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James Clifton Moon

November 10, 1937 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Darryl James Heuser

Dec. 1, 1953 ~ Aug. 21, 2019

Services will be held:

Betty Z. Cowing

August 15, 1922 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 23, 2019

Oral Wise

March 1, 1952 ~ August 19, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Joseph Rickey “Rick” French

August 28, 1945 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: August 28, 2019

Martin “Matt” Willoughby

Feb. 9, 1950 ~ Aug. 6, 2019

Services will be held: September 6, 2019

Jean Carroll Kaplan

October 23, 1933 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: At a later date

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Brenda Kay Ward

September 3, 1945 ~ August 16, 2019

Services will be held: August 19, 2019

Claude Lee Byrd, III

January 22, 1947 ~ August 9, 2019

Lee Byrd of Raleigh passed away after a brief illness. His family formed a circle of love around him as he slipped peacefully away. He is preceded in death by his grandparents R.S and Lillian Vaughn, Maude and C.L Byrd Sr, his parents C.L Byrd Jr and Vernelle Vaughan Byrd Lucas, his stepfather Dr. George B. Lucas Sr, and his stepbrother, Dr. Glenn B. Lucas.

Born in Raleigh, NC, he attended Broughton High School, Cardinal Gibbons High School, Campbell College, and N.C State University. The Wolfpack was his team! His love of sports cars began even before he got his driver’s license. A career in sales and real estate continued to the present. He was active in the Open Table United Methodist Church and volunteered with his wife Susan at the Wake County Men’s shelter. His favorite place was in front of the television on the sofa either at home or the condo in North Myrtle Beach. Lee was not just a good man, he was the best of men.

He is survived by his wife Susan, Trubnick Byrd, son Scott Byrd, his siblings Woody Byrd (Susan), Candace Lucas Flanagan (Michael), Irvin Lucas (Jane), Guy Lucas, and George B. Lucas Jr; nephews Todd Byrd, Ryan Byrd, Jonathan Lucas, and Daniel Lucas; his nieces Minh L. McPherren, Megan Flanagan, Grace F. Smith, Shannon L. Ritter; his best friend, Jimmie Murray, his faithful companion “Doodle”, and his Bullitt Mustang. We wish he had told us where he left the keys.

The family gives their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gandee, Rosett, and the entire medical team at UNC Neurosciences ICU for their compassionate care.Lee will be laid to rest in a casket built by his brother-in-law Michael Flanagan.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Tuesday August 13, 2019 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Raleigh. The funeral service will be at 11:00 am Wednesday August 14, 2019 at Open Table United Methodist Church with a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Table United Methodist Church at 824 N. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh NC 27604.


August 13, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh
831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27604


August 14, 2019

11:00 AM

Open Table United Methodist Church
824 N. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh, NC 27604

A reception will follow the service.


  1. Jack & Sondra lucas

    We are so sad to hear this. Please know we send our love to all of you.
    Our family was connected for years & years.
    We are leaving tomorrow but will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love

  2. Sharee Liles

    I’m so saddened by this awful news. Lee and I have worked together for over 20 years and always enjoyed joking back and forth and keeping in touch. He was always helpful and always kind to me. I’m so very sorry for the family’s loss. I will miss him.

  3. Don and Ann Cromer

    So sorry to hear such sad news. Even though is has been some time since seeing ya’ll, we remember all the good times we shared together. You and Scotty are in our prayers.

  4. Amy Bush

    As a fellow broker, I have worked with Lee on several real estate transactions over twenty years.
    We truly respected one another and I could always count of Lee to be kind and fair. I will truly miss him. We have lost a wonderful colleague.

  5. Karen Senchak

    I am so devastated to hear this news today. I have worked with Lee on a lot of sites over 20 years, but more importantly he was a true and good friend, always. We would talk about everything from work to personal. I have never met anyone else in this industry and life as kind, sweet and generous. I cannot tell you how special he has been to me. My deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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