Franklin David Pattishall

September 24, 2017

Dr. Franklin David Pattishall, Sr., of Charlotte, died Sunday, September 24, 2017.  He was born March 6, 1936 in Burlington, N.C. to William Thomas and Bessie Vincent Pattishall. He graduated from Williams High School in 1954. He received his undergraduate education at Elon University, graduated from The UNC School of Dentistry in 1961 and The UNC School of Orthodontics 1969. While in Chapel Hill for dental school, he met and married, the love of his life, Jo Carpenter. They were married 50 years and traveled extensively together.

After graduation Frank served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain, home-ported at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island. While stationed in R.I., Frank and Jo had their first child, Laura. Upon discharge, the Pattishalls moved to Morganton, NC where Frank had a general dental practice. While in Morganton, he was active in The Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club, and served on the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church. Second child, F. David, Jr. was born in Grace Hospital.

In 1967, the Pattishall family moved back to Chapel Hill for a two-year residency in Orthodontics. While in Chapel Hill, third child, Jane, was born.

In 1969, the Pattishalls moved to Charlotte, and shortly, their fourth child Melissa was born. That year Frank established his Orthodontic practice. He loved Orthodontics and for over 40 wonderful years he had practices in Charlotte, Concord, and Monroe. During those years he was a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, and the NCOA. He served a term as President of The NC Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Pattishall was also a member of the Charlotte Dental Society, the NC Dental Society and American Dental Association. Frank served on the Vestry of Charlotte’s St. John’s Episcopal Church prior to the family’s transfer to Christ Church. For many years he was a member of Sharon Civitan Club, and served a term as its President. In 1984, Jean-Pierre “Kazadi” Sangai was welcomed into the family.

Frank loved his family and had many fond memories of the good times, not only in their Charlotte home, but also the family house on Badin Lake. He loved to play golf, often

with family. Much of his golf was played at Myers Park Country Club where he was a member and at The Old North State Club at Badin Lake. He was proud of the fact that he had holes-in-one on three of the four par threes at Myers Park. Frank was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, and mother of their four children, Jo Carpenter Pattishall. He often said he was the luckiest person in the world when he and Jo found each other. She was a great wife and a Super Mom. He missed her very much.

Surviving are their 5 children, Laura McLean and her husband, Mal of Charlotte, F. David Pattishall, Jr. and his wife, Kym of Wilmington, Jane Snyder and her husband, Michael of Albemarle NC, Melissa Mangham and her husband, Tim of New London, NC and Jean-Pierre Sangai and his wife, Donna of Waxhaw. Also, 7 grandchildren: Sinclair and Joe McLean of Charlotte, Skyler and Phoebe of Wilmington, Jack, Caroline, and Lily Snyder, of Albemarle, and Chase and Matthew Mangham of New London, NC. Frank is also survived by his cherished, constant companion of the last four years, Ethel Harris.

He was also pre-deceased by his older brother, Wilton R. Pattishall of Elon College, and sister Frances P. Coleman of Gibsonville.

Special thanks to the Levine Cancer Center and the MICU at Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte Campus for their compassion and care.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church.   The family will receive friends in the Blue Room following the service.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 or Alliance for Lupus Research, 28 West 44th St., Suite 1217, New York, N.Y. 10036 or By Grace Alone Ministries, PO Box 472766, Charlotte, NC 28247,

   Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Wendy High

    We here at the Charlotte Cafe were heartbroken to hear of Dr. Pattishall's passing.He was one of our most beloved customers and we girls considered him not only that but also our friend. It was a shock to us all when table one was occupied by only a very sad Mr.Ken Castle this morning.They were just as much a part of our Saturday morning crew as those of us who work that shift every week. He will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers go out to you all.

  • Gina Atwell Clark

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Pattishall, He was my orthodontist in the 70's and my children's orthodontist in the 90's. He was a very caring and sweet person, so was his wife. He will be missed.

  • Jane and Jack Hogan

    Frank and I worked at JCPenny's during high school, but we really got to know he and Jo at our high school reunions. Theirs were usually the first reservations I got. We have missed Jo and will miss Frank, his smile and all the jokes he sent in e-mails. God bless all of you. We share your loss.
    Jane Williamson Hogan

  • Jane and Jack Hogan

    Frank and I worked together at JCPenny's during high school, but we really got to know he and Jo at our high school reunions. They were do special to us, true caring friends, we have missed Jo and now Frank will never be forgotten. God bless all of you.
    Jane Williamson Hogan


    Sending my sincerest condolences to the Pattishall family. I was 12 