Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

The H. J. Brown Coffin House was founded in Raleigh in 1836 by H. J. Brown. Five generations have left nothing undone to make Brown-Wynne Funeral Home one of the most complete mortuary establishments in the South.

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home is North Carolina's oldest funeral home, as well as the oldest continuous business in Raleigh. Founded in 1836, it dates back to when Andrew Jackson was President of the United States.

There has always been a strong connection between Brown-Wynne and the city of Raleigh. In 1868, Henry Brown assisted in the transfer of 267 confederate soldiers from the Rock Quarry Cemetery to what is now Oakwood Cemetery.

Henry Brown died in 1879, leaving care of the firm to his son, John W. Brown, who also became the first president of the North Carolina Funeral Directors' Association.

In 1915, Henry Brown's grandson, Fab Brown, began using motor-driven hearses for funerals. This pattern of continuous progress is a hallmark of the business, and continues today.

Brown-Wynne has grown along with Raleigh and the surrounding cities. The original building site was at the corner of Dawson and Morgan Streets. The home moved to the corner of Hargett and Salisbury in 1889, then in 1928 moved again to Hillsborough Street. In 1954, Robert W. Wynne, Jr. built a new home on the corner of St. Mary's and North Street. He also had the foresight to expand to Cary, in 1969, and the Millbrook community, in 1973. In 1991, Brown-Wynne proudly became part of Dignity Network, the largest network of funeral care providers in North America.

Our History at Mitchell Funeral Homes
With its beginning on the corner of Morgan and Wilmington Street, Mitchell Funeral Home is the successor to several funeral establishments in the Raleigh-Wake County area.

Erasmus D. Haynes, carpenter and cabinet maker, opened his business on that corner in downtown Raleigh in 1874. He continued to operate at this location making furniture, cabinets, and custom-made coffins. As a maker of coffins, he became the undertaker - the person called upon to "undertake the task of the burial of the dead."

In 1885, Lorenzo C. Bagwell opened a furniture store and undertaking shop at 12 East Martin Street. Mr. Bagwell had learned the undertaking trade as an employee of Johnson and Barber, a general store that had an undertaking department. In 1890 he moved the business to 220 East Martin Street and merged his business with that of Mr. Haynes. After about two years Mr. Haynes left the business to devote time to the crafting of fine furniture. Mr. Bagwell continued the undertaking parlor under the name of L.C. Bagwell Undertaker.

In 1894, George A (Gus) Strickland, a Raleigh city policeman, decided to become involved in undertaking. He purchased Mr. Bagwell's business and changed the name to the Raleigh Casket Company. In 1895, Mr. Strickland moved his business to 126 South Wilmington Street, operating there until 1910 when he relocated to 130 East Morgan Street. Still needing more space to operate he then moved the business to 19 West Hargett Street. Mr. Strickland incorporated under the laws of North Carolina, changing the name to Strickland Undertaking Company, and began selling shares of the company to friends and other businessmen in the community. One year later they moved to 127 West Hargett Street and was renamed Wake Undertaking Company. The major stockholders of the company were Mr. T.E. Green, Mr. W.F. Moody, and Mr. A.H. Mooneyham.

Nearing retirement age, Mr. Strickland's firm moved to his home on Elm Street, and the corporation employed Mr. Joseph H. Mitchell as the firm's funeral director and embalmer. A large home across from Nash Square was purchased in 1923, and the company moved again, to 222 West Hargett Street. The name was changed for the final time to Mitchell Funeral Home. This was the first time since the business was established that it occupied an actual dwelling, so the terminology "funeral home" was used instead of "undertaking parlor."

In 1926, Joseph Mitchell left the employment of the corporation and was replaced as manager by Moncure native Harlowe W. Mims. Mr. Mims continued to manage the company and acquired shares of its stock from the minor shareholders until his death in 1955. During these many years, he became the major shareholder and under his leadership, the enterprise prospered and became one of the leading funeral establishments in North Carolina.

With the growth of the business, a larger building was needed to provide adequate facilities for the families being served by Mitchell Funeral Home. A parcel of land was purchased on Saint Mary's Street; a 14,500 square foot building was erected, and the facility opened in February 1953. The new Mitchell Funeral Home was proclaimed to be the most modern of that time in North Carolina. After Mr. Mims death, the business continued under the direction of his widow, Nora Park Mims, with the assistance from her son-in-law, Thel G. Boyette, and brother-in-law, Joseph H. (Tom) Mims. In 1958, the Mims' eldest daughter Cornelia Mims Whyte, came to work as corporate secretary. Two years later, Mr. Boyette resigned, and Raleigh native T. Wrey Watkins was appointed manager. The company continued to flourish and conduct funerals for people of walks of life in the most dignified and caring fashion.

In 1974 the building at 600 Saint Mary's Street was completely renovated and the parking lot enlarged, in 1993 Mitchell Funeral Home built a second location at 7209 Glenwood Ave. next to Raleigh Memorial Park where it operates today as Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park. Later in 2007 the Saint Mary's Street location was closed.

