Below are Duke University and Duke University Health System employees and retirees who passed away in 2019, as reported to Duke Human Resources through April 2019.
Carol Cass, a resident of Wake Forest, North Carolina passed on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Raleigh, of complications from cancer. Carol was 74 years young. She was born on December 14, 1944 in Panama City, Florida, the oldest child of Jay Robert Green and Ruth Buresh Green. Carol grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1962. She attended Meredith College for a time and years later, while working and a single mom, Carol obtained her degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Carol possessed both stunning beauty and a towering intellect. Throughout her life, she mastered a number of fields, including owning her own mortgage brokerage, working in real estate and insurance sales, book distribution, as a paralegal, and managing a sound studio. For the past 19 years, she served as part of the Decedent Care Team at Duke University Hospital in Durham. Carol was a force of nature. During the 1980's, she was life of the party for her "KDNA" social circle in Charlotte, and over the years, her creative spirit shown in mischievous ways: from signing her children’s (Liz and Robb's) school physician forms with the name "P.D. Trician," to concealing the real reason her mother's church circle loved the meatloaf containing special "oregano" that somehow found its way into the mix. Carol's acerbic wit spared no targets, her "dingy" martini recipe perplexed many a waiter, and holding court with her cousins at Green family reunions always reinvigorated her eccentric charm. The family marveled at how Carol's crafty stubbornness was outmatched only by her capacity to hold a grudge over the most trivial of blunders. To her glorious credit, Carol loved animals at least as much as people, readily worked two jobs whenever needed to support her children, and woe be unto the school administrator if Carol felt her kids were slighted. Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sandra G. Tamplin. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth C. "Liz" Stafford (Mark) of Winston-Salem, her son, Robert C. "Robb" Cass Jr. (Sherrie) of Raleigh, grandchildren Andrew G. Stafford of Harrisonburg, VA, Sydney C. Cass of Wilmington, William R. "Will" Stafford of Winston-Salem, Tyler G. Cass of Raleigh, her brother, Michael A. Green of Kernersville, nephews John L. Capes (Vickie) of Jamestown, Bradley M. Green of Vale, Frank H. Tamplin, Jr. of Charlotte, and niece Laura G. Skvoretz (Chris) of Huntersville.
Derald Gasque Jr., of Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed away peacefully in his home, on April 26, 2019. He was 56 years young. Derald was loved and cherished by all who knew him, especially by his parents, Pearl Jennings and James Gasque; his siblings, Vanessa Dezurn (Bernard), Renard Jennings (Janice Lattimore), Eric Jennings and Rico Jennings (Antuinette) and by his community. Derald was born January 21, 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland to James Junin Gasque and Pearl Webb Jennings. He attended Calverton High in Baltimore. Derald was a long time employee of the Duke University Health System beginning his career with Duke on February 01, 1999 working in the Bio-Medical field at Duke North Hospital. He was active at the time of his passing. Derald was a dedicated employee sharing twenty years of life with his Duke family. He leaves to mourn his loss, a Mother Pearl Jennings, Father James Gasque, Sister Vanessa Dezurn (Bernard), Brothers; Renard Jennings (Janice Lattimore), Eric Jennings, Rico Jennings (Antuinette), a host of other relatives and friends. Derald will be greatly missed by his colleagues as well.
Klaas Frans, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019. He was 95 years young. Klaas was the son of the late Jacob Frans and Peiterie Blankman Frans. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 49 years, Maria Jongkees Frans. Klaas is survived by two daughters, Beatrix Forsythe (Ronnie) of Durham, Petra Strickland (William) of Henderson, NC; two sons, Henry Frans, Jack Frans (Brenda); four grandchildren, Stacey Vaughn-Frans (Jenah), Michael Frans (girlfriend, Nicole Casper), Bradley Strickland, Andy Strickland; one step-grandchild, Peggy F. McDonald (Cole); and one great-grandchild, Belle E. Vaughn-Frans. Klaas was a retired Art Handler from the Duke Art Museum. His career with Duke began on October 10, 1966 retiring June 01, 1989 sharing 23 years of life with his Duke family.
Larry Allan Johnson, of Caldwell, North Carolina born February 11, 1951, died April 19, 2019 at the young age of 68. Larry was one of 18 children of Virgie Adeline Holder and Robert Battle Johnson. He attended Oak Grove School and was employed by Duke University Lock & Key Shop for 20 years, as a Licensed Locksmith with Facilities Management until his retirement in 2009. Larry was a member of the Crappie Fishing Club, Schley Grange #710, and Little River Presbyterian Church. Being the multi-tasker he was, Larry also ran a lawn care business. Surviving are his wife, Joyce Powell Johnson, son Steven Dillard (Susan) of Youngsville; step-granddaughter, Lauren Stanley; grandson, Nathan Dillard; granddaughter, Mackenzie Mangum; step-son, Roger Mangum; Sister-in-law, Barbara Powell Franklin; great grandchildren, Matthew Hemp, Lillian Hemp, Gabriella Cruz; sisters Mary Stephenson, Nettie Cox, Betty Hall, Carol Heider (Bob),Linda West (Dean), Pamela Long. Brothers, Billy Johnson (Rhonda), Tommy Johnson (Betty Jean), Henry(Smiley)Johnson (Patricia), Curtis Johnson (Janie).
Richard Butler, age 66, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Duke University Hospital. Richard was born on December 21, 1952 to Virginia Butler Kelley and the late James Butler, Sr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Overbrook High School in Philadelphia. Upon graduating from high school, Richard moved to Durham, North Carolina, where he attended North Carolina Central University. He majored in Music, which was one of his truest loves along with beloved wife Vanessa. Richard was an employee of Duke Medical Center, where his career, as ABMT Support, spanned 30 years. Richard had a rich baritone voice, and he took pride in sharing this gift. In his love for singing, he sang with an acapella group that performed at various events. At Christmastime, you could count on Richard’s group caroling, each and every year. He performed often in the Duke Show Tunes event as a Duke employee. He was a member of the Kent Brooks Ensemble during his time at Greater St. Paul Church. He was also a current, dedicated member of the 100 Men in Black Choir, and was known in the Choir as "Bowtie". He sang at weddings and other special occasions, and was active with this gifted passion for music until his health failed. Richard attended First Calvary Baptist Church and was a longtime supporter of the Ministry. He was a man given to prayer, and he was always ready to pray for others. Surviving relatives include his loving wife, Vanessa Butler; his daughter, Tina Outen of Durham; his mother, Virginia Butler Kelley of Philadelphia, PA; his brother, James Butler, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA; his aunt, Bessie Butler of Philadelphia, PA; his grandchildren, Jatovie of California, Sade (Carlos) and Torian of Durham, NC; his brothers-in-law, Norman Smith (Esther) of Washington, DC, Frezell Outen (Susan) of Portland, OR, Robert Outen and Larry Outen both of Durham, NC; his sisters-in-law, Linda Evans, Robin Outen Leathers (Wayne), and Michelle Brockington (Alphonso) all of Durham, NC; two great-grandchildren, Christian and Joel; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Marsha Guion Fancher, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Robert P Thompson (deceased) USMA 1933 and great-granddaughter of Alanson M Randol, USMA 1864, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Marsha is mourned by her step-brother R. Sydney Kolls (Jeanne) and her step-sister Elizabeth M. Kolls (Thomes deceased) and her ex-husband Trion Duke Fancher, Jr. (deceased). Marsha loved being Aunt Marsha to 12 step-grandchildren and one great-step grandchild. She was admired by family and friends for her personal courage, loyalty, integrity and for her sense of humor even during difficult times. She was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapel Hill knitting group and was active in the Five Oaks Homeowners Association. She was retired from Duke University where she worked in the Romance Language Department. Marsha will be missed as she was loved by all.
Dr. Onyekwere E. Akwari, died at his home in Durham, North Carolina on Sunday April 14, 2019. He was 76 years young. (Onye), was a proud Nigerian-American and was the first African-American surgeon on the faculty of Duke University. He brought vision and confident persistence paired with an engaging, low-key temperament to his research and clinical work, to his citizenship in his university, and to his participation in the American and international surgical communities. At Hope Waddell Training Institution in Calabar, Nigeria, he served as senior prefect. He was a varsity track and field and soccer athlete and was active in student government, international relations and civic affairs at the University of Washington from 1962-1966. For his civic work in Seattle, he was awarded Honorary Citizen of the City. He served as president of the student body at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, graduating in 1970. Dr. Akwari joined the general surgery training program at the Mayo Clinic in 1970 and continued with research interests he had begun in college. His career research was in the neural and hormonal regulation of gastrointestinal motility. He authored clinical research on several rare surgical conditions and published designs for management of some common and uncommon surgical conditions. In a six-month hiatus from Mayo, he designed an Emergency Medicine Residency Program for Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center for the Southeast Health Region of Los Angeles County.In a sense, his life was about imagining what could be - for his patients, for medical science, for his university, and for the field of surgery. He told his daughter, “My dream was to do something useful and being useful means doing something for other people.”Dr. David C. Sabiston, Jr., recruited him to Duke University as Associate Professor of Surgery at a time when the brash, young medical school had only two other African American professors on faculty with Onye being only the second on the academic tenure track. It was only a decade earlier that the hospital had desegregated its facilities. Minority physicians routinely endured skepticism from patients, trainees, and colleagues regarding their professional qualifications, in ways that continue to linger today. He met the fair and unfair challenges to the legitimacy of his presence with a conviction instilled by his father, namely, that “all human beings breathe free air, thus, no human being is bigger or better than you are, because all are the same.”Dr. Akwari could detect a whiff of suffering in patients and their families and ministered to them. Equally ardent about teaching, he thrived on having undergraduate, medical, and graduate students in his research laboratory and on his clinical service. Many were inspired by his conviction that a surgical career combined with the academic life was the most rewarding option in medicine. In his words: “It provided the privilege of teaching, operating and researching with the possibility of using one to support the other.” Despite the fact that his surgical career was cut short after 17 years by illness, he published over 150 articles and book chapters, presented research at 73 national and international medical meetings, served for 15 years on Duke’s medical school admissions committee and for 12 years on Duke’s faculty governance Academic Council. He served on Duke’s Athletic Council and enjoyed close relationships with the coaches of women’s and men’s basketball, football, and wrestling. He was keenly interested in facilitating the studies of Division I athletes who aspired to medical careers. He opened his home to all, most importantly to students, and he hosted gatherings for other “first” African Americans at Duke. In the 1980’s, he countered vocal opposition in the university on the validity of adding women’s and minority studies to the canon. He felt privileged that during his tenure on Duke’s Academic Council (1981-1993), the faculty voted to broaden Duke’s faculty tuition benefit program to include the children of staff, a signal commitment of the university to the academic mission of generational improvement.A common excuse for failure to racially integrate academic surgical departments in the post-civil rights era was the absence of a pipeline. Weary of the excuse, four surgeons, including Dr. Akwari, initiated the idea for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons in 1989. Dr. Akwari organized the first meeting, securing the Governor’s designation of Academic Surgery Month in the State of North Carolina. The keynote speech, “The Vanishing Black Male,” was given by Dr. John Hope Franklin with attendance at conference affairs by Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, Governor James Martin, Health and Human Affairs Secretary Louis Sullivan and North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company executives including president, William Kennedy. Dr. Akwari was a member of the American Surgical Association, Alpha Tau Boule' section of Signa Pi Phi, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, past head of the surgical section of the National Medical Association, and served on committees of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He was a devout Episcopalian. He was a lover of history, roses, peonies orchids, the red rock country of Utah and Arizona, and classical music. Born in Aba, Nigeria to Theophilus Akwari, an export-import business owner, and Ngarasi Christiana Ukegbu, a shopkeeper, he was the eldest of eight and charged with the high expectations of his culture, as a result. When his home and family businesses were destroyed in Nigeria’s civil war, Dr. Martin Adson, a mentor in the performance of complex abdominal surgery, lent him the money, during his intern year, to re-roof the family home. He repaid the loan and, on a trainee’s salary, assisted all but one of his siblings in emigrating to the U.S. for their educations. Each has contributed to his/her field and community in the United States.He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Dr. Anne Micheaux Akwari, their son Chidi J.I. (Anna) Akwari and their daughter, Dr. Christiana Katherine Akwari; three grandsons, Austin Carter Akwari, Cameron Smith Akwari, and Christopher Jordan Akwari; six siblings, Ogbonna, Okechukwu, Ndukwe, Eme, Nnenna, and Uzunma (Joy) Akwari; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents and a beloved sister, Ngozi Akwari Obineche.
Barbara Jean Dean, 85 years young, resident of Henderson, North Carolina died Sunday, April 14, 2019. She was born in Pickaway County, Ohio on March 05, 1934 to her parents, Marion Hupp and Lila Irene (Maxon) Hupp, who have preceded her in death. Barbara had worked with Duke University Health System as a Patient Account Associate, in the Duke Non-Hospital Operations. Her career with Duke began on July 22, 1985 retiring on December 01, 2011 sharing 26 years of life with her Duke family. Barbara is survived by her children, Randolph Lane Dean (Lori), Kimberly Susan Dean-Wade, Dana Gaylord Dean (Dee Dee), and Anita Irene Dean Crews; 14 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Gaylord Eugene Dean; son, Rockford Lynn Dean; and grandson, Brandon Eugene Dean.
Louise Annie Mae “Wezzy”Allen Smith, affectionately known as “Weezy”, was born on August 8, 1943 in Johnston County, North Carolina to the late Robert Alton and Novie Allen. She attended Apex Consolidated High School. “Wezzy” was married to the O. D. James Smith, Sr. She was a faithful member of Jesus House of Prayer Holy Church under the leadership of the late Bishop Leon Saunders. Later she joined Highway House of Prayer Holiness Church, Inc. under the leadership of Bishop George E. Trice. There she served on many auxiliaries until her health declined. “Wezzy” LOVED attending Gospel Singings and had a special place in her heart for the children she cared for, loving them as though they were her very own. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers and three sisters. She leaves to cherish her loving memories, one son, O.D. James, Jr. (Angela) of Greenville, NC; four daughters, Benita Armstrong, Sonya Smith, Felicia Smith and Gwendolyn Lynch (DJ), all of Durham, NC; one brother, Lee McClain (Barbara) of Durham, NC; six sisters, Minister Kathleen Staten of Apex, NC, Dr. Cecelia Trice (Bishop George), Geraldine Allen, Lillie Allen, Peggy Belton (Valentino), all of Durham, NC; Shirley Dunn (Emanuel) of Fuquay-Varina, NC; one sister-in-law, Sara Rogers (Mike); one brother-in-law, Sylvester Smith of Durham, NC; caretaker, granddaughter Victoria Smith of the home; two Goddaughters, Shirley Wilson of Durham, NC; and Sherry Imokhome (Aodele) of Kansas City, MO; 19 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and Fisher Heights Neighborhood kids. “Wezzy’ worked at Johnson & Foster Dry Cleaners, Wayne’s Dry Cleaners and was a former employee of Duke University Health System working in the Duke South-Davison Buildings as a Housekeeping Specialist. Her career with Duke began June 13, 1980 retiring on September 01, 2008 sharing nearly 30 years with her Duke family. She will be missed by many as she was loved by all.
Ann Fuller Johnson, 86 years young, formerly of Durham, passed away Sunday, April 07, 2019, at Duke Hock Family Pavilion. She was born in Henderson, North Carolina on May 06, 1932. Ann attended Winthrop University and graduated from Duke Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She was a former employee of Duke University Health System working as Head Nurse, in the General Surgical Clinic. Her career with Duke spanned over 40 years eventually retiring on July 01, 1994. Ann was a member of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham since 1956, where she was a member of the George Mathis Sunday School Class. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling with her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Wade O. Johnson; and parents, Edgar and Doris Crews Fuller. She is survived by daughters, Carolyn Andrews (Scott) of Bennettsville, SC; and Sara Williams of Durham, grandsons, Christopher Andrews of Columbia, SC, Stephen Andrews (Chandler Cunningham) of Tega Cay, S.C., Clark Williams (Haley) of Denver, CO, and Brad Williams (Mary Kate Thurston) of Raleigh, N.C.
Marion Mae Hicks Rosemond, 96 years young, passed away Sunday April 07, 2019 at Duke Regional Hospital. Born and raised in Orange County, Marion was the daughter of the late Shellie Stephen Hicks and Unie Mae Sykes Hicks. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rosemond was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Edward Rosemond; two brothers, James Leonard Hicks and Larry Hugh Hicks, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Rosemond Bass and husband, Steve Bass and a granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Bass. Marion was a 1944 graduate of Watts School of Nursing and worked with doctors in private practice. Later she was employed at Duke University for over thirty years working with Public Safety-Parking Traffic Operations until her retirement in 1988. Marion will be greatly missed by family friends and community.
Lueisa Jose Lowery, affectionately known as ‘Lue’, was born February 27, 1953 in Bennettsville, South Carolina to Josephine Poole Hailey and the late Daniel Hailey. Lue passed away, peacefully in her home in Durham, North Carolina on April 06, 2019. She attended to Durham Public Schools and was a member of Ecclesia House of Prayer Church, where she loved singing in the Mass Choir. Lueisa recently retired from Duke University where she worked loyally with Housekeeping Operations for nearly 40 years, retiring February 01, 2019. In addition to being a loyal and dedicated employee, in her down time she enjoyed what she did best, taking care of and working in her yard. She could bring any plants and beautiful roses back to life with her love and care. Her other hobbies included shopping, painting, working with her hands; but most importantly, she loved spending time with her family and supporting her children. She is survived by three children; Bryant Hailey (Shamika), Quinton Hailey and Antonio Hailey, all of Durham NC, four siblings; Robert Poole (Monica) of Germany, Ronnie Poole, Joanne Poole (Jerome) and Sharell Hailey (Derrick), all of Durham NC; three grandchildren, Xavier Hailey, Laila Hailey and Davin Hailey; 15 nieces, 26 nephews and a host of loving relatives and friends. It is an exceptional blessing that one so great was afforded the magnificent opportunity to touch the lives of so many. Lueisa Lowery set an exceptional standard in everything she set her hands to do. Though she shall indeed be missed, her legacy shall live on within the lives of those that she impacted with her quiet, authoritative and motherly demeanor.
James Ronald Butler, passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 05, 2019, after a long and brave struggle to recover from a stroke he suffered last September. Ron was born in Cheverly, Maryland to Joseph Roy Butler and Helen Butler. He attended Largo High School where he ran track and participated in ROTC. After graduating from high school in 1976, Ron attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). At UMD, he was a history major and desegregated his fraternity, Kappa Alpha, as its first African American pledge. After college, Ron worked in Washington, DC, at the Mayflower Hotel where he had the opportunity to meet a number of the political figures and musicians he admired. Ron also worked for the Archdiocese of Washington as a community organizer and social justice advocate. Ron's interest in politics and social justice issues was lifelong and in 1984, he joined Alan Cranston's presidential campaign in Iowa. While working on the Cranston campaign he met his future wife, Rachel, and moved to California in 1998 to join her. They were married in Reno, Nevada in 1999. Ron worked successfully as a property manager in Virginia and then in California. While living in California, he became a dialysis technician. He continued his career in medicine when he and Rachel moved to North Carolina in 2007. While in North Carolina, Ron worked as a Financial Care Counselor, first at Duke North then at Duke Regional Hospital. In addition to political and social issues, Ron had abiding interests in American history and literature, philosophy, and religion and sports, particularly the variable fortunes of the Maryland Terps, CAL Bears, and the Duke Blue Devils basketball and football teams. Ron served in the U.S. Army Reserve while in college and after. He was widely read and deeply knowledgeable about all of his many interests. He was also the kindest of men who had exceptional humor, he was very funny. Ron is survived by his wife, Rachel, his mother Helen, and his sister, Lisa. He will be remembered with love by the many members of his own and his wife's families, as well as wonderful friends and co-workers.
Mary Lee Platt Bradley, was born January 18, 1926, in Pamlico, South Carolina, on Thursday, April 04, 2019, God peacefully called her home. Mary was 93 years young. The Bradley family relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina, then moved to Durham, North Carolina where she met and married her husband, Thomas J. Bradley. Mary’s parents died when she was very young. She was raised by her grandparents, David and Mary Johnson, with the assistance of her Aunt and Uncle, Rev. Charlie and Annie McCoy. Mary was a graduate of Whitted High School (later changed to Whitted Junior High). After high school, she worked as an in-home child care provider. With encouragement and help from her husband, she attended Durham Technical Institute, where she received her Licensed Practical Nurse Degree (LPN). Upon graduation, she was employed with Duke University Health System as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked for Duke for twenty years until her retirement in 1988. Mary was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. While a member of Mt. Zion, she served on the Deaconess Board, Usher Board and the Women’s Senior Choir for over forty years. Mary was married to Thomas J. Bradley, Sr. for 73 years. Out of this union five children were born, three girls and two boys. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her loving and devoted husband Thomas J. Bradley, Sr.; children, Barbara (Willie) Freeman; Carolyn Bradley; Cynthia (Gattis) Baines; Thomas, Jr. (Mary) Bradley and Kenneth (Joann) Bradley; grandchildren Jacqueline, Christopher (Joan) Willie, Jr. (Tiarra) Freeman, Sharon Bradley, Christopher (Ciarra), Gregory (Kimberly), Rachel, Tamika Bradley, Jamie, Stephen (Robbyn), Paul Baines and Keisha (Maurice) Hawkins; Reggie Bailey; great grandchildren, Carlos Favors, Jaique, Christopher, Jordan, Jazmine, Tamire, Zamire, Aran Freeman, Christopher, Jordan, Zarchary, Dynisha, Demica, Deven, Cherie (Francis) Barclay, Ahmond, Amire, Jada, Daya, Keyon, Que, Winter, Donovan, Billy; great-great grandchildren, Kiyhdir, Reggie Reid, Christian Bradley, Jeremiah, Leona Barclay, Haaziq Salim, Ariel and Thialand; along with a host of other family members and friends. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She will be fondly remembered by all. She was passionate about helping others in need. She was a very giving person. Her heart was full of love and she had a contagious smile. Mary will be missed by many as she was loved by all.
Georgia Pettiford Mitchell, the oldest and last survivor of 10 children born to Jeff and Viola Cameron Pettiford, passed away April 04, 2019. Georgia was born in Roxboro, North Carolina on July 08, 1914 and recently celebrated her 104th birthday. That is not her only amazing testament. She married Levi Mitchell on October 22, 1933 and moved to Durham, North Carolina where four children were born to this marriage. Her husband and two children, the eldest Doris Richardson and the youngest Marshall Mitchell, predeceased her. In Durham, Georgia worked with Meals on Wheels along with the Crop Walk Project, selling over 5000 tee shirts “to end hunger one step at a time”. She was an avid flower and plant lover and raised hybrid African violets by planting the roots of different species together. After the last of her four children entered school, she worked many years as an elevator operator in a large department store and retired as a switchboard operator from Hanes House at Duke University in Durham. She moved to Kingwood to live with her daughter, Bernice, after suffering a massive stroke in 2014. Given three days to live by her doctors, following the stroke, she lived to celebrate four (nearly 5) more birthdays. Georgia was a member of the Blackfoot Indian Tribe, her paternal grandfather died at the age of 101. She was an amazing cook and always prepared enough food in case there were unexpected visitors. She finished the eighth grade, but taught all of her kids to read. A favorite memory is her singing all of the verses of “Silent Night” and reciting the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” to her children at bedtime, both from memory. She leaves to mourn her passing, a daughter Bernice Satterwhite of Kingwood, TX, a son Levi Mitchell, Jr. of Petersburg, VA , 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters-in law, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Pearlie O. Johnson, 71 years of age, passed away on Tuesday, April 02, 2019. She was a former employee of Duke University Health System working as a Housekeeping Specialist in the Davison Buildings of Duke South. Pearlie’s career began with Duke on February 01, 1999 continuing until retirement on February 01, 2013, sharing 14 years of life with her Duke family. Pearlie will be missed by family, friends and by her community.
Jose’ Leonardo Ferreire Da Costa, passed on Monday April 01, 2019. Jose’ was 78 years young. After months of failing health, he died peacefully at home (Graham, North Carolina) with his beloved wife, Evangelina, and with their children by his side. Evangelina and Jose’ were married for 49 years. He was a loving father of Lionel Da Costa, Alice Da Costa, and Nilda Gunn. He was the proud grandfather to Paul Everette, Ariel Riddle, Emily McCray, Alex Terrell, Veronica Gunn, Tyrin Terrell, Javon Gunn, Isabelle Da Costa, and Josiah Gunn. He was above all passionate and extremely proud of his great grandchildren, Alaina Clowers, Micah Clowers, and Jackson McCray. Jose’ will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends. He was the son of the late Jose ’Da Costa Amaral and Maria Dos Anjos Ferreira of San Miguel, Acores Portugal. He is predeceased by his sister Adriana Alves and brother, Carlos Da Costa. Jose’ was the brother of the late Alda Brasil. He was a proud permanent resident of the United States for 52 years and retired from Duke University Hospital after years of dedicated service. Jose’ well be remembered as a firm but understanding gentleman holding the highest integrity in family life.
Frankie Marie Gamble Mackey, was born January 22, 1953 in Asheville, North Carolina to Tinia Gamble and the late Benjamin Franklin Gamble. She passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Frankie received her primary and secondary education in Buncombe County School System and continued onto become a certified Nursing Assistant. She served as a caring and nurturing health care professional for over 35 years at Memorial Mission Hospital and area Nursing Homes. Frankie then moved to Durham, North Carolina where she continued her life’s mission at Duke University Hospital for 10 years. Her dedication and work ethic will eternally shine in our memories. She was a fighter and showed amazing strength and courage, showing no white flags, as she battled breast cancer. For those who knew her best, absolutely understood, and benefitted greatly from the passionate desire she held for cooking. Frankie loved trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. If you have never eaten one of her cakes, you have without doubt, missed a marvelous treat! Family gatherings are special to our family along with a bit of friendly competition and cooking tips with her baby brother always put a smile on her face. Not to mention a few pounds she put on the rest of the family. Frankie was a member of Hill Street Baptist Church until she moved. Upon arriving in Durham, she became a faithful member of Union Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her finance Walter ‘Bo’ Smith and sister Phyllis Folston. Frankie leaves to cherish her memory; her Mother, one daughter Ruby Mackey of S.C., two sons Ronald Gamble of Asheville, NC and John Mackey, Jr of Winston-Salem, NC. Eight grandchildren who were the apple of her eye (Tymark, Larell, Darius, Diamond, Desiree, Antonio, Quitin and Alyssa. Three great grandchildren Tymark, Jr. Amanda, and Kinzie. Eight siblings – Rev. Dr. Donnie Gamble, Pamella Gamble, Terry Gamble, Rayford Gamble(Faye), Angela Hamilton (Kenneth), Cecelia Petty (Lester), Rodney Gamble and Lucinda McNeill (Tyrone). Numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and one maternal aunt will also cherish her memory. Sixty-six years young is far too early to have to say goodbye.
Brenda Sue Ennis Marcelais, 69, wife of Ronald E. Marcelais, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, peacefully in her home. Born January 28, 1950, in Durham, North Carolina she was a daughter of the late Onzlo Ennis and the late Nettie Bennett Ennis. She retired from Duke University after 35 years of service on February 01, 2015. She had also been employed by the Medical University of South Carolina. Survivors include her husband of 24 years; two children, Sam Knight (Mary) of Roxboro, NC and Christie Bowes (Doug) of Timberlake, NC; six grandchildren, Lindsey Fagala, Alex Knight, William Bradley, Jeff Bradley, Delanei Clayton, Camryn Bowes; and two brothers, David Ennis (Smitty) of Durham, NC, and Butch Ennis of Stem, NC. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Long; two sisters, her twin, Linda Whitt, and Janice Ellis.
Brenda McCallum, 69, of Durham, North Carolina passed away on March 26, 2019. Brenda was a Licensed Practical Nurse, who had worked in the GYN Unit 5800 with Duke University Health System for over 18 years. Her career with Duke began on August 01, 1979 retiring in 1997. She will be missed by family, friends, and by her community.
Lonie Anderson Huff, 78, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Alamance House. Lonie was born in Person County to Walter Richard and Nettie Hodges Anderson, both deceased. She was retired from Duke University Medical Center working in the Accounting Payable Department as an Accounting Specialist. Her career with Duke began on July 01, 1968 retiring in 2002, sharing 34 years of life with her Duke family. Lonie was of the Methodist faith. She graduated from Bethel Hill High School in Roxboro where she played basketball. Lonie loved to read, sew, and loved playing cards. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Johnson and her husband Mike of Mebane. Grandchildren, Katherine Wrenn and her husband Jeffrey, Caleb Williams and Stewart Johnson. Great Grandson Jeffrey Wrenn, Jr. Sister, Delois Fesperman and her husband William.Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Laura Williams. Brother, Norman Anderson, and her husband Edward Burns.
Nadine Harvell Dennise, 89 passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Vidant Medical Center. Nadine was born in Wake County and spent her youth in Willow Springs. She graduated from Fuquay Springs High School in 1947. She worked for Duke University Health System as a Secretary with the Surgery Department beginning January 01, 1968 retiring May 01, 1994. In 1999, she and her husband moved to Greenville to be closer to their grandchildren and they joined Hollywood Presbyterian Church. Nadine enjoyed being active in the Women of the Church. She was preceded in death by her husband 54 years, Melvin O'Neal Dennis, 3 sisters and 9 brothers. She is survived by her daughters, Myra Glyn Dennis and Geoffrey Wood of Arnold, Maryland, Tina Dennis Carroll and husband, Alben, of Colorado, and Anita Dennis Lommatzsch and husband, Clint, of Greenville; grandchildren, J. C. Lommatzsch and fiancé, Emily Buddo, Courtney Lynn Lommatzsch and husband, Craig Schmidt, and Dennis Neal Lommatzsch; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
John Lossing, a former Medical Laboratory Scientist, Technician II, working in the Clinical Pediatric Department with Duke University Health System passed away on March 14, 2019. John began his career with Duke on August 21, 1995 retiring on July 01, 2016 sharing over 20 years of life with his Duke family. Family, friends, his community and former colleagues will miss him.
Leola Aurora Glenn, 95, passed away peacefully in her home on March 12, 2019. Leola was born in Nansemond County (Suffolk), Virginia on September 15, 1923. After spending most of her life in Durham, North Carolina, she retired to the family farm. She was the oldest of eight children born to the late Russell Bennett Glenn and Mary Agnes Scully Glenn. Leola was a 1942 graduate of Chuckatuck High School, attended James Madison College, and received her B.S.N. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1946. Upon graduation from MCV she was accepted into the Anesthesiology program at Duke University, despite being told by many she would never be selected for admission because she was too young and a female. By the 1950s, and after further advancement in degrees, she was employed by Duke Medical Canter as an Anesthesiologist for nearly 50 years. Leola became an instructor in the Duke School of Anesthesia and remained in that position until retirement. She was a pioneer for women of her time. Devoting her life to medicine, she continued to return her childhood home where she loved being involved in the daily life on the farm. She was an accomplished ballroom dancer. Leola is predeceased by six siblings. Jocelyn O’Bannon , Monica Glenn, Dr. Rollin Glenn, Fleet Glenn, Tosca Minichan, and Lt. Colonel Hugo Glenn. She is survived by a sister, Patricia G. Johnson of Houston, Texas; sisters-in-law Betty Glenn of Old Town, Maine; Doris Glenn and Helen Glenn of Suffolk; and a brother-in-law, Dr. David Minichan of Roanoke, as well as fourteen nieces and nephews and thirteen great nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank caretakers Teresa Bane, Marlana West, Carol Martinez, Linda Shineberg, Margie Bass, Jeannie Jernee, as well as other Home Instead employees who aided Leola in her comfort.
Mary Joe Pullin, devoted daughter, loving mother and loyal friend to many died Monday, March 04, 2019. Mary was a native of Durham, North Carolina. She was a former employee with Duke University Health System working as a Clerk in the Radiology Film Library. Her career began with Duke on June 01, 1974 retiring April 01, 1995 sharing 21 years of life with her Duke family. Left to cherish memories are her daughter Cynthia Pullin; son Andrew Pullin, both of Durham, NC; sisters Frances Hayes and Ann Lee Rives both of Durham, NC; grandchildren Krystal, Demario, Courtney and Tehron Farrington all of Durham, NC; nieces; Sharen Lewis (Danny) of Hillsborough; Karen Hayes-Raymond (Herold); Felicia Hayes both of Durham, NC; Beverly Hayes(Michael)Poole of Mt Gilead Taylorsville, NC; nephews Michael Hayes, of West Chester, OH; Stephen Hayes of Durham, NC.
Mary Louise Campbell, 79, passed away March 03, 2019, at Duke Hospice, Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, North Carolina. Mary was affectionately known as ‘Louise’, she was born on August 03, 1939 in Durham, North Carolina to the late Raleigh Price Sr. and Sue Ann Price. She was the third oldest of nine children, which 3 preceded her in death, Bernard Price, Helen McKinney and Raleigh Price Jr; one child, Carolyn Fuller. Mary received her education from Durham Public Schools. As an adult, she worked for Service America Cooperation as a Food Server at the Durham County Court House and later retired from Duke Medical Center Environmental Services after sharing 13 years of life with her Duke family. Her life will forever be cherished through her three children; Jamie McCall, Nathaniel Fuller (Angela), and Jacqueline Fuller all of Durham, NC; three sisters, Bernice Leathers, Thelma Kincy (Earl), Velma Quick (George), Two Brothers, Henry Price (Gwendolyn), Clarence Price (Donna); Two Sisters-in-law, Clementine Price and Lula Hemby; 7 grandchildren: Shawana, Crystal (Mike), Casey (Todd), Nate Jr. (Kiara), Ohene, Courtney, and Janna (Jasmine), 7 great-grandchildren: Omari (Paris), Isaac, Isaiah, Zion, Dakota, Kaden and Kobe, and a special friend, Dorothy Corbett.
Alice Osborne Long Castillo, age 87, died in Durham, North Carolina on March 01, 2019. Alice was born in Raleigh on November 30, 1931, to the late Samuel Marsh and Gertrude Ball Long. She moved at a young age to central Florida, and when she spoke of those early years of growing up near the Ocala National Forest, her most vivid memories were watching the filming of the movie “The Yearling” starring Spencer Tracy. After graduating high school in Florida, Alice started college at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, but then transferred to Florida State University where she graduated with a BS in Marine Biology. While at Florida State, Alice joined Chi Omega sorority and remained active for years after graduating. After college, Alice moved to Beaufort, North Carolina to work at Duke Marine Lab, then moved to Madison, Wisconsin to work at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center. While living in Madison, Alice married and had two children, Natalia Maria and Steven Anthony Alexander. In 1968, Alice moved back to Durham, North Carolina where she was a resident for 51 years. During those years in Durham, Alice conducted research and worked at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center for over 31 years and remained an avid Duke fan until her passing. Alice loved playing bridge with her friends and working in her garden in the spring. Throughout her life, Alice also loved to travel throughout Europe and Peru with her friends and family. One of her favorite summertime destinations was Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where many of her relatives lived and her children always enjoyed. Alice Castillo is survived by a daughter, Natalia Maria Castillo of Sullivans Island, SC, and son, Steven Anthony Castillo and his wife Robin Braly Castillo of Durham, NC, granddaughters, Bailey Maria, Anne Marsh, and Carmen “Davie” Castillo, and her sister, Gertrude “Tootsie” Wood of Durham. Alice was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Marsh Long, her mother, Gertrude Ball Long, and her brother, Samuel Marsh Long, Jr.Alice’s family would like to express sincere appreciation for the loving care giving and dedication provided by: Rebecca Troedsson, Billie Horne, Stephanie Taylor, Sara Zweigle, Elisa Winn, Svetlana Thorne, Yvetta Smith, Karen Hagwood and Kathy Riley, as well as special thanks to the kind staff of Croasdaile Village.
Suzanne Gail Avery, of Durham, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The cruelty of cancer brought a swift end to the loving life of an enormous heart, a heart that always put the needs of the world before her own. Sue was surrounded in her final days around the clock by friends and family who wanted one last opportunity to return the favor. Sue was born on January 08, 1946 to Elroy and Lois Avery in Buffalo, New York. She experienced an extremely happy childhood growing up in Williamsville. Sue recognized early in her life that she would travel a path of service, choosing to dedicate herself to the needs of others. That wondrous path began at the Buffalo General School of Nursing and the State University of New York at Buffalo where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Capitalizing on being named the top nurse in her class, Sue began her incredible career at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City, where she was a savvy young Intensive Care Unit Nurse. Ultimately, she rose to head staff nurse, a position she held for almost four years before leaving New York to relocate in Durham, North Carolina. It was in 1977 that she began her distinguished career at Duke University Health System working at Duke Hospital. During her nearly forty year career at Duke, she continued her life's goal of serving others, ultimately transitioning her nursing role to that of Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Research and Education, along the way obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University. A career in service to others would be enough for many, but not for Sue. Sue was a caregiver and she did not know how to be anything else. In the early 80's, Sue was a pioneer in championing the rights of the LGBT community. She was actively involved in the NC Lesbian and Gay Health Project. At a time when the AIDS crisis marginalized the gay community, Sue embraced them with courage and conviction. She provided education, she provided clinical support and most of all she provided a loving heart to people that needed it most. That loving heart never seemed larger or beat stronger than it did for her family. Her parents and her sister, Janice Roe, predecease Sue. Her only daughter, Amity Avery Crowther, Amity’s husband Michael Ferguson, their beautiful daughters Ellery (12) and Baker (10) Ferguson, her nephew William M. Warren II, and her persnickety cat, Emily, survive Sue. Throughout her life, Sue taught her daughter to love unequivocally, to live fiercely, and to never let the world tell you what to think or how to feel. Clearly, her two greatest treasures in life were her granddaughters. There has never been a grandmother who doted more or prepared more for their visits and encounters. Sue was famous for gifts. Thoughtful and creative, she always outshined the rest of the room on Christmas morning. No one wrote camp letters to the girls better than Sue-Sue did, and no one ever will. Sue died on the first day of spring, forevermore, the birds will chirp and they will sing the song of our beloved mother, grandmother and friend. We carry your heart in ours.
Dorothy E. Moore, a former employee with Duke Medical Center, sadly passed away at her home, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Dorothy was 82. On January 28, 1935, Dorothy was born in Halifax County, North Carolina to her parent, the late Rosetta E. Hines. Later in life, Dorothy married John E. Moore moving to Durham, North Carolina. While in Durham, Dorothy became a member of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church. On February 12, 1962 Dorothy began working with Duke Medical Center as a Patient Relations Representative Medical Unit 9100, eventually retiring on February 01, 2000. Dorothy embraced nearly forty years of life with her Duke family. Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Selena Mangum of Durham, NC, and Connie (Benny) Brunson of New Haven, CT; one son, Wayne Battle of Durham, NC; four sisters, Linda Whitaker of Alexandria, VA, Clay Tee Hines of Raleigh, NC, Henrietta Hines of Wheaton, MD and Gwendolyn M. Hines of Washington, DC; two brothers, Earl Lee Bryant of Temple Hill, MD and Randolph Hines of Harrisburg, PA; twelve grandchildren; twenty-nine great grandchildren; and numerous great-great grandchildren. Preceding Dorothy in death are her husband John E. Moore, grandson John Devere Battle, two brothers and two sisters.
Mary Izetta Hart, 91 years young, passed away on March 17, 2019. Mary was a former Housekeeping Specialist working for Duke University. Her career began on September 01, 1962 retiring on March 01, 1990 sharing nearly thirty years of life with her Duke family. Surviving relatives include her three sisters, Ceola McIver, Venus Dowdy and Billie Joyce (Elwood) Davis; two brothers, Winfred Tysor and Jimmy Tysor; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a host of other family members.
Robert Joseph Portugal, 52 years young, died on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, North Carolina. Robert was born in Lincoln Park Michigan, the son of Ronald Joseph Portugal and Diana Svacha. He graduated from Alan Park High School going on to serve his county by joining the United States Army as a 91Q Pharmacy Specialist. He proudly served during Desert Storm and earned the Army Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, M16 Sharpshooter Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Parachute Badge. Robert moved to Mebane, North Carolina where he began his distinguished career with Duke University Health System working as a Pharmacy Technician, Inpatient OPS Pharmacy. His career with Duke began on April 15, 1991 and was active upon his passing, embracing nearly thirty years of life with Duke. Robert mentored and taught many of the staff members. He was known as MR. Fix it. He was loyal and a dear friend to everyone. He was an avid fan of University of Michigan football and the Detroit Red Wings. Hobbies include, Xbox gaming, golfing, and traveling. Survived by his step mother, Judy Portugal, his step father, Raymond Bishop, his sisters; Sheila Portugal, Sabrina and husband Justin Young; step-sisters Kim Zehel, and Jennifer Zehel, brother; Ronnie Portugal, step-brother Ray Zehel Five Nieces; Jessica Portugal, Zaydriana Young, Valora Young, Kayla Young, Kelsea Young and one Nephew Kevin Portugal. He is preceded in death by his father, Ronald J. Portugal, mother, Diana Bishop, a brother, Jeffery Portugal. Family, friends, community and colleagues will miss him.
Linda Uwanu, 61 years young of Raleigh, North Carolina passed on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Linda was born on June 04, 1957 to the late Sidney Roberts and Queen Ester Bagby Roberts in Oxford, North Carolina. She graduated from South Granville High School in Creedmoor, North Carolina, completing a post-secondary education at Rutledge Business College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Linda worked in the health care field for over twenty years and was looking forward to retirement from Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina where she was a CNA-II. She was married to the late Urum Uwanu. Linda enjoyed the Lord, reading, shopping, fashion and outings with her family and close friends. Linda could often be found shopping at Streets of Southpoint (her favorite pass-time) and sharing lunch with her granddaughter at Nordstrom's. She frequently made trips back home to Oxford, North Carolilna to visit and fellowship with Aunt Shirley. Linda had a relationship with the Lord and was intent on spreading the gospel. Those left to cherish precious memories are her son, Patrick (Taynita ) Jacobs; two grandchildren, Chelsea and Chase Jacobs; siblings, Lynwood (Marie ) Roberts, Wayne (Valreno) Roberts, and Randy Roberts; aunts, Shirley Bagby and Helen Amis; special friend Don Marshall; along with a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends
Joanne Beauregard, 72 years young, passed away on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at Duke Regional Hospital. She was born in Queens, New York to the late Joseph John Amen and Palma Coppola Amen. In addition to her parents, predeceasing Joanne was her husband, Donald Joseph Beauregard. Joanne was retired from Duke University where she was employed as an Accounting Specialist for the Accounts Payable Department. Her career with Duke began on October 17, 1994 sharing nearly twenty years with her Duke family. Surviving Joanne are her brother, Joseph Amen and wife Regina of Durham, North Carolina.
Harold “Pete” Lee McMillan, 68 years young, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 01, 2019, with his loving wife by his side. Born in Rockingham County, he was the son of the late John Alvis McMillan and Minnie Eller Rachel Barnes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, James McMillan, Luther McMillan, Russell McMillan, J.A. McMillan and Raymond Turpin; five sisters, Faye Cameron, Gail Long, Magalene Johnson, Lillie May McMillan and Carolyn Jordon. Pete was a United States Army Veteran. He served in the Vietnam War as a Paratrooper and flew supplies. He retired from Duke Medical Center after twenty-two years of service due to a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. He did return to work though at Duke University Medical Center as a consultant. Due to his hard work and dedication, “McMillan Towers” at Duke University stands in honor and recognition, which “Pete” was very humbled and proud. He loved playing Blue Grass music on his guitar. He was an avid hunter, bow hunting was his passion. He was one of the founders of the Guilford Bow Hunters Association (NC Bow Hunters Association). Pete is survived by his loving wife of nearly fifty years, Sarah Lee McMillan of the home; two sons, Anthony M. McMillan of Mebane and Jason C. McMillan of Milton; one half-sister, Mary Moorefield of King; three grandchildren, Demi McMillan, Zach McMillan, and Alexis McMillan.
Nora Lee Peterson Womack, age 88, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019. Nora was a former employee with Duke University Health System working as a Radiologic Technologist, Bone & Chest in the Diagnostic Radiology Department. Nora’s career began with Duke on July 20, 1970 retiring August 01, 1995 sharing 25 years of life with Duke.
Emma T. Warren, age 90, passed away on Friday February 08, 2019. Emma was a former employee with Duke University Health System working as a Radiologic Technologist, Bone & Chest in the Diagnostic Radiologic Department. Emma’s career began January 12, 1959 retiring June 01, 1990 sharing over 31 years of life with Duke.
Katy Lee Hoover Evans, a former Clinical Nurse I, working for Duke University Health System in the Minot-Rehabilitation Center, Operating Rooms, passed away on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 86 years of age. Katy was a resident of North Carolina at the time of her death. Katy was formerly of Hoover Homesteads located in Lexington, North Carolina. She was born on September 21, 1932 to the late Frank Hoover Sr. and Laura Brown Hoover. She departed this life peacefully in her sleep while at home. Katy was educated in Davison County School System and was a graduate of Dunbar High School. She went on to nursing school and graduated from Kate Bitting Reynolds School of Nursing in Winston Salem in 1955. Katy relocated to Durham, North Carolina later that year after accepting a full-time position at Duke University Medical Center. She could tell many stories of how Duke was before and after desegregation; she even wrote a book about it. At Duke, Katy worked her way through the ranks and became one of the first black Head Nurses. Katy also founded The Nurses Breakfast Club in 1970, an organization dedicated to community service. She retired from Duke after forty years of dedicated service. Katy was married to the late John Thomas Evans, and to this union two children were born, Jason Carlyle Evans and Malinda De Ann Evans. She had many adopted daughters, sons, and grandchildren. After retirement, Katy moved back to Lexington, North Carolina. She was an active member of Yadkin Star Baptist Church, the Southside Senior Citizens, The Hoover Sisters, the Davidson County Chapter of the NAACP, the Kate Bitting Reynolds, Chestnut Grove School, and Dunbar High School reunion committees. She also continued to attend Nurses Breakfast Club meetings in Durham. As a part of her activism, she single handedly petitioned the Davidson County Commissioners to name a street in downtown Lexington after Martin Luther King Jr. She enjoyed fellowshipping with family, friends, and visiting and helping the sick and shut in. Katy was proceeded in death by sisters Geneva Hoover Peoples, Nona Hoover, Gladys Hoover Holmes, Essie Hoover Mack, and Ruth Hoover Staplefoote and brothers, Frank Hoover Jr., John Gilmer Hoover, and Baxter Louis Hoover. Katy leaves to cherish her memories, her son Jason C. (Daniele) Evans, her daughter, Malinda D. Evans, all of Durham, NC; three grandchildren, Tadja A. Evans, and Jada A. K. Evans of Durham, NC and Jaylen P. Evans of Lexington, NC; two sisters, Pearline H. Moss of Winston Salem, NC and Lois H. Andrews of Lexington, NC; a sister-in-law, Katherine Hoover of Lexington, NC; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and church family.
Lottie Pike Smith, of Rougemont, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019, peacefully in her home. She was 92 years young. Lottie was born in Jones Co., the daughter of the late James Galey Pike and Edith Heath Pike. Her husband, William Earl Smith; and seven siblings also preceded her in death. Lottie was a former Supervisor working with the Private Diagnostic Center of Duke University Medical Center in the Private Orthopaeic Clinic. She began her career with Duke on May 01, 1966 retiring June 01, 1992 sharing twenty-six years of life with her Duke family. Left to cherish her memories are her sons, Wilson Earl Smith (wife Barbara), John Mark Smith; daughter, Claire Thompson (husband, Dan); twin sister, Lummie Faulkenberry; six grandchildren; and twenty-three great grandchildren.
