Richard Emile Means
November 2, 1924 - May 18, 2022
Richard "Dick" Means died on Wednesday, May 18th at the age of 97. A recipient of two Purple Hearts, Dick joined Duke Memorial in 1952. Over the decades, he served on the Columbarium Committee, as a worship greeter, as a Steward of the Board in the 60’s and 70’s. In the 1990’s, he led efforts in refurbishing and painting nursery and PMO spaces.
A Memorial Service will be held at Duke Memorial on Saturday, June 11th at 3:00pm.
Even as we grieve Dick's death, we do not grieve as a people with no hope. Our hope rests in the saving grace of our Lord, who will draw us all together once more through the bonds of love in the life everlasting.
You can read more about Dick's life well-lived in his obituary.
Beulah Mary Latta
July 4, 1921 - May 1, 2022
Beulah Mary Latta died on May 1st at the age of 100. Beulah was an active participant in the life of Duke Memorial since 1951, serving on numerous committees and in lots of leadership roles well into her nineties. Her health prevented her from joining us in person as often in recent years, but we got to celebrate her 100th birthday party last summer in Whitford Hall with great joy!
A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held Thursday, May 5th in the sanctuary at Duke Memorial at 2:00pm. Visitation will be in the sanctuary beginning at 1:00pm the same day.
You can read more about Beulah's life well-lived in her obituary.
We give thanks to God for Beulah, even as we mourn the loss of her presence among us. We rejoice in our shared faith, trusting that we will be together with her once more in the presence of our Loving God!
Nancy Cool Grimm
December 16, 1929 - April 7, 2022
Dear Church Family,
Nancy Cool Grimm, wife of Waylon Grimm, died on Thursday, April 7, at Duke Hospital surrounded by her husband, family and life-long friend, Mary.
Said well by her friend, Ann Smith, Nancy was a 'courageous woman who went by herself to teach in Saudi Arabia..... and Venezuela. She married for the first time at age 66 and loved caring for her nephew- and his children. The "Living into the Scriptures" group Nancy was most recently a part of will miss her!". Read more about Nancy here.
Elizabeth "Libby" Jeanette Ramsey Younts
March 27, 1939 - February 14, 2022
Church Member Elizabeth "Libby" Younts died, Monday, February 14, from a long battle with dementia. Libby passed away while at home surrounded by family and her highschool sweetheart and husband of 59 years, Worth Younts.
Libby was beloved by many in our church family. She served as the Director of Religious Education at Duke Memorial, taught children's Sunday School, and was most recently active in the Thursday "Living Into The Scriptures" Group.
You can read more about Libby's life in her obituary.
Clarence Almon Bailey, Jr.
August 6, 1932 - January 31, 2022
Church member Clarence Almon Bailey, Jr, 89, died on January 31 at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Bailey, as well as his children and grandchildren.
Clarence was an active member of Duke Memorial since 1964. His greatest joys in life were family, church and sports. As a pediatrician, Dr. Bailey served in the Durham community for 40 years. He was known for his kind heart and great sense of humor.
You can read more about Clarence's life in his obituary.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 26th in the sanctuary at Duke Memorial Methodist Church followed by a reception in Whitford Hall.
The memorial service is available for in-person and live stream attendance. Masks are required for all in-person attendees.
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Willard (Bill) Max Gentry
May 2, 1923 - January 26, 2022
Church member Willard "Bill" Gentry died on January 26, 2022 at the age of 98 in his home at Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham.
Bill's schooling, work, travel and family took him from Nebraska to China to Durham- and all kinds of places in between. Bill was active in Boy Scouts: Forty scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout under his tutelage.He will be missed at Duke Memorial from where he sat in the middle of the sanctuary, a gentle smile on his face.
You can read more about Bill in his obituary
Ann Elizabeth Wright
October 15, 1932 - December 30, 202
Church member Ann Wright died on Thursday, December 30th, at Croasdaile Village in Durham after a lengthy illness. She was 89 years old.
We give thanks for Ann's life and for her many years of worshiping with us in the 'center pews' alongside her husband, Don. Read more about Ann’s life in her Obituary →
George W. Miller Jr.
May 14, 1930 - December 15, 2021
Longtime member George Miller, Jr died on December 15th at his home. George was 91 years old at the time of his death and he and his wife Eula have been members of Duke Memorial for many years. George was a well-known lawyer and politician in our community and was a regular presence in the balcony of Duke Memorial when he was able to attend. We extend our love and prayers to his wife of 63 years, Eula Miller, and their children and grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating George's life will be held at a later time.
Even as we mourn our earthly loss, we cling fast to the hope and eternal love we find in Christ Jesus, the Light of the World, whose dawning we prepare to celebrate once again this Christmas.
James Wendell Hull
July 22, 1935 - November 18, 2021
Church member James Wendell Hull died on November 18, 2021. Wendell was an avid photographer and family man and will be remembered for his sense of humor and kind heart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann.
Wendell was an officer in the USAF for 20 years. During that time he served in the War in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star medal. Upon retirement he worked diligently at the University of Alabama in Birmingham as Assistant to the Dean of the Business School. He was popular with students and staff alike. Later Wendell and Ann relocated to NC. He will be missed by many but particularly by his two daughters, Kristen Fooshee and Julie Witte, and their families.
A service of death and resurrection will be held at Duke Memorial. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Good Samaritan Fund at Duke Memorial.
As we grieve, we rejoice in the hope that we have in Christ Jesus, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of eternal love with God and all the saints.
Nina Frances Carroll
May 19, 1921 - November 13, 2021
Nina, age 100, beloved wife and mother passed away peacefully at home in Durham on Saturday, November 13, 2021, while surrounded by her loving daughters.
Nina was born on May 19, 1921, to John Henry and Nina Sligh Rutledge in Durham, NC. Nina graduated from Durham High School in 1939. She went on to study at Duke University and graduated with a BA in English. While at Duke, she was lucky enough to attend the only Rose Bowl game not played in Sacramento. After graduating she joined the American Tobacco Company Accounting Department where she worked until a few years after she married the love of her life, Adrian M. Carroll, in 1949. She was an active member of Duke Memorial Methodist Church and in the Church Circle and the Church Nursery. She loved gardening, Duke and Carolina Sports and spending time with her family. Nina was the light of so many lives. She touched so many people with her love.
Nina was predeceased by Adrian, her husband of 61 years, her brother, John “Nookie," his wife, Betsy and grand-niece, Amy. She is survived by daughters, Adrianne, and Mary Carroll of Durham. She is also survived by her nieces, Betty McDermott (Mike) of Kansas City and Ann Broadway (Michael) of Pittsboro; her nephews, John Rutledge (June) of Harrisburg and Charles Carroll (Alice); as well as numerous grandnieces and nephews.
To her excellent Duke Hospice team and caregivers of Home Instead, thank you so very much for the love and comfort you provided Nina throughout her last months.
June H Stallings III
Apr 19, 1968 - 2021
Dear Church Family,
One of our members, June H Stallings III (who went by Jay), died earlier this week following a long illness. We grieve Jay's death along with his mother, Ann Smith and her husband Jerry, as well as Jay's siblings Thomas and Kristen.
We grieve, but not as a people without hope, and we look forward to the day when there will no longer be any death, or mourning or crying or pain, and when all will be raised and made new in eternal glory with God.