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In Memory Of
Class of 1989
Passed Mar 23, 2013
A native of Alamance County, she was the daughter of Aaron and Dianne Roberts Patrick and the wife of the Rev. Donnie Tinnin.
In addition to her parents of Elon and husband of the home, she is survived by her son, Ashton Eric Tinnin of the home; brother; Aaron Patrick Jr. of Austin, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her funeral service will be held Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Visitor's Chapel Christian Church with Pastor Edward McDowell Jr. officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service at the church.
Public viewing will be held Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Alamance Funeral Service and at all other times at the home.
Alamance Funeral Service of Burlington has the honor of serving the family.
Class of 1989
Passed Mar 23, 2014
January 8, 1971 - March 23, 2014
(Greensboro, NC) Elizabeth Clay Smith, 43, died March 23, 2014 following a courageous fight with breast cancer.
Born January 8, 1971, Clay grew up in Burlington, NC graduating from Western Alamance High School. She attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a BA in Psychology.
Clay's interest in helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential led her to a career in human resource management. She joined Pyramids Wellness Center in 1995 as the HR Director for their three separate locations. Over the next nine years, Clay worked to create a formalized HR program and a corporate culture that embraced excellent customer service as a core value.
Always eager for new challenges and growth opportunities, Clay joined Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro (HPCG) in 2004. She was promoted in 2011 to Vice President of Human Resources and Volunteer Services. Her many accomplishments included redesigning HPCG's annual performance management system, developing an employee mentoring program and new initiatives to enhance employee work/life balance and improve morale.
Clay proactively addressed difficult employee issues and she eagerly sought out new opportunities to refine her managerial and leadership skills. Clay was a positive, energetic, and enthusiastic advocate for HPCG employees and volunteers and she was an exemplary role model for exceptional customer service.
Clay was passionate. She lived her faith, worked tirelessly, dreamed big, and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of her life. She credits her grandmother, her parents and her wonderful brother for loving her so deeply and giving her the solid foundation that allowed her to soar.
Clay's belief in the importance of family led her to volunteer with organizations dedicated to the preservation, support and security of families of all configurations, especially those struggling with at –risk youth. Clay has been a tireless advocate for Youth Focus and the Guild of Family Services of the Piedmont (FSP) including serving as President of the FSP Foundation Board (Guild).
Clay was also very passionate about her profession. She saw human resources as the ultimate profession for those who enjoyed inspiring others to reach their full potential. She credited her membership in Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro (HRMAG) as being an integral part of her professional development. While she benefitted from many valuable educational and certification opportunities, she especially appreciated giving back as a mentor, a board member and president in 2012. And that year, Clay was named Human Resource Professional of the Year by HRMAG.
When Clay's breast cancer made an aggressive return in 2012, she met the news with resolve and grace, determining she would live life fully, every day, by focusing on quality, not quantity … the same message she had been sharing with others for years about hospice care.
Recognizing that Clay's personal and professional life has centered on lifting others up, it is not surprising she found a meaningful way to tell her story about her cancer journey. Captured on webisodes on the Cone Health web site, Clay explains she cherishes each day, especially the normal ones, and that above all, she is not afraid to die. "We all have circumstances we wouldn't have chosen for ourselves but we make the journey by helping one another. I've had an amazing life." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lksb5FpXFZg
While Clay took pride in all her accomplishments and activities, her most cherished role in life was that of a mother to her daughter. Clay is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Smith of the home and a student at Davidson College; her loving, supportive parents, Christie & Earl Parker, Jr.; and father, Eddie Rascoe of Burlington, NC.; her brother Eddie Rascoe and his wife Shannon, along with beloved nephew, Kadin Rascoe, all of Burlington, NC; and dear friend, Rick Nault of Greensboro and his son, Hayden of Colorado.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Peter Rubin and Cone Cancer Center, Dr. Daniel Bensimhon and his staff at the Lebauer Heartcare Clinic and the care and friendship extended by the staff and volunteers of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. A special thanks also goes to Clay's dear friends. She was so grateful to her caregiving team, her HPCG co-workers and her family for "letting her make this journey the way she needed it to be."
Please consider honoring Clay's memory with a gift to one of her civic passions: Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro's Patient Assistance Fund, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405; Family Service of the Piedmont, 315 E. Washington Street, Greensboro, NC 27401; or Youth Focus, 715 N. Eugene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.
Class of 1989
Passed Apr 13, 2017
November 20,1970- April 13, 2017
Lee M. King, 46, of Cary peacefully passed April 13th. Lee grew up in Alamance County. He graduated from Western Alamance High School in 1989, where he was a member of the marching band and actively involved in community theaters.
He currently worked at Mediant Communications. He was passionate about his family, UNC Tar Heels, and theater. Lee enjoyed performing in productions at Raleigh Little Theater including: Cinderella, Carousel and Candide. He also volunteered at RLT and ReachOUT NC.
Lee is survived by his husband, Pat Beard and their Fur-Babies Boji and Siler of Cary. Survivors include his mother and step-father Becky and Cliff Berrier; his sister, Mary and husband Van Harris and their children Zoey and Ava of Greensboro; his brother, Ben King, and wife Karen and their children Ila and Rose of Richmond, Va; and his sister Selena and husband T-Mike Childs and their children, June and Theo of Chapel Hill. He will also be missed by his aunt, uncle, cousins, and many friends.
A Celebration Of Life will be held at Raleigh Little Theater, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, NC on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Raleigh Little Theater.
Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 20, 2017.
Class of 1989
(Passed date unknown)
Class of 1989
Passed Jan 23, 2000
REIDSVILLE -- Mr. Travis Shane Hawkins, 28, of 2911 Wagon Wheel Road, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at his home after a short illness.
A native of Alamance County, he was the husband of Mrs. Tammy Womack Hawkins, who survives, and the son of Mr. Billy Jerome Hawkins and Mrs. Sandra Kay Simpson Hawkins of Burlington. He was employed by Burlington Industries Williamsburg Plant.
Survivors other than his wife of the home and parents of Burlington include a stepson, Mr. Jonathan Drinkard of Greensboro; two stepdaughters, Miss Kristin Drinkard of the home and Ms. Megan Totten of the home; and a brother, Mr. Rusty Shawn Hawkins of Burlington.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Deven Hubert-Allen, assistant rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family will be at Lowe Funeral Home from 7 to 9 this evening, and at other times at the home of the parents, 608 Indian Valley Drive, Burlington.
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