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 Obituaries

Jean Ann Bishop

August 14, 1940 - December 14, 2017

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Pota Vurnakes Vallas

September 14, 1908 - December 12, 2017

Mrs. Pota Vurnakes Vallas passed away peacefully at home on December 12, 2017 at the age of 109 surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and a pioneering entrepreneur and businesswoman.Mrs. Vallas was born in 1908 in Krissafa, Greece, a small village near Sparta, the eldest of 10 children, Panayiota "Pota." In 1924, Pota's father, who was Raleigh's first Greek...
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Vera Burris Warren

December 17, 1930 - December 11, 2017

Obituary - Vera Burris WarrenDecember 17, 1930 to December 11, 2017Raleigh, NCVera Burris Warren was born in Albemarle, NC on December 17, 1930 to parents Arthur Cole and Mae Bost Burris, both deceased. She graduated from Albemarle High School, Class of 1949, and from Watts Nursing School in Durham, NC with a degree as a Registered Nurse. She also attended UNC Chapel Hill Advance Nursing School....
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Victor Viosca Cavaroc

May 4, 1937 - December 10, 2017

Victor Viosca Cavaroc, Jr. died peacefully on December 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Orleans, LA on May 4, 1937. He received his B.S. degree in Geology from Tulane University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana State University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and served in the United States Navy, Lt (jg), USS Vesuvius, Pacific Fleet. ...
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Peggy Ann Mulkey Koon

November 8, 1922 - December 10, 2017

Peggy Ann Mulkey Koon, age 95, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2017. Peggy was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, on November 8, 1922, to Clarence and Viola Johnson Mulkey. She moved to South Carolina at a young age and later graduated from high school in Easley, South Carolina. While living in Greenville, SC, she met and married John Chancy Koon. They celebrated 64 years of marriage...
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Virginia Hensley Edwards

September 23, 1926 - December 9, 2017

Virginia Hensley Edwards, 91, formerly Virginia H. Peters of Cyanne Circle went to be with her Lord on December 9, 2017. Jenny was born on September 23, 1926 in McDowell County NC. She was a CRS, GRI Realtor/Broker for over 30 years, retiring with Prudential Realty. She loved helping people, and was a devout member of Forest Hills Baptist Church, serving in many capacities. She was preceded in...
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Susan Blasberg Orndorff

August 4, 1946 - December 8, 2017

Susan Lea Blasberg Orndorff, age 71, of Raleigh, NC passed away with her family by her side at UNC Rex Hospital on Friday, December 8, 2017. She was born August 4, 1946 in Boston, MA to the late Charles H. and Helen U. Blasberg. She graduated from Burlington High School, Burlington, VT and Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. She married the love of her life, Horace E. Orndorff Jr. on April...
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Virginia Atkinson Stevens

March 5, 1935 - December 6, 2017

Virginia A. Stevens, 82, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina died December 6, 2017. Born Lydia Virginia Raleigh Storr Atkinson in Chicago, Illinois to George Brahnam and Lydia Virginia Raleigh Storr Atkinson, she grew up in Northfield, IL. Throughout her childhood, she spent many happy times with her mother's family in Raleigh, eventually living in North Carolina for more than 50 years. She...
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William Reed Raynor

May 8, 1974 - December 6, 2017

William Reed Raynor III passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the age of 43 after living a life full of compassion and love. Will was born May 8, 1974 in Ahoskie, North Carolina. He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he spent his childhood climbing trees and developing his extensive knowledge of history and music. He was a member of Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church and was...
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William Edward Kelly

August 17, 1928 - December 4, 2017

Major William Edward Kelly, US Air Force, Retired, 89, of Durham, passed away on December 4, 2017. William began his military career by enlisting in the Army at the age of 17. He attained the rank of Major in the Air Force before retiring after 26 years of service. William's time in the service took him all over the world.Following his military career, William went on to work in security for...
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Susan Hooper Friday Lamb

June 15, 1959 - December 3, 2017

Susan Hooper Friday Lamb, 58, died peacefully at her home on December 3, 2017, after an extended illness. Born June 15, 1959, in Gastonia, North Carolina, and raised in nearby Lincolnton, she graduated from Lincolnton High School. Susan earned a degree in English from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1981, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and president of the Panhellenic Council. Following...
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Kuldeep Kaur Virk

August 8, 1926 - December 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Guy Langston Jones

June 7, 1923 - December 2, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Whitney White Zinner

December 21, 1965 - December 1, 2017

Whitney White Zinner unexpectedly passed away December 1st, 2017 after suffering a massive blood clot. Whitney was born December 21, 1965 in Tarrytown, New York. She attended Ravenscroft High School and The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she graduated with a degree in economics. After graduating, Whitney was passionate about her career in advertising and marketing where she...
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David Joseph Debesis

