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John Richard Bilcheck October 11, 1946 - April 11, 2014 Raleigh John Richard Bilcheck, 67, died after a prolonged illness at his Raleigh home in the embrace of his wife, and surrounded by many who loved him, including friends and his adored pets. John is survived by his wife, Melinda Purdy-Bilcheck, daughters, Leslie Davis and her husband, Brad, daughter Elizabeth Bilcheck, and son, Christopher Bilcheck, and beloved grandsons, Jack, Joe and Harry Davis, and sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews whom he cherished. John was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on October 11, 1946 to Mary Zaletta and John Bilcheck. He graduated from Lady of Lourdes High School and received Bachelor's degree from the SUNY University system. He wore the uniform proudly in the naval service on the USS Wasp from 1968 through 1974. He returned to work in Poughkeepsie at IBM. In 1979, he transferred to IBM RTP, where he met and married his best friend and love of his life, Melinda, in 1989. John retired from IBM after 30 years as an HR Manager. He started his second career with North Carolina State government as a manager for the ESC where he worked for over a decade. John loved music of all genres, playing the piano and singing 60's songs, especially the Beatles and Stones, although he could never carry a tune. He excelled as an athlete throughout his life and always cut a fine figure. John recalled with joy the years he spent coaching his children's soccer teams, trips to Disney with three generations, and everything surrounding his family. He also loved poker games and bridge, and started playing chess as a youth with his father, completing his last match two days before his death. John loved to travel with Melinda, spend time with his grandsons, and visit family in the tri-state areas. He also was an avid reader, often finishing several books in a week. John had a particular penchant for history that he shared with his grandson, Jack. Jack asked to be at his grandfather's bedside in the last hours. John will be remembered by the many who loved his as a deeply thoughtful man, a magnanimous spirit, and a kind, gentle soul. He accomplished much in his life, but never did learn how to tell a good joke. The family wished to thank Lisa Ginsburg and her wonderful team at Hospice of Wake County, their many friends and extended families. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 11:00am at St. Raphael The Archangel Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC. As desired, memorial contributions may be made to the wonderful care at Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC, or to any animal rescue of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.mitchellatrmp.com Read Obituary
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Junius David Campbell January 15, 1922 - April 18, 2014 Fuquay-Varina Junius David Campbell, 92, of Fuquay-Varina died Friday, April 18, 2014. Visitation will be held at Thomas Funeral Home in Fuquay-Varina on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens on NC 55 in Fuquay-Varina. A native of Harnett County, Junius was the son of the late Junie C. and Mammie Mann Campbell. He had six sisters and one brother. Junius served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific as a Military Policeman. He returned home after the war and married his wife of over 67 years, Dora Ann Campbell. He was a local tobacco farmer and businessman operating Mike's Barbecue for over 25 years and working along side his wife Dora Ann in the family business, Campbell's Diner for more than 40 years. Junius was a member of the Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church and a proud christian. Junius is survived by his wife, Dora Ann Campbell; daughter, Mary Ann Thomas, both of Fuquay-Varina, daughter, Linda Faye Turner and husband, Thomas of Raleigh; and son, Carl David Campbell and wife, Catina of Garner; his brother, Eugene Campbell of Fuquay-Varina, and sister, Mary Steinberger of Wilmington. Junius had two grandchildren, Tanya Jenkins and husband, Greg and Kelly Williams and husband, Mike, both of Fuquay-Varina. He had two step grandchildren, Chloe Parsons of Garner and Aaron Baker of Fuquay-Varina; four great-grandchildren, Loren Jenkins, Logan Jenkins, Claire Williams, and Campbell Williams, all of Fuquay-Varina. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruby Pope, Allene Prince, Lucille Freeman, Ethel Ashworth and Hazel Adcock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at thomasfuneral.com Read Obituary
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