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

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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Grace Halberstadt

October 24, 1920 - March 15, 2017

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

February 5, 1941 - March 15, 2017

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

January 8, 1963 - March 14, 2017

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

June 25, 1924 - March 14, 2017

William Ashe Bason, J.D. June 25, 1924 - March 14, 2017Born in Raleigh, graduated from Needham Broughton and UNC, achieving 2nd in his law school class. He was an Army Air Corps navigator (Captain rank) during WWII. Bill practiced law in Raleigh both as a private attorney and as an assistant district attorney. He owned the Pony Club, where many local adults experienced happy childhood memories....
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Billyeanne Miles Neyland

February 5, 1951 - March 10, 2017

Billyeanne Miles Neyland, 66, of Raleigh died unexpectedly on March 10, 2017. She was born on February 5, 1951 in Baytown, Texas as the daughter of the late Billy Troy and Zoe Ann (Platt) Miles. Billyeanne graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1969 and married Robert Earl Neyland on January 26, 1973 in Baytown, TX. She worked several years while he was in college with a promise of being...
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Myra Tula Carter Robbins

January 13, 1927 - March 10, 2017

Myra Tula Carter Robbins died at home surrounded by her family on Friday, March 10, 2017. She was born on January 13, 1927 in Gastonia, NC and was the daughter of the late Myra Katherine Rucker Carter and Arthur Dewey Carter.Tula grew up in Gastonia, NC, where her Grandfather founded AB Carter, Inc., a manufacturer of textile related products, in 1922. Tula was active in the company and served...
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Aaron Bass

July 19, 1925 - March 10, 2017

Aaron left this life behind on March 10, 2017. His life of devotion to his family and his faith made him a blessing in many lives. Born in N.C. and raised with seven siblings, he grew up in the farm country of eastern N.C. As a young man he joined the Navy and served on L.S.T. 283 at the WW2 battle of Normandy Beach. He graduated from Wake Forest College with a BS degree. Married in 1948 to Rosa...
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Carlton J. Berendes

August 15, 1929 - March 5, 2017

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

January 11, 1925 - March 3, 2017

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

September 11, 1933 - March 2, 2017

Rebecca W. Splawn of Raleigh, NC passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017. She was born in Coats, NC on September 11, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Millard Smith Whittington and Vada Turlington Whittington. Upon graduating from East Carolina University, she moved to Raleigh and worked at the N.C. State School of Textiles, where she met her husband of 59 years, the late Jerry L. Splawn....
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Ethel Seate

August 7, 1922 - March 2, 2017

Ethel Turner Seate, 94, passed away suddenly on March 2, 2017. She was born August, 7, 1922 in Lakeland, Florida and was the eldest daughter of the late Todd and Bertha Turner. She graduated from Hugh Morson High School in Raleigh and then from Watchmaking and Engraving Technical School in Pennsylvania. She was married to Charles William Seate of Raeford, until his death in 1960. He owned Martin...
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Helen Watkins Umphlet

May 7, 1926 - February 28, 2017

Mrs. Helen Watkins Umphlet, Glenaire Retirement Community, Cary, NC passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. She was surrounded by family.Born on May 7, 1926 in Vance County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Clifton Malcolm and Bertha Stainback Watkins.After graduating from Aycock High School, she moved to Raleigh and attended secretarial school to become an...
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Jennifer McHugh Griffith

April 3, 1964 - February 27, 2017

Jenni McHugh Griffith passed away on February 27, 2017. She leaves behind her loving family; husband, Ben, and three wonderful children, Brett, Bradford, and Catherine. The family invites you to celebrate Jenni's life on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11am. Services will be at First United Methodist Church, 117 S. Academy St. Cary, NC 27511. Arrangements being handled under the care of Brown-Wynne...
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Mary Anne Keel Jenkins

November 20, 1929 - February 26, 2017

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

April 20, 1974 - February 26, 2017

Kim Glover Holton, 42, of Raleigh, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017.Kim was born April 20, 1974 in Raleigh, where she remained a resident for all of her life. She graduated from Broughton High School in 1992, and later went on to graduate from Meredith College in 2002, to become a pre-school teacher. We will all miss Kim's caring smile and her cheerful good nature. She is survived by...
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Julius Basel Layton

