling the funeral services.