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Services

Novella “Novie” Faith Claiborn

Nov. 15, 1996 ~ May 20, 2020

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

John Thomas “J.T.” Honeycutt

May 23, 1938 ~ May 23, 2020

Services will be held: May 29, 2020

Pansy Greer Wood

October 16, 1935 ~ May 26, 2020

Services will be held:

Alma A. Fuquay

October 29, 1926 ~ May 22, 2020

Services will be held: May 25, 2020

Delores Irene Caskey

July 1, 1939 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held:

Lyman Danziel Gregory

January 1, 1931 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held: May 27, 2020

Linda Grice Byrd

July 7, 1938 ~ May 20, 2020

Services will be held:

Ted Darrell Austin

February 17, 1930 ~ May 19, 2020

Services will be held: May 23, 2020

Wandra A. Raynor



October 29, 1942 ~ May 17, 2020

ANGIER – Wandra Adams Stewart Raynor, 77, loving mother, wife, teacher and friend passed away on Sunday.

Wandra was born and raised in Angier, NC to LaComa and Alene Mangum Adams. Wandra was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Angier High School. She later married S/Sgt. Donald David Stewart of Coats NC. Unfortunately, Stewarts plane was shot down in Vietnam, leaving behind Wandra and an infant daughter, Dona. She later married Ira Kent Raynor of Angier NC, a widower who had one son, Rick. Together they formed a family which later included their son, Adam.

Wandra had an early passion for education and teaching. She was a graduate of Campbell University with a BS in Elementary Education, an MA in Early Childhood Education; an EdS Degree from East Carolina University with certification in Superintendent and Curriculum Specialist. She served as an educator in K-3, 8th grade and 8 years as an Assistant Principal. Thirty plus years in Harnett County was a very satisfying, rewarding and never a dull moment in her career. In addition, Wandra taught GED classes for Wake Tech and Central Carolina Community College, English as a second language and Adult night reading classes in surrounding communities.
Kent and Wandra opened Angier Paint and Wallpaper Service Inc. in 1973, where she was instrumental in the development of the business. Wandra was very active in the surrounding community where she was president of Delta Kappa Gamma a teaching fraternity honor society. Kent and Wandra were founding members of the Angier Eastern Star. Wandra was instrumental in the Angier High School Reunion when Angier HS was torn down and renovated. Wandra also enjoyed her students outside the classroom, by coaching golf, and being an advisor for the Stock Market Club.

Wandra loved traveling, had a passion for shopping, reading, painting and was writing a book about her experiences involving her first husband in Vietnam and her extensive search to find his remains. She loved spending time with family and friends, her grandchildren and fur grandchildren.

She retired to Emerald Isle, NC with her fiancé, Jerry Willis. Wandra always had a smile on her face that could light up any room and a kind word for all.

Wandra was preceded in death by her parents, Lacoma and Alene Adams; husbands, Donald Stewart and Kent Raynor; brother, Wayne Adams and a beloved mother-in-law, Alice Raynor. She is lovingly remembered and missed by many family and friends, including her brother, Winton Adams (Diane); sister, Wyonna Johnson (Charlie); brother, Warren Adams (Donna) and sister, Wincer Best. Children, Rick, Dona and Adam (Jacquelyn). Grandchildren, Trevor, Madison, Tanner, Alex, Jared, Mary Ashburn, Reed; fur grandchildren, Honeybadger, Allie Belle, Mille, Dodger, Zeus and Apolo.

Due to COVID-19, the family will do a lying in state at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Anger, NC on Thurs, May 21 from 2:00-7:00pm. Anyone who would like to come pay their respects may attend and sign the registry. The family will hold a private burial on Friday.

The family plans to host a memorial celebration of Wandra’s life once it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Vietnam Veterans of America, vva.org (acknowledgements should be directed to Jacquelyn at jraynorapw@gmail.com) or Autism Society of NC, autismsociety-nc.org in Wandra’s memory.


Visitation

May 21, 2020

2:00-7:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
300 E. McIver St. Angier, NC 27501

The above mentioned floating visitation is a time for family and friends to pay their last respects and sign the guest book.

