Jake Whitaker, 21

Jake Whitaker, a senior at Appalachian State University from Youngsville, died unexpectedly in a car accident on Jan. 22, 2015, at the age of 21. Jake is survived by his parents, Dale and Jeannette Whitaker; his grandparents, David and Joyce Smith; his half-sisters, Michelle...

Commander Rebecca (Becky) Sparks, USN (Ret.)

Commander Rebecca (Becky) Sparks, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.), went peacefully into eternity Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, following a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. Her final words as she beamed her soul-melting smile were, “Heaven is glorious.” A medical...

Frances Barnes Eppes, 95

Frances Barnes Eppes, 95, of Wake Forest, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. She was born in Norfolk, Va., the daughter of the late Horace Barnes and Jewel Glover Barnes. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest, where...

Linwood L. Marshall, 65

Linwood L. Marshall, 65, of Wake Forest, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. He was born in Wake County, the son of the late Pearl Catlett Marshall and Sanford Marshall. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial was in Wake Forest...

Richard Allan (Rich) Wright Sr., 65

Richard Allan “Rich” Wright Sr., 65, of Wake Forest, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Rex Hospital. He was born in Orange County, N.Y., the son of the late James W. Wright and Christine Catizone Wright. Rich was a lifetime member of Ontario Hose Company No. 5 of...

Carol Fort Potter, 72

Carol Fort Potter, 72, of Wake Forest, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. She was born the daughter of the late William and Sara K. Fort of Wake Forest. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Ms. Potter is survived by her son, Frank...

Kimberly Leffke Crocker, 57

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of Kimberly Leffke Crocker, 57, of Wake Forest, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Born and raised in Tonawanda, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William and Eunice Leffke. She...

John Xavier Dwyer Sr., 67

John Xavier Dwyer Sr., 67, of Wake Forest, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Duke Raleigh Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia County, Pa., the son of the late James Francis Dwyer and Catherine Harvey Dwyer. John attended Parson’s College under a football scholarship. He...

Angela Grieco, 75

Angela Grieco, 75, of Raleigh died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Rex Hospital. She was born in New York City, daughter of the late Lucille Tilsalio Carinci and Victor Carinci. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Leticia Piluso. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m....

Viola G. Champion

Viola Gupton Champion, “Big Mama” of Youngsville, died Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Wake Medical Center. Born July 29, 1934 to the late Ezra and Lila Gilliam Gupton. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elsie and Blanche and her longtime companion Lonnie Clay. A member of...

Jeanette S. Jones, 81

Jeanette Frances Stroud Jones, 81, of Henderson, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N.C. Born in Wake County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Calloway Stroud and Mattie Denton Stroud. She was the widow of Turner Myrick “Tim” Jones Jr....

Ralph Keith, 77

Ralph Keith, 77, of Rolesville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring. He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Ashby Keith and Myrtle Perry Keith. Mr. Keith retired from S&W Chevrolet as an auto mechanic. After retirement,...