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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Lawrence George Martin

04/17/1927 ~ 01/17/2019

Services will be held: 01/22/2019

David Shuttleworth obit photo

David “Jack” Shuttleworth

10/18/1933 ~ 01/15/2019

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Leona “Lee” Ball Timm

12/12/1930 ~ 01/15/2019

Services will be held: 01/18/2019

cooper obit photo

Fulton Cooper

06/12/1927 ~ 01/13/2019

Services will be held: 01/17/2019

Howard Stephens

Howard Ray Stephens

09/07/1938 ~ 01/10/2019

Services will be held: 01/13/2019

Ziles Obit Photo

Gregory Eugene “Greg” Ziles

09/11/1953 ~ 01/09/2019

Services will be held: 01/13/2019

Melinda Nava-Rios photo

Melinda Pleasant Earp Nava-Rios

04/10/1968 ~ 01/05/2019

Services will be held: 01/12/2019


Norman “Scott” Bartrom

10/16/1961 ~ 12/13/2018

Services will be held: 01/10/2019

William Hadley Denton

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06/08/1998 ~ 01/07/2018

The life of William Hadley Denton, 19, a sophomore at Penn State University, ended all too early Sunday, Jan. 7.

Will, as he was known to most, was born in Raleigh on June 8, 1998. Throughout his days at Underwood Elementary School, Martin Middle School, Leesville Road High School and Penn State, Will loved being a student. Will saw education as a way to be all you could be, a belief that he shared as a gift with his friends.

In his youth, he loved sports and being part of a team, especially on the summer swim team at Crabtree Swim & Tennis Club and many seasons with the Olympic Boys and Leesville Road High School soccer teams.

At Penn State, Will studied health care policy and administration. He joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and a highlight of his college days was participating with his fraternity brothers in THON, the largest student-run philanthropic group in the world. THON raises money for the families of children stricken by pediatric brain cancer, and Will was proud that his fraternity was part of the top fundraising group last year as THON raised more than $10 million.

Will’s favorite saying was, “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,” from Harper Lee’s novel. Protecting the innocence of others and being loyal to friends were traits that made Will a special friend to those who crossed his path.

Will’s spirit and love provided a great light in the lives of his parents, Van and Tali Denton of Raleigh, and Will was devoted to and is much loved by his brother, Tal. He rarely walked out of the house without turning to say, “I love you.”

An extended family that will miss Will’s presence in their lives includes a grandmother, Betty Denton of Brevard, N.C.; a great-aunt Betty Debnam Hunt of Raleigh; and aunts and uncles, David and Lyn Kirby of Raleigh; Chris and Julie Gross of Austin, Texas; Mark and Dr. Betsy Burrows of Brevard, N.C.; and Dr. Eric Denton and Sylke Keding of Berlin, Germany; his beloved cousins, Emily Kirby (Paul Esformes), James Kirby (Elizabeth), Winston Kirby, John Burrows, Brooke Burrows, Effi Denton, Jackie Gross, Shelby Gross, and Hayden Gross; and other beloved members of the Denton and Debnam families.

He was preceded in death by the grandfathers he was named in honor of, Dr. William “Bill” Debnam and Hadley Denton; a grandmother Judy Thompson Debnam; an uncle, Billy Debnam; and his great-uncle Col. Richard M. Hunt.

Family and friends will celebrate Will’s life during a service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh. A visitation in the church fellowship hall will follow. A private burial will be later at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir. His fraternity and fellow students in Health Policy and Administration are planning a vigil for Will at Old Main on Penn State’s campus.

In lieu of flowers, Will’s family asks those who wish to honor his memory to make a memorial gift to THON. Memorial gifts can be made at thon.donordrive.com or by mail to THON, Attn: Finance, 227D HUB, University Park, PA, 16802.



Following Memorial Service

Hayes Barton UMC
Church Fellowship Hall

In Lieu of Flowers, A memorial gift to THON will be so appreciated. Gifts may be made to: thon.donordrive.com or by mail to THON, Attn: Finance, 227D HUB, University Park, PA 16802.



11:00 am

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church
2209 Fairview Road Raleigh, 27608


  1. Patti Fleming

    Tali, Van and Tal, my thoughts and prayers are with you! Words are never enough at these times but know you are in my heart. I wish you peace and comfort that only our good Lord can give.

    Love to you all,

  2. Carole Tanzer Miller

    Wishing you peace in the days ahead. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Steve Riley

    My wish for you is a source of peace and strength. His was an amazing life, all too short.

  4. Carol Frey

    Visiting with you recently in Chuck Small’s kitchen, your devotion to family and pride in your boys was plain for anyone to see. So I know that this loss leaves you and Tali without a rudder, and your friends without words to make it better. You should know how many of us there are, Van. Scores of us. You are loved. So feel free to lean on us.

  5. Sheila Kaufman Smith

    Tali, Van and Tal,
    No words are appropriate at this time. Our hearts are breaking for your family. You have been in our constant prayers since hearing about Will. We will continue to prayer for all of you and your family at this most difficult time.
    Much love,
    Sheila and Ronald Smith

  6. Ainslie Jones Uhl

    We are so, so sorry to hear of your unfathomable loss. We pray that you find courage and strength in the coming days.

    Ainslie and Robert

  7. Sandra Krueger

    Van and Tali, Bill called me to tell me about this terrible news, I am so sorry and my prayter are with you to give you the strength, peace and courage to get through this. Please know that I am thinking of you.

  8. Martha Rader Sheppard and Family

    Dear Van, Tali, and Tal, I am truly at a loss for words. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of sweet Will! Such a precious soul! Please know that all of you are in our thoughts, on our hearts, and that many prayers are being said for the Lord to give you all comfort and strength during this tragic, sad time. Love to all of you, Martha

  9. Joe and Karen

    Van and Tali, we are heartbroken. Words fail.

  10. Cristen Bopp

    You are in my heart, prayers, and PGSG practice.


  11. Millicent Fauntleroy

    No words are adequate or even suitable at a time such as this. Just know that our hearts are breaking because yours are. With love and a prayer for light and more love.

  12. Todd, Jodi, Megan and Nate Purich

    We are heartbroken for your unimaginable loss. May God give you the strength and courage to face each new day.

  13. Debbie Anderson

    Tali, Van and the entire family (David & Lyn Kirby)….you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Debbie Anderson
    David Kirby’s Office Administrator

  14. Fin and Janice

    Tali, Van, Tal, you have been in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Rebecca (Spencer) and Daniel Vines

    We can’t begin to know what you’re both going through but I hope you know that you’re not alone, that you’ve been in our thoughts and prayers every day and that we love you all greatly. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  16. Treva and Bill Jones

    Van, Tali, and Tal
    Our hearts are breaking for you. We are so sorry.
    The face in that photo is full of love and joy and laughter. It seems to reflect the love of the wonderful family we know you to be.

  17. Ruth Thomson

    Tali, Van and Tal, I wish I could take your pain away. My heart is breaking with yours. The close loving family you created is the foundation of Will’s accomplishments and wonderful character. His love and memories will be in your heart always when the grief subsides. Baruch Dayan ha’Emet – Blessed is the True Judge.
    With all my love, Ruth

  18. Carolyn Zahnow

    The loss of a child is heart wrenching – I know as I lost my only child in 2005. I encourage grief support groups. I know there’s one at HBUMC for parents. Please attend. The Shore Grief Center also provides grief support. Our calendar and info can be found at http://www.theshoregriefcenter.org.
    Peace to all who knew and loved Will.

  19. Jane Lee

    Van & Family Please know that you are in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.

  20. Mary and Rich Stolp

    Dear Tali, Van, and Tal,
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Our hearts are full with sadness for everyone whose lives were touched by Will’s spirit. Will’s life described above provided us a glimpse of a warm, wonderful man that lived life full enjoying the gift of giving and understanding others…a tribute to your family. We send you prayers and all the strength needed to carry forward his legacy. We find some peace in honoring Will’s memory thru THON. All our love to you, Mary and Rich

  21. Cydney Cherry Cavender

    Tali and Family,
    Thinking of your entire family during this unimaginable tragedy. Hopefully, focusing on happier times will help you through this terrible grief you are feeling now.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    (Julie’s friend from Churchland)

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