Mr. John Robert DeMarra Jr., 49, of 144 Bobwhite Drive, Reidsville died suddenly at Annie Penn Hospital on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. Mr. DeMarra was born June 25, 1960 in Alamance County, N.C. He was a graduate of Williams High School and Guilford College. Survivors include his wife, Faith Baynes DeMarra of the home; stepson, Christopher Baynes of Reidsville; three stepgrandsons, Javen, Zamari and Karlo; parents, John R. “Jack” DeMarra Sr. and Gloria Matkins DeMarra of Burlington; a sister, Janie DeMarra of Mebane; two nieces and several cousins.The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Ben Alexander. Burial will be held in Evergreen Memory Garden, U.S. 158 West, Reidsville, N.C.
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Edward Seddon Goode ’82 of Charlotte, died April 19, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 29, 1960, in Charlotte, N.C. where he lived most of his life. Ed graduated from Charlotte Latin School in 1978. He then attended Davidson where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduating from Davidson in 1982 with a B.A. in economics, he went to work for NCNB. He pursued graduate studies at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He graduated from the Darden School with his masters in business administration in 1987 and returned to Charlotte. Ed married Elizabeth “Beth” Whitener in June of 1987 and then joined First Charlotte Corporation. He went on to found Carolinas Capital Investment Corporation, a Charlotte-based venture capital fund focused on companies in the Carolinas. Carolinas Capital invested in Digital Optics Corporation where Ed became chief financial officer and vice chairman. Ed served as a member of the North Carolina Railway Advisory Commission and was the former vice chairman of the Governor’s Rail Task Force. He was appointed to the board of trustees of the North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and served from 1995 to 2001 and again from 2005. In 2006, he served on the School Building Solutions Committee. Ed loved North Carolina and the natural beauty of his home state. Going to lacrosse games, basketball games, anything to be with his family was Ed’s greatest joy. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Whitener “Beth” Goode; his daughter, Mary Ellen Goode; his son, Edward Seddon “Eddie” Goode, Jr.; his father and mother, Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr. ’54,and Jane Nisbet Goode; his sister and her husband, Elizabeth Goode “Beth” Reigel ’80 and Ernest William “Ernie” Reigel ’80, all of Charlotte; and his sister and her husband, Mary Jane Goode ’88 and Walter Curtis “Walt” Gramley ’86 of New York City. He is also survived by two nieces, three nephews, other relatives and many, many friends. Memorials may be made in Ed’s name for Davidson College, The Annual Fund, P.O. Box 7170, Davidson, N.C. 28035 and Hospice & Palliative Care, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28204.
He passed away August 26, 2002.