David Russell English
October 5, 1954 – January 22, 2020
Charlotte - David R. English, 65, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was born October 5, 1954 in Roanoke, VA to Ruth Anne Hendrix and James Russell English.
David lived in multiple East Coast and Northern California cities. He graduated from Loyola High School in Baltimore in 1972 and from Harvard University with a B.S in Botany. David was a competitive springboard diver from about the age of 9 through college. He was an All-American diver during high school and went on to letter as a diver at Harvard. After graduation, he coached high school diving in Cincinnati, OH.
David began his career in computers, starting with his father's computer business; then spent 25 years with Hewlett-Packard, earning appointment to the President's Club. David took early retirement in Dallas, where he resided twenty plus years with his husband, Scott W. Flippen who survives him. They were married April 3, 1988 in Cathedral City California Presbyterian Church. Together they lived in Cincinnati, OH, followed by San Francisco, CA until the earthquake of 1989. David and Scott relocated to Dallas followed by a year and a half in El Reno, OK, caring for Scott's father Bruce in his last days. They then moved to Charlotte in July of 2010 where they have remained. They reaffirmed their marriage November 11, 2014 at Myers Park Baptist Church.
David worked for Healthy Home Market health food store at the Galleria. Together David and Scott are members of Myers Park Baptist Church, David serving in the choir, Scott as a deacon. Their family includes two Jack Russell Terriers, Reuben and Opal, 14 and 12 respectively. David and Scott served as hosts for The Room at the Inn at Myers Park Baptist.
David is predeceased by his mother and father. In addition to his husband Scott, he is survived by brothers, Jimmy English (Charlene) of Missouri and Chris English (Susan) of Vermont; sisters, Daryl English (Barclay) of New Jersey and Vicki Vandermolen (Kurt) of Indiana; half-sister, Lindsay Baker (Aaron) of Apex, NC; and half-brother, Jay English (Jennifer) of Charlotte, NC; and step-mother, Beth English of Harrisburg, NC.
A service to celebrate David's life will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020 in the sanctuary of Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service in Heaton Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of David may be made to ASPCA (aspca.org) or to a local animal shelter.
- Service to Celebrate David's Life Friday, February 7, 2020
David Russell English
February 8, 2020
Dear Scott and David's family,
Dave (we called him, "Dingles" on the Harvard Diving Team) was my best buddy during our diving years at Harvard. We spent HOURS jumping on the trampoline talking and laughing, and oh, yes...hard at work in practices together at the IAB after Coach Walker showed up! He was indeed a magnificent person with utmost integrity, a kind soul with a warm, wonderful laugh to make a room light up. My deepest sympathies to all his loved ones, and Scott--I hope you are surrounded by love and comfort at this difficult time, and I hope we can be in touch. I'm happy to share whatever stories (we have a lot!) and memories and send as much support as I can. Please let me know what I can do for you.
Nancy Sato '75
February 8, 2020
David was a Loyola High School classmate, who I knew primarily as a diver. When I was the manager of the school's swim team, David impressed me by the discipline and concentration he demonstrated before and during each dive. Coach Tim Pierce once commented to me that Dave's level of focused attention was a foundation of his success as a diver, a lesson applicable beyond the pool and one that I have been grateful to have had ever since.
I am sorry to hear about David's passing and extend my condolences to his family and friends.
February 5, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family of David. I only met him a couple of times, and I knew him as Davey when we met at Jim and Charlene's wedding. (He served as Best Man and I was Maid of Honor.) My memory of him, from that day and a couple of other occasions, is of a warm and generous person with a wonderful sense of humor. I will never forget the joy he added to a beautiful wedding celebration.
Sending my love and support to David's family.
Susan C Littleton Theuns
February 2, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. I have fond memories of him diving at the Towson YMCA where my father was the diving coach. Dave was a great diver and warm, compassionate person. My condolences to friends and family.
January 28, 2020
Grieving the loss of my loyal friend Dave English for 33 years..I loved him for his openness, amazing kindness, his beautiful smile, his wonderful laughter, enormous generosity, and loving heart, his devotion to God , his love for all creatures, and his ability to rise above unbearable pain and challenges
My love to Scott who shared deep love and devotion to David
Always in my heart
Anne Riley Frick and family
January 26, 2020
Condolences to the family. I knew David as a youngster and his Parents in MD. I worked for his Dad at that time. David was an avid and competitive swimmer during in his teen years.
Over the years, I lost touch with David until I joined HP. He mirrored the strong competitive work effort of his Dad. Additionally, like his Dad, David was an true business person and practiced honest dealings with his clients.
January 26, 2020
Scott, I will be there on February 7th. Love to you and support during this sad time. Kristin
January 25, 2020
Sending love and support to Scott and his family. David was very special to me.