Obituaries for July 13

Robert Reuter 

Robert Reuter, 101, of Charlotte, died June 26, 2012, with his wife by his side.

Born Oct. 25, 1910, in Seward, Neb., Mr. Reuter was a son of the late Paul and Else Reuter.

He attended Concordia College, Pittsburgh University and Northwestern University. He was a concert organist and educator, and was dean of music at Flora MacDonald College and chapel organist and recitalist at Duke University and at the Village Chapel in Pinehurst. He was a professor and chairman of the organ and church music departments at Roosevelt University.

He was a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Society of American Musicians and the American Musicological Society.

He was church organist and choir director at Ascension Lutheran Church, St. Patrick Cathedral, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Sharon Baptist Church and Peace Moravian Church.

His sisters, Ruth Wirth, Maheta Pospishil, Charlotte Peltzer, Elizabeth Usher-Scar and Guiomar Barth, brothers, Paul Reuter and Martin Reuter, and son, David Reuter, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Judy Reuter; daughters Caroline Reuter Long, of Genoa, Ill.; and Grace Reyes, and her husband, Pedro, of Oak Park, Ill.; son, Robert Reuter Jr., and his wife, Vicki, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held June 30 at the Forest Lawn East Cemetery.

Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Austin chapter, 3420 Executive Center Drive, Suite 108, Austin, TX 78731.

Mary Maurice

Mary Maurice, 72, of Winchester, Mass., died June 30, 2012, of ALS.

Born May 24, 1940, in Rutherford County, Ms. Maurice worked as an executive assistant in the legal and advertising industries, as well as with Cameron M. Harris Insurance, Bank of America, Sun Life and Glenayre.

She was a member of Calvary Church, and enjoyed tennis, cooking, gardening, singing and spending time with family.

Her parents and her sister, Lisa Hilton, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sisters Jane Ebermayer and Martha Bailey; daughters Laurie Shelton and Karen Donovan; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service was held July 3 at Harry & Bryant Company.

Memorials: The Joe Martin ALS Foundation of Charlotte, 100 N. Tryon St., Suite 3420, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Ethel J. Poston

Ethel Jerman Poston, 82, of Charlotte, died July 1, 2012, after a long illness.

Born March 30, 1930, in Peachland, Mrs. Poston was a daughter of the late Velma Jerman.

She attended Harding High School.

She was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church, where she served as the secretary of four senior ministers. She was active in the Wesley Sunday school class and the Women’s Circle.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Joseph Poston Jr.; children J. Thomas Poston and Judith Poston Crovi; son-in-law, Michael Crovi; sisters Willie Mae Lee and Virginia Murphy; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 7, at Myers Park UMC.

Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Charlotte Chapter, Regency Executive Park Drive, Ste 102, Charlotte, NC 28217; Myers Park UMC for “Shelter & Hope,” 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Joe Hall

Joe Hall, 90, of Charlotte, died July 2, 2012, at White Oak of Charlotte.

Born Sept. 6, 1921, in Charlotte, Mr. Hall was a son of the late Joseph and Nellie Lee Hall.

He attended high school in Kannapolis before going to Clemson University and then joining the U.S. Army in World War II. He achieved the rank of captain before being honorably discharged in 1946.

He worked at Central Motor Lines following the war, where he was treasurer and then president. He was chairman of the American Trucking Association, a director of Common Carrier Conference and chairman of Industrial Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. He was a director of the North and South Carolina Motor Carrier Associations, a director of the Charlotte Chamber of commerce and a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army.

He was a volunteer at Charlotte Rehab Hospital where he counseled and encouraged stroke victims like himself.

He was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church, chairman of the board of stewards, a lay reader and a teacher at Sunday school.

He was a trustee of Lake Junaluska and a member of Annual Conference.

His wife of 67 years, Adelaide, and brother, Perry, preceded him in death.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 6, at Sharon Memorial Park.

Carolyn Cullen 

Carolyn Cullen, 37, of Charlotte, died Thursday, July 5, at Carolinas Medical Center-University.

Born Dec. 6, 1974, in Concord, N.H., Ms. Cullen was a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Cullen.

She was a Girl Scout, earning her Gold Award – the highest achievement for a Girl Scout. She attended East Mecklenburg High School, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

She worked as an advocate for Arosa House for Children, Metrolina AIDS Project and with the Lash Group as a reimbursement counselor.

Her fiancé, Gary Walter, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her brothers Brian Cullen, and his wife, Terri, and Joseph Cullen, and his wife, Lisa; sisters Kathleen Cullen, Theresa Cullen and Irene Harwood, and her husband, Dean; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, July 8, at McEwen Funeral Service.

Memorials: Pulmonary Fibrosis Association, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org; or the American Heart Association, www.donate.americanheart.org.

Adele G. Ducker

Adele Gregory Ducker, 97, died Friday, July 5, 2012.

Born Dec. 3, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Ducker was a daughter of Harrison and Adele Quinton Gregory.

She was one of the original members of the First Junior Choir organized at the Methodist church in Shenandoah, Pa., where she later was choir director.  She sang in Methodist church choirs in a number of towns, and for 24 years at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women and Circle #1. She was a charter member and the third president of the Junior Woman’s Club of Charlotte and the first president of McClintock Junior High Parent Teacher Association.

She was the Charlotte City Hostess of the New Neighbors League, and wrote a daily Chatter Box column for the Charlotte News. She was a member of the board of the Charlotte Music Club, the Community Concert Assoc., the Opera Guild of Charlotte and the “Seedlings” of Lake Norman.

She designed and made many of her own dresses, suits, coats and more, and was an artist and gardener in her spare time.

Her first husband, Stephen Chadwick, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Andrew Ducker Jr.; sons Dexter Chadwick, and his wife, Knox, of Greenville; Philip Chadwick, and his wife, Paige, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; step-son, Andrew Ducker III, and his wife, Karen, of Coral Springs, Fla., and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 7, at Myers Park United Methodist Church.

Memorials: Scholarship Fund of the Fellowship Class of Myers Park UMC, www.mpumc.org; Hospice & Palliative Care-Charlotte Region, www.hpccr.org.

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