Obituaries, August 17, 2014

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 04:25 PM

Marvin Sam “Boy” Carpenter

DURHAM — Mr. Marvin Sam “Boy” Carpenter, 80, of Baptist Road, died on Saturday, August 16, 2014.
Mr. Carpenter was born in Wake Forest to the late Sam and Annie Pearl Carpenter. He retired from Murdoch Developmental Center. He attended Roberson Grove Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by stepmom, Ronnie Mae, his son, Craig Carpenter and sisters, Pearl Godfrey, Bootie Carpenter, Betty Gibson and Brenda Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Lou Cash Carpenter; son, Mark Carpenter and wife, Karen; granddaughter, Crystal Berry and husband, Chris; grandsons, Randall Ragan and Grayson Carpenter; great-grandson, Cody Berry and special daughter, Terri Ragan and husband, Mark. He is also survived by his siblings, John, William, Buck, Jimmy, Ricky, Rooster and Roy Carpenter, Carolyn Lee, Barbara Tant, Deborah Sherron, Mary Jane Carpenter, Rose Steward .
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Pastor Donnie Cash and Pastor Jack O’Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Grayson Carpenter, Rodney Pennington, Randall Ragan, Mark Ragan, Chris Cash and Tony Carter.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at
The family would like to give a special thank you to Rose Marie and Robert Perry and Jean Carter.

Margaret E. Donovan
DURHAM — Margaret E. Donovan, 94, of Durham died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Croasdaile Pavilion. Born November 22, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late John and Margaret Nagle Mulkern, Peggy resided in Boston until moving to Durham 10 years ago. She has resided at Croasdaile Village in Durham for the past 4 years. She retired in 1985, after 45 years, from NYNEX Telephone Company, where she was a member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Donovan, two brothers and a sister.
Surviving are a daughter, Diane M. Donovan of Durham, and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham. Online condolences at

The Rev. Herbert H. Eaton
DURHAM — The celebration of the life of The Rev. Herbert H. Eaton will be held on Sunday, August 24th, 2014, at 3 p.m. at The Stagville Historic Site, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, NC 27712.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make donations to the United Negro College Fund in the name of The Rev. Herbert H. Eaton.

Anthony Michael Feka
DURHAM — Anthony Michael Feka, 46 a native of NY passed away at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC August 6, 2014 following complications from surgery.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years Annette, son Andrew, 16 and daughter Ann Marie, 10 of Durham.
He is also survived by his mother Julianna Feka of NY, brothers Leslie Feka, AZ., Peter Feka of NY, sister Julianna Procopio, NC, and step-mother Connie Feka of, NY. Anthony was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Feka of NY.
Anthony was a nursing professional who graduated from SUNY Stony Brook School of Nursing with his BSN. He cared for people in a variety of ways including critical care and neonatal intensive care. He was a proud American of Hungarian ancestry who was a dedicated family man. He loved travel, games and music. After adopting North Carolina as his home he was a devoted Panthers, Hurricanes and Blue Devils fan.
A Celebration of His Life will be held at the New Horizon Church in Durham on Saturday August 23, 2014 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to your favorite charity.

Armetta Stallings Lee
DURHAM — Mrs. Armetta Stallings Lee, 82, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the Hock Family Pavilion.
She was a longtime resident of Durham and had a career in nursing, retiring from Duke Medical Center.
She is survived by her son, Edward Lee and wife Marilyn of Durham, NC; two daughters, Carla Adams and husband Jesse, of Wilson, NC and Stephanie Lee of Durham, NC; three sisters; one brother; five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church beginning at 12:00 noon. There will be visitation from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens. Online condolences may be expressed at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Armetta Stallings Lee Scholarship Fund, PO Box 91116, Raleigh, NC 27675.


