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1ST SECTION, ZONE: NATION WORLD, STATE 19:33:8 PAGE: 11A, PUB. DATE: MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015 News Observer AF Monday, March 23, 2015 11ANATION WORLD DURHAM Betty Sue Clayton Nichols, 76, of Durham died on Thurs- day, March 19, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Welt- mer White Clayton and Elma Blackwood Clayton. She retired from Southern Bell. She was a member of Durham Memorial Baptist Church.

She attended Lowes Grove Elementary School and Apex High School. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Newton Nichols, brothers, P.W. Clayton, Billy B. Clayton and Doyle Lee Clayton, one sister, Doris Rose Waltman. She is survived by her son, Henry N.

Nichols, Jr. and wife Darlene of Austin Texas; one daughter, Michelle Nichols of Durham; one broth- er Tommy Gordon Clayton of Durham; sister-in-law, Louise Seagroves Clayton of Cary; several nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Rev.

Ed Denton and Rev. Phil Clark will ate. Active pallbearers will be, Rodney Martin, Daniel Jordan, Toby Clayton, Spanky Boswell, Mark King and Donnie Mc- Fall. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. One hour prior to the services at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of donations can be sent to Durham Memorial Bap- tist Church, 133 Robbins Road, Durham, NC 27703. Online condolences can be made at Betty C. Nichols RALEIGH Helen Simmons DeBerry, 92, loving mom, grandma and great grandma died on March 20, 2015. Mrs. DeBerry was born on Sep- tember 23, 1922 in Roa- noke Rapids, NC to David and Pearlie Simmons.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Earl DeBer- ry; her parents; and her four brothers, Shernon Jones, L. C. Jones, Curtis Jones, Sam Jones and Carl Jones, all of Roanoke Rapids, NC. She worked at Corning Glass for 26 years, where she made many lifelong friends. She enjoyed preparing deli- cious meals for her family and doing word searches.

She had a soft spot for animals, especial- ly dogs and loved feeding the birds and squirrels in her yard. She will be remembered for putting others before herself. Mrs. DeBerry leaves be- hind her sons, Jackie and wife Lorena, Don and wife Julia, Jimmy, Delbert and wife Patty, and Ricky, all of the Ra- leigh area; and one daughter, Lillie Anderson and husband David, of Tarboro. She also is survived by her three sisters, Lois Arwood, Ruby Thompson and Priscilla Downie, all of Roanoke Rapids, NC.

She will also be lovingly remembered by her 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, and so many other loving friends and family. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hillside Nursing Center, especially Alexandra and Margie, and Transitions LifeCare for their exceptional care and compassion. In lieu of charitable contributions may be made to the hospice organization, Tran- sitions LifeCare, 200 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or to your local SPCA. Visitation will be at 2:00 on Tuesday, March 24 from the mausoleum chapel at Ra- leigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. A graveside service will be held at the same location at 3:00.

The service will be conducted by Zachary Campbell, great grandson of Mrs. DeBerry. Online memorials: www. Helen Simmons DeBerry SEPTEMBER 23, 1922 MARCH 20, 2015 RALEIGH Jessie Parker Robie, beloved mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, aunt and friend, died peacefully at Rex Hospital on March 20 at the age of 94. She is sur- vived by her children Linda Sparrow (Na- thaniel) of Ra- leigh, Eileen Spahl (George) of Durham, Wil- liam Robie, Jr.

(Amy) of King George, VA, Richard Scott Robie (Debby) of Clayton, Lisa Poole (Ven) of Raleigh, and David Robie of Raleigh as well as by twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many devoted nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Dr. William A. Robie, her parents Edward Ausman Parker and Nellie Wicker Parker of Rocky Mount, NC and by her brother, Richard Hardy Parker of Me- chanicsville, VA. Jessie was born on March 6, 1921 in Roanoke Rapids, NC, but grew up in Rocky Mount.

She received her RN from Gall- inger Hospital School of Nurs- ing in Washington, DC in 1942, and married Bill, a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine, that same year. The next 22 years were spent in the US Navy in many locations. During this time they raised their three chil- dren. They moved to Raleigh upon retirement from the Navy, and raised their younger three children. Bill continued to practice pediatrics as well as work with Wake Med, Doro- thea Dix and later the Social Security Disability Division, while Jess worked for a time as nurse advisor to mothers of new- borns.

