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Friday, December 19, 2014

Elfriede McMiller

Elfriede Hilda McMiller of Charlotte, North Carolina, was embraced by our Lord on November 29, 2014.

Elfriede was born in Germany, married Willie McMiller, and emigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Willie predeceased her in 1997. Elfriede leaves behind six children, Willie McMiller of Florida, Marvin McMiller of Massachusetts, Stanley McMiller of Massachusetts, Stewart McMiller of South Carolina, Mona Lisa McMiller of Michigan, and Melvin McMiller of California, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts, where her beloved husband is buried, at 1pm on December 6, 2014.

Beverly Solinger

Beverly Solinger
January 20, 1940 - November 29, 2014
Beverly Solinger, 74, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Lakewood, NY, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014, in the Levine Dickson Hospice House, Charlotte, NC.

She was born January 20, 1940 in Jamestown, NY, a daughter of the late L. Harold and Darlene Stewart Peterson. In previous years, she was employed by the former Castle Lighting Store in Jamestown for several years. She was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club and the Celoron American Legion.

She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother who loved to spend time with her family and friends playing card games and also loved playing bingo. Surviving are two daughters, Lori Barrett of Charlotte, NC, and Cindy Ferraro-Labrozzi of Rock Hill, SC; and four grandchildren, Shane Barrett of Jamestown, NY, Jordan Ferraro of Jamestown, NY, Melissa Ferraro-Terrel of Charlotte, NC, and Chelsea Barrett of Charlotte, NC. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Theodore R. Solinger, Jr. who died September 30, 1976; a son, Gregory Scott Solinger who died in November of 1980; and a brother, Harland L. Martin who died December 15, 2014.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald E. Ray will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer, NY. Friends will be received from 7-9 pm Tuesday in the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750

Annie Skipper

Annie Lee Spake Martin Skipper
December 1, 1917 - November 29, 2014
Annie Lee Spake Martin Skipper went to her heavenly home on Saturday, November 29, at her residence in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she had been residing with her daughters and hospice care after having congestive heart failure on September 3.

Annie Lee was born December 1, 1917, in Gaston County, NC, to Javie Price and Fred Bernard Spake along with 13 siblings. Preceding her in death were her beloved husbands, Willie Ambrose Martin (24 years) and Woodrow Wilson Skipper (50 years), as well as siblings, Mason Paler Spake, Susie Belle Gordon, Mabel Juanita Kiser, Elmer Guy Climber, Margie Climer, Alice Morris, Pauline and Paulette Climber, Albert Lee Climer, and Harold Climer. She is survived by her brother, Fred Alexander Spake (FL), and her sister Peggy Climer Ryan (TX), and her two daughters, Delores Jordan Mullis (Char) and Kay Martin Liner (Sam) (Salisbury). She had four grandchildren, Denise Masci (Vittorio, Italy), Michael Jordan (Myrtle Beach, SC), Jay Jordan (FL), LeAnn Liner Wood (Gerald) (Salisbury, NC), and three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Trent, and Tara Wood (Salisbury). She will be remembered and greatly missed by all who loved her dearly.

She loved music and made her own as she cooked and danced around the kitchen joyfully serving others. She loved playing "Skip-Bo" with her family and friends, and feeding anyone who happened by. For many years, she was an active member of University Hills Baptist Church where she faithfully helped cook Wednesday nigh suppers making her homemade biscuits and enjoying singing in the senior choir. For the past five years, she has attneded Socastee Baptist Church (Myrtle Beach), Central Church of God (Charlotte), and Gold Hill Wesleyan Church as she alternated staying with her daughters. She was educated in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and worked in Wilson Junior High and Derita Elementary Schools' cafeterias, retiring with 25 years of service in 1980.

Visitation with family and friends will be Thursday, December 4, at University Hills Baptist Church, 1500 Suther Road, Charlotte, NC 28213 at 12:30 pm followed by the funeral at 1:30 pm with Rev. Coye Still and Rev. Mike Toney officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Gardens in Charlotte with Rev. Ron Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to University Hills Baptist Church Building Fund.

Charles Tait

Charles Loren Tait
January 23, 1931 - November 27, 2014
Charles Loren Tait, 83, passed away in Charlotte on November 27, 2014, after a long illness. He was born on January 23, 1931, in Chattanooga, TN, to Harvey and Lulie Williamson Tait. Loren was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Billie Roberts Tait. He is survived by his son, David L. Tait, M.D.; daughter-in-law, Becka Tait, M.D.; and two grandsons, Andrew and Charlie.

Living all but the last few months of his life in Chattanooga, Loren graduated from Central High School in Chattanooga in 1949 and went on to receive his Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. His life-lng career in pharmacy began as a teenager working at the soda fountain of a local pharmacy. He enjoyed telling stories of making limeades and banana splits for his customers and went on to work for many area pharmacies through the years before retiring in 1994.

His hobbies included classical music, restoring antique cars, and watch repair. Enjoying his keen interest in watches and clocks, Loren repaired watches for over 35 years. This hobby brough him great joy and many friendships through the years. A man of deep Christian faith, he enjoyed studying the Bible and teaching an occasional Sunday School class. He and Billie were early members of Trinity-Woodmore United Methodist Church and later in life he was a member of Faith Bible Church.

The funeral service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Chattanooga on December 1 with interment at Chattanooga Memorial Park. Memorial gifts can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte.

Brian Trudell

Mr. Trudell died November 25, 2014.  Services will be privately held at a later date.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coy W. Plott

Coy Walter Plott
May 21, 1937 - November 20, 2014
Coy Walter Plott, 77, of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly on November 20, 2014, as a result of complications from a stroke.  He was born May 21, 1937 in Cabarrus County to the late Gertrude and Hugh Plott.  He graduated from Pfeiffer University in 1959 as a proud member of Pfeiffer’s first soccer team and was especially proud of having scored the team’s first goal in school history.

