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Vernon Wheeler

Dec 28, 1942 - Dec 03, 2023

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Raleigh, NC

Vernon Charles "Bud" Wheeler, 80, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, December 3rd. After a long battle with lung cancer, he died at home peacefully and pain-free.Bud was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 28th, 1942. He graduated from East McKeesport High School and went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College.Bud was married to Elaine Zamosky, the love of his life. They were inseparable for over 50 years until Elaine passed away in...Read More

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Mary Ann Dalin Larson

Jun 10, 1950 - Feb 23, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Mary Ann Dalin Larson, age 73, of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. Daughter, mother, sister, and wife. Mary Ann (Dalin) Larson passed away peacefully on February 23, 2024, after a four-year battle with cancer. Mary Ann was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 10, 1950, and adopted by Mickey and Jill Dalin. Early in her life, she formed a bond with her older cousin Ed Marriott and his wife, Betty. Since her father had died, “Uncle” Eddie was bestowed the honor of walking Mary Ann down the aisle when she married Keith Larson near their childhood homes in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL, in 1969. After their marriage, the two moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Keith was stationed while serving in the US Navy. In Norfolk, Mary Ann gave birth to her first son, Keith Frederick Larson II, known lovingly as “Kip” to all. Following Keith’s discharge from the Navy, the two followed opportunity and settled in Raleigh, NC, in 1975. In 1978 and 1980, Mary Ann and Keith welcomed two new sons, Kristopher Mark Larson and Andrew Michael Larson. Raising three sons in Raleigh, Mary Ann defined the role of a devoted mother. She became a tireless advocate for her sons’ education and supported their academic and extracurricular pursuits within the Wake County public school system. Among those efforts included service as a leader in the PTA and perpetual transporter of kids and their sports and music gear. Adaptive and understanding, Mary Ann would engage in the activities her sons pursued and form special memories with each of them. As a self-made businesswoman, Mary Ann built a successful career in residential real estate sales. As a client-focused real estate agent, Mary Ann forged life-long relationships and friendships with many of her clients, a testament to her amicable nature and work ethic. After more than 30 years in the industry, she established her own company in 2019 alongside her partner in life and business, Keith. Hundreds of customers in the Wake County area and beyond would come to welcome the annual arrival of their refrigerator calendars. Her passion for her career was present until the final weeks of her life journey. Ever curious, Mary Ann pursued a life-long quest to meet her birth family. After decades of investigation and research, she successfully discovered a group of siblings in Chicago and California. The journey to discover her origins took her from libraries in Chicago to learning to navigate modern genealogical research tools. Eventually discovering her blood relatives led to wonderfully rich relationships with new-found siblings. For Mary Ann, the excitement of learning of sisters and brothers she previously only dreamed of sustained her adoration for all things family-centered. She will be remembered as a generous soul, giving of herself to family and friends without hesitation. A true renaissance woman, Mary Ann’s life spanned many roles including Navy wife, childbirth educator, real estate broker, genealogical researcher, fierce friend to many, craftsperson, and loving mother. Mary Ann’s acumen with real estate contracts was rivaled by her ability to make picture-perfect holiday feasts and precisely hemmed slacks. Mary Ann was blessed with a creative mind and an artistic spirit. From designing and sewing costumes for her three boys’ school plays, hand-crafting Christmas tree angels, to creating magnificent paper crafts, she was always breathing life into objects with her hands. She blended her love of thoughtful gift-giving and making handmade holiday ornaments into an immersive crafting hobby. Through her love of crafting, she made dear friends, created beautiful keepsake cards, and made lasting memories with her three grandchildren: Malachi, Evie, and Ben. She leaves a legacy of her passion for creative endeavors through encouraging her children and grandchildren to pursue the arts and self-expression. Mary Ann was fascinated by the animal kingdom and maintained a special place in her heart for dogs and giraffes. Her white poodle, Frosty, captured a special place in her heart. She loved lobster, movie theater popcorn, filet mignon, dark chocolate, and unsweetened iced tea. Most of all, Mary Ann was happiest when surrounded by her family, enjoying laughter and stories. She took sincere joy in the happiness of others and made tireless efforts to ensure that those she loved knew the depths of that love. She never hesitated to extend a listening ear, compassionate hug, or expression of concern to her family and friends. The world is a richer place thanks to the love Mary Ann brought into the lives of so many. She was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Mark “Mickey” Dalin and Opal “Jill” Dalin, two of her children, dubbed her “Angels,” Susan Larson and Keith Larson II (Kip), her adopted brother, Mike Dalin, and half-brother, Don Haidl. Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Keith, two children, Kristopher and Andrew, daughters-in-law, Anne, Elizabeth, and Lauren, grandchildren Malachi, Evelyn, and Ben, half-brother Jim and half-sisters Kelli, Patti, Moira, and Peggy. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home (1701 E. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609) at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (www.ocrahope.org).

