Cody Mogensen
1988 - 2021
BORN
1988
DIED
2021
Cody Mogensen
December 15, 1988 - May 2, 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina - On May 2, 2021, our amazing son, Cody Mogensen, died from an accidental overdose. He was only 32 years old. We hope his story may save lives and his death will not be in vain. Nobody plans to be an addict.
Cody was born on December 15th, 1988 to Lori Hawes and Richard Mogensen in Silver Spring, MD. The family soon moved to Houston, TX where his sister, Nikki, was born. Cody always liked Houston where he made his first friends like Andy the redhead and little Chad Q. They loved romping in the local stormwater channels they called "Bayous", catching turtles and other critters, riding bikes and just being boys. The family moved to Concord, NC in 2000. Although sibling rivalry was always there, Cody loved and looked after his little sister. When Cody was 18, a senior at Central Cabarrus High School, he was brutally attacked while delivering pizza. His skull was shattered and miraculously repaired by trained and talented surgeons using six small titanium plates. Cody survived the attack to become a strong, intelligent, handsome young man. He loved the outdoors, riding his bike, spending time with friends, hiking the NC waterfalls and he became a very talented photographer. Unfortunately, the scars and results of that tragic incident never left. He briefly attended Appalachian State but got his college degree at AB Tech in Asheville where he lived for many years with his beloved golden retriever, Maggie. The challenges of life and the after-effects of his attack proved difficult to deal with. He began a lifelong struggle with opioid addiction. While being a successful chef in Asheville his demons grew and several stops at rehabilitation programs helped but did not cure that awful disease. Addiction does not discriminate. Opioids and other addictive drugs are demons that affect the way your brain processes pleasure, taking over not just your brain but your life, destroying families and friendships.
Cody was clever, handsome, could fix anything, and he had a winning personality. He was truly liked by all that met him. Cody will be reunited with others he loved like Precious the cat, Maggie his dog, and grandparents Jane Hawes and Arnie & Harriet Mogensen. Cody was kind to all and his final act was to give the gift of life through organ donation, so in his death he saved numerous lives.
The day Cody died, a part of us died along with him. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives. The pain of his death is heartbreaking and intolerable, which is why stories like Cody's should be shared. The only way we will conquer the opioid epidemic is to share our stories and raise awareness.
Cody knew Jesus Christ as his Savior, and in the end, it was He who finally decided Cody struggled enough and brought him home peacefully.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Charlotte Rescue Mission – Rebound program in Charlotte, NC. Donations should be made in honor of Cody Mogensen.

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Lorene Wolski
May 16, 2021
Tom Doris & Christian Faherty
May 14, 2021
I have such tremendous love for Cody in my heart. He caught my eye immediately when I met him during my time at the Biltmore Estate. What started out as sincere friendship turned into a very sweet, considerate, and adventurous romance. We spent the majority of our free time either hiking with our dogs or cooking deliciousfood together. We complimented each other with our creative outlets and he ignited a love affair with cooking that I've not been able to give up. I owe him so very much as he taught a great deal about food and cooking! My fondest memories are the days we were able to put together the most random and seemingly mismatched groups of folks to gather around food or search for waterfalls. His uncanny ability to make friends with nearly anybody all the while being so witty, relatable, and respectful astounded me. He was such a loving and beautiful human and I'm heartbroken he is gone but will forever cherish the years we had together.
Rachel Arenas
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dinah Velazquez
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dinah Velazquez
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dinah Velazquez
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dinah Velazquez
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dinah Velazquez
Friend
May 14, 2021
Dinah Velazquez
Friend
May 14, 2021
I am so sorry Lori you lost your son. My heart goes out to you. I hope you can find peace someday. I will pray for you and your family.
Take care,
Peggy Shipley
Peggy Shipley
Friend
May 13, 2021
Dane and Diane Paulsen
May 12, 2021
Rich, Lori and Nikki, we are so very sorry for your loss and hope your memories will never fade. We remember Cody as a lively young man who will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Dane & Diane Paulsen
Family
May 12, 2021
My heart goes out to you Lori, Rich, and Nikki and all of the friends and family. I saw Cody a couple years ago when he came out to Colorado to ski with his dad. What a likeable young man he turned into! All was going well at the time and I'm very grateful to have that memory of him.
Jo Lynn
Family
May 12, 2021
What a beautiful tribute to your son! I am so very very sorry for your loss. I pray that time will lessen the sadness and you will be able to find comfort in all the sweet memories you have of Cody. God Bless.
Karen Schneider
Family
May 12, 2021
Thank you so much for sharing Cody’s story. Although I didn’t know him personally, his smile has so much light in it.
Shay
May 11, 2021
I've always had a strong admiration for Cody. He was a critical thinker always. Quick witted and curious about everything. Cody was a close friend of mine, and will always hold a place in my heart.
RIP Cody Mog
Matt Curless
Friend
May 11, 2021
Lori,
We were saddened to hear about your son’s death, although we are thankful that he is now at peace with our Heavenly Father.
You taught our son, Jacob Beard, at Queen’s Grant. You were a very kind and loving teacher.
Our hearts ache for your family because we also lost our firstborn son, Stephen, to an accidental overdose last year. We understand the heartbreak and sorrow. We understand the ugly disease of addiction and how it destroys lives.
Thank you for the beautiful testimony that you gave of your son. Addiction is a problem that touches the lives of many wonderful kids that are bright, funny and kind.
Our lives will never be the same without our beautiful sons but I know one day we will all be together.
We will continue to pray for you and your family that God will give you comfort and peace as only He can bring.

