McEwen Funeral Service-Derita Chapel

6300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC


Renaud "Shorty" Joseph Lebonville

October 14, 1923August 11, 2019

Renaud Joseph “Shorty” Lebonville, 95, passed away Sunday morning, August 11, 2019.

Born October 14, 1923 in Turner Falls, Massachusetts, Renaud was the son of the late Louis Maurice Lebonville and Fredelise Andet Lebonville.

Shorty was a proud United States Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. After the Korean War, he remained in the Naval Reserves until June 1, 1976, retiring as Command Master Chief Petty Officer (E9). In a PBS interview, he shared the story of his submarines’ rescue of former president George Herbert Walker Bush.

He was a very active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church; the Long Creek Masonic Lodge, Charlotte Valley of the Scottish Rite and Oasis Shriner’s. Shorty, an electrician, also retired in 1978 from Duke Energy where he had been a supervisor of underground-Uptown Charlotte.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married April 7, 1951 in Great Falls, SC, Dalline Waters Lebonville; 4 children, Gaye Dianne Lebonville of Charlotte, Brenda Ann Henderson and her husband, Mike of Charlotte, Susan Rae Lebonville Small of Charlotte and Ray Joseph Lebonville of Concord; 4 grandchildren, Christina Marie Akers and her husband, Jay, Steven Ray Lebonville and his wife, Christina, Amanda Marie Lebonville and her companion, David French and Terry “TJ” Lynn Small, Jr. and his wife, Becky and 5 great grandchildren, Celeste Morgan Small, Towner James Akers, Ashton Reid Small, AnnMarie Riale Akers and Cooper Violet Akers.

In addition to his parents, Shorty was preceded in death by his siblings, Muriel, Lillian, Leonell, Marjorie, Emery and Loretta.

Funeral services are planned for 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6440 Old Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269 with Rev. Innocent Justice officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Wednesday from 1:30 pm until the time of service. Committal services and burial will follow, with military honors and masonic rites, in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the kind employees of Hospice for their caring, professional help over the past months, they are truly angels on earth.


  • Oak Grove United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Renaud "Shorty" Joseph Lebonville

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Dawn Thompson

August 18, 2019

You have been a treasure to our family and to our country. We are forever grateful for all you have done to make this world a better place. Rest easy Great Uncle.

Steve Little

August 14, 2019

Sorry for your loss. I worked with "Shorty" for many years at Duke Power. He was a fine man and a pleasure to work with. He may have been short in stature but he was a very big man to everyone who worked with or for him. He had more knowledge about downtown underground than anybody before or after him. He will be truly missed. God bless everyone in his family.

Paulette Villandry -Bryan

August 14, 2019

I was saddened to hear of uncle Shorty's passing ! He and aunt Darlene were always very kind and gracious . Uncle Ray ( Shorty) , mom always spoke kindly of you , loved you and was always so proud of her big brother . You left quite a footprint on this Earth and will be missed by many . With love, your niece Paulette ❤️