Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Obituaries

John Robert Alford

October 18, 1932 - July 21, 2017

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

April 5, 1927 - July 18, 2017

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

April 2, 1940 - July 17, 2017

Allen Cantey Millar, 77, of Raleigh, peacefully died Monday, July 17 with family after a battle with Alzheimer's with an abrupt decline in recent weeks. Allen was born in Charleston, SC on April 2, 1940 to the late William Lawrence Millar, Jr. and Floride Richbourg Millar Dunlap. He was a graduate of the Class of 1958 at Needham Broughton High School where he met his future wife, Brenda Payne...
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Harold Vernon Carraway

May 28, 1928 - July 17, 2017

Harold Vernon Carraway, 89, died Monday, July 17, 2017. Born in Greene County, NC, he was the youngest son of Raeford and Lillie Slater Carraway. Harold served our country in the US Army in Germany during the time of the Korean Conflict for two years and then as a USPS letter carrier and postal clerk for thirty-six years. Upon retirement, he worked for Proctor and Gamble (formerly Noxell...
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Lois Elizabeth Frazier

June 20, 1920 - July 15, 2017

Lois Elizabeth Frazier claimed the promise of resurrection, July 15, 2017. For 97 years she devoted her life to her church, her family and her students. Lois was the daughter of Joseph and Viola Frazier. Her sisters, Lottie and Virginia, her brother Joseph and niece Elizabeth preceded her in death. She is survived by nine nieces and nephews: Steve Hundley and his wife Barbara, William Frazier...
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Alice DuBose Reagan

October 18, 1925 - July 15, 2017

Alice DuBose Reagan, 91 died at her home on Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC, the daughter of Bernard C. and Alice Edwards DuBose. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Owen Walker Reagan, Jr, and her brother Albert Louis DuBose. Alice graduated from Selma High School and then attended Pfeiffer College and High Point College earning a Bachelor of Arts...
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Henry Otis Lineberger

January 5, 1927 - July 11, 2017

Henry O. Lineberger, Jr., was born on January 5, 1927, and died peacefully on July 11, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. His parents were the late Anne Simpson Lineberger and Henry O. Lineberger, Sr. of Raleigh. He attended Myrtle Underwood and Broughton High School, graduating in 1944 as president of the Senior Class. Upon graduation from Broughton, he was honored to serve in the Navy as...
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Hemalata Hemchandra Pandit

March 12, 1926 - July 10, 2017

Hemalata Hemchandra Pandit"Shyamala H. Pandit"Shyamala was born in Satara, Maharashtra, India to a barrister, Kashinath Ramchandra Majgaonkar, and his wife, Yamuna. She went to Pune for college where she earned a BA in mathematics and Sanskrit. She later became a teacher at the Kanya Shala (Girl's School) in Satara. She married Hemchandra Moreshwar Pandit on December 27, 1952. After...
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Catherine Suzanne Pruett

October 11, 1956 - July 10, 2017

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

January 21, 1936 - July 9, 2017

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

October 29, 1924 - July 1, 2017

Martha Mae Barker, of Morehead City, NC, formerly a resident of Raleigh, completed her life journey and has gone to her eternal heavenly home. She passed while surrounded by her family and friends. Martha was one of 12 siblings born to Bill and Rachel Stocks of Whiteville and she was predeceased by all of them. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lanette and Jerry Garner of...
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Ethel Louise Byrd

June 11, 1939 - June 30, 2017

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

August 5, 1939 - June 29, 2017

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Roberts (August 5, 1939 - June 29, 2017)Betsy was the only child of Lillian Stephenson Roberts and Charles P. Roberts. She grew up in Raleigh and spent many of her summers at Atlantic Beach where she developed a love for collecting shells. She was a member of the North Carolina Shell Club. Betsy also enjoyed volunteering her time, especially during "...
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C. Doug Van de Zande

April 17, 1954 - June 28, 2017

Charles Douglas (Doug) Van de Zande, 63, passed from this life on June 28, 2017, after a nearly seven-year, head-on fight with colorectal cancer. Doug was born to Charles Henry (Chuck) Van de Zande and Paulette Chambers Van de Zande in Hampton, Va., and he nurtured his gift of photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif. On January 4, 1992, Doug married the love of his life and...
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Douglass Tharrington Chandler

August 24, 1924 - June 28, 2017

Douglass Tharrington Chandler, 92, of Raleigh, NC went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.Born on August 24, 1924 in Durham, NC, Douglass was the daughter of the late Perry R. and Jessie P. Tharrington. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Drury B. Chandler and her sister, Nadine T. Jones. Douglass was loved by her sons Jimmy and...
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Mary Woodley Dicus

March 4, 1952 - June 28, 2017

Mary Woodley Dicus, known as Woody to family and friends, died in Raleigh, NC on June 28, 2017, following a brief illness. Woody was born on March 4, 1952, in Beaufort, SC, as the second daughter of the late Dorothy May Liles Dicus and Col. William Anderson Dicus, Jr. In addition to her parents, Woody was preceded in death by her sister Martha Browning Dicus of Charleston, SC, and nephew,...
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Joseph Early Morgan

May 24, 1929 - June 25, 2017

My dear husband, Joe, went home to be with the Lord in his Heavenly home Sunday morning, June 25, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother Velma, his father Jim; his brother, Bobby; his baby sister, Jane; and his sons, Gary and Patrick. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of 67 1/2 years; his son Douglas, his son Michael and wife Kristy; and adopted daughter, Cindy Belcher and family. Joe is...
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Amanda Parsley Worth

March 12, 1924 - June 24, 2017

Amanda Parsley Worth, 93, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh, with her family at her side.Amanda was born on March 12, 1924, in Charlotte, NC, to the late Margaret McDaniel Parsley and William Murdoch Parsley III. She graduated from high school in Charlotte and attended Sweetbriar College.On December 3, 1948, she married George Williams Worth, and moved to...
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Ruby Lee Holmes Strother

August 24, 1930 - June 23, 2017

Ruby Lee Holmes Strother of Raleigh died June 23, 2017 at Raleigh Rehabilitation Center. She was born Saturday, August 24, 1930 in Franklin County but lived in Raleigh most of her life. She worked in the textile industry in quality control for many years. She was a long time faithful member of Pilot Baptist Church in the historic area known as " Pilot Mill Hill ", in Raleigh. Ruby was...
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Arthur Lehrman

April 19, 1930 - June 23, 2017

Arthur Lehrman, M.D., 87, of Raleigh, NC, son of Louis and Ruth (Kouchel) Lehrman, and brother of Renee Lehrman Hertz (predeceased), passed away suddenly in his sleep on June 23, 2017. Raised in Forest Hills, NY, he graduated from Hofstra College in 1951. He continued his education at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands through 1955. In 1958, Arthur graduated Albany Medical College. He...
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Margaret Tucker Boylan Gaddy

August 23, 1934 - June 22, 2017

Margaret Tucker Boylan Gaddy , 82, of Raleigh died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 23, 1934 in Raleigh, North Carolina to the late Juanita Stuart Justus and Rufus Tucker Boylan. She married Robert Edwin Gaddy, Jr. in 1958. Margaret attended St. Anne's in Charlottesville, Virginia and Peace College in Raleigh where she was May Queen.Margaret...
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Gloria Patricia Russell

January 23, 1927 - June 20, 2017

Gloria Patricia Russell, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. She was born in New York, NY, the daughter of the late William Daniel and Christina Guina Ward. She was predeceased by her son, Paul Joseph Russell and husband, Daniel Joseph Russell. She is survived by daughters; Gail Russell Austin (Joe) and Janet Lee Russell (Mike); son, Daniel William...
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Elliott Paul Murnick

June 15, 1942 - June 19, 2017

Elliott Paul Murnick, of Raleigh, died Monday, June 19th 2017 in Raleigh. He was born June 15, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia. He grew up in Charlotte, NC where he graduated from Myer's Park High School. In 1964, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.While attending UNC, he was a basketball manager for Dean Smith's first team. Throughout his life, he loved to attend all UNC...
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Melanie Dawn Morrison

July 11, 1964 - June 18, 2017

Melanie Dawn Morrison, 52, of Rockville, Maryland, passed away on June 18, 2017 while in Mexico. At the time of her death Melanie was a food technologist with the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.S. in Food Science at North Carolina State University and also had an MBA degree in marketing. Melanie worked for nearly 30 years both in private industry...
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Doris McDade Andrews Marshall

