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Dennis Carlyle Downing

March 11, 1955 May 1, 2018
Dennis Carlyle Downing
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Dennis Carlyle Downing, Jr. of Charlotte NC, after months of declining health, went home to be with the Lord on May 1, 2018. He was 63 and leaves behind a family that was so blessed to call him husband, dad, g-pa and pop-pop.
Dennis was born in Raleigh on March 11, 1955 to the late Dennis Carlyle and Anne Marie Downing. He grew up in the North Hills area of Raleigh, fishing at Lassiter Mill, roaming Trinity Baptist Church, performing carport musicals, enjoying houseboat trips to Kerr Lake and countless other adventures with his five siblings. After graduating from Sanderson High School, Dennis enrolled at North Carolina State University where he earned a B.S. in accounting. During his time on campus, he met and married Brenda Misle, the love of his life and wife of 41 years. He was a lifelong Wolfpack fan.
After passing the CPA Exam on the first try, he began his accounting career with Coopers and Lybrand (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in Charlotte, where he and Brenda made their home and raised their family of three fine sons. Dennis enjoyed a varied career in business, but his proudest years were spent at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company. After 15 years of service, he retired as Secretary Treasurer in 2013. He was always grateful for the opportunity to be there.
Dennis was a wonderful father and raising three rambunctious boys was no small task. From backyard campouts and coaching little league, to teaching his boys music and leading them in AWANA, through it all, he took every opportunity to point his sons to the Lord.
During his retirement years, he enjoyed vacationing with his family on Oak Island, spending wonderful times at the family's mountain home in Linville, and surrounding himself with his grandchildren. He was an active member of Carmel Baptist Church, and in the end, he found peace resting at home with his loving family and through his confidence in his Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Brenda; son Benjamin, his wife Sara and their son Whitley; son Patrick, his wife Jessica and their children William, Charlotte and Hazel; and son Matthew. Dennis is also survived by his siblings Caran, Diane, Lisa, Bill and Mary Jean. He treasured his family and the noise and chaos of everyone around - he referred to his family as his greatest joy.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. John Hanson for his many years of professional care and friendship.
A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 11am at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 101 Colville Road, Charlotte NC, 28207. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Gathering Space.


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Celebration of Life

Saturday

5

May

11:00 AM 5/5/2018 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 5/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

101 Colville Rd
Charlotte, NC 28207

Westminster Presbyterian Church
101 Colville Rd Charlotte 28207 NC
United States

Visitation

Saturday

5

May

12:00 PM 5/5/2018 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 5/5/2018 1:00:00 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

101 Colville Rd
Charlotte, NC 28207

Westminster Presbyterian Church
101 Colville Rd Charlotte 28207 NC
United States
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