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Abel, Sara - Charlotte  
Sara Camp Abel CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Abel, 95, passed away December 23, 2014, at her home in Charlotte while in the care of hospice. Born in 1919 in White Springs, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. Camp and Sallie Powell Camp. Following graduation from Columbus County High School in Lake City, she continued her education at Florida State College for Women and Sullins College. Sara was a devoted wife and mother. While working at Hartford Fire Insurance Company in Atlanta, she met her future husband, Walter B. Abel, who was a student at Georgia Tech. They were married on July 27, 1946. The Abels were especially attached to their home on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Georgia, where they lived for 25 years before moving to Charlotte in 2000. They enjoyed traveling to many destinations, both in the US and abroad, and were avid Georgia Tech football fans. In recent years Sara has enjoyed remembering her childhood in northern Florida near the banks of the Suwannee River, and was overjoyed at the birth of her great-grandson. She remained close to her large extended family and had an amazing memory for names, birthdays, and other details of the lives of her aunts, nieces, and cousins. Sara was a member of Myers Park Baptist Church and a resident of Southminster Retirement Community. Sara is survived by her son, Walter B. Abel, Jr. and daughter-in-law Jane V. Abel of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Christopher Brett Gray of Ashburn, VA, Elizabeth Abel Cuddihy and husband Kevin of Fairfax, VA and Sara Katherine Abel of Los Angeles, CA; great-grandson, Conor Walter Cuddihy; and son-in-law David R. Gray. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers John C. Camp and Raymond J. Camp, Jr.; daughter Sally Abel Gray; and grandson David Hamilton Gray. A service to celebrate Sara's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 29th in Harry & Bryant's Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Road. Her family will receive friends beginning at 1:30. In lieu of flowers and for those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region ( www.hpccr.org ) or the hospice organization in your local area. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Anderson, Helen - Mint Hill  
Helen McEwen Anderson MINT HILL - Mrs. Anderson, 94, of Mint Hill, NC, passed away early Wednesday morning, the 24th of December 2014, at Lawyers Glen Retirement Living Center, Mint Hill, NC. A native and life-long resident of the Mint Hill area of Mecklenburg County, she was born the 25th of July, 1920, the third of four daughters to the late Carl Johnson McEwen and Minnie Belle Mann McEwen. A graduate of Bain Academy, she was a star player on the school's basketball team. She furthered her education at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. From 1973 until 1991 she managed and was the buyer for McEwen Dress Shop in Mint Hill, founded by her mother. A quite unassuming lady, she was a life-long member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church where her family and ancestors have played an active part of the church's growth for generations. In 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Presbyterian Women of which she had been very active of many years. This honor is awarded to those who exhibit a commitment to Christ, church and community. During the early 1950's she and two fellow church members established the first Girl Scout Troop which is still going strong today. The Anderson family will greet friends 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Monday, the 29th of December 2014 in the Rotunda of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Helen McEwen Anderson will follow at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park in the McEwen family plot. Mrs. Anderson is survived by her four children: Judy Orr and husband, Vic; Joyce Anderson; Leslie Anderson and wife, Joan all of Mint Hill, NC and Marianne A. Rash of Fairview; seven grandchildren: David Orr, Joel Orr, Jennifer Orr Matthews, Michael Anderson, Mitchell Anderson, Dustin Rash and Stephanie Rash Willis and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Cleve Anderson, Jr. in 2002 and her three sisters, Mary Edna McEwen Ellington, Frances McEwen Hunter and Bettie McEwen. The family would like to thank the staff of Lawyers Glen Retirement Living Center for all the love, care and support given to Mrs. Anderson and the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in remembrance of Mrs. Anderson to her church, Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227 Hospice and Palliative Care - Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204 or the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 23065, Mint Hill, NC 28227. Notes of condolences and encouragement may be sent to the family by visiting www.ellingtonfuneralservices. com. The Anderson family is being served by Ellington Funeral Services, "The Historic Morehead St. Chapel", 727 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. 704.334.6700. Family owned since 1944.
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Published in Charlotte Observer from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2014
Asbury, Jerry - Charlotte  
Jerry Asbury CHARLOTTE - A service to celebrate the life of Jerry Asbury of Charlotte will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014, Visitation at 1:30 pm and Service at 2:00 pm, at the Chapel of A.E. Grier & Sons Funeral Ceremony of Choice, 2310 Statesville Avenue. Services entrusted to Kannapolis Mortuary and A. E. Grier & Sons.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Barnett, Charlotte - Florence  
Charlotte Barnett FLORENCE - Charlotte Westmoreland Barnett went home to be with the Lord peacefully Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at the Heritage Home of Florence. A memorial service to celebrate Charlotte's life will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Hwy. 557 in Clover, with Rev. John Gess officiating. A private burial will be held prior to the service, and the family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Ladies' Parlor of the Church. Charlotte was born January 22, 1923, in Clover and was the daughter of the late Douglas Alvastroth Westmoreland and Edna Worthington Eaker Westmoreland. Charlotte was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her happiest times were those spent with her family and those serving her church. Her everyday life was a strong testimony to her faith in her Lord Jesus Christ. Until her failing health, she was an active member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, where over the years she served in many capacities, including Sunday School Teacher, Women in the Church President, and Building Committee member. She had a special place in her heart for the Missions of her church. From 1961-1972, she was manager and buyer for Smith's Women's Apparel, making it into a very successful business. Later she made a very positive impact on many children in the Clover Elementary Schools in the reading resource department until her retirement in 1978. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; James Cowan Barnett; brother and sister-in-law, D.A. Westmoreland and Geri Westmoreland; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Avery Adkins; brother and sister-in-law, James D. and Willie Westmoreland; brothers, William A. Westmoreland and Jack F. Westmoreland; and sister-in-law, Pratt H. Westmoreland. Charlotte is survived by a daughter, Rose Marie (Terry) Baldwin, of Florence; a son, James Douglas Barnett, of Alpharetta, GA.; grandchildren Frederick J. Schilling IV, of Columbia, and William B. (Julie) Schilling and great-granddaughter Anne Elise Schilling, of Simpsonville; special friend, Neil Newton, of Alpharetta; brother and sisters-in-law Robert W. and Elsie Westmoreland, Ted G. and Margaret Westmoreland; sisters-in-law, Mary B. Westmoreland and Betty Anne M. Westmoreland; and many dear nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their deep, heartfelt appreciation to the staff and caregivers of the Heritage Home of Florence and also to Agape Hospice for their compassion and loving care given to Charlotte over the last 18 months of her life. Memorials may be sent to the Bethel Presbyterian Church Missions, Agape Hospice of the Low Country, Bethel Cemetery Association, or God's Kitchen of Clover. M. L Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover, is serving the family of Mrs. Barnett. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mlfordsons.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Biltcliffe, Ethel - Charlotte  
Ethel Knowles Biltcliffe CHARLOTTE - Ethel passed away December 22, 2014. Born February 23, 1916 in Rhode Island, Ethel was the only child of the late Herbert and Eva Knowles and spent most of her young life in Rhode Island. After moving to Charlotte as a young bride, Ethel and Eddie raised their children and spent most of their life in the Oakdale community. She retired from Rohm & Haas Company where she had been an Executive Secretary and was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Ethel was a former Royal Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Long Creek Chapter No. 151, as well as a former Grand Royal Matron of Cardinal Court, Order of Amaranth of North Carolina, a member of the Areme Shrine No. 3 and the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem. Ethel is survived by three children: sons, Edwin Biltcliffe, III and Donald Biltcliffe (Myra), and daughter, Barbara Biltcliffe Wilson; seven grandchildren, April Crowder, DeAnna Smith, Richard Biltcliffe, Kenneth Biltcliffe, Darin Wilson, Lori Fleming and DeLisa Wilson; and nine great-grand-children. Her husband, Edwin Biltcliffe, Jr., preceded her in death. A private service will be held at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park where she will be interred beside her husband. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Davis, Ellis - Charlotte  
Ellis William Davis "Whirlpool" CHARLOTTE - Mr. Ellis William "Whirlpool" Davis, 79, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at CMC University. Homegoing Service will be held Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Grier Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 12 Noon to 1:00pm. Service will begin at 1:00pm. Interment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Grier Funeral Service of 115 John McCarroll Avenue, Charlotte (704)332-7109 is in charge.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Gilchrist, Ray - Mount Holly  
Ray T. Gilchrist MOUNT HOLLY - Ray T. Gilchrist, age 88, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. A native of Swain County, NC, he was a son of the late John and Maude Sparkes Gilchrist. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII, landing in France on his nineteenth birthday. He retired from Joseph T. Ryerson & Sons after 28 years of service and was a long-time member of Thrift United Methodist Church. "Baby Ray" was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Emily Adams Gilchrist; sisters, Flossie Dowdle, Jessie Clampett, Clover Lea Cunningham, Edna Gilchrist, Agnes Gilchrist, Rowena Walls; brothers, Leonard, Clyde and Dempsey Gilchrist. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Larry and Judi Gilchrist of Mount Holly, Rhonda and James Trotter of Belmont; grandchildren, Nelson (Lythia) Bynum, Kevin (Tasha) Bynum, Scott Trotter, Erin (Matthew) Hawkins; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Shann, Omri, Brooke, Sydnie, Kortney, and Bayleigh. The family will receive friends from 3-5 PM, Sunday at McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont. The funeral service will be held at 2 PM, Monday at Thrift UMC, with Pastor Mel Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn West. Memorials may be made to Thrift UMC, P.O. Box 205, Paw Creek, NC 28130. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Gilchrist family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Gray, Paul Milton - Charlotte  
Paul Milton Gray CHARLOTTE - Paul Milton Gray, of Charlotte, passed away on December 19, 2014. His funeral service will be held on Monday, December 29, 2014, at 1:30pm. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30pm. Both will be held at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church, Charlotte. Mr. Gray was a truck driver for 15 years at Codi Trucking Co. Survivors include his special friend Ann Wilkes; two sons, Lavatae Evans and Jalen Hoey; one daughter, Tiarra Channel Gray; two brothers, Waymond Fisher and Johnnie Fisher (Lois); three sisters, Carolyn Lockhart (Andrea), Phyllis Henderson (Greg Patton), Gwendolyn Broome (Roosevelt, Jr.), and O. Avis Bing (Tony); beloved aunts, uncles, three grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, dear friends and church family. Alexander is serving the Gray family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Harsey, Peggy - Charlotte  
Peggy Tant Harsey CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Harsey, 88, of Charlotte, passed away on December 24, 2014. She was born on March 14, 1926, in Charlotte, daughter of the late Pauline Cuthbertson Tant and James Wesley Tant. Mrs. Harsey was a homemaker for many years until her children were grown, and then worked for Bank of America. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. All of her grandchildren treasure the time spent at her house enjoying her loving warmth, devoted attention, and birthday celebrations! She was a life-long Methodist and a long-time member of Dilworth United Methodist Church, where she cherished her interaction with her church family. She displayed a zest for life, unfailing loyalty to friends, and compassion and warmth to her fellow man. She loved to garden, travel, and scour the flea markets for treasures with her most loved and devoted friend, who was like a sister! In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Freeman L. Harsey; and her cherished sibling, Doris Tant Bridges. Survivors include children, Judy Champion Haney and her husband, Jerry, Deedy Harsey Auten, and F. Larson Harsey, Jr.; grandchildren, Lee Champion and his wife, Becca, Brad Champion and his wife, Sherry, Beth West-Auten and her husband, Dave, Anne Auten, Troy Harsey, and Andrew Harsey and his wife, Aundrea; great-grandchildren, Paul and Luke Champion, Sophie Champion, Luci West-Auten, and Wayah Harsey; beloved cousin, Pamela Hollifeld and her husband Scott Montgomery; cherished niece and nephew, Amy Bridges Hock and Bill Bridges and their families. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
Jones, Paul - Mount Holly  
Paul Fuller Jones MOUNT HOLLY - Paul Fuller Jones, 87, passed away on Thursday, December 25, 2014. He was born July 24, 1927 in Gaston County, son of the late Allison Fuller Jones and Verna Leola Skidmore Jones. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Isaacs Jones and a son Paul Fuller Jones, Jr. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Mount Holly and was a former co-owner of Jones Brothers Supermarket. He is survived by three children Virginia Jones Poole and husband Scott of Belmont, Edwin Lee Jones of San Diego, California, and Claudia Jones Henrickson and husband Tim of Mount Holly; three grandchildren Ashleigh Davis, Brenna Poole and Collier Poole. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Jones will be held 3:00pm Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Mount Holly with Rev. Dr. Kendell Cameron officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.woodlawnfuneral.org . Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly, NC is serving the family.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 27, 2014
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