October 14, 2013

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 06:12 PM



Phyllis Ricks May

DURHAM —Phyllis Ricks May, age 60, died Saturday afternoon at Duke Regional Hospital.

She was born July 16, 1953 in Asheboro, and  lived in Fayetteville for twelve years, where she graduated from 71st High School.  Phyllis attended Duke University where she graduated with honors in 1975, and then became a permanent resident here the next year after her marriage.

A social worker, Phyllis was briefly employed at the Moravian Home in Winston-Salem, then worked at the Methodist Retirement Home, after which she became the executive director of ARC.  Phyllis was also the Vice-President of E&E Coachwork.

Phyllis was an aspiring writer, and an avid reader She was also an avid Duke Fan, and was an Iron Duke.  She loved going to the beach, particularly Pine Knoll Shores.

Surviving are her husband of  37 years, Eddie May; her stepdaughter, Tracey Kalvaitis and husband Rimai, of Dublin, New Hampshire; her parents, Rev. R. Dennis and Lydia Bryan Ricks of Burlington, her sister, Merritt Hampton (aka Denise) of Chapel Hill, four step-grandchildren, Kamanakai Avelea, Nakoa, and Surasa, and her mother-in-law, Laura May of Durham

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Bishop Paul Leelland and Rev. Douglas Byrd officiating.

The family requests that no flowers or food be sent, and that memorials be made to the Cornicopia House Cancer Support Center, 5517 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Ste. 1000, Durham, NC  27701.

The family will receive visitors at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home Wednessday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family would like to give thanks for the treatment at the Regional Cancer Center they received and to thank the doctors and nurses for their incredible skills, passions, and warm humanity from 2009 to 2013.

Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.


Romane (O.C.) Henderson

ROUGEMONT - Mr. Romane (O.C.) Henderson, age 85, a resident of 802 Red Mountain Rd.    Rougemont, NC, departed this life on Tuesday night October 8, 2013 in his residence following several years of declining health.

He was a member and deacon of New Hope Person Baptist Church in Timberlake, NC. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary D. Henderson of the home; one son, Titus Henderson (Nicole) of Durham; two grandchildren, Lauryn Henderson and Caleb Henderson, both of Durham, NC.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in New Hope Person Baptist Church, 1261 Tom Oakley Rd., Timberlake, NC with the Rev. W.L. Richardson officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home.

Online condolences may be sent to cunninghamnelsonfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Directors are in charge of the service for Mr. Romane (O.C.) Henderson.


John “Johnny” Franklin Preddy

WILTON — John “Johnny” Franklin Preddy ,74, a lifetime resident of Granville County passed away Saturday, October 12th 2013 at his home.

A native of Granville County, the son of the late Leo Clifton and Annie Lou Hicks Preddy. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army,a member of Grove Hill Church, owner- operator of Eastgate Barber Shop in Raleigh and worked at City Barber Shop in Creedmoor for ten years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, October 14, 2013in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor by Rev. Lemar Wheeler. Burial will be in the Strother –Mitchell Cemetery at the Preddy Farm in Wilton.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Edna Rose Adcock Preddy of the home, three sons, Clifton M. Preddy (Lisa) of Wilton, Billy F. Preddy (Jenni) and David W. Preddy (Farrah) all of Wilton, two brothers, Leo JamesPreddy and Thomas WarrenPreddy, both of Wilton, three granddaughters, Georgia A. Preddy, Montana L. Preddy, Addison Sidney Preddy and two grandsons, Chase M. Preddy and Dennis John Preddy.

Visitation will be held Sunday evening, October 13, 2013 from 7:00-8:30 PM  at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor and at other times at the home.

Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Select obits.

Eakes Funeral Home  in Creedmoor is assisting the Preddy family.


Wilma Bagbey Clayton

STEM - Wilma Bagbey Clayton,60, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013  at her home surrounded by her loving family.

A native of Halifax County, Va., the daughter of the late Walter William and Ethel Elliott Bagbey. She was of the Baptist faith and retired from the Control Office with the State of NC.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Tally Ho First Baptist Church by Rev. Eddie Nutt and Rev. Greg Allison.

