Obituaries for January 20

Elsie S. Benton

Elsie Smith Benton, 91, of Charlotte, died Jan. 5, 2012.

Born March 4, 1920, in Union County, Mrs. Benton was a daughter of the late Grover and Blanche Smith.

She graduated from Wingate University and Appalachian State University before teaching third grade for 32 years at Highland, First Ward and Rama Road elementary schools in Charlotte.

She was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church since 1946, and served as a volunteer for Friendship Trays.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Bob Benton; sons Kenneth Benton, and his wife, Deborah, Don Benton, and his wife, Jean, and James Benton, and his wife, Laura; and nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 13, at St. John’s Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Dennis Foust. Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: Endowment Fund or Building Fund of St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Dr. Edward Hodsdon

Dr. Edward Hodsdon, 97, of Charlotte, died Jan. 5, 2012, at The Cypress Club after a short illness.

Born Dec. 5, 1914, in Boston, Mass., Dr. Hodsdon was a son of the late Luther and Martha Hodsdon.

He graduated from the University of Miami and was a member of the Pi Chi fraternity, which later became a Sigma Chi chapter. He also graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine, and interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He worked in the eye department of the Fort Benning Station Hospital before moving to the Medical Field Service School of Carlisle Barracks and then Camp Stewart Station Command. He then was sent to New Guinea to work.

He worked at Coral Gables Medical Center for 31 years, and was a founding member of the Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, Fla.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling, and moved to Charlotte in 1994. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

His wife of 67 years, Mary Wortley Quesenberry, and his daughter, Carolyn H. Kahn, preceded him in death.

Survivors include daughter, Melinda, and her husband, Barry Dominick, of Charlotte; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 13, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. J.B. Tallent Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, PO Box 248153, Coral Gables, FL 33124.

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson, 65, of Charlotte, died Jan. 6, 2012, of congestive heart failure.

Born Dec. 19, 1946, in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Robinson graduated from Akron University before moving to Charlotte and working with the Midrex Corporation.

He was a member of McKee Road Baptist Church, where he led an adult Sunday school class.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy; daughters Staci Morrison, and her husband, Robert, Tricia Deal, and her husband, Darron, Carley Robinson and Brenna Russell, and her husband, Chris; and three grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Jan. 10 at McKee Road Baptist Church. Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: McKee Road Baptist Church, 4300 McKee Road, Charlotte, NC 28270; Charlotte Rescue Mission, PO Box 33000, Charlotte, NC 28233.

Jackson Campbell

Jackson Lee Campbell, 80, of Charlotte, died Jan. 8, 2012, at the Harris Hospice Unit at Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

Born July 16, 1931, in Hudson, Mr. Campbell was a son of the late Herman and Annie Mae Campbell.

He served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers during the Korean War. Following his service, he worked for Piedmont Airlines.

He moved to Charlotte in the 1960s and began working in sales with American Home Foods, Shasta Beverages and RC Cola. He later started his own wholesale brokerage business.

His sister, Ruby Martin, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Doris Ann Campbell; sons David Campbell, and his wife, Tammy, of Cary, Larry Campbell, and his wife, Alison, of Waxhaw, Mark Campbell, and his wife, Nelida, of Charlotte; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 14, at Harry & Bryant’s Chapel in the Oaks. Harry & Bryant Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1900 Emerywood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210; Harris Hospice Unit, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233.

Joel Josephs

Joel Josephs, 60, of Charlotte, died Jan. 9, 2012, at his home.

Born Nov. 19, 1951, in Raleigh, Mr. Josephs was a son of Helen Josephs and the late I. Mac Josephs.

He graduated from Cornwall Academy and attended Washington College. Religion and politics were his interests.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his sister, Cindy Raburn.

A funeral service was held Jan. 11 at Temple Beth El, followed by a service Jan. 12 in Raleigh. Harry & Bryant Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226; American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Mattie Mae A. Gray

Mattie Mae Alderman Gray, 99, of Charlotte, died Jan. 9, 2012, at Southminster.

Born Feb. 9, 1912, in East Hillsborough County, Fla., Mrs. Gray was the daughter of Mattie Dell Bryan and Harvey Alderman.

She graduated from the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of Myers Park Baptist Church, Winghaven Bird Sanctuary, the Mint Museum of Art and a past member of the Salvation Army Auxiliary. She also was a life member of the Charlotte Garden Club.

Her husband of 68 years, Farnum Gray, and her siblings Gettis Alderman, Seth Alderman, William Alderman, Roy Alderman, Leon Alderman, Jesse Alderman, Leslie Alderman, Clara Alderman, Ray Hanks, Lena Adams and Ruby Sweat, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Farnum Gray Jr., and his wife, Dr. Darlyne Menscer; daughters the Rev. Madeline Gray and Dianne Grimm; and five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Myers Park Baptist Church. Harry & Bryant Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: Music Department of Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Rita C. Mond

Rita Mond, 83, of Charlotte, died Jan. 10, 2012, at her home.

Born May 19, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Mond was a daughter of the late David and Georgia Rubin Chernoff.

She graduated from the University of Illinois and was a teaching fellow at Washington State University, where she earned her masters.

She worked in hospitals in Chicago, New York and Charlotte, including the former Mercy Hospital, in the field of pathology and cytology, being recognized for her work in cancer and rare diseases.

She was active in the Jewish community, including leadership roles on a local and regional level in B’nai B’rith Women, which began as a teen in the B’nai B’rith Girls – a tradition carried on by her daughter and granddaughters.

She was a member of Temple Israel and served on the sisterhood board. She also maintained membership at Temple Beth El and served on the executive board. She was honored as being “A Jewish Woman of Strength” – a unique, small group of women in Charlotte.

She co-founded the “Charlotte Jewish News” and served as its full-time editor for many years. She remained active with the paper in recent years as an advertising executive. She also was a member of the U.S. and International Jewish Press Associations and received numerous awards for her writing, editing and involvement.

Survivors include her children Darren Mond, and his wife, Staci, Jered Mond, and his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Jodi Michel, and her husband, Gary; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Jan. 12 at Temple Israel. Harry & Bryant Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226; Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226.

Frank Ramsay Thies Jr.

Frank Thies Jr., 82, of Charlotte, died Jan. 10, 2012, at Charlotte’s Presbyterian Hospital.

Born Feb. 8, 1929, in Charlotte, Mr. Thies was a son of the late Frank Thies and Eleanore Louise Arhelger.

He graduated from Central High School, and then Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps in the Korean War.

He was president of Thies Realty & Mortgage Company, trustee of the Nalle Clinic Foundation and Myers Park Civic Commission and a founder of Charlotte Latin School, serving 10 years as the first chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees.

He founded Southeastern Savings Bank and served as chairman of the Board of Directors and for a time as president. He also was a founding director of The Scottish Bank.

He was a member of Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte City Club and the Carriage House Club. He attended Christ Episcopal Church.

His wife of nearly 50 years, Janet Rich Thies, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children Frank Thies III, of Spartanburg, S.C., Mary Janet Thies Hawkins, and her husband, George, of Charlotte, F. Boyce Thies, of Charlotte, J. Lawton Thies, of Chicago, Ill., and Charles Rich Thies, of San Fransisco, Calif.; and three granddaughters.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 13, at Christ Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. Lisa Saunders. Harry & Bryant Funeral Service is serving the family.

Memorials: Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28227; Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207; Nalle Clinic Foundation, c/o Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202.

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