July 14, 2013
Clifton Anthony Farrington
DURHAM — Clifton Anthony Farrington entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 5, 2013. Preceded in death by his mother and brother, he leaves to cherish his memories his father, two brothers, one sister, six aunts, one uncle, one daughter, two sons, fiancé, two grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walltown Park Recreational Center, 1308 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC.
Cecil Lloyd Patterson ("Pat"), PhD
DURHAM - Cecil Lloyd Patterson ("Pat"), Ph.D, Retired Colonel, U.S. Army, 96, son of the late Robert and Marie Oakman Patterson, native of Edna, Texas, died July 3, 2013. Mass of the Resurrection will be Monday, July 15, 2013 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham, N.C. Family visitation: Sunday from 6 to 9 at St. Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., Durham, N.C.
EDUCATION: Houston-Tillotson College, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, American Management Association.
MILITARY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Aviation Engineer Unit Officer, 3286 US-Army Reserve (USAR) School, First African American officer to be assigned to the position of Commandant of a USAR school in Southeastern United States; commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, retired as Colonel.
CAREER: Philadelphia City School District, Fort Valley State College, North Carolina Central University (Retired 1986)- Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, Director of University's Honors Program, Dean of Undergraduate School, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor Emeritus.
MEMBER: St. Titus Episcopal Church, Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Retired Senior Program.
SURVIVORS: wife of 57 years, Vivian Rogers Patterson; grandson, Miquail M. Broadous (Lanita); granddaughter, Teria Antoinette Broadous; nieces, nephews, other relatives.
Professional services by Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Mary Elizabeth Morris Reid
CARRBORO - Mary Elizabeth Morris Reid died quietly at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC on the morning of Sunday, June 30th, 2013, following a brief illness. Ms. Reid was born in Charlotte, NC to Kathleen and Joseph Morris. She was selected to attend the Governor’s School of North Carolina and graduated from South Mecklenberg High School with honors in 1967. She went on to attend Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, where she excelled in many areas, with particular achievements in her study of literature and the English language. It was while at Agnes Scott that she met and fell in love with her husband, Alfred, whom she married following her graduation in 1971. Mary and Alfred Reid lived together in Norfolk, VA, Alexandria, VA, and Tallahassee, FL, before moving to Chapel Hill in 1977 and settling in Carrboro in 1995.
Ms. Reid was a woman of great style, personality, and intellectual curiosity. The vibrant cultural climate of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, with its eclectic mix of tradition and progressive thinking, suited her well. She took great joy in the simple pleasures of fresh food, arts and crafts of all kinds, and knowing the people who produced them. She took equal pleasure in supporting and engaging her local community of farmers, artisans, craftspeople and musicians, from whom she drew much of the inspiration for her own creative endeavors.
During her time in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Ms. Reid was employed in several capacities by the University. She spent the majority of her professional life as a copyeditor for the UNC Press, where she freelanced for 15 years. An inveterate lover of books and a master of the nuances and expressive potential of the English language, she lent her eagle eye for detail and precision to many projects during her time at the Press, most notably The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
Her great passion for books and reading extended far beyond the provision of her livelihood. A true lifelong learner and a diligent archivist with a rich inner life, Ms. Reid made an art of her study of many dedicated pursuits. Her favorite time of day was the hour after she arose in the morning, when she returned to bed with a cup of coffee to delve into one of the dozens of books piled on and around her bedside table. She loved the meditative joys of poetry and the transcendent reaches of literature, and was in the habit of recording the ideas and turns of phrase that most appealed to her on the colorful note cards that she always kept close at hand. Reading was fundamentally its own reward for Ms. Reid, yet it also served as a springboard for her many and varied avocations in life. Volumes on travel, gardening, food, and spirituality were cornerstones of her extensive personal library. Through books she found a range of experience, possibility, and nourishment for heart, mind and soul unconstrained by time and space.
