Joyce Erin Marsh Barker

January 26, 1927 – April 6, 2012


Mrs. Joyce Marsh Barker, 85, passed away at home on April 6, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Barker was born in Mississippi to the late Thomas R. Marsh Sr. and Mittie Dora Lum Marsh. Mrs. Barker is also predeceased by her husband Clarence J. Barker.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her three children, Markus Ray Barker, Barbara Ann Barker Brown and Jeff Barker. Five grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Barker has been a resident of Fuquay-Varina for the past 14 years and a member of Woodhaven Baptist Church. Services for Mrs. Barker will be Sunday at 4:00 PM at Williford Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation starting at 3:00 PM. Interment will follow at Wake Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodhaven Baptist Church, 4000 Kildaire Farm Rd., Apex, NC 27539.

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Vicente Lopez Hernandez

Vicente Lopez Hernandez, 37, passed away March 24, 2012 in Raleigh, NC.  A visitation will be held for family and friends March 27, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am at Williford Funeral Home.

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Patricia Ann Barrow

Patricia Ann Barrow, 64, of Cary went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday March 23, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Patricia is survived by her husband Gene Barrow, children Gina Barrow, and Mike Barrow, mother Mary Fann, sister Carolyn Eason, and brothers Jon Fann and Thomas Fann, also several nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held on Saturday March 24, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm at Williford Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 2pm Sunday March 25, 2012 at Williford Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Wake Chapel Christian Church Cemetery in Fuquay-Varina NC.

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Charles “C.B.” Tutor

C.B. Tutor, 90, of Fuquay- Varina, NC, died February 26, 2012, after a brief illness. C.B. was the son of John Wesley and Minnie Truelove Tutor. He was a graduate of LaFayette High School and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a POW in Germany from Novem­ber of 1944 to April of 1945. C.B. was the founder and former owner of QuickKill Exterminat­ing Company in Fuquay-Varina, and was a long time employee with the Wake County School System. He is survived by his wife, Lottie Lee Partin Tutor of the home; daughters Donna T. Garner and husband Sanford of Cary, NC; Judith T. Downs and husband Alan of Statesboro, GA; and Lisa Tutor of Apex, NC; grandchildren Jennifer Garner, Taylor Downs, Carson Downs, Blair Downs; as well as several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Wednesday, Febru­ary 29, 2012, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Williford Funeral Home with the funeral service directly following. Interment will fol­low at Wake Chapel Cemetery in Fuquay-Varina, NC. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please visit www.wil­ to leave condolences.


