Obituaries, February 5, 2014
Clent E. Davis
DURHAM — Mr. Clent E. Davis, 66, of 1008 Forge Rd, departed this life at his home on January 30, 2014. His service will be held at 12pm on Saturday, February 8, at Russell Memorial CME Church. Interment will follow in Glennview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8pm at Burthey Funeral Chapel and again on Saturday from 11:30am-12:00pm at the church one-half hour prior to the service.
Mr. Davis is survived by his son, Johnathan Davis; mother, Rachel L. Davis; two brothers, Timothy Davis Jr and Anthony E. Davis; and sister, Vanda Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations for the Clent E. Davis Sickle Cell Foundation be made payable to Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 South Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27701.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.
Marcus Alexander Garriss
DURHAM — Marcus Alexander Garriss, 89, of Durham died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in Anson County, Marcus was the son of the late Daniel Franklin Garriss and Effie Moore Garriss. He was educated in Wadesboro Schools. Marcus served in the U.S. Army Engineers during World War II for 32 months in the United States, Guadalcanal, Philippines, and Japan. He had achieved rank of Batallion Personnel Sergeant Major at time of honorable discharge in 1946.
Marcus returned to Duke University in 1946 and graduated in 1949 with a B.A. degree in accounting.
He was employed by The American Tobacco Company in Durham in the accounting office for 30 years, retiring in 1979.
Marcus was a member of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Elder for many years.
Marcus was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Woods Garriss, and brother, William Philip Garriss.
Surviving are his sister-in-law, Phyllis Garriss; his nephew, Daniel Garriss and wife, Sue; his nephew, Roy Woods and wife, Carolyn; his niece, Meredith Cooper and husband, Pell, and daughter, Marelle; and his niece, Margaret Garriss.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Robert Brizendine officiating. Burial will follow in Hillsborough City Cemetery with military honors.
Friends may visit prior to the service beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, 102 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278.
The Garriss family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries.
Alfredo Donnel Jobel
DURHAM — Alfredo Donnel Jobel, 28, departed his life on February 1, 2014. He leaves behind his daughter Victoria, son Alfredo Jr., mother Sandra, two brothers, Gary, Luis, sister Angel, and many other relatives.
A viewing will be held at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home on Friday at 1:30 pm and the funeral will be 2:30 pm.
Muriel Veronica Gurtner Kirkland
DURHAM — Mrs. Muriel Veronica Gurtner Kirkland, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully on February 2, 2014 at age 95, surrounded by her family.
Muriel was born on September 22, 1918 in Bergenfield, NJ, and was the youngest child of Mary Veronica Mulligan and Jacob Emil Gurtner. She moved to Durham with her family at age 11 and graduated from Durham High School. She attended Woman’s College in Greensboro, and returned to Durham where she worked in the Treasurer’s Office at Duke University.
She married George Faucette Kirkland, Jr. on Christmas Eve 1938. When George returned from his service in World War II, they settled in Durham where they raised their three children. The family spent their summers on Kerr Lake where they enjoyed boating, skiing and sailing. Muriel continued to water ski and crew in sailboat races for many years. Muriel was active in the community, where she served as a Cub Scout leader and PTA president, and she was involved in the Republican Women’s Club and her Sewing Group. Muriel and her husband George were married for 62 years, until his death in 2001. George was a Periodontist and served as president of the North Carolina Dental Society, and dentistry played an important role in their lives. Muriel honored her husband after his death with a generous contribution to the UNC Dental School, and the Kirkland Auditorium at the new Dental Sciences Building is named in his honor. Muriel spent her final six years at the Forest at Duke where she stayed active playing bridge, making new friends, playing online Scrabble with her children and grandchildren, and participating regularly in sit-down volleyball. She was a vital, independent, strong woman who dearly loved her family, and she had a profound effect on her children, her grandchildren, and all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be greatly missed.
Muriel is survived by two daughters, Virginia Kirkland Caldroney and her husband, Tom, of Ruxton, MD, and Judy Kirkland Wilson and husband Jim, of Chapel Hill, NC, and a son, Dr. George F. Kirkland III and wife Leslie, of Durham, NC. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Lisa and husband Don Schline, Jill and husband Brad Whitehurst, Kirk and wife Carrie Caldroney, Lindsay, Allison, George IV (Kirk), and Rob, and 7 great-grandchildren, Hannah and Harrison Schline; Thomas, Virginia and George Whitehurst; and Lillia and Colten Caldroney.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, with Rev. Marilyn Hedgpeth officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Watts-Hill Hall at the church.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home, 1005 W. Main Street, Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701.
The Kirkland family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com. Select Obituaries.
Alice Walters Mumford
DURHAM — Alice Walters Mumford, 71, of Durham, NC, died February 4, 2014, of breast cancer.
Alice was born October 10, 1942 in Greenville, NC. She was the daughter of the late Stephen Franklin Walters, Sr. and Nell Merritt Walters. Alice graduated from Rose High School, received a B.A. in Education from East Carolina College and later received a Master of Arts degree in Education from East Carolina University.
Alice settled in Durham with her family in 1976. She retired from the Durham County Schools after teaching and working as a Guidance Counselor. Alice loved flowers, plants, arranging and volunteered with Duke Gardens for 18 years as a docent educator. She was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church for 38 years where she served as den mother, Sunday School Teacher, various committees but especially enjoyed Lay Shepherd Ministry with her husband Jerry and co-leading Martha Society efforts at the church for 20 years.
