Ronald A. Swartz, 53

Ronald A. Swartz, 53, of Youngsville, NC, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2013. He was born July 31, 1960 in Mt. Pleasant a son of the late Edward Swartz and Emma Jean Scott Harris and step-father Kenneth Harve Harris. Ron was a carpenter...

Viola Pearce Rigsbee, 89

Viola Pearce Rigsbee, 89, of Wake Forest, formerly of Durham, died Monday morning, Oct. 7, 2013. She was born in Wake County, the daughter of the late Clavenia Wilkes Pearce and George Pearce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duma Rigsbee; two sons, Robert and Tommy and...

Virginia “Ginny” Turner Kaess, 79

Virginia “Ginny” Lee Turner Kaess, 79, of Wake Forest, passed away, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. She was born in Sophia, W. Va., the daughter of the late Fred Brewer and Ada Pine Godfrey Brewer. Virginia was a hotel general manager/hotel...

Wilbur W. Strickland, 73

Wilbur W. Strickland, 73, of Youngsville, died Saturday evening, Oct. 5, 2013. He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Lillian Huff Strickland and Needham Gulley Strickland. Funeral services were held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home...

Nancy Ross Edwards

Nancy Ross Edwards of Goldsboro passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Nancy was born Dec. 17, 1931 in Wake Forest to H.O. and Edith Ross. At Nancy’s request, her body was donated to East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville. Nancy is survived by a son, Ashley...

John Arthur McKay, 77

John Arthur McKay of Raleigh, died Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Hospice of Wake County at the age of 77. Over the course of his life, John valued family, the challenges of ever-changing technology, writing, music, traveling and cooking for others. John is survived by Susan, his loving wife...

Esther Adams Whitaker, 92

Esther Adams Whitaker, age 92, of Springmoor Retirement Community, Raleigh, NC, died Oct. 4, 2013 at Rex Memorial Hospital. A celebration of life service was held 2 p. m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, Wake Forest. Esther Whitaker was preceded in death by...

James Wallace Watkins, 76

James Wallace Watkins, 76, of Rolesville, died peacefully at his home, Oct. 5, 2013. He was born Feb. 16, 1937 in Wake County to the late Fred Watkins and Minnie Minor Watkins. Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the...

Clyde Hillman Ball, 81

Clyde Hillman Ball, 81, of Louisburg, died Sept. 26, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family. Clyde was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Louisburg, to the late Joseph Kearney and Julia Mosley Ball. He developed a love for flying at a young age, and worked as a crop duster with his...

Charles Gene Coffey

Charles Gene Coffey was born in Lenoir, and is the son of the late Eleanor Beatrice Pope Coffey and the late Ralph Coffey. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at the Cremation Society, 2205 Millbrook Road, Raleigh, with Rev. Harold Woodlief officiating at 4 p.m....

Virginia “Ginny” Lee Turner Kaess, 79

Virginia “Ginny” Lee Turner Kaess, 79, of Wake Forest, passed away, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. She was born in Sophia, W. Va., the daughter of the late Fred Brewer and Ada Pine Godfrey Brewer. Virginia was a hotel general manager/hotel...

Fabian Earl Harris, 44

Fabian Earl Harris, 44, of Louisburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. He is survived by his children, Brooklyn Harris of Louisburg; Terrell Severson of Jersey City, N.J.; Fabian Harris, Jr., of Jersey City, N.J.; his parents Edward and Mary Harris of Louisburg; his sister Catrina...