April 14, 2013

Apr. 13, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

James A. “Jim” Bodenhamer
DURHAM — James A. “Jim” Bodenhamer, 77, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2013 after a courageous battle with lung cancer with his wife and sons by his side. Jim was born on February 14, 1936 in Princeton, KY to L.W. and Imogene Clift Bodenhamer.
After graduating from Butler High School, serving in the U.S. Army and attending technical/trade school in Nashville, TN, he began a 40-year career, 38 years with General Electric in Salem, VA, Charlottesville, VA and Mebane, NC and 2 years with Complete Reading Electric Company in Houston, TX.
Jim was a loving and gregarious man who enjoyed traveling, spending time with his extended family and, most importantly, his wife of 55 years. Jim’s compassion for others and his ever present sense of humor will leave lasting impressions on all those with whom he came in contact. He had a lifelong love of baseball and, as a child, he enjoyed traveling with his father to Saint Louis Cardinals’ games. As an adult, his favorite baseball team was The Durham Bulls. Jim was also an avid Duke Basketball fan.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his two brothers, Dorrell Bodenhamer and Tilford Bodenhamer; and his sister, Margaret Newcomb. 
He is survived by his wife, Sara McCarty Bodenhamer; his two sons, Brian Bodenhamer (Angela) of Bowling Green, KY and Greg Bodenhamer (Lori) of Raleigh, NC; seven grandchildren, Ashlyn, Tyler, Jordan, Austin, Christopher, Ryan and Brooke; and several nieces and nephews.
Jim’s request was that there be no memorial service. In Jim’s honor, donations may be made to The American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or the American Cancer Society, 8300 Heath Park #10, Raleigh, NC 27615.
The Bodenhamer family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory. Online condolences www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.

Lynn Verner Kamm
DURHAM - Lynn Verner Kamm, 66, died at home Friday following an extended illness. She was born March 2, 1947 in Princeton, Ind. and was raised in northern New Jersey. Lynn was a graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, NJ, after which she finished college at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. She and her husband, the late William Kamm, moved to Durham in 1988. Lynn worked for a number of years with the Durham Public School system and retired from Triangle Orthopedics as a clinical trials coordinator.
Lynn was passionate about dance and was an accomplished tap dancer. She was a member of the Second Time Arounders, a senior’s dance group. She enjoyed performing with the group locally and dancing competitively at the state level.
In recent years, Lynn was warmly received at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, where she made her church home. She was a devoted grandmother, and took great delight in travel and reading.
Surviving are her children, Emily Farlow and husband, Brandon, of Rougemont; and Adam Kamm and wife, Kristen, of Fuquay-Varina; grandchildren, Mason & Ally Farlow and soon to be born, Adelynn Kamm; her mother, Mary A. Verner of Bedminster, NJ; and two brothers and three sisters.
The funeral liturgy will be offered 2 p.m. Tuesday from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, with the Rev. Lisa Frost-Phillips and the Rev. N. Brooks Graebner officiating. Private cremation will follow. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Gifts in Lynn’s memory may be made to: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 628, Hillsborough, 27278 or to the ALS Assn. www.alsa.org.

Michael Clark Troy
DURHAM - Michael Clark Troy, native of Durham and current resident of Hillsborough, died at UNC Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, April 9. He was born on April 1, 1938, to parents, Ballard Troy and Elizabeth Suitt Troy, and he grew up in Durham. Mike attended Durham High School, where he had many friends and played on the football team. He graduated Duke University and Duke Law School and practiced law in Durham for many years. He then lived in Chapel Hill with his family, where he and his business partner, David Kitzmiller, started and owned the popular bar, He’s Not Here. For the final 11 years of his life, he lived in Hillsborough and was often seen at the local downtown café, CupAJoe. He was well-known for breaking into song, telling a story, or reciting one of his many poems to anyone he met. One of his proudest achievements was being selected as the first Poet Laureate of Hillsborough.
Michael is survived by his wife, Laura Middlebrooks of Hillsborough; two children, Clark Troy of Chapel Hill and Leslie Troy Tsui of Wellesley, MA; also his sister, Frances Pendergrass of Carrboro; and brother, Ballard Troy Jr. of College Park, MD; four wonderful grandchildren, and his beloved cat, Horace Williams. A memorial service will take place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough on Friday April 19 at 5 p.m., followed by a rocking potluck party at the Whitmore house at 125 W. Queen St. in Hillsborough (919-593-0937). In lieu of flowers, please bring a bottle of wine and a dish to share (and a song or a story) to the party.

Carl Dwight Utley
DURHAM — Carl transitioned April 10, 2013 at Wake Medical Center after a long illness. He is survived by one daughter, Gail Pratt; a devoted step-daughter, Irma Timberlake; a step-grandson, Edwin Timberlake, "Timmy"; two brothers, Julian Utley (Brenda) of Durham and Charles Utley (Marion) of North Chesterfield, Virginia; a sister-in-law, Elva Ann Utley, of Durham; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. A visitation is scheduled from 12-1 Monday, April 15 at Scarborough Funeral Memorial Chapel, and the service will immediately follow.

