Obituaries for April 26, 2013

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

Jamie Hahn

Jameson (Jamie) Kirk Hahn of Raleigh died early Wednesday at WakeMed, with her husband, Nation, and her family at her side. She was 29.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 26 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, also at Pullen Memorial.

Jamie was a rising star in politics. She was an idealist who lived her beliefs. She dedicated her life and her labor to the goal of human dignity for all – rich and poor, black and white, young and old, gay and straight. She saw public service as the way to achieve that goal.

She was taken from us too early. But she touched uncounted numbers of people whose expressions of love and support have sustained her family in this difficult time.

Jamie and Nation made life and politics fun. They loved friends and food. They filled their home with celebrations of birthdays, holidays and special occasions, including most any Carolina game on television.

Jamie and Nation just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last week at Emerald Isle.

Jamie was born on Oct. 25, 1983. She attended Orangeburg (SC) Preparatory School. She fell in love with the University of North Carolina and with Chapel Hill during a visit as a high school junior. She graduated from UNC in 2006 with a degree in political science.

She served on the board of the Hope Center at Pullen and was an active member of UNC’s Young Alumni Association.

Jamie began her career in politics as a fundraiser for Congressman David Price in 2006. During her work for Sen. John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign, she met Nation. They were married on April 18, 2009.

She owned Sky Blue Strategies, a political fundraising consulting firm. Other candidates and causes for which she worked included Kenneth Lewis for U.S. Senate, Brad Miller for U.S. Congress, Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate, Jane Dyer for U.S. Congress (SC), Bob Etheridge for governor (NC), the Research Triangle Foundation, and Protect All NC Families.

She is survived by her husband, Nation; her mother and stepfather, Debra and Marion Funderburk of Orangeburg, S.C.; her father and stepmother, Chris and Teresa Kirk of St. Helena Island, S.C.; brothers, Brett and Justin Funderburk; and sister, Ashley Jones; as well as Nation’s parents, David and Pat Greer of Lenoir.

Her family wishes to thank the staff, nurses and surgeons at WakeMed for their professionalism, dedication and courtesy during Jamie’s final hours.

She is mourned by and she will be remembered by a legion of friends. Tuesday night, with just a few hours’ notice, hundreds of them filled the sanctuary at the Hahns’ faith home, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, for a prayer vigil.

Nation spoke at the service. He said: “Jamie dedicated her life to making a difference, and it is that dedication that has brought so many of us together tonight to pray for her, stand with her and express our love for her.”

He read from a poem by Aeschylus that Jamie loved, a poem quoted by Robert F. Kennedy on the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated:

“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Hope Center at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh 27605. Please earmark contributions to “Raising Hope Dinner.”

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.

Mary Moore

Mary Helen Ward Moore, 64, of Granite Falls passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

Mrs. Moore was born in Caldwell County to the late Stanley Thomas Ward and Viola Harmon. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Gary Vernon Moore; a son, Shannon G. Moore; two brothers, James and Johnny Ward; and two sisters, Rebecca Ferguson and Sue Mast.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, William Thomas Moore of Granite Falls, and Michael Vernon Moore and wife Brandy of Sawmills; her daughters, Tammy Moore Davenport and husband Everett of Granite Falls, and Susan Fulbright of Lenoir; her brother, Kenneth Ward of Boone; her sisters, Martha Forrester of Lenoir, and Carolyn Lowman of Vale; and seven grandchildren.

A graveside service for Mrs. Moore will be held Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Reverend Lynn Parsons officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. at Pendry’s Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Everett Davenport, Matthew Ward, Kenneth Ward, Stephen Forrester, Johnathan Walker and Riley Swink.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Mary Helen Ward Moore.

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Ila Bolick

Ila Mae Bolick, 96, of Lenoir died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Whitnel. Friends may visit family an hour prior to service at the church.

Frances Swallow

Frances Thomason Swallows, 75, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Swallows was born in Fentress, Tenn., to the late Will Thomason and Willie Burden Thomason. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank C. Swallows; brothers, Henry and Chuck Thomason; and sisters, Jewell Elmore, Eva Elmore, Linnie Boles, Katie Boles and Lula Mays.

She worked for Connie Lee Hosiery and was a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Douglas Cantor of the home; her sons, Donald William Swallows and wife Sheila of Hudson, and Darrell Elmore and wife Trudy of Whitwell, Tenn.; her daughters, Rebecca S. Young of Whitnel and Renee S. Deese of Hudson; sisters, Neva Palmer Russell of Rosswell, Ga., Jeanette Johnson of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren and one step-grandchild; and her beloved Shi-Tzu pet and companion, Snowball.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Davis and the Rev. Tony Harris officiating. Burial will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home Saturday from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be the Deacons of Indian Hills Baptist Church.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Frances Thomason Swallows.

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