Rose Marie Arnold Rollins

Rose Marie Arnold Rollins 82, embarked on her heavenly journey on February 23, 2012 after fighting the good fight with a brief heart illness. Marie was a devoted mother who took great pride in her family. She especially enjoyed doting on her grand and great-grandchildren. Those who knew her well, could be expected to share her most recent life stories about her children, grandchildren and great grand children. To her, they were the most important things in life. Marie was born March 23, 1929 in Harnett County NC to the late James Relue Arnold and Roselle Lanier Arnold. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her former husband Bryant Cross Rollins, a brother, James Hoyt Arnold, a niece, Amy Anne Arnold and a nephew, Benjamin Earl Arnold. A lifelong resident of the Fuquay Varina Communities, she graduated from LaFayette High School in 1947. She held several different jobs during her career but retired in 1990 from the Fidelity Bank with 20 years of loyal service as a Teller. Until her health began to decline Marie was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she served 15 years in the adult Choir.  Two of her greatest joys involved flower gardening and watching ACC basketball games. Having a love for nature and gardening, she often could be found feeding her backyard song birds, tending her flowers or planting something new with a colorful bloom on most warm spring mornings. Roses, Azaleas and Hydrangea were some of her favorites. While often times outdoors, she also enjoyed a good chat among the company of her neighbors or frequent walkers passing by to say hello. Never being one to know a stranger; Marie always appreciated that brief interlude to her outdoor activities for an exchange in simple conversation or an expression of opinion.  The family wishes to thank her dear friends and neighbors for all their love and support shown to their mother and family during this illness. They would like to also express their gratitude to Dr. Balaravi and her associates at Raleigh Cardiology, the staff of Western Wake Medical Center, Carillion Assisted Living Center and Kitty Askins Hospice Center who helped provide personal care and loving guidance to her and the family during their time of need.  She is survived by three children, Vann A. Rollins and wife Deborah, Alan Rollins and wife Jennifer all of Fuquay Varina, and Lorraine Rollins of Topsail Beach, NC. Her love of family includes four grandchildren, Melissa Rahe and husband Dan of Wilmington NC, Vann Rollins Jr. and wife Amy, Tyler Rollins and Caitlin Rollins all of Fuquay Varina. She also leaves behind five precious great grandchildren, Hunter and Evan Rahe, Peytan, Hailey, and Kellyn Rollins. In addition she is survived by a sister, Kay Delle Arnold, a brother, Melvin Arnold and wife Frances, a sister in law, Carolyn Arnold, a former brother in law, Newell Rollins, and a former sister in law, Maxine Broadwell and husband Ray, all of Fuquay Varina, nephews, Ray Arnold and wife Carolyn, Brian Arnold and wife Kathy, all of Fuquay Varina, a niece, Julieanne Thomas and husband Charles, of Wilson NC, six great nieces and nephews and a great great niece and nephew.  Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, 402 N. Main Street, Fuquay Varina, from 1PM to 2PM. A celebration of life service will be held approximately 20 minutes following the visitation. Interment will follow immediately thereafter at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be at 1170 Angier Road, Fuquay Varina at other times. Services by Williford Funeral Home, Fuquay-Varina.


William Owen Roberts Sr.

William Owen Roberts Sr., 70 of Willow Spring, NC  March 16, 1941-February 14, 2012 A long time employee of White Oil Company.  He was born to the late George Leonard Roberts and Mavis Alford.  He is survived by life partner Barbara Rhodes, sons William O. Roberts Jr., Christopher Todd Roberts, Mark Anthony Roberts, daughters, Summer Nicole Roberts, and Tonya Renee Roberts.  8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Brother Bobby Earl Roberts sisters Betty Whitley and Jean Carter.  Visitation and service will be held Thursday night from 7pm-9pm at Williford Funeral Home in Fuquay.


Helen H. Powell

Helen H. Powell, 90, passed away Feb. 13, 2012 at WakeMed Cary. Mrs. Powell was born in Moore County to the late William Plenty Hancock and Dora Ellen Britt Hancock. She was predeceased by her husband, James Powell.  Mrs. Powell is survived by her daughter, Judy Dupree and husband Jimmy. Grandchildren, Cindy Whaley and Chris, Marcus Dupree and Shannon, Jennifer Dupree and Shawn, James Dupree and Tammy.  There will be a graveside service Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 PM at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Powell at other times.

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Bobby Grey Dean

Bobby Grey Dean went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 73. Bobby was born in Johnston County and preceeded in death by the late Paul and Ada Dean. Bobby is survived by his wife of 52 years Mrs Peggy Powell Dean of the home, son Timo

thy G. Dean and his fiancee Kelly Braum of Ocean Isle Beach, brothers Marshal Dean and wife Joy, Sherill Dean and wife Brenda both of Willow Spring NC. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm Monday February 6, 2012 at Williford Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11am Tuesday February 7, 2012 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Willow Spring NC, interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Fuquay-Varina NC.

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Peggy Ann Kesler Currin

Peggy Kesler Currin was called home on January 28,2012 after a long sickness. The fife she lived, one of grace and Christian love, could not be diminished by the sickness that she endured. Her sweet smile and gentle ways will be remembered by everyone that knew her.

Peggy was born November 29, 1934 in Roanoke, Virginia to the late William B. Kesler and Theo June Ferguson Kesler. She was also predeceased by her loved brother, Lt. Col. William E. Kesler, and a son-in-law, William E. Jackson.