Ethel Ferrell Wallace
DURHAM – Mrs. Ethel Ferrell Wallace, of Durham, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at her residence. Born in Durham County, Ethel was the daughter of the late Rufus F. Ferrell Sr. and Ora Walker Ferrell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Wallace; brothers, R.F. Ferrell Jr, Ervin Ferrell, Rev. Norman Ferrell; and sister, Lois Cooper. Mrs. Wallace was formerly employed as an inspector with American Tobacco Company, and she was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wallace is survived by a daughter, Betty W. Lawrence; a son, Roy Wallace (Anne Holland); four grandchildren, Courtney Freeman (Josh), Heather Griffin, April Rudd (Brian Scott) and Kevin Lawrence (Jessica Perkins); two great-grandchildren, Hannah Freeman and Hunter Freeman; two brothers, Rev. Ernest Ferrell (Ann) and Kenneth Ferrell (Lydia); one sister, Betty Youngs Curtis; and sisters-in-law, Mabel Ferrell and Thelma Ferrell and many nieces and nephews. 
The funeral will be held Tuesday 2 p.m. at Edgewood Baptist Church with Rev. David Trump, Dr. Malbert Smith and Rev. Ernest Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.  
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Jimmie Lee Williams
DURHAM — Mr. Jimmie Lee Williams, 82, died Thursday at the VA Medical Center. Mr. Williams was born in Durham Co., the son of the late James Williams and the late Essie Stancil Williams. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Prior to retiring, Jimmie was employed with Durham Printery and then later he operated Williams Printing Co. Jimmy was an avid sports fan, cheering the Tarheels on and a golfer who played with the “Eno Seniors” and “Over The Hill Gang”.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Nancy Lloyd Williams; a son, Rick Williams; a sister, Bettie Graham; and a host of nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2 p.m. in The Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham with Pastor David Bolick officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of your choice. 
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Vernie Gregory Ashley
MEBANE - Vernie Gregory Ashley, 91, of 901 Ridge Rd., Roxboro, NC, formally of 105 W. Graham St., Mebane, NC, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Hock Family Pavilion, Duke Home Care and Hospice, Durham, NC. 
Mrs. Ashley was born in Person County, NC. She was a seamstress and a member of the Kingdom Hall.
Survivors: children, Dorothy Ann Crabtree, Durham, NC, Cecil Ashley, Apex, NC, David Ashley (Libby), Mebane, NC, Daniel Ashley (Cathye), Hillsborough, NC, Arnold Ashley (Debbie), Burlington, NC; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren; brothers, C.R. Gregory (Maria), Fla. And Willie Gregory (Sylvia) Graham, NC.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Ashley; son, Larry Ashley; parents, Willie and Rosa Walker Gregory; two sisters.   
A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013 at McClure Funeral Chapel in Mebane, Mr. Rowan Grant officiating. 
Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at McClure Funeral Home in Mebane from 3 until 4, prior to the service.

Billie Oakley Leathers
CARY — Billie Oakley Leathers, 84, resident of Cary, NC, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday evening, April 8, 2013. 
Billie was born in Durham County, and was the daughter of James and Lucetta Oakley. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Ladson (Buddy) Leathers; and a grandson, Chip Quesenberry.
Billie was a devoted and loving wife and mother, raising three surviving daughters, Linda L. Dixon and her husband, Elmer, Brenda L Blackwood and her husband, David and Alice L. Quesenberry, whose husband, Fred passed away in 2010. There are five surviving grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. Mrs. Leathers also has three surviving sisters, Carolyn Rigsbee, Betty Squires and Barbara Watson.
A memorial service for Mrs. Leathers will be held at Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road, Cary NC 27518 at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. Visitation with the family will be held immediately after the service.
Contributions can be made to: His Radio 7610 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 155, Raleigh, NC 27615
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:8”

Capt. Charley Joe (Chuck) Milligan, DFD, RET.
CHARLOTTE, NC - Chuck Milligan went home to be with the Lord April 12th, 2013. He was born October 14, 1929 in Okarche, Oklahoma. He was a Marine during World War II and the Korean War. He was a firefighter and retired as a Capt. Of the Durham, NC Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma Marie Milligan; his son, Mark Douglas Milligan; and grandchildren, Devyn Rachel Milligan and Morgan Erickson of Swepsonville, NC; his son, David Wayne Milligan; his daughter-in-law, Louvenda Gray Milligan; and his grandchildren, Lindsay Marie Milligan, Michael David Milligan and Laura Kathleen Milligan, all of Charlotte, NC. Chuck was a servant of the Lord and a stranger to no one. Heritage Funeral Services in Matthews, NC will handle the arrangements, and a memorial service will be held at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews, NC, Tuesday at 2 p.m. with family visitation immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to either Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Matthews, NC 28105 or The Levine Dickson Hospice House at Souuthminster, 8919 Park Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Robert Ernest Phillips
GREENSBORO — Mr. Robert Ernest Phillips, 90, died Friday, April 12, 2013 following several years of declining health, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Home, with the Reverend Karen Hudson officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park.
Mr. Phillips was born March 24, 1923, in Oakdale, Tennessee. He graduated from Oakdale High School and entered the US Army serving his country during WW II. His company, the Seven Hundred and fifty-second Engineering Corp invaded the Normandy Beach Head on the 6th day of the invasion. His company was awarded numerous citations for the services they provided. They were responsible for moving equipment and supplies behind enemy lines. He retired from American Telephone and Telegraph Company after over 43 years of service and was a member of Carraway United Methodist Church.
Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Belle and Elvin Young Phillips; and 11 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Nan Blackwood Phillips; daughter, Robin Phillips Compton (Russell), of Pickens, SC; sons, Charles Gregory Phillips, of Reidsville, Michael Paige Phillips (Abiegale), of Siler City; grandchildren, Nathaniel Phillips, Ashley Compton, Courtney Phillips, Joshua Compton, Hollie Phillips, and Melinda Phillips; great-grandchildren, Kylie Compton and Dillon Phillips.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Carraway United Methodist Church, 1301 16th Street, Greensboro, NC 27405.
The obituary and online condolences may be viewed at www.lambethtroxler.com.