McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


D. Max McLeod

May 2, 1947February 7, 2020

D. Max McLeod died peacefully Friday afternoon, February 7, 2020, at Atrium Health/ Levine Cancer Institute, in Pineville, NC, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Max was born on May 2, 1947 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the only son of his parents Arch Max and Doris Smyre McLeod, both who predeceased him. His step-mother Ruby McLeod and his like-brother and best friend Luther E. Smith also predeceased him in 2019.

After graduating from high school, Max was admitted to the NCSU School of Design in Architecture. During his years of practice, he designed many types of buildings, schools, and offices, but his passion always was designing churches.

Max was an artist as well as an architect. He was a photographer and a ceramicist. Max most often found beauty and inspiration in nature around him, and filtered it through his truly unique talents. He was self-taught in his creative endeavors and was avidly making new pieces throughout all of his life. He was an inspiration to everyone around him, and the works he created exuded his passions.

Max was a beloved man in his community, who loved his family and his friends with his whole heart and gave to all those whom he met with genuine smiles and laughter.

Surviving Max are his wife Anita Hornback McLeod; daughter Anita Elizabeth McLeod Honbarger of Sylva, NC (Steve); son William Max McLeod of Matthews, NC, and Hudson, NY (Kurt Wehmann); sister-in-law and brother-in-law Gayle and Ray Ford of Spring Hill, TN; first-cousin Kathy Coyle Evans of Sarasota, FL.

Max's family also wishes to thank his oncologist Dr. Earle F. Burgess and his staff for their skill and care of Max and his family during his illness.

The memorial service for D. Max McLeod will be Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105, at 2.00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that gifts made in Max's memory be sent to Matthews United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be offered online at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


D. Max McLeod

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Ann Mozingo

February 15, 2020

Anita, I am so sorry to learn of your husband's death. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
Ann Mozingo

Edna Winkler

February 13, 2020

My heart goes out to the family in the
loss of their loved one. The Lord knows
the sorrow they feel . God bless you at
this difficult time and bring healing to your heart.

Loving sympathy

Amy Crump

February 12, 2020

I want to share a quote from Max. This gives a little insight into the man.
"Art to me is not about beauty but thought. Beauty comes from the mind not necessarily the eye. The eye can be confused by context or preconceptions. Thought has the freedom of wonder."
Max McLeod
He saw beauty where others did not. He was gifted and I was blessed to know him.

John Dixon

February 12, 2020


Several of us were commenting a few days ago on how we have been missing seeing Max and you recently. Max was a prince of a fellow and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for you and your family.

Nora Lalinde

February 11, 2020

Anita, Will, Elizabeth, “I'm very saddened to hear of your loss.”


Lupe Grier

February 11, 2020

Anita, Elizabeth and Will,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of your beloved husband and father.
Lupe Grier