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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cornelius E. Mixon

Cornelius Eldridge Mixon
12/3/1935 - 8/26/2014
Cornelius Eldridge Mixon, age 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Charlotte on August 26th 2014. He was in the care of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region and his longtime partner, Beverly Whitlow.

Eldridge grew up in Winnsboro, SC and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina (Class of '57). He was a long term practicing CPA who loved following Gamecock sports and splitting his time between Charlotte and his house on Lake Wateree where he was blessed to live near lifelong friends.

Survivors include Ms. Whitlow of Charlotte, brother Wayne Mixon of Augusta, GA and sister Gwendolyn Mixon McMurray of Hopkins, SC. He has three sons, Burch and his wife, Arrington, Brooks and his wife, Courtney, all of Charlotte and Brian and his wife Shelley of Denver, CO as well as 6 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius Burch Mixon and Lucile Daughtry Mixon and his sister, Frances Mixon Lucas.

Memorial services will be held at 11AM on Friday, August 29th at Christ Episcopal Church (1412 Providence Road) in Charlotte, NC.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh St, Charlotte, NC 28204

Phillip E. Williams, Sr.

Phillip E. Williams, Sr.
August 8, 1942 - August 25, 2014

Phillip E. Williams Sr., 72, of Rock Hill, SC, went to live with his Heavenly Father on Monday, August 25, 2014.

He was known to many as “Papa Phil.”  Visitation will be held at 5 pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church, 575 Neelys Creek Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730 with the memorial service following at 6 pm.  The Rev. Albert Mickles, Rev. Barry Burleson, and his son, Rev. Ed. Williams will officiate.

Phil was the son of the late Ralph Daniel Williams and Mildred Williams Crosby.  Phil was a true legend—he touched so many lives in many ways.  He constantly opened his heart and his home; he never turned anyone away.  He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather to many.  Knowing Phil, you know he loved God, his family, and his Church.  It was a blessing to know, love, and be loved by him.  He truly will be missed.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Delta Williams; two sons, Phillip E. Williams Jr. (Robin), and David Williams of Rock Hill; two sisters, Betty W. Boyd (Donald) of Great Falls, and Joyce Green (Steve) of Fort Lawn; one sister-in-law, Debbie Williams of Rock Hill; four brothers, Tommy Williams (Barbara) and John Terry Williams (Tonda) of Fort Lawn, Frank Williams (Becky) of Catawba, and Gary Williams (Wanda) of Mt. Holly; ten grandchildren, Brandy McGhie (Tyler) of Round O, SC, Jacob Williams (Krissy), Dustin Williams (Anna), Heaven Williams, Hope Williams, Erica Mejia, Alex Mejia, Alyssa Mejia, Nevaeh Collins, and Daniel Collins of Rock Hill; five great-grandchildren, Paisley Wolfe, Wells McGhie, Jaxen Williams, Kamdyn Williams, and Jake Williams.  He was a loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Tiller and Bonnie Lou Williams; and two brothers, Charles and James Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 575 Neelys Creek Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lowry B. Furst, Jr.

Lowry B. Furst
10/28/1931 - 8/21/2014
Bo Furst passed away peacefully, August 21, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with a pulmonary illness.

Bo was born in New York City, October 28, 1931, to the late Lowry Bowman Furst, Sr. and Mary Louise Redwood. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Joyce Pritchard Furst; two daughters, Debbie Furst Johnson and husband Dan Johnson, Jr., of Charlotte, and Mary Catherine Jones and husband Gary R. Jones, of Baltimore, MD. Four grandchildren also survive.

Bo attended St. Paul's Episcopal School in Baltimore and was a Dupont Scholar at University of Virginia, and held a degree in English from John's Hopkins University. He was awarded a Kinsolving Award. He received his CLU and retired from the insurance industry and returned to earn a teaching degree from UNCC. He taught English in Charlotte Mecklenburg schools, following a long family tradition of teachers and headmasters. He enjoyed teaching until his health declined.

He had a passion for books and was a voracious reader. His other passions included tennis. He played at UVA and in Charlotte tennis leagues. His greatest love was sailing. His childhood was spent on the waters of Cape Cod, Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake Bay. He extended the legacy of sailing from his father who navigated the legendary schooner, The Nina, with his knowledge to help create the thriving Junior Sailing Program at Lake Norman Yacht Club.

