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Williams, Kim - Charlotte  
Kim Williams CHARLOTTE - Kim Williams passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday, August 21, 2015. She leaves behind her husband, Maurice Williams; two daughters, Sherita Atkinson and Yashika Atkinson, and five grandchildren. Homegoing Celebration will be Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church at 1:00 PM. Visitation begins at 12:00 PM to 1:00PM. Interment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Long & Son Mortuary Service is serving the family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 28, 2015

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Woody, Rufus - Charlotte  
Rufus James Woody CHARLOTTE - Rufus James Woody, 83, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. A funeral service will be held Thursday, August 27, 2015, 4PM, at Christ Lutheran Church. The family will fellowship with friends one hour prior to the service. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Boston's Mortuary.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 27, 2015

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West, Christopher - Concord  
Christopher Brian West "Chris" CONCORD - Christopher Brian "Chris" West, 17, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015, at his home, after a four year battle with cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 29, 2015, at Jay M. Robinson High School Auditorium. Rev. Alan Thompson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the school. Chris was born August 19, 1998, in Prince George County, MD. He was the son of Brian Dale West and Michelle Carsey West, both of the home. He was a student at Jay M. Robinson High School, where he would have started the 11th grade this fall. Chris was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed playing and watching all kinds. He also liked to play video games. Chris was active in giving to other children with the same illness as him, and got much satisfaction from helping both adults and children. Chris wanted to be remembered as a kind, caring, young man. In addition to his parents, Chris is survived by his brother, William West; and two sisters, Kayla West and Hannah West, all of the home. The family would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations that offered Chris and our family such warm and loving support since his diagnosis. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses of Levine Children's Hospital and their bone marrow transplant team, and also to the Hemby Children's Hospital. The family requests that in memory of Chris, to wear a sports shirt or jersey of the individual's choice, or a Chris's Crew t-shirt to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Chris's Crew Foundation, P.O. Box 5244, Concord, NC 28027 in order to continue the legacy of giving to other families. Remembrances may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com . Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Chris.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 26, 2015

