Asheville - Charles Alaric Lord, Jr , passed away at his home on November 16, 2013, 16 days short of his 96th birthday. He was born December 2, 1917 in Wilmington, NC to Charles Alaric and Geneva Taylor Lord. After a brief move to Saluda, NC he and his parents settled in Asheville, NC in the late 1930's. After study in mechanics and photography, Charles joined the US Army
Air Corps at the onset of World War II
. His military career was marked by a distinguished record of service in logistics, first in Washington, DC, then when given his choice of billets, he asked to be transferred to an active line unit "to get in the fight." He then served the remainder of the war as logistics officer (2nd Lt) for a P-38 squadron that provided support for Gen Patton's march across Europe. It was a dangerous but rewarding assignment as he frequently led teams that would take transport trucks to recover aircraft that had crashed or crash landed for parts or repair - sometimes behind enemy lines. Leaving the service at the end of the war as a 1st Lt, he settled back in Asheville where he met and married his best friend's sister, Margaret Dellinger Lord (d.2002). After the death of his father in 1948, Charles joined his father's business, Lord's Drug Store, and ran it until he retired in the late 1960's. Many people still remember his care and personal touch for customers, opening after hours or extending credit when needed to help people to get the medicines that they needed. He then returned to his true love, mechanical design and fabrication, and ran a home business of repairing and fabricating equipment for local businesses, notably Citizen's Hardware and Bob Lawrence Power Equipment. Charles had a knack of repairing and restoring things; he found value in everything and believed in repairing anything that could be repaired rather than throwing them away. He continued this career until he fell ill in 2010. He continued to live at home under the care of his children and Myrtle Waldrop, a wonderful caregiver, until his death. The family would like to thank the team of doctors, nurses, and caregivers that assisted them through the three and a half years of illness, particularly CarePartners and CarePartners Hospice.
Along with his work achievements, Charles always stressed the importance of family. He was a loving husband to Margaret for 54 years, a caring father to his children, Sandra Lord Johnston, Patricia Lord Craven, and Charles James Lord; a doting grandfather (and at times second father) to five grandchildren: Christina Johnston Walters, Rebecca Johnston Reinhardt (husband Chris Reinhardt), Amy Johnston Clanton (husband Daniel Clanton), Kathryn Lord Willamor (husband James Willamor), and Mary Elizabeth Lord; and proud great-grandfather to eight: Megan Walters, Lauren Walters, Matthew Walters, Savannah Reinhardt, Allison Reinhardt, John Clanton, Daniel Clanton, and Hana Lynn Willamor.
Charles was also an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Asheville until he fell too ill to attend.
The family will receive visitors at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville from 1-2 PM on Wednesday, November 20. There will be a memorial service immediately following at 2PM with interment afterwards at Lewis Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Salvation Army or to ABCCM.
Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent through the website www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com