In re Will of Barnes

Supreme Court of North CarolinaMar 1, 2004
358 N.C. 143 (N.C. 2004)
358 N.C. 143592 S.E.2d 688

No. 262A03

Filed 5 March 2004

Appeal pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7A-30(2) from the decision of a divided panel of the Court of Appeals, 157 N.C. App. 144, 579 S.E.2d 585 (2003), finding no error in part and vacating in part a judgment signed 9 March 2001 by Judge John B. Lewis, Jr., in Superior Court, Edgecombe County (File No. 01-SP-15). On 16 March 2001, Judge Lewis signed an order entered in Superior Court, Edgecombe County, transferring the case back to Superior Court, Martin County (File No. 98-SP-58). Heard in the Supreme Court 16 February 2004.

Bass, Bryant Fanney, by John Walter Bryant and Eva C. Currin; and Batts, Batts Bell, LLP, by Jeffrey A. Batts, Joseph L. Bell, Jr., and Wendy P. Wilson, for propounder-appellee; Poyner Spruill, LLP, by Gregory S. Camp, for propounder-appellee Church of the Advent. Gaylord, McNally, Strickland, Snyder Holscher, L.L.P., by Danny D. McNally and Emma S. Holscher, for intestate-appellant Riley S. Corddry; Emanuel Dunn, by Stephen A. Dunn; and Dunn and Dunn, by Raymond E. Dunn, Jr., for intestate-appellant Lucy Tull; and Browning Hill, L.L.P., by Myron T. Hill, Jr., for intestate-appellant Diane Barnes Graue. Roy Cooper, Attorney General, by Charles J. Murray, Special Deputy Attorney General, for other-appellant East Carolina University Athletic Fund. The Blount Law Firm, P.A., by Marvin Blount, Jr., Ted Mackall, Jr., and Rebecca Cameron Blount, for caveator-appellants.

For the reasons stated in the dissenting opinion, we reverse the decision of the Court of Appeals.