Obituaries, February 7, 2014

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 05:43 PM


Henry Lee “Bo” Bryant
DURHAM — Henry Lee “Bo” Bryant, age 88, former resident of Hamlin Road died Tuesday morning at Duke Regional Hospital.
Born October 2, 1925, in Greenville, Mr. Bryant was the son of the late John Roy and Madie Lee Bullock Bryant. He had lived in Durham most of his life, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Bryant was employed with Big Star Food Store for 36 years, where he was manager of the produce department. He was a member of Angier Avenue Baptist Church.
Mr. Bryant enjoyed bowling, and had belonged to several leagues. He was an artist, and loved fishing. He looked forward to attending his Navy reunions.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Harris Bryant; his sister, Lois Bryant Cantrell and husband James Guthrie of Orange City, Florida, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by his brothers, Roy Bryant and William Lynwood Bryant, and his sisters, Kathleen Bryant Rogers, Margaret Bryant Bates and Bertha Bryant Cayton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Howerton & Bryan Funeral Chapel, Rev. Forest Gale officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a church of one’s choice or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

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 donations be made payable to the Clent E. Davis Sickle Cell Foundation, c/o Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27701.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.

William Grady “Bill” Gooch
DURHAM — William Grady “Bill” Gooch, age 79, a resident of the Gorman community, died February 5, 2014 in Duke Regional Hospital after a short illness.
Born October 18, 1934 in Durham, Bill was the son of the late Hughie T. and Nina Haithcock Gooch. He was employed with North Carolina Mutual Drug Company for 34 years, retiring in 1994. He served in the U.S. Army.
Bill was a lifelong member of Gorman Baptist Church, serving as the Sunday school secretary for 47 years. A sports fan all his life, he enjoyed watching football, baseball, and NASCAR. He carried a ball and glove with him in his car, and was always ready for a game of catch with his nephews and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Sutton, Thelma Washington, Peggy Nifong, and a brother, Tom Gooch.
Surviving are nephews, Sammy (Betty Jo) Nifong of Castle Hayne, Dale (Cathy) Nifong of Dublin, GA, Doug Nifong (Teresa) of Wilmington, Hal Washington (Brenda) of Youngsville, Tommy Fuquay of Ormand Beach, FL, Chris Sutton (Kathy) and Tom Sutton (Donna) of Erie, PA, nieces, Susan Voges (Bill) and Nancy Saulf (Joe) of Ormond Beach, FL, Maggie Washington of Youngsville, and Gayle (Jim) Adams of Wake Forest. He is also survived by many great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Gorman Baptist Church, Dr. C.J. Bordeaux officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Academy High School Fund, 3315 East Geer Street, Durham, North Carolina 27704.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Gooch family. Online condolences may be submitted to Select Obituaries.

Donna Lynn Garside Hardy
DURHAM — After a long battle with brain cancer, Donna Lynn Garside Hardy, 57, passed away on January 29th, 2014. She was born March 2nd, 1956 to the late Robert Emmett Garside and Dolores O’Kane Garside of Rockville Center, NY.
She spent her youth in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and there married Raymond Thomas Hardy in 1979. In 1986 she gave birth to Erin Lynn Hardy, her only child. In 1991 the three moved to Durham, North Carolina, where she spent the rest of her years. She enjoyed interior design and the airline industry, however her life’s passion was the success and well-being of her daughter.
She became very close with mother-in-law Katherine “Jill” Hardy and father-in-law Raymond Hardy of Durham. She was best friends to Rick Fiverette of Durham, Dawn Beale of Ft. Lauderdale, and loving godmother to Dawn’s daughter Georgia Beale. She was appropriately referred to as “the fabulous aunt Donna,” by Georgia’s own daughter, Annslee.
She is survived by her daughter and two older brothers, Robert Emmett Garside and Stewart Charles Garside.
In preparation for her death, Donna wished to express particular thanks to Jill and Ray Hardy for their love and support over the years. She will be remembered for her incredible parenting, quick wit and fierce independence. There will be no formal services.

Debbie Adrinne Hicks
DURHAM — Debbie Adrinne Hicks, 55, departed her life on February 4, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Adrinne Simone Hicks, sister Avis Katrina Hicks and a brother William Hicks, Jr., along with a host of relatives and friends.
Services will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, Saturday at 12:00 pm with visitation at 11:00 am.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Carmen Perry Hoover
DURHAM — Mrs. Carmen Perry Hoover, 88, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Fairhope, Alabama. She was born in Durham County to the late William Alvin Perry and the late Annie Maude (Pittard) Perry. Mrs. Hoover was also predeceased by her husband, Hal V. Hoover Jr.
Mrs. Hoover is survived by her daughter, Cathy Minnetyan of Hamilton, Ma., and her son, Michael Hoover of Fairhope, Alabama, as well as granddaughters Sona, Marta, and Teni Minnetyan and grandsons Robert, David, Jonathan, and Daniel Hoover. She also has five great-granddaughters and nine great-grandsons.
Graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Friday at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

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.


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.

George Daniel “Dan” Wheeler
ASHEBORO — Mr. George Daniel “Dan” Wheeler, 65, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Duke Regional Hospital. He was born in Crittenden County, KY to the late George Elliot Wheeler and the late Pearl Hunt Wheeler. He was also predeceased by his brothers, R.L., Carl, Harold and Lonnie Wheeler. He was a former member of Grove Park Chapel in Durham and formerly employed by Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Judy Wheeler; daughter, Geana and husband, Anthony Welichko; sister, Ruth Atkins; brother, Paul Wheeler and grandchildren, Jessica, Natalia, Kevin and Kaitlynn.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Clements Funeral Home.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 3131 RDU Center Dr., Morrisville, NC 27560 or the National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Dr. Ste 810, Charlotte, NC 28209.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at