February 22, 2013
Aubrey Paul Altshuller
DURHAM — Aubrey Paul Altshuller passed away on February 20th from complications of pneumonia.
Dr. Altshuller was 86 years old and retired as the Director of the US EPA Environmental Sciences Research Laboratory in the Research Triangle Park. He is survived by his wife, Lillis Altshuller; and children, George Altshuller and Sandy Altshuller Hughes.
A remembrance reception will be held on March 2nd at The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham. P: 919-490-8000 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Living and Rose Rooms.
Steven Foster Eubanks
DURHAM - Mr. Steven Foster Eubanks, 61, of 519 N Hardee Street, died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
Mr. Eubanks was born in Spartanburg Co., S.C. He was employed with Coe HVAC. He was preceded in death by his father, Foster W. Eubanks.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Eubanks; one brother, Ronald Eubanks; aunt, Grace Deal; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Sharilyn Adranette Price
DURHAM — Ms. Sharilyn Adranette Price, 45, passed Sunday, February 17, 2013. She was born in Durham to the late James R. Price and Helen B. Price.
She attended Durham Public Schools and Durham Tech.
Left to mourn are her mother, Helen B. Price; daughter, Leighlah; half sister, Marilyn Lyde of Lamar, South Carolina; grandmother, Euna Jean Collie; aunts, Linda Darlene, Kay Brannon, Brenda (James) Watkins, Madelyn Dumas of Durham, and Helen Simon of Florence, SC; a close friend, Joseph "Joe" Jones; and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at Scarborough and Hargett Chapel on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12 noon with viewing from 11 a.m. until service. The Rev. Johnny Godair, Pastor of First Pentecostal Church will preside.
Cleo Bradley Smith
DURHAM - Mrs. Cleo Bradley Smith, 84, of Durham, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Mrs. Smith attended Freedom Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Smith; and a son, Jimmy Smith.
She is survived by her three daughters, Marie Holt, Juanita LaPine and Karen Stone; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Ronnie Bell will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1016 Cortez Drive. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
Ann C. Sparrow
DURHAM — It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Ann C. Sparrow announces her passing on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
Ann is survived by her daughters, Patricia Sparrow Holmes and husband, Ron of Hillsborough, Carol Lauria of Pittsboro; brother, Tracy Cornwell and wife, Jill, of Franklin, TN; sister, Susan Moss and husband, Jim of Youngsville; son-in-law, Thomas Benfield; also, three granddaughters, Leslie Ann Benfield of Mebane, Jamie Lynn Benfield of Hillsborough, and Emily Kaitlyn Holmes of Hillsborough; and one great grandson, Dominick James Neville. She is predeceased in death by her husband, Charles Willliam “Bill” Sparrow; and daughter, Donna Sparrow Benfield.
Ann’s quick wit and infectious smile will be greatly missed by family and friends.
The family will welcome friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, February 22nd at the home of Patricia and Ron Holmes, 302 County Seat Dr., Hillsborough. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the UNC Cancer Hospital, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC. www.walkersfuneralservice.com
Mae Lahoma Poe West
DURHAM — Mae Lahoma Poe West, age 85, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Durham.
She was born in Chilhowie, VA to the late Charles and Vita Poe and was preceded in death by her husband, Fitzhugh West. She attended the Northside Christian Church in Durham.
Survivors include: one daughter and son in law: Judy East and husband, Larry, Durham; three brothers: Gerald Poe, Johnson City, TN, Dean Poe, Clarksville, TN, Carl “Bud” Poe, Chilhowie, VA; four sisters: Magdeline Elledge, Marion, VA, Maxine Martin, Chilhowie, VA, Linda Butler, Flint, TX, Anna Jean Smith, Story, AR; three grandchildren: Travis Hardin, Bristol, TN, Carla Garcia, Morrisville, Brett East, Durham; six great grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the West Cemetery in Marion with Pastor Larry East officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 at their home at 607 Braden Drive, Durham and Sunday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bradley’s Funeral Home in Marion. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.bradleysfh.com.
Bradley’s Funeral Home, Marion is serving the family.
Page Humphrey Vernon
CHAPEL HILL — Page Humphrey Vernon died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, in her home. It was a beautiful sunny morning, much like Page herself.
