Obituaries, April 27, 2014

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 05:19 PM


Ellie H. Fears
DURHAM — Ellie H. Fears, of Durham, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at Hock Family Pavilion. Born in Virginia, Mrs. Fears was the daughter of the late Edward Holder and Olenia Hamlett Holder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter Fears, and eleven siblings. Mrs. Fears was retired from Durham County School’s Food Service Department.
Mrs. Fears is survived by a daughter, Judy Kimrey, of San Antonio, TX; a son, Greg Fears, of Maineville, OH; four grandchildren, James Otis Kimrey III, Christopher Scott Kimrey, Jessica Morgan Fears and Tara Michelle Fears; and two great-grandchildren, Gregory Otis Kimrey and Isaac Aidan Lawrence-Kimrey.
The funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Durham, with Rev. Mark Stephens officiating. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Clements Funeral Home, Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Louise Evans Gunn
DURHAM — Mary Louise Evans Gunn, 87, passed away peacefully at Duke Regional Medical Center on Thursday, April 24, 2014. She was born in Pittsboro, NC on April 11, 1927 and moved to Durham, NC at a very early age. A member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, she served as Deaconess Emeritus, a member of the Health Ministry and a member of the Half-Century Club which recognizes persons who have been members of the church for 50 years. She worked as a nurse, a profession she loved, at Duke Medical Center, UNC-CH Memorial Hospital and private duty nursing for 35 years while rearing six children. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mom, grandma aka “MeeMa” and “G-ma” and great-grandma aka “G-G Ma.”
In 1977 she was the proud recipient of the Durham Chamber of Commerce Mother of the Year Award.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Thena Evans Noell, and her husband of 55 years, and the love of her life, William S. Gunn. Mrs. Gunn is survived by three daughters, Linda Gunn-Jones (Anthony) of Raleigh, Monika Gunn-Holloway and Fern Gunn Simeon (Mark) of Durham; three sons, Wm. Lloyd Gunn, Marcilen L. Gunn (Linda), and Milton P. Gunn, of Durham; four grandchildren, Christopher Gunn Holloway (Shanti) and Allison Gunn Simeon of Durham, Marcilen Lloyd Gunn of Charlotte, and Marilouise E. Jones (W. Lafayette, IN); five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1 pm, at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 South Alston Avenue, Durham. The family will receive family and friends prior to the service from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. Interment will be held in Beechwood Cemetery, Durham.
Flowers gratefully accepted or memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels of Durham, Inc., 2522 Ross Road, Durham, NC 27703.
Arrangements by Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, 919-598-8496, 2502 NC 55, Durham, NC 27713.

Bernice Ophelia Marable Bass Hobson
DURHAM — Bernice Ophelia Marable Bass Hobson was a cheerful lifelong survivor who loved being surrounded by family and friends. She had a capacious interest in people and cherished family gatherings.
After a fruitful life, at the age of 84, Mrs. Hobson departed this life on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Universal Healthcare in Oxford, NC.
Born May 9, 1929, in Oxford to Alexander and Ida Sanford Marable, Ophelia attended public schools in Oxford. Her first marriage was to Archie Bass. To this union two sons were born and later, a second marriage to Shepherd Bland Hobson. She enjoyed travel experiences with her husband who served in many capacities in the United States Army.
Besides her two sons, James (Ida) and Marvin Bass (Gloria), Durham, NC, other survivors include one granddaughter, Tonya Colleena Bass, Durham, NC and two grandsons, Timothy and Kevin Bass, Oxford, NC, and sister, Kate Marable, Henderson, NC.
The family will receive friends at the Wright Funeral Home in Oxford, NC on Saturday evening, April 26, 2014, between seven o’clock and eight o’clock. Services will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at two o'clock at Hardie Grove Baptist Church, US Highway 15 North, Oxford, NC.
Assisting the family are Wright Funeral Home, Inc., 3724 Salem Road, Oxford, NC and Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens, 923B Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Conrad Knight
DURHAM — Conrad Knight, 82, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 at his home. He was born in Haverhill County, MA. He was the Radiological Safety Director at Duke University for over 40 years.
Mr. Knight is survived by his wife, Margie Burrage Knight; daughter, Tracy Packard; cousins, Marlene and Emile Emagri; grandchildren, Michael and Zack Packard; great-grandchildren, Conner Mclamb, Makenzie and Mikah Odle.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P. O. Box 1330, Durham, NC 27702.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Georgia Louise Wester “Teny” Moss
DURHAM — Mrs. Georgia Louise Wester “Teny” Moss, 91, of Durham, died on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Mrs. Moss was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late George William Wester and Lily Florence Strickland Wester. She worked for the American Tobacco Company for 18 years and retired after 30 years from AATCC as Office Manager. She was owner of the Sweet and Pretty Shop, directed weddings and hosted many holiday family gatherings. She was a member of Page Road Baptist Church and attended the Primetimers at Bethesda Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas “Tom” Moss.
She is survived by her son, Timothy William Moss, and daughter, Lynette Moss, both of Durham.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be at 4 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery on Hillsboro St., Oxford, NC. Active pallbearers will be Paul Moss, Creighton Moss, Taz Blackley, Kevin Blackley, John Potts and Lou Giannattasio.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at Hudson Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Flowers are acceptable.
Online condolences may be made at

David Cleveland Shepherd
DURHAM — David Cleveland Shepherd, 51, of Durham, NC, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Thursday, April 24, 2014, surrounded by his family. David was born in Durham, NC, on Sept. 20, 1962, to Nancy Oakley Shepherd and the late Cleveland Adams Shepherd. He was a 1980 graduate of Jordan High School. David had been employed for many years in the grocery business. In his earlier years, he worked at Durham Bulls Athletic Association. Besides his mother, David is also survived by his sister, Gayle S. Harrison of Goldsboro; his twin brother, Donald Adams Shepherd of Durham; his uncle, William M Oakley, Jr. of Durham; his aunt, Remona B. Shepherd of Charlotte and a special friend, Karen Anderson.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 28, at 2 PM at Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 until 2 PM at the graveside.
Online condolences may be offered at


Samuel Joyner Blackwood
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Samuel Joyner Blackwood, 80, died on Dec. 23, 2013, after a 9-month battle with lung cancer. Son of Samuel Craig Blackwood and Laura Joyner Blackwood, born on Apr. 30, 1933. Survived by wife, Marguerite Morton Blackwood (wed on Dec. 23, 1954); son, Joe Blackwood and his wife Angela Wapner; daughter, Diane Blackwood and her husband Wesley Elsberry; brother, Robert Craig Blackwood and his wife Carolyn; and brother, John Council Blackwood and his wife Pat. Sam grew up in North Carolina. Veteran of the USAF stationed in Germany. Attended UNC at Chapel Hill, graduated from North Carolina State University with an EE degree. Sam worked his whole career at Honeywell in Clearwater, Fla., where he tested inertial navigation systems for NASA space projects and military avionics. Sam taught Sunday school and served as Deacon, Elder, treasurer, and trustee for Trinity Presbyterian Church of Clearwater. Sam was a Cub Scout Cubmaster, volunteered with Boy Scouts, and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Sam was a genealogist and bicyclist. Sam built and used early personal computer kits and served as a computing resource for friends and family. New Hope Presbyterian Church will hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 3rd, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church at 2001 Rainbow Dr., Clearwater, FL 33765 or New Hope Presbyterian Church at 4701 NC Hwy 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. View website at