Larry David Thames

August 21, 2018

Larry David Thames, 83, of Charlotte, died peacefully on August 21, 2018 at Sharon Towers in Charlotte.

Born June 28, 1935, he was the son of William Luther Thames, Jr. and Sue Franklin Mock Thames. A native of Charlotte, he graduated from Central High School in 1953 and UNC Chapel Hill in 1957. While at Chapel Hill, he was a letterman on the UNC track team, a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity and a lifelong Carolina football fan. After college, he served in the Army as well as the National Guard. Finally settling in Charlotte, he had a long career in motor freight sales working for Pilot Motor Freight, Mason & Dixon Motor Line and Larry Thames & Associates.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Ann Casper Thames of Charlotte; a son, Mr. L. David Thames, Jr. and his wife, Katherine Crabtree Thames of Charlotte; a daughter, Anne Morris Thames Rowlee and her husband, David Donald Rowlee of Overland Park, KS; his sister, Nancy Sue Thames of Charlotte; and three grandchildren, Ellen Fitzpatrick Thames, William David Thames and Vivian Claire Rowlee.

His parents and his brother, William “Billy” Franklin Thames, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Dr. James Howell will be officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Jubilee Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207; Sharon Towers Resident’s Assistance Fund, 5100 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210 or Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Rd. N, Box 15, Charlotte, NC 28227.

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  • Don & Susan Doty

    Hi Margaret, so sorry to hear the news about Larry. He was a wonderful man whom we all admired and appreciated. He was a wonderful friend and mentor when I graduated college and began my first job. We will always remember his kindness, knowledge, his love of running and the Tar Heels. We are glad to see that David and Anne are well and that you are enjoying some beautiful grand-kids. God bless, Don, Susan, Charlotte, Kyle, Hensley, and Hudson.

  • Elizabeth Brunson Climer

    Mr. Thames was such a kind man. Treated everyone with dignity and grace. I am so sorry for the loss of this gentle soul.
    May sweet memories bring peace to all who loved him.

  • Betsy Schmitt Carroll

    Margaret, Anne and David,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was such a kind person and I have very fond memories of him. He was always had a smile and something funny to say. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Melvin & Anita McIntosh

    Margaret, David, Anne, Nancy, and family, we are sorry for your loss of Larry. He was such a joy to be around, especially in the Wesley Sunday School Class. Several of Melvin's relatives were in Motor Freight Sales, and other aspects of trucking, and one still brokers. We will miss Larry's pleasant personality. May God's greatest comfort be yours during these days.

  • Sylvia Washam Ballard

    I worshipped years ago with the Thames family at Commonwealth United Methodist Church. I have good memories of those days. Please accept my sincere sympathy.