OBITUARY

Sylvia Morris Deese

September 24, 1949March 18, 2018
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Sylvia Morris Deese, affectionately known as “Mama Deese,” passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Born September 24, 1949 to the late Curtis Melvin Morris and Dorothea Bridges Morris she was a lifelong Charlottean.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gene Deese, two sons, Chad Deese and wife Cameron of Charlotte, NC (Trystan, Finnlay) and Justin Deese and wife Jordan of New Bern, NC (Piper, Silas, Isla), and one daughter Ashley Howard and fiancé Chris Blalock of Oak Island, NC (Gabby, Lilly). She is also survived by many in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends that she considered family.

Sylvia met the love of her life, Gene, before graduating high school at West Mecklenburg in 1967. They married on May 20, 1972. They spent 52 wonderful years together.

After years of working in various teaching, retail, administrative, and security positions, Sylvia found her career calling with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. She began her career working in gun permits in 1991 and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff in 1992. She served her community with commitment, pride, and compassion for over 25 years.

Sylvia was passionate about her off-duty work. She considered it an honor to serve and protect the community and treated everyone she met like family. She was known for her cheerful smile and warm hugs, and you could always count on her for a treat. She spent many years working Calvary Church, Chili’s, Harris Teeter, Christ Lutheran Church, and Wells Fargo among many others. She also kept her beloved Panther players safe at every home game since 1997.

Visitation will be held at Thrift Baptist Church located at 8415 Moores Chapel Road in Charlotte beginning at 4pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 until 8am Saturday, March 24, 2018. Funeral service will be held at Calvary Church located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte beginning at 1pm on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn West Cemetery located at 4601 Freedom Drive in Charlotte. All services are open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Youth Fund at Thrift Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Sylvia loved the Lord our God with all her heart, mind, and soul. She followed Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” wholeheartedly by showing love and grace to everyone she met. God’s love shown through all she did, and as a family we will do our best to honor her legacy.

Services

  • Lying in State Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Lying in State Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Donna Todd and Roy Joyner

March 21, 2018

Dear Gene and Family
So sorry to hear about your loss! Sylvia was a good girl and always friendly and showed lots of confidence in whatever she was doing. We will look for you next time you are at Oak Island.
We are sending our Prayers daily for you all.

Donna and Roy Joyner

Mikki Buff

March 20, 2018

I don't know where to start. Momma D as she told me to call her. Was truly a blessing from God. I'm not sure I would have made it the last year without her. She could always tell if I was having a bad day or a good day. She always had a friendly smile and a hug for me. I could talk to her about anything. I'm not sure I would have made it when my fiance was killed if it had not been for her. She was the sweetest person I've ever known in my entire life she always had a smile never a bad word about anyone maybe we joked about a few people. But she truly loved her family would tell me about the vacations and how much she enjoyed them. Told me when Donovan died that God must have needed him for something. So now I guess God has TWO angels NOW. I will miss her smiling face everyday. I pray for the family and everyone who was lucky enough to know this LADY!!!
SHE WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF A KIND!!
I FEEL VERY PRIVILEGED TO CALL HER MY FRIEND I WILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN.
And to the family just know that she loved you with all of her heart and was so proud. I pray for you every night to give you the strength to continue to go on and know that you were truly blessed my deepest sympathies.

Betty Martin

March 20, 2018

Words cannot express what a wonderful lady Deputy Deese was. I met her in 2004 and have always had the greatest respect for her and never saw her when she didn't smile. She treated everyone the same. I will surely miss her.
I pray for comfort for her family during this time.

Glen Stuart

March 20, 2018

Deputy Deese was a wonderful lady with a great smile and heart. She was definitely a spiritual being on a human journey. She will be miss! My condolences to her family and co-workers at MCSO.

Rayburn Greene

March 20, 2018

To the family of Sylvia ...I worked with her at Presbyterian Hospital for many years...she was a great mom to her son and loved all people.... my sincere condolences..
May she rest in peace and may God comfort the family at this time...

Rayburn Greene

Amy Childers

March 20, 2018

I worked with Deputy Deese at the Carolina Panthers stadium and cannot begin to express just how much I will miss her smiling face. There have been times over the course of the last 22 years that I was not happy to be going to work. Some of those mornings were way too early! No matter how tired or grumpy I was, seeing Deputy Deese ALWAYS made me smile, made my step a little peppier. I doubt she knew just how much her presence meant to so many. She will be missed.

Dawn Shrum

March 19, 2018

I have known & loved Sylvia 40 years. To know Sylvia, was to love Sylvia. She was a true example of a Godly wife, daughter, mother, friend. We rented their houses on the Toe River & at Oak Island many times when the children were young & made many wonderful memories, with & without Sylvia & Gene. As, my husband was dying, Sylvia came to CMC-mercy to visit & pray with us many times. I can honestly say that this world was a kinder, gentler, better place because of Sylvia. Heaven's gain, our loss. My deepest sympathies & condolences to all Sylvia's family & friends far & wide. She wouldn't want anyone to be sad on her passing. She's in Heaven, rejoicing . I am rejoicing because Sylvia lived, and is now in Heaven.

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