Ralston Murphy Pound, Jr.

October 5, 2020

Ralston Murphy Pound, Jr., US Navy Commander (Ret.), age 99, a resident of Aldersgate Retirement Community, died on October 5, 2020.

A true “gentleman”, Ralston, a Charlotte native, was born on December 31, 1920, son of the late Ralston Murphey “Gus” Pound and Frances Egerton Smoot. Born and raised in Charlotte, Ralston attended Fishburne Military School and NC State University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served active duty for four years and later retired from the Navy Reserves in 1969 with the rank of Commander.

A member of the “greatest generation”, Ralston was an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot in WWII. He became a member of the Fighter Aces Association (AFAA) that was formed in 1960 in San Francisco, by then Air Force Chief of Staff General Thomas White and was presented the Congressional Gold Medal. A Fighter Ace is a pilot who has shot down five or more enemy aircraft during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Ralston was credited with six. He was inducted into the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame April 27, 2019.

When Ralston returned to Charlotte in 1945, following WWII, he joined his father at Pound & Moore Company. He became the company president, eventually retiring in 1985. Ralston and his beloved wife, Deanie enjoyed countless happy years at their homes in Dilworth, as well as River Hills and Mill Creek on Lake Wylie. Ralston’s love of the water led him to involvement in the Charlotte Power Squadron where he served as Commander. He was also a former Mason and Shriner.

A faithful Rotarian, Ralston achieved 72 years perfect attendance this past February. His father was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte and Ralston began attending Rotary with his father in his early twenties and joined the club February 3, 1948. He served as secretary-treasurer, director, and chairman of many committees and service avenues. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and was named a Distinguished Rotarian in 2006.

Ralston was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church. For the past 17 years he lived at Aldersgate and was a former President of the Resident Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Deanie, a brother, James E. Pound; a sister, Frances Pound Henry; and sister-in-law, D’Arlene Pound.

Ralston is survived by his son, Ralston "Tripp" M. Pound III and his wife, Beth of Fresno, California; daughter, M. Lynn Pound of Greensboro, NC; two grandchildren, William Brandon Pound and Laura Pound Hayner and her husband, Daniel; great-grandchildren, Audrey Pound and Julianne and Isaac Hayner; brother, Carey Pound of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Jane Pound of Davidson; nephew Michael Pound and nieces, Lisa Pound Edwards, Susan Henry Combs, Ann Pound Haynes, Amy Pound Boling, and Alison Pound Michalec.

Graveside services will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.

The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the Asbury Care Staff at Aldersgate for their wonderful, loving care of their Dad.

Memorials may be sent to The Rotary Foundation DAF, c/o the Rotary Club of Charlotte, 1850 East Third Street, Suite 220, Charlotte, NC 28204 or Aldersgate Retirement Community, Guardian Angel Fund, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

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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  • Shirley Griffin

    Lynn, I was so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I kept telling him I was going to come take him to lunch, but between working and then Covid... I’m very sorry to say it never happened.
    Your parents were the greatest, as I need not tell you! I remember seeing them often at the Murrell’s , my next door neighbors on Harris Rd.
    Even at 99, Ralston was a very handsome fellow!!!
    Please know my thoughts are with you and Tripp!!
    Love, Shirley Griffin

  • Mary Cele Brooks

    Ralston was a true Southern gentleman who was civil, learned and kind. He was instrumental in my growth and leadership development through the Charlotte Power Squadron as I became Commander. I loved our social events with Deanie and him. We will miss you Ralston. Safe passage...

  • Marge Wilson

    My sincere condolences to you Lynn and all your extended family. I have such fond memories of being with your folks. I’ve thought so often of Ralston since Deanie’s death. I have all of you in my prayers as you cope with your loss................Fondly, Marge

  • Al Parker

    Met Ralston while across the street at Southern Bell. Later as a member of the Charlotte Power Squadron-District-27-and National.
    Carolyn and I became great power squadron friends with Ralston and Deanie. He will be missed!.

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  • David Bailey

    My father, Jack Bailey and his friend Penny Cook became close friends with Deanie and Ralston They formed a social circle of others and spent their last years “ living it up”!
    Ralston was a wonderful man and we all loved his wit
    and fun loving ways.
    A life well lived!

  • Debbie Owenby

    Mr Pound was a great and true gentleman. I had the pleasure of meeting him thru his niece Amy and he always had a smile for everyone. My heart and prayers are with you all. God bless you and thank you for sharing this sweet man.