OBITUARY

Gary Lee Stikeleather

July 1, 1953October 18, 2019

Gary Stikeleather, 66, of Charlotte NC passed into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father Friday morning, 10/18. He is loved and missed by all. Graveside Service will be held Friday, 10/25 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in the Garden of Christ section followed by a lunch reception during which we hope you will share your memories of Gary.

Gary was born and raised in Charlotte where he grew up on the west side. He graduated from West Mecklenburg High School, class of 1971. A few years after graduation he married and they were blessed with their only son Curtis. Gary enjoyed the outdoors and sports; snow skiing, rafting, fishing, and playing tennis in his younger years. As his son Curtis and nieces and nephews were growing up, he had fun planning our annual river rafting trips and leading the way down the river in his Daniel Boone coonskin cap! He had a self taught ability to be able to fix and repair most anything. He had the memory of an elephant, remembering details and family stories from long ago. Gary enjoyed spending time with our out of town relatives and keeping up with their lives. He took great delight in his pranks and tricks on people; many times with coins and cards. Playful and young at heart, he always seemed to have some sort of prop on him with which to play the ultimate “gotcha” on his “victim”. He enjoyed pranking people by inviting them to his wedding on June 31st until it dawned on them there was no June 31st! He worked in auto body repair and painting as a young man. He was retired from the railroad and also managed several properties he owned.

Gary was the third of five children born to Earl Reid and Christine Tilley Stikeleather (both deceased).

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Curtis Stikeleather, wife Robin, and the beautiful grandchildren they gave him, Abel and Fynleigh. Gary took great pride in his grandchildren and relished being called PawPaw by Abel.

He also leaves behind his siblings, Rick (Jeanette) Stikeleather, Julie (Chuck) Foster, Sandra Stikeleather Puckett, Diane Stikeleather Alsop and David Stikeleather. He is the first of us to pass and we are all just so very sad.

Nieces and nephews mourning him include Bryan (Elissa) Stikeleather, Rachel Stikeleather (Justin) Clemens, Danielle Alsop (Joe) Cooke, Dustin (Rebekah) Alsop, Robert (Dianna) Packer, Phillip Packer, Amy Keistler (Steve) Watts, Jeremy (Michelle) Keistler.

Carol Chabot (Joe) DelPrince of Cincinnati, Ohio is his special cousin who treated and thought of him as her brother. She has many fond memories of times he spent with her family. He also leaves two beloved aunts, Dot Chabot and Jennie Avant as well as numerous cousins.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be directed to nonprofit Hopeway Foundation online at www.hopewayfoundation.org or mailed to Hopeway Foundation, 1717 Sharon Road West, Charlotte NC 28210.

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, October 25, 2019

Memories

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Karen McDonald

November 5, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was such a fun-loving cousin and we had kept in touch for many years. We spent a couple of fun vacations together, even one where he and Curtis brought their pet ferret along to enjoy the vacation. He called my husband Captain from that time on since we stayed at a place at the beach and hubby was the boss of the boat. How's Captain doing he'd say when he called. On his last visit about 10 years ago Gary met one of our granddaughters and did the magic dollar trick. We still have that dollar bill that he gave Mia. He did a road trip that year from Charlotte to Texas I believe and stopped in Alabama to see us for a few nights. He introduced me to the music of Jason Mraz, which I still enjoy. We would have long conversations when he called me. Going to miss those times and forever miss Gary. We'll be keeping his family and friends in our prayers always. Love Karen and Kerry and our crew in Sweet Home Alabama.

Diane Alsop

October 27, 2019

Diane Alsop

October 27, 2019

Diane Alsop

October 27, 2019

Diane Alsop

October 27, 2019

Diane Alsop

October 27, 2019

Diane Alsop

October 27, 2019

Francine Smith

October 25, 2019

Rest now Gary Lord knows you were always on the moveMaking things happen business opportunity wise and in relationships with others you never knew a stranger you were always dropping everything to help someone or put a smile on their face .Anything you could do to make them laugh From our meals out together that would usually turn into our waiter or waitress becoming our new best friend and in a lot of cases pulling up a chair and joining us for it because they would be so engaged the way you had about you to make everyone laugh along with your handy dandy straw tricks including turning your straw wrapper into an crawling worm in the middle of our table with just scrunching up the straw and a few drops of water (which I still do for my kiddos and their friends)to which you would exclaim am I gonna be expected to pay for this with worms in my meal .(and don't even get me started on the things that would go down with our bowl full or creamers)😂 I Loved that you could make everyone laugh including this girl only matched with your heart of gold for others your tendrness and emotion💓and yes even your cray-cray lol NO ONE made me more crazy or exasperated than you EVER !!!! I could never really ever win an argument with you Always had an answer and would charm your way out of it by making me smile.(and now your still having the last word .)Mr. adventure when I met you in the Smokies you were on one of the annual White water rafting trips with your Lil guy at the time Curtis💝 Rick ,Diane and Sandra and the cute lil ccousins was just an immediate spark of friendship and Love that continued and changed thru the years But I do and will always carry you and that special Love in my heart for U and your family.Love you guies and I pray for you in this time of loss Curtis your dad was so proud of you then and now . And I feel privileged to have gotten to know you as a lil man and to see the man of God you are today with your beautiful family Love n Prayers FranXo

Sandra Stikeleather Puckett

October 24, 2019

It's me, your big sister letting you know how much I miss all the good times we had. Life took us in different directions but I always thought fondly of you. Rest in peace with no more sorrow and pain. Till we meet again.

Love and God's Grace,

Sandra

Robert Packer

October 24, 2019

Uncle Gary, I will always have great childhood memories at your house when my brother and I would stay overnight. I always enjoyed seeing you and you were always fun to be around, like a big kid. I remember when I was little and you took us to the train yard, all I remember was you in front of me in the engine, but I remember. You were always good to me and I'll cherish your memory every time I think of you. Rest easy Unc, love always Robert...

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