Coy’s hard work and determination led to a 50-year career in the insurance industry.   As an independent  agent, he quickly established himself as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table and received numerous other awards. More important than the success and awards, Coy was grateful for the countless number of friendships founded along the way. He never met a stranger and is well remembered for his quick wit, infectious laugh, and never ending stories.  He spent many years of his life serving others as a loyal member of the Charlotte East Rotary Club. He was proud of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. Coy enjoyed many rounds of golf as a member of Myers Park Country Club for thirty-eight years.

Coy enjoyed a rich and rewarding life, yet nothing surpassed his love for his family and spending time with them.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and son- in- law.  He enjoyed travel, spending time on the coast, and happy times on the dance floor.  He was an enthusiastic, and sometimes overzealous, fan at his grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities.  He always had his camera in hand to capture his most special moments.  His passion for sports and children was evident, especially during his Park Sharon and Southpark Youth League coaching days.  Coy will always be remembered for his friendly demeanor and kind heart.

Married for 47 years, Coy is survived by the love of his life, Jackie; his three children, Kelly Plott and his wife Shana of Charlotte, and their children, Patrick, Emma, and Harrison; Missy Kersting and her husband Jim of Mount Pleasant, SC, and their two children, Jack and Lucy; and Chad Plott and his wife Debbie of Mount Pleasant, SC, and their daughters, Caroline and Claire; and his beloved mother-in-law, Doris Moore, of Charlotte.

The family is eternally grateful to Dr. Carlene Kingston and her entire team at Presbyterian Hospital for their outstanding care and unwavering compassion during this difficult time. 

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Hospital, Sharon Towers Resident’s Assistance Fund, or the Humane Society of Charlotte.

A memorial service to celebrate Coy’s life will be held on Monday, November 24, at 2:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, with a reception immediately following the service.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

John Crawford Sr.

John D. Crawford, Sr.
October 23, 1939 - November 19, 2014
John Dale Crawford, Sr., 75, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away November 19, 2014. He was born October 23, 1939 in Tate County, Mississippi, the son of John and Hazel Sinquefield Crawford. John graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering after serving four years in the United States Air Force. He was married to the former Ellen McMorrough in 1965. His career with General Electric and Lockheed Martin Aerospace carried him to live in Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Retirement brought him back to Mississippi and then to North Carolina. John was a member of Maples Memorial United Methodist Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Known for his sense of humor, John enjoyed meeting people, gardening, and following Mississippi State University sports.

He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years; sons, John Crawford, Jr. (Kim) of Denver, Colorado, Daniel Crawford (Shelly) of Charlotte, and Andrew Crawford of North Charleston, South Carolina; grandsons, Aidan and Benjamin Crawford; and granddaughters, Aubrey, Lily, and Elizabeth Crawford. He is also survived by sisters, Shirley Crawford Jones and Janis Crawford Leake. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Margaret Crawford York and Carolyn Crawford Haire.

Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

Helen Ecoff

December 30, 1923 - November 17, 2014
Helen Marion Ecoff, 90, of St. Louis went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 17, 2014. She was born in Poplar Bluff, MO on December 30, 1923 and graduated from Pacific High School in 1941.

Helen is survived by her children, Junia Graeff and son-in-law, Warren Graeff of St. Louis, MO, Mark Ecoff of St. Louis, MO, and Susan Dulian and son-in-law, Jim Dulin of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Nicole, Nathan, Gracie, Meagan, Asa, Shannon, Libby, and Emma; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her dear parents and brothers, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Daniel Pruett Ecoff of Webster Groves, MO.

Helen enjoyed a beautiful life raising her family in Webster Groves. Her lifelong passions included Cardinals baseball, Rams football, Blues hockey, quilting, trivia games, and her loving church family at First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves. She had a brilliant mind, a gentle spirit, and a loving heart. Though we mourn her loss, we know the angels in heaven are rejoicing, and we will all be together again.

A Memorial Service will be held on November 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church located at 600 Bompart Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00-11:00 preceding the service at the church.

Contributions in memory of Helen can be made to the elevator fund at First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Theda Nicholas

Mrs. Nicholas died November 14, 2014.  Services will be privately held at a later date.

Angelo Sanchez

Angelo Joseph Sanchez
March 31, 1930 - November 13, 2014
Angelo Joseph Sanchez, 84, of Pineville, NC, formerly of Vero Beach, Florida for 60 years, passed away November 13, 2014.  He was born on March 31, 1930 in Tampa, Florida to the late Jose and Dollie Sanchez.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in the Korean War. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Bonnie H. Sanchez; daughter, Teresa D’Albora (Paul); son, Mark Sanchez (Carolyn); grandchildren, Angela D’Albora, Jacob D’Albora (Megan), Sara Sanchez, Elizabeth Sanchez; and great-grandchild, James D’Albora.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4519 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association.

If you would like to get in touch with the family, you may reach them at the following addresses:

Bonnie Sanchez: 12910 Dorman Rd., Apt 3308, Pineville, NC 28134
Terri D'Albora: 11902 Harmon Lane, Pineville, NC 28134
Mark Sanchez: 9862 SW 74th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34476

Elaine Connolly

Elaine Rose Connolly
November 30, 1945 - November 13, 2014
Elaine Connolly, of Indian Land, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 13, at Carolinas Medical Center. She was born November 30, 1945, in Portland, Maine, to the late Joseph and Irene Corkrey.

In her leisure, Elaine enjoyed walking, crosswords and reading. Above all else, she was a devoted mother and grandmother. Mrs. Connolly is survived by her son, William Connolly; grandchildren, Claire and Carlee Connolly, and their mother, Lori Connolly; and siblings, Marlene Manoogian, Ron Corkrey, Bruce Corkrey, Collette Giovanetti, Linda West; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

A service of celebration will be held 12:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17, 2014, at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277, with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the 
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Margaret Grantz

Mrs. Grantz died November 11, 2014.  Services will be privately held at a later date.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Elizabeth Gillespie

Mrs. Gillespie died November 3, 2014.  Services will be privately held at a later date.