Nowhere was Ms. Reid’s skill in navigating the intersection between read and lived experience more evident than in her love of travel. Each of the many trips she took throughout her life began with the careful study and annotation of multiple travel guides, and often expanded to include the history and literature of the destination. From the counties surrounding Carrboro to the arrondissements of Paris, there was no local tour guide better prepared to point out the best out of the way restaurants or hidden cultural and artistic gems than Ms. Reid when she traveled.
Her engagement with the natural world and her connection with the traditions of her Southern heritage strengthened her appreciation for the many and varied folk histories and traditions discovered through years of study and travel. These were enduring sources of inspiration that informed her creation of a gracious and beautiful home and garden, indelibly imbued with her personality. The same verve and unflappable dedication that she brought to her professional and personal life she brought to building, together with her husband, Alfred, a home full of love, warmth, style, humor and grace. The delicacy and balance of the meals she prepared, the unerring beauty of the well-considered flower arrangements and centerpieces that she lovingly placed throughout the house, and the care with which she approached any project, great or small, were all ways she shared her gifts with those around her.
A lover of language and a lifelong student of its power and possibility, Ms. Reid placed equal value on the gifts of quiet contemplation. A natural introvert, she expressed herself through many forms of meditative handiwork including drawing, painting and bookmaking, as well as in her own creative writing and journaling practices. She sought grace in the quotidian provinces of daily life, approaching every task with the same carefully considered and steadfastly tenacious resolve, regardless of the size or gravity of the matter at hand. She took great satisfaction in a job well done, and settled for nothing less in any of the diverse pursuits that made up her life’s work of exploration, creation and devotion.
At the time of her death Ms. Reid was the Program Coordinator for the combined MD-MPH program in the UNC School of Medicine, where her warmth, charm, and command of detail were loved and valued by colleagues and students alike. She is survived by her husband, Alfred Reid; by their two children, Caroline and Patrick Morris Reid; and by her first grandchild, Hayes Joseph Reid. She touched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her serenity, style, humor, grace, and warmth.
A celebration of Mary Reid’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 at the Newman Catholic Student Center in Chapel Hill. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow the service at the home of Ms. Reid’s cousin, Karen Frisch, at 201 Colfax Drive in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider memorial contributions to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, or the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
Kenneth George Scheffel
CHAPEL HILL — Kenneth George Scheffel, of St. Louis, MO, passed away on July 10, 2013. Born on May 2, 1936 in St. Louis, MO to the late George and Catherine Scheffel, he was the oldest of three children.
Ken was greatly loved by his family and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Louise Hardy Scheffel; and his four children, Steve M. Scheffel, Lauri N. Scheffel, Sherri L. Dunn and husband, Jim P. Dunn, and Elizabeth K. Northup and husband, Brad Northup; and 11 grandchildren, Sarah, Amanda, and Curtis Scheffel; Ryan and Allyson Huber; Jack, Haley, and Megan Dunn; Reagan, Tyler and Katelyn Northup. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Konrad and Karen Scheffel; and brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Jean Hardy.
Ken was predeceased by his sister and brother–in-law, Sandra and Charlie Weiss.
Ken received a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Biochemistry from University of Missouri-Columbia. He studied at the Universities of Oregon and California-Berkley (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). He worked many years for Sensient Technologies Corporation where he retired as VP.
Ken was socially active and served as the President of Elmbrook Rotary Club, Brookfield WI.
Ken loved spending time with his family, especially big family gatherings, which included his grandchildren. Ken deeply enjoyed his world travels and many cruises with Marilyn. He had a great love of spectator sports and was an especially avid fan of the University of Missouri where he played offensive guard for the football team; he also loved the University of Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers. He was a big presence in his family’s life and he will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, July 13, 2013 from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St. Durham with the Rev. Ray Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Wake Memorial Park in Cary.
Friends may visit one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, Memo: donation.
Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.
Donald A. Williams
CHAPEL HILL - Donald A. Williams, Colonel USAF, retired, aged 89, died at home on July 13 after a brief illness, with his beloved wife Brenda and his family by his side.
