Charles Albert "Charlie" Trice

July 17, 2016

Charles "Charlie" Trice died the afternoon of Sunday, July 17, 2016. Born the seventh of nine children on Sunday, April 9, 1922 in Howardsville, VA; Charlie was a wonderful son, husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and colleague. He was preceded in death in June of 2015 by the love of his life, Julia Cameron Trice, with whom he celebrated seventy-one years of marriage. As the last surviving offspring of Obadiah Ashton Trice and Ellen Elizabeth Journey, Charlie shared many fond memories of growing up in the foothills of Virginia with Carlyle, Lawrence, Frances, Robert, Richard, Ashton, Joe, and Margaret.

After graduating from Scottsville High School in 1938, Charlie left Virginia for North Carolina upon landing a job with Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro. There he met Julia while she was attending UNC-G, and they were married March 4, 1944 in Polkton, NC. Charlie served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a navigator on weather reconnaissance missions with B-29 squadrons in the Pacific Theatre.

Post WWII, Charlie attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1949 with a B.S. in Commerce. Upon graduation, he and Julia, now with two daughters, Ellen and Ann, moved to Charlotte where Charlie began his career with the accounting firm of Haskins and Sells, which later became Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells. While balancing a growing family with the additions of Susan and Jean, and with a focus on the textile industry in the audit department; his work ethic, client relationship skills and mentoring approach eventually earned him the title of Managing Partner for the Charlotte office. Charlie retired from DH&S in 1984 but remained active in the community by serving on a number of committees and boards for Myers Park United Methodist Church, Hospice of Charlotte, and Sharon Towers.

Family, faith, and the Tar Heels were Charlie's deep-rooted loves but his passionate pursuit was the game of golf. Despite playing left-handed and not truly growing serious about the game until he was in his 40s, he quickly honed his skills, often in a net in the garage of his house, to the point where he was a single-digit handicap player. From his hole-in-one at St. Andrews to serving as President of Carmel Country Club in 1971 and 1972 to the Boomers group trips to Hilton Head to the Carolina Senior Golf Association outings, Charlie and golf were almost synonymous terms for many years. He continued to regularly shoot his age or better it into his eighties.

The early-to-mid 1990s were difficult for the Trice family with the deaths of daughter, Ellen, and son-in-law, Pete Bensley. Charlie is survived by granddaughter, Brandon Bensley, and three daughters: Ann Faircloth and husband Ron of Tega Cay, granddaughters Tracy Sullivan (Alex) and Robin Smith (Scott); Susan Donaldson and husband Gary Jaburg of Scottsdale AZ, granddaughters Melanie Donaldson, Stephanie Steffen (David), and Laura Bercovich (Justin); and Jean Deason and husband Richard of Charlotte, granddaughter Lauren Wade (Will) and grandson Charles Deason (Sarah). Great-grandchildren are Georgia, Ella, and Ben Sullivan; Caleb, Ruby, and Michael Smith; Manoli and Nick Karageorgos; Jackson and Mason Steffen; and Charles Deason Jr. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Charlie will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Myers Park United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a gift to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region or Sharon Towers Employee Christmas Fund. The family also extends its gratitude to the many caregivers from Sharon Towers who were a part of Charlie's and Julia's lives for the past thirteen years.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave. 704-641-7606.

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