Russell Henry Engle ’48

Russell Henry Engle ’48 died May 2 at his home in Matthews, N.C. He was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Charlotte, N.C., to Russell and Virginia Engle. He graduated from Davidson, and then his career began in sales at Pound and Moore, where he worked with his father for a short time. Dorsey’s Furniture expanded their sales to office furniture, and Engle provided leadership and developed their sales department. Walker-Engle and Associates offered an opportunity to pursue his own business, and for many years he provided service to the Charlotte community. A lifelong active member of St. John’s Baptist Church, Engle served over 25 years as a deacon, being recognized as a deacon emeritus. He filled a number of leadership positions, including a Sunday school teacher for the junior high students and a secretary for the youth department. He was a member of the Durden Sunday school class and enjoyed the times of fellowship and study. Engle is a member of the original Friendship Tray Board. He was active in the Charlotte Eastern Lion’s Club Chapter. The friendship and service activities of the organization provided a way for him to express his love and concern for others. Henry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Patricia “Pat” Weller Engle, 733 Plantation Estates Dr., Apt. A408, Matthews, NC 28105-9104; daughter and son-in-law, Alice Engle Blanton and Dr. Robert H. Blanton, and their children, Laura and Robbie; son and daughter-in-law, Russell “Rusty” Leslie Engle and Christy Seay Engle, and their children, Lauren, Russell, and Savannah; and son and daughter-in-law, James Stuart Engle and Sara Woodruff Engle, and their children, Kyle ’12, Claire, and Emily. Also surviving are two brothers, Dr. Jim Engle and Retired Colonel Donald Engle, and cousins, Anne Bourne, Ann and Beth Askew, Charlotte and Jack Bailey, and Inez Arant.