Obituaries, April 8, 2014

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

U.H. Blalock Jr.

DURHAM — U.H. Blalock Jr., age 85 of Durham, NC long-time resident of Sanford, NC passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC with his daughters Cynthia and Pamela as well as his loyal and trusted caregiver, Sonja by his side.
He was born, one of seven children, on January 10, 1929 in Durham County, NC to the late Ulys Hasten Blalock, Sr. and Sallie Mangum Blalock. Mr. Blalock was a veteran of his country and served as a radio operator in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sanford. After retiring from Womack Electronics as a salesman, he spent the next 25 years enjoying gardening, working on his house and R.V.’ing with his late wife, Louise Moore Blalock. Traveling led them to many friendships that lasted throughout the years. Following the loss of his wife, his day to day life continued, but with a massive void in his heart. In the last year, as his health declined, he obtained a wonderful team of caregivers led by Sonja Tucker who cared for him around the clock and treated him like family.
He is survived by his two daughters: Dr. Cynthia Blalock of Sullivan’s Island, SC and Pamela Blalock and husband John Bayley of Watertown, Massachusetts; a brother, Philip Blalock of Rougemont, NC. His nephew, Tommy Mangum of Durham, who phoned him at least three times a day, and looked in on him regularly will feel the loss deeply. In addition to his parents and 5 of his 6 siblings, his wife of 52 years, Louise Moore Blalock preceded him in death in 2009.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Miller-Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Sanford at 11:00 a.m.. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Private burial will take place at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.
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Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is serving the family.

Donna Suttles Elkins
DURHAM — Mrs. Donna Suttles Elkins, 57, of 2018 Elkins Lane/4605 Old Greesnboro Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on Sunday April 6, 2014 at the Hospice of Duke in Durham, NC. She was born in Cumberland county, NC to Ralph F. and Janie Johnson Suttles, both surviving. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Chapel Hill and she always enjoyed her church family. She worked at Grady Brown elementary school for 19 years where she drove a bus and loved her school children dearly. She also worked at Belk for numerous years, mainly because of her love for shopping. She was an avid lover of frogs, collecting all types of different frog items and when you went to visit her, you always left feeling empowered, she always made you feel good about yourself no matter how she felt that day. Survivors include her husband, Steve Wilson Elkins, of the home; daughter, Dawn Elkins Dean and husband Anthony, of Chapel Hill; son, David Elkins and wife Darla, of Chapel Hill; sister, Michelle S. Brown and husband Mark, of Chapel Hill; brother, Frankie Suttles and wife Donna, of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Jake and Brooke Elkins; and numerous loving Nieces and Nephews. A Graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with Ernie Keck officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at the McClure Funeral Home in Graham, and other times at the residence of the family. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The ALS Association Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter at 1-919-755-9001 or to the Hospice of Duke at Hock Family Pavilion at 4023 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704. Condolences may be offered at

Marian Weathers Johnson
DURHAM — Marian Weathers Johnson, 82, departed her life on April 2, 2014.
She is survived by her sons, Johnnie L. Garner (Angela), Cecil Johnson, Jr. and daughters Shelia L. Barbour and Cecilia H. Johnson; brother Joe L. Weathers (Evelyn) and  sister Margaret Weathers.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Felicia L. Garner, one son Bernaza L. Barbour;  two grandsons, Mario F. Garner and Reginald D. Johnson and one great-great grandson, Kamon Barrett; three sisters, Mildred W. Royal, Mary W. Terry and Alice W. Brooks.  
She passed away at Peak Treyburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility.  She was also a long term resident of Carver Living Center.
Funeral services will be held at Mount Calvary United Church of Christ, 1715 Athens Street, Durham, NC, on April 8, 2014.  Visitation will be held at noon and funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home

