Obituaries, April 20, 2014
John L. Carroll
DURHAM — John L. Carroll, 85, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Orange County to the late HP and Annie Carroll. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard Carroll, Clifford Carroll, Wimp Carroll and Billy Carroll. Mr. Carroll served in the U.S. Air Force. He was formerly employed by Wrights Machinery and retired in 1991 from Duke University, Department of Civil Engineering. Mr. Carroll was a lifelong member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Vernon Pickett Sunday School class. He was also a charter member of the New Hope Fire Department.
Mr. Carroll was known as a master gardener and sold his tomatoes at a stand in front of his home using the honor system; customers would stop by months early, wanting to know when the tomatoes would be ready.
Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lucy Carroll; son, Cliff Carroll and wife Debbie; granddaughters, Jessica and Melissa; and a sister, Annie Belle Bullock.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with the Rev. James Taylor and the Rev. Jimmy Bland officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the New Hope Fire Department. The family will receive friends 6 – 8 p.m., Sunday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The Carroll family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and staff at Duke and the Hock Family Pavilion for the care of Mr. Carroll.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 549 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27707, the New Hope Fire Department, P.O. Box 16484, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Lois M. Cleckner
DURHAM — Lois M. Cleckner, 81, of 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy was released from the ties of her earthly mind and body to return to her Lord where she can once again be whole on April 15, 2014. She was an amazing, loving wife, mother, ‘amma’ and sister and will be greatly missed.
She was born Lois Valentine in Bath, Ohio and became a teen bride to Dennis Cleckner in 1952. She completed her nursing schooling and continued to use those skills both in personal and professional life. In her last position, she was the first president of the Indiana Association for Healthcare Quality.
She loved life and adventures, traveling and moving with Dennis and her family thru life.
They settled in North Carolina in 1985 after retirement and she continued to be active with Mt Sylvan Seniors as the first president.
She will be remembered by all for her strong but gentle spirit, ever loving smile, love of the color RED, her compassion and need to care for others, her listening ear, willingness to lead if something needed done and fun loving personality.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the Few Chapel at Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC on April 26th at 11am. Online condolence may be left at CremationSocietyNC.com.
Helen “Pat” Ashley Duke
DURHAM — Helen “Pat” Ashley Duke, 73, of Durham died on Friday, April 18, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Luther Ashley and Ruby Ellis Ashley. She adored her patients at Hillcrest where she was a CNA for 30 years, and loved her granddaughter, Miranda. She also loved flowers and her yard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Duke, a daughter, Joanne Duke, and a son, William Bruce Duke.
She is survived by one son, Randy Duke of Durham, two sisters, Margaret Morgan of Apex and Becky Russell of Morrisville, one granddaughter, Miranda Duke.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate.
The family will receive friends at the home, 908 Midland Terrace. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to American Diabetes Association of N.C., 2418 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27607. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneralhome.com.
David Michael Gallagher
DURHAM — David Michael Gallagher, 48, of Durham, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 16, 2014 surrounded by his wife, family and beloved pets. David was born in Memphis, TN in 1966 to Ruth A. Gallagher and the late Robert A. Gallagher.
David grew up in Winslow, Maine and graduated from Winslow High School, Maine in 1984 and the University of Maine in 1989 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He worked his entire career in the pulp and paper industry spending the last 17 years working for ERCO Worldwide. David truly loved his work, the people he worked with, the challenges it provided and the places he traveled throughout the world.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 20 years, Cassandra Gallagher, formerly of New South Wales, Australia. David and Cassandra met in Kennewick, Washington in 1994 and relocated to North Carolina in 1998. They enjoyed 20 great years of love and laughter.
David loved life and didn’t want to lose the ability to live it. He accomplished many things in his 48 years. No place embodied his spirit and life more than his love of the water. He spent many hours boating in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the Gulf Islands of Canada and the waters of the Carolinas. He was passionate about his love for music and playing his guitar; golfing; cooking for friends; riding snowmobiles; water and heli-skiing; skydiving and scuba diving; racing motorcycles; playing, coaching and refereeing hockey. David’s legacy is defined by his determination, amazing strength, resilience and unconditional love for life, friends and family. His wit, generosity and loyalty will be missed by all. He taught us all to live every moment, explore around every corner, love life and don’t be afraid to tell your family and friends, “I love you.”