Mitchell Funeral Home today is operated by local funeral directors and staff with a total of over 130 years of experience and caring in the funeral industry. We are committed to maintaining the high level of tradition and excellence in service which you've come to expect. In 2006 both Mitchell Funeral Home and Raleigh Memorial Park became part of the Dignity Memorial Network in Raleigh which also includes the Brown-Wynne Funeral Homes.


Our Obituaries

Dorothy A. Casino

December 14, 1918 - December 16, 2017

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Donald Kalinowski

February 18, 1947 - December 16, 2017

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Charles Eugene Branscomb

October 8, 1927 - December 16, 2017

Charles Eugene Branscomb, 90, loving husband, father and grandfather died Saturday, December 16, 2017, of complications from a gallbladder infection. Charles was born in Carroll County, Virginia, in 1927. He is survived by two daughters Debbie Branscomb (Rick Johnson) of Bethesda, MD, and Nancy Branscomb of Holly Springs, NC, son Chuck Branscomb (Tia) of Raleigh, NC, and 4 grandchildren: Kate...
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Roxanne Elizabeth Allford

November 29, 1956 - December 9, 2017

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John Ramon Contrael

December 6, 1946 - December 9, 2017

John Ramon Contrael, Jr., 71, of Cary, died December 9, 2017 at The Covington in Raleigh. John was born December 6, 1946 in Butler County, PA to the late John Contrael Sr. and Effie Hillard Contrael. He was a graduate of Ford City High School and the Allegheny County Valley Hospital School. John attended LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, PA with a B.S. in Business and received his master's degree...
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Janice Kay Sprink

November 30, 1940 - December 9, 2017

Janice Kay Sprink, 77, passed away on December 9, 2017. She was born on November 30, 1940 in Lancaster, New York to the late Kenneth and Florence Vaughan. Janice is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, John "Jack" Sprink, daughter, Jill Putze and husband, Robert, sons; John Sprink, II and wife, Joy and Jeff Sprink and wife, Renee, brothers; Gerry Vaughan and Jim Vaughan, sisters; Carol...
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Ann Alice Weaver

September 9, 1922 - December 8, 2017

Ann Alice Weaver, 95, passed away on December 8, 2017. Ann was born in Connecticut on September 9, 1922 to the late Joseph Colella and Mary Colella.She is survived by her daughter, Judy Garrett and husband, Clark, son, David Weaver and wife, Jo, grandchildren; Jonathan Garrett and wife, Hillary, Jason Garrett and wife, Gretchen, and Seth Garrett and wife, Meredith, one great-grandchild, Isabelle...
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Barbara Mae Wadsworth Shea

March 1, 1927 - December 7, 2017

Barbara Wadsworth Shea, 90, of Cary, died December 7, 2017 at Oaks of Mayview in Raleigh. Barbara was born March 1, 1927 Metheun, MA. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and made friends where ever she went. She worked for the federal government with the National Center for Health Statistics for over 30 years. Barbara was a member of the Edith Chapter of the Eastern Star. ...
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Carol Ann Derosier

July 5, 1939 - December 6, 2017

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Emilie Mary Jones

February 13, 1924 - December 3, 2017

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Lorraine B. Burgess

September 20, 1944 - December 1, 2017

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Robert G. Hinkley

April 24, 1940 - November 29, 2017

Robin Hinkley, 77, departed this earthly life peacefully on November 29, 2017 at home in his cottage at the Woodland Terrace senior community in Cary, NC, with this wife, Gloria Hinkley, at his bedside. Physicians in the UNC healthcare system, including REX hospital, were unable to heal the progress of his heart disease. Robin was born in Gardiner, Maine. He met Gloria, the love of his life...
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Geoffrey Emil Wiggins

April 19, 1953 - November 29, 2017

Geoffrey Emil Wiggins, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend left this earthly life to be in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on November 29, 2017. "Well done good and faithful servant."Geof was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late W. Frank Wiggins Jr. and late Lois J. Zurbuchan Wiggins on April 19, 1953. He later moved to Paris, Illinois where he was a member of the championship...
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Marguerite Duke Bunn

June 10, 1929 - November 29, 2017

Marguerite Duke Bunn, 88, passed away peacefully after a long illness on November 29, 2017. There will be a viewing at First Baptist Church in Cary on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 12:45- 1:45 pm. The funeral service will follow at 1:45. Officiating will be Dr. Chris Haire. Burial will follow at the Old Zebulon Cemetery. Marguerite was born June 10, 1929 in Zebulon to the late Willie Mansfield...
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Charles Robert Fisher