Virginia Nicolaides

Virginia Driscoll Nicolaides
March 26, 1924 - October 31, 2014
Virginia Driscoll Nicolaides, 90, passed away peacefully at the Stewart Health Center, The Cypress of Charlotte, on October 31, 2014.

Mrs. Nicolaides was born in Albany, New York, where she graduated from The Vincentian Institute School and The University at Albany. Mrs. Nicolaides was married to Professor John D. Nicolaides for almost 52 years before his death in 1999. In addition to supporting his work in aerodynamics, she was an American Red Cross "gray lady" volunteer, president of the Ladies of Notre Dame where her husband was on the faculty, and president of the Children's Home Society in San Luis Obispo, California. She was an avid golfer, traveler, and lifelong Catholic.

Mrs. Nicolaides was devoted to her only child, Kathleen Nicolaides, and only grandson, John Murdter. She moved from California to Charlotte in 2002 to be with them. Up until she was 84, she could be found in the carpool pick up at Providence Day School doing her most rewarding volunteer job taking care of her grandson. Mrs. Nicolaides is survived by her daughter, Kathleen, Kathleen's husband Mike Rader, and her grandson, John Murdter.

For the past two years she resided on the second floor of the Stewart Health Center, where she received extraordinary care and attention from the staff. The family wishes to thank all members and staff of The Cypress, Hospice of Charlotte, Fr. Mark Lawlor and her caregiver, Josie Bowman.

A memorial service will be held in The Clubhouse of The Cypress of Charlotte 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2014. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte or to St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Barbara Tarleton

August 26, 1925 - October 28, 2014
Barbara Z. Tarleton, of Charlotte, NC, born August 26, 1925 in Huntington, New York, died peacefully in her home on October 28, 2014.

Mrs. Tarleton was preceded in death four years ago by her husband of 60 years, Howard A. Tarleton. She is survived by two daughters: Elizabeth T. Chapman; son-in-law, Dr. Geoffrey S. Chapman, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Victoria T. Craig and Mark D. Elder of Lafayette, LA; grandchildren, Katherine Chapman Kelsey, David Chapman, and Peter, Trevor, and Caroline Craig; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, William J. Ziegler, of South Pasadena, CA.

After being raised on the East Coast, Barbara longed for sunny skies and sandy beaches so the family relocated to San Marino, California in 1963. The family spent the next 30 years there where Barbara worked for Bill Winn Clothiers. She and Howard moved to Charlotte, NC in 1963.

With heavy hearts, we say goodbye as she leaves us to rejoin Howard, the love of her life, forever. We will always be indebted to the kind and loving caregivers, Essie, Babby, Betty, and Parthenia, and Drs. John Benedum and Joe Mueller who took wonderful care of her.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Robert C. Gamble

Robert C. Gamble
October 12, 1940 - October 27, 2014
Robert Chase Gamble, of Monroe, NC (formerly of Charlotte and Asheville) passed away at home surrounded by his family, after a lengthy illness on October 27, 2014.

He was born in Asheville on October 12, 1940, son of the late Thomas and Josephine Gamble. Due to their early deaths, he was reared by his late grandparents, T.A. and Thelma Gamble. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Belinda Love Gamble, and his sister, Eleanor Gamble Lamothe.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sarah Shoaf Gamble; son, Derek Chase Gamble of Greensboro; daughter, Tracey Gamble Mahoney and husband, William R. Mahoney III of Providence, RI; sister, Marguerite Cohen of Royal Palm Beach, FL; granddaughters, Lyndsey Gamble, Caroline and Maggie Mahoney.

He graduated from Lee Edwards High School in Asheville and went on to serve in the US Army. He then attended Western Carolina University and graduated with a business degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bob extended his education with the Masters Program at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business. His career was in financial services and he began as a stockbroker with McCarley & Co. in Asheville. After moving to Charlotte in 1970, he worked with Interstate Securities, Wheat First Securities and J.C. Bradford Company, where he became Branch Manager. He later became a wholesale representative for various mutual fund and securities companies. After retirement, he worked for substance abuse agencies such as SAIL and CDS.

In Charlotte, Bob was a member of Carmel Baptist Church and was a charter member of Sardis Baptist Church. In Monroe, he was a member of Central Methodist Church. He was a member of the Mason's and Shriners International (Oasis Temple). When his children were young he was active in Charlotte Youth Sports organizations.

In addition, Bob was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous where he recently celebrated 25 years of sobriety. He was the proud founder of the Riders in Recovery Motorcycle Club. His hobbies included travel, golf, music, shagging, trumpet and other musical instruments, motorcycles, "tinkering" with gadgets and his beloved Tarheels.

The family would like to sincerely thank Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, for their quick and compassionate care. Memorials may be directed to Hospice at 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 or online at

A service will be held at Central Methodist Church, 801 S. Hayne Street, Monroe, NC on October 30th, at 11:00. The family welcomes family and friends to a visitation before the service at 10:00.

Marshall Moneymaker

Marshall Alexander Moneymaker
September 5, 1919 - October 27, 2014
Marshall "Mike" Alexander Moneymaker, 95, of Charlotte, NC went home to be with Jesus on October 27, 2014. Mike was born on September 5, 1919, in Churchville, VA to Icy and John Moneymaker.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Lambert Moneymaker; son, William; and sister, Madeline.  He is survived by his daughter, Barbara and her friend Michelle of Charlotte, NC; his son, Larry and his wife Bonnie of Indian Land, SC; son, Bennie and his wife Penny of Pineville, NC.  He was also loved by his grandchildren, Robbie, LaDonna, Melisa, Brandon, and Travis, and 6 great-grandchildren.  Mike is also survived by his sister, Edith Ritenour of Fishersville, VA.

Mike moved his family to Charlotte to begin working for Celanese in 1956, where he was employed until he retired as a Lab Leader in 1984.  He was a faithful member of Forest Hills Church since 1956.

The family would like to give a special thanks to The Laurels in Pineville, Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte Region, and the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC for their love and understanding during this difficult time.

