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Emma Ferrell Proctor
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Obituary for Emma Ferrell Proctor

DURHAM: In 1914, President Wilson declared Mother’s Day; Charlie Chaplin was a star; and the Model T Ford took the road. On May 21, 1914 Emma Ferrell Proctor was born on a farm in Wake Co., NC. Mrs. Emma Ferrell Proctor, 103 years old, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2017 at Croasdaile Retirement Home. Emma was the daughter of Cora and Willis Ferrell. She outlived all of her siblings: 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Emma is survived by her nephews, Mark Proctor and James Williams of Durham, NC. Emma was the widow of James Lofton Proctor, to whom she was married for about 58 years. Emma and Lofton married soon after WWII. Lofton was a veteran of WWII and they put off the marriage until his return. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2005. Emma and Lofton did not have any children but loved their nieces and nephews like their own.

She was a nurse and worked at the Durham Women’s clinic for many years. She was generous and kind, always looked prim and proper, graceful, and persevering. She babied the doctors she worked for and made each patient feel special. She was a Southern lady and enjoyed her role as a hostess. Both she and Lofton were members of Calvary Baptist Church for over three decades. Many of the folks who knew her are long gone but she will be greatly missed by her nephews and others who knew her.

Friends are invited to visit with the family Thursday, June 22 from 10 to 11 AM at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. The service that will celebrate the life of Mrs. Emma Proctor will be held at 11 AM at Clements Funeral Chapel immediately following the visitation.

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Visitation Prior the the Service




10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Funeral Service Following Visitation




11:00 AM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Cemetery Details


Oak Grove Memorial Gardens

3712 Cheek Road
Durham, North Carolina 27704


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