July 23, 2013
DURHAM — Mrs. Wilmerteen Adams was born on August 25, 1934 in Nash County, NC to the late Beatrice Baker.
She was married to the late Jesse C. Adams Sr. and with this union they had six children. She was employed by Durham Public Schools as a preschool teacher.
To cherish sweet memories and mourn her loss, she leaves one won, David G. Adams Sr. (Ayisha) of Durham, NC; four daughters, Emma J. Adams of Gibsonville, NC, Vanessa R. Burwell (Thomas) of Stem, NC, Tracey A. Matthews (Kevin) of Wake Forest, NC and Wendy A. Boston (Jerome) of Chapel Hill, NC; two sisters, Erma Brooks (Roy) of Hillsborough, NC, Audrey Billa of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and one brother, Tom Baker (Mary) of Bailey, NC; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson; many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one son, Jesse C. Adams Jr.
Public viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service starting.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Bahama, NC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Services entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Services.
Zeola Mae Dodson
DURHAM — Mrs. Zeola Mae Dodson, 97 of Durham, died on Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Zeola was born to parents William (Bill) and Annie (McLemore) Matthis on October 18, 1915 in Ingold, N.C. Her mother’s death when Zeola was 6 years old left a deep void in her life. One of her greatest wishes in life was to know her. She was gently parented by her Uncle, Mr. Oscar and Mrs. Sudie Matthis for many years.
Surviving are her daughters, Wyola Joyce (James), Janet Feudale Nesbitt (Robert), Margaret Poole (Larry), and Catherine Flamion (John “Bud”), and Tamiko Dodson; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Ed Denton will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home of John “Bud” Flamion, 2510 Barwick Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or the Redwood Fire Department or Durham Memorial Baptist Church.
The full obituary will be online at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
J. Curtis Jones
DURHAM — J. Curtis Jones, age 90, died early Monday morning at Hock Family Pavilion.
Born September 17, 1922 in Durham, Mr. Jones was the son of the late Burkett Samuel and Annie King Jones. He was employed as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years, retiring in 1990. Mr. Jones was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church. His wife, Doris Rogers Jones died October 6, 2002.
Surviving are his daughter, Debbie Jones Gorsuch and husband, John of Durham; his son, Wesley Rogers Jones and wife, Pamela of Timberlake; his brother, Dr. Adrian Jones of Nashville, TN.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Rev. Clay Waters officiating. Private entombment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials to Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Road, Durham, North Carolina 27701 or to Duke Community Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Durham, North Carolina 27704.
The family will receive friends at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Online condolences may be submitted to http://www.howertonbryan.com/, select obituaries.
Dr. Walter Joseph Loehr
DURHAM — Dr. Walter Joseph Loehr passed away at his home on July 19, 2013. Born in 1937 to German immigrants, Johanna and Anton Loehr, Dr. Loehr was raised in Brooklyn, NY. He was predeceased by his older brother, Robert Loehr in December, 2012.
Dr. Loehr attended parochial grammar and high school, and graduated pre-med with honors in Biology at Manhattan College in New York. He was accepted at Cornell Medical School in New York City in 1959 and graduated in 1963, the same year he married Elizabeth Ann Moran.
Dr. Loehr then completed an extended seven year residency in thoracic, vascular and general surgery at New York Hospital (now New York Presbyterian) in 1969. As chief surgical resident, Dr. Loehr was part of the team to perform the first double lung, open heart transplant at New York Hospital under the direction of Dr. Richard C. Lillehei in 1969.
Dr. Loehr served as a Major in the United States Air Force from 1969-1971 at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.
In 1971, Dr. Loehr began his surgical practice at Watts Hospital in Durham, joining Dr. James E. Davis on Broad Street. He served as Chief of Surgery at Durham County General Hospital from 1984-1994. As Chief, Dr. Loehr successfully advocated for the official dedication of the James E. Davis Ambulatory Center.
Dr. Loehr was an instructor for the Duke University Medical Center Surgical Residency Program, and an adjunct professor at UNC Memorial Hospital. Dr. Loehr pioneered bariatric surgery in Durham and specialized in wound care.
He later joined Regional Surgical Associates and continued his career at Durham Regional with rotations at Lincoln Hospital as well.
He received numerous professional awards, including Charter Membership with the American Society of General Surgeons and Honorary Lifetime Member of the William Osler Medical History Society of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Dr. Loehr attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, Hollow Rock Racquet and Swim Club, Metrosport Athletic Club, the YMCA in Durham, and Buckhorn Pistol Range.
