Obituaries for Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center Obituary for Lila PeñaLila Peña, 89 of Charlotte, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Mecklenburg Healthcare Center. Lila was born in Cuba on December 19, 1925 to the late Juan and Ondina Santos. Mrs. Peña came to the US in 1959 and relocated to Charlotte in 1967. She was a former member of Southside Baptist Church and enjoyed reading and sewing. Mrs. Peña is survived by her husband Godfrey; sons, Richard (Tina) Peña, Reynolds (Leah)Peña; sister Ondina Gonzalez; grandchildren Christine, Kaitlin and Aubrey Peña, step-granddaughter Kelsea Lyon. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 1-2PM at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center,5505 Monroe Rd, Charlotte. A service will follow at 2PM. Memorials may be made to Rebound, 907 W 1st St, Charlotte, NC, 28202.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bc0a360027Obituary for Joseph VonKallistMr. Joe VonKallist died Friday, March 20, at the age of 57, after a painful and lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. It was his hope that a cure for cancer will be found in his children’s lifetime. His energetic intensity and passion for life was indeed Joe’s his hallmark. Loving sports, whether playing basketball himself or watching the ACC tournament, keeping up with his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, running daily or his first marathon at 40, or learning to snowboard himself at 44 so that he and his sons could conquer that difficult sport together, Joe threw himself into each event with unrivaled intensity. His sons, Nicholas and Christopher, were his greatest loves and greatest passion. Nick, his older son, was by his side in his darkest and most painful hours, steadily loving and caring for his dad in a way that was remarkable, especially for his age; Chris, his younger son, was a great joy to his father and lit up his eye3s and his life every time he was with him. When Nick decided to invest his time and energy into music, Joe was his greatest support and biggest fan. Chris amazed him with the stories he would write, the puzzles and pictures he created; chess and basketball were their intense playtimes. Both boys brought joy and love to Joe’s life. So very much was left to be done, and, for them, Joe will be impossible to replace. Joe met his wife Terri, in law school. On their first date, he told her that all he had ever wanted to do was to defend and protect those charged with a crime, that no one would care about otherwise. That became, and was, his professional life, with an intelligent passion and intensity many of his fellow lawyers have never seen before or since. His constant, intense and energetic efforts never wavered no matter how difficult the case, the client or the prosecutor. He found possibility in the most hopeless of cases, desired protection and life even for the most difficult of clients, and fought tirelessly to prevent application of the death penalty he abhorred, to any individual. Joe loved his ability to cross-examine any witness and his closing arguments were considered legendary by many of his colleagues. Calling it the “Emerald City”, he loved his adopted city of Charlotte, having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. That his light is extinguished is impossible to imagine for one so filled with passion ate intensity and energy and passion. He was loved, admired and will be missed. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Terri Young, and his sons Nicholas and Christopher. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Wednesday, March 25th from 6-8 PM at Hankins & Whittington, 1111 East Blvd, Charlotte. Cards to his family would be appreciated, but in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Jimmy V Foundation, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC, 27513 ( JimmyV.org) in honor of these two men, so alike in life, and so devastated by this terrible illness. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=f544359787Obituary for Boyce McNair BrownBoyce McNair Brown, Jr. Boyce (Bud ) died March 18, 2015 after a brief stay at the White Oak Nursing Home just 20 days before his 91st Birthday. He was born April 10, 1924 at Presbyterian Hospital to Boyce Mc Nair Brown and Annie Lee Cunningham Brown. He attended Charlotte city schools and graduated from Central High in 1942. He attended NC State University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. In World War II, after landing on the beaches in France, Bud fought his way through the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery in action. After the war he started Craftsmen Construction Company, Inc. He served as CEO until his retirement but remained actively involved with company affairs, also giving time to charities He was a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite, and a member of Phalanx Lodge. He was a life member of the Charlotte Power Squadron engaging in Cooperative Charting and many exciting trips. He was a longtime member of Carmel Country Club, playing golf with the ROF’s as well as a lifetime member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Bud was first and foremost a gentleman; people loved to be around him. His list of hobbies and athletics is too long to list but he excelled in all of them. The hobby he most enjoyed was fishing and boating with family and friends at his home at Ocean Isle Beach. He is preceded in death by his wife Virginia Scott Brown and survived by his two sons; Derek S Brown and wife Glenda of Pleasant Garden, NC and David W. Brown and wife Linda, grandsons Scott C. Brown and Carson C. Brown. Bud is also survived by two brothers; Harry G Brown and wife Shirley, and Roddy C Brown and wife Caroline, nephews and nieces. A service in his memory will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church Friday 27th at 3:30 pm with a reception following. The family suggests that donations in his honor be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church or The Ivey of Charlotte.