Alice was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. Larry Mumford. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Jerry S. McDaniel; daughter, Susan M. Stahl and her husband, John, of Greensboro; son, Michael S. Mumford and his wife, Courtney, of Durham; 5 grandchildren: Stephen, Sarah and Stanford Stahl and Caroline and Michael Mumford; sister, Louise W. Sammons and her husband, Robert, of Grand Junction, CO; brother, Stephen F. Walters Jr. and his wife, Frances, of Greenville; four nieces, their spouses and great-nephews.
A memorial service in celebration of Alice’s life will be held Friday, February 7 at 2:00 at Epworth United Methodist Church with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Private family burial.
Contributions in Alice’s memory may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707 or to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Box 90341 Duke University, Durham, NC 27708.
Maurice T. Paine III
DURHAM — Maurice Terrell Paine III, 65, passed on to the Lord February 2, 2014. He was born September 23, 1948 to the late Maurice Terrell Paine Jr. and Mary Kay Hough Paine in Evanston, Illinois. Maurice was a graduate of New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Following graduation he served his country as an A6 Pilot in the US Navy. Maurice retired after 30 years as a real estate agent in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was an avid and accomplished golfer, loved history and sharing life’s lessons and stories with his grandson, Andrew Paine McGavran.
Surviving are his wife, of 38 years, Linda McLaughlin Paine of Durham, NC; two daughters, Jennifer Paine Hardee of Washington, D.C. and Rebecca Hough Paine of Durham, NC; grandson Andrew Paine McGavran; future son-in-law Randall Jonathan Pekowski of Dallas, TX; a sister, Mary Paine Gillen and husband, Dan Gillen, of The Villages, FL; and two brothers, Peter Scott Paine and wife, Mary Atha Paine of Wilmette, IL and William Randolph Paine and wife, Elizabeth Campbell Paine of Park Ridge, IL.
Memorial services will be held 11:30am Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Maurice Terrell Paine III to the Duke Cancer Institute supporting melanoma research, 710 West Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Heritage Fund, 1737 Hillandale Rd., Durham, NC 27705.
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service in Durham, NC. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com. Select Obituaries.
Esther W. Wiley
DURHAM — Mrs. Esther W. Wiley passed away on January 31, 2014 at the Brian Center of Durham. Her survivors are Brucie Brunson, Winetta Hopkins and Marguerite Bradley, all of Maryland. Services will take place at St. Joseph A.M.E. Church on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12 noon. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Services are entrusted to Scarborough and Hargett Memorial Chapel and Gardens.
Minnie D. Dixon
CHAPEL HILL — Minnie D. Dixon, 94, our beloved Mother, GrandMother, Great-GrandMother, and Great-Great-GrandMother, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Born on May 20, 1919, she was a lifelong resident of Carrboro & Orange County. She is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Andrews (Billy Wayne), Billie Ragan, Donna Hearne, nine GrandChildren, thirteen Great-GrandChildren, one Great-Great-GrandChild, and a very special cousin, Etta L. Daniel (Luther). She was predeceased by her husband Johnnie E. Dixon and her mother Lessie Durham, brothers, Bill and Tom Durham. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Walkers Funeral Home in Chapel Hill from 6pm-8pm. Graveside services will be performed by Reverend Mark Hall at Westwood Cemetery on Thursday, Feburary 6, 2014 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNC Hospice-Pittsboro, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
Margo Woods Compton
BLANCH — Margo Woods Compton of 153 Bill Compton Road, Blanch, N.C., will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 AM in Maplewood Cemetery at 1621 Duke University Road in Durham, NC.
The graveside service will be conducted by Father Anthony Marques of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Danville, VA.
Margo passed on May 11, 2010 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Mrs. Compton was born in Durham, N.C. on June 28, 1942, a daughter of the late John B.F. Woods II and Betty Austin Woods.
Mrs. Compton was a Registered Nurse, having been affiliated with Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., the VA Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.
Mrs. Compton was a graduate of The Watts School of Nursing, and received her BSN from The University of North Carolina. As a Morehead scholar she graduated UNC summa cum laude, and was a member of The National Honor Society. Mrs. Compton also received her M.Ed. from North Carolina State University.
During her teaching career she had served as a nursing instructor at Butner Institutions, at Alamance Community College, and served as Director of Nursing at Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, N.C. Mrs. Compton was also certified as a diabetic nurse specialist and as a legal nurse consultant. Mrs. Compton was a commissioned officer in the United States Army and was assigned and served as the first Chief Nurse with the North Carolina National Guard.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Danville, VA.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Vicki Jones.
Mrs. Compton is survived by her husband, William L. Compton of the home, one son Blair Austin Wallace of San Francisco, Calif., one daughter Wendy W. Smith and her husband Zane, of Atlanta, Ga., one brother John B.F. Woods III of Oak Island, NC, three grandchildren, Hunter, Carson, and Chase Smith, three stepchildren, Jonathan Compton and his wife Amanda of Lucama, N.C., Ronald Compton and his wife Julia of Annapolis, MD, and Thomas Compton and his wife Cindy of Stem, N.C., four stepgrandchildren, Alex, Rachel, Zachary, and Jessica Compton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.