Obituaries, April 5, 2014

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 05:41 PM


Carl Milton Beery
DURHAM — Carl Milton Beery, age 100, passed away Monday afternoon at the Olson Center at the Forest at Duke following a period of declining health.
He was born in Breman, Ohio to the late George W. and Melle Campfield Beery. From there he attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After leaving college, he pursued a career in consumer banking, first with Commercial Credit Company of Baltimore, Maryland, and later with Marine Mioland Corporation of Buffalo, New York. He served Marine Midland in Elmira, and Poughkeepsie, New York. He was President, Chairman of the Board, and a Director of the Marine Mioland Bank. After retiring in 1974, he served his country as a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps. He also volunteered at Duke Medical Center and also at First Presybeterian Church, where he was a member and an ordained Elder.
Mr. and Mrs. Beery became Durham residents after moving here from Elmira, New York on June 15, 1978. He continued his Rotary International affiliation by joining the Downtown Durham Rotary Club in 1978.
Surviving are his son, Donald Edward Beery, and wife, Anne Maley Beery, and their three children, Barclay Donaldson Beery (Leslie), Alice Beery Herrington (Drew) and Kenneth Taylor Beery (Angel), all of New Orleans. His daughter, Judith Beery Brown (David) died previously. Her son, George Lyman, is Mr. Beery’s fourth grandchild. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren. His wife of 71 years, Jane Donaldson Beery died November 30, 2008.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham, North Carolina 2770l, or to The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, North Carolina 27705.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Beery family. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

Marie T. Brown
DURHAM — Marie T. Brown, 95, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at Carolina House. She was born in Nash County, NC to the late John Arthur Tharrington and the late Margaret Coley Tharrington. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Brown, Jr.; brothers, Henry I. Tharrington, Sr., George W. Tharrington; and a nephew, Charles S. Tharrington.
Marie attended Meredith College and graduated from East Carolina Teachers College, now known as East Carolina University, in 1939. She subsequently taught school in Nash County, NC for four years. She fondly remembered her seventh grade students. From May 1943 to 1955, Marie worked for the Department of Defense, Military Intelligence Division in Washington, DC, first as an Analyst and later supervising a team responsible for decoding assignments. She was married to Robert Brown, Jr. in December 1954 and left her employment in November 1955 to raise a family.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her son, Robert M. Brown and wife, Bobbie of Durham, NC; daughter, Margaret A. Sutton and husband, Mark of Shepherdsville, KY; grandchildren, Robert D. Brown, Sarah M. Kouns and husband, Matt; nieces, Margaret Jane Tharrington, Bonnie Tharrington Kane; nephews, Henry I. Tharrington, Jr., Jerry S. Brown and Henry A. Brown; and special friend, Bianca Mashorokoto.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday 12:00 noon at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham, NC. Burial will follow in the Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery in Reidsville, NC at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Clements Funeral Home in Durham, NC.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

George Edward Chappell
DURHAM — Mr. George Edward Chappell, 77, of Durham died on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
He is survived by his loving wife, Glennie Price Chappell; three sons, Larry Chappell, David Chappell and Randy Chappell; one daughter, Teresa Duke; three sisters, Mary Sams, Marie Hester and Ruby Nance; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable. Online condolences can be made at

Elizabeth Mattie Lucille Cole Crotts
July 28, 1915 — March 25, 2014
DURHAM — Elizabeth Cole Crotts passed away March 25, 2014 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center, Durham, NC. Mrs. Crotts, daughter of John Wesley Cole and Martha Anderson Cole, was born July 28, 1915 in Durham, NC. She graduated from Hope Valley High School in 1932 and married Raeford Leroy Crotts in 1935. Mr. Crotts preceded her in death in 1987 after 52 years of marriage. Mrs. Crotts is survived by Janet Elizabeth Crotts Robarge, her husband Arthur Joseph Robarge, her grandson Richard Bobbitt Robarge and wife Karli Reviello Robarge and her great-grandson Tyler Daniel Robarge plus nieces and nephews. She was a charter member of Cresset Baptist Church. In 2004 she began residing at Hillcrest Convalescent Center where she received excellent compassionate care. The staff became her extended family. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Hillcrest Convalescent Center in Durham, NC at 11:00 am on April 8, 2014 with Chaplain Eichin presiding. She is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in the Cole Family plot. Memorial gifts may be made to the Hillcrest Nursing Staff Education Fund at Hillcrest Convalescent Center, 1417 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27705.

