Obituaries

  • Obituaries October 29, 2014

    Ronald Lloyd ‘Ronnie’ Brown

    Wake Forest

    Ronald Lloyd “Ronnie” Brown, 60, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014, at his home. He was born in Moore County, the son of the late William Floyd Brown Sr. and Martha Ellen Taylor Brown.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, October 30, 2014, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home.

    Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 38 years, Tammy Frye Brown; daughters, Morgan Taylor Brown and Meredith Taylor Brown, both of Wake Forest;  a special mother, Barbara Stanley of Raleigh; father-in-law Melvin Frye of Raleigh; siblings, Ernest Lee Yow and wife, Pearl, of Raeford, William Floyd Brown Jr. of Aberdeen, Linda Brown Moore and husband, Terry, of Wilmington and Carol Brown Norton of Wilmington; niece, Angela Perry; nephew, Grant Moore; great-nieces, Skylar Perry and Emma Perry; brother-in-law, Johnny Frye of Youngsville; nieces Sarah Ide and Ashley Long; nephew Johnny Frye II; brother-in-law, Jeff Frye and husband, Richard Zelno, of Zebulon; nephew, Noah Frye; best friend, Ray Byrd of Raleigh; and longtime golfing buddies Walt, David and Jimmy.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Greater Carolinas, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609 or to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Pet Finder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

    Friends may visit with the family immediately following the services at  Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest.

    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brightfunerals.com.

     

     

    Judy B. Brewer

    Zebulon

    Judy Bailey Brewer, 67, died Saturday, October 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Wake County, the daughter of Louise Pleasants Bailey and the late Raymond Pelic Bailey, and was a retired supervisor with Alcatel.

    Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, October 28, 2014, at Pine Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Cameron Currin and the Rev. Dr. Greg Lawson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

    Judy is survived by her daughters, Tammy Heuts and Amy Brewer of Zebulon; her mother, Louise Pleasants Bailey of Wake Forest; sister, Kay B. Cash of Wake Forest; brother, Everette Bailey and wife, Gwen, of Wake Forest; grandchildren, Anna and Harrison Heuts of Zebulon; niece, Dana Sherron and husband Rex of Youngsville; nephew, Ray Bailey and wife, Cathy Jo of Longs, S.C.; special caregiver and cousin, Sarah Ann Lowery; great-nieces and great-nephews, Caroline Keith, Kayla Keith, Rexanna Sherron, Courtney Sherron, and Alex Sherron, Jack Bailey. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Brewer, and by her brother-in-law, Dan Cash.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615 (www.cancer.org).

    Pallbearers were David Pleasants, Douglas Pleasants, Wayne Pleasants, Donald Bailey, Ben Bailey, and Roy Earl Bailey. Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Sherron, Carlton Bailey, and Fred Mitchell.

    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brightfunerals.com.

     

     

    Dorothy J. Macon

    Wake Forest

    Dorothy J. Macon, 97, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Hillside Nursing Center. She was born in Granville County, the daughter of the late Addie House Fuller and Elija Fuller. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Darwin Jackson Sr., Bruce Young and E.G. Macon; and grandchildren, Wesley and Andrew Jackson and Dana Jackson Brafford. She was a long time member of Glen Royal Baptist Church.

    Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, October 27, 2014, at Glen Royal Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Faile officiating. Burial was in the Wake Forest Cemetery.

    Mrs. Macon is survived by her sons, Jesse W. Jackson (Judy), William D. Jackson (Elizabeth) and Darwin Jackson Jr. (Judy); 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Glen Royal Baptist Church, 731 Elizabeth Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587.

    The family would like to thank the staff at Hillside Nursing Center for the wonderful care they gave to Mrs. Macon.

    Pallbearers were Daniel Jackson, Philip Jackson, Raymond Foster, Derick Foster, Michael Brafford, and Kyle Brafford.

    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brightfunerals.com.

     

     

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    Glenda Sue Billings

    April 28, 1953 ~ October 24, 2014

    Wake Forest

    Today I lost my best friend and the love of my life. The world lost a real sweetheart. Glenda fought one helluva good fight, but she finally passed away at Duke Medical Center early Friday morning.

    Glenda was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the daughter of the late Doris and Robert Brown. She graduated from Northeast High School class of “72” where she was a cheerleader in the pep squad. She was very proud of Glenda’s Cleaning Service and had an excellent business mind. She treated clients and employees like family. Glenda was a double lung transplant survivor and an inspiration to many.

    A funeral service honoring her life was held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning October 28, 2014 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with the Rev. David Averette officiating. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

    Glenda is survived by her husband, Pat and her dogs, Todd and Tanner; sons, Walt and his wife, Michelle, of Youngsville, and Ray Michael and his wife, Ashley, of Bergersville, Indiana; sisters, Evie and her husband, Mike, of Cypress, Texas and Barbara of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Josh, Dustin, Ray, Hadley, and Hudson; several in-laws, half-brothers and half-sisters. She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy that caused her greatest pain.

    The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Duke Medical Center for all the care they gave to Glenda during this difficult time.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 200 Pet Finder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603.

    Pallbearers were K.C. Dunn, Nicholas Dunn, Jim Skillman, Chris Shaw, Chris Billings, and Josh Reagan.

    Online condolences may be made at www.brightfunerals.com.

     

     

    Mary Grace Watkins

    Zebulon

    Mary Grace Jones Watkins, 86, died Friday morning, October 24, 2014, at Universal Healthcare in Raleigh. She was born in Wake County, the daughter of the late George David Jones and Roxie Lee Ellington Jones.

    Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2014, at Rolesville Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Randy Bridges officiating. Burial was in the Watkins Family Cemetery.

    Mrs. Watkins is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Owen Watkins; son, Danny Watkins and wife, Karen, of Raleigh; son-in-law, Glenn Hight of Wake Forest; brother, Richard Jones of Raleigh; granddaughter, Danielle Watkins of Boone; grandson, Matthew Curtis Hight of Wake Forest. Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her daughter, Peggy Grace Watkins Hight.

    Memorials may be made to the Rolesville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 185, Rolesville, NC 27571.

    Pallbearers were James Breedlove, Jackie Thompson, Jimmy Watkins, Isaac Anderson, Tim Pike, and Kirk Nielson.

    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brightfunerals.com.

     

     

    William Curtis ‘Curt’ Soule Jr.

    Raleigh

    With his favorite Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan blues album playing, holding hands with his wife and embraced by his sister and daughters, William Curtis (“Curt”) Soule Jr. passed away serenely and peacefully October 21, 2014.

    A Wake Forest native, Curt was a true gentleman, known for his impeccable manners. He always offered a firm handshake, an open door to any lady and a joke to anyone who would listen. Curt was a kind, humble and good-natured person who encouraged and championed for everyone around him. His sincerity, coupled with an unwavering loyalty to others, made him a joy to be around and a beloved friend.

    At a young age, Curt began playing golf, a passion he pursued throughout life. He received a scholarship to play for Campbell University in 1968 and was a member of the national championship winning golf team in 1970. Following graduation, Curt made golf his career, holding positions as assistant golf professional at the Country Club of North Carolina (under legendary head golf professional Buck Adams) and North Ridge Country Club, as well as head golf professional at the Country Club of Johnston County. Curt also spent six years as a fundraiser for former U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth.

    When he wasn’t playing, watching or teaching golf, Curt could be found entranced in a John Wayne movie or any Spaghetti Western. He was a voracious reader and especially loved Stephen King and J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Curt’s heart belonged to his faithful wife, Beth, whom he adored unequivocally. He spent 22 happy years with her, reveling together in beach trips to the Outer Banks and long rides in his Toyota 4Runner. He was also fiercely proud of his beloved daughters, Mimi and Alli, with whom he shared his love for Wake Forest University, Tolkien’s writing and an appreciation for their family’s long-held property.

    In addition to his wife and daughters, Curt is survived by his devoted sister, Ginny Soule, sister-in-law Patti Soule, niece Sarah Soule, nephew Will Soule, son-in-law Jason Carter, his two best friends, Steven Faircloth and Stan Stallings, countless friends, as well as five cats.

    A celebration Curt’s life was held on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Summit Church North Raleigh.

    In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Curt’s favorite non-profit organization, the Camel 24 Fellowship, where he gave of his time and talents for 22 years, fundraising for its annual golf tournament. The Camel 24 Fellowship provides support and healing to those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in the Wake County area. Donations may be mailed to Camel 24 Fellowship Inc., P.O. Box 58796, Raleigh, NC 27658.

    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brightfunerals.com.

     

    Ronald Lloyd ‘Ronnie’ Brown Wake Forest Ronald Lloyd “Ronnie” Brown, 60, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014, at his home. He was born in Moore County, the son of the late William Floyd Brown Sr. and Martha Ellen Taylor Brown. A memorial service will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, October 30, 2014, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Mr. Brown ...