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Leroy Tompkins Estes

Jun 30, 1937 - Feb 25, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Leroy Tompkins Estes, age 86, of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024. A graveside service for Leroy will be held Friday, March 1, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612.

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John Richard Pollard Jr. (Dick)

Apr 15, 1939 - Feb 24, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

John Richard Pollard Jr. (Dick), 84, of Raleigh, NC was born on April 15, 1939. Son of John Richard Pollard Sr. and Mary Catherine Sullivan Pollard of Trenton. NJ. Dick graduated in 1960 from Fordham University with a pre-law degree. He was a gifted baseball player and played on the baseball for Fordham. Dick went on to earn a law degree from Rutgers University. On January 24, 1970 Dick married Jean Basart Pollard of Greenville NC, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Bern, NC. They have one daughter, Sister Monica Faustina, of the Sisters of Life, living in Washington DC. Dick worked for the FBI and in sales. He loved watching the Phillies and ACC basketball as a big Wolfpack fan, and enjoyed coaching his daughter’s softball team. In his later years, he was devoted to the Knights of Columbus and became a weekly Adorer at Our Lady of Lourdes Perpetual Adoration chapel. Dick loved being with his “adopted” daughters, the Sisters of Life, his neighbors and their children, and had a great sense of humor. In his last days he was cared for by the staff at Franklin Manor and Heartland Hospice. He is survived by his wife Jean, his daughter Sister Monica Faustina, his brother Dennis Pollard of Trenton, NJ, nephews: Charles, Michael, and Martin, nieces: Nicole and Camille, 4 great nephews and a niece, 5 great-grand nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters-in-law Mary and Helen.Visitation will be on Fri. March 1st from 10am-11am at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh, NC. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raleigh, NC, on Fri. March 1st at 11am, followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sisters of Life, 38 Montebello Rd, Suffern, NY 10901

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Michael Nicholas Szulak

Dec 18, 1952 - Feb 21, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

?Michael Nicholas Szulak, 71, of Fuquay-Varina, NC, passed away on February 21, 2024 in Raleigh, NC. He was born on December 18, 1952 to Ukrainian immigrants Michael and Emilia Szulak in Philadelphia, PA. He is predeceased by his sister Mary Snow. Michael was a proud serving member of United States Marine Corp. from 1972 to 1975 earning the rank of Sergeant during his service. He was an employee of IBM for well over 20 years until his retirement in 2009. He was a parishioner of Saint Sophia Ukrainian Catholic Church of Garner, NC. He raised his family in Philadelphia, PA and later in Fuquay-Varina, NC. In his spare time Michael enjoyed spending time with family, serving his church, providing lawn & landscaping care for his home and watching University of North Carolina basketball and Philadelphia Eagles football. He leaves his wife of 45 years Sophie Szulak of Fuquay-Varina, NC, his mother Emilia Szulak of Fuquay-Varina, NC, his children Tanya & Steven Creech of Rocky Point, NC, Michael & Ashley Szulak of Raleigh, NC and Paul and Erika Szulak of Longmeadow, MA, and his grandchildren Teddy and Harper Szulak of Longmeadow, MA. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to be made to the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia to support war victims and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine or to the Duke Cancer Institute .

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Claudia Lucille Collins

Oct 28, 1945 - Feb 25, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Claudia Lucille Collins, 78, departed this earthly life on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Arrangements are pending. To to the family or in memory of Claudia Lucille Collins, please

