OBITUARY

Elmer Earl (Chris) Christenbury Jr.

June 25, 1936March 11, 2020

Elmer Earl Christenbury Jr. (83) of Charlotte, NC passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Born in Concord, NC on June 25th 1936 to E.E. Christenbury Sr. and Mary Virginia Harkey Christenbury.

Chris enlisted in the US Army in 1954 where he was a member of the 11th Airborne Division of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division. Thereafter he enjoyed a long career as a Captain of the Charlotte Fire Department Squad 1 until his retirement in 1992. He was also an instructor of Fire and Rescue at Central Piedmont Community College along with being a member of the VFW and Tractor Club.

Chris loved serving his community as a fire fighter, captain, instructor, mentor and friend. He loved his children, fishing, traveling and betting a case of beer (lol).

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Wayne Christenbury and sister Susie Aivaz.

Survivors include his children E.E. "Chip" Christenbury III, Mack Christenbury, Sheila Trace and Lynda Morse (Gene); sister Cookie Jacumin, ten grandchildren Selena Christenbury, Krystal Christenbury, Matthew Christenbury (Angie), Alicia Christenbury, David Robbins (Barb), Daniel Robbins (Megan), April Waters (Steven), Cameron Christenbury, Austin Morse (Maddie) and Tristin Morse; 29 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Also left to mourn his memory is his companion Patsy Locklear and his former wives Edith Efird and Lynda Fox.

Visitation will take place on Monday, March 16th 2020 from 1pm-2:30pm at McEwen Funeral Service located at 5716 Monroe Road in Charlotte. Funeral service will begin at 3pm in the McEwen Chapel with burial at Robinson Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.McEwenFS.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Chris' memory to Johnny's Open Table in care of Wingate Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 16, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service

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Ken Hughes

March 16, 2020

I so much wanted to come to Chris's visitation today, but I do not feel comfortable with this virus lurking around. I knew Chris for many years with CLSC and Charlotte Fire, and I thought very highly of him. He was a good friend and very capable teammate. Many will miss him, I am sure. Please know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God bless you all.

Karen Geiger

March 14, 2020

I am alive because of Chris and he will always be a legend in my family. His life mattered a lot to me.

John Lomonaco

March 14, 2020

Chris was a mentor to me, as he was with countless others I'm sure. More than that he was a friend and brother. We taught together at rescue colleges from time to time. He always pushed me to be better. Once I was to teach the lecture on trying knots when he noticed that I tried them left handed. Chris was concerned that it would confuse the students so he talked me into tying right handed. For 3 hours we sat in the hotel room the night before class as I relearned tying knots with my right hand. He was a patient man.

I offer my heart felt condolences to his family. I am very sorry that I will not be able to honor him as I want to at the celebration of his life on Monday. I am out of town with family. I will be there in spirit though and knowing what Chris meant to so many I am very sure you will not be alone.

Stephen Wilkerson

March 14, 2020

Chris was a dear friend, I can remember Jim Pound and I going up to station 1 to visit Chris, Jim had bought a big bag a peanuts, as we sat and talked at the station, Jim and I eat the peanuts and throw the shells in Chris's fire boots, the alarm went off and of he went on the fire truck and emptying peanut shells half way up trade street, could not really hear what he was saying, but if you knew Chris, you can imagine what it was, RIP my dear friend.

Danny Ross

March 14, 2020

I am grateful that I could spend time with Chris at rehab and the Hospital. The years we worked together at the CFD were good times. We relived a lot of those times with laughter and big smiles. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the fact he was a true believer in the Lord.

Danny Ross

Dolores Beal

March 14, 2020

Rest on Mr Chris no more pain and suffering. I enjoyed being your number 1 Caregiver. Love you Dolores

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