Frank E. Wampler, Sr. CHARLOTTE - Mr. Wampler, 97 passed away in his home April 1, 2013. He was born September 20, 1915 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He graduated from Paintsville High School in Paintsville, KY in 1937. Frank is a World War II veteran having served in the US Army in Europe with General Patton. He earned the Bronze Star along with several other medals. After the war Frank returned to Charlotte where his parents had relocated. During his varied career, he worked for Charlotte Auto Parts for 14 years, ran two local service stations, one at Central and Thomas Avenues for many years, managed Bailey Cafeteria's, and operated the Clover, SC recreation center. He was most proud of his association and Life Membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Stonewall Jackson Post 1160 and served as Post Commander and Chairman of the House committee. He was a life-long member of St. Lukes Methodist Church and was their oldest living member. He was a member of Temple Masonic Lodge and a Mason for over 65 years. Frank will be best remembered for his many jokes and playing tricks on friends and family. He was never for a loss of words and his stories are legendary. He is preceded in death by his wife Hilda, his parents William and Margaret, brothers Eugene, John, and sisters Blanche, Edith, and Nelle. He is survived by his son, Frank "Chip" Wampler, Jr. of Charlotte, daughter, Kathryn and husband Gary Gebhart of Oroville, Washington State, and his sister, Bettye W. Dotson of Charlotte and numerous nephews, nieces and special friends Peggy Flow and Larry Duran. A service to celebrate his life will be held 11:00am Friday April 5, 2013 in the chapel of J.B. Tallent Funeral Service, 1937 Sharon Amity Road. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00am until 11:00am. Interment will be private. Memorials should be made to VFW Post 1160 1917 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 or to Hospice, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. J.B. Tallent Funeral service is assisting the family.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 3, 2013