July 26, 2013
DURHAM - Michel Bourgeois-Gavardin, 95, of The Forest at Duke Retirement Community in Durham, NC, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 following a brief illness. He was born November 21, 1917 in Teguier, North Coast of Brittany, France and was the son of M. Maurice and Mme. Gabrielle Bourgeois-Gavardin. He grew up in Paris, France and entered medical school at the University of Paris in 1938 and graduated in 1945.
He served in the French Army during the occupation by German Troops and the United States Army as a Lieutenant, serving in the medical corp.
He attended McGill University in Quebec, Canada and practiced medicine for two years in Quebec and New York, specializing in Anesthesiology. He came to Duke University Medical Center in 1953 and served as an associate professor. In 1960, Dr. Bourgeois-Gavardin was appointed Chairman of the Anesthesia Department at Watts Hospital that became Durham Regional Hospital until 1982. He retired from practice in 1985. He is the author of more than 50 scientific articles in France, Canada and the United States.
He is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Bettie) Wright Bourgeois-Gavardin; and daughter, Marguerite Bourgeois-Gavardin.
He is survived by nephews, Richard W. Hawkins, William A. Hawkins III, James R. Hawkins, David Smith, and Charles Smith; nieces, Becky Martin, Cora Darrah and Mary H. Williams; brother-in-law, Charles Smith; and sister-in-law, Mary W. Smith.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Duke Home Care & Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Dr., Ste 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers for their devotion and care of Dr. Bourgeois-Gavardin. The family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham Chapel. Share your condolences at www.hallwynne.com.
DURHAM - Mrs. Ella Davis, 58, passed on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Family Worship Center, 515 Dowd Street, Durham, NC.
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.
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 today, 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.
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.
John A. Hudgins Jr.
DURHAM — John A. Hudgins Jr., age 65, died Wednesday, July 24th. He was the son of the late John A. Hudgins and Lucy M. Hudgins. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara J. Hudgins. John graduated from Northern Durham High School. He also graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He began his teaching career in the Warren County School System and worked as a teacher and an administrator for more than 40 years. He earned a Masters Degree from North Carolina Central University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. John was an avid "Carolina Tarheel Fan". He also was a State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He combined his love of sports and his interest in medicine and worked for many years as The Athletic Trainer for Warren County High School.
John was a devout Christian and a life time member of Braggtown Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher, usher, Deacon and as a member of several committees. He loved plants, animals, and all parts of nature. He also enjoyed working with young people and always stressed the importance of a good education. John was a life time member of the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina and a member of the UNC Education Foundation (The Rams Club).
Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted by Rev. Eric Burmahl and Rev. Dudley Neal at 1 p.m. today, July 26th in Fairview Cemetery - Warrenton, NC. Family and friends will meet today from 12 to 1 p.m. at Blaylock Funeral Home - Warrenton.
Online condolences may be made at blaylockfh.com
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.
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.
William Grant Morrow
DURHAM - William Grant Morrow, born on December 15, 1930, passed away at the age of 82 peacefully on July 24, 2013 at Duke Medical Center. He was a native of Alamance County and was the son of the late Jesse L. Morrow Sr. and Cathryn Whitmore Morrow. Grant was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Dixon, on August 20, 1955 and was the father of W. Andre, K. Eric and Rodney. Survived also by sisters, Dr. Anna Bass and Nellie Oliver of Mebane, NC.
Family will receive visitors on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Bethsada Baptist Church from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Bethsada Baptist Church, located at 4338 Mebane Oaks Road, Mebane, NC 27302.
Flowers are accepted, or in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Bethsada Baptist Church December Birthday Club.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, 923 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701.
Donal Ray Parrish
DURHAM - Mr. Donal Ray Parrish, 71, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at his home. He was born in Johnston Co to the late Lexie Calvin Parrish and Jewel Olive Parrish. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, LC Parrish Jr. and Monroe Parrish. Donal served in the Army and later was a Sales Manager at Monarch Foods.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Katherine Parrish; daughters, Cindy Meadows, Michelle (Phillip) Perry; grandchildren, Tiphanie Thomas and Michael Glenn, Sean, Dylan and Miranda Perry; and sister, Phyllis (Larry) Herring.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Pastor Otis Gore officiating. Burial will follow at Harnett County Cemetery in Lillington. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
DURHAM — Marilyn Rikard passed into the loving arms of her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, July 25, 2013. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and was predeceased by her parents, Evelyn and Floyd J. Moore. She leaves behind her loving family, husband, Bob Rikard of Durham; son, Mike Rikard and wife, Amber of Raleigh; daughter, Lori Walthall and husband, Darrell of Hillsborough; her grandchildren who brought her joy beyond measure, Crystal Johnson and husband, Scott, Heather Roberts, Keaton, Emery and Culley Rikard of Raleigh; and great grandchildren, Kailey and Kacie Johnson of Timberlake, Carson Roberts of Hillsborough.
