Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 09:09 PM

Dora W. Hunt

HENDERSON — Dora Webster Hunt, 86, of Henderson, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Carolina House Cary after a brief illness.

Born Sept. 10, 1926, in Montgomery County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Josiah David and Zuey Snuffer Webster, and the former wife of the late Dr. Joseph T. Hunt of Henderson. Dora is lovingly remembered by her five children; Joseph Thomas Hunt Jr. and wife, Elaine, of Knightdale, Garry Duran (Randy) Hunt and wife, Mary of Goldsboro, Timothy Webster Hunt and wife, Elaine, of Raleigh, Debby Hunt Sipe of Warrenton, and Stephanie Hunt Rogers and husband, Cliff, of Henderson; ten grandchildren, Eric Hunt, Robert Sipe, Garry Hunt, Heather H. Gates, Jason Hunt, Perry Hunt, Karen S. Johnson, Alison H. Perry, Amelia Rogers and Lydia R. Byrd; and 18 great-grandchildren.

In 1973, at age 47, Dora graduated from the former Vance County Technical Institute and became a licensed practical nurse, eventually becoming an instructor for the school in the nurse assistant program. She was an active member of the State and National LPN Association serving as state director and treasurer as well as state delegate to many national meetings until her retirement in 1993.

A lifelong Republican, Mrs. Hunt served as a Republican judge for the Vance County Board of Elections from 1992 until 2008. As a member of the Henderson Country Club, Dora was a golf enthusiast and played in many tournaments in North Carolina and Virginia, through the N.C. Women’s Golf Association. She was a Cub Scout den mother for Pack 630 for 10 years. Dora taught Sunday school at The Church of the Holy Innocents where she was active in the Altar Guild and the Episcopal Church Women.

She loved to travel by land and by sea and did so extensively in the United States and abroad. Her hobbies included needlework and crafts that included sewing, needlepoint, cross-stitch, knitting and crochet. She used her talents to create special gifts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dora was a wonderful flower gardener and had the most beautiful African violets. She found much joy in the challenge of playing bridge and played weekly until her recent illness.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., at The Church of the Holy Innocents, 210 South Chestnut St., Henderson. Visitation with the family will immediately follow the service in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Hospice Services at 3200 Spring Forest Rd., Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27616; the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345; or; or the Memorial Fund at The Church of the Holy Innocents at 210 S. Chestnut Street, Henderson, NC 27536.

Paid Obituary

Mark R. Oakley

HENDERSON — Mark Randall Oakley, age 64, a resident of 794 Abbott Road, Henderson died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Born on July 21, 1948, in Vance County, he was the son of the late Clarence Leonard Oakley and Marjorie McIver Oakley. Mr. Oakley was a United States Army Veteran serving in Germany during the Vietnam era and was a member of New Sandy Creek Baptist Church. He was medically retired from Revlon and was a former employee of Roses Warehouse.

Funeral services will be held Friday, at 2 p.m., at New Sandy Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Tim Burgess. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Oakley is survived by his wife, Gloria Dickerson Oakley of the home; his son, Jonathan Randall Oakley and wife Mary of Henderson; his granddaughter, Madison Elizabeth Oakley; his sister, Faye Oakley Pulley of Henderson; and his brother, Jennings Dale Oakley of Henderson.

The family will receive friends today, from 7-8:30 p.m., at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home, 794 Abbott Road, Henderson.

Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to New Sandy Creek Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1699 Weldon’s Mill Road, Henderson, NC 27537.

Serving as pall bearers will be Ray Hilliard Jr., Cale Hilliard, Chad Pulley, Jason Dickerson, Russell Haithcock, Ted Longmire, Johnny Tant and Tim Long.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

Paid Obituary

Chandler R. Watkins Jr.

OXFORD — Chandler Reid Watkins Jr., age 88, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Harbor Health Care in Lewes, Del.

He was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Oxford, to the late Chandler Reid and Louise Creecy Watkins.

Channie attended Oxford High School and Fishbourne Military Prep School until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 18. After military training, he served in World War II. Upon returning home to Oxford, Channie went into the tobacco business with his father and uncles. Later, he was a partner in High Price Warehouse. He was also a partner in the Oxford Oil Company. He retired in the late 1970’s and relocated to Rehoboth Beach, Del.; where he started a new passion and started C.R. Watkins Historical Restorations. He worked primarily in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., in Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford with the Rev. Jamie Pahl officiating.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. Watkins of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; a son, Jimmie Watkins and wife, Harriett, of Oxford; two daughters, Marsha Ellington and Jane Dickerson and husband, Scott, all of Oxford; four step-daughters, all of Rehoboth Beach, Del.: 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Laura Jane Crabtree Watkins; and a son, Reid Watkins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cooper Ellington Fund at any State Employees’ Credit Union, St. Stephens Episcopal Church or to a charity of your choice.

Paid Obituary

Richard B. Bullock

TOWNSVILLE — Richard Bermon Bullock, 79, of 155 Woodsworth Road, Townsville, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Durham Regional Medical Center.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

Margaret P. Clark

BURLINGTON — Margaret Potts Clark died Monday, March 18, 2013, at her son’s home in Burlington.

She was born in Deer Creek, Ill., on April 30, 1918.

Clark worked as a nurse in Illinois before she moved to North Carolina in 1952. She owned and operated Henderson Dental Lab with her husband from 1954 until his death in 1969. She then worked in the library at Vance-Granville Community College from 1970 to 1987.

She volunteered with many community organizations and events throughout the years. She was an active member of AARP and participated in many activities at the Senior Center in Henderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Delmar Clark; her son, George Delmar Clark Jr.; her parents, Alice Lockwood and Delmer Potts; four sisters, Pauline Kaufman, Bernadine Crawford, Maona Dully and Ruby Dean; and two brothers, Lloyd Potts and William Howard Potts.

She is survived by two children, Margot Thomas of Henderson and Jeffrey Clark of Burlington; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Joyce G. Slaughter

BUTNER — Joyce Garrett Slaughter, 60, a resident of 503 12th St., Butner, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her home.

She was the daughter of Etta Mae Morton Garrett and the late David Lee Garrett. She was an employee of Central Regional Hospital in Butner.

She is survived by a daughter, Fertia Johnson, Oxford; three songs, Kenneth Gaddy of the home, and Corey Garrett and Christopher Garrett, both of Creedmoor; one brother, David Garrett of Creedmoor; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1 p.m., in the chapel at Wright Funeral Home.

Gladys Watkins

DURHAM — Gladys Watkins, 77, a resident of Carver Assisted Living Center in Durham, died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Watkins was a native of Granville County and a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church.

A graveside service will he held Friday, March 22, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Meadowview Memorial Park Cemetery, U.S. 15 North, in Oxford, with a eulogy delivered by the Rev. Mack Timberlake Sr.

There will be no public viewing.

Services are by Betts & Son Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford. Submit online condolences to