July 22, 2013

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

John F. “Jack” Richards

DURHAM — John F. “Jack” Richards, 86, died Sunday morning in Duke Hospice’s Hock Pavilion. He was born July 22, 1926 in Tottenville, Staten Island, NY to the late John and Emma Richards. Mr. Richards served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines. A Durham resident since 1962, he was employed with Collins & Aikman Corp. for 46 years. Mr. Richards was a parishioner of St. Matthew Catholic Church and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
His hobbies were airplanes and flying, and he was the proud owner of an Aeronca Champion aircraft.
Surviving are his wife, Alice R. Richards; his sons, Don Richards of Durham and Gary Richards and his fiancé, Kathryn Gurley, of Durham; and grandchildren, Elizabeth and Charles “Chuck” Richards. He was predeceased by his brothers, Donald and Charles Richards.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11 a.m. Thursday from St. Matthew Catholic Church, with Fr. Thanh Nguyen presiding. Interment will follow in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Memorial donations to: Alzheimer’s Assn, www.alzorg or to the building fund of St. Matthew’s Church, 1001 Mason Rd. Durham 27712. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.

Willie Thorton (W.T.) Adcock Jr.

ROXBORO — Willie Thorton (W.T.) Adcock Jr., age 81, of Ridge Road, Roxboro, died Saturday evening at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Person County to the late Willie Thorton Adcock Sr. and Bessie Mae Dean Adcock. He was predeceased by one brother, Edward Dean Adcock. After earning a business degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1955, he graduated from Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. "W.T." served in the Navy during the peace time following the Korean War, earning the rank of LTJG. Mr. Adcock was retired owner and operator of the Wade Grocery Cowhere he worked with his parents and brother after military service. He was a member of Long Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Harriett Andrews Adcock of the home; his son, Jonathan Skeen Adcock and wife, Cami, of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Caroline Brooke Adcock and Erin Elizabeth Adcock, both of Raleigh.
The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Long Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Allen officiating.
Burial will be in the Burchwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013 at Long Memorial United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Long Memorial United Methodist Church Capital Fund, P.O. Box 310, Roxboro, NC 27573.
Condolences may be made to www.brooksandwhite.com.