Service


Guestbook

  1. Jim Thomas

    My most sincere wishes of condolences to Wandra’s family. As a North Carolina native and a Vietnam Veteran I’m proud to have known her. She was a lady of character, kindness, manners and personal strength. We first met at a library where a Meet-The-Author event was being held. I had written some articles about Vietnam and she kept coming back to my table to ask questions about Vietnam and finally she explained why she had so many questions. We met several times to work on finding Airman Donald Stewart. Turned out, there wasn’t a downed USAF airplane at the TACAN location entered on the MIA document. I was very familiar with II Corps and I like to think I helped her and her daughter. Rest in peace Wandra knowing you accomplished much for others on your worldly journey.

  2. Wincer Adams Best

    Losing my Sister Wandra leaves me with a heavy heart this mornig. I have no one left to turn too for guidance and support when I need to talk to someone. God gives you one special person to get you through life and I needed more time with my special person. I wil miss her so very much, Love you Sis.

  3. Don and Carol Langdon

    Wandra a special friend and wonderful neighbor. She gave the gift of her loving children to many. We will always treasure many things about Wandra especially the Christmas morning breakfast with so many friends Surely she is visiting everyone in Heaven and that will take some time she knew so many especially her “little school children”

  4. Debbie Hargis

    Adam, Dona and Rick may God’s perfect peace be yours during your time of loss.

    There aren’t enough words to express how I felt about Wandra. For over 30 years our paths crossed as a teacher, then my boss’s mom, and my faithful friend. We shared so many good times and memories with each other, along with many quiet and serious times. Whether we were together or on the phone our conversations always ended with “I love you.” She left a void in the lives of so many that knew her and loved her. I will miss her always. Rest in peace, my beautiful friend!

  5. Martha C Stanley

    Wandra was a friend both at North Harnett Primary School and in our community! She was a fun person to be around! We shared the same sorrow of losing our husbands to cancer within 6 weeks of each other! I know she is enjoying Heaven with her family and friends! Great lady!

  6. Jaime Waicus Melito

    Wandra will surely be missed but be remembered for the amazing woman she was! Such a dear friend to my parents and always a kind word for my sister and myself. Prayers go out to her family and know that she definitely has her angel wings! Love to you all.

  7. Janet Monroe

    Our condolences to the family Mrs. Raynor was a former teacher of the Monroe family in Angier she was a good teacher she will be missed by many. Our prayers are with the family.
    Rest In Peace Mrs Raynor.
    The Monroe Family

  8. Mary Joe McLamb

    I taught with Wandra and we coached golf together . Wandra was a wonderful person and she will be truly missed!

  9. Kevin and Teresa Fish

    So sorry for the loss of your sweet Mother. I have always heard my husband, Kevin speak very highly of her and all of her accomplishments. She was a beautiful and talented woman. I am sure she touched many young lives throughout her teaching career. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  10. Ernestine Southerland

    To The Raynor Family,
    So sorry for your loss of your Mom (Wandra & Kent) were very special to our family. They shared many family meals & get togethers with us over the years, I have lots of fond memories of our times together. You and your families will always have a special place in my heart. They went above and beyond to be sure we were included as part of your family. I will continue to remember each of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Ernestine Southerland (Aunt)
    Sister to Rick’s Mom (Shirley Jones Raynor)

  11. Susan Barnes

    Dona, Adam and Ricky,
    Your mama was like my second mom for so many years. It was a wonderful surprise to see her at Windsor Point with mama although I was sad to see her health had declined. Jeff and I visited her on several occasions while we were there seeing mama and she was always in good spirits. I got to visit her right before the pandemic started and she showed me all the artwork she had been working on. It still doesn’t seem real to me that she is no longer with us. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  12. Jerry willis

    It was a wonderful time when

    God put us together and I meth her loving family. We were Engadget for about 10 year when wandra had her stroke. I loved her with all my heart and about 2 months before she died I told her I Would be scare to be without her and I am. But I am sure God. Will help me

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