June 28, 1951 - November 29, 2017

Charles Robert Fisher of Cary passed away at his home November 29, 2017. He was born in Virginia June 28, 1951 a son of Robert Lee Fisher and Betty Katherine Mitchell. Bob loved many and was loved by many. Remembered for his sense of humor and strong foundational faith that never faltered. He was always kind and supportive to others and maintained those qualities throughout his courageous battle...
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William Thomas Pulz

January 22, 1960 - November 27, 2017

William Thomas Pulz, 57, of Cary, formerly of Coldenham, NY, died Monday, November 27, 2017 at his home in Cary. William was born January 22, 1960 in Newburgh, NY. He was employed as an engineering technician with CREE in Durham, NC. William met his wife at IBM East Fishkill, NY where he worked for many years prior to relocating to the warmer climate of North Carolina. William enjoyed sports...
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Paul Preston Viehman

August 20, 1935 - November 27, 2017

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Edward Beck

April 9, 1943 - November 24, 2017

Edward Beck, 74, of Apex, N.C., passed away on November 24, 2017. He was born on April 9, 1943 to the late Albert Joseph and Florence Klauss Beck in Philadelphia, PA. Edward graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1965 and obtained his Master's degree from Towson State University in 1972. Affectionately called Bear by family and friends, he began his teaching at Joppatowne Elementary and then...
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John Diedrich Blohm

August 30, 1937 - November 23, 2017

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Conchita Sylvia Karnavas

January 19, 1934 - November 22, 2017

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Maxine Blanchard Skaggs

March 3, 1936 - November 21, 2017

Maxine Blanchard Skaggs, of Cary passed away November 21, 2017 in Raleigh. She was born March 3, 1936 in Kilsyth, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Edward and Ethel (Wees) Blanchard.Maxine was a member of White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary. She enjoyed yard work and her flower garden. Maxine and Jack would travel to the beach and back to their home area of West Virginia, a time she...
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Millicent Parsons Sofley

May 17, 1935 - November 21, 2017

Millicent Parsons Sofley, 82, of Cary, NC passed away on November 21, 2017.Millicent was born on May 17, 1935 to the late Weldon Thomas and Fannie Belle Parsons. In addition to her parents, Millicent was preceded in death by her husband Carl and her brothers Tommy (Weldon Thomas Jr.) and Glen.She grew up in Charleston, SC, a place that remained dear to her heart. After graduating from Catawba...
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Nancy Hartsfield Aleksic

November 14, 1937 - November 19, 2017

Nancy Hartsfield Aleksic passed away on November 19, 2017 at her residence in Cary. She was born November 14, 1937 a daughter of the late Raymond Hartsfield and Sadie (Hansley) Hartsfield. Nancy was a graduate of Dickson High School in Holly Ridge, NC. She was predeceased by her husband Walter Alekis in 1984.Nancy leaves behind her two children, Rick Aleksic and Andrea Rheault, one granddaughter...
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Rosamond Critcher Sexton

September 13, 1924 - November 19, 2017

Rosamond Critcher Sexton of Raleigh, North Carolina moved to her Eternal Home with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, November 19, 2017.A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 26th, at White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary, North Carolina. The family will receive friends following the service in the Christian Life Center. Interment will be private for the...
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Sharon T. Brantley

June 24, 1966 - November 16, 2017

Sharon Tracy "Trena" Brantley, 51, passed away peacefully in her Raleigh home surrounded by her family on November 16, 2017 after a courageous battle with clear cell ovarian cancer. Sharon was born on June 24, 1966 in Raleigh to Mabel and Ray Brantley. She graduated from Southern Nash High School in 1984, Barton College in 1991 with a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature, and North...
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Westley John Williamson

March 17, 1927 - November 14, 2017

Westley J. Williamson, 90, of Cary passed away November 14, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Cornwall, NY a son of the late Kenneth Williamson and Margaretta Kinsley Williamson. Westley was a member of the US Navy serving in Korea and WWII. He was a past commander in the VFW post 692 and also past commander of the American Legion Post 151. He attended Orange County Community College and was...
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William Anthony Pate

August 22, 1942 - November 14, 2017

William Anthony Pate "Tony" born Aug 22 1942 in Lauringburg NCpassed away November 14, 2017 in Cary NC.He graduated high school in 1960 from Clinton High School in Clinton NC.Tony served in the US Army for three years including a tour in Vietnam where he received a purple heart. After his military service, he worked for many years with First Union National Bank as a loan officer. He became a...
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Thelma Arlene Ort

December 2, 1918 - November 11, 2017

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Anthony George Blando

February 29, 1936 - November 11, 2017

Dr. Anthony George Blando, 81, of Cary, North Carolina, passed away on November 11. He was born in 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri to parents Rose (Presta) and Giovanni Blando.He lived in Kansas City for over 60 years, and grew up among a large and loving Italian family. Dr. Blando attended Manual High School and graduated from the University of Kansas City (now UMKC). He obtained his medical...
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Amber Maxwell

