February 24, 2013

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 05:36 PM

Robert Harrison Booth Jr.
DURHAM - Robert Harrison Booth Jr., 53, died at home Thursday. He was born July 26, 1959 in Charlotte, moving with his family to Durham in 1965. Bob graduated from Jordan High School and UNC – Chapel Hill. He began his career working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, returning to Durham in 1985 to work in state government. Bob then joined Duke University, where he most recently served as assistant to the President for international development.
Bob Booth will be remembered as a devoted husband, son, uncle, and loyal, faithful brother. He loved to play tennis and golf, and nothing gave him greater joy than to spend time on his deck with friends, listening to music and cooking on the grill.
Surviving are his wife, Susan F. Booth; his father, Robert H. Booth Sr. of Durham; sister, Susan Booth VanSant of Durham; niece, Cameron VanSant; his brother-in-law, Jonathan Forte, and wife, Audrey, and nephews, Jared and Jacob. He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara DeLapp Booth, in 2003.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday from Duke University Chapel, with the Rev’d Dr. William H. Willimon officiating. Private burial will be in Lexington City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Support Need Based Financial Aid for Foreign Undergraduate Students enrolled at Duke University, C/O Office of Donor Relations of Duke University, Box 90600 Durham, NC 27708. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries. In lieu of flowers memorial in Bob's name may be made to support need-based financial aid for foreign undergraduate students enrolled at Duke University, and mailed to the Office of Donor Relations, Duke University, Box 90600 Durham, NC 27708-0600.

Virginia Harris Holleman
DURHAM — Mrs. Virginia Harris Holleman, 85, a resident of 3816 Pendergrass St., died Saturday morning at her home.  Mrs. Holleman was lifelong resident of Durham, daughter of the late Draper and Mabel B. Harris.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Morris Benjamin Holleman.
A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham.  The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home, 1105 Broad St., Durham, NC, Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mrs. Holleman is survived by a daughter, Bonnie H. Scanlan of Durham; a son, Larry Holleman of Cary and wife Beth; five grandchildren, Hart Holleman, Mark Scanlan, Jennie Scanlan, Siva Scanlan and Cyril Scanlan; two sisters, Mary Frances Goodwyn, formerly of Durham, and Alma H. Woody of Roxboro; and four great grandchildren.
The Holleman family is being served in Durham by Clements Funeral Service Inc.  Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com

George R. Hosner
DURHAM —  Mr. George R. Hosner, 57, died Friday morning at his home. Mr. Hosner was born in Durham Co., the son of the late Herald E. Hosner and the late Mary Ellen Russell Hosner. He was a lifelong resident of Durham and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1975. George had a passion for cooking and preparing food, had the wonderful gift of never knowing a stranger, and loved the outdoors with his favorite pastimes being fishing, hunting and playing golf. He was a former member of Grace Baptist Church.
Mr. Hosner is survived by a daughter, Lindsey Susan Hosner of Raleigh; and a sister, Jamae H. Warren and husband, Rick.
A graveside service will be held Monday 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Carolyn F. Poplin
DURHAM - Mrs. Carolyn F. Poplin, 72, of Carpenter Pond Road, died on Thursday, February 21, 2013.Mrs. Poplin was born in Durham to the late Fred and Kathleen Roll. She retired from IBM. She is survived by two sons, Mike Poplin and wife, Jayne and Kenny Poplin, both of Durham;
four grandchildren, Jason Cannady, Whitney Chandler, Caleb Poplin, Olivia Poplin and one great-grandchild, Mady Cannady. Visitation will be held on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home no service will follow. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Triangle Shrine Club, PO Box 11705, Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.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; two sons, Kevin Vereen and Kirkland Vereen; 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.


