Obituaries, January 12, 2014

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 03:20 PM


James Malcolm Barton, Sr.
DURHAM — James Malcolm Barton, Sr. went to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2013. He was preceded to heaven by his son, James Malcolm Barton, Jr. Surviving him are his wife, Juanita Shambley Barton; daughter, Melody B. Gower; and sister, Elizabeth B. Utley. His 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren will remember him as Papa, always ready for hugs and love. Malcolm's greatest desire was for people to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and give praises to His heavenly Father.
Services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am at West Durham Pentecostal Holiness Church, 901 Alabama Ave., Durham, NC.

Donald Richard Cutson
DURHAM — Donald Richard Cutson, 82, died in his home surrounded by family on January 9, 2014, following a long-term illness and stroke. He was born to George Cutson and Mary Evans on October 7, 1931 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Air Force serving 6 years and meeting and marrying his wife, Nelsene Shockley in 1951. Don worked for G.C. Murphy Company in retail which led his family across the United States. He served in the civic organization The Lion’s Club and as mentor and sponsor for high school students in Junior Achievement. He was a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.
He had two daughters, Robin Wrenn, who became an attorney, and Toni Cutson, who became a physician (with his instruction “You can be Mrs. Whoever you decide, but you will be Dr. Cutson”). Following retirement in 1991 he and his wife moved to North Carolina where he took an active part in his family’s life helping to raise his grandchildren, building furniture, visiting Reno, reading and occasional deep sea fishing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother George, daughter Robin Wrenn, and son-in-law Allen McBride. He is survived by his wife, Nelsene, and daughter, Toni Cutson, grandchildren Megan McBride, and Devin McBride, and his first great-granddaughter Eris McBride.
Donations may be made in his name to the Hospice Unit at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A private family memorial will be held after cremation with American Cremation Society. He will be missed and always loved.

Linda Owens Jones
DURHAM — Linda Owens Jones departed this life on January, 6, 2014 at LNMTC in Wilson.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Gerald L. Jones, Sr. They had two children Gerald L. Jones, Jr. and Christie J. Lipscomb.
An informal memorial will take place Monday, January 13, 2014 at W.D. Hill Recreation Center, located at 1308 Fayetteville Street, Durham NC at 5:30 p.m.

Patsy "Jean" Ann Kearns Perry
DURHAM — Patsy "Jean" Ann Kearns Perry, departed to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on January 9, 2014.
She was a devoted member of Mt. Olive AME Zion Church. She served with the mass choir, the missionary society, the general claims committee, and the laymen's council.
She leaves a husband, Andrew A. Perry Sr., and two children, Andrew A. Perry Jr. and Cynthia L. Perry Garland (Terence D. Garland). Also survived by her mother, Ms. Lillie Mae Kearns, and a sister, Deloris Kearns, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12 noon with the visitation being held one hour prior to service at Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, 1515 W. Club Blvd., Durham, NC, with the Rev. Karim L. Currey officiating. Burial will be at Beechwood Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Fisher Funeral Parlor.

Doris Manley Werner
DURHAM — Doris Manley Werner, formerly of Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA, age 78, passed away December 28, 2013. Wife of Charles, mother of Carol Werner and Cheryl Riveria (Jose), grandmother of Charles and Katherine Riveria. Interred West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19001. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at

Deborah White
DURHAM — Memorial Services for Ms. Deborah White, 63, will take will take place Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12 noon at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave. with Pastor Fredrick Davis officiating.
She passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 3, 2014 at her residence. Deborah was one of ten children born to the late Zaber and Mary White on December 28, 1950.
She worked for many years as a CNA for Lakeview Manor Nursing home and Carol Woods Retirement Center before her health declined.
Surviving are her daughters, Tiffany White of Durham, NC and Jennifer Stewart of Raleigh, NC; one son, Adam White (Angelisa) of Raleigh, NC; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters, Peggie Foushee of East Orange, NJ and Pearlene White of Durham, NC; brothers, Alton White (Corean) of Pasadena, MD, Dwight White of Durham, NC and Zaber L. White of Durham, NC; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
The family is being assisted by Burthey Funeral Home.

Mildred P. Williford
DURHAM — Mildred P. Williford, 86, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at her home. She was born in Cliffside Park, NJ to the late Celestino Paradise and the late Lucrezia Guida Paradise. Mrs. Williford was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Charles V. Williford. She retired from EPA as a Property Manager. She is a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
Mrs. Williford is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Denson and husband, Mike of Creedmoor; son, Charles Williford and wife, Lori of Durham; sister, Josephine Faia of Toms River, NJ; 6 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with the Rev. Marc Francis officiating. Burial will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1104 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at


James Melvin McCullough
HILLSBOROUGH — Mr. James Melvin McCullough, 59, died Friday, January 10, 2014. James “Mule Man” McCullough was born in Durham County. He graduated from Orange High School class of 1972. He worked at Weck as a forger and at Vietri until his illness. He enjoyed fishing.
Surviving are his daughter, Kristina “Sissy” McCullough, Hillsborough; his son, Michael McCullough (Kari), Clayton; his sister, Sherry McCullough (David), Hillsborough; four grandchildren: Xavier McCullough, Aireana Burch, Breanna Davis, and Alexander McCullough; two nieces: Tonya McCullough and Michelle Miller; and one grand-niece, Hadley Parker. He was predeceased by his parents, Melvin “Pete” and Marie Kennedy McCullough.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 PM Monday in Walker’s Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 1-2:15 PM Monday prior to the service. The family thanks the staff and everyone at Vietri for their love and support during this time.

Stiles Conger Stribling
CHAPEL HILL — Stiles Conger Stribling, 91, passed away on January 9, 2014.
Born in Gaffney, SC on April 16, 1922, he was the son of Stiles Conger Stribling and Ethel Ramsey Hopkins. He graduated from Clemson in 1943 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Immediately following graduation he completed Officer Candidate School, and as a US Army Signal Corps Officer served 30 months in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan, returning home to be discharged in 1946. He then joined the RCA Corporation as a Radar Systems Engineer and retired after 42 years including two tours spanning seven years on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands. He married Marion Newbold (d.1994) of Mt. Holly, NJ in 1949 and they enjoyed 45 years together.
On Kwajalein Island he volunteered as the church adult choir director and amateur “ham” radio operator. He helped connect a trans-pacific communications network for soldiers serving in Viet Nam to call home on weekends via a string of radio operators in the Pacific linking to telephone service in Hawaii and the mainland U.S.
On returning to the New Jersey home office of RCA in the late 70s he transitioned from surface radars to work on the US Navy’s Aegis radar and communications systems until his retirement in 1988. He also rejoined the 1st Presbyterian Church in Mt. Holly, NJ and served as an elder and enjoyed singing in the choir.
In 1989 Stiles and Marion retired to Hawaii and in 1991 relocated to the community of Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, NC. Stiles was active with daily walking or swimming and numerous volunteer roles. He was involved in Community Theater, a local Barbershop Quartet and the Chapel Hill United Presbyterian Church choir. In 1995 he married Carolina Meadows resident and his square-dancing partner, Louise Jones (d. 2002).
He is survived by his two sons, Robert Stiles Stribling (Janet) of Greer, SC,and Fred Newbold Stribling (Anne) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his sister, Dr. Martha Stribling Smith of Burlington, NC; and four grandchildren, Eric Andrew Stribling, Laura Katherine Stribling, Eileen Campbell Stribling and Kate Newbold Stribling.
A reception in celebration of Stiles’ life will be held for the Carolina Meadows community on Friday, January 17, from 2–3pm. Interment will be held 2 pm, Saturday, January 18 at the Upper Springfield Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made by check to: Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or Arrangements by the Perinchief Chapels, Mt. Holly, NJ. Visit to sign the onlineguestbook.


Nancy Clayton Whitfield
HURDLE MILLS — Nancy Clayton Whitfield, 98, of 1434 Robert Hester Rd., Hurdle Mills, died Friday, January 10, 2014.
Mrs. Whitfield is survived by three sons, Bruce R. Whitfield and wife Doris, Ted M. Whitfield and wife Tricia and Arnold B. Whitfield, all of Hurdle Mills; four grandchildren, Matthew B. Whitfield, Jonathan A. Whitfield and wife Nicole and their daughter Hannah, Alison E. Whitfield, Ryan M. Whitfield and wife Paige.
Funeral services will be held 11AM, Monday, January 13, 2014, at Brooks & White Chapel by the Elder Bobby Daughtry. Burial will follow in the Whitfield Family Cemetery on Skip Rogers Rd. Visitation will be held 6:30-8PM, Sunday at the Brooks & White Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Health & Hospice of Person County, 355 A S. Madison Blvd., Roxboro, NC 27573 or a charity of one's choice.
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Ross E. Conklin
BALTIMORE — On January 9, 2014, Ross E. Conklin, beloved husband for 52 years of the late Barbara Ann Keidel Conklin; devoted father of Karen E. Stone, Jill F. Conklin and Ross E. "Ned" Conklin, Jr.; loving grandfather of Lilly Stone; brother of the late Gene W. Conklin and Michele J. Myrland.
Long-term residents of North Carolina, Ross and Barbara resided first in Durham and then Hillsborough. He worked at IBM for over 30 years, retiring in 1991. Additionally, he served as an Extraordinary Minister at Holy Infant Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as President of the Parkwood Swim Club and was involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Ross enjoyed woodworking, exercising, and sports, especially the Baltimore Colts and Duke basketball. Born and raised in Baltimore, he returned to the area in 2011 after his wife's death.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday in Baltimore, MD. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the National Parkinson's Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Barbara Baldwin Kintz
ELOY, Ariz. — Barbara Baldwin Kintz, 72, a native of Durham, NC, passed on to a new life on Jan. 8. She was currently residing in Eloy, AZ.
She loved to cook and her children will always remember her famous Christmas cinnamon rolls. She was also an avid rug hooker.
She had a way with people and made friends wherever she went. She went out of her way to make people feel welcome and her home was always open.
One of her favorite pastimes was sitting on the front porch on her Pier 1 veranda with friends. Her family was very important to her and her family and friends have fond memories of many trips, especially to the beach.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Jerome Kintz, of Danville, VA.
She is survived by her two children, Michael Maurice McDonald and Mary Kathleen McDonald, as well as two grandchildren, Lily Reine McDonald and Sadie Jane McDonald. She is also survived by her brother and two sisters, R.L. "Woody" Baldwin III, Mary Frances Kim and Betty Ann Beavers.

Robert Van Thompson
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Robert Van Thompson, 68, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014.
Born on May 16, 1945 in Durham, NC, son of the late John Worth Thompson and Phyllis Bridges Thompson.
Van served his country in the USAF and was a graduate of NC State University. He was co-owner and designer of Tuff Stuff Furniture and currently co-owner/partner in Affordable Metal Roofing. Van will be remembered as a laughing, loving, dancing, and devoted husband; encouraging father; proud grandfather; loving and dedicated brother, cousin, and nephew; and loyal loving friend. Survivors include his wife, Ellen Benik Thompson; his son, Charles Derrick Thompson and wife, Jane of Wilmington, NC; his daughter, Amanda Blaire Callaghan of Raleigh, NC; four grandchildren, Mary Dylan Thompson, Carter Van Thompson, Gabriella Bryn Callaghan and Luke Braden Callaghan; one brother, John Worth Thompson, Jr. of Calabash, NC and two aunts, Betsy Ringgold of Little River, SC and Doris Bridges of Durham, NC.
A celebration of life service will be Monday, January 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM at The Father’s House with Dr. Howie Russell officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Van’s memory to: The Father’s House Church, 4513 Highway 17 Bypass South, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
An online guestbook is available at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach, SC is serving the family.