Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Our Obituaries

Carol Terrell Russell

November 14, 1933 - September 17, 2017

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William Agnew Catterson

September 4, 1939 - September 17, 2017

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Jean Ronald Frechette

February 9, 1938 - September 17, 2017

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Kathryn Ann Herdrich

October 16, 1950 - September 16, 2017

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Margaret M. Spamer

January 22, 1934 - September 15, 2017

Margaret M. Spamer, 83, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Transitions Lifecare Hospice in Raleigh. Margaret was born January, 22, 1934 in NY. She was preceded in death by her son, Robbie SpamerMargaret is survived by two sons and a brother. A Funeral Mass will be held 8:30am Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 804 High House Road, Cary, NC 27513. ...
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Edward Strange

December 4, 1941 - September 13, 2017

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Betty Joe Blanchard Beaman

April 16, 1933 - September 11, 2017

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

August 21, 1929 - September 10, 2017

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

November 22, 1921 - September 8, 2017

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

January 9, 1966 - September 8, 2017

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Albert Chong Lee

June 20, 1925 - September 7, 2017

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

March 8, 1973 - September 4, 2017

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

April 30, 1924 - September 3, 2017

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

June 15, 1938 - September 2, 2017

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

March 27, 1930 - September 2, 2017

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

July 24, 1948 - August 31, 2017

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

October 16, 1945 - August 31, 2017

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

December 11, 1941 - August 27, 2017

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

April 25, 1934 - August 27, 2017

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

May 28, 1937 - August 27, 2017

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

February 22, 1931 - August 27, 2017

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

June 28, 1951 - August 25, 2017

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

April 17, 1952 - August 25, 2017

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

August 22, 1936 - August 25, 2017

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

January 18, 1930 - August 24, 2017

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

February 21, 1933 - August 24, 2017

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

October 31, 1982 - August 22, 2017

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Patricia Ciavarella Cheek

June 2, 1964 - August 20, 2017

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Billy Edward Caldwell

April 8, 1933 - August 19, 2017

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

July 26, 1977 - August 18, 2017

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Roy Albert Rumbough

August 4, 1931 - August 16, 2017

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Robert Clyde Hoff

May 31, 1930 - August 16, 2017

Robert Clyde Hoff, 87, of Cary NC, beloved husband of Jo Ann Gray Hoff passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Robert (Bob) was born in Hartford CT to the late Clyde Hoff and Barbara Podrebartz Hoff on May 31, 1930. He spent most of his life in Connecticut, graduating from Wethersfield H.S. where he was on the soccer team and an avid golfer, caddying at the local golf course. Bob served our...
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Angelo Paul Vivelo

February 14, 1927 - August 15, 2017

Angelo Paul Vivelo, Jr., age 90 died peacefully on August 15, 2017 after a short illness. Angelo was born on February 14, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Angelo Vivelo Sr. and Livia Grazano Vivelo. Angelo served in the Navy in World War II. He raised his family on Long Island New York and had a successful career as a Mechanical Engineer. He retired to Hawley, PA and then moved to Cary, NC 2004...
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Sara W. Casper

August 5, 1930 - August 11, 2017

Sara W. Casper, 87, of Cary passed away at her home Friday August 11, 2017. She was born August 5, 1930 in Dabney, North Carolina the daughter of the late Cyril and Bessie (Bottoms) Wyche. Sara received her BA in Home Economics at UNC Greensboro. She enjoyed celebrating holidays with her family and creating memories of holiday traditions that will remain with them all. She enjoyed spending time...
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Alba Marina Uribe Mendieta

October 30, 1935 - August 9, 2017

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Rita Dover Hovermale

December 21, 1929 - August 8, 2017

Rita D. Hovermale, 87, of Cary died on August 8, 2017. She was born in Louisville, Mississippi on December 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Herbert and Ruby Dover. Rita graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. She retired after working 18 years at Hudson Belk, Crabtree Mall as a Senior Supervisor on the first floor. She was a very giving person to her family, but...
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Vivian Constance Geramita

March 30, 1922 - August 7, 2017

Vivian Geramita, age 95 died peacefully on August 7, 2017. Vivian was born in Brooklyn, NY. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mario and her dear son, Robert (Bobby).Vivian is survived by her loving family, son Michael Geramita, daughter-in-law Teri, daughter Rory Moore, son-in-law Frank, and daughter-in-law Debbie. In addition, Vivian was blessed with seven adored grandchildren,...
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Bonnie Evalyn Brindley Walt

