Obituaries, Nov. 24, 2013

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 05:57 PM


Joseph "Joe" Woodson Amos

DURHAM - Mr. Joseph "Joe" Woodson Amos, 93, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Gwendolyn L. Torain and Carolyn Campbell; his sister, Marzella Gulley; and a brother, William Amos.

The funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Church of God in Christ, New Deal, Inc. located at 815 Fargo Street, Durham, NC. The visitation will be at 12:00 noon.

Professional services entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Inez Hockaday Durham

DURHAM — Mrs. Inez Hockaday Durham, 88, a former resident of Cobb Street, died on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Mrs. Durham was born in Harnett County to the late Joseph and Alma Barefoot Hockaday. She was employed with Lynnette’s Restaurant and Tastee-Freez. She was a longtime member of the First Advent Christian Church and a member of Cheek Heights Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, L. B. Durham, in 1980 and two daughters-in-law, Linda Durham and Carolyn Durham. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

She is survived by three sons, Tommy Durham of Durham, Greg Durham and wife, Janet, of Roxboro and Donnie Durham of Durham; daughter, Vicky Tripp and husband, Buddy, of Henderson; brother, Elbert Hockaday, of Holly Springs; two sisters, Jene Dunham of New Bern and Faye Blackburn of Little Washington; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jim Wallace and Rev. Steven Williams. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Stacy Durham, Tracy Durham, Randy Ross, Gerald Tripp Jr., Will Finch, Brandon Durham. Honorary pallbearer will be Collin Finch.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 1 to 2 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 3131 RDU Center Dr., Morrisville, NC 27560. Online condolences may be made at

Tony Martin Franklin, Sr.

DURHAM - Tony Martin Franklin, Sr., of Durham, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. Born in Harnett County, Mr. Franklin was the son of the late William Jesse Franklin and Lois Mae Adams Womble. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Staples Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a retired truck driver with ABF Freight System.

Mr. Franklin is survived by three sons, Tony Martin Franklin Jr. and wife Gina, of North Myrtle Beach, SC, William Edward Franklin, of Durham, and Gary Thomas Franklin and wife Elizabeth, of Claremont; four grandchildren, Joshua Franklin and wife Lexy, Zachary Franklin, Caroline Franklin and Brooke Franklin; great-grandchildren Ella and Audrey Franklin; and a sister, Kathryn Franklin Perry, of Birmingham, AL.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel, Durham. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.

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

Blondie D. Jones

DURHAM — Blondie D. Jones, 82, passed away on November 17, 2013. Mrs. Jones was born in Darlington, S.C. She is survived by her daughters, Angala J. Hayes of Durham, N.C., and Beverly Collie of Efland, N.C.; her son, Melvin Jones Jr. of Los Angeles; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held Monday, November 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Priess Steel, 500 Picwick Trail, Durham, N.C.

Sally Nelson O’Brien

DURHAM - Sally Nelson O’Brien, 53, passed away at home on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Durham, NC.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 1, at 2 o’clock p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC 27705. After the service, there will be a gathering for fellowship, remembrance, and reflection at Metro 8, 743 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705.

Sally was born in Wooster, OH on August 2, 1960 to Maxine and Tom Nelson, of Ludlow, PA, who survive. Also surviving is her husband, Larry O’Brien, and her two daughters, Jessica Blakely and Amy Blakely, also of Durham, NC; two sisters, Gwen Nelson (Mike) Bengfort of The Woodlands, TX and Patty Nelson (Chris) Merrifield of Atlanta, GA; and niece, Maggie Merrifield.

She attended schools in Charleston, WV, Gainesville, TX, and Houston, TX. She received her B.A. degree in Modern Dance from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Sally was a certified personal trainer and fitness coach. She enjoyed her music, literature, cooking, and being with her family and her many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in Sally's name be made to the YMCA Lakewood, 2119 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, NC 27707 or to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.

Jane H. Wharton

DURHAM - Jane H. Wharton was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada on January 11, 1912 to Rev. Charles T. Holman and Annabel Montgomery Holman. She was educated at the University of Chicago Lab School and Parker High School, Chicago, IL; she graduated in 1934 from Chicago Normal College, and received a PhB from the University of Chicago. While teaching art in primary school in Maracaibo, Venezula, she met H. Jerome Wharton, a petroleum engineer working for the Gulf Oil Corporation. They married in 1939 and had two children, Charles and Annabel. They lived in London, Kuwait, and Tehran, as well as Larchmont, New York and Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh) PA. They both enjoyed exploring the regions in which they found themselves and traveled extensively. In countries where most foreigners hired local drivers for transportation, Janey delighted in being Jerry’s chauffeur. In 1965, for example, they drove together cross-country from Tehran through northern Iran and the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan to Lahore, Pakistan. In the 1960s and early 70s they lived in Tehran, where Jerry was Vice-President of Gulf Oil, overseeing the corporation’s activities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. They retired and left Iran shortly before the fall of the last Shah. They spent several months traveling around Europe in a VW camper-van before returning to the States. Jerry died in 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Janey later moved to Durham, North Carolina to help raise Annabel’s children. She volunteered for many years as a docent at the Duke University Art Museum and then at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. She was awarded the first ever Annual Nasher Docent Award in 2005. Janey lived independently in her own home in Durham to the age of 101. She died in her sleep at Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham on November 10. She is survived by her son, Charles and his wife Terryl of Darien, CT, her daughter Annabel and her companion Kalman Bland of Durham, NC, her granddaughters Nicole Ramsdell, Brook Wharton, and Andrea Epstein, and her four great-grandchildren, Tessa and Vesper Ramsdell and Charlie and Porter Hilton, and her brother, Robert Holman. A memorial gathering will be held in Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the home of Annabel Wharton and Kalman Bland from 4 to 6 p.m. with a brief program of remembrance beginning at 4:30. In lieu of flowers, donations given in honor of Janey Wharton to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University or Doctors Without Borders would be gratefully received.


