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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – March/April 2014

BEAVERS Felecia Andrew Beavers, 78, of Siler City, North Carolina, died Saturday, November 30, 2013 in Asheboro, North Carolina. Mrs. Beavers was born in Chatham County on March 24, 1935, the daughter of the late Burton Albert and Eula (Whitehead) Andrew from the Rocky River Friends community. A graduate of Silk Hope School, she was a homemaker and in her earlier years she worked at A. J. Schneierson and Sons. Felecia was a member of Edward Hill Friends Meeting, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years, was a former elder, held several offices and served on several committees. She served refreshments for VBS, loved gardening, cooking and sewing. Felecia was a dedicated mother and loving wife. She is survived by her husband of 60 years: Cecil L. Beavers; two sons, Leon Beavers and wife, Annette, of Sanford, Lynn Beavers and wife, Becky, of Garner; three daughters: Cheryl B. Hilliard of Bear Creek, North Carolina, Janelle Beavers of Siler City and Julia B. Kidd and husband, Dennis of High Falls, North Carolina; one brother, Earle Ben Andrew and wife, Bessie of Robbins, North Carolina; grandchildren, Michael, Christopher and Daniel Beavers, John Hilliard, Jr. and wife, Hannah, Jana H. Hernandez; Kayla and Olivia Kidd; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

CAIN Nellie Ruth Cain died on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Ruth was born January 16, 1928, in Corryton, Tennessee, daughter of the late John Newell and Elsie Blanch Anderson. After spending the first half of her life in New Market, Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, and became a devoted member of Knoxville First Friends Church, after moving her membership from Lost Creek Friends Meeting. She retired from Lakeshore Mental Health Institute where she served as a social worker for 27 years, after receiving her Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee. While at Lakeshore, she was instrumental in the founding of the National Re-motivation Therapy Organization, serving as an officer for many years, and receiving national awards for her work. After her retirement, Ruth continued to make an impact in the Knoxville community as a busy volunteer at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and St. Mary’s Hospital, a board member of Volunteer Ministries, and in various capacities with other organizations. She was honored with the Silver Volunteer Award for her contributions to Knox County, Tennessee. She also loved to travel around the United States, reaching her goal of visiting all 48 contiguous states and Alaska in 2009. Most importantly, Ruth’s goal was to do God’s work for as long as she could, spreading His love to each person she encountered. She took every opportunity to publicly thank the Lord for all He had done for her, for sending Jesus to be her Savior and to ask His help in doing His work. She exhibited her Christian faith through her generous spirit and always sought ways to help and encourage others. She remained actively involved in the Quaker Church, both nationally and through local missionary work. Through the years, Ruth held positions as president, secretary, and treasurer of the United Society of Friends Women of the Knoxville Meeting, as well as serving as chairman of the Board on Christian Concerns for Peace and Society in both the Knoxville Monthly and Friendsville Quarterly Meetings. She could always be depended on to serve as hostess for USFW or the monthly peace meetings, or to provide transportation to others. As she served her Lord by serving others, she was faithful to visit the sick and those in need and was a big supporter of missions. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Horace “Jack” Anderson and Hugh Anderson. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Claudia and Barry Ritchie, and Terri and Jim Myers, all of Knoxville; much loved grandchildren, Courtney (Rich) Hilliard of Cherryville, North Carolina, Eric (Amy) Myers of Nashville, Tennessee, and Darcey (Charlie) Morris of Baltimore, Maryland; great grandchildren, Trey and Madeline Hilliard; special friend of over 40 years, John Hondulas of Knoxville; several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

COLTRANE Margaret Kirkman Coltrane, 92, of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Margaret was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, on May 17, 1921. She was a member of Centre Friends, where she sang in the choir and was an avid Bible reader. Margaret and her husband, Roy, were instrumental in forming the Vereen Bible Class. She worked at Burlington Mills and then left to help feed baby calves on the family farm. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking, traveling with family and gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Roy Monroe Coltrane, her parents, Charles Webster and Lillias Hockett Kirkman, and seven siblings. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Branson Coltrane and wife, Kay of
Pleasant Garden, grandchildren, David Coltrane and wife Amy, Sylvia Davis and husband Aaron; great grandchildren, Cole, Sydney, Will, Lemuel and Joseph; and sister, Betty Hinshaw.

