March 14, 2013

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

Maryam Salim Blair

DURHAM — Maryam Salim Blair, 36, of Durham, daughter of Yusuf and Mary Blair (both parents deceased) passed away March 6, 2013.  Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at 1214 E. Lenoir Street, Raleigh. 
Professional services entrusted to Lightner Funeral Home, Raleigh.

Albert Craig Brown Jr (Craig)
DURHAM - Albert Craig Brown Jr. (Craig), son of Sherry B. Wilson and Albert Brown, was born on March 4, 1976 and went to eternal rest on March 9, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Latrice Clinkscales; son, Thaddeus Craig Brown; his mother, father, two sisters, a brother and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday, March 16 at True Way Holiness Church, 4124 Fayetteville with visitation at 11 a.m. 
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Home.

Essie Lee Edwards
DURHAM - Essie Lee Edwards, 82, died Thursday, March 7, 2013 at her residence.
Essie is survived by her daughter, Danita Edwards of Durham; her grandson, Reggie Edwards and his fiancé, Kristin Vaughan, of Durham; her granddaughter, Phylice Edwards of Durham; and her great grandson, Harlan Cortez Vaughan-Edwards; as well as a host of family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16th at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Fr. Thanh N. Nguyen officiating.
Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday March 15, 2013 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham.
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Vera Maria Roberts Braden
February 7, 1945 - March 2, 2013

PITTSBORO — Vera Maria Roberts Braden of Pittsboro went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2013.
Vera was born in Halle (Saale) on February 7, 1945 to Wilhelm Rahm and Elizabeth Gertrud Asel. Vera grew up in Winnweiler and Kaiserlautern Germany where she was raised by her mother Gertrud Asel and step-father Werner Asel. When she completed school in Germany she worked as a dental hygienist. She moved to the United States with her husband Alvis Clifford Roberts in 1964 and worked as a Asst. Librarian at Duke in Perkins Library, and later at UNC Law Library, forming friendships that continued throughout her life. Vera was kind, strong and touched the lives of many. She loved to stay active. Vera was a high diver and swimmer (early in life), runner, and avid tennis player. Vera will always be remembered for her incredible strength, kindness and beauty both inside and out. Vera was a beloved Oma, Mother and friend. Her legacy can be seen in the way she touched those she loved.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kristina and Mark Berly; her grandchildren, Jake, Kaitlyn, Seth and Zach Berly; as well many in her extended family.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1 p.m. New Salem Church, 5030 Old Graham, Pittsboro, where family and friends may attend a short reception after the services. In lieu of flowers; please make a donation to the Vera Braden Memorial Fund at

Sally Minor Parker

CHAPEL HILL — Sally Minor Parker died peacefully at her home in Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, March, 10.
Born in Batavia, New York on November 13, 1925 to Henry H. and Monica Hanley Minor, Sally soon developed a life-long love for horses. Later, while attending Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, she met and subsequently married, Daniel S. Parker on October 10, 1945.
They spent many years in Janesville, WI where they raised four children. While Dan served as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board for The Parker Pen Company, she entertained an endless flow of business and personal visitors from all over the world. When he was later appointed to serve as Administrator of the Agency for International Development in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, Sally put these same skills to good use again at their home in Washington, DC, hosting the likes of Henry Kissinger, William P. Rogers, and many prominent politicians of the era.
Following government service, they moved to the Charleston, SC area, where they eventually divorced. Sally chose to once again pursue her love of horses. She established the widely respected Cross Creek Farm in Cleveland, TN. As owner, breeder, trainer, and exhibitor of American Saddlebreds, she brought one World Champion after another into the show ring. She served on the Boards of both the American Saddlebred Association and Museum and the 4-H Club of America.
In 2003, she moved to Easton, MD where her love of plants and flowers brought many to visit and admire her exquisite gardens.
In 2009, she chose to settle in Chapel Hill. Sally, known to all for her caring and deeply loving advice, had wide reserves of wonderful friends, all of whom she cherished.
She is survived by her brother, Henry “Bud” Minor of Vero Beach, FL and Canandaigua, NY; and her children, Geoffrey Parker (Kearby) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Steven Parker (Linda) of New York, NY, Jennifer Parker (Peter Rosenberg) of Hillsborough, NC, and Sarah Parker Daniels (Josh) of Isle of Palms, SC,; seven grandchildren, Douglas Parker (Alicia), Christopher Coleon (Elizabeth), Adrienne Coleon Gaskell (Devin), Olivia Coleon, Matthew Parker, Kathryn Parker, and Sarah Parker Topping; three great-grandchildren, Sophie, Roger, and Charlotte; and her devoted caregiver, Claudia Palacios.
A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill this Saturday at 1 p.m., with visitation from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Walker Funeral Home. Burial will occur one week later in Batavia, NY. Flowers would be welcomed by the family and memorial donations may be sent to the UNC Hospice Association.
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