Obituary: Charlotte Straney

GREENSBORO — Ms. Charlotte Alexander Anderson Straney died peacefully from natural causes in Greensboro, N.C., on March 25 at the age of 71.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 30th at 2 p.m. at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd., Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will be private.

Charlotte Alexander Anderson Straney

Charlotte Alexander Anderson Straney

Charlotte is survived by her brother, Glenn “Chip” Anderson Jr. and wife Judy; nephew, Kevin Anderson and wife Perri and their children, Tyler and Garrett.

She is preceded in death by her former husband, Jim Straney; nephew, Christopher Anderson and her cats, Snicklefritz, Bippy and Godzilla.

She was born on September 14, 1946 in Raleigh, N.C., to Grace and Glenn Anderson. After attending elementary school at Ravenscroft, and Daniels Middle School, she graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1964. Charlotte went on to attend High Point College, Meredith College and Kings Business College. In 1965, she was presented at the North Carolina Debutante Ball by the Terpsichorean Club.

Charlotte’s career began with the three years she served as Secretary to the Director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation followed by three years at the Eastern Music Festival as Executive Secretary to the Director. Though her tenure there was brief, she continued to volunteer for EMF for 35 years. The professional highlight of her career was the eleven years she served as Executive Secretary to William “Bill” Rogers, President of Guilford College. After retirement, she remained engaged in many capacities at the College up until the present date.

Her philanthropic passion was fulfilled when she established and provided the initial funding for the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center Endowment at Guilford College.Charlotte’s services to community and others included the following: active with the Raleigh Wesley Foundation, Co-Editor of Newsletter

Administrator Broughton High School Class Website, former President Raleigh Chapter of Up with People, Board of Adjustments for the City of Burlington for 12 years, former President Diabetes Association of Burlington, she designed statewide raffle for American Diabetes Association for several years, was a former member of NAMI Group Burlington – National Alliance on Mental Illness , Guilford College – Assistant Secretary, Board of Trustees, member Guilford College Art Gallery Endowment. In addition she was a member of New Garden Friends Meeting, member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church , she made her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Greensboro Choral Society, and she was a member of the Legacy Society at the Bryan Series in Greensboro.

Charlotte belived in paying it forward, lived to help other people – particularly those who couldn’t help themselves. Stubborn, sassy, more punctual than people gave her credit. Edited and proofread numerous doctoral dissertations. Generous. Loved the dance floor even when it took a wheelchair to get there. Valued friendships. Enjoyed concerts, festivals and lecture series. Control freak, mentally organized, editor par excellence. Kind. Knew her way around a semi-colon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center Endowment at Guilford College, Advancement Office, 500 West Friendly Avenue Greensboro NC 27410.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary’s St., Raleigh, NC.

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