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Reverend Monsignor Joseph A. Kerin CHARLOTTE - Reverend Monsignor Joseph Aloysius Kerin, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, died on 14 April 2014, at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, a retirement community located in High Point, North Carolina. He was 82 years old. Monsignor Kerin served the Church in North Carolina well, taking on a variety of responsibilities including pastor, teacher, counsellor, school ad-ministrator, principal, vicar forane, chaplain, Diocesan Chancellor, Diocesan Consultor, Presbyteral Council Member, Diocesan Finance Committee Member, and Director of the Hispanic Catholic Center. Born 15 November 1931 in Mount Vernon, New York, to the late Thomas F. and and Helen Gertrude Murnane Kerin, Monsignor was predeceased by his eight siblings: Dominican Sister Gertrude Mary Kerin, Dominican Sister Thomas Mary, Thomas F. Kerin Jr., Marian Kerin, Theresa Kerin, Evelyn J. Kerin, Lorraine Kerin Hoyt and James Kerin. Monsignor Kerin received the bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y. (1953) prior to seminary studies at Catholic University, Washington, DC (1953-1957). He was ordained priest by the Bishop Vincent S. Waters, Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, on 30 May 1957 in Saint Mary's Church, Wilmington. As was the custom at that time, Bishop Waters assigned him to the Missionary Fathers Apostolate as an assistant at St. John's in North Wilkesboro from May, 1957 to June, 1958. He spent the summer of 1958 with the Apostolate's Trailer Chapels, which served Catholics in rural areas of the state where there were no Catholic churches. From September, 1958, to August 1960, Father Kerin was a teacher and counselor at Notre Dame High School in Greensboro. From August, 1960, to June, 1966, he served simultaneously as pastor of St. John the Baptist in Tryon, and as administrator and principal of Asheville Catholic High School. During three of those years, he also was a part-time graduate student at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. He then became pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption, Charlotte, and was serving there when the Diocese of Charlotte was established in January 1972. In August of that year, Father Kerin went to Mexico City to serve the mission operated jointly by the Dioceses of Raleigh and Charlotte. Upon his return from Mexico in the spring of 1975, Father Kerin served for a month as administrator of St. Gabriel's parish in Charlotte. In June, Bishop Michael J. Begley named him pastor of Our Lady of Mercy, Winston-Salem and vicar of the Winston-Salem Vicariate. Father Kerin returned to Charlotte in September, 1977 as rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral and director of the Hispanic Catholic Center, a post he continued to hold during his service as Chancellor of the diocese and as founding pastor of St. Matthew's in Matthews. Father also served as State Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus from 1977-79. In July, 1979, Bishop Begley named him to succeed Monsignor Joseph Showfety as second chancellor of the diocese, with responsibility for the day to day operation of the diocese. When Father Kerin expressed a desire to return to parish ministry, in September, 1986, Bishop John F. Donoghue named him first pastor of the newly created St. Matthew Parish, Charlotte. In December 1988, His Holiness Pope John Paul II named him a Prelate of Honor. In January, 1996, at his request, Monsignor Kerin was granted a sabbatical to attend the Vatican II Institute, Menlo Park, Calif.; shortly after his return to the diocese, Bishop Curlin named him pastor of the newly formed Saint Mark Parish, Huntersville, where he served until his retirement in July, 2003. A Wake Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, with visitation to follow until 8:00 p.m., and again on Tuesday, April 22 from 9:00-10:15 a.m. at Saint Mark Church. The Solemn Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated also in Saint Mark Church on Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m., with interment to follow immediately in Belmont Abbey Cemetery, Belmont. Harry & Bryant Company is serving the Diocese. Read Obituary
