Obituaries, August 11, 2014

Aug. 10, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Bobbie Waller Blalock
DURHAM — Bobbie Waller Blalock, 64, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Durham County to the late Charles and Louise Waller. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Anne Nance; and brother, Ricky Waller.
In addition to being a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, and wife, Bobbie was an avid reader who loved spending her free time at the beach. She was a 1968 graduate of Northern High and a former student at East Carolina University. From 1975-1992, Bobbie was an employee of Liggett Group and also served as a planning coordinator from 1994-2009 at The R. David Thomas Center at Duke University. Bobbie was an active member at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, involved in Action Sunday School Class, Beulah Cole Circle, and the Backpack Program at Mt. Sylvan UMC.
Mrs. Blalock is survived by her husband of 43 years, Tommy Blalock; son, Tommy S. Blalock III and his wife Amy Clark Blalock; daughter, Kimberly Buff and husband Elliot Buff; brother, James Calvin Waller and his wife Pattie; grandchildren, Cameron Blalock, Caleb Blalock,Coltyn Blalock, Delany Buff, and Merrit Buff.
A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday at 2 pm.,at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Mt. Sylvan Backpack Program; 5721 N. Roxboro Rd. Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Willie Mae Gooch Gammon
DURHAM — Willie Mae Gooch Gammon, 95, died Saturday in Avante at Reidsville. A native of Durham she was the daughter of the late James Dolphus and Sadie Martin Gooch.
She was formerly employed with Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. She graduated for Durham High School and was a member of Carr United Methodist Church when she lived in Durham.
She is survived by one son, Jeffrey Scott Baker; one sister, Betty Baker and husband Harrell, of Burlington; two nephews, Timothy Baker of Indian Trail and James W. Ellis of Durham and one niece, Virginia Sessoms of Durham.
Graveside funeral services will be held today, Monday, August 11, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery. Officiating will be the Rev. Kenny Black, pastor of Holly Hill Baptist Church in Burlington. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 until 1:45 at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Gammon family. Online condolences may be sent to select obituiaries.

Wilbert "Gibb" Richmond
DURHAM — Wilbert "Gibb" Richmond, 71, departed his life at duke Hospice on August 6, 2014. He is survived by three sisters, five brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home Wednesday, August 13 at noon with visitation at 11:00 A.M.
Burial will be in the Cain's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Tena Olivia Ladd Pipkin
DURHAM — Tena Olivia Ladd Pipkin, 67, of Durham died on Sunday, August 10, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, and graduated from Southern High School and Croft Business College. Since May 1979 Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Environmental Quality Management, Inc. Environmental Protection Agency for 10 years prior to EQ, owned and operated Beary Special Occasions since 1971. She was a Charter Member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her brother Robert “Bob” E. Ladd III.
She is survived by her parents, R.H. and Rhudell Ballard, Jr., two brothers, Barney Wayne Ladd of Ahoskie; Ricky Vann Ladd of Emerald Isle; nieces, Angela Ladd Smith, Kristie Ladd White and Jennifer Ladd McBride, three great nieces, one great nephew, two great-great nieces, and a dear friend David Dunbar.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Will Jackson and Rev. Harold Salmon will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be David R. Dunbar, James Marvin Utley III, Jimmy Utley, Eugene Riley III, Perry Roberts, Brent Norton and Jerry Hackney. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Black, Archie L. Smith III, Ricky Ladd and Barney Ladd.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 709 Latta Circle. The family would like to give a special thanks to all her caregivers and neighbors for their love and support. Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to: Bethesda UMC, 2309 S. Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at

Eugene Pearson Turner
DURHAM — Mr. Eugene Pearson Turner passed on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Peak Resources Treyburn.
Mr. Turner, son of the late Dr. Israel Ezra Turner, Sr. and Mrs. Minnie P. Turner Spaulding, was born in Durham, North Carolina on September 19, 1940.
He attended the public schools of Durham and graduated from Hillside High School in 1958. After completing a semester at Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia, he enlisted in the United States Air Force from which he was honorably discharged after four years of service.
Upon returning home to Durham, he enrolled at North Carolina Central University from which he received a bachelor's degree in history on 1969.
Eugene was first employed at Operation Breakthrough and later at IBM from which he retired after several years of dedicated service.
Eugene's retirement afforded him an excellent opportunity to concentrate on those areas in which his diverse talents could be displayed. As a masterful craftsman, he built or otherwise restored kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets, and furniture. As a photographer, he have such careful attention to details that he was often called upon to render service at weddings and other special functions. As a guitarist, he and his group often provided music for different events.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mrs. Vera Francis Turner of Durham, NC; daughter, Mrs. Nicole Turner (Kevin); grandson, Zion Isaiah Patillo, all of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Mr. Israel E. Turner, Jr. of Sacramento, CA and Mr. James M. Turner of Durham, NC; one stepbrother, Mr. Charles C. Spaulding, III of Oakland, CA; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Charlesetta G. Turner of Sacramento, CA and Ms. Renee D. Francis of Indian Head, MD; one brother-in-law, Mr. Willis W. Francis, Jr. of Havelock, NC; two nieces, Ms. Lisa R. Turner and Mrs. Regina T. Brown, both of Sacramento, CA; five nephews, Mr. Michael K. Turner, Mr. Rodney D. Turner, Mr. Bryan P. Turner, Mr. Jerome S. Turner and Mr. Richard I. Turner, all of Sacramento, CA; and several grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins, including Mrs. Geraldine Turner Crooms of Raleigh, NC.
Throughout his life and especially during his adult years, Eugene developed many lasting friendships. The following list, which by no means is exhaustive, represents those whom Eugene was privileged to know: Dr. James S. Lee Jr., Mrs. Dorothea Barnes, Robin and Joseph Featherstone and children, Mr. Donald Baker, Attorney Cecily P. Smith, Mrs. Marie Shaw Simmons, Mr. Lonnie Simmons, Carolyn and James W. Barnes, Mr. Thomas Love, Mr. Alvis O. "Butch" Grady, Mr. Perry E. Lambeth, Attorney Eric C. Michaux, Mr. Wallace M. Toole, Mr. Milford Williams, Dr. David B. Cooke, III, and Mr. Edward Bailey.
Eugene will be remembered for his love for his fellow man and his love for animals.
At Eugene's request, there will be no memorial service.
Fisher Funeral Parlor is assisting the family during this time of bereavement.

Verona Peterson Vickers
DURHAM — Verona Peterson Vickers, 108, passed away peacefully Friday, August 8, 2014 at Carolina Pointe. Verona was born Sept. 29, 1905 to the late Christopher Columbus Peterson and Helen Tatum Peterson.
Verona was member of Temple Baptist Church and the Sunshine Bible Class.
She was a longtime employee of Belk.
Verona is survived by her daughter, Vicki Andrews and husband, Zalph of Newport News, VA; her grandson, Zalph H. Andrews III and wife, Maureen of Newport News, VA; her great granddaughter, Zoe Andrews; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit from 1:30-2:30pm Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with Dr. J. Steven Bolton officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, NC 27712.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: Select obituaries.

Otis Jefferson Dixon

OXFORD — Otis Jefferson Dixon, 90, of Oxford, North Carolina, son of the late Thomas Jefferson Dixon and the late Minnie Gentry Dixon Huff and beloved husband and best friend of Mildred Huff Dixon for 72 years, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2014, surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved.
Otis was a long-time resident of northern Granville County, excluding his service in the Navy during World War II. He served aboard destroyer escort USS Clarence L. Evans providing convoy escort in the North Atlantic.
Otis was a farmer and renowned sportsman. He taught many young men and women to hunt and fish and remained close friends with them throughout his life.
Otis is survived by his wife, Mildred Huff Dixon; his daughter, LaVerne Dixon Pope, and her husband, Phil Pope, of Oxford, North Carolina; his grandchildren Heather Pope Turner and her husband, Scott Turner, of Montclair, Virginia, and April Pope Cannady of Clinton, North Carolina; and his great-grandchildren Chandler Fryar, Carlon Cannady, Laurie Turner and Baby Boy Turner, yet to be born. He is also survived by four siblings, Doris (Vance) Russ, Lawrence (Shelby) Dixon, Shirley (Sidney) Dean and Margie Melton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Dixon Jr.; a sister, Faye Dixon; and a granddaughter, Carlotta Pope Fryar.
The family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the staff of the VA Medical Center Durham and especially to his faithful caregiver, Jennie Wilson. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care over many years were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the additional time we got to spend with him because of their care.
A funeral service honoring Otis will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2014 at 3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Oxford, North Carolina. Visitation will be at 2:30 p.m., prior to service. There will be a reception following the service at the home of Phil and LaVerne Pope, 213 College Street, Oxford. Reverends Lori Cox and Jack Ruth will officiate. In honor of Otis, memorial contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund, C/O Josephine Huff, 6622 Old Roxboro Road, Oxford, NC 27565. The Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.

Anne Morrow Spence Dittmar

MELBOURNE, FL — Anne Morrow Spence Dittmar, born December 31, 1931 in Durham, North Carolina, died after a long illness, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, in Melbourne, Florida. Daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Lowery Spence, she graduated from Bethesda High School and later worked as a teacher in the Florida school system before retiring. Preceded in death by her husband, Jim Dittmar, she is survived by her sister, Mary Ella Spence Goodwin of Durham, and two sons, Jim and Joe Dittmar, who live in Florida. Memorial services will be held at a later date.