Daniel Hafer Gelbert
DURHAM — Dan Gelbert, son of St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop Charley M. Gelbert and Mabel H. Gelbert, was born in Chambersburg, PA on November 4, 1939, and died April 3, 2014. Surviving are his wife and best friend, Susan R.”Robin” Gelbert, son, Charles Hafer Gelbert and wife Marvelyn A. Gelbert of Durham, NC and daughter, Suzanne G. Super and husband James A. Super of Richmond, VA. He is also survived by two sisters, Jerrian G. Kelly of Missouri City, TX and Patricia G. Vohs of Elizabethtown, PA; four grandchildren, Chad H. Gelbert; Andrew, Daniel and Kathryn Super; and one great-grandchild, Taya Marie Gelbert. Dan graduated from Duke University with BS and MF degrees (1961, 1962) and played on the Duke football team that won the Cotton Bowl in 1961. After college Dan married Robin and worked for Dupont in NJ for 2 years before moving to Laurinburg NC where he established his first consulting forestry company with his uncle, Alvin B. Hafer. In 1973 Daniel H. Gelbert & Associates was incorporated in Durham. Dan was also owner or part owner of two survey companies and had forestry offices in Fayetteville and Tarboro, NC. Dan served the forestry community as follows: as president of the NC Forestry Association, the Central Carolina Forestry Club and the NC Society of Consulting Foresters, which he helped establish (now ACF). He served on the Governor’s Advisory Council and was an adjunct professor at Duke’s School of Forestry (now the Nicholas School of the Environment) where he established a scholarship. He published in professional journals. Dan was dedicated to promoting sound forest management practices and to serving the private non-industrial forest landowner. Dan’s work was recognized in a number of ways. He was awarded the Wildlife Federation’s Governor’s Award for forest conservation (1974), the Outstanding Service to Tarheel Forestry Award by the NC Tree Farm Committee (1981), the NC Society of Consulting Forester’s Forester of the Year Award (1985), and the NCFA’s Outstanding Service to Forestry Award (2005). Dan’s long-term friend and mentor was Fred M. White of Chapel Hill. In 2004 his firm was sold and operates today as Gelbert, Fullbright and Randolph Forestry Consultants in Raleigh, NC. Dan was a devoted husband and family man, an Eagle Scout, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Durham, the Laurinburg and Durham Jaycees, the Durham Kiwanis Club and Ducks Unlimited. Dan loved life, his family, his friends and his work and his enthusiasm was contagious. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, sailboat racing, good food, and teasing everyone he cared for. A Memorial Service will be held at the Doris Duke Center (Sarah P. Duke Gardens) on April 30th at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Duke Forest Improvement Fund, Box 90332, Durham, NC 27708.

Sandra "Lulu" Yvonne Greene
DURHAM — Funeral services for Sandra "Lulu" Yvonne Greene will be held at 12 noon on Monday, April 7 at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St., with the family visitation being held one hour prior to service.
Survivors include son, Kevin Greene; daughter, Janie Rockeymore; cousins, Candis M. Smith, Matthew Miller, Linda "Peaches" Simril, Marlene Williams, David Wilcher, Priscilla Greene, Michelle Wilcher, Lee Greene; and a host of other family members and friends.
The public viewing will be today from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Marian Weathers Johnson
DURHAM — Marian Weathers Johnson, 82, departed her life on April 2, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at Mount Calvary United Church of Christ, 1715 Athens Street, Durham, N.C. on April 8, 2014. Visitation will be held at noon and funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Rhonda Ann “Tootsie” Keith
DURHAM — Rhonda Ann “Tootsie” Keith, 58, of Durham died on Friday, March 4, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham. She was the daughter of the late Azzie Keith. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, loved her Church and always enjoyed the Lord’s Supper at Church. She also enjoyed watching TV. She was preceded in death by her guardian parents, Lucy and Ovid Morton.
She is survived by four brothers, Willie Keith, Ray Keith, Carlyle Morton and Sam Morton; five sisters, Azzie Lee Salmon, Mary Roberts, Wilma Garner, Jo Ann Rozier and Linda Smith.
Graveside service will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Pastor John Rigsbee will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home. Flowers are acceptable or donations can be made to Down Syndrome Clinic, Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital, 3000 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705. Online condolences can be made at

