Obituaries, April 9, 2014
Doletha W. Blake
DURHAM — Funeral services for Doletha W. Blake (Dimple), 82, will be held Friday, April 11 at 12 p.m. at St. Mark AME Zion Church. The family visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
Survivors include 6 children, Norman Blake, Clinton Blake, Jr., Terri Blake, Pamela Blake, Sharon Blake and Adrienne Blake Sutton (Terry); 2 brothers; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of family, friends and other relatives.
The family will receive friends at 4 Mattie Ct, Durham, NC 27704.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Dianne Rainey Judd
DURHAM — Ms. Dianne Rainey Judd, 56, passed suddenly after a brief illness on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Duke Medical Center. Her service will be conducted at 1pm on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Faith Assembly Christian Center, 3120 Fayetteville St. Interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6-8pm at Burthey Funeral Chapel.
Ms. Judd is survived by a son, Robert D. Quarles, and her sister, Gwendolyn Pollhill Whitted.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.
Robert Dodds Meddock Jr.
HILLSBOROUGH — Robert Dodds Meddock Jr., 73, philosophy professor, hot air balloon pilot, and academic administrator, passed away at Duke University Hospital on March 10, 2014. He was the son of the late Mary Alice Fox and Robert Dodds Meddock, Sr.
Dodds was born March 23, 1940, in Lebanon, Ohio. He earned a B.A. at Miami University, completed graduate work at the University of Illinois, and taught philosophy at Valparaiso University. He was a graduate of the Small Company Management Program at Harvard Business School and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
During the 1960s, Meddock became one of the earliest sport hot air balloon pilots in the U.S. In 1972, he left teaching and co-founded The Balloon Works, a manufacturing company in Statesville, NC. His ballooning travels took him to South America, Europe, and the North Pole. He was the first man to have flown in hot air, gas, smoke, and solar-power balloons. A raconteur of many talents, he had cartoons published in Cycle World magazine and a regular humor column in Ballooning magazine under the pen name “I.Q. Downdraught.”
In the 1980s, Dodds sold his share of the company and began working as a manager in the Zoology Department at Duke University, from where he retired. He was a volunteer reading tutor for kindergarten classes in Hillsborough. He had recently resided at UniHealth Post-Acute Care in Durham, where he served as an officer of the Residents’ Council and was known by all as Bob.
Meddock is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Susanna, and their two children, Adrienne (Lisa) and Justin (Aimee), of Durham, granddaughters Caroline and Claire, siblings Marilyn, Terry, Marsha, and Gary, and a beloved extended family. Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough assisted the family with arrangements and condolences may be made at walkersfuneralservice.com.
Remembrances to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research are requested in lieu of floral tributes. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough, 1710 Old NC 10. Attendees may bring a flower from their garden for a flower communion ceremony.
Alton Douglas Thomas, Sr.
ROXBORO — Alton Douglas Thomas, Sr., 82, of 270 Patterson Drive, died peacefully Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Hospice Home of Alamance County surrounded by his family. Born in Person County son of the late Ernest E. Thomas & Pearl Pritchett Thomas, in addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Drewy Thomas, Coy Thomas & J.L. Thomas, and two sisters, Ophelia Russell & Doris Oakley. Mr. Thomas worked in the tire business for over fifty years. He was owner/operator of Alton Thomas Tire Sales for over forty-three years. He also enjoyed going to Carolina Beach & Hyco Lake. He was a charter member of the Roxboro Jaycees. He loved to work in his yard & flower garden as well as woodworking. When he was younger he was an avid baseball player and did a little racing. He loved to go to "The Coleman Barn" in Burlington to cook, eat and socialize. He also enjoyed Sunday dinners at his house with his family.
Surviving are his girlfriend of thirty-four years, Donna Little of Burlington; his son, Doug Thomas, Jr. of Greensboro; his two daughters, Tonya Thomas Gentry & husband George of Roxboro & Samantha Thomas Craig & husband Dan of Roxboro; his three grandchildren, Jeanne Gentry, Courtney Craig & Chase Craig; his two brothers-in-law, J. W. Patterson & Sammy Patterson; and his sister-in-law, Margaret Ramsey.
A Celebration of Life will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Long Memorial United Methodist Church by Rev. Bruce Allen & Rev. Tom Loftis. The family will receive friends following the Service at Long Memorial United Methodist Church and other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Long Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Roxboro, NC 27573.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com.