Obituaries for January

Ralph Hutchinson McClure

Ralph Hutchinson McClure, 87, of Ocean Isle Beach died Dec. 19, 2011 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas.

McClure was born in Mecklenburg County on April 16, 1924, to the late William David McClure, Jr. and Mary Isabela Thompson McClure. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific and Phillippines with the 866th Engineering Battalion. A lifetime member and past commander of the Paw Creek American Legion Post #353, he organized and traveled with the post’s baseball team.

Before going into business for himself, he worked in the family businesses,
McClure Lumber and McClure Timber. He became a residential and commercial contractor, holding an active state contractors license for more than 55 years. His company, R.H. McClure Builders, was instrumental in the development of the Coulwood community in Charlotte.

As a contractor, he was a member of the N.C. Homebuilders Association and later founded R.H. McClure Realty.

He was a member and former deacon of Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church of Charlotte and later joined Shallotte Presbyterian Church after moving to Ocean Isle Beach.

He was preceded in death by brothers Robert B. McClure, John T. McClure and Donald A. McClure.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Patricia Beam McClure; daughter Lynn McClure Lee of Charlotte; granddaughter Amanda Lee Farris and husband, Todd, of Gastonia; great-grandchildren Hutchinson and Lunden Farris of Gastonia; stepson Russell Murray and wife, Kim, of Asheville and their children Taos and Jet; sisters Willi Messick of Gastonia and Helen Funderburk of Charlotte; brother Rev. Joe McClure of Knoxville, Tenn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service, officiated by the Revs. John Causey and Joe McClure was held Dec. 22 at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Cherryville American Legion Post #100, followed at the Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984 Gastonia, N.C. 28053 or to Shallotte Presbyterian Church Beach Ministry, P.O. Box 3256, Shallotte, NC 28459.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Service was in charge.

Frances White Flowe

Frances White Flowe, 87, died Dec. 26, 2011.

Born Dec. 22, 1924, to the late Oscar Buren and Ora Green White, she was a resident of the Thomasboro and Oakdale communities. Members of Mrs. White’s family were charter members of Thomasboro Baptist Church. She also was an active member of the Women’s Missionary Union at Holly-Hunter Baptist Church, where she served many leadership roles throughout the congregations. She was a graduate of Thomasboro High School and was employed by Thomas and Howard, Inc. and the Belk and Collins Department Store.

She was preceded in death by her son James Lewis Reynolds III; infant daughter Sue Reynolds; sisters Pauline White and Muriel Hendrick; brothers Seth, June, Mack and Cody White; and former husband James Lewis Reynolds, Jr.

Survivors include husband James Worth Flowe; son David Winston Reynolds and wife, Pamela; step-daughter Elizabeth Beard; daughter-in-law Joanna Reynolds; granddaughter Katherine Reynolds; great-grandchildren, Serenity and Isaac; sister Juanita Payne and husband, J. Bud; sisters-in-law Virginia Patterson and Margaret Ann Davis; brother-in-law Howard Flowe; and many ni15eces, nephews and friends.

A life celebration, officiated by Pastor Tim Nichols, was held Dec. 29 at Forest Lawn West Chapel. Interment followed at Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation was in charge.

Edward Arnold Crowe

Edward “Eddie” Arnold Crowe, 58, of Charlotte, died at his home Dec. 9, 2011.

Born Sept. 25, 1953, to Robert J. Crowe and the late Lois Belle Hubbard Whitley, he attended West Mecklenburg High School in 1971, moved to Orlando, Fla., then returned to Charlotte where he worked for Woolco as head of security. He began a 33-year career at First Union/Wachovia/Wells Fargo in 1977 as a security officer, moving up through the years to the position of vice-president of carrier engineering. He earned an associates degree from Montreat College in 2006.

Mr. Crowe also was a member of Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, where he served in many leadership roles including four terms as elder.

He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Robin Whitley.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years Dorothy Foster Crowe, of Stanley; son Robert Edward Crowe and wife, Nancy, of Moore, S.C.; grandson Jonathan Walker Crowe; step-father Berry Whitley of Stanley; step-daughter Krista Dawn Miller of Mount Holly; sister Brenda Jones and husband, Earl, of Bryson City; brother Steve Whitley and wife, Sara, of Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Dec. 12 at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, and burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont.

Memorials may be sent to Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 64, Paw Creek, NC 28130 or Lincoln County Hospice, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton NC 28092.

Forest Lawn West Funeral Home was in charge.

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