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=b63b359783Obituary for Lori Stark WilliamsLori Stark Williams Lori Caye Stark Williams died of pancreatic cancer on March 8, 2015 to happily receive her name and salvation in the Lamb’s Book of Life to be with her trusted Lord and Savior. She was born in Waynesboro, PA on January 28, 1960. She lived in PA,MD,NC,SC,VA and FL. Lori spent her middle and high school years in Charlotte, NC and grew up at Sardis Presbyterian Church. Her passions were Young Life, friends, family and tennis. She graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 1978 then Appalachian State University. She worked as a commercial designer for Office Interiors in Charlotte as well as serving as their director of Design. After staying home with her sons during their early years, she attended Salem College and earned her teaching certificate and masters in 2004. She taught Special Education K12 working with elementary, middle and high school students. She loved teaching High School and made a difference in young people’s lives as they prepared to graduate. Lori is survived by her two devoted sons, Neil Zarbock currently serving in the US Navy and John Zarbock who is attending college as well as a loyal dog named Hank. She is also survived by her father, John Stark and sister , Susan Stark Alston. Two Aunts, close cousins and many lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her loving Mother, Donna Rae Stark and maternal grandparents Tom and Esther Crago. She will be greatly missed by her church family at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church and all her supporters in the Beech Mountain area. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday March 14th and officiated by Rev. Feild Russell at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Her cremation will be handled by Carolina Funeral service and Cremation Center in Charlotte NC. The private spreading of her ashes will be fulfilled by her family at a later date.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=bec0358703Obituary for James Thomas RhodesMr. Rhodes, 58 of Charlotte, surrounded by close friends and family , passed away Friday evening after a six-year battle with cancer. Jimmy grew up in Charlotte, where he graduated from Independence High School in 1975 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business from UNCC. He pursued a career in sales and worked for several corporations in the Charlotte area, including A-1 fasteners and Tools, Inc., owned by his parents. He spent summers on Lake Hartwell in Georgia, where he enjoyed watersports along with playing tennis and basketball. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jimmy became a pilot and spent countless hours in the air. He was a passionate UNCC basketball fan and followed the team for many years. Mr. Rhodes was also an active member of Pitts Baptist Church in Concord. Jimmy genuinely loved people, and devoted much of his time and handiwork to anyone in need, in the name of Christ. Survivors include his daughter Rachel K. Rhodes; parents James and Margaret Moody Rhodes; brother Jeff Rhodes and close friend Lisa Young Mackey. Visitation will be held on Friday from 12:30-2:00 PM at Pitts Baptist Church, Piits School Rd, Concord, with service will follow at 2PM. The family has requested in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Buddy Kemp Caring House, 242 S Colonial Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=74ae358640Obituary for Jane Ann MolnarJane Molnar (née Thieben), 74, of Charlotte died Friday, March 6, 2015 at her home. Born in Lorain, Ohio, she moved to Charlotte in 1976. She worked 26 1/2 year as a multi-store activity coordinator for McDonald's Corporation and the past 10 years for Union County Public Schools After School Program, first at Antioch Elementary and most recently at Hemby Elementary. She was a member of Morning Star Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Al; son, AJ (Lorie) Molnar of Charlotte; daughter, Linda (Jerry) Krajewski of Indian Trail; grandchildren, Sinclair, Baylor, and Avery Molnar and Trey and Johnson Krajewski; sister, Judy (Jim) Miller of Amherst, Ohio; sisters-in-law Sue Thieben of Chapin, SC and Margaret A. Molnar of Lorain, Ohio; an uncle Bert (Evelyn) Lahm of Lakeside, Ohio, and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Jane Thieben (née Lahm) and her father, Earl (Dorothy) Thieben and a brother, Larry Thieben. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1pm at Morning Star Lutheran Chapel, 12900 Idlewild Rd., Matthews with Pastor Gregg Faulkner and Reverend Steve Mitchell officiating. The family suggests memorial donations in Memory of Jane Molnar to Novant Health Hospice, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=1b45358955Obituary for Buford William Scott, JrBuford William (Bill) Scott, Jr. Mr. Buford William (Bill) Scott, Jr. age 85, died early Wednesday morning March4, 2015 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Mr. Scott was born November 8th, 1929 in Winston Salem, NC, the son of Buford William Scott, Sr. and Daisy Anna Elizabeth Lawson Scott. Mr. Scott attended Hanes High School, the University of NC Chapel Hill and the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, NY. His career as a Mechanical Systems Designer and Inspector extended over 40 years in New York and in the Charlotte, NC areas. He was an active church member, serving as a leader of the Boy Scouts troop at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church and as a Sunday school teacher both at Hickory Grove and St. Stephen UMC. He was also a volunteer Stephen minister and member of the Fellowship Class. He was a member of (ASHRAE) American Society of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineers and also a long tenure Lions Club member. In addition to his wife of 62 years, Barbara Ann Reich Scott, he is survived by his son Steven, daughter Anne Stolarik and husband John with their daughters Megan and Madison, his sisters Helene Scott, Sonja Scott, Linda Scott Williams and their families. Mr. Scott was preceded in death by his son David William Scott and his parents. A memorial service shall be held at St Stephens UMC, 6800 Sardis Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270 at a date to be announced at a later time. Memorials may be made to Jessee Camp Fund at the church. Internment will be private. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=eebc358392Obituary for Betty Ruth Duncan BolinBetty Ruth Duncan Bolin Betty D. Bolin of Matthews, NC went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She was born January 3, 1931 in Rock Hill, SC. Betty was the daughter of Robert B. Duncan and Ruth D. Duncan of Rock Hill, SC. and Huntersville, NC. She was a graduate of Rock Hill High School, class of 49 and still enjoyed seeing old classmates. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Bolin Black (Curtis) of Matthews, Grandsons Jason Allen (Erin) of Indian Trail, Roger Bolin (Kelly) of Charlotte and Shawn Bolin of Ohio, also Great Grandsons Grant Allen and Rigel Bolin, a dear cousin, Anne D. Clapham of Charlotte, brother-in-law Jack Bolin of Rock Hill, sister-in-law Joanne B. Wilkes of Chesapeake, Va. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert G.”Bob” Bolin, her son Robert Stephen Bolin and her parents. Betty was a homemaker and her family was her greatest joy. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who in earlier years enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking with the family in the mountains of NC. She was a tremendous bowler back in the day and received many trophies. She enjoyed Gardening, Baking, Nascar Racing, and Ice Hockey. She will be greatly missed by many. Services to honor Betty’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Central Church of God 5301 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC, visitation 11:00 AM, service 12:00 noon. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Assoc. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=d671357553Obituary for Patricia Ann PadgettPatricia Ann Padgett Patricia Ann Padgett, 81 of Charlotte, passed away quietly at home surrounded by family, on February 21, 2015. Born Patricia Raper, April 28, 1933 in Jackson, Tennessee. she was the youngest of Prince Leo Raper and Julia Duggan Raper’s four children. She attended high school followed by one year of college at Union College in Jackson, Tennessee when, in 1951 at age 18, she married the love of her life, Sgt. Walter L. Padgett ,of the United States Marine Corp and veteran of the Korean War. Following their marriage and the birth of their first two sons, Patricia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while Walter was stationed in Japan, and she was living in Jackson. But true to her personality, the diagnosis never, in 60 years, dampened her positive attitude or love of life, living life fully approximately 40 years longer than the doctors’ original predictions. Walter’s return to the States in 1955 preceded the birth of their third son and their frequent travels associated with Walter’s career in the Marines. When not mothering three young, wild boys, Patricia volunteered at local hospitals providing a variety of services and often counseling people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, her indefatigable spirit guiding those in dark times. Following soon after her family’s return to Charlotte in 1968, Patricia worked as a floor secretary from 1970-1991 at Charlotte Memorial Hospital continuing to help anyone in need. Fearlessly bold, witty, and positive, she possessed a strength of will and character few will ever encounter. She was the beautiful soul that bound a family together in good times and bad. She is survived by her elder brother, Joseph Raper of Amory, Mississippi, her husband of over 60 years, Walter, their three sons and two daughters-in-law, Richard Padgett, Michael and Dana Padgett, and William and Karen Padgett, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and family. A Mass will be held for Patricia, a lifelong Catholic on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Our Lady of Assumption Church at 11:00 am. The family will receive friendsfrm 10-11am. In memoriam of a wonderful woman, wife, mother, and grandmother donations may be made to the MS society at Memorials and Tributes, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater New England Chapter, PO Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945.http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=8b16357311Obituary for Charles Max MisenheimerCharles Max Misenheimer Mr. Misenheimer passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Plantation Estates at the age of 90. Born in Salisbury on December 19, 1924, Max was the youngest of five children born to the late Sidney and Nora (Brown) Misenheimer. He served with the US Army Air Corp. during World War II as a tail gunner on board a B-17 Bomber. He was honorably discharged after flying 35 missions over Europe. Mr. Misenhiemer was an executive with Central Motor Lines from 1946 until 1976 and later served as CFO for TAS Containers. Max had been an active member of Christ Lutheran Church since 1959. Besides his parents and siblings, Max was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, who passed in 2000. Mr. Misenheimer is survived by his sons, Max Misenheimer, Jr. and Mark Misenheimer and Mark’s wife Leslie, all of Charlotte; grandchildren Ryan Mark Misenheimer and Kelli Ann Misenheimer; great grandson Charles M Misenheimer and special friend and companion Annie Ruth Kelley. A service to celebrate his life will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2PM in the auditorium of Plantation Estates, 733 Plantation Estates Dr, Matthews. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 4519 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC., 28226. Online condolences may be addressed to www.carolinafuneral.com <http://www.carolinafuneral.com>. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation is entrusted with the arrangements. http://obituaries.expressionstributes.com/?o=a931357329