August 4, 2013

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

Dorothy McLean “Dot” Baucom
DURHAM - Mrs. Dorothy McLean “Dot” Baucom, 98, died on July 30, 2013.
She was born January 11, 1915, in New York City, daughter of Dr William L. McLean and Dr Ella Powel McLean. She graduated from Saint Agatha Episcopal School for Girls and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
She was married to Clifford Randall Baucom, and upon his death, she served in his stead as principal of Southside Elementary School in Durham. While serving as school principal, she completed a Master’s Degree in Home Economics from UNCG, earning teaching certifications in General Science, History, and Home Economics. She then taught Home Economics, Family Life & Child Development, and Ecology at Durham High School until her retirement from teaching in 1975. She remained active in the N.C. Retired Teachers’ Association for many years.
She was a charter member of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, member of Eastern Star and White Shrine, and Delta Kappa Gamma sorority.
She also served as a volunteer counselor with Durham County Crisis Intervention Center.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Dr. John McLean and William McLean. She is survived by sons, William (Anne), Robert (Marcy), and John (Donna); daughters, Betty (Jerry) and Peggy (John); eight grandchildren, Kim (John), Chris, Barbara (Ken), Michael (Jennifer), Susan (Neal), Stephanie (Mike), Noah, and Joshua; and eight great grandchildren, Calvin, Jessica, James, Quincy, Maggie, Jacob, Katelyn, and Jack.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham on Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m., with a reception at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Duke Homecare Hospice Program at 4321 Medical Park Drive in Durham, 27704, or St Luke’s Episcopal Church at 1737 Hillandale Road in Durham, 27705.

Robert Ronald Bell
DURHAM - Robert Ronald Bell, born April 21, 1943 at the Lincoln Hospital to the late George and Eva L. Bell, departed this life on Thursday August 1, 2013 at the Brian Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Durham, NC. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC, at 1:00 p.m., following the family visitation at Noon.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Helen Louise Ray Gaspard
DURHAM — Mrs. Helen Louise Ray Gaspard, 87, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Durham, NC to the late Walter and Lois Ray and predeceased by her late husband, J.V. Gaspard.
She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Jean Paul; grandchildren, Kristen Paul and Nicholas Paul of Alexandria, LA; brother, Winfred Ray of Aiken, SC; sister, Shirley Heyward of North Myrtle Beach, SC; niece, Cynthia Straney of Fredericksburg, VA; nephews, Ricky Barbee of Durham, NC, LaRue Barbee of North Myrtle Beach, SC, Kenneth Ray and Randy Ray of Aiken, SC.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

John Lloyd Greene
DURHAM — John Lloyd Greene, 63, departed his life on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
He is survived by his three children; one brother; one sister; eight grandchildren; and a host of special aunts, uncles and friends.
Services will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m.

Bobby Hunt
DURHAM – Mr. Bobby Hunt passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 at his home. He was born in Washington Co., FL to the late Raymond Jasper Hunt and Beatrice Culpepper Williams. He was also predeceased by his wife, Ida Ruth Hunt.
Mr. Hunt is survived by two sons, James Hunt and Kevin Hunt and wife, Perla; three grandchildren, Alan, Collin and Sofia Hunt; and brother, Charles Hunt.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Chipley, FL.
Flowers are acceptable. Memorial contributions may be made to Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418372, Boston, MA 02241 or online at
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham and Brown Funeral Home in Chipley, FL. Online condolences may be made at

