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Thelma Faust Proctor

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 7, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Thelma Faust Proctor, 103, a long-time resident of Durham, passed away at Durham Regional Hospital on Monday, February 7, 2011. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, and for the past several years she was the oldest living resident at the Hillcrest Convalescent Center. She had been a resident there since 2005. Mrs. Proctor was born in Beaufort County, Edwards, NC on June 20, 1907 where she was one of six children 4 girls and 2 boys born to Maude Edwards Faust and Christopher Columbus Faust. She also had a half-brother and a half-sister, but she was the sole survivor of all her sisters and brothers.

Mrs. Proctor moved to Goldsboro in 1917 following her father’s death and finished high school in Goldsboro. She moved to Durham in 1923 and attended the Durham Business School. Following school she worked at the Durham Morning Herald from 1924 to 1926. In 1926 she married S. Leroy Proctor who served as Durham County Commissioner from 1946 till his death in 1963. She lived in the O.K. Proctor Homeplace in Joyland, Durham County from 1926 to 1982 at which time she moved to a home in the Duke Park area before moving to the Hillcrest Convalescent Center in 2006.

Mrs. Proctor became a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in 1926, and also was a member of the Francis Asbury Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women at the church. She had two sons, S. Leroy Proctor, Jr. deceased and James F. Betsy Proctor who survives her. Her grandchildren are Sidney deceased Betty Proctor, Frank Janie Proctor, Richard Lisa Proctor, James, Jr. Dana Proctor, Kinion Karyn Proctor, Patrick Proctor deceased, Nathaniel Mary Proctor and Cindy Gerd Ritzer. Of particular note are Frank and Richard with whom she enjoyed a close mother-son relationship in her later years following her husband’s death. She is also survived by 9 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Hall-Wynne Funeral Chapel, 1113 W. Main St., Durham, on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 with visitation at 10:00 AM, Funeral Services at 11:00 AM followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be given to the Trinity United Methodist Church or to a charity of your choice.

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Condolences for the family of “Thelma Faust Proctor”

Condolence from Steve and Carol Ward on February 13th, 2011 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Condolence from Lindsay Proctor on February 13th, 2011 12:00 am

I love you Grandmom. I will miss you dearly.

Condolence from Susan & Steve Carswell on February 13th, 2011 12:00 am

Dear Jim, Betsy, & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of personal loss and deep sadness.
With sincerest sympathy and love,
Susan & Steve

Condolence from Jennifer Champion on February 14th, 2011 12:00 am

Our condolences to your family in this tough time, and assuring you of our prayers. May her soul rest in peace.

Condolence from Ginny Haas on February 14th, 2011 12:00 am

I wish I could be with the family this week in Durham but circumstances keep me away. I have a lot of fond memories of visiting my cousins Kinion and Jimmy at the Proctor Homeplace.

My love to all,


Condolence from CW Moss on February 14th, 2011 12:00 am

I grew up in the Joyland Community in the 1950’s. I remember Mr. & Mrs. Proctor. May God’s presence and love give you peace and comfort.

Condolence from Amy Rouse Little/Brett and Jon Little on February 14th, 2011 12:00 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. We loved Aunt Thelma very much!! I Amy remember how Aunt Thelma always had the best pound cake. She always had time to see us. She will be greatly missed by our family. She was a wonderful aunt. We wish we could be at the funeral, but we will be there in spirit.


Brett, Amy Rouse, & Jon Little

Condolence from Lisa Mazzarell on February 15th, 2011 12:00 am

To the entire Proctor Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thanksgiving was never the same when it wasn’t spent at her home. She was a wealth of knowledge when it came to the Proctor family history, and hopefully the next generations will carry on the enthusiasm that she had in sharing it. I’m sure that she’s embraced now, not only by the loved ones that she lost during her lifetime, but also by those who passed before her, whose memories she kept alive for all who knew her by sharing her stories about them.

Condolence from Cindy Faust on February 15th, 2011 12:00 am

Jim and Betsy,
We are going to miss Aunt Thelma dearly. I will miss visiting her and listening to her stories. Your family is in our thoughts.
Bill and Cindy Faust

Condolence from Calvin Watson on February 17th, 2011 12:00 am

Aunt Thelma was one of the finest people I have ever known. She was well thought of by everyone and will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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