February 16, 2013
August 21, 1979 - February 5, 2013
DURHAM — Niko Harlan, 33, who lived in Durham the past 16 years, passed away at home in the early morning of February 5 after an 11 year struggle against brain cancer. His loved ones were at his side when he passed away.
Born of a Greek mother and American father in New Orleans, La., Niko grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In school, Niko was known as the brightest and smartest kid in the class, a spelling bee champion and a charmer of every teacher who met him. He was a tough act to follow for his younger siblings! Niko attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. for high school. He moved to Durham in 1997 to attend Duke University, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and worked for several years in the information technology sector in the Triangle. A fluent Greek speaker, he spent many summers at his family home in Greece, where he also hosted a number of close friends.
Niko was an avid soccer player and his regular pick-up soccer group organized the Niko Cup Against Cancer for him in 2010 to raise funds for medical treatments. He also loved rugby, playing on Duke’s undergraduate and graduate teams, before moving to coaching the Duke Women’s Rugby team for four years. He was a loyal Duke Basketball fan and for a brief period worked the scorer’s table for the men’s and women’s games.
Another big part of Niko's life in Durham was the local music scene, and he was a big supporter of local bands and musicians in the Triangle. Through local music shows he became part of a close knit community of musicians and music lovers alike. This community rallied behind Niko during his illness, raising awareness and funds for him. In 2011 his friend and local musician Jay Kutchma lead a music fundraiser for him in Durham.
Niko was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2001 and for the next 11 years, waged a tremendous struggle against his cancer. He displayed great strength and resoluteness when it came to taking treatments, participating in experimental therapies thousands of miles from home, and having brain surgery three times. He made every treatment decision with the hope of a better quality of life and beating the disease. He knew dying was a possibility but he was determined to live, to be on the “tail end of the curve”. And in the end he was: he beat the odds many times over and outlasted the expectations of many doctors.
Niko lived his life with humor, compassion and wit in the face of much suffering; the transformation he underwent in coming to terms with his disease and the changes he made to how he wanted to live his life were remarkable. During the 11 years he lived with a brain tumor, he made it his mission to live his life to the fullest and in the process touched many people’s lives. He will be remembered for his insatiable curiosity and thirst for life, knowledge, and understanding of the world.
Niko is survived by his loving family here in Durham, and in the hearts of so many people whose lives he touched.
A memorial in celebration of Niko’s rich life will be held at Motorco Music Hall in Durham on Saturday, February 23rd between 12 and 3:30 p.m., with a commemorative program starting at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Niko can be made to UNC Hospice (http://www.unchealthcare.org/site/hospice/donations) and A Helping Hand (http://ahelpinghandnc.org/charitablegiving/), organizations which made an enormous impact on Niko’s quality of life; donations will be used to provide services to those without insurance or with low income.
Condolences may be sent via comments on Niko’s blog at http://anticancer.tumblr.com
Ervin Thomas Johnson
DURHAM - Ervin Thomas Johnson, 66, departed his life on February 14, 2013. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, five sisters, two brothers, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Bradford Alexander Lloyd
DURHAM - Bradford Alexander Lloyd, 53, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 13th at home. Brad was born in Silver Spring, Maryland the son of Kenneth E.C. Lloyd and the late Docia Cheek Lloyd.
Brad graduated with a B.S. degree from Frostburg State College in 1981 and worked as an accountant several years in Silver Spring, Maryland before moving to Durham in 1984. Brad was employed at Ken Lloyd’s Carpet Town and Carpet One for many years and also had his own carpet business. He was a member of Grey Stone Baptist Church.
Brad was a kind, sensitive, and loving person. This world is a better place because his life touched many people. He walked through the pearly gates of Heaven on Wednesday and was welcomed by all his loved ones. May he rest in eternal peace with Christ and all of the Saints.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Sharon Q. Lloyd; his daughters, Amy C. Lloyd and Jennifer L. Lloyd; his grandson, Cameron. He is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth G. Lloyd and wife, Priscilla, and Allan E. Lloyd and wife, Elizabeth, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 at Grey Stone Baptist Church with Dr. Clay Waters officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Friends may visit from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2012 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham 27701.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grey Stone Baptist Church (Legacy Fund), 2601 Hillsborough Road, Durham 27705.
On-line memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.
Gladys Pergerson Ogburn
DURHAM - Gladys Pergerson Ogburn, 85, died from the effects of Alzheimer’s early Friday morning at UniHealth at Carolina-Point. Ms. Ogburn was born in Durham Co., the daughter of the late Bennie Pergerson and Mary Carver Pergerson. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Buster Jackson Ogburn. She retired from GTE after 35 years of service.