February 12, 1943 - November 30, 2017

David Joseph Debesis passed away on Nov. 30, 2017 after a valiant fight with cancer. David was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 12th, 1943 to Joseph and Ann Debesis.He graduated from Cleveland's John Marshall High School in January 1961. After one semester studying Electrical Engineering at Fenn College he went to work for Doan Electric in Cleveland generating working drawings for their...
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Carter Martin Glass

February 10, 1960 - November 29, 2017

Carter grew up in Colorado Springs, son of Carter and Gayle Glass, and big brother to Julie. His father taught at the Air Force Academy and his mother, Gayle, taught grade school. He and his sister Julie enjoyed their big St. Bernard dog, the assorted menagerie of cats, horses, and turtles, and that filled their house. An active Boy Scout in Troop 79, Carter visited Philmont, and backpacked all...
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Gerald Patrick Padden

October 16, 1935 - November 26, 2017

Gerald "GP" Patrick Padden, 82, of Raleigh died Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home. GP was the beloved companion of Carolyn Carter for 30 years.Born in Scranton, PA, son of the late Patrick and Mary Dwyer Padden, he attended Holy Rosary High School. GP was a proud and loyal veteran of the United States Marine Corps. GP's passion for many years was his role as the Commander for the American...
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Evander Samuel Simpson

January 15, 1943 - November 26, 2017

Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints".Evander Samuel Simpson III was called home to heaven on Sunday, November 26, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.Our words are totally inadequate to describe what he meant to us. He was bigger than life and he made life special to us in so many ways. He was the spiritual head of our family and...
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Anna Wood Ragland

November 29, 1922 - November 25, 2017

Anna Wood Ragland, whose life was devoted to her family, friends, church and to community service, died Saturday, November 25, 2017 at her home.A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 2:00 pm, at Oakwood Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately after at the Holy Trinity Church, 100 East Peace St., Raleigh. In a life filled with challenges and accomplishments, Anna...
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Martha Ann Lewis Cole

March 23, 1930 - November 21, 2017

Martha Ann Lewis Cole, God's good and faithful servant, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was the wife of Samuel "Sam" Jennings Cole (deceased 2009) of 57 years. Ann is survived by her daughters Sharon (Shay) Cole Vaughn and husband Stuart Vaughn of Wilmington, NC; Nancy Vann Cole of Atlanta, GA; Tracy Cole Gable of Jacksonville, NC; and son,...
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John Ross Marsland

June 8, 1956 - November 19, 2017

John Ross Marsland passed away Sunday, November 19th surrounded by his family. John bravely and courageously lived with cancer for two years. John was born June 8, 1956 in Cincinnati, OH, but spent most of his childhood in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from Broughton High School in 1974, where he met the love of his life, Ellen Wishon. After pulling Ellen's hair in Calculus, delivering her flowers...
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Alice Harris Agapion

July 20, 1936 - November 17, 2017

Alice Harris Agapion passed away peacefully on November 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was the best wife, mother, sister, grandmother, cousin, aunt and friend we could have wished for. Our hearts are broken.Alice, or "Aliki" to her family and many of her dearest friends, was born July 20, 1936, in Fayetteville, NC. She was the daughter of Eleni and Demetrios Theoharis, both...
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James Allen Brenner

December 8, 1950 - November 16, 2017

James Allen Brenner passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 16, 2017 at the age of 66.The sudden loss of such a bright and shining individual is devastating to all who knew him. He accomplished much in his brief time on earth, and he leaves behind countless lives touched by his generosity of spirit, his kind words, his infectious smile, and his zest for life.Jim was born December 8, 1950,...
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Edith Parrish Clark

February 5, 1924 - November 13, 2017

Edith Parrish Clark, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and Great-Great Grandmother passed away peacefully on Monday, November 13.Known to many as Edith, Mimi, Memaw and even Lena, she both loved and was loved by all those who were graced with her presence.Edith's joy for life and for those who accompanied her in her life journey revealed her great caring and often humorous spirit. ...
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James William Dean

May 2, 1940 - November 13, 2017

James William Dean, 77, died peacefully on November 13, 2017 at his home in Raleigh, N.C. He was born May 2, 1940 in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., the son of Margaret Geneva Brown Dean and William Graham Dean, and lived most of his early life in Roanoke Rapids and Woodland, NC. This time, spent with his grandparents, parents and brothers, was special for Jim and formed his unique approach to life.Jim...
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Marjorie Barham Burke

June 4, 1918 - November 13, 2017

Marjorie Barham Burke, 99, of Raleigh passed away on November 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Burke, Sr; her son, William "Bill" H. Burke, Jr; her parents, Harry and Alma Barham; and three brothers. Marjorie graduated from Peace College. Over the years, she continued to get together with her "Peace Girls" for reunions and outings. She...
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June Brock Preston