HATCHER Ellen Linsley Hatcher was born on June 7, 1916 and passed away, December 1, 2013. She was born in Redlands, California, graduated from UCLA, married Gordon Hatcher in 1941. She and Gordon lived in Bolivia, Peru, Honduras and Cambodia as well as her native California. Ellen taught English as a second language in those counties as well as to Vietnamese who came here as refugees. Her skills as an English major served well in other areas as well working for Heifer International, volunteering for American Friends Service Committee and various PTAs. One of her greatest passions was making 1200 dresses for refugees girls, beginning in Bosnia, over a 10 year period. She is survived by daughters Mary Kate Carter and Margaret Hatcher; a granddaughter Becky Schriber, two great grandchildren, Abby and Isaac Schriber.

HINSHAW Beulah Stone “Boots” Hinshaw, 92, of Siler City, North Carolina, died Thursday, December 5, 2013. Mrs. Hinshaw was born in Chatham County on November 16, 1921 the daughter of Willie Harrison and Elizabeth (Campbell) Stone. She was a graduate of the Burlington Business School. Mrs. Hinshaw was a homemaker and member of Plainfield Friends Meeting, where she was a life member of the USFW, served as Clerk of the Meeting and Sunday School teacher. She was a life member of the Silk Hope Home Demonstration Club. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Hinshaw. She is survived by one son: Noble W. Hinshaw and wife, Kay; grandson, Roger Hinshaw and wife, Judy; granddaughter, Deborah Hinshaw Rickman and husband, Freddie all of Siler City, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Brooks and Joy Hinshaw, Corey, Cassie and Carson Rickman; step-grandchildren, Nikki Edmonds and husband, Travis of Cary, NC, Kim Beane and husband, Don of Siler City, North Carolina; step-great-grandchildren, Katelan, Chey and Jillian Beane; and sister, Turlie Lievers of Golconda, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.

HOLLAND Mary D. Eason Holland, 74, passed away November 19, 2013. She was born on October 31,1939, in Chowan County, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Otis M. and Martha P. Eason. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh K. “Pete” Holland and brother, Carl R. Eason. Mary retired as a nursing assistant for Commonwealth Health Care. She was a member of Somerton Friends Meeting, where she faithfully mailed cards to members and friends and family for numerous years. Mary is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann H. Price, Iris H. Carter, and Tina M. Holland; grandchildren and spouses, Daniel James “D.J.” Carter (Becky), Samuel F. Carter (Marian), Daphne L. Carter, and David Kevin Price, Jr. (Amy); great grandchildren, Keri, Sydney, and Caitlyn Carter; brothers, George M. Eason, John T. Eason, and M. Donald Eason; and numerous nieces and nephews.