The service to celebrate his life will be at Forest Hills Church on 7224 Park Road on October 30, 2014 at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region at 7845 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226 or Zach's Rescue, 11114 Atrium Way, Matthews, NC 28105.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Susan Kilkka

Susan Kilkka’s Eternal Life Celebration

Susan Marie Kilkka passed away at home on Friday, October 24, 2014 after a lengthy battle against Alzheimer’s disease.  She was surrounded by eight loving friends and family members as she took her final breaths.  Lots of tears, but down deep lots of rejoicing for her as she claimed her eternal reward with The Lord through her belief in Jesus Christ.  She’s looking down at us now and talking up a storm again.

She was born on June 28, 1948 to Donald and Lily Boyd in Cleveland, Ohio.  Sue and her brother Bruce had to endure the tragic death of her father in a car accident during their teenage years, but delighted that their mother found a wonderful man, Evan Bender, to marry a few years later.  Both have since passed away, but loving memories of them live on with us.

Sue was loving and fiercely loyal to her family and friends.  She had a deep and obvious love for her husband of sixteen years, Al, who retired in 2008 and was blessed with the opportunity to support her at home during her illness.  Her son, Jim Richardson, lives in Chicago, Illinois, and her daughter, Holly Khushal is married to Paresh Khushal and lives in Dubai.  They have the two grandchildren, Jolie (3) and Jai (1).  Stepdaughter, Lena Kilkka Mann (husband Thomas Mann) lives in Berlin.  Stepson, Alex Kilkka lives wherever in the world he wants to, his job and possessions consolidated in his backpack and one suitcase.  Brother, Bruce Boyd lives in Davis, California, and just retired after an extensive career in computer software/support. 

Her good friends – and you know who you are – always remained precious to her.  As you have said, you will always remember her for her outgoing and energetic personality, which at times could just wear you out.  That’s our Sue.  And a special thanks to Anthony and Jenilee Catri, who have lived with Al and Sue for 2+ years, and loved her as a real family member.  Plus the unbelievable love of a beautiful woman, Dawn Gaines, her seven day a week caregiver for the last 17 months.  Dawn and her girls, Zheaan and Mikyla, gave such unconditional love that could only be inspired by God, and truly became our extended family, who we will never lose.  God bless you.  And God bless the wonderful people at Hospice!

Sue graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1971 and was employed as a sales representative for an office supply company in Chicago.  She was transferred to California in the mid-1970s, before coming to Charlotte in the late 1980s.  As the children grew up, she took part-time work as a teacher and insurance customer support representative.  Her passions included small group bible studies, her church home group, working in the yard (including cutting the lawn and planting shrubs), and redecorating/remodeling her home.  She also loved to travel, exploring new parts of the U.S. and taking fifteen overseas trips with Al, to places including New Zealand, Hawaii, and much of Europe.

Sue loved Jesus and openly expressed this.  Her sole wish would be that everyone would have eternal life through their personal belief in Him as He promised.  She is watching and waiting for us now.  She attended church every Sunday without fail and often talked afterward about Pastor Andrew Smith’s (church home The Gathering) messages and how they touched her.  Please join us for a special celebration of her eternal life:

          Sunday, November 9
          1 – 5 pm Drop By – Casual, Good Food
          No gifts please – give to your church

          The Kilkka Residence
          4226 Shepherdleas Lane
          Charlotte, NC 28277


Friday, October 24, 2014

Andrea Duncan

Marion Andrea Hamilton Duncan
December 31, 1942 - October 24, 2014
Marion Andrea Hamilton "Ginger" Duncan, of Charlotte, died October 24, 2014.  Daughter of the late Andrew Robinson and Marion Hinson Hamilton, she was born in Lancaster, SC.

She was a long-time member of Christ Church and served as Lay Eucharist Minister, Usher, and on the Altar Guild where her favorite volunteer activity was directing weddings. She had many interests including tennis, gardening, cooking, and painting.  She loved playing bridge, and playing board games with her grandsons.  She was a voracious reader and enjoyed her book and dinner clubs.

She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Elizabeth; her son, Ian Thomas and his wife, Katherine Chamberlain and their sons, Thomas and Henry; her brother, Andrew Robinson Hamilton and his wife, Bonnie Baker; her sister, Lucy Irene and her husband, Charles Herrick Lewis; and a large extended family and a group of wonderful friends.

Services will be held on Tuesday, October 28th, at 3pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Rd., with a reception to follow at the church.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Betty Metz

Mrs. Metz died October 24, 2014.  Service arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Elizabeth Piver

Elizabeth "Betsy" Everett Piver was born on August 18, 1932 in Laurinburg, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Lawrence Shaw Everett and Hattie Wall Bryant Everett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. Piver. They were long-time residents of Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Piver passed away on October 20, 2014 at the age of 82.

She spent her career in Charlotte with Stewart and Everett Theatres and TF Investment Associates.

Mrs. Piver is survived by her nephews, Lawrence S. Everett III, George T. Everett, Jack G. Ashby Jr.; her nieces, Harriet Ashby Bonds, Cheryl E. Lyons. She is also survived by her brother-in-laws, Forrest Lee Piver, E. Snow Piver and wife Dorothy; sister-in-laws, Betty Ann Piver Sheppard and Mary Neil Piver Bowden.

A memorial service is planned in Wilmington, NC where her beloved husband, Don, was buried. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Helen McGuinn

Mrs. McGuinn died October 20, 2014.  Services will be privately held.

Ruth DiFranco

Ruth Bensen DiFranco
August 20, 1946 - October 20, 2014
Ruth Bensen DiFranco, 68, of Charlotte, NC, passed away in her home on October 20, 2014.  Ruth was born in Staten Island, New York on August 30, 1946 to Helen and Bjarne Bensen.  She graduated from Curtis High School in 1963.

Ruth worked as Administrative Assistant at Western Connecticut University and enjoyed shopping and spending time with her three grandchildren, Caroline, Max, and Penny.  Ruth is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Dawn; son-in-law, Bobby; and sister, Jean Richardson.  She was predeceased by her sister, Peggy Suderow.

