November 1, 2013

Oct. 31, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Willie Ray Adcock
OXFORD — Mr. Willie Ray Adcock, age 90, died Thursday, October 31, 2013 at his home. He was a native of Granville County and the son of the late Emmett Abson and Nettie Howard Adcock and his step-mother Teresa (Resa) Pruitt. Willie Ray was a member of Hester Baptist church, where he served on many church committees, including deacon, Trustee and the Brotherhood. He was also Board of Directors of REA, ASCS Office and Farmer’s Exchange. 
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Hester Baptist Church by Dr. Randy Bridges, Reverend Alex Gallimore and Dr. Lavelle Waters. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Surviving is a daughter, Barbara Adcock Newcomb (Sonny) of Durham; sons, J. Howard Adcock (Linda) of Durham, William T. Adcock (Beth), Ken Adcock (Kay) and Ernest R. Adcock all of Oxford; sister, Luetta Frazier of Oxford; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his extended family the E. Marable family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Bessie Mae Currin Adcock; brother, Raymond A. Adcock; and a sister, Hettie Averette.
The family would like to thank the caregivers, Linda and James Morris, and also the Amedisys Hospice Care.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. At other times, they will be at the home of William and Beth Adcock. Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to Hester Baptist Church, PO Box 964, Oxford, NC 27565.
The Adcock family is being assisted by Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home. For online condolences, go to and select obituaries.

Vergie Allen Clayton
ROXBORO — Vergie Allen Clayton, 83, of 302 Reams Ave., Roxboro, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro. Born in Person County, Mrs. Clayton was the daughter of the late George Lemuel and Sallie Wilkerson Allen. Mrs. Clayton graduated from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. She was the secretary for the superintendent of Roxboro Cotton Mill. She later worked for Clayton Chrysler Plymouth Dodge and Mother Goose Pre-School. Mrs. Clayton was a former member of the Roxboro Women's Club. She was a devoted wife, mother, and caregiver.
During her stay at the Person Memorial Hospital Extended Care Unit, Mrs. Clayton was known as the cheerleader. She was a member of Long Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a former choir and circle member.
Mrs. Clayton was preceded in death by two brothers, George Lemuel Allen, Jr. and Gordon Phillip Allen, Sr.
Mrs. Clayton is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas Hill Clayton, Sr.; three children, Thomas Hill Clayton, Jr., of Roxboro, Sallie Clayton Weinberger, of Roxboro and James Allen Clayton and wife, Martha McDonald Clayton, of Goldsboro; eight grandchildren, Thomas Reid Clayton, Jenna Grace Clayton, Joseph Charles Weinberger, III, James Thomas Weinberger, David Clayton Weinberger, William Allen Weinberger, Margaret Lee Clayton and James Allen Clayton, Jr.; five nephews, two nieces and 22 great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, at Long Memorial United Methodist Church by Rev. Bruce Allen. Burial will follow in the Burchwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Person Memorial Hospital Extended Care Unit, 615 Ridge Rd., Roxboro, NC, 27573.
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Arvid Sidney “Sid” Herje
March 25, 1927– October 26, 2013
RALEIGH - Arvid “Sid” Herje, 86, of Raleigh, passed from this life to the next on October 26, 2013. He was born in Flekkefjord, Norway and, as an infant, immigrated with his family to Staten Island, NY. Sid was a proud graduate of Port Richmond HS class of 1945 and became a naturalized American citizen after serving with the U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division in the South Pacific during World War II.
Sid began his 40-year career in the criminal justice system in 1952, when he was appointed to the New York City Police Academy as a new recruit. While a New York City police officer, he worked as a patrol officer in the 6th and 24th precincts, served as the department’s Chief Armorer and Gunsmith, was a certified firearms instructor, and was a court accredited firearms expert.  After 20 years with the New York City Police Department, Sid retired and moved to Raleigh with his family. In 1972, he accepted a position with the North Carolina Human Relations Commission where he coordinated and taught a course on Basic Police-Community Relations. He later accepted a position with the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, serving as an instructor until he was appointed Chief of Police in Carrboro where he served from 1979 until his retirement in 1992. In addition, Sid was appointed to the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission in 1986 and served as a member representing the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police until 1991.  Sid led the effort by the Commission to first mandate annual in-service firearms qualification for law enforcement officers in North Carolina.
Sid loved and honored God and was active in his church community; first at Zion Lutheran in Staten Island, NY where he served on the Board of Trustees and the Mission Board and at Grace Lutheran in Raleigh where he served on the Church Council and other committees. He was most-recently a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Raleigh. 
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie G. Herje of Raleigh; daughters, Jerri Stockland (Wayne) of Bella Vista, AR, Linda White (Curt) of Holly Springs, Nancy Herje of Raleigh, Paige (Chuck) Wallington of Raleigh, Vi Cheek (deceased);five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many dear friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Sid’s life will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at 3 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Springmoor Retirement Community for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund or to Hospice of Wake County.

Harry Kerman (Kerry) Copley, III
GREENSBORO — Harry Kerman (Kerry) Copley, III, 56, passed away at his home Monday, October 28, 2013.
Kerry was a native of Greensboro and the son of H. Kerman Copley, Jr. and Pat Haines Copley. 
He was a graduate of Page High School and GTCC and later earned a Bachelor of Engineering Technology at UNC - Charlotte. 
He was an avid guitarist and especially enjoyed playing in blues jams at several local clubs with other musicians that he cared for very much. He was also a talented builder of radio controlled airplanes and enjoyed flying them. His greatest love was designing mechanical parts for various machines. 
Kerry was predeceased by his brother, Major Steven H. Copley, USMC (RET.) He is survived by his parents, Kerman and Pat Copley formerly of Durham, NC; his sister, Karen Copley Holton and husband, Mike from Salisbury, MD.; niece, Claire Holton Wright, husband, Joe; great nieces, Graysen and Gabrielle Wright from Princess Anne, MD; nephew, James Holton from Salisbury, MD; sister-in-law, Priscilla Copley; and nieces, Marissa and Maribelle Manaois-Copley; and several beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church where he was a life long member. Inurnment will be in the Memorial Garden at St Francis followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Music Fund at St. Francis Episcopal Church 3506 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408, or to a charity of one's choice.