MILES Frank Vernon Miles, 90, died on December 25th, 2013, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Frank was born in Salem, Oregon on September 16, 1923, the middle son of Ross and Laura Miles. He spent most of his early years in Hazel Green, a small rural community outside of Salem, then entered the Engineering School at Oregon State University. When the U.S. entered World War II Frank sought an opportunity to be of service in a way that was more aligned with his faith than the military and enrolled in a program at Guilford College, North Carolina, to train young men to work in international relief and reconstruction. Within months this training was discontinued as congressional legislation cancelled the right of conscientious objectors to go overseas. Frank was then drafted as a conscientious objector into the Civilian Public Service (CPS) and, for three years, cut trails in the Smoky Mountains National Park, served as a medical “guinea pig” for jaundice experiments at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as an attendant in both the State Mental Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey, and in the psychiatric clinic of Duke University Medical School. Within three weeks of being released from CPS at the age of 22, Frank was on his way to China to begin an assignment with the Friends Ambulance/Friends Service Unit, which ultimately lasted four years. In 1946, he assisted in rebuilding Zhengzhou, Weiwei and Anyang Hospitals, which had been badly damaged during the Sino-Japanese War. Then in 1947, as medical mechanic, he joined Medical Team 19 (MT-19) at the International Peace Hospital in Yenan, during a truce established in the civil war between the Chinese Nationalists and Communists. Shortly after MT-19’s arrival, hostilities resumed and Yenan was attacked by the Nationalists. Along with the entire hospital the team evacuated on foot, often under the cover of night to avoid air attacks, for the next 14 months — moving from village to village to reestablish mobile hospitals treating both civilian and military casualties (15 main moves, with stays in 44 villages). In 1948, along with a government guide, Frank walked across North China to the port city of Tianjin so that a teammate could return to the United States. Next, he looked after a machine shop, garage, and a small fleet of trucks in Chung Mou — a period during which the village changed hands between Nationalists and Communists several times. In October 1948, Frank was named chairperson for all Friends Service Unit groups working in China. Following his term it took him eight months to secure the requisite permission to leave China because of the U.S. Navy blockade of the port of Shanghai. Frank entered Haverford College in the fall of 1950 and earned a B.A. in Economics and Sociology and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University. He and Patricia Beatty were married in 1951. After the devastating loss of their firstborn, Douglas, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Frank and Pat welcomed four healthy children into their lives. Pursuing employment that would support the family and allow continued exploration of other parts of the world, Frank worked as Chief Engineer at Lee Tire and Rubber in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, in anticipation of their opening a plant in the Philippines. When the company was acquired and liquidated, he joined the International division of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, serving as Chief Engineer for plants in Valencia, Venezuela; Bethune, France and then as Plant Manager in Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia; Joliette, Quebec; and Hamilton, Ontario. In 1978 Frank became Manufacturing Manager for Firestone Canada. After retiring from Firestone at the age of 60, Frank served as General Secretary/Treasurer for Canadian Yearly Meeting, the national body of Canadian Friends (Quakers) in Toronto, Ontario (’83-’89). A second retirement took Frank and Pat to the small village of Kaslo, British Columbia where they relished a decade of living next door to son Dan and his family, contributing to several community service groups, hiking up to old mines in the mountains and swimming in the cold waters of Kootenay Lake. In 2000, after 38 years of living outside the United States, Frank and Pat relocated to New Hampshire so as to be closer to medical support in working with Pat’s advancing Alzheimer’s. They lived for 2 ½ years with daughter Cathy and her family in Piermont, New Hampshire. There, in addition to engaging fully with family life and projects, Frank volunteered at the Piermont Library, came to know intimately the early spring ephemeral wildflowers, and explored the surrounding hills by bicycle and on foot. Later, from a new home base at Kendal in Hanover (’03-’13), Frank sang with the Bach Study Group and the Kendal Chorale. Throughout his time at Kendal he gave generously of himself in supporting those whom advancing years had robbed of independence — and grew with grace into his own time of increased dependence on the help of others. Frank’s roots and contributions to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) ran deep. During his childhood his family participated in the Pacific Coast Association of Friends, a group of meetings that was re-establishing worship on the basis of silence. Witness to the peaceful resolution of conflict was an essential part of their life. Frank’s father had been a conscientious objector in World War I, working with the American Friends Service Committee to build orphanages for children who had lost their parents in the war. Frank’s brother Ward also served as conscientious objector during World War II. Frank and Pat were active in Radnor Monthly Meeting, Hamilton Monthly Meeting, Argenta Friends Meeting, and Hanover Friends Meeting. More recently, Frank was a regular presence with the Kendal Worship Group. Frank carried himself in a beautifully unassuming way that didn’t broadcast his lifetime of rich experience in Quakerism, and his international work and service. Nevertheless he was known by many as a source of light and wisdom with a ready ear for listening, a sense of perspective, and a warm smile and chuckle. Frank Miles is predeceased by his wife, Patricia Beatty Miles. He is survived by his brothers Ward Miles of Lacey, Washington and Rodney Miles of Portland, Oregon. Frank is lovingly remembered by his children and their families: Stephen and Ingrid Miles of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and their sons: Garth Landers and Stephen Miles, Jr.; Rebecca Miles and Ward Broderson of Tallahassee, Florida and her children, Jessamyn Doan and Daniel Doan; Dan Miles and Shelley Stickel Miles of Kaslo, British Columbia and their daughters Sarah and Hélène Miles; and Catherine Miles Grant and Charles Grant of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont and their sons Brendan and Julian Grant.

