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William “W. C.” Hudson, Jr.

05/23/1967 ~ June 14, 2019

Services will be held: June 18, 2019

William Ray Hart

September 25, 1932 ~ June 13, 2019

Services will be held: June 17, 2019

Eric C. Levesque

09/13/1973 ~ June 9, 2019

Services will be held: June 17, 2019

Alex Nathaniel Truelove

06/23/1993 ~ June 11, 2019

Services will be held: June 16, 2019

Joseph Bennett Rucker

October 26, 1954 ~ June 11, 2019

Services will be held: June 15, 2019

Thomas Richard Barbour

November 23, 1925 ~ June 10, 2019

Services will be held: June 14, 2019

Jo-Anne Lineback McAllister

September 23, 1930 ~ June 10, 2019

Services will be held: June 14, 2019

Janet D. Hickman

12/04/1953 ~ 06/30/2018

Services will be held: June 29, 2019

Richard James Tait

12/10/1959 ~ 01/06/2019

Richard James Tait of Raleigh, North Carolina, age 59, passed away after a valiant 18 month battle with brain cancer on January 6, 2019.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1433 Aversboro Rd. Garner, NC 27529. Burial will follow at Wake Memorial Park in Cary. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 11th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 1200 Benson Rd. Garner, NC 27529.

Richard was born on December 10, 1959 in Orange County, California to Ellon Jane Ward and Don Russell Tait. He grew up in an active and busy family full of love and devotion to faith and to one another. His family lived in Orange County and Livermore, California, as well as Logan, Utah and Mesa, Arizona. As a young man Richard served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pusan, South Korea where his love for the Korean people and their language began to grow. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1984 in Korean Studies and International Relations. While in college he met his future bride, Deon Brinkerhoff, and they married in May of 1984 in Mesa, Arizona. He was hired by the National Security Agency and lived in Maryland for 30 years to work and to raise his family. He and his family spent a few years in Seoul, South Korea, where he was the first American to graduate from Sogang University with a masters as a “native speaker”. He and his wife moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2014 to begin a new chapter and worked at North Carolina State University in the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences associated with the Department of Defense.

Richard was a devoted patriot and spent his very successful career defending our country from its enemies, mentoring younger employees, innovating ways to improve operations throughout the language and intelligence communities and received many honors for his work. He will be remembered by those with whom he worked as a dear friend and servant of the people.
Richard also dedicated himself to serving within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a teacher, scout leader, missionary, and as a bishop. His last calling was serving as a teacher to teens in an early morning religious class every day before school and work. He loved his students with all his heart, as he did all those he has served throughout his life. Richard loved anything from his alma mater, BYU, and greatly enjoyed their football, volleyball and basketball games. He always said that his hobbies were his family and his religion, with a little reading here and there.

Richard adored his brothers and sisters. He is pre-deceased by his parents and his oldest sister Velein Rogers, and is survived by Janet Timothy (Utah), Robert Tait (Nevada), Elizabeth Steed (Utah), William Tait (Texas), and Kathleen Lifferth (Tennessee). He was a devoted husband in every way to Deon. No one loved being a father more than Richard. He cherished every moment as a dad with his son Brian Tait and father-in-law to Brittney Martell Tait as well as with his daughter Leslie Tait. He was thrilled to be a grandpa to granddaughter, Conley Tait. He will always be fondly remembered as the uncle to his many nieces and nephews who brought them unique candy and gum from overseas, who adored them and played with them, talked to them to uplift them, and as an example of dedication to his family and to his faith.

Flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Duke University’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.



6:00-8:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
1200 Benson Rd. Garner, NC 27529



10:00 AM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1433 Aversboro Rd. Garner, NC 27529

The burial will follow at Wake Memorial Park in Cary.


  1. Britt Franklin

    Our love and condolences. I have nothing but wonderful memories of each time I had the opportunity of serving with Richard.

    “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”
    (Rabindranath Tagore)

    For Richard I have no doubt that a glorious dawn has come. He will be missed but I am confident that his energetic spirit is soaring to new heights.

  2. Pamela Whipp

    Richard was one of the most kind hearted men I had ever known. He was the first to welcome a stranger , always had an open ear and gave wise counsel. He rescued me out of a bind on more than one occasion and never sought any accolades for doing so. He was an humble intellectual who had more of a pronounced impact on my life than he ever knew. He was also a wonderful example of how a man should care for his wife and children .
    He now rests safety in the care of Our Heavenly Father where he no doubt he is already happily fulfilling any duty that may be asked of him in continuing to serve . I was blessed to have known him. .

  3. Colin Taylor

    This man was the most influential person I’ve ever met in my entire life. He was an amazing scout leader and helped everyone. I will miss you and will see you in the next life.

  4. Elizabeth Richards

    I don’t know anyone more authentic than Richard. His motives were pure, his work diligent. He was inspirational to those in all aspects of his life here. Our nation has lost a true patriot, and I, personally, will never forget Richard.
    My sincer condolences to the Tait family.

  5. Kay Moore

    Richard was a true patriot and it was a privilege to work with him. I will miss him and offer my sincere condolences.

  6. Bill and Becky Harms

    We knew the Tait family both in Korea and here in Baltimore. He will be greatly missed! Our sympathy to Deon, Brian and Leslie. May happy memories make this hard time a little bit easier to bear…..

  7. Joann Keyton

    There are special people in the world, and Richard was one of them. He embraced learning by teaching others and allowing them to teach him. Few people have influenced me professionally in the way Richard did. My condolences to his family.

  8. Kathy Quinn

    My love and respect for our dear Bishop Tait and my appreciation for the insights he shared, the testimony of which his life witnessed, and the powerful influence he has had on my family are eternal.
    I send love, thoughts and prayers to Deon, Brian and Leslie.

  9. Ray & Vi Corbett

    Deepest condolences and love to the Tait family. Brother Tait was a very special spirit. He is now continuing his next mission.

  10. Charles T Brown

    Families are eternal. I have very fond memories of Richard while raising our families together in Maryland. We worshiped together, served together, and played & laughed together. His smile, kindness and enthusiasm for life was contagious. Richard’s loving spirit will always be with us, till we meet again.

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