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Mr. Loonis McGlohon - 1921-2002


Mr. Loonis McGlohon died Saturday, January 26, 2002 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at Carmel Presbyterian Church. Reverend Steve Cathcart will officiate assisted by the Reverend Wendell Ligon and Reverend John Alexander. The family will receive friends from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm on Monday, January 28, 2002 in the sanctuary of Carmel Presbyterian Church at 2408 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC.

Mr. McGlohon was born September 29, 1921 in Ayden, North Carolina, son of the late Max Cromwell McGlohon and Bertha Andrews McGlohon. He was preceded in death by his brother, Berkley McGlohon. Mr. McGlohon was recognized as a very gifted pianist and composer. He performed throughout the United States and in numerous countries around the world. His songs have been recorded and performed by many entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Eileen Farrell, Judy Garland, and Margaret Whiting. He collaborated with the late Charles Kuralt on a word-and-music tribute to his home state - North Carolina Is My Home, and with composer Alec Wilder on numerous songs. Mr. McGlohon was a recipient of the North Carolina Award, two Peabody Awards, the Vanguard Award, and the World Citizen Award. He was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Society of New York.

Following his retirement from Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting, he was named to the North Carolina Broadcasters Hall of Fame. For more than 30 years, Mr. McGlohon was choir director at Carmel Presbyterian Church. A graduate of East Carolina University, he received six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities. The McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square honors Mr. McGlohon known by many as the Songwriter's Songwriter and by others as one of Charlotte and North Carolina's musical treasures.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nan Lovelace McGlohon; son Reeves McGlohon and wife Peggy of Mt. Holly; daughters Fan Smith and husband Skipper of Hickory, and Laurie Shouse and husband Larry of Lowesville. Seven grandchildren and one great-granchild survive Mr. McGlohon; Max McGlohon and wife Lisa of Raleigh and son Brady; Brooke Shepard and Allan McGlohon of Mt. Holly; Laurie Smith and Graham Smith of Hickory; and Edward Shouse and Hilary Shouse of Lowesville.

Memorials may be sent to the Loonis McGlohon Chair of Church Music at Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226 or The Loonis McGlohon Scholarship Fund at East Carolina University, Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center, 200 E. 1st Street, Greenville, NC 27858.

Arrangements for the McGlohon family are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home. Published in the Charlotte Observer from 1/27/2002 - 1/28/2002.


From Marlene and Billy VerPlanck:

Loonis was much more than a fine pianist...he was first of all a fine human being, a husband, father, friend, songwriter, script writer, d.j., producer, humanitarian. A renaissance man of the first order.

Working with Loonis on hundreds of jobs thru the years was not only a musical experience but a lesson in life. His wife, Nan McGlohon, was the perfect counterpart. She displayed a calm, patient, loving demeanor in every situation. From the instant we met Loonis and Nan they were our role models. They will always be.

Loonis came up to NYC late last year, on September 7th & 8th. On the 7th he received a World Citizen Award at The Union Club, and on the 8th there was a celebration of his music at The FireBird Cafe, a posh boite on restaurant row. The whole McGlohon Family and all of his friends from North Carolina and New York showed up to pay tribute to the man and his music. There were six of New Yorks finest singers performing to sold out shows, a load of McGlohon wit and a room full of love. If you missed this evening it was one of the year's "happenings"

Words cannot describe how much Loonis will be missed. He is known around the world in the best of musical circles as one of the greats. One of our favorite Loonis songs is "Good Old Friends" ... he was definitely that ... he was more than that. We'll try to remember all the things he taught us.

Goodbye old friend.


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