September 11, 1946 - August 6, 2017

Bonnie Evalyn Brindley Walt(September 11, 1946 - August 6, 2017)Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Bonnie Evalyn Walt passed away surrounded by family at home on Sunday, August 6, 2017 following a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer. Bonnie, daughter of the late Bonnie and Ralph Brindley, was born in Tacoma, Washington and grew up in Washington and Oregon. She graduated...
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John Alvin Varnum

April 26, 1931 - August 3, 2017

John Alvin Varnum, age 86 died on August 3, 2017. John was born on April 26, 1931 in Robeson County, NC to John Washington and Nellie Almond Varnum. John retired as a Master Sargent in the NC National Guard. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Sarah "Lib" Varnum, two sons Alvin Rodney Varnum and David Timothy Varnum (Lorri); daughter Monica Lynne Smith (Eric); five...
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Timothy Dean Flory

April 20, 1973 - August 1, 2017

Timothy Dean Flory, 44, died Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 of congestive heart failure. Tim graduated from Apex High School in Apex, NC, in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, in 1997, where he was a proud member of the Delta Chi fraternity. Tim enjoyed all facets of art, especially sculpture and pottery, and physical and digital...
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Margaret Evelyn Cooke

May 1, 1928 - July 27, 2017

Margaret "Evelyn" Cooke, 89 went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, July 27, 2017. Evelyn was born in Iredell County, NC to Carlton and Nellie Compton Goodman. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Craig Cooke; brother, Ray Lynn Goodman; brother-in-law Grover Westmoreland and grandson, Michael Shannon. She is survived by her husband James Garfield Cooke of 64...
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Marian Frances Bendixsen

October 23, 1931 - July 21, 2017

Marian Frances Bendixsen, 85, born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, only daughter of the late Edith Hill Acrey and Lester McDonough, died peacefully on July 21, 2017. She resided in Cary, NC. During her final hours, she was surrounded by her loving family members. Marian is survived by her adoring husband, Glen M. Bendixsen of 58 years; her daughter Stacy Erin Bendixsen; and son Paige Evan Bendixsen and...
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Clyde Raymond Weathers

May 8, 1924 - July 19, 2017

Clyde Raymond (Ray/Stormy) Weathers, age 93 died July 19, 2017. He was born in Wake County, NC to Clyde and Elizabeth Chrisman Weathers, Sr.In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife of 69 years Barbara (Bobbie) Mabee Weathers; sisters Eunice Pierce and Larue Stalvey.He served in the Army during WWII and later earned a BS and Masters degree from NCSU in Ag Economics. He was an avid...
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Miriam C. Knight

August 21, 1920 - July 14, 2017

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Roberto Carlos Kraemer

June 1, 1961 - July 13, 2017

Roberto was born on June 1,1961 to Carmen Gomez-Hernndez and Carlos Kraemer-Badal in Santiago, Chile. He was the eldest child and leaves his younger sister, Patricia Mery-Kraemer, Ivan Mery, Cristian and Caro Kraemer, Jessica Kraemer, Martin , and nephew, Ian Mery and niece, Luisa -Mery. Roberto achieved his degree in electrical engineering and information technology in Santiago but soon realized...
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Barbara Elaine Russell

September 12, 1925 - July 12, 2017

Barbara E. Russell, 91, of Cary died on July 12, 2017. She was born on September 12, 1925 in Lynn Massachusetts to the late Herbert and Emily Granger. Barbara was a devoted member of First Baptist Church in Cary. She was a gentle but strong woman who raised eight children, mostly on her own as her husband passed in 1972. She was deeply loved and respected by all who knew her. Later in life,...
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Marilyn Arnold Jensen

September 22, 1923 - July 11, 2017

Marilyn Arnold Jensen, age 93 formerly of Cleveland, OH died on July 11, 2017. Marilyn was born on September 22, 1923 in Cleveland, OH to Frank and Marion Ruetty Arnold.She spent 81 years of her life in Cleveland, OH before moving to Wilmington, NC in 2005 and then Raleigh, NC in 2010. She was a devout Catholic, an avid gardener, a dear friend to many and, most of all, a fiercely loyal wife and...
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Byung Ok Yu

April 5, 1937 - July 9, 2017

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Glenda Grimmer Brock

June 10, 1942 - July 8, 2017

Glenda Grimmer Brock, 75, or Cary, passed away after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Earline Grimmer.Glenda had many things she enjoyed in life, but most of all was being a Nana to her grandchildren. She loved her flowers and gardening outdoors. She also loved a good book and was a part of a local book club. Glenda enjoyed...
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Joseph Eugene Bumgarner

August 12, 1940 - July 2, 2017

Joseph Eugene Bumgarner died on July 2, 2017 at Wake Hospital in Cary. He was born on August 12, 1940 to the Reverend L.C. Bumgarner and Ellen (Rimmer) Bumgarner. Joseph earned a B.S. degree from Lenoir Rhyne University, an M. S. from Clemson University, and pursued post-graduate studies at Louisiana State University. After returning to North Carolina he was employed as a research scientist with...
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Arline C. Kuhn

September 10, 1927 - July 2, 2017

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Ann Peyton Brookes Kurz

January 9, 1934 - June 30, 2017

In loving memory of Ann Peyton Brookes Kurz, January 9, 1934 - June 30, 2017. Ann Brookes Kurz, 83, of Glendale (St. Louis), Missouri, passed away in Chapel Hill, North Carolina June 30, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Henry Spence Brookes, Jr. and Ruth Crossen Brookes. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Grinnell College, Iowa, and taught second and third...
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Victor Edward Quistorff

February 5, 1939 - June 29, 2017

Victor "Vic" Edward Quistorff, 78, of Cary died on June 29. Vic loved being outdoors, doing stained glass art, and dancing with Irene as part of the Little German Band and Dancers. Vic is survived by his wife of 56 years, Irene; sons, Ken, Keith (wife Kaija), and Kurt; and grandchildren, Ryan and Jenna. Visitation will be Thursday, July 6 from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, in Cary. A funeral...
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Mu He

September 25, 1984 - June 27, 2017

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Sheryl Sharleen Girardi

May 16, 1946 - June 27, 2017

Sheryl Sharleen Girardi, 71, of Rockford, Illinois passed away in Cary, North Carolina June 27, 2017. She was born May 16, 1946 a daughter of the late Myron C. Shoaf and Doris M. (Dolan) Shoaf.Sheryl was a parishioner of the St. James Catholic Church in Rockford. She earned two Master's degrees from Judson University. She enjoyed traveling, reading, socializing with her many friends but most of...
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Jean Lucile Phillips

February 25, 1942 - June 24, 2017

Jean Lucile Phillips, 75, of Cary, NC (formerly of Clinton, NJ) died in the peaceful care of Transitions Lifecare, Saturday, June 24, 2017.Jeannie graduated from Mount Saint John Academy in 1960 to pursue a career in medicine, a rare pursuit for women during that time. Her tenacity was unwavering while faced with gender inequality obstacles throughout her studies. One professor told her, "...
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Patrick Joseph Shea

July 5, 1944 - June 24, 2017

Patrick "Pat" Joseph Shea, 72, of Cary died on June 24, 2017. Pat was born in Washington D.C. He attended UNC Chapel Hill, where he played football. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he joined the Officer Candidate School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He fought in the Vietnam War, and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. He left active duty and joined the reserves where he...
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Michael Hod Rieber

June 18, 1961 - June 24, 2017

Michael Hod Rieber passed away June 24th, 2017 at WakeMedHospital in Raleigh, NC after suffering a stroke the week before. Michael was born in San Antonio, TX on June 18th, 1961. He relocated to North Carolina in 1980. He worked for American Airlines for 18 years in Raleigh and Dallas and made many cherished friendships in those communities. Michael was preceded in death by his father Charles Ney...
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William Linnell Totten

May 26, 1963 - June 24, 2017

William Linnell Totten, surrounded by his family, passed away from this life on June 24, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.Linnell was born May 26, 1963 in New Rochelle, NY, to Dorothy Ann Jefferies-McBride (deceased) and William Arthur Totten. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1981. He was married to his wife Michelle for 35 years, and they raised their three children in Havelock, NC. Linnell...
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James Nicholas Sommers

February 24, 1926 - June 20, 2017

James N. Sommers who was born on February 24, 1926 in Summit Hill, PA passed away on June 20, 2017 at the age of 92. Jim was one of 12 children of Katherine and Patsquale Sommers. He graduated from Summit Hill High School in 1944. He married Eva Vrablic in Aug. 1950 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1950-52. The couple resided in North Jersey for 32 years. He retired as a construction...
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Grace Hazell Dzamba

June 10, 1929 - June 20, 2017

Grace Hazell Dzamba, age 88 died on June 20, 2017. Grace was born on June 10, 1929 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late James and Eliza Hazell.She is survived by her husband Daniel Dzamba, Sr. of 58 years; two sons Daniel Dzamba, Jr. and wife Barbara, James Dzamba; one granddaughter Kristina Grace Dzamba and brother Norman Hazell and wife Missy. A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017...
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Ray Earl Plymyer

April 6, 1927 - June 16, 2017

Ray Earl Plymyer, 90, formerly of Reading, PA, died on June 16, 2017 in Cary, NC. Ray graduated from Wilson High School and Penn State. Following that, he attended and received his medical degree from George Washington University Medical School. He went on to serve in the US Army as a medical doctor from 1954-1956. For many years, Ray served the Reading, PA community as an allergist and...
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Ingeborg Van Ackooy

November 15, 1924 - June 14, 2017

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Krishnakant T. PATIL

July 20, 1938 - June 13, 2017

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Robert Sterling Bell

June 25, 1940 - June 8, 2017

Robert Sterling Bell, III, "Bob" passed away peacefully on June 8, 2017 at the age of 76 years old in Cary, NC. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 25, 1940, Bob was raised by his parents, Robert Sterling Bell, II and Margery Weitman Bell of Pittsburgh, PA. Bob graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA and Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL with a degree in hotel...
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Florence Irene McCabe

May 11, 1931 - June 4, 2017

Florence Irene (Wesner) McCabe age 86 of Cary, formerly a long-time resident of Reading, PA., passed away on June 4, 2017. Florence was born May 11, 1931 in Gilberton, PA. She married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Henry S. McCabe. They settled in Reading, PA in the 1960's where they raised their five children. Florence was a talented pianist and enjoyed music. She was a lover...
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Hansruedi Lerf

March 2, 1935 - June 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Cary, North Carolina.
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Ruth Mewborn Clifton

August 28, 1929 - June 3, 2017

Ruth Mewborn Clifton passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017 at age 87. Ruth was born in Snow Hill, NC to Raymond and Lila Mewborn on August 28th, 1929. After graduating Hookerton High School, Ruth attended East Carolina Teacher's College (now East Carolina University) for one year before moving to Raleigh to attend Rex Hospital School of Nursing. Following her graduation in 1951, she spent...
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John Daniel York

September 30, 1931 - June 2, 2017

John Daniel York, 85, of Cary went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 2, 2017. John was a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. He was also a faithful and active member of Cary Alliance Church. Earlier in life, John proudly served four years in the US Navy during the Korean War. He went on to attend Mississippi State University, where he received his BS degree....
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Mildred R. Shafer

July 21, 1925 - June 1, 2017

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Lee Becton Hooks

March 1, 1960 - May 29, 2017

Lee Becton Hooks, 57, of Moncure, passed away at Hospice House of Moore County Monday, May 29, 2017. He was born March 1, 1960 In Wayne County a son of the late Hugh B. and Nina L. (Dickinson) Hooks. Lee worked as a Project Manager for Baker Roofing Company. He always made everyone laugh and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. Lee was a determined fighter and never gave up. Lee...
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Roscoe Riley Braham

January 3, 1921 - May 28, 2017

Roscoe Riley Braham, Jr., passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 28, 2017 at the age of 96. Roscoe was born on January 3, 1921, in Yates City, IL, the son of the Roscoe R. Braham, Sr., and Edith Bowman Braham. He graduated in 1938 from Central High School in Xenia, OH. He attended Ohio University and after three years earned a B.S. in geology in 1941. After graduation and the attack at...
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Michael Edward Anderson

March 29, 1960 - May 26, 2017

Michael Edward Anderson, 57, of Apex died on May 26, 2017. He was born in Wake County, North Carolina to the late Bob and Sybil Anderson. Michael began working in the family business around age 16, and worked for about 35 years, eventually serving as Vice President. He had two sons whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed spending time with them over the years in various interests and activities. He...
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Elizabeth S. Carter

February 16, 1935 - May 25, 2017

Elizabeth S. Carter went home to her Lord on May 25, 2017.She was born February 16, 1935 in Ansonville, N.C. She was the daughter of the late Ila Simmons Ballard and T.C. Ballard.After raising her four children, Elizabeth went to work for K-Mart. After retiring from there as a Pharmacy Technician, she took the same position with Kerr Drug until her retirement.Elizabeth became known as Mema to...
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Hong Chang Baker

