Obituaries, April 26, 2014

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 05:19 PM


Oliver Lincoln Bullock Sr.
DURHAM — Mr. Oliver Lincoln Bullock Sr. was born March 5, 1923 to the late Early G. and Estelle Bullock of Rougemont, North Carolina. He made his transition on Tuesday afternoon, April 22, 2014.
He received his education in the Durham County School System having graduated from Little River School in Bahama, North Carolina in the year 1941. He served in the United States Army Air Force in March of 1943. He spent 2 years and 6 months in the European Theater of World War II and 5 months stateside where he rose to the rank of sergeant. After receiving an honorable discharge he attended Bull City Barber College and Bannaker Radio Institute. After working for the Durham Public Schools for a number of years as a maintenance engineer he eventually moved on to Research Triangle Institute in the Dreyfus Laboratory of Chemistry and Life Sciences. He was instrumental in studying and testing new drugs for birth control and family planning. His work led him to complete two years of study in chemistry at N.C. Central University’s Chemistry Department. He retired from RTI and Overnite Transportation at the age of 62.
He was widowed after 62 years of matrimony to his wonderful wife, Thelma Frances Parker Bullock, who was deceased in February 2008. He proved to be a great husband and of this union were born three daughters and a son.
New Red Mountain Baptist Church has been his church home since the age of 12. He has served as President of the Deacon Board, Usher Board and Senior Choir. He sang with the Male chorus and Senior Choir and taught Sunday school class number six.
His civic involvement and community service included but was not limited to Zafa Temple #176 AEAONMS of North and South America, Inc. PHA; Durham Consistory #218 AASR of FM. PHA; Drucilla #19 Order of Eastern Star, PHA; Red Mountain Lodge #468, PHA. Offices held are “Past Master” of Red Mountain Lodge #468; Past Secretary of the Divan for four years and assistant recorder for four. He then served as Assistant Rabban and Chief Rabban. He was elevated to the Illustrious Potentate of “Zafa Temple” #176 AEAONMS of North and South America; Past Worthy Patron of Drucilla #19, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Durham Sertoma Club.
His chosen words to live by were, “Do a job well or not at all,” “Telling the truth is better than a lie,” “Your word is your bond” and “Your actions speak so loud I can’t hear what you are saying.” He worked hard to instill these values and principles in his loved ones in a loving, compassionate, personable, honest and even comedic way. He was a generous man, a confidante and the best friend a person could have. Oliver was a God-fearing Man and in spite of his fight with Alzheimer's he never forgot his Lord or lost his spirituality. He would often sing gospel songs, call on his Saviour quite often up to his last hours.
Those who are left to profit from the memories of Oliver’s treasure trove of spirituality, wisdom and sterling example of a strong African-American man are his three daughters, Phyllis J. Smith and Josephine Sellers, both of Durham, N.C., and Sheila B. Clack (son-in-law Stephen) of Greensboro, N.C.; one son, Oliver Jr. (daughter-in-law Rhonda) of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Deacon Oliver Sellers (wife Jennifer), Rekyiah (husband Idris), Zuleika, Salahuddin (Letha), Umar, Taalib and Anjail; five great-grandchildren, Ramiyah, Sa-maiyah, Elijah, Siddeeq and Zinzi; two sisters-in-law, Agnes Bullock of Fort Washington, Maryland and Daisy Parker of Rougemont, N.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral Service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2014 at The New Red Mountain Missionary Baptist Church in Rougemont with Reverend Dr. Percy High officiating and Reverend Dr. Maurice Wallace, eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at The New Red Mountain Missionary Baptist Church.
Arrangements are by Hunter-Odom Funeral Service in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Frances Thompson Gange
DURHAM — Mrs. Frances Thompson Gange, 87, died Friday morning at Hock Family Pavilion.
Mrs. Gange was born and raised in Mt. Sterling, KY. She graduated from Mt. Sterling High School and Erie County (NY) Community College. For many years, she was the manager of the Buffalo General Physicians Association. Upon her retirement, she moved back to Mt. Sterling, where she was a member of the Library Board, a Director for Habitat for Humanity, tutored reading to children, and was active in numerous civic clubs. She relocated to Durham in 2007. Mrs. Gange was a member of Christ the King Moravian Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Rogers of Durham; son, Charles C. Gange, Jr., and his wife, Gloria, of Rhinebeck, NY; grandchildren, Matthew Rogers, Carrie Mazzeo, Morgan Gange, Justin Gange, and Nathaniel Gange; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews.
Mrs. Gange was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Gange, and her son-in-law, Dale Rogers.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm at Christ the King Moravian Church, 4405 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC. Officiating will be Pastor Frank Venable.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Duke HomeCare and Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, North Carolina 27704.
The Gange family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

Anthony "Tony" Umstead
DURHAM — Mr. Anthony "Tony" Umstead, 57, son of the late Norman T. Umstead, Sr. and Shirley Holloway Umstead, passed on Tuesday, April 22, after a brief illness. Besides his mother, he is survived by four sons, three sisters, and five brothers, along with some very special relatives and friends.
Funeral services will held on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00pm at Lipscomb Grove Baptist Church in Hillsborough, NC with family visitation beginning at 1:30pm.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Rose Watkins
DURHAM — Rose Watkins, 81, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was a lifetime member of the Five Oaks Seventh Day Adventist Church in Durham.
She is survived by her sisters, Virginia Dare Rollin, Lucy Beasley; brother-in-law, Dr. Jimmie L. Beasley; nieces and nephews, Linda Rollin of Raleigh, Cheryl Ridley of Memphis, TN, Richard and Anita Beasley and Deborah Beasley, all of Covington, TN, Tissy and Ken Polizzi of Memphis TN, and Samuel Beasley of FL. She has numerous great-nieces and -nephews.
A funeral service will be held 3:30 p.m., Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Rose of Sharon Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 3 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at