March 10, 2013

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 05:09 PM

Michael Charles Atkins
DURHAM - Michael Charles Atkins, known among friends and family as Big Guy, lived brilliantly and lovingly in California and North Carolina, for 41 years. A bright star since his earliest years, Michael had a gravitational pull that brought people together and wove a diverse community of family, friends and colleagues.
Raised in Ontario, California, Michael's closest friend was his sister, Amy Celeste. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 where he met the love of his life, Kirsten. They eventually relocated to North Carolina, where Michael earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University. Michael's years working at QlikTech brought him an enormous amount of fulfillment.
Michael and Kirsten married in Italy in 1998. Their four children called Michael “Big Guy,” or just “Big,” and Kirsten became “Mudd.” A loving and devoted father, Michael shared his love of baseball and athleticism with his children.
Michael is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 15 years, Kirsten Ingebretsen; and his four cherished children, Harper, Coulson, Ryland, and Simon, all of Durham, NC. Michael also leaves his mother, Anne Atkins, of Centralia, WA; father, Robert Atkins and his wife, Nancy, of Sebastopol, CA; and sister, Amy Atkins and her partner, Garrett Johnson, of Durham, NC. Michael is mourned by his extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, his sisters- and brother-in-law, his father- and mother-in-law, his colleagues at QlikTech, as well as his treasured community of friends in the Durham area.
A celebration of life service will be held for Michael at First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to Atkins/Ingebretsen Children's Trust.
Arrangements by Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Elinor S. Chetney
DURHAM – Elinor S. Chetney, of Durham, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013. Born in Oswego County, New York, Elinor was the daughter of the late John C. Snyder and Kathryn Lenden Snyder. Elinor was preceded in death by husband, Robert George Chetney Sr.; son, Robert G. Chetney Jr.; and grandchild, Merek McCuen. Elinor volunteered for several community organizations: tutor for Durham Public Schools, Canteen Hostess for the American Red Cross, Centerfest, and an active member of the Duke Women’s Campus Club. She will always be remembered for her loving and caring nature, and those fabulous red eyeglasses!
Mrs. Chetney is survived by son, Christopher Chetney and wife, Paulette; daughter, Sarah McCuen and husband, Brooks; grandchildren, Olivia, Natalie, Celia Chetney, Matthew McCuen, wife, Lisa, Brent McCuen, wife, Samantha; and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life is planned in May, 2013.
In lieu of flowers online donations can be made to Salvation Army at
Family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Jayda Zamone Parker
DURHAM - Jayda Zamone Parker, age 15, passed away at her home on March 6, 2013. Jayda is the daughter of Laneshi Parker and Joseph Jones. Other survivors include one sister, Lyric Parker; and four brothers, Justin Maye, Joseph and Jeremiah Jones and Jeremy Buie.
Services will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 1:30 with visitation at 1 at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro Street.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Leonard Curtis Pergerson Jr. “Curt”
ROUGEMONT - Mr. Leonard Curtis Pergerson Jr. “Curt”, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Durham Regional Hospital. He was born in Durham Co., the son of Leonard Curtis Pergerson Sr. and Brenda Durham Pergerson.  
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, Jacquelyn “Jaci” Pergerson; son, Curtis Bryce Pergerson; brother,  Christopher Scott Pergerson (Sandra); sister, Courtney Pergerson Luther (Johnny); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jack and Sally Furr Staunton; brother-in-law, Len Staunton; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Monday, March 11, 2 p.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Dr. Ned Mathews and Mr. Ron Richardson officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12 to 1:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Joyce Watts Yacobi
DURHAM — Mrs. Joyce Watts Yacobi, a beloved mother and grandmother, departed this life surrounded by her family on March 8, 2013. She was 74. She had been taken care of at the Hampton, VA Riverside Convalescent Center for the past several years. Joy Watts Yacobi is survived by her three children and their spouses, Michele (Bill) Tobey, Dan (Shelby) Yacobi and David (Julie) Yacobi; and six grandchildren, Kelsey Yacobi, Bryce Yacobi, Regan Yacobi, Mirra Tobey, Haley Yacobi and Sophia Tobey. Joy was born and raised in Durham, N.C. and attended nursing school in Richmond, VA. Joy married and lived in Hampton and Newport News VA then later moved to northern Virginia before returning to Hampton, VA. She will be greatly missed.

Myrtle Terry Hobgood
TIMBERLAKE — Myrtle Terry Hobgood, 71, of 276 Jim Moore Rd., Timberlake, died Friday, March 8, 2013. Born in Person County, Mrs. Hobgood was the daughter of the late Sam and Audrey McCullock Terry. Mrs. Hobgood was a beautician and a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ervin Terry.
Mrs. Hobgood is survived by her husband, James Russell Hobgood; two sons and their wives, Terry and Julie Hobgood of Timberlake and Rodney and Lisa Hobgood, of Roxboro; two sisters, Katherine Hamlett Yancey of Roxboro and Alice Terry Porterfield of Hurdle Mills; four grandchildren, Joshua Hobgood, Jacob Hobgood, Jesse Hobgood and Brinkley Hobgood.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2013, at Antioch Baptist Church by the Dr. M. David Chambers and Rev. James Shelley. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Hobgood, Jacob Hobgood, Jesse Hobgood, Richard Cook, Joel Perry, and Darryl Clayton.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, 677 Antioch Church Rd., Timberlake, NC, 27583.
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James Edward Wall Jr.
CHARLOTTE — James Edward Wall Jr., 61, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center-Main. Born July 9, 1951 in Durham, he was the son of James (deceased) and Daisy Buie Wall. James (Jimmy) was an artist and was employed as a Housing Counselor at Neighborhood Corporation of America (NACA).
Known for his joy in working on computers, his ability to quietly give sage advice and his sense of humor, Jimmy will be deeply missed by family and friends. In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Charlene; sons, James III and Jordan; sisters, Doris Grant and Constance Wall; aunt, Virginia Barrett; mother-in-law, Doris Brown; two brothers-in-law, Michael (Cheryl) Powell and Julius (Sharon) Powell; one sister-in-law, Dana Powell; nephews, Robert Grant, Kenneth Thorpe, Michael (Nina), Cedric, Johnathon, LaMont, LaMarcus, Te'Daryl and Jeremiah Powell; nieces, Jessica and Taylor Wall, Melissa (Daryl) DeRadcliffe, Gina (Malcolm) Allen, Tequorya (Robert) Brown, Chenika, Lena and Quitta Powell; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services to celebrate Jimmy's life will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Fisher Memorial United Holiness Church with visitation starting at 11 a.m. and the funeral following at 12 noon. Interment will immediately follow at Glennview Memorial Park. Fisher Funeral Parlor is serving the Wall family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation ( in honor of James.