Ruth will be missed for her caring and generous nature.

Memorial services were held at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC on October 23, 2014. There will be an additional service for family and friends in Danbury, CT in April, 2015.

Memorial donations may be made in Ruth's name to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Phyllis Giffin

Mrs. Giffin died October 19, 2014.  Services will be privately held.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jewel Burrell

Mrs. Burrell died October 16, 2014.  There will be a viewing at Palmetto Funeral Home, Fort Mill, SC on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.  Funeral services will be held at Salisbury National Cemetery on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11 a.m.

David Gower

Mr. Gower died October 16, 2014.  Services will be held in London at a later date.

Harvey C. Jones

Col. Harvey C. Jones
February 3, 1924 - October 15, 2014
Colonel Harvey Cooper ("Tom") Jones, US Army (Ret.) died on October 15, 2014.

Tom was born on February 3, 1924. He was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and The United States Military Academy at West Point. During his 27-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers, he commanded troop units in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam; served as an advisor to the Chinese Army on Taiwan, as military assistant to the Governor of the Panama Canal Zone and was on the staff of the Chief of Staff, US Army at the Pentagon. He retired from the Army in 1969 as the Corp's New York District Engineer and Supervisor of the Harbor of New York.

Tom immediately began a significant second career with Walt Disney Company. In Florida, he was Director of Disney's cutting edge utility company, then moved to Tokyo to be Disney's Senior Managing Director for the construction of Tokyo Disneyland. Returning to California, he became VP of Project Management for Walt Disney Imagineering.

Tom and his wife, Martha, settled in Cheraw, SC in 1988.  In addition to his multitude of church, club, garden, and history activities, Tom began a third career with the International Executive Service Corps, as a volunteer consultant to third world countries. He was involved in 13 projects in Brazil, Panama, Columbia, Egypt, and Moldova. In 2009, Tom and Martha moved to Aldersgate in Charlotte, NC and the Aldersgate community became a great joy.

He deeply cherished his associations with the Army and West Point (his greatest influence), his many friends in the West Point class of '45, Lawrenceville class of '42, Disney, Cheraw, and Aldersgate. He is remembered as a gentleman, a ready wit, a doer, and a most gracious host.

Tom's greatest joy was his family. He leaves his wife, Martha Duvall Jones; his children, Harvey C. Jones Jr., Dr. Jeffrey T. Jones, Wendy J. Kuda, Edwin G. Pryor, A. Elizabeth P. Colocci; and twelve grandchildren. He is predeceased by his father, Charles Myers Jones; his mother, Susannah Busbee Jones; and his dear brother, Charles Myers Jones, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at Old St. David's Episcopal Church, Cheraw, SC on Friday, October 24 at 11 am. A Memorial Service will be held in Fellowship Hall at Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 25.

Memorials may be made to St. David's Cemetery Association, PO Box 1196, Cheraw, SC 29520, or to the Long Gray Line Endowment c/o Nancy Calhelha, West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gardner Heidrick

Gardner Heidrick
April 23, 1939 - October 11 2014
Gardner W. Heidrick, Jr. of Charlotte, NC died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at his residence at Southminster Continuing Care Community, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was born April 23, 1939 in Kansas City to the late Gardner and Eileen Heidrick, Sr. Gardner graduated with Honors from Princeton University in 1961 and from the University of Chicago School of Business in 1964.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Gordon Heidrick; son, Gardner Wilson Heidrick, III and wife Ingrid Towers Heidrick; son, Joseph Heidrick Fowler and wife, Ashley Pigford Fowler; and daughter, Julie Heidrick Richards.  He is also survived by his five beloved grandchildren, Laurel Fowler, Thomas Fowler, Taylor Richards, Ben Richards, and Greta Heidrick.  In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Raynelle Heidrick; niece, Kim Ransom; nephew, Steve Ransom; niece Lindsay Heidrick Garrison and family; as well as his very special friend, Lorenza Graham.  He was preceded in his death by his brother, Robert Heidrick.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm Thursday at Southminster Continuing Care Community in Charlotte, NC. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Eileen Lindsay Heidrick Professorship in Oncology, U of I Foundation, 1305 West Greene St., Urbana, IL 61801, or to The University of ChicagoGraduate School of Business.

Gail Rothschild

Gail Rothschild, age 66, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2014, at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. She is survived by her loving daughter Renee Gail Spinicelli Leff as well as her son-in-law Jason Alan Leff.

Born February 8, 1948, in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Theodore Rothschild and Frances Whalen Rothschild. Gail graduated from Northeastern University and went on to receive her Master's Degree in Education from Purdue University as well as a Master's Degree in Special Education from Queens College in Charlotte.

She served as an English teacher for over 25 years at Marist H.S. (NJ), Westfield H.S. (NJ), and The Frankfurt International School in Germany. Since retiring, Gail was an active member of the Matthews community. She served on the board of The Matthews Human Service Council for years. She also spent many years working with The Charlotte Civilian Club, Habitat for Humanity of Matthews, Special Olympics of Mecklenburg County, and The Matthews Chamber of Commerce where she has been awarded Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year on numerous occasions.

Additionally, Gail served on The Levine Senior Center Board of Directors and Advisory Council for several years. In addition to serving on these committees, Gail enjoyed teaching classes in Living Healthy with Chronic Disease, Diabetes Self-Management, and Matter of Balance at the Levine Center and in the community. Gail was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, October 14 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Banquet Room at the Levine Senior Center located at 1050 Devore Ln. Matthews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to The Levine Senior Center, 1050 Devore Ln., Matthews, NC 28105.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Steven Nelson

Mr. Nelson died October 9, 2014.  Services will be privately held.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rosemary Mooney

Rosemary “Rosie” Mooney, 90, of Charlotte, died on October 9, 2014.

She grew up in New York. After moving to Maryland she met the love of her life, William Mooney and was married to him for 44 years until his death in 2007. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Although challenged by Alzheimer’s she was sweet and caring until the end of her life. She enjoyed laughing and playing with her grandson, Joseph, throughout her final days.

