Heroes – January 14, 2011
For those of you who might follow SilenceDogood2010, I would like to introduce you to a new feature —- “The Heroes”
In the Heroes category, I will be posting obituaries for Veterans that I find in my local papers. I will encourage my readers to also make donations to the causes and charities that these fine men & women support. May all of our heroes Rest In Peace.
DURHAM — Julian Thomas (Juju) Morris Sr., beloved brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was born on August 4, 1926 and passed away Wednesday January 12, 2011.
Mr. Morris was born in Durham County the son of the late Carl Morris and Mary Pope Morris. He attended Durham Public Schools and was a veteran of World War II having proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He was later employed by Long Meadow and Flavorich Dairies and worked for them for more than 40 years.
He is preceded in death by one son Julian Thomas Morris Jr., two brothers Charles Morris and James Morris, and three sisters Eleanor Weisner, Margaret Aldridge and Elizabeth Morris.
Those left to cherish his memory are one brother Claiborne Morris and wife Mary, two sons Joel Morris; John Morris and wife Kim; four granddaughters Christina Perry and husband Scott, Courtney Morris, Madison Morris and Avery Morris; two grandsons Joshua Morris and Justin Tyler Morris; two great-grandsons and many beloved nieces and nephews.
There will be no public service and in lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a contribution to a youth athletic league of your choice.
DURHAM — Andrew Clark (Andy, A.C., Bill) Williams, 85, died January 9, 2011.
He was born in Durham, N.C., the son of Halcott Hughes Williams and Daisy Van Inscoe Williams.
Andy served in the U.S. Navy during the World War II; his assigned tour of duty was on the U.S.S. New York (BB-34) in the South Pacific. He was a Seaman 2nd Class in Division 7A and received an Honorable Discharge on March 7, 1946.
Andy was employed by the U.S. Postal service in his early years and worked for IBM for 24 years. He retired from IBM in 1989.
Andy is survived by his wife, Gladys Rhodes Williams of the home; a daughter, Vicki W. Davis and husband, Rex of Cary, N.C.; a daughter, Debbie W. Biddix and husband, Tom of Clayton, N.C.; and a son, JaVan (Buddy) Clark Williams of Chester, S.C. He is survived by four grandchildren; Shannon Riggsbee McBride (Steven) of Barnardsville, N.C.; Jessica Kaye Biddix of Mt. Holly, N.C., Wade Clark Williams and Bradley Jay Williams of Durham, N.C. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren; Alan Connor McBride and Hayden Scott McBride of Bernardsville, N.C.; as well as a sister, Vivian Williams Casey Melvin of Hillsborough, N.C.; two nephews, Dr. Ronald Nelson Casey (Barbara) of Guildford, Conn.; Kirk Andrew Michael Williams of Wexford, Pa.; and a niece, LuAnn Casey Latta (David) of Durham, N.C. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Sherri Scott and husband, John of Raleigh, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Vernell Hughes Williams of Dunedin, Florida, and his former wife and mother of his children, Pauline (Polly) Forbis Williams Graves.
A memorial service will be conducted by Rev. Ronald Poythress at Triangle Baptist Church, 9713 Old Stage Road, Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 2 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service.
Entombment service will be private.
Andy was a very special person and we loved him deeply. We will forever miss him with all our heart and soul.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Triangle Baptist Church, Hospice of Wake County, the Durham Crisis Response Center in Durham, N.C. or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Montlawn Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations, Raleigh, N.C.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.montlawn.com.
OXFORD — Mr. Robert L. “Bob” Stewart, age 63, died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at his home.
He was the son of the late Harvey Wayland Stewart and Agnes Hall Stewart and a native of Durham, but moved to Raleigh at an early age and grew up there.
Mr. Stewart graduated from Needham-Broughton High School in Raleigh in 1965. He attended East Carolina University and Texarkana College where he received a Nursing Degree.
He also, attended the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Flight Nurse and Columbia Pacific University with Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Nursing Administration. Board Certified in Health Care Management by American College of Health Care Executives.
He served as a Medevac Officer, U.S. Air Force Reserves-Rank: Major and was a Vietnam Veteran.
Mr. Stewart was retired after 30 years of service in health care management, including Oshner Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana, Director of Durham Regional Hospital Home Health and Medical Services of America.
He was Past Master and a member Oxford Masonic Lodge #122, Past President, Granville County Shrine Club both of Oxford, Member and Treasurer Emeritus, Amran Shriners of Raleigh; York Rite Bodies and Allied Masonic Degrees.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at New Horizons Baptist Church, Sterl Carrington Road, Oxford, NC by Rev. Cam Ford and The Reverend Gary Cline.