Albert D. Oakley
DURHAM – Albert D. Oakley, of Durham, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Carver Living Center. Born in Durham County, Albert was the son of Charles Oakley, of Durham, and the late Jackie Morris Oakley.
In addition to his father, Mr. Oakley is survived by a sister, Diane Jones, of Durham.
Mr. Oakley will be cremated. There are no memorial services planned at this time.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Dr. Patricia Nichols Page
DURHAM — Dr. Patricia Nichols Page, age 89, died July 27 at Croasdaile Village, Durham, NC. She was born November 11, 1923 at home in Melrose, MA. She graduated in 1941 from Melrose High School and went to Smith College in an accelerated program due to the war, graduating in 1944. She then obtained her first Master's Degree in 1946 in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary in New York City while living at Windham House. In later years she earned a second Master's at Harvard University.
Her life-long career as a Christian Educator for the Episcopal Church started in 1946 in Bessemer City and Salisbury, NC. She continued to work with several dioceses in Maine and at St. John's in Northampton, MA with students at Smith College. In 1964 Pat began 13 years in Zambia which she loved, especially watching the country become independent the first year she was there. In Zambia, she was instrumental in teaching students who she watched become leaders in the church. On her return to the states she earned her PhD from New York Theological Seminary then taught at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA retiring in 1989 to move to Durham, NC. In recognition of her years on the faculty, Dr. Page was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at the time of her retirement. Once in Durham she kept busy teaching varied courses through Duke’s Continuing Studies program, leading several book clubs, particularly focusing on African authors and participating in committees working towards the betterment of local education. She also worked to set up archives on Women Leaders in the Episcopal Church and was part of a team researching joint Methodist/Episcopal interests. In 1994 she published a book, "All God's People are Ministers". She was an active member of St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham for many years. When she moved to Croasdaile Village, she moved her membership to St. Luke's.
Pat was a constant traveler and teacher. She made one trip around the world and many individual trips within this country and abroad. No matter where she went Pat always knew someone and would stay at their house or meet them for lunch. Her relaxation was her summers at the family cottage on Lake Cobbossee in Manchester, ME. She loved swimming and reading, and she would entertain her friends from around the world. 
Pat was predeceased by her parents; sister, Muriel Ann Page; and niece, Rebecca (Hatstat) Gibbs. She leaves two sisters, Polly Cobb of Winthrop, ME and Mary Lu Hatstat of Bristol, VT. She also leaves seven nieces; one nephew; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Pat's life will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Durham, NC on August 17 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception for friends and family. A second Memorial Service will be held in Maine in September, details to be announced later.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Pauli Murray Project, c/o Preservation Durham, PO Box 25411, Durham, NC  27702 to support their mission to lift up the vision and legacy of activist, scholar, feminist, poet and Episcopal priest Pauli Murray and to save and restore her childhood home in Durham or to an organization of your choosing.
The family would like to thank the staff at Croasdaile Village as well as the many friends she left for their loving care of Pat. Special thanks to David and Linda Pendleton and The Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of North Carolina for their care and special friendship.
The Page family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences, Select Obituaries.  

Odile Fears Riggs
BAHAMA – Odile Fears Riggs, 82, of Bahama, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion, Durham. Born in Person County, Mrs. Riggs was the daughter of the late William Thomas Fears and Helen Chandler Day and was also preceded in death by three brothers, Billy Fears, Mike Day and Bobby Day; and one sister, Geraldine Bowman. Odile retired as a bookkeeper at Northern High School in 2005 after 46 years of service.
Mrs. Riggs is survived by her husband, Clyde Goodwin Riggs Sr.; a son, Clyde Goodwin Riggs Jr. and wife, Jeannie; a daughter, Connie Riggs Tart and husband, Carl; a son, Anthony Thomas Riggs and wife, Christi; two sisters, Jeanette Talbott and Shelby Colclough; two brothers, Frank Day and wife, Yolanda, and Clint Day Jr. and wife, Cindy; and a brother-in-law, Donnie Bowman.
Mrs. Riggs is also survived by seven grandchildren, Amy Winters Sellers and husband, Mike, Kimberly Maniace and husband, Joe, Steven Riggs, Chris Riggs and wife, Angela, Kyle Riggs and wife, Jennifer, Hannah Riggs and Ava Riggs; and nine great-grandchildren, Carlie Sellers, Carson Sellers, Cierra Sellers, Savannah Cole, Jacob Cole, Carigan Maniace, Christina Maniace, Brianna Poole and Bobby Poole.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham, with Dr. Carl K. Garner officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Mark Clements, Kirk Clements, Russell Riggs, Scott Riggs, Johnny Riggs and Alan Stephenson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Browning, James Armstrong, Dr. Isaac Thomas, Dino Laurenzi, Jim Matthews, Mark Bowman and Kevin Bowman.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 1104 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712 or to National Foundation for Cancer Research at NFCR, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda, MD 20814.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Loomis Clinton “Clint” Sears
DURHAM — Mr. Loomis Clinton “Clint” Sears, 88, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Seasons at Southpoint. He was born in Chatham Co., to the late Loomis and Cassie Sears. He and his brother owned Sears Brothers Lumber Company and later worked for Louisiana Pacific. Mr. Sears was a member of Hope Valley Baptist Church.
Mr. Sears is survived by his daughters, Cindy and husband, Bart Cleary of Oxford and Ginger Johnson of Decatur, AL.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Hope Valley Baptist Church. Family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Hope Valley Baptist Church, 6900 Hope Valley Rd, Durham, NC 27707 or a charity of your choice.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Leonard E. Staunton, “Len”
DURHAM — Leonard E. Staunton, “Len” died on Friday July 26, 2013 in Durham.
He attended Durham Academy and graduated from Appalachian State University. He was a member of Cresset Baptist Church. He was employed at T.E.A.C.C.H. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was an avid reader.
Surviving are his parents, Jack and Sally Furr Staunton of Durham; his sister, Jaci Pergerson and nephew, Bryce of Rougemont; his aunt, Elaine Hartley and cousins, Bob, Doug and Brian Hartley, all of Raleigh.
A private graveside funeral service was held at Maplewood Cemetery on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Memorials may be made to Cressett Baptist Church, 3707 Garrett Road, Durham, North Carolina 27707.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home assisted the Staunton family. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Edna Virginia Wall
DURHAM — Funeral services for Ms. Edna Virginia Wall (62), of Durham, NC, will be conducted on Monday at 1 p.m. from the Henderson Grove Baptist Church, and the interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will meet with their friends one hour before the funeral service. Survivors are one son, Mr. Michael Wall; one daughter, Mrs. Martha Penn; one brother, Mr. Roger Anderson; one sister, Mrs. Lola McCallum; one grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to: Hanes Funeral Service.

