Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service & Forest Lawn West Cemetery
4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
Theron Jake Mingus
March 1, 1927 – January 29, 2020
Theron Jake Mingus, age 92, widower of the late Josephine Gunnells Mingus, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
Born in Charlotte, he was the son of the late James William Mingus and Alice Reid Mingus. He grew up in the Thomasboro community. Jake was an avid baseball player. His dream was to play for the Yankees, but World War II thwarted those dreams. When he was of age Jake joined the U.S. Merchant Marines and traveled around the world. Jake, also known throughout his life as Theron or TJ, was also fondly remembered as Santa Claus. For 50 years he made celebrating Christmas such a joy for family and friends. Jake spent his working years as an electrician with Southern Electric Service Co., UG Hager Electric, completing his career as owner of Mingus Electric Co. He was an original member of Thomasboro Baptist Church which became Holly Hunter Baptist Church and is currently Mountain Island Community Church.
Mr. Mingus is survived by his daughter, Donna Mingus Simpson (Roger); a granddaughter, Wendy Turner Sims; two great grandchildren, Mary-Parker Sims and Milledge Sims; a sister, Faye Burgess (Robert); and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank his Hospice & Palliative Care Team who were dear to Jake’s heart as well as family members who aided in his care.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service with burial to follow in Forest Lawn West Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Island Community Church, 4316 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte, NC 28216 or Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, P.O. Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- Committal Service Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Theron Jake Mingus
January 31, 2020
Dear Donna, Faye and all others of kindred Spirit in the mourning and celebration of the life of our Christian cousin, Jake, " Snowball ". Now he can, along with Jo at his side, feed all the birds and falcons in their Domain, as he fed all our souls in caring Christianity, on earth. " Roger Wayne " Mingus.