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McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Jack Lewis Margraves

March 9, 1941November 28, 2019

Jack Lewis Margraves, 78, of Brookdale Carriage Club of Charlotte, NC passed away on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019 at Atrium Health Pineville, NC. Jack was born in Herrin, Illinois on March 9, 1941. A graduate of Herrin High School. He continued to receive a B.S. in Communications at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 1965. He married Carolyn Striping on April 16, 1965. They celebrated 54 years of marriage in 2019. He is survived by wife Carolyn, sister Glenda Margraves Botwinski, son Kent and wife Tisha, granddaughters Chloe and Grace; son Kevin and Candice and grandson Jacob. He is preceded in death by his parents Wilford and Blanche Margraves, and brother Jerry Margraves. Margraves began his broadcasting career in radio news and soon transitioned to television news where he worked as anchor for eleven years at WCIA-TV in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. After a brief time as Editorial Director in Montgomery, Alabama, he was offered the news reporter position at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, in 1978. Jack was well known for his investigative work and award-winning reporting. One story won an award that saved Mecklenburg Country from the criminal plans of a New York hazardous waste company to locate in southern Mecklenburg. His brand of broadcasting was based on the public’s right to know. He was well respected by his colleagues and friends as a Christian gentleman who enjoyed life and laughter. He was a faithful member and had served as deacon of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, Matthews, NC. His favorite news stories involved aviation and he volunteered for every news story that involved flying of any kind – hot air balloons, open cockpit biplanes, gliders, WWII aircraft, and his favorite… a documentary with the Navy Blue Angels. Jack was critically injured and permanently disabled while working a story for WSOC on July 4, 1981. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Tributes Donations P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014; Samaritan’s Purse PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

Jack’s family extends its heartfelt gratitude to his friends and extended family for their support and love through the years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 1:00pm at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church 2817 Mt Harmony Church Rd, Matthews, NC 28105. Family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall from 12:00 – 1:00pm. Burial will follow in Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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John Paul

December 3, 2019

I worked with Jack at WCIA for several years in the late 1970s. Funny, creative and solid journalist. Great guy! My sympathies to his family.

Bill Walker

December 2, 2019

Jack was a model reporter. Too bad we don’t have more of that reporting today. It was an honor to work with him.

Cullen Ferguson

December 2, 2019

Jack and I shared a small office when he and I were investigative reporters at Channel 9 back in the early 1980's. Jack was a straight arrow guy, a gentleman through and through, honest, hard-working and smart. After he tragically suffered a severe head injury when the news car he was riding in was struck broadside, I was honored to be able to visit him frequently during the long period when he lay in a coma before regaining consciousness, and then as he began his long journey toward recovery. Over the many years since, I am sorry to say that I fell out of touch with Jack...my fault, not his or his lovely wife, Carolyn's. His death last week caught me off guard. I had just received a card from Carolyn last week, telling me of their recent move to the Carriage Club. So, I was planning to come down to Charlotte to visit him, only to learn a day or two later that he had passed. Sadly, this drove home to me a lesson that I have learned too late: don't put off visiting an old friend while you still can, for the day may come when you no longer will have the chance. Gay and I extend our deepest sympathies to Carolyn and to their family.

Marcus Mobley

December 2, 2019

Jack was a very dignified man. Though he had many hardships, he was always very pleasant and a good neighbor. I had the pleasure of knowing him at his home at The Village of St. Andrews. Carolyn and Jack lived next door to my mother-in-law. Our family is saddened to learn of his passing and our prayers are with Carolyn and their family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY