Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memoria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Our Obituaries

Patsy June Cherry

April 17, 1927 - March 21, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Thomas Joseph McMillan

August 6, 1946 - March 19, 2017

Thomas "Tommy" Joseph McMillan, Jr., 70, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Born on August 6, 1946 in Raleigh; he was the son of the late Thomas Joseph McMillan, Sr. and Ruby Kitts McMillan. Tommy graduated from Broughton High School and served honorably in the US Army. He retired after 30 years from the Postal Service and operated McMillian Concessions. Tommy enjoyed hunting and...
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Douglas Gilliam Millan

June 15, 1956 - March 17, 2017

Douglas Gilliam Millan was born in Carle Place, NY on June 15, 1956. Douglas joined the Durham Police Department in 1978 and served with distinction for 20 years, earning the ranks of Master Officer and Corporal. During his time he also served as an investigator with the Organized Crime and Drug Division. He received both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Police Officer of the Year Award and the Law...
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Harald R. Hansen

August 10, 1931 - March 16, 2017

Harald R. Hansen (Pucho), a respected and admired gentleman, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist passed away, peacefully, at the age of 85 on March 16, 2017, attended by his devoted son and daughter. Harald was born in Durham, NC on August 10, 1931, to Dr. Oscar Hansen-Pruss and Frances Hansen-Pruss. He was a graduate of The Asheville School and Duke University. It was at Duke that he...
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Mary Ellen Amanda Dupree Snyder

October 18, 1944 - March 15, 2017

Mary Ellen Amanda Dupree SnyderMary Ellen Amanda Dupree was born October 18, 1944 to Charles Allen Dupree and Ellen Amanda Morris at the Virginian Hospital in Suffolk, Nansemond, Virginia. She was married to James Milton Snyder on July 17, 1971 at the High Street Methodist Church in Franklin, Virginia. She died on Wednesday March 15, 2017 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC.She was preceded in death...
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Anne Dillard Ferguson

October 25, 1939 - March 14, 2017

Anne Dillard Ferguson, 77, passed away on March 14, 2017 at Elmcroft of Northridge. Born on October 25, 1939 in Raleigh; she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Dillard and Alice Ferrell Dillard and sister of the late Willie Daniel and Phyllis Black.Anne was an active member of Ebenezer Community Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She is remembered by her husband of...
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James Edward Murphy

June 15, 1918 - March 13, 2017

James (Jim) Edward Murphy, age 98, died at Woodland Terrace Senior Community, Cary, NC, on Monday, March 13, 2017 surrounded by his loving family and Hospice Care. Jim was born on June 15, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up on Bard Avenue in Staten Island, NY, won a scholarship to Regis High School in Manhattan and later won a four year scholarship to Fordham University. He graduated cum laude...
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Cynthia Louise Williams

September 18, 1967 - March 13, 2017

Cynthia "Cyndi" Louise Williams, 49, of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on March 13, 2017 from cancer.Cyndi was born in Hampton, Virginia on September 18, 1967. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 and worked at SAS as a CPA and software tester.Cyndi was married to Jerry Matthew Williams, Jr. on January 20, 1996; they were happily married for 21 years and...
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Nancy Ornick

July 16, 1929 - March 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Belquis Naim

September 12, 1919 - March 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Clarence Lee Babb

April 21, 1957 - March 12, 2017

Clarence Lee Babb, Jr., 59 , passed away on March 12, 2017. Born to the late Clarence Babb and Shirley Smith Babb in Suffolk Co., VA on April 21, 1957.He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Babb, sons; Christopher Babb (Amy), Joshua Gibson, Zachary Gibson (Bridget), daughters; April Adkison (David), and Courtney Swope (Casey), sister, Teresa Roberson, and 13 grandchildren. The "title"...
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Dorothy Goodwin Taylor

December 3, 1924 - March 11, 2017

Dorothy G. Taylor passed away on March 11, 2017. She was born to the late Hallie G. & E. Lawson Goodwin on December 3, 1924. She is preceded in death by her husband, James C. Taylor and son, James Edward Taylor, parents, brothers, Wallace, Harold, Leon and Wilbur Goodwin. She is survived by a daughter, Donna Hirschi, grandchildren, Stephanie Pomeroy (Chad), Lindsay Pierce, Brandon Poole,...
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Thomas Michael Keever

October 4, 1950 - March 11, 2017

Thomas Michael Keever went to be with his heavenly father after a long battle with chronic illness. He was the son of the late Thomas W. "Bud" and Navada W. Keever of Hickory, North Carolina. Mike received his Bachelor of Science from Mars Hill College and his Master's Degree from Virginia Tech. He served with distinction in the U.S. Navy, first as an enlisted seaman and later as an officer. Mike...
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Ann Finley Bradley

February 10, 1955 - March 8, 2017

Ann Finley Bradley, 62, passed away March 8, 2017 at UNC Cancer Hospital. Ann was born in Columbia, SC on February 10, 1955 to Carmelle Watkins and Joseph Leroy Finley. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Food Science. She married William (Bill) Cutchin Bradley in February 1980 and they had three sons, Joseph Cutchin Bradley, Samuel Finley Bradley and William David...
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Abanoub Emad Bascelios

March 2, 1991 - March 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Kenneth Arthur Jolemore

June 28, 1928 - March 5, 2017

Major General Kenneth A. Jolemore (Ken), US ARMY (Ret.), passed away peacefully in Raleigh, NC, surrounded by his family Sunday, March 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Gabrielle R. Jolemore; his son, Kenneth A. Jolemore Jr.; and sisters, Shirley Massetti (Ralph, surviving), and Fay Sandy (Gene); and parents, Claire Stoneman Muller and Alden G. Muller.He is...
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Elaine Uchuck LaPasha

August 5, 1924 - March 4, 2017

Services being handled with Miller-Dippel Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206. (410) 426-7171The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 E Fairmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231
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Paul Barber White

April 10, 1924 - March 4, 2017

Paul Barber White, 92, died on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary. He was born at Pittman Hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina on April 10, 1924 to the late Paul Merrimon and Lena Barber White.Paul grew up in Clinton, North Carolina where his parents had moved from Roseboro shortly after his birth. He attended the public schools of Clinton and the private Annie...
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Ana McGregor Thorpe

February 7, 1969 - March 3, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Betty Hall Cook

September 24, 1928 - March 3, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Cris David Putnam

June 15, 1965 - March 1, 2017

Cris David Putnam, 51, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, evening March 1, 2017. Born on June 15, 1965 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; he was the son of Majel Leonhardt Putnam and the late David Putnam. He attained his Masters Degree from Liberty University and was a published Christian author.He is survived by his wife: Michelle Huisman Putnam, of Raleigh; mother: Majel Putnam, of Raleigh;...
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John Hunter Carrington

October 25, 1934 - February 28, 2017

John Hunter Carrington, 82, of Wake Forest, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017. He was born October 25, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA to William and Doretta Carrington, the eighth of nine children. Prior to finishing high school he enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War, serving as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division from 1953 to 1955. Following his military service he earned his...
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Betty Lou LeMay Forehand

April 10, 1933 - February 28, 2017

Betty Lou LeMay Forehand, 83, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 28, 2017 in the comfort of her home. Born on April 10, 1933 in Ft. Wayne, IN; she was the daughter of the late Arvil and Violet Meyer LeMay, sister of the late Rosemarie White and wife of the late George Lewis Forehand. Betty was an active member at Christ Covenant Church in Raleigh and loved her family and church family. She...
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Kevin Thomas Jones

August 13, 1943 - February 27, 2017

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Kevin was retired from IBM as a computer programmer and also retired from the Carolina Hurricanes. He is survived by his two sons: Brian Jones, of Smithfield and Kevin Jones and wife Lynn, of Holly Springs; two grandchildren: Luke and Callie; brother: Ricky (Laurel) Jones, of Raleigh; and by other family and friends.He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2012 and...
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Garnetta Virginia Norris

June 28, 1948 - February 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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David Donald Sasser

January 19, 1943 - February 24, 2017

David Donald Sasser, 74, of Raleigh, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017.  He was born in New Bern, NC on January 19, 1943 to Robert Harrison Sasser and Cora Earle Sasser and grew up in New Bern. He was predeceased by his brother Douglas S. Sasser, sisters Dorothy Bengel Warwick and Betsy Davis, and infant brother Thomas Neil Sasser.  He is survived by his brother Robert H....
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Rita Claire McKee

November 20, 1929 - February 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Andrew Prokopets

August 22, 1927 - February 19, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Janet Wallace Haff

January 1, 1951 - February 18, 2017

Janet Wallace Haff of Raleigh, formerly of Kingston, NY quietly passed while napping, on Saturday February 18, 2017. She was 66. The oldest daughter of Jerri and Lew Wallace, Janet graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY with a BA in French and went on to work for IBM for 30 years, retiring as a Market Analyst. She was an avid reader and music lover. She was Oma (Grandmother) to many...
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Saanvi Kunal Thakare

February 8, 2017 - February 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Jeanne S. Munson

December 21, 1931 - February 18, 2017

Carol "Jeanne" Schmidt Munson was born in Baltimore, MD in 1931 to Charles and Grace Moxley Schmidt. Jeanne graduated high school at the age of 16, having advanced two grades in public school, and went on to Townson University, then Towson State College, and obtained a degree in elementary education, graduating in 1951. Jeanne met her husband, Floyd, in 1950 and they were married in 1953. Jeanne...
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Lidia Balaj

March 26, 1959 - February 15, 2017

Lidia Balaj, at the age of 57, was called home by her heavenly Father on Febuary 15, 2017. Lidia was born on March 26, 1959 in Sannicolau Mare to parents, Ioan & Ana Gavojdean. On September 22, 1985 she married the love of her life, Joseph Balaj, and together they celebrated 32 years of marriage and had three beautiful children: Olivian, Aura, and Flavia. She was gifted with 3 grandchildren...
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George Caskey Megill

August 14, 1927 - February 14, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Tony Edward Page

October 6, 1956 - February 10, 2017

Tony Edward Page Sr. passed away peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Wake Med Hospital. Tony worked as an electrician at the N.C. State Fairgrounds for over 20 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Violet Page. He is survived by Sue Page and their son Eddie; stepson, Brian O'Neal; stepdaughter, Jennifer O'Neal; four grandchildren; and his two brothers Harold Lee...
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Floyd Nestor Munson

November 18, 1926 - February 10, 2017

Floyd Nestor Munson, 90, was born in Jamestown, NY in 1926 to Nestor and Julia Lager Munson. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the US Navy, where he served in Naples, Italy during WWII. After WWII, Floyd returned home to help his parents and studied for a semester at Alfred University. He was then offered a fleet appointment to the Naval Academy, from...
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Audrey McDowell Gardner

May 26, 1926 - February 7, 2017

Audrey McDowell Gardner, 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at Elsie's Place in Raleigh, NC after several years of battling Alzheimer's disease. Audrey was born May 26, 1926 in Princeton, Maine to Harry and Mary McDowell. She grew up in Princeton and graduated from Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. In Princeton, Audrey's family owned the town grocery store. She learned the value...
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John Charles Sullivan

March 14, 1939 - February 7, 2017

John C. Sullivan passed into the loving hands of God on February 7, 2017 due to ALS. He approached this journey with grace, dignity, and a strong Irish will that would not give up.John was born in North Arlington, NJ to the late Helen Clark Sullivan and Martin Sullivan on March 13, 1939. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Judith Sullivan Hamilton and his first wife, the mother of his...
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John Walter Jost

August 15, 1944 - February 6, 2017

John Jost, 72, was born in Germany on August 15, 1944. He moved to the United States when he was 6 with his mother, Annaliese. John went to Columbia University for his Bachelor's degree in 1966. He proceeded to receive his Ph.D. from Stonybrook University in 1971. He was the Executive Director of IUPAC before retiring. John and Kim married on June 27, 1969. He is survived by his loving wife;...
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Edna Currin Erickson

January 23, 1935 - February 5, 2017

Edna Currin Erickson, 82, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Born in Marion Co., SC on January 23, 1935; she was the daughter of the late Trupe and Ruby Weaver Currin, spending the majority of her life in Granville Co., NC. She retired from PYA Monarch in 1994 after over 30 years of working in the food distribution industry. Edna was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed...
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Burt Howard Poole

July 9, 1937 - February 3, 2017

Burt Howard "B.H." Poole, 79, passed away at home, in Garner, on February 3, 2017. Born on July 9, 1937 in Raleigh, he was the son of Clarence and Erma Poole. B.H. worked as a semi truck driver. In his spare time, you could find him at Wake County Speedway. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Zudie Poole Gardner, of Garner; grandchildren: Crystal and husband Jeff, Dewayne, J.D. and wife...
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Douglas B.K. Ding

November 28, 1933 - February 1, 2017

Douglas B.K. Ding was born on November 28, 1933 to the late Douglas and Yitwo (Chan) Ding in Canton, China. He received his angel wings on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Washington, District of Columbia.In 1951, Douglas traveled from Canton to Portland, Oregon on a student visa to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Prior to enrolling at a local university in Portland,...
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Judy Jones Burgess

January 8, 1942 - February 1, 2017

Judy Jones Burgess passed away in Raleigh on February 1, 2017 at the age of 75.Judy was born in Raleigh, NC in 1942 to parents Haywood and Ethel Jones. She graduated from Cary High School and went on to receive her degree from Peace College. She dedicated her life's work to serving the State Department of Mental Health in Human Resources where she was often overheard saying, "Beats working in...
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Clara Lamm Woods

February 8, 1944 - January 30, 2017

Clara Anne Lamm was born on February 8, 1944 to Paul and Edna Lamm, farmers in Nash County, NC. As a farmer's daughter, she, along with her sister and brother, Minnie and Earl, she learned the value of hard work and the value of God's provision. After high school, Clara moved to Raleigh, NC to attend cosmetology school. Upon completion of her training, she moved to Carrboro, NC, where she...
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Robert James Hoskins

September 22, 1924 - January 26, 2017

Robert James Hoskins, 92, passed away at home under Hospice Care and the care of his family at 9:30 a.m. on January 26, 2017. Cause of death was heart failure. Robert also suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:30 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The family will receive guests prior to service from 11...
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Barbara Ann Harbinson

April 30, 1948 - January 24, 2017

Barbara Ann Harbinson passed to her lord and savior on January 24, 2017. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 30, 1948. Her father was John Skelly and her mother was Sue (D'Amore) Skelly. She graduated from East Side High School in Newark.Barbara was a career airline employee. She began her airline career with Allegheny Airlines in 1968, working there until her son Christopher was born...
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Jean Ellis Drye

September 22, 1947 - January 24, 2017

Jean Ellis Drye, 69, passed away on January 24, 2017. She was born on September 22, 1947 in Bristol, VA to the late Charles F. Ellis and Nancy Ellis.Jean is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Don Drye, daughter, Brittany and son, Bryan and several loving family members and friends. She served as a preschool teacher for the past several years at Asbury United Methodist Church. She was a...
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Marjorie Anne Eberlin

October 14, 1919 - January 22, 2017

Marjorie Anne Eberlin died in her home at Magnolia Glen on Sunday, January 22, 2017. She was born on October 14, 1919 in Manhattan, New York to Stephen and Mary O'Grady Kelly and grew up in Queens, New York. It was there that she met the love of her life, Monroe M. Eberlin. They were married in Trinidad, BWI in 1941. The couple made their home in New Rochelle, New York. Marge worked...
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Mary Angela Courtney Luddy