September 23, 1931 - February 23, 2017

Julius Basel Layton, 85, of Raleigh, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017 at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. Julius was born September 23, 1931 in Franklin County, NC to the late Ernest Clinton Layton and Bessie Abernathy Layton. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald; sisters, Eleanor, Lucy, and Poppy; and daughter-in-law, Pamela Layton. Julius is survived by his wife of 66 years,...
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William Randolph Scott

June 28, 1934 - February 21, 2017

William R. Scott, 82, of Raleigh, died February 21, 2017 in Raleigh. He was born in Roanoke, VA. June 28, 1934 a son of the late Rev. Francis H Scott II and Imogene (Welk) Scott. Bill received his BS in Science from Lynchburg College in 1956, his MA in Science from Rutgers University in 1979 and his MA in Education from NCSU in 2012. One of the highlights of his career was in aerospace...
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C. A. Dillon

May 26, 1925 - February 16, 2017

Clyde Alvin Dillon, Jr. went to His Father's House on February 16, 2017, at the age of 91. C.A. entered this world on May 26, 1925, and was born into eternal life in his 50's when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. From that point onwards, C.A. focused his time, talents, and energy on building up others and growing in his relationships with God and his fellow humans through his...
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Marcia Quarry Latz

February 17, 1940 - February 12, 2017

Marcia "Marti" Quarry Latz, 76, of Wake Forest died Sunday, February 12, 2017, five days before her 77th Birthday, in the ICU of Duke-Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC - following a short illness.Marti resided in Wake Forest, NC since 2004, following stops along the way in Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio and New Jersey. She was born on February 17, 1940 at the Nason Hospital in Roaring Spring,...
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Elbert Lane Peters

May 8, 1928 - February 12, 2017

Elbert (Eb) L. Peters, Jr. was born on May 8, 1928 in Reidsville, NC to the late Helen Scott Peters and Elbert L. Peters, Sr. and died on Sunday, February 12, 2017. After graduating from Lees-McRae College and Elon College he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon release from active duty he was employed by the City of Reidsville as Assistant Recreation Director. In 1957, he was employed by the...
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James R. Rogers

April 28, 1941 - February 11, 2017

James R. Rogers III passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017, at home surrounded by his family after a long chronic illness.Born April 28, 1941, in Raleigh, NC to the late Sara H. and James R. Rogers, Jr., Jimmy practiced law for 50 years, raised children for nearly as long, and celebrated his life, family and friends every day. A graduate of Broughton High School and Wake Forest University...
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Stephen K. Luyben

July 6, 1943 - February 11, 2017

Stephen K. Luyben, 73, of Raleigh died February 11, 2017 in Raleigh. He was born July 6, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota a son of the late Karl and Marion (Gustafson) Luyben. Steve spent most of his early life, until the age of 13 with his parents in Liberia where they worked as missionaries. He returned home to continue his education and attended Stonybrook Prep School on Long Island, NY. Steve...
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Marianne Elizabeth Hardison

June 21, 1955 - February 10, 2017

Marianne Elizabeth Hardison passed away unexpectedly while on vacation with family and friends on February 10th, 2017. Born to the late Marjorie Brabant Bibby, she was raised in RI. There she met the love of her life, Dr. Mitchell Dale Hardison, her husband of 35 years.Following Mitch's residency they relocated to Wilson NC where they lived for ten years and began their family. They ultimately...
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Henry M. Steele

April 9, 1927 - February 10, 2017

Henry Miller Steele, 89, died peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born April 9, 1927, in Pierre, South Dakota. He graduated from Neosho (Missouri) High School in 1944, and then served 2 ½ years in the army. He was sent to the Pacific as an infantry replacement and was assigned as a typist to General MacArthur's headquarters. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1949...
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Edith Seifert

November 28, 1934 - February 5, 2017

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

July 5, 1925 - February 4, 2017

F. Laurence Gosnell - "Laurie" - faithful, loyal, determined, hardworking, optimistic, and a man of steadfast faith in God through Jesus Christ, died February 4, 2017. Laurie was born on July 5, 1925 in Auburn, NY; he was educated both at Princeton (BSE, 1946) and Harvard (MBA, 1954).He served as a Naval officer in WWII and the Korean war, retiring from the reserves as LCDR in 1966. He is...
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Regina Alford Wilson

March 13, 1952 - February 4, 2017

Regina Alford Wilson, 64, of Raleigh, passed away, Saturday, February 4, 2017. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. Regina was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Wilson. She is survived by her children, Brian Wilson, Douglas Wilson, Veronica and Michael Taylor, Brandon and Claudia Wilson; and her grandchildren, Katherine, Kendall, Evan and Lauren; her brother, Frank Alford; and...
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Doris Hunter Freeman

January 3, 1919 - February 3, 2017

Our dear friend, Doris Hunter Freeman, died Friday morning, February 3, 2017, at Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh. She was the daughter of Robert Herman Freeman, M.D. and Katharine May Kinback Freeman and the sister of Claire Elizabeth Freeman all of whom lived in Raleigh and predeceased her. Surviving her are her godsons, James Fletcher Goodmon and Raymond Hayes Goodmon, III; their wives,...
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Lois W. Hale

August 15, 1920 - February 3, 2017

August 15, 1920 - February 3, 2017Lois Watson Hale died peacefully on February 3, 2017, at the Stewart Health Center at Springmoor Retirement Community.Loie was born on August 15, 1920 in Wilmington, Delaware, to Charles C. and Emily A. Watson. She spent a happy childhood in Wilmington. She graduated from Pierre S. DuPont High and attended Simmons College in Boston. There she met the love of...
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Robert Lamar Ballard

June 19, 1929 - February 3, 2017

Service to held at a later date at Jenkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 725 North Boylan Ave. Raleigh, NC 27605. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jenkins Memorial.Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Blake Michael Pearce

October 12, 1995 - January 29, 2017

Blake Michael Pearce, 21, passed away Sunday, January 29th. Blake was gifted with incredible beauty, charm, intelligence and most of all, a big heart. His passions included film making and writing and producing music, which started with a love for playing the bass guitar at a young age. Blake will be sorely missed by all of those who were fortunate to be a part of his life and experience his...
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Steve Nicholas Poniros

August 6, 1929 - January 29, 2017

Steve Nicholas Poniros, 87, of Raleigh passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017, surrounded by his devoted family. Steve was born in Chios, Greece and came to the U.S.A. in 1949. He married Freeda Charles and settled in Raleigh in 1953. Steve worked for many years as a building contractor and owned and operated "Steve's Dog House" at the N.C. State Fair for 59 years. He was a long time...
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Gowtam Parmanand

February 13, 1975 - January 28, 2017

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

August 11, 1918 - January 27, 2017

Minnie Shores died January 27, 2017 at home in Wake Forest; she was 98 years old. She passed away with her daughter by her side. Minnie was born August 11, 1918 to the late Inez Burton Potts and Charles H. Potts. She received her education in the Yadkin County Public Schools and at Guilford College.Minnie had an active and interesting career. After college she was Principal of a grammar...
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Joel V. Perry

December 10, 1929 - January 27, 2017

Joel was born in Morganton, North Carolina on December 10, 1929 to Nanena Beck Perry and J. Von Perry. As a boy, he attended Oak Hill School before graduating from Morganton High School in 1947. He enjoyed reminiscing about his school days, participating in Boy Scouts, playing trombone in the marching band, driving a school bus and flying his Piper Cub in and out of his parents' cornfield.Joel...
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Samuel Peyton Cason

February 22, 1944 - January 26, 2017

Samuel Peyton Cason III, 72, of Raleigh, died January 26, 2017 at his home in Raleigh. Peyton was born in Norfolk, VA on February 22, 1944 to Samuel Peyton Cason, Jr. and Gloria Gilbert Cason. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Peyton Cason, Jr. in 1995. Peyton is survived by his mother, Gloria Gilbert Cason; sisters, Susan Jones (Gary), Gloria Jan Harman (Jack) and Candy Reeves ...
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Mildred Liles

April 29, 1934 - January 26, 2017

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

August 4, 1932 - January 24, 2017

Richard C. Axtell passed away on January 24, 2017. He was born August 4, 1932 in Medina, New York to the late Franklin and Marion (Thomas) Axtell. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees in the biological sciences from the State University of New York at Albany, Dr. Axtell had a Fulbright in the Philippines and also served two years in the U. S. army. Dr. Axtell received his Ph.D. in Entomology...
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Margaret Hamblen Wynne

April 22, 1939 - January 24, 2017

Margaret (Maggie) Lewis Hamblen Wynne, 77, died on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Black Mountain, NC, not far from her beloved home, Woodland Heights in Montreat, where until October, she had been lovingly cared for throughout her decline from dementia. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Maggie led a life rich in faith, creativity, hospitality, and love. Born in Durham, North...
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Peter Nicholas Murtos

March 21, 1922 - January 23, 2017

Father Peter Nicholas Murtos passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the age of 94. Father Peter was born in Amaliada, Greece and fought with the underground communist resistance during World War II and the Greek Army during the Greek civil war. He also served as a member of the Athens police force during which time he enrolled at the University of Athens as a student of Theology. He later...
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Richard Sidney Ruby

September 24, 1922 - January 21, 2017

Richard Sidney Ruby, a retired Raleigh jeweler,businessman and a past president of Beth Meyer Synagogue, died January 21 at his home in Raleigh, the city where he had lived for more than 65 years. He was 94.Born in Detroit, Michigan on September 24, 1922, he, his brother, Sam, and their father would later own and run a small chain of jewelry stores in North Carolina cities, first in Greensboro...
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Marcelene Simmons Ogburn

August 22, 1928 - January 20, 2017

Mae Marcelene Simmons Penny Ogburn Robertson departed her physical body on January 20, 2017. She was born in Surry County on August 22, 1928 in Mt Airy, N. C. Her parents were the late John Alexander Simmons, superintendent of The North Carolina Granite Quarry and Flossie Burge Simmons, a homemaker. Marcelene enjoyed the dear companionship of two brothers and two sisters: the late Mitchell...
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Hayne Palmour

February 27, 1925 - January 19, 2017

Hayne Palmour III, 91, of Raleigh died peacefully Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born February 27, 1925 in Gainesville, GA; son of the late Hayne Palmour, Jr and Lilly Simmons Palmour. He is also preceded in death by his sister Shirley Palmour Harriman. Hayne served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and then obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Ceramic Engineering in 1948 and 1950,...
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Charles Sandford Levings

December 1, 1930 - January 18, 2017

Dr. Charles Sandford Levings, III, "Sam", 86, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Sam was born on December 1, 1930 in Madison, Wisconsin to the late Charles Sandford Levings, Jr., and Catherine Whiteside Levings. He graduated from Paris High School in 1947 and then went on to serve in the Korean War. Sam attended DePauw University and the University of...
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Raymond Joseph Nery

November 16, 1921 - January 17, 2017

Raymond Joseph Nery, age 95, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. He was born November 16, 1921 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to the late Raymond and Mary P. Nery. He came to North Carolina to go to school at NC State College of Agriculture and Engineering. It was interrupted because of World War II. He served in the Army in the glider unit of the 82nd Airborne. After the war he...
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John Edward Sizemore

November 18, 1951 - January 11, 2017

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

October 15, 1972 - January 11, 2017

Andy Cade Moore, 44, of Raleigh passed away on January 11, 2017. A loving husband to Kimberly and adoring father to Caden and Alli, Andy devoted his life to Christ, family, and serving others. If you knew Andy, you knew his love of family and his passion for giving of his time to the people around him. He was actively involved in his church, Southbridge Fellowship, where he led bible studies and...
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Mario Sagaro

January 3, 1926 - January 7, 2017

Mario Sagaro was born in Santiago, Cuba on January 3, 1926 to Jose F. Sagaro Quirch and Raquel Madaula. He died in Raleigh on Saturday, January 7, 2017. He was a veteran of World War II, having fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Mario was a retired architect. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rose; daughters Helena Sagaro of Raleigh, and Alicia Sagaro Ciurczak and her husband, Bob of...
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Richard Peyton Woodson

March 1, 1923 - January 5, 2017

Richard Peyton Woodson III, born March 1,1923 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, only son of Richard Peyton Woodson, Jr. and Katherine McMillen Woodson died January 5, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. Peyton grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He was honored to serve his country in World War II flying 26 missions as a B-17 pilot in the Eighth Air Force in the...
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Charles Russell Reynolds

April 8, 1921 - January 4, 2017

Charles Russell Reynolds, Jr., 95, died peacefully surrounded by family on January 4th, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.Russ is survived by his wife, Sally Baumann Reynolds; son Charles Russell Reynolds III, daughter-in-law Michele; son Trafton Ellis Reynolds, daughter-in-law Carla, granddaughter Carmen and grandson Trafton Jr.; son Gardner Williams Reynolds, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, grandsons Owen...
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Sallie Reba Harding

March 2, 1924 - January 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Carolyn Anne Herr Watts

October 25, 1951 - January 3, 2017

Carolyn Anne Herr Watts, 65, passed away January 3, 2017 at Peak Resources Treyburn nursing facility in Durham NC after a long illness brought on by a lifetime of diabetes.Born in Lancaster, PA on October 25, 1951, Carolyn was the only child of the late Lancaster County Commissioner Raymond G. and Ruth Gochenaur Herr. She grew up in Willow Street, PA, graduating from Lampeter-Strasburg High...
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Julia M. Tommerdahl

July 4, 1926 - January 3, 2017

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

March 14, 1935 - December 30, 2016

Roy Fred Noble, Jr. was born in Raleigh on March 14, 1935 to Roy Fred Noble and Mamie Cutler Noble. He grew up in Raleigh, attended Needham Broughton High School, and Graduated from High Point College in High Point, NC with a bachelor's degree in History. Fred carried on his father's business, Noble Dental Laboratory; taught Dental Technology with Durham Technical College, both on campus and at...
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Willard Meachem Parker

November 19, 1916 - December 30, 2016

Willard Meachem Parker, Sr., 100 years, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 30, 2016, at his home.Willard, affectionately known as "Parker" by friends and family, was born November 19, 1916 in Mecklenburg County. Parker entered the Methodist Orphanage in 1922 and graduated in 1937. During that time, he played football for Needham Broughton High...
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Betty June Freeman

June 20, 1922 - December 26, 2016

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

November 28, 1916 - December 26, 2016

Katie was born and raised in Hartsville, S.C., the oldest daughter of the late Kathleen McNair and S. Pressly Coker. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband, Harold William Marvin; her sister, Flora Coker Berry; her brother, John Wilson Coker and her brother, S. Pressly Coker, Jr.In high school and college she was an outstanding student and athlete. At Winthrop College...
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Margaret Hurst Clyburn

April 28, 1939 - December 26, 2016

.Margaret H. Clyburn was born to Adrian and Betty Hurst and grew up on Masonboro Sound near Wilmington, NC, where her mother's family has lived for seven generations. Her childhood was anchored by Masonboro Baptist Church, which her family helped establish in the 1860's. She graduated from Meredith College in 1961 and taught music education in both private and public schools in Raleigh and...
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Peter Leonard TOMASELLO

May 23, 1942 - December 25, 2016

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

September 5, 1932 - December 22, 2016

William Bernice Bunn, Jr., 84, passed away early Thursday morning, December 22, 2016 in his home at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.Funeral services and life celebration will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 30th at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St Mary's Street, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service at Brown-Wynne,...
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Cheryl Ann Beaman

August 29, 1958 - December 21, 2016

Cheryl Ann (Emory) Beaman, 58, went to be at peace with our Lord on the afternoon of December 21, 2016, while surrounded by family. Cheryl was born in Raleigh, NC on August 29, 1958 a daughter of the late Jane Pugh and Luther Otis Emory. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Edward Beaman III (1991), her second husband, David L. Strider (1997), and by her mother in-law Virginia (Boots)...
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Dolores Matthews Frazier

December 19, 1931 - December 20, 2016

Dolores Matthews Frazier, 85, passed away peacefully the afternoon of December 20, 2016 surrounded by family.Dolores was born in Raleigh, N.C. on December 19, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Thedo Preston Matthews and Ethel Leola Matthews.Dolores attended Wiley Elementary School before moving to Henderson, N.C. with her parents when she was in the 3rd grade. She graduated from Henderson...
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November 18, 1933 - December 20, 2016

On December 20, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina, my Mom, Mary Leonard Wichalonis, received an offer she couldn't refuse from Heaven. Born on November 18,1933 in Argentia, Newfoundland Canada and raised in nearby Freshwater Placentia Bay, Mom was one of 7 children born to my grandparents, John & Agnes Leonard. Back in her earlier days Mom loved dancing with her girlfriends at the Naval...
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Mary Frances Oakley House

June 29, 1933 - December 18, 2016

Mary Frances Oakley House, 83, of Raleigh, died Sunday afternoon, December 18, 2016.Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 11:00 am at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. The family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 am - 11:00 am, prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Farmville, NC, at 3:00 pm...
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Suresh Ochhavlal Modi

May 27, 1936 - December 16, 2016

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

August 16, 1918 - December 15, 2016

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

September 10, 1933 - December 10, 2016

Rebecca Powers Hines went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Saturday, December 10, 2016. Becky was born on September 10, 1933, in Wilmington, NC. She was the oldest of 3 children of Dr. Frank Poydras Powers of Wallace and Mrs. Rebecca Johnson Powers of Burgaw. Becky moved to Raleigh when she was 5. She was an excellent student, an avid reader and a lover of literature. She graduated...
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Bob Harrison Philbeck

December 21, 1940 - December 10, 2016

Bob Harrison Philbeck, 75, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Sunrise of North Hills, Raleigh. He was born on December 21, 1940 to the late Irvin Philbeck and Nola Brown Philbeck in Statesville, NC. Bob moved his family to Raleigh to accept a position with the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services where he began his almost 40 years of service to persons with...
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Maudie Lillian Nash

August 10, 1920 - December 8, 2016

Maudie Lillian Nash, 96, of Raleigh and Danville, Virginia, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Raleigh. She was born August 10, 1920 Chatham County a daughter of the late John E. Pendergraph and Addie R. (Farrell) Pendergraph. Maudie was a long time resident of Raleigh. Dancing with her "Happy Feet" always brought great joy to everyone around her, her love for music started as a...
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Archie Bailey Walden

November 6, 1952 - December 6, 2016

Friends, Family, ECU football.these were a few of his favorite things.Archie Bailey Walden passed away on December 6, 2016 at Transitions LifeCare of Raleigh after a brave battle with Leukemia. He was born in Raleigh, November 6, 1952, the youngest of four children, to Dr. and Mrs. Henry Eli Walden, Jr.The family will receive friends on Monday, December 12, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Edenton...
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Charles Henry Bremer

January 20, 1923 - December 5, 2016

Charles Henry Bremer II, after several years of declining health, died on December 5, 2016, with his family at his side. He was 93 years old.Chuck was born to Merritt and Esther Bremer in Utica, New York, the oldest of six children. He had three brothers: Robert (Suzanne), Richard (Marilyn), Merritt (Carol), and two sisters: Sally Sexton (Craig) and Nancy Morehouse (Henry).As a teenager, Chuck...
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Daniel Francis Cahill

January 26, 1936 - December 5, 2016

Dr. Daniel Francis Cahill, 80, of Raleigh, passed away Monday, December 5, 2016. He was born January 26, 1936 in Fall River, Massachusetts, son of the late Daniel Cahill and Margaret (Sullivan) Cahill. Dan was a faithful member of St. Peter and Paul Parish where he attended elementary school. He attended Durfee High School in Fall River. He obtained an undergraduate degree at Stonehill College....
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Blanche Hargrove Jarrett

March 4, 1932 - December 4, 2016

Blanche Hargrove Jarrett passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016. She was born in Wayne County; she was the youngest of six children of the late Raymond F. and Judson (Miss Juddie) Hargrove. After graduating from Mount Olive High School, she furthered her education by earning a B.A. from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV and her M.A. from NC State University. She was the first secretary at Mount...
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Michaeline Richardson

July 19, 1932 - December 3, 2016

MICHAELINE ELIZABETH RICHARDSONMichaeline Elizabeth Richardson, age 84, passed away on 12/3/2016. Michaeline is preceded in death by her husband William Garfield Richardson and her sons, Mark D. Richardson and Garrett A. Richardson. Michaeline is survived by her son William G. Richardson and wife, LuAnn Field Richardson of Raleigh. Michaeline has two granddaughters and five great grandchildren:...
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Lillian Virginia Cox Flood

December 17, 1912 - December 3, 2016

Lillian Virginia Cox Flood, Mom, was first and foremost a mother - after her husband died suddenly in 1953 she devoted her life to raising three young children by herself. While it was a difficult time, God gave her great strength, courage, and vision. Her faith in God and love for family and church was tremendous.After graduating from High School, Lillian became a professional beautician and...
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Eileen Schwartz

September 17, 1935 - December 1, 2016

Eileen Bernice Furman Schwartz passed away on Thursday December 1, 2016, surrounded by her loving family at the Cypress of Raleigh. Eileen was born September 17, 1935 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Albert and Sylvia Furman. She was reared in Richmond, Virginia where she met her future husband, Ron, at the age of thirteen at a backyard party given by her mother. It was love at first sight for Ron...
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Godfrey Cheshire

July 17, 1918 - November 30, 2016

Godfrey Cheshire, Jr., of Raleigh passed away on November 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.Born on July 17, 1918, in New Orleans, where his mother was living while his father served in France during World War I, "Buddy" was the son of Godfrey Cheshire and Alice Calder Shiell Cheshire. He was the grandson of North Carolina Episcopal Bishop Joseph Blount Cheshire.One of the "old Raleigh...
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Emily Burrage Welles Meymandi

December 24, 1932 - November 29, 2016

Emily Burrage Welles Meymandi died peacefully, of complications of long standing Alzheimer's Disease, on November 29, 2016 in Raleigh. Emily was born in Norris, Tennessee on Christmas Eve, 1932 to Dixie and Clarence Burrage. She graduated from the University of Tennessee and later, when her four children were teenagers, received a Master's in Space Utilization at the University of North Carolina...
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Harriet Brunson Bruce

March 10, 1921 - November 28, 2016

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

January 20, 1925 - November 25, 2016

Barbara Lassiter Goble, 91, of Raleigh died Friday November 25, 2016. Barbara was born on January 20, 1925 in Apex, NC to the late Leslie Allen Lassiter and Alice Lillian Thomasson Lassiter. She was retired from Southern Bell Telephone Company. She was a former member of Providence Baptist Church and most recently was a member of Christ Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband,...
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William Thomas Joyner

December 13, 1923 - November 22, 2016

William Thomas Joyner, Jr., of Raleigh, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Born in Raleigh on December 13, 1923, he was the son of the late Col. William T. Joyner and Sue Kitchin Joyner. He received his high school diploma from the Virginia Episcopal School in 1941. Joyner joined the US Naval Reserve, via the V-12 Navy College Program, while a student at the University of North Carolina at...
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James Marvin Boyette

November 16, 1933 - November 20, 2016

James M. Boyette, Jr., 83, of Clayton died quietly on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Jim was born to James M. Boyette and Arbelia Bennett Boyette in Goldsboro, NC, and was raised in Wilson, NC. He graduated from Charles L. Coon High School and attended UNC - Chapel Hill, and was a member of Sigma Nu. He served in the U. S. Army, and was stationed in Panama. In 1954, he married Nancy Adams of Rocky...
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Olivia Scott

June 10, 1925 - November 19, 2016

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

June 29, 1963 - November 15, 2016

Ricky Joseph Jordan, 53, ascended to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, unexpectedly at his home in Asheboro, NC. He was a native of Garner, NC, and graduated from Garner Senior High in 1981. Before retiring, he was a sheetrock hanger and worked in construction.Ricky loved music, singing and playing guitar, banjo, or harmonica (he was self-taught), and also fishing. He was a...
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Martha Geraldine Ballard Pilos

June 21, 1931 - November 14, 2016

Martha 'Gerry' Geraldine Ballard Pilos, 85, passed away peacefully in her Asheville home on November 14, 2016. Raised in Johnston County, NC, she set off for her life adventures in 1948 by moving to Raleigh where she graduated from Hardbarger College, worked, married and raised three children. She had a zest for life which included the arts, travel and continual learning, but it was her faith,...
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Edward W. Glazener

February 3, 1922 - November 9, 2016

Edward W. Glazener February 3, 1922 - November 9, 2016 Raleigh Edward W. Glazener, 94, of Raleigh died peacefully on Wednesday, November 9 at the Stewart Health Center at Springmoor. Born in Raleigh while his father studied at NC State, Dr. Glazener grew up in the Brevard, NC area before attending State himself. His subsequent graduate studies at the University of Maryland concluded with a PhD in...
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Opal Frances MASON

November 6, 1934 - November 8, 2016

Mrs. Opal Frances Rowe Mason, 82, of Raleigh, formerly of Blounts Creek, passed away after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Frances, one of six children, was born on November 6, 1934 in Blounts Creek, North Carolina to the late Esau and Annie Norman Rowe. Frances was a vital force in many people's lives: her family, her community, her husband's business, and her church. She was a...
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Eugene John Kamprath

January 9, 1926 - November 8, 2016

Eugene John Kamprath passed away on November 8, 2016. He was born on January 9, 1926 in Seward County, Nebraska and grew up on a farm there. He was the son of the late John and Meta Kamprath. He was married on August 18, 1956 to Katherine Arnold of Raleigh, who preceded him in death on August 18, 1997. He is survived by his daughter, Sara and son, John Mark, both of Raleigh, nephews, Alan ...
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Barbara Ann Parker

April 21, 1936 - November 7, 2016

Barbara Ann Parker, 80, of Raleigh, died November 7, 2016 in Raleigh. She was born April 21, 1936 a daughter of the late James and Pearl (Perry) Parrish. Barbara retired after 30 years of service as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Dorothea Dix and then 27 years from Duke Raleigh. She enjoyed cooking, babies but most of all spending time with her family, whom she adored. She was predeceased by...
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Lorene Strum Hagwood

June 27, 1921 - November 7, 2016

Lorene Strum Hagwood, 95, of Clayton passed away Monday, November 7, 2016.Lorene grew up on a farm in Nash County, one of eleven brothers and sisters. She was the matriarch of all the siblings that have remained a closely bonded family all through the years. Her kind and loving nature and happy smile will be missed by everyone that knew her.She was born in Nash County June 27, 1921 to the late...
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Ben Hassell Grimes

September 25, 1925 - November 7, 2016

Our Big Ben is silent. After a stay of 14 months in Rex Rehab & Nursing Care Center, Ben Hassell Grimes died on November 7, 2016. He was the youngest child of George and Nora Grimes of Martin County, born September 25, 1925. Ben was predeceased by brothers, George and Robert and sisters, Nora Roberson and Viola Tetterton. Ben was educated in the Martin County Schools and was a graduate of...
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Anne Denmark Beaty

March 14, 1937 - November 5, 2016

Anne Denmark Beaty passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 5. She was born Anne Polk Denmark at Rex Hospital on March 14, 1937, daughter of the late Annie Burt (Stainback) Denmark and the late Leonidas Polk Denmark. Anne had deep roots in Raleigh. She grew up on The Circle, attended Hayes Barton Grammar School when Myrtle Underwood was principal, swam at...
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Rachel Reade Hicks

May 22, 1928 - November 4, 2016

Rachel Reade Hicks passed away peacefully November 4, 2016 after a very long period of declining health. She was born in Burgaw, NC on May 22, 1928 to the late John Washington Reade and Rachel Powers Reade. She graduated from Atkins High School and received a business degree from Peace College in Raleigh. She worked for several years with Wachovia Bank, and the N.C. Paroles Commission. After...
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Su Thi Tran

December 31, 1942 - November 3, 2016

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

January 7, 1919 - November 1, 2016

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

January 29, 1925 - October 31, 2016

Jean was born in the first Rex hospital in Raleigh to Robert James Pearsall and Jessie Bell Knight. She was a classic Southern Lady, born and raised in Raleigh and she was proud of that. After graduating from Pineland School in Salemburg, NC, she went to work for the DMV.While attending Pineland, she met Samuel R. Wilkinson who was a student at Edwards Military Institute. They married in August...
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Marion Smith Rand

February 26, 1918 - October 31, 2016

Marion Smith Rand, 98, died as graciously as she lived on October 31, 2016. Born to Eliza and Sidney F. Smith in Cary, NC, Marion attended Mary Washington College (now Univ. of Mary Washington) after which she met her future husband, Kenneth T. Rand. Together they raised four children in Raleigh. She also began a 50-year career starting at Durham Life Insurance Co., continuing as the...
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