Bo was a long time member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Contributions can be made to Lake Norman Junior Sailing Program or St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

Our family would like to express our gratitude to doctors Daniel Howard, Ben Kirk and the staff at Carolina's Specialty Hospital.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 27, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC. A reception will follow the service.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Melissa Williams

Ms. Williams died August 17, 2014 at her residence.  Services will be held privately at a later date.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Elaine Hipp

Elaine Bates Hipp
May 29, 1924-August 18, 2014

Elaine Bates Hipp passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 at Southminster after a long period of declining health.

Elaine was born in Leland, Mississippi and was preceded in death by her father and mother, Emmett Alton Bates and Bess Applewhite. She was the widow of Dr. Edward R Hipp Jr, her husband of 57 years and is survived by her daughter, Jean H. Bellow and husband Paul of Cypress, TX and her sons, Edward R Hipp III and wife Pinky of Smithfield, VA and Emmet Hipp and wife Sheri of Fort Mill SC, as well as by six grandchildren.

A true Southern lady, Elaine was elected Miss Leland of 1941, attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO and graduated from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. An avid bridge player and voracious reader, Elaine had a zest for life and will be remembered for her sense of humor, love of animals, and kindness to everyone around her.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 11:00 in the chapel at Southminster with a private internment ceremony at Christ Church’s Memorial Garden to follow.

Arthur Oldham

Arthur Howard Oldham died Sunday August 17 at his home in Charlotte after fighting cancer for many years.

Born in Queens, New York in 1944 to North Carolinian parents Emma Ann Dark of Siler City and Howard Rosson Oldham of Goldston, Art was grounded in good Southern manners and practical skills. His New York upbringing brought out a sophisticated yet reserved and engaging social side -- as a student Art was known for jokes, pranks, and the occasional escapade. He had so much social success at Jamaica High School that prep school was in order.

Art was a quick learner and used his two years at Stony Brook School to get a firm grip on his education, excelling in music and public speaking, literature and language. At Colgate University Art continued to explore literature, drama, and the fine arts. He lent his clear baritone to Colgate's a cappella group, the Thirteen, sketched, painted colorful canvases, and welded metal sculpture -- work that led him to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture where he learned to see his design ideas in terms of structures. A strong athlete, Art also wrestled and played football in high school and, during the summers, worked as the head ocean guard at the Bath and Tennis Club in Westhampton Beach.

Art's practical side and the dawning of the conservation era inspired him to work more closely with the land. He took a job with a land planning firm in Philadelphia, and in 1976 opened an office for the firm in Denver, Colorado. Art worked on many projects in Colorado and throughout the West, and in the early 1980s opened his own firm. He relocated to North Carolina in 1988, delighted to be in the South and to participate in Charlotte's renaissance. Here, Art worked on many projects and his efforts won design awards for the use of indigenous stone in entrance monuments and public spaces. He especially enjoyed working with Crescent Resources on waterfront communities such as the Point, the Peninsula, and the Sanctuary. Art always tried to infuse his work with his playfulness, love of the outdoors, respect for the natural environment and sense of place.

An avid reader, Art was fond of The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and the novels of Larry McMurtry. His last literary undertaking was a re-reading of Moby Dick, which he enjoyed discussing with his family on the beach at Figure Eight Island in June. He also loved opera and faithfully attended performances in Denver and Charlotte.

Above all, Art adored his family. In his later years he eased seamlessly into the role of Grandfather, planning beach treasure hunts for his grandchildren and putting his design skills and manual dexterity to work in the crafting of wooden toys, including finely turned, painted and inlaid Harry Potter wands, complete with hand-made wooden cases.

Art is survived by his wife Karen; two sons, Chris of Winston-Salem and Matt of Victor, Idaho; two beloved daughters-in-law, Jane Sandridge Oldham and Stacey Walker Oldham; and four grandchildren -- Kate, Christopher, Jr., Arthur Pendleton, and Margaret Karen.

Memorial gifts may be made to Opera Carolina. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 21 at 3:00 at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service in The Blue Room.

Frances Smith

Mrs. Smith died August 15, 2014.  Services were privately held.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Steven Baune

Steven Eugene Baune
Steve Baune, 65, went to be with the Lord on August 14, 2014, with his family by his side in Charlotte, NC.