Leonard R. Lyon, Jr.
DURHAM — Mr. Leonard R. Lyon, Jr., age 93, formerly of 306 Red Oak Ave., Durham, NC, passed away at the Carver Living Center on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 11:45 p.m.
On March 14, 1942, Leonard united in marriage with the late Ruth Janet Clarke, of Wake Forest, NC.
Leonard R. Lyon Jr. leaves to celebrate and cherish his memory five sisters, Mrs. Louise Lyon Dixon and Mrs. Mabel Lyon Butler, both of Durham, NC, Mrs. Juanetta Lyon Alexander of Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Ernestine D. Lyon of Washington, DC and Mrs. Barbara Lyon Hudgins of Atlantic City, NJ; one son, Leonard Richard Lyon, III of Charlotte, NC; three grandsons, Leonard Richard Lyon, IV (Sadiya), of Durham, NC, Joseph Marcus Lyon, and Eric Scott Lyon, Sr. (Kylene), both of Charlotte, NC; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12 noon at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Durham, NC, Pastor David Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Funeral services entrusted to Ellis D Jones & Sons. Condolences can be sent at

Frances Nichols Phillips
DURHAM — Frances Nichols Phillips, of Durham, died Saturday, April 5, 2014. Mrs. Phillips was born in Durham to the late Veola Ruby Cooley Nichols and Vester Lee Nichols. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary E. Phillips; a sister, Sybil N. Crabtree; and a brother, Kenneth A. Nichols. Mrs. Phillips was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and retired from Duke University.
Surviving are two brothers, Ronald G. Nichols and wife, Priscilla and Danny L. Nichols and wife, Shannon, both of Durham; sister, Rebecca N. Aiken and husband, Bill of Timberlake; a sister-in-law, Patricia C. Nichols of Mebane; nine nieces; and two nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at Clements Funeral Home and at other times at the home of her brother, Ronald Nichols, of 5820 Wilkins Drive, Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Searle Piatt Rowland
DURHAM — Mary Searle Piatt Rowland, born in Durham, September 14, 1936, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Burns Rowland, died Friday night at Hospice of Wake County.
Ms. Rowland graduated from St. Mary's High School in Raleigh, Converse College in Spartanburg, SC and received her master's degree from USC in Columbia, SC. She lived in Columbia, SC where she taught art in the public school system. She was active in the Junior League there and worked with sets and costumes in Town and Workshop Theaters. She was an accomplished artist, winning a number of awards for her work. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Columbia, SC. Ms. Rowland was presented at the Durham Debutante Ball and the North Carolina Terpsichorean Ball in Raleigh.
She is survived by cousins, Frances Gordon of Durham, Joseph Piatt of Bahama, Elizabeth Lytton of Southport, Marion Blackburn of Chapel Hill, Roney Rowland of South Hill, VA, David Scanlon of Knoxville, TN, their families and close friends.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., in Maplewood Cemetery, Old Section on Kent Street. Officiating will be the Rev. M. Jonah Kendall, Rector of St. Philip's Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 5930 Trinity Rd., Raleigh, NC 28607.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Rowland family.


Dominic A. Everett
OXFORD — Dominic A. Everett, 27, a resident of 804 Goshen St., died Tuesday.
He is survived by foster parents, Earl Daniel and Catherine Fields Daniel of Oxford, and Douglas Mack and Valor Mack of Hillsborough; siblings, Nicolas Everett of Charlotte and Jaklay Everett of Henderson; foster siblings, Jason Vincent, Cedric Vincent, Raven Vincent, all of Charlotte, Antonio Vincent of Henderson, Kathy Daniel of Oxford, Cheryl Durham, Kristie White, Cameron Reams, Jessyka White, all of Durham, Phyllis Horton, Brandon Horton, Phillip Horton, all of Hillsborough.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 3PM at Wright Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Adolphus Smith. Visitation will be at 2PM. Burial will be in the Morning Star Baptist Church cemetery.