Dr. Loehr was an expert on Civil War Medicine and medical history as well as on ballistics and wounds. He was also honored to share his other passion for Norman Rockwell’s art with the community whenever possible. Dr. Loehr retired in 2003 and was able to pursue other interests, including his love of croquet. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was honored as a “Geezer Extraordinaire” for his service to Habitat for Humanity of Durham. He shared through example his love of exercise and sports, for which his children are grateful. Dr. Loehr received numerous awards in tennis, racquetball, squash, and pistol and skeet shooting. Dr. Loehr will be remembered most of all by his children and loving friends for his generous humble spirit, quiet wisdom and focus on life’s simple but important gifts.
Dr. Loehr is survived by his four children, Dr. Stephen P. Loehr of Chapel Hill, Michael M. Loehr of Seattle, WA, Kristina L. Morrison, J.D. of Tempe, AZ, and Anita M. Loehr of Tempe, AZ. He was a beloved “Opa” to four grandchildren, Millicent and Carson Loehr of Chapel Hill, and Nicholas and Anthony Morrison of Tempe, AZ; son-in-law, Ted Morrison of Tempe, AZ; and daughters-in-law, Dr. Laura R. Loehr of Chapel Hill, NC and Dorann P. Loehr of Seattle, WA.
A funeral service for Dr. Loehr will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Dr. Loehr’s name to Habitat for Humanity of Durham, 215 N. Church Street, Durham, NC 27701.
Dr. Loehr is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.
Wilma “Mammaw” Earlene Ritchie
DURHAM — Wilma Earlene Ritchie passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. She was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on August 19, 1948. Her parents were William and Marion Shearer who preceded her in death as well as her dearly loved stepfather, Robert Touchstone. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Ritchie; and her children, Christopher Liles and his wife, Mindy, Gregory Liles, Jason Lloyd and his wife, Donna, Amanda Dickinson and her husband, Brian, Sherri Ellingsworth and her husband, Ed, Mindi Ellis and her husband, Jim, Brooke Ritchie and Daniel Ritchie. She is also survived by her 14 grandchildren: Emily Landers, Jason H. Lloyd, Dallas Megyeri, Jason Bookless, Hannah Landers, Juliette Liles, Cody Lloyd, Elissa Higginbotham, Brett Bookless, Abigail Lloyd, Dalton Liles, Asher Ellis, Kiley Page, Christopher Thompson; one great-grandchild, Arianna Woods; two sisters, Sylvia and Susan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Wilma was most proud of her loving marriage to Dennis for 30 years, and her large family; most especially her grandbabies who she dedicated her life to caring for. Wilma also had an unrivaled work ethic. She began her long, colorful culinary career at The Washtub restaurant in East Durham. She was the co-owner of Wrenn’s Restaurant on Highway 55. She then opened the popular Wilma’s Southern Kitchen in downtown Durham. Wilma was always proud that her restaurant fed people from all walks of life for many years. After closing her restaurant, she became a sous chef and then head chef at Carolina Meadows Assisted Living Center. While employed with Carolina Meadows, Wilma studied as a pastry chef at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. At the time of her death, she was the manager of Stuart’s Family Grille in Roxboro, NC. Many young people learned how to cook and the meaning of hard work under Wilma’s tutelage, and this was one of the greatest joys she found in her work.
We will miss our beloved wife, Mama and Mammaw more than words can express. We have all become better people for having her be a part of our lives. She was always a mother to every child, young or older, who ever came into her life. Her smiles, hugs, and most definitely her lovingly prepared meals will remain in our hearts and memories forever. She was a lady who could never be replaced.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Spruce Pine Lodge in Bahama, NC on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 2 p.m.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Samuel Bowling Ross
CREEDMOOR — Samuel Bowling Ross, 89, a longtime resident of Durham, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 at his home in Butner.
A native of Durham Co, he was the son of the late James Elmer and Jenny Bowling Ross. He was of the Methodist faith and a retired farmer.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Jodie Simmons.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Ann Ross and fiancé, Rickey Honeycutt; and a grandson, Joseph Teel.
Omission of flowers is requested and memorials may be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr.-Suite 101-Durham, NC 27704.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the memorial service, July 24, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor.
Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Ross family.
Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Select obits.
