Coreen Case Finley

September 19, 1936January 22, 2019

Mrs. Coreen Case Finley died, January 22, 2019. She was 82 years old. She was born in Charlotte, N.C. and was the daughter of the late Mitchell King Case and Mamie Gibbs Case of Charlotte. She was the dedicated wife of late Reverend Nelson Woodward Finley for 31 years. Reverend Finley was the son of Presbyterian missionaries in Mexico where he was born in 1936. Coreen and “Woody” served in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee where they emphasized youth work in the community. She was predeceased by two brothers Alvin C. Case, and Mitchell Henry Case, of Charlotte, both of whom were Cold War veterans. She is survived by her brother, Manson Drew Case, a veteran, professional engineer and author residing with his wife Gladys Parker Case of Hartsville, S.C; and her loving sister, Irene Case Baker, and husband George A. Baker III, of Greenville, SC. She was moved from Charlotte, to Greer, S.C. to a nursing facility near Irene and George. She died at the Brushy Creek Cottages and was assisted by Homestead Hospice, of Greenville, SC.

Mrs. Finley attended Bethune Elementary School and Harding High school in Charlotte. Then Warren Wilson Junior College, in Swannanoa, NC, and graduated with a degree in Sociology, from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. During her upper division years she was active in college life including cheer leading and as a member of the May Court.

Coreen enjoyed the company of her nieces, nephews, and the grand nieces and nephews. She visited them often during the holiday seasons, at the beach, and in their homes. Coreen had many interests and traveled extensively. She and her sister Irene, joined-at-the-hip, toured the United States, and had an affinity for Santa Fe, NM, where they enjoyed the beautiful sunlight, turquoise jewelry, and bargain art. These two, also, enjoyed much of Europe, traveling alone on dependable European trains, with London, and Paris as special favorites. Her hobby was collectables; she collected coins and stamps from every country and U.S Postal Service First day of Issue stamps. Her Christopher Radko ornament collection was both seasonal and occasional such as the 21st Century collection. Her beloved Carolina Panthers were of special interest and enjoyment for her. A true Panthers fan, she watched them play for 22 white-knuckled years from the seat she purchased for herself in the end zone. Her brother, sister, extended family, and friends, will miss her mightily.

Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, in Mint Hill, North Carolina and a Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM on February 16, 2019, in the Chapel at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coreen and Woody Finley Scholarship at Development Office of Lees McCrae College, Banner Elk, NC.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019

Coreen Case Finley

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