July 15, 1936 - November 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, North Carolina.Services are to be determined.
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James Willis Martin

September 16, 1942 - November 5, 2017

James Willis Martin, Jr., 75, of Raleigh died on November 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Beddingfield Martin.Willie was a graduate of NC State with a degree in Industries Engineering. He spent his career working for Burlington Industrial, and then Galey and Lord, from where he retired. Willie loved to play golf, work on classic cars and watch NC State sports. He also loved...
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Ernest Edmund Burniston

October 26, 1937 - November 5, 2017

On November 5, 2017, we lost our Ernest. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Clive, a young man who inherited his dad's curly hair and his infectious smile. Ernie's impact will continue through his wife, Bella, his children, Carol (Mike), Mark (Jeff), and Helen (Scott), his grandchildren, Devon (Justin), Michelle, Anna, Mia, Sara, and twin boys, Blake and Tucker, due in December, and his...
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Julia Tapp Earp

September 14, 1927 - November 5, 2017

Julia Tapp Earp, 90, of Raleigh died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Julia was born in Roxboro, NC and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Annie Tapp. She married Clarence Earp and they lived in Raleigh for all their married life. She helped run "Suburban Market" which she and her husband owned. It was known at the "Little Store" on Anderson Drive. She worked at ITT and retired after over 20 years....
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John Christopher Lang

May 9, 1982 - November 4, 2017

John Christopher Lang passed away suddenly at home on November 4, 2017, at the age of 35 years.A native of Raleigh, Chris attended Needham Broughton High, where he was a member of their award-winning drumline. Chris graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Electronic Media/Broadcast Communication, and then returned to work in the Raleigh area, most recently working as a...
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Jack Patterson

July 24, 1921 - November 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Margaret Williams Glazener

May 24, 1919 - November 2, 2017

Margaret Williams Glazener, 98, of Raleigh passed away peacefully with family, following a brief illness and an exceptional life, on November 2nd, 2017, at Stewart Health Center at Springmoor. ?Margaret was born in Rose Hill, North Carolina, where she wed her dear husband Edward W. Glazener. They were married for 69 years prior to his passing. ?She was a scholar, pioneer, and a champion of...
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Caulton Wayne Tudor

June 30, 1947 - November 1, 2017

Caulton Wayne Tudor, an Angier native and longtime sportswriter for the Raleigh Times, News & Observer and Capitol Broadcasting Co., died Nov. 1, 2017 after an extended illness.Tudor, known as "Toot" to his friends and "Tuesday" to his three grandsons, was born June 30, 1947, and attended East Carolina University. He began his long and award-winning sports writing career in 1969 with the Raleigh...
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Agnes Elizabeth Best Yost

December 5, 1920 - October 31, 2017

Mrs. Agnes Elizabeth Best Yost, 97, of 233 Springmoor Drive, died October 31, 2017. She was born November 5, 1920, in Warsaw, NC, the daughter of the late Annie Carroll Best and Claude Burbank Best.She was preceded in death by her husband of years, William John Yost, in 2010; and her sister, Mrs. Ruth Best Gatling of Rocky Mount, NC; brothers, Claude Burbank Best and Robert Carroll Best, both of...
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Eugene Burroughs Baskett

May 31, 1925 - October 31, 2017

Our well-loved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather went to be with the Lord on October 31, 2017, at the age of 92. He will be greatly missed. Gene was raised in Henderson, NC on a tobacco farm: one his favorite sayings was "he had done everything to tobacco but smoke it." He was one of seven children of Charlie Burroughs and Mary Wiggins Baskett. He graduated from Henderson...
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Vijay Kumar Ojha

June 7, 1977 - October 30, 2017

Mr. Vijay Ojha (1977-2017)Vijay Kumar Ojha, Esquire, of Smithfield, NC and Washington D.C. passed away on October 30, 2017 at Georgetown University Hospital. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on 300 St. Mary's Street Raleigh NC 919-828-4311.In lieu of flowers and to celebrate his life, donations can be made to remember Vijay through two of his passion projects:...
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William Alfred Underwood

March 2, 1931 - October 30, 2017

Bill Underwood, 86, of Raleigh died on Monday, October 30, 2017. He was born in Asheboro, NC to the late, William A. Underwood, Jr. and Elizabeth Churchill Underwood. After graduating from high school Bill volunteered for service in the US Marine Corps., serving in the Korean War. After the war he made his home in Raleigh, and attended NC State University, finishing with multiple degrees. He was...
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Terry Karl Schoonderwoerd

