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Originally published: 2013-03-25 14:11:04
Last modified: 2013-03-25 14:11:04

Charles Leslie Cruse Sr

Charles Leslie Cruse, Sr., 84, of Charlotte passed away peacefully Friday, March 22, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

He was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Charlotte, the son of the late Avery Parks Cruse and Hazel Luella Carpenter Cruse. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Parks Nalle Cruse and Sidney Lee Cruse.

Mr. Cruse served his country proudly in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant during the Korean War. He attended the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools, attended Central High School and graduated from Tech High School. With encouragement from Dr. Bonnie Cone he applied and was awarded the Hurst Scholarship and obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University with Honors.

He retired from a long career with Duke Power now Duke Energy where he was the Head of Marketing in Durham. He was president of the American Cancer Society in Durham, the Durham Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club, Charlotte Kiwanis Club, head of the Durham Duke Engineering Club, Charlotte Engineering Club, Elder and Deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Durham and head of the Durham Home Builders Club.

Pete was an avid golfer and could be found most weekends at the Cedarwood Country Club of Charlotte working on his golf game.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Mrs. Charles L. Cruse "Marie B." of the home; son, Charles "Chuck" Leslie Cruse, Jr. and wife, Cynthia Groeger Cruse; daughter, Julianna Marie Cruse Burgess and husband, Jonathan Nesbit Burgess; sister, Miriam Ellen Cruse Gosnell; grandchildren, David and Michelle Cruse and Luke and Elyse Burgess; and numerous other loving family.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Green Memorial Baptist Church, 1324 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, the Kiwanis Club,; the Masonic Lodge, 500 N. Sharon Amity, Charlotte, NC 28211 or the charity of one's choice.

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