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

Virginia Deaver Thomas

May 26, 1919 - January 27, 2018

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David Thompson

May 16, 1972 - January 25, 2018

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Reuben Grove Clark

June 27, 1952 - January 24, 2018

Reuben Grove Clark III, 65, of Raleigh, NC passed away on January 24, 2018, at Rex Hospital. He was born on June 27, 1952, in Washington DC to Mary Ellen Ronald Clark and the late Reuben G. Clark Jr. Growing up in DC, Reuben sang in the Boys Choir of the National Cathedral and attended St. Albans School. He graduated from Woodberry Forest, Stanford University, B.A., and the University of...
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Evelyn Edwards Alberg

October 5, 1923 - January 22, 2018

"Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away and be at rest." Psalm 55:6Evelyn Edwards Alberg left this earth on January 22, 2018. Evelyn was a remarkable and amazing woman who loved life and all those who were a part of hers. She especially loved her children Sandy and Jarles and their spouses, Steve and Joni-and all the animals that lived with her over the years, most recently...
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Christie Mae Herring

October 8, 1976 - January 19, 2018

Christie Mae Herring, 41, of Wilmington, NC passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 19, 2018. She was the daughter of James Herring of Goldsboro and Karen and George Glaubiger of Raleigh, who survive her. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Austin James Murvin and his father, Chris Murvin of Wilmington; brothers, Robert Herring and wife Greta of Wendell, David Herring and...
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Mary Willis Phillips

July 26, 1941 - January 19, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Willis Phillips of Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2018 surrounded by her family after a courageous, extended battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born in Birmingham, AL on July 26, 1941, to the late Mary Frances Romano and Ernest Linwood Willis, Jr., Mrs. Phillips grew up in Summerville, SC. She was a graduate of Ashley Hall and the College of Charleston. ...
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James Robert Stewart

August 28, 1943 - January 19, 2018

Lieutenant Colonel James Robert Stewart (Ret. USNC ), 74, The Oaks of Mayview, Raleigh, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 19th, 2018 after a valiant battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a very rare form of dementia. "Jim" was born in Pensacola, FL to the late Dorothy Oglesby Stewart and the late Aubrey Lee Stewart. He was an avid Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle...
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Louis Salvatore Mallia

November 18, 1916 - January 17, 2018

Louis "Lou" Salvatore Mallia, 101, died on January 17, 2018 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community.Lou was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Moolick Mallia. He is survived by his daughter Karen Mallia and son-in-law Bruce Bakaj of Columbia, S.C.; his son and daughter-in-law, Louis P. and Lillian Mallia of Raleigh, NC; and three loving granddaughters, Christine and Nicole Mallia, and...
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Katherine Beatty Peters

December 31, 1928 - January 17, 2018

Katherine Beatty Peters died on January 17, 2018. She was born on December 31, 1928 in Charlotte, NC to the late Joe and Kathleen McCorkle Beatty. Katherine graduated from Central High School in Charlotte and Lees McRae College in Banner Elk. While attending Lees McRae she met Elbert "Eb" Peters and they were married on March 4,1951. She enjoyed working in the medical field as an administrator...
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Margery Scott Johnson

January 30, 1935 - January 17, 2018

Margery (Margie) Scott Johnson left this world on Wednesday January 17, 2018. She was surrounded by her family and is at peace with the Lord in Heaven. She was one of five children born to Buford and Mary Nixon Scott in Richmond, Virginia. Margie attended St. Catherine's School, Westover School, and completed her education at Sweet Briar College. In 1956, she was introduced to the love of her...
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Louise Davis Miller

October 31, 1921 - January 15, 2018

Louise Davis Miller, better known as Weezie to her family and many friends, died peacefully on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary after a gradual decline in health. Miss Miller was born in Greensboro, NC on October 31, 1921, the daughter of the late Frank T. Miller and Louise Davis Miller. Throughout her life she enjoyed celebrating the fact that she was born on...
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Ellen Strawbridge Yarborough

December 2, 1933 - January 13, 2018

Reflections on Foundations and Influences, by Ellen S. YarboroughFor more than eighty years, Ellen Strawbridge Yarborough lived life as a Game. Games have structure, but leave room for initiative and new twists-and for ever-developing equipment, for teams of various sizes, and for changing pace according to the challenge of the situation and the skill of the players. [The Lord called a final time...
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Alice Kerchner Jones

April 6, 1930 - January 13, 2018

Alice Kerchner Jones, 87, of Raleigh died Saturday, January 13, 2018. Alice was born in Wyomissing, PA, on April 6, 1930 to the late William and Katharine Kerchner. She graduated from Bucknell University, then worked for G.E. Corporation in New York and later United Fabrics in Raleigh. She was a long time member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh. For many years Alice served as a volunteer...
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James Hamilton Bedingfield

June 6, 1937 - January 13, 2018

James Hamilton Bedingfield died unexpectedly at his home in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 13 at the age of 80.Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary Ann Bedingfield, his son, Brace (Stefanie) and grandchildren, Isabella, Victoria, and Emma Margaret of Raleigh, and grandchildren, Rebecca, Laura, Wesley Lollar, his twin brother, Joseph P. Bedingfield (Katherineann) of Tuscaloosa,...
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Michelle Drozeck Lindley

June 14, 1958 - January 11, 2018

Michelle Lindley died peacefully in her sleep at home on January 11, 2018. She was an inspiration of faith, strength and courage during her illness. Michelle was born on June 14, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Alex Drozeck and Eleanor Drozeck . She attended the Pennsylvania School of the Arts for classical piano. She was a graduate of Penn State University. After graduating from Penn...
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Pauline Young Horton

August 12, 1923 - January 11, 2018

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."Proverbs 31:30 Pauline (Polly) Young Horton, 94, joined her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Born on August 12, 1923, she was raised by her grandparents on a beautiful farm in Knightdale, NC. Polly married W.B. (Bill) Horton after graduating from high school, and they moved to Raleigh. ...
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Gilbert Herman Hoellerich

February 24, 1923 - January 10, 2018

Gilbert Herman Hoellerich ObituaryGilbert Herman Hoellerich, 94, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2018. He was born February 24, 1923, in Jefferson City, Missouri, and was the only child of August and Emma Stroessner Hoellerich.He spent most of his childhood in Russellville, Missouri, where his father worked as a carpenter, and he graduated from high school there...
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Charles Calvin Cunningham

December 5, 1924 - January 8, 2018

Charles Calvin Cunningham, age 93, of Raleigh passed away on January 8th, 2018. He was born on December 5th, 1924 in Asheville, North Carolina. He joined the US Army at age 18 and served in World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the US Army in 1967 as a Lieutenant Colonel and started his next career at Bank of America. He retired as a Senior Vice President in 1985. He was preceded in...
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Jordan Cameron Maurer

October 1, 1998 - January 8, 2018

Jordan Cameron Maurer, 19, of Raleigh died on January 8, 2018.Jordan was a graduate of Lacy Elementary, Martin Middle, and Broughton High Schools. He was a member of the Broughton CAPS cross country and lacrosse teams. He was an avid chess player, skateboarder, surfer, and enjoyed the outdoors especially time spent at Topsail Island and Valle Crucis.He was a member of Hayes Barton United...
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Carolyn Wynn Cavaroc

February 28, 1943 - January 7, 2018

Carolyn Esther Wynn Cavaroc died peacefully on January 7, 2018 surrounded by loving family. She was born in Utica, New York on February 28, 1943. She received her B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Rochester and her M.S. degree in Micropaleontology from Louisiana State University. Carolyn is predeceased by her devoted husband of 49 years Victor Viosca Cavaroc, Jr., her mother,...
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Leonard Kestler Kruea

April 20, 1934 - January 7, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Mary Lib Allen Wood

April 21, 1924 - January 7, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Allen Wood passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in a circle of love, laughter, stories and tears on Sunday, January 7, 2018.Mary Lib was born in Elkin, NC on April 21, 1924 to William Marion Allen and Cynthia Bethea Allen. The oldest of three children, she grew up in her beloved Elkin, graduated high school and then attended Salem College where she met a young State...
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Sally Beaver Buckner

November 3, 1931 - January 7, 2018

Sally Beaver Buckner, 86, died at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, on Sunday, January 7, 2018.Sally was born in Statesville, NC on November 3, 1931. She was raised in Albemarle and, after graduating from high school, attended Women's College (now UNC-Greensboro). In college, she served as editor of the student paper and landed an interview with Eleanor Roosevelt. After graduating with a BA...
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Elizabeth Ann Lambert

April 9, 1936 - January 6, 2018

Ann Dawkins Lambert passed away peacefully Saturday January 6, 2018 at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh after a fifteen year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born April 9, 1936 in Lee County, NC. She was the daughter of the late John Everette Dawkins and Betty Marks Dawkins. Ann graduated from Deep River High School and graduated from Hardbarger Business College. She later attended East...
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Ralph Dolid

October 8, 1924 - January 6, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Keith Allen Taksler

July 12, 1958 - January 5, 2018

Keith Allen Taksler, 59, of Lillington formerly of Raleigh died on Friday, January 5, 2018. Keith was born on July 12, 1958 in Washington, DC, to the late Jack and Joan Taksler. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a BS in Education in 1989. Keith was a wonderful teacher, artist and musician. He is survived by his two sisters, Susan Irene Kilmon (Michael) of Raleigh,...
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Dorothy Singleton Perry

August 18, 1927 - January 3, 2018

Dorothy Singleton Perry, 90, died January 3, 2018 at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, Raleigh.Born August 18, 1927 in Parkview Hospital in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Dorothy was the daughter of Gary Higgins Singleton and Ruth Freemen Singleton. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her spouse, Mack Donald Perry, Jr. She is survived by her daughter Alice Ruth Perry; by her...
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Julia Grady McQueen

August 26, 1925 - January 1, 2018

Julia Josephine Grady McQueen, 92, of Raleigh, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother entered into rest on Monday, January 1, 2018. Julia was born in Wayne County, NC, to the late Lawton Berry Grady and Josephine Newsome Grady of Wayne County. She was the youngest of six children; three brothers, Judge Grady, Swift Grady, and Dan Grady; two sisters, Sudie Mae Suggs and Annie Smith.In...
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Susan Gray Worsley

June 1, 1957 - January 1, 2018

Susan (Rudy) Worsley of Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully on January 1, 2018 at Transitions of Wake County after a valiant battle with cancer. She was 60 years old. Rudy was born on June 1, 1957 in Rocky Mount, NC. She was predeceased by her parents, Doak and Nell Worsley and her brother Jimmie Worsley. Rudy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979, and was a...
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Robert Earle Beasley

July 8, 1933 - December 30, 2017

Robert "Bob" Earle Beasley was born in Salisbury, NC on July 8,1933 and passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Bob enjoyed a wonderful life. He was blessed to marry his childhood girlfriend, Mary Louise Krider Ervin, also from Salisbury. They first met in the third grade at A. T. Allen Elementary School. Our prayers are that the two of them are again united to enjoy one another's...
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Robert Layne Hillman

February 18, 1951 - December 30, 2017

Robert Layne Hillman passed away in his home on Saturday, December 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen Dare Johnson Hillman, his son David Layne Hillman (Wendy Lee), his son John Thomas Hillman (Kristina Montuori), and his grandchildren, David "Layne" Hillman, Jr. and Eleanor "Hadley" Hillman.Rob was born in Seattle, Washington but lived on the east coast since attending...
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Peggy Parrish Coe

October 1, 1933 - December 28, 2017

Peggy Parrish Coe, 84, passed away on December 28, 2017 at Trinity Grove Retirement Center in Wilmington, NC. She was born on October 1, 1933 in Raleigh, NC to the late James Walter Parrish and Mandy Parrish Buffaloe.Peggy was raised in Raleigh, NC and graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1951. She worked for Cameron Brown and Willie York for years on the development of Cameron Village. She...
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Leonor Pinzón Doggett

July 13, 1927 - December 25, 2017

Leonor Pinzón Doggett, 90, peacefully passed away in her sleep on Monday, December 25, 2017. A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh. A reception will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's Street in Raleigh following the service from 12:30-2:30pm.Leonor was born July 13, 1927, in Bogotá Colombia, the daughter of...
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Katina Matinos Severn

January 19, 1937 - December 24, 2017

Katina Matinos Severn, 80, of Raleigh, peacefully reposed to the Lord surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 24, 2017. She is survived by her son, Michael Constantine Severn; daugther, Olympia Debra Severn Hilliard; granddaughters Ashleigh Anne Severn, Samantha Olympia Hilliard Van Hoy (Timothy), Alexandra Danielle Levine (Max) and great-granddaughter Paxton Elizabeth Levine. She was...
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Mary Elizabeth Fee

March 16, 1978 - December 23, 2017

Mary Beth Fee, known for her kindness and generosity, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Surrounded by family and friends, she entered the arms of her Lord, whom she trusted throughout her life. She was 39.Mary Beth was born Mary Elizabeth Cheshire on March 16, 1978, in Charlotte, to Betsy and Clint Cheshire. She was raised in Hickory. A fierce competitor, she exceled...
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Lee R. McDonald

October 27, 1929 - December 23, 2017

Lee R. McDonald, Jr.?October 27, 1929 - December 23, 2017Lee R. McDonald, Jr., age 88, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 after a brief battle with Lymphoma. Lee was born to Lee Roy and Mary Elizabeth (Glass) McDonald in Carthage, NC and graduated from Carthage High School. After joining the Air Force during the Korean War, he attended Brooklyn College in New York and received his...
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Muriel Elizabeth Kuhn

June 30, 1926 - December 21, 2017

Muriel Elizabeth Kuhn died on December 21 in Durham, North Carolina surrounded by family. She was born June 30, 1926 in Hialeah, FL to David P. Autrey, Jr. and Mary Muriel Sprayberry. Her husband Mark Abraham Robert Kuhn, M.D. and her brothers Eugene Autrey and David Autrey predeceased her. She attended Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Miami, FL where she met her husband-to-be,...
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Lawrence Lamont Steed

August 9, 1921 - December 21, 2017

On December 21, 2017 Lawrence (Larry) went peacefully to be with his wife of 73 years Connie Steed. Lawrence was born on August 9, 1921 in Asheboro, NC, Randolph County to the late Clarence Carl and Jesse Spencer Steed. He was a 1939 graduate of Asheboro High School. Colonel Steed was a World War II veteran and retired as Colonel with over 37 years of service to his state of NC and his...
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Charles Robert Knox

January 5, 1943 - December 21, 2017

Charles Robert Knox, 74, of Raleigh passed away peacefully on his own terms on Wednesday, December 21, 2017 at his home after a period of declining health. Charlie was born in Mooresville, NC and was the youngest child of Rob and Leila Knox. He grew up on his family's farm in Davidson, NC and had a pet goat that would pull him around in a cart. Charlie joined the Air Force in 1961, where he put...
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Sara Harrington Raynor

October 11, 1934 - December 19, 2017

Sara Margaret Harrington Raynor died on December 19, 2017. Born to Hoyt and Lutie Harrington of Fairmont, NC on October 11, 1934. Sara loved her family and was a long time member of Highland United Methodist Church. After an impactful 33 year career as an educator, she retired in 1989. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis E. Raynor, Sr.; her son, Louis E. Raynor, Jr.; and...
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John Alexander MacKethan

December 12, 1942 - December 19, 2017

John Alexander MacKethan III died suddenly on Tuesday morning, December 19, following a heart attack. He was born in 1942 in Fayetteville, NC, son of John Alexander MacKethan II and Margaret Abigail Lowe. At age three, following his father's death, John moved with his mother to Whitakers, NC, where he grew up with wonderful aunt Ida Lowe Knight and much beloved cousins-made-siblings Margaret...
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Gwendolyn James Bateman Nicholson

July 3, 1925 - December 15, 2017

Gwendolyn James Bateman Nicholson passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017, after 92 wonderful years. Gwen was born in Ahoskie, N.C., and grew up in Tarboro, N.C., the daughter of Gwendolyn James and William Joseph Bateman. She graduated from Virginia Intermont College in 1944. After graduating, she secured a job in the admissions department at UNC Chapel Hill, where hers was the first pretty...
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Mary Elizabeth Hunter

November 8, 1924 - December 15, 2017

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

August 14, 1940 - December 14, 2017

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

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. She graduated from Albemarle High School, Class of 1949 and from Watts Nursing School in Durham, NC. She also attended UNC Chapel Hill for advanced nursing education. Vera met her future husband Gene, a graduate student...
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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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March 16, 1967 - September 30, 2017

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Kathleen Choplin Hearn

October 30, 1925 - September 28, 2017

Kathleen "Kate" Hearn, 91, of Raleigh died on Thursday, September 28th. She lived in Raleigh for many years and was big supporter of veterans and veteran organizations. She was a member of the Eastern Star, past President of American War Mothers, and various other Ladies Auxiliary groups. Kate was a strong supporter of UNC Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Hospital...
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Ethel Currin Stephenson

April 30, 1920 - September 27, 2017

Ethel Currin Stephenson of Raleigh, died September 27, 2017. She was the daughter of the late L.A. and Lelia B. Currin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Stephenson; brothers, Aaron, Ralph and Thomas Currin; and sisters, Josephine Wood and Mary Currin. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:00pm, with visitation...
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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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