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Phares Steavens Nye

April 27, 1934 ~ Nov. 12, 2019

Services will be held:

James Benton Hollingsworth

October 3, 1942 ~ November 8, 2019

Services will be held: November 15, 2019

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James Benton Nordan

March 22, 1928 ~ November 10, 2019

Services will be held: November 14, 2019

Richard Henry Gulley

11/13/1935 ~ November 8, 2019

Services will be held: November 11, 2019

Alan Bruce Clark

March 7, 1957 ~ November 8, 2019

Services will be held: November 12, 2019

Marvin Lewis Jones

February 10, 1937 ~ November 8, 2019

Services will be held: November 12, 2019

James David Smith

01/15/1934 ~ November 7, 2019

Services will be held: November 11, 2019

Ricky Lynn Matthews

November 12, 1953 ~ November 6, 2019

Services will be held: November 9, 2019

Margaret Blanche Upchurch

Aug. 17, 1923 ~ Aug. 24, 2019.

Margaret Blanche Brown Upchurch, 96, has died on August 24, 2019. She was born to William Argo Brown and Blanche Wall Brown, at home on Route 2, Selma, North Carolina on August 17, 1923. She began her family life, after marrying Robert Ivan Upchurch of Raleigh, NC, initially living with the Willie Finch family near the Fairgrounds. An outgrowth of Margaret’s love of church work, public school teaching would be her lifelong career. She taught elementary school for a total of 32 years, in Micro, NC; Elementary in Angier, NC.; and Swift Creek Elementary in Raleigh; she also served as Sunday School Superintendent at Carolina Pines Baptist Church, in Raleigh, for a time. Preceded in death by her husband, Margaret is celebrated, missed and mourned by her four sons; Wayne, Robert, Samuel and Ronald; two daughters-in-law; Deborah Upchurch and Patricia Upchurch; as well as by 5 grandchildren and 3-great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be Sunday Sept. 15, at 3:00 PM at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner. The family will receive friends after the service. Sharing of stories among family and friends will comprise much of the 3 PM service. Please no floral wreaths or bouquets. Margaret’s service to young people and community can be honored by giving to Amedisys Hospice Franklinton, NC (amedisys.com).


September 15, 2019

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Garner
After the service.


September 15, 2019

3:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, Garner


  1. Jack & Kay Matthews

    Sending our sympathy to Margaret Upchurch’s boys (our cousins).
    You will remember all the sweet memories of your Mom and of your childhood which will make you smile and cry. Life is never the same when loosing your mother but God will heal your hearts of all the hurt you now feel. You are and will be in many prayers for peace and comfort now and in future days. Support will come from family & friends who love you,

    Jack & Kay

  2. Toni Whiteman

    So sorry for your loss, Wayne. My thoughts are with you and your family. ❤️

  3. Jerry and Leigh Blow

    Wayne, our thoughts are with you. Remember the good times that your Mama gave you.

  4. Melvin and Mamie

    Mrs Upchurch was my 5th grade teacher at Angier School around 1955. She was a great influence on my young life. Wish we had more teachers like her now for my grandkids and great grandkids.

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