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Robert Vernon McLemore Obituary


Mr. McLemore, age 63, of Charlotte, died November 23, 2006 at his residence. A service to celebrate his life will be at 2:00 PM Monday at Paw Creek Presbyterian Church with Reverend Gary Bryant officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday evening at McEwen Charlotte Chapel.

Mr. McLemore was born January 23, 1943 in Mecklenburg County, son of the late Vernon and Mary Nan Howell McLemore. He was a member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church and grew up in Paw Creek Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School. Mr. McLemore was a builder and land developer of over 2,000 custom homes for families in North and South Carolina. He was the Founder and President of HouseRaising, Inc. and inventor of a patent-pending homebuilding management system known as 'System C.' Bob served on the board of directors of American Commercial Bank, Board of Trustees at Providence Day School in the early 90's, served on the Board of Directors of the World Championship Morgan Horse Show and unpublished author of In Greed's Way and many other works. Mr. McLemore was a brilliant business man and entrepreneur, and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Wolfe McLemore, whom he married November 24, 1960; mother-in-law, Neoma Cox Wolfe of Monroe, NC; daughters, Kristy McLemore Carriker and husband, Tim, of Indian Trail, NC and Elizabeth Ann McLemore of Syracuse, NY; sons, Robert Chad McLemore and wife, Jody, of Marshville, NC, and Robert Thad McLemore and wife, Shannon, of Locust, NC; grandchildren, Morgan, Kenton, Keena, Kaden and Ryan; brothers, Dan McLemore and wife, Nancy, of Matthews, NC and Frank McLemore and wife, Mary, of Monroe, NC; brother-in-law, W.D. 'Buddy' and wife, Melinda, of Matthews, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne McLemore, and his pal, 'Parker', a standard poodle.

The McLemore Family enjoyed much success and fond memories at their Apple Flat Farm. The list of world champion Morgan Horses owned and shown by Apple Flat Farm in the 1980s and 1990s included; Topa’s Krystal, MKS Destiny’s Echo, AFF Evening Episode, AFF Tattered Lace, AFF Tailored To Taste, AFF Beulah, Cedar Creek Harlequin, Battons Flashdance, Carlyle Ten, Star Lake Ellisa, Nemours Courageous and Charlestown Monogram. Following much success with Morgans, Elizabeth “Libby” McLemore has gone on to work in the Saddlebred industry for Carter Cox, Hoppy Bennett, and currently at Hallston Manor developing top young horses.


Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 5019 Nations Crossing, Suite 217, Charlotte, NC 28217, or Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, 7400 Mt. Holly Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214.

Arrangements by McEwen Charlotte Chapel.

Published in the Charlotte Observer, with additional material provided by Saddle Horse Report staff.

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