Doris Rosalie Gill
CHAPEL HILL — Kind and tenderhearted. A champion for the underdog and the downtrodden. An extraordinary selfless and humble person, always thinking of the other person first, even after Parkinson’s Disease had crippled her body. An exceptional volunteer.
Her life was grounded in her strong belief in God, and her greatest love after God was her family and helping others.
Her beautiful spirit shined through her kind eyes and big smile, touching the hearts of all who met her. She made people feel loved.
She bore the pain of losses, without complaint, including living with Parkinson’s Disease for 32 years and the loss of two sons and a brother, Stanley Robert Conniff, who was killed in WWII during a kamikaze attack on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga aircraft carrier.
A beautiful soul, beautiful lady, beautiful mom, rest now in God’s embrace for a life of service and love well-lived.
Doris was born on July 20, 1925, in the small town of Hudson, Pennsylvania, the youngest of eight children. Her parents were Polish immigrants, who raised their children to love God and to live their lives with a good heart towards others.
Even though Doris grew up during the harsh times of the Great Depression, her childhood was happy and creative and full of colorful stories about her outdoor adventures with her siblings and the neighborhood children, including swimming in mud holes (which occasionally would need to be defended by rock fights), climbing (and falling out of) a cherry tree, and making soup with homeless people who lived near the railroad tracks behind her house. Her family’s pet monkey “Monk” of 22 years also added much memorable joy and laughter to her childhood.
During her teenage years, she enjoyed playing softball, riding her bike, and bowling, and was so athletic that she earned the nickname “muscles.” She was coronated into St. Joseph’s Church Women’s Solidarity and was so artistically gifted that she was asked by the Church to draw the portraits of its priests. She went to work as a teen for Anco Products and then helped to support the War Effort during WWII, building engine parts for the B-29 bomber.
She married her high school sweetheart, Edward J. Gill (now deceased), who used to come by her house and play his accordion while her mother played the piano. Doris and Ed moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1954, so that Ed could work for UNC. Six children were born to their marriage of 54 years: Sandra Cain of High Point, N.C., Eddie Gill of Chapel Hill, N.C., Teresa Gill of Hillsborough, N.C., Mark Gill of Washington D.C. and Chapel Hill, Joseph Gill of Kansas City, MO. (deceased) and baby Stephen Gill (deceased).
Doris devoted her life not only to her family, but also to helping others, in particular, helping children, the elderly and the poor.
Doris loved children and when her own children became old enough to attend grade school, she went to work as the Director of St. Thomas More Playschool, where she greeted the children with a big smile and hug. She put on special occasion programs for their parents to enjoy and spent extra time with any child who had special needs or who happened to be in a sad mood.
After the playschool closed, she went to work as a school crossing guard at Glenwood Elementary School, so that she could continue to be with children and then spend the rest of her day helping some elderly people she knew who lived in the Glen Lennox area.
She was so devoted to the children who crossed the street, as well as to the other students, that Glenwood considered her more a guardian angel than a crossing guard. Between 50 to 75 children crossed the highway everyday, and if one didn’t cross in the morning, she came to the principal’s office to see what happened to the child. Doris knew every child’s name, and she greeted them each with a big smile, and if any of them seemed to be down for any reason, she always had a joke or two to make them smile and hugs were always available.
Doris was so loved by the students and the school that in 1986, Glenwood Elementary School awarded her with a Guardian Angel Award for Superior Service to Students, which award was specifically conceived for Doris’ outstanding dedication to the children. In addition, the students made her an honorary member of the student council and presented her with a ceramic alligator pin and a shirt with Glenwood Guardian Angel printed on it.
In addition to her service to children, Doris devoted decades of her life volunteering in the Chapel Hill area. She volunteered at the Community Kitchen on Merritt Mill Road, she was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 15 years and she provided so many hours of volunteer work at the PTA Thrift Shop that in 1987 she was given the first award ever given by the Thrift Shop to a volunteer, the Foushee, Linker, Weaver Founder’s Award, in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service. This list of Doris’ volunteer services goes on but she would already be embarrassed by what has been mentioned--she was such a humble person.
When asked by a news reporter once about her extraordinary volunteer services, Doris replied, “When I do something for someone else, I feel better. As long as I’m able to, I will.” And that she did, until Parkinson’s Disease prevented her from doing more.
Doris enjoyed watching Duke and Carolina ballgames, making lasagna and her Polish pierogies. But most of all she enjoyed a good cup of coffee and always a box of chocolates.
Doris passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on March 29, 2014. She was 88 years old. Doris will be greatly missed, but now there is another angel in heaven.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Gill, her son, Joseph P. Gill of Kansas City, Mo., and her son, Stephen Gill, who died at birth.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Cain of High Point and Teresa Gill of Hillsborough; two sons, Eddie Gill of Chapel Hill and Mark Gill of Washington D.C. and Chapel Hill; a brother, John Conniff of Salt Lake City, UT; a son-in-law, Woodie Cain (husband of Sandra), a daughter-in-law, Shellie Gill (wife of deceased son Joseph) and six grandchildren: Ashley Cain Thompson, Michael Cain, Kristin Cain, Matthew Gill, Maddie Gill and Stephen Gill and one great-granddaughter: Addison Cain.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the loving friends, UNC Hospice staff, and caregivers for their care and affection, especially during the final days of Doris’ life.
Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14 followed by a burial service at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Walker’s Funeral Home in Chapel Hill on Sunday, April 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Hospice or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Alan A. Lucier
CHAPEL HILL — Alan A. Lucier of Chapel Hill died on Thursday, March 27. He was born in Worchester, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1954, to the late James H. and Phyllis A. Lucier. He is survived by his wife, Donna, and his four children, Gregory, Julia, Jennifer, and Peter. Alan was awarded a Ph.D. in Forestry by North Carolina State University in 1982. He also held a master’s degree in Tree Physiology and Ecology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. degree in Biology from Tufts University. He spent the past thirty years working for The National Council of the Paper Industry for Air and Stream Improvement, and served as Senior Vice-President since 1994. A memorial service was held on Monday night at Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to The Alan Lucier Memorial Fund, c/o The NCASI Foundation, P.O. Box 13318, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