Rosemary is survived by her daughter, Pat Mayhew, son-in-law, Mac and her only grandchild, Joseph of Charlotte. She leaves her beloved sister and best friend, Frances of Maryland, her niece Kathy, nephews, Michael and Tommy and their families. The family wishes to express gratitude to Hospice of Charlotte and Elmcroft at Little Avenue for the compassionate care they provided.

A funeral mass will be held on Fri. October 17 at 11am at Our Lady of Grace Church in Silver Spring, MD. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Chantilly Montessori Elementary, 701 Briar Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28205 for their book fund or Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC 28204.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Joseph A. Venturelli

Joseph "Joe" Venturelli
November 8, 1935 - October 4, 2014
Joseph Anthony Venturelli, Sr., 78, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY to Salvatore and Josephine Venturelli on November 8, 1935.  A National Guard veteran, Joe began his career with Royal Insurance Co., progressing from mailroom services in 1935 to Manager of Corporate Communications.  He and his family relocated with the company to Charlotte, NC in 1986, where Joe retired with over 50 years of service in 2004.

Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Venturelli; his son, Joseph A. Venturelli Jr.; his daughters, Donna McCaskill, and Lisa Venturelli; his cherished grandchildren, Michael and ToniAnn Venturelli, and Julianne and Ian McCaskill; his daughter-in-law, Barbara Venturelli, and son-in-law, John McCaskill.  He is also survived by his siblings, Stella Pagano and Philip Venturelli, and many beloved nieces and nephews.  Joe was predeceased by his eldest brother, Louis (Sonny) Venturelli.

Joe will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to his family, his sense of humor, his values and beliefs, and his never-ending demonstrations of love and selflessness toward all who were blessed to have him in their lives.

Visitation will be held at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill, SC, on Thursday and Friday, October 9th and 10th, from 3:00pm - 7:00pm.  A funeral service will be held at Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road East, Fort Mill, SC, on Saturday, October 11th at 10:00am.  Burial/interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill, NC.

Flowers graciously accepted and/or donations to the Boy Scouts of America are greatly appreciated.

Donald Leroy Courtney

Donald Leroy Courtney
December 17, 1957 - October 1, 2014
Donald Leroy Courtney, 56, of Pineville NC, died on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.  Born December 17, 1957, he was the son of Max Erwin and Bonnie Chapman Courtney of Charlotte, NC.  Don is survived by his brother, Ken E. Courtney and his wife, Charlotte S., and their son, Keith E. Courtney, all of Loganville, GA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Richard C. Ranson

Dick Ranson
January 2, 1942 - October 1, 2014
Mr. Richard Cobb Ranson (Dick) of Charlotte, NC died from lymphoma on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Born January 2, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the younger son of the late Harriet Cobb Ranson and Lloyd Russell Ranson of Charlotte. He was proud of being a fourth generation Charlottean.

Dick attended Eastover School and graduated from Myers Park High School. He was a 1964 accounting graduate and an enthusiastic supporter of Duke University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

After serving in the Army, he joined Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte) and helped form Option Management Company. He worked at Duke Power Company (now Duke Energy) for twenty-seven years, ten in Corporate Finance, where he served as Corporate Treasurer. He later was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Resources, Inc. and was a Senior Vice President of Duke Energy.

Dick loved to travel. Upon retiring, he and Judy travelled with friends to 54 countries throughout Europe and Asia. His favorite countries were Greece, Turkey, the Baltic nations, and especially Italy. As a teen and adult Dick loved music; he also taught ballroom dancing as a teenager. He delighted in everything at Wrightsville Beach: beach music, shagging, crabbing, cooking and eating seafood every night. His love of cooking increased when he retired and remodeled the kitchen. He enjoyed his home at Lake Norman and thoroughly relished teaching his children and others to water ski. He always felt he was very blessed in so many ways.

Dick is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Judy, his sons Skipp and his wife, Paige of Charlotte, Michael and his wife, Tracy of New York City, and adorable grandsons Buck, Weller and Adlai. He is also survived by his brother, Russell Ranson, Jr. and wife, Anne of Charlotte, his brother-in-law Chuck Niedringhaus and wife Jan of Nashville TN, his loving dog, Kudzu and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dick was a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church where he was ordained an elder and deacon. He also was active in Meadowlake Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. When vacationing in Wrightsville Beach he attended and was a Friend of the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk. He served the church, including the Presbytery of Charlotte, by offering his uncanny ability to focus on the bottom line.

Mr. Ranson was a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the NC Association of CPA’s and was past president of the Southern Carolinas Chapter of the Financial Executive Institute. He also served in many civic endeavors and on various community boards from United Way to Charlotte Latin School.  Dick initiated a ministry of corresponding with and praying for people in prison, and through it, he touched lives deeply.

At the time of his death, he was a member of Charlotte Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf.

A service to celebrate Dick’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday October 6, 2014   at Myers Park Presbyterian Church with a reception following in Oxford Hall. Officiating for Mr. Ranson will be Rev. Michelle Thomas-Bush and Rev. Jane Summey Mullennnix.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 4530 Park Road Suite 240, Charlotte, NC 28209 and the Patricia Fields Scholarship Fund at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Frederick Lee Roberts, Sr.

On Tues, 9-30-14 Mr. Frederick Lee Roberts, Sr. went home to the Lord.

He is survived by his 2 loving children, 5 grand-children and 2 great grand-children.  Preceding him in death was his wife, Marion, and a son, Ric Roberts.  He was loved in life and will be greatly missed in passing.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Golden Acres Baptist Church, 17820 Lawyers Road, Stallings, NC.  The family will receive guests at 1pm prior to the 2pm service.  Graveside to follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the American Lung Association.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Billy Moore

Mr. Moore died September 24, 2014.  Services were privately held.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Darlene Calebro

Mrs. Calebro died September 22, 2014.  Services were privately held.

