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Armstrong, Billy - Hickory  
Billy Maurice Armstrong HICKORY - Billy Maurice Armstrong, 88, of Hickory, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015, at his residence. He was born July 6, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Reverend W. Earl Armstrong and Jeannette Caston Armstrong. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nell Rhyne Armstrong; his daughter, Emily Armstrong Long; four brothers; two sisters; and five nephews. Survivors include his daughter, Linda C. Armstrong of Hickory; three grandchildren, Linda Gail Duckett and her husband, James Duckett of Taylorsville, Shannon M. Fowler and her husband, Dwight Fowler of Hickory, and Bruce E. Faust, Jr. and wife Denise Pope Faust of Newton; two great-granddaughters, Tristen Emily Michelle Bailey of Hickory, and Amelia Rose Faust of Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews. In business, Billy began his automotive career at Young Ford in Charlotte, NC and then became Vice President and General Manager of Town and Country Ford in Charlotte. He opened the doors of Armstrong Ford, Inc. in Hickory in 1970 and remained the owner/dealer for 41 years. Billy was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church for 45 years, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Hickory Rotary Club. He served in several positions with the NC Automobile Dealer's Association. He was a former member of the Local Board of Directors of Bank of America and an active member of the Catawba Country Club. Billy also served in many capacities of other charitable organizations. His greatest joy was having his family with him, especially at the holidays when his extended family gathered together. He was the husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather that everyone wished they had. He made sure his family always felt safe and loved and taught by example the true meaning of faith in God and the peace that comes with that spiritual understanding. Any complaining from anyone was followed by his "count your blessings" speeches. He was also a very loyal and caring friend, and amazingly fair and honest businessman and a very generous and kind gentleman to all. His hobbies were golf, playing cards with his golf buddies, and flying his airplane. He took great joy in flying Angel Flights for those with urgent medical needs that could not otherwise afford to get to their destinations. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, August 31, 2015, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Andrews and the Rev. Thomas Griffis officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 3:00 PM prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. Taps will be provided by Hickory American Legion Post #48. Pallbearers will be past Armstrong Ford Employees. The family wishes to thank the staff, his special girls and his buddies at Catawba Country Club for making his last years enjoyable. We also sincerely thank the staff and amazing caretakers of Home Instead for their support and excellent and loving care in his final months as well as the wonderful people at Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658. Online condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com . Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Billy Maurice Armstrong.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Bryan, Robert - Charlotte  
Robert Cavenaugh Bryan CHARLOTTE - Robert Cavenaugh Bryan died on August 28, 2015, at the age of 91. A lifelong resident of Dunn, he practiced law there from 1955 until his retirement in December 1992. He and his wife, Janet, moved to Charlotte in 2008 to be near their children. Bob was born in Wilson, NC, on May 27, 1924, to Anna Cavenaugh and Joseph Shepard Bryan. After graduation from Dunn High School in 1941, he attended Campbell College, North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia, prior to entering the United Stated Naval Academy in 1944. Upon graduation from the academy in 1947, he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. During his school and Navy years, Bob was an avid baseball player and enthusiast, earning a letter in baseball at four different colleges. He also coached and managed a baseball team while in the Navy. Bob resigned from the Navy in 1953 to enter the University of North Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1955. He then joined his father's practice, leading the firm - which at his retirement was Bryan, Jones, Johnson and Snow - for the next 37 years. He served on the North Carolina State Bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission for six years, and was active in many other areas of the state bar. He was also a strong supporter of the establishment of a law school at Campbell University and, with his brother, established the school's first scholarship in honor of his parents. As a result of his work, the school's first law fraternity chapter was named in his honor. Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunn from 1955 until his move to Charlotte. He served the church as a deacon and elder, and was a Sunday School teacher and choir member for 40 years. He also served as a lay minister to area churches for many years, and was instrumental in the founding of the Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund. His Christian faith was at the center of his life. Bob was an organizing member and served on the board of directors of First Federal Bank, headquartered in Dunn, for 53 years. He also was chairman of the bank's Directorate Loan committee for many years. After his retirement from law in 1992, Mr. Bryan chaired the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Civil War Tourism Commission for three years. An avid historian, he helped organize the Averasboro Battlefield Commission and remained active in its work until his death. Bob was married for 67 years to the love of his life, Janet McNeill Kelly of Erwin. Throughout his life, his consuming passion was his family - as he often said, "my reason for being." Memories of "Daddy Bob" form the foundation of his children's and grandchildren's lives - family songs, watching Carolina basketball games, playing gin rummy "for the championship of the world," going on fishing trips, and enjoying incredible sunsets at Long Beach, NC. His family will undoubtedly know and quote "Daddy Bob sayings" for many generations to come. His love of family led Bob and his wife to publish four books of family genealogy In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife. He is survived by his three children: Sterling Bryan Taylor and husband Bill of Washington, NC; Susan Bryan Daniel and husband John of Charlotte; and Robert Kedar Bryan and wife Flo of Charlotte. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: William Frederick Taylor III and wife Ashley of Raleigh; Janet Sterling Taylor of Auburn, AL; Anne Spottswood Taylor Hudson and husband Ben of New Bern; Shepard Daniel O'Connell and husband Brendon of Chapel Hill; Louisa Bowen Daniel of Charlotte; Robert Cavenaugh Daniel of Denver, CO: Florence Carnet Bryan of New Orleans; Robert Kedar Bryan IV of New York City; and Mary McAllister Bryan of Charlotte. Bob also leaves three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Hunt Taylor, William Wyatt Taylor and Lucy McNeil Hudson; a brother, Joseph Shepard Bryan, Jr. and his wife Mary Ann of Jacksonville, FL; his brother-in-law, Robert Harris Kelly, of Erwin; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. The family extends its sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to Bob's loving and compassionate caregivers at the Stewart Health Center of the Cypress in Charlotte. A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, August 31, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will be in Dunn, NC, on Wednesday, September 2, at 11 a.m.; friends and family are welcome. Memorials may be made to the Endowment Fund of First Presbyterian Church of Dunn, or to the Averasboro Battlefield Commission in Dunn, NC. 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. 30, 2015
Byrum, Robert - Charlotte  
Robert Oscar Byrum, Jr. "Rob" CHARLOTTE - Rob Byrum, 66, of the Steele Creek community in Charlotte, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. His loving wife Sandy and family were by his side. Rob graduated from Olympic High School in 1967, served in the US Navy on the USS Forrestal, worked as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Policeman, began his own woodworking company, and continued a lifetime of building beautiful woodwork. Rob was many things - a devoted husband, son, brother, father and PawPaw to many. He was a craftsman, a hunter and fisherman, NASCAR enthusiast, and storyteller. He most loved being with family and friends. He will be forever loved and missed. In addition to Sandy, his wife of 42 years, Rob is survived by his father Robert O. Byrum, Sr., his children Stephanie and Kevin, his grandsons Dayton and Trevor, and great-grandson Zane. Also left to cherish Rob is his sister, Anne, family and friends. Rob was preceded in death by his mother Ruth, and his brother Jim. A celebration of Rob's life will be held Tuesday, September 1st, 2:00 pm, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 7407 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. The Reverend Dr. Jeff Pinkston will officiate the service. Visitation will follow in the Family Life Center. Burial will be private at a later date. Condolences may be made at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Carson Jr., James - Charlotte  
James Holmes Carson, Jr. CHARLOTTE - On Friday, August 28, 2015, James Holmes Carson, Jr. left this earthly life to begin his eternal one. He lost his battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, but he never lost his courage, his strength or his faith. A native of Charlotte, Jim was the firstborn son of James Holmes Carson and Charlotte Milstead Carson. He was raised in the beginning developments of Eastover and took full advantage of the creek and woods that provided many opportunities for adventures with neighborhood friends. Jim graduated from the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, before receiving his undergraduate degree and juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as first vice president of UNC's chapter of College Republicans and president of the legal fraternity. Jim was a carrier-based Navy fighter pilot, flying for 15 years - five years of active duty and 10 years in the ready reserve. He practiced both corporate and criminal law in Charlotte throughout his career. He served two terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he sat on the Judiciary Committee, the Courts and Judicial Districts Committee, and the Constitutional Amendments Committee. Jim wrote, sponsored and enacted the state's first habitual felon law, "three strikes and you're out" measure. He also wrote and enacted a measure to increase the penalty for shooting at a police officer or a firefighter to a felony, and passed legislation to provide free school meals to students in need. Jim served his state faithfully as a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as the state's first and only Republican attorney general in the 20th century. He was chairman of the North Carolina Organized Crime Prevention Council, a member of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission, and a member of the North Carolina Criminal Code Commission. Jim was also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Association of Trial Lawyers. In his Charlotte community, he was president of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Young Republicans, president of the Reserve Officers Association, and director of the Charlotte Jaycees. Jim was selected as one of Charlotte's 10 Outstanding Young Men for two years running. An avid outdoorsman, Jim never turned down the chance to go fishing or hunting, from the Florida Keys to Brooks Camp, Alaska, and many places in between - especially alongside those he loved. He was a steady presence on the tennis courts at Charlotte Country Club and earned the status of life master from the National Bridge Association. He was a man of faith, furthered by his membership at Christ Episcopal Church. But Jim's greatest accomplishment of all was being the most loving and attentive husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His parents and his sister, Charlotte, predecease him. Jim is survived by his wife and fly fishing partner of 45 years, Syble Balentine Carson; his daughters, Page Carson Rogers (Rick) of Charlotte, Christy Carson Evans (Bruce) of Arlington, Virginia, and Read Carson Van de Water (Mark) of Warrenton, Virginia; his eight grandchildren, Carson and Mary Summers Rogers, McKay, Andrew and John Evans, and Parker, Ward and Logan Van de Water; and his brothers, Charles and John Carson. His extended family includes Ginny and Roger Cobb, Ann and Gil Shea, Charles and Elizabeth Carson, Leonard and Linda Balentine, Selina and Don Swofford, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Our family extends deep gratitude to Dr. John Fedor, Dr. Gregory Underwood, Dr. John Mahoney, Dr. Lewis McCurdy, and the entire staff of the ICU at CMC for their constant vigilance and care in never giving up the fight. A service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 31, at Christ Episcopal Church, lead by longtime friend, the Rev. Dr. Fred C. Paschall. The family will receive friends following the service in The Blue Room. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Charlotte Rescue Mission. Jim was a blessing in all of our lives. A man of outstanding character, values and great devotion, he will be missed by all he left behind. We look forward to the day we will see him again. Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family. www.throbertson.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Clemmer, Alice - Davidson  
Alice Price Clemmer DAVIDSON - Alice Price Clemmer, 87, of Davidson, previously of Charlotte, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Serenity House in Davidson, NC. Ms. Clemmer was born on November 18, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Lloyd D. Price and Ruth Fowler Price. Alice was member of Davidson United Methodist Church and was an excellent seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed working in her garden, cooking, reading, and she loved to spend with her family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Charles "Chuck" Wilson Clemmer who passed away in 2005. Alice is survived by her daughter, Allison Clemmer Penegar and husband Scott of Mooresville; and a beloved granddaughter, Sarah Scott Penegar of Mooresville. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Hospice and Palliative Care of Lake Norman as well as the staff and volunteers at the Serenity House. Without their help, love, and support, this would have been a much more difficult journey. We will be forever grateful to them all. Funeral Services are undecided at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036 or to the Serenity House, 110 Centre Church Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117. Carolina Cremation of Charlotte and Salisbury is assisting the Clemmer family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Davis, Bishop Phillip M. (Featured) - Charlotte  
Bishop Phillip Davis, founder and senior pastor of Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, was found dead inside his Union County home, apparently the victim of an accidental gunshot wound, the Union County sheriff's office said. At Nation's Ford, a Southern Baptist congregation that is predominantly African-American, Davis, 62, worked alongside his wife of more than 40 years, Cynthia Davis, a pastor who serves as community services officer. The couple have three children and three grandchildren. "At this time, it is an accidental shooting," church spokeswoman Jacinda Garabito said Sunday. "That's what we've been told." She said she had no other information. Worshippers at the church's 8 a.m. service Sunday were greeted by an usher holding out a box of Kleenex. In the sanctuary, photos of Davis flashed on big screens as members hugged and wept. "Today is a very sad day for us here at Nations Ford Community Church," Garabito told reporters. "It's a shock to us. This morning was supposed to be a huge day of celebration for us." Sunday was to have been the culmination of the church's Founders' Week, celebrating Davis' establishment of the Southern Baptist congregation 36 years ago. Last week the church paid tribute to Cynthia Davis, as well marking the couple's 42nd wedding anniversary and Davis' birthday. The Davis family did not attend the 8 a.m. service, Garabido said. They remain at the Davis home in Union County, she said. The church's elders visited there after the shooting to console the family, Garabido said. The bishop's widow, Garabido said, is "holding up as well as she possibly can. We're praying for her and their three (grown) children." The church plans a public vigil for Davis at 7 p.m. Monday at the church's main campus, 5910 Nations Ford Road. The church usually broadcasts its services live, but said it was not doing so Sunday. The Davises' son, R.J., is pastor at the church's Ballantyne campus. This Sunday's services are to be cut short, with no preaching. Instead, the congregation will be invited to grieve and pray. "The focus today is, Bishop Davis' legacy lives on," Garabido said. "Today it's OK to grieve. This is something that is hard for all of us." Reporters were asked not to go into the sanctuary or to interview members. "Bishop Davis is an amazing leader here," Garabido said. "He's really like a father figure to us all....If you needed him, he was a phone call away." In recent weeks, Davis headed up several community conversations connected to the trial of Randall "Wes" Kerrick. In 2012, Davis had preached in favor of passage of the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which North Carolina voters approved by a landslide. And he had expressed disappointment in 2013 after two Supreme Court decisions struck decisive blows for same-sex rights. "I will continue praying for our nation," he said after those decisions. Davis received his bachelor of science in business from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and master's of ministry and his doctor of divinity degrees from the Carolina School of Theology. He was the author of two books, "The Vision Casting Congregation" and "The Father Force." - Tim Funk and Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Duncan Jr., Kemp - Matthews  
Kemp Woodrow Duncan, Jr. MATTHEWS - Kemp Woodrow Duncan, Jr., died August 26, 2015, after battling Parkinson's disease for an extended number of years. Kemp, known to many as KW, was born in Troutdale, Virginia on September 24, 1936 to Kemp Woodrow Duncan of Sparta and Virginia Cornett Hanna of Troutdale, VA. Kemp served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Campaign. He was a graduate of Guilford College and went on to a long and successful career as a regional sales manager for Transamerica Insurance Finance Company. He was well known and respected in the Eastern United states and Puerto Rico for his expertise in the insurance premium finance industry. He is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine McGlamery Duncan of Matthews, NC; his daughter, Donna Lynn Duncan of Charlotte, NC, and her mother, Susie Wadell Duncan of Winston-Salem, NC; one brother, Jerry Gale Duncan and wife Karen of Vestavia Hills, AL; one sister, Renda Duncan Sinatro and husband, Tim of Daytona Beach, FL. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Angela Bagley and her husband, Robert of Monroe, NC and their two children Austin and Courtney. The family is honoring Mr. Duncan wishes for no funeral service. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence, Virginia is in charge of these arrangements.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Hall, Michael - Charlotte  
Michael Shayne Hall "Mike" CHARLOTTE - Michael "Mike" Shayne Hall, age 59, of Charlotte, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis. A Celebration of Mike's life will be held Saturday, September 5, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte. For a complete obituary and to leave condolences for the family please visit www.hankinsandwhittington.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 30, 2015
Hart, Roger - Charlotte  
Roger Zane Hart CHARLOTTE - Roger Zane Hart, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born on May 11, 1932 in Granite Falls, NC. Roger is survived by his wife of 62 years, Roberta Wilson Hart; his daughters, Ginger Taylor, husband Gregg, and Jane Brendle, husband Ron; granddaughters, Sarah and Sally Taylor, and Chelsea Brendle; sisters, Sandy Austin and Sarah Kneer; brother, Dean Hart; and many cherished nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents, John Ballard Hart and Oletta Hart, and sister, Susan "Susie" Dean. Roger was stationed in Germany while serving in the US Army. He then earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering form NC State University, was a service representative for General Motors Truck and Coach Division, Volkswagen, and International Harvester, and he served on the faculties of Stanly Community College and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. He owned and operated his own businesses, Charlotte Auto Clinic, The Bluegrass Corner, and Hart String Music Shop. Roger made his home in Charlotte, and later in Mint Hill, NC. He was among the region's foremost luthiers of Bluegrass instruments, his specialties being mandolin and guitar. He leaves with us dozens of his mandolins, guitars, dulcimers, and violins. He was expert in his knowledge and performance of traditional Bluegrass. He spent hours every day practicing and enjoying all types of music. He was an avid gardener, woodworker, writer, and was known for his love of all animals, especially dogs. Roger was never at a loss for a great story or song to share. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org , or the Humane Society of Charlotte at humanesocietyofcharlotte.org . A memorial service will be held at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel on Wednesday, September 2 at 3:00, visitation at 2:00.
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Heath, Anne - Charlotte  
Anne Purnell Heath CHARLOTTE - Anne Purnell Heath, 97, died on August 19, 2015, at her home at Westminster-Canterbury, Richmond, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Carstarphen Purnell, Jr.; her husband, M. Lee Heath; and son, M. Lee Heath, Jr. all of Charlotte, NC as well as her five older siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Anne Heath Hardage of Richmond, VA and two granddaughters: Morgan Engel (Matthew), also of Richmond, and Heath Lee (Christopher) of Roanoke, VA. In addition, she is survived by five great-grandchildren: Anne Alston Lee, James Hawkins Lee, Isabelle Morgan Engel, Matthew Brendon Engel, Jr. and Heath Owen Engel. Mrs. Heath attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and graduated from Queens College in Charlotte. As a young woman she was one of the early members of a new church, Christ Episcopal, in Charlotte. She remained a faithful and devoted member as the Church grew to be the largest in its Diocese, performing tasks ranging from President of The Women of The Church to food server in the Outreach program. In addition, she was a former President of The Junior League of Charlotte, a former President of The Charlotte Debutante Club, and a Vice-President of The Colonial Dames in the State of North Carolina. Miss Anne, as she was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was beautiful, cheerful even in adversity, generous, and kind. She kept in close touch with her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and Charlotte friends. She made many new friends in Richmond after her move to Westminster Canterbury at age 87, and she continued to enjoy bridge, business, politics, genealogy, fashion and chocolate. Her family is grateful to have had her in their lives for four generations. A Memorial Service was held at Westminster-Canterbury on Thursday, August 27, 2015. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, 4426 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC on September 19, 2015, at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately following the service at The Country Club of Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, or Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, both in Richmond, VA, or Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC.
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