July 12, 2013
Mary Ann Harrell
January 7, 1932 – July 7, 2013
DURHAM — Mary Ann Harrell, 81, died Saturday July 7, 2013 at Wilson Medical Center in Wilson. She had been at the coast visiting family.
A Durham native, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Dr. Stanley C. Harrell and Alberta Boone Harrell. She attended the Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism in 1956. She was a longtime resident of Bethesda, MD.
Mary Ann had a long and illustrious career with National Geographic in Washington, DC from 1958 to 1994. Her work included in-depth invaluable research which lead to the writing and publishing of many books. Mary Ann traveled extensively, both for her profession and her continued education and enjoyment. As senior managing editor, she received many awards and honors. She was an avid supporter of Carolina basketball.
Mary Ann truly enriched, entertained, and enlightened the lives of her many family members and friends.
She is survived by three cousins, Bill Boone and Myra Boone Harris, both of Durham and Stanley Boone of Pittsburg, PA.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. in Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorials remembering Mary Ann may be made to the Boone-Harrell Organ Fund at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham, NC 27707.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Harrell family.
Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.howertonbryan/, select obituaries.
Ira Thomas Miller
ROUGEMONT - Mr. Ira Thomas Miller, 91, of Rougemont, passed on to heaven July 9, 2013 after an extended illness at home. Ira Thomas was born August 18, 1921, in Orange County to the late Hassie McKee Miller and Henry Richard Miller. A memorial service will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. at Little River Presbyterian Church, Hurdle Mills, NC with Rev. Chuck Link officiating. A visitation will be held following the service in Latta Hall.
Ira Thomas graduated from Caldwell High School in 1942. Shortly after high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during WWII for 3 ½ years as a sergeant in the machine gun squad. He served in the Pacific Islands, Philippines, and received a Purple Heart after being wounded on the island of Leyte. After the war ended, Ira Thomas was involved in the occupation of Japan, securing weapons and dumping them into the ocean. From there, his happiest day was being discharged and going home.
In 1948, he married Helen Chisenhall Miller. Together, they worked on the farm many years.
Mr. Ira Thomas Miller was a life-long member of Little River Presbyterian Church, serving in various positions. Among his other contributions to the community, he was a charter member of Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department for 11 years.
In addition to his parents, Ira Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Chisenhall Miller; and brother, Hurdle Miller.
Surviving are two sons, Mark Miller and Vern (Tina) Miller; daughter, Wanda (Daniel) Stephenson; grandchildren, Christa (Jeff) Holden, Jay (Karmen) Stephenson, Sharon (Chris) Milton; great grandchildren, Milaina Stephenson, Jax Milton, Chase Milton; sisters, Elizabeth Marks, Lola Walker; brother, Guy Miller.
The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice, especially Brandi Rowe and Mary May Pratt. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Raymond Toher, Durham Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little River Presbyterian Church General Fund, 4211 Little River Church Rd., Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Hillsborough. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Rose M. Morgan
DURHAM - Rose M. Morgan, 86, a long-time resident of Durham, has gone to be eternally with her Heavenly Father as of Sunday evening.
All of us she dearly loved and cared for grieve and rejoice for we loved her so and are grateful for her victory in Jesus. Her faithfulness to the Lord and His to her is now, and has been, rewarded with countless blessings.
She's now with our dad in Paradise, her loving husband of 52 years, Walter Edgar Morgan. Their four children, Steve (Robin) Morgan of Eden, Joan (Steve) Ferguson of Durham, Joe (Jan) Morgan of Durham and Carol Durham of Bellingham, Washington marvel at the love, guidance and selflessness poured out to them through the years.
Precious memories of and pride in our parents are just too overabundant for words.
Such were the thoughts of Rose of her parents, John Henry Matthis and Rosa Thurmond Matthis of Edgefield, S.C. Predeceased brothers and sisters, Zelpha, Mamie, Gene, Charles, Lee and James (Red) welcome their baby sister home.
