YOUNGSVILLE - Karen Alphin Smith Estes, 44, of Youngsville, died July 18, 2012, at home with her loved ones by her side after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, the daughter of Faison and Linda Smith. Karen was a 1985 graduate of Athens Drive High School; attended Louisburg College and started her career in the banking industry leading to a branch manager position with BB&T and becoming a mortgage broker. Prior to her illness, Karen was the Operations Manager for The Factory in Wake Forest. Karen is survived by her husband, Todd Estes; daughter Kristin Klaire; sons Garrett and Hunter all of the home; mother Linda Alphin Smith of Clayton; father Faison Delano Smith and Betty Boone of Albertson; sister Kimberly Smith Todd and husband Jeff, of Clayton and nieces, Kaitlyn and Kara; sister Katrina Smith Muirhead and husband Iain, of Cary and nephew, Rockford; mother-in-law Cindy Estes of Wake Forest; sister-in-law Leslie Estes Horton and husband Rob, of Youngsville; numerous beloved aunts, uncles and cousins; and her beloved dog, Lucky and cat, Tiger. A service for Karen will be held at 6 o'clock, Friday evening, July 20, 2012, at Wake Forest United Methodist Church, followed by visitation with the family. A burial will be held at 12 o'clock, Saturday, July 21, 2012, in the Alphin family cemetery in Mount Olive, N.C. In lieu of flowers we ask for contributions to be made in Karen's memory to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke: DUMC Box 3624, Durham NC 27710 or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. Online condolences may be sent to brightfunerals.com .A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. (919-556-5811) Sign the guest book at kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from July 20 to July 23, 2012