William Ernest Heck

July 26, 2022

CHARLOTTE – William Ernest “Bill” Heck passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was born January 10, 1935, the son of Ernest E. Heck and Hermena Morgan Heck of Salisbury, NC. 

Bill grew up in Salisbury and graduated from Boyden High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1957 and Master’s Degree in 1961 from UNC-Chapel Hill.  He served in the United States Army for two years at Fort Jackson, SC. 

Bill began his 35-year career in the financial industry in 1965, shortly after moving his family to Charlotte. He was privileged to work with Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter, and Morgan Stanley. 

Bill’s community involvement included helping to found and lead the Charlotte Youth Athletic Club (CYAC). Throughout life, one of Bill’s favorite activities was following his UNC Tarheel sports teams.  Bill especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Following retirement, Bill and Emily enjoyed traveling and he took pleasure in planning their trips.    

Bill met his wife, Emily Lou Hodge Heck in high school and they were married for 64 years. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children, Christopher Bradley Heck and his wife, Brenda Venis Heck of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Lisa Heck Craft and her husband, Jack Craft of Charlotte.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Mark Andrew Reavis of Charlotte, Sophia Megan Heck and her fiancée Justin Pallansch of Charlotte, and Haydn Alexander Heck of Superior, CO.  Bill was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Helen Heck Mitchell of Raleigh, and Margaret Heck Tucker of Salisbury. 

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the wonderful care and compassion given to Bill by all the doctors, nurses and staff of Atrium Health Pineville and Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 -7:00 PM on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Kenneth W. Poe Funeral and Cremation Service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Bill to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or www.alz.org

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

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  • Mack and Sue

    Thanks for the memories, Clint!

  • Shandel Ward

    I would like to share my deepest condolences to the family <3

  • Bradford W Gwinn

    It was about 1964, Charlotte, N.C., Hampshire Hills, a new neighborhood with new folks with young children. There was a softball field and neighborhood pool where we gathered, as well as on various patios for juke box music furnished by K.D. Bill and Emily Heck embodied the spirit of Hampshire Hills―one of welcome, friendship, camaraderie and fun. Even if Bill complained that my Ping Pong serve was illegal, it was a pleasure and a blessing to have known him and stayed friends for all these years. And to this day, my son still reminisces about his great memories and those of his sister and brother growing up there to which Bill made such a contribution. Love you, Emily, and thank you.

  • Cloretta Frazier

    My sincerest condolences to the family. My heart and prayers are with you.