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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

Michael David Tripp

May 6, 1953 ~ August 5, 2019

Clayton – Michael David Tripp, 66, of Clayton, NC passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019. He was born May 6, 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Charles and Beulah Tripp.

Mike is survived by his wife, Jean Mahan Tripp of Clayton, with whom he shared 43 wonderful years. He also leaves behind his loving children, Michael (Stephanie) Tripp of Garner and William (Suzi) Tripp of Garner, along with six grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Fred (Melanie) Tripp of Monroe, LA, Dan (Linda) Tripp of Monroe, LA, and Jody Tripp of Middleburg, FL, along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beulah Tripp.

Mike grew up in Orange Park, FL and graduated from Orange Park High School in 1971. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1971, but not before meeting the girl that would win his heart. They wrote each other letters while he served in Vietnam. When he returned home in 1975, they got married and began their family. Like his father, Mike decided to dedicate the rest of his career to public service as a police officer.

In his free time, Mike loved to spend time with his family. He was a devoted member of the Catholic church and served as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was full of jokes, was a master storyteller, and loved his family unconditionally. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Garner, NC on Tuesday, August 13th at 11:00 am. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the church hall following the service. For guests only attending the gathering, we anticipate it to begin at 12:00pm. Interment will be held at 3:00 pm at Maplewood Cemetery in Clayton, NC.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made in Mike’s name to the V Foundation (online at www.v.org or by mail to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513).


August 13, 2019

Following the Service

St. Mary Mother of the Church, Garner


August 13, 2019

11:00 AM

St. Mary Mother of the Church, Garner

Interment will be held at 3:00 PM in Maplewood Cemetery, Clayton.


  1. Sharon Kunard

    Such a beautiful tribute to a very deserving man who spent his life serving others in so many capacities. Although he is already greatly missed, just knowing what an amazing man you were fortunate to have known will provide the support you will all need in the coming days. My prayers for all of you!

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