February 27, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Martin P. Dunn
DURHAM — Martin P. Dunn (1920-2013) died peacefully at Duke Hospital on Feb. 23 of natural causes. His life was full of great pleasures and sadness. He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded five bronze medals on the Pacific Front. Following his discharge he attended art and interior design school in New Haven and worked as an interior designer in Providence, RI. He and his first wife, Mary Coyne had one son, Greg. The first Mary Dunn passed away when Greg was just 19. Martin met the 'second' Mary Dunn in the early 80's at a widow-widowers meeting in Middletown, CT. Both Martin and Mary had been widowed by cancer and loved and respected each other's first families and the common bonds of love for family, new friends, art and dancing as they forged a happy new life together in Fearrington Village and later at Durham Regents. Mary Johnston Dunn predeceased Martin in 2000.
Martin was also predeceased by his siblings, Francis, Louis, Charles, Agnes and Helen. He is survived by his son, Greg and wife, Ann. He was so proud of his four beloved grandchildren: Bryan, Brendan, Katelyn and Matthew. He is also survived by his four stepdaughters and husbands: Peggy and Van Quinn, Patty and Bob Hill, Juanita and Lawrence Fowler, and Jane and Herb Huth. He was also the proud step-grandfather to: Nathaniel Quinn, Molly Quinn, Jennifer Dinopoulis, Becki Donovan, Tim Hill, John Fowler, Emily Fowler, John Huth, James Huth, and David Huth.
Martin was an active artist, great storyteller and a loyal friend. A man with a clever wit, Martin collected volumes of jokes to entertain friends and neighbors. He was truly a caring and fun-loving man who brought joy to his family, community and many friends at Durham Regents. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at the Durham Regents Retirement Community on Pickett Road, Thursday, February 28th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Interfaith Council of Chapel Hill appreciated.

Agnes Hensley Laws
DURHAM — Agnes Hensley Laws, 90, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013. She was born in Eden, NC on April 17, 1922 to the late Henry Jackson Hensley and Cora Truman Hensley; a resident of Durham since January 1, 1946. She is preceded in death by an infant daughter; husband, Harlan Laws Jr.; two brothers; and three sisters. Agnes was VP/Treasurer of Laws Electrical Advertising for 22 years. She was a member of Northgate Presbyterian Church for over 60 years where she served as the first Woman Deacon in the city of Durham, followed by 15 years as an elder, bible class teacher and President of Presbyterian Women. She considered her real service to be in volunteer work. She volunteered with Red Cross, Urban Ministry & Meals on Wheels. 
Agnes was a Navy wife for seven years through WWII & Korean War living in Newport News, VA and Boston while her husband served aboard the USS Maddux Destroyer and USS Salem Battle Ship.
She is survived by two sons, Steven Laws and wife, Shannon and David Laws and wife, Susan of Durham; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St, Alexandria, VA 22311.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

Lucious Rapheal McLain
DURHAM - Lucious Rapheal McLain, 33, departed his life on February 17, 2013. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sarojinia Patterson; one son, one daughter, his mother and father, one sister, and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.
Services will be held at Faith Assembly Christian Ctr., 3120 Fayetteville St., on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12 noon with a viewing one hour prior to service.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Patsy Perry O’Briant
DURHAM - Mrs. Patsy Perry O’Briant, 68, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Hospice at the Meadowlands in Hillsborough.   She was born in Durham Co. to the late Cornelius Vanderbilt Perry and Pearl Lucy Stem Perry. Patsy is also preceded in death by her husband, Allen Ray O’Briant; son, Keith Allen O’Briant; and brothers, Malcolm Chandler and Kenneth Chandler. Mrs. O’Briant was employed by Durham Drapery as a cutter.
Mrs. O’Briant is survived by her daughters, Robin O’Briant Pittman and Katherine O’Briant Andrews (Michael E. Andrews Sr.); son, Steven Ray O’Briant; brother, Cecil Chandler; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday, February 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12 noon at Tally Ho Baptist Church Cemetery in Stem with the Rev. Miriam Saxon officiating. Family will receive friends following the graveside service in the fellowship hall.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 

Daniel W. Smith Sr.
DURHAM — Daniel W. Smith Sr. departed this life on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Funeral Service, 12 noon Thursday, February, 28, 2013 at Southside Church of Christ, 800 Elmira Avenue, Durham. Visitation from
11:00 to 12 noon. Family will receive friends 1600 N Alston Ave Apt B today, February 27th 12:00 to 3:00.
Services entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett.

Allan Thomas Summers Sr.
DURHAM - Mr. Allan Thomas Summers Sr. transitioned to his heavenly home on February 25, 2013. He was born on June 9, 1932 to the late Joseph and Bessie Edwards Summers. A lifelong Durham resident, Allan was a 1958 graduate of Hillside High School. He also attended North Carolina Central College, now known as North Carolina Central University. He served in the US Air Force from 1950-1953 and the US Air Force Reserve from 1954-1958. He retired from Duke University in 1996 after 36 years of employment. Prior to retirement, Allan had been a research technician in the Duke University Department of Pathology.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 56 years, Pearline; his daughter, Syvil (Clarence) Burke of Durham; his son, Allan (Rita) Summers Jr. of Knightdale; four grandchildren, Cedric Burke, Mia burke and Larry Keith Jr. of Durham, and Marcus Summers of Rocky Mount; two great grandchildren, Jordan and Jaylin Summers of Rocky Mount; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Allan Summers will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at North East Baptist church with Reverend Wesley Elam Sr. officiating and Reverend Clarence Burke as eulogist. The family will greet friends beginning at 12 noon prior to the service.
The family is being assisted by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home, Inc.

John Joseph Halby
LIMA, OH - John Joseph Halby, 95, died at 4:15 a.m. on February 26, 2013 at Cridersville Healthcare Center in Lima, Ohio after an extended illness.
He was born February 6, 1918 to the late Joseph John and Smooney Lac (Francis) Halby.
He was a 1936 graduate of Logan High School and attended Ashland College on a sport scholarship. He was a WWII Army Veteran awarded the Bronze Star for the invasion of Okinawa. He worked for Sun Glow Furniture Factory in Logan and in North Carolina.  He was proprietor of Halby’s Deli in Durham, North Carolina for 6 years. Moving back to Ohio, he managed apartments in Newark until in his 70’s and then moved to Lima, Ohio to be near family.
Survivors include daughter, Sharon Van Meter of Lima, Ohio; two sons, David (Teana) Halby of Greenville, North Carolina and Joe (Beth Livingstone) Halby of Durham, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Mickey Van Meter and Tina (Jeff) Grothause of Lima, Ohio, Michele (John) McMillan of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Bobbie (Kevin) Lapsejko of Greenville, North Carolina; six great-grandchildren, Austin Dancer of Lima, Ohio; Sara, Lauren & Anna McMillan of Raleigh, North Carolina, John David and Brooke Lapsejko of Greenville, N. Carolina; niece, Marty Raines of Breman, Ohio.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Vicky and Howard (Boss) Raines; son-in-law, David Van Meter; and grandson, John Scott Van Meter.
Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at St. John Catholic Church Logan, Ohio with Monsignor William A. Dunn officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery-Logan, Ohio where a military service will be held by the Hocking County Honor Guard.
Friends may call Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Christian Vigil Service being held at 8 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home in Logan, Ohio.
Letters of condolence may be left at www.robertsfuneralhomelogan.com.

Gordon R. Higgins
ELYRIA, OH - Gordon R. Higgins, 89, of LaGrange, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange following a long illness. He was born April 20, 1923 in Elyria and was a lifelong Elyria resident. Gordy was the owner of the former Higgins Electric Company in Elyria and served in the United States Navy during WWII. Following his retirement, he lived in Sanford, NC for 25 years and enjoyed flying and boating. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Shirley (nee-Latterner); daughters, Patricia (Thomas) Spruill of Columbia, NC, Stephanie (Don) Novak of Elyria, and Rae Ann (Travis) Womble of Sanford, NC; sons, Gerald (Debra) Higgins of Grafton and Joseph (Tamara) Higgins of DuPont, OH; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sister, Darlene Henes of Elyria. The family will receive frineds Friday, March 1, 2013 from 4 p.m. until the time of services at 7 p.m. at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria. The Rev. Dr. Janet Long, Pastor of Washington Avenue Christian Church will officiate. Private burial will be at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 North Murray Ridge Rd,. Elyria, OH 44035 or to the Washington Avenue Christian Church, 301 Washington Avenue. Online condolences may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com.

Anna E. Way
SANFORD — Anna E. Way, age 93, of Hamilton, Ohio died Saturday February 23, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. at Glen Meadows Nursing Home.   She was born on November 5, 1919 in Columbianna, Ohio, the daughter of Raymond and Myra (Galbraith) Exten. She is survived by her children, Barbara J. (Donald W.) Heagren and Patricia A. (Joseph D.) Kirk; daughter-in-law, Linda Way; five grandchildren, Michael Tyler Hicks, James Douglas Hicks, Renee Christine Heagren, Brian Douglas Heagren and Brenton Littell Way; four great-grandchildren, Coby Rawls Bowen, Keely Renee Bowen, Alyssa Marie Hicks and Isabel Anne Hicks; sister, Dorothy Calabria.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Rodgers L. Way; son, Rodgers L. Way Jr.; and brother, Robert Exten. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1927 West Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio. Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. Paul R. Young Funeral Home, 3950 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton serving the family. Condolences may be sent to www.paulyoungfuneralhome.com.