October 10, 2013

Oct. 09, 2013 @ 07:41 PM

DURHAM
Irene Henderson Bailey

DURHAM — Irene Henderson Bailey, 89, departed her life on October 5, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters; three sons; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
Funeral service will take place Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 1 p.m. at New Hope Person Church, 1261 Tom Oakley Rd., Timberlake, NC. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.


Addie B. Burton
DURHAM - Our beloved mother, Mrs. Addie B. Burton, 93, went home to be with the Lord on October 7, 2013. Mrs. Burton was born in and a lifelong resident of Durham Co., the daughter of the late William Barton and the late Mary Morris Barton. She was a member of West Durham Pentecostal Holiness Church since 1943 and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Burton helped her husband operate Peter Pan Supermarket for 30 years and then was a homemaker who loved caring for her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Belvin I. Burton; brothers, Dalphie Barton and Donnie Barton; and sisters, Viola Fields and Ruby Linker.
Mrs. Burton is survived by a son, Ken Burton and wife, Hilda, of Durham; a daughter, Teresa Burton Powell and husband, Ron, of Durham; grandchildren, Eric Burton and wife, Elizabeth, Lisa Gray Pyland and husband, Tony, Michelle Powell Larson and husband, Joseph, and Chris Powell and wife, Lindsey; and great grandchildren, Ansley Pyland, Landry Pyland, Everett Pyland, Cole Burton and Samantha Powell.
Our family would like to express gratitude to her niece, Joyce Shoe and husband, Ed and their family who were by her side during her home going. A special thanks for the care and love shown to our mother by her caregivers of 5 years, Janet Aitken, Bernadine Blackmarr, and Judy Whitaker.
Funeral service will be held Friday 11 a.m. at West Durham Pentecostal Holiness Church. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. A graveside service will be held Friday 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Falcon Children’s Home, Inc., P.O. Box 39, Falcon, NC 28342.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


C.W. Clark
DURHAM - C.W. Clark, 73, of Durham passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at his home. He was born in Durham on April 26, 1940 to Charlie and Sally Clark. He was a self employed contractor for many years. C.W. was a kind and generous man who would always help a friend in need. His smile and infectious laugh would light up a room. He was a loving man to one and all.  He was preceded in death by a son, Brad Clark, in 2011.
Surviving are: his wife, of 16 years, Debra K. Clark of Durham; three sons, Chuck Clark and his wife, Cindy of Texas, Kevin Clark and his wife, Cheryl of Texas, Corey Clark and his wife, Lindsay of Durham; five grandchildren, Connor, Timothy, Benjamin, Katie and Taylor; a daughter in law, Angie Clark of Durham.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at The Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main St., Durham. Reverend Jeff Moody will officiate. Share your condolences at www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.


Jonathon Bradford Fochler
ROUGEMONT — Mr. Jonathon Bradford Fochler, 42, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Duke University Hospital in the arms of his wife and surrounded by his family after a three and a half year battle with colon cancer. He was raised in Durham Co., the son of Ronald Henry Fochler and Kathryn Sawyer Fochler. He was a sales representative with Sunbelt Rentals in Durham. Mr. Fochler was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wilma Evans Frazier and Orville Henry Frazier; and his father in law, Larry Douglas Watson Sr.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his devoted wife, Amy Michelle Watson Fochler; his three beautiful daughters who he loved more than anything in this world, Kayla Nicole Fochler, Eliza Grace Fochler and Delaney Rose Watson Fochler; sister,  Suzanne FochlerOtt; mother in law, Tiney Wheeler Watson; and brother in law, Larry Douglas “Buddy” Watson Jr.; nephew, Cameron Ott; niece, Kristin Pickrell; and numerous extended family members and special friends.
Jon was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in June, 2010. He chose to keep this extremely private because his only concern was never for himself, but for his children's well being and he never wanted them to worry about him. He endured so much and went through things most people would not have in order to stay here with his wife and children for as long as possible. He did all this while continuing to take care of his family and working full-time until the time of his death. He exemplifies the meaning of courage and went through this entire ordeal with quiet determination and strength. We will miss him more than words can express. Jon was never one to mince words and could always make you laugh with his "special" and often sarcastic outlook on things. He loved to "push buttons" so to speak and getting you riled up was his specialty, but then could have you laughing just as quickly. That is what I will miss most about him. As my husband and my best friend, he was my complete opposite. He was everything that I wasn't. Always exuding confidence, always so self assured-sometimes obnoxiously so, never afraid to speak his mind, could debate with the best-even about things that he had absolutely no knowledge about and always refused to take no for an answer. One of his favorite things to tell me was that if was when he stopped picking on me that I had better worry. We balanced one another. I was the voice of reason and he was the one who took control when reasoning wasn't enough. He never failed to make me laugh and not a single day went by that he didn't tell me he loved me and that I was the most beautiful person in the world. He was a devoted father and would have moved heaven and Earth for his girls. He often joked that we were lucky he didn't have any hobbies like watching sports, etc. and we were because that meant that he spent all of his free time with us. Words can never express how much I will miss this man who truly became the other half of my soul. Our daughters are so much like him and I know that we will get through this ordeal because his strength and resilience lives on through them. It is my absolute honor to be able to say that Jonathon Fochler was my husband and the father of my children.
I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Dr. Herbert Hurwitz and Leigh Howard at Duke Cancer Center for doing all they could to help Jon and the endless support that we were given. I would also like to thank everyone at Sunbelt Rentals for their encouragement and support throughout this entire ordeal and all of our special, dear friends that have helped us in too many ways to list.
A celebration of Jon's life will be held Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, 5731 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC  27712. This will be a completely casual, inspirational event with people just sharing stories in his honor.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com. 
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to The Fochler Girls Educational Fund which is being set up at Wells Fargo Bank.


