Carolyn Ray Miles Durham

Posted at 3:29 PM on Aug 24, 2019


Mrs. Carolyn Ray Miles Durham, 71, of Statesville, N.C., peacefully passed away on August 22, 2019, at Gordon Hospice House. Born on July 13, 1948, in Rockingham County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Rayford Edgar Miles and Helen Omie Finney.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Elbridge G. Durham. She was a member of Agape Faith Church in Statesville. She loved her cats, the Carolina Panthers, the Tar Heels and loved to paint. To her, her love for the Lord and her family were paramount in her life. She was an active prayer warrior and member of the Praise Team for many years.

Mrs. Durham is survived by her son, Elbridge G. Durham II, and special friend, Shay Jones of Statesville; by a daughter, Alisa G. Anderson of Statesville; by a daughter, Michelle Morgan, and her husband Marty of Hickory; by two brothers, John Hall and his wife Brenda of Pinhook, Va., and J.L. Finney and his wife Nora of Martinsville, Va.; by three sisters, Brenda Cheek and husband Darby of Martinsville, Linda Bates and husband Kenny of Ridgeway, Va., and Dorothy Welch and her husband Johnny of Lawsonville, N.C. Brother-in-law Louie Durham Jr. and wife Nancy of Saluda, N.C.; five grandchildren, James Mayberry Jr., Alex Cartner, Joshua Anderson, Terra Durham and Kayla Cortes; and three great-grandchildren, Vylette Cartner Jr., and Arizona Cortes, also survive her.

The family will receive friends at Grace Place on Sharon School Road on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, from 2 until 2:45 p.m. A service celebrating Mrs. Durham’s life will begin at 3 p.m., following the receiving of friends, with the Revs. Jeff Rowland and Mike Maffucci officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Durham and her family. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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