Jimmy Lee Jackson
STEM —  Jimmy Lee Jackson, 63, a life time resident of Stem, passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 at Duke Medical Center in Durham.
A native of Granville County, the son of the late Edward Lee “Slick” and Lucille Bullock Jackson, retired from Murdoch Center and a retired farmer.
He was currently employed with Herald Sun as a newspaper carrier and was a member of Geneva Presbyterian Church.
Funeral Services will be conducted Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford by Rev. Eddie Mauldin and Rev. Jeff Prewer.  Burial will be in Meadowview Memorial Gardens in Oxford.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Shirley Ramsey Jackson of the home, a daughter, Wendy Jackson Boyd, of Stem, a son, Jimmy L. Jackson, Jr. of Oxford and seven grandchildren, Laura Jackson, Jackie Thacker, Samantha Boyd, Brandon Boyd, Kerry Boyd, Dale Jackson and Summer Jackson.  Three great-grandchildren. Chloe Boyd, Jackson Boyd and Brintley Lynch.  A special friend Buddy his dog. Visitation will be held in the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford, Sunday Evening, February 24, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30 PM and other times at the home.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.eakesfuneralhome.com.  Select obits.
Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford assisting the Jackson Family.

Richard Wayland Aldrich
CHAPEL HILL — Richard Wayland Aldrich, 92, passed away on February 20, 2013. He was born in Melrose, Massachusetts and resided in Chapel Hill. Educated in physics and electrical engineering at Columbia and Cornell Universities, Dr. Aldrich worked at MIT’s Radiation Laboratory during WWII, and spent the majority of his career at General Electric’s Electronic Research Laboratories in Liverpool, NY.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, David C. Aldrich (Marilyn) of Vienna, VA and Jeffrey S. Aldrich (Linda) of San Rafael, CA; and four grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Carolina Meadows, 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to UNC Hospice program.
Online condolences at CremationSocietyNC.com

Earl Franklin Yancey, Sr.
ROXBORO — Earl Franklin Yancey, Sr., 74, of 8028 Dirgie Mine Rd., Roxboro, died Friday, February 22, 2013.  Born in Person County, Mr. Yancey was the son of the late Robert E. and Ethel West Yancey.  Mr. Yancey retired from tobacco farming and was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Yancey and Robert E. Yancey, Jr. and one sister, Macie Jones.
Mr. Yancey is survived by his wife, Judy Beal Yancey; one son, Earl Franklin Yancey, Jr., and one daughter, Lisa Yancey Clayton, both of Durham; two sisters, Blanche Stone and Dorothy Saudners, both of Roxboro; three grandchildren, Kasey Clayton, Destiny Clayton and Reagan Yancey; and his beloved dog Cocoa.
Memorial services will be held 2PM, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Olive Branch Baptist Church by the Dr. Victor Blackwell.  Visitation will be held 6:30-8:30PM, Monday at Olive Branch Baptist Church.
Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be to Olive Branch Baptist Church,
7588 Dirgie Mine Rd., Roxboro, NC, 27574.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.


Harold Gray Dixon
EAST BEND — Mr. Harold Gray Dixon, 76, of Nebo Road passed away Friday, February 22, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.  He was born December 14, 1936 in Yadkin County to the late Godfrey and Della Spillman Dixon.  Mr. Dixon was retired from Westinghouse in Winston-Salem, was a veteran of the US Army, and was an active member of Fall Creek Baptist Church where he served the church as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.  He enjoyed playing golf and working in his garden.  Mr. Dixon was a loving, devoted father and grandfather, and loved all the time he spent with his grandchildren and family.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Parker Dixon; his son-in-law, David D. Absalom; and his brothers, James Dixon, Dewey “Bug” Dixon.  Surviving are his beloved daughter, Lori D. Absalom, Rougemont; his loving granddaughters, Meahgan Gray Absalom and Rebecca Carver Absalom, both of the home; and several extended family, friends, and his church family.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at Gentry Family Funeral Service on Highway 601 in Yadkinville.  His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, February 25, 2013 at Fall Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Don Hudson, Rev. Larry Stone, and Rev. Barry Wall.  He will lay in-state 30 minutes prior to the service.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Fall Creek Baptist Church, 3380 Fall Creek Church Road, Jonesville, NC  28642 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made to www.gentryfuneralservice.com.  Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville is serving the Dixon Family.