Obituaries for July 27

Robert Driscoll

Robert ‘Bob’ Driscoll, 81, of Charlotte, died July 6, 2012.

Born Sept. 27, 1930, in Charlotte, Mr. Driscoll attended The Hill School and then Staunton Military Academy, where he played on the football team and was the first cadet from the academy to obtain Battalion Commander in his third year. He later attended Belmont Abbey College and Duke University, where he was captain of the golf team and a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

He worked with Huttig Sash & Door Company, and founded Driscoll Realty Company. He was a real estate broker instructor at Central Piedmont Community College and Queens University of Charlotte; vice president of the Charlotte Board of Realtors; chairman of Carolina Multiple Listing Bureau; chairman of the CBR Professional Standards Committee; a member of the National Association of Realtors, North Carolina Association of Realtors; Charlotte Realtors Association; and a trailblazer of Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

He owned and operated Robert Driscoll & Associates Real Estate Appraisals. He was vice president of Carmel South Homeowners Association; and a member of the Providence Optimist Club, serving as president and lieutenant governor of the western division.

He was a certified beekeeper and mentor with Mecklenburg Beekeepers Association, and was a cartoon artist and oil canvass painter.

He attended Providence United Methodist Church, where he was a lead usher and past president of Wesley Men’s Sunday school class.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Houston Driscoll; children Robert ‘Robin’ Driscoll Jr., and his wife, Marie-Claude, Carolyn Lawson, and her husband, John, Taylor Driscoll and his wife, Jing, Pamela Crunk, and her husband, John, and David Driscoll, and his wife, Christie; and nine grandchildren.

A funeral service was held July 14 at Providence UMC.

Memorials: Wesley Men’s Sunday school class of Providence UMC, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.


Lois Foltz

Lois Foltz, 87, of Charlotte, died July 6, 2012, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House.

Born March 18, 1925, in Aurora, Ill., Mrs. Foltz was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Nell Lynders Klein.

She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte and St. William Catholic Church in Naples, Fla.

Her husband, Thomas Foltz, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children Virginia Foltz, Dr. Thomas Foltz Jr., and his wife, Donna, Richard Foltz and June Pierpont, and her husband, Frank; sister, Mary Lou Portner; and six grandchildren.

A funeral service was held July 18 at St. Matthew Catholic, conducted by Monsignor John McSweeney, Celebrant.

Memorials: St. Matthew Catholic,; Levine & Dickson Hospice House,


Sarah B. Sims

Sarah Bellune Sims, 90, of Charlotte, died July 14, 2012.

Born Sept. 11, 1921, in Washington County, Ga., Mrs. Sims was a daughter of James and Elizabeth Denard Bellune.

She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church.

Her husband of 59 years, William Sims, and nine siblings, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children Vicky Skinner, of Charlotte, Elizabeth Smith, of Atlanta, Ga., and William ‘Billy’ Sims, of Charlotte; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held July 18 at McEwen-Pineville Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jim Lytle.


Chris Sauls

Chris Sauls, 29, of Charlotte, died July 15, 2012, at home.

Born July 30, 1983, in Tifton, Ga., Mr. Sauls was a son of David and Beth Sauls.

He was a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School.

His grandparents, Jack and Carolyn Sauls, and grandfather, J.C. Minish, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his son, C.J. Sauls; fiancée, Brandy Cooper; sister, Jessi Sauls; and grandmother, Carolyn Minish.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 21, at McEwen-Pineville Chapel.


Doris L. Reynolds  

Doris Lineback Reynolds, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., died July 16, 2012, at her home.

Born Nov. 1, 1924, in Winston-Salem, Mrs. Reynolds was a daughter of the late Harold and Nonnie Lee Wells Lineback.

She attended Salem College and worked for the Civil Service.

Her husband, Harold Reynolds, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Michael Reynolds, and his wife, Martha, of Rome, Ga.; daughter, Julie Reynolds, and her husband, Michael Lester, of Mt. Pleasant; and three grandchildren.

A funeral service was held July 19 at St. Stephen United Methodist Church.

Memorials: Arthritis Foundation, 4530 Park Road, Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28209; Crossnore School, PO Box 249, Crossnore, NC 28616.


John Kieronski

John Kieronski, 85, died July 16, 2012.

Born March 14, 1927, in Gromnik, Poland, Mr. Kieronski was a son of Stanislaw and Anna Kieronski.

He immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island and grew up in Uxbridge, Mass. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later attended the University of Massachusetts before working as a textile engineer.

He held several patents for his designs of complex textile machinery.

He was an active member of Oasis Shrine, past Master of Phalanx Lodge No. 31, Royal Arch Masons and the York Rites bodies of the Masons. He was a past Royal Patron of Carolina Court No. 10, past Grand Royal Patron of the Order of the Amaranth of NC, past Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Long Creek Ch. 151, and the Azusa Grotto, Knights Mason of USA and Charlotte AMD.

He was a member of the Charlotte Little Theater.

He was a member of Sharon Baptist Church, and a founding member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church of Charlotte.

His wife of 42 years, Joan Lawrence Kieronski, and daughter, Mary Joan Willocks, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Colleen Duncan Kieronski; brother, Stanley Kieronski; children Timothy Kieronski, and his wife, Becky, of Waxhaw, Elizabeth Scott, and her husband, Less, of Tenafly, N.J., and Jennifer Phillips, and her husband, Terry, of Upton, Mass.; step-children Deborah Goforth, and her husband, Paul Aaron, of Mt. Holly, Adrian Duncan, and his wife, Amy, of Charlotte, and Donald Duncan, and his wife, Rita, of Gastonia; and five grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 20, at Sharon Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Robbie Paige.


Ralph Johnson Jr.

Ralph Johnson Jr., 85, of Charlotte, died July 19, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital.

Born Jan. 26, 1927, in White Oak, S.C., Mr. Johnson was a son of the late Ralph and Nell Hendricks Johnson.

He attended Georgia Tech and Clemson University before serving in the U.S. Army.

He worked as an independent factory representative for several brick and tile companies before forming Masonry Reinforcing Corporation of America, which later became Wire Bond.

His wife of 56 years, Miriam Johnson, and sister, Doris Lee, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathy Tyler, and her husband, Gary; son, Ralph Johnson III, and his wife, Janet; sisters Eloise Morelli and Carolyn Williams; brother, William Johnson; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday, July 23, at Sharon Presbyterian Church.

Memorials: Sharon Presbyterian, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210; Presbyterian Hospice, 324 N. McDowell St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

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