October 8, 1918 - January 22, 2017

Mary Angela Courtney Luddy died peacefully on January 22, 2017, at Brookdale North Raleigh at the age of 98.Angie was born on October 8, 1918, in Altoona, PA, to Frank and Edith Courtney. She was one of nine children. She attended Altoona Catholic High School and Traphagen School of Fashion in New York, NY. Angie was profoundly impacted by her experience in New York City and the opportunity to...
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James Howard Nichols

February 12, 1944 - January 21, 2017

James Howard Nichols, 72, passed away on January 21, 2017 at Wake Medical Center. He was born on February 12, 1944 in Raleigh; the son of the late Ruby and Garland Nichols.Jim graduated from Cary High School in 1963 where he played football and basketball. He served in the National Guard from 1964-1970 and worked at Alfred Williams for 23 years. He was a former member of Lynn's Crossroad Ruritan...
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Bertha H. Hand

May 16, 1914 - January 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Lillie Juanita Rudolph

March 26, 1951 - January 17, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Harold Bell Fuller

August 13, 1923 - January 16, 2017

Harold Bell Fuller, 93, died January 16, 2017. The son of the late George Robinson Fuller, Sr. and Belle Parker Fuller, he was a graduate of Wake Forest University and a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. A retired NC State Employee; he served three departments during his career, including revenue, public instruction and insurance. He authored the original guidelines and standards for...
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James Paul Harrington

November 30, 1929 - January 15, 2017

James Paul Harrington, formerly of Bethlehem, PA, died January 15, 2017. Jim was born November 30, 1929 on Staten Island, NY. He retired from Bethlehem Steel after 29 years as Manager of Payroll and Employee Benefits. After moving to Raleigh in 1985, he enjoyed playing golf, pottery, and his passion tennis, in which he won both local and state titles.He was predeceased by his wife, Marion...
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Paul Scott Jones

July 1, 1942 - January 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Fannie Belle Wilder

March 14, 1930 - January 12, 2017

Fannie Belle Wilder, 86, passed away on January 12, 2017 at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield. Fannie was born on March 14, 1930 in Nashville, NC; one of eleven children of the late William Vinson Boone and Fannie Lillian House Boone and wife of the late Howard Wilder.Fannie was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and thoroughly enjoyed her role as wife, mother and grandmother.She is lovingly...
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John Fredrick Curtis

February 8, 1960 - January 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Charles Howard Geier

December 3, 1933 - January 11, 2017

Charles Howard Geier, 83 , passed away unexpectedly at home on January 11, 2017 following a battle with cancer. Born on December 3, 1933 in New York, New York, he was the son of the late Irene Minicus Geier and Charles Howard Geier. Charles graduated from Andrew Jackson High School, Class of 1951. He was a veteran in the U.S. Air Force serving as a mechanic and, thereafter, graduated from the New...
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Odelia Omotosho

July 25, 2001 - January 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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James Wiley Knox

June 26, 1932 - January 8, 2017

James Wiley Knox Jr., 84, of Raleigh, died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Mr. Knox was born in Pitt County, NC on June 26, 1932 to the late James Wiley Knox Sr. and Nannie Lee Tripp Knox. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1950, and completed his formal education when he graduated from NC State University in 1954. Mr. Knox then served for over 4 years as an officer and...
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Katherine Elizabeth Dalton Weston Jones

November 16, 1922 - January 6, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Donna Maie Drager

February 11, 1932 - January 5, 2017

Donna Maie Drager, of Durham, NC, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the age of 84. Donna was born and raised in Elyria, OH. She spent her life being an amazing mother and grandmother. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Angeline and Harold Seiling. Donna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jack Drager of Durham; two sons, David Drager of San Jose, CA and James Drager of...
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Pat Ann Earnhardt

June 11, 1947 - January 5, 2017

Pat Earnhardt, 69, passed away on January 5, 2017 following a brief illness at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Born on June 11, 1947 in Asheboro, NC; she was the wife of the late Ray Earnhardt, Jr and the daughter of Georgia Jacobs Linville and the late Melvin Linville.Pat is lovingly remembered by her sons and daughters-in-law: Chris and Ashton Earnhardt, of St. Simons Island, GA and Andrew and...
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Gail Sutton McNally

November 13, 1946 - January 3, 2017

Gail S. McNally, 70, passed away on January 3, 2017. Gail was born to the late Neal Sutton and Suzanne Oatham Sutton on November 13, 1946 in Grand Forks, ND.She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Tom McNally, daughter, Elizabeth Pearson and husband, Marcus, son, Michael McNally and wife, Christina, brothers; Neal, Scott, Brad, and Christopher, and five grandchildren. Gail will always...
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Margaret Withers Craig

May 14, 1926 - January 3, 2017

Margaret Elizabeth Withers Craig, 90, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 3, 2017. She was born in Somerset, Kentucky on May 14, 1926, the daughter of John Tandy and Laura Ellen Dehart Withers. Her family included five older brothers, Hobart, Wilbur, Horace, Irvin and Ira. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her five brothers and her husband C.C. Craig. A joyous reunion is...
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Frances Carter Brown

September 9, 1938 - January 2, 2017

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Ronnie A. Poole

August 9, 1961 - December 27, 2016

Ronald Anthony Poole, 55, passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Born on August 9, 1961 in Raleigh; he was the son of Sophia Poole Hayes and Burt Poole.Ronnie owned and operated Poole Construction with his late brother William "Billy" Howard Poole. He also loved to cook and could be seen at the grill at many a...
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Eleanor Margaret Franks

April 1, 1937 - December 25, 2016

Eleanor Margaret Franks was born on April 1, 1937 and went home to Jesus on December 25, 2016. Eleanor was (and is) a Christian warrior, a wife for 59 years, a mother of 3 children, a beloved sister, and a friend to countless others. Eleanor had an electric personality, a witty infectious sense of humor, and the singing voice of an angel. Eleanor was deeply involved in her church, she taught...
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Clara Baumbach Gardner

September 12, 1930 - December 22, 2016

Clara Baumbach Gardner, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, December 22, 2016. Clara was born in Norwalk, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Lydia Vieth and Eduard Baumbach. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton Gardner; grandson, John Peszko; granddaughter, Darlene Peszko; and by her three sisters and one brother.Clara is survived by her son, Barry Gardner and wife Pam;...
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Virginia Roberts Lester

April 18, 1925 - December 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Grace Hale

April 22, 1929 - December 18, 2016

Grace Johnson Hale, age 87, died peacefully on December 18, 2016. She is survived by her children, Bob (Mickey) Hale, Laura (Robert) Lockey, and Tom Hale; grandchildren Robyn (Roger) Cox, Sara (Darren) Wise, Christopher McRobie, and Meagan McRobie; and great-grandchildren Bryson, Emily, and Claire Cox and Philip Wise. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hale, and sister, Tommye ...
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Jingzhuang Huang

January 4, 1932 - December 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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James Marshall Cargal

September 20, 1922 - December 15, 2016

James Marshall Cargal, 94, passed away on December 15, 2016. He was born to the late Archie Cargal and Nora Frady Cargal on September 20, 1922 in Dalton, GA.Jim was a family man through and through. He loved God, his wife, his children, his sons-in-law, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren UNCONDITIONALLY. Any story about them was music to his ears. He proudly served his country during WWII...
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Dennis Edward Yaddow

October 19, 1942 - December 14, 2016

On Wednesday December 14, 2016, Dennis Edward Yaddow went home to be with the Lord after a quiet and valiant 39-day battle to survive complications following surgery on November 5. He was born on October 19, 1942, in Massena, New York, to his parents Edward G. and Rita M. Yaddow. Denny grew up on a farm with his parents and brother, Lee T. Yaddow and sister, Diane Yaddow. He went on from the...
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Joseph P. Nipper

June 2, 1946 - December 13, 2016

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Griffin Alexander Parks

January 20, 1995 - December 11, 2016

Griffin Alexander Parks passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016. He was the son of John Rouss Parks, Jr. and Sharon Regi Parks of Raleigh. Griffin is survived by his loving sister, Amanda Marie Parks, Aunts: Mary Martha Parks, Janice Wrenn and family, and Patricia Lovelace and family. Griffin was born in Raleigh on January 20, 1995. He attended Baileywick Elementary, West Millbrook Middle and...
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Travis Baker Rhodes

December 25, 1922 - December 11, 2016

Travis Baker Rhodes from Raleigh, N.C., age 93 passed away peacefully on December 11, 2016 after a brief illness. He was born in Wendell, N.C. on December 25, 1922 to the late Hallie P. and Beadie Rhodes. Travis was a graduate of Wendell High School. He owned and managed several businesses before retiring as owner of Rhodes Cleaners in Raleigh. He was a Shriner for the Amran Temple in and a...
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William Horace Smreker

November 23, 1947 - December 10, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Joseph M. Victory

January 16, 1947 - December 6, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Diane Price DEAN

October 2, 1946 - December 5, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Eileen Lucille Lewis

February 7, 1947 - December 3, 2016

Eileen L. Lewis, 69, left her earthly home for her eternal home early Saturday morning, December 3, 2016. She was born in Columbus, OH and adopted at an early age by Wellington and Thyra Ansley, and was raised in a loving Christian home.She graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Following the deaths of her parents she later relocated to Baltimore, MD where she enjoyed working as a...
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Margaret Louise Amstutz

November 18, 1920 - December 1, 2016

Margaret Louise Amstutz was called to her heavenly home on December 1, 2016, thirteen days after celebrating her 96th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert, whom she's missed since 2010; her parents, Joseph and Susanna Wiener; siblings Frieda Linder, William, and Sarah; as well as all of her in-laws, cousins, and lifelong friends.Margaret was a first generation...
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John Louis Lawrence

November 23, 1926 - November 30, 2016

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Sato Thi Workman Barber

April 2, 1943 - November 28, 2016

Sato Thi Workman Barber, 73, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Orange Park Medical Center, in Jacksonville, Florida. Sato, born to Phan Van Xieu and Duong Thi Gioi on April 2, 1943 in Vietnam, was known for her spunky disposition, outgoing personality, and devotion to her family and the Catholic faith. Sato is survived by her spouse Claude J. Barber, children Ronald Barber, Quintin...
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Charles A. Thompson

April 27, 1946 - November 24, 2016

Charles Albert Thompson, 70, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at his home. Born on April 27, 1946 in Alamance County; he was the son of the late Alfred Pinkney Thompson and Ruby Blanche Allen Thompson. He attended Millbrook High School and enjoyed attending the reunions.Charles retired from Raleigh Office Supply as a delivery driver after many years. He enjoyed antique cars...
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Aiyanna Star Sharp VanFossen

January 9, 2015 - November 24, 2016

Aiyanna Star Sharp VanFossen, 1, of Durham, passed on November 24, 2016. Aiyanna was born on January 9, 2015, in Raleigh, NC, to Joseph VanFossen and Carolyn Sharp. She was a blessing and such an innocent soul. She stepped into the world and filled hearts with joy. She was always by her father's side, copying whatever he did. She brought out the best in everyone. She loved to dance, sing, eat...
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Daniel Christopher Sileo

July 24, 1983 - November 22, 2016

Daniel Christopher Sileo, 33, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2016. Born on July 24, 1983 in Queens, New York; Daniel was the son of Christina Roling, of Raleigh and the late Frank Sileo of New York.Daniel was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. He was an avid animal lover, NY Giants & NY Mets Fan, Football enthusiast and entrepreneur in the gaming industry. Daniel loved to...
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Joyce Parker Massengill

April 16, 1924 - November 21, 2016

Joyce Parker Massengill, 92, a long-time resident of Raleigh, NC, passed away peacefully on November 21st, 2016, in Cincinnati, OH. Joyce was born in Hertford County, NC on April 16th, 1924 to the late Lloyd James Parker and Cora Beverly Parker of Murfreesboro, NC. Joyce graduated from Murfreesboro High School in 1941 as valedictorian and she received her business degree from Hardbarger...
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Cornelius Andrew Sexton

May 1, 1967 - November 21, 2016

Cornelius (Neil) Sexton, 49, of Cary, NC passed away suddenly on Monday, November 21, 2016. Born on May 1, 1967 in Mount Kisco, NY, he was the son of Cornelius (Neil) and Claire Sexton.Neil was a 1985 graduate of Governor Livingston High School, New Jersey and a 1990 graduate of Elon College, North Carolina where he was also a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was employed by...
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Norma Geneva Ellis

December 4, 1925 - November 21, 2016

Born in Wayne County; Norma, affectionately known as "Jinks", was the 8th of 9 children to the late Frank and Nora Ellis. She retired from the VA in Little Rock, AK as a Registered Nurse in Orthopedic Care and has been a resident of Graystone Manor and most recently at Springmoor Retirement Community.She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Graveside Services...
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Anthony John Iannucci

October 10, 1946 - November 21, 2016

Anthony John Iannucci, 70, passed away on November 21, 2016 after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on October 10, 1946 in New York City; he was one of eight to Dolores Albelo Iannucci and the late Anthony Iannucci. Anthony graduated from City University of New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. After 30+ years in IT, he retired as a Senior Vice President of Sales &...
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Howard Arthur MERRICK

October 16, 1928 - November 18, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Joy Kamp Russell

February 11, 1927 - November 17, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Richard Lawrence Holt

May 9, 1932 - November 17, 2016

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Zora Smith Felton

April 10, 1951 - November 16, 2016

Zora Smith Felton, 65, passed away on November 16, 2016. She was born to the late Col. Leslie Davis Smith and Allie Whitehurst Smith on April 10, 1951 in Pitt County, NC. She will be greatly missed as a mother, "Wah Wah", sister, friend, teacher, and community leader. Her teaching career, while at Leesville High School and Sanderson High School in Raleigh, was where she became an advocate for...
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Johnson Lee Clement

May 3, 1928 - November 16, 2016

Burial arrangements under the direction of Raleigh Memorial Park & Mitchell Funeral Home.
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Sharon Lucile Pigott

March 2, 1954 - November 13, 2016

After living successfully with cancer for many more years than expected, Sharon Pigott died peacefully at home on November 13, 2016. A small memorial service will be held at Raleigh Little Theatre on Sunday, November 20th at 4 pm. Please come prepared to laugh, joke, love, and share.Approximately 5 years ago, Sharon was given six months to live. Many thanks to Dr. Lola Olajide and her medical...
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Joyce Block

January 5, 1922 - November 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Susan Ann Chantry

January 29, 1948 - November 13, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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Sue Comer

November 14, 1937 - November 11, 2016

Erin Sue Comer, 78, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, November 11, 2016. Sue was born on November 14, 1937 in Meridian, MS to the late Frank Smith and the late Elizabeth Erin Grady Smith.Sue is survived by her husband of 59 years, Boyd Bruner Comer; five sons, Jeffery (Darlene), of Newnan, GA; Kenneth (Suzanne), of Huntsville, AL; Bradley ...
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Griff L. Bilbro

November 3, 1948 - November 10, 2016

Dr. Griff L. Bilbro, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 10, 2016. Born on November 3, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana; he was the son of the late Griff and Frieda Luhrs Bilbro. Griff graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor's degree in Physics in 1973, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975 with a Master's in Physics and received...
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