Interment with Masonic Rites will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, 27612 at 4 p.m.
Surviving is his wife Helen Brown Stewart of the home; children, Terri Stewart Lowery (Chris) of Oklahoma City, OK; Ashley Stewart Shine (Jamie) of Huntsville, Ala.; Robert Benjamin Stewart (Sarah) of Austin, TX. Step-children; Robin Brooks Jones (Larry) of Timberlake, NC and Kathy Brooks Ginstead (Scott) of Rougemont, NC; grandchildren Olivia Stewart, Rebecca Lowery and Emma Kay Shine; Step-grandchildren; Mallory and Connor Clark and Colton and Carly Ginstead; a brother, Terry Stewart of Knightdale, NC; niece, Stacy Stewart and nephew, Gregory Stewart.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening, January 14 at Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home, 503 College Street, Oxford from 7 until 8:30 p.m. and at other times at the home.
Flowers are accepted or contributions may be made to New Horizons Baptist Church Building Fund, 4523 Belltown Road, Oxford, NC 27565 or Amran Shriners Transportation Fund, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27614.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Stewart family.
For online condolences go to http://www.hallwynne.com and select obituaries.
DURHAM — Merle Watts Burton, 84, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Mr. Burton was born in Durham Co., the son of the late Floyd Oscar Burton and Nancy Morris Burton. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Billie Munford Burton, and he was the last of eight brothers and sisters.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Linda Burton Thompson and husband, Ronnie of Durham, and Tina Burton Landing and husband, Frank of Jamestown, NC; his son, Wayne Burton of Roanoke, Va.; his grandchildren, Brian Thompson, Chris Thompson and wife, Wendy, Jeff Landing and wife, Amy, Kelli Landing, Philip Burton and wife, Elisabeth, and Mary Burton; his great-grandchild, Kylie Blackwell; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Burton served in the US Navy during WWII. He later retired from GTE after 40 years of service.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home in Durham.
His family would like to thank his caregivers for their compassion during this time.
Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions may be made in his name to Duke Hospice at Hock Family Pavilion at 4023 N. Roxboro Rd. Durham NC 27704.
The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service, Inc.
DURHAM — Funeral services for Theodore Headen, 85, of 2607 White Oak Ave., will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Bell-Yeager Free Will Baptist Church, 128 E. Cornwallis Road. Family visitation, one hour prior to service.
He was a U.S. World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Winfried T. Headen; daughter, Delores Y. Headen; son, Theodore Douglas Headen (Gwendolyn); two grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters-in-law, Minerva T. Fields and Janetta Gadsden.
Family at 221 N. Reynolds Ave. Viewing, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Parlor.
DURHAM — Nathaniel McLean, 71, passed January 10, 2011, at Duke Medical Center in Durham with his family by his side.
Nathaniel, affectionately known as “Lump” or “Papa Mack,” was born June 29, 1939, in Moore County to Estelle McLean.
He spent a great deal of his youth with his siblings, cousins and beloved Grandmother, Julia Ann (Frye) McLean.
In 1959, he graduated from Shawtown High School in Bunnlevel and was drafted into the United States Army in 1963.
During his military career, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart and other special accommodations. Post active duty service, he joined the US Reserves and continued his education to receive his CDL for trucking.
In 1972, Nathaniel met Phyllis Walters, marrying his true love in 1973. They shared many special memories until his final moments. Combined, they have four children: Julia McLean Webster (Randal) and Candy Lynn McLean (Justin Mason) from their union; and Crystal Ayala (Fred) and John Snead III (Charlene). Together, they have also been blessed with four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Nathaniel is also survived by five brothers: William McLean (Mae), Lonnie Boone, Arthur Boone Jr. (Denise), Daniel Boone and Richard Boone; one sister, Clara Sims (Victor); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Boone.
His various interests included listening to gospel music, watching Westerns, traveling within the NC mountain area, as well as collecting model tractor-trailers and Native American art. Furthermore, he was an avid supporter of the Disabled American Veterans Foundation. Most importantly, church and family were at the heart of his final days. He was committed to daily devotion with God and solidified his relationship with loved ones. During Christmas of 2010, he realized his vision of having both sides of his family together for a holiday celebration in one location. For that special occasion, his family is eternally grateful.
Relatives, friends and loved ones are invited to pay their last respects at Holloway Memorial Funeral Home, 2502 Highway 55, Durham, during an open viewing on Friday, January 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, January 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the same location. Nathaniel’s final resting place will be in Mebane City Oakwood Cemetery.
Solemnly submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fourteenth Day of January in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.