Rex Nelson Savage

June 2, 1933September 10, 2018
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Rex Nelson Savage, beloved husband of Jo Ann Savage, died on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Novant Health-Charlotte. Born on June 2, 1933 in Muncie, Indiana, he was the son of the late Nelson and Bula Savage.

After high school graduation, Rex served as an MP in the US Army. Following his service duty, he began working on his degree in education. He attended Pheiffer, Appalachian State and University of North Carolina. His graduate degree work in administration was through Appalachian State and UNC.

Rex was a teacher in CMS schools before becoming a principal. He was a principal at Enderly Park, Allenbrook and Lansdowne. He retired after 31 years of service to CMS.

His greatest love was for his family. He treasured time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed time at the beaches in Florida and NC.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 12 at noon. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Savage will follow at 1pm at McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park located at 5716 Monroe Road.

Survivors include his loving wife, Jo Ann and one sister, Nancy Rayhill of Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by two sons; Rex Savage and his wife, Jenny of Matthews, NC and Mark Savage and his wife, Marian of Rockingham, NC; daughter Lisa Savage Hatley of Matthews, NC; five grandchildren Crystal Manoharan of Charleston, SC; Chad Hatley of Boonville, NC; Erica Savage of Washington, DC; Nicole Savage of Raleigh, NC and Caroline Savage of Wilmington, NC and great grandchild, Adonijah Rex Manoharan of Charleston, SC.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s ( or Hospice of Novant Charlotte (


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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September 14, 2018

Mr. Savage hired me to be a teacher assistant in 1985 at Lansdowne. After about 3 years I went on to be a teacher, but by then he had retired. He was a wonderful principal...loving, kind and empathetic. I loved working with him very much. He was a great man in many, many ways.

Cydney King Mullen

September 13, 2018

I was a 5th grade student at Enderly Park when I was sent to the principle's office for a very minor, silly issue that (looking back) my music teacher should have handled. Mr. Savage was so kind to me--he saw that I was scared silly, and I could tell (even then as a kid) that he thought the situation was humorous, although he treated it most seriously. I have never forgotten how he took care of my feelings that day, and became my all-time favorite principle as a result of his kindness and insight. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Thomas McIntosh

September 13, 2018

Mr. Savage was my principal at Enderly Park in the late 1960's. He was a kind man, firm in his commitment to the school and someone that my parents and I respected 100%. I will always have fond memories of him and I was lucky to have his influence on my life at an early age.

carroll mizelle

September 12, 2018

I was in Mr. Savage's 7th-grade class at Derita school. I think we were his first class. He was a great teacher. If you ask any of us about our favorite teacher, we will pick Mr. Savage. I am thankful for all that he taught us.
Carroll Mizelle

Marsha McKellop Kent

September 12, 2018

Mr. Savage was my principal at Allenbrook Elementary. Although I was young at the time, I still remember him as being a kind man with a warm, reassuring smile. I lived directly in front of the school and he would always offer a friendly wave each day when he passed by if I was outside playing.
My condolences to the family.

John Bowers

September 12, 2018

Very sorry to hear of Rex passing. We grew up together in the Kannapolis area.
My heartfelt condolences to his family at this time. May God supply all His grace and peace now and in the future to each one.

Lee Pennell

September 12, 2018

Mr. Savage was my 7th grade teacher at Derita Elementary in the 62-63 school year. He was the best teacher I ever had which includes college. He took a special interest in me which gave me the incentive to not disappoint him. I will always be indebted to him for helping me to achieve my full potential.