John David Kennedy
John David (Dave) Kennedy, 53, of Leesburg, Va., formerly of Thomasville, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at Loudoun Memorial Hospital in Virginia after suffering a heart attack. A funeral will be held today, April 29, 11 a.m. at Loves Creek Baptist Church, 14680 U.S. 64W, Siler City. It will be conducted by the Rev. Roy Helms. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Loves Creek Baptist Cemetery in Siler City.
Mr. Kennedy was a native of Thomasville and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and was on the city planning board for Leesburg, Va. Survivors include a son, Ryan David Kennedy of Land O Lakes, Fla.; and two brothers, Curt Kennedy of Cary and Bob Kennedy of Marietta, Ga.
Donations can be made to the Ryan Kennedy Scholarship Fund, c/o Curt Kennedy, 102 Christofle Lane, Cary, NC 27511. Make checks payable to First Clearing Corporation for Ryan Kennedy and leave the memo line blank.
Sylvia Rose Ingold McCown
Sylvia Rose Ingold McCown died Wednesday, April 21, 2004. She was born June 26, 1932, in Durham to Earl H. and Nova Ingold. She grew up in Coats and graduated from Coats High School in 1950. She was also a graduate of Hardbarger Business School of Raleigh. After a long career with Durham Life Insurance Company, she retired in 1992.
She was superintendent and a teacher of the third-grade class at First Baptist Church of Cary for more than 20 years. She was also an active member and two-term president of the Greenwood Forest Garden Club until her health prevented further participation.
She is survived by her husband, Henry (Hank) M. McCown of Cary; her daughter, Ann Ennis Mann of Cary; brother and sister-in-law, Harry W. and Joyce Ingold of Freeburg, Ill.; and two stepdaughters, Margaret Freniere of Atlanta, Ga., and Debra Jessey of Swarthmore, Pa. She was also the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Sue I. Flowers; and her son, Robert Earl Ennis of Cary, who died April 2, 2004.
A funeral service was held Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary. Interment followed at Restlawn Cemetery in Raleigh.
The family received friends Friday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown-Wynne.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.MeM.com.
Gleason Andrew (G.A.) Yates Jr.
Gleason Andrew Yates Jr., 66, of Fuquay-Varina died on April 20, 2004, due to an extended illness. Mr. Yates was a member of the Green Level Baptist Church in Apex and a native of Apex.
G.A. Yates was a former chief of police with the Apex Police Department, chief of Baldwin Florida Police Department, a deputy sheriff of Wake County and an officer of the N.C. Prison Department. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and antiques collector.
Funeral services were held in the Apex Funeral Home on April 23. Chaplain Eric Haddatz officiated. Burial followed in the Green Level Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors are: son, Mark Yates and wife, Christine of Goldsboro; three grandchildren, Luke, Joshua and Christopher; a sister, Doris Jean Upchurch and husband William Billy Upchurch of Cary; several nieces and nephews; and a special pal, Buddy.
Mr. Yates was preceded in death by his parents, Gleason Andrew Yates Sr. and Mable Clark Yates, and by two brothers, Walter Glenn and Claybon Yates.
Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Heartland, Heartland Home Health, 5400 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612.
The family received friends April 22 at the Apex Funeral Home and at other times at the home of William and Doris Jean Upchurch, 2132 Carpenter Upchurch Road in Cary.
KATHERINE BROWN BATHURST
Katherine Brown Bathurst, 45, died Monday, May 3, 2004 at home after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Throughout her illness she remained a caring, loving wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, David Bathurst, and two children, Ryan and Morgan, all of Cary; mother and father, Cecil K. and Myrna Brown of Raleigh; two sisters, Laura DiGirolamo of Raleigh and Carolyn Stewart of New Bern; and several nieces and nephews.
Kathy was an employee of American Express Corporate Travel. She enjoyed traveling with her family, particularly to the Outer Banks and Jackson Hole, Wyo.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and sang in the choir. Kathy's fun-loving nature provided her with countless friends who will dearly miss her. The family would like to thank Hospice of Wake County for their assistance.
A funeral service will be held today, May 6, at 7 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 S.E. Maynard Road, Cary. The Rev. Bob Inskeep will be officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.MeM.com.
Willie E. Roberts
Mr. Willie Elbert Roberts, 84, of 565 Robert Road, died Monday, April 26, 2004 at Rex Rehab and Nursing Center in Raleigh.
Mr. Roberts was born in Johnston County, Nov. 4, 1919, to the late Junie R. and Lydia Frances Pope Roberts. He was a retired employee of Aeroglide Corporation and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mr. Roberts served his heavenly Father as a deacon and as a member of Rehobeth Primitive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held April 29 at the Rose and Graham Funeral Chapel in Benson. Elders Joe Helms and Tony Parker officiated. Burial followed in Fellowship Community Cemetery, Angier.
