October 9. 2013
Robert D. Barbee
DURHAM — Mr. Robert D. Barbee 58, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Durham VA Medical Center. He was born in Durham Co. on Nov 1, 1954 to the late Robert Jr. Barbee and Donnie Mae Fox. Mr., Barbee was raised in East Orange N.J. where he will have a private burial by his immediate family. Mr. Barbee was a former employee of The Durham VA Medical Center (DIETETICS) and Sam’s Club in Durham NC. He is survived by seven brothers and five sisters. Mr. Barbee was a Veteran of United States Navy.
Monroe B. Lanier
DURHAM — Monroe Blaine Lanier, 83, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the home of his daughter in Durham surrounded by his family.
Monroe was born in Lenoir County on February 11, 1930 to the late George and Dora Banks Lanier. He served the citizens of Goldsboro for 30 years as a firefighter with the Goldsboro Fire Department.
The family will receive friends Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by his funeral service at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Martie Mangum and Rev. Rodolph Lanier officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery in Kinston. At other times, the family will be at the home of Charlene Reaume, 5212 Pelham Drive, Durham, NC.
Monroe is survived by his daughters, Charlene Lanier Reaume and fiancée, Gary Wisnieski of Durham and Marsha Lanier Cholewinski and husband, Joseph of Durham; son, Blaine Lanier Jr. of Goldsboro; brother, Rodolph Lanier of Atlanta, GA; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Leonard “Lennie” Lanier; two sisters and three brothers.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.
DURHAM — Mr. Richard McCauley passed on Thursday, September 19th. Memorial services will be held on today, October 9, at St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville St. at 12 Noon.
Services are entrusted to Scarborough & Hargett Memorial Chapel.
Janie Broadwell Clements Shipp
BAHAMA - Mrs. Janie Broadwell Clements Shipp, 82, passed away right before sunrise Tuesday morning, October 8, 2013 at her home. She was born in Durham Co. to the late Herman Winston Broadwell and the late Hilda Ellis Broadwell. She was also predeceased by her husbands, “Sonny Buck” Clements Sr. and Maurice H. Shipp; and a son, William Ralph Clements Jr.
Janie was a charter member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Agape Sunday School Class and JOY Club. She retired, after 29 years, from Durham Public Schools as a media clerk.
Mrs. Shipp is survived by her daughters, Dianne Stephenson (Alan), Susan Clements (Maggi); sons, Mark Clements (Debbie), Kirk Clements (Candy); step-daughter, Pamela Bass (Steve); step-son, Joey Shipp; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren, six great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Dr. Marc Francis, Mr. Carl Tart and Pastor Ernest Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Clements Funeral Home in Durham and at other times at her home.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Shipley, Dr. Michael Komada, Duke Homecare and Hospice and all the special friends that sat with Janie during her illness.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in her memory to Ridgecrest Baptist Church Building Fund or RBC Library at 1104 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Dwight “Blue Boy” Torian Whitley
DURHAM — Dwight Torian Whitley, 60, departed his life on October 5, 2013.
He leaves behind his lovely wife of three years, Dotti E. Whitley; one grandson, De-Quan Lewis; two sisters, Lessie Townsend and Margaret White; and one sister-in-law, Arline Malone.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home. The viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Funeral will begin at 12:00 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday October 10, 2013. Dr. Cornelius E. Battle Sr. will be the officiating pastor.
Patsy Ann McKay
PITTSBORO — Mrs. Patsy Ann McKay, 70, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Hock Family Pavilion with her loving family by her side. She was born in Durham Co. to the late Raymond Claus Thompson and the late Katie Lee Evans George. Mrs. McKay was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Graham, NC. She was preceded in death by her previous spouse, Kenneth Francis Durham; and by a brother, James Ross Thompson.
Mrs. McKay is survived by her husband, Maynard McKay; daughter, Kelly Leigh Durham; son, Kenneth “Tony” Durham (Marlo); grandson, Sean Thomas Perry (Jessica); brother, Barry Thompson (Joan); nephew, Chris Thompson; and nieces, Kim Dampier and Deedee New.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 3 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Kevin Barbour and Chris Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Poole family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham, NC 27704.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com.
Louise Jones Bell
OXFORD — Louise Jones Bell, 93, a resident of Oxford, died Sunday, October 6, 2013, at Universal Healthcare/Oxford nursing home.
