Obituaries for Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center Obituary for Walter Joseph SkridulisWalter Joseph Skridulis, 88, passed away after a long illness on August 21, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Christina, and his children: Catherine "Katje" Skridulis; Cindi Hunt and husband, Fred; David and wife, Marie; Mari Shepard and husband, Derek; Sandra Phillips and husband, Richard; Joseph and wife, Heather. Walter was pre-deceased by son Jeffrey Alan and daughter Patricia Tanner. He will also be mourned by 18 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. He has one surviving brother, Anthony Spear. Walter was an Eagle Scout and served in the Navy in WWII and in the infantry in the Korean War, when he was awarded the Purple Heart. He is a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus at St. Luke's church. While supporting his wife and 8 children, Walter obtained a BA from Loyola University - Chicago, Masters from UNC-Charlotte and a PhD from Walden University. Walter's career was in hospital administration and he retired as President of Craven Regional Medical Center. For relaxation, he enjoyed reading and at various times competed well in tennis and bowling. He always retained a quirky sense of humor. He lived by a strong moral code, was primarily a family man and we will miss him. Visitation will be at 10 am on August 30 at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Mint Hill, followed by a mass at 11:00 and reception. He will be interred in the columbarium of St. Luke's. for Carol Jackson-BennettCarol Lyn Jackson-Bennett was born August 11th, 1951 in New York, New York. She is the eldest daughter of Walter and Rose Romola Jackson. She graduated from Louis D. Brandeis High School and continued her studies at Harlem Hospital where she became a nuclear medicine technician. She worked for a number of years at Downstate Medical Center before relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina. She continued her passion for healthcare while working at Cardiology Consultants until her Lupus would no longer permit her to do so. Although she struggled for years with chronic pain, Carol always managed to wear a smile that could brighten the darkest room. Carol never had any biological children of her own. However she served as godmother to many children giving the time, encouragement, and unconditional love that she was gifted by God to give. Carol went home to be with the Lord on August 18th, 2014. Carol is survived by her aunts Laverne R. Carter and Dora Carter, her sister RoxAnne Whitelow (Henry), her step children Michele Chapelle, Monica Lino, Maurice Chapelle and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and dear friends. The family would like to say a special thank you to Father Rossi of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte. A memorial service in her honor will be held at Carolina Funeral & Cremation Center 5500 Monroe Rd. Charlotte, NC 28212 on Saturday September 6th 2014 at 11 o’clock pm. Online condolences my be made at for Faye Greer CurtisFaye Greer Curtis - of Charlotte passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Mrs. Curtis was born in Lincoln County, NC on June 26, 1927 to the late O.B. and Annie Greer. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bobby Curtis; a daughter Jeanette Tatar Marlowe of Richmond, VA; a son John Tatar of Lake Wylie, SC; a son-in-law Bill Burns of Tega Cay, SC.; and 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Mrs. Curtis is predeceased by a daughter, Diane Tatar Burns and son Jeffrey Tatar, Sr.; two sisters and five brothers. Mrs. Curtis graduated from Fort Mill High School with the Class of 1944. She was a member of Park Road Baptist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Mount Holly, NC and Clover, SC. A memorial service will be held at Park Road Baptist Church on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church's Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209. Carolina Funeral Cremation was entrusted with the service. Online condolences may be made at for Harry Randall "Randy" BivensHarry Randall “Randy” Bivens 60 of Charlotte, NC passed peacefully surrounded by family following surgery on August 8, 2014. He was a Professional Engineer and sole proprietor of the Law Offices of Harry R. Bivens. He was a graduate of Overton High School in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He attained his Law Degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the Eagle Scout Award. He was an avid follower of the University of Tennessee sports. Go Vols! Additionally he enjoyed leisure activities of hiking, skiing, and exploring the outdoors especially playing golf with his wife and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Malinda Bivens of Charlotte, NC his parents Harry L. and Inez (Lewis) Bivens of Memphis, TN. Brothers Brice(Jeanie) Bivens of Memphis, TN, Jonathan (Paige) Bivens of Wake Forest, NC, and William “Bill” Bivens of Memphis TN. A Celebration of his life will be on Saturday, August 16th held at 2pm in the Goldsmith Center at the Memphis Botanical Gardens located at 750 Cherry Rd. Memphis, TN 38117. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America or The Humane Society of Charlotte, NC. Carolina Funeral Cremation was entrusted with the service. for Mikhail Aronovich KutsenkoMikhail Kutsenko, PhD., 57, of Charlotte, NC passed peacefully at his home early Sunday morning, August 3rd, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was an amazing man with an inquisitive mind, a wealth of knowledge and vast interests. Mikhail was a devoted husband and father, an avid reader, athlete, ballroom dancer, world traveler, and a dedicated employee of Goulston Technologies Inc. for over 20 years. He is survived by his loving wife Marina and son Maksim as well as his mother Nataliya and sister Irina Rozovsky. A memorial service will be held at 12 P.M. on Wednesday, August 6th at Carolina Funeral & Cremation Center at 5505 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212. The family will receive guests starting at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Rare and Complex Cancers Fund through Carolinas Healthcare Foundation in honor of Mikhail Kutsenko. Carolina Funeral & Cremation was entrusted with the service. Online condolences may be made at for Robert Charles