CHARLOTTE – Dan Hoffman Queen Sr., 84, was released from his suffering on this Earth and went to be with our Lord and Savior on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, and will be missed immensely.
He was born on Oct. 3, 1929, to John Ernest Queen and Josa Roxanna Queen in Kings Mountain, N.C. While still in High School,
Dan met the love of his life, Laura Elaine Waters from Cramerton, N.C. They married on April 1, 1951 at Cramerton Baptist Church and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. After briefly living in Washington, D.C., they moved back to Cramerton, where he worked in the service station business in Gastonia. He was a member of the Army and also in the Army reserves for six years after his original term. Dan eventually started his own service station business, Pure Oil, in Gastonia, N.C. He was a Mason of the Joppa Masonic Lodge and an Oasis Shriner since 1976.
Outside of being with his family, the things Dan enjoyed most in life were working in his own service station business and cars. This was most evident when he started Queen's Shell (later changed to Queen's Texaco) on Providence Road in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. He took over an unsuccessful, closed service station and through hard work, outstanding service, determination and his wife Elaine by his side, made it the success it still is to this date. Dan truly enjoyed working with his wife by his side and later having his children work with him in his business. He cared for all his customers at Queen's Texaco, and it showed in his willingness to assist them in any way he could. He will be remembered for his honesty, caring attitude and willingness to help his customers. He was quite a robust man, running around the service station with his friendly smile and big blue eyes. In 1995, he suffered a major stroke which left him paralyzed, and he had to retire from his beloved business. Until recently he could still be seen from time to time in his wheelchair at the station office barking out orders. He instilled his values of hard work and honesty to his children, Dan Hoffman Queen Jr., Linda Diane Queen and Debra Jean McIver, who to this date still run his full service station, now called Queen's Crown.
Dan is survived by his most loving, caring and faithful wife, Elaine Waters Queen, who has almost single handedly cared for him for the last 19 years since his stroke; his children, Linda Diane Queen (Jack Atkins), Debra Jean McIver (husband Ken McIver), and Dan Hoffman Queen Jr. (wife Kathy Lynn Queen); grandchildren, Kimberly Elaine McIver, Matthew Jacob McIver, Syndey Tyler Queen, Dan Hoffman Queen III and John Robert Queen; his sisters, Ida Jean (Queen) Mayhew and Lynda Kay (Queen) Hamilton; and sister-in-law, Doris Jean (Waters) Bumgardner.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Ernest Queen and Josa Roxanna (Hoffman) Queen; his sister, Iwilla Mae (Queen) Huffstetler; brothers, Johnie Lee Queen and Jerry Ernest Queen; brothers-in-law, Dennis Robert Waters, Rosco Banks Mayhew Jr., and Clauston Earl Bumgardner; sister-in-law, Powell Harris Rowena (Waters) Hall; niece, Crystal Renee Hamilton; and nephew, Larry Lee Huffstetler.
Visitation will be at Harry and Bryant Funeral Home, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be held at Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte, on Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m.
A private graveside service will follow the funeral service.
The Queen family wishes to thank all the numerous doctors and in-home health care providers who have assisted Mr. Queen since his stroke. The family would also like to thank all the staff at Harris Hospice at Presbyterian Hospital for their care, kindness and gentleness to their father in his last days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Harris Hospice Unit at Presbyterian Hospital in the honor of Dan Hoffman Queen Sr.
Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.