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Renegar, Sherry - Charlotte  
Sherry Ann Jano Renegar CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Sherry Ann Jano Renegar, 64, of Charlotte, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge-Morganton. A native of Iredell County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Harold and Lorene Beatrice Sowers Jano. She was a Christian, of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Renegar retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System where she was an Elementary School Teacher, primarily at Rama Road Elementary School. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be deeply missed by all who knew and were influenced by her. Mrs. Renegar is survived by her husband, John "Wayne" Renegar, of Charlotte; by a daughter, Stephanie Ann (Renegar) Vincent and her husband Adrian Michael Vincent, of London, England; by a son, Jonathan Bernard Renegar and his fiancee Crystal Lynne Johnston of Mint Hill, North Carolina; by a sister, Bonnie Jano of Aurora, Colorado; and by her beloved grandson, Montgomery Alexander Vincent of London, England. A commemoration celebrating the life of Mrs. Renegar will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in the Charlotte Chapel of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park beginning at 10:00 A.M with the Rev. Buddy Pigg officiating. Entombment in the Mausoleum at Sharon Memorial Park will follow. Friends are cordially invited to pay their respects from 9:00 until 10:00 am prior to the service, and will be graciously received by the family following the celebration of life memorial. In lieu of the customary memorials, the family requests that memorials be made to the Special Olympics, 4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Suite 605, Charlotte, NC 28217. The staff of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park is honored to be entrusted with the care for Mrs. Renegar and her family. Condolences may be sent to the Renegar family online at https://www.mcewenfs.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 29, 2015
Ross, Lula - Charlotte  
Lula Thomas Ross "Lou" CHARLOTTE - Lula "Lou" Thomas Ross, age 79, passed away May 27th, 2015. Lou was a loving wife, mother and friend. Lou was born January 9th, 1936 in Stanley County, NC. She retired from Duke Energy in 1992. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Charles Dawson Ross and son Charles David Ross; her parents Genie and Robert Thomas. Lou is survived by sons John Ross and Mark Ross; daughter-in-law of 25 years, Tammy Ross; a sister Doris Thomas Predgen; grandchildren: Heather Ross Stacks, John Ross Jr., Casey Oates and Amanda Ross; great-grandchildren: Rebecca and Chase Stacks, William Alan Oates and Mason Harr. The family of Mrs. Ross request donations be made in her name to Hospice and Palliative Care, 324 McDowell Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28204. Online condolences may be made at www.forestlawnwest.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 29, 2015

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Reep, David - Troutman  
Rev. David Reep TROUTMAN - The Rev. James David Reep, 70, of Ostwalt Amity Road, Troutman, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at his residence. He was born February 6, 1945, in Rutherford County, and was the son of the late Ray and Ann Newton Reep. He was a minister for over 40 years and retired as a United Methodist minister in the Western N.C. Conference. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Cash; one brother, Michael Reep; and three grandchildren. The Rev. Reep is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Faye Harris Reep of the home; one daughter, Amanda Reep (Kyle) Mitchell of Blythewood, SC; two sons, David Shawn (Debbie) Reep of Wesley Chapel, NC, and John Mark (Michelle) Reep, of Troutman; seven grandchildren, Zeke, Zoe, Zaria and Zane of Wesley Chapel, and Dustin, Caleb, and Jack of Troutman. A memorial service to celebrate David's life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Beulah Heights Wesleyan Church with the Revs. Trent Patterson and David Noyles officiating. The family will speak with friends at the church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or to Beulah Heights Wesleyan Church, 108 Emmanuel Road, Troutman, NC 28166. Arrangements are in the care of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. Please share condolences online at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 27, 2015

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Ruth, Wesley - Matthews  
Commander Wesley Hoyt Ruth, US Navy (Retired) CHARLOTTE - Wesley Hoyt Ruth, age 101, a decorated WWII Pearl Harbor hero passed away at Plantation Estates, Matthews, on May 23, 2015. He was born in DeSmet, South Dakota on November 6, 1913 and graduated from South Dakota State College in 1936 with a degree in Chemistry. After screening for Navy Flight School, he entered the US Navy in 1939 and spent over 20 years as an Aviator and Commanding Officer, until his retirement in 1960. Subsequently, he worked for the Department of the Navy and Defense Contractors, finally concluding his working years as a Chemistry Instructor at a prestigious boys high school in Washington, DC. During his career, he served the Navy in many different US States, frequently moving his family every 6-12 months. In 1954-56, he and his family lived in London and Northwood, Middlesex, UK, while he was attached to NATO and the Royal Air Force. After returning to Virginia in 1956, he resided in his home near Lake Barcroft, VA just outside of WDC, until the 1980's when he and Jean moved to California, MD, near Patuxent River Naval Air Station for several years. In 1998 they resettled for the last time to Plantation Estates where they resided and until her death in 2007 and his passing. Commander Ruth was awarded the Navy Cross, the US Navy's second highest award for bravery after the Medal of Honor, for his actions at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was a LTJG and Squadron Duty Officer on Ford Island at the time of the attack. He piloted the first unarmed plane, a JRS twin-engine amphibious aircraft, to take off from Ford Island/Pearl Harbor after the attack, under orders to conduct reconnaissance on the Japanese Fleet and attempt to determine whether there would be another Japanese attack. He, his copilot, radioman and three Seamen had only Springfield rifles in the cabin for use in defending themselves in case of an attack by Japanese fighter aircraft during their 250 mile NW sortie. They returned safely without sighting the Japanese fleet and managing to evade a Japanese fighter by using cloud cover. He retired from the Navy in 1960 having accumulated over 5,500 flight hours in 23 different single engine, multi-engine, fixed wing aircraft, both land based and amphibious. He was an expert on military, political and related aspects of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Over the last 15 years he gave several presentations about it to community groups, schools, churches and news organizations. Two such addresses are on You Tube; on December 7, 2013, the Charlotte Observer carried his interview on its front page. Wes, as he preferred to be called, was the eldest son of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Horner Ruth, who are deceased. His first wife, Mildred Eloise Rusin Ruth, died in February 1974, and his second wife, Jean McCotter Dixon Ruth died in January 2007. Wes was married to each of his wives for more than 30 years and they are interred in his Arlington National Cemetery grave site. His younger brother Paul Thomas Ruth died in 1992 and Paul's wife Leola died in 2014, leaving six children and numerous grandchildren. Wes' youngest brother, LTJG Thomas Arthur Ruth, who was unmarried, was also a Naval Aviator who was shot down in the South Pacific in June 1943 by Japanese fighters. Wes is survived by his son Thomas (Tucker) Arthur Ruth II and daughter-in-law Rita Carole Webb Ruth of Reston, VA, and a daughter Mary Ann (Mimi) Ruth of Charlotte, NC. His younger son, John Anthony (Tony) Ruth died in 2008, leaving a surviving daughter-in-law Susan M. Cole Seques Ruth of Springfield, VA. Tucker, Mimi and Tony are children from his first wife, Mildred. Wes is also survived by two step-daughters from his marriage to Jean, Caroline Clubb, wife of John Clubb, of Stafford, VA, and Marilyn Demarest wife of Bruce Demarest, of Reno, NV. Wes is also survived by Tucker and Rita's two sons: Capt. Michael S. Ruth, USN, his wife, Katherine Rose Ruth, and their sons Samuel Alan and Wes' namesake Wesley Hugh, of Coronado, CA; and Eric Anthony Ruth and his wife Camelia Z. Ruth, and her daughters, Hana and Heather Herndon, all of Orlando, FL; their third and youngest son, Zachary Matthew Ruth, died in 2013. Wes is also survived by the children of John and Caroline Clubb: John, Marie, Sam, Earle, and Julie, all of whom have children; and there are also nineteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Marilyn has a son, Shane, and one grandchild. Susan Ruth has two sons, Stephen and Daniel Seques, and two grandchildren. Wes also has several surviving relatives from his wives' families, the Rusins of Gloucester City, NJ, and the McCotters and Cowells of Bayboro, NC, especially his niece Patricia Cowell Morris and her husband Marvin Morris of Semora, NC and their children and grandchildren, and her siblings throughout NC. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at the Plantation Estates Auditorium, 701 Plantation Estates Drive, Matthews, NC 28105 at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, May 27, and a reception with light refreshments in the atrium lobby next to the auditorium. There will be a burial with full military honors during the summer for the interment of Wes Ruth's ashes at his Arlington National Cemetery grave site, after ANC provides the date. Wes was a profound believer in the Bible and teachings of Jesus Christ and actively supported many Christian organizations throughout his life, especially those devoted to spreading the "good news" of the Bible. His family fondly remembers his spiritual encouragement, love of big band music and classic movies, and many hobbies, including drumming, dancing, golfing, fishing, painting, and playing the piano. He was a man for all seasons, who lived his life humbly, honorably and with high integrity. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the US Navy Memorial Fund in Washington, DC by going to http://shipsstore.navymemorial.org/donate/donation on your computer. The staff of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park is honored to be entrusted with the care for Mr. Ruth and his family. Condolences may be sent to the Ruth family online at https://www.mcewenfs.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 26, 2015

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Ross, Lester - Matthews  
Lester Harold Ross "Buddy" MATTHEWS - Mr. Ross, age 82, of Matthews, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Born May 28, 1932 in Charlotte, he was a son of the late Lester G. Ross and Julia Litton Ross. Mr. Ross retired as a testing technician of BellSouth, now AT&T, after 42 years of service and with his son, did paint contracting for 25 years. He was a member of Midwood Baptist Church. Mr. Ross was a sports enthusiast, especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren's sports activities while they were growing up. The family will receive friends 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Sunday, May 24th, at McEwen Funeral Service - Mint Hill Chapel. Service to celebrate the life of Lester "Buddy" Harold Ross will follow at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel with his pastor, Reverend Garry Baldwin, officiating. Burial will be in Sharon Memorial Park. Survivors include his wife of 63 and a half years, Betty Blalock Ross; two children, Beverly Taylor and husband, Chuck and Bruce Ross and wife, JoAnn; five grandchildren, Tracie Booker and husband, Austin, Jordan Taylor and wife, Erin, Evan Taylor and girlfriend, Mariel Mena, Amanda Starnes and husband, Kevin and Morgan Ross and boyfriend, Drew Holt; six great-grand-children, Avery, Peyton and Carson Booker, Kylie and Ava Taylor and William Starnes; and three siblings, Betty Jo, Julia and Edwin. Arrangements by McEwen Funeral Service - Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227 (704-545-4864. Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel. com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 22, 2015
Rowland, Donald - McConnells  
Donald Thel Rowland MCCONNELLS - Donald Thel Rowland, 64, of McConnells, SC, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala while on a mission trip with Bethesda Presbyterian Church. He was born in West Palm Beach, FL, to the late Norman and Florence Rowland. He served active duty in the US Marines during the Vietnam War before marrying the love of his life, earning his MBA at Florida State University, and moving to York County. Here with his family, he built a life in the country and a career in financial management. Don was a charismatic, generous, and kind man who loved to make everyone around him happy. He deeply loved his big family and many friends and will always be adored by them. Don embraced life and all that it has to offer - cooking, traveling, gardening, farming, woodworking, music, books, and art were some of his many passions. He was an active member of the community, including his work with Boy Scouts, many roles in his church, and work with local charity organizations as well as overseas missions. Recently, he had begun working to establish breeding families of heritage chickens and to raise heirloom vegetables in his garden. He fit more living into his lifetime than anyone thought was possible. Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife Leah; daughter, Lynsey (Randy) Peterson; son, Justin (Racquel) Rowland; brothers, Kenny (Rita), Gary (Becky), and David (Cindy) Rowland; sisters, Susan Rowland (John) and Molly (Billy) Brown; grandchildren, Gabriel, Eleanor, and Immanuel; and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Bethesda Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 22nd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services and interment will be held at Bethesda Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 23rd, at 12:00 pm / noon. A covered dish tribute meal will be held immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald's name to the Guatemala Mission Fund at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 4858 McConnells Highway, York, SC 29745. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.BrattonFuneralHome.com . Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Rowland family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 22, 2015
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