Baker, Sr.Robert Charles Baker, 93, of Charlotte, passed away on August 2, 2014 at the Carrington Place Nursing Facility of Matthews He was born on July 16, 1921 to the late Clarence and Josie (Baker) Baker in Columbiana, OH. He graduated from Kent State University in 1947 and served with the US Army Air Corp during World War II. Bob joined Rockwell International as a sales representative and retired after 36 years of service. Mr. Baker moved to Charlotte in 1957. In 1988, Robert joined the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was Past District Deputy of BPO Elks-Charlotte. Mr.. Baker was a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, who passed in April of 1992 and son Robert Jr., who passed August of 2001. A memorial service will be held on Friday,August 8th at10AM at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Charlotte. Memorials are suggested to the Elks National Foundation or to a charity's of once choice . . for Pamela Noeline TuckerPamela Noeline Tucker passed away peacefully on August 1, 2014 at the Cancer and Hospice Care Unit of Presbyterian Hospital. Pamela was born on November 25, 1925 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the daughter of the late Leonard and Ruby Collings. Pamela was preceded in death by her husband Leamon (Jack) Tucker. She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church and spent time volunteering in the Methodist Meals on Wheels program. Pamela was a homemaker, loved and enjoyed her family and friends. One of Pamela's passions were her four legged creatures (Dogs and Cats - Alike) Pamela is survived by her sons, Paul and David Tucker both of Charlotte. Her four grandchildren, Shane Tucker and his wife Joan of Cincinnati, Chad Tucker of Charlotte, Andrew Tucker of Charlotte, Darby Tucker Samargo and her husband Jayson Samargo of Golden, CO and her two great grand children, Griffin Tucker and Tuck Samargo. Contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Charlotte and to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center. for Nancy Overton CloverNancy Overton Clover, 79 of Charlotte NC passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 30th at Wilora Lake Healthcare Center. She was born to Nathan Frank Overton and Louise Tate Overton in Sumter SC on September 9th 1934. Nancy is survived by her children, John Howard Bennett 4th, (Carolyn), Andrew Overton Bennett, (Tracie), and Nancy Bennett Jolly, (Allan), grandchildren: Maxium, Anton, William and Sarah, a sister Lou Overton Hendley, (Tom), of Cheraw SC, and many nieces and nephews. Per Nancy’s wishes, there will not be a service. The Family would like to thank Hospice of Charlotte for the excellent care of our Mother over these past two years. Carolina Funeral & Cremation was entrusted with the service. Online condolences may be made at for Steven Mark FrazierSteven Frazier Jr. 1990 - 2014 Steven Mark Frazier Jr., much beloved son and brother, passed away on July 28, 2014 at the young age of 24. He was born on March 11, 1990 and is survived by his parents Mark and Kim Frazier, and his sisters Leah Frazier and Heather Frazier. Also surviving are his paternal grandparents Jean and Bob Harvey and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Jean Kiser. Mark attended North Mecklenburg High School and was currently enrolled in the welding program at Gaston College. Mark was a patriot and US Army veteran that served overseas in Afghanistan. He was infantryman at the tender age of 17 due to sheer stubbornness and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. Even though he has left us at a young age, we want the world to know that he impacted many people in profound ways. He was an extremely generous soul that would literally give you the shirt off his back. In addition, he was funny and goofy and a great brother to his sisters. He was a big, tall guy that was secretly tender hearted. He struggled with many demons after returning from deployment and we know that he is at peace in heaven, because he had a deep personal faith that many did not realize. He loved a good home cooked meal, loud music of any type, online games and movies of any genre. Most of all he loved just hanging out with family and friends, whether it be relaxing and watching a movie on Netflix with his sisters or hanging out by the pool with his dog Jojo who he is now with in heaven. He was loved very much and will never be forgotten. We will see you again one day my sweet son. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 5505 Monroe Road, Charlotte with service to be held at 2:15 at Sharon Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Pets For Vets at Online condolences may be addressed to for Tammy Belinda BranchTammy Belinda Branch, age 47, of Charlotte, passed from this life on July 28, 2014. She is survived by the love of her life, Harriet. She will be missed by her family and all her friends. She had a huge heart, good friends and she cared more about others than herself. A celebration of her life will be held in the near future. Tammy was my partner, my friend and the best part of my life for 28 years and my heart breaks for the next 28 years that we won’t be together. I love you! She was kind, thoughtful, selfless, charitable and so funny! She loved her family, friends and her adorable pets. We cannot forget that she loved her sports: Gators, Bears, Panthers, Tarheels, Dolphins, Bulls and sometimes golf. She loved music of all types: everything from Elton John and KISS to Michael Jackson, Kenney Chesney and Tim McGraw to even George Winston and Barbra Streisand. She enjoyed walks on the beach, riding the waves and roller coasters, fishing, cooking (no one ever made better cookies), concerts, ball games, and the mountains, preferably with snow. She made others smile with her smile, her laugh, her hugs and her cakes and cookies. All of those who knew her knew how very precious and special she was…always putting us before herself. My kind sweetheart, you have left the world too soon and I speak for all of your family and friends when I say how much we love you and how much we miss you! Memories of you will light the corners of our minds forever and we will never let the sun go down on you! Thank you to Dr. Perry Roy and his entire staff for taking such great care of Tammy, always comforting and making her health and well-being at the top of their list.