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On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Charlotte Hamor Whitney, loving wife of Kenneth William Whitney, went to her eternal home in heaven. Charlotte was a spirited resident of The Pines at Davidson and enjoyed her days there cooking, playing bridge, doing needlework, and visiting with her friends, family, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Charlotte was the daughter of Shirley Cleaves Hamor and Josephine Elizabeth Peckham Hamor, born at St. Peter's Hospital, Charlotte, NC on October 17, 1924. She graduated with honors from Central High School, attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, then Queens College in Charlotte and completed her BA degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1946. She did graduate work at UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University in the insurance field. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority when she received the Diamond Degree and maintained an alumni membership.
She was married to William L. Smith IV on June 22, 1946. They lived in Chapel Hill, NC, Macon, GA, and returned to Charlotte to operate her father's business after his death in 1951. They had two children, Charlotte and Grainger, and lived in Raleigh, NC prior to being divorced in 1961. Charlotte and her children returned to Charlotte, NC when she was employed as secretary to Board of Trustees & Stockholders of NCNB, Office Manager for several different insurance companies before beginning a 19 year tenure as an instructor at CPCC where she retired in 1989.
Charlotte married Jack Page West on July 1, 1961 and they had a happy life together blending their 5 children (two of hers, three of his, Jack Jr., Jane, and William) into one very active family. They remained in Charlotte while building a vacation and retirement home in Wilmington, NC. Jack passed away May 27, 1986 so they were not able to achieve retirement in Wilmington.
She was to again find love with another loving husband, David Carr Lockwood, and they were married on July 3, 2002 at their home church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church. They enjoyed his home on Lake Wylie for several years before moving to The Pines at Davidson. Charlotte enjoyed all of "The Lockwood children" and their families and again being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to an increased number of family members. David passed away on March 2, 2010.
Before long, she was again in love with a new gentleman and she and "Whit" were happily married the past 5 1/2 years. They both enjoyed all Davidson, NC had to offer; were avid Davidson Wildcat fans, and enjoyed life together. The Pines was a wonderful place to live and they had many activities as well as their love of their church family at St. Albans Episcopal Church.
Charlotte will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a good friend, an educator, excellent cook, and lover of life. She enjoyed playing the piano, enjoyed golf before she was unable to play any longer, was an avid knitter, making many prayer shawls for cancer patients as well as gifts for many grand babies. In her youth, she enjoyed many summer visits to Maine, the birthplace of both her parents, and was always eager to share stories about her wonderful summers there. She enjoyed traveling and she and Jack enjoyed a trip to Europe and other places during their time together. She and Whit were also able to travel to Maine and to his home in Pennsylvania, sharing memories with each other.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth William "Whit" Whitney and his daughter, Sally of Mooresville, NC, and his son, Will and wife Laura of Bremerton, WA; son, Grainger C. Smith and wife Phylia of Mint Hill; daughter, Charlotte Smith Hawkins and husband Danny of Thomasville, NC; son, Jack Page West, Jr. and wife Gloria of Atlantic, NC; daughter, Jane West Pittman and husband Emmett of Atlantic, NC; son, William Charles West and wife Sharon, of Homosassa, FL; all the "Lockwood family", and a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family would like to pay special thanks to the nursing staff of The Pines Health Care Center, Dr. Ronnie Beamon, and the staff of Hospice & Palliative Care, Lake Norman Team. The care and concern given to Charlotte was remarkable and so appreciated.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, November 7, 2019 at St. Albans Episcopal Church, Davidson, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 705 Griffith St., Suite 203, Davidson, NC, 28036 or St. Albans Episcopal Church, Davidson, North Carolina.
Online condolences and memories may be left at kepnerfh.com.
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