Wayne Widney Felton

October 17, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Wayne Widney Felton passed away on Monday, October 17, 2022, after suffering a bad fall at his home in Charlotte, NC.  Wayne was born on July 9, 1950, in San Leandro, CA, to George Burley Felton and Mary Rolls Felton. 

Growing up in San Leandro, Wayne attended Roosevelt Elementary, Bancroft Junior High, and San Leandro High School.  After completing high school in 1968, he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.

In 1976, he married Carolyn Judd and they lived together in the Bay Area, where their two children were born.  The family then moved to New Canaan, CT in 1986 before relocating to Charlotte, NC in 2000.  

Wayne worked in the banking industry for most of his life, including long stints at Barclays Bank and Wells Fargo.  After leaving Wells Fargo, he began a new role as the director of the Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte, providing programs and services to seniors in the community.

Wayne was known for his outstanding memory, clever wit, and universal kindness.  He watched “Jeopardy!” every evening, excelled at crosswords, and possessed a voluminous vocabulary.  Wayne was also an avid genealogist and spent considerable time researching his parents’ hometown of Zanesville, OH, and collecting antiques.  He was very devoted to his church and volunteered for many years at Myers Park Presbyterian through his work with the Stephen Ministry, as well as serving on the boards of Deacons and Elders.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Judd Felton; children, Andrew Felton and his wife, Alice Wang of Washington, DC and Julia Felton and her husband, Tom Kelly of Detroit, MI; grandchildren, Aurora and Adrian Felton and Charlie and Stella Kelly.  He is also survived by his sister, Mary Eileen Williams.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.  The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall.  The service will also be streamed at https://myersparkpres.org/live/ for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in memory of Wayne to Myers Park Presbyterian, 2501 Oxford Pl, Charlotte, NC, 28207.

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  • courtney pender

    What a wonderful spirit. I had the honor of having Wayne as my leader for Stephen Ministry training several years ago. He was a wonderful and kind person and possessed an amazing gift of compassion and listening. For many years, he served as a mentor to me and many other Stephen MInisters. Carolyn and all of Wayne's family remain in my prayer an heart.

  • Nancy Garber

    Sending my condolences to the Felton family. I worked with Wayne at First Unión. He always had time to listen. He gave his undivided attention. He was a great man. I feel fortunate to have known him.

  • Karen Sugiyama

    Through the wonders of this interconnected world, I was thrown back several decades to the time when Wayne was a mentor, colleague, and friend at Barclays Bank in San Francisco. I will always remember his kind, gentle and dignified manner in what was sometimes a rowdy office. My deepest condolences to Carolyn, Andy, Julia, and their families.

  • Marlene Wechselblatt

    I knew Wayne at Bac!ays Bank. He was unfailing kind and courteous in an environment that didn't foster those traits. The world is a lesser place without him in it. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Donna Lomax

    So sorry to learn of Wayne's passing. He will be truly missed by family and friends. I'm glad to have had many fond memories as a neighbor and as a Board Member at Shepherd's Center. Unfortunately we are out of town and was not able to attend. I'll reach out to Carolyn upon my return.

  • Cynthia Fuentes

    Tremendous loss. I worked with Wayne at Barclays. I was his assistant briefly prior to moving into a different roll. My cousin “Yolanda” became his assistant and we would occasionally chuckle at his pronunciation of her name “YOlanda”. He was always a kind person whom I considered a mentor. I tried to make sure I’d catch up with him by occasionally email. My condolences to his family.

  • Beth Williams

    I am so sorry to have heard the very sad news about Wayne. Sending love and good thoughts to you all. Much Love, Beth Williams

  • Brice Hutton

    Sounds like a life well-lived. Best regards,

  • Pete Anderson

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss! Wayne was an incredible man, and helped me to grow on my faith as a mentor in the Stephen Ministry Program. I will miss him greatly, as will many.

  • Tony Delgado

    My condolences to Wayne's family. I worked with Wayne at Barcal for 10 yrs. I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man that helped alot in ny career in banking. May he rest in peace!!

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