October 26, 2013

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 06:31 PM



James Charley Crain

DURHAM —Mr. James Charley Crain, 93, of Durham, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Mr. Crain was born in Franklinton, Louisiana to the late Charles Calvin Crain and Martha Coleman Crain. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the American Tobacco Company. He was a charter member of Page Road Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Louise Grice Crain.

He is survived by three daughters, Judy Phillips, Kathy Hicks and husband, Randy, all of Durham; Mary Ann Henderson and husband, Jeff, of Raleigh; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Phillips, LTJG Jeremy Phillips, USN (Lynsey-Paige), Charlie Hicks (Michaela), Jennifer Hicks, Michael Henderson (Bethany) and Laura Henderson; four great grandchildren, Cameron Hicks, Brianna Brault, Quinn Hicks, James Henderson and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Michael Bond. Entombment will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable, or memorial gifts may be made to Page Road Baptist Church, 2000 Page Road, Durham NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.


Cleophus “Cle” Daniel Jr.

DURHAM — Mr. Cleophus “Cle” Daniel Jr., 44, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013. His service will be held Monday, October 28, 2013, at 12 noon, visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 404 Dowd St, Durham NC. Rev. Dr. David Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Park.

Mr. Daniel is survived by his wife, Jevon; his dog, Raider; his parents, Cleophus & Ethel Daniel; brother, Jevon Daniel; nephew, Jevon Daniel Jr.; and a host of uncles, aunts and cousins. Memorials can be made to Jevon L. Daniel c/o Fitts Family, PO Box 27, Weldon NC 27890. Condolences may be sent to: www.cofieldmortuary.com

Arrangements by Cofield Mortuary, Weldon, NC.


Cora Triplett Parker

DURHAM — Mrs. Cora Triplett Parker, 74, wife of the late Billy Watts Parker, died unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Parker was born in Rougemont, and lived her entire life there.  She was an avid gardener who enjoyed horses, even riding them.  She also was an Atlanta Braves fan.   Mrs. Parker was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her grandson, Johnny Watts Parker, Jr., of the home; and her brother, Silas Triplett and his wife, Catherine Anne, of Bahama, NC.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her son, Johnny Watts Parker, Sr., in 2010.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Officiating will be Rev. Marilyn Shipman.

The family will receive visitors Saturday afternoon from 4-6 PM in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.  The Parker family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.


Nell Carpenter Smith

DURHAM — Nell Carpenter Smith, 87, passed away on October 24, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. Born in Durham on March 9, 1926 to Thomas Edgar and Lucy Howard Carpenter, she was the youngest of their seven children. Nell was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church where she was a member of the Martha Grace Sunday School Class and faithfully taught first graders for many years. She currently attended Immanuel Baptist Church with her family. She retired from Delta Construction Company in 1990, where she served as bookkeeper and office manager for 33 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald S. Smith; and her six brothers, Edgar, Perry, Laurie, Willis, Ike, and Howard Carpenter.

Nell was a faithful Christian and devoted to both her immediate and extended family. She loved children, animals, and nature. She had a fun-loving personality and the ability to make those around her laugh. She saw the beauty in the small things of life and was never too busy to enjoy beautiful flowers and trees. She attracted stray animals and always cared for them tenderly. She was devoted to her friends and maintained cherished lifelong relationships.

Nell is survived by her daughter, Marti Salguero and husband, Rick; a granddaughter, Luann McMahon Fuller and husband, Joshua; and three step-grandchildren, Carmen Hutchins and husband, Jon, Lorena Salguero, and Jeffrey Salguero and wife, Nora; as well as nine great-grandchildren, Hannah, Graham and Angela Fuller, Justin, Julieanna and Jared Hutchins, and Jacob, Gerald and Grady Salguero.

Nell was loved deeply by her nieces and nephews, Norma Roberts, Betsy Tompson, Brenda Evans, Brenda Carpenter, Archie Smith, Victor Smith, Mark Carpenter, Tom Carpenter, John Carpenter, and Jack Carpenter.

Funeral service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 3610 Hillandale Road, Durham, on Saturday at 12 p.m. with Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers are Mark Carpenter, Bill Oakley, Perry Roberts, Jeffrey Salguero, Archie Smith, and Randy Tompson.

Flowers are acceptable, or memorial donations may be made to the Animal Protection Society of Durham, Development Office, 2117 East Club Blvd., Durham, NC 27704 (online at http://www.apsofdurham.org) or to Charles House Association, 109 Hillcrest Avenue, Carrboro, NC 27510, (online at http://charleshouse.org).

