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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.

Rachel Elizabeth Money

Rachel E. Money passed away on September 10, 2014 at Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 16, 1929 in Randolph County, NC to the late Phillip A. Cox and Cassie C. Cox.  Rachel loved the Lord and her family.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends, and will forever hold a special loving place in their hearts.  Until we meet again, we will lovingly carry her in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

Rachel is survived by her daughter, Shelia Sturges; her son, Todd Money and wife, Tina; brother, Marvin Cox and wife, Wanda; grandchildren, Travis Money, Mariah Wallace, and Kevin Money; extended family Larry and Donna Monk.

The family is grateful to the caring staff at Presbyterian Hospital, and to the Novant Health Hospice & Palliative Care in Charlotte, NC.

Memorial donations can be made to Novant Health Hospice & Palliative Care, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233.

Online condolences may be made here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kathleen Mary Spinoso

Katie Spinoso
January 31, 1955 - September 8, 2014

Kathleen “Katie” Mary Spinoso, of Charlotte, passed away on September 8th 2014 after a 13-year fight against cancer.

She was born in Eau Clare, WI, on January 31, 1955 to John and Mary Carney and lived most of her life in Syracuse, NY.  Katie graduated from Syracuse University in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design Arts.  She was married to James David Spinoso on August 21, 1976.  Katie moved with her family to the Charlotte area in the summer of 1998.  While living in Charlotte, NC, she worked for the Charlotte Observer from 2005-2014.

She is survived by her husband, James Spinoso; her children Charles Spinoso (spouse Dr. Megan Eatman), John Spinoso, and Carol Spinoso-Meeks (spouse SFC Eric Meeks); her two lovely grandchildren Trent Meeks and Olivia Meeks; her mother, Mary Carney; and her siblings Elizabeth Manahan, Maj. Thomas Carney, and James Carney.

Throughout her life, Katie touched many lives and warmed many hearts.  She was an amazing mother, caring wife, loving sister, and wonderful friend.  A private service will be held for family only.

In Katie's memory, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made in her name to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society, or Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Melanie S. Felts

Melanie S. Felts
January 28, 1982 - September 7, 2014
Melanie Felts of Charlotte died on September 7, 2014.

Heaven welcomed home our little angel on Sunday. Melanie was a beautiful, intelligent and very talented young woman who was loved by all who knew her. Melanie's loving spirit and kind heart was evident in the way she took care of the people she knew. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Melanie graduated cum laude from UNCC with a degree in geochemistry and loved to spend time in the field. Her talents included cooking and organic gardening. She loved animals, especially her dog Tybee and her miniature horse Tootles.

She is survived by her mother Yvonne Wiggins Felts; her sister Heather Nichole Felts and her fiance‚ Tim Woodard; her father Richard Felts and his wife, Linda; her maternal aunts Sandra Wiggins Kafka, Robin Wiggins Cardoso and husband Randy; and her uncle David Wiggins.

A memorial service will be held at Cook's Presbyterian Church at 3413 Mt Holly Huntersville Road, Charlotte 28216 on Thursday, September 11th at 11:00 AM.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Cook's Presbyterian Church and the Cook's Volunteer Fire Department.

Shade M. Mecum, Jr.

Shade M. Mecum, Jr.
September 9, 1919 - September 2, 2014

Shade Morris Mecum, Jr., age 94, of St. Albans, WV and Charlotte, NC passed away on September 3, 2014.

Shade was born on September 9, 1919 in Winston-Salem, NC to Shade Morris Mecum and Cora Myrtle Mecum. He was a resident of the Methodist Children's Home of Winston-Salem from 1929 until he graduated from RJ Reynolds High School in 1937. Shade moved to Charleston, WV in 1937 to attend Morris Harvey College and participate in their athletic programs.

In 1940 Shade married Rachel Browder, a senior nursing student, and he and Rachel raised four children-Shade Morris Mecum III, Anne Mecum Nelson, the late Susan Mecum Burgess and Robert Clyde Mecum. Shade worked for the Westvaco Corporation beginning in 1939 at an entry level position and gained experience in many mechanical crafts. Later he joined the Instrument Department and became Supervisor in this department. In his last five years of employment, he served as a trainer of instrument technicians in a program he authored and designed.

Shade was very active in volunteer service in his community, serving as a Cub Scoutmaster and as Assistant District Commissioner in charge of training den leaders. He was also a 4H Club Leader, a Sunday school teacher and was involved in various small businesses, including Hi Lawn Enterprises, Mecum's Confectionary, and, with his wife, a successful Baskin Robbins Ice Cream franchise. He and Rachel enjoyed spending 25 winters in Destin, FL and traveling in their VW camper.

Since 2005 Shade and his wife Rachel have lived in Aldersgate Retirement Community, where he served as a member of the Resident Council. He and Rachel enthusiastically campaigned for their daughter Susan who served as Mayor Pro Tem of Charlotte.

Shade is survived by his wife, his sisters Pat and Annie, three children, eleven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

A memorial service honoring Shade's life will be held Sunday, September 7, at 1:00 pm in the Aldersgate Chapel, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children's Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans, WV 25177.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Robert Acton

Robert "Bob" Acton, born October 6, 1945, peacefully passed away on September 1, 2014.

He is survived by wife, Maria "Melo" Acton, children Jeff and Shonda, Dave, Christina and Chris, five grandchildren and four sisters.

Visitation will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1400 Suther Road, on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Novant Hospice at NH Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 33549 Charlotte, NC 28233-3549

Alvin Morton

Alvin L. Morton
April 4, 1921 - August 31, 2014
Mr. Alvin L. Morton, age 93, of Pittsburgh, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 31, 2014, with his loving family at his side.

Devoted father of Vivien K. (William J.) Downes, of South Carolina; loving grandfather of Erin, Ashley, and Amanda; proud great-grandfather of Emma and Brett; twin brother of the late Vernon W. Morton.

Al enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on January 8, 1943, and served in the Eighth Air Force during World War II.  He was a retired accountant and was the author of the book, A Noble Spirit.  Friends may call at Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 222 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon, on Friday morning, September 5, 2014 from 10:00 am until the time of his funeral service at 11:00 am.  He will then be laid to rest with Military Honors in Highwood Cemetery beside his late parents, Frank and Irene Kempes Morton.

Frances McSwain

Frances McSwain
July 16, 1920 - August 30, 2014
Frances F. McSwain, 94, of Charlotte, NC, went home to be with her beloved husband, H. Doyle McSwain; son, H. Patrick (Pat) McSwain; and 'grand dog', Toi-Mac on August 30, 2014.

Frances was born in Charlotte, NC on July 16, 1920 as the youngest daughter to the late Sallie S. Falls and Robert B. Falls.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Patsy) M. Atkinson and her partner, James B. (JB) Morrow; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jeff) D. McSwain, Carrie M. Hartsell and her husband, Jared Hartsell; Pat's wife and mother of his children, Debbie M. Lee; sister-in-law, Kay M. Starnes (who has always been more loving and dedicated than any sister); brother-in-law, DeVon McSwain; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Frances retired -- as Church Secretary -- from her much loved church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, in June 1989, after thirty-three years of part- and full-time.  Frances was a warm, caring, intelligent woman who made a significant and loving impact on all that knew her.  She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends, but will always be held lovingly in our hearts and souls.

A memorial service will be held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church at 1510 East 7th Street in Charlotte, NC on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Becky Michelfelder officiating.  The service will be followed by a visitation at the Church.  Burial will be at Charlotte Memorial Gardens next to her loving husband.

In lieu of flowers and in regards to Frances' wishes, memorials may be sent to: St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204 or Loaves & Fishes, 648 B. Griffin Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217.

Sherry Bailey

Mrs. Bailey died August 30, 2014.  Services were privately held.

Kenneth Detwiler

Kenneth Detwiler
October 7, 1949 - August 30, 2014
Kenneth Walter Detwiler, 64, of Charlotte, passed away on August 30, 2014 with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with mesothelioma.

Born October 7, 1949, in Columbia, SC, Ken was born to the late Doris and Ernest Detwiler.  Ken was a devoted father and husband. For the last 34 years, Ken was a loving husband and best friend to Debra Griffin Detwiler. More than anything Ken enjoyed spending time with Debbie and his children, Kendal and Clay.

In addition to Debbie, Kendal and Clay, Ken is survived by his brothers, David Detwiler of Austin, TX and Richard Detwiler of Camden, SC.

Ken graduated from A.C. Flora High School ('67) and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University ('71). Ken worked as a project and consulting engineer across the country and throughout the world for over 40 years. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed hiking and camping in the mountains with his family and dogs. He was an avid sports fan, watching the Clemson Tigers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves when he could.

A private celebration of his life will be held by the family.

The family would encourage any contributions to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Irene Ellis

Mrs. Ellis died August 30, 2014.  Services were privately held.