He was born January 19, 1949, in Bottineau, ND to Eugene and Ruth Baune. He graduated from NDSU with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Steve then married Candace Marsden in 1971, immediately after which they moved to Rochester, NY where he started his career at Eastman Kodak. He achieved his MBA in Marketing & Finance from RIT. Steve worked for Kodak for 24 years in various leadership positions, which took them from Rochester to Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta. His more recent positions included CEO of Coats North America, which moved them to Charlotte, President of CPAC, followed by President of Gibson Guitars North America. He has called Charlotte home for the past 16 years.

Since retiring in 2011, he gave of his experience and time as a member of Forest Hill Church, Mecklenburg South Rotary (Rotarian of the year 2012), Grameen Bank of Charlotte and SCORE. His heart for charity was demonstrated by his devotion to Beds For Kids, where he served as Chairman of the Board for the past 2 years.

Steve very much enjoyed golfing with his buddies at TPC Piper Glen & spending as much quality time as possible with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

Mr. Baune (AKA Papa, Bonzo, “Mayor” of Piper Glen, Uncle Steve, Mr.B) is survived by his wife Candace Baune; sister, Jan Stankey; daughters Lara Mitchell and Melissa Shaul and their spouses Jonathan and Jody; and 7 grandchildren.

His memorial service is to be held in the Charis Room at Forest Hill Church on Saturday August 23rd at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being collected in Steve’s honor for Beds For Kids.

John Zannini

Dr. John Joseph Zannini
Dr. John Joseph Zannini died peacefully on August 13th at Southminster in Charlotte, NC after a gradual decline in health.  He was 96 years old.

A long time resident of Lake Forest, IL, Dr. Zannini moved to Charlotte in 2010 to be near his family. Born August 22, 1917 in Chicago, son of Louis Dominic Zannini and Clementina Maria Pardi, he was a graduate of Chicago’s St. Mel’s Grammar and High Schools, earned a degree in chemistry from Loyola University of Chicago in 1939 and his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1944.  He did his internship at Grant Hospital, Chicago and it was there that he met his wife of 44 years, Frances Sheridan LaDuke.  They were married from June, 1946 until her death in 1990.

He served as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps, first at Fitzsimmons General Army Hospital in Denver and later with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.  After leaving the Army in 1948, he began his medical practice in Internal Medicine in Waukegan and Lake Forest, IL, where he practiced until 1988.  He served as an instructor in cardiology at Loyola Medical School, was president of the Lake County Chapter of the American Heart Association, and was a member of the Lake County Medical Society and the Illinois State Medical Association.  He was the first chairman of the Lake Forest Hospital Department of Medicine and was on the staff of many other Lake County hospitals.  He was board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  He loved being a doctor and was beloved by his patients.  When he retired after 44 years of practice, he enjoyed spending more time on his other interests including golf, fly fishing, painting and the study of all types of art.  He was also an avid reader. 

In addition to his dedication to the practice of medicine, Dr. Zannini was a beloved father and grandfather who never tired of listening and offering support and advice to his family and friends.  He was an unflagging optimist and a gentleman. Most important, an integral part of his life and character for which he will be remembered was his strong faith.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Frances, daughter, Susan Zannini Abell and brother Eugene Zannini.  He is survived his sister Mary Ferry and her husband Lawrence of Waukegan, IL, by his children, Nancy Zannini and her husband Chris Roberts and their daughter Madeleine of New York City and Sharon, CT,  Mary Claire Wall and her husband Dan of Charlotte, NC and their children Clementine, Olivia and Nicholas, and John L. Zannini and his wife Eileen of New Canaan, CT and their children Zachary, Sophia and Annabella,  son-in-law Tony Abell of Bethesda, MD and granddaughter Jessica Abell of New York City, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL, the Southminster Employee Assistance Fund, or Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte.  
The family is very grateful to the staffs of Southminster and Hospice and to Carmen Roderiguez, for their kindness and care during Dr. Zannini’s last years. 

A memorial service will take place at the Chapel at Southminster on Monday at 11:00.  In addition, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest, IL on Saturday, August 23.

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Jerry Brock

Mr. Jerry Cecil Brock died August 4, 2014.

Jerry was born in Kingsport, Tennessee on October 11, 1931 to Clifford Cecil Brock and Jerrie Cash Brock. Moving with his family to Daytona Beach, Florida, in his teens, Jerry quickly became known as an outstanding athlete, gaining state-wide recognition in football, basketball, and baseball. Electing not to accept a basketball scholarship, he instead joined the US Navy, serving a four-year tour of duty in the Korean War. Following honorable discharge from military service, Jerry enrolled at Florida State University, joining Sigma Nu fraternity, playing intermural sports, working part-time in the State of Fla. Seed testing lab, and graduating with a BS in Business Administration, a minor in Accounting. Upon graduation, Jerry moved to Charlotte to take a position with Associated Transport Co., later forming Brock Sales Company, Manufacturers' Representatives in the plumbing industry of North and South Carolina.

Jerry's life-long love of golf began at the age of 7. As an adult, he enjoyed the comradeship and competition of amateur golf, playing both locally at Cedarwood and Quail Hollow Country Clubs and throughout the Carolinas in tournament events. He was a member of the Charlotte Sportsman's Club. 

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his older sister, Patsy Brock Worling. He is survived by his son Robert (Bob) Brock and his daughter, Dayna Brock, both of Charlotte; grandsons Jonathan Brock (Lindsey, great grandson, Jordan) and Matthew (Brooke) Brock, all of Salisbury, NC; his sister Janet Brock Burdette (Richard) of Asheville, NC; 12 nieces and nephews. After a period of declining health and a brief illness, Jerry died in the care of skilled medical professionals and his loving children on August 4, 2014.

Burial is private; an extended-family funeral will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, following which the family will gather together in a reception area. Any of Jerry's friends and business associates wishing to make a remembrance of his life are gratefully directed to St. John's Episcopal Church, Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC, the church he loved well and served as he was able.

Michel Garcia

Mr. Garcia died July 29, 2014.  He was born September 14, 1977.  Services are Friday, August 1, 2014 at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Dr., Fort Mill, SC, and Saturday, August 2, 2014 at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Huntersville, NC.

Elizabeth Kimsey

Elizabeth W. Kimsey
January 21, 1912 - July 27, 2014
Elizabeth W. Kimsey, age 102, of Charlotte died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Summit Place of SouthPark.

She was born on January 21, 1912 to Emmitt Wright and Cordelia Pyle Wright in Rome, Ga.

Elizabeth was educated in Rome public schools and majored in Biology at Valdosta State College where she received her teacher's certificate. After a career as a marketing specialist with a gourmet food company in New York City, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert L. Kimsey, and returned to Rome. She was always very active in social and volunteer activities and caring for her daughter, Betsy. Because she had a keen interest in the scriptures and a strong Christian faith in the redeeming power of Christ's sacrificial death, she was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1942. Following Christ's instructions to his followers, she spent many volunteer hours in homes and hospitals using her teaching skills and Bible knowledge helping others to learn the comforting hope that God's Kingdom will bring; a hope we pray for in the Lord's Prayer.

She had a full life as she traveled both here and abroad with her husband for pleasure, business and attending conventions of the Witnesses. She was vivacious, creative, a member of several literary guilds and writer's clubs and was a published poet. Elizabeth moved to Charlotte in 1986 after the death of her husband. Known as a gracious southern lady, she was always at ease with all levels of society and ethnic origin, and was admired for her sharp wit, outgoing personality and generosity to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Kimsey and her brother, William Wright. She is survived by her daughter Betsy Matthews, son-in-law Dr. James Matthews, grandchildren Chris Matthews (wife Christa), Meredith Ross (husband Chad) and great-grand-children Corey and Caitlin Matthews. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 2, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 5980 Monroe Rd.

Carolyn Brafford

Carolyn Brafford
September 21, 1954 - July 25, 2014
Carolyn Brafford, 59, born in Charlotte, NC to Bland A. Brafford and Barbara W. Hovis went home to be with her Lord Friday, July 25, 2014, at Sardis Oaks.

Carolyn was born a preemie baby and diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 13 months. She graduated from Independence High School. She loved playing the guitar and dulcimer. In fact, she played the 6 string and 12 string guitars. One thing she always wanted to do was become a nurse so she obtained her LPN through Central Piedmont Community College. She worked at Sharon Towers as an LPN and after working for nearly two years developed a blood clot which led to numerous complications and finally disability. Carolyn, strong and determined, did not let this stop her. She became a founding member of the Charlotte Chapter of HOW (Handicapped Organized Women). Her disability inevitably led her to a passion for personal ministry and being a messenger of Jesus Christ. After her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2012, she entered Sardis Oaks where her positive attitude and desire to see people know Jesus Christ blossomed, almost as if it were meant to be. Despite all the challenges life presented, Carolyn's faith never wavered - even with her final breath. 

In addition to her mother, Carolyn is survived by her sisters Pam Brafford and Pat Ward and a brother Ashley Brafford. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff and community of Sardis Oaks. A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 3:00 PM at McEwen Funeral Service's Charlotte Chapel, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC. The family will receive friends after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at

Robert McClure

Robert "Bob" McClure
May 7, 1932 - July 22, 2014
Robert Scott McClure passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Harris Hospice Unit at Novant Presbyterian Hospital.

Bob was born May 7, 1932 in Charlotte, NC to the late Scott B. McClure and Bertha Kenley McClure. He graduated from Paw Creek High School and was the owner of and retired from Robert McClure Trenching. He was a lifetime member of Cooks Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served on the Board Deacons and served as a youth advisor. Bob was a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Gretchen Corell McClure. Also preceding him in death were his brothers Bill (Lib), Rowan (Virginia), and four sisters Nell, Nancy, Betty, and Mae McClure. Bob is survived by two sons, Scott and Tim McClure both of Charlotte and granddaughter, Lauren McClure of Woodlands, Texas. Bob is also survived by three brothers, Gerald McClure, Tom McClure, Corky (Suzie) McClure and sister-in-law, Freda Caldwell. Bob is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him and by special friends, Jimmy and Geraldine Rhodes. 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Cooks Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Reverend T.J. Thompson officiating. Visitation will follow in the Fellowship Hall. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to Cooks Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3413 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216 or to Novant Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549. Special thanks are expressed to the wonderful nursing staff at Novant Presbyterian Main and especially to the staff on the 3rd floor Harris Hospice Unit.

Gilbert Goff

Gilbert Lehr Goff, Jr. died in Charlotte, NC, July 21, 2014.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from United States Treasury Department and he was the Director of the United States Savings Bonds division for SC/NC.

He is survived by Jonathan, Paige, and Camron Goff; and former wife and dear friend, Elizabeth Goff. His parents preceded him, Gilbert L. Goff Sr. and Elva Berman Goff. His siblings preceded him, Glory, Gene, Gretchen, Grant, Kenneth and Gerry Goff, and Glenda Roberts. Surviving siblings are Gary from Missouri, Greggory and Geffrey from East Syracuse, and Gail from Cornelius, North Carolina, and Grace Portzline from Manlius, New York. Survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins. He is loved and will be missed very much by everyone.

A private service will be held at White Chapel Cemetery in Fayetteville, NY.

Ann Hallum

Ann Hallum
October 11, 1949 - July 21, 2014
Ann Hallum, 64, of Charlotte, departed this life un-expectantly Monday morning, July 21, 2014. Ann was born October 11, 1949 in Asheville, NC to the late H. Edward and Nannie Kennedy Hallum.

She attended Stephens-Lee High School and was a very active participant and graduate of the 1967 class of South French Broad High School.

Ann retired from General Motors Acceptance Corporation and was employed part-time with Alldergate Retirement Home. She was a former member of Berry Temple United Methodist in Asheville, and was currently attending Simpson and Gallespie Methodist in Charlotte, NC.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories: her daughters, Tracie Hemphill of the home, Renatta Y. Mial (Adam) of Detroit, Mich.; brothers, Lee O. Woods of Mt. Vernon, NY, Clifford and James, both of Asheville; sisters, Lydia of Lowell, NC and Cynthia of Asheville; grandchildren, Travyn, DeAndre, Travor, Demarco and Davione; godson, Jerick; special niece, Nannette and her friends and cousin, Jacqueline and Denise; the Class of 1967 and "Da Club" members, other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Ann donated her body to Science; therefore, a celebration of her life is impending.

Peter Hart

Peter Hart
June 20, 1924 - July 20, 2014
Peter Hart of Charlotte, passed from life peacefully on July 20, 2014, at Southminster.

