Frank Earle Heath Jr. CHARLOTTE - Frank Earle Heath Jr., 66, beloved son, brother and uncle, passed away on May 30, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Earle was born on Feb. 23, 1948, in Charlotte. A lifelong resident of Charlotte, he attended Myers Park High School and continued his education at UNC Chapel Hill and Pfeiffer University. Earle was the quintessential southern gentleman who was respectful and kind to everyone. With a quick wit, Earle was always waiting to play a prank or tell a joke to make people laugh. He was an avid golfer, a member of Carolina Country Club, and a gardening enthusiast. More than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his cherished family and friends who provided him with so much love and joy. Earle had a long and successful real estate career. He worked for Touchberry & Associates as well as Prudential. He spent the last 22 years with the Allen Tate Company, where he served as Sales Manager at the SouthPark office until his death. Earle was an active member of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and served as the director from 1988 to 1990 and as vice president in 1991. In addition, he was also a past state director of the NC Association of Realtors. During Earle's long tenure at Allen Tate, he touched the lives of countless real estate agents and employees. Not only was Earle respected for his knowledge of the real estate business, he was loved for the kindness that he showed everyone. He was known for his gentle leadership and his willingness to go out of his way to help at every opportunity. In 2004, the SouthPark office renamed its annual Team Player Award to the Earle Heath Pearl Award. Earle was the first recipient of the award that has become one of the most coveted recognition awards. Shortly before his death, the Allen Tate Company created the Earle Heath Servant Leadership Award to be given annually to a person on the Leadership Team who most exemplifies the characteristics of Earle's servant leadership style. Earle was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Earle Heath Sr. and Gladys Knox Heath, and his brother-in-law, Harry A. Nurkin. He is survived by his sisters, Melva Heath Ruby (husband Bill), Elizabeth Heath Nurkin; nephew David Ruby (wife Michelle); and nieces Sharon Ruby Psaroudis (husband Dino), Elizabeth Drury Brenkus (husband Brett), and Lane Drury. Also surviving are great-nephews, Will and Haden Ruby, Michael Psaroudis and Heath Brenkus, and great-niece, Sydney Psaroudis. He also leaves behind cherished aunts, uncles, and cousins. Earle was a special friend to so many people in every aspect of his life. He will be missed by his loving extended family, his Allen Tate family, his golfing buddies, his Myers Park High School friends and everyone else he shared his spirit with along the way. The family wishes to thank Dr. Gary Frenette and his staff for their compassionate care. A service to celebrate Earle's life will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m.at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius, NC. The family will gather with friends following the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Memorial gifts may be made in the memory of Earle Heath to the
, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312 or to Bethel Presbyterian Church Foundation. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. Please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer from June 1 to June 2, 2014