Mrs. Bell was born on September 20, 1920 in Ashland, Alabama. She was a resident of Granville County, NC since 1949 and a member of Amis Chapel Baptist Church. Most of her years were spent working with her late husband serving the Amis Chapel community through their country store.
She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Arthur (Leon) Bell; and her son-in-law, John Ray Jones.
She is survived by two children, Sandra B. Jones of Mechanicsville, VA, and Arthur Leroy (Lee) Bell and spouse, Meredith, of Hayes, VA; two grandchildren, Arthur R. (Art) Jones and spouse, Rebecca, of Mechanicsville, VA, and Alison B. Foley and spouse, Jake, of Williamsburg, VA; and one great-grandson, John W. Jones of Mechanicsville, VA.
The family will receive friends Friday, October 11, 2013, from 1-2 p.m. at Amis Chapel Baptist Church, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Terry Howard. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Amis Chapel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 9189 Amis Chapel Road, Oxford, NC 27565
The family expresses its deep gratitude to the staff of 300 Hall at Universal Healthcare/Oxford, especially Sarah and Brenda.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online memorials at www.hallwynne.com.
LaVerna Mae “Mo” Cecil
CHAPEL HILL — LaVerna Mae Cecil passed away peacefully at the Carolina House of Chapel Hill on Sunday, October 6, 2013. LaVerna was born in Cedar Rapids, IA on February 12, 1920. She was the daughter of Anton and Mary Drapela.
She was married to Duane A. Cecil in 1940 who preceded her in death in 1987. Also preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Leon; and daughter-in-law, Diana Blue Cecil. She is survived by her son, Jon D. Cecil (Janice) of Peoria, IL; and her daughter, Toniann Glatz (Russ) of Chapel Hill, NC; as well as four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and extended foreign families in Switzerland and Ireland.
While living in Cedar Rapids, LaVerna was a very active member of the El-Kahir Shrine Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile where she was Queen in 1965. She was also a Red Cross volunteer for over 50 years and worked for Handicapped Systems. She moved to Chapel Hill in 2001 to live with her daughter and joined the Carrboro United Methodist Church.
LaVerna’s first love was her family. She took pride in every one of them and spread her love among them all. She loved to cook, enjoyed shopping and loved to travel. She charmed all she met, whether it was the ladies from her varied activities, members of her church or the wonderful staff of the Carolina House that took such good care of her. LaVerna embraced life and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 11 a.m. at the Carrboro United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Carrboro United Methodist Church
Hospice of Wake County
The American Red Cross
Online condolences may be sent to walkersfuneralservice.com.
Ruth Dodson Thomas
CHAPEL HILL - Funeral services for Ruth Dodson Thomas, age 86, who passed away on October 5th will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday October 11th at Farrington Road Baptist Church in southwest Durham County.
The family will receive friends starting at 1:30 prior to the service. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery in Carrboro immediately after the service.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband of 64 years, John E. Thomas, Sr. She is also survived by four children, John E. Thomas, Jr. and wife, Arlene of Durham, Mary Ann Ryan and husband, Ed of Havelock, NC, Ellen Ellis of Carrboro, and Eugene Thomas and wife, Leisa of Sanford. She is survived by four grandchildren: Stacey Thomas, Haley Thomas, William Ryan, and Cory Thomas; and by a brother, James R. Dodson and wife, Barbara of Athens, TN. She is predeceased by brother, Eugene E. Dodson.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill, NC is handling the funeral services.
Gery Thomas Sandling
RALEIGH — Gery Thomas Sandling, 67, died peacefully at home, Saturday, October 5 after a 6-month battle with cancer.
Gery was born March 6, 1946 in Durham, NC at Watts Hospital. He was the beloved only child of Myrtle Pope Sandling and John Gray Sandling. He grew up in a large extended family whose ancestors came to the Durham, Creedmoor area in the mid-1700s. Gery came of age amidst family stories of his grandmother making pies and carrying them to market in downtown Durham on a horse drawn wagon. He also remembered when Crabtree Valley Mall was a cow pasture.
In childhood and adolescence, Gery attended the local schools, Carr Methodist Church, where he sang in the Children’s Choir, and was a Boy Scout, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. In middle school, he starred in musicals, and at Durham High, he was a leader, President of the student body, and won an oratorical contest sponsored by a local civic organization. Throughout his youth, he made friends wherever he went and was always highly respected, admired, and popular.