March 12, 1961 - October 29, 2017

Terry Karl Schoonderwoerd, 56, of Raleigh, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 29, 2017 at home. Terry was born March 12, 1961 in Hendersonville, NC to his parents, Pete Charles Schoonderwoerd of Newport, NC, who survives him, and the late, Salley Lemons Shuping, Terry graduated in 1980 from Millbrook High School, and was retired after 30 years as a manager with the NC Department of Motor Vehicles...
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Jerry James Nowell

January 25, 1961 - October 29, 2017

Jeremiah James Nowell, Jr., 56, of Raleigh, died Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Duke University hospital of complications from multiple myeloma. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jeremiah James Nowell and Elizabeth Canady Nowell, and he is survived by his wife, Kit; their children, Sarah and Daniel and his wife, Sallie; his brother Vaughan and his wife, Anne; his sister Sara. Jerry was known...
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Benjamin Kilgore Gibbs

April 30, 1931 - October 27, 2017

Benjamin Kilgore Gibbs passed away October 27, 2017, in Raleigh NC.Mr. Gibbs was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 30th, 1931.Mr. Gibbs' father was an officer in the Navy so the family lived in multiple places. He had family in Raleigh and spent much of his childhood there. He served in the United States Air Force and upon his exit went to work for the family business as a future executive, Pine...
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Daniel Archie Ray

October 30, 1950 - October 27, 2017

Dan Ray of Raleigh died unexpectedly Friday, October 27th, three days shy of his 67th birthday. He was born to Woodrow and Mary Glenn Ray in Panama City, Florida, and settled in Raleigh after attending North Carolina State University. He was an avid Wolfpack fan and enjoyed serving as tailgate chef (extraordinaire) for his friends at many a home football game. He worked in construction and...
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John Henderson Duncan

March 26, 1942 - October 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-828-4311.
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Carolyn Thornton Stone

September 27, 1938 - October 24, 2017

Carolyn Thornton Stone passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at home with loved ones at her side. She was born September 27, 1938 in Newton Grove, North Carolina, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rossie Thornton. She graduated from Barton College in 1960. After graduating, she pursued a career as a teacher, while moving around with her husband as he attended dental / orthodontic school....
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Philip Stark Letsinger

July 21, 1939 - October 24, 2017

Philip Stark Letsinger, 78, of Raleigh, NC, died on October 24, 2017. Phil lived a full life of purpose, service, and civic virtue, leaving an indelible mark on the community fabric of Raleigh, his adopted hometown. He was born on July 21, 1939, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to James Everett and Sophia Stark Letsinger and grew up in Fort Wayne, graduating from Elmhurst High School in 1957.Phil wanted...
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Deborah Jane Steely

August 28, 1950 - October 23, 2017

Deborah Jane Steely died on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Transitions LifeCare of Wake County. She was born on August 28, 1950 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to John Edward Steely and Donna Brown Steely. Deborah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 with a double major in English and Religion, and received her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary,...
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Dorothy Allis Gebbie

August 24, 1931 - October 22, 2017

Dorothy Allis Gebbie passed away October 22, 2017, at Springmoor's Stewart Health Center. She was surrounded by her loving family and devoted caregivers.She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Vivian Allis, her brother, William Eugene Allis, and her sister, Helen McMillin Bovee.She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John Gebbie, and four children: Jimmy Gebbie, of Raleigh, David Gebbie...
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Laura DeTorres

October 30, 1923 - October 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Banks Cooper Talley

November 15, 1926 - October 19, 2017

Dr. Banks C. Talley, Jr., 90, of Raleigh, North Carolina died on October 19, 2017. He was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina on November 15,1926 to Banks Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Colvert Talley. Although he grew up in Bennettsville, SC, he lived in Raleigh for more than 70 years and always considered North Carolina his true home. He graduated from Bennettsville High School at 17 and enlisted...
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Lois Ellen Rogers

November 4, 1938 - October 16, 2017

Lois Ellen Rogers, of Raleigh, passed away on October 16, 2017 at the age of 78.A native of Raleigh, she went to Myrtle Underwood Grammar School, graduated from Broughton High School and attended Peace College. She worked over 25 years as an administrative assistant at Jolly's Jewelers of North Hills, Henry J. Young's Jewelry, and finally at Bailey's Fine Jewelry.Lois Ellen was an avid gardener...
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Genevieve Heafner Moore

March 12, 1926 - October 14, 2017

Dr. Genevieve (Gene) Heafner Moore, retired clinical psychologist of Raleigh, died on October 14, 2017. Born March 12, 1926 in Statesville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Hugh Herbert Heafner and Grace Gaither Heafner. She was raised in Charlotte, attended Converse College and was a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, (B.A.); NCSU, (M.A.) and Duke University, (Ph.D.).Devoted to her family,...
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William Oliver Smith

April 29, 1929 - October 13, 2017

William Oliver Smith, Jr., 88, died on Friday, October 13, 2017 at his home. Oliver, a Raleigh native, was born On April 9, 1929 to William Oliver and Vandelia Drew Smith. He attended Ravenscroft, Myrtle Underwood and Needham Broughton High School. He graduated from Oak Ridge Military School in 1947 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1951 where he was a member of the Kappa...
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Stephen Victor Chiavetta

June 14, 1971 - October 8, 2017

Dr. Stephen V. Chiavetta III died unexpectedly on October 8th, 2017 at the age of 46. On that date we lost a father, a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend, whom we all loved dearly. Stephen is survived by his two children, Lillian and Stephen IV; his parents Dr. Steve and Janet Chiavetta, Jr.; his brother John (Rebekah) and their children, Charlotte, Hayden and William.Stephen was born in...
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Ethel Currin Stephenson

April 30, 1920 - September 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Ellen Maddrey Davis

October 13, 1923 - September 27, 2017

Ellen Maddrey Davis, 93, died on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 following a period of declining health. She was born on October 13, 1923 in Seaboard, N.C., the daughter of the late H.C. Maddrey and Martha B. Maddrey. She was a graduate of East Carolina University and a member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where she was a circle member, taught Sunday School and was a member of the...
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Peggy Lou Sawyer Manly

December 17, 1924 - September 26, 2017

Peggy Lou Sawyer Manly (Mrs. Isaac Vaughn Manly) died at home on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She was born in Akron, Ohio on December 17, 1924 to Mr. and Mrs. James Vernon Sawyer. Graduating from Wellesley College in 1946, she married Isaac V. Manly in 1948 when her husband was in residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston having graduated from Harvard Medical School and the...
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Donald Zeb Bagwell

January 2, 1955 - September 26, 2017

Donald Zeb (Buck) Bagwell, 62, of Raleigh died in Hospice Care in New Port on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.Donald was a beloved father, brother, and friend. Donald grew up in Raleigh and attended William G Enloe High School. He founded and owned Safety Wheelchair in Raleigh and spent his final days in Bogue Inlet by the water. He is preceded in death by his parents, Calvin & Eldora Bagwell;...
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David Randall Poole

October 21, 1959 - September 22, 2017

David Randall "Randy" Poole, 57, of Raleigh, passed away September 22, 2017. Randy grew up in Clayton, North Carolina. Growing up, he enjoyed playing football, basketball and golf, with golf and snow skiing being sports he enjoyed throughout his life. He received a Technical Degree from Johnston Community College and a Bachelor's of Business from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Randy worked for...
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Betsy Reid Viall

December 25, 1921 - September 22, 2017

Betsy Reid Viall, 95, of Raleigh, died on September 22, 2017. Betsy was born in Lakeland, Florida, but moved to the Raleigh area with her grandmother at the age of nine. Her grandmother worked for the Mansion Park Hotel, which is also where they lived. Betsy attended catholic school and went on to attend Peace College while she was still in high school. She began modeling at a young age,...
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Page Davis Brown

September 26, 1918 - September 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Page Davis Brown

September 26, 1918 - September 20, 2017

Page Davis Brown passed away peacefully on September 20th after several years of declining health. She was born in the town of Milwaukee, in Northampton County, North Carolina and was the younger of the two girls born to Lonnie and Ella Johnson Davis. She lived in Raleigh most of her adult life and spent the past 22 years at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary. Page graduated from East...
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Nancy Jean Moser

September 17, 1937 - September 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Louise Wooten Talley

March 9, 1935 - September 19, 2017

Louise Trotter Wooten TalleyMarch 9, 1935-September 19, 2017RaleighLouise Trotter Wooten Talley, 82, of Raleigh, North Carolina died September 19, 2017. She was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 9, 1935 to Sterling Dillon and Louise Trotter Wooten. She grew up in Goldsboro, NC. She attended Goldsboro High School and graduated from St. Mary's School in Raleigh. She received an AB in English...
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Kathryn Ann Herdrich

October 16, 1950 - September 16, 2017

Born October 16, 1950 in Chicago, to Richard and Therese (nee Lange), Kathy passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, September 16, 2017 In Raleigh, North Carolina. Kathy was a graduate of Sacred Heart of Mary High School and the University of Illinois. Kathy worked at her Uncle Med's floral shop, The Crest of Fine Flowers in Wilmette, IL, for many years before...
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William Quinton Maynard

December 9, 1978 - September 15, 2017

William Quinton Carlyle Maynard died on Friday, September 15 after living a life that amazed people on a daily basis, and touched people in countless ways. He was, as always, surrounded by loved ones, and spent his last night laughing and joking, asking the nursing staff how their night was going, and looking ahead to his next treatment with hope and optimism.Quinton was born in Raleigh, and...
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Polly Ong Ingram

January 15, 1929 - September 14, 2017

Polly Ong Ingram, 88, of Raleigh, NC died September 14, 2017. She was born in Rio Tinto, Spain on January 15, 1929 to John Nathan and Lucille Bristol Ong. She grew up in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in Central Africa. At age eight, she was sent away to boarding school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and then at twelve to school in Johannesburg. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA with a...
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Harvey William James

December 26, 1931 - September 12, 2017

Harvey William "Bud" Jamesborn 12-26-1931died 9-12-2017Devoted husband and father, Bud is survived by his wife Marianna; adoring dog Happy; daughter Lyn; son Clay (m. Cindy), grandchildren Will, Patrick, Matthew, and David James; daughter Melissa Jackson (m. Drew), grandchildren Tyler, Sarah, and Cassidy Jackson; sister Mary Andrews, nephew James Andrews and niece Ellen Andrews; and nephews...
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Carol Coghlan Allen

January 12, 1928 - September 10, 2017

Carol Coghlan Allen, 89, died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday morning, September 10, at Stewart Health Center at Springmoor in North Raleigh. Mrs. Allen was born in New York City on January 12, 1928. She was the daughter of Walter and Florence Coghlan, of New York, NY, Fort Lauderdale FL, and Hendersonville, NC. Mrs. Allen graduated from Florida State College for Women with a Bachelor of...
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Matilda McDonald Parker

December 18, 1926 - September 9, 2017

Matilda McDonald Parker was born in Raleigh on December 18, 1926. She was raised among the six sprawling greenhouses belonging to her parents, Matilda Steinmetz McDonald and Eugene McDonald. The business, known as Steinmetz Florist, was the first florist in the state. It was established by her grandparents, Emma Louise and Henry Steinmetz. Reportedly Steinmetz's first greenhouses were on Nash...
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Mary Babb Frazier

March 6, 1961 - September 8, 2017

Mary "Sissy" Babb Frazier, 56, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017. She was a graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and attended Halifax Community College. She was a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She worked for Drugco Discount Pharmacy in Roanoke Rapids for many years. Mary was a strong independent woman who always saw the good in everyone. She loved to travel and experience new...
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Nurry Ann Nixon Dodge

September 20, 1928 - September 7, 2017

Nurry Ann Nixon Dodge, 88, passed away peacefully in her home in the presence of her family on September 7th, 2017. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Robert Jacqueline Dodge, her parents Nurry and Leland Nixon and daughter in law Christine Miller Dodge. Everyone that knew her will miss her ever present, infectious smile, her loving ways, and generous spirit. Nurry...
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LaVerne Dereasette Holt Bell

April 27, 1931 - August 31, 2017

LaVerne Dereasette Holt Bell was born in Harlem, New York on April 27, 1931 to parents Lawrence R. Holt and Sudie Haynes Holt. After Sudie's untimely passing, Emily Lambert married Lawrence Holt and seamlessly assumed the role of mother. LaVerne graduated from Morris High School, Washington Business Institute and received her Associate's degree from Suffolk County Community College in 1988....
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John Herman Stroebel

July 29, 1937 - August 29, 2017

John Herman Stroebel, 80, of Raleigh died Tuesday, August 29, 2017. John was born July 29, 1937 in Northfield, Minnesota to Charles and Eleanor Stroebel and was the second oldest of five children. A 1955 graduate of Rochester High School, John attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, where he earned a degree in engineering in 1959. He spent his entire career working for IBM...
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Norman George

May 14, 1930 - August 28, 2017

Norman Langford George Jr. departed to be with his Lord on Monday, August 28, 2017. He was born in Charlotte, NC, lived in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA, and spent his teenage years in Wilmington, NC. After graduation from Virginia Military Institute and commissioned service in the U.S. Army artillery in Korea, Mr. George pursued a career spanning thirty-five years in commercial real estate...
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Doris Morgan Barnes

September 8, 1926 - August 28, 2017

Doris Morgan Barnes, 90, of Raleigh, died on August 29, 2017. She was born on September 8, 1926 in High Point, NC to the late Barney and Elise Carrick Morgan.Doris graduated from Trinity High School in 1944. She proudly served in the United States Nurse Cadet Corp from 1944-1947. During that time, she graduated with her nursing degree in 1945 from Children Hospital School of Nursing in Washington...
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Lynda Richert McConnell

February 3, 1941 - August 27, 2017

Lynda Richert McConnell, 76, passed away, Sunday, August 27, 2017. Born in Lansing, MI on February 3, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Chandler Wysor Gordon and Dorothy Thomas Richert. She is survived by her husband, John Daniel McConnell, Jr.; daughter, Beth Welsh (Jim); son, Johnny (Katie); son, David (Dowling); the ten grandchildren that were the love of her life; Jim, Maggie, Chandler...
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Rebekah Whiteley Payne

March 7, 1926 - August 25, 2017

Rebekah "Becky" Frances Whiteley Payne, 91, of Raleigh, died on August 25, 2017. She was born on March 7, 1926 in Greensboro, NC, the daughter of the late Harry and Frances Whiteley. Rebekah attended Mitchell College, which is where she met her husband, William Harold "Hal" Payne, who passed away in 2005. Rebekah was a devout Christian and a longtime member of Forest Hills Baptist Church, her...
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John Bowles Knox

January 12, 1932 - August 24, 2017

John Bowles Knox died peacefully Thursday, August 24, 2017. Born January 12, 1932, in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the son of the late John Brewer Knox III and May Coggin Knox. He was also the adopted son of his stepfather, the late Carl Leon Smith, and was known as John Knox Smith from 1939 to 1985. In 1985 he resumed his birth name.He attended Auburn University and transferred to Birmingham...
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Joseph John Coletti

February 4, 1929 - August 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Ava Ann Reynolds Haines

April 10, 1950 - August 20, 2017

Ava Haines passed away Sunday August 20 after a short but intense bout with pancreatic cancer. She was born April 10, 1950 in Sampson County, N.C. to Napoleon Almon Reynolds and Bevie Daughtry Reynolds. Ava is survived by her husband, Hudson Hamilton Haines, Jr. and children Hudson Hamilton Haines III and Ava Christine Haines as well as grandchildren Violet Glass and Thomas Glass. Also surviving...
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Gerald Lane Bass

December 27, 1933 - August 20, 2017

Gerald Lane Bass, 83, of Raleigh, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017.Born in Wilson County, NC, he was the son of the late Harvey and Velma Bass. He was preceded in death by brothers Mike and Royce; sisters Joyce Bass and Beverly Hardison.Gerald is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann Hodnett Bass; daughters Alisa Bass Heverly (Kenneth) of Wilmington; Marianna Wynn Bass of Raleigh;...
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Bessie Tunstall Powell

November 22, 1934 - August 19, 2017

Bessie Aycock Tunstall Powell went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at age 82. She was in her home, surrounded by her children as she was received into her new heavenly home. Bessie was one of six daughters born to the late Gabriel and Myrtie Aycock on November 22, 1934 in Kenly, North Carolina. She loved talking about times on the farm with her sisters...
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Nancy McLaurin Shannon Drew

April 29, 1934 - August 16, 2017

Nancy McLaurin Shannon Drew, age 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Morningside Assisted Living in Raleigh. She was born on April 29, 1934 in Meridian, Mississippi to Julian and Emma (Sanders) Shannon. Nancy was a graduate of Furman University with a degree in English and minors in music and education. On February 11, 1956 she married Thomas C. Drew III.Nancy worked in...
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William Beacham Pearce

May 23, 1927 - August 15, 2017

William Beacham Pearce ("Bill") passed away peacefully on August 15, 2017 at the age of 90 after a series of illnesses over the preceding 3 months. He is survived by his three children Elizabeth Rand Pearce of Boynton Beach, FL, William Beacham Pearce, Jr. ("Will") of Raleigh, and Anne Cline Pearce Watkins of Charlotte, by his five grandchildren Melinda McKee of Raleigh, Justin ("Jedd") Pearce of...
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John Edward Page

February 16, 1961 - August 14, 2017

John Edward Page, Jr. passed away on Monday, 14 August, 2017. John was born 16 February, 1961 in Orange County, NC, and grew up in Hillsborough, NC. He graduated from Orange High School in 1979. John then joined the US Navy in 1981 and served abroad on the USS INCHON, new Beirut, Lebanon. As a Radio Seaman in Lebanon, he communicated with the elite Seal Team Six. He also served at Naval Air...
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Ronald Stevens Gravely

August 30, 1952 - August 12, 2017

Ronald Stevens GravelyChapel HillSteve Gravely of Chapel Hill, North Carolina died of a heart attack at home on Saturday, August 12. Born in Rocky Mount, Steve was the son of the late Lloyd Lee Gravely, Jr. and the late Lee Stevens Gravely. He was named for his mother's father. Steve is survived by his three siblings who adored him - Frances Gravely, of Chapel Hill, NC; Susan Gravely and her...
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Robert Seay Havely

January 11, 1952 - August 9, 2017

Robert S. Havely, 65, a native of Alton, IL, and resident of North Carolina since 1981, died August 9, 2017. His father, Theodore Ward Havely, of Houston, TX, and his mother, Patricia Mendenhall, preceded him in death. He is survived by his step-mother, Rebecca; his siblings, Anne, Andrew, Katherine, Laura and Heidi; his nieces and nephews: Michael, Jennifer, Kaia, Reagan, Brenna, Quinn, Connor...
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Ruth Emma Hartig Day

July 30, 1927 - August 7, 2017

Ruth Emma Day, 90, died peacefully Monday, Aug 7, 2017 at Wake Medical Center, Raleigh, NC, surrounded by her children. She had just enjoyed the 29th annual Day Family reunion at the beach celebrating her 90th birthday with children, grandchildren and her first great grandchild before becoming ill. Mrs. Day was born July 30, 1927 in Evansville, IN to Henry William Hartig and Marie W. Reineke...
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Stuart Alan Wallace

July 17, 1937 - August 2, 2017

Stuart Alan Wallace died August 2, 2017 after a full life of seeking, searching and exploring the natural world and striving to make the communities he touched more aware of achievable social justice. He was a rare combination -- a humble and noble soul.Born in Evanston, IL and raised in Glencoe, IL on the North Shore of Lake Michigan, he received his formal education at New Trier High School ...
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Frank Mansfield

September 12, 1921 - August 1, 2017

Frank Mansfield, age 95, of Raleigh, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.Frank will be forever remembered by his daughter, Frances Mercer, son, Thomas Mansfield, stepdaughter, Clara Lehman, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and countless friends. Frank is preceded in death by Sara Mansfield, his first wife, Frances Sherron, stepson, James Blow, stepdaughter, Jackie Davis,...
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Laura Smith Kotchmar

June 16, 1944 - August 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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William Boyd Rogers

August 17, 1933 - July 31, 2017

William Boyd Rogers (Bill) 83, most recently of Raleigh, NC, completed his journey home on July 31, 2017 to the welcoming words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."Born on August 17, 1933 in Tabor City, NC, as the third of four sons, Bill graduated from Tabor City High School in 1951, where he was basketball captain, football quarterback, and catcher of the baseball team. Many years he...
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Efthymia X. Capetanos

March 3, 1933 - July 30, 2017

"Mitsa" fell asleep in the Lord's hands on Sunday, July 30, 2017. This faithful, good-hearted and feisty lady was born on March 3, 1933 in Mousga, Greece. From a very young age, Mitsa loved her Greek Orthodox faith and heritage. While other children were out playing, she would socialize and sit with the elderly in her village and enjoy listening to their life stories. During WWII and the...
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George Lincoln Hall

February 18, 1926 - July 29, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Joseph Wellborn Burroughs

August 3, 1959 - July 26, 2017

Joseph Wellborn Burroughs, 57, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at home in Raleigh. A Raleigh native, Joe was born August 3, 1959, the loving son of Herbert "Iggy" Wellborn Burroughs, Jr. and the late Sara Chalmers Burroughs. Joe graduated from Sanderson High School in 1977. He earned his degree from Vanderbilt University in 1981, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He is...
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Doris Grace Azzam Zarzar

November 18, 1937 - July 25, 2017

Doris Grace Azzam Zarzar passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of July 25, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 18, 1937 to Costandi and Rose Haddad Azzam in Haifa, Palestine. She grew up in the family home on top of Mount Carmel, climbing trees, picking wildflowers, and sneaking peeks at dancing in a local nightclub. Her family moved to Beirut, Lebanon in 1948,...
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Donald Joseph Hansen

June 14, 1932 - July 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Peggy Jean Malpass

November 3, 1966 - July 22, 2017

Peggy Jean MalpassPeggy passed away Saturday, July 22 at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, after a year and a half of fighting colon cancer. She was born November 3, 1966 to Jackie Malpass and the late Carl Edwin Malpass. Peggy grew up in Wilmington, NC and was actively involved in school and church activities. She was a member of the New Hanover High School graduating class of 1985 and...
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John Robert Alford

October 18, 1932 - July 21, 2017

John Robert Alford "Bobby", 84, died July 21st, 2017 at UNC Rex Hospital. Bobby is survived by his wife Claire Lowery Alford; daughter Susan Alford Allen, husband Blaine, children Alexa and Aaron Allen; daughter Janice Alford Sherron, children John Dorsey and Jamie Sherron and his girlfriend Erica Paulosky; sister Margaret Badders Barnes; and nephew Glenn Badders and wife Brenda. Bobby was born...
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LaVerne Horner Brown

April 5, 1927 - July 18, 2017

LaVerne Horner Brown, 90, unexpectedly, but peacefully joined the Lord Tuesday, July 18th, at Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh. She was born on April 5, 1927 to the late Paul Horner and Naomi High Horner in Bailey, NC. She graduated from Bailey High School, and King's Business College in Raleigh. She was married to the love of her life, James E. Brown, also from Bailey, for 66 years....
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