PERRY Carlene Williams Perry, 89, of Siler City, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Carlene was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Clyde and Bertha Hackett Williams; and was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Staley Perry; sisters, Ailene W. Wright and Ann Albright; brother, Robert “Bob” Williams. Surviving is her daughter, Camela Beane Crutchfield (Alfred) of Liberty; grandchildren, Donald L Beane, Jr. (Kim) of Siler City, Perry E. Beane (Lindsey) of (Lenior); great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Beane, Jillian Beane, Sandra Lewis Beane, Colby Dulles Beane and Aiden Elizabeth Beane; sister, Josephine W. Nixon; sister-in-law, Ada Williams.

ROGERS Catherine Thomas Rogers, 101, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013 at her residence. Catherine was born December 17, 1912 in Winchester, Virginia, to the late William and Carrie Leonard Thomas. She was a member of Concord Friends Meeting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Earl Rogers and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Janet Coltrane (Fred) of Greensboro; 3 grandchildren, Fred Coltrane, Jr. (Judy) of Atlanta, Georgia, Cathy Coltrane Allen and Kristie Coltrane both of Greensboro; six great grandchildren, Sarah Coltrane, Kyle Coltrane, Scotty Allen, Haley May, Hannah May and Carrie Allen; and a brother, Paul Thomas of Greensboro.

SPRUILL Cassie Winslow Spruill, 87, of Hertford, North Carolina, died Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Mrs. Spruill was born in Perquimans County and was the daughter of the late Velum and Emma Perry Winslow. A retired home health nurse’s assistant, she later spent countless hours as a volunteer at Hertford Grammar School. She was a life-long member of Piney Woods Friends Meeting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee Spruill, an infant daughter, Diane Spruill, brothers, Oras and Otha Winslow, and infant brother, Valentine Winslow. Surviving are her daughter, Linda Godfrey and husband Terry of Belvidere, North Carolina; a son, Dick Spruill of Hertford; and two grandsons, Benjamin Godfrey and wife Dare of Raleigh and Brandon Godfrey and wife Mary Allen of Asheboro, North Carolina.

THOMAS Clarence Ray Thomas, 95, of Climax, North Carolina, passed away Monday evening, December 30, 2013, at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. Born September 16, 1918, in Randolph County, he was the son of George Newton Thomas and Dora Freeman Thomas. In his early years, Ray and brother Cliff operated service stations in Asheboro, but in the early 1950s, he moved to the country where he farmed the remainder of his working years. He was a member of Asheboro Friends Meeting, where he sang in the choir and was a committed member of Quaker Men. He was also able to help rebuild homes on several trips with the N.C. Friends Disaster Service. In his community he was an early member of the Climax Volunteer Fire Department and the Red Cross Civitans. Ray and his wife Pauline shared a love of camping, spending many weekends with the Randolph Ramblers at Ramblers Roost; later, upon retirement, they traveled in their camper throughout the United States. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by five brothers: Clyde, Clifton, Carlton, Floyd, and Linney Thomas and two sisters, Jewell Johnson and Alberta Allen, as well as his daughter, Janet Thomas Morris and great-granddaughter, Leah Elizabeth Way. He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Pauline Steed Thomas; one son, Neal Thomas and wife Susie; granddaughter; Martha Way, and grandson; Doug Thomas and wife Lorraine. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren; Will, Cam and Mailey Way and Anna, Luke and Andrew Thomas; several nieces and nephews; special family friends, Evan and Pam Griffin.

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