He was born on June 20, 1924, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, landing on Omaha Beach under fire on D-Day plus 12.

Peter is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Margery; daughter and son-in-law, Desire' and Dick Osman; grandson, Judge Matt Osman and wife Allison; of Charlotte, granddaughter; Lacey Osman Trumbo and husband, Major Ryan Trumbo, of Pinehurst, N.C., and five beautiful great-grandchildren.

A kind, generous and caring man, Peter is already greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Southminster on Saturday, July 26th at 11:00 am.

James Nozar

Jim Nozar
March 5, 1946 - July 19, 2014
James "Jim" Ronald Nozar, 68, passed away on July 19, 2014, at his home in Charlotte, surrounded by his family, after a courageous eight month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jim was born March 5, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late James Joseph Nozar and Josephine Novy Nozar. He grew up in Chardon, Ohio, graduating from Chardon High School in 1964. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He received a Masters Degree in Finance from Cleveland State University.

Following graduation from college, Jim married his college sweetheart, Toni Megas Nozar, on September 21, 1968. He is a Vietnam veteran, serving his country in the Army's First Infantry Division from 1969 - 1972. Jim and Toni have resided in Charlotte since 1976. Jim recently retired from Morgan Stanley, where he was a Financial Consultant for over 30 years.

He was a great storyteller and loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with his four grandchildren - especially during the annual family beach vacation. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling, following the Cleveland Indians, and going on hunting trips with his buddies.

In addition to his wife Toni, Jim is survived by his three children: Kristin Lewis and her husband Allen of Charlotte, Kerry Groudle and her husband Jamie of Charlotte, and James T. Nozar and his husband Adam Unger of Washington, DC; and his four grandchildren: Andrew Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Jay Groudle and Brett Groudle of Charlotte. His surviving siblings include his two sisters: Barbara Davis and her husband Tom of Mount Pleasant, SC, and Karen DeWeese and her husband Stan of Chardon, OH, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to give special thanks to Dr. Daniel Carrizosa and the staff at the Levine Cancer Institute in Ballantyne and Hospice of Greater Charlotte for their care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 23, at 2pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim's memory be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research ( or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 (

William J. Hudson

William "Bill" Hudson died after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.  

He was born to John L. and Virginia (McKinnon) Hudson on November 25, 1935 in Gaylord, MI. Bill resided in Ionia for most of his early life before settling in Lansing.  For the past 14 years he has lived in Charlotte, NC.

Bill's elementary and high school education was in Ionia, graduating in 1954 from Ionia High School.  He honorably served our country in the US Navy for 4 years.  In 1969, he graduated from Michigan State University with BS degree in Criminal Justice. Working for the State of Michigan Department of Corrections for 29 years, Bill served as a Corrections Office, Parole and Probation Officer, Prison Counselor, retiring as Chairman of the Michigan Parole Board in 1991. 

On February 17, 1962, Bill was united in marriage to Judie Ann Grobbel at St. Mary's Church.  Judie survives him along with his children, Kathryn, William and David and grandchildren Jacob, William (Tyler), Nicholas, Mateo and Arecelia; sisters-in-law Winnifred (Win) Grobbel and Sharon Gobbel and brother-in-law Larry Reed; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his sister Vada Reed and brother Jack Hudson.

Bill was a long time and active member of St. Gerard Parish, Lansing and volunteered in a number of roles.  He was active in the parish athletic program, Boy Scouts, the Lansing Catholic Central School Board.  Bill was a devoted family man and a role model and mentor for many.  He was an avid sports fan and enthusiastically followed the MSU Spartans throughout his life. 

The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday, August 14 at 10:30 AM in St. Gerard Church, Lansing, MI.  There will be visitation one hour prior at the Church.  Interment of his cremains will be in Great Lakes National Cemetary, Holly MI.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or the Special Olympic, Cabarrus County NC.  A celebration of Bill's life will be held Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 PM at Franks Press Box on West Saginaw Highway.  All family and friends are welcome.

