Charlotte James Arthur

October 10, 2022

Charlotte (Rose) James Arthur passed away October 10 at the age of 88. Her family and friends celebrate a life well-lived and rejoice in her now being with her heavenly Father. She was born December 20, 1933 in Richmond, Virginia to Fannie (Morris) and Guy James. She met her high school sweetheart, Howard, at Leigh Street Baptist Church in Richmond. They married in 1955 and later settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Her favorite word was “joy” and she dedicated her life to following Jesus and serving others. A long-time member of First Baptist Charlotte, she served in almost every department from children to youth to shut-ins. Later, at Calvary Church, she was as active as her health would allow. She was intentional to encourage church staff and missionaries and had a heart for those in need. Always a good planner, she would rally others to join alongside her in projects and celebrations. Most every holiday, birthday, and life event was acknowledged with a heartfelt note and card. Charlotte was a diligent prayer warrior: if she knew you, she prayed for you.

Dedicated to her family, she wanted to equip her children with life skills and instill integrity, wisdom and a consideration of others. If you called her Granny, you have sweet memories of reading books, playing dominoes, taking nature walks, enjoying Lake Camp, visiting nursing homes and many holiday traditions. Gathering around a table for Thanksgiving, dyeing Easter eggs and watching fireworks on July 4th were important to her. She wanted her children and grandchildren to be filled with gratitude, understand the significance of the cross and be good citizens of the world.

Charlotte and Howard shared a love of travel, camping and experiencing different cultures. They also cherished their time with close friends and family at their Lake Norman home. In these last years, her husband was a loving caregiver, setting a great example of what marriage looks like.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Howard Lewis Arthur, Jr., daughter Jeanette Arthur Bicket (Jack), sons Bryan James Arthur (Susan), Morris Howard Arthur (Debbie), and grandchildren Paige, Logan, Will, Evan, John Thomas, Virginia, Kai, and two great grandchildren, plus brother Edwin James (Shirley), sister-in-law Jeanne Arthur Mayes and nieces and nephews.

A service to honor her memory will be held at Calvary Church in Charlotte, Friday, November 4, at 2:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Church or Charlotte Rescue Mission.

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

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  • Lynda Walters

    My condolences to all the Arthur family. She was an amazing person! After reading the obituary, I agree, joy does describe her ! And while in high school, a friend and I went to her regarding another friend, and she sat on the bed with us and said a prayer for this person. It was second nature, it was just what she did. It was just who she was. May you find comfort in your memories and may God bless you with His peace. Lynda Westmoreland Walters

  • Tom & Jackie Crow

    Thank God for friendship and love with godly precious Charlotte. She brightened and spiced our lives greatly during out service in FBCC, as Executive Pastor. She was always faithful and joyful and encouraging.
    God bless you in such great loss.

  • David and Clyde Teague

    Dad and I are so grateful for the more than 50 years of friendship we've shared with Charlotte and the whole Arthur family. There are so many good memories. Our condolences to Howard, Jeanette, Bryan and Morris and your whole extended family. You will remain in our prayers.

    Much love,

  • Nora Turk

    Charlotte was always beaming and joyful, no matter the circumstances. Would even call out to us when we were passing her in an often crowded church (Calvary and 1st Baptist) if we didn’t see her to be sure she asked how we were doing. She visited my mother along with her good friend,Sylvia, when she was in declining health and that was more than 8 yrs ago.
    There will never be another Charlotte!! Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
    In deepest sympathy, Nora Turk