May 26, 2013

May. 25, 2013 @ 05:11 PM

Sandra O’Neal Carver
DURHAM - Mrs. Sandra O’Neal Carver, 69, of Durham, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
Mrs. Carver was born in Durham County to the late Harvey M. O’Neal and Nannie Mae Colclough O’Neal. She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Carver. She was a devout Christian and avid Duke fan.
She is survived by her uncles, A.V. O’Neal (Barbara) and W. C. Colclough (Gloria); aunts, Lucy Smith (James), Eunice Colclough and Becky Colclough and many cousins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 2 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church in Creedmoor.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Durham Rescue Mission, Online condolences can be made at

Edward Michael “Mike” Colvin
DURHAM - Edward Michael “Mike” Colvin, of 4807 Pointe Place, passed away on May 24, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital of complications following a stroke.
Mr. Colvin was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and served in the U.S. Air Force for 5 years as a pilot during the Vietnam War. He moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1989 to accept a position as a pilot with Eastern Air Lines.
He is predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Edward Colvin of Providence, Rhode Island.
He is survived by his companion of 24 years, Anne M. Melvin; her son, Henry J. Melvin III (Cheryl); and his two grandchildren whom he adored, Madison and Elana Melvin. He is also survived by his brothers, Bob Colvin (Jo) of Centerville, Ohio, Paul Colvin (Paula) of Fall River, Mass., Bill Colvin of Rumford, R.I., James Colvin of Ann Arbor, Michigan; sisters, Pat Marcoullier (Jim) of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Judy Dunn (Larry) of Forestville, Ct., Jen Colvin (Jen John) of Warner Robbins, Georgia and Kathy Barbosa (Arthur) of Johnston, R.I.
Graveside services will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church Cemetery, 1001 Mason Road, Durham, NC 27712 on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at Mike's home at 4807 Pointe Place, Durham NC 27712 following the service.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Colvin family. Online condolences may be sent to, select obituaries.

Gracie Elizabeth Day
DURHAM - Gracie Elizabeth Day, 84, departed her life on May 23, 2013.
She leaves to cherish her memory one son, three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and funeral services will be at Mount Calvary United Church of Christ, Thursday, May 30,2013 at 1 pm. 
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Bobby Olive May
DURHAM - Mrs. Bobby Olive May, 84, a resident of Durham, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Born in Durham, Bobby was the daughter of the late W.H. Olive and Josephine Powell Olive.
Bobby graduated from Durham High School in 1946, and she then attended Coker College. After returning to Durham, she worked at Duke Power. She owned and operated the Sample Case Furniture Store for many years.
Bobby was a member of First Baptist Church and belonged to the Friendship Sunday School Class. She served on both the Bereavement and Homebound committees. As a former member of Braggtown Baptist Church, she taught Sunday School in the pre-school department for many years.
She loved gardening and working in her yard. She also enjoyed attending her lunch get-togethers with her high school classmates.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles Richard “Dick” May, on May 17.
Surviving are her daughter, Patti M. Morrison (Craig) of Durham; her son, R. Mark May (Mitzi) of Rougemont; five grandchildren, Justin Morrison (Chelsey), Blair Morrison (Emily), Maggie Perkins (Seth), Conley May and Cassie May. She is also survived by her brother, W.H. Olive Jr. of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Hilda O. Nelson (Norman) of Rochester, MN and Billie O. Wall (George) of Ronoake, VA.
A memorial service will be held for both, Dick and Bobby, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28 at Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Andy Winn officiating. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at Clements Funeral Home. Burial of their cremains will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duke Hospice, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704 or Home Bound Ministries in c/o First Baptist Church, 414 Cleveland Street, Durham, NC 27701.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Elizabeth “Betsy” Rogers Millar
May 24, 1927- May 24, 2013
DURHAM - Betsy passed through Heaven’s gates on May 24, 2013. She joins the love of her life, Jack. Betsy valiantly and tenaciously fought Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years, handling it with dignity and grace.
She graduated from Durham High School in 1945, and from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA in 1949. She received her Master of Social Work from UNC-CH and Florida State University.
Betsy’s greatest contribution was her vocation as a social worker with the Red Cross and her volunteer work as a founding officer of the Winston-Salem Hospice Chapter in 1977. She was a dedicated member of both Trinity UMC (childhood congregation) and Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem.
Her parents, Lucile and Ralph Rogers Sr. of Durham; and husband, Jack, predeceased her. She is survived by daughters, Sally Mason and Patsy Myers (Marti); two wonderful grandsons, Robert Mason and Joshua Myers; two brothers, Ralph Rogers Jr. (Lib) and Clinton Rogers of Durham; niece, Jean; nephews, Dewitt, Josh and Clint.
There will be a celebration of life service at Centenary UMC on May 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jack and Betsy Millar Volunteer Education and Training Fund at Hospice of W-S, 101 Hospice Ln, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or Pancakes for Parkinson’s, University of Virginia Fund, PO Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22907-5015.

Nellie Mae Forrester Reagan
DURHAM - Nellie Mae Forrester Reagan, 85, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Durham Regional Hospital. A native of Durham, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Ethel Wilkins Forrester. She was also predeceased by her husband, Edward F. (George) Reagan.
She was a graduate of Bragtown High School. In her life, she was dedicated to helping others throughout her volunteer services with several organizations.
She is survived by several nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, Section 17. Officiating will be the Rev. James Evans.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Reagan family.
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Curlee Ingram Cooley Smith
DURHAM — Curlee Ingram Cooley Smith, 85, passed away quietly at Presbyterian Home of Hawfields Thursday, May 24 after a year of declining health. A longtime resident of Durham, she was the daughter of J.V. and Lucille Ingram of Bethesda. She was predeceased by a sister, Patsy Sykes, and is survived by a sister, Emma Jean Phelps; a brother, James L. Ingram; sister-in-law, Catherine Ingram, all of Durham; and her son, Richard Cooley and his wife, Pat, of Rougemont. Curlee (Lee) enjoyed a long career in the construction business with Crain and Denbo and Geo. W. Kane Const. She was 1 of 6 Charter members of Women in Construction of Durham. Later, she retired from the Durham County ABC board and many years of work at the Hillandale voting precinct. Final arrangements are by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas. No public service is planned at this time.

James Dewey Bowen
GREENSBORO — James Dewey Bowen, Greensboro, NC, departed this life on May 23, 2013. Born July 18, 1946, he is preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and John Tobin.
Survived by his wife of 42 years, Teresa Bell Bowen; two daughters, Christine Bowen Stevens (Jim) and Shelley Elizabeth Bowen (Daniel); three grandchildren, Mark James and Sean Thomas Stevens, and Annabell Elise Johnson. Graduate of Truett McConnell College and North Carolina State University. Served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1968-72. Member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Durham, NC. Words cannot express the love and pride Jim had for his family.
Family will receive friends May 28 in celebration of Jim's life. Call (919)475-4719 for details. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to American Cancer Society.