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6A NEWS OBSERVER THE HERALD-SUN TUESDAY MAY 7 2024 Obituaries Baitinger, William Frederick, 88 Apex May 02 Basden, Larry 77 Durham Apr 30 Hudson Funeral Home Cremation Bigham, Rita, 75 Pittsboro Apr 26 Clements Funeral Cremation Chavis, Charles 67 Raleigh May 05 Funeral Home Eddins, Charles 86 Knightdale May 04 Strickland Funeral Home Crematory, Wendell Foil, Bobby Lee, 93 Raleigh May 03 Brown-Wynne-North Raleigh Harper, Paul 78 Fuquay Varina May 04 Bryan-Lee Funeral Home- Angier Hart, Joseph, 90 Durham May 03 Sossamon Funeral Home of Creedmoor Hoover, Dorothy 90 Cary May 05 Funeral Home Minnick, Carlton, 96 Raleigh May 04 Mitchell Funeral Home At RMP Parker, Donald, 78 Farmville May 03 Farmville Funeral Home Partin, Bonnie, 79 Garner May 04 Bryan Lee Funeral Home Garner Pope, William David, 62 Dunn May 03 Skinner Smith Funeral Home Strickland, Ella Mae, 71 Louisburg May 03 Richardson Funeral Home Strickland, Wendy 64 Seven Springs May 03 Tyndall FH Tharrington, James Harold, 87 Raleigh May 05 Brown-Wynne, Saint St. Ward, Melba Ginn, 89 Goldsboro May 04 Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation OBITUARY INDEX Bold listings indicate expanded obituaries View and place obituaries at newsobserver.com Contact our obituary at 919-829-4545 or NAME, AGE CITY DEATH ARRANGEMENTS Raleigh, North Carolina Bobby Lee Foil, 93, of Raleigh went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 3, 2024, at his home with his loving family by his side. Bobby was born in Rowan County on August 11, 1930, to the late Brown Alexander and Alice Aldridge Foil. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers: Tom Foil, Ed Foil, and Irv Foil and two sisters: Alice Page and Catherine Foil. He grew up in Salisbury, NC, with his seven siblings.

He graduated from Boyden High School and continued to receive a BS degree from Pfeiffer University. Bobby retired after 43 years with the United States Department of Agriculture. He honorably served in the United States Air Force for 4 years and proudly served in the Korean War. Bobby is survived by the love of his life of 66 years, Jane Wiley Foil. He leaves behind his four beautiful children: one daughter, Leigh Anne Foil Barham, and hus- band, Glenn of Wake Forest and three sons, Mark Foil and of Knightdale, John Foil and wife, Shari of Raleigh, and Bobby Foil, and wife, Sandra of Raleigh.

He also leaves behind eight precious grandchildren: Brittany Donaldson and hus- band Lyle of Pittsboro, Da- vid Barham and wife, Jessica of San Antonio, TX, Brooke Hyland and husband, An- drew of Fort Mill, SC, Wiley Foil and wife, Jacquelyn of Matthews, Rebecca DeBerry and husband, Ryan of Win- ston Salem, Leah Foil of Ra- leigh, Brandon Foil and Hal- lie of Raleigh, Lauren Foil Mann of Raleigh; ten loving great-grandchildren: John Glenn Barham, Danielle Barham, Hayden Hyland, Raegan Hyland, Aubree Foil, Miles Foil, Harper Foil, Jas- per Mann, Koda Mann, Sadie Nehls, and two little ones arriving this Fall; one sister: Nellie of Greensboro and one brother: Frank Foil of Georgia; and many nieces and nephews. Bobby enjoyed spending time with his family, espe- cially Sunday night dinners at his home and summer beach trips. He was always sitting on the sidelines cheer- ing on his children and grandchildren at countless sporting events and attending all their academic programs and awards. He was actively involved with the American Legion Post 1 and Wilders Grove Youth Center. He en- joyed his poker club buddies of many years and celebrat- ing with his friends in the birthday club.