Surviving sister, Dorothy (Bob) Rummel of Durham remains with us. Thank you, Aunt Dot and Uncle Bob, for your love and care for mom and all of us. What a blessing you are.
Greatly missing Grandma Rose is Scott, Justin, Christina, Bryce, Ashlon, Dylan, Jonah, Sean, Dustin and Desirae.
Great grandchild, Whit, has felt the loving embrace and kisses from our angel and will one day be able to understand her profound treasure.
Countless friends and the extended church family of Immanuel Baptist belong in the fabric of love in Rose's life. All of you meant so much to her.
Rose's home since Dec. 2012 at Carillon Assisted Living on Garrett Rd. in Durham provided her warm companionship and valued friends. As she was cared for, so did she take care of. What a joy to have her as a friend and in your life!
At a later date, Mom's earthly body will be laid to rest with Dad in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a financial memorial in her name to Immanuel Baptist Church, 3610 Hillandale Rd., Durham, N.C. 27705.
Visitation will be July 13 (Sat.) at 3 p.m. followed by the service at 4 p.m. led by Rev. Mike Smith and former Immanuel pastor Raymond Johns, assisted by Clements Funeral Home.
The family will continue fellowship immediately after the service at the home of Joe Morgan, 5122 Russell Rd., Durham, N.C. 27712.
Joseph James Pfister III
DURHAM — Joseph James Pfister III, known to friends as a "gentle lion," passed away on July 6, a day before his 71st birthday. At 6 foot, 2 inches, with bushy mane and full beard, Joe was easy to spot and easier to feel comfortable around. He radiated kindness, humility, encouragement. He enjoyed sharing a smile through his songs, excelled at competitive tennis and badminton, and most loved helping others reach their potential. “When a person’s spirit comes into balance, so much else just falls into place,” he wrote.
Raised in Berkeley, California, he graduated from UC-Berkeley with a BA in psychology in 1964, and received a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1969. He interrupted his studies at Union with two years of intensive voter registration and community organizing in Georgia during the Freedom Movement. He returned after graduation to work with the Southwest Georgia Project, a land trust and innovative hub of African-American empowerment led by Charles and Shirley Sherrod.
Joe moved to North Carolina in 1976 and continued his passion for justice as a staff member of the Institute for Southern Studies. He created Southern Types to provide dark room, design and typographic services for ISS’s Southern Exposure and other publications, while helping support ISS with paying customers. Always a force for harmonic balance, he began a new career as a healer in 1987, first as a chaplain at Duke University’s Medical Center and then by receiving training in classical five-element acupuncture and a masters degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Maryland. He opened an acupuncture practice in Durham in 1991, co-led the lobbying to make NC one of the first states to license the profession, and cared for a wide variety of patients until slowed recently by cancer.
He served on numerous boards, including the Independent Weekly and New Communities, and volunteered for many causes, including tending the health needs of veterans and others at CAARE and fighting waste dumps with GNAT. For two decades, he belonged to a men’s group that embraced feminism, as well as a high-energy basketball league. His teammates remember his smooth jump shot, his passes (“they curved”) that always made them look good, and his t-shirt’s message, “Strength Through Softness.”
For the past 25 years, Joe lived with his wife and spiritual partner Jennie Knoop in Granville County on a 70-acre farm with numerous animals and large garden. They met during chaplaincy internships, bonded as musicians and healers, and shared their farm (Spirit-Gate) as a source of creativity and renewal. Allan Troxler, who helped tend the garden, recalls that even as Joe became sicker, he bought new plants that reflected his hopeful spirit − blueberry and asparagus varieties that take years to yield their potential. Allan laughed with Joe as he read him the label for the Legacy Blueberry: “upright and bushy” – proving we are what we sow.
Joe leaves behind his wife, Jenovefa Knoop; daughter, Elizabeth Jane Broyles; son, Theodore James Valentyne Walker; sister, Anne Pfister Holmes (husband, Steve; son, Eric); and brother, Robert Wright Pfister (partner, Joanne Blohm). He is predeceased by parents, Joseph James Pfister II and Florence Elizabeth Wright Pfister; and daughter, Ericka Katherine Kurz. On July 18, at 4 p.m., a memorial service and celebration of his life will be at the CAARE center, 214 Broadway, downtown Durham, with potluck to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Democracy North Carolina, 1821 Green St., Durham, NC 27705 and/or CAARE at above address, 27701.
