February 23, 2013

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

Shirley Bowling Jacobs
ROUGEMONT - Shirley Bowling Jacobs, 67, passed away early Friday morning at Hock Family Pavilion. Mrs. Jacobs was born in Durham Co. on January 1, 1946, the daughter of the late Flora Maye Taylor Bowling and the late Ollie Louis Bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Tom” Jacobs; and grandchild, Michael Dale Jacobs. 
Mrs. Jacobs is survived by her daughter, Kelly Jacobs; sons, Dale Jacobs (Deborah), Wayne Jacobs (Rebecca); grandson, Jacob Lee Oakley; great grandchild, Alexis Jacobs; and sisters, Peggy Mangum and Esther Wheeler.
A graveside service will be held Monday 2 p.m. at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Marilyn Shipman and the Rev. Billy Lynch officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The casket bearers will be Richard Jacobs, Allen Jacobs, BJ Jacobs, Brent Clayton, Terry Robert, Randy Blackwell, Lee Parrish.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Duke Hospice at Hock Family Pavilion.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to Clements Funeral Service, Inc., PO Box 2913, Durham, NC 27715 to go towards funeral expenses.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences can be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Karen A. Robinette
DURHAM — Mrs. Karen A. Robinette, 63, died Friday morning at Duke Medical Center. Mrs. Robinette was born in Kingsport, TN, the daughter of the late E.B. Gray and the late Anne Craft Gray. Karen was reared in Gate City, VA, a small mountain town which she dearly loved and will always be her home. Karen graduated from the University of TN and had a very rewarding 25 year career at Duke assisting students with medical school financial aid services. Karen loved Duke and felt blessed to work with so many wonderful colleagues. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and was a friend of the Durham County Library which gave her hours and hours of pleasure reading the latest romance novels.
Mrs. Robinette is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Robinette; sons, Adam Robinette and Thomas Robinette, both of Durham; sisters, Valerie Gibbons (Steve) of Charlotte, Martha Lane (Marshall) of Kingsport, TN, Sarah Nichols (Bruce) of Gate City, VA and Selby Millard (Randall) of Blountville, TN; and four nieces; and two nephews.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duke Cancer Institute, 512 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the nursing staff of 8200, 9100 and the Oncology Physicians. 
Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

Lisa Smokes Vereen
DURHAM — Lisa Smokes Vereen, 45, of Durham passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013. Lisa was born August 2, 1967 to Daniel and the late Le Etta Smokes. Lisa was an educator and a military spouse.
She is survived by her husband, Colonel Kevin Vereen of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; a step-daughter, Sherelle Johnson; father, Daniel Smokes of Valdosta, GA; two sisters, Darlene Smokes Mitchiner of Durham, Chandra Fleet of Maryland; and a host of family and friends.
Services will take place on Monday, February 25, 2013 at St. Joseph A.M.E. Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham, at 1 p.m. Prior to the service, a visitation with family members will take place at 11 a.m.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.

James Wallace Talley

PROSPECT HILL — James Wallace Talley, 72, of Prospect Hill, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Lea Bethel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m., today, at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.
Mr. Talley is survived by his son, Jamie Douglas Talley, of Prospect Hill; and his sister, Naomi Talley Catlett, of Prospect Hill.

Andrew Matthew Karres

CHAPEL HILL — Andrew Matthew Karres passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 21, 2013. He lived a long and very happy life.  Born in Charlotte on October 5, 1922, he was class president and a football star at Central High School in Charlotte. When he excelled during the Shrine Bowl, he was visited by two coaches from UNC-Chapel Hill who made him a scholarship offer to which he replied: “Don’t worry, Coaches. I was born with Carolina blue diapers on.” During World War II he joined the Naval Air Corps and became a fighter pilot.
After completion of his military service, he graduated from UNC, became a very successful commercial real estate developer and built dozens of shopping centers on the East Coast, from Canada to Florida, including East Gate and Rams Plaza in Chapel Hill.  At age 70 and semi-retired, he met and married the love of his life, the author Erika V. Shearin Karres, Ed.D.
From then on he spent his time traveling, attending Rams Club functions, and going to Carolina football and basketball games.  His greatest joy was spending time with (and being spoiled by) his cherished Erika; his adored daughters, Elizabeth S. Hounshell, RN, (dedicated husband, David) and Mary (Deesie) Shearin, MD; devoted family friend, Vickie Henson, RN; and his beloved granddaughters, Katherine Hounshell and Sarah Hounshell.
Most recently Andy divided his time between homes in Chapel Hill and Landfall/Wilmington where he enjoyed boating and eating out at the Oceanic.
In addition to Andy’s outstanding football contributions and his brilliant commercial real estate career, he will always be remembered for his unsurpassed gentleman-ness and his very loving and kind ways. It is hard to believe, but his romantic nature increased the older he got. At age 90, he still serenaded his wife with such olden goldies as “...I love you forever till the Twelfth of Never...”
Andy is survived by a brother, Gus Karres (Toni); a sister, Dena Andrews (Harold); and a host of other relatives.
A public funeral will be held graveside at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m., with Fr. Stavroforos, priest of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, officiating and with the assistance of Walker’s Funeral home.
A Celebration of Thanksgiving for Andy’s Life will be held later.
Memorials may be made to the UNC Educ. Fdn. for the Endowment Scholarship Trust, P.O. Box 2446, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Online condolences may be sent to walkersfuneralservice.com