A 12th generation North Carolinian, he grew up in Windsor and was dedicated to his home state and to UNC, his alma mater. Throughout his distinguished military career, he returned often. He retired to civilian life in Chapel Hill.
Col. Williams had the spirit of a true patriot. Besides service to God, service to country was his highest calling. He was modest about his extraordinary accomplishments. Barely 20 years old, he flew 37 B-17 combat missions over Europe with the 388th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, losing many companions along the way. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and the Legion of Merit. After the war, he returned to UNC and completed law school, then re-entered the Air Force as a flight instructor and Staff Judge Advocate. He graduated with honors from both the Air War College and George Washington University’s Master’s program. His last Air Force position was as USAF Chief Appeals Court Judge. After he settled in Chapel Hill in 1971, he practiced as an attorney until recently, especially enjoying de-mystifying obtuse legal language, and working with the elderly in creating wills, trusts, and donations.
Col. Williams was a highly principled man, which he saw as nothing more than what is required of every responsible person. He lived his principles out in action: fairness to counter injustice, persistence to counter cynicism, honesty to counter deceit, and generosity to counter selfishness. In his civilian life in Chapel Hill, these values were demonstrated in his respect for his clients and in his work with many charitable organizations and boards, such as Carol Woods, IFC, the Ewing Foundation, ACCESS, Strowd Roses, and Hospice. He served the Chapel of the Cross as Vestryman, lay reader, and Treasurer.
Col. Williams played tennis and soccer with gusto and established teams in these sports at several of the Air Force bases where he was stationed. He was a co-founder of Rainbow Soccer. A member of the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he played well past his 89th birthday. He loved to sail in Pamlico Sound. He also enjoyed travel and had a special fondness for Scotland, where he was stationed in the 50’s. He learned languages quickly: Japanese, when he was with occupying forces, French, to help train French pilots, Portuguese, before assigned to the Azores in the mid-60’s, and Spanish, from his posting in San Antonio. At family birthday parties, he would bring out his harmonica and serenade the honoree with Las Mañanitas.
In addition to his wife, Brenda, Col. Williams is survived by his sister, Ray Betts of Charlotte; and brother, Jack Williams of Franklin, VA; his daughter, Laurie W. Van Loon and husband, Eric, of Concord Massachusetts; his son, Keenan Williams and wife, Lisa Townsend, of Pittsboro NC (Laurie and Keenan’s mother was Betty Williams, deceased); his grandsons, Adam and Robin Van Loon; and Cameron, Jordan, and Aiden Williams; and his great-grandson, Arden Van Loon. He is also survived by 3 step-children, Laurie Hamrick of Charlotte, John Sanders of Black Mountain, NC, and David Sanders of CH; and four step-grandchildren: Jillian Hamrick, Megan Hamrick and Carson Hamrick, and Christopher Sanders.
A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of the Cross on Saturday July 27 at 11 a.m. Contributions in his memory should be made to the Interfaith Council of Chapel Hill and the Nature Conservancy, NC chapter.
Jean Ellen Scriba
FUQUAY VARINA — Jean Ellen Scriba, 77, died Friday, July 12, 2013 at Duke University Hospital. A native of Durham, she was the daughter of the late Walter Leonard Barton Jr. and Margaret Tyndall Barton.
Jean was a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed being a homemaker. She was a member of Westwood Baptist Church in Durham, and for the past eight years, she resided at Windsor Point retirement community in Fuquay-Varina where she spent her time knitting and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Teresa Shores and husband, Rick, of Apex; her sister, Margaret Ann Marshall and husband, Vann, of Rougemont; her brother, W.L. “Lennie” Barton III and wife, Gloria, of Durham; her granddaughters, Stephanie Ann Shores of Wilmington and Allison Michelle Shores of Apex; and her nieces, Margaret Victoria Marshall and Katie Barton Flowers and husband, Bryan.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Robert Scriba; and her granddaughter, Lauren Michelle Shores.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street in Durham with the Rev. Mac Bare officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Friends may visit Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Duke Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, 512 S. Mangum St. Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701
Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, Select Obituaries.