David’s family would like to thank the staff of Regional Cancer Center, Durham, for their compassion, insight, knowledge, sensitivity and outstanding care over the past few years. Thank you isn’t enough. They will forever remain in our hearts.
David’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 24th, at Immaculate Conception Church, 810 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, at 9:30 a.m. Please wear something bright in color to David’s service in memory of “a bright life.” A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 7 to 9pm to celebrate David’s life, at the home of Nancy and Bret Butters.
In memory of David, donations can be made to Camp Southern ground, at www.campsouthernground.org or by mail to Camp Southern Ground, 101 Gardner Park, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss.
The Gallagher family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com. Select Obituaries.
Glossie Mae Phyllis Pratt Johnson
DURHAM — Glossie Mae Phyllis Pratt Johnson, 81, of 512 Finley Street, Durham, NC, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, Friday, April 18, 2014. She is the daughter of the late Thomas Haywood and Elouise Nunn Pratt. A son, Frankie Eugene Johnson, and grandson, Dezzie Denard Johnson, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her best friend and husband, J. C. “Chris” Johnson; two sisters, Pamela Pratt and Etta Mae Hayes of Durham; six (6) loving children, Rev. Calvin Johnson (Monica), Thomas Gregory “Wine” Johnson, Amy Diane Johnson, Wayne Eddie Johnson (Kimberly), Ida Delores Johnson, all of Durham, and John McIntosh, of Sanford; a daughter-in-law, Diann Johnson of Durham; two sisters-in-law, Mattie Pratt and Lee Esther Johnson of Durham; seven (7) nephews; four (4) nieces; 19 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.
She graduated from Hillside High School and earned a degree in Nursing from Durham Technical Community College. Ms. Johnson worked for many years as a private duty Nurse. She also served dutifully for many years as a member of the Nursing staff at Duke University Medical Hospital and Lincoln Memorial Hospital, eventually retiring from the latter medical facility.
She joined New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and remained a faithful member until her homegoing. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Ministry and always provided assistance with other ministries when asked and needed.
To her family she was a wonderful confidant, friend and great mother. She will be forever remembered for her warm smile.
Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 2508 Crest Street, Durham, NC. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Private burial will take place at Glennview Memorial Gardens, Apex Highway, Durham, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.
Nicholas John Peluso
DURHAM — Nicholas John Peluso, 81, of Durham, died April 18 after a long and courageously fought illness. Nick will be missed by his loving wife of sixty years, Joan Platt Peluso; his children, John (Julie), Marjorie, Marie, Michael (Mj), Nora and Nicholas Jr.; his brother, Dominic; and the rest of his family in New York, and dear friends and honorary family members, Chip Sassa, Mari Bright, Fran and Lee Ruckert, Gina Trianfo and Donna Ryan.
Nick’s large and extended family brought the greatest happiness to his life. “Papa Nick” enjoyed creating handmade wooden toys and gifts for everyone, but especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Nicole (Kerry), Keller & Kace; Chris (Dawn), Matthew, Elizabeth and Benjamin; Brian (Manda), Michael (Nickie), Thomas (Jessica), Saylor and Charlotte; Lisa, Jaclyn and Katelyn.
Born in Glen Cove, NY on December 7, 1932 to Margaret Izzo Peluso and Michael Peluso, Nick graduated from Glen Cove High School in 1951, married his high school sweetheart, Joan Platt, in 1954 and shortly thereafter was drafted into the US Army. Nick was extremely proud to have been a member of the 3d Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard,” which serves as the official Army Honor Guard and escort to the President. In that capacity, 3rd Infantry soldiers are responsible for conducting military ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, national memorials and elsewhere in the nation's capital.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Nick took his growing family back to Glen Cove, where he began working for Grumman Aerospace in 1957. Throughout his 38-year career with Grumman, Nick worked as a car-washer, mechanic, truck driver and executive chauffeur. A lifelong flight and space aficionado, Nick was thrilled when he was able to meet and spend time with members of the aerospace industry.
