Eric C. Shoaf

August 24, 2019

CHARLOTTE- Eric C. Shoaf, 62, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 24, 2019, after nearly two years of fighting with cancer.

Eric was born on January 4, 1957 in eastern North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and held master’s degrees from both the University of Rhode Island and North Carolina Central University. A lifelong educator, he held library administration leadership positions at a variety of academic institutions, most recently serving as Dean of the Library at Queens University of Charlotte.

With a special talent for writing, Eric was published prolifically in the library and information sciences literature, as well as popular music and guitar-related journals and magazines. He was the author of seven books, including Gonzology: A Hunter Thompson Bibliography, Tom Wolfe: A Bibliographic Analysis, and Guitar Journalism, among others.

His family and friends will remember his passions for guitar, vintage cars, and collecting books, as well as his love of laughter. 

Eric is survived by his wife, Claudia Cardenas; daughter, Brianna Wright and her husband, Kyle;  son, Evan Shoaf; mother, Jane Shoaf; sisters, Hillary Alexander and Mary Shoaf, and brother, Andrew Shoaf. He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. E. Clifford Shoaf, and his brother, David Shoaf.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Belk Chapel at Queens University, 2234 Radcliffe Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Memorials may be made to the Levine Cancer Institute, c/o Atrium Health Foundation, 208 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203. 

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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  • Matthew Jaquith

    Eric and I had a successful working relationship at Brown University, and I look back on our time together with appreciation. He offered respect, kindness, and a wonderful ability to listen, hear, and consider. I am saddened that he and I will not be able to explore our passion for cars in retirement as it was something we considered beyond our relation at work. My condolences to the family!

  • Stephen Fowlkes

    I knew Rick back in the early 70's when we attended Durham High School and played basketball for Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. His dad and mine were in Div. School at Duke together. Rick and I roomed across the hall from each other in Stonehenge one year at Duke. He was a lot of fun and had a great record collection at the time.

    I am so sorry to hear of his death and offer my sincerest sympathy to his family.

  • Teran Family

    Mona, Eric had such a charming personality, was so happy and always smiling , his happiness was contagious!!! A wonderful man for my beautiful niña ?. We love you dearly Clauds. Sending you bear ? ssss.
    Joy in heaven with his presence, on earth with his memories ?????

  • Janet Bartholow

    Eric was extremely kindhearted and a pleasure to work with. He always offered to help out and his smile was contagious. Sorry to hear.he has passed. May God keep his whole family wrapped tightly together in his loving arms. All my prayers.