David Edward Withrow

June 11, 2020

David Edward Withrow, 70, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully on Thursday, June 11, 2020 doing what he loved, hiking. David, a Charlotte native, was born on March 6, 1950, son of the late Joe D. Withrow and Florence H. Withrow of Charlotte. 

David was a class of “69” Myers Park Mustang where he was the starting Center and Middle Linebacker on the football team for all three years. He’s also a graduate of Gardner Webb University.
David was an active and dedicated lifetime member of Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church. He planned, worked and served on numerous projects to enhance Pritchard’s mission. He also served on mission teams around the State, the Country and abroad. He will always be remembered for his thirty-seven years of serving in the kitchen at Camp Ridgecrest. He was the epitome of a servant of Christ with his family, his church, his friends and his community.

David loved the outdoors, always looking forward to the next hike. He has hiked all over the NC mountains, but his favorite places to hike were the National Parks in the Southwest. Many of these trips of 8-10 days duration, covered many miles and allowed him to see sights that many people will never get to see in their lifetime. He was never destination oriented but relished every sight along the trail. When he passed away, he was hiking a trail at South Mountain State Park where he was planning to take his beloved grandsons, Landon and Caden, to introduce them to his love of backpacking. He also developed a passion for S-Gauge model trains, continually building and expanding his layout. His happy place was his weekend lake house which was the one place he would relax, be still and reflect. He spent many hours driving the boats so his grandkids could ski, tube and just enjoy each other.

David was a family man that loved his wife and two girls. He was extremely proud of his daughters and how they matured into independent women. His five grandchildren were one the greatest joys in his life. He was a very successful real estate developer, home builder and owner of Withrow Enterprises and Piedmont Plumbing Supply Co., a Withrow landmark in Charlotte for 74 years.
David is survived by his wife of 49 years, his Junior High sweetheart, Marilyn Wilson Withrow; their daughters Meredith (Dustin) Boyd and Allison (Tate) Self; grandchildren Landon and Sierra Boyd, and Caden, Riley and Reagan Self all of Charlotte. He is also survived by his older brother Ron J. (Paula) Withrow, nieces, nephews and many Withrow cousins. He will be missed by all leaving an extreme void that will never be filled.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 19 at Pritchard, 1117 South Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Pritchard to help support the budget, enhance ministry and missions, Alzheimer’s research or the charity of your choice.

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 www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Kathy Williams

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I only met David one time but could tell he was a loving and caring person. It was evident how much he adored his precious Marilyn. My prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  • Delia McCloskey

    Marilyn & family,
    It was our good fortune to be across the street neighbors from your parents for many years and then Diane and your mom. Prayers to you for peace, grace & blessings. You are in my prayers!

  • Jack Fallaw

    I am a brief friend of David. We only met a few months ago when he and Perry Holland asked me and a friend to lead the men’s retreat. In that short period I came to know him as a man who loved the Lord and his family very much. He is one of those people who had a glow of sincerity and a true servants heart. I am glad God put us together even for such a short time. My prayers are with you and the entire family, May God’s peace and joy cover you.
    Jack Fallaw

  • Jennifer Vaden Morgan

    Dear Withrow family, I was so saddened to hear of David’s passing. He was always so nice whenever we saw him at Mike‘a house. My payers are with you for comfort and peace.
    /Jennifer Vaden Morgan and family

  • Bill Culp

    David was a kind and gentle man. I will miss him, especially his friendly smile and firm handshake. He will be missed by all that knew him. My condolences and prayers to the entire Withrow family.

  • Janet Wrigley Isaacs

    David was, truly, one of a kind and today will be a wonderful day to celebrate a life well lived. My memories go back to childhood when he would visit the family farm in Yadkinville and entertain his younger cousins. Everyone loved him. He brought joy and happiness wherever he went. His true gift was to see people through the eyes of Jesus and not his own. He is with his heavenly family now and I know they are rejoicing with the reunion. We will all miss him but are comforted by the life of memories that he left behind. God's blessings to the family. With love and kind thoughts from his "little" cousin.

  • Lisa Elder

    I am still stunned and saddened that David is gone. He was a remarkable man - always one of the first to volunteer to help out and one of the last to leave. Always with a smile on his face. Generous, kind, mischievous, loving, husband, father, brother, grandfather, servant, business man, chef - there aren't enough words to describe all the wonderful things that were David. Thankful to have known him - the world is a better place because he was here. Praying for all of you.

  • Sally Pekora Hauser

    Marilyn & family: I am so sorry to hear about David’s passing. At least he was outdoors doing something that he loved... Doesn’t make your pain less acute. Ronnie & David were always favorites of my parents (Al & Jenny Pekora). We all shared many fond memories growing up, camping, visiting in Satellite Beach, & swimming in Uncle Joe’s pool. My condolences. Sally Hauser

  • Debra Hanson

    So sorry to learn of David's passing. My sincere condolences to the entire Withrow family. Have many fond memories of working with Marilyn and David over the years at Independent Electric. He was truly a kind, caring, faithful man. God Bless you.

  • Nick Kantsios

    I was saddened to learn of David's passing and know as a family and from us friends, he will be sorely missed. I attended MPHS with David and saw him occasionally around Charlotte and most recently at our high school reunion. As you read all the comments about his achievements in life, you get a better sense of what a great person he was. May his memory be eternal.

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