Betty Margaret Sharpe Lewis
DURHAM — Betty Margaret Sharpe Lewis, 66, best known as "Penny" to all who loved her dearly, passed away on July 24th at inpatient hospice - Hock Family Pavilion, after a most courageous fight with Cancer.
Penny was born in 1948 at Duke hospital. She graduated with a Bachelors from NCCU with honors. She was a lady of many talents and enjoyed each and every one. From compiling new dance moves to teach and cue, at the various square dance clubs that she enjoyed working with and being a member of- to her many crafting endeavors, which often included making prom dresses for daughters of good friends or the many princess dresses she created with specific design instructions requested of her, by her youngest granddaughter, Aliza.
Penny loved life, and was often found telling many humorous stories of her life and sharing laughter and light with anyone and everyone who she surrounded herself with.
She is survived and deeply missed by her Mother, Gaynelle Sharpe, sister- JoAnn Terrell, brother, Dwight Sharpe, her son's- Wayne Lee Lewis and David Holden Lewis and his wife Lorine Lewis. As well as her beloved grandchildren- Wayne's daughter, April Renee Lewis- And David and Lorine's children- Anthony Donovan Lewis and his sister, Aliza Michele Lewis.
She is further survived by 4 great grandchildren and numerous well loved Nieces and Nephews, all of whom also held a very dear place in her heart.
Per Penny's request, she wished to be donated to Duke Hospital research- in order that science might learn more regarding some of the rare cancers that she suffered, in hopes that one day in future, they might be better able to help prevent others from suffering as she did.
Therefore, a Memorial service is scheduled to be held for family and friends- in her honor on Saturday August 23rd at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3610 Hillandale Rd in Durham at 2pm.
Visitation with family to follow the service.
In Lieu of any flowers the family has kindly requested to please make donations in Penny's name to The Hock House Family Pavilion for Hospice in Durham, off North Duke Street or to make a donation of choice in her name.

Mildred Riley Pope
DURHAM — Mrs. Mildred Riley Pope, 88, wife of the late James Elmus Pope, Jr., died Friday at her home, surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Pope was born and raised in Durham, graduating from Durham High School in 1943. After living away from the area since 1943, she and her family returned to Durham in 1959. For many years she was a homemaker, raising a family of five children. She then went to work as an Administrative Assistant for CCB, and Borden Brick and Tile, retiring in 1990. Mrs. Pope was involved with the neighborhood Bridge club and Garden Club. She volunteered her time with the Durham Crisis Center and the Blind Veterans Association at the VA Medical Center.
Mrs. Pope was a charter member of Glendale Heights United Methodist Church, where she was very active in the church and a member of the Joe Goehring Sunday School Class.
She is survived by her two daughters, Brenda P. Witten and her husband, Dave, of Reedville, VA, Angela P. Alford of Creedmoor; two sons, Kevin B. Pope and his wife, Mary, of Rougemont, and Gary T. Pope of Salt Lake City, UT; grandchildren, Julie, and her fiancée, Chance, Hahnna, Jennifer and her husband, Charles, Evan, Jiles, Jessica and her husband, Allen; five great grandchildren, Parker, Victor, Cole, Kaylyn, Braydyn; brother, Homer L. Riley of Durham; sister, Doris Perry of Fayetteville; and her daughter-in-law, Nancy Hutt, of San Francisco, CA.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Pope was preceded in death by her son, James Elmus Pope, III; parents, Norfolk and Letha Brady Riley; and her step father, William Garris.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Glendale Heights United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Stacy Lundy. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Coefield, Scott Perry, Kevin Pope, Lin Riley, Page Riley, Steve Riley, Barry Smith, and Don Witten.
The family will receive visitors Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. at the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be directed to Glendale Heights United Methodist Church, 908 Leon Street, Durham, NC 27704 or to Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 5970 Fairview Road, Suite 217, Charlotte, NC 28210.
The Pope family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howerton, select obituaries.

Brooke Elizabeth Hester Thompson
DURHAM — Brooke Elizabeth Hester Thompson, 34, passed away peacefully after a 7 year courageous battle with ACC (adrenal cortical carcinoma). Brooke was passionate about living life to the fullest. Being diagnosed with a rare cancer would steal most people’s joy; however, Brooke didn’t let cancer win. Brooke was an advocate, encouraged and friend to many people diagnosed with ACC. Brooke never met a stranger and had a sense of humor and smile that would light up any room; she was always the life of the party! Brooke graduated from Southern High School and Watts School of Nursing in Durham. Brooke was a nurse at Duke Hospital until she no longer could physically work. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the beach, listening to music, reading and watching movies; but most of all, spending time with her family. Brooke married the love of her life and they had a daughter. Maycee was Brooke’s world and she loved every minute of being a mom. Brooke would want you to know that cancer didn’t get the upper hand; rather, it was simply her time to go home. Brooke had a love for Jesus and one of her favorite bible verses was Jeramiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Brooke found her strength and hope in Jesus and that’s who helped her surpass all medical odds and statics.
Funeral service will be Monday, August 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Durham. The family will receive friends an hour before the service.
Brooke is survived by; her husband, Jason Lin Thompson, of Stem;a daughter, Maycee Brooke Thompson, of Stem; her mother and caregiver, Angela Fisher Cawthorne (Mike), of Stem;her father, Rick Hester( Linda) of Durham; paternal grandparents, Richard Hester (Joey) of Timberlake; in-laws, Kenny and Linda Thompson, of Stem; siblings, Greg Fisher( Kyla) of Butner, Ashley Hester, Chase Hester, Callie McKenzie (Scott) all of Durham; niece and nephews, Madi & Will Fisher; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Special fur-baby, Shelby (aka: Bitty) at home. Brooke was predeceased by paternal grandmother, Ethel Hester,maternal grandparents, Roy and Lalah Chappell, and step-dad, Marvin Fisher. Flowers are acceptable or Donations may be made to ATAC Research Fund 400 E.Van Buren, Suite 850 Phoenix, AZ 85004. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences at

