Obituaries, June 15, 2014

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 05:06 PM


Steve Clark
DURHAM — Mr. Steve Clark, 65, of Durham passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his family and friends after a short battle with lung cancer. Steve was born to the late James Benjamine and Frances Zenobah Mills Clark. He worked for Overnight Transportation for 33 years, West Brothers Transportation and Storage for 10 years and most recently Goodwill Industries for 4 years. He was a member of The Elks Lodge #568. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Clark.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Andrea Clark; two daughters, Candy Russell and husband Jeffrey Russell, Summer Eldridge and husband, Gary Eldridge; 6 grandchildren, Nathan Deane, Owen Deane, Zachary Eldridge, Jordan Eldridge, Montgomery Russell and Kynleigh Russell; 1 brother, Stuart Harris; and multiple friends, Skip Dunn, Russell Crabtree and Norman Davis.
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Hudson Funeral Chapel. Speaker will be Tommy Fletcher.
The family will receive friends at the home after the service, and request that potted plants or donations for the family be sent to Hudson Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at

Ruth Elizabeth Deason
DURHAM — Ruth Elizabeth Deason, age 20, of Durham, NC died June 12, 2014 at her home.
Ruth Deason was born in Durham, North Carolina, December 13, 1993, to John Powell (Jack) Deason III and Tina Griffin Deason. She attended the Durham Public Schools until age eighteen.
Ruth liked music and enjoyed going to the Wheelhouse on Oak Island, sitting on the deck listening to the ocean and feeling the breeze on her face and in her hair. She had a strong sense of touch and particularly liked touching others and holding hands. She passed peacefully doing what she loved most, holding Mom. Ruth never knew a day without love.
Ruth was preceded in death by her grandparents, Russell and Mabel Griffin of Raleigh and John and Mary Deason of Wilkesboro.
She is survived by her parents, Jack Deason and wife Tina of Durham; Aunt Carol McDowell and husband Mike of Elkin; Uncle Mike Deason and wife Peggy of Jeffersonville, Indiana; Uncle Tim Griffin and wife Diane of Charlotte; Uncle Craig Griffin and wife Marie of Raleigh; and cousins Russ Griffin, Kathryn McDowell, Kelly Fulton, Linda Deason and Bobby Deason.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 17, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Hall-Wynne Funeral Service at 1113 W. Main Street in Durham. A private memorial service will be held in Wilkesboro, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 1145, Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Gloria Faye Jones Hight
DURHAM — Gloria Faye Jones Hight, 82, of Durham died on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the daughter of the late Forest Percy Jones and Lottie Hortense King Jones. She was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. She loved the beach and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She retired from Durham Public Schools. Mrs. Hight was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Hight, Sr.
She is survived by her son, Robert E. Hight, Jr. and wife Jan of Durham; two daughters, Brenda H. Black of Durham, Pamela H. Parker and husband Stan of Durham; five grandchildren, Chris Weiss, Traci Parker Baird, Kathryn Parker McIver, Maddy Hight, Robbie Hight III; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Baptist Church. Rev. Hugh O’Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 to 11:00, one hour prior to the services at Bethesda Baptist Church and other times at the home, 2605 Rolling Pines Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Amedisys Hospice of Durham, 2609 Duke St., Suite 102, Durham, NC 27704. Online condolences can be made at

Nadell “Jack” Jackson
DURHAM — Mr. Nadell “Jack” Jackson passed on Wednesday, june 11, 2014 at the Duke Hospice Center. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie Jackson; son, Lydell and Michelle Jackson; daughter, Audrey Jackson Lucas; brother, George Jackson; sisters, Marion Loftin and Betty Jones.
Services will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014 at New Rock Spring Christian Church, 2711 Rock Spring Church Road, Creedmoor, NC. Viewing will take place one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to

Mary Perry Rogers
DURHAM — Mrs. Mary Perry Rogers, age 67, passed on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Duke Hospice Center. She is survived by her son Rejinald Rogers, daughter Laswanda Rogers (William), brothers Dewitt, William, Steve and Dewey Perry, sisters Catherine Danzy, Louise Perry, Sarah Jacobs, Deborah Clifton and three grandchildren.
Services will take place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:00pm at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Cheek Road, Durham, NC. A visitation with friends will be held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Scarborough and Hargett Funeral Home, Inc.

