September 8, 2013

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

Helene Rosenberg DiBona
DURHAM — Helene Rosenberg DiBona, aged 86, died peacefully on Friday, August 30th 2013 at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, Palmdale, California, following a sudden brief illness. Helene was born November 25, 1926 in Manhattan NY, to the late Alphonse and Adele Rosenberg. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in 1970 where she chaired the English department. In the 1960s Helene moved to Durham North Carolina where she was an English professor at North Carolina Central University until she retired.
Helene was passionate about literature and was an avid reader. She enjoyed listening to classical music, especially Bach. She loved traveling, organic gardening, and gourmet cooking.
Helene is survived by her sister, Elise Zentner of Cupertino, Ca.; daughter, Nicole (Peter) Peterson of Vermont; son, Pietro DiBona (Helen) of Perth Australia; grandchildren, Andrew and Julia Peterson, Issac, Renee and Aaron DiBona; nephews, Bruce and Paul Zentner; and best friend, Lola Rigby of Lancaster Ca.
Helene was generous and donated to many charities helping wildlife, hunger and the ASPCA.
Helene was deeply loved by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts at a later time. In lieu of flowers please donate to the local ASPCA.

Dr. Leon "Doc" Henderson
DURHAM - Dr. Leon Henderson, also known as “Doc”, 71, died Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Newport News, VA on June 24, 1942, the son of Langston Henderson and Ida Belle Willis Henderson. He was educated at George P. Phenix High School and received a BA degree in Mathematics from Hampton University (Institute), a Masters degree from North Carolina Central University in Educational Technology and a Doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University. 
Dr. Henderson served four years in the US Army Aviation Division with a year in Vietnam. In 1965, Leon joined the IBM Corp. in the Research Triangle Park. After 31 years in the engineering and education divisions, he retired in 2001. 
He was inducted into the Beta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on April 9th in 1982.
Leon is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lana T. Henderson. From that union were born two children, Leon Michael Henderson and April N. Henderson. He is also survived by a son, Leon Christopher Marssett of Dallas, Texas; three uncles in the Washington, DC – Maryland area, Jimmy Willis, Robert Willis and Lacy Willis; one aunt, Betty Braxton; and two uncles, Sidney Henderson, Yanceyville, NC and David Henderson of Greensboro, NC, several grandchildren and a host of loving aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church at 2438 South Alston Ave, Durham, NC at 12 noon on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The family is being assisted by Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Genie Houston Shepherd
DURHAM - Mr. Genie Houston Shepherd, 91, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2013, at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham, the son of the late Edgar Eugene and Dovie Barbee Shepherd. Mr. Shepherd was a veteran of the U.S. Army and later was employed as a bookkeeper and office manager for Colonial Stores in Raleigh, NC. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church.
A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, with Rev. Woody Massey officiating.
Mr. Shepherd is survived by a niece, Lynn Schroeder; a great niece, Vicki Cornell; and a great nephew, Louis Cornell.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Hazel Daniel Winkler
DURHAM — Mrs. Hazel Daniel Winkler, of Durham, died Friday, September 6, 2013, at Duke Regional Hospital. Mrs. Winkler was born in Granville County to the late Sallie Byrd Daniel and Willis Lewis Daniel. She was also predeceased by her husband, Roger Carl Winkler; a sister, Doris Weaver, and two brothers, Raymond Daniel and Ralph Daniel. She was a retired bookkeeper with Hope Valley Country Club. Hazel was a longtime member of Temple Baptist Church and was also a member of The Golden Circle Sunday School Class.
Surviving are two daughters, Kay Winkler and Patricia Rowe and husband, Donald; three adored grandchildren, Meredith Clough and husband, Michael, Victoria Hartwell and husband, Zach, and Jonathan Rowe; six great-grandchildren and one anticipated great grandchild, all of whom brought her immense joy.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Temple Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Mark Mofield and Rev. Clay Warf. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Temple Baptist Church at 4504 Sterling Dr., Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

