L. Hunter Pharr ’37

L. Hunter Pharr ’37, 94, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away June 19 at Plantation Estates in Matthews, N.C. He was born Dec. 1, 1915, at the family home on Providence Road to Walter Hazel and Louise Hunter Pharr and lived all but a few years in Charlotte.

Pharr attended Davidson and served in the Marine Corps during WWII as a naval mail clerk. While working at the Providence Road pharmacy, he met a Queens College student, Mildred Massenburg, his wife of 69 years.

Pharr was preceded in death by his sister, Cynthia P. Whiting, and brothers, Robert Baxter Pharr and Walter Springs Pharr ’38. He is survived by his wife, Millie, 701 Plantation Estates Dr., WillowBrooke Ct., Matthews, NC 28105; a brother, Hazel Harris “Dux” Pharr ’45; three sons, William H. Pharr, Robert S. Pharr, and J. Victor Pharr; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pharr retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a station superintendent after over 30 years of service, and then went to work for his brother at R.B. Pharr and Associates until 1980.

He was elected an elder at Sardis A.R.P. Presbyterian Church in 1937 and served several terms as clerk of the session at Sardis Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school for 20 years and served as superintendent of the church school. He also served as the first commissioner to the general assembly in 1952 and was the first Boy Scout leader at Sardis.

Pharr was a member of and secretary for the Knights of Pythias for over 20 years. Always active in the community, Pharr delivered friendship trays for nearly 25 years, worked as an unpaid volunteer for the United Way, and delighted in traveling to schools around the area to deliver awards to outstanding students.