Pauline Godbois

Pauline Godbois
July 1, 1930 - September 22, 2014
Pauline Godbois, 84, passed away on Sept. 22, 2014, at Emeritus Memory Care in Charlotte, N.C.

She was born on July 1, 1930, in Manchester, the daughter of Donat and Cecile (St. Cyr) Soucy.  She lived in Manchester and Londonderry most of her life.  A graduate of Manchester High School Central, Class of 1948, she was predeceased by her husband, Louis, by her two handicapped children, William and Denise, and by her older brother, Roger Soucy.

Pauline enjoyed reading, crafting, and was an accomplished painter.  She was an active communicant at St. Jude's Parish in Londonderry where she belonged to the Women's Guild, and especially enjoyed craft making for their annual Holiday Craft Fair.  Her immediate family includes her loving and devoted daughter, Diane Provencher; grandson, Christian Provencher; granddaughter, Aimee Patrum and husband, Matt; great-grandchildren, Zechariah and Leah Patrum; all of Charlotte; and brothers, Robert Soucy and his wife, Cecile of Manchester, NH; and Donald Soucy and his wife, Mary of Largo, FL. She also had a large extended family including many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mary Fettig

Molly Fettig
July 22, 1938 - September 20, 2014
Mary "Molly" Payne Fettig passed away peacefully with her family by her side on September 20th.  She was a devoted mom, Grammy, sister, wife, daughter, and friend who touched the lives of all who knew her.

She was born on July 22, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio, where she spent her childhood.  She attended the University of Dayton, graduating in 1960, and remained an avid UD fan and proud Flyerette throughout her life.  In addition to UD sports, Molly loved watching college football, basketball, and soccer, and above all, any sport her kids and grandkids played.  She loved to travel, living throughout the US from Hawaii to Camp LeJeune, NC, and visiting many countries in Europe.

Much of Molly's life revolved around her love and compassion for children.  She was a beloved kindergarten teacher for nearly twenty years at Aquinas School in Woodbridge, VA.  Later, she helped countless children and their families as a social worker in the Florida Keys.  Molly was an extraordinary mother and grandmother, putting her family's happiness above all else.

Throughout her life, Molly gathered a collection of dear friends, from the "Ladies of the Home who met in grade school in Dayton to the Jetton Park Walking Group in Cornelius.  Everywhere Molly lived, she made lasting friendships with neighbors, coworkers, and fellow parishioners.

Molly enjoyed baking, gardening, and dessert with every meal.  She took great pleasure in decorating her home and entertaining around the holidays.

She had profound faith which she truly lived every day.  She was actively involved in several parishes throughout her life, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteering wherever needed.

Molly was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents Mary & Robert Payne, and her brother Robert Payne.  She is survived by her daughter Cathy Conger, her sons Bill, Craig, and Kyle Conger; and her grandchildren, Chase Conger, Christian Conger, Reilly Webb, Brennan Conger, Nora Webb, and Savanna Conger.  She is also survived by her sisters Barbara Koerner and Sally Martino, and her brother Tom Payne.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:00 am at

St. Charles Borromeo Church
4500 Ackerman Blvd.
Kettering, OH 45429

Family will receive friends from 10 am - 11 am before the Mass.
Memorial Contributions may be made to:

Lake Norman Hospice & Palliative Care or St. Francis De Sales Parish, 1600 Madison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206.

Barbara Balisado

Mrs. Balisado died September 19, 2014.  Services were privately held.

Friday, September 19, 2014

William Donald Carras

William Donald Carras passed away peacefully on September 18, 2014 surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Don was born on August 28, 1953 in Gastonia, NC, but grew up in Charlotte, NC. Don played on the 1970 South Mecklenburg State Championship Basketball Team. He graduated from Olympic High School in 1971 where he “excelled” in basketball and was captain of the team in his senior year. He also made All-County Honorable Mention in 1971. Don was an avid collector of sports memorabilia and a “certified” rock music historian.

He had a good sense of humor and always kept his family and friends entertained with his wild stories. Everyone knew him as “The Legendary Big Don C” and also “Donno”. Don was a friend of Bill W. and very active in the fellowship helping countless people along the way.

In 1979, Don was pre-deceased by his mother, Barbara Jane Carras. Don leaves behind to cherish his memory his dad, William Gus Carras; sister, Georgia Leigh Carras and Angela Carras Mann; and his favorite niece, Karis Jane Mann; brother, William Justin Carras; father and step-mother, Don and Nancy Bell; brother, Mike Bell; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Juneau; and grand-daughter, Taylor Adele Barbee.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm September 22, 2014 at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 7224 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC. Pastor Leo Kuykendall will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Zion Baptist Church, 2437 Propst St., Gastonia, NC 28056.  May his memory be eternal.

Grover A. Mullis

Grover "Noody" Mullis
August 27, 1939 - September 17, 2014
Grover Alexander  Mullis “Noody”, of Charlotte, died September 17, 2014 at Myrtle Beach Manor in Myrtle Beach, SC.

He was born August 27, 1939 in Charlotte, NC to the late Grover Jackson Mullis and Maude Hice Mullis.  Mr. Mullis graduated from Central High School in 1958 and was immediately drafted by the Washington Senators as a pitcher for AAA baseball.  Noody was the owner of AL Express in Charlotte.  He was an avid golfer and member at Raintree Country Club and was also very active in the Charlotte Optimist Club.

Mr. Mullis is survived by his wife, Delores Martin Jordan- Mullis and their daughter, Denise Masci; sons, Kerry Mullis, Michael Jordan, and Jay Jordan; sister, Wanda Jordan; brother, Joe Mullis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held for Mr. Mullis 2:00 p.m. Tuesday September 23, 2014 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 9000 Mt. Holly Rd., Charlotte, NC with Pastor Jon Hall officiating.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eugene Buzzi

Gene Buzzi
January 8, 1938 - September 12, 2014
Eugene Anthony Buzzi, 76, of Charlotte, NC, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born January 8, 1938 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of the late Lauretta Boyle and Victor John Buzzi.