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Watkins, Charlotte (Featured) - Wilmington  
Charlotte Watkins, who integrated the Mecklenburg County and North Carolina PTAs in the 1960s, died Thursday in Wilmington at 94. For decades, she and her husband, the late pediatrician Carlton Watkins, were known as a force for fairness in education and health care. "It's just amazing that one person did the things she did, at a time when women weren't necessarily doing such things," said longtime friend Carol Wilson, an attorney for Carolinas HealthCare System. "She was a powerhouse in her own right, but together they were amazing." Read more here
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 23, 2015
Watkins, Charlotte - Wilmington  
Charlotte Jean Metcalf Watkins WILMINGTON - Charlotte died on August 20, 2015, in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was born on March 24, 1921, in Coffeyville, Kansas, the daughter of the late Amber and Seward Metcalf. Charlotte also was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Dr. Carlton G. Watkins and grandsons Robert, Adam and Lloyd D. H. Watkins II. She is survived by her children: Lloyd D. H. Watkins (Sue), Carlton G. Watkins, Jr. (Laurie), Melissa W. Bagby (Jerry Ramsey) and Charlotte Lou Gorry (Peter); her grandchildren: Zeb Campbell (Cindy), Erin Weller (Chris), Bacot Watkins, Amber Holland, Gunter Watkins, John Watkins (Sarah), Sam Bagby (Jaclyn), Tom Bagby-Moon (Jenna), Natalie Shaw (Dave), Shane Gorry, Lauren Ann Gorry, Jay Mulwee and Dawn Watkins; her great-grandchildren: Kevin Dowd, Mia and Henry Shaw, Cassie and Mason Campbell, and Greyson Bagby; her great-great-grandchildren: Chandler Watkins and McKenzie Dowd; and a host of dear friends. Charlotte attended Kansas State College, was a graduate of St. Luke's School of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri and received post-graduate training in Pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis. For most of her life, Charlotte lived in Charlotte, North Carolina where she established herself as a leader in the community. Charlotte was on numerous boards and task forces including: First President of Charlotte Jaycettes (1950-51), Charter Member and First President of P.E.O. Chapter G (1958-60), First President of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council of PTA's (1960-62), Board Member of Charlotte Area Fund (1963-65), Member of numerous task forces focused on Education, Alcoholism, Family Life, Reading, Juvenile Delinquency and Minorities (1968-72), President of the North Carolina PTA (1968-70), National PTA Board of Managers (1968-74), National PTA Vice-President Region III (1970-72), Member of President Nixon's Cabinet Committee on Education and Desegregation (1969-71), Board Member of the NC Zoological Society (1973-83), Member Charlotte-Mecklenburg Commission on Community Relations (1974-76), President Charlotte YWCA (1975-77), Member of Board of The Relatives (1988-90), President Shepard Center of Charlotte (1989-90), and Board Member of Council on Aging (1981-98). In connection with her interest and efforts related to desegregation of the public schools, Charlotte obtained a grant for the National PTA from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare so that she could conduct human relations workshops in the southern States (1970), and she was the Executive Producer of a film entitled "Someone Has to Listen" which was shown to audiences across the United States (1971). In addition to her involvement in the organizations represented above, Charlotte was an active member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Charlotte, Mecklenburg Senior Democrats, and Bridge Builders of Mecklenburg Ministries. In recognition of her numerous contributions, in 1969, Charlotte was named the WBT Woman of the Year in Charlotte; in 2004, she was presented with the Woman of Achievement Award by the YWCA of the Central Carolinas; and in 2010, she received the first Charlotte Watkins Beacon Award from the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Charlotte. More important than any of these activities or accomplishments was Charlotte's ability to lead all who knew her by the way that she lived. Even when Charlotte was the patient during her many hospital stays, her attention was always focused on the other people in the room whether they were family, friends or caregivers. She showed us how to give, how to accept others who are different from ourselves, how to learn, how to laugh and how to love with our whole heart. Charlotte left the world in the same way that she lived, with grace, courage and determination. Her legacy will live on in all who were fortunate enough to have known her. A Service of Celebration of Charlotte's life will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Charlotte on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the YWCA Central Carolinas to support the Families Together Program which provides housing for homeless families, 3420 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209, Attn: Development Office or to The Endowment Fund of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 234 N. Sharon-Amity, Charlotte, North Carolina 28211. Charlotte's family wishes to give special thanks and praise to the wonderful nursing staff at Davis Health Care and the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington for the compassionate care shown to Charlotte and to the family. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 23, 2015
Williams, Samuel - Charlotte  
Samuel Whitesides Williams CHARLOTTE - Samuel Whitesides Williams, 73, of Charlotte, NC, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015, at Novant Presbyterian Hospital with his daughter, Lillian and family friend, Jane Starnes at his side. He was born on September 10, 1941 in Rock Hill, SC, son of the late William Thomas Williams and Mattie Barry Williams. Mr. Williams was the Chief X-Ray Technician at the Miller Clinic for many years. He was a member of Paw Creek Presbyterian Church where he was active in the church choir. Mr. Williams was also active in the Paw Creek Community, a Mason and member of the Steele Creek Lodge. He had the distinction of being the first certified paramedic in Mecklenburg County and served on the squads at two volunteer rescue stations. He always maintained an attitude of "paying it forward" and he was always available to help his neighbors. His favorite saying in life was "learn something new about something new every day". In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Marshall McCall Williams and five sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Lillian Nixon, a grandson, Barry Nixon, both of Charlotte, NC and a brother, Tommy Williams of Rock Hill, SC. Funeral services will be 4:00 PM on Monday, August 24, 2015, at Paw Creek Presbyterian, 7400 Mount Holly Road, with Rev. Gary Bryant officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:45 PM at the church on Monday. The family welcomes flowers and/or memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220. The family would like to offer special thanks to Tracy Smith, director of Golden Age Residence for the loving care and Christian atmosphere which Mr. Williams enjoyed. Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral Director Licensee 704-641-7606.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 23, 2015
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