Surviving are her husband of thirty seven years ,Ray Clayton of the home, a daughter Kelly Clayton Anderson (Scot) of Oxford, a son, Anthony Ray “Tony” Clayton (Amanda) of Providence, agrandson, Mason Anderson of Oxford, four sisters, Callie B. Dunn and Bonnie B. Hopkins, both of Virgilina, Va., Pollie B. Goss of Oxford, Rachel B. Thomas of Henderson and a brother William L. Bagbey of Henderson.  She was preceded in death by brothers Earl Bagbey, Henry Bagbey and Robert (Shorty) Bagbey.          

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of NC., 8300  Health Park #10, Raleigh, NC 27615 or the NC Epilepsy Foundation, 1920 W. 1st St-#5541a, Winston Salem, NC 27104.

Visitation will be held Monday evening, October 14th, 2013 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor from 6:30-8:30 PM. and other times at the home.

Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting the Clayton Family.


Edwin T. White

HENDERSON — Edwin T. White, of Henderson, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion, in Durham. Born in Vance County and a lifelong resident of Henderson, Mr. White was the son of the late Eddie Gardner White and Blanche Thompson White. He was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Linwood Gupton; three sisters, Golda Ayscue, Mary Frances Thompson and Dorothy Hoyle; a grandchild, David Coghill; a great-grandchild, Joshua Hall; and a nephew, Eddie Hoyle. Mr. White was a former residential real estate broker, and he was Methodist by faith. Mr. White was 32 Degree Mason at the Henderson Masonic Lodge and charter member of the Amran Temple.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, Violet Lilly Sauls Gupton White; a daughter, Patricia Gupton Coghill and husband Bill, of Durham; a brother, Bill White and wife Becky, of Henderson; a sister, Marion Bennett, of Henderson; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; twin great, great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted 3 p.m. on Sunday at Elmwood Cemetery, in Henderson, with Rev. Mark Hall officiating. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the cemetery.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.



Raymond J. Dougherty

CHAPEL HILL — Raymond J. Dougherty of Chapel Hill, NC died of pulmonary failure on October 12, 2013 at the age of 90.

Ray was born in Hinton, Oklahoma on December 15, 1922 to Grace and Raymond Dougherty, one of 11 children. He worked his way through medical school, practicing medicine first in Perry, OK then in Southern Pines and Vass, NC where he became known for being particularly devoted to the poor, ready to make house calls deep into the countryside and take a bag of vegetables in lieu of payment. Ray served in both World War II and toe Korean War as a military doctor in  both World War II and the Korean War.

In 1944, he married Eileen Wilmeth and after their five children were grown became a pulmonary specialist and practiced in Oklahoma City. He retired in 2006, when he was 83. He also wrote, and his lively stories about growing up on in a poor farm family in the depression era dustbowl were published in a number of magazines. A consummate physician, he was beloved by his patients for his professional skill and meticulous good judgment. His shining character; his gentle, kind demeanor; his faith, wit, wisdom, quiet courage and devotion to what mattered, devoid of sentimentality, were an inspiration to his children, grandchildren, peers, co-workers and others lucky enough to get to know him.

After 62 years of marriage, Eileen died in 2006. Surviving him are his children: Patrick Dougherty,and wife Linda Chapel Hill, NC; Kate Farrell,  and husband Robert, Brooklyn, NY;  Dennis Dougherty, and wife Nancy Roach, Durham, NC; Margaret Ann Springer, and husband Richard, Naples, FL and Michael Dougherty, and wife Catherine, Hinton, OK. Seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren survive, as do his brothers Kelly Dougherty of Oklahoma City and Patrick Dougherty of Columbia, Mo and his sisters Ruth Heatley of Mulvane, KS and Helen York of Robertsdale, Al.

The funeral mass will held Tuesday at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, Dr. Daughtery will then be returned to Hinton, Oklahoma, where funeral services will be held at  Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in  the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Eileen Wilmeth Dougherty Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma City University.

Following the funeral on Tuesday, friends are invited to the home of  Dennis and Nancy Dougherty 5 Littlewood Lane

Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Dougherty family.  Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries. Arrangements in Oklahoma are with Turner Funeral Home.