Obituaries, August 8, 2014
Barbara Ann Lewis Brooks
DURHAM — Barbara Ann Lewis Brooks, the daughter of Robert and Arnetta Turrentine Lewis, was born on March 26, 1943. She departed this life on July 31, 2014 at Duke Medical Center after a very brief illness.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Nathaniel Brooks Sr., of the home; a son, Daryl Brooks of Durham, NC and a “special son,” Rodney Rodgers of Timberlake, NC; grandchildren, Cameron, Daryl Jr., Nicholas, and Chyna; an extended family of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on August 9, 2014 at Mt. Calvary United Church of Christ, Rev. Cheryl McNair officiating. The visitation will begin at 12:00 noon and a memorial service will follow at 1:00.
Foye Stephens Isaacs
DURHAM — Mrs. Foye Stephens Isaacs, 98, of 3011 Alabama Ave., died on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Mrs. Isaacs was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Paul Thomas Stephens and Ida Mae Murdoch Stephens. She retired from the U.S. Army Research Office, Research Triangle Park, in May 1977. While employed with the federal government for 33 years, she received numerous certificates and awards. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and her home church was Carr United Methodist Church. She was active for many years in church and Sunday school, serving as class treasurer and a member of the XYZ seniors group. Also, volunteered with the American Red Cross for 25 years, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary (VFW), Post 2740. She served as president for two years, 1993-1995, and has been secretary since June 2000. She was awarded a medallion as Secretary of the Year 2002-2003, for the 6th District. She was a member of the American Legion, Post 7, a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 566. Served as president for two years and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by National Headquarters. She was member of the Durham Twirlers Square Dance Club and held the office of president for two years. She was a life member of the Durham Council for Senior Citizens and the West Durham Senior Center. She was an avid bridge player and member of Edison Johnson Thursday PM Bridge Club. She was a member of Sons and Daughters of Liberty, Branson Council #9, a patriotic organization, for 60 years, until it disbanded in September 2003. She received the highest honor, which was the state and national councilor (president).
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert A. Hurst and Kenneth H. Jones; her brothers, Sidney Stephens, Earl Stephens and Dave Stephens; sisters, Helen Kelly, Carrie S. Oakley, Dorothy S. Winn, Daphine S. Bridges and Mary S. Pendergrass.
She is survived by her husband, George Olive Isaacs; two daughters, Mary Hurst Elliott and husband, Pete of Oxford and Patsy Hurst Sykes of Conway, SC; brother, Col. George Stephens of Durham; five grandchildren, Teresa Sykes of Pittsboro, Jeff Sykes of Stem, Andy Sykes of Wake Forest, Amanda Stevenson of Oxford and Stephen Elliott of Oxford; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Jason Leonard will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., before the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Active pallbearers will be Stephen Elliott, Jeff Sykes, Andy Sykes, Jordan Elliott, Chase Elliott, Blake Sykes and Zachary Stevenson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Rodney Dale Turner
DURHAM — Rodney Dale Turner passed away at home on Monday, August 4th, 2014. He was 46. Rodney was the first son of Patsy Ann Holder and David Barry Turner.
Rodney's surviving family includes his children, Audrey Mae (8) and Liam Campbell (6); his wife, Eleanor Richardson; his sister, Tammy King (Dennis); and his brother, Barry Turner (Kelly), as well as Asa King (Sandra), Ayla Smilek (Gene), Adra Kruse (Ricky), Chloe Turner, Kai Turner and Keaton Turner.
Rodney was the owner/operator of American Craftsmen of NC, a long-established and well-respected home improvement company located in Durham.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at American Cremation Services, 1204 Person St., Durham.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be given to Amputee Coalition (amputee-coalition.org).
Pamela Annette “Pam” Draughan
CREEDMOOR — Mrs. Pamela Annette “Pam” Draughan, 50, of Creedmoor, died on Monday, August 4, 2014.
She lived 30 years in Durham before moving to Creedmoor. She was a beloved mother and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Jones, and a brother, Wade Jones.
