Jared Alexander "Xan" Law, Jr.

December 8, 2016

Jared Alexander “Xan” Law, Jr. peacefully went with Jesus to his heavenly home on Thursday, December 8, 2016, when his courageous battle with a very rare cancer, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, came to an end. He fought the good fight of faith while enjoying every day to the utmost by playing golf, being with friends, and loving his family. He was born in Charlotte, NC, on October 4, 1941, to the late Kathryn and Xan Law. He was predeceased by his brother Jimmy. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gaye, and their son, Xan Law, III, and their beloved Westie, Little Lady Lily Law. Xan is also survived by his sisters, Katy Shoemaker (Raleigh) and Ellen Alfriend (Jim), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Xan graduated from Myers Park High School in 1959. He served in the Army Reserves after graduating from college.

His business career spanned decades from being a school photographer, life insurance salesman, River Hills salesman, and a commercial real estate broker who “did deals” such as Daufuskie Island, the Interstate Tower in uptown Charlotte and the Winston-Salem Hyatt House plus numerous other ventures in Charlotte. He was a co-founder of New Dominion Bank and has served on the Board of Directors, even having business meetings in his hospital room.

Xan had a passion and love of the game of golf since he was 11 years old playing as many days a week as possible. He made lifelong friendships from his many golf tournaments and trips. He won the Charlotte City Amateur in 1969. In recent months he “shot his age” in several tournaments. Xan’s love of golf and the friendships he formed throughout the years were recently honored and recognized by the Carolinas Golf Association which announced that the “Xan Law, Jr., Hall of History” would be created at its headquarters in Southern Pines. He was also part owner of the Pinetuck Golf Course in Rock Hill, SC. Xan was a member of Myers Park Country Club and a past member and Board member of Quail Hollow Club.

All his golf buddies and friends were given nicknames by which they became known and were most frequently called by others. A nickname given by Xan was a sign of great friendship and love. Gaye was given many nicknames over the course of their dating years and marriage. Xan “never met a stranger” and was truly interested in people. One of his most endearing qualities was that he never said a bad word about anyone. As a result, everyone he met was always a friend for life because he never forgot anyone’s name.

Xan possessed an incredible zest for life and an infectious enthusiasm for enjoying each day to the utmost. He always maintained a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity, which was inspiring to all who were privileged to know him. His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was the source of his Hope. Xan knew his Lord personally and was willing to share that hope with others in words and deeds.

A service to celebrate Xan’s life will be held Wednesday, December 14, at 2:00 pm at Central Church of God, 5301 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Weatherby Hall/FLC. A private burial will be held before the service for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Xan Law, Jr., Hall of History c/o Carolinas Golf Association, 140 Ridge Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387; The First Tee of Charlotte, 2661 Barringer Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208; the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Organization, to support the research and education to find a cure; checks can be made to: University of Washington MCC Research and sent to: Paul Nghiem, MD, PHD, University of Washington, Dermatology, 850 Republican St., Brotman Building-Room 242, Box 358050, Seattle, WA 98109 or Merkelcell.org/join-the-fight/donate, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Kenneth W. Poe Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Law family. Online Condolences maybe left at www.kennethpoeservices.com


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  • Jennifer and Lila

    Lila and I are so sad to know you and Lily, and the rest of us, have lost such a wonderful man. We so enjoyed our daily chats with Xan and Lily, and will remember him always.

    Much love to you.

  • Al Wood

    Pudge, as long as the the earth spins there will never be another. I figure that right about now he's teeing it up with Arnie, Howie and Seve on NO.1 at Augusta I love you and I can never repay the gift he gave me by just being around.

  • Bobby Workman

    Xan was a business associate of my father, Gary Workman, aka "Fin".........I just wanted to write about my appreciation for being lucky enough to know him........we didn't spend that much time actually together, except for occasional lunches with my father, but he always made me feel like an old friend when we did get together.......he was extremely generous to me, as well, especially with getting me work over the years.......he got me a summer job at the Dunn Hill Hotel one year, where I served as the maintenance man and the limousine driver, and I got to meet Paul McCartney while working there.......then, he helped get me a job at one of his friend's restaurants in Raleigh while in college........and just 5 years ago, he got me a summer job at the Old North State Club so I could put together a very Xan-like project where I live in Costa Rica........what can I say......he's one of those people that helped me to get where and I am today.......thanks for everything, Xan.......sincerely, Bobby Workman

  • Anthony (Tony). Pressley

    I now live in Florida, thus will not be attending Xan's funeral but wanted to express my deepest sorrow to the family.
    Anytime I ran into to Xan the greeting was always the same: A big smile, warm welcome and interesting conversation.
    I guess Xan also considered me a friend since he nicknamed me long ago "Mayor" .
    I mourn with both the family and Xan's many friends.

  • russ wentz aka Piggy, Marvelous Marvin, MMP

    Gaye, Katy and all those who loved X we are devastated by his loss; what a great friend and fellow Tesnuser; I will always treasure the friendship we had we never forget him prayers to you and family at this difficult time

  • Ed Finman

    I'll never forget Xan's infectious smile & positive attitude. Thanks Xan for so freely sharing your ways. I'll be thinking of you sweet Gaye on the 14th, sorry I can't attend Xan's memorial. Hugs to the whole family!

  • Phil Hazel

    This goes back a long way. Rest In Peace "Bird legs" from "foots". And sincere condolences to your family and friends.