Olivia Rose McBurney, 19
Olivia Rose McBurney, 19, of Raleigh passed away Friday, March 8, 2013 from injuries sustained in an accident. McBurney was born in Chesapeake, Va., and was a graduate of Millbrook High School. She was very active in the Special Olympics, having been successful in soccer, basketball, volleyball and swimming.
McBurney is survived by her mother, Heidi Marie McBurney of Raleigh; father, Richard Eric McBurney of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandparents, David and Lynn San Filippo of Orlando, Fla., Kenneth and LaDonna Wade of Raleigh and Doris McBurney of Corpus Christi, Texas; aunts and uncles, Jenny Wade of Alexandria, Va., James San Filippo and his wife, Tonya, Rachel Lynn San Filippo and Michael San Filippo and his wife, Elizabeth, all of Orlando, Fla.; cousins, Zachary James San Filippo, Jackson Maverick San Filippo and Leigha Cait San Filippo; godparents, Robert and Katie Moore and their son, Camden, of Apex.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the chapel of Bright Funeral Home.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Special Olympics of Wake County, c/o Brian Philpot, 2401 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607.
Virginia “Ginny” Boyer, 85
Virginia “Ginny” Boyer, 85, of Wake Forest, formerly of Norfolk, Va., passed away Thursday morning, March 7, 2013 at Universal Health Care. She was born in Plymouth, Ohio, the daughter of the late Frank Rash and Ella Mae Sebastian Rash and was a long-time member of Temple Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, March 11 at the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
Boyer is survived by her husband of 52 years, James Stewart “Jim” Boyer; a son, Sonny Boyer and his wife, Glenda, of Wake Forest; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Celestine “Celeste” Murphy, 68
Celeste Murphy, 68, of Youngsville died Monday, March 4, 2013 at Franklin Regional Medical Center. She was born in Worcester, Mass., the daughter of the late Celestine Margaret Roccanti Lazaroff and Alexander Lazaroff.
Murphy joined the Daughters of St. Paul in Boston, Mass., when she was 16 years old. She graduated high school and studied theology in college. While with the Daughters of St. Paul, she lived in New York, Louisiana and Texas, selling books for their publishing business. She remained with the Daughters of St. Paul until 1971. On May 23, 1973 she married Michael L. Murphy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Murphy worked as a medical records manager for most of her life. She retired as an office manager for a cosmetic surgery office in Bedford, N.H., in August 2004. She enjoyed traveling, doting on her grandson and spending time with her friends and family.
A private memorial service honoring her life will be held at a later date.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Kinne and her husband, Richard; and a grandson, Mason.
Minister Ella Richardson Coley, 73
Minister Ella Richardson Coley, 73, of Louisburg passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Coley is survived by three daughters, Teresa Lee Coley of Raleigh, Sheila Ann Lewis of Durham and Regina Morgan of Franklinton; two sons, Blake Tyree Coley of Franklinton and John Coley of Durham; two sisters, Ruby Richardson and Barbara Walker both of Louisburg; brothers, Elmo Richardson Jr. of Trenton, N.J., Ernest Richardson of Louisburg, James Artis Richardson of Castalia and the Rev. Willie Gray Richardson of Raleigh; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 11 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Linda Tayborn officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Rosa Lee Smith King, 57
Rosa Lee Smith King, 57, of Efland passed away Sunday, March 10 at her home. She was born July 28, 1955 in Wake County, the daughter of the late Lieutenant and Anna Jean Whitfield Smith.
King is survived by her husband, Charles King; stepsons, Andre Tabron and Derrick Gill; brothers, Dwight Smith and Steve Smith and his wife, Clarrissa, all of Raleigh, Rocco Smith and his wife, Annie, of Franklinton and Emanuel Smith and his wife, Stephanie, of Durham; aunts and uncles, Eugene Smith, Lannis Smith, Elizabeth Jones and Lucille Crump; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at Friendship Chapel Baptist Church in Wake Forest. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Alexander McKnight, 80
Alexander “Uncle Notty” McKnight, 80, of Franklinton passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013.
McKnight is survived by a son, Lionell McKnight and his wife, Angela; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, March 16 at Richardson Funeral Home chapel in Louisburg. Burial will follow at Manasseh Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
George “Joe” Johnson, 91
George “Joe” Johnson, 91, of Youngsville passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Johnson is survived by his wife, Corina K. Johnson; a daughter, Mattie Crudup; sons, George Erksin Johnson and Robert Lee Johnson; sisters, Louise Davis, Martha Tyler and Callie Boone; a brother, Howard Lee Johnson; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday), Mach 14 at Allen Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Dunsten officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Joe Alston, 89
Joe Alston, 89, of Franklinton passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Alston is survived by a sister, Naomi Alston.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at Richardson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Samuel Tunstall officiating. Burial will follow at Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Open visitation will be Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Annette L. Battle, 77
Annette L. Battle, 77, of Red Oak passed away Friday, March 8, 2013.
Battle is survived by her daughters, Angela Battle, Patricia Battle and Vicki Battle; a son, John Battle; sisters, Ann Alston and Anita Sessoms; brothers, Orlando Alston, Dementra Alston, Napolean Alston and Donald Ray Sessoms; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, March 15 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Herbert Scott officiating.
Dorain Kwame Cunningham, 23
Dorain Kwame Cuningham, 23, of Wake Forest passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born Feb. 19, 1990 in Conway, S.C., the son of Ronnie Manley and Desiree Cunningham.
Cunningham began his early education in Queens, N.Y. He graduated from Tucker High School in May 2008 and continued his education at Georgia Perimeter College. In October 2011 he relocated to Wake Forest and began working at Polk Correctional Institution as a correctional officer.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12 at Feggins & Feggins chapel in Wake Forest. Burial followed at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his mother, Cunningham is survived by his grandmothers, Mahilda Bryant and Mary Gore; a stepdaughter, Akira Ford; 11 brothers; seven sisters; five aunts; five uncles; seven great-aunts; three great-uncles; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Ida M. Mangum, 73
Ida M. Mangum, 73, of Raleigh passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 at WakeMed. She was born April 1, 1939 in Wake County, the daughter of the late John and Estelle Caudle Mangum.
Mangum was a member of New Light Baptist Church in Wake Forest, where she served as president of the Missionary Circle.
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday), March 14 at 1 p.m. at New Light Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Mangum is survived by brothers, Jesse and James Mangum both of Wake Forest, Norflet Mangum and his wife, Joyce, of Baltimore, Md., Neal Mangum of Raleigh and Raymond Mangum of Buffalo, N.Y.; four sisters, Lenora M. Richardson of Raleigh, Cora Mangum of Buffalo, N.Y., Mary M. Denning and her husband, George, of Willow Spring and Elsie M. Jones and her husband, Stanley, of Raleigh; three aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Gladys W. Gill, 88
Gladys W. Gill, 88, of Wake Forest passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Hillside Nursing Center in Wake Forest. She was born Aug. 13, 1924 in Wake County, the daughter of the late June and Peggy Forte Williams.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Feggins & Feggins chapel in Wake Forest. Burial will follow at Wake Forest Cemetery.
Gill is survived by a daughter, Peggy Wilkerson of Wake Forest; siblings, Ella Smith and her husband, James, Geraldine Jones and her husband, Charles, and Chester Williams and his wife, Deborah; a special friend, Kareen Weaver and his wife, Yolanda; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a great-great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.