Lois Ann McCaskill
DURHAM — Lois Ann McCaskill, born June 3, 1953, in Milledgeville, Georgia, lost her courageous battle against Mylodysplasia Syndrome on April 7, 2014. She was given the gift of an extra year of life by a selfless donor who provided the new bone marrow that she received last April 25, 2013. The extra year of life allowed her to spend more time with the light of her life, her great-niece, Zoe McCaskill who is three years old.
In 1971, Ann graduated from Sparta High School, in Sparta, Georgia, her home town. From there she went on to earn a degree in Recreation Therapy from Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1975. Her first job was Youth Director at the First Baptist Church in Dublin, Georgia. She was blessed to have the opportunity to grow spiritually herself as well as to touch the lives of many young people of the town. After four years in this position, Ann made a career change and obtained her certificate as a Respiratory Therapist, and eventually became registered in that specialty. She spent the next thirty years serving the Veterans of our country by working for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Carl Vinson V.A. Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, for ten years and the final twenty years at the Durham V.A Medical Center in Durham, NC. She truly loved the contact she had with patients in both medical centers. She was dedicated to her job and made many friends at both locations. She also loved the Duke Women's Basketball team who she supported for many years with her presence at their games, even traveling to Boston for their Final Four appearance in 2006.
She was preceded in death by her parents Rothwell Ames McCaskill and Lois Moate McCaskill, and by her niece Ashley Denise McCaskill. She is survived by her brother, Rothwell Ames McCaskill, her sister-in-law Ernestine McCaskill (whom Ann frequently said was sent by God for her brother), her nephew Brantley Ames McCaskill and his wife Amanda, and their daughter, Zoe who brought such joy to Ann during their brief time together. Ann also is survived by an uncle Reginald McCaskill, an aunt, Jean DeLoach, and several cousins.
Ann is survived by her best friend, travel buddy, fellow Dookie, and all-round support system, Dawn Huffstetler, and her adopted Huffstetler family, Tina (who was the rock of support for Dawn), Michelle, Karen, Jim, Treva (who provided Ann with spiritual guidance through her battle with MDS), and three nieces, Heather, Alex, and Katie. Ann's special, sent-by-God neighbor, Bettie Polson, provided friendship and strength to Ann during their twenty years as neighbors, and spent many nights at the hospital as relief for Dawn during Ann's multiple hospitalizations.
Ann's family and Dawn would like to thank all of the staff of the UNC Bone Marrow Transplant team, especially Amber Essenmacher, P.A., Dr. Thomas Shea, the nurses of the outpatient clinic, Paula, Sandra, Robin, Laura, Monica, Rhonda, Betty, Drew, and all of the inpatient staff. Their kindness and compassion made Ann's frequent trips to the clinic and hospitalizations feel like she was being cared for by family. We would also like to thank the UNC Hospice and all the friends who made this final trip with us, especially Becky, Marlene, Paul, Robin, Linda, Helen, Carol, and Shelly who provided food, transportation, and emotional support.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the UNC Bone Marrow Clinic at the NC Cancer Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, UNC Hospice, or please register at "Be the Match" so that someone else might have the opportunity to have an extra year or more of life.
Visitation will be at 4pm followed by a celebration of life at 5pm at The Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, North Carolina on Thursday, April 10th. Burial will be in Sparta, Georgia on Saturday, April 12, at 4pm. Online condolences at See Obituaries.

Dorothy Holmes Newton
DURHAM — Dorothy Holmes Newton, 85, a longtime resident of Granville County passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham.
A native of Franklin County, the daughter of the late Herbert G. and Irene Pergerson Holmes . She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Creedmoor, graduated from Hardbarger Business College and was affiliated in banking most of her life.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 9th 2014 at First Baptist Church in Creedmoor by Rev. Jim Shelley and Rev. David Richardson. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.
Surviving are a daughter, Sherrie N. Cates (Steve) of Creedmoor, two sons, Tim C. Newton (David Hollier) of Austin,TX., Bob Newton(Janet) of Creedmoor, a granddaughter, Ashley Newton and a grandson, Justin Newton. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester F. Newton, her sisters, Nell H. Cyrus, Luvene H. Spence, and Ann H. Collins; two brothers, Graham Holmes and Henry Franklin Holmes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Creedmoor Building Fund or Food Closet,P.O. Box 38, Creedmoor, NC 27522.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, April 8th 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at the home.
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Lewis Edward Smith
DURHAM — Lewis Edward Smith, 83, of 814 Ricon Place, Durham, NC passed away at his home on Saturday, April 5, 2013. Ed was born on November 19, 1930 in Durham County to the late Will Lewis Smith and Nettie Irene Holloway Smith. He was a US Navy veteran (1952-1956) and fought in the Korean conflict. Ed retired from Owens Illinois and Pine State Electric. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Creedmoor where he and his wife, Joy, led the children's ministry "Kidz Praisz" for 32 years. He loved boys and girls and led many to Christ. Ed had a heart for missions and served on the Missions Committee for many years. His desire was for the world to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Ed dearly loved his church and his pastors. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Edward Smith, siblings, James Smith, Robert Smith, Roger Smith and Brenda Marcelle Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joy Byrd Smith, a daughter, Lisha Henson (Mike), grandchildren, Phillip Henson (Paula), Courtney Jackson (Graham), sisters, Minnie Josephine Lynn, Nancy Williams, Gloria Moorefield, a brother, Charles Smith (Alice), sisters-in-law, Mary Smith, Lena Bryant and Thelma Christ, along with many nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own.
Ed was a professional cut-up and jokester sharing hugs and smiles everywhere he went. His favorite past times were eating and napping. God chose to take him Home to Heaven during his Saturday afternoon nap.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church. Pastor Greg Allison and Pastor Jimmy Hall will officiate. Burial will follow in the Holloway Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, PO Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383-0348 for the ministry of Kent and Becky Bryant in Fiji. Please designate Account # AFJO 2083. Online condolences can be made at

Donald A. Thomas
DURHAM — Donald A. Thomas, MD, died Sunday, April 6, two months before his 80th birthday, at The Pavilion at Croasdaile Village. He was born in Roanoke Rapids on June 6, 1934. Don graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1961 and from the UNC School of Medicine in 1966. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the City of Memphis Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1969. He then joined Dr. Fletcher Raiford in a private practice of pediatrics in Hendersonville, which later became Hendersonville Pediatrics, PA. Dr. Thomas practiced pediatrics in Hendersonville for 28 years, retiring in 1998. He and his wife, Norma, moved to Durham in 2001 to be nearer their two daughters.
Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma Lockaby Thomas, of Durham; his daughters, Sheryl Thomas Fowler of Durham and Kim Thomas Freeman and her husband, Jim, of Wilmington; three grandchildren, William Thomas Fowler, Caroline Scott Fowler and Isabella Han Freeman; his brother, Halton Thomas, and Halton’s wife, Wanda, of Salisbury, MD; close family members Bill and Linda Drake of Cary and Harry and Katherine Lockaby of Hendersonville, along with many nieces, nephews, and a generation of Hendersonville’s children who were such a large part of his life.
Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough on Wednesday, April 9, at 2 pm. A memorial service for Dr. Thomas will be held in Hendersonville at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online memorials: Select Obituaries.

