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Matthew McAlpine obit and bulletin photo

Matthew K. McAlpine

12/06/1960 ~ 01/22/2018

Services will be held: 01/27/2018

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Daniel Ellis Rackley

07/17/1954 ~ 01/22/2018

Services will be held: 01/27/2018

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Alice Sue Honeycutt

05/25/1938 ~ 01/21/2018

Services will be held: 01/25/2018

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Joseph Chadwick “Chad” Koon

7/20/1987 ~ 01/19/2018

Services will be held: 01/23/2018

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Sherrill Denning

10/11/1939 ~ 01/19/2018

Services will be held: 01/22/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Barbara Anne Morrison Swaim

11/10/1934 ~ 01/15/2018

Services will be held: 01/28/2018

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Damian Joel Smith

02/13/1978 ~ 01/16/2018

Services will be held:

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Hellon Bray Senter

07/21/1925 ~ 01/09/2018

Services will be held: 01/18/2018

Mary Ellen Smith

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

04/06/1917 ~ 01/11/2018

Raleigh – Mary Ellen Jernigan Smith, 100, departed this life on January 11, 2018.  She was born on April 6, 1917, in Jackson, Tennessee, the oldest of eight children. She moved to Raleigh in 1936, and married Carl Bagwell Smith in 1941. They were married for 54 years, and had four children. She worked as manager for the Raleigh HUD office for several years.

As a lifelong member of Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, she loved her Heavenly Father with all her heart, soul, and mind, and loved her fellow man as herself.  Accordingly, she volunteered time to help patients at Dorothea Dix Hospital and worked with prisoners through Yokefellow Prison Ministry. She taught Sunday School for many years, and worked with children’s music programs.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her beloved grandson, Marcus Smith, two sisters, and four brothers.  She is survived by her four children: Brent Smith (Nella), Richard Smith (Stuart), Susan Neal (EC), and Robert Smith (Pam). Ten grandchildren surviving are Brent Smith, Megan Blodgett, Rick Smith, Davis Smith, Jennifer Mish, Andrew Neal, Jon Smith, Emily Morphies, Zack Smith, and Courtney Neal, along with special family members, Jim and Janice Hollingsworth, and twenty great- grandchildren.  One brother, Norman Jernigan, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.

For all these years, she has stood as a strong, nurturing and well-loved example to friends and family. She believed and imparted to us that a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.  We will truly miss her.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM Monday, January 15, at Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, 718 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, followed by a visitation.   Please consider memorials to Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, Raleigh Rescue Mission, 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601, or The Healing Place, 1251 Goode St., Raleigh, NC 27603.

The family thanks the wonderful staff at Rex Rehab for their loving care of Mary Ellen.



Following Memorial Service

Hillyer Memorial Christian Church
718 Hillsborough St. Raleigh,

Please consider memorials to Hillyer Memorial Christian Church; Raleigh Rescue Mission, 314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh; or The Healing Place, 1251 Goode St., Raleigh,



1:30 pm

Hillyer Memorial Christian Church
718 Hillsborough St., Raleigh


  1. Rhonda McNeill

    Truly, she was the hands and feet of Jesus! What a wonderful legacy! Prayers and peace for you all!

  2. Steve and Sheila Warrick

    Susan and Family,
    Your dear mother was a true follower of Christ. She was lovely inside and out, bright, thoughtful, caring and such a sense of wit. She so loved her family. Praying for you, Brent, Richard and Robbie as well as your families. She is eternally happy because she is with her Lord. God Bless you all. Steve and Sheila Warrick

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