Nora Parker Albright

Mrs. Albright, 79, of Charlotte, died March 26, 2011. Mrs. Albright was born in Lumberton, NC to Mary Lee Caldwell Parker and Lawrence McKellar Parker. She graduated from Lumberton High School, Salutatorian, in 1949. Blessed with intelligence and beauty, she was runner up in the Miss North Carolina Beauty Pageant. She attended Queens College as a music major and was a member of the Phi Mu sorority. She was selected for the May Court in 1951. Mrs. Albright was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and served as the youngest Regent of the Mecklenburg Chapter from 1970-72. She served on the DAR Board as the State Librarian for three years and also served on the Boards of the Opera Guild Carolina and Friends of UNCC. For almost 15 years she volunteered at Charlotte Latin School. She taught Sunday School at Myers Park Presbyterian Church where she was a life long member. She was also a member of the Myers Park Country Club. After her children were grown Nora entered the business world at McIntyre & Company in 1982. She also worked at USF&G from 1986 until 1993. Upon retirement she took over family business affairs as President of Albright Properties LLC and Alde Corporation until her death. Nora Dean Parker and Harold Dowe Albright, Jr. were married on September 8, 1951. She was a devoted wife and mother for 52 years until Harold’s death on Christmas day, 2003. Nora stated that her goal in life was “to be a good wife and mother, and a positive role model for my children, grandchildren and friends.” Nora was a bright, funny and lively story teller. In her Easter Carolina lilt, she would captivate her audience with details, many detours and humor. She was an avid reader of world events and business, and traveled throughout Europe and Asia with her daughter and others on several occasions. She was a wonderful listener, and endeared herself to all with an engaging personality and ability to convey genuine interest in their lives. Simply put, Nora loved the art of conversation. For her friends and family she always had a heart warming smile, a warm embrace, words of encouragement, food on the stove, and a proud gaze. Her love and devotion to her family was a life long blessing and inspiration. She was exceptionally kind and generous, and represented the best values of the South that she now passes on to her loved ones. Three years after the death of her husband she was reacquainted with her high school sweetheart, Max N. Kinlaw, who was also recently widowed. Fifty-six years later, it was love at first sight, and they were married ten months later on November 10, 2007. Until her death, they spent wonderful times together reliving the past and creating new memories. Everyone who saw them together felt their beautiful bond and took their love story as an inspiration and a testament to the indomitable human spirit. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Albright was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Caldwell Parker Moore. She is survived by two children, Dr. Harold D. Albright III, M.D. and wife Alice of Charlotte, and Dean Albright Hanley and husband Ed of Norfolk, Va.; granddaughters, Mary Helen Albright, Rebecca Ann Albright, Parker Middleton Hanley, Mary Peyton Hanley; Sarah Beth Hanley and Heather Rose Hanley; and the two sons of husband Max Kinlaw, Scott Kinlaw of Greensboro and family and Jeff Kinlaw of Albemarle and family. A service to celebrate her life will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Thursday March 31, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Hunter Roddey will officiate. Interment will be at Sharon Memorial Mausoleum afterwards.

Pallbearers will be Stan Meares, Robert W. Odom, Dr. Robert H. Gaither, E. Craig Sasser, John H. Oliver, William D. Thomas, and Richard Lockhart. Honorary pallbearers are James Fields and Thomas E. Blair. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207. Alternatively, donations can be sent to Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care at P.O. Box 3349, Charlotte NC 28233-3549.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nora Parker Albright

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March 31, 2011

we send our love....bearknotts

Joshua and Betty Barbati

March 31, 2011

Dear Dr. Albright and Family,

We were very saddened by the news of your mother's death - our heart-felt condolences.

You are in our thoughts and prayers that God will comfort and sustain you at this time of great loss and deep sorrow.

March 31, 2011

Dear Dean & Ed,
May beautiful memories sustain you during this time of sorrow. With heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathy wishing you strength in the days ahead.
Don & Sandy Keefe

Thomas Bethel

March 30, 2011

Dear Dean & Ed:
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom Bethel

March 30, 2011

Dear Dean and Ed
Judy and I are so sorry for your loss. Although we never had the opportunity to meet Nora personally, it is through you that we can visualize the gracious & wonderful woman that she was. Her devotion to family and friends, also the way she led her life made her a role model for all who knew her. We know you will miss her greatly, but take solace that she has now seen the face of God..

March 30, 2011

Dr. Albright and Family I am so sorry to read of the death of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your familly. Sue Lilly

Bill and Jean Christy

March 29, 2011

I have such fond memories of Nora from my childhood. She was beautiful both inside and outside. And, she was someone who influenced me to find love in others. Bill and I hold all of you in our hearts at this hard time.

Ramona Grissom

March 29, 2011

It was a pleasure getting to know Ms. Nora and I will truely miss her. The beautiful love between her and Max is something most people only dream about. My heart is with her family & Max as this journey comes to an end. What a wonderful journey it was.

Drina/Neill Thompson

March 29, 2011

Neill & I have lost a "fun" cousin. She certainly was a lady, not only gracious but smart.

Love and prayers to all the family.

Bridget Davis

March 29, 2011

Dear Deanie, Dowe, Max, and family,
Our deepest heartfelt sympathies are with you at this time. We loved Nora, and we will miss her contagious smile and generous spirit! She certainly accomplished her goals, and we will always view her as the quintessential southern belle! She loved all of you with a fierceness that is a testament to her roles as a wife and mother. You and she will always be in our prayers.
All our love,
Bridget, Leroy, Caitlyn, Caroline, and Max Davis