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

Sandra P. Harrell

September 12, 1944 - May 26, 2017

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

August 27, 1947 - May 25, 2017

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

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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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