Page was born in Warsaw, NY, April 30, 1952 where she grew up with her parents, Harriott Page Humphrey and Wolcott J. “Bud” Humphrey Jr., both deceased; and five brothers, Wolcott J. “Jay”, deceased, Peter, John, Tom, and Mark Otis. In a house with five brothers, who called her “Princess”, she learned to hold her own and was known for her sharp elbows.
Page loved her brothers, their wives, and families. She was the beloved “Aunt Page” to her nieces and nephews whom she loved deeply, Wolcott, Jamie (husband, Todd, and her children), Chris, Page, Katie, Thomas, Joe, Arielle, Haley, Jessica, and Danielle. She was overjoyed to spend time with these and her Summerlin kin, John, Tina, and John Jr., at their family reunion in January 2013.
Page and her husband, Jim, were married October 10, 1981 in Warsaw, NY. They have resided at their home in northern Chatham County since 1983. Their children, Benjamin Tyler and Amos Alexander, were born in 1984 and 1985 respectively and attended Chatham County schools through graduation. Ben is a law student at the University of Colorado-Boulder Law School. Amos is an actor and writer in Brooklyn, NY.
She was a loved member of the Vernon family, a daughter to Jim’s mother, Nancy, and his father, Charles, a friend and sister to her husband’s siblings, Eleanor, Catharine, Fox, and Patrick and their spouses. She cherished her time with her nieces, Allison, Susanna, and Kate. Page enjoyed countless wonderful days with her family at their mountain cabin, “Sandy Bottom,” in Celo, NC.
Over the course of more than thirty years in and around Chatham County, NC, Page built a large community of friends, with whom she enjoyed music, dancing, food, and the outdoors. She especially loved her time spent at the beach, in the mountains, and in the yard with the “Five Families.”
Page graduated from Trinity College in 1974 and Santa Clara University School of Law in 1980. She began her career in Chapel Hill in 1981 as assistant district attorney for Orange and Chatham Counties. While raising a family, she wrote for the UNC School of Government before joining the law firm of Barber, Bradshaw and Vernon in 1991 where she practiced until 2002. Her special interest in children and education then led her to the Juvenile Criminal Law Clinic at the UNC School of Law and later Duke University School of Law’s Children’s Education Law Center. After several years as a volunteer guardian ad litem, Page was elected District Court Judge and served from 2008 through 2011. The judge’s robe fit Judge Vernon perfectly, and she wore it with dignity, grace, and professionalism. Even her closest friends found it easy to call her “Judge”.
A memorial will be held in her honor Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m. at the Chatham County Justice Center, Courtroom 2A, Pittsboro, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the North Carolina Botanical Garden or Chatham County Together! would be appreciated.
Dr. Bill C. Terry, Professor Emeritus
CHAPEL HILL — It is with profound sadness that the family of Dr. Bill C. Terry announces his passing away on Saturday, February 16, 2013. He died peacefully around his family, after battling extended illness.
Dr. Terry is survived by his wife, Barbara D’zan-Terry; his son, Carlton; daughter-in-law, Wendy Terry; step daughters, Laurin Haupt and Nicole Rollins; step son, Justin Dzan. Dr. Terry was the proud grandfather of seven children. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Erika Kraft Terry; and his parents, Jesse Terry and Mabel Burke Terry; as well as his beloved aunt, Allie May Simpkins, who recently died at the age of 97.
After graduating from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in 1954, Dr. Terry continued a prestigious career in the Navy. Dr. Terry was one of the first Naval Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Vietnam serving on the USS Repose, AH-16 servicing all maxillofacial war injured patients. Dr. Terry received the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Upon retiring from the Navy with the rank of Captain, he joined the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry as Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of Resident Training. He retired from the university in 1995.
Dr. Terry will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched. He was a humble man of remarkable character with varied talents. He was a man of integrity; an unpretentious man who enjoyed fishing, travel and the outdoors. May his memory be a light for all who knew and loved him.
Arrangements are with Walker’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill.
A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Terry’s life and work will be held at The Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to:
Dr. Bill C. Terry Center of Excellence of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
CB 7450 University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
Marion Norwood Tillett
ROXBORO - Marion Norwood Tillett devoted more than 30 years to building and improving the education system in Person County as a teacher, principal and school system administrator. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, Sunday school teacher, community leader, and friend. Mrs. Tillett died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at age 94.