Patricia McConnell
CHAPEL HILL — It is with great sadness that the family of Ms. Patricia McConnell announce her death on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Ms. McConnell was a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a long-time resident of Chapel Hill.
The family will welcome friends from 2 to 4 p.m., today, February 23, 2013, at Walker's Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. www.alz.org/donate

Pastor Phyllis Marie Watlington
CHAPEL HILL – Pastor Phyllis Marie Watlington was born March 27, 1935 in Durham to the late James and Ella Nunn. She departed this life on February 21, 2013 at the Brian Center, Durham. She leaves to cherish her memories, her five children, William Barnett Jr., Phyllis Mandy Edwards, Vonnie Marie Bobbitt, Beverly Joy Amerson, and Pastor Chris Barnett; two brothers, James “Jimmy” Nunn and William Lewis Nunn; 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.
She was the Mother and Overseer of God’s Property Christian Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Barbee’s Chapel Harvest Word (5916 Barbee Chapel Rd., Chapel Hill 27517). Family visitation 30 minutes prior to service.
Public viewing, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. this evening at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street, Durham.

Viola Cagle McNeill Seagroves

COLFAX — Viola Cagle McNeill Seagroves, 96, died peacefully on February 21, 2013, at River Landing in Colfax, N.C. She lived a wonderful life filled with love, caring and respect for all people.  Viola was born July 20, 1916 in Carthage, N.C., to parents Henry Cleveland and Laler Van Cagle. She was one of seven children, which included sisters Evelyn, Beatrice, and twin sister Leola, brothers Lindsey, Odell and Norman. 
Following her High School graduation, Viola attended Appalachian State Teachers College, where she earned a teaching degree in 1939. Viola met the love of her life, Alex Lester McNeill during a college break, and they married on August 18, 1940. They moved to Pittsboro, where Viola began her teaching career in elementary school.  Viola’s teaching profession spanned 34 years in the Chatham County School system. A born nurturer, Viola provided exceptional love for all of her students. She continued her relationships with them for many years, corresponding through letters and special occasion cards. She was a Charter member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority. 
With great joy, Viola and Mac gave birth to sons, Phil in 1951, Don in 1952, and daughter Kaye in 1958. Kaye was a special needs child, born with Downs Syndrome, and Viola was forever devoted to her care and happiness. Viola was a wonderful mother and always put her family’s needs before her own. Viola and Mac were married for almost 42 years until his death in 1982.
In 1989, Viola remarried William “Bill” Seagroves. They had eight happy years together until his death in 1997. Bill was a true “guardian angel,” looking after Viola and Kaye with love and devotion. Daughter, Kaye, developed Alzheimer’s disease in 2003.  Viola was attentive to Kaye’s daily care until her death in June, 2005. 
In September, 2005, Viola left Pittsboro, her home for 65 years, and moved to River Landing in Colfax, N.C. to be near family.  She graciously embraced her new “home" and immersed herself in enriching activities. She made many wonderful friends and was blessed, living her final years in a happy, caring and fulfilling environment. 
Viola was sustained her whole life by her faith in God. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Carthage, First Baptist Church, Pittsboro ( 65 years), and First Baptist Church, High Point. She also attended and enjoyed religious services at River Landing. 
Survivors include sons, Phil McNeill and wife, Nancy, of Colfax; Don McNeill and wife, Alise, of Durham; three granddaughters, Katy McNeill Lanz and husband, Matt, of Pittsburgh, Pa, Leslie McNeill Thomas and husband, Matt, of Greensboro, and Sophie McNeill of Durham; sisters-in-law, Tommie Cagle of Granite Falls and Lillie Cagle of Carthage. Viola also cherished many surviving nieces, nephews and their children. 
The family extends heartfelt thanks to the outstanding staff and care team at River Landing as well as Hospice of the Piedmont. Cumby Funeral Services of Eastchester Drive, High Point, is in charge of the arrangements.  A “Celebration of Life” ceremony will be held in the Multipurpose room at River Landing, 1515 John Knox Drive, Colfax, on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. A family graveside service will be held on February 25 at Cross Hill Cemetery in Carthage, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Viola’s memory may be given to Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C., Inc., PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360; N.C. Special Olympics; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Ste 201, Morrisville, NC 27560; or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262; or Alzheimers Association of North Carolina, 742 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. Online condolence may be made on Mrs. Seagroves’ memorial page at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Arrangements by Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point.