She is survived by her mother, Rose Nance; her former husband and friend, Ray Draughan; her children, Desirae, Dale-Ray and Savannah Draughan; grandson, Desmond Draughan; two sisters, Kathy Thompson and Mandy Ellington; and uncle, Robert Perry. She was also survived by many nieces and cousins.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 12 noon at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Rev. Jerry Lynch will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30, before the service at Hudson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family or at www.gofundme.com/CLFF90.
CARY — Charles Thompson, 75, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. He was born in Selma, to the late Roland Carl Thompson and Zelda Inez Thompson and moved to Durham at a young age. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Thompson, and sister, Peggy T. Williams.
Mr. Thompson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was formerly employed with Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Ward and later co-owner of Golden Touch Carpet. Charles was an entrepreneur of business who never met a stranger. He had a passion for collecting antiques and novelty items as well as a love for golf, baseball and playing for the U.S. Navy Team in Japan.
Charles is survived by his daughters, Kim Thompson Robinson of Durham, Michelle Thompson Ward of Cary; grandchildren, Tyler and Abbey Robinson, Emma, Carson, and Rachel Ward.
The family will receive friends Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., at the home of his daughter, Kim Robinson, 3611 Medford Road, Durham.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers and companions that provided exceptional care: Anne Fluharty, Stacie Patel, and Theodore Roosevelt “Teddy’ Quick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Christine Melvin Fisher
ROSEBORO — Ms. Christine Melvin Fisher, 94, was born in Roseboro (Sampson County) on June 12, 1920. She was the 10th of 11 children born to Frank and Pinky Faircloth Melvin. She is predeceased by nine of her siblings.
Her youngest sibling, Elevie Mozelle Melvin Howard, lives in Roseboro.
In 1939, she was awarded her high school diploma by Principal Rev. Charles Ernest Perry. She married Connise Fisher from the Snow Hill community. To this union two devoted daughters, Gwyn Ann and Rubestene, were born. Connise met an untimely death in a car accident in 1971, and her beloved daughter, Gwyn Ann, passed into eternal rest Nov. 15, 2009.
Christine was a warm and congenial woman. She positively impacted the lives of many and received the community recognition of being named Grand Marshal of the Roseboro Christmas Parade in 2012. June 12, 2010 was proclaimed Christine Fisher Day in Roseboro. She was a lifelong member of St. Thomas AME Zion Church in Roseboro.
She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Rubestene Potter; two sons-in-law, Robert L. Potter and Millus H. Turman; sister, Elevie Mozelle Melvin Howard; sister-in-law, Sallie Fisher Alexander; brothers-in-law, John W. Alexander and John Davis Fisher; and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.
A public viewing will be held today, Aug. 8, 2014, at Butler and Son Funeral Chapel from 3 to 6 p.m. The family will be present from 5 to 6 p.m. The Celebration of Life will be held in St. Thomas AME Zion Church, 810 Bullard St., Roseboro, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Family visitation at noon and the funeral service immediately following at 1p.m. Interment in Roseboro Snow Hill Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated and donations may be made to Gwyn Fisher Scholarship Fund, PO Box 727, Roseboro, NC 28382.
Marjorie Cole Watson
SWANSBORO — Marjorie Cole Watson, 89, went home to Heaven on Friday, August 1, 2014 at her home at 325 Queens Rd., Swansboro, NC. She was preceded by her husband Harry Watson; 3 sons, Henry Antonius, Howard and David Watson; grandson Eddie Gardner and great-grandson Christopher Gardner. Marjorie is survived by 5 daughters, Linda Bartlett, Nancy Peace, Grace Browning, Esther Terry and Harriet Loftin; 2 sons, Jerry and Bruce Watson. Marjorie has 30 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Her memory lives on in all of our hearts. Services will be held Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2pm at Cedar Point Holiness Pentecostal Church located at 150 Bluff Rd., Cedar Point, NC 28584. In lieu of flowers the family requests that monetary donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.