Charles Robert Winter

April 3, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Charles (Charlie) Robert Winter, 72, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 3, 2020 from heart complications.

Charlie was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey on April 26, 1947 to the late Earl and Evelyn Winter.  In 1971, Charlie married the love of his life Donna Smith and moved south to Charlotte shortly thereafter.

Charlie enjoyed a long career in the automotive industry having worked most notably at Gowen Oldsmobile, Saturn, and more recently with Subaru South Boulevard.  He made friends with everyone he met. His favorite pastimes were NASCAR, trips to the beach in the family camper, barbecue on the Fourth of July and Duke basketball.  Charlie loved more than anything else being a husband, father, and “Pop Pop.”

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of forty-nine years, Donna; daughter, Kimberly Tatsis and her husband, Paul, son, Christopher Winter and granddaughter, Sophia Tatsis.

A private graveside service will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.  There will be a memorial service to celebrate Charlie’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to InReach NC, 4530 Park Road, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28209 ( or Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 9401 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273 (

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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  • Joe & Patty Kahle

    Donna - just heard about Charlie’s passing and wanted to convey our sincere condolences ....Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  • Erin Bloomberg

    Donna, I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Such a kind person. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs, Erin

  • Toni Robinson

    It was with great sadness that I came across notice of Charlie's death. Sending heartfelt condolences to the whole family—as my mind races back two plus decades to lots of path crossings via ecac board connections and events. Donna, I still have a small book of daily wisdom sayings that you gave me ages and ages ago. it lives on a prominent shelf and sends me on my daily path along with a variety of other devotionals. May all who knew and loved Charlie find strength each day as you work through your grief. May you be open to the power of love on your path and may you find a steady, loving place as a legacy to Charlie's earthly days.

  • Margot Freed

    Dear Winter family. I am saddened to hear that Charlie is no longer with you. I was delighted to read that he is now with his Lord and Savior. I loved talking with him whenever he came to drop off or pick up Chris from events at Marion Diehl Recreation Center. What a kind, good humored, twinkly-eyed man. Much love to each of you.

  • Jim Lundie

    Charlie and I ran the roads for longer than I care to say. He was a great friend. I miss him terribly.

  • John Baker

    I worked with Charlie for over 5 years. My wife Melissa worked with him as well We loved him very much. He was a good friend and a fine gentleman. Please know how sorry we are for your loss and are praying for you in this time.

    John and Melissa Baker

  • Kathy & Lee Harris

    Charlie was a loyal customer for many years and also a friend. The thing we will always remember about Charlie at Beaver Dam Auto Auction was his nickname---$50 more Charlie because no matter how much his cars were bringing he would always ask for $50 more. We all loved to argue with him and get a rise out of him just like he did with us. Rest in Peace because we will miss you and will argue with you again one day.

  • david woodruff

    i started my automotive career at Gowen olds backin the 70/80s he was the used car mgr. charlie was avery honest person which is hard to do in the used market.thanks for alot of memories david

  • Andrew Battoglia

    He was a legend in the car business, bot to me he was a big brother and a great great friend.

  • Amy Holcombe

    I am so sorry to hear if Charlie’s death. I only know of him through his sweet wife Donna and awesome son Christopher! He will me missed!!!
    Love you Donna and Christopher!!
    Sending up prayers!!

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