Monday, October 27, 2008

Baking for Cy!

To Friends of Cy Rawls:

The Sheps Center for Health Services Research (UNC Chapel Hill) where I work has raised about $1200 for Cy's bills at a bake and craft sale that I helped organize. We still have some very nice craft items left for sale - 2 child-sized knit hats, some necklaces and earrings, a pair of placemats, and lots of handmade cards and envelopes. If you have any ideas for venues to sell these remaining items, please let me know.

Christiane (WXDU)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

CyTunes will continue.

I just wanted to let everyone know that CyTunes is still going to happen. Although the mission will be changing, it will still be a great way for everyone to remember Cy and honor his contribution to our lives. We are having a volunteer meeting on Wednesday, Oct 22nd at 8pm. If you would like to be involved, please drop me a line.


(My contact info.)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday Night Feature: Remembering Cy

Cy Rawls was and will always remain a beloved member of our DJ community. His untimely departure greatly saddens us all. Although a mere three hours could never do justice to his memory, we'd like to celebrate his passion for music and dedication to WXYC in this special feature. Hosted by Dan Partridge.

Tonight from 9-12 on WXYC 89.3 FM or online at

Don't forget this event at Nightlight on Friday:

Come out for B-Team DJs for Cy -- a benefit and memorial for Cy Rawls. Money collected at the door will go to the Rawls family.

DJ Roster:

Oct. 17th, 2008, 9 pm
Nightlight Bar and Club
405.5 W. Rosemary St.
Chapel Hill, NC

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Keep the Rawls Family in Your Prayers

The Rawlses have suffered yet another loss. Susan's mother, Ruby S. Ferrell (Cy's grandmother), passed away yesterday morning at Duke/Raleigh Hospital. Below is the info that Frank Rawls sent about services for her.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 15, at 11:00 AM,
Maplewood Cemetery, Annex B, Section Two, Durham, NC.
Family will be available for visitation following the service.

Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Calvary United
Methodist Church, 304 East Trinity Avenue, Durham, NC 27701.

Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts during the coming days.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Woody Durham

Many, MANY thanks to Kirk Schmidt for sending on this MP3 of Woody Durham remembering Cy during the UNC/UConn game on Friday. This is heartwarming! Kirk says this address is a temporary home for the file. Can anyone host it permanently? (I can't get Blogger to accept an audio file.)

With the assistance of Tom Boman, Gary Sobba, Ryan Kormann, and Clay Broughton at Learfield Sports, I got an mp3 clip of Woody Durham's memorial to Cy that broadcast just before halftime of the UNC/Connecticut football game this past Saturday.

I've posted it here:

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cy's Obituary

A lovely obituary in the News and Observer:

Funeral on Monday

Hi all,

Here is a funeral update from Cy's folks:

Absolutely everyone is welcomed to attend this service in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville City Cemetery is located at the corner of Hargett Street and Highway 24 East. The drive time from [the Triangle] will probably be around 2 1/2 hours.

Friday, October 3, 2008

For Triangle Friends

Shannon Morrow sent out a link to this blog she has for her Whirligig Music Project which she has dedicated to Cy.

Here's what she wrote:
I have an installation called The Listening Garden up in Durham Central Park [on Foster Street across from the Farmer's Market] until Monday morning. It is a beautiful place to sit and reflect, and there are comfortable rocking chairs to hang out in. I decided to put a memory book for Cy in the garden and to dedicate the installation to him. If you'd like to go leave Cy or his family a note or memento, I will take the book and anything you leave to his family at the memorial service. I'll also take photos if anyone puts a little shrine or anything up for him, and will give the photos to his family.
I really felt an expansion of my interpretation of life and consciousness while sitting there thinking about Cy today. I felt like he was in the wind...more could be said, but probably sounds cheesy in writing, so I'll stop.
that's all,
Shannon Morrow

From Cy's Dad (Update added)

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we must inform everyone that CY passed away this morning at Duke University Medical Center/Durham, NC.

Visitation and Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Hall-Wynne Funeral Home
1113 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Graveside Services
Monday, October 6, 2008
11:00 AM
Jacksonville City Cemetery
Jacksonville, NC

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. We will inform everyone when the date, time and place have been established.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers during the coming days.

Update: Flowers are welcomed but donations can also be made to the Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund at any branch of the State Employees' Credit Union or a charity of your choice.

Frank and Susan Rawls
4317 Dutch Garden Court
Raleigh, NC 27613-2014
Home - 919-782-7793


Cy Rawls passed away peacefully this morning at 9:51 am in the company of his parents and a few close friends. Please check back for information about the visitation tomorrow night and a memorial service in the future.

My apologies for the lateness of this message. Tracy has asked me to deliver this news to Cy's friends.

Our boy Cy has taken what may be a final turn for the worse. The cancer is just working faster than Cy's body can fight it. A decision has been made to take Cy off of the respirator first thing tomorrow morning. He may be able to breath without it or he may not.

Cy's parents will be seeing visitors in the lobby of the fourth floor at Duke Hospital in Durham tomorrow (where Cy was the first time). I do not know how long they will be there, but I know they are uplifted by our company. Frank Rawls said that our displays of love for his son have kept them going for these last few months.

I will deliver another update when I have one.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Baby Steps

More from Mike:
Another update! I just talked to Mr. Rawls and they are moving Cy over to Duke tonight around 8:30. They have also decreased his oxygen from 80 down to 50 which is a good sign.

More news on Cy

Mike just sent me this message a few minutes ago. Dave and I have the autumnal cold, so we will not likely be able to visit Cy anytime in the next several days.

Hey Kerry,

I just got back from the hospital and here's an update. Unfortunately, he is back on a respirator because of the pneumonia. This isn't necessarily a bad thing at this point though, because it gives the doctors the opportunity to get a good look at his lungs so they can figure out what exactly is causing the pneumonia and can most effectively treat it. He was sleeping when I was there, and his parents said he is still pretty much out of it because of the swelling. However, the fluid seems to be draining well so they hope he'll become more lucid as the swelling decreases. This is a similar situation to where he was before and we all saw how well he recovered. Hopefully, it's just a bump in the road and he'll be out and about again in a few weeks.

They plan right now is to move him back over to the ICU at Duke as soon as a bed opens up. Hopefully today, but no one knows for sure exactly when the move will happen. And as far as visitors go, even though it is probably not a good idea for cy to have a lot of visitors right now, his parents have set up camp in the visiting room at Duke South (off of Wake Forest Rd) and will do the same once they get back to Durham, so people can feel free to come by and say hi...I know they would appreciate the company.

That's all for now and I'll let you know if I find out anything new.


The Latest

Hey folks,

Just got word from Mike that Tracy was visiting Cy this evening at the hospital. The situation is the same, but it has NOT gotten worse. Tracy recommends that we hold off on the visitations for now. Cy will be pretty out of it until they can get the swelling to go down further. Mike will talk to Cy's folks in the morning to let us know what's up and when folks can come by to see him.

Thanks for the good thoughts. I will certainly pass them on!