SALTER PATH- On Dec. 3, 2012, Dr. Drew Charles Hunsinger, 74, of Salter Path, met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He passed away at home.
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Charles was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Spartanburg County, S.C., to J.W. and Atlas Hunsinger. With his sights set on becoming a physician, he began his college education at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs. Charles went on to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar to complete undergraduate and medical school degrees. In 1967, after completing his residency, he served two years in the Air Force as an allergist and pediatrician at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. After a short return to Chapel Hill to teach at UNC for a year, Charles moved to New Bern in 1970, where he began a private practice in pediatrics. In 1980, he continued his work in Springhill, La., where he continued to help children and families until returning to North Carolina in 1996. At this time, his work focus shifted to the mental health sector, where he worked at Caswell, OCBHS, and Le Chris Counseling through 2012 providing medical care and counseling to those in need.
Charles was an avid Carolina Tarheel, a member of Open Door Baptist Church and a volunteer leading bible study at Newport Prison. Charles dedicated his life to helping others and will be remembered and honored for his unwavering determination to do the very best that he could for those he cared for and loved during his lifetime. Charles is survived by his wife Jean; his son, Drew Charles Jr. and wife Rachel of Portland, Ore.; his son, Clifford Blye and wife Debbie of Pittsboro; his daughter, Annie Hardy Wood King of San Antonio, Texas; stepdaughter, Leslie Woolard and fiancé, Tim Stipe, of Morehead City,; stepson, Bill Faix and wife Tina of Trenton; grandchildren, Hannah, Sophie, Victoria, and Haley; and his brother, Cleatus and wife Ina of Shelby.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Thursday at Open Door Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Jerry Linebarger
Burial: Following the service, at Gethsemane Memorial Park with military honors
Funeral Home: Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City is serving the family
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Open Door Baptist Church, 227 Hwy. 24, Morehead City, N.C. 28557 or the
Online Condolences: www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 5, 2012