February 25, 2013
Larry Milton Ray
BAHAMA— After many years of declining health, Larry Milton Ray died at his home in Bahama on Friday, February 22, 2013. He was born in Durham County on July 10, 1947, to the late Milton Boone and Evaline (Louise) Blalock Ray.
In his early years Larry divided his time between sports and music, both of which became life-long passions. Following his graduation from Northern High School in 1965, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam war before being honorably discharged and returning to Durham.
Larry followed his father into the plumbing trade, first as a master plumber, later as a mechanical inspector for the City of Durham, and finally as owner and operator of his own plumbing contracting business. He was dedicated to training others in the plumbing trade, and for over 25 years taught countless numbers of plumbing apprentices through the program established by Durham Technical Community College in association with the Associated General Contractors of America. He was past president of the Durham-Orange Association of Plumbing Contractors and enjoyed planning group activities that not only provided a means of social networking for the organization, but also raised funds to help individual local area plumbers who were in need.
Above all else, family meant everything to Larry. He was a devoted son to his parents, and loved his brother Dean and his sister Jayne, as well as his extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. This love achieved another dimension when he met and married Ellen Moore in 1975. He later became a proud father to Vance and David, sons who had no equal in his eyes. His most enjoyable years were spent coaching the boys in sports and enjoying every free minute with them.
Larry is survived by his immediate family, his wife, Ellen M. Ray, two sons, Aaron Vance Ray (Kearstin Hester) of Durham and David Alan Ray of Bahama; one granddaughter, MacKenzie Anne Ray, who always brought a smile to his face. Larry is also survived by his brother, Millard Dean Ray and wife Emily of Rougemont, NC; his sister, Jayne E. Nix and husband William of Concord, NC; his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Judy L. Moore of Durham and Judy A. Moore of Timberlake, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews who each held a special place in his heart.
Funeral Services are planned for 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 26th, at the Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham, NC, with the Rev. Dr. William F. Nix officiating. Burial will follow in St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Monday, February 25th at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, 7900 Russell Road, 27712. The family will always be grateful for the many times you assisted us.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. 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.
James Irby “Jack” Carey
OXFORD — James Irby “Jack” Carey, 81, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his home, 100 Maluli Drive, Oxford, NC.
Visitation will be on Monday 25 February, 2013 at Eakes Funeral Home, Oxford, NC from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday 26 February, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Oxford Baptist Church and grave side services will be at 2:30 PM at the Crewe Cemetery, Nottoway County, VA.
Born in Richmond, VA, he was the son of the late Irby and Mabel Carey and was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernell Brooks Carey and his son, James “Jimmy” Douglas Carey and his oldest sister, Christine Glascock.
Mr. Carey is survived by his wife, Jeannette Maynor Carey, his daughter, Susan Carey Frank, husband, Robert, Grandsons, Scott Frank (Tracey), Steve Frank (Shonna), 3 great grandchildren, Step-daughter Felicia H. Robinson (Mark), Deborah H. Reynolds (Phil), four step grandchildren, and four step great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Alma Carey, Burkeville, VA and Ruth Lewis, Salem, VA, 2 nieces and 1 nephew. Every day he showed his love for his family creating a lifetime of memories for each of his loved ones.
Jack retired from Central Carolina Bank as Regional Vice President. After his retirement from CCB, he formed Granville United Bank which opened in 1990. Mr. Carey served on numerous banking boards and organizations. He served two terms as Granville County Commissioner, two terms as Oxford City Commissioner, Burkeville, VA Town Council and Mayor of Burkeville, VA. He served as chief of the Oxford Auxiliary Police, Chairman of United Way, Chairman of Chamber of Commerce Board, and member of numerous Civic organizations in Oxford. He was also a member of Kerr Tar Council of Government Loan Committee. Mr. Carey will long be remembered for his many contributions to his community and his passion to make his community and city a better place.
Jack was a long time member of Oxford Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Deacons and numerous committees of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oxford Baptist Church Music Department or Oxford Baptist Church Restoration Projects.
Online condolences can be made to www.eakesfuneralhome.com. Select obits. Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Carey Family.
Carole Pendergrass Terrell
SILK HOPE — Carole Pendergrass Terrell, age 74 of Silk Hope, formerly of Durham; passed away on Saturday, February 23, surrounded by her loving family. She was a retired UNC Institute for Research in Social Science Computer Programmer with 37 devoted years of service. She was born in Carrboro. She was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Ruth Pendergrass, loving husband of 52 years Bill Terrell and sister Catherine Pendergrass. She is survived by daughters, Jacquelyn Terrell of Cary; Sandi Worrell [Tommy] of Bahama; and Candy Terrell-Galke [Wayne] of Raleigh; sister, Jane Pendergrass of Mebane; brothers, Lindy Pendergrass [Sue] of Chapel Hill; Ronnie Pendergrass [Angela] of Winston-Salem; Harold Pendergrass of Cedar Point; and Donnie Pendergrass [Constance] of Carrboro; three grandchildren; Chadwick Worrell, Meghan Fountain and Will Galke, and loving nieces, nephews and Bill's caring siblings. Carole loved her family, especially her grandchildren who adored their Nana. She was also a huge Tar Heel fan! Per Carole's request, graveside services will be held Wednesday, February 27th, 2:00 PM, at Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association of Eastern North Carolina, 3131 RDU Center Road, Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560 or a charity of one’s choice. www.Walkersfuneralservice.com