She graduated from Fuquay Springs High School in 1953 and continued her education at Watts Nursing School. Her love and care for others led Peggy to go back to school to receive her Associate Degree in nursing from Wake Technical College in 1975. She worked in many hospitals, including Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina, NC; St. Petersburg, FL; Baton Rouge, LA; and Atlanta, GA. Peggy was a nurse who dedicated her time and love to patients and their families. She was the Director of Nursing at nursing homes in Fuquay-Varina and Cary. After retiring from nursing, Peggy was an assistant at Currin Agency and Associates.

Until her illness, Peggy was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for over sixty years. She served in many capacaties in the church, including Sunday School teacher. Peggy was one of the founding members of the Fuquay-Varina Jaycettes, where she was Jaycette of the Year in 1964. She was also a member of the Fuquay-Varina Womans Club, where she was also honored as Woman of the Year in 1991 and 1998. She was also recognized at the State Level of the Womans Club organization in 1998. Peggy was instrumental in the origination of church services in the nursing homes and Southern Wake Regional Center through her work with the Womans Club.

Peggy loved ACC basketball. She could be found at the ACC tournament, sitting through every game and always cheering for the Duke Blue Devils, her brother’s alma mater.

Her family would like to thank her friends and church family for being supportive of their Mother and wife during her illness. Peggy’s friends will miss her laugh and many will always be considered family. The family also expresses gratitude to Tim Stephenson, Jackie Castleberry and the staff of Oak Hill Living Center for the love and comfort they gave during the last five years. Appreciation is also extended to United Hospice for their compassion and care.

Peggy was the happiest when she was with her family. Her homecoming is celebrated by those who loved her. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of fifty-eight years, Jerry T. Currin of Fuquay-Varina. Her daughters, June Currin Smith of Fuquay-Varina, Teresa Ann Currin of Cary, and Donna Currin Thompson and husband Coy Lee Thompson, Jr. of Holly Springs are proud that their mother was also their friend. Peggy’s grandchildren, Shane Connor, Kelly Connor, Amy Thompson, Ryan Connor, Jordan Smith and Adam Thompson knew how much they were loved by their grandmother. She is also survived by a sister, Nancy Kesler Singleton of Greenville, NC; as well as her mother-in-law, Dovie Currin Painter of Fuquay-Varina.

A visitation will be held January 29, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, 402 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A Homecoming Service to celebrate the life of Peggy Kesler Currin will be held at the First United Methodist Church, January 30, 2012 at 11:00 am, with interment immediately following at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be at 713 Occoneechee Drive in Fuquay-Varina at other times.

Services by Williford Funeral Home, 201 E. Academy Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

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Julia Marie Lockwood

Julia Marie Lockwood
September 28, 1984- January 22, 2012

Julia Lockwood was born in St Paul, Minnesota, but began a life of international travel when she celebrated her first birthday in Baghdad, Iraq, where her parents taught at the UN/ ESCWA Baghdad International School. During her stay in Iraq, she visited the Kingdom of Jordan and Thailand and vacationed at her family’s home in Khoulou, Cyprus. In 1989 she returned to the US living in Southern Pines, NC, where she started school, joined the Brownies, played violin and most of all started to ride horses with the Moore County Pony Club. Julia moved to Greensboro and then Spartanburg, SC for high school and continued to enjoy and compete in equestrian events along with her close and wonderful friends.
She graduated from Sweet Briar College, majoring in International Relations and spent her junior year abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Her hopes for the future were to study for her Master’s degree in Economic Development and apply for a post in Africa with an NGO or the UN. Cancer ended those hopes as it ended her earthly existence. For four and a half years she fought and suffered, yet during this time she always worried more about her family than herself.
Surviving are her mother, Anne Lockwood; father, Tom Lockwood; stepmother, Debbie Stumpo; and brothers William and Nathan (wife, Pam). A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 27, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Durham). Arrangements by Williford Funeral Home ( The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday, 7-9 PM at 723 Gaston St. (Raleigh).
Donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders or Duke Children’s Hospital.