March 3, 2013

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Edwin Douglas Fowler
DURHAM - Beloved father, Edwin Douglas Fowler, 68, departed this life on Wednesday February 27, 2013. Doug was born in Durham County on March 14, 1944, a devoted son to Carrie Mae Umstead and Henry Owen Fowler.
He graduated from Northern High School in 1962 where he played varsity basketball. Doug was a faithful member of the NC State Wolfpack where he also played basketball before receiving his degree. He was a Civil Engineer and a loyal employee of MK-Ferguson Company for over 30 years and with whom he traveled the world. He continued that loyalty in his last years with SEPI Engineering in Raleigh, NC. Doug was a funny, generous, and caring man. He was a storyteller, amateur historian, fisherman, outdoorsman, and a lover of music, fresh food, and North Carolina. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Lisa and Jennifer; his ex-wife, Nhu-Lang, of 22 years with whom he remained close until his last days; and his older brother, Bruce.
In his own words, "Ashes to ashes and dust to dust -- these words ring very true.  It's inconsequential where we come from or where we go.
It's what we do in between the dusty parts that matter."
Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, March 3rd, at 2 p.m. at Mount Bethel United Methodist church in Bahama on 1605 Bahama Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Borneo Orangutan Protection Foundation in his name.
He will forever be loved and missed.

Clarence E. Goforth Jr.
DURHAM - Mr. Clarence E. Goforth Jr., age 88, of 221 Olive Branch Road, died on Friday, March 1, 2013.
He was born in Orange County, the son of the late Clarence E. Goforth Sr. and Madgie Burke Goforth. He served his country during World War II in the European theater with the 7th Armored Division, where he earned a Combat Infantryman Badge and 4 battle stars on his ribbon. One of the stars was for the Battle of the Bulge. He retired after 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Crabtree Goforth.
He is survived by his son, Clarence E. (Eddie) Goforth III of the home; stepson, J. D. Cash Jr. of Myrtle Beach; sister, Lucille Cullingford of Monroe and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Tim Wheeler. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 12 to 1 p.m., before the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Olive Branch Baptist Church, 123 Olive Branch Rd, Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences may be made to

David Norman Long Jr.
DURHAM - David Norman Long, Jr., 31, died at home unexpectedly Friday. A Durham native, he was born March 20, 1981 to David N. “Crockett” Long and Anne S. Long. A 1999 graduate of Jordan High School and the Hill Center, David attended Lees-McRae College and UNC-Wilmington. He worked for several years as a marketing representative with Fiji Water Co. in Delray Beach, FL prior to retuning to Durham in 2012 when he joined CVS as a pharmacy technician.
David will be remembered for his big heart, infectious warmth and his love of family and friends. His caring soul always saw the best in everyone he met. David loved and cared for all unconditionally.
Surviving are his mother, Anne Satterfield Long, of Durham; and father, David “Crockett” Long, of Raleigh; his sister, Robin Castillo and husband, Steve, of Fort Worth, TX; nieces, Bailey, Anne Marsh and Davie Castillo; aunts and uncles, Linda James, Mary Beth and Frank Arcioulo, Anita Long Shore, Joy Long, Rodney Long, Donald Long and William Strickland, and Thomas Long and Stewart Woodard; his cousins, Megan James, Tracy Willis, CorieLatta, Macey Long, Erin Shore and Bradley Shore. He was predeceased by his uncle, James A. Long; and aunt, Mary Anne Long.
David’s funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Church of the Good Shepherd, with the Rev. Dr. David A. Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Old Maplewood Cemetery. Friends may visit 5:30-8:30 PM Tuesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Long, Tommy Long, Donald Long, Steve Castillo, Matt Chilausky, Will Harrington, Bradley Shore, Chris Valauri and Guy Whilden. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Long Beverage Inc. Gifts in David’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assn. or Duke Children’s Hospital, c/o Jim Valvano Kids Klassic. On-line memorials: Select Obituaries.