His winning way with people naturally led him to pursue a career in psychology. In 1964, he started at UNC Chapel Hill but left after 2 years to join the army and have some more “growing up time.” He went to Officers Training School, became a 1st Lieutenant, had the good fortune not to go to Vietnam, but proudly served four years from 1966-1970.
Ready to resume his education, Gery re-enrolled at UNC and graduated in Psychology in 1972. He then began a Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University in Clinical Psychology, loving his courses and clinical work. He interned for one year in Chicago, embracing the city, winter weather, and diversity of the people. He received his Ph.D. in 1981.
In 1978, Gery moved back to North Carolina, taking a position in Children’s Services at the Wake County Mental Health Center. While there, he earned the respect of his colleagues and clients as a skilled, effective, and compassionate psychotherapist. While there, he made life long friendships with co-workers and met Abby Snell, a clinical social worker. They shared cases, became good friends, and in 1982, after dating for 2 years, were married on October 30. Their 30-year marriage was a loving partnership in which they shared the love of their work, love of a large community of family and friends, and especially their daughter, Julia Claire. Gery was a fun loving, warm, easy going, and “cool” dad who took pleasure in and was unfailingly supportive of Abby and Julia’s interests and endeavors. He never missed an activity or event that was important to either of them. He was always “there” for them and gave them his best self.
As in his personal life, Gery gave his best in his work, leaving the mental health center to establish a private psychotherapy practice in 1983. In addition, he was a psychological consultant with numerous organizations including Project Enlightenment, Haven House Services for Children, Willie M. Services, The Rehab Center for the Blind, and several private mental health organizations. He was a member of the NC Psychological Association and President of the Coalition for Mental Health Services. He was a strong advocate for an increase in affordable mental health services.
To Gery’s dismay, a stroke in 2007 forced him into an early retirement. However, he made a remarkable adjustment and was able to pursue more of his hobbies and interests, with the exception of sailing and boating. Gery loved the “water” and so enjoyed sailing/boating on the coast, in the sound, on the Neuse, or at the local lakes. He especially loved having Julia as his 1st Mate. When no longer able to boat, Gery enjoyed his other passions for cooking, gardening, photography, reading (especially history), and drawing. In addition, he loved travel and he, Abby, and Julia had wonderful trips to Korea, France, England, and Alaska.
Gery was a member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church for 10 years, singing in the choir for the past four years. He was also an usher and volunteer with the Hope Center.
Gery is survived by his wife, Abby; daughter, Julia Sandling Hixson; son-in-law, Todd Hixson; and granddaughter, Mary-Knowles Hixson, all of Raleigh. He is also survived by his aunt, Doris Sandling of Raleigh; and cousins, Jan Howard and husband, Larry, of Durham, Sharon Freeburg and husband, Tom, of St. Charles, IL, Barbara Morris and husband, Ashley, of Newport, TN, Joseph Sandling and wife, Elizabeth, of Raleigh, Stuart Chandler and wife, Marie, of Fort Mill, SC, Felton Sandling and wife, Sandra, of Richmond Hill, GA, Carol Rodriguez and husband, Paul, of Wilmington, NC, Jimmy Clark and wife, Dare, of Durham, Nancy Harris and husband, Wade, of Hillsborough, NC, and David Pope and wife, Becky, of Hurdle Mills, NC. He is also survived by his in-laws, Susan Snell and Thomas Callanen of McLean, VA; and nephews, William Callanen and wife, Viola, of Phoenix, AZ, Benjamin Snell-Callanen of Mexico City, MX, Matthew Snell-Callanen of Burlington, VT, and Jonathan Snell-Callanen of Los Angeles, CA. Gery was preceded in death by his father, Gray Sandling, in 1978 and his mother, Myrtle Sandling, in 2000.
The memorial service and celebration of Gery’s life will take place Friday, October 11 at 10 a.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC. A reception will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Music Ministry at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (www.pullen.org/music), The Triangle Aphasia Project (www.aphasiaproject.org), or Hospice of Wake County (www.hospiceofwake.org).
The family expresses their gratitude for the many kindnesses in thought and deed of friends, family, and caregivers.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh. Condolences may be made through www.brownwynne.com.