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...

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...

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...

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.

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,...

Brenda S. Davis, 63

Brenda Shearon Davis, 63, of Wake Forest, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. She was born in Wake County on Mar. 11, 1950, the daughter of the late Vernon and Margie Shearon. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at New Light Church of God. Burial will...

Raymond A. Schmitz, 76

Raymond Anthony Schmitz, 76, of Wake Forest, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. He was born in Chicago, Ill. to the late Walter A. Schmitz and Freida Schramm Schmitz. After graduation from high school, Ray joined the Navy and served from...

Rachel L. Flowers Mims, 92

Mrs. Rachel L. Flowers Mims, 92, of Wake Forest, who professed Christ to all as her Savior, passed away Dec. 3, 2013. Her humble walk and faith inspired all who met her at her church, in the community and in her workplaces at Person Street Pharmacy in the 70s, the Albemarle State...

Margie P. Shearon, 82

Margie Pleasants Shearon, 82, of Wake Forest, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at her home. She was born in Franklin County, the daughter of the late Hazel and Elmo Pleasants, and was a member of New Light Church of God. Mrs. Shearon was a retired bookkeeper for Rural Plumbing and...