In 2006, after living in Tallahassee, FL for 36 years, and retirement, Gene, and his wife Judy, moved to Charlotte to be near their son, daughter and three granddaughters.

Gene was raised in Monongahela, PA and after High School graduation he served four years in The United States Air Force. Upon separation in 1959, he worked for The Lockheed Missiles & Space Division on the submarine-launched Polaris Missile System for six years. He then worked for North American Rockwell on The Apollo Spacecraft Program. He was assistant Spacecraft Chief on Apollo 12, the second lunar landing. During the six years from 1959-1965, he studied at The Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Subsequently, he studied at Florida State University (FSU) and received a Master’s Degree in Business Management.
After moving to Tallahassee, FL in 1970, he worked for The State of Florida as The Supervisor of Public Safety Communications. He later founded the communications engineering company, OMNICOM, INC., which was worldwide in scope. Eighteen years later, he and his business partner retired and sold OMNICOM to a major competitor, RCC, Inc.

He was a Fellow in The Radio Club of America, a Senior Life Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Director in The Florida Institute of Technology Alumni Affairs Association.

Gene is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith Harkins Buzzi, son Michael Warner Buzzi, daughter Jennifer Buzzi Shreero, granddaughters Mattison, Grayson, and Emerson Shreero, all of Charlotte, NC,   sister Eleanor Sterner (Ken) of Gilford, NH, nieces Bridget Ratchford Hatfield, Gastonia, NC and Megan Sterner Lott (Bryan), Durango, CO, nephews Victor Ratchford (Emily), Jacksonville, FL, Jason Sterner (Kristine), Campton, NH, and much loved extended family.

He was loved by many, but deeply by his family. We will miss his loving spirit, his smile and his laughter, and great sense of humor, and we will always remember his endless kindness and generosity to others.

A reception in his memory is being held at the Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte, NC, on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 from 3:00-5:00PM.

A Celebration of Gene’s life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tallahassee, FL, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his name be made to the Charlotte, NC, Levine Cancer Institute, the Levine Children’s Hospital, or the Charlotte American Heart Association.

Terry B. Roney

T.B. Roney
August 12, 1929 - September 13, 2014
Terry Bruce Roney, Sr. of Charlotte, NC formerly of Sparta, NC passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014, at this residence.

He was born August 12, 1929 in Newville, AL to the late Willie H. and Ludie S. Roney.  He graduated from Dothan High School and played football at the University of Florida where he became a lifelong Gator fan.  Bruce worked for Eastern Airlines for 35 years and then Nascar for 15 years, afterwards retiring to the mountains in Sparta, NC.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Georgia B. Roney; and one son Bruce Roney, Jr. (Pat) of Huntersville, NC; one daughter, Lousie Medlin (Jimmy) of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Dona Lisk (Greg), Nic Presson, (Rebeca), Nichole Griffin, (Patrick), Georgia Brotherton, (Adam) and TB Roney III, (Corie); eight great-grandchildren, Hadlea and Hunter Presson, Brent, Grant and Caroline Lisk, Blake and Paige Brotherton, and Harper Griffin and two step-grandchildren Nicole and Greg Medlin; two sisters, Sarah McKnight and Christine Beasley both of Alabama, in addition to many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Faye Ethridge from Alabama.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1:00 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226 officiated by Father Josh Bowron and Chaplain J.D. Parker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204.  After the service the family will meet at the home of the daughter Louise and Jimmy Medlin.

Rita M. Foulk

Rita M. Foulk passed away on September 14, 2014 and was born May 17, 1931.  She is survived by five children; nine grand-children; and ten great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Friday, September 19th at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 13700 Lawyer's Rd., Mint Hill.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Cancer Society in her name.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Claude Ashley Campbell

"Ashley" Campbell
July 31, 1965 - September 11, 2014
Ashley Campbell, 49, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014, with his family by his side after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

Ashley was born in Bluefield, WV, on July 31, 1965, to Alexander (“Zan”) Doak Campbell and Ida Varney Campbell. Ashley graduated from Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, in 1988, and passed his certified public accountant examination shortly thereafter. Ashley was formerly married to Susan Elizabeth Campbell. Ashley and Susan have two beautiful daughters Breann Elizabeth,14,and Lauren Nicole Campbell, 12.

Throughout his business career, Ashley served as an executive for various international and domestic companies. At the time of his illness, Ashley was the Chief Executive Officer of Sensei Solutions, LLC, an electrical and technology based company.

Ashley loved the Lord and worshiped at the Forest Hill Church, in Charlotte. He adored his two daughters and was a devoted father, a loving son and brother, as well as a loyal friend to many. He loved to spend time with his daughters, family and friends, playing and watching golf, and enjoying the sun and the beach. Ashley was a very fun-loving, optimistic and caring man. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends, and forever hold a loving and special place in their hearts and souls.

Ashley is survived immediately by his mother, Ida V. Campbell of Beckley, WV; his brother Robert A. Campbell, of Charleston, WV; his daughter Breann E.. Campbell of Charlotte, NC; his daughter Lauren N .Campbell of Charlotte, NC; his Aunt Nancy K. Campbell of Bluefield, WV; his nephew Gage A. Campbell of Charleston.

The family is grateful to all the outstanding care Ashley received from the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, in Durham, NC, the Carolina Medical Center, in Charlotte, NC, the caretakers at Visiting Angels Living Assistance in Charlotte, NC, and the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, in Charlotte.

A celebration of Ashley’s life will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014, with a one hour visitation from noon until 1:00p.m., followed by a service at 1:00p.m., at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Dr., Fort Mill, SC 29708. Thereafter, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, a one hour visitation will be held, from noon until 1:00p.m., followed by a service at Church of God Family Worship, 224 Pinewood Dr., Beckley, WV, 25801. Immediately following the service, the burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park of Beckley, Inc., 1925 Harper Rd., Beckley, WV, 25802.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718; or the Church of God Family Worship, 224 Pinewood Dr., Beckley, WV, 25801.