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James Robert “Jimmy” Harris, 66

James “Jimmy” Harris, 66, of Wake Forest, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. He was born in Moore County, the son of Verlon Faircloth Harris and the late Robert Harris. Jimmy was an exceptionally kind man. He went out of his way to let those he came in contact with know that they...
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Cynthia Fraser D’Avanzo, 79

Cynthia Fraser D’Avanzo, 79, departed earthly life on Dec. 10, 2013, at her home in Highgate, St. Mary, Jamaica. She was born on May 28, 1934, in Richmond, St. Mary, Jamaica, to the late Cleveland Benjamin Fraser and Sybil Fraser Abrahams. She was schooled in Jamaica and spent...

Juanita Tharrington, 86

Juanita Davis Tharrington, 86, of Louisburg, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. She was born July 2, 1927, to the late Berry and Lillie Brown Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen T. Tharrington; sisters, Florine Gardner, Annie Mae Mattox and Magdalene Smith; and...

Ethel B. Edgerton, 63

Ethel B. Edgerton, 63, of Franklinton, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. She is survived by one sister, Evelyn Edgerton, of Nashville, N.C.; and one brother, Harold Edgerton, of Charlotte. Wake services will be held at Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg, Friday, Dec. 20, 7-8 p.m....
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Dewarner Earl Duke, Jr., 73

Dewarner Earl Duke, Jr., 73, of Youngsville, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Rex Hospital. He was born in Wake County, June 16, 1940, the son of the late Dewarner Earl Duke Sr. and Virginia Dare Lloyd Duke. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Lonnie D....

Jewel D. Medlin, 62

Jewel Debnam Medlin, 62, of Bunn, died suddenly, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Marietta, Ga. She was born Mar. 13, 1951, in Bunn, N.C., to the late Margaret Annie Pendleton and Louis Ashley Debnam. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ashley Debnam. She is survived by her...

Pattie Yarborough, 96

Pattie L. Yarborough, 96, of Louisburg, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2013. She is survived by two daughters, Eva M. Brown, of Philadelphia, and Teresa Yarborough, of Hampton, Va.; and two sons, Raymond Yarborough, of Lanham, Md., and James Otis Yarborough of Brooklyn, N.Y. Also...
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Patricia Leigh “Trisha” Duckett, 67

Patricia Leigh “Trisha” Duckett, 67, of Raleigh, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Hillside Nursing Center. Duckett was born in Wake County to the late Ellis Lassiter and Elizabeth Orr Lassiter. She was a member of Bay Leaf Baptist Church and taught Sunday school...

Ralph Edward Williams, 53

Ralph Edward Williams, 53, of Creedmoor, died suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. He was the son of the late Ola Ree Bailey Williams. He worked for Granville County school system as a custodian. He is survived by his father, S.P. Williams, of Durham; two sons, Joseph Lee Williams...

Arthur Alston, 83

Arthur “Bro” Alston, 83, of Louisburg, died on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Open visitation will be held at the Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with funeral services at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.
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Elmo Burrows May, 83

Elmo Burrows May, 83, of Louisburg, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. 17, 1930, to the late Willie Elias and Eleanor Shearin May. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951-54 on the U.S. Coast Guard ship, Violet. He was...

Betty Mae Barnes, 70

Betty Mae Barnes, 70, of Knightdale, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Wellington Nursing Center in Knightdale.  She was born June 5, 1943, in Raleigh, to the late Lillie Shearon and Oliver Reagan. Betty is survived by her sons, Linwood O’Neal, of Wake Forest, and William O’Neal,...