Kenneth Linwood Gupton

OXFORD — Mr. Kenneth Linwood Gupton, 69, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Vance Co. to Violet Gupton White and the late Perry Linwood Gupton. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin Gupton. Mr. Gupton was a 26-year Navy veteran.
In addition to his mother and step-father, Edwin White, he is survived by his wife, Chung Kim Gupton; and her daughter, Tammy; daughters, Kathy Hobby, Marianne (Randy) Knapp; grandchildren, Victoria Clopton, Jake Hobby; sister, Patricia Gupton (Bill) Coghill; and step-children, Donald Roberson, Charlotte Pierce, and Gary Roberson.
A graveside service was held Saturday, August 3 at 3 p.m. at Liberty Christian Church Cemetery in Henderson, NC with Rev. Mark Hall officiating.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Mae Richards
HILLSBOROUGH - Mary Mae Richards, age 86, daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Jordan, passed away August 1, 2013 at Chapel Hill Rehabilitation Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
The funeral will be Monday, 12 p.m. at Mt. Bright Baptist Church; visitation will be Monday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., one hour prior to service in the church.
Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Garden.
Survivors are husband, William Richards Jr., one son, William Terry Richards, both of the home; one sister, Nancy Jane Thompson (John Henry); one brother, John Davis Jordan (Rev. Gwendolyn), all of Hillsborough, NC; one godson, Courtney English (Kim) of Greensboro, NC.
Public viewing will be Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Chavis-Parker Funeral Home.

Douglas Paul Thomas
CHAPEL HILL — Douglas Paul Thomas, 65, died peacefully of metastatic melanoma at his home in Chapel Hill on Friday, August 2, with his partner of over 30 years and legal spouse of three days, Gordon Lipscomb, at his side. Doug was born in Oakland, California, grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from UC-Berkeley and UT-Austin. He also completed graduate certificates in public health at UNC-CH. Doug spent his early adult years in his beloved Indonesia, and Gordon and Doug lived in Kuwait and Indonesia before settling in Chapel Hill 21 years ago. Doug was passionate about many things, including public health, and he believed strongly in the projects that he worked on at the Duke Center for Health Policy and Research, promoting mental health and substance abuse services for those living with HIV.
Doug was predeceased by his parents, Dorothea and Stephen Thomas. In addition to his partner, Doug is survived by his brothers, Stephen Thomas IV (and wife, Jane Thomas) of Pacific Grove, California, Don Thomas of Moscow, Idaho; and his sister, Suzanne Thomas of Arlington, Virginia. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Stephen Thomas V., Celina Thomas, Scott Thomas and Sally Thomas; and great nephews, Stephen Thomas VI and MacKenzie Thomas. Doug was also deeply loved as a son, brother, uncle and cousin by his partner's extended family.
Arrangements are by Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Condolences may be expressed at Per Doug's wishes, there will be no memorial service; however, memorial donations may be made to help those living with HIV to:
Global Connections for Change/for The Care Fund
C/o Alice Ratliff, Treasurer
53 Green Mill Lane
Durham, NC  27707.

Harriet C. Petty
CARY — Harriet C. Petty, 88 of Cary, died on July 31, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Gene T. Petty. She is survived by daughters, Linda P. Householder and Carolyn P. Podger (Kit); and sons, Gene T. Petty Jr. (Betsi) and James E. Petty (Hilda); four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family will receive friends at 133 Castlefern Drive, Cary from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2013. Online condolences at