Jerry Philpot
DURHAM - Mr. Jerry Philpot, 74, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home. He was born in Lemrick Co., MA to the late Andrew Philpot and Helen Plaisted Philpot. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed by Carolina Mechanical Heating and Air.
Mr. Philpot is survived by his wife, Lillie Holloway Philpot; sons, Shawn Gerald Philpot, Gary Frank Philpot (deceased); and grandchildren, Quentin Gerald Philpot and Morgan Alexandra Philpot.
A graveside service will be held Monday, 2 p.m., at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. C.J. Bordeaux officiating. No visitation is planned.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

John Edward Rhodes Sr.
DURHAM - John Edward Rhodes Sr., 89, departed this life on February 26, 2013.
He leaves behind his dear wife, Louise; and two sons, George and John Jr.
A visitation will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., immediately followed by the service at 1 p.m. 

Frances Edeburn Slavin
DURHAM — Frances Edeburn Slavin, beloved wife of Jack Slavin of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on February 27, 2013 after a brief illness. Born on January 23, 1929 in Indiana, PA, Frances was the daughter of the late Charles and Frances Woodburn. She was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Frances married James Edeburn on October 29, 1955 and was the mother of three sons, Mark Edeburn, married to Jennifer, of Boston, MA, Brian Edeburn, married to Natalie, of Matthews, NC, and Gregory Edeburn of New York City, NY. She enjoyed being a loving grandmother to Christian, Katherine, James and Benjamin Edeburn.
Frances was pre-deceased by her first husband, James Edeburn, on July 6, 2000; her parents, brothers, Charles and Jack Woodburn; and her sister, Joanne Woodburn Cahill. 
She married Jack Slavin on February 11, 2006. Frances was a devoted member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Erma Gray Williams Wall
DURHAM – Erma Gray Williams Wall passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion, Durham. Born in Johnston County, Erma was the daughter of the late R. Martin Williams and Velma Rose Holmes Williams. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward T. Wall. Mrs. Wall was a homemaker. She was a member of the Bahama Chapter of the Eastern Star, the Triangle Shrinettes and the Congregation at Duke Chapel. Erma was also a Charter Member of the Joseph H. Cash U.D.C.
Mrs. Wall is survived by two daughters, Michelle Wall Nelson and husband, Brad, and Alicia Wall Bartoldus; three grandchildren, Cameron Nelson, Adam Nelson and Christopher Bartoldus; and one brother, John Martin Williams.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Raleigh Memorial Park with Rev. Mark Stephens officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565, or the SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health, 426 Hospital Road, Smithfield, NC 27577.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Furman J. Williams Sr.
DURHAM - Mr. Furman J. Williams Sr., 87, resident of Pleasant Green Rd., passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home. He was born in Wake Co., the son of the late James Wesley Williams and Dixie Sauls Williams. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Pearl C. Williams.
Surviving are his sons, Jud Williams and wife, LaDora, of Fernandina Beach, FL, Mark Williams and wife, Donna, of Hillsborough; and grandchildren, Wendy Shepard, Johanna Williams, Rodney Williams and Brad Williams.
A graveside service will be held Monday, 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens with Pastor Manley Palmer Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of your choice.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Edna Dollar Wood
DURHAM — Edna Dollar Wood, 86, died on Friday, March 1, 2013. Edna was born in Wake County, NC to the late Ruby Dollar Whitaker West and Junius C. Dollar on January 17, 1927.
Mrs. Wood had been a Durham resident for most of her life. She was a graduate of Durham High Class of 1945, member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Serendipity Sunday School Class, Helping Hands Circle, Sara Barker Circle of the King’s Daughters since 1954, The Durham Exchangette Club from 1969-2010 as well as the Durham Roosterette Club since 1963.
Edna is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jim B. Wood; daughter, Cindy Penny and husband, Gary; son, Branson Wood and wife, Tammie; four grandchildren, Teresa Penny Cook (Randy), Corey Penny, Kyle and Hunter Wood; sisters, Betty Hester and husband, Don, of Durham, Jean Weaver and husband, Ben, of Hillsborough.
A funeral service will be offered 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2013 from Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Rd.,  Durham, NC 27712. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Monday, March 4, 2013 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Family Life Center at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Edna’s name may be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1320 Umstead Rd., Durham, NC 27712 or Duke Hospice for Hock Family Pavilion at 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27704.
The Wood family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, select obituaries.

Thomas Whately Fore Jr.
May 10, 1938 - February 20, 2013

PITTSBORO — Thomas Whately Fore Jr., of Pittsboro, died on Feb. 20th, 2013, after a 10 yr. battle with Alzheimer's.
A memorial service will be held Sat., March 16th, at 3 p.m., at The Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, reception to follow.
A native of Roanoke, VA, Tom was the son of the late Thomas W. and Kathryn Fore. He is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Fore; daughter, Stephanie A. Fore; and grandson, Cordell Matthews of Kirksville, MO; son, Rev. James T. Fore, and wife, Rev. Deborah Frye of Kannapolis; brother, Kenneth E. Fore, and wife, Cheryl of Winthrop, ME. He leaves step children, Ashley E. Frost of Chapel Hill, and Andrew M. Frost of Pittsboro.
Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Marleen F. Caire; and stepson, Floyd D. Frost III.
He was a 1956 graduate of Jefferson High School, Roanoke, VA, and a 1961 graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA, with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Tom's life memberships included: Scottish Clan Anderson Society, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Bynum Ruritan Club, Durham Rifle and Pistol Club and the NRA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 919-828-0890, Alzheimer's Assoc., 1-800-272-3900.

Reverend Roland William Rainwater Jr.

COLUMBIA, SC – The Reverend Roland William Rainwater Jr., 93, died February 23, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. Born October 29, 1919 in Rockingham, NC, he was a son of the late Roland W. and Sally Dawkins Rainwater. Roland was a graduate of Louisburg College, Wofford College, Duke University Divinity School and later attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA where he received a second Masters of Divinity. His years of ministry were focused on the belief that all people, regardless of race or creed, should be allowed to worship together in God’s House. His contribution to the civil rights cause was significant and continued as a major direction of his ministry. Roland was known and appreciated for his compassionate funerals, moving prayers, thought-provoking sermons and his respect for the human dignity of all people.
Following his chaplaincy in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Roland served five churches on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He then became Dean of Men at his alma mater, Louisburg College. It was during that time Roland met his wife, Zillah. They married on August 27, 1947 and she joined him as his faithful partner in pastoral parish work.
He served churches in Apex, NC; Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC; Richmond, CA; Gallatin, TM; Columbia, TN; and Sherman, TX.
Roland then felt called to provide ministry to individuals in mental health settings and prepared for this at the Houston Medical Center. His first position in pastoral care was in Goldsboro, NC. In 1975, he joined the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia, SC as the Teaching Chaplain.  Then in 1983, Roland joined the staff at Tucker Center as Chef Chaplain and Director of Ancillary Services. In 1988, he returned to Hall Psychiatric Institute as Chief Chaplain. He was a certified Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education Programs where he trained lay persons, seminary students and active pastors. He was named chairman of research of the Southeastern Region for Clinical Pastoral Education.
After his retirement in 1993, Roland maintained an active membership in the New Hope Presbytery in North Carolina and remained a lifelong member of a group of theologians who explored theological/societal issues of the 21st century. Also during his retirement, Rev. Rainwater was the president of his neighborhood association where he and other residents were able to keep their vicinity safe from a highway exit proposed to run directly through their neighborhood. Roland was an avid reader and writer until the end of his life.
He is survived by his loving and devoted daughter, Sandra Rainwater-Brott of Washington, DC; a nephew, James P. Merritt of Honolulu, HI; and sister-in-law, Jeanne MacConnell Merritt of Miami, FL. Roland was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and cherished wife of 63 years, Zillah Johnson Merritt Rainwater.
A memorial service for Reverend Rainwater will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Shives Funeral Home, 5202 Colonial Dr, Columbia. His daughter will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m.
Memorials in memory of Reverend Roland W. Rainwater may be made to an anticipated Rainwater-Brott Family Divinity Scholarship Endowment. Checks may be made payable to Duke Divinity School, Rainwater Fund, Box 90966, Duke University, Durham, NC, 27708-0966; or to your favorite charity.
It would be greatly appreciated by his daughter if you would add your memories, condolences and contact information to the on-line guestbook at