A native of Durham, Mrs. Tillett graduated from Durham High School and received her bachelor's degree from Duke University. She taught 8th grade at Helena School before becoming principal of Central School in downtown Roxboro. Later, she was director of federal (ESEA) funds for the Person County school system.
Mrs. Tillett was a charter member of the Roxboro Woman's Club and was its third president. She was also a member of the Roxboro Garden Club, the Research Club, numerous bridge clubs, and served on the Person County Zoning Board. A member of Long Memorial United Methodist Church, she taught the F.O. Carver Sunday school class for many years. She was a long-time member of the church's United Methodist Women and served as president several times.
Born Dec. 23, 1918, she was the daughter of George Franklin Norwood and Mamie Alexander Woody Norwood. Her only sibling, Frank, died in infancy. In 1948, she married Benjamin Wyche Tillett who preceded her in death in 1999.
The couple lived in the Ca-Vel area and later moved to Chub Lake Road in Roxboro. They raised two sons and a daughter. For the past nine years, she was a resident of Canterbury House where she received wonderful care and developed many friendships with staff and other residents.
Surviving are her sons, Ben Tillett and wife, Harriett, of Roxboro and Noell Tillett and wife, Kathy, of Durham; her daughter, Mitch Wood and husband, John, of Raleigh; grandsons, Marc Tillett and wife, Kristin, of Durham, Lee Tillett of Raleigh, and Brittain Wood and wife, Anna, of Morrisville; granddaughters, Cera Benbow and husband, Devon, of Pensacola, FL and Christen Tillett of Roxboro.
Visitation will be on Sunday, February 24 from 12:30 until 2 p.m. at Brooks and White Funeral Home, 907 Durham Road, Roxboro, NC. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Mt. Tirzah United Methodist Church cemetery, 4553 Surl-Mt. Tirzah Road, Timberlake, NC with Chaplain David Fox of Liberty Hospice presiding.
Pallbearers will be Marc Tillett, Lee Tillett, Brittain Wood, Devon Benbow, Arthur Tillett, and Wiley Bumpass Jr.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to Long Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Roxboro, NC 27573 or Mt. Tirzah United Methodist Church, 4553 Surl-Mt. Tirzah Rd., Timberlake, NC 27583.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.
Mark Anthony Walters
ROXBORO — Mark Anthony Walters, 51, of Roxboro died Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m., today, February 22, 2013, at Berry's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Walters is survived by his children, Anthony Tré Walters and wife, Ashton and Natalie Claire Walters; two brothers, Alvin Thomas Walters and Clyde Arthur Walters; one sister, Betty Ann Hamlett; one grandchild, Carleigh Walters.
Michael V. Blue
FORT WALTON BEACH, FL - Michael V. Blue, 23, passed away on February 16, 2013.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Reimage Church, 3950 Victory Lane, Winterville, NC. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
He was a member of the United States Air Force and the Honor Guard on Hulbert Field. Michael was a loving father, husband, and friend and will be greatly missed.
Michael is survived by his wife, Patience Blue; daughter, Jayla Henderson; son, Tayshaun Henderson; mother, Tamiko Blue Corey; and step-dad, Rickie Corey; sister, Brianna Blue; aunt, Tonya; and uncle, Joe Jordan; grandmother, Jacqueline Blue Stephens; great grandmother, Marie Blue; great aunt, Pricilla Smith; great great uncle, Eugene Thompson; great great aunt, Helen Boone; cousins, Amman Jordan, Teresa Jordan, Ammaris Jodan, Rodney Jordan, Treyon Jordan, Stephon Jordan, Christopher Smith, Jeutana Smith, and Wendy Smith.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville, NC.
Bruce W. Dixon, M.D.
PITTSBURGH, PA. — Bruce W. Dixon, M.D., age 74, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
He was the only child of the late Bruce and Louise Dixon.
Dr. Dixon was Chief Medical Resident at Duke University Medical Center 1970-1971.
Friends received at WOLFE MEMORIAL INC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, today, from 2 to 8 p.m. ONLY. Memorial Service on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James Church, 718 Franklin Ave., Wilkinsburg. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.
At Dr. Dixon's personal request, no flowers please. Memorials may be made to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in support of students with financial needs, Attn: J. Gabler, Forbes Tower Suite 8084, 3600 Forbes Ave. at Meyran Ave., Pgh., PA 15213.