Survivors who loved him: wife of 57 years, Bettye Wilson Roberts; daughters and sons-in-law, Rose and Don MacKay of Springfield, Va., and Jayne and Roy Byrd of Cary; grandson and wife, Larry W. and Dorinda Johnson of Indian Head, Md.; great-grandchildren, Michael and David Johnson; brother and wife, James D. and Hazel Roberts of Coats; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jerry and Linda Moore.
Daddy loved living flowers; however, the family requests that memorials be made to Rehobeth Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Dwight T. Roberts, 3171 Zack's Mill Road, Angier, NC 27501; or to one's favorite charity.
Ronald Leslie Sayers
Ronald Leslie Sayers, 64, of Holly Springs died May 1, 2004 at his home, due to an extended illness.
He was a native of Staten Island, N.Y., and retired from the New York City Water Department. He was a member of the New Horizons Fellowship church in Apex.
The funeral was held Tuesday, May 4, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Apex Funeral Home, with Pastor Ray Wickham officiating. Burial followed in the Apex Cemetery.
The family received friends Monday evening at Apex Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Sayers of the home; three daughters, Toni and Nicole Sayers of the home, and Rhonda Sayers of Camden, N.J.; a son, Francis Sayers of Yonkers, N.Y.; a brother, William Sayers of New York; two sisters, Barbara Shannon of New York and Jo Ann Bellamy, and husband John, of New York; a special brother-in-law, Al Bracy, and wife Leah, of Cary; and a special sister-in-law, Jo Ann White, and husband Errol, of New York.
Flowers are welcome and memorials may be given to Hospice of Wake County, 1300 St. Mary's St., Fourth Floor, Raleigh, NC 27605; or to the American Cancer Society, 620 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603.
Edward Graham Walls
Edward "Ed" Graham Walls, 82, of Apex died Sunday, May 2, 2004 after a period of declining health.
He served his country during World War II and was a member of the Apex Masonic Lodge No. 584.
The funeral was held Wednesday, May 5, at 3 p.m. in the Apex Funeral Home Chapel. Hospice lay minister Woody Jerger and Dr. Andrew Pickens officiated. The family received friends for an hour prior to the service. Burial followed in the Apex Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marie Williams Walls, in November 1993.
Mr. Walls is survived by his nieces, Judith Whitehead and husband Eddie of Garner, Pat Proctor of Morehead City, Mary Elizabeth Benton and husband Frank, Ruth Mauffius and husband Bill, and Kay Conner and husband David; nephews, Howard Benton and wife Tommie of Raleigh, Bobby Walls and wife Susan, Jerry Walls and wife Peggy, Billy Walls and wife Marsha, Tommy Mills and wife Tammy, and Bill Pearce; and sisters, Doris Thrower and husband Bob of Fuquay-Varina, and Barbara Mills of Apex.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be given to Community Home Care & Hospice, 226 Ashville Ave., Cary, NC 27511.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Brighton Manor for their professionalism, medical care, kindnesses and expressions of love shown to Uncle Edward.
DONALD 'DON' FRANCIS WALTERS
Donald F. Walters, 78, died Thursday, April 29, 2004. He was born Oct. 29, 1925 in Utica, N.Y. He received his bachelor of science degree at Clarkson University in Pottstown, N.Y., and served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was a radioman for the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean conflict. He was married to Jean Wurz on Sept. 23, 1950 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mr. Walters was a chemical engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency in Durham and retired in 1986. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, loved to play golf, and had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. He also performed in “Our Town” and other plays in the area.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean W. Walters of Cary; seven children, Joseph T. Walters of Cary, John M. Walters and wife, Jan of Richmond, Va., Rosanne Clapp and husband, John of Raleigh, Catherine Walters of Apex, Matthew C. Walters of Moscow, Russia, Elizabeth J. Walters of Cary, and Peter T. Walters and wife, Maria of Costa Rica; sister-in-law, Dolores R. Walters of Utica, N.Y.; aunt, Laura Walters of N.Y. Mills, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren, Justin, Christian, Jennifer, Patrick, Joseph, Jackson, Cassie and Owen.
A funeral mass was held Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary.
The family received friends Monday evening, May 3, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.MeM.com.
Metta E. Bennett Clark
Metta E. Bennett Clark, 92, of Cary went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 6, 2004.
Metta was born in Cary on Oct. 28, 1911. She graduated from Cary High School. She later married R. Wade Clark and they resided in Cary. Metta worked in Cary and Apex schools and also on the family farm for many years.