May 1, 1970 - May 25, 2017

Hong Chang Baker, 47, of Apex passed away at her home on May 25, 2017. She was born in Beijing, China a daughter of Zhenwei and Rongzhen Chang.Hong moved to the US in June of 2000 and married James Brent Baker on August 5, 2000. She graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, May 9, 2003 with a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction.January 24, 2006 Hong gave birth to her...
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Catherine Anne Loth

May 19, 1943 - May 24, 2017

Catherine (Cathy) Anne Loth, age 74, died of heart failure on Wednesday May 24th, 2017, in Cary, NC.Cathy is survived by her children Byer (Kathe) Hill, Aaron (Jennifer) Hill, Rachel (Travis) Williams; stepsons Roger Loth & Randy Ide; grandchildren Sean & Nicole Hill, Madison & Morgan Williams, & Matthew, Braxton, & Alexis Hill. Jason & Jessica Loth; sisters Betsy Cochran ...
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Kenith Rogerson

September 18, 1928 - May 23, 2017

Kenith "Billy" Rogerson, 88, of Cary, NC died on May 23, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Helen Rogerson and his brother, Rudolph Rogerson. Billy proudly served our country in the United States Navy after high school. He went on to attend and graduate with a degree from East Carolina University. He worked for over thirty years in the Insurance Services Office before his...
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Eleanor Gertrude Blohm

April 17, 1941 - May 22, 2017

Eleanor Gertude Blohm, 76, of Cary entered into rest on May 22, 2017. Eleanor was born March 17th, 1941 in New York City and moved to Cary, NC in 1979. She loved her family, enjoyed camping with her children at Kerr Lake, cooking, and also traveling with her husband. Eleanor is survived by her mother, Emma Voigt, husband John Blohm, son Gary Blohm (Claire), daughter Janet Bradley (Mike), daughter...
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Aristide Vittorio Ostinelli

May 2, 1943 - May 21, 2017

Ari Ostinelli died May 21, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Como Italy to Luigi and Eligia Ostinelli. After graduating from university in Bergamo he joined the Italian Air Force. Later he joined IBM where he worked as a programmer for many years. He later joined Bed Bath and Beyond in their programming department. He is survived by his loving wife Janet, daughter Shannon and son in...
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Jesse Thomas Durham

February 22, 1931 - May 20, 2017

Mr. Jesse Thomas Durham, 86, died peacefully Saturday, May 20, 2017, at his home.A private graveside service will be held on Saturday May 27 at Bethel Cemetery in Wadesboro, NC with Rev. Davi Trotti officiating. The family will gather around noon at Bob and Lisa Blalock's house at 405 West Wade Street, Wadesboro, NC to celebrate Jesse's life. Jesse was born February 22, 1931, in Summertown, TN....
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Darlene Marie Mindock

February 6, 1929 - May 20, 2017

Darlene Marie Mindock, 88, of Cary, NC passed away on May 20, 2017. She was previously a long-time resident of Oglesby, IL. Her husband John Mindock and her daughters Gloria and Kelli were by her side.Darlene was born in Oglesby in 1929. She was an artist and owner of J & D Rare Books. Darlene was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Apex, NC and formerly of Holy Family Parish in...
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Iva Lea Santry

July 14, 1924 - May 15, 2017

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Joan Louise Wolcott

April 10, 1938 - May 14, 2017

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Minnette Harkrider Carter

June 16, 1927 - May 14, 2017

Minnette Carter passed away May 14th comfortably and quietly to join her Creator and her husband. Minnette was born June 16, 1927 in Marshall, Texas to Mike Harkrider and Ruth Whaley Harkrider. In high school Minnette was a majorette, a talent and energy she later channeled into her adult passions. While at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA, she joined Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and met the love...
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Terence Edward Brest

March 15, 1946 - May 13, 2017

On the morning of May 13, 2017, Terry Brest, age 71, passed peacefully to Heaven to be reunited with his parents, Mary Bishop Brest and Edward Louis Brest, as well as his brother, Christopher Brest Bishop."A Wonderful Man" Terry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Regina "Gina" Miller Brest and two loving daughters, Jennifer Brest (Dave) and Kimberly Ledbetter (Joel). Terry's three grandchildren...
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Susan Marie Brummitt Roth

July 19, 1944 - May 12, 2017

Susan Marie Brummitt Roth, age 72, died peacefully at her home in Cary, NC on May 12, 2017. She was surrounded by many of her family. She was born in Denver, CO to Leroy David Brummitt, a career U.S. Army officer, and Mary Adeline Brummitt, born O'Connor. She spent her entire life travelling all over the world, first as an Army dependent, and then as the wife of a career Marine Corps officer. She...
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Catherine Gardner Regan

August 21, 1959 - May 11, 2017

Catherine Fay Gardner Regan passed away on May 11, 2017. Cathy was born on August 21, 1959 in Roswell, New Mexico to Earl and Louise Gardner.She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family deeply and especially her husband, Jay. She dedicated her career to Chesapeake Regional Hospital where she loyally served them nearly 40 years. She served in many...
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Donald Francis Mertz

May 31, 1936 - May 10, 2017

On Wednesday, May 10th, with my head on his chest, I heard the final beat of Don's heart. And felt mine break. Don was not "the love of my life" - He was the "ONLY love of my life". As big hearted in spirit as he was, after almost four months of hospitalizations and rehab facilities, his oft-repaired heart and lungs were no longer able to sustain his larger-than-life persona. Since January, my ...
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Lucinda Belle Roberts

October 21, 1942 - May 9, 2017

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William Dean Leggitt

October 31, 1934 - May 5, 2017

William "Bill" Dean Leggitt, 82, of Raleigh, died on May 5, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mae and Emmitt Leggitt; and sisters Elsie Faber and Ellen Leggitt.Bill was a retired Certified Public Accountant, having worked in Iowa and Wisconsin. He moved to the Raleigh area almost five years ago to be closer to his daughter and her family. Bill loved doing anything outdoors: walking,...
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Patricia Davidson Whiteford

October 18, 1926 - May 5, 2017

Patricia Davidson Whiteford, 90, passed away on May 5, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. She was born October 18, 1926 in Washington, DC. Survivors include her husband, Thomas C. Whiteford, 4 daughters: Anne W. Kelly, Katharine W. Schneider, Margaret W. Townsend, and Mary W. Morgan; 3 sons-in-law: John F. Kelly, David A. Schneider, and James A.C. Townsend; 9 grandchildren: Patrick, Brendan, and Brigid Kelly;...
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Eleanor Mildred Dey

September 28, 1917 - May 1, 2017

ELEANOR M. DEY Born September 28, 1917 in South Amboy, NJ Died May 1, 2017 (age 99) at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh, NC From childhood, Eleanor suffered from fainting spells and fairly early from arthritis pain. Over time she had many severe illnesses, falls and surgeries, but weathered them all. Eventually, she received the 1st of 4 pacemakers, each lasting about 9 years. They changed her life,...
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Richard Charles Morauer

October 22, 1951 - April 30, 2017

Richard Charles Morauer, Jr., age 65, of Cary, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 peacefully at his home. Born on October 22, 1951 in Washington D.C. he was the son of the late Richard C. Morauer and Jeanne T. Morauer. Richard was a resident of Cary for 12 years. Richard founded and is managing member of Pegasus Resources, LLC, based in Cary North Carolina. Pegasus is involved...
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Florence Louise Juliana

March 26, 1918 - April 30, 2017

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Amy Lovell Stiles

November 13, 1955 - April 30, 2017

Amy Sue Lovell Stiles of Raleigh, NC passed away on April 30, 2017 at the age of 61. She was born in Knoxville, TN on November 13, 1955. Amy graduated from Carter High School in 1973 and from the University Of Tennessee School Of Radiologic Technology in 1975, then worked in that field for 5 years. In 1984, she completed her BA in Accounting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and moved...
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Leonard Nadel

September 20, 1924 - April 30, 2017

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Sergio Arturo Noziglia

December 7, 1950 - April 29, 2017

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Sergio Arturo Noziglia

December 7, 1950 - April 29, 2017

Papi, "Jehová mismo lo sustento sobre un diván de enfermedad, ciertamente cambió toda su cama durante su enfermedad.Jehová lo llamara y usted mismo responderá. Jehová siente anhelo por las obras de sus manos. Pronto Jehová limpiara toda lagrimas de nuestros ojos y la muerte no será más, ni existirá ya mas lamento, ni clamor, ni dolor. Las...
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Dorothy Lewis Poole

August 18, 1945 - April 29, 2017

Dorothy Pearl "Dot" Poole, 71, passed away peacefully at Transitions LifeCare on April 29, 2017 after a 7 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer and lung cancer. Dot was born on August 18, 1945 in Wake County to William Holt Lewis and Dollye Britt Lewis. She was a graduate of Cary High School.Dot is survived by her husband of 34 years, Kenneth "Ken" Poole of the home; daughter, Lisa Rogers...
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Elwood Marlin McAllister

April 5, 1925 - April 29, 2017

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