October 16, 1926 - June 18, 2017

Doris McDade Andrews Marshall, 90, of Raleigh, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Doris was born October 16, 1926 in Raleigh to the late John Arthur McDade and Thelma Lovey Moody McDade. She was a graduate of Rolesville High School and attended Virginia Community College. Doris was very active in her community as a volunteer with Jaycees, the Junior Women's Club, and the NC...
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F. Sterling Davis

September 7, 1962 - June 16, 2017

Frederick Sterling Davis IV, 54, of Raleigh, died Friday, June 16, 2017 at Duke Raleigh Hospital.Sterling was born September 7, 1962, in Germany to the late Dr. F. Sterling Davis, Jr. and Mrs. Sylvia Atwell Davis of Richmond, Virginia. Sterling was predeceased by his parents and nephew Collin Thomas McNamara. Sterling is survived by his sisters, Cathleen Davis Smith and her husband Randy of...
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Elsie Figueroa Johnson

August 15, 1925 - June 15, 2017

Elsie F. Johnson, 91, of Raleigh, peacefully entered into Eternal Rest with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Born in Cidra, Puerto Rico to Gilbert and Maria Figueroa from Castile, Spain, Elsie spent much of her childhood in New York, returning to Puerto Rico during World War II as a young adult. While working at the Roosevelt...
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Charles Garman Watkins

September 15, 1931 - June 12, 2017

Charles Garman Watkins, age 85, died peacefully Monday, June 12th in his home. He was born in Durham County to the late Irvine Beaufort Watkins and Treva Garman Watkins. Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Currin Watkins, daughters Ava Watkins of New York City and Treva Tyson, son-in-law David Tyson, and grandchildren Treva and Hannah Tyson all of Raleigh He was predeceased by his...
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James Harry Prevette

September 10, 1924 - June 10, 2017

James Harry Prevette, Sr. was born September 10, 1924 in Statesville NC and passed away in Raleigh on June 10, 2017.He was a graduate of Scotts High School and then served in WWII with the US Army for 2 years.He then graduated from NC State, worked for the NC extension service and finished his career at Pine State Creamery, where he worked for over 40 years. He was an active member of Ridge Road...
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Edward Drummond Alexander

January 31, 1975 - June 8, 2017

With much sadness Claire and Ed Alexander of Raleigh announce the death on June 8th of their son EDWARD DRUMMOND ALEXANDER, 42, of Raleigh. He grew up in Raleigh, graduated from Broughton High School, attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia for his freshman year, then transferred to NC State University where he earned his B.A. degree. While at State he was elected Treasurer and then...
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Lucy Ward Adair

October 3, 1917 - June 8, 2017

Lucy Blake Ward Adair, the youngest of three daughters of Annie Laurie Blake and Edward Benjamin Ward, was born in Onslow County, NC, October 3, 1917. She attended Woman's College, now UNC-G, and returned to Wilmington employed as a legal secretary. While visiting her mother at James Walker Hospital, she met an intern, William Adair. They married on October 5, 1940 and soon moved to Erwin....
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Ruth Perry Hagwood

May 2, 1921 - June 6, 2017

Ruth Perry Hagwood, 96, of Raleigh died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Raleigh Rehab. Ruth was a native and life long resident of Raleigh, she was the daughter of the late, Peat and Clara Perry. For many years she worked as a meat wrapper for Winn Dixie and Jimmy's Downtown Market. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Compton M. Hagwood; a sister, Lottie Mae...
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Robert Primrose Noble

June 1, 1933 - June 5, 2017

Robert P. Noble, III, 84, of Raleigh passed away June 5, 2017 in Sunset Beach, NC. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anne Marie Noble (Hendricks) and parents Robert P. Noble, Jr. and Madge Brigman Noble. A lifelong North Carolinian, Bob spent his childhood years in Goldsboro, later living in Edenton, Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem throughout his tenure with Wachovia where he...
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Margaret Alexander Robb McWilton

July 16, 1928 - June 4, 2017

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

April 24, 1927 - June 2, 2017

John Saunders Morrison, 90, of Raleigh, formerly of Charlotte, NC, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Morningside Assisted Living in Raleigh. John was born in Greensboro, NC to the late John Hezekiah Morrison and Rachel Saunders Morrison. He was a veteran of the US Navy and member of Myers Park United Methodist Church. John was a graduate of Wake Forest College and was employed in the banking...
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Rita Madeline Kaufman