She had a great love for her church, family, community, gardening and cooking. She found special joy in cooking and preparing meals for her family and friends.
She had a special love for her four grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; also, she was a friend to all. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R. Wade Clark, on May 28, 1987.
She is survived by her two daughters, Ann Clark Woodall and husband, Jim of Apex, and Sarah Clark Ross and husband, Gordon of Southern Pines; her grandson, Michael Woodall of Moncure; her granddaughters, Kim Alkire and husband, Richard of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sonia Estroff and husband, Jeff of Cary, and Julia Brisson and husband, Wally of Garner; and five great-grandchildren, Brittany Alkire, Cameron and Jamie Estroff, and Kyle and Trevor Brisson.
The family received friends at the Apex Funeral home and at the home of Jim and Ann Woodall in Apex.
A funeral service was held at Piney Plain Christian Church on Tuesday, May 11, at 11 a.m. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Services were conducted by the Rev. David Finley and the Rev. Phillip Qualls.
The family would like to thank the staff and workers at Carolina House of Cary, where she had resided since 1996, for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Wake County, 1300 St. Mary's St., Raleigh, N.C. 27605.
Linda Marie Desaulniers
Linda Marie Desaulniers, 45, of Wake Forest, died on Sunday, May 2, 2004 at her home.
A memorial service was held at the home of her sister, Carol McKenzie, in Apex on Saturday, May 8.
She is survived by her mother, Emily Freeman of Florida; brothers, Doug Desaulniers and wife, Diane of New Jersey, and David Desaulniers of Georgia; sisters, Pat Desaulniers of North Carolina and Carol McKenzie of North Carolina; nieces, Danielle Desaulniers and Andrea McKenzie; nephew, Dylan Desaulniers; and aunts, Lou McDermott of Pennsylvania and Lois Healey of Massachusetts.
Flora B. 'Flo' Kidd
Flo peacefully went on to be with the Lord at sunrise Monday, May 10, 2004. A native of Smithfield, she was born Dec. 3, 1931.
"Mama Flo" will also be remembered by her legacy of spiritual sons and daughters who loved her deeply. She was loved and admired by many for her faithful devotion to her family, church and the kingdom of God.
She is survived by her children, Ronnie, Tom, Wayne, Gina and Paul Kidd; and sister, Isabell Vuncannon. Flo also leaves behind four grandchildren, Cameron, Katie, Alex and Paige. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Kidd.
Visitation was held Wednesday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 13, at noon at Raleigh Christian Life Fellowship Church, 8121 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh. Pastors Paul Kidd, Dale Cash and Paul Sims will be officiating. Interment will follow in Raleigh Memorial Park on Glenwood Avenue.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Raleigh Christian Life Fellowship Church, 8121 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh, NC 27617.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Mem.com.
Terry Edwin Rettig
Terry Edwin Rettig, 37, died Monday, May 3, 2004, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. He was a graduate of Cary High School, attended N.C. State University and graduated magna cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a degree in aeronautical science. He enjoyed his pilot's training and also flew RC model airplanes. He was an avid NASCAR fan. Terry was employed with QSS Group in Martinsburg, W.Va., as a programmer and systems analyst.
A memorial service was held May 8 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary. A private burial was held at a later date.
Surviving are his parents, Alan Edwin Rettig and Janice Carruthers Rettig; sister, Sharon Gordon and husband, Jim of Milford, Ohio; brothers, Tim Ulrick and wife, Laura of Lima, Ohio, and Jeff Ulrick of Apex; nieces, Amanda and Whitney Gordon, and Bethany Ulrick; and nephews, Riley and Casey Ulrick.
The family received friends immediately following the chapel service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), 55 Kenosia Ave., P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968.
Condolences may be sent to the family at MeM.com.
MARY THERESE FORD
Mary Therese Ford, 69, of Apex, died Tuesday morning, May 11, at home. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 2, 1934, to Edward Henry Ford and Frances Dean Adams.
Mary graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1955, received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Buffalo in 1961, and her master's degree from Canisius College in 1964.
Before moving to Frederick, Md., in 1980, Mary was a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital and at Sheehan Memorial Emergency Hospital. She also served on the nursing faculties at Trocaire College and D'Youville College.
After moving to Maryland, Mary was on the nursing faculty of Frederick Community College and served as its director of nursing education.
She retired to North Carolina in 1999, where she devoted herself to volunteer service on the civic level, as well as through St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex.
Surviving are two sisters, Elizabeth Brown of Glendora, Calif., and Jeanne M. Cross of Apex. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society in Mary's honor. Arrangements are entrusted to Apex Funeral Home, 511 W. Williams St., Apex.