Joyce Aiken Bradshaw

CHAPEL HILL - Mrs. Joyce Aiken Bradshaw, 69, of 7214 Morrow Mill Rd., Chapel Hill, died Friday, November 22, 2013, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill following an eleven-year courageous battle with cancer.

A native of Alamance County, she was the wife of Jimmy Bradshaw, who survives of the home, and daughter of the late Guy and Ethel Russell Aiken. Mrs. Bradshaw was retired from the UNC School Department of Microbiology and was a member of Clover Garden United Methodist Church.

Surviving, other than her husband, are a daughter, Kathy Stewart and husband Kenny of Chapel Hill; two grandchildren, Jonathan Stewart and Kimberly Stewart, both of Chapel Hill; two sisters, Helen Thompson of Graham and Nancy Camden of Charlotte; one brother, Jim Aiken of Haw River; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eula Reece, Gloria Pugh, and Geneva Collins; and two brothers, John Aiken and Paul Aiken.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 25 at Orange Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Sang Park and Rev. Bob Eldridge. Burial will follow at Clover Garden United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral Home & Crematory in Graham from 5-7 p.m., Sunday evening and other times at the residence.

Flowers will be accepted and memorials may be made to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, 450 West Dr., CB 7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Condolences may be offered at

Dr. Claudia Harris

CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Claudia Harris passed away Thursday, October 31, after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Claudia was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (BA) and the University of Utah (MBA, PhD).  

Teaching was her calling. Whether teaching junior high school math or business management at Scranton University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, Grand Valley State University, UNC, and Duke, Claudia maintained close relationships with her students.  She was innovative in her use of literature as a tool for understanding group process and leadership style. Claudia was an active member of the Eastern Academy of Management and was elected a Fellow of that organization in 2013.  She was an active and prolific researcher, continuing to explore new topics and have papers published after her retirement from active teaching. 

Claudia was also an artist and musician. She played the oboe in her college symphony, sang with church choirs wherever she lived, and taught herself the violin so as to participate in the Durham Symphony. She leaves behind many examples of her art in needlework, collage, and photography.  She was a lover of math puzzles, word play, and NPR. 

She was a writer of letters, a loyal friend, a maker of rituals and celebrations, a devoted mother and partner.

Left to miss her are her mother Ann Harris (Durham), daughters Alexis (Chapel Hill) and Jessica (Brooklyn NY), sister Gail Harris Schmidt (Steve) of Chicago, brother Tim Harris (Tara Key) of New York City, nephews Mike and David Schmidt of Chicago, her partner of 21 years, Kathy Schenley, many cousins, and numerous friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Claudia’s memory be made to the dance program of Carolina Friends School, the Fragile X Foundation, or your local Hospice organization.

Belva Jean Hutter

DURHAM - Belva Jean Hutter, 70, of Murphy School Road passed away peacefully at home, as she wished, with family by her side on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Jean remained active for many years despite her declining health due to congestive heart failure.

Jean was devoted to her family as daughter of late Albert and Mozelle Shambley and wife of  late Frank Edward Hutter Jr. Mom was also thoroughly devoted to her surviving children, Tammy Dudley; Jennifer Hutter Sollod and husband, Niel; and Frank Edward Hutter III and wife, Jamie.

Aunt Jean is survived by niece Windy Ezzell and her children Reilly and Avery. We are thankful to have loved and learned so much from our beloved mother. It is because of our strong bond that we will move forward utilizing all the tools that she gave us.

Mom's greatest joy during her lifetime was being a Granny. She was proud and honored to be her grandchildren's study buddy, snack provider, party planner, friend and confidant. She lived for her grandchildren and loved them deeply. Granny is survived by adored grandchildren Chuck and wife Audrey, Kimberly, David, Ryan, Nate and Skye Belle.

Jean enjoyed life and lived everyday with zest, fun and laughter and was an avid reader. She really enjoyed family beach trips and traveling across the country with her soulmate, Dad, before he passed during 2006.

She made many friends along the way while working  at Methodist Retirement Home, GTE and later retiring from Verizon.

Our family sincerely thanks UNC Health Care and Orange Family Medical for their expertise and ever-loving care for our Mother over the last few years.  

A celebration of life reception will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh.