Joseph Carstarphen

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Joseph Martin Carstarphen, III "Bip" MCADENVILLE - Mr. Joseph Martin "Bip" Carstarphen, III, 81, of McAdenvlle, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and dear friend to many. Mr. Carstarphen, the son of Joseph M. Jr. and Marian Grey Carstarphen, was born December 21, 1932, in Tarboro, North Carolina. He attended Augusta Military Academy, The University of North Carolina and served in the U. S. Army. He joined Pharr Yarns in 1956 and rose through several responsible positions before being named CEO and Chairman of the Board in 1981. Also, he was Chairman of Pharr International Geneva, Switzerland and Veenendaal, Holland. In addition to his textile duties, he served as president of two real estate firms: Belmont Land and Development and Strand Development Corporation. He served as director on a number of textile companies and was on the Board of Advisory of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and was a board member of the former Wachovia Corporation - Southern Region, the North Carolina Manufacturers Association, the North Carolina Foundation of Research & Education, Inc., the Gaston County Economic Development Commission and the Community Foundation of Gaston County. He was a past board member of Carolina Freight Corporation, Gaston Memorial Hospital, the American Yarn Spinners Association and past president of the American Yarn Spinners Association. Mr. Carstarphen also served on the Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees of UNC-Chapel Hill, Queens College and Belmont Abbey College. In 2004, Mr. Carstarphen was the recipient of the Spirit of the Carolinas award and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. In 2008, he and his wife, Catherine Ann, were co-recipients of the Grace Award bestowed by Belmont Abbey College and in 2009, they received the Allen H. Sims Award presented by the Community Foundation of Gaston County. The Gaston Gazette named Mr. Carstarphen its Man of the Year in 2009. He was a member of The Charlotte Country Club, The Gaston Country Club and Grandfather Golf and Country Club. Also, he was a member of The Corstorphine Trust in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. Carstarphen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Belmont where he had served as deacon and elder. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Catherine Ann Pharr Carstarphen; one daughter, Catherine S. P. Carstarphen of McAdenville; two sons, J. Martin Carstarphen, IV of Charlotte and William J. P. Carstarphen and wife Carol of Belmont; three granddaughters: Alexandra and Isabel Carstarphen and Catherine Henderson; three grandsons: William, Ben and John Carstarphen; one brother: William B. Carstarphen and wife Mattie of Tarboro, NC. In addition, his steadfast friend, Will McKinney. The family would like to express a special thanks to Dr. Charles Meakin, Dr. James McGrath, Dr. Magan, Dr. John Carson, Chaplain Wayne Marshall and nurse, Ronnie Pittman, as well as all the nursing staff of CaroMont Regional Medical Center for their loving care and compassion. A service to celebrate Bip's life will be held at 11:00AM, Friday, May 23, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Belmont with Reverend Samuel P. Warner officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00PM, Thursday, May 22, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Belmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Belmont, PO Box 1, Belmont, NC 28012 or to Calvary Episcopal Church, PO Box 1245, Tarboro, NC 27886. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Carstarphen family.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 22, 2014
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