Seth Kelby Vidal
DURHAM — Seth Kelby Vidal, a ruggedly handsome cyclist and open source software guru was killed Monday, July 8, 2013. He was 36 years old. Seth described himself as a misanthropic humanist. To those who love him, he was a brother, partner, son, mentor, indefatigable curmudgeon, loyal friend and champion for good who believed deeply in community, and worked to improve every one that he was a part of. A constant contrarian and invaluable resource, Seth could build a bike, recommend a restaurant, and upgrade your technology. Seth knew the names of every canine in the neighborhood, and most of their people. He was a brilliant, kind, compassionate, generous, and caring young man whose abilities and knowledge in his field were beyond comprehension. He was known worldwide and often spoke at conferences in the US and abroad. A wicked storyteller and the consummate travelling companion, he would unabashedly regale road trip cohorts with song. The world will be considerably quieter in his absence. He is survived by his beloved partner, Eunice; his parents, Alicia and Wade; his brother, Wade; and sister-in-law, Misty; niece-phews, Kelsey and Will; his brother, Logan; and his partner, Kate; his grandfather, William Clayton; his grumpy dog, Cori and countless friends. He lives on in our hearts and the friendships he forged. Services in celebration of his life will be held at Clements Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Betty Durham Yeager Powell
BURLINGTON — Betty Durham Yeager Powell, of Burlington, North Carolina, passed away July 10, 2013.
Born October 1, 1939 in Durham, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Robertson Yeager and the late Frances Council Yeager of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and the granddaughter of the late Commodore Thomas Council Sr., founder of the B.C. Remedy Company, and the late Betty Frances Durham Council.
She was the loving wife of 48 years of Dr. Thomas E. Powell III, who survives. Also surviving are her three children, Frances P. Barnes and husband, A. Merrick Barnes III of Elon, Thomas E. Powell IV and wife, Elizabeth F. Powell of Burlington, Caroline P. Rogers and husband, Arthur H. Rogers III of Durham; two grandchildren, Henry and Edward Rogers of Durham; and cousins, Carol Council Croom and husband, William D. Croom Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, Commodore Thomas Council III and wife, Carol, and Sarah Lawson.
Mrs. Powell attended the Calvert Method School in Durham, which was later to become Durham Academy. She moved with her parents to Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1947 where she attended the Attleboro Public Schools. She attended Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for her last three years of secondary education. She began her undergraduate degree at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate degree in French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961.
She was a member of the Mentor Book Club and the Town and Country Garden Club.
Mrs. Powell was a past president of the Alamance-Caswell Medical Auxiliary, and a past Chairman of the annual Burlington Antiques Fair and the Burlington Antiques Preview. She was a former member of the Alamance Service League. In 1980 she was Co-Chairman of the successful Capital Campaign at the Burlington Day School.
From 1987 to 1990 she served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a member of the Board of the Educational Foundation. Mrs. Powell was a past member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Balfour Supply Service in Bethesda, Maryland. She was also a past member of the Board of Directors of Bobbitt Laboratories, Inc., an associate of Carolina Biological Supply Company. For several years, she was Telemarketing Manager of Carolina Biological Supply Company. She was a past member of the Board of Directors of the Burlington Day School. She served on the Aubrey Lee Brooks Foundation County Committee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Governor James B. Hunt Jr. appointed her in 1984 to the North Carolina Executive Mansion Fine Arts Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the Executive Mansion Fund.
In 1991, she was appointed by Governor James G. Martin to the John Motley Morehead Memorial Commission.
Mrs. Powell was a member of city and country clubs, including the Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C., and the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst.