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Frank David Brannon, Sr. GASTONIA - Frank David Brannon, Sr., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 17, 2014. He was born in Mooresville on Nov. 6, 1925. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Vickery Brannon; daughter, Paige Terry and husband Tim; daughter-in-law, Angel Brannon; and grandsons, Joshua Sawyer and wife Andra, David Brannon, III and Luke Brannon; and granddaughters, Marina Terry, and Brooke Free and husband Sabin Free; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Jean Mills and husband Paul Mills. He was preceded in death by his son, Frank David Brannon, Jr., father Goley Brannon and mother, Maude Brannon, brother, Max Brannon, and sisters Carmel Collins, Garnell Gabriel, and Alliene Clodfelter. Mr. Brannon was inducted into the Army in WWII and served in the 99th Infantry. He served in the European Theater and fought at Remagen Bridge, Ruhr Pocket and Battle of the Bulge. He was a rifleman in the Gaston County WWII Last Man Club until he was not physically able to participate. He believed that he survived the war because he was not a Christian at the time and his mother prayed continually for his safety. After the war, Mr. Brannon obtained a degree in accounting and worked for Jefferson Standard Life insurance Company as a traveling auditor and later as finance director for several spinning mills in the area. In 1981 he established a sales organization, Filter Queen of the Carolinas, Inc., and became Healthmor's No. 10 Regional Distributor with offices in S.C., N.C., and Tenn. He closed his business in 1998. Mr. Brannon was a member of Sandy Plains Baptist Church, and was always active in church in whatever city he lived, serving as deacon, Sunday School teacher, on committees and in other ways. He loved his Lord, his church, and his fellow man. He particularly loved gospel music and after he became homebound he could spend hours listening to gospel music and viewing Bill Gaither's Homecoming DVD's. Mr. Brannon was a devoted Christian gentleman, a loving and faithful husband, and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. He was generous to a fault with those around him and with anyone in need of his help. He was a good neighbor and a good and loyal friend. Mr. Brannon's family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Family Life Center of Sandy Plains Baptist Church. A service to celebrate Mr. Brannon's life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Stephen Hensley officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen "A Quiet Place", with Military Honors provided by The Gaston County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sandy Plains Baptist Church building fund, 5323 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056, Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia NC 28054, or the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011 Condolences may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com . McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Brannon Family. Read Obituary
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Beatrice Bumgardner CHARLOTTE - Exie Beatrice "Bea" Bumgardner, 92, of Boone, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Sunrise on Providence, in Charlotte. She was born on Dec. 29, 1921 in Mt. Holly to Raymond Edgar Bum-gardner, Sr. and Exie Ann Mayberry Bumgardner. She worked for 45 years as the bookkeeper and secretary/treasurer for Charlotte Dental Laboratory. Additionally, she traveled with and took photos for her friend, Virginia Burkhead, of International Travel, Charlotte. During over 30 years of traveling, she visited 70+ countries. Bea started drawing and painting as a child and became an accomplished artist and photographer who exhibited in many shows. She was also the subject of several newspaper articles, including the Watagua News Democrat, the Asheville Citizen Times and the Charlotte Observer. She is survived by her brother, Raymond E. Bumgardner, Jr., and sister, Betty Bumgardner Renfroe; a nephew, David S. Bumgardner and wife, Pam; three nieces, Angela Renfroe Iachetta and husband, Michael, Exie Penelope Renfroe Dover and husband, Scott, and Marguerite Bumgardner Ingles; three great-nephews, Mike Iachetta and wife, Peggy, Nathan Dover and wife, Caitlin, and Kevin Dover; two great-great-nephews, Andy and Ben Iachetta and a great-great-niece, Rylee Dover; and many other beloved family members. Bea was a very spiritual woman who attended St. John's Baptist Church while living in Charlotte and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church after moving to Boone. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, April 26th, 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC. Ashes to be scattered at 1:30 pm. in St. John's Memorial Garden. In place of flowers, to honor her memory, please send your donations to: St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678; Habitat for Humanity International, 270 Peachtree Street, Suite 1300, Atlanta, GA 30309-1263; Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Hospice Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. T.H. Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family, www.throbertson.com . Read Obituary
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Jimmy Wayne Burch CHARLOTTE - Jimmy Wayne Burch, age 60, died after an unexpected illness on Thursday, April 17, 2014, with his family by his side at CMC-Main. A Charlotte native, he was born on Jan. 13, 1954, to Betsy "Becky" Stafford Burch and the late Jim Burch. Jimmy was the type of person who truly never met a stranger, and he will be remembered for his mischievous sense of humor and his talent at teasing anyone into laughing. He took great pride and deep joy in being able to help people through his work as a paramedic and in the many other roles he held in the healthcare field during his life. He enjoyed gardening and following basketball, and, if you knew Jimmy, you knew about his passion for fishing. From the time he was a child, Jimmy also had an innate ability with animals, who were always devoted to him in return. Most of all, Jimmy loved his family, especially his sons. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 21 at McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park with Rev. Jerry Woolery officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of St. Paul, Sharon Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 - 2 p.m. prior to the funeral hour. Mr. Burch is survived by his mother, Betsy "Becky" Stafford Burch, two sons, Adam Burch and Daniel Burch, the love of his life, Toni Shelby Burch, all of Charlotte, a sister, Wanda Davis and husband Rodney, of Mint Hill, two brothers, Joey Burch and wife Ronda, of Harrisburg, and Sam "Eric" Burch, of Charlotte. In addition to his father, Mr. Burch was preceded in death by a sister, Lynda Burch Vasquez. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, www.hpccr.org or Cornerstone Baptist Church, 8947 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28227, www.cbccharlotte.com . Family and friends are invited to sign the online register book at www.mcewenfs.com . Read Obituary
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David Cribbs CHARLOTTE - David Cribbs' wife called him Mr. Happy, a term of endearment that captured his spirit until the day he died, at home, surrounded by loved ones. Over four years after cancer was first found in his lungs and two years after it had spread to his brain, Mr. Cribbs died on April, 17, 2014. He was 68. From the day he learned of his diagnosis, Mr. Cribbs embraced his family, an unwavering faith, and a peaceful presence that lifted everyone who knew him. He spoke often of the joy that he and his wife, Barbara, took from watching their three children grow up, have families and careers of their own, and give them four grandchildren to fill their hearts even more. He also spoke of the blessings that came from sharing days quietly with Barbara, laughing with family and friends, and enjoying conversations with members of his Care Team. They'd come to see him and wind up sitting and telling stories for hours. David Cribbs grew up in Pompano Beach, Fla. He was 22 when he and Barbara were married in 1968 - high school sweethearts. He served with the U.S. Army Security Agency in Turkey, graduated from Florida State University in 1973, and moved with his family to Charlotte in 1981. There, they put down roots and he worked in the fixed-income/municipal bond depts. of several banks and brokerages. Upon joining Myers Park United Methodist Church in 1983, he and Barbara unleashed their energy by serving as youth group counselors and leaders of the World Outreach committee. There he was at church one recent Sunday - in a wheelchair and unable to walk, a ball cap covering his spreading baldness - a half-dozen friends were eager to know how he was doing. He just smiled and told them he was "Okay." Mr. Cribbs is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara. Their three children always said they wanted a marriage like Mom and Dad's. Also surviving are their children, and four grandchildren - Jennifer Cribbs of Asheville; Drs. Marc and Sarah Cribbs and children Emmy Grace, Luke and Noah of Birmingham, Ala.; and Lindsey Frazier, husband Josh, and daughter Mia of Charlotte. A funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m., April 24, 2014, at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, led by Revs. Ron Robinson and Bill Roth. Family and friends will gather afterward in the church's Jubilee Hall. Memorials in Mr. Cribbs' honor can be made to Myers Park UMC Local Outreach. Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service is handling arrangements. Please share condolences online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com . As they gathered in the den to work on this, Mr. Cribbs in his wheelchair and his wife on the sofa with Jackson, their Jack Russell Terrier, they shared the list of people they wished to give special thanks: Drs. Lorri Ayers and Reza Nazemzadeh, Parish Nurse Susan Mobley, Care Team from Myers Park, caregivers from Hospice and Palliative Care, and all their family, friends and neighbors. Mr. Cribbs also said he couldn't leave out the buddies he swam with for the past decade, most recently at the Harris Y. It was there they'd meet at 5 a.m. for exercise and fellowship. And, as the illness spread, they'd swim a little closer behind their friend, just in case. Raising a family, selling bonds, swimming in the hour before dawn, and leaning on a strong faith in Christ, Mr. Cribbs was the same before the cancer and after. Mr. Happy. Read Obituary
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