Bobby was a charter member of St. Philip Lutheran Church and served many roles within the church. Bobby was a devoted hus- band, loving daddy, and was a very proud PawPaw. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. have fought a good I have my course, I have kept the faith.

Now there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the Righ- teous Judge shall give me at that day and not only to me, but to all them that love the 2 Timothy The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 6:30 PM at Brown-Wynne Funer- al Home 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The funeral service will be held on Thurs- day, May 9, 2024, at 2:00 PM at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Raleigh. A committal ser- vice with Military Honors will immediately follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of the fam- ily asks for memorial contri- butions to be made in Bob- memory to St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh NC 27615. Bobby Lee Foil, Sr. August 11, 1930 May 3, 2024 Apex, North Carolina Dr. William (Bill) Baitinger of Apex, NC died peaceful- ly surrounded by his family.

Bill was born in Bridgeton, NJ to William and Annie (Rexrode) Baitinger. He re- ceived his undergraduate de- gree from Albright College in Reading, PA and his grad- uate degrees from Princeton, NJ, all in Chemistry. He spent 50 plus years applying his expertise to the of textile research. Bill was proceeded in death by his wife, Shei- la (Moran). He is survived by his son, Andy (Susan) of Center, NY and daughters, Leslie (Bill) of Chapel Hill, NC and Dawn (Joe) of Earlysville, VA, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service and in- ternment will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Apex, NC on June 7, 2024 at 11:00 AM. Donations to Transi- tions LifeCare (transition- slifecare.org) in lieu of ers are appreciated. William Frederick Baitinger November 24, 1935 May 2, 2024 Obituaries LANSING, MICH. The Democratic Nation- al Committee submitted briefs Monday against two election lawsuits brought by Republicans in Michi- gan courts, arguing the GOP was attempting to faith in our electoral The filings spotlighted Michigan as a crucial battleground state, six months before the No- vember election, and also highlighted the significant role judges will likely play this year, amid a height- ened focus on the policies and personnel guiding voting across the nation.

After the last presi- dential election, Repub- lican Donald supporters unleashed a stream of suits most of them quickly rejected in Michigan advancing false claims that victory had been stolen from him by widespread fraud. On Monday, lawyers for the Democratic National Committee, which is working to reelect Presi- dent Joe Biden, said two suits filed by the Repub- lican National Committee in Michigan in March were part of and ef- forts to make people be- lieve the upcoming elec- tion will be unfair. only practical effect of this litigation is to sow doubt about the integ- rity of elec- tions and generate talking points for future claims of voter the Demo- cratic attorneys wrote in one of their briefs. The Republican Nation- al Committee filed a law- suit on March 13 in Michi- Western District federal court, saying Sec- retary of State Jocelyn Benson had failed to maintain and accu- voter registration records and allowed doz- ens of counties to have more active registered voters than adult resi- dents. Then, on March 28, the Republican committee submitted a separate suit in the Michigan Court of Claims, asserting Benson, who is a Democrat, had improperly issued guid- ance telling clerks to pre- sume signatures submit- ted for absentee voting were valid.

state Con- stitution is very clear: Election officials have to verify the identity of vot- ers casting absentee bal- said Michael What- ley, chairman of the Re- publican National Com- mittee, in a statement in March. Benson is yet again working to un- dermine election integrity by secretly instructing officials to disregard and circumvent these clear requirements. RNC is suing Ben- son because Michiganders deserve election integrity, not underhanded Demo- crat However, guidance said an initial presumption of validity mean all signatures were presumed to be valid without further review, as Democratic lawyers noted in briefs they submitted to the courts Monday morn- ing. Clerks review all signatures and should determine that a signature does not agree sufficiently on file only after complet- ing review of the signature as described in these in- structions and in Michigan election the guid- ance said. should consider a signature ques- tionable only if it differs in significant and obvious respects from the signa- ture on the guidance added.

