Obituaries, January 27, 2014

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

DURHAM

Ralph L. Dennis
DURHAM — Ralph L. Dennis died on January 25, 2014, at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham, NC, on May 27, 1930, to Ralph W. “Hap” Dennis and Lila B. Chambers, who preceded him in death. He was educated in the Durham City Schools, where he was a talented athlete. As a gifted machinist, Ralph worked at Wright Machinery for 20 years prior to working at NIEHS and later UNC-Chapel Hill until his retirement.
He was a longtime member of Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Orange County and the Broken Anchor Boat Club. He took great pride in serving on the board of the Eno Volunteer Fire Department for more than 29 years.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Joyce Burns Dennis; two sons, David (JoAnn) and Danny (Brenda); four grandchildren, Christina, Allison, Julie and Patrick; two great-grandchildren, LilyBeth and Trip; and two sisters, Sondra Whicker and Eileen Garrard.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. in Clements Funeral Chapel with Rev. Raymond Johns, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. The family will received friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Eno Volunteer Department.
Flowers are acceptable or donations may be made to the Eno Volunteer Fire Department, 5019 U.S. 70, Durham, NC 27705.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

Herbert Francis Shatzman
DURHAM — Herbert Francis Shatzman (b. 23 July 1927) passed away January 26, 2014. He was 86 years old. Herbert was the eldest child of Celia and Harry Shatzman of Brooklyn, NY. He served in the Navy during World War II, and graduated from City College of New York in 1950 where he majored in Civil Engineering. He worked for engineering firms in New York City before establishing his own construction management firm in 1983 where he was involved in the construction of hotels, airport facilities, civic centers and other major construction projects.
Herb and his wife Eunice Frohman Shatzman married on September 7, 1952 in Rochester, NY. They moved to Durham in 1989 from White Plains, NY to be near family. While in Durham they have been involved in community activities and are active members of Beth El Synagogue.
During his retirement, Herb pursued his passion for classical music through his extensive collection and knowledge of music and was an avid painter. Herb and Eunice also shared a dedication for collecting ceramic art, which included early Chinese dynasties, Chinese Jades, European Art Nouveau, Art Deco and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Gifts from their collections can be seen at the University of North Carolina's Ackland Museum and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University.
Herb was a gentleman, who was dedicated to his work and family. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great storyteller. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his beloved wife Eunice and daughter Merrill Shatzman, son-in-law Alan Cohen (Durham, NC) grandchildren Hannah Cohen and Zachary Cohen, his brother Ira Shatzman (Brooklyn, NY), sister Eileen Berman (Plainview, NY), nieces and a nephew.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 PM in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Rabbi Daniel Greyber officiating. Burial will be in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery
Memorials may be made to the Duke University Music Library, 113 Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, Duke, Box 90661 Durham, North Carolina 27708-9661.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com. , select obituaries.

Roger Sanford Williams
DURHAM — Roger Sanford Williams, 76, of Durham, died Friday, January 24, 2014, at Duke University Hospital. Mr. Williams was born in Portland, Maine, to the late Emily Marion Waite Williams and Sanford Joseph Williams.
Roger was a retired truck driver and was also a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He was a member of Knap Of Reeds Masonic Lodge #158 and was also part of the Hardee’s Group.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Williams; a daughter, Tammy Gail Williams; a son, Kenneth Dwayne Williams; two grandchildren, Roger Dwayne Williams and wife, Jenny, and Laura Abigail Williams; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Williams and Noah Williams; and a sister, Patricia Hill and husband, Bill.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 28, at 2 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, with Dr. Marc Francis and Rev. Dave Pryor officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.