Andrew Mark Parker

CREEDMOOR — Mr. Andrew Mark Parker died Thursday night at Duke University Hospital. Mr. Parker was born in Durham, the son of the late Emery Furman (Pap) and Frances Carden Parker. He was employed by Duke Medical Center. Mr. Parker was preceded in death by a brother, Furman Parker.
He is survived by his loving companion, Peggy Marie Oldham; daughters, Robin B. Clause (Ben), Lisa C. Lloyd (Rob) and Wendy C. Tivnan (Al); brothers, Craig Parker and Roger K. Parker (Phyllis); sister, Susan Naylor (George); grandchildren, Cameron A. Tivnan (Dalton), Logan Lloyd and Madison Lloyd; a host of nieces and nephews and a special niece, Temple N. Fuller (Bucky).
Funeral services will be held Monday, 2 p.m., at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. Barry Chambers officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 12 to 1:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and other times at the home of Robin and Ben Clause.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Duke Children’s Hospital or Duke Cancer Center, c/o Office of Development, 710 W. Main St. Durham, NC 27701.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Reverend Ronald James Snider

ROXBORO —A Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Reverend Ronald James Snider will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Mt. Sylvan UMC, 5731 North Roxboro Road, Durham. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m.

Carl Bullock

NEPTUNE, N.J. — Carl Bullock, 90, of Neptune, NJ, passed away on July 27, 2014. He was born on Aug. 13, 1923 in Creedmoor, NC to Charles and Exie Bullock.
He graduated from Hillside High School in Durham, NC in 1944, and was a member of the Hillside undefeated football championship team. He later served in the US Army and was stationed in the Philippines.
After his military service, Carl attended and graduated from North Carolina A&T University. Later he and his late brother, Odie, founded Bullock & Bullock Builders and built multiple homes in Durham, NC.
Carl worked for 40 years as a Mechanical Engineering Technician with the Army at Fort Monmouth in the Command/Control and Systems Integration Directorate Engineering Design Division. He later met his late wife, Bernice, of 46 years. Carl was a member of Second Baptist Church for over 60 years, and a lifetime member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He is survived by his sister, Mable Bullock; brother-in-law, Richard Taylor; 3 nephews; 3 nieces; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funerals services were Aug. 2 at Second Baptist Church in Asbury Park, NJ.

Robert Johnson Covington
OAK ISLAND — Robert Johnson Covington, 84 of Oak Island passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Covington was born June 1, 1930 in Reidsville, NC. He was a member of Oak Island Presbyterian Church and had retired to Oak Island 14 years ago from Monroe. Mr. Covington was a veteran of the US Army having served in the Korean Conflict and was a graduate of Western Carolina University. He was preceded in death by his father James Daniel Covington; his mother and step-father Madge and Wade Carpenter; a son Shannon Covington; a brother and a sister.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Frances Covington; a daughter Kim Covington Yontosh and husband George of Raleigh; a grandson Scott Duncan and wife Angela of Cary; two great-grandsons Tyler and Jaxon Duncan; two nieces and one nephew.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Oak Island Presbyterian Church with Reverend Walter Taylor officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Children’s Home, 3844 N Carolina 8, Lexington, NC 27292.
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Daniel Graydon Stephenson Jr.
ANGIER — Daniel Graydon Stephenson Jr., 89, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 13.
There will be a memorial service 12:00 pm, Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Angier United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors at 11:00 am. A dinner reception will follow the service.
Daniel was raised in Angier, NC. He joined the US Navy prior to World War II, retiring after 21 years. He loved people, and was devoted to community service and his family. One of his favorite charities was the Red Cross, donating over 242 units of blood.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Irene Stephenson, daughter Annette Poole, father Daniel Graydon Stephenson Sr., mother Blanche Stephenson, brothers Neil Stephenson and David ‘Booney’ Stephenson, and sister Flora Black.
He is survived by son Daniel ‘Buddy’ Stephenson (Wanda), daughter Nancy Horn (James), son Graydon Stephenson (Laura), 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Instead of flowers, make donations to Angier United Methodist Church, 278 S. Wilma St., Angier NC 27501.