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William Mitchell “Bill” Wall

10/12/1925 ~ 5/21/2018

Services will be held: 05/24/2018


Geraldine W. Myatt

10/07/1927 ~ 05/21/2018

Services will be held: 05/24/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Alana Joy Corey

05/18/2018 ~ 05/18/2018

Services will be held: 05/25/2018

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John O. Davis

07/15/1931 ~ 05/16/2018

Services will be held:

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Ann Laura Firminger Howard

03/20/1945 ~ 05/14/2018

Services will be held: 05/18/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Frances E. Brantley

06/02/1940 ~ 05/15/2018

Services will be held: 05/19/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Loueen Slaughter Fogel

12/24/1947 ~ 05/14/2018

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Peggy Lou Ford Beane

03/07/1942 ~ 05/12/2018

Services will be held: 05/17/2018

Lula Mae Rhodes Soward


06/02/1923 ~ 04/14/2017

GARNER – Lula Mae Rhodes Soward, “Lou” as her friends called her, 93, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on April 14, 2017 after a long and faithful life.

The daughter of Louisa “Lula” Ferrell Rhodes and Joseph Edwards Rhodes of SE Wake County, Lula Mae grew up on a farm in rural wake county and was a 1942 graduate of Garner High School.

She met her husband during WWII at the Oak Ridge TN, Nuclear Facilities where they both worked. Lou lived in TN until her first son was born. On her return to Raleigh, she started work with Westinghouse Corporation when it opened its doors in Raleigh and was there until her retirement in 1988. In her free time she was a skilled seamstress, loved to cook, was a Ruritanette and avid member of the Garner Senior Center, loved her church, family and friends.

She was proceeded in death by her devoted husband, friend and companion of 46 years, Royal D. Soward, Sr of Rt 3, Old Stage Rd, Raleigh, NC. Lou is survived by 3 sons: Royal D. Soward, Jr (Sharon) of Raleigh; George E. Soward (Marcia) of Cary; Granger D. Soward (Diane) of Wilmington, NC; eight grandchildren: Jana Soward Kellam (Chris) of Willow Springs, Preston Soward (April) of Cary, Morgan Soward of Benson, Dexter Soward (Kathy) of Wilmington, Chad Soward (Elizabeth) of Wilmington, Ryan Rodgers (Jenny) of Cary, Jason Rodgers (Heather) of Cary and Stephanie Teta (Anthony) of Richmond; and 15 wonderful great grand children. Lou was also preceded in death by her mom and dad, 6 brothers and 4 sisters in addition to many very special uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:30-1:45 at Plymouth Church at 6104 Rock Service Station Road, Raleigh, NC. A Celebration of Lou’s Life will be held at 2 pm at Plymouth Church. Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Plymouth Church Building Fund where Lou was a faithful member for over 60 years. The family would like to express thanks to friends and family who visited and spoke words of encouragement during the past few years as her struggle with growing older became more difficult. God’s love and presence was felt continuously.

We love you Mom and will miss you. You truly had a servant’s heart and gave us a wonderful example to follow. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.



12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Plymouth Church
6104 Rock Service Station Road, Raleigh, NC



2:00 PM

Plymouth Church
6104 Rock Service Station Road, Raleigh, NC

Burial will follow at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh


  1. Virginia Carroll

    My deepest sympathies to all of the family. May our Lord bless and comfort all of you during this time.

  2. John and Susan Wester

    We are thinking of all your family at this difficult time. Your mother and father were both delightful people, and we have many fond memories of them in years past at Plymouth Church.

  3. Sherry Drake Hollingsworth

    My thoughts are with you. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

  4. Steve Davis

    I enjoyed visiting with your mother at Lawndale. She was a blessed friend to my mother and a wonderful lady. I loved to make her smile. She will be missed, but we will meet again.

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