She was a member of the Elon Community Church, United Church of Christ, in Elon, North Carolina, where she was active on committees and was instrumental in the development of the Community Life Center.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington today, July 12, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. A private burial service will be held at Magnolia Cemetery in Elon on Saturday morning. The Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at the Elon Community Church, United Church of Christ, on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. by The Rev. Randy Orwig. A reception will be held following the service in the Community Life Center.
Memorials may be made to the New Building Fund, Elon Community Church, P.O. Box 625, Elon, North Carolina 27244.
Condolences may be offered to Post Office Box 2536, Burlington, North Carolina 27216 or at www.richandthompson.com.
George Holman IV
CHAPEL HILL — George Holman IV, also known as "GJ", son of George and Delia Holman Jr., was born on September 30, 1975 in Chapel Hill. He departed this life July 5, 2013 at the home.
"GJ" is survived by his wife, Angela R. Holman; a son, Keiland J. Harris; two sisters, Angelique and Becky Holman; a granddaughter, Aliyah Buedel; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and very close friends. There will be a viewing from 11a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 at World Overcomers Christian Church located at 2933 S. Miami Blvd., Lincoln Park West in Durham. The funeral will follow at 12 p.m.
William Thebaud Tuck Sr.
ROXBORO — Mr. William Thebaud Tuck Sr., age 93, a resident of 6017 Boston Road, Roxboro, departed this life on Monday, July 8, 2013 in Person Memorial Hospital. He was a member of and Deacon Emeritus at Lawson Chapel Baptist Church. He was also a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942-1946.
He was educated in the Person County schools and taught in the Person County Schools System for a number of years before becoming a school administrator and principal.
Mr. Tuck was an active member of the community, serving as a former Board Chairman of the Person County Council on Aging and a North Carolina Senior Legislative Delegate. He was a charter member of the Roxboro Sertoma Club, a former member of the Roxboro Housing Authority Board, and the Person Family Medical Center Board.
He is survived by his wife, Lena Tuck of the home; a son, William T. Tuck Jr.; daughter-in-law, Regina Tuck; and, one granddaughter, Talhia Tuck, all of Washington, DC.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12 noon in Lawson Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Langston D. Logan Sr. officiating. Burial and military rites will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be in the church Friday evening from 7 until 8 p.m. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home. The body will lie in state in the church for one hour prior to the service.
Services for Mr. William T. Tuck Sr. are entrusted to Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Home, Roxboro, NC.
Online condolences may be sent to cunninghamnelsonfuneralhome.com.
Cordelia Mae Hayes Tucker
CLARKSVILLE, VA. - Mrs. Cordelia Mae Hayes Tucker, 79, wife of Joseph Hinton Tucker Jr., passed away suddenly at her home on July 10, 2013. She was born November 19, 1933 to the late Lantie Lee and Annie Hester Hayes in Durham, NC. She graduated with honors from Mangum High School in Bahama, NC in 1952. In the same year, Mrs. Tucker began her 36 year career at Duke on the University side. She completed her working career in 1985, retiring from the Chairman’s Office of the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. After retirement from Duke, the Tuckers relocated to Clarksville where she worked as office manager for 20+ years at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home. Mrs. Tucker was a member of Clarksville Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class. Cordelia (affectionately known as “Cordy” or “Cody” by her family and friends) was an exemplary daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt – woman. Proverbs 31:29-31 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” In addition to her husband of 60 years, Mrs. Tucker is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane T. and Michael R. Lyon; and son, Joseph H. “Joey” Tucker III, all of Clarksville; and granddaughter, Allison Kristen Tucker of Wilmington, NC. Her sisters and brother-in-law, Carol H. Painter of Durham, NC, and Wanda H. and Reverend Dr. Billy Seate of Oxford; sister-in-law, Brenda Hayes of Durham, NC; and special nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dennis Milton Hayes and Foy Carlton Hayes. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Clarksville Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Greg Randall and the Reverend Dr. Billy Seate officiating. Interment will follow at Oakhurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home on Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wclfh.com. Memorial gifts may be sent to Duke University Divinity School, Baptist House of Studies, P.O. Box 90966, Durham, NC 27708.