In Memoriam: Cloyd Devon Brookshire
Cloyd Devon "Red" Brookshire, 86, of Charlotte, passed away peacefully, October 13, 2010.
Red was born in Poplar Springs, NC on May 16, 1924 and pursued a career in the masonry industry for over 50 years. He was a family man, a man of Christian faith, and an avid sports fan. He was a generous and eternally optimistic soul and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him. Red is survived by Ann, his loving wife of 62 years, and their five children, Devon; Fonda and her husband, Jimmy; Joan; Ben and his wife, June; and Jean. He was a wonderful grandfather to five grandchildren, Megan and Murphy Lee; Hunter, Tucker, and Savannah Brookshire. Red is also survived by two sisters, Mildred Chapman and Nell Dagenhart.
Red served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and became a bricklayer soon after the war. He and his brother Coyle Winfred 'C.W.' started a masonry construction company in 1955 in Charlotte, and later in 1980 he went into business with his two sons. In the 1980's and until his retirement in 1993, he managed two construction companies; one in North Carolina and one in Florida.
Red loved to play golf, was a proficient woodworker, making small furniture for family and friends, and enjoyed shopping and traveling with Ann and dining with her to their special places each week. And of course, with his passing, the Atlanta Braves, the Carolina Panthers, and the Carolina Tarheels all lost one of their biggest fans.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the staff and volunteers of Harris Hospice. A funeral service to celebrate Red's life will take place on Friday October 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his memory to Pineville United Methodist Church, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville, NC 28134.
Online memorials may be left at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
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Originally published in the Charlotte Observer on October 14, 2010.