Henry Thomas Pope Sr.
HILLSBOROUGH — Henry Thomas Pope Senior, 84, of 415 North Cameron Street, Hillsborough, passed away on Saturday April 5, 2014, at home with his family at his bedside.
A lifetime resident of Orange County, he was born in Durham on January 18, 1930, the son of Sallie Lee and Charlie Bunn Pope, Sr.
He spent the first half of his life as a tobacco farmer in Cedar Grove, the second half as a realtor in Hillsborough. Both professions satisfied his love of the land, which he enjoyed all the days of his life.
He attended Eno Presbyterian Church for 52 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hillsborough for 32 years.
Tom did all that was ever asked of him. He loved his family, his God, and his country. He served his country with pride as a Korean War veteran and was a Purple Heart recipient.
He was predeceased by his sister, Anne Pope McDade, and brothers, Charlie Bunn Pope, Jr. and John Howard Pope.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sue Walters Pope; son, Henry Thomas Pope, Jr. and his wife Rhonda; daughter, Candi Pope Griffin and her husband Bill; daughter, Melanie Pope Liner and her husband Chip; brother, Donald Pope and his wife Faye; brother-in-law, Dwight Walters and his wife Libby; grandchildren, Lauren Pope Triplett and her husband David, Henry Thomas Pope III, Kate Griffin and Sydney Liner; great-grandchildren, Mayci and Clayton Triplett; step-grandchildren, Rob Liner and his wife Dana, Kim Connolly and her husband Keith; step-great-grandchildren, Blake and Barrett Liner, and Kayla and Kyle Connolly.
Pallbearers: Henry Thomas Pope, III, David Triplett, Doug Pope, David Pope, Mark Pope, Johnny Pope, Dave Walters and Rob Liner.
Honorary Pallbearers: Jim Walters, Jack Walters, Scott McDade, Clifton Robinson, Warren Hawkins, Lucius Cheshire and Carlton McKee.
The visitation will be held Tuesday, April 8 at 12:30pm, at First Baptist Church of Hillsborough, service to follow at 2:00pm.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Hillsborough Building Fund, 201 West King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