December 31, 1980 - November 10, 2017

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John Hunter White

January 31, 1927 - November 10, 2017

John Hunter White January 31, 1927 - November 10, 2017John was born near Philadelphia and attended the Haverford School and earned a degree in English at Yale University.John served in the US Navy in World War II and the US Navy reserves and was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.He married Dorothy Ann Warren in 1950 and worked for IBM, a job which took them from New York to...
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Madeline White Melton

September 19, 1929 - November 10, 2017

Madeline White Melton, 88, of Holly Springs, NC, formerly of Poca, WV, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2017, with her daughters at her side. She was born in Kentucky on September 19, 1929.She is survived by James Melton, her beloved husband of 66 years; her son, Dave Melton, and wife, Jean, and grandson, Evan of Sugar Grove, PA; her daughter, Helena, and husband, Mike Mazzella of Holly...
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Mabel Brunswick Boone

September 17, 1925 - November 7, 2017

Mabel Brunswick Boone, 92, of Cary, passed away on November 7, 2017. She was born on September 17, 1925 to the late Carl and Anna (Tracy) Brunswick in Milwaukee, WIMabel grew up in Seadrift, Texas. She met Ed, her husband of 63 years, in Madison, Wisconsin. They were married at Chanute Field, Illinois. Ed and Mabel later moved to Raleigh and then to Cary where they raised their three children....
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Paul Michael Spirovich

October 2, 1961 - November 6, 2017


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Samuel Henry Sugarman

January 30, 1928 - November 4, 2017

OBITUARY FOR SAMUEL HENRY SUGARMAN, November 3, 2017 Sam Sugarman was born in Patterson, NJ, on Jan. 30, 1928 to Frank and Rose Sugarman. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gloria, his sons Joel, and Neal, with daughter in laws Debbie and Denyce, all of whom live in the Raleigh, NC area , son Eliot of Orlando Fl, and four grandchildren, Sarah, 22, Lauren 21, Eric, 20 and Ryan, 19. Sam moved...
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Suresh Kumar Desu

June 2, 1976 - November 3, 2017

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Lily D. Lacson

September 21, 1923 - November 2, 2017

When I AM GoneWhen I am gone, release me - let me goI have so many things to see and do.You must not tie yourself to me with tearsBe happy that we had so many years I gave you love,You can only guess, how much you gave me in happiness.I thank you for the love each have shown,But for now it is time I traveled alone.So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,Then let your grief be comforted by...
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Polly Long Mulholland

April 27, 1926 - October 31, 2017

Polly Long Mulholland, 91, of Cary, NC passed away on October 31, 2017. She was born on a farm in Lincoln County, NC on April 27, 1926, the youngest of 14 children born to Oliver Forney Long and Ella Lippard Long. Polly was preceded in death by her parents, 12 of her siblings, her husband of almost 50 years, Floyd Mulholland, and her daughter, Veronica "Roni" Mulholland Fourie. She is survived...
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Frederica Joice DuMortier

July 29, 1935 - October 30, 2017

Frederica "Freddi" DuMortier, of Cary, passed away peacefully with her family present on October 30, 2017 at Wake Med Cary. Born July 29, 1935 in Franklin, NY, She was the daughter of the late Eva and Orville Hanson. Frederica graduated from Franklin Central School and Delhi Tech.Frederica is lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years of happiness, Robert "Bob" DuMortier. Freddi was a stay at...
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Robert G. Friar

August 1, 1928 - October 30, 2017

Robert "Bob" Graham Friar, 89, died on October 30, 2017. The family will receive visitors from 4-6PM on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 Southeast Maynard Rd, Cary, NC 27511. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Transitions LifeCare.Born in Montmorenci, SC, he was the son of the late Nita and Jesse Friar. He was a graduate of Aiken High School and Clemson College....
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Donald Eugene Corwin

December 23, 1931 - October 30, 2017

Donald "Don" Eugene Corwin, 85 of Cary, NC passed away Oct. 30th at UNC/Rex Rehabilitation Center in Apex, NC.Don is survived by his loving wife Ann of 62 years. Son Todd (Marilyn) Corwin, Son David (Tracy) Corwin, Daughter Donna (Alvin) Reed, Brother Doyle (Joyce) Corwin, Grandchildren Eric Corwin, David (Elizabeth) Corwin, Christina Corwin, Jacob Reed, Rebekah Corwin , April Corwin, Jerry Reed,...
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Margaret White Sallenger

August 1, 1943 - October 29, 2017

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Margaret White Sallenger

August 1, 1943 - October 29, 2017

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Bradley Dean Bowling

September 12, 1974 - October 26, 2017

Bradley Dean Bowling, 43, of Cary passed away October 26, 2017. He was born September 12, 1974 to Harold and Virgina Bowling in Burlington, NC. A graduate of Walter Williams High School, Class is '92, Bradley went on to receive a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Business Management from North Carolina State University. For the past 17 years, he was employed by Priest, Craven, and...
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Myles George Dolan

