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Ola Whitt Puryear

Ola Whitt Puryear, 86, of Raleigh, N.C., daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lee Whitt, died April 16, 2014.

Ola Puryear is the mother of Donnie and wife Betty Carlton, Andy Puryear and wife Kelly Puryear, grandmother of Traci and husband William Ciafardini, Ashley Puryear and Donnie Puryear II.

She also is survived by two great-grandchildren, Ty and Anthony Ciafardini.

Ola passed away at Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Apex, N.C. after her courageous battle with cancer. She was the president and CEO of Harold A. Puryear Trucking Company and served as the matriarch of the family for most of her life. 

She enjoyed keeping the family together with constant gatherings to celebrate holidays, birthdays and Sundays with a traditional late breakfast at her home. 

She also enjoyed traveling with friends and family within the states, as well as abroad. She loved her family unconditionally and was grateful to see and get to know the newest member, Baby Anthony.

A farewell celebration will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, April 18, 2014, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, through Powell Funeral Home, in South Boston, with a gravesite committal to follow. 

After the service, a luncheon will be provided at Ernie’s Restaurant, 1010 John Randolph Blvd., South Boston.  

Condolences may be made at www.powellfunerals.com.