Benjamin Joseph Hager

January 19, 2019

CHARLOTTE - Benjamin Joseph Hager, 16, of Charlotte, died unexpectedly on January 19, 2019. He was born July 13, 2002 in Atlanta, the son of Scott and Lori Hager. He attended Myers Park High School where he was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and a Varsity Athlete on the MPHS Swim Team.  Benjamin also swam for SwimMAC Carolina where he was one of their top-ranking swimmers competing at both the state and regional levels.  Benjamin was fiercely competitive and worked hard to be his best in all aspects of his life. He loved fishing, the beach and spending summers at his family's home which they fondly called “HoHo”.   He often spoke of the future and his plans to become an entrepreneur and move to St John USVI so he could spend every day on the water, fishing.

At 14, Benjamin decided to start his own business. Oink Moo BBQ was born out of his love for BBQ and his secret recipe. He created a website, began marketing and soon he and his father were making large batches of BBQ which Benjamin would deliver on his bike.

Benjamin is remembered by his friends and family for his love of life, his humor and his passion to be the best at each and every endeavor.  Most notably,  he will be missed by his two younger brothers.

Benjamin is survived by his parents, Scott and Lori Hager,  brothers, Thomas and William Hager;  maternal grandparents, Carol and Jerry Lynn and paternal grandparents, Linda and Frank Hager; aunts and uncles, Linda and Jeffrey Johnson, Thomas and Karen Lynn, Mark and Holly Hager; cousins, Ashlee Mense, Max Mense, Kevin Lynn, Grace Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Whitney Hager, Caroline Hager and Adam Hager and his beloved dog, Pepper.

A service to celebrate Benjamin’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC.

Donations are being accepted by Myers Park Presbyterian for the creation of a scholarship fund to provide young swimmers the chance to pursue their passion of swimming in college.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at





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  • Amy Manhart

    Even though I am far away, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. All my best to all of you, Amy Manhart

  • Emily Lewis

    Lori and Scott,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot come, please know your friends and family are here for you, and we love you. With all my love, tears, and prayers. Emily Lewis

  • Emily Gillespie

    Dear Scott & Family,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you and you family during this difficult time.

    Emily Gillespie

  • Sandra and Glenn Walthall

    Our family deeply mourns Ben’s loss with you. He was such a light. We met Ben at AG Middle and Carson, and Ben became fast friends. (Ashton and Sera too!). They have so many funny stories from Ms. Frid’s math Class; running for student body President (toilet paper), etc. Ben was always a great example of knowing when to be balance the laughter with the work because your son always put in the work. He was a bright kid who blew his peers away this year with his solar powered robot. My kids described Ben as always kind to everyone. They told me a story about when he earned extra points on some Middle School project, some one complained, and Ben gave his points away to the student that complained. He lived his life like that; always thinking of others. I remember his optimistism speech as he was in the competition with Ashton. I had the pleasure to get to know your son s a youth leader during Confirmation.
    Our hearts are broken. We are so sad but we are praying and staying faithful. Keeping your dear family in our prayers. Much love. The Walthalls

  • Sherrod and Jeanie Salsbury

    We are so sorry to hear about Benjamin’s death. We can’t imagine what you all are experiencing. Just know we are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Praying God’s strength and love will surround you! Love, Jeanie and Sherrod Salsbury

  • Amanda Buchanan

    While there is nothing we could say to possibly ease your grief, our family lifts yours up in prayer. Thomas has been a friend of my son Hayes since their early years at Sharon Elementary, and it broke our hearts to learn of your family’s loss. We can only offer our deepest condolences.
    Amanda Buchanan