Terry Lane Alphin

Terry Lane Alphin


December 25, 1962 – March 4, 2013

GREENSBORO  – Terry Lane Alphin, after a brief illness, passed away to her heavenly home on Monday at Duke Raleigh Hospital with family by her side. A native of Wake County, she is survived by her parents, J.H. Jay & Jackie Simpson Alphin of Wendell, several loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her grandparents, Jack & Lola Simpson of Elon and Joe & Beatrice Alphin of Wendell.

Terry’s was a life of defying the odds, finding ways around any obstacle and never letting anyone tell her she couldn’t. Born with spina bifida in 1962, relatively little was easy for her from Day 1. But, Terry was also born with an unstoppable spirit and the courage to look the world in the eye every day and say, “Just watch me.” And watch her we did. We watched as she graduated from East Wake High School and Meredith College. And we watched again as she received her graduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. We watched her go cheer her beloved Tar Heels on in Kenan Stadium and at the Dean Dome. We watched her grow in her career and buy a home of her own. The world watched—and Terry showed us exactly how life is to be lived. Fearlessly. Faithfully. Lovingly.

Terry will be missed by those of us who love her. Her laugh, her smile, her perspective, her keen sense of humor—there’s no replacing them. Without a doubt, she has left us too soon and too suddenly.  But, she will remain an indispensable and powerful part of all us—encouraging us to try a little harder, see a little further, stand a little taller.  

Flowers welcomed or memorials may be made to your favorite animal charity.

The Reverends Aaron Wallace & Bill Sanderson will conduct a funeral service, Thursday, March 7, at 2 pm, in the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from12:30- 2:00 pm, prior to the service, and other times at the home.  www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net.

PO Box 126 – 211 W. Third St.

Wendell, North Carolina, 27591

Ph. 919-365-3612 Fax 919-365-5267

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