February 17, 2013
Rev. Alma Burnette Harris
DURHAM - Rev. Alma Burnette Harris departed in hospice care on February 14, 2013. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, two sisters, and two brothers. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19th, at Greater Walltown Church. Visitation will be held the hour before, beginning at 12 noon.
Donald L. Jenkins
DURHAM — Donald L. "Don" Jenkins, Colonel, US Army (Retired), died Friday, February 8 at the Croasdaile Village Pavilion nursing home in Durham. He was 94.
Don was born on September 26, 1918 in the rural village of North Star, Ohio, the eldest of six children. His family moved to Akron, Ohio where he attended North High school and met his future wife Edith Marguerite "Margie" Sykes. He then attended Akron University and she trained at the Nursing School of Akron City Hospital. They were married in 1940.
Don entered the US Army as a young officer shortly before the outbreak of World War II. He was assigned to duty in the South Pacific in units providing logistical support for the US military's operations in that region. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. At war's end he moved his family to Germany for tours with the allied occupation forces there. In his Army career Don had assignments including Great Falls, Mont., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Fort Monroe, Va., and Fort Belvoir, Va. While an officer he earned an MBA at the University of Southern California and attended the Command and General Staff School and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He retired from the Army in 1965, having earned the Army Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit, which is awarded "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements."
Don then took an executive position with Champion Papers (now International Paper) in Chicago, Ill. He retired from Champion in 1980, and he and Margie selected Durham as their retirement community. In Durham Don was active in the First Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon, and in the Kiwanis International Tobaccoland Chapter, where he served a term as President. He was very active in the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast fund-raiser. Don and Margie were avid golfers at the Willowhaven Country Club, and they enjoyed playing bridge and entertaining friends.
Don and Margie were among the first residents of Croasdaile Village, the United Methodist Retirement Home at Croasdaile Farm. Not long after their move to Croasdaile, Margie was diagnosed with cancer, and she died in 2000.
Don is also predeceased by his daughter, Karen Jenkins King who died in 1990. He leaves a son, Donald Terry Jenkins, his wife, Suzanne and daughter, Victoria; son-in-law, Rufus G King III, his wife, Barbara and son, Alexander; brother, Chelcie K Jenkins and his wife, Barbara; sister, Vera Paulus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at the Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village, at 3 p.m.
Online condolences at CremationSocietyNC.com
DURHAM - Mrs. Beatrice Roberson, 100, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. Her service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Mt Sinai Baptist Church, 5222 Mt Sinai Rd. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the church from 12-1 p.m., one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Roberson is survived by her grandson, Robert Roberson.
Arrangements: Burthey Funeral Service.
Frances Minnis Boyd Sawyer
ROUGEMONT – Mrs. Frances Minnis Boyd Sawyer, 83, died Friday, February 15, 2013. She was born in Danville, Va. to the late Fannie Minnis and Grover C. Boyd. She was educated in the Efland and Hillsborough schools. She was employed by Carr’s Supermarket for many years.
Surviving are three daughters, Susan Marcom, Timberlake, Faye Gates, Rougemont, and Paige Sawyer-Brown, Hillsborough; one sister, Dessie Mae Smith, Durham; one brother, George Boyd (Gladys), Efland; six grandchildren, Diane Goodin (Mark), Chris Marcom (Carrie), Jonathan Marcom, Sue Ann Gentry (Ricky), Robert Cecil (Danielle) and Lilly Sawyer-Brown and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Britton Sawyer, and her sister, Ruth Squires.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19 in Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Earl Echols. Burial will be in the Hillsborough Town Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, February 18, in Walker’s Funeral Home of Hillsborough.
Mary Bird Ferguson
CHAPEL HILL — Mary Bird Ferguson, 77, died February 14, 2013 in Chapel Hill. She was born in Heaters, W.Va. in 1936 and raised in Clarksburg, W.Va. As a child, she attended Camp Appalachia, where her mother was a nurse, and later returned as a counselor for many happy years. She attended West Virginia University and Ohio State University where she earned her degree in English and Early Childhood Education. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was married for 47 years to Lt. Gen. Thomas R. Ferguson Jr., who she survived by 10 years. He was the love of her life. Throughout his Air Force career, she was an elementary school teacher in Texas, Ohio and Virginia. She cared deeply about education and children. After his retirement from the Air Force, they lived for many years in Kiawah, S.C. She moved to Chapel Hill in 2005.
She was active in the Presbyterian church and served as a deacon at University Presbyterian in Chapel Hill and John's Island Presbyterian in South Carolina.
She is survived by her children, Ritson Ferguson and Liza Monroe and her six grandchildren, Tommy, Caitlin and James Ferguson, and Hannah Limone, Olivia and Madeline Monroe.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at University Presbyterian at 209 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution in memory of Mary Bird to University Presbyterian's Pastor's Discretionary Fund to further their work in the community she cared for so much.
James Thomas "JT" Horton
CHAPEL HILL — James Thomas Horton, affectionately known by his friends and family as “JT”, was called to meet his heavenly father on February 16, 2013. He was the oldest son of the late Trubie Fonzie Horton and Vesta Merritt Horton of Chatham County. JT is survived by his wife, Helga Wirsing Horton, a union that lasted 59 years; and three sons, Randy, Robert and Norman; five grandchildren, Lou Horton, Brooke Horton, Cole Horton, Michael Horton and Brian Cates; and one great grandson, Blake Montero. Also surviving is his brother, Trubie “Weldon” Horton. Proceeding him in death was his sister, Louis Thornburg; and brother, Brodie Horton.
JT was a lifelong resident of Chapel Hill. He was a very proud veteran of the United States Army. He collected and restored military vehicles as a tribute to all of our service men and women. He took great pride in displaying them at the American Legion and parades.
He retired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as an Investigator.
Visitation will be at The Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Monday, February 18, 2013 from 12:30 through 2. The service will follow with Dr. Dennis Hill and Reverend Ned Thorpe presiding. Burial will be at Sparrow’s Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be given to a charity or church of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.walkersfuneralservice.com.
Arthur "BUDDY" Nelson Gentry
ROXBORO — Arthur "BUDDY" Nelson Gentry, 81, of 61 Charlie Gentry Road, died Saturday, February 16, 2013. He was born in Person County, son of the late Charlie A. Gentry & Hattie Gentry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Felcia G. Wilson & Gustavia G. Knott; and one brother Bennie Gentry.
Mr. Gentry retired from Eaton Corporation. He served in the National Guard and was a lifetime member of Allensville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife of over sixty-one years, Helen Guill Gentry of the home; one son, Rick Gentry & wife, Martin, of Roxboro; two daughters, Dianne Tadlock & husband, Keith, of Roxboro, Lisa Duncan of Durham; one brother, Charles A. Gentry of Roxboro; one sister, Grace Crow of Roxboro; six grandchildren, Steve Gentry & wife, Paige, Bill Gentry, Jamie Wesley & husband, Brad, Adam Tadlock & wife, Kaycee, Justin Duncan, Kelsey Duncan; six great-grandchildren, Kyle Gentry, Candace Gentry, Dylan Gentry, Seth Gentry, Jaxson Wesley & Julia Wesley.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 at Allensville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Brad Wesley & Rev. Jack Ruth. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends after the service on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Allensville United Methodist Church and other times at the home.
Pallbearers will be Steve Gentry, Bill Gentry, Adam Tadlock, Justin Duncan, Kyle Gentry, Dylan Gentry, Seth Gentry & Jaxson Wesley.
Memorials may be made to Allensville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 80 Dirgie Mine Road, Roxboro 27574.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.