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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.

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