dissimi- larities should be resolved in favor of the As for the voting regis- tration records suit, Dem- ocrats said in their brief, the court had disposed of a similar case involving the same basic and there nothing unlawful about voter-roll maintenance to the rhetoric, the true threat to our electoral system comes not from voter-roll maintenance like Michi- but from baseless lawsuits like this the Democratic lawyers wrote in their Monday brief. Republicans were de- manding people be re- moved from eligible voter lists faster than permitted by federal law, threat- ening to dis- enfranchise Michigan the Democratic lawyers wrote. The Democratic legal responses came 183 days before the Nov. 5 presi- dential election. Trump on Wednesday visited Saginaw County, where he told a crowd of thousands of people that Democrats the 2020 presidential election but not going to allow them to the election in 2024.

want a landslide too big to Trump told his supporters in Michigan. In 2020, Biden won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, to Bipartisan boards of canvassers certified the numbers. In places results were reviewed, they were upheld. And an investiga- tion by a Republican-led state Senate committee found evidence of widespread or systematic In a statement Monday, Charles Lutvak, spokes- man for the Biden cam- paign, said team was down on their losing 2020 play- book and taking aim at our voting rights and de- will fail Lutvak said. team is prepared and continuing the fight for democracy, we are defending the right to free and fair elections against junk lawsuits, and we will de- feat Donald Trump once and for all in ERIC SEALS USA TODAY NETWORK Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson talks with the media on Aug.

8, 2023, outside a voting location for the primary election in Berkley, Michigan. The Republican National Committee has sued Benson for failing to maintain and voter registration records. Dems contend GOP using Mich. lawsuits to sow election doubts BY CRAIG MAUGER The Detroit News newsobserverstore.com or 919-836-2829 Take off Explore the intricacies of Orville and Wilbur machine, which made history in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C., with this beautiful annotated illustration. Printed on 18- by 24-inch heavy paper, it into a standard poster frame.

Forecasters issued a rare, high-level risk warn- ing for tornadoes Monday afternoon and evening across central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City and portions of Kansas. Multiple strong, long- tracked tornadoes, as well as very large and destruc- tive hail, were expected, according to the Storm Prediction Center. biggest area of concern is definitely Okla- homa and portions of south-central Kelly Butler, a meteorol- ogist in the Wichita, Kan- sas, office of the National Weather Service, said Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center, which is part of the weather service, pre- dicted its highest risk level for the first time since March 31, 2023. On that day, 131 tornadoes formed across 11 states from the Midwest to the South.

The last high-risk level for Oklahoma was May 20, 2019, when 35 torna- does spawned across five states, mainly in the Plains. Forecasters raised the risk level Monday morn- ing as the conditions across the Plains evolved, increasing their confi- dence that multiple signif- icant tornadoes along potentially long paths will occur. in the affect- ed areas should have a safety Butler said. The weather service described the environ- ment in southern Kansas and into Oklahoma as being to some past higher-end, and even historic, severe weather and tornado A possible flood risk was also possible as heavy rain increased over parts of eastern Kansas and Ne- braska, as well as western Iowa and Missouri as a front moved out of the Rockies, according to the Weather Prediction Cen- ter. The Weather Prediction Center warned of a slight risk of excessive rainfall over parts of the Central Plains and Middle Mis- sissippi Valley from Mon- day into Tuesday morn- ing.

The heavy rain could produce flash flooding in urban areas, roads, small streams and low-lying areas. The severe weather risk comes a week after more than two dozen tornadoes were reported and at least five people were killed in Oklahoma and Iowa, in- cluding an infant, authori- ties said. The current threat would not end Monday. More storms are forecast for the next couple of days, primarily Wednes- day, from Texas to Ohio. Highest-level tornado risk issued for Oklahoma and Kansas BY JUDSON JONES AND JOHNNY DIAZ NYT News Service.

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