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Desarae Chentel Godsey

Jan 05, 2004 - Feb 08, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Desarae Chentel Godsey, 20, of New Richmond, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, in Raleigh County. She was born January 5, 2004, in Beckley to Amy Shumate and the late Douglas Gene Whitt Jr. Desarae was raised by her grandparents, Janet Morton and Adam Ferguson, who loved her beyond measure. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Sonjya Jean Smith; great-grandparents, Butch Blankenship, Margrette Browning and James and Jeanette Godsey; and uncles, Michael C Morton, and Shane Godsey. Those joining her grandparents in cherishing her memory are her brothers, Dillon and Dalton Reeves; grandfather, Timothy Shumate; uncles, Gregory Stines and Gary Tilly; aunts, April Sam and Annie; great-uncle, James D Godsey Jr; great-aunts, Susie and Ashley Godsey; cousins, Liam and Skylar Stines, Daniel, Shana, Carleen and Ava Godsey; and many more. To to the family or in memory of Desarae C Godsey, please

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Bobby Conway Nelson

Dec 04, 1942 - Feb 23, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Bobby Conway Nelson, age 81, passed away peacefully February 23, 2024, after months of declining health. Bobby was born December 4, 1942 in Washington, NC to the late Burtis Conway Nelson and the late Rita Mae Coburn Nelson Jones. The late William Raeford Jones was his step father. Bobby is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Betsy Goodwin Fidler Nelson; son Bobby Hunter Nelson (Wendy) of Kitty Hawk, NC; son William Conway Nelson “Bill” (Tanya) of Apex, NC; grandsons Taylor Wesley Nelson and Benjamin Chase Nelson of Apex, NC. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Ann Wynn of Conetoe, NC; niece Deborah Wynn Williams of Tarboro, NC; nephews Raeford Earl Wynn (Lorie) of Richland, NC; and William DeBarry Wynn (Stacey) of Tarboro, NC. Bobby graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1962. He then enrolled in Hardbarger Business college and received a degree in Accounting. In 1966 Bobby enlisted in the US Navy Reserve. He served active duty during this period and was honorably discharged in September of 1972. He later earned a degree in Business Management from King’s College. During his professional life, Bobby worked for Kimbrell’s Furniture Company in Raleigh, NC and in 1969 began his career at First Citizen’s Bank where he was Vice President in Recovery and Collections. Bobby retired in 2005 after 36 years of work. After retirement he and Betsy traveled to many exciting places across the country. Bobby always put family first and enjoyed giving back to the community. He was outgoing and never met a stranger. He coached baseball and soccer at the Boy’s Club of Wake County for several years. Bobby enjoyed vacationing at the beach, fishing, watching Nascar, and spending time with his family. He was an active member of Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon, Elder, and Head of the Finance Committee. He later attended Trinity Presbyterian Church. Bobby loved spending time with his two grandsons. The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Friday, March 1, 2024 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC. To to the family or in memory of Bobby Conway Nelson, please

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William Brymer McWilliams

Aug 28, 1939 - Feb 23, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

William Brymer McWilliams, age 84 passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. A memorial service for William will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.

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Roger B. Zier

Apr 06, 1940 - Feb 24, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Roger B. Zier, age 83, of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024. A graveside service for Roger will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 2:00 PM at Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery, 450 N State St, Raleigh, NC 27601.

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Mary Frances Pohl Carrington

Oct 11, 1935 - Feb 21, 2024

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Raleigh, NC

Mary Frances Pohl Carrington, 88, of Southern Pines, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Transitions Hospice Care in Raleigh. She was born on October 11, 1935 in New York City, to the late Karl and Emma Page Wilder Pohl. Mary Frances married Robert Carrington, the love of her life. They were happily married for 65 years, until his passing in 2022.She was a 1954 graduate of Aberdeen High School and in 1957 earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Nutrition from Women’s College - UNC-G.  Family was always the most important thing in life to Mary Frances. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be missed dearly by everyone.  Mary Frances loved music and was a member of the Moore County Choral Society for many years.She was a cultured lady, who thoroughly enjoyed art, music, theater and travel. She was a member of Moore County Extension and Community Association.  She loved to garden and sew as well as spend time at Holden Beach, her favorite place of peace and solitude for the last 62 years. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth Carrington Dodge (Will), Robert "Bobby" Carrington, III (Mary), and Catherine Carrington Hinton (Hugh); grandchildren Sarah Carrington, Robert "Rob" Carrington, IV., Anna Carrington Tew (Arthur), Lizzie Smith Royalty (Paul), Marshall Smith (Rachel), Mary Catherine Dodge Clodfelter (David) and Ann Dodge (fiancé Sean Reilly); great-grandchildren Harriette, Lydia, Ambrose and Charles Tew, and Douglas Paul Royalty, III “Tripp.” A graveside service will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Bethesda Cemetery in Aberdeen. Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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