Dr. Louis L. Vine
CHAPEL HILL — Dr. Louis L. Vine, 91, passed away April 3, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC. He was born May 19, 1922 to Bella and Paul Levine in Brooklyn, NY. At 16, he went to undergraduate at Cornell University (and played third base for the baseball team), then on to Middlesex University Veterinary College, now part of Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Unable to decide among Vine and four other seniors, the dean resorted to a drawing of straws to determine whom he would be recommending for a veterinary position available in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Vine won the draw and soon was headed south.
He practiced veterinary medicine in Chapel Hill for more that 40 years. He helped found the Animal Protection Society and cared, without charge, for all the stray cats and dogs brought to his hospital. His clients came from all over and felt he was a very dedicated doctor by caring for their pets with a love and skill that they will never forget. He had an innate feeling for the animals he treated and was a great diagnostician. His specialty was fixing the ears on the dogs that needed them to stand up straight. Macy’s brought their guard dogs to him many years ago to repair and perfect their ears. There were the many books that he wrote quite a few of which have been published in other countries. He was also a frequent guest on radio and TV.
His love for animals was only superceded by his love for Carolina basketball. Always the sportsman, he had a lifetime passion for golf which he played until he was 91.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Florence; two daughters, Joan Vine of Chapel Hill and Sandy Vine of Myrtle Beach; a grandson, Jacob Denham of Durham; and a sister, Hortense Deitch of New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his son, James Vine.
A gravesite service will be held at Judea Reform Cemetary, 2560 Jones Ferry Road, Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 4:15.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the ASPCA at 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
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Marilyn Lea Kusch Gasswint
MANKATO, Minn. — The Reverend Marilyn Lea Kusch Gasswint, age 76, of Mankato, Minn. died on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society Grandview in St. Peter, MN, with her son and daughter by her bedside.
Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12th at First Baptist Church 101 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. The Reverend Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr. and The Reverend Nathaniel O. Boykin of First Baptist Church will be officiating. A fellowship dinner will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Mothers and Their Children (MATCH), 4287 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4287.
Marilyn was born November 25, 1937, in Omaha, NE, to Albert Carl Kusch and Nellie May Terkelsen. Marilyn Lea Kusch married Charles David Gasswint, Jr. in Iowa City, IA. Marilyn graduated from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS in 1963; Master of Divinity, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC, in 1981; ordained, White Rock Baptist Church, Durham, NC, in 1981; Resident serving as a Chaplain to the Heart Team in Clinical Pastoral Education, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, from 1983-1984; Assistant to the Pastor at St. John’s Baptist Church, Mason City, IA, from 1985-1986; Instructor, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, from 1983-1984, 1986-1988; Director of Members’ Services, Methodist Retirement Home, Durham, NC, from 1988-1994; Senior Chaplain, North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Raleigh, NC, from 1989-2000 due to retirement; Counselor, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Raleigh, NC, from 2002-2005; Chaplain, Presbyterian Ministry, Raleigh Correction Center for Women, Raleigh, NC, from 2005-2007 and Counselor, Federal Correction Center for Women, Waseca, MN, from 2009-2010.
Marilyn enjoyed volunteering, cooking and baking, gardening, cross-stitching, gospel music and theater. She was a Member of the Ministers Council, American Baptist Churches of the South; Member of the Prison Ministry Committee, General Baptist State Convention; Board Member, Beacon Haven Ministries and Board Member, North Carolina Correction Institute for Women, Mothers And Their Children (MATCH). She was devoted to the inmates she served and felt they were often victims. In addition to the love of ministry, she was a devoted friend, daughter, mother and grandmother.
In 2007, Marilyn and her daughter Karen moved to Mankato, MN for Karen to take care of her father Charles who died October 5, 2011. Though divorced, Marilyn and Charles were lifelong friends. While living in Mankato, it was Marilyn’s desire to continue an aftercare ministry with inmates and served as the Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Center for Women in Waseca, MN. There she organized volunteering from Mankato and surrounding areas for those to work directly with the inmates.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Kay Gasswint of Mankato, MN and Clear Lake, IA and son, Devin Charles (Amy) Gasswint of Madison Lake, MN; grandchildren, Carson Paul, Taylor Marie and Mya Kay Gasswint, all of Madison Lake, MN, and cousins, Donald (Cindi) Kroll of Winnie, TX, and Chuck (Marjorie) Kroll of Tomball, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Charles David Gasswint, Jr.

Harold A. Grant
RIVERVIEW, Fla. — Harold A. Grant, 81, of Riverview, Florida, passed away at home on January 15th with his wife and children at his side. He is survived by his wife, 3 children. 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He was a longtime employee of Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company, Impel Marketing Company, and resident of Cary NC. According to Hal’s wishes, a celebration of his life will be held Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at MacGregor Downs Country Club, 430 Saint Andrews Lane, Cary, NC.

Trevilian (T) Lyon
CAREFREE, Ariz. — Trevilian (T) Lyon of Carefree, Arizona passed away peacefully at Vi at Grayhawk in Scottsdale on Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s.
Born in Durham, N.C. on June 21, 1932 to Herman and Mattie Lyon, he was the oldest of two (sister Betsy Hendrix of Arlington, VA), attended Watts Street School, Durham High, and the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1957 with a degree in Radio, TV, and Motion Pictures. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.
He married schoolteacher Patricia (Pat) Crabtree on Dec. 18, 1954 and began a career in advertising and TV sales, retiring from KPNX-TV (Phoenix) in 1994. He is survived by Pat, their children, Steve, David (Valerie), and Susan Lyon (Philip), his sister, and granddaughters Emily and Lindsay Lyon.
Family and friends will remember T as a man with a quick wit and infectious laugh; an endless fascination with people, places, and things; and a boundless love for the people he cared about. Memorial was Wed, April 2, 3 p.m., Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley followed with a reception. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger’s Pinnacle Peak Mortuary.