The Robies moved to Gle- naire in Cary in 1993. Jess was known there for the birthday cards she sent to every Gle- naire resident and for organiz- ing and hosting the Glenaire Follies for almost 20 years. Jess was a kind and outgoing person who believed in living life to the fullest. She was a master of cards and Scrabble, loved all sports events, her time at Atlantic Beach, world-wide travel, her friends and above all her family. Jessie was an active and ded- icated member of First Presby- terian Church, Raleigh, where she was recently honored with Honorary Life Membership of Presbyterian Women.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 24th at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, with visita- tion following the service in the Lisa Ham Gathering Space at the church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Glenaire Foundation or to the Friendship Fund of First Presbyterian Church in lieu of Arrangements by Brown- Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Street, Raleigh. Jessie Parker Robie CHAPEL HILL Janet Evans Campbell, born in Milton, MA in 1924, died of heart failure on March 19 at the Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill. She received a BS in nursing from Simmons College, an MA in nursing education from the U. of Chicago, a PhD in epidemi- ology from the U.

of NC at Cha- pel Hill, and did post-doctoral studies at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. She began her career as a nursing consultant with the Ml Dept. of Health, moving later to the NC State Board of Health. She was on the faculties of Duke, NC Central, and East Carolina Universities Schools of Nursing and a member of Pi Lambda Theta and Sigma Theta Tau honorary societ- ies. She was also a consultant with the NC Dept.

of Mental Health in Raleigh and Green- ville and was the nurse in private practice of psycho- therapy in NC. After moving to Chapel Hill in was an active volunteer in the Chapel Hill community and at Carol Woods. She served as President of the NC League for Nursing, Secretary of the NC Council of Organiza- tions, and as a board member of the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Wake County Hospice, Interfaith Council of Chapel Hill, Habitat for Hu- manity for Orange County, and the Orange-Person-Chatham Mental Health Foundation. She also served on the Carol Woods Board of Directors for six years. She was predeceased in 2012 by Beth Jukes with whom she shared her life and travels.

She is survived by her sister, Ann Elizabeth Camp- bell of Wilmington, DE and by many nieces and nephews and their families and by loyal friends. A memorial service will be held at Carol Woods on April 11 at 2 pm. Contributions can be made to the Triangle Land Conservancy, Director of South Duke Street, Durham, NC 27701 or to the Carol Woods Retirement Community, Carol Woods Charitable Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Janet Evans Campbell tornadoes, thunderstorms Morock makes weather make sense and answers your her blog, Clear her atÿer KABUL, Afghanistan As thousands of people gathered Sunday to bury a woman who was beaten and burned by an angry mob, Afghan officials said they found no proof that she had burned pages of the Qu- ran as her assailants had claimed. have reviewed all the evidence and have been unable to find any single iota of evidence to support claims that she had burned a Gen.

Mohammad Zahir, head of the Interior criminal in- vestigation directorate, said at the funeral. is completely comments followed the results of an investigation by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs that said charred papers found at the shrine where she was attacked Thursday were from a Persian-language prayer book not the Quran, the Muslim scripture, which is written in Arabic. The death of the 28-year-old woman, iden- tified only by her first name, Farkhunda, sent shock waves across Afghanistan. In a rare sight, coffin was carried to the grave site in north Khair Khana neighborhood by a dozen women, including some rights activists, with men es- corting them. The public outpouring of grief in many ways seemed a reversal of the events that led to her death.

After police were criticized for not doing enough to control the mob of several hundred men who surrounded Farkhunda at the Shah-Do Shamshira shrine in Kabul last week, police officers accompanied the pro- cession from the home to the ceme- tery. Young men and women took smart- phone pictures of the ceremony and broad- cast them on social media. Many in Afghanistan and overseas were aghast to learn that hundreds more people gathered along the banks of the Kabul River to take pictures and videos of burning body, which was left in a dirt patch of the shallow river. Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Minis- try of Interior, said 13 police officials had been suspended. Thirteen suspects in the crime have been arrested, officials said.