Sara Gaddy Winston
DURHAM — Sara Gaddy Winston of Durham died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at her home. She was born in Hamlet in 1959 and lived in Durham from 1992 to present. Sara was married to John Thomas Winston in 1986 and they lived in Cary, NC and Myrtle Beach and Charleston SC, before settling down in Durham. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.
She worked for the American Red Cross Central NC Chapter as an Administrative Assistant to the Chapter in Durham, NC, since September 1997. She was always proud of the work the Red Cross does and the people it serves in need.
Sara graduated from Rockingham High School and then attended Appalachian University, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She graduated from Campbell University in 1982. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She loved going to Topsail Beach and watching her dog, Nyla, run while she searched for sea glass along the shore. She truly enjoyed everything the coast had to offer and had dreamed of retiring at Topsail. Sara loved life, cooking and entertaining friends. We will miss her beautiful eyes and her infectious laugh.
Sara was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Baker Gaddy and Wilburn Davis Gaddy. Surviving are her husband, John Winston; a son, Will Winston; a daughter, Grace Winston; two sisters, Jane Gaddy and Ann Leak and husband, Hal; two nieces, Callen Leak, Holly Musselwhite and husband, Anthony; a great-niece, Janie Musselwhite; a great-nephew, Jack Musselwhite; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas William Winston and Elizabeth Winston.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, June 17, at 11:00am in Temple Baptist Church. Burial will be in Grassy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Bullock, NC at 1:00pm. The family will receive visitors from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on Monday at Clements Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Hal Leak, Anthony Musselwhite, Carl Beckstedt, Mike Tuton, Francis Winston, John Lee Winston, Tom Steagall and Jeff Chancellor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Red Cross Central NC Chapter, 4737 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707; or Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


Mahlon D. Williams, Sr.
CHAPEL HILL — Mahlon D. Williams, Sr., 63, of Chapel Hill, passed into glory on June 9, 2014.
Born on May 13, 1951, he grew up in Rocky Mount. He attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) as a football player, graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry, and was in the 1973 NFL football draft. He retired in 1996 from the Carrboro Police Department. In recent years, Mahlon worked at Club Nova, a Carrboro non-profit serving the mentally ill.
He was an adored and respected man who, somehow, did it all, and loved the Lord. His favorite saying was, God is!!
Mahlon is survived by his wife of 42 years, Veronica, 7 children, 2 grandchildren, and several loving extended family.
A Celebration of his life will be Monday, June 16, 2014 at Grace Church, 200 Sage Rd., Chapel Hill, 27514, at 1pm, with visitation at 12pm. Jones Funeral Home in Chapel Hill is providing visitation on Sunday until 7pm and Monday morning starting at 8am.
Condolences can be sent to 107 Gristmill Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.


Ruth Elizabeth Dailey
MILTON, Del. — Ruth Elizabeth Dailey of Milton, Delaware, died Saturday, June 7, 2014. Wife of Theodore Charles Dailey (deceased June 6, 2006, Durham, NC), Ruth was born to Arthur P. and Bertha J. Thomas, Oct. 15, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ruth is survived by her five children, Ronald Arthur, Jeffrey Allen, Scott Robert, Nancy Lee (Cox) and Lori Ruth; son-in-law Gary Cox and daughters-in-law Kathy and LeeAnn; and grandchildren Ronald Huffman Dailey and Virginia Elizabeth and Vivian Setsuko Cox.
Ruth and Ted were married for 64 years, a marriage Ted predicted after falling head over heels with a 5’2” brunette at a Valentine’s Dance in 1942. They married in May 1944 making a honeymoon of his various station assignments as a major in the Army Air Corps. Their travels were many throughout their lifetime, including adventuresome moves to homes in Houston, Texas; Fairfax County, Virginia; Lakeland, Florida and Durham, North Carolina; and for Ruth, her final home with son Jeffrey and daughter Lori in Milton. Ruth enjoyed a 30-year-plus career in retail and finance with major department stores, including the Dillard’s at the former South Square, retiring at 83.
Donations may be directed in Ruth's memory to Easter Seals, The Adult Program, 22317 DuPont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947, where daughter, Lori, is a recipient of services for people with developmental disabilities.

Jerry Lee Luquire
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Jerry Lee Luquire, 75, of Columbus, GA, went to be with the Lord Jesus on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, June 16, 2014 at Edgewood Baptist Church with Rev. David Howle officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church, 3564 Forrest Rd., Columbus, GA 31907. A private interment will be held in Parkhill Cemetery.
Jerry Lee Luquire was born July 27, 1938 in Durham, NC to Lloyd and Gladys Luquire. He came to Columbus as a radio and television broadcaster in 1961 and worked for WRBL TV and Radio and WLTZ TV for many years. He worked for American Family Life Assurance for a number of years and founded Brentwood Christian Press in 1982 which became America’s leading publisher of Christian materials. Jerry was the leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, a political action group promotion legislation respecting family and Christian values and ideals. He was the 1st president of the Sertoma Club of Columbus. He was an entered apprentice Mason, a member of the NAACP, and was a dedicated member of Edgewood Baptist Church for over 50 years. He was active as a Sunday school teacher and Deacon and driver for various groups for their outings. Jerry was the chief aid to U.S. Rep. Jack Brinkley in Washington D.C. for two terms.
Jerry was well-known for his television and radio shows which sparked political debates on the airwaves. He was well-known for his television and radio talk shows including The Jerry Luquire Show and for his appearance early in his career at functions as radio personality, “JL the DJ in his PJs.”
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, LC Luquire, Jr.
Jerry was the patriarch of the Luquire family and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce, and their two sons, Brace and wife Susan of Columbus and Bryan and wife Sandra of Birmingham; seven grandchildren, Steven, Adam, Brad, Justin, Derek, Sophia, and Spencer. Other survivors include, Earl Conway of South Carolina, Janet Luquire of California, Stephen Luquire (nephew) of Texas, and Shari Luquire Dearing (niece) of California.
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