July 25, 2013
Alberta Mitchell Taylor Ferrell
DURHAM — Mrs. Alberta Mitchell Taylor Ferrell, 93, known as “Birdie” or “Bert”, departed this life on Friday, July 19, 2013, in Durham, N.C. She was born on March 5, 1920 in Middlesex, N.C. to the late Norman and Ada Mitchell. She was a member of Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her memories, Betty R. Mangum, Luetta Pitt, both of Durham, and Leon Taylor of Lumberton.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Johnnie Bethea will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 27th from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service, at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2806 Page Road, Morrisville, NC 27560. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Henry Martin Sr.
DURHAM - Joseph Henry Martin Sr. was born September 7, 1933 to Davis B. Martin Sr. and Theola Green Martin. He was affectionately known to all as Neb. In the evening of Saturday, July 20, Neb slipped peacefully away. He joined the St. Joseph Church family and remained a faithful and committed member until his health declined and he relocated to Atlanta.
After high school graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge in 1954. He retired from Duke Medical Center on October 7, 1994 where he had worked in the Central Processing Department for almost 40 years.
He is survived by his son, Joseph H. Martin Jr., MD (Bertha); granddaughters, Jazzaray and Kierra; brother, Davis B. Martin Jr. (Marian); sister, Carolyn Crowder (Clifford); and aunt, Willa Miller.
Visitation: Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m., St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street with funeral at 12 noon. Interment: Beechwood Cemetery.
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.
Elijah Brent Meadows
OXFORD — Elijah Brent Meadows, of Oxford, NC, died July 23, 2013 at his home. He was born May 28, 1017 and was 96 years old. He was the son of Doctor Brodie Meadows and his wife, Julia Clement Meadows.
Meadows attended Stem High School where he was the last surviving member of the famous Stem High School Basketball Team that beat Carolina.
He was foremost a farmer as he cared for the family farm in youth and continued as an adult.
At one time, he was half owner of Oxford Ace Hardware and half owner of Oxford Implement Company. Later, he was sole owner of Oxford Implement Company until he retired in 1998.
He and Helen, his wife, also developed, owned, and operated Meadowview Memorial Park for a number of years.
Meadows was a life long member of Geneva Presbyterian Church, which is located next to the family homeplace and is built on land given by his ancestors. He served as Deacon, Elder, and sang in the choir.
He was a member of various farm organizations, as well as the NC Grange, the Rotary Club, and the Men’s Garden Club. Together with his wife, they also loved the Bridge Club, Supper Club, and the Dance Club.
Meadows loved people, his customers, and his family. He never met a “stranger”.
He was also a Representative of the International Farm Tour, of the NC Agriculture Dept, that went overseas promoting NC tobacco.
The family wishes to thank all the caregivers for their devotion to Brenda’s parents; they have worked tirelessly to make sure Brent and Helen had the best of care. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Day and his staff.
Meadows was pre-deceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen Morgan Meadows.
He was also predeceased by his parents, and his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Meadows Davies and her husband, Chris, of Morehead City, NC., who have Boats, Inc. of Morehead City.
He is also survived by his granddaughter, Carole Davies Compto, and her husband, Matt, also of Morehead City, NC; and by his great granddaughter, Carson Presley Compton, age 14 months.
He is also survived by various nieces, nephews, a sister-n-law, Hazel Meadows of Wilson, NC; and special niece and her husband, Lila and Al Overby, who have been instrumental in his care.
The service will be Thursday, July 25, at 2 at Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford, NC, with visitation one hour before.
Burial will be at Meadowview Memorial Park.
Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Meadows family.
Roy Gray Atwater
CHAPEL HILL — Roy Gray Atwater, 88, passed away June 8, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Roy spent most of his life in Chapel Hill until August 2010 when he was suddenly taken from his home.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 45 years, Isabell C Atwater of Chapel Hill; four daughters, Mary Harris (Ernest), Marie Webster (Edward), Lorna Foutz (William) and Jacqueline D. Hall, all of Florida.
A memorial service in memory of Roy will be Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC.
Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, N.C.
William “Turkey” Council
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — In memory of William “Turkey” Council. Bill passed away July 12, 2013 in Sacramento California. A 1948 graduate of Hillside High School, Bill was the first male majorette of the mighty HHS marching band. The son of James and Nobie Massey Banks. Bill leaves to cherish his memory three children, Patrick, Maria and Debbie Council; Mrs. Elizabeth Council; one sister, Victoria Porter; one aunt, Mrs. Jean Massey Norwood and a host of extended family and friends.
Frances Inscoe Wood
LEASBURG — Frances Inscoe Wood, 79, of 51 Sunrise Harbor Road, Leasburg, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013 peacefully at the home following a lengthy illness. Born in Granville County, Mrs. Wood was the daughter of the late George and Gladys Mitchell Inscoe. Mrs. Wood graduated from Durham High School and Croft Business School. She was a retired secretary with the Durham Police Department having also been a secretary with Duke University and also a teacher's aide with the Durham County Public Schools. She was a member of Theresa Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wood is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bobby K. Wood; three children, Amy Wood, of Middletown, DE, Van K. Wood, of Winterville and Joshua L. Wood, of the home; three brothers, Clyde Inscoe, Tommy Inscoe and Charles Inscoe; two sisters, Blanche Long, of Waynesboro, VA and Joyce Beal, of Angier; and her special friend, Virginia Strong. Mrs. Wood is preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Lou Howell, Helen Jennings and Joanne Watson; and one brother, George Inscoe.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2013 at Brooks & White Chapel by the Rev. Herbert Brown. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Durham. Visitation will be held 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Walter McGhee, Danny Beal, Jack Long, John High, Gary Clayton, and Joel Powell.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Theresa Baptist Church, 3919 Chub Lake Rd., Roxboro, NC, 27573 or Ceffo Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, 1291 Concord-Ceffo Rd., Roxboro, NC 27574.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.