R.T. "Ted" McLaughlin went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 8, 2014.
A native of Charlotte, NC Ted was born June 1, 1923 and was the younger son of the late Rosamond Lucas and Joseph McLaughlin. He graduated in 1941 from Central High School in Charlotte and from Duke University in 1944 with a BSME.
He then served with the 6th Infantry Division on the Philippines in WWII and with the occupation of Korea after the Japanese surrender. He married Bettie Blanche Haughton also of Charlotte on September 6, 1947. They had a remarkable marriage for 67 years.
Ted worked for Edgcomb Metals (formerly Edgcomb Steel Co.) for 40 years. While in Charlotte he was an active member of Myers Park United Methodist Church, the Charlotte Country Club, the Colonels Club, and the Piedmont Club.
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Ted enjoyed sports. In high school, he was a championship tennis player winning the city singles title in his age bracket. He also played football. At Duke Ted ran track.
Throughout his adult lifetime, Ted was known best for his devotion to his family, his loyalty to his lifelong friends, his faithfulness to his church, and his pleasure in golf. He found meaning in tutoring children at Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. As well, he served on Citizens for Effective Government, a private organization dedicated to encouraging and pursuing honest governance and city management of Charlotte.
In 2008 after living 85 years in Charlotte, Ted moved with Bettie to Durham, N.C to The Forest at Duke where Ted was known for his gracious spirit, kind manners, and steadiness.
Ted was dearly loved by his family as a husband, father, and grandfather. He was a sterling human being of rare quality; a man of faithfulness, integrity, humility, and a noble spirit. Always a gentleman, never self-regarding, he took great interest in other people. He sought to understand and make better the lives of other human beings in whatever ways he could. He was a voracious learner, keen to broaden his mind, and to share meaningful books or ideas with each of his children and grandchildren. His love for the Lord increased as his physical sight and hearing diminished. His life has made an indelible mark of enduring good on his progeny.
He is survived by his loving wife, Bettie Haughton McLaughlin, native of Charlotte, more recently of Durham, NC; his daughter, Patricia McLaughlin Toher “Tricia” of Durham and Ray, son-in-law, Stephen Fitts, Jr. of Tuscaloosa, AL; grandchildren, Alice Toher Doyal (Alex) of Dayton, VA, Emily Toher Merryweather (James) of Dayton, VA, Caroline Toher Daniels (Bryan) of Atlanta, GA , Stephen Noble Fitts, III (Rebekah) of Mobile, AL, Lucas Fitts (Leah) of Houston, TX, Rebekah Fitts of Tuscaloosa, and eleven great grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his brother, Jospeph McLaughlin, Jr. and his daughter, Susan McLaughlin Fitts of Tuscaloosa, AL.
The family also wishes to acknowledge the excellent service of Ted’s “companion”
Travis Couch who served Ted with unflinching kindness, energy, and with the compassion of Christ. The entire staff at The Forest at Duke was exceptional in their care and regard for Ted and his family.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27705, officiating will be Rev. David Bowen. A burial will take place on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:00pm in Elmwood Cemetery, 700 W. 6th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001, BillyGraham.org; or Samaritan Health Center, PO Box 51339, Durham, NC 27717, samaritanhealthcenter.org; or the Durham Rescue Mission, PO Box 11368, Durham, NC 27703, durhamrescuemission.org.
The McLaughlin family is under the care of Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted to www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.