July 24, 2013
Charles Edward Brown I
DURHAM — Charles Edward Brown I, 72, of Durham County passed away at Alamance Regional Hospital on Saturday, July 20, 2013 after a period of declining health. He attended Hillside High School, Winston Salem State University, North Carolina Central University, and Michigan State University. Charles retired from Durham Public Schools after teaching for many years at the old W.G. Pearson Elementary School, Shepherd Middle School, and North Carolina Central University.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Deborah (Aaron) Tharrington; son, Charles (Tammera) Brown II; a grandson, Charles (Devon) Brown III; a granddaughter, Rachel Brown; a sister, Margo Dunston; four great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends at 513 Magna Drive in Durham on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wayman Richard Green
DURHAM - Wayman Richard Green, 83, departed his life on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Green Braswell, Kittrell, NC and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, July 25 at 11 a.m. A memorial service will follow at 12 noon.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Ruth Page Harris
DURHAM — Ruth Page Harris, 90, died unexpectedly Monday night in Duke Hospital. A native of Durham County, she was the daughter of the late Fabius Haywood Page and Annie Lee Walton Page and had lived in the Nelson Community all of her life.
She was educated in the Durham County Schools and Croft Business School. Mrs. Harris was employed with Y & J Furniture Company for 30 years as office manager.
A member of Cedar Fork Baptist Church, she was a member of the Lenna Walton Sunday School Class, member of the WMU and was church pianist for many years. She was recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2002, one of the highest honors a governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.
Surviving are two sons, Leonard H. Harris and wife, Kathryn, of Greensboro and David Harris and wife, Wendy, of Brentwood, TN; one sister, Doris P. Smith of Alberta, Va; one brother, William Page of Morrisville; six grandchildren, Kim Abramo, Anne Harris, Mark Harris, Lisa Thrower, Caroline Harris and Carlton Harris; and four great grandchildren, Shawn and Tanner Harris and Alexandra and Logan Abramo. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren A. Harris; and a son, Bobby Harris.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Cedar Fork Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Ron Zedick. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Harris, Roger Page, Mike Abramo, Steve Harris, Charles Harris and Clyde Wilson.
The family will receive friends and family at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cedar Fork Baptist Church, 5117 S. Miami Blvd., Durham, NC 27703 or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences to http://www.howertonbryan.com/, select obituaries.
Arona McDougald Parker
DURHAM — Arona McDougald Parker of Durham, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on July 20, 2013 at the Jefferson Manor in Louisville, Kentucky. Up until her brief battle with cancer she lived independently at Atria Springdale in Louisville, Kentucky, where her motto was to perform a good deed each day. She became an Atria Ambassador, a resident everyone loved and counted on for her unfailing good humor and her active participation in the life of her community.
She was born on May 14, 1924, the daughter of Richard Lewis McDougald, the President of the Mechanics and Farmer Bank, and Mattie Louise Moore. Her grandfather was Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore, a founder of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and her beloved grandmother was Sarah McCotta "Pom" Moore. Her loving stepmother and Nana to her children and nieces and nephews was Dorothy Everett McDougald who predeceased her. She was a graduate of Palmer Memorial Institute, North Carolina Central University, and Columbia University, where she received her Masters in Mathematics and Physics. In 1947 she married "Yip" Judson Garrett Parker and they had three children: Judson Garrett Parker Jr., Gwendolyn McDougald Parker, and Anthony Lewis Copeland-Parker.
A life long educator, she taught at NCC, Washington Jefferson Middle School, and Mt. Vernon High School. With her sister Virginia she helped create a church based pre-school enrichment program and she tutored aspiring college bound students in a weekend tutoring program. After 31 years of service as an educator, she retired as the Assistant Principal of Mt. Vernon High School. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Mrs. Parker had an adventurous spirit and she traveled widely, from the Greek Isles, to Dubrovnik, to Zimbabwe. She visited dozens of Caribbean islands, loved sailing and house-boating with her sons from Maine to Kentucky, spent many a happy summer clamming with her sisters Virginia and Dorothy in Long Island, and wrangling her grandchildren on her many visits to Cape Cod. In her retirement she relished her role as the traveling grandmother, happiest at the home of one of her children where she would help the grands with their homework, travel to their soccer and lacrosse games, or take each grandchild on the cruises that became a rite of passage.
She is survived by her three children; nine grandchildren: Coleman Peters Parker, Aaron Lewis Copeland Parker, Katherine Peters Parker, Shawn Anthony Copeland Parker, Mariah Lillian Copeland Parker, Lena McDougald Parker-Duncan, Aduei Riak, Adut Ayuel, and Anna Nguyen; one great grandchild: Whitaker Embriano Parker; her brother, Douglas Woodson; her daughters in law, Helen Frame Peters, Joan West Duncan and Catherine E. Popp; her former daughter in law, Mattie Copeland-Parker; many loving nieces and nephews and cousins, cherished friends, and the young people she took into her heart who also called her Nana. Her beloved sisters, Virginia and Dorothy predeceased her and we are sure they are once more enjoying their much-loved afternoon coffee klatch.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an educational scholarship to be established in her memory and the memory of her sisters, in care of: Garrett Parker, 133 South Street, Needham, MA 02492.
Funeral service will be held Friday, July 26, 2013 at noon at White Rock Baptist Church. Family visitation 11 to 12. Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor, 3137 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707.
Ella Louise Allen Zehri
DURHAM — Ella Louise Allen Zehri died unexpectedly on July 17, 2013. Ella Louise was born on June 13, 1951. She was a devoted sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was also an avid animal lover. She was a faithful and loyal employee of Durham Cleaners and Laundromat for over 7 years. She leaves to cherish her memory a host of family, friends, co-workers and customers. The family and staff at Durham Cleaners and Laundromat would like to thank the customers for their outpouring of love and generosity which made this obituary possible. Donations can be made to Animal Protection Society of Durham, 2117 E. Club Blvd #101, Durham, NC 27704 (919) 560-0640 www.apsofdurham.org.
OXFORD — Brent Meadows, 96, a longtime resident of Granville County, passed away Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at his home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25th, 2013 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford by the Rev. Billy Seate. Burial will be held in Meadowview Memorial Park in Oxford.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and other times at the home.
Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Meadows family.
HILLSBOROUGH — Ortega White, 50, died on Friday, July 22, 2013. He was born August 9, 1962 to Cumilla White and the Late Gladys White Sr.
The Funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday in Warren's Chapel Baptist Church. Burial in Church Cemetery. Family Visitation one hour before funeral.
Public viewing 10 a.m. Thursday in Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.
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 Louisville, 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 today, 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.
Frances Inscoe Wood
LEASBURG — Frances Inscoe Wood, 79, of 51 Sunrise Harbor Road, died Tuesday morning, July 23, 2013 at her home with her husband "Bobby K. Wood" of nearly 53 years by her side. Mrs. Wood was formally from Durham and a member of Theresa Baptist Church.
Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.