Obituaries, April 4, 2014

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 05:17 PM


James Quentin Davis Mallard
DURHAM — James Quentin Davis Mallard died surrounded by his family Tuesday evening in Chapel Hill. He was born on June 3, 1949 to the late Junius Henry Mallard, Sr., and Elizabeth Davis Mallard. Q, as he was known by his family and friends, grew up in Durham and graduated from Jordan High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He worked in mortgage banking until his recent retirement.
Q was a Renaissance man. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed cooking and baking for his friends and family, was an accomplished woodworker, and a natural gardener. He excelled at making and keeping friends. Above all else, he valued time spent with his family, loving them with his whole heart and cherishing their love in return.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy McKee, and his loving children, Davis, John (wife Taylor), Anna, and Maggie. Also, his devoted stepsons, Winder Holeman (wife Estefi Elias) and Ran Holeman (wife Katie), and his stepgrandsons, George, and James, to be born May 2014. He is also survived by his brother, Henry Mallard, and his wife, Lou.
Q made the world a better place by his presence.
Memorial Services for Q will be celebrated 3 pm Saturday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham. The Reverend Robert K. Kaynor will preside. Donations in Q’s memory can be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham, NC 27707, to Ducks Unlimited (Southeast Wetlands Initiative), One Waterfoul Way, Memphis, TN 38120, and to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to support kidney cancer research, CB #7295 UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295. Services entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation, Durham. Online condolences at

Dr. Rufus H. Stark, II
DURHAM — The Rev. Dr. Rufus H. Stark, II, age 82, died on Saturday, March 29 at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham, North Carolina after a short illness.
Rev. Stark was born July 9, 1931 in Greenville, North Carolina to Rufus Walter and Sarah Oneida Dashiell Stark. He is survived by his wife, Betty Louise Siegle Stark; sister, Mary Ann Stark Michel of Palo Alto, CA; children, Tom (Roxanne Bragg) Stark of Durham, NC, Walter (Betsy) Stark of Atlanta, GA, Paul (Traci) Stark of Tiffin, Ohio, Sarah Anne (Charles) Reed of Richmond, VA; grandchildren, Michael (Emily), Jonathan, Eden, Savannah, Hunter, Larus, and Robertson; and one great-grandchild, Oliver (son of Michael and Emily).
Rev. Stark was a graduate of Duke University in 1953 (BA) and 1957 (M. Div.) and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity by Methodist University in 1993. He was ordained as an Elder and served as a member of the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in the following appointments: Leasburg Charge (serving Leasburg, Salem, Bethel, Hebron and Union UM Churches); St. Paul’s UMC in Burlington; Swepsonville UMC in Swepsonville; Horne Memorial and Calvary UMC in Clayton; Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington; Fairmont UMC in Raleigh; and First UMC in Morehead City. He was appointed the Executive Director (later President) of the Methodist Home for Children based in Raleigh, North Carolina for 14 years until his retirement in 1997. He enjoyed his retirement in Hayesville, NC, where he was active in Hayesville UMC, the Mountain Community Chorus, and chaired a number of organizations including the Peacock Playhouse and Hinton Rural Life Center. He was involved in many other church, civic and political organizations including the Lions Club, Civitan, Rotary, International and the Boy Scouts of America (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster).
Throughout his career Rev. Stark pursued his love of God, of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, mentoring young clergy, and championing justice. He served as Chairman of the Wilmington Human Rights Commission, Chairman of the North Carolina Governor’s Task Force on Fatherhood, Chairman of the Region A Partnership for Children, and The North Carolina Council of Churches. Rev. Stark was a vigorous and thoughtful contributor to discussing the issues of the day. He had an ability to help heal and nurture communities as they struggled to fulfill the promise “All men are created equal.” For these and other attributes he was named a Raleigh News and Observer Tarheel of the Week.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. A Worship Service Celebrating the Life of Rev. Stark will take place on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Edenton Street UMC. Dr. Starkwill will be laid to rest at the Columbarium of Edenton Street UC. The services will be led by the Rev. Ned Hill, the Rev. Vernon Tyson, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Bishop William Willimon.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Methodist Home for Children or online at to be used for preschool education programs at the Jordan Center and post-secondary education scholarships.
The Rev. Dr. Rufus H. Stark, II was devoted to God, his family, his church and his community. He believed in the value of every person and worked throughout his life for people to know the love of God.

Pearl Wiggins
DURHAM — Mother Pearl Wiggins, born July 20, 1935 in New Brunswick, NJ, departed this life on March 25 at the age of 78.
She leaves to cherish her memory 3 daughters, 4 sons, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held at the Church of the Apostolic Revival, 1207 Angier Avenue, Durham, on Saturday, April 5, Apostle John Bennett officiating. Visitation at 9 am; services at 10 am.
Funeral services entrusted to Hanes Funeral Services.