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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Raymond Francis Old

August 8, 1941February 11, 2020
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Ray, 78, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at his home in Charlotte.

Born August 8, 1941 in Norfolk, Virginia, he was a son of the late Lenard Arthur Old, Sr., and Virginia Charlton Old.

After college he served in the U. S. Amy in El Paso, Texas. He then began his career, first with Shell Oil Company, and then as owner of several service stations including Eastland Shell Service Center where he formed many lifelong friendships with employees and customers.

Ray was a man of faith and was a kind, gentle, loving and generous husband, father, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Annette Harrell Old, and their daughter, Deborah Lynn Old, as well as his brothers Larry Charlton Old of Chesapeake, Virginia and Wayne David Old of Virginia Beach, Virginia. In addition to his parents, a brother, Lenard Arthur Old, Jr., preceded him in death. Ray is also survived by nine nieces and eight nephews.

A service to celebrate Ray’s life will be held at McEwen Funeral Home – Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2 pm. The family will receive friends afterwards.

Private interment will be at Sardis Presbyterian Church.

The family wishes to thank his long-term good friend, Rodney Bauguss, who was there for him every step of this journey.

For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider the American Heart Association at https://www2.heart.org, or to Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region https://www.hpccr.org.

On-line condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Visitation and Reception

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Connie Earhart

February 16, 2020

I remember Francis coming to the back fence to talk to Annette when they were seniors in high school. I always thought it was love at first sight. Charlie and I were so sorry to hear of his passing. Take care of yourself Annette.

Rick Greenwood

February 16, 2020

So very sorry to learn that Ray passed away. His brother LA and
I were best friends and were roommates at Virginia Tech.
Over the years , I had the good
fortune of seeing Ray on numerous occasions and always held him in high esteem.
He was always so pleasant and friendly to me and my wife Martina.
We are praying for his wife Annette and daughter Deborah during this difficult time.

Kathee Patterson-Espinosa

February 14, 2020

In 1973 as a 16 yo, I became a regular customer of Ray’s Eastland Shell. It then became a social hangout for me where I could learn from Ray, George, Ted, Shawn & Don. Ray & the guys sent me flowers when I had my daughter. I continued to stop by there after he started having truck rentals until he closed. Ray knew my parents, my children & did more “favors” like towing our cars in. Thank u, Ray, for your kindness & gentle spirit. I suppose u & my daddy are talking about Norfolk & Chesapeake. 💕 & 🙏 for his family!

Bain Langston

February 14, 2020

Seems so long ago when I first met Ray (and Annette), although it was Francis then. Just like I was Bain then and now am Carter. It started in the 2nd grade at Hickory Elementary School where we shared baseball games, marbles and other games during recess. In the 6th grade we both started playing trombone and continued through high school (go Wildcats). I'll never forget those long hot marches down Grandby Street. Much later in life, I learned that one of Ray's kin, Lula Old, married my great uncle, Banks Walker. Although we were never close in later years, I thought of him from time to time and enjoyed seeing him again at our 50th high school reunion. I"m glad he had a happy and successful life and know his family and friends will miss him. So long, friend.

Ken Wells

February 14, 2020

I worked part-time for Ray for several years when I lived in Charlotte. He was a great boss and a good man. We became friends and stayed in touch with each other over the years, enjoying offshore fishing trips at Wrightsville Beach and here on the Outer Banks.
Ray loved his family. My sympathies to Annette and Debbie, cherish the memories. RIP Ray.

Brant Hart

February 13, 2020

Sorry to hear about Ray's death. I did business with him at Eastland Shell. He always took good care of my cars. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

Karen Seng

February 13, 2020

My brother, Don Ivey, worked for Ray for years at Eastland Shell. He was always so kind to our family. Don views him as a second father and mentor. He modeled good character and how to treat people well.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family ❤️

Karl Hafer

February 12, 2020

Though I only met Ray once, At his brothers, L. A. Old's funeral. He made a strong and immediate impression on me as a kind, thoughtful man. I knew his brother L A Old and I am sure that he was "cut" from the same cloth as L A. Therefore being an amazing individual. God speed Ray. My prayers are with your family and friends.

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