July 9, 1938 - October 23, 2017

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Robert H. Chidester

September 13, 1926 - October 20, 2017

Robert (Bob) H. Chidester, a resident of Cary, NC passed to heaven's glory on Friday October 20, 2017. He was born September 13, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio to La Claire and Florence Teal Chidester. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne, his beloved second wife Gladys, and by his parents. He is survived by four children from the first marriage, all who live in the Milwaukee, WI area: son...
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Willie B. Squire

June 8, 1936 - October 20, 2017

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Zhi Ying Li

April 10, 1923 - October 20, 2017

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Gerald W. Layden

March 18, 1933 - October 19, 2017

On October 19, 2017, Gerald W. Layden, 84, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness. He was born March 18, 1933 to Reva and Herman Layden of Tyner, NC. Gerald attended Chowan County Schools graduating in 1951. He attended Business School before joining the Air Force serving four years, one year in Seoul, Korea during the war. After the service he joined First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. He...
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Beth A. Heidel

November 9, 1930 - October 18, 2017

Beth Ann (Paronto) Heidel of Cary, quietly passed away in her Carolina Preserve home from heart failure on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 with her loving husband of 52 years, Maurice (Duane) Heidel by her side. The youngest of five children of the late Edmond and Blanch Paronto, Beth was born on April 9, 1930 in Miltonville, KS, graduated in 1948 from Washington Senior High School (Salina, KS), was...
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Arnold Boyd Barefoot

December 6, 1955 - October 17, 2017

Dr. Arnold Boyd Barefoot Jr., 61, of Fayetteville passed away peacefully October 17, 2017. He was born December 6, 1955 to Arnold Boyd Barefoot Sr. and Elizabeth (Tew) Barefoot in Dunn, NC. In 1986, he was married to Terri (Weigle) Barefoot inPittsboro, NC. Together they had three sons.A graduate of Dunn High School, Class of'74, Dr. Barefoot went on to receive a B.S. in Chemistry from The...
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Mary Elizabeth McGlennon

April 20, 1922 - October 17, 2017

Mary Elizabeth O'Brien McGlennon, 95 years old, passed peacefully on October 17, 2017, at her home in Cary, North Carolina. Mary was the daughter of Dr. John D. O'Brien and Florence McCrea, and raised in Canton, OH. Mary graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ, in 1944. Mary's mother, Florence McCrea, had also attended the College of St. Elizabeth, where she was a good...
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Ruby Dennis Skinner

August 8, 1922 - October 16, 2017

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Sherie Ann Gross

March 27, 1959 - October 15, 2017

Sherie studied at American University in Washington D.C. and studied abroad at Aux En Provence, France and also her MBA from University of Phoenix. She worked as a project manager for DHHS. Sherie loved and valued her family and friends. She had a very special place in her heart for her niece Elle. Everyone knew her love for her cats and all animals. She loved water sports and biking. Sherie...
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Robert Christian Adams

January 21, 1971 - October 14, 2017

Robert "Chris" Christian Adams, 46, passed away on October 14, 2017.He is survived by his wife, Kelli Adams, daughter, Kathryn Adams, parents, Anderson and Susan Floyd, sister, Courtney Adams and husband, Spencer Noble, brother, Ryan Adams, step-sister, Mary Hamilton, and step-brother, Alexander Floyd.Chris could easily be spotted on the golf course, a game that he enjoyed immensely. He was a...
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Diane Marie Bonchonsky

October 26, 1947 - October 14, 2017

Diane Marie( Palladino ) Bonchonsky,69 , died Saturday October 14, 2017 at Duke University Hospital in Durham. She was born in Pottstown , Pa, the daughter of the late Frank A. and Estelle I. (Quercetti) Palladino. Diane was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Charlotte, N.C., and was a former member of St. Aloysius R.C.C. in Pottstown, Pa . Diane was a graduate of St.Pius X high...
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James William Whetston

December 8, 1934 - October 13, 2017

James "Jim" William Whetston, 82, of Cary, passed away on October 13, 2017 after a 6 year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born on December 8, 1934 to the late William Walter Whetston and Mary Laura (O'Connor) Whetston in Morton, Minnesota.Jim began his communications career in the Army on active duty where he received his initial training. He put his military time on hold while working...
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Kum Ae Kim

May 13, 1921 - October 13, 2017

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L. Raymond Camp

September 25, 1935 - October 12, 2017

L. Raymond Camp, 82, of Cary, NC passed away at home on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Ray grew up in Gibbon, Nebraska, the son of Leon and Edna Camp. He received a B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a PhD from Penn State University. Ray was a Professor in the Department of Communication at NCSU for 30 years and is the author and editor of...
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Patricia Doan

May 1, 1939 - October 10, 2017

Patricia Deaner Doan, 78, of Fuquay Varina, NC passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Atlantic City, NJ on May 1, 1939 to the late Alice and Lawrence Anderson of Southampton, PA.Patricia graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, PA in 1956 and Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1959. In 1959, she married Robert...
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Francis Xavier Dunleavy