David “Bo” Wells
CEDAR GROVE — David “Bo” Wells, 91, of Cedar Grove, NC, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013. Bo was the son of the late Lewis and Martha Wells. He graduated from Aycock High School and attended Wake Forest College (University) on a basketball and baseball scholarship. He served as a corporal in the US Air Corps from 1942-45 as a navigator flying in B-17 aircraft. His love of nature and the outdoors destined him to choose farming as his career. Bo was a member of the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church and was a founding father and an original charter member of the Cedar Grove Ruritan Club. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed golfing with his many friends. He was devoted to his family, friends, and community.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Miriam Pope Wells; son, Tim and wife, Sharon, of Matthews, NC; daughters, Jo Anne Wells of Cedar Grove, NC, Janet Reaume and husband, Jack, of Durham, NC; and only grandchild, Mark Wells and wife, Erin, of Asheville, NC. He also is survived by his sister, Ruth Peterman of Bloomfield, CT; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dog, Rocket.
The family sincerely appreciates and wishes to thank the many relatives and friends who have so thoughtfully and generously given of their time to visit and offer assistance to the family. We would also like to thank the medical personnel at Prospect Hill Community Health Center, Regional Cancer Care, and Duke Hospice.
The family will receive visitors at 1:00 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, Cedar Grove, NC. A celebration of life will begin at 2:00.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, PO Box 138, Cedar Grove, NC 27231, or Duke Hospice, 4023 North Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
Ronald Max Hall
ROXBORO — Ronald Max Hall, 73, of 570 Blalock Dairy Road, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham after a brief illness.
Born January 23, 1940 in Montgomery, Al., he was husband of Linda Neathery Hall who survives and son of the late Nick Hall & Edna Langley Hall Hutchins & Step-father Nello Hutchins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served from 1962 thru 1965 having reached the rank of Sergeant E-5. Mr. Hall was a retired plumber and pipe fitter. He loved gardening & fishing and was of the Primitive Baptist Faith.
In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by one sister, Mary Elizabeth Hall Fearborn & husband, John of Louiville, Ky. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends and his beloved cat, Smo-Kee.
Funeral Arrangements are being entrusted to Brooks & White Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and other times at the home. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Wheelers Primitive Baptist Church by the Elder Donald Smith & Elder Jessie Hutchins. Interment with Military Rites will follow in the Church Cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to Wheelers Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Reuben Bowes 536 Leasburg Road, Roxboro, NC 27573.
Pallbearers will be Nephews: Phillip Neathery, Rick Neathery, Steven Neathery, Paul Holloway, Bill Walker, and Cecil Walker.
Condolences may be sent to: www.brooksandwhite.com
Everly Estes Broadway
SALADO, TEXAS — Everly Estes Broadway, age 54, died at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at her home in the presence of her husband and children. She had undergone treatment for cancer in the previous 15 months, making the most of her remaining time, spending it with her family.
Everly was born in Fort Worth, TX, in 1958, to Herbert and Marie Estes. She grew up in Denver, CO, and Houston, TX, graduating from J. Frank Dobie High School in 1976. She attended Baylor University where she studied math education. She met Mikael Broadway and they were married soon after they graduated in 1980.
After gaining some teaching experience, Everly returned to school and earned a masters degree in math education from the University of Texas in Austin. Having moved to North Carolina, her career took off. She received a Presidential Award for teaching, became a district mathematics director for Durham Public Schools, and was named an Outstanding Young Alumna of Baylor University. Everly acquired a multi-million dollar National Science Foundation grant for curriculum reform, earned a doctorate from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and became state director for mathematics at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In 2009 she moved to Texas to become the director of mathematics curriculum for the Texas Education Agency.
Everly is the mother of three children, David, Naomi, and Lydia, and considered them her greatest achievements. She and Mike were married for over 33 years. She has served in churches in many capacities, most recently as a Sunday School teacher, prayer team member, missionary, and vision team member at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham.
Everly is survived by her husband Mike Broadway; three wonderful children: David, Naomi and Lydia; her parents; her brother, Eric E. Estes; and her sister, Ruth E. Estes; her father-in-law, W.D. Broadway and wife, Hugh Delle; and Mike’s sister, Jerene.
Services for Everly will be Saturday, July 27th at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Salado, TX, with a visitation beginning at 9 a.m.
A celebration of Everly’s life will be Friday, July 26th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Broecker Funeral Home, Salado.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Everly to either of the following: to fund student scholarships for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204-2434; or to assist young people attending college through the Albert E. Love Scholarship Fund, Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Road, Durham, North Carolina 27704.
Services are in the care of Broecker Funeral Home, Salado.