Growing up on Long Island, Nick was lucky enough to be an eyewitness to the heyday of open-cockpit auto racing in the 40s and 50s. This led to a passion for racing, collecting, restoring and showing vintage racers in his later years.
Nick and Joan also enjoyed many years of nationwide traveling. Hawaii was a special favorite; they traveled there 16 times. They were delighted when they were able to share their favorite activities and places with friends and family.
Always an active person, Nick took it to the next level when he rediscovered bicycling at the age of 61. After a family member was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Nick began taking part in the MS 150 Bike Tours, some years riding as many as 200 miles in two days and raising thousands of dollars for the National MS Society. During his later years, Nick was diagnosed with cancer, fought it and was very proud when he was able to call himself a cancer survivor.
Nick will be most fondly remembered for his deep love of family, a strong legacy that will be carried on in his name, keeping him in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, 2200 West Main St. Suite A200, Durham, NC 27705 or the Hock Family Pavilion at Duke HomeCare & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
Friends may visit from 4:00-6:00pm Tuesday, April 22, in the chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service followed by a Celebration of Life at 6:00pm.
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Velton Pierce Thompson
DURHAM — Velton Pierce Thompson departed this life on April 14 at the Durham VA Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 21 at 12 noon at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. The family visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
He was one of the ten original African-American Durham Firefighters.
Survivors include wife, Edna Brewington Thompson; 2 sons, Lather Pierce Thompson (Patti) and Michael Anthony Thompson; 3 grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.
Leonard Lee Moore
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. Leonard Lee Moore, 75, died Wednesday at Hock Family Pavilion. Mr. Moore was born in Durham County, the son of the late William Dent Moore and the late Gladys Chisenhall Moore. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, W.T. Moore, James Moore, Patsy Wilson, Gladys Paschall, and Ammon Moore. Prior to his retirement he was employed by Williams Electric.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Marilyn Moore; son, Leonard Lee Moore, II; and daughters, Dianne Holloway (Mark), Cindy Leigh Miller (Danny) and Joan Elaine Callaway (Raymond); brothers, Larry Moore and Robert Moore; grandchildren, Heather Yarbrough, Justin Miller (Ali), Travis Miller, Brittany Miller, Ashley Holloway and Jacqueline Callaway; and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Duke HomeCare & Hospice, 4023 N. Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Hillsborough, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Mae Elizabeth (Knebel) Yonce
CHAPEL HILL — Mae Elizabeth (Knebel) Yonce was born on May 10, 1919, in Lambert, Montana. She was the daughter of LeRoy and Retta Knebel who had homesteaded eastern Montana when the buffalo grass was waist high. They had four children (now all deceased): Harvey, Mae (the only girl), Earl and Bill. Each of the brothers served our country during WWII. Harvey (Naval appointment) was a flight engineer for Pan American; Earl flew B24 Bombers in the South Pacific. Bill was a captain in the Marines serving in the South Pacific. Mae was busy with a career in Montana elementary education in the same one-room school with grades 1-8 that she and her brothers attended as children, a Crow Indian Reservation school and the Billings public school system. However, because her brothers were all in the military, Mae left her education career to enroll in the Cadet Nursing Program with the intention of serving in the Navy. Though the war ended, Mae completed her degree in nursing, graduating in 1948. She was hired to teach nursing by Montana State University. Mae met Lloyd Yonce at the Memorial Hospital in Bozeman and they were married at the end of 1948. Mae and Lloyd moved from Montana to Oregon when Lloyd decided to go to graduate school at Oregon State University. After he completed a master’s degree in physiology, he and Mae moved to Michigan where Lloyd obtained a PhD at the University of Michigan. After a year on a postdoctoral program in Georgia, Mae and Lloyd settled in Chapel Hill. Mae taught in the Chapel Hill School System for seventeen years, originally teaching third grade but later becoming a very competent reading teacher. Mae and Lloyd had two children: Kathleen, born in Oregon, and Mark, born in Michigan, and one grandchild, Jesse Bernier.