December 4, 1929 - June 1, 2017

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

August 28, 1957 - May 29, 2017

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

November 19, 1934 - May 29, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, NC.
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Margaret Dunn Toms

February 15, 1931 - May 29, 2017

Margaret Gibbs Dunn Toms, daughter of the late Margaret Gibbs and John Guion Dunn, Jr., was born on February 15, 1931 in New Bern, NC and died on May 29, 2017. She was a graduate of New Bern High School, Saint Mary's Junior College, and Duke University. After graduation she taught high school English in Farmville, NC and New Bern, NC and then spent two years working in the Library of...
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Laura Viken Wiik

March 4, 1929 - May 28, 2017

Laura Wiik passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 28 in Raleigh NC after complications from a short illness and a long journey with Alzheimer's. She was surrounded by her husband of 58 years, Erik, and her children Siri Wiik of Raleigh NC, Jens Wiik of St Albans WV, and Greta Edwards also of Raleigh and two grandchildren Kirsten Wiik and Lauren Edwards.After marrying Erik Wiik, of Oslo, Norway...
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Samuel Kindley Frazier

October 14, 1936 - May 26, 2017

Samuel Kindley Frazier, age 80, died on May 26, 2017. He was born on October 14, 1936 to the late Samuel Kindley Frazier and Mabel Bryant Frazier of HighPoint, North Carolina.He is survived by his life partner of 27 years, Arthur Raymond Johnson and two younger brothers, David Camden Frazier and MichaelBryant Frazier. He is also survived by two sons, Christopher Andrew Kindley Frazier and David...
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Sandra Kay Harrell

September 12, 1944 - May 26, 2017

Sandra Harrell, 72, of Clayton, went to be with her Lord peacefully on Friday, May 26, 2017.Sandra loved her family and her church above all else.Sandra is survived by her son, Lee Scott and wife, Lori; granddaughter, Abigail; and nephews, Phillip (Edith), Greg, and Richard (Bonnie) Murray.A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Everett Chapel Freewill Baptist Church...
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A. P. Carlton

August 27, 1947 - May 25, 2017

Alfred Pershing Carlton, Jr.RaleighOn Thursday, May 25, 2017, Alfred Pershing Carlton Jr., best known as "A.P.", died peacefully in his home. A.P. was born in Raleigh on August 27, 1947, and soon moved to Greensboro, where he grew up and attended public schools. Before graduating from Grimsley High School, A.P. was active in scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and was a star on...
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Robert L. Peace

December 17, 1941 - May 24, 2017

Robert L. (Bob) Peace of Raleigh, NC, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, has died due to complications from ALS.. Bob was born on December 17, 1941 in Mount Lebanon, PA to Maine and Virginia (nee Rogan) Peace, and was the second of three sons (brothers Maine, Jr. and James, along with his parents, predecease him). He attended Pennsylvania State University where he received...
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Herman F. Bailey

May 11, 1944 - May 24, 2017

Herman F. Bailey left this world on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to be with his Lord and Savior. Though we grieve the loss of his presence, we know he will remain in our hearts and his ever smiling face will never be forgotten. Herman was born in Bumpus Cove, Tennessee on May 11, 1944 to Kate Hensley and Isaac Bailey. He is predeceased by his parents, two brothers and two sisters: E. J. "Spider...
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Lucius Turner

June 9, 1937 - May 24, 2017

Lucius "Luke" Turner, 79, of Raleigh, transitioned to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. Lucius was born in Johnston County, NC on June 9, 1937 to the late Hubert and Emma Belle Rhodes Turner. He began his career in funeral service with Pennington-Smith Funeral Home which later merged with Brown-Wynne Funeral Home. Lucius was a valued...
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John Newton Holding

June 15, 1926 - May 23, 2017

John Newton (Tootsie) Holding died on May 23, 2017 at UNC Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center of Raleigh. Born June 15,1926 at Rex Hospital to the late Willis Askew Holding and Louise Frierson Holding."Tootsie" grew up in the Cameron Park neighborhood of Raleigh and, as a charter member of the Ole Raleigh Boy's Club, he enjoyed sharing stories about friendships formed during his youth....
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Laura Robbins Johnston

March 9, 1947 - May 21, 2017

Laura Lee Robbins Johnston, 70, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21, 2017. She was born March 9, 1947 to the late George Colbert Robbins and Laura Cook Robbins of Lenoir, NC. Laura attended Lenoir High School and played the bass clarinet in Captain James Harper's Lenoir High School Band. She later attended North Carolina State University where she met her husband, Russ, and also played in...
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William Wade Adams

August 23, 1935 - May 20, 2017

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

August 30, 1935 - May 19, 2017

Eleanor Kinsinger Kennedy departed this life peacefully in her home on May 19, 2017. She was born in Peoria, IL on August 30, 1935 to Marie Louise Eisele Kinsinger and D. Paul Kinsinger and grew up in Winston Salem, NC. Eleanor attended R.J. Reynolds High School and during her youth was professionally trained in voice and opera. Her caring and nurturing love for people led her to a life in...
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Florence Ruth Gargis Weathers

September 8, 1933 - May 18, 2017

Florence Ruth Gargis Weathers, 83, of Cary formerly a life-long resident of Raleigh, died Thursday, May 18th at her home. Ruth was born in Raleigh on September 8, 1933; she was the daughter of the late, Joseph Norman Gargis and Janie Holder Gargis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ottis D. Weathers; her son, David Scott Weathers; son-in-law, Bill Ray; brothers, Buddy Gargis, JD Gargis;...
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Dorothy Allen Swain Meares

October 14, 1925 - May 13, 2017

Dorothy Swain Meares, 91, died peacefully at home in the early morning of Saturday, May 13th. She was born on October 10, 1925 to the late John Paris Swain and Mary Allen Swain of Raleigh, NC. She graduated from Broughton High School in 1943, Peace College in 1945 and received a BA in Journalism from UNC in 1947. Dot lived a full and wonderful life of service to her family, her community, her...
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Patricia Anne Crowe Goodheart

September 24, 1941 - May 13, 2017

Patricia Anne Crowe Goodheart died at Wake Medical Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 75. Anne was born in Raleigh, NC to Richard Don and Virginia Crowe. Her father worked as a salesman for Swift and Co. and as a result her family moved frequently within NC with a brief time spent in Baltimore, Maryland. While in Baltimore she met her husband, John Goodheart. Upon returning to NC...
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Charles Franklin George

June 4, 1929 - May 11, 2017

Charles Franklin George, Jr. went to heaven to be with Jesus Christ, on May 11, 2017. His life verse was Isaiah 41:10: "Fear not, for I AM with you; be not dismayed, for I AM your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand". Now his Lord has lifted him home, and his faith has become sight!He was born in Raleigh to the late Charles Franklin...
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Corinne Sweeten Stewart

December 29, 1920 - May 7, 2017

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

December 8, 1950 - May 4, 2017

Loving husband, brother and friend, Micou Metcalf Browne passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017.  He was born on December 8, 1950 in Raleigh.  He was the son of Micou Farrar Browne and Katherine Metcalf Browne and was preceded in death by his parents.  Surviving are his wife Mary Anne, his sister Martha Luella Browne, his brother-in-law Lee O. Gregory III, and his many beloved cousins...
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Dario Duvermont

October 22, 1968 - May 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Vivian Pearson Smith

August 24, 1928 - May 3, 2017

Vivian Pearson Smith, 88 died on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Duke Raleigh Hospital.She was born in Orangeburg, SC on August 24, 1928 to the late Johnny Jefferson Pearson and Mary Julia Winn Pearson.Vivian worked for more than 20 years at W.T. Grants in Raleigh and also retired in August of 1993 from the NC DMV. She is survived by her sons, David W. Smith and John L. Tart of Raleigh; daughter, Mary...
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Renee Poulos Costa

December 20, 1932 - May 2, 2017

Renee Poulos Costa, 85, of Raleigh died Tuesday, May 2nd. Renee was born in Kalamata, Greece and has lived in Raleigh for over 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Costa and 2 siblings.She was a long time member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. For many years she worked at the Capital Room at Hudson Belk and the cafeteria at the NC Legislature.Surviving are her three...
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Vernon Fountain Smith

May 23, 1925 - May 1, 2017

Vernon Fountain Smith, 91, died at her home at Whitaker Glenn on Monday, May 1, 2017. She was born in Edgecombe County, NC on May 23, 1925. She was the daughter of prominent attorney Vinton Fountain and the niece of Congressman L. H. Fountain, both of Tarboro, NC. Her mother was Annie Ruth Britt Fountain of Lumberton, NC. She was married to Willis Smith, junior, son of United States Senator...
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Mark Gerald Binker

December 29, 1973 - April 29, 2017

Veteran statehouse journalist and former WRAL News multimedia investigative reporter Mark Binker died unexpectedly at his home early Saturday. He was 43. Binker leaves behind his beloved wife, Marla, and sons Mason and Max. He also is survived by his parents, Gerald and Barbara Binker; mother- and father-in-law, Fran and Bob Smith; and brothers-in-law Richard Smith and David Smith. Mark graduated...
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Jeanne Lawson Burrows

November 18, 1936 - April 29, 2017

When one thinks of Jeanne Lawson Burrows one thinks "beautiful", "gracious", "lovely", "loving", "loyal", "vibrant" and "funny". She embodied these attributes as a mother and a grandmother and a loving friend to many. While Jeanne was crowned a beauty queen many times over, those that know her best know that her beauty extended...
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Lexa Cornett Taylor

November 18, 1923 - April 27, 2017

Lexa Cornett Taylor died Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Cary, North Carolina. She was 93.Mrs. Taylor was born November 18, 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky to Charles and Verda (Smith) Cornett. She was raised in Hazard, Kentucky with her three brothers. She met Wallace Reed Taylor at Hazard High School, and the two were married in 1946. Together they had four children and ultimately settled in Charlotte...
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John Felix Gonella

June 27, 1933 - April 27, 2017

John Felix Gonella, Jr., 83, of Raleigh, died April 27, 2017.John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth M. Gonella; sister, Miriam Honeycutt; son, John Felix Gonella III, and wife, Margaret Ann; daughter, Charlotte Reid Gonella; and grandsons, Felix, Hughes, and Ellis Gonella.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on May 1, 2017, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's St.,...
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Duncan Duncan McManus

December 10, 1964 - April 27, 2017

Michael Duncan McManus, born December 10, 1964, passed away peacefully after a difficult battle with pneumonia on April 27, 2017. He was 52 years old. His loving wife, Hadley Peacock McManus, was with him. They had just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. For the past two and a half years, Duncan had battled leukemia and beat it with the help of his incredible Bone Marrow Transplant team...
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Carole J. Riedler

March 4, 1943 - April 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Tadhg Thomas O'Toole

January 3, 1974 - April 26, 2017

O'Toole, Tadhg (North Carolina, U.S.A. and Ranelagh, Dublin 6) 26th April 2017, in Raleigh, NC. after a long illness, aged 43 years. Very deeply regretted by his mother Anne Ryder, son Seán, father Eoin, stepfather John Doyle, by Whitney Rowe, Stephanie O'Toole, his siblings Cóilín O'Toole, Hannah and Tom Doyle, Rosie and Bella O'Toole, relatives and friends.Rest in Peace.Wake at...
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Kathleen H. Powell

July 13, 1919 - April 25, 2017

Kathleen Hamilton Neagle Powell, 97, of Raleigh, passed away April 25, 2017 in Raleigh. She was born on July 13, 1919, the second child of Ione Jane Hamilton Neagle and Kenneth Heron Neagle, in Clinton, Missouri. Kathleen was a blonde-haired, blue-eyed child with the straightest of hair, which she dreamed and wished, was curly. Both parents were educated and were school teachers. She later...
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Jack Franklin Moore

November 27, 1919 - April 24, 2017

Jack Franklin Moore, beloved husband, father and friend to many, died peacefully at the Oaks at Mayview on Monday, April 24, 2017 in his 97th year. Born near Lexington, NC on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1919, he was the 3rd son of Jesse Edmund Moore and Pearl Ann Berryhill Moore of Anson and Mecklenburg Counties. He graduated from Technical High School in Charlotte in 1936. He studied at the...
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Julia Steele Davidson

November 17, 1921 - April 24, 2017

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

May 19, 1924 - April 22, 2017

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

July 25, 1950 - April 22, 2017

David H. Bowden, 66, of Raleigh, died April 22, 2017 in Raleigh. He was born July 25, 1950 in Hillsborough a son of the late David M. and Lois (Hurley) Bowden. David served in the U.S. Airforce for over 6 years and retired as a Staff SGT in National Guard. After the military he began working for the state of NC DOT department and retired after 16 years. David enjoyed golfing, the mountains, the...
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William Kristopher Roberts

August 26, 1970 - April 20, 2017

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

February 3, 2013 - April 17, 2017

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

March 15, 1926 - April 17, 2017

Edwin Loftin Kornegay, 91, passed away April 17, 2017 at Woodland Terrace. Ed was born in Mt. Olive, NC on March 15, 1926. He graduated from Mt. Olive High School in 1943 and UNC Chapel Hill in 1948 with a B.S. in Accounting. He served as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corp in the US Army. HIs career encompassed work with Haskins & Sell Public Accountants in NY and Ga., Walker...
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Florence Kathryn La Falgio

March 16, 1924 - April 16, 2017

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

April 24, 1951 - April 15, 2017

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

September 16, 1952 - April 14, 2017

Jeanette Smith Letterman died Friday, April 14, 2017, at her home surrounded by family and close friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC. A memorial service to celebrate her life will follow the visitation at 5pm in the funeral home chapel.Jeanette was a lifelong North Carolina...
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Benjamin Satar Popal

August 10, 1987 - April 10, 2017

Benjamin Satar Popal, son of Faiz A. Popal and Cynthia Rowell Popal, brother of Jennifer Popal Cassidy (Ryan), fiancé to the future Hannah Diehl Popal, and with many loving aunties, uncles and cousins in the United States and around the world, passed away on April 10th, 2017 at 29 years old. Ben was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 10, 1987. He graduated from Needham B. Broughton...
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Reina Isabel Moran

March 26, 1952 - April 10, 2017

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

February 9, 1962 - April 9, 2017

Gary R. Caddell, 55, of Raleigh, died unexpectedly April 9, 2017 in Boone, NC. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan February 9, 1962 to the late Robert M and Doris (Nash) Caddell.Gary graduated from Michigan State in 1984. He loved music and was a member of many different bands. Gary owned and operated GR Caddell LLC in Raleigh. He was an active member of the Home Owner's Association in his...
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William J. Mayol

September 10, 1989 - April 9, 2017

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

January 24, 1927 - April 6, 2017

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

December 2, 1924 - April 6, 2017

John Hinsdale (Hinky) JoslinDecember 2nd, 1924 - April 6th, 2017John Hinsdale (Hinky) Joslin, 92, son of Harold Vincent Joslin and Anne (Annie) Devereux Hinsdale Joslin was a lifelong resident of Raleigh who grew up as one of the original "Cameron Crazies" in Cameron Park passed away April 6th at home. Hinky was a graduate of NB Broughton High School and NC State University. Locally...
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Joseph H. Hardison

April 25, 1932 - April 4, 2017

Joseph Hammond Hardison, Jr. MDJoseph Hammond Hardison Jr. departed this life to be with his heavenly father and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, April 4th.He was born in Raleigh, NC on April 25th, 1932. He attended Raleigh public schools until going off to high school at Sewanee Military Academy in Sewanee, Tennessee. While there he lettered in 3 Sports, served on the honor council, received an...
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Bettie Gray Browne

April 28, 1921 - April 4, 2017

Bettie Gray Best Browne died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at her home in Raleigh. Betty Gray was born April 28, 1921 to John Lee Best, Sr. and Allie Gray Strickland Best. In 1951, Bettie Gray married the late Decatur Gwaltney Browne of Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, John Lee Best, Jr., Sarah Best Davis, Barbara Best Fonville, all of Goldsboro, and...
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Peter Spencer Andrews

August 2, 1945 - April 2, 2017

On April 2nd, Peter Spencer Andrews, 71, passed away. He was born on August 2, 1945 in Denver, CO, where he grew up. He worked for Amica Insurance for 35 years, managing many offices for them in California, Utah, Maryland and finally Raleigh. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and provider.Pete is preceded in death by Dianne, his wife of 49 years. Surviving are his two sons Kirk,...
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Josephine Byers Kelly

September 21, 1943 - April 2, 2017

Pina Kelly, 73, of Apex, NC and formerly of Warren, Ohio, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017.Pina was born September 21, 1943 in Corleone, Sicily to the late Nancy and Salvatore Fangano. She married Charles Henry Byers, whom she met in Catania, Italy and later moved to the United States. They had three children. She earned her GED, a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene and then Respiratory Therapy and...
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Margaret Becton Crumpler

March 25, 1967 - March 28, 2017

Margaret Becton CrumplerMarch 25, 1967 - March 28, 2017Becky Crumpler died on March 28, 2017 at her home in Raleigh. Born at Rex Hospital on March 25, 1967, to Lynette and Burks Crumpler, she attended Wiley Elementary School, Daniels Middle School, Needham B. Broughton High School, and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1989. She was Senior Director of Business Development for MDS...
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Teri Austin Lorbacher

July 11, 1952 - March 28, 2017

Teri Austin Lorbacher, 64, of Raleigh passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was born on July 11, 1952 in Fairbury, Nebraska to the late Lyle Austin and Catherine Marks Stowe. She recently retired after a 40 year career in the pharmaceutical industry.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Lorbacher; her step...
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Catherine Pantesco

September 8, 1931 - March 28, 2017

Catherine Mary Pantesco, 85, of Wake Forest died March 28, 2017 at her residence. She was born September 8, 1931 in New York, New York a daughter of the late Joseph and Lucille (Russo) DeMilto. Catherine attended William Cullen Bryant High School in Astoria, NY. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Catherine was predeceased by her brothers, Danny and Joseph DeMilto and her sisters, ...
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Esther Stuart PRESNELL

January 30, 1932 - March 28, 2017

Esther Stuart Presnell died on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, after a long life well-lived. She was born on January 30, 1932, and was the daughter of Bertha and Charlie Stuart of Ramseur, North Carolina. She was married for 67 years to Lacy M. Presnell, Jr. Esther loved spending time with family and friends and helping people in need. She was a kind and loving lady with a special gift of hospitality....
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Kimberly Glover Holton

April 20, 1974 - March 26, 2017

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

April 18, 1933 - March 25, 2017

Perry Froemming Nelson died March 25, 2017, at the age of 83. Perry was born April 18, 1933, in Nashville, Tennessee, the only child of Perry Wilkes Nelson and Helen Froemming Nelson. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama. At age 17, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Alabama Air National Guard with his good friend Gene Chism. His squadron was activated during the Korean...
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J. Allen Adams

January 15, 1932 - March 24, 2017

Joseph Allen Adams January 15, 1932 - March 24, 2017 Raleigh Joseph Allen Adams, 85, died quickly and peacefully of sudden cardiac arrest on March 24, 2017, at his home in Cameron Park, Raleigh, North Carolina, as he was anticipating watching the broadcast of his beloved Tar Heels in the NCAA basketball tournament. Born on January 15, 1932, in Greensboro, NC, Al was the son of Greensboro attorney...
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Evelyn Marie Rummell

July 23, 1926 - March 23, 2017

July 23, 1926 - March 23, 2017Evelyn Marie "Granny" Rummell, 90, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Born on July 23, 1926, in Phelps, Wisconsin, she was the only child of Lloyd and Signe Kernohan. Evelyn excelled in school, graduating as Valedictorian of her high school class. After graduating from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, she taught high school business...
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Arlene Ruth Begen

November 18, 1931 - March 21, 2017

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

July 27, 1940 - March 19, 2017

Olivia Bongiorno, 76, died March 19, 2017. She was born and raised in Chicago's West Side and lived in the Chicago suburbs for most of her life. Olivia was a faithful Catholic and devoted mother and grandmother, who loved and was loved by her five children and 13 grandchildren. She had a 25 year career in manufacturing running and repairing box-making machinery, often working the "owl shift" to...
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Kishore Babu Chava

April 26, 1945 - March 18, 2017

Service will be held at Brown Wynne-St. Mary's Street, 300 St. Mary's St. Raleigh, NC 27605 on March 20, 2017 from 11am-1pm.
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Rodney Eugene Davis

July 22, 1937 - March 16, 2017

Rodney Eugene Davis, Sr., 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 16, 2017, surrounded by family telling him how much they loved him and how proud they were of him. Born on July 22, 1937, in Greenville, S.C., to Gladys and Boyce Davis, Rodney lived an extraordinary life filled with boundless love for family, friends, and all who crossed his path.He was passionate when talking...
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