Mollie Emma McQueen Ford, 86 years young, died Friday, February 22, 2019. Mollie had worked with Duke University Health System as a Licensed Practical Nurse, in Surgical Unit-3300. She had begun her career with Duke on April 01, 1968 retiring July 01, 1994 sharing twenty-six years of life with her Duke family. Mollie will be missed by family, friends and by her community. Mollie is survived by her children: William D. Ford (Regina), Cherlylen Ford Headen (Theadore) and Melessia Ford Cozart; grandchildren, Felicia F. Tucker (Jonathan), Danielle F. Boyd (Carlos), James M. Headen, Chloe O. Ford, Lydia Y. Cozart, Kirsten D. Ford and Joshua E. Headen; four great grandchildren and two siblings, Mattie McQueen Nance and Robert McQueen (Liz).
Robert Ellis Kearney, a Patient Transporter working for Duke University Health System, with the Patient Transport Department, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019. He was a young 55 years old. Robert was known to his friends and colleagues to be a kind, calming and humble man with a grand sense of humor. Robert began his career with Duke on April 16, 2018 and was a currently active upon his death. Family, friends, community and colleagues alike, will greatly miss Robert.
Dorothy "Dot" May Efland, born July 27, 1933 to Jack and Lucille May in Graham, North Carolina passed peacefully on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Dorothy was 85 years of age. She had been a former Staff Specialist working in the Center for Living, Heart Center, in Operations, with Duke University Medical Center. She began her career with Duke on February 01, 1968 retiring August 01, 1998 sharing thirty years of life with her Duke family. Dot is survived by her seven children: Brenda Long (Edwin), Lucy Castle (Barry – deceased), Cindy Hale, Christie Martin-Gray (Marshall), William Efland, Jr. (Shelly), Michael Efland (Nancy), and Jaye Efland; her brother Carl "Jigger" May (Marguerite – deceased), sister Jean Lloyd (James); eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Dot was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, William (Billy) Efland. The family would like to thank the staff of LiveWell Coker Hills and Duke Hospice for their dedicated and loving care.
Louise Terrell Powell, 93, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 16, 2019. She was born in Guilford County on July 29, 1925 to the late Estelle Bunting Terrell and Ralph Otis Terrell. In addition to her parents, Ms. Powell is predeceased by her husband of fifty-eight years, Kessler Kinchen Powell, and siblings Clarence Otis Terrell, Betty Honrine Molko, and Marvin Eugene Terrell. She is survived by her children, Rhonda Estok (Ted Holloman), David W. Powell (Sandy), and Kessler K. Powell, Jr. (Denise); six grandchildren, Jennifer Healey (Sean), Derek Revels (Elizabeth), Joey Powell (Brittany), Matthew Powell (Grace), Jason Powell, and Morgan Powell; great-grandchildren, Willa Healey, Hagen Healey, Ashlyn Poplin-Revels, Emma Poplin-Revels, Lillyan Powell, Sydney Powell, Gavin Powell, Annika Powell and Keyland Powell, as well as many loving and caring nieces and nephews. Louise worked at Duke Medical Center for twenty-six years as the Administrative Secretary and timekeeper for the Operating Room. After her retirement in October of 1989, she and Kessler enjoyed spending time at the Family Beach Cottage at Surf City, North Carolina, a place she loved dearly. Her happiest moments in life were when she was surrounded by her family. She was an amazing cook and always looked forward to cooking and baking for Sunday dinners, family get-togethers, birthdays and holiday celebrations. She was a member of Dayspring Fellowship Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir, participating in worship services, bible study and prayer groups. Her friends and especially her church friends were an important part of her life. Family, friends, and community will greatly miss Louise.
Nancy Hobbie Grinstead, 71, passed away Friday February 15, 2019 after a long battle with cancer and related complications. Nancy is survived by two children, Susannah (Mark) Winden and Joshua Grinstead (Ana Moreno Reig), five grandchildren – Evan, Cecilia, Erin, Becka, and Sydney. Nancy had two brothers and two sisters, Dennis, Henry, Becky and Anne. She was the daughter of Henry Waldo Hobbie and Frances Helms Hobbie, also of Durham, NC. Nancy loved life and learning. She earned a BA in Art History from Duke University later in life and it inspired her to be a life-long student thereafter. She attended classes at Oxford University and traveled throughout Europe exploring its great works of art and architecture. Nancy worked for the better part of her career (nearly twenty-five years) at Duke University in the Education Department, a Research Secretary in the Medicine-Cardiology Department and as a part-time substitute teacher during her retirement. She enjoyed shag dancing at the beach, played sports recreationally until her late thirties, volunteered supporting senior care center compliance, and was an active member at her church, Aldersgate United Methodist, in Durham, North Carolina. Nancy was a history buff and actively read and took courses about the early 20th century. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed political and philosophical discourse. Nancy was a strong, independent spirit and fought her health challenges defiantly every step of the way until the end. Family, friends and community will greatly miss Nancy.
Thomas Malong Jr., was a former Staff Specialist working with the Transportation Department of Duke University. To the average person, Tom Malong was an ordinary man living a simple and quiet life. But to those who knew him he was a devoted husband, protective father and family man, proud grandfather and jovial friend. He loved to debate politics, watch old westerns, eat Filipino food and play mahjong. He had a gift for storytelling and he never stopped smiling, always keeping joy in his heart, and a positive attitude, he even shared huge smiles with the nurses and doctors who tended to him. After a difficult fight with COPD, pneumonia and congestive heart failure, Tom passed away peacefully on Friday, February 15, 2019. Thomas Dominado Malong, Jr. was born in Lucena City, Quezon Province, the Philippines on May 18, 1932. He was the second of five children of Tomas Malong and Remiagia Dominado Malong. He grew up under the shadow of World War II with his childhood spent on his family’s farm riding a water buffalo and being an errand boy for soldiers during the Japanese occupation of the islands. As a young man, he served military time as a Communications Officer in the Philippine Navy, and he was part of the security team protecting dignitaries and politicians. While he was in the Navy, he met his future wife, Liwayway while she was waiting for a jeep to take her to the hospital where she worked as nurse. They married in 1962 and he became part of her large and gregarious family. During the tumultuous political scene of Ferdinand Marcos’ presidency in the early 1970’s, Tom took a leap of faith immigrating his family to the United States. They settled in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In this new life, Tom became fiercely loyal to his adopted hometown and its University, The University of North Carolina. He was an avid UNC Tarheels fan, especially the basketball team. He was a faithful member of St. Thomas More parish. In addition, he was part of a core group of Filipino families who became lifelong friends. They did everything together; vacation and fish at the beach, celebrate birthdays and religious holidays, and playing mahjong into the early hours of the morning. During these years, Tom worked as an accountant for the University of North Carolina Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield and with Duke University serving the Transportation Department from which he retired in 1997 after sharing fourteen years of life with his Duke family. Tom and Liwayway moved across the country to Folsom, California in 2007. With family in Folsom and San Francisco, Tom continued to enjoy his retirement as “Lolo” to four grandchildren and travelled as his health permitted. He was fond of fishing for crab off the Pacifica Pier, attending his granddaughters’ dance recitals and using FaceTime to communicate with family. He thought his iPhone was the greatest thing since sliced bread although he still used an old-fashioned manual typewriter from time to time. Moreover, he was very grateful to be able to live a full life surrounded by loved ones with freedom and security. Tom is and will always be much loved by his family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Liwayway Garcia Malong of Folsom; younger sister Gloria Malong in the Philippines; daughter Lynette Mailman, son-in-law Karl Mailman and granddaughters Karalyn and Rachel of Folsom; son Ted Malong, daughter-in-law Audrey Malong, grandson Takeo and granddaughter Keilani of San Francisco; son Thomas Bryan Malong of San Francisco; and family members in Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, Philadelphia, PA, Seattle, WA and in the Philippines.
Elizabeth “Barlett” Dunn Humphries, 56, of Roxboro, North Carolina, died Sunday afternoon, February 10, 2019, in Newport, North Carolina from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Bartlett was born June 07, 1962, in Person County, North Carolina, daughter of the late Bennie Thomas Dunn, Sr. & Mary Elizabeth Alexander Dunn who survives. She was employed with Duke University Medical Center as a Clinical Researcher for the Center Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, sharing nearly thirty-two of life with her Duke family. Bartlett’s career with Duke began January 01, 1987 and was active until her passing. She was a member of Clement Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons, Alexander V. Humphries, Justin Lee Humphries both of Roxboro, NC, two grandchildren, Koltyn Humphries, River Humphries, two sisters, Starr Burgess & husband, David of Harmony, NC, Judith Haines Dunn of Roxboro, NC, brother, Bennie Thomas “Joe” Dunn, Jr. & wife, Karen of Mountain View, CA, fiancée, Alex Fimbel, father of her children, Ricky Humphries, and a host of nieces and nephews. Bartlett will be missed by family, friends, community and by her colleagues. A service for Elizabeth is at 5 p.m. May 14, 2019, in Duke University Chapel.
Pearline Brinkley Joyner, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 09, 2019, at 81. Pearline had formerly worked with the Rewards & Recognition Department of Duke University beginning May 19, 1960 retiring February 01, 2003 sharing forty-three years of life with her Duke family. Pearline will be missed by family, friends, and by her community.
Bonnie Lorraine Toaso, 68, peacefully passed at her residence, Wednesday, February 06, 2019. Bonnie was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Katherine Artman. Bonnie was very proud to be a member of the Triangle ONS, a group that promotes excellence in oncology nursing and quality care. She was a former Heme Clinical Researcher, with the MAL-SBR HUB-at Duke University Medical Center. Bonnie’s career began with Duke on October 01, 2014 and was an active employee until her death. Survivors include her husband of forty-two years, Stephen Toaso; sons, Brian Allen Banks, John Peter Toaso, Michael Adam Toaso; and her daughter, Jennifer Ann Lawson. Her family, friends, community and colleagues will greatly miss Bonnie.
Eileen Grace Rathey, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Duke University Hospital. She was a young 66. Eileen was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Rita Moriarty McGee and the surviving Jack Eugene McGee. Eileen was a Registered Nurse Manager working in Duke Urgent Care with Duke University Health System. Eileen began her career with Duke on February 18, 2008 and was an active employee upon the time of her death. Her family, friends, colleagues and peers will greatly miss Eileen. Cruising the Caribbean, was her real love, it was a pleasure she shared with her late husband, Ken. In addition to her mother, Eileen was also predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Herbert Rathey. In addition to her father, she is survived by her son, Peter Kenneth Rathey; daughter, Lisa Grace Rathey; sister, Loretta McGee Brown and husband John L. Brown; family friend and caregiver, Genesis Esquivel; and other relatives in Ohio, Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.
Lear D. Lee, passed away on February 02, 2019 at the young age of 89. Lear was a former Housekeeping Specialist working at West Campus for Duke University. Lear’s career with Duke began on March 01, 1978 retiring on January 01, 1995, sharing nearly twenty years of life with Duke. Lear will be greatly missed by family, friends and community.
Virginia "Ginger" Nesbitt Mann, a former Administrative Assistant working in the Clinical Laboratories Human Resource Department for Duke University Health System, passed February 2, 2019 at the young age of 75. Ginger graduated from Durham High School going on to attend then graduate from Drake College in Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Mann, mother Mary Nesbitt and father Reverend Wilson Nesbitt. She is survived by her son, Scott A Mann of Durham and brother; Larry Nesbitt (Bonnie) of Tybee Island, GA, a niece and two nephews. Ginger had a rewarding career with Duke University Health System beginning October 03, 1990 retiring January 01, 2014 sharing nearly twenty-five years of life with her Duke family. Ginger had two passions, her church and her genealogical research. At Asbury United Methodist Church, she was Lay Leader, Delegate to Annual Conference, a beloved Sunday School Teacher, Church Historian, President of United Methodist Women, Worship Chair, and a choir member. She compiled a booklet for Asbury's 100th Anniversary, faithfully worked at Asbury's food bank and was a member of many committees. She was devoted to and loved her church family. Ginger was the author of several family histories that will be donated to the North Carolina Archives. In 2018, Ginger was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the North Carolina Genealogical Society. She will be greatly missed by family, friend, and community.
Jerry Coffin, a former Housekeeping Specialist, working in Duke South Buildings, specifically Davison Building, employed by Duke University Health System passed, February 01, 2019. Jerry was a young 63 upon his death. He began his career with Duke on August 14, 1978 retiring May 01, 2010 sharing thirty-two years of life with Duke.
Mary Jones Strickland, age 83, passed away in her home, peacefully in her sleep to be in the arms of her Lord on Thursday, January 17, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary Keyes Jones and the wife of David L. Strickland, who preceded her in death. Mary graduated from Morristown High School in Morristown New Jersey and worked at Duke Medical Center from 1965 until her retirement in 2002. Mary was a member of Butner First Baptist Church and an active Sunday School teacher from 1976 until 2018. She was active in the Eastern Star, led her life for Christ and was devoted to God, family and church.
Russell Earl Bland, 77, passed on Thursday January 31, 2019. Russell was a lover of gardening, fishing, and woodworking. He also found great joy in helping children in the Boy Scouts of America and with Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, of which he was a strong member. Russell also loved his country, proudly serving in the United States Navy for four years. Russell is survived by his wife Ruby Finch Bland of the home; two daughters, Michal Bland and Rebecca Bland Hessee; three grandchildren, Laney Bland, Harley Sawyer and Cecil Sawyer; a sister, Loretta Bland Coburn and husband Billy; three nieces, Tracy Palmer, Kathryne Ebarb, and Bobbie Carol Coburn. Russell began his career with Duke on November 08, 1954 retiring June 01, 2002 embracing nearly fifty years of life with his Duke family. Family, friends and community will miss him. Thank you Russell, for your service, may you rest in peace.
William Van Alstyne, an outspoken scholar whose interpretations of the Constitution were invoked by Supreme Court justices, civil libertarians and advocates for a diverse spectrum of causes, including gun ownership and abortion rights, died on January 29, 2019 at his home in Huntington Beach, California. He was 84 years young. The cause of death was heart failure, stated his son, Marshall. Professor Van Alstyne, who taught for thirty-nine years at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina, defied political or ideological pigeonholing: He was both an enrolled Republican and a national board member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He argued that banning abortion would be unconstitutional; that the Second Amendment guaranteed individuals, not only militias, the right to own guns; and that warrantless wiretapping by the administration of President George W. Bush was illegal. In 1982, he vigorously opposed a proposed constitutional amendment to permit voluntary school prayer, concluding that it would “install the first seeds of theocracy into our government institutions.” He supported affirmative action programs to help rectify bias, but opposed provisions that amounted, he wrote, to any “variety of racial discrimination under the auspices of the government of the United States.” Among Professor Van Alstyne’s most influential articles was a 1994 essay in the Duke Law Journal that concluded that while the right to keep and bear arms is not absolute, not in schools, necessarily, and not howitzers. The National Rifle Association nonetheless made an “extremely strong” claim that the Second Amendment applies to individuals. When President Bill Clinton was impeached, Professor Van Alstyne broadly defined the Constitution’s impeachment criteria of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as reprehensible conduct “in the sense that it betrays the office”, an interpretation that Republicans embraced. But when it was apparent that the Senate was wavering on conviction, he reminded lawmakers that while it was “the prerogative of this Congress to express dismay, despair and condemnation,” they should “struggle to find a suitable means to express your sense of disappointment” through some penalty less severe than removal. He also took a broad view of people’s right to express their opinion.“ The First Amendment does not link the protection it provides with any particular objective,” he once said, “and may, accordingly, be deemed to operate without regard to anyone’s view of how well the speech it protects may or may not serve such an objective.” Professor Van Alstyne’s bible was the Constitution, and he always carried a copy with him .“William Van Alstyne’s contributions to First Amendment interpretation, like his contributions to all of American constitutional law, are characterized by a piercing intellectual honesty and an impish play of intelligence,” Prof. Rodney A. Smolla, now the dean of Delaware Law School of Widener University, wrote in 2005. Professor Van Alstyne made his views known not just in articles but also in television interviews and congressional testimony; he appeared before Senate and House committees seventeen times from 1968 to 1985. He testified in favor of President Richard M. Nixon’s nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. to the United States Supreme Court, which was rejected by the Senate in 1969, and against that of G. Harrold Carswell, whom Nixon chose instead. Judge Carswell, like Judge Haynsworth, was assailed by many as insufficiently protective of civil rights, but he was dismissed by critics, including Professor Van Alstyne, as an undistinguished jurist. The Senate rejected his nomination as well. When Senator Birch Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, remarked that he had found the professor’s testimony on Judge Carswell “particularly revealing,” since they had differed over the Haynsworth nomination, Senator Strom Thurmond, Republican of South Carolina, interjected that perhaps Mr. Bayh hadn’t listened to the earlier testimony. As Professor Neal Devins of William & Mary wrote in the Duke Law Journal in 2005, “Without missing a beat, Van Alstyne interjected: ‘With regard to Senator Bayh’s predicament, at least, I am reminded of a recollection of Justice Frankfurter, who said that it is so seldom that wisdom ever comes, we ought not to be reluctant though it comes late.’ ”William Warner Van Alstyne was born on Feb. 08, 1934, in Chico, California, to Richard and Margaret (Ware) Van Alstyne. His mother was an author of children’s books, his father a professor and historian. After earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Southern California in 1954 and graduating from Stanford Law School in 1958, he worked on voting rights cases in the South for the Justice Department. Following a stint in the Air Force, he joined the faculty of Ohio State University, where he was named a full professor of law three years after being hired. Professor Van Alstyne worked with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the future Supreme Court justice, at the Civil Liberties Union to advance the Equal Rights Amendment for women. In 1965 he joined the faculty at Duke, where he taught until 2004 as the Perkins professor of law. He was a professor of constitutional law at William & Mary Law School from 2004 until he retired in 2012. A defender of academic freedom, Professor Van Alstyne was president of the American Association of University Professors from 1974 to 1976. He is survived by his wife, Lan Cao, whom he married in 2003; their daughter, Harlan Van Cao, named after Supreme Court Justice John Harlan; three children, Allyn, Lisa and Marshall (another Supreme Court namesake, after John Marshall) Van Alstyne, from his first marriage, to Carol Frances, which ended in divorce; and two grandchildren. His marriage to Pamela Gann, a former dean of the Duke Law School, also ended in divorce.
Josephine Garner Forkner, 85, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Hock Family Pavilion. Born in Moore County, North Carolina. Josephine was the daughter of the late Riley Blake Garner and Lillie Ann Moore Garner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, H. Samuel Forkner; brothers, Henry Douglas Garner, Jesse E. Garner, Daniel Lee Garner; and sisters, Derothea "Ishe" Lucy Garner Allred, Sally Ann Garner Britt Hussey, Mary Evelyn Garner Mohagen, and Clara Belle Garner Harrelson. Josephine retired after twenty-five years of service with Duke Medical Center Department working in the Surgical Pathology Laboratory as a Histologic Technician Sr. She was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and the Agape Bible Class where she cherished many friendships, and she was a member of the Bahama Chapter of Eastern Star. Josephine volunteered at Duke Cancer Center, was an avid flower gardener, bird watcher and loved the outdoors. She loved spending time at her farm, Buffalo Acres in Moore Co., and her passion was her family especially her grandchildren. Surviving are her daughters, Patricia Lynn Forkner Bright and husband Jeff, and Scarlett Lois Forkner Oakley and husband H. Lowell, Jr.; grandchildren, Joshua William Bright, Jordan Bright Nordh and husband Glenn, Harry Lowell Oakley III and Lydia Nicole Oakley; great-grandchildren, Alexandra Brighton Nordh and Nicklas Alrik Nordh; and a sister, Velma Jessup.
Holly A. Stanford, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina with her beloved husband, daughter, son and daughter in law by her side. Holly was born January 06, 1958 in Durham, North Carolina to Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Alford. She married Morris E. Stanford, June 16, 1984, and spent thirty-four years building a life and raising a family. Holly graduated from Durham High School in 1976. She then went on to study radiology at Duke University. Upon graduation, Holly worked at Duke Hospital for thirty-five years in the Radiology Department as a Radiology Supervisor, for Duke University Health System, prior to retiring in 2014. She is survived by her father, Philip B. Alford, brother, Boothe Alford (New Orleans, La), husband, Morris, and two children, daughter, Cally Stanford, and son, Alex Stanford and wife Megan. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Lacy, William and Hunter. Her mother Ara B. Alford preceded Holly in death. In the last few years, Holly has enjoyed traveling, creating quilts for many friends and family, and spending time with her loved ones, especially her adoring grandchildren. Holly also loved gardening, searching for seashells on the beach, watching the sunset with her husband and joining him and their many friends for dinner or Tar Heel sporting events. Many who knew Holly will miss her compassionate personality, ability to make anyone laugh (including herself), and profound desire for giving, whether it be advice on life, a home cooked meal or a token of her love. Holly received remarkable care under the expertise of the many doctors, nurses and staff in the Neurosciences Department at Duke University Hospital. The family extends their gratitude and admiration to the people of Duke Hospital where she spent the duration of her career, and in the end, spent her final days.
Mae E. Burgess, passed away on January 23, 2019 at the young age of 83. Mae was a former Laboratory Assistant, working in the Cardiology Department of Duke University Health System. Mae’s career began at Duke on February 21, 1973 retiring June 01, 1999, embracing twenty-six years of life with Duke.
Patricia Elizabeth Bass, of Durham, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday January 22 2019. She was 68 years young at the time of her death. Patricia Elizabeth Bass, affectionately known as Pat, was born July 27, 1950 in Kinston, North Carolina to the late Mary Emma Maye Bass and Fred Bass, Jr. Patricia moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1965. She graduated from Merrick Moore High School in 1968. After high school, she continued her education and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business at Rutledge College. Pat was employed with Duke Medical Center as a Medical Billing Associate in the Pharmacy division for over twenty-five years. She retired from Duke Medical Center in 2008. When she was not spending time with her children and grandchildren, she loved impromptu trips to the beach, binge watching her favorite shows and visiting with family and friends. Pat was also a mother figure to many in her neighborhood, who affectionately called her, Mama Bass. Patricia leaves behind many family members to carry on her legacy; one daughter, Shronnda Bass Green; two sons, Rahmud (Adrina) Bass and Rashawn (Brandi) Bass; eight grandchildren, Shamya, Sydney, Asa, Akil, Kayleigh, Ariyah, Kendell, and Peyton; seven siblings, Melba Bass Humphrey, Troy Bass, Jimmy Bass, Evelyn (Lawrence) Durham, Lyndon (Mary) Bass, Karen (Larry) Willis and Lynn (Gerald) Jones Hester; one uncle, Robert (Lillie) Bass and a host of extended family members and friends who loved her dearly.
Kay T. Manning, passed away on January 20, 2019 at the young age of 82. Kay had worked at Duke University Health System in the Operating Room INFRASTRUCTURE, as a Registered Nurse. Kay’s career with Duke began on September 01, 1971 retiring November 01, 2001 sharing thirty years of life with her Duke family.
Jill Kimberly White, a Communications Director, working with Duke University Medical Center in the Surgery-Chairman, Central Strategic Department sadly passed away on January 19, 2019. Jill was 46. Jill’s career began with Duke Medical Center on August 25, 2014 and remained active until her death. Jill will be missed by family, friends, community and by her work mates.
Thomas Vernon Elmore Sr., of Durham, North Carolina, died Thursday January 17, 2019 at Hock Family Pavilion. Thomas was 78. He was born on September 02, 1940 in Kenansville, North Carolina to the late Blake T. Elmore and Alieen Combs Elmore. Thomas was a member of McMannen United Methodist Church. He was formerly employed with Duke University Medical Center working as a Medical Technologist. His career began on January 04, 1967 eventually retiring on October 01, 2005 sharing thirty-eight years of life with his Duke family. Thomas was a Master Mason and a Shriner. Surviving Thomas are, his wife of fifty-six years, Gayle McClenny Elmore; sons, Thomas Vernon Elmore, Jr., Trent Kevin Elmore (wife, Mary Graham-Elmore); sisters, Linda E. Davis, Cathy E. Westmoreland; and grandchildren, Blake Elmore, Samuel Graham Elmore, Abby Elmore. Thomas will be missed by family, friends, and by his community.
Earl H. Riggs, of Durham, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Earl was 69. He was a native of Durham, born to the late Ortho Graham Riggs and Mildred Louise Massey Riggs. In addition to his parents, his brothers, Cecil Riggs, Jerry Riggs, also predeceased Earl. Earl had been a former employee of Duke Regional Hospital working as an HVAC (heating and air conditioning) Mechanic in the Duke Regional Hospital Maintenance Department. Earl proudly embraced eighteen years of life with his Duke family. His career began on May 02, 1994 retiring July 01, 2012. Surviving Earl are; his wife of fifty years, Norma Riggs; daughters, Kimberly Riggs Griggs (fiancé, Patrick Caldwell), Kara Threatt (Stevie); and grandchildren, Kimberly Suzanne Parrish, Christa Dawn Arnold, Kayla Renee Griggs, Kaitlyn Ashley Penne, Alexander Drake Penne, Taylor Skye Penne, Levi Sawyer Threatt, Rylee Blake Threatt. Friends, family and community will greatly miss Earl.
Esther Evon Graham Roseboro, of Durham, North Carolina passed away on January 15, 2019, at Duke Regional Hospital where she had retired from an illustrious thirty-three year nursing career. Esther was born in Salisbury on April 06, 1947, to the late Robert and Mozelle Graham, the youngest child of five. Two brothers preceded her in death; William Marcell Graham and John Franklin Graham. Esther blessed many with her unique, compassionate care. She was adored and greatly respected by her co-workers and patients throughout her lifetime. When heart disease carried her into retirement, she began quilting in remembrance of her mother. Being a member of the African-American Quilting Circle provided friendship and a creative outlet that brought her soul great joy. Keeping her in cherished memory are two sons, Dwayne McCollough and Brian (Giovonna) McCollough (from her first marriage); one daughter, Diedra Roseborough, (from her second marriage); four granddaughters and a great-granddaughter; her sister, Robbie Graham Davis, and brother, Leonard L. Graham; and a host of loving relatives and friends. Esther began her career with Duke on September 09, 1980 retiring August 01, 2013.
Sallie Brown Barnes, of Durham, North Carolina died peacefully in her home on Wednesday, January 09, 2019. She was 92. Sallie’s career began at Duke on April 01. 1957 retiring August 01, 1994 sharing nearly forty years of life with Duke. Sallie will be greatly missed by family, friends and by her community.
Jonelle "Jodi" Simmons, 69 years young, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 06, 2019. Her beloved family; husband Bill, son David Moore and wife (Josephine) surrounded her, along with her three grandchildren. Jodi was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin, March 19, 1949, and spent her childhood growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She married Vernon Moore in 1972; they were married for ten years and had one son, David Moore, in 1976. She married Bill Simmons in 1983. Her three beloved grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, were born in 2011, 2012, and 2018. Jodi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971, going on to teach high school French in Smithtown, New York. She returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan and worked at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan; moved to Arlington, Massachusetts, and worked at the computing center at Harvard University; moved to Huntington Woods, Michigan in 1978, worked at the computing center at Wayne State University; worked at Henry Ford Health Systems Information Systems from 1983 to 1999. She moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1997. She then took a great leap of faith. Jodi began work on her Master of Divinity at Wake Forest University in 2000, graduating in 2003. She worked as a chaplain at Durham Regional Hospital from 2004 to 2005. She remained active at Duke going on to work with Duke University Homecare & Hospice until the time of her death. She was certified as a CPE Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in 2014 and also worked as a chaplain for Durham Veteran's Hospital since 2017. Jodi's energy was magnetic and abundant, her compassion endless, her kindness and grace ever-present. Her belief in the power of love and generosity was transformative for everyone who was fortunate enough to be touched by her spirit. As her granddaughter, Nala noticed after her passing, the world feels a little lonelier without her. Jodi's midlife career change created vitality in her life that remained until her death. Pastoral care became her passion, and caring for others' spiritual well-being her vocation. She strived to always "be there" for someone and was expert at allowing others to "tell their story." Jodi is preceded in death by her father, Leo Dick; mother, E. Corinne Dick (Fries); husband Vernon Moore; mother-in-law Marian Simmons; and nephew Ross Eames. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, David Moore, and his wife, Josephine, her three grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, all of Cleveland Heights, OH; her sisters, Carolyn ("Scooty") Kellogg (Ken) of Bainbridge Island, WA; and Connie Eames (Ross) of Ruskin, FL; her brother, Ted Dick (Susan Spector) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and her sister from a different mister, Anne Duli (Ana Maldonado) of Cleveland Heights, OH; and eight nieces and nephews.
Vicky Kaye Horton Hodges, of Timberlake, North Carolina died Friday January 04, 2019. Vicky was born in Person County. She was the daughter of the late Velma Catherine Rudd Horton and Coy Whitfield Horton, who survives. Vicky worked at Duke University Medical Center for over twenty-five years, beginning her career on November 18, 1985 retiring August 01, 2010. In addition to her father, Vicky is survived by her husband, Steve Hodges; two children, Jessie Roxanne Hodges and Jacob Wayne Hodges; two sisters, Rhonda White and Wendy Bowes and husband Donnie; and one brother, Rocky Horton and wife Pam. She was sixty-one years young. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, and by her community.
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