Sidney Head

Sid Head
June 6, 1932 - July 13, 2014
Sidney "Sid" Alexander Head III, 82, of Charlotte, NC, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, in the comfort of his home after courageously undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

He was born June 6, 1932 in Columbia, Mississippi, son of Sidney Alexander Head Jr. and Coma Ball Head. Sid was a retired United Methodist minister and Marriage and Family Therapist. Sid is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sue Greenwood Head. They met at Duke University where Sid was in Divinity School and Sue was in the School of Nursing. Sid and Sue were married August 25th, 1956 at Dilworth United Methodist Church.

Sid knew he wanted to become a Methodist minister early in life and received his license to preach for the Methodist Church in the eighth grade. This began a lifelong pattern for Sid; one of being a constant student with a desire for learning and sharing his expertise. He attended Millsaps College where he received a BA in Religion and Philosophy in 1954. Sid chose to attend Duke University Divinity School and received his Master of Divinity in 1957. He then served an Internship at The Institute of Religion at Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He returned to Summit, Mississippi to serve as minister for Johnston Chapel Methodist Church.

In 1959 he was appointed the first Chaplain at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas and it was there that Sid began his lifelong mission for the ministry through pastoral care and counseling. He furthered his clinical training as a pastoral counselor while studying at the Menninger Clinic and Topeka State Hospital. Marriage and Family Therapy became Sid's true ministry due to his love of working with people.

In 1965 Sid started the Methodist Counseling Center in Charlotte and served as director for nine years. During this time, Sid also received his Masters of Education at UNCC, a certification in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a licensed certification in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He then became a clinical supervisor which was the highest level of achievement in American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). During the years 1971-1977, Sid was a Clinical Supervisor for the Students-In-Ministry at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

In 1974, Sid went into private practice as a therapist providing individual, group, family and marriage therapy until his retirement in 2005. Sid also served as an adjunct faculty at UNCC teaching and supervising in the counseling department with the late Dr. Mary Thomas Burke. As a supervisor in AAMFT, Sid continued to monitor and teach therapists, counselors, and graduate students in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. He had many gifts when it came to understanding the dynamics involved in relationships and teaching people how to communicate. Sid was an avid reader and was especially interested in books related to health research, car technology and spiritual growth. He appreciated good food and dining out and was always trying to find the best key lime pie. He had a calm energy, a warm smile and a tenacious spirit. Not a man of small talk, he always wanted to meet and connect with people at the deepest level.

In addition to his wife, Sid is also survived by four daughters, Julie Sloop (Mike), Suzanna Head, Cathy Head (Martha Brinsko), Jane Bolt (Fred); six grandchildren, Will Sloop (Aubree), Maggie Sloop, Jon Plott, Suzanna Plott, Sally Bolt, Mary Louise Bolt; one brother, Bobby Head (Marie); and a niece Katrina Guerrero (Ralph).

Sid and the family would like to acknowledge the care and support from Dr. Reza Nazemzadah, Jeff, Allison, Kinshea, Paulette, and Jeanie from the Levine Cancer Institute; the support and prayers from the Builders Class at Myers Park United Methodist Church; and the angels from hospice, Martha Gilbert and Shyree Glasper.

A service celebrating the life of Sid Head will be held at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207, Thursday, July 17, at 2pm, with Dr. James Howell officiating. Family visitation will follow the service in Jubilee Hall.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207; either to MPUMC-Music Fund or MPUMC Builders Class Outreach Missions in memory of Sidney Head.

James Iannuzzo

James Ralph Iannuzzo
March 11, 1923 - July 13, 2014
James Ralph Iannuzzo, 91, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, in Charlotte, NC.

He was born March 11, 1923 in Syracuse, NY to the late Angelo Iannuzzo and Antoinette Digioia. The eldest and last surviving of five siblings, James grew up during the depression and that blessed him with great family values, along with a wonderful sense of humor - he was always the comedian in the crowd. An avid golfer, he retired in Largo, FL after a long career in electronics and ceramics. 

He is survived by his son, James M. Iannuzzo, daughter-in-law, Sharon of Charlotte; granddaughter, Kimberly Iannuzzo Linkner, her husband Brit Linkner, and great-grandchildren Zac and Jay Linkner, all of Huntersville, NC. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the Syracuse area.

A Prayer Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Chapel of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte with Rev. Francis O'Rourke, Celebrant. Committal will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg Florida where a Military Honor Guard will honor James for his WWII service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 200 Hawthorne Ln., Charlotte, NC 28204.