February 4, 1951 - October 10, 2017

Francis X. Dunleavy Jr., 66, of Cary, passed away on October 10, 2017. Born on February 4, 1951 to the late Francis X. Dunleavy Sr. and Mary (O'Keefe) Dunleavy. He attended Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA and graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Frank enjoyed spending time with his family and all sports. He loved watching his children play sports and attended all of...
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Christina Jean Manchester

April 6, 1984 - October 9, 2017

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Marlene Spare Pierce

July 24, 1931 - October 8, 2017

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Kathleen J. Williams

September 2, 1924 - September 28, 2017

Kathleen J. Williams, 93, of Cary passed away September 28, 2017 in Raleigh. She was born in Johnston County on September 2, 1924 a daughter of the late Ed and Ellen (Rose) Johnson. Kathleen was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Cary. She enjoyed yardwork and cooking. She was predeceased by her husband Elwood Williams, Sr, in 1990 and a granddaughter Danielle Williams. Kathleen is...
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Dean E. Padgett

January 2, 1926 - September 23, 2017

Dean Edward Padgett, 91, of Fuquay-Varina, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Fuquay-Varina at noon. The family will receive friends at 11:00 am prior to the service.A Naval Veteran of WWII, Dean served on the Destroyer USS Cummings. After returning home, he played professional baseball with the...
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Shirley Greenhalgh

June 24, 1925 - September 22, 2017

Shirley Jean Greenhalgh passed away Friday, September 23, 2017 at Transitions LifeCare hospice in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Oneida, NY on June 24, 1925 to Hollis and Eva Mae DeFrees, she attended Rochester University graduating with a degree in nursing. Shirley married Roger Greenhalgh in 1947 after his return from the WWII European theater. Shirley worked as a RN in a number of hospitals...
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William Vernon McGaughey

March 25, 1955 - September 22, 2017

William V. McGaughey, born in Burlington, NC, filled his 62 years with style and grace. His specialty was electric guitar, where he perfected mood and melody in a progressive rock genre. He loved stimulating conversation, liberal politics, art, good food, horsepower, family, friends across the world, and finding the best in everything. He miraculously fought years of medical challenges. Will...
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Nnochiri Nkem Ekwuribe

July 25, 1945 - September 21, 2017

With heavy hearts, but gratitude to God for a life well lived, we announce the death of Chief Dr. Nnochiri Ekwuribe. Dr. Nnochiri Ekwuribe fell asleep in death on Thursday September 21st, 2017 at the age of 72 after a heart attack coupled with a long battle with cancer. He was well loved and will be missed greatly.Dr. Ekwuribe, a renowned Researcher, Scholar, and Inventor was internationally...
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Virginia Catherine McDermott

March 31, 1924 - September 21, 2017

Virginia Catherine McDermott, 93, of Cary passed away at her residence September 21, 2017. She was born in NY, NY a daughter of the late John and Irene McGirr.She was raised in Woodside, NY with her parents and her brother Jack. During WWII she worked for the United States Army as a civilian employee at Mitchel Field in Long Island, NY. Throughout her career she worked for St. John's University...
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Jean Hobbs Stephenson Austin

May 2, 1929 - September 20, 2017

Jean Hobbs Stephenson Austin stepped out of this world and into the waiting arms of the Lord, Jesus Christ on Wednesday night, September 20, 2017. Jean was born to Jacob and Audria Stephenson, just before the start of the Great Depression in Four Oaks, North Carolina. As the daughter of a tenant farmer, she knew hard work from an early age. She worked with her family on the farm until her...
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Phyllis Marjean Fischer

April 25, 1931 - September 19, 2017

Marjean Noftsger Fischer, 86, of Cary, N.C., passed away on September 19, 2017. Born in Wilmington, Ohio, on April 25, 1931, Marjean earned her bachelor's degree at Wilmington College before receiving her master's degree at Miami University. Marjean taught geography and Ohio History at Wilmington Junior High, twice being recognized as Teacher of the Year.After retiring and moving to South...
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Carol Terrell Russell

November 14, 1933 - September 17, 2017

Carol Terrell Russell, 83, of Cary passed away on September 17, 2017. Carol was born in Lexington, Virginia. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree. She also earned a fellowship to Sweet Briar College. Carol went on to be a 5th grade school teacher for many years before ultimately opening her own business. She was the proud owner of Carol Russell...
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William Agnew Catterson

September 4, 1939 - September 17, 2017

William Agnew Catterson, age 78, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, NY on September 4, 1939, he was the son of the late Jessie and James Catterson of Barrhead, Scotland.Bill was the youngest of four siblings and spent his youth playing stickball in the streets of Brooklyn where his lifelong love of baseball was born. As a boy, he operated an elevator at Neiman Marcus,...
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Jean Ronald Frechette

