RALA BULLA HARDIE Graham - Mrs. Rala Bulla Hardie, 93, formerly of Burlington died at Davis Healthcare Center, Wilmington, NC on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:02 a.m. A native of Randolph County, she was the wife of the late James Hill Hardie, Jr. and the daughter of William Oscar Bulla, Sr. and Myrtle Hester Bulla, both deceased. She retired from Belk department store. Since 1942, Rala has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Graham where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and a former Sunday school teacher. Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Pyrtle and husband Harold of Wilmington, Sue Smith and husband Steve of Franklin, TN, Doris White and husband Craig of Seabrook, TX and Julia Kaczvinsky and husband Don of Ruston, LA; son, Ben Abbott Hardie and wife Karen of Trinity; brother, Don Bulla and wife Marcelle of Nashville, TN; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Bennie Lee Bulla, Rachael Fraylick and Dora Teston and three brothers, Dan Bulla, James Bulla and William Bulla, Jr. and a grandson, Ian Geoffrey Hardie. The funeral service will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Graham on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. Marshall Old with the family receiving friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Graham, 303 North Main Street, Graham, NC 27253 or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014