Harry Pedersen
CHAPEL HILL — Harry Pedersen passed away in the early hours of August 16, 2013 at Carolina Meadows retirement community in Chatham County, NC. Born in 1923 to Danish immigrants, Rïse and Martin Pedersen, Harry was raised in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Harry is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Caroline Pedersen, who continues to live at Carolina Meadows; his sister, Greta Krag; his sons, Cort and Neil Pedersen; his grandchildren Jacob, Matthew, Bjorn and Christian Pedersen; his step-grandchildren, Robin and James Sirois, Christopher and Madeline Johnson; as well as two nieces and three nephews and their families.
Harry attended public schools in Lynn, MA and graduated as Valedictorian of his high school class in 1941. Prior to joining the United States Navy, he worked briefly for General Electric and attended night classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Based on his performance on an examination during basic training, Harry was selected for the V12 officer training program which enabled him to obtain a B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. There he met and courted Edith Straub. They were married February 16, 1946 shortly after his discharge from the Navy. In that same year, Harry was hired by the Gleason Works in Rochester, NY where he worked his entire career. His skill and creativity led to promotion to Product Engineer in which capacity he directed several teams that developed increasingly advanced machinery for cutting gears and pinions. Harry’s ideas led to over 30 successful patent applications. He retired from the Gleason Works in 1989.
Harry was a devout Christian. In 1956, he led the effort to establish Faith Lutheran Church which subsequently became a thriving congregation in Penfield, NY. Harry continued an active leadership role at Faith Lutheran until he moved to NC in 2002. He greatly enjoyed singing in the church choir and taking part in many other church activities. Harry was an avid gardener and enjoyed a wide variety of technical challenges including landscaping his yard, designing and constructing additional rooms to convert his basement into additional living space, and fixing just about anything. He greatly enjoyed bird watching and was impressively adept at recognizing the colors and songs of many species. Harry took great pride in his Danish heritage. Harry was predeceased by his parents and first wife, Edith. Subsequently a romance developed with recently widowed Caroline Johnson of Charlotte, NC, a long-standing friend of Harry’s family. They were married in 1994. In 2002, Harry and Caroline moved to NC to live in the Carolina Meadows community where they made many new friends and were active in community affairs. They joined the congregation of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham, NC. Unfortunately, Harry suffered a severe stroke in January, 2010. He recovered a considerable amount of function but began a steady decline in his health in 2012 that led to his recent death.
Harry was beloved and respected by all because of his extraordinary competence, devotion, integrity and kindness. He will be sorely missed.
A memorial ceremony will be conducted at 2 p.m. on October 5, 2013 at Carolina Meadows.

Robert Franklin Warren III
HILLSBOROUGH - Robert Franklin Warren III, 57, died peacefully in his home in Hillsborough on Saturday, September 7, 2013, attended by his family.
Bob Warren was an educator and technology coordinator for 17 years in the Orange County school system. He graduated from Orange High School and attended Elon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in education. He received a Master of Education from North Carolina State University in 2000.
Mr. Warren is survived by his mother, Helen Warren; his wife of 24 years, Cheryl Davis Warren; daughters, Emily Tiffany-Davis and Aurora Tiffany-Davis; and dear friends, Hugh Loftin, Ben Winecoff, and Duke Crawford, among many others.
The funeral will be held at Hillsborough United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Beverly W. Norwood
CLEVELAND, OH - Mr. Norwood, 66, of Cleveland, OH, died peacefully in his sleep on September 4, 2013 in the Horvitz Palliative Center of the Cleveland Clinic. His wife, Bernie, his sister-in-law, Jane Norwood, and father, Deogratis Ruwaainenyi, were with him at the time of his death. Bev was born in Oxford, NC on August 22, 1947 as the third son of the late Dr. Ballard Norwood and Gwendolyn Wheeler Norwood. He graduated from Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, NC with a BA degree. He joined the Winston-Salem Journal as a sports reporter covering golf, college football and basketball and also the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association. During this period of his life, he started his participation as a member of the media at each of the four major golf championships and started a long and continuous annual attendance at The Masters, The US Open, The Open (British), and the US PGA. He later joined Cleveland-based International Management Group (IMG) in their London office working on the magazine Golf International. He was later assigned to the New York office where he worked and lived there until he was assigned to the Cleveland office. During his tenure at IMG, he was primarily responsible for the publication of annual books for the major golf championships, and also, he later worked on books for The Ryder Cup and The Presidents Cup and also IMG’s annual book: The World of Professional Golf. During this time, he covered more than 135 major golf championships. Mr. Norwood is survived by his wife, Bernie, nee Bernadette Horgan; his beloved Corgi companion, Tegan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ballard and Jane of Charlotte, NC, and Richard and Virginia of Orlando, FL; and nephew, Ryan Norwood and wife, Kris, of Las Vegas, NV; and niece, Megan Ellis and husband, Kerry, of Orlando, FL; sister-in-law, Patricia Horgan, Cork, Ireland; brother-in-law, David and wife, Judy Horgan, of London, UK, and several great nieces and nephews. The family prefers that those who wish make contributions in his name to the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, 83 West Miller St., Orlando, FL 32806. A Funeral Mass will be held at Communion of Saints Parish (St. Ann Church) 2175 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts., OH Wednesday, September 11th at 10 a.m. FRIENDS MAY CALL AT BROWN-FORWARD, 17022 CHAGRIN BLVD., SHAKER HTS., OH 44120 ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH FROM 7-9 p.m. For further information, directions and to sign the guestbook, please log online to:

Delores "Dee" G. Pickett
LAKELAND, FL — Delores "Dee" G. Pickett, 79, died September 5 after a long, courageous battle with heart disease and various cancers.
She was born on December 25, 1933, married Kenneth H. Pickett, both of Durham, NC, and they had four children: Kenneth Randolph (Lakeland, FL), Tami Lynn (deceased 1994), Ralph Martin (Honolulu), and Jordan Lee (Hampstead, NC).
Dee was a very kind and caring person, always willing to help out anyone and everyone. She was an expert seamstress and enjoyed quilt making and crocheting.
No one Dee met remained a stranger for long. She befriended them with her gracious manner and easy smile.
There will be a graveside service at Sea Lawn Memorial Park in Hampstead, NC on Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m.