Marilyn retired in November from her job of 26 years at Duke working for the Family Studies Program and Clinic and Dr. Karen Wells, Director. This job was another one of the many blessings she received. Each year, with new groups of residents, interns, social workers coming in to train to do family therapy she was able to know people from all over the world and continued to enjoy lasting friendships with many of them. She loved all people and never met a stranger. She will be remembered by family and friends of her love for her Lord Jesus, her caring nature, her gentle spirit and her devotion to others.
Marilyn spent much of her formative years trying her hand at a little of everything, playing softball and volleyball, taking dance and piano lessons. She was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bomberettes. She met her husband, Bob, during his time spent in Winnipeg, Canada playing professional baseball for a minor league team of the St. Louis Cardinals. She lived the baseball’s wife’s life traveling for 10 years until Bob was sent to the Durham Bulls and they decided to make Durham their home.
Marilyn enjoyed dancing and entertaining people of all ages. She particularly loved Hawaiian dance and took classes while in Hawaii. She performed at Duke several times, the Golden Jubilee, conventions and entertaining at rest homes. She competed in the North Carolina Senior State Game Finals and won several medals. She loved going to the rest homes to entertain the seniors and hoped she could put a smile on their faces with her tap number to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” which always brought a laugh with the surprise ending.
Marilyn also leaves behind her sisters, Pam Ruby and husband, Ernie of Winnipeg, Canada and Judi Hodgson and husband, Camil Dufort of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She leaves nieces, Shannon Stefanson, Kristy Nanton and Sherrill Dallman of Winnipeg, Canada and Liana Hodgson of Dorset, England. She leaves nephews, Randy Hodgson of Winnipeg, Canada and Glen Hodgson of Ottawa, Canada. She leaves sister-in-law, Joyce Murdock and husband, Fred of Memphis, TN.
Marilyn was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir for 35 years. The first few years at Grey Stone, she enjoyed teaching the Pre-School Sunday School Class and directing the Pre-School Choir. Marilyn was the Chairman of the Grey Stone Recreation Committee for six years and she and her committee organized all the child and adult sports programs for the church. At that time there were numerous teams playing in either the church leagues or the city leagues. After the Grey Stone Family Life Center was built she and her committee decided they wanted to enable the entire church body to use the facility. They organized the Fun and Fellowship Volleyball League and she spent hours on the phone contacting church members and inviting them to participate. They ended up with 368 church members participating some even 70 years of age or more.
Marilyn wanted to let her family and friends know how much she loved you. She feels she lived an extremely blessed life.
Visitation will be held at Clements Funeral Home in Durham on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Marilyn’s Celebration of Life service will be held at Grey Stone Baptist Church on Monday July 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. with the burial following at Raleigh Memorial Park, Highway 70, Raleigh, NC. Dr. Clay Waters will conduct the service. Caryn Waters will be soloist and Fred Smith will play the trumpet. Jennifer Ferrell will be the organist and Linda Rose the pianist. The choir will sing “Cornerstone” and “Give Me Jesus”.
Dr. Karen Wells, Director of Duke Family Studies Program and Clinic and Psychology Internship Training Director will deliver the eulogy.
The family would like to express their sincere and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Heather Lampel, Dr. Brian Brigman, Sherry Malthouse-Dufort, Dr. Nicole Larier and Dr. Richard Reidel. The family has a special thanks to Duke Hospice and Loretta Beerman for their compassionate and exceptional care.
Flowers are acceptable or Memorials may be made to Duke Hospice, 4023 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Reginald James Washington
DURHAM — Reginald James Washington, son of the late David B. Washington and the late Mary G. Parks, was born on July 7, 1947 in Cope, SC. He departed this life on July 22, 2013 in Durham, NC.
Reggie earned a BS degree in physical education from Johnson C. Smith University. He also earned a teaching certificate in special education and a Master's degree in supervision and administration from North Carolina Central University.
He taught physical education and coached basketball one year at his alma mater, Mather Academy in Camden, SC. He served two years in the US Army during the Vietnam War era and was honorably discharged in 1973. His career in education included teaching and coaching (women and men's basketball, football, and track) at Durham High School, Leland Middle School (Brunswick County), and Eastern Alamance High School (Alamance County). He also served as the Assistant Principal and Principal at Mary Potter Intermediate School (Granville County), and Assistant Principal at Hillside High School, Communities in Schools, and Chewning Middle School. He retired from the Durham Public Schools System in 2009. He was a member of the Durham graduate chapter of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc.
Reggie leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted and loving wife of 42 years, DeLois Ann Walker Washington; daughter, Dr. Alicia Nicki Washington, of Arlington, VA; brother, Colonel (ret.) Roger D. Washington (Quine) of Martinez, GA; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the Reginald DeLois Nicki Washington Endowed Scholarship at Johnson C. Smith University, ATTN: Institutional Advancement, 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216.
Funeral service will be held Saturday at 12 noon at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Avenue. Family visitation one hour before service.
Public viewing Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Margaret Elizabeth "Lib" Hinson Cleary
MEBANE — Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth "Lib" Hinson Cleary, 87, of Mebane died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at The Oaks of Alamance following an extended illness.
She was born on October 24, 1925 in Gaston County, the daughter of the late Doris William and Fallie Barneycastle Hinson. She was the widow of the late Charlie Odell Cleary. She retired from Amphenol of Durham.
Mrs. Cleary is survived by her daughter, Barbara Cleary Sheets and husband, David, of Hillsborough; sons, Doris Deverne Cleary of Mooresville, Charlie Edward Cleary and wife, Martha, of Hillsborough, and Robert Lester Cleary of Cape Carteret; sister, Thelma Hinson George and husband, James, of Raleigh; grandchildren, Douglas Cleary, Erma Cleary, John Cleary, Sharon Cleary, Tanya Cleary, Krystal Sheets Peters, Charlene Cleary Taylor, and Kelly Cleary; great-grandchildren, Zachary Cleary, Sarah Cleary, Stephanie Cleary, Regina Cleary, Jalen Peters, Tomas Macario, Manuel Macario and Peyton Cleary.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel in Hillsborough by Chaplain Steve Flint. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Garden.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. Saturday prior to the services at Walker’s Funeral Home and other times at the home of Barbara and David Sheets, 4212 New Hope Springs Drive, Hillsborough, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Community Hospice, 2541 S. Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215.
Online condolences may be sent to www.walkersfuneralservice.com.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough, 204 N. Churton St, Hillsborough, NC (919)732-2121 is assisting the Cleary 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.
Amy Michelle Canady Stone
HURDLE MILLS — Amy Michelle Canady Stone, 34, of 6635 Burlington Road, Hurdle Mills, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Amy was born in Durham County and was a Registered Nurse at NC Specialty Hospital. She was preceded in death by her grandfather-in-law, Tobie Stone; and grandmother, Janie Canady.
Memorial services will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Brooks & White Chapel. Visitation will be held 2-3 p.m., Sunday, prior to the service.
Amy is survived by her husband, Dusty Stone; two daughters, Ava Grace Stone and Bella Faith Stone; her mother, Jean Whitfield (Clyde) of Hurdle Mills; her father, Gerry Canady (Sandra) of Clayton; her siblings, Tony Whitfield (Missy) of Hurdle Mills, Pam Radford (Chris) of Clayton, Jeff Edwards of Kenly, Lisa Mitchell (Jon) of Bluffton, SC, Connie Rigsbee of Hurdle Mills, Tonya Collins (Jeff) of Nashville, and Britt Fussell of Lillington; her grandmother, Dorothy Ricks of Kenly; grandmother-in-law, Nancy Stone of Durham; her grandparents-in-law, Frank and Evelyn Simons of Burlington; her mother-in-law, Bonnie Rigsbee (Jerry) of Burlington; her father-in-law, Mike Stone (Barbara) of Roxboro; her sister-in-law, Brandi Zivica (Jason) of Durham; her sister-in-law, Amber Stone of Roxboro; her beloved dog, Fuzzy Earl and several aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Animal Protection Society of Person County, P.O. Box 291, Roxboro, NC 27573-0291.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.
Allen Lee (Pumpkin) Dark
APEX — The funeral services for Allen Lee (Pumpkin) Dark will be held today, Friday, July 26, 2013 at Holland Chapel AME Zion Church in Apex at 11:30 a.m. Family visitation at the church from 11 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Burial in church cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Ms. Clara L. Wilson of Chapel Hill, NC; one grandson, Chase Clay of Raleigh, NC; two sisters, Ella Barbee of Chapel Hill, NC and Clarice Neville of Durham, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, NC.