Flora S. Huntley

Born March 26, 1921

Flora Mena Soar Huntley, 89, of Charlotte, NC, died Monday, March 7, 2011. She was born March 26, 1921 in Auckland, New Zealand, a daughter of the late Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Charles and Flora Edna Soar.

Flora was a graduate of the University of Auckland, NZ and earned a Masters of History at Winthrop University. Flora worked 30 years with the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system. Her career started at Piedmont Junior High; she then went to Central High School, and moved to Garinger High on opening day. After 15 years at Garinger High, she worked with the gifted program in history, serving all high schools. Flora was active in various book clubs, including Virginia Dare as a founding member. She also was a member of ADK and Kappa Kappa Iota education sororities.

Flora was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and enjoyed bridge, book club, and story hour there. She also played bridge at Trinity Presbyterian Church. She volunteered at Crisis Assistance Ministries following retirement. Flora enjoyed reading, Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and Jeopardy.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frederick and Harry Soar.

Flora is survived by her sister, Edna Hartson (Michael) of Auckland, New Zealand; sons, Paul Huntley of Calabash, NC and Fred Huntley (Pam) of Charlotte; daughter, Gene Baker of Charlotte; grandchildren, Clay Beard (Holly), Chip Huntley (Jill), Wayne Beard, and Brandy Huntley; great-grandchildren, Brooke Beard, Tyler Huntley, and Nathan Huntley; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2011 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 10th at Harry & Bryant Company, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crisis Assistance Ministries, 500 Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 10, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 11, 2011

Flora S. Huntley

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Bill McAvoy

July 20, 2011

Paul, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Jen's Mom died in December of last year. Get in touch if you want. It's been a long time.

Becky Bowman

May 28, 2011

So long to a gracious and wonderful friend. We had such good times traveling the world together. Paul, Freddie, and Gene had the best of mothers. I was priviledged to have known her.

Anet Moran

March 14, 2011

Gene and family - I was saddened to just learn of your mother's passing. Suzanne sent me a note today. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Love, Anet and Lauren Moran

Beverly Oberlies

March 11, 2011

Flora Huntley was my history and homeroom teacher during my three years at Garinger High. (Class of 1961). She was a very charming and elegant lady and was by far my favorite teacher. May God bless all the family and know that my prayers will be with you all. Beverly Kimmons (Oberlies)

Beverly Oberlies

March 11, 2011

"Flora Huntley was my homeroom teacher for my three years at Garinger High School, as well as my History teacher. She was by far my favorite teacher throughout my entire twelve years in school. Ms. Huntley was a very charming and elegant lady. I am so very sorry for the families loss and may God bless and comfort each of you.. Sincerely Beverly Kimmons (Oberlies) (Class of 1961).

Susan Allison

March 10, 2011

Flora Huntley was a wonderful, considerate, and thoughtful teacher. She is one of the most remembered teachers that I had while a student at Garinger High School.

Sincerely, Susan Yandle Allison

Kami Keeley

March 9, 2011

Gene and family,
While I did not know your mother personally, I have heard Gene's stories of her. I know the daughter she raised, and feel certain she must have been an exceptional woman. I am sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Arleen Higgins

March 9, 2011

Gene and Family,
We will miss our dear Ms. Huntley so much. She always attended our Class of 1959, Central High School Class Runions, with great joy and good cheer. She was a mentor to many of us and I never saw her in bad humor. Her loss is one we all share. Also, she raised a daughter whose teaching skills and enthusiasm changed the direction of my son Trey's life!
Much love,
Arleen Clark Higgins

March 9, 2011

Mrs. Huntley was my homeroom teacher the three years I was at Garinger, and also was one on my teachers. My sympathy to the family at the loss of a wonderful lady. Beverly Walters Wentz (Class of 1963)

March 9, 2011

Paul, Freddie,&Gene,I will greatly miss your mother. She has been such an inspirational person.I wish she had stayed at least 3 years longer at Garinger so that I may have had the honor of being taught by her. Flora was such a delightful woman. I thank you Paul and Carol for introducing her to me and suggesting me to her to become her hairstylist. I want to thank Gene for bringing her mother in to get her hair fixed in her more difficult times of getting around. I've said a prayer for all of you in the loss of your mother,and continue praying that all of you are able to cope with your loss as I have done so in the past. It's not easy at first, but with time , it does get easier. Freddie, I wish I had gotten to meet you,but all I got to see was a picture of the three of you as children. I'll continue to pray for all of you as you mourn. GOD BE WITH YOU TILL YOU MEET AGAIN! Barbara Nowlan (Flora & Gene's hairstylist).