Obituaries for Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center Obituary for Clifton Heath SingletaryMr. Singletary, 45 a native Charlottean, passed away at his home on Monday, Janaury 19, 2015. Heath, as everyone knew him as, was born September 13, 1969 to Jean Cook Johnson and the late Gordon Singletary. He graduated from Charlotte Catholic and had attended UNCC. Heath worked beside his dad and brother at their family owned business Amity Automotive for over 20 years. Following the death of his dad, Heath became a Customer Service Rep with JRM & Associates. He was a carefree and thoughtful person. He and his aunt Maryhelen would deliver pet food to poor, who could not afford to buy it themselves for their pets. He would help his mom with many of her charity works. Heath will be missed by his family and his large circle of friends. He is preceded in death by his dad, Gordon Singletary and uncle C. Thomas Cook. Surviving Mr. Singletary are his mom Jean C. Johnson; brother Trip (Sharon) Singletary; grandmother Viriginia Singletary; nieces Morgan and Allie Singletary; aunts Bonnie Norman, Maryhelen Wood, Betsy Cook, Laura Singletary and Peggy Hinson; stepmother Janice Singletary; cousins Kelly Litaker, James Norman, Ashly Hunter, Tommy Cook and Tracy Slye and adopted aunt Nancy Godfrey The family will receive friend on Saturday, January 24th from 11-12 at Morningstar Lutheran Church, 12509 Idlewild Rd, Matthews. A service will follow in the worship center at 12 Noon with Pastor John Mouritsen officiating. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the Samaritan's House, 611 Fortune St, Charlotte, NC 28205, Morningstar Lutheran Church, 12509 Idlewild Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105 or Special Olympics c/o Allie Singletary, 7525 Alamance Rd, Chlt, NC, 28227 Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangementshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=ef2c354322Obituary for Kathryn Jean AndisKathryn “Gigi” died Saturday, January 17, 2015. She was born in Colorado and raised in California before moving to Arizona and then to Charlotte. An avid bird watcher, lover of dogs and cats, she participated in dog shows in her younger days as a much enjoyed hobby. Kathryn was preceded in death in death by her parents Edwin & Frances Sherer, and great grandson Jayden Mack. She is survived by her daughter, Kim Henderson and grandchildren; Carrie Allen, Shelby Henderson and Sean Henderson. As well as great grandchildren: Aiden Fortner, Robert “Robbie” Henderson, Lillian Henderson, Elijah Henderson and Camden Henderson. The family is grateful for the amazing support from Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte, and Erika for her care. Carolina Funeral is handling the arrangements for the family. A private burial will be held, Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2pm at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=c727354324Obituary for Abram "Abe" CraddockAbram (Abe) Craddock died of chronic emphysema because he was too damn stupid to quit smoking. He was born 10/15/1953 to Abram and Patricia Craddock. They lived in his father's hometown, Lynchburg, Va., until moving to Charlotte in 1954. Abe was raised in Charlotte attending St. Gabriel's School, were his parents were founding members until he was asked to leave. He attended East Meck. 1971 and U.N.C.C. 1975. Leaving college he worked for Regal Ware in sales and then joined Tilford Thomas Co. which later became Thomas & Craddock Sales 1972-2011. Abe loved golf and played everywhere including Scotland and Ireland, his love affair with golf was somewhat tragic, as golf did not love him as much as he loved it. He loved music and sang in the church choir and occasional weddings. He also loved the lake his friends and the bar. Abe did not meet many strangers, at least not for long. Abe is survived by wife Kari, two wonderful sons Abe and Christopher, sisters Cathy and Lesa, brothers Dave and Randy, Abe wishes to thank his friends at Lucky Lou's and Hef's. Abe loved God and life and they loved him back. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 17th at 7PM at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Rd, Charlotte In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Parkview Community, 1105 Pryor St., Charlotte 28208. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangementshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4c89353754Obituary for Joyce Ann BallardLongtime Charlotte, N.C., resident and fabulous hostess Joyce Ann Ballard (née Sturdivant), a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher, active community volunteer, and beloved mother, sister and daughter, died on Weds., Jan. 14, 2015. She was 65 years young, queen of crafts, Scrabble, Spades and Bid Whist, a frequent traveler and stole the hearts of many with her bright smile and infectious laughter. Ballard was active as a substitute teacher, volunteered at a women's domestic violence shelter, was a member of Organizing for America where she helped with voter registration, phone banking and canvassing, and always extended a helping hand to people in need. Ballard graduated from Johnson C. Smith University, and attended Winston Salem State University and UNC-Charlotte. She was a member of Savannah A.M.E. Zion Church in Lilesville, N.C., as well as attended services at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. She was also a dedicated member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and the social group, Uzuri. Ballard is survived by her daughter, Tanya Ballard Brown, of Washington, D.C.; son, Herbert Ballard Jr.; granddaughter, Ja'Nya Ballard; mother, Era Sturdivant; two sisters, Laura Dunlap and Lynn Sturdivant; three brothers, Willie Waddell, John Sturdivant Jr. (Jacqueline) and Charles Sturdivant; as well as a host of other family and friends. She will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held at noon on Weds., Jan. 21, at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 5505 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28212. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b958353715Obituary for Eleanor Ann PurpurEleanor Ann Purpur, 76, of Charlotte, passed away on January 9, 2015 at the Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy following a prolonged illness. She was born in Bloomsburg, PA. on June 7, 1938 to the late Donald and Edith (Neyhard) Hess. An active member of the Lutheran faith, Eleanor had been a member of several churches in Danville, PA, New Canaan, CT and Huntington Station, NY before moving to Charlotte in June of 2005. "Eleanor was a doer, not a joiner" as her husband Ralph would describe her. Her passion in life was in social ministries reaching out to those less fortunate. She started a food pantry in her church while living on Long Island and assisted several Laotian families in their relocation. Eleanor and Ralph were associate members of St. Luke and St. Mark Lutheran churches. She was a member of the Connie Counts Circle at St. Luke and a member of the Eastern Star. Eleanor is survived by her husband Ralph, a son, Steven and daughter-in-law Melissa Purpur of Clover, SC; a brother, Dr. Edward Hess and wife Linda of Wellsboro, PA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:00 P.M at St. Luke’s Lutheran church located at 3200 Park Road at Marsh with the Rev. Sara Ilderton officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service in the Parish Hall. Memorials may be made to either St. Luke’s or St. Mark’s Lutheran church outreach ministries. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangementshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=9db0353190Obituary for John H. Taylor Jr.John Hugh Taylor,Jr., 89, of Charlotte, passed away on January 9, 2015 at theWoodridge Assisted Living Center, Monroe. John, a Mason and native Charlottean, was born on March 28, 1925 to the late John and Daisy (Klutz) Taylor. He served with the US Navy during World War II,worked as a salesman with major distributors selling white goods and Motorola electronics and also in the family Taylor Typewriter business. He is survived by his wife Betty Ann. Children: Nancy Blackburn, Rita Henderson, Donald and Gregg Taylor, Donna Perry, Charles Haigler and his 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. A Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 13th at 2 PM at the Little Church on the Lane which he was a member. Inurnment will be held at the church columbarium. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall after the service. Memorials may be made to the Little Church on the Lane, 522 Moravian Ln, Charlotte, NC 28207 . Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bd48353322Obituary for Gary Lee WoodieGary Lee of Matthews, went home to be with his Lord on January 7th after battling pancreatic cancer. He passed away peacefully at the Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Gary graduated from the Univ. of Baltimore, served in the Army National Guard, and worked in the computer industry for over 40 years. He and his family lived on the East Coast, West Coast and in Europe. After moving to North Carolina in 1994 he founded and operated Information Technology Associates. Mr. Woodie is survived by his devoted wife, Jo Ann, and their 3 daughters: Robin Traylor (Jeremy) of OK, Annalee Woodie-Hayes (Chris) of VA, and Meredith Woodie of AZ; his grandson, Finn Hayes; his brother, Paul Woodie, Jr. (Carolyn) of MD; and his aunt, Helen Woodie of MD. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Woodie, Sr. and Ruth Sheets Woodie, and his son, Matthew Woodie. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 14th at 2 pm at Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, 3326 Archdale Dr, Charlotte, In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangementshttp://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bd7e353150Obituary for Rose Theresa MedicaMrs. Medica, 91 of Charlotte, died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Peak Resources-Charlotte. Born in New York City on April 15, 1923, Rose was the daughter of the late Guytano and Carmella Caruso Leanza. Mrs. Medica and her husband John moved to Charlotte in 1966 and were members of St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John P. Medica, who passed in 2007 and a brother Salvatore Leanza. Surviving family members include her son John (Femia) Medica of Mineral Springs; daughter Jane M. Huff of Charlotte; sister Mary Polimeni of New York City and Peter Leanza of Puerto Rico. Also surviving are her 2 grandchildren Erin Harrower and Blake Medica and 3 great grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 13th at 11AM in the Chapel at St. Gabriel Catholic Church with the inurnment in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends thereafter in the fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Rd, Chlt, NC, 28211. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=20fb353090Obituary for Benjamin Benoit Lowder, Sr.Benjamin Benoit Lowder, Sr. Mr. Lowder, 84 of Harrisburg, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at his home. Born in Charlotte on November 25, 1930, Ben was the son of the late Elzie and Nora Russell Lowder. He graduated from Charlotte Technical High School and had worked in the family grocery business for 45 years before retiring in 1999. He ran Lowder Grocery and later Shamrock Food Center. Mr. Lowder was active in The Charlotte Retail Grocers Association and had served as president. He also served as a officer in the NC Food Dealers Asso. Ben, a lifelong member of the Allen St, Shamrock Dr. and Grace Crossing Baptist Church served as deacon, Sunday School teacher and served as head of the Baptist Men. Following his retirement, Mr. Lowder was extremely active in various civic and charitable organizations. He was an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow. Besides his parents, Mr. Lowder was preceded in death by his brother Elzie H. Lowder, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sylvia Parker Lowder; children Benita (Victor) Conrad of Harrisburg, Ben (Carol) Lowder, Jr. of Charlotte and Eric Parker (Natalie) Lowder of Harrisburg; grandchildren Jennifer (Kevin) Caldwell, Marshall Conrad, Brian Conrad, Carley Conrad, Simeon Conrad, B.J. (Mandy) Rappe and Christopher Rappe. Also surviving are his sister Louise Graham of Mooresville and 3 great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Landon and Charlotte. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 2nd from 6-8 PM at Grace Crossing Baptist Church, 5600 Rocky River Road, Charlotte with a funeral service to take place on Saturday, January 3rd at 10 AM. Burial will take place at the Taylor Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery, Jackson Springs, NC. Memorials may be made to Grace Crossing Baptist Church, 5600 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28215. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=4818352120Obituary for Lucille Arrington LevinsLucille Arrington Levins Mrs. Levins, 77 of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center. A Charlotte native, Lucille was born on June 1, 1937 to the late Paul and Lucille (Bradley) Arrington. She attended Central High School and had been a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Mrs. Levins had been employed as a deli manager and baker-cake decorator for Harris Teeter. She retired after 30 yrs of service. Lucille was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, who enjoyed reading and computer games. Her family was her life. Besides her parents, Mrs. Levins was preceded in death by her husband Paul; brother Paul; sisters Claire Case and Geroline McGarrity. Surviving family members include her children Claire (Chris) Lawing of Raleigh, Patricia Levins of Charlotte, Donna (Bob) Job of Chattanooga, TN., Ginny Sarvey of Charlotte, Mary (Chuck) Shea of Arlington, VA. and Eddie (Kim) Levins of Charlotte. Also surviving are her brothers Loy Arrington of Charlotte and Mason Arrington of Mill Valley, CA.; grandchildren Brent, Zach, Jacob and Rachel. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 2nd from 7-9 PM at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 5505 Monroe Rd, Charlotte. A private family interment will be take place in Evergreen City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=0300352122