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Adams, Deborah - Charlotte  
Deborah Cecil Adams CHARLOTTE - Deborah Cecil Adams, much loved mother, wife, sister, sister-in-law, and aunt passed away peacefully Friday, July 31, 2015. The daughter of the late Norma Lee and Rowlin Melvin Cecil, Debbie is survived by her loving family: twin sons, Andrew McClain Adams and Matthew Bryant Adams, her husband Ray "Skip" Adams and sister Carolyn Dilda. Debbie is a Sister-in-Christ to so many at Carmel Presbyterian Church and loved by everyone. She had a servant's heart that always thought of others first. Debbie's deep faith in our Lord Jesus Christ gave her a special peace as she battled her illness the past two years. She was an inspiration to so many. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Carmel Presbyterian Church Monday, August 3rd, at 2:30PM. A reception will follow. Debbie expressed concern for our sons' education and requested that in lieu of flowers, friends and family contribute to a college fund established for Andrew and Matthew. Donations can be made to Carmel/Adams College Fund and forwarded to Carmel Church, 2048 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Covington, Ellen - Charlotte  
Ellen Joyce Covington "Joy" CHARLOTTE - Joy Covington, age 88, passed away peacefully on July 30th, 2015, at The Pines in Davidson, North Carolina. Born on December 9th, 1926, Joy and her family lived in Rockingham, NC. During her childhood, they moved to Charlotte, NC where Joy lived for most of her life. She graduated from Harding High School and then attended Brevard College. Joy was a longtime employee of Weeks, Williams & Devore in Matthews, NC, where she held the position of Bookkeeper. She is survived by her sister, Mary Grace Covington of The Pines at Davidson, NC; cousins, Thomas L. Covington of Leicester, NC, Dr. Shirley Covington of Lafayette, LA, Van B. Covington of Raleigh, NC, Helen Covington Rash of Biscoe, NC, Archer Ravenel Covington of New York, NY, Simmons Covington Lettre of Bethesda, MD, Amelia Mills Lettre of Bethesda, MD, and McKinley Covington Lettre of Bethesda, MD; and special family friend, Anne Forrest of Concord, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents Richard Hobson Covington and Grace Dunlap Covington. A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 3rd, 2015, at Evergreen Cemetery, 4426 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC with Pastor Ben Wilson officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joy's life. The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff of The Pines at Davidson, as well as, Hospice & Palliative Care, Lake Norman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Department of Calvary United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Dunn, Gregory - Charlotte  
Gregory Charles Dunn "Greg" CHARLOTTE - Gregory Charles Dunn, 52, of Charlotte, NC, passed away the 28th of July 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family. Greg, as he was affectionately known, was born the 2nd of October 1962 in New Orleans to the late Gayle Cerniglia Dunn and Thomas Dunn. Most of his career he served as a financial advisor. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Greg Dunn will be held 6:00 PM, Monday, the 3rd of August 2015, in The Historic Morehead St. Chapel of Ellington Funeral Services. The family will greet friends immediately following the service until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Greg is survived by his wife, Dianna Songy Dunn of Charlotte, NC and precious daughter, Jacqueline Dunn of Durham, NC; his sister, Karen Dunn Dowty and his cousin that he considered a sister, Terri Ashley Kloor both of Metairie, LA as well as his nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gayle Cerniglia Dunn, his aunt and uncle Joyce and Bruce Ashley and the grandparents who raised him: Belva and Joseph Cerniglia. Greg was a kindhearted and generous man. He was always there to help family, friends, and even complete strangers. He was a devoted husband and father who made sure that his daughter got a true education by taking her and his wife all over the world. He embraced the culture, food, and sports of his hometown New Orleans. On Saturdays he sported his LSU Tigers ensemble and on Sundays he wore his Saints attire. Although he graduated from the University of New Orleans, he attended LSU for a few years and has always been a diehard fan. Anyone who knows Greg knows about his love of history. He amazed everyone with his knowledge of the Civil War and World War II, current events around the world, and the impact of world leaders. His great conversations, generous heart, and strong love of family and friends will be sorely missed. Memorials may be made in remembrance of Greg Dunn to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Notes of encouragement and condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.ellingtonfuneralservices.com . Serving the Dunn family is Ellington Funeral Services, "The Historic Morehead St. Chapel", 727 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28202. (704)334.6700 Family owned since 1944.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Fink, Nancy - Charlotte  
Nancy Bowen Fink CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Fink, age 86, passed away on July 30, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 27, 1928 in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in the Derita area. She is the daughter of the late Alice Kerr Bowen and Levi Alexander Bowen, also of Charlotte. Nancy was a classically trained singer who met and married Robert Fink of Bridgeton, NJ at Temple Israel in Charlotte, on January 18, 1959. She sang with the Charlotte Opera Company, the Dixie Belles, and other local bands. Bob and Nancy began raising their family which includes their three children, Susan, Andy and Cathie. A devoted and loving mother to all three. She sang in the Temple Beth El Choir for over 40 years. She also loved traveling with her husband Bob in later years. Both are wonderful grandparents known as "Mimi and Popi" to their five grandchildren Ashton, Catherine Anne, Mia, Samantha and Presley. She took care of everyone and never thought of herself. She is survived by her husband Bob Fink; son Andy Fink and his wife Amber; daughters, Susan Romano and her husband Mike, and Cathie Wallace and her husband Gene; grandchildren, Ashton Schuler and husband Michael, Catherine Anne Wallace, Mia and Samantha Romano and Presley Fink. The service will be held at 10 am on Monday, August 3, 2015, at The Mindy Ellen Levine Chapel at Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Rd., Charlotte, with Rabbi Judith Schindler officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Care of Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204. The family would like to thank them for their wonderful loving care and assistance during a difficult time. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Flow, Billy - Mint Hill  
Billy Blair Flow MINT HILL - Billy Blair Flow passed away Thursday evening, July 30, 2015, at his home. Born in Charlotte, NC, he was raised by his grandfather, Gaither Flow, his mother, and his aunt and uncle, Richard and Catherine Evans. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943 until 1946, with tours in Europe and the Asiatic Pacific on the USS LST-621. He worked at Belk Store Services until his retirement in 1988. Bill was a longtime member of Idlewild Baptist Church. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bunn and Almeda Flow, his brother, Bobby Flow, and his daughter, Terri Mobley. He is survived by his wife, Betty Flow; his sister, Anne Evans Austin; his brothers, Tom Flowe, Joe Flowe, Jerry Evans and Dickie Evans; his daughter, Sandy Reynolds; and his grandchildren, Heather and Seth Peagler, Seth Reynolds, Shawn and Adam Daughhetee, and Blair Mobley. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill, with the Reverend Keith Whitener and the Reverend Mark Evans officiating. Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends, especially for his sense of humor and his dedication to the Lord. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Idlewild Baptist Church, 12701 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105, Mint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 23065, Mint Hill, NC 28227 or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Free, Frances - Davidson  
Frances Free "Jeanette" DAVIDSON - Frances "Jeanette" Free, 71, of Davidson, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis. A native of Aiken County, SC, Mrs. Free was the daughter of John Wesley Edmonds and Trannis Bernice Cone. She attended Independence Hill Baptist Church of Huntersville. Her children and grandchildren were the joy of her life. She never met a stranger and loved to talk. Jeanette was a devoted and caring Nurse and retired from the Brian Center of Charlotte. Mrs. Free is survived by her mother, her daughter, Dadre Garris and husband, Glenn, daughter, Tania Roof and husband, Dewey, son, Frank "Chip" Free, Jr. and wife, Sky, daughter, Jennifer King and husband, Craig, grandchildren; Kaleigh Garris Blevins and husband, Brent, Karlyn Garris, Glenn-Allen Garris, Emma Roof, Adelyn Roof, Kingston Free, Emmett Free, Keller King, Lawson King, and Farah Jaye King, sisters, Marilene Edmonds Abear, Patricia Bowen and husband, Ricky, and brother, Rickey Carter and wife, Vicky. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Independence Hill Baptist Church with The Reverend Todd Marlin officiating. Committal services will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until service time Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Independence Hill Baptist Church, Building Fund, 10220 Independence Hill Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078 or to The Carly Prosser Fund, First Community Bank, 407 Silver Bluff Rd. SW, Aiken, SC 29803. ( www.facebook.com/CarlyUnlimited ). James Funeral Home of Huntersville is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Leuci, Patrick - Mooresville  
Patrick Leuci MOORESVILLE - Patrick Leuci, 86, of Mooresville, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his residence. He was born on July 28, 1929 to the late Nunzio and Teresa Pellegrini Leuci. Mr. Leuci was a veteran serving in the US Air Force. He was owner of Delmar Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY and a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Leuci. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angela Fiore Leuci; children, Theresa Leuci Barbara, Lucille Leuci Tarpey (Paul), Anthony Leuci (Denise); sisters, Lena Patrissi, Mary Levik; brother, Dominick Leuci; and grandchildren, Patrick Tarpey, Kathryn Leuci, Jon Barbara, Louis Leuci, Christopher Tarpey, Stephanie Barbara, and Paul Dominic Tarpey. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Mooresville. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church, 217 Brawley School Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117 and/or a charity of donor's choice. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Leuci family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 1, 2015
Wallace, Richard - Charlotte  
Richard Alexander Wallace CHARLOTTE - Richard Alexander Wallace, 67, of Charlotte, NC passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at his residence. He was born on January 11, 1948 in Charlotte, NC and was the son of the late Young and Ruby Padgett Wallace. He was retired from the International Union of Elevator Constructors where he was a service technician and board member. He volunteered as a fireman for the Mallard Creek Volunteer Fire Department; He served as an intern with the Brunswick Stew of Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church annual BBQ from 1974 to 1984 and was head of the department till 2014. He also served as a Deacon and Elder at the church. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Black Wallace; son, Rusty Wallace and wife Connie of Charlotte; daughter, Dee Dee Wallace Larkin and husband Craig of Lake Wylie; four grandchildren, Braden and Ruby Wallace, Lily and Luke Larkin. A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 11:00 AM, at Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church with Rev. Shawn Barkley and Rev. Kenneth Craig officiating. Burial will follow in church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in church sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Memorial Building Fund, 1600 West Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28262. James Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Wallace and online condolences can be made to jamesfuneralhomelkn.com .
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Beck, Matthew - Matthews  
John Matthew Beck "Matt" MATTHEWS - Funeral services for John Matthew "Matt" Beck, 37, of Matthews, NC, formerly of Aiken, will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Chapel of George Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Victory Junction, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC, 27317. Matt passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Born in Aiken, SC, he was the son of Debbie Waters and the late John Wayne Beck. He was a graduate of Aiken High School and was a General Manager for Regional Finance for the previous 15 years. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Dot Morrell and his paternal grandparents, Olin and Geraldine Beck. Following the services in Aiken, there will be a Memorial Mass on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 7 pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28277. Survivors include his wife, Sarah DeMaison-Beck of Matthews; his twins, Anabel and Ethan of Matthews; his mother, Debbie Waters (Thirl) of Aiken; a sister, Kelli Bach (Mike) of Aiken; his mother and father-in-law, Sherry and Dave DeMaison of Matthews; a brother-in-law, Matt DeMaison (Christina) of Mineral Springs, NC; his niece, Heidi Bach of Aiken; his lifelong best friend, Robby Powers of Aiken and his Scottish Terrier, Charlie Bones.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on July 31, 2015
Brody, Myrtilla - Kinston  
Myrtilla Harvey Brody KINSTON - Myrtilla Harvey Brody, 91, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born on January 1, 1924, in Kinston, North Carolina where she lived her entire life. Her parents were the late C. Felix Harvey and Tilla Gill Jefferss. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sammy Brody, and her brother, Felix Harvey. Myrtilla adored her three daughters. She also loved her family and friends, her church, the choir, and all animals, especially her little dog "Baby Girl". She will be remembered for her generosity to others, her love of laughter and her beautiful blue eyes. She was proud of her heritage and her family-owned business, L. Harvey and Son Company, founded by her great-grandfather in 1871. She is survived by her three daughters, Harvey Sharp Wooten of Greenville, NC, Katherine Harvey Covington and husband Ned of High Point, NC, Laura Harvey Ball and husband Ray of Morehead City, NC. Her grandchildren are Bob Wooten and wife Donna of Chesapeake, VA, Bryan Wooten and wife LuAnn, of Wake Forrest, NC, David Hood and wife Lissa of New York, NY, Sammy Hood and wife Jane of Charlotte, NC, Jim Segrave and wife Lyndsay of Kinston, NC, Ryan Segrave and wife Anna of Morehead City, NC, Joe Segrave and wife Ashley of Asheville, NC, Katie Ball of Raleigh, NC, Tyler Covington and wife Amanda of High Point, NC, Braden Covington and wife Meredith of High Point, NC, Chris Covington and wife Sherman of High Point, NC, Brendon Ball and wife Kristin of Raleigh, NC, and Ryan Ball and wife Leslie of Raleigh, NC. She has 28 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two nieces, Leigh McNairy and husband John of Kinston, NC, Sunny Burrows and husband Lee of Atlanta, GA and three cousins, Lane Montgomery of New York, NY, Harvey Kirk of Greensboro, NC, and Bob Kirk of Winston-Salem, NC. Her daughters will never forget the love and devotion she received from her special friend and caregiver, Danny Eubanks. His many years of dedicated service have made him part of their family. They are grateful to her nephews, David Brody and Hyman Brody for their love and support over the years. They thank Dr. Rupert Jilcott who was always there for her both as her doctor and her dear friend. They lovingly remember the times she spent with her lifelong friend, Oscar Greene. They also thank Ned Grady for his many years of love and devotion. The loving hospice care of 3HC was greatly appreciated. Following a private burial, funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 31, 2015 at Queen Street United Methodist Church in Kinston, NC, with Reverend Allen Bingham officiating. A lunch reception will follow the service at Kinston Country Club. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Queen Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 508, Kinston, NC, 28502 or Lenoir County SPCA, 2455 Rouse Road Ext., Kinston, NC 28504. Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.howardandcarter.com .
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Published in Charlotte Observer on July 31, 2015
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