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



Tyson William Wrenn Sr.

DURHAM — Tyson William Wrenn Sr., 90, of Durham died on Friday, October 25, 2013. He was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Artis R. Wrenn and Rodeah Jefferies Wrenn. He served in the US Army in the Southwest Pacific.  He retired from Liggett Myers. He attended Grove Park Chapel, loved fishing, member of choir and special music, Awanas leader and member of the Last Durham Platoon.

He is survived by his wife, Betty F. Wrenn; one son, Bill Wrenn of Bahama; one daughter, Joy Wrenn Ivey of Durham; one sister Francis Sprinkle of Durham; four grandchildren, Sharon Burmahl, Christine Jernigan, Jamie Wrenn and Casey Wrenn.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Tim Wheeler will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Jamie Wrenn, Casey Wrenn, Ron Seymore, and Eric Burhmal.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. one hour prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com




George Ira Johnson Jr.

HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. George Ira Johnson Jr., 85, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013. George graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1945. He was a veteran of the US Navy and served in the Korean War, serving on the U.S.S. Ajax and participating in operation "Passage to Freedom". He worked at Duke Power Company for 36 years where he was branch manager for the last 20 years until he retired. He was a lifelong member of Mars Hill Baptist Church, where he served as chair of the deacons, chair of the cemetery committee, and a long time Sunday School teacher. He was also a past president of the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce and the Hillsborough Lion's Club.

Surviving are his son, George Michael Johnson (Annette), Oregon; two grandchildren: Laura Johnson and Jim Johnson; one brother, Calvin Johnson (Peggy), Cedar Grove; two nieces: Linda Wilson and Mary Sue Anderson. He was predeceased by his parents: Ethel and George Johnson Sr.; his brother, O.C. Johnson; his sister, Virginia J. Wilson; and his wife, Mollie Smith Johnson.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Randy Wilkins, Tommy Frazier, Nathaniel Eubanks, Warren Miller, Joe Campbell, and Bobby Campbell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ethel Stansbury, Teresa Cox, Roxie Wilkins, Katherine Cheek, Euylene Eubanks, Louise Fisher, Carol Moore, Don Blake, John Koonce, Ray Strickland, Helen Strickland, Roy Wilson, Bob Wilson, and Lindy Pendergrass.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in Walker’s Funeral Home  of Hillsborough by the Rev. Carl Belcher. Burial will be in Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. www.walkersfuneralservice.com



Betty Sue Duncan Whitfield

CHAPEL HILL- Betty Sue Duncan Whitfield died at her home on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. She was raised on Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. She retired in 1984 after 36 years with John Umstead Hospital. She and her husband were owners of the Hollow Rock County Store on Erwin Road for over 25 years. She was an avid Tar Heel Fan.

She was instrumental in organizing the New Hope Improvement Association in the community. In 2009, she received the Clarence F. Korstian Award in recognition of her exemplary support of Duke Forest. 

Betty Sue was a member of North Chapel Hill Baptist Church (formerly McDuffie Memorial) since joining in 1936 except for a couple of years. She was an active member until her health prevented her from attending. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanford Whitfield; his parents, Glen and Pauline Whitfield; her parents, John and Missie Duncan; five brothers, Credup, Venable, James, Lewis and Cecil Duncan; and two sisters, Lib Knight and Margie Hallsted.

She is survived by her brother, Leonard and wife, Mary Anne, of Mebane; her sister, Mary Ruth Burrus and husband, Jim, of Cary; twelve nephews, James Burrus, David Hallsted, Tommy Knight, Gregory, Danny, David, Johnny, Tommy, Bo, Jeffrey, Steven, and Larry Duncan; eight nieces, Carolyn Gilliland, Carolyn McLearie, Suzanne Watkins, Amy Cruickshank, Cathy Reeves, Karen Lenox, Ann Scofield, and Bobbie Lockhart; and two sisters-in-law, Joyce and Ruth Duncan. 

The family is grateful for the wonderful care she received from the caregivers from Senior Helpers and from Duke Hospice Care.

The family will receive friends at Walker’s Funeral Home, 120 Franklin Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 3 p.m. at North Chapel Hill Baptist Church, 7707 NC 86 South, Chapel Hill. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the New Hope Volunteer Fire Department, 4012 Whitfield Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, STE 101, Durham, NC 27704-2199 or North Chapel Hill Baptist Church, 7707 Highway 86 South, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.walkersfuneralservice.com.

Walker’s Funeral Home is serving the Whitfield family.