February 9, 1938 - September 17, 2017

Mr. Jean Ronald "Red" Frechette, 79, of Cary NC passed away on September 17, 2017 at Raleigh Rehabilitation and Health Center after a long illness. Red is survived by his daughter Denise MacMillan and her husband Bill of Cary, NC, son George Frechette and his wife Davila of Upton, MA, brother Richard Frechette and his partner Mary Ellen Zizis of Campton, NH, sister Lorraine Mulvoy of Naples, FL,...
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Kathryn Ann Herdrich

October 16, 1950 - September 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.
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Margaret M. Spamer

January 22, 1934 - September 15, 2017

Margaret M. Spamer, 83, of Cary, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Transitions Lifecare Hospice in Raleigh. Margaret was born January, 22, 1934 in New York, NY to the late Placid and Margaret Beneck Petrus. She was preceded in death by her son, Robbie Spamer and a brother, Phil Petrus. Margaret is survived by two sons and a brother, Paul Petrus. A Funeral Mass will be held 8:30am Saturday,...
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Edward Strange

December 4, 1941 - September 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.
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Betty Joe Blanchard Beaman

April 16, 1933 - September 11, 2017

Betty Blanchard Beaman, 84, passed away September 11, 2017 at WakeMed Cary Hospital.She was born to the late Lillian and John Blanchard on April 16, 1933 in New Bern, NC. Betty married Jesse V. Beaman on New Year's Day, 1957 and was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was a longtime Cary resident and worked at the NC State Health Department for 25 years. After she retired,...
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Roberta Reed Sanford

August 21, 1929 - September 10, 2017

Roberta Reed Sanford, 88, of Cary, died peacefully on September 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas R. Sanford and parents, Harold and Emma Reed. Roberta was born in New Hampshire and moved to North Carolina in 1958. She worked for JC Penney and then for many years as a purchasing assistant for Aeroglide Corporation before her retirement. She was a member of White Plains...
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Edward Andrew Adams

November 22, 1921 - September 8, 2017

CARY -- Edward Andrew Adams passed peacefully into the presence of Jesus early Friday, September 8, 2017. A Raleigh native, he was born November 22, 1921, the son of Edward A. Adams II and Josephine Wester Adams. He attended Broughton High School and NC State College, where he earned a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Following graduation in 1943, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the...
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Amparo Gelvez De Almeida

January 9, 1966 - September 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.
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Albert Chong Lee

June 20, 1925 - September 7, 2017

Albert (Al) Chong Lee, 92, of Cary, NC died in his home on September 7, 2017 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.Al was proud of his Chinese-American heritage. He was born on June 20, 1925 in Portland, OR. He moved to China in 1930, where he attended elementary school. After war broke out in China, Al at the age of 14 and his older brother Kay Fong Lee returned on their own to the U...
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Dana Louise Mallory

March 8, 1973 - September 4, 2017

After a short illness Dana Mallory, 44, went to her heavenly home. Born in Endicott, NY, she has resided in the Cary area over 30 years.She received her Bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston, her Master's from UNC Greensboro. She recently successfully defended her dissertation thru Boston University.Dana's life was truly focused on teaching her piano students and guiding...
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Alice Freeman Richardson

April 30, 1924 - September 3, 2017

The Blue Devil Nation lost a loyal member when Alice Copeland Richardson passed away at Croasdaile Village on September 3, 2017. Born in Ahoskie, NC on April 30, 1924 to the late Robert Royal and Bettie Sessoms Copeland, Alice was raised a staunch Carolina fan. She was mercifully converted to the royal blue way of life by her husband of 63 years, Rev. John Earl Richardson, a graduate of Duke...
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Clara Price

June 15, 1938 - September 2, 2017

FUQUAY VARINA-Clara Price, age 79 died on September 2, 2017. Clara was born on June 15, 1938 in Madrid, Spain to the late Cipriano Rodriguez Nunez and Carmen Sanchez.Clara attended St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Fuquay Varina.She is survived by her son Joseph of Santa Clara, CA; daughter Eleanor of Sierra Vista, AZ; granddaughter Claire of Dallas, TX; numerous siblings, nieces and nephews in...
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Ann Louise Maske Reynolds

March 27, 1930 - September 2, 2017

Ann Louise Maske Reynolds, 87, died at UNC-Rex Healthcare on September 2, 2017. A native of Mount Gilead, Montgomery County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of John Brown Maske (1905-1973) and Lula Tempe Sasser (1903-1972). Her grandfather Charlie Castor Maske (1873-1949) was a farmer who lived at RFD #2. The Maske family name is derived from a pet form of the personal name Tommaso. It...
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Mary Jacqueline Maguire

