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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Leslie McCorkle Houston

October 30, 1948 ~ January 14, 2020

Services will be held: at a later date

Deogracia Ostolaza-Guzman

05/12/1925 ~ 01/14/2020

Services will be held: January 16, 2020

Thomas Carlton Woodard

October 9, 1939 ~ January 12, 2020

Services will be held: January 15, 2020

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Paul David Gardner

September 18, 1924 ~ January 11, 2020

Services will be held: January 15, 2020

Linwood Carr Britt

May 29, 1926 ~ January 13, 2020

Services will be held: January 16, 2020

Maynard Gregory

October 29, 1946 ~ January 11, 2020

Services will be held: January 16, 2020

Carolyn “Jane” Jones Hubbard

Dec. 12, 1934 ~ Jan. 8, 2020

Services will be held: January 10, 2020

Marjorie Leonard Duke

November 26, 1926 ~ January 8, 2020

Services will be held: January 10, 2020

Oral Wise

March 1, 1952 ~ August 19, 2019

Oral Wise, 67, passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 19, 2019 in Raleigh, NC.
Oral was born March 1, 1952 in Florence, SC to the late Joseph Lonnie Wise and Pearlie Mae Yarborough Wise. He was a graduate of Hannah Pamplico High School, Francis Marion University, and Pheiffer University where he received his MBA and Masters degree in Health Administration in 1998.
As a dedicated member of the WakeMed Hospital family since 1988, Oral was currently Executive Director, Ambulatory and Support Services. He was also active in the Miss North Carolina / Miss America scholarship organization and a certified pageant judge in North and South Carolina.

Surviving are his partner of 41 years, Bobby Clark of Raleigh; his brothers, Harry Wise, Coward, SC; Allen Wise, Florence, SC; Willie (Landa) Wise, Pamplico, SC; his sisters, Blondell Turner, Lexington, NC; Mary (Edd) Poston, Pamplico, SC; Wilma Caraway, Coward, SC; and Nellie Gaskins of Lake City, SC; along with many nieces and nephews of which he cared deeply. Oral is predeceased by his parents and brothers Ervin Wiseand Alex Wise.
One of Oral’s greatest pleasures was the privilege of working with his large and extended family at WakeMed for over 31 years.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Chapel, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Saturday at the funeral home. There will also be a memorial service in South Carolina for Oral at a later date to be announced.
While Oral loved flowers and they are most appreciated, his family would like to request that memorials be considered to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603, where he and Bobby had adopted two wonderful companion animals.


August 24, 2019

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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


August 24, 2019

2:00 pm

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


  1. Kathy Rollins

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of this gentle man. Like many others I met him when he was a pageant judge. I will remember his sweet smile and his love of bowties. Prayers for all who loved him.

  2. Linda and Bob Metz

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with Oral’s family and friends.
    Linda and Bob Metz

  3. D. Nathan

    What started many years ago as a business relationship grew into a friendship. He was an appreciated friend, as well as a valued client. It was a privilege to have known him.

  4. Debbi Wright Cook

    Ms. Nellie, I am thinking of you and asking our Lord to cover your family and you with comfort and strength. I love you and I’m with you in thoughts and prayers. Terry sends his love too.

    Debbi Wright Cook

  5. Bill Oakley

    Oral was a good friend and wonderful person. He enjoyed life and loved his work at WakeMed. My deepest sympathies to Bobby and the rest of his family. His smile and outgoing personality will be missed by all who knew him.

  6. Dixie Morgan

    Peanut was such a good friend to me in high school and college. So many wonderful memories. I am so sorry. My prayers are with the family.
    Dixie Morgan

  7. Ricardo Garde

    He was a Good friend and mentor to me, terrible lost. For those who got the privilege to work for Mr. Oral know the warm and kind person he was, without a doubt an incredible boss. You will be missed Mr. Oral.

  8. Rick Shrum

    We all have a heavy heart this week here at WakeMed, however we were all very blessed to know and serve others with Oral. Our thoughts and prayers are with Oral’s family and fiends during this difficult time. God bless Oral.

  9. Steven Brockman-Weber

    Please accept my condolences. Oral was a great man and leader. My prayers to Bobby and the entier family.

  10. Carl Eisenstadt

    Bobby, I am so sad for your great loss. Sending you my very best wishes.

  11. Jere and Paula Wise-Cribb

    Jere and I send our prayers and sympathies to you all! I remember Peanut well.

  12. Karen Pustulka

    Oral was a kind and gentle soul, well loved and respected, by his Wake Med family. He was professional in everything he did. A man of multiple interests and talents. It was an honor to have known him. I send my deepest condolances to his family, partner, and friends who grieve this tremendous loss. May God bless you all, and bring comfort and peace. Thank you, Oral, for being such a kind soul in this world. You were truly special and will be missed.

  13. Christopher Horton

    Deepest sympathy to Mr. Bobby and to the entire family. Oral was a trusted mentor, confidante and friend. I will forever cherish the memories we shared and his influence will forever be present. Rest In Peace “Papa O” (Big Boss). You are truly missed.

    With Love,

  14. Sandra "Sandi" Bullock

    Sincere condolences to Mr. Bobby, and all of Oral’s family. I’ve known and worked with Oral for over 20 years. I will always fondly remember his gentle soul, his smile, those awesome bow ties, and his love for beautiful orchids and flowers. He was a true Southern gentleman! But, his greatest legacy to me, a part of his WakeMed family is his commitment to our Mission and Value statement to all we serve. His leadership and personal example to us will live on in all who follow his teachings. Customer service, first impressions, patient and family centered care, kindness, respect……he taught us, and led us by example. His legacy will live on in all of us. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. RIP Oral.

  15. Dale and Nanette Newton

    Our world has lost a special person and heaven has gained a precious soul. Dearest Bobby, our thoughts, prayers and memories are with you and Oral’s family. We could surely see the love and good times you shared in his sweet memorial pictures.

  16. Sherill Powell Tyler

    Mrs. Nellie, family members, and all who knee “Peanut”, my prayers and thoughts are with you in the following days. He was a wonderful friend during school years. So sorry for everyone’s loss. He will be missed by many. RIP “Peanut”

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