The mullah of the shrine, whom Farkhun- family has accused of burning the pag- es, has also been taken into custody, officials said. Woman set afire did not burn Quran, officials say Government investigator: is completely By Ali M. Latifi and Shashank Bengali Los Angeles Times MASSOUD HOSSAINI AP Afghan women rights activists Sunday carry the coffin of an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob. NEW YORK An ultra-Or- thodox Jewish community shattered by the deaths of se- ven siblings in a house fire carried out their funerals Sunday, a day after a hot plate left on for the Sabbath is believed to have sparked the fire that killed them. The tragedy had some neighborhood Jews reconsi- dering the practice of keep- ing hot plates on for the Sab- bath, a common modern method of obeying tradition prohibiting use of fire on the holy day.

The bodies of the children from the Sassoon family, ag- es 5 to 16, were to be flown to Israel after the funeral for a prompt burial. They died early Saturday when flames engul fed their home in Midwood neigh- borhood. Investigators believe the hot plate left on a kitchen counter set off the fire that trapped the children and badly injured their mother and another sibling. The service began with prayers in Hebrew, and shr ieks cou ld be heard trough speakers that broad- cast it outside to several hundred people who gath- ered ins ide and on the streets. were so the father, Gabi Sas- soon, said during a eulogy Sunday.

wife, she came out children were unbe- ievable. They were the he said as mourners outside the funeral home cried in the streets. have to love them as parents. You have to love them as At their fire-gutted home on Bedford Avenue, a vase of white roses sat in front as a police officer stood guard and contractors boarded up windows with plywood. call this not a tragedy but an absolute said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents Midwood.

The blaze killed three girls and four boys all members of the tight- knit community of ultra-Or- thodox Jews. Authorities identified the victims as girls Eliane, 16; Rivkah, 11; and Sara, and boys David, 12; Yeshua, 10; Moshe, and Yaakob, 5. Both the mother and a daughter Gayle Sassoon and 14-year-old Siporah Sas- soon remained in critical condition. At the time of the fire, Ga- bi Sassoon a religious edu- cation instructor was in Manhattan at a Shabbaton, an educational celebration held on a Sabbath. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who broke down at one point as he spoke about the blaze, said it was the worst in recent memo- ry.

In 2007, eight children and an adult were killed in a 100-year-old Bronx building where African immigrant families lived. Fire officials said an overheated space heater cord sparked that blaze. In Brooklyn, it carelessness or forgetfulness that resulted in death. The hot plate was left on for the Sabbath, which lasts from sundown Friday to sun- down Saturday. Many reli- gious Jews use one to keep food warm in order to obey the traditional prohibition on use of fire on the holy day as well as work in all forms, including turning on ap- pliances.

The hot plate apparently malfunctioned, setting off flames that tore up the stairs, trapping the children in their second- loor bedrooms as they slept, investigators said. A neighbor, Karen Rosen- blatt, said she called 911 af- ter seeing flames and smoke billowing from the home. Her husband said he heard seemed like a young girl scream, me! Help she said. Firefighters arrived in less than four minutes and dis- covered the badly burned and is raught mother pleading for help, officials said. When they broke in the door, they encountered a raging fire that had spread through the kitchen, dining room, common hall, stair- way leading upstairs and the rear bedrooms.

help crying my a a I aw said Dalia Hen, 51, a Midwood neighbor. like our own City officials trying to pre- vent other such disasters have set up four locations in the area to hand out leaflets warning residents to make sure they have smoke detec- tors and that they check the batteries. Free batteries were being handed out. saw giving out batteries and of course go i go a change our batteries and a i Hen said. Hikind said hearing from more and more people concerned about use of the hot plates on Sabbath.

He said families may need to look at other alternatives. He sa id he ca ed is daughter, who has six chil- dren and uses a hot plate, and told her, got to stop using is an important wa- keup call for people, because it may save your life or the life of your he said. cannot use fire on the Hen said. only alternative is to use a hot plate. I guess some- thing we should be more aware of wake up at night and check up on JULIO CORTEZ AP Mourners gather Sunday during services for seven siblings killed in a house fire early Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The siblings, ages 5 to 16, died when flames engulfed the Sassoon family home in the Midwood neighborhood. Use of hot plates eyed after fire kills 7 Family used device in place of fire on the Sabbath By Michael Balsamo Associated Press KENA BETANCUR GETTY Investigators believe the hot plate left on a kitchen counter set off the blaze that trapped the children..

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