October 17, 2013

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 05:24 PM

Mary Helen Crew
DURHAM — Mrs. Mary Helen Austin Crew, 75, died after a brief illness on Monday, October 14, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born October 24, 1937 in Hickory, NC. She was the daughter of the late Jonas McCoy and Lena Mae Austin.
Mrs. Crew is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Norman L. Crew; daughters, Cynthia C. White and husband, Randy of Timberlake; Cathy C. White of Gastonia; grandchildren, Samantha, Caitlin, Emily and Adam; sisters, Linda K. Brown and husband, Randy of Piedmont, SC; Ann C. Grovenstein and husband, Larry of Durham; brother-in-law, Richard B. Crew of Greensboro, five nieces, one nephew, five great nieces and two great nephews.
She was a charter member of Glendale Heights United Methodist Church in Durham and a past Worthy Matron of the Southgate Chapter #177, Order of the Eastern Star. She graduated from Hope Valley High School and earned an Associate’s Degree in finance. She retired from Branch, Banking & Trust after many years of service.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19 at 3 p.m. at Glendale Heights United Methodist Church on Leon Street in Durham. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Glendale Heights UMC at 908 Leon St. Durham NC 27704; or to Southgate Chapter #177, Order of the Eastern Star at 205 Husketh St. Durham, NC 27703.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Renee Roberts Cook Davis
DURHAM - Renee Roberts Cook Davis, 51, died Monday, October 14, 2013 at her home. She was born in Durham Co. to Betty Hylton Roberts and the late John David Roberts.
In addition to her mother, Renee is survived by her son, Chad Cook and wife, Amber; two grandchildren and three step grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Ruth Elizabeth Holloway
DURHAM - Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Holloway, 93, passed October 10, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center.
Funeral services will take place on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. at West Durham Baptist Church, 1901 Athens St., Durham, NC. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapels and Gardens.

Edna (Ray) Partin Leak
DURHAM — Mrs. Edna (Ray) Partin Leak departed her life October 9, 2013. Daughter of the late Henry and Louise Partin and the late Annie Hall Williams. Wife of the late Derrick Leak.
She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Mary P. Dorty; one nephew, James Henry Dorty Jr.; two nieces, Debra Bradley (Larry), Denise Douglas; one special great niece, Tionna Douglas; four great nieces, three great nephews; three great great nieces, three great great nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A viewing will be held at Union Baptist Church at 1 p.m. and funeral services following at 2 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2013. 
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Mozette Riggsbee Rollins
DURHAM -  Mozette Riggsbee Rollins, widow of Steed Rollins, former President and Publisher of The Herald-Sun, died on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at The Forest at Duke after an extended period of declining health. Mrs. Rollins was the daughter of the late Joseph Albert Riggsbee and Iola Carlton Riggsbee. She was born December 8, 1918 on Trinity Avenue in the same neighborhood in which her future husband grew up. After graduating from Durham High School in 1936, she taught kindergarten at Mrs. Twadell’s Pre-School for a number of years.
While Steed served in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, Mozette Riggsbee was secretary to Frederick Koch (founder of the Playmakers) and sat in on seminars with Paul Green. She often said, “I go to work with some very interesting people.” As a young girl, she sang in the choir of First Presbyterian Church under the direction of Mr. William P. Twadell, who was instrumental in raising the standards of choral music in Durham. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, she continued to sing in the choir and was an enthusiastic supporter of its music program, serving on committees and donating a harpsichord to the church. Steed and Mozette were married December 30, 1944, shortly before his discharge from the Army in 1945.
After their marriage, Mozette became very active in the Durham community as a charter member of the Historic Preservation Society of Durham, a board member of the YWCA, the Durham Arts Council, the Festival for the Eno, the American Dance Festival and several other organizations. She was a member of the Junior League of Durham and Orange County, The Debutante Ball Society, the Town & Campus Book Club, The Friday Morning Music Study Club, and Hope Valley Country Club.
Mozette was a gourmet cook and a gifted musician who was a great lover of choral music. Her fondness of dance was exhibited through her generous support of the American Dance Festival. Her world travels included the Oregon Trail, Kenya, Russia and many countries in Europe.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Rollins was predeceased by her sister, Marion Riggsbee Pace; and her brother, Joseph Albert Riggsbee Jr. She is survived by her son, Steed Rollins Jr. and his wife, Louise Few Rollins; grandson, William Steed Rollins; and two granddaughters, Carlton Louise Rollins and Sarah Preston Rollins. Also surviving is her daughter, Amy Rollins Sheehan; and grandson, Michael Maples plus several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, on Friday, October 18th, at 11 a.m. A reception will be held in the Watts-Hill Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorials to Durham Academy, c/o Development Office, 3601 Ridge Road, Durham, NC 27705.
The family wishes to take this opportunity to express its very sincere appreciation to the members of the staff of the Holbrook Community of the Health Center at The Forest at Duke for the loving, kind and gentle care that Mozette received from each of them. They are very special people.
The Rollins family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.

Charles H. James (Chuck)
CHAPEL HILL — Charles H. James, (Chuck), 74, lost his seven month battle with cancer of the right frontal lobe (glioblastoma) on October 14, 2013 in Chapel Hill. He had surgery as well as radiation, none of which increased his quality of life.
Chuck had a long and rewarding career in the biology department of Davidson County Community College, Lexington, N.C. His passion was plants and he loved his succession of German Schnauzer pups. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, did graduate work at Duke and State, but he was blue through and through.
Those who will find life very difficult without him include his wife of 37 very sweet years, Betty; and his daughters, Libby Cheek and Becky James. Surviving also are Libby's husband Tony; Betty's sons, Shay (Linda) and Scott Reyner; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
He saw value in donations to:
CaringBridge Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 6032, Albert Lea, Mn. 56007.
UNC Athletic Department, Tennis, PO Box 2126, Chapel Hill N.C. 27514.
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Herbarium, Campus Box 3375, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375.
A time for remembrance will be decided upon within the month. If you would like to be a part, contact a family member.