July 24, 1948 - August 31, 2017

Mary Jacqueline Maguire age 69, died August 31, 2017. Born in Greensburg, PA, she later moved to Cleveland, OH where she graduated from Collinwood High School. Soon thereafter she married William Ray Maguire and moved to Mississippi. About a year later the couple moved to Fayetteville, NC where Jacqueline graduated from Methodist College. She began work as a social worker in some of the more...
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Howard Hayden Lewis

October 16, 1945 - August 31, 2017

Howard Hayden Lewis, 71, of Raleigh and Emerald Isle, passed away August 31, 2017 in Durham after a brave battle against Myelofibrosis. He was born in Binghamton, NY a son of the late Walter and Dorothy (Benjamin) Lewis. Howard retired from IBM after 30 years of service. He continued to share his wisdom as a consultant with many colleagues and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing and...
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Irene Mary Bryner

December 11, 1941 - August 27, 2017

Irene Mary Bryner, age 75 died on August 27, 2017 at home.Irene was an artist blessed with many talents. She always found a way to create beautiful things with what she was given. She loved to share her talents and touched many lives through them. Irene will be deeply missed and will always remain in our hearts.She is survived by two children Michael Bryner and wife Debbie, Christine Lindstrom...
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Loretta E. Petraroia

April 25, 1934 - August 27, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Loretta E. Petraroia announces her passing after a courageous battle with illness, on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the age of 83 years. She was born August 25, 1934 in Staten Island, NY, and resided in New Jersey before moving to North Carolina. Loretta was a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend who enjoyed life and people. Loretta...
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William Vernon Montague

May 28, 1937 - August 27, 2017

William Vernon Montague, Sr., 80, of Cary, NC passed away on August 27. Bill was born to late Jack and Lydia Montague on May 28, 1937 in Baltimore, MD. Upon his graduation from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he entered the United States Coast Guard and served as an Electrician's mate for four years. Bill then completed his degree in Civil Engineering from Univ. of Maryland in 1964. He...
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Marilu Irene Schaack

February 22, 1931 - August 27, 2017

Marilu Irene Schaack (née Anderson) passed away after a period of declining health at Universal Healthcare in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., on August 27, 2017, at the age of 86. She was born on February 22, 1931, in Glendale, Calif., to Lawrence W. Anderson and Marie L. Tacki. In 1949 she graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale, then attended one year at Glendale College, and a year at the...
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Carol J. Piper

June 28, 1951 - August 25, 2017

Carol Piper was born in Minot, North Dakota and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, when she was 10 years old She Attended Kansas University but later transferred to Duke University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Upon graduation from Duke University, Carol accompanied her husband to College Station, Texas, while he was in graduate school at Texas A & M, and they later...
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Linda Grant Tallon

April 17, 1952 - August 25, 2017

Linda Grant Tallon, 65, of Cary, died Friday, August 25, 2017 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Linda was born April 17, 1952 in Britt, Iowa to the late Frank & Mandelian (Foertsch) Grant. She was a graduate of Jacksonville High School in North Carolina and was employed in the communications industry for over 20 years. Linda was kind, gentle, genuine and caring to everyone she met. She was...
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Jill G. Zinnanti

August 22, 1936 - August 25, 2017

Jill G. Zinnanti, 81, passed away at her home on Friday, August, 25, 2017. She was born in Queens, New York, to the late Rudolph and Concetta (Paradiso) Marmero.Jill grew up in Valley Stream, NY. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Jill lived in Hawaii, Montana, and Jonesborough, TN, before settling in Morrisville, NC. Jill enjoyed the variety of occupations that she pursued, including...
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William McKinley Hennis

January 18, 1930 - August 24, 2017

William McKinley Hennis, Jr, 87 of Cary passed away on August 24.Bill was born to late William and Sally Hennis on January 18, 1930 in High Point, NC. Bill earned his PhD in Education from Duke in 1962. He worked at the State Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh until he retired in 1991. He married the love of his life, Eleanor Settlemyre, on April 4, 1953 in Drexel, NC. They moved to Cary...
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Virginia C. Papile

February 21, 1933 - August 24, 2017

Virginia "Ginger" Papile, 84 of Cary, NC peacefully entered into eternal life on August 24th with her family at her side.Born in Waterbury, CT on February 21, 1933, the daughter of the late Alfred and Sophie Pernerewski, Ginger graduated from Wilby High School in 1950. She also lived in Bristol, CT and Sedona, AZ. Ginger was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband,...
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Shirley Joy Fenderson

October 31, 1982 - August 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.
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Patricia Ciavarella Cheek

June 2, 1964 - August 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.
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Billy Edward Caldwell

April 8, 1933 - August 19, 2017

Dr. Billy E. Caldwell, age 84, passed away August 19, 2017 from Alzheimer's at the Glenaire Retirement Village. He was born in Catawba County, NC, the son of Dorsey and Helen Caldwell. Upon graduating with a BS in Agronomy from NCSU, he spent two years on Active Duty in the Army and six years in the Army Reserve. He married the love of his life, Wilma Barnes, on Dec. 18, 1955. He is...
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