Lynn McIver III

May 13, 2023

CHARLOTTE – Lynn McIver III, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2023.  He was a kind and gentle man who truly loved all people.  Lynn dedicated his life to serving others and viewed service to his church and community as an opportunity and a privilege.  Forever the optimist, Lynn saw only the good in others. 

Lynn was born in Sanford, NC on February 20, 1939, to Annie Stroud Mann and Lynn McIver. The oldest of three children, he spent much of his youth outdoors.  In childhood, he developed a close-knit group of friends, cultivating many of those friendships for almost 80 years.  His love of the outdoors led him to Scouting, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  In high school, he played the saxophone for the Melody Masters, entertaining dances and parties all over Lee County.  He graduated from Lee County High School and attended Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Lynn had a diverse career, holding a variety of jobs over the years.  He was a stockbroker, co-owned a computer software company, and later in life, became an ordained Christian minister. His work carried him all over the country and Canada, but he was proud to call North Carolina his home.  Upon moving back, he settled in Concord and eventually Charlotte. 

Lynn dedicated his time to many causes and organizations. He was the State Chairperson of Ducks Unlimited, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cabarrus Academy and Chairman of the Wilson County March of Dimes.  He served as an Elder, a Stephens Minister and Sunday School Teacher at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

His interests were as varied as his careers.  Always the student, Lynn was a voracious reader, especially on the subject of North Carolina history.  Lynn loved to paint, garden, and lemon meringue pie.  An excellent baker, he shared his baked goods with friends, neighbors and the sick.  His famous “McIver Bread” is still cherished by family and friends.  Lynn was an avid sports fan.  He loved golf and the Atlanta Braves.  Forever the unifier, he cheered for both UNC and NC State basketball.  Lynn had a wonderful sense of humor.  For those who knew him, his humor, laughter, and love will be a treasured memory.

In 1989, he met the love of his life and best friend, Lucy Grasty.  On July 13, 2003, they married on the porch of the Phillips House in Montreat, NC.  Lynn and Lucy shared a deep love and affection for each other.  They loved to visit gardens and explore small towns across North and South Carolina. 

A devoted father and husband, Lynn is survived by his beloved wife, Lucy Grasty of Charlotte, NC;  and the four children and six grandchildren they share: Caroline Hedgecock of Concord, NC; Mary Lucy (Rod) Glockner of Wilmington, NC; Alex (Katie) Gunter and Woody (Hunter Ingram) Gunter of Charlotte, NC; Abigail and Walker Hedgecock of Concord, NC; Jack and William Glockner of Wilmington, NC; and Mac and John Gunter of Charlotte, NC.  Lynn is also survived by his two sisters, Anne (Gary) Miller of Pompano Beach, FL and Joey Jones of Raleigh, NC as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in law, Tim Hedgecock and his brother-in-law, Don Jones.

A service celebrating Lynn’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 19, 2023, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall. Interment will be in Montreat, NC, where Lynn loved to spend time with his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Lynn to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207 or a charity of donor’s choice.

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

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  • Margaret & Bill Poitevint

    He must have been such a remarkable person! Our thoughts and prayers will be with Caroline and the rest of her family.

  • Bob Carraway

    I only knew Lynn a few years after meeting him when taking bridge lessons. He was just as wonderful as others have described him to be. Always had a smile on his face and a joke in his pocket. He and Lucy were a good match and he told me more than once how he knew she was the right one and how much he loved her. I and his many friends will miss Lynn terribly. He was the kind of person that everyone wants for a life-long friend. Lucy, we love you and feel your loss. ---- Bob Carraway

  • William Pender

    The spirit of Lynn was always welcomed among all who were privileged to have met him

  • Pam Rosen

    My Lynn’s memory be a blessing