Love,
Julie and Rod Beard
Julie Beard
Acquaintance
May 11, 2021
Lori,
We were saddened to hear about your son’s death, although we are thankful that he is now at peace with our Heavenly Father.
You taught our son, Jacob Beard, at Queen’s Grant. You were a very kind and loving teacher.
Our hearts ache for your family because we also lost our firstborn son, Stephen, to an accidental overdose last year. We understand the heartbreak and sorrow. We understand the ugly disease of addiction and how it destroys lives.
Thank you for the beautiful testimony that you gave of your son. Addiction is a problem that touches the lives of many wonderful kids that are bright, funny and kind.
Our lives will never be the same without our beautiful sons but I know one day we will all be together.
We will continue to pray for you and your family that God will give you comfort and peace as only He can bring.

Love,
Julie and Rod Beard
Julie Beard
Acquaintance
May 11, 2021
Cody had such a great smile and disposition, he was a joy to be around.
He was so smart and talented as a photographer and chef.
His love of nature and life can be seen in his amazing photos.
Sadly he is gone too soon. What a blessing he will be to those who received his organs. He will be missed by many.
Diane Hawes
Family
May 11, 2021
Dawn Smith
May 11, 2021
Diane Hawes
Family
May 11, 2021
My heartfelt condolences are with your family at this time of tremendous loss. Prayers that God will comfort you and send you His peace.
Colleen Dagher
Neighbor
May 11, 2021
I only met him once at your house he was very polite and friendly. I know you will miss him but God had other plans. Peace be with your family thru this sad time. Know that you have friends that will always be there for you,hugs and prayers.
Debi Bost
Coworker
May 11, 2021
There is so much that I could say. I dont have one negative memory or moment that I shared with Cody. Although I only knew Cody for the past year, he has impacted my life more than any other friend in my entire life. There were days where I would go to him multiple times each day talking about small things that I was bothered or frustrated with and I always walked away with a smile on my face- forgetting what was bothering me to begin with. He certainly did have a winner personality, I can still remember his memorable laugh and phrases he would say to me. We spent many hours talking everyday when we were both in quarantine together. He had so many other things in his own life, yet he took time each day to help me with my college courses in my first semester at the community college in Charlotte. He was always such a selfless person- I cant think of any other friend in my life that has helped me or motivated me as much as Cody did. There was never a dull moment. He will never be forgotten. I pray that he can rest in peace now. I love you, Cody. Thank you for being my friend.
Eric
Friend
May 11, 2021
Cody was a dear family friend who we had the pleasure of really getting to know and enjoy during several summer vacations on Cape Cod, the Outer Banks, and visits to the Mogensen’s home in Concord. Many pre-teens and teens go thru phases where they want little to do with their own family, never mind family friends. Not so with Cody. He loved our kids though he was
more than 10 yrs older. He gave generously and cheerfully of his time, offering piggy back rides, playing in the sand, building castles, wrestling and laughing. Our 4 kids adored him — so much that our twin boys couldn’t wait for teenage Cody to wake up on a summer morning to play some more. “Cody! Cody wake up. Cody come outside,” they called from the yard, just below his bedroom window. The adults all said no, no, let him sleep, but our boys would not be dissuaded. They stood watch outside the window until Cody woke up, and when he did, it was a bit like Christmas. “Cody! Cody! Cody!” they squealed.
He will remain one of the kindest, most affable and gentle souls we have ever known. We will forever feel blessed that we shared a small part of our lives with this delightful boy who grew up to be a kind and humble young man. Cody shared affection so freely with others; we can’t help wishing he had been just a little selfish and reserved some of that for himself. It is fitting that in passing, Cody shared of himself, again, in donating organs so that others can continue their earthly journeys for a while longer.
Rest in power, Cody, free of all that weighed you down here.

With all our love and deepest condolences to Lori, Rich, Nikki, Aunts Diane and Sharon and Uncle Jeff and their families, Grandpa Hawes and Cody’s friends and fellow travelers.

Mary & Dale Lehman
& Allison, Ryan, Rory & Caroline
Mary A. Lehman
Family
May 11, 2021
Sending love and prayers to the family-thank you for sharing Cody’s story and his wonderful gift to others through organ donation. May God Bless You
Karen Lewis
Family
May 11, 2021
Thank you for sharing Cody’s story with us. May you all feel God wrapping you in his loving embrace now and always.
Gloria Hensel
Friend
May 11, 2021
While I didn't know Cody, I was Nikki's teacher when she was at Hickory Ridge High School. I am so sorry for your loss. As a health teacher, I thank you for sharing this story so that we can spread awareness. No one is exempt from the dangers of opioid addiction. I also thank you for making the decision to donate Cody's organs so that other lives can be saved.
Praying for your family!
Heidi Johnson
Teacher
May 10, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together .
Kia Adams
Friend
May 10, 2021
I am so sorry about your son and I know Jesus is wrapping "his arms" around him. As a parent of an addict, I know the incredibly difficult times you have obviously experienced.
Thank you for your honest disclosure about his death. Addiction is a disease...the more people share as you did, the world will recognize the one who died as one in pain who couldn't stop the progression. May others like you be inspired by your transparency so the world might recognize its toll.
I suggest you zoom al anon and share your grief with those who understand,
May the Lord comfort and strengthen you.
Fran
Friend
May 10, 2021
Thank you for your touching love tribute to a wonderful son and brother. May you always live and wallow in the love you all shared. I am sorry that I did not know your Cody,

Love easily, Love foolishly, Love bravely, and Love well
But most importantly
Love - Always!

Tom Hall
Charlotte NC
Tom Hall
May 9, 2021
Cody always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.
Jeff Hawes
Family
May 8, 2021