Gloria Virginia Cage Sterling

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Mrs. Gloria Virginia Cage Sterling, age 87, of Virginia Beach VA, formerly of Clyde NC, passed away March 29, 2014 at Pacifica Senior Living Center. Mrs. Sterling was born in Brunswick MD to the late Robert A. Cage and Francis Virginia Horine Cage. She was raised in the Metro Washington DC area and graduated from McKinley High School in 1944. While working for the Food and Drug Administration, she attended and graduated from the National Institute of Practical Nursing in 1947 and went to work for Bethesda Naval Hospital where she met her husband Wayne. Wayne and Gloria were married on July 1, 1957, and resided in Durham NC until 1986 when they moved to Clyde. Mr. Sterling passed away in 2000 and Gloria continued to live in Clyde until her health declined and she moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to her sons in 2011.
Survivors include her sons Robert Sterling and wife Cynthia, Richard Sterling and wife Angie, both of Virginia Beach VA, Ray Sterling and wife Maritza of Havelock NC; daughter Frances Combs of Boone NC; brother Bob Cage of Hydesville MD; sister Dolores Dowling of Silver Spring MD; grandsons Christopher, Lee and Issac; and granddaughters Stephanie and Felicity. Funeral Services will be held at 10AM on Friday, April 11, 2014 in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations. Father Larry Lomonaco will officiate and interment will follow at Crawford Ray Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6PM until 8PM on Thursday evening at the funeral home. Garrett Funerals and Cremations is caring for the Sterling family.


Edwin Spencer Thompson
GOLDSBORO — On Saturday, April 5, Edwin Spencer Thompson, age 89, peacefully passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Buddy” was born on Aug. 31, 1924 in Durham, NC to Irma and Cecil Thompson. His brother, Jack Thompson, resides in Las Vegas, NV, while his two beloved sisters, Betsy Maddox and Celia Truesdale are deceased.
Buddy attended the Durham Public Schools, including Durham High School, where he became a champion boxer. There he met his high school sweetheart, Anne Stapleford (Jan. 23, 1926- June 14, 1986). They married after attending college at Duke.
Buddy began his studies in mathematics, then enlisted in the Army during World War II and was stationed in France and Germany. Upon his return, he graduated from Duke. A funny note: he was proud to be the only student at that time to graduate without taking a foreign language…..he convinced the Dean by asking, “If I didn’t need French in France, why do I need it in Durham?”
Buddy’s first professional job was office manager of the NC Department of Revenue in Charlotte. He later returned to Durham, where he was manager of Elkins Motor Company for 30 years.
He served as President of the Sales and Marketing Executives of Durham (1979-1980) and President of the Durham YMCA in 1981. In 1980 he was awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding volunteer service to improve the quality of life in Durham. He was a 50 year member of Duke Memorial United Methodist Church (1936-1986). He was also a member of the Duke Family Association.
He was blessed to find love again when he met JoAnn Smith Darden of Goldsboro. They married on April 25, 1992 and enjoyed life on the coast in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, NC. There, Buddy attended classes at Carteret Community College, where he studied carving. He became a very talented artist, creating beautiful hand-carved water birds.
Surviving are his wife, JoAnn Thompson of Goldsboro; two daughters and their husbands, Carol and Tom Worsley, of Durham, and Shirley and Michael Lynch of Naples, Florida; four grandchildren, Susanne Gamboa and husband Ariel of Durham, Meredith Barbee and husband Mykel of Wilmington; Olivia Lynch of Naples, FL and Nicholas Lynch of Hawaii (Navy); great-grandchildren, Adrian and Gabriel Gamboa and Thomas and Ellery Barbee.
Stepchildren, Bonnie Hughes and husband Ron of Goldsboro, and Chuck Darden of Pikeville; five step grandchildren, Charlie Hughes of Stantonsburg, Cameron Hughes/Chenier and husband Michael of Ohio, Chase, Zack and Gray Darden of Goldsboro and Pikeville.
Mr. Thompson was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class in Goldsboro.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Countryside Village and Community Hospice for their loving care. Also, thanks to the M&M’s at St. Luke UMC.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1608 East Pine Street, Goldsboro, N.C. 27530 or Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern NC 3739 National Dr., Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, sect.11 - Durham, N.C.,1621 Duke University Rd. with Rev. Adam E. Seate and Rev. Stephen Elkins-Williams presiding.
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