Mrs. Ogburn is survived by her sons, Michael Hancock (Kelly) and Karl Hancock (Teresa); five grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
She will be remembered as the “cake lady”, she enjoyed making people feel happy whether by baking them pound cakes, an afghan or just spending time with them. One of her favorite sayings was “you made and create your own happiness”.
Family will receive friends Monday, February 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, N.C. 27565 or www.mhc-oxford.org.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Clyde Norris Clapp Jr.
MADISON HEIGHTS, VA. - Clyde Norris Clapp Jr., of Madison Heights, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 14, 2013. He was the husband of Anne Cash Clapp for 34 years.
Norris was born March 3, 1920 to the late Clyde and Irma Clapp. In addition to his parents, a brother, Fred Clapp; and 2 sisters, Ruth Jenkins and Mary Winter, preceded him in death.
Norris grew up in the Guilford Battleground area of Greensboro. He enlisted in the army and served in World War II with the 3rd Division, 30th Infantry. He made every invasion in the European Theater except D-Day and was awarded with a Silver Star and Purple Heart. After the war, he returned home to pursue a career as a construction superintendent for Frazier Construction Company. Norris was a Master Mason and became a 32nd degree member of the Valley of Greensboro, Orient of North Carolina, Scottish rite. He was also a member of the Nobel Mystic Shrine of the Oasis Shriners, Charlotte.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Helen Andrew of Greensboro; his sons, David (Gail) Clapp of Durham and Clyde (Jane) Clapp III of Wilmington; stepchildren, Tony (Carolyn) Jones of Amherst, Va., Debbie (Warren) Pence of Chapel Hill, Steve Jones, of Lynchburg, Va.; and stepgranddaughter, Tonya Jones of Monroe, Va.
A celebration of Norris’ life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 17 at Whitten’s Monelison Chapel, 3966 S. Amherst Highway, in Madison Heights. The Rev. Dr. Michael Fitzgerald will be officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Clifford Baptist Church, Clifford, Va.
Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Monelison Chapel, is assisting the family.
Helen Van Hon Gabler
BRISTON, VT. — In the early morning of January 21, 2013 Helen Van Hon Gabler passed away peacefully in her sleep in Bristol, Vermont.
Helen is survived by her three children, (Tayo Gabler, David Gabler, and Ethel Gabler Grano); her four grandchildren, (Noelle Gabler, Bill Grano, Sarah Grano Miller, and Ellie Grano); and her three great grandchildren, (Isabelle Gabler, Makayla Grano, and Nate Grano). She is predeceased by her husband, Harvey Gabler. She was 96 years old. She was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and lived many years in Texas, California, and North Carolina.
She is loved and will be greatly missed. We will cherish the memory of her kindness, patience, keen intelligence, lovely laugh and pleasant manner.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rembert Garris, 87, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Nell Garris, died Thursday, February 14, 2013. A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, February 17, 2013 in the Bethany Cemetery, 10 Cunnington Street at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 232 Calhoun Street.
Rembert Garris was born January 7, 1926 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Edward Thomas Garris and the late Monica Lorraine Grooms. Rembert was a graduate of the Citadel, class of 1954 and received his Master's Degree from Boston University in 1966. He was a Professional YMCA Director from 1954 to 1984, serving YMCA'S in Charleston, Raleigh, Gastonia, Boston and Durham. He served in the US Navy as a Gunnery Instructor from 1944 to 1954, including World War II. Mr. Garris was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where he taught an adult Sunday School Class for 26 years. He was also a member of the Raleigh Jaycees, Gastonia Optimist Club, Boston Toastmasters, Durham Kiwanis Club, Durham Scottish Rites, and Charleston Masonic Lodge #5.
He is survived by his wife, Nell Fennell Garris of Charleston, S.C.; a son, Mark R. Garris of Raleigh; a daughter, Cheryl G. Warren of Norfolk, Va.; two grandchildren, Edward Garris of Raleigh and Laurie Warren of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Janet Garris Meacher; a sister-in-law; three nephews; two nieces; and 15 first cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Elmo of Charleston, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disability Board of Charleston County, P. O. Box 22708, Charleston, S.C. 29413, or to Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt Street, Charleston, S.C. 29401.
A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.
Everette Carl Womble
FLORENCE, ALA. — Mr. Everette Carl Womble, 85, a native of Chapel Hill, and a resident of Florence, Ala. died Thursday, February 14, 2013.
He retired as a Southeast Regional Manager from Electrolux Corporation after 42 years. Everette gave an example of a well lived life filled with love, play, family, friends and church.
Visitation for family and friends will be at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jerry Rhea and the Rev. Andy Fogle officiating.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Mayfield Womble; his daughter, Vickie Merritt and husband, David; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Dry Womble; and his son, Mark Carl Womble.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Orphanage/Methodist Home for Children, 515 McKirkland Court #43, Cary, NC 27511.