Mae lived a long and good life, loving many family and friends, and receiving lots of love in return. The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful people and organizations for their thorough and compassionate care of Mae. We will always treasure your loving care, excellent skills and attention to details. Per Mae’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Online memories and condolences may be sent to cremnc.com. Donations to UNC Hospice or the church of your choice are welcome.
Victoria “Vicki” Gersch Luquire
CHARLOTTE — Victoria “Vicki” Gersch Luquire passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 17, 2014, surrounded by her loving family in Charlotte, N.C. Her strong will to live, along with the constant love and support of family and friends, carried her through a year-long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome.
Vicki was born on March 15, 1950, in West Palm Beach, Fla., to the late Albert and Mary Gersch. Her mother instilled in her a true sense of family and the importance of always demonstrating kindness and generosity to others, no matter the circumstance. These lessons provided the foundation for how Vicki led her beautiful life. She was a graduate of Palm Beach Junior College and East Carolina University, where she majored in art history. During her time at East Carolina, she became a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, a lifelong sisterhood that endured throughout her life. Upon graduation in 1972, Vicki married Steven Luquire, beginning a loving relationship of nearly 42 years. Together, they raised two wonderful children, Jennifer and Brooks, who were the loves of Vicki’s life. Family was central to her, and no one was a better mother or grandmother than Vicki.
A lifelong art educator, Vicki began her early career as an elementary art teacher for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. After having children, she stayed home to raise Jennifer and Brooks until they began attending St. Ann’s Catholic School, where she reengaged as an art teacher, providing support to students in all eight grades for a number of years. Her passion for art and crafting continued throughout Vicki’s life. She also found great joy in being an active presence in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Whether it was participating in special school functions, sporting events, or extracurricular activities, Vicki was the first to volunteer.
While her interests always started with family, Vicki had many hobbies, and she especially loved gardening and scuba diving. She became a master diver and embarked on many dive trips to countless islands throughout the world. Vicki cherished her tight-knit group of diving buddies, who all enjoyed the fellowship and ability to observe the beauty of the sea together.
Vicki was an avid Panthers fan, as are Steve and their entire family. During her stay and treatment at the Duke Medical Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Vicki received special skull caps from the Panthers that she began wearing when she lost her hair from chemotherapy prior to her bone marrow transplant on Oct. 15, 2013. Donning those skull caps for good luck became a treasured ritual for both Vicki and Steve.
Vicki’s zest for life and selfless, beautiful spirit carries on in those who survive her. She leaves behind her loving husband, Steve; daughter Jennifer Freno and her husband, Michael, and three grandsons, Colman, 9, Holden, 7, and Carter, 4, of Charlotte; son Brooks and his wife, Jenny, of Charlotte; three brothers, John Gersch and his wife, Deanie, of Ellijay, Ga., Chris Gersch, of Tequesta, Fla., and Andy Gersch and his wife, Cathy, of Roanoke, Ala.; two sisters, Ann York and her husband, Pete, of Stuart, Fla., and Betsy Raper and her husband, Bill, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Joan Luquire of Durham, N.C. Vicki also is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
Vicki will be remembered for easily engaging people in conversation, her contagious smile and her humble, selfless demeanor. It is for all these reasons and more that Vicki had so many lifelong friends. Her Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters were a constant source of encouragement, showering her with cards, calls and visits throughout her illness. For this, as well as the never-ending support of the family she cared for so deeply, Vicki was eternally grateful.
The family would like to express its sincerest gratitude to the nursing teams at Duke Medical Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the ICU and bone marrow transplant teams at Carolinas Medical Center. Special thanks to Drs. Heyer, Gritter, Shahid, Tanner, Copelan and others who were so incredibly supportive.
Arrangements are being handled by Harry & Bryant Funeral Home, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. A celebration of Vicki’s life will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 6 - 8 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Rd., Charlotte. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel. Private burial services will take place immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Project Life Movement, 1115 East Morehead St., Suite 227, Charlotte, NC 28204 or Holy Angels of North Carolina, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd., P.O. Box 710, Belmont, NC 28012-0710.
Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.