Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service & Forest Lawn West Cemetery
4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
Mr. Anthony S Naples
February 23, 1924 – September 19, 2019
Anthony "Tony" Naples, 95, of Charlotte, NC passed away September 19, 2019 after a long battle with COPD. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice Houk Naples; son, David Naples (Kathy), daughter Toni Naples; stepsons Chris Chambers and Greg Chambers (Tracy); grandchildren Erik and Patrick Stoeckel; stepgrandchildren Christopher Chambers (Megan), Danielle Chambers, and Nicholas Chambers. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Phyllis Napolitano DiCorcia. He was born February 23, 1924 , the son of Italian immigrants, Nicola and Maria Colucci Napolitano. Tony joined the Army Air Force as a teenager and served in England, France, and Germany during WWII. A talented musician, he played in an Army band called the Rep Dep Jivers throughout England during the war. Upon returning to the US after the war, he settled in North Bergen, NJ and opened a delicatessen, the first of his many enterprising endeavors. He eventually went to work for Tarcon, Inc. , moved to Charlotte in 1963, and became president of the corporation. He continued playing his trumpet throughout his life, playing at Thrift United Methodist Church, where he was a member, each Sunday for 47 years. He also played in the CPCC big band for 44 years. He was blessed with a loving family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. The family will receive friends Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Thrift United Methodist Church, 8245 Moore's Chapel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214. A funeral service will follow at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Thrift United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 245, Paw Creek, NC 28130, or to Hospice Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 7845 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226. Forest Lawn West is serving the family.
- Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, September 22, 2019
- Committal Service Sunday, September 22, 2019
Mr. Anthony S Naples
September 23, 2019
My memories date way back when Uncle Tony and his family would meet up at Grandma's. My Mom, Phyllis, was his sister and us kids would run around the back yard or in the house while our parents would sit at the table for hours. Good food, good wine, lots of singing the old Italian songs and lots of Nana's lasagna. So glad we had those wonderful days where we all posed on the stoop of house for holiday pictures. Love and Rest in Peace, Uncle Tony. You will be missed.
September 22, 2019
Sorry to learn of your loss. I remember speaking with your Dad when visiting your house off Park Road. His 95 Years was certainly full of experiences, and generosity.
September 20, 2019
I first met Uncle Tony in the 1980s, although I felt as if I’d known him all my life. Here in England he was talked of with great affection by all who knew him. His charismatic personality still shone very bright when I eventually met him. He and Janice welcomed us into their home with great generosity and kindness. I was extremely lucky to hear him and my cousin Toni make beautiful music 🎵 together. God bless you Uncle Tony xx