Josephine Jones Johnson
DURHAM — Josephine Jones Johnson, age 108, departed this life Friday morning, October 4, 2013, at the home of her great granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead, Durham, NC, 27707. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Graveside service will be held immediately following the home going service at the Beachwood Cemetery, 3600 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707 with Pastor Fredrick Davis officiating.


James B. Lockett
DURHAM - James B. Lockett passed away at his home on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
He is survived by his three children; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Lockett was a 27 year veteran of the Air Force. He also retired from the state of North Carolina after 20 years of service.
His funeral is Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12 noon at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Bahama, NC. Visitation at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.


Sam “Sammy” Rimmer
DURHAM - Mr. Sam “Sammy” Rimmer, 53, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Person County to Coleman Hughes Rimmer Sr. and Lois Rimmer. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Cathy Davis; his daughter, Maggie Elizabeth Rimmer; and his daughter’s mother, Beth Landis. He is also survived by six siblings: Coley Rimmer, Robin Rimmer Dunn, Danny Rimmer, Darryl Rimmer, Brian Rimmer, Shirley Rimmer Acosta; and an extraordinary circle of family and friends.
Sammy grew up on his parent’s farm in Caldwell, NC and graduated from Orange High School, in 1978. He attended Appalachian State University and completed his education with rigorous training to be an optician. Across the Triangle, hundreds of people see the world more clearly because of him. With a life long interest in music, Tar Heel basketball, and the long season of baseball, he was a devoted husband, a generous, loving father, and a kind and funny man, who believed that most of life’s wisdom could be found in the simplest places. Everyone who met him found a new friend. He will be dearly missed, though his presence will long be felt in the lives and hearts of all who knew him.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to charities of their choice in his honor. 
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


John P. Robinson
DURHAM — John P. Robinson, 90, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013 at his home in Durham, NC. He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of Helen Price Robinson and Russell King Robinson. As a youth, John worked a paper route, was active in the YMCA, church league basketball, and civic projects. He was a graduate of Ashtabula High School. He participated in many clubs, the school newspaper and was manager of the H.S. basketball team.
John served on many boards and committees in the First Methodist Church and led the building committee in the addition of the Christian Education building. He was a Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America. John was also a member of the Rotary, Toastmasters and the Elks.
John entered Ohio Wesleyan University in 1941 and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. His college education was interrupted when he was called to service in WWII as an infantryman serving in Italy, and was at Anzio Beachhead with the  45th Div. John returned to OWU and completed his degree in 1949. John then returned to Ashtabula to manage, with his brother Milton, the M C Robinson Co. He also worked at Bestwall CertainTeed, Palmer Steel Supply, and at Duke University in the Staff and Student Transportation department as a driver and dispatcher until he retired in 2011.
John married Dorothy M. McMahon in Ashtabula, OH. They were very family oriented and John enjoyed his growing family very much.  He was an avid reader and had a passion for writing. He worked daily at crossword puzzles and was an accomplished bridge player. 
John was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in January, 2000; and by his brother, Infantry Lt. Russell Robinson, in April, 1945, KIA in Europe.
John is survived by his children: Calvin Robinson and wife, Frances of Edinboro, PA; Scott Robinson and wife, Patti Huels of  Ashtabula, OH; Marc Robinson and wife, Gloria of Kutztown, PA; Annette Robinson Brun and husband, Philippe Brun of Bahama, NC; Quentin Robinson and wife, Jennifer of Mt. Lebanon, PA. John is also survived by nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Milton C. Robinson of Ashtabula, OH and Mary R. Robinson of Durham, NC.
Interment will be held in Edinboro, PA. The family will host an informal Memorial Service November 2, 2013 (for information please contact Cal Robinson at 814-734-3865). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Durham Library Foundation. In memory of John Robinson. PO Box 3809, Durham, NC 27702 Attn: Alice Sharpe - 919-560-0193 - Memorials will be used for Durham County Library Bookmobile and Outreach Services.
John was honest, gracious and loving - a husband, father, and friend to all. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.


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Ruth Dodson Thomas
CHAPEL HILL - Funeral services for Ruth Dodson Thomas, age 86, who passed away on October 5th will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday October 11th at Farrington Road Baptist Church in southwest Durham County.
The family will receive friends starting at 1:30 prior to the service. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro immediately after the service.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband of 64 years, John E. Thomas, Sr. She is also survived by four children, John E. Thomas, Jr. and wife, Arlene of Durham, Mary Ann Ryan and husband, Ed of Havelock, NC, Ellen Ellis of Carrboro, and Eugene Thomas and wife, Leisa of Sanford. She is survived by four grandchildren: Stacey Thomas, Haley Thomas, William Ryan, and Cory Thomas; and by a brother, James R. Dodson and wife, Barbara of Athens, TN. She is predeceased by brother, Eugene E. Dodson.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill, NC is handling the funeral services.


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Eleanor Cobb Wiles
WINSTON SALEM — Eleanor Cobb Wiles, 86, of Winston-Salem, formerly of Chapel Hill, passed away October 8, 2013 at Forsyth Medical Center. She was born February 5, 1927, to the late Augustus and Lena Gertrude Cobb. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Edward “Ed” Wiles; her daughter, Nancy Wiles; and her sister, Ethel Cobb Powers.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth (Karen) Wiles of Winston-Salem; daughter, Cynthia Wiles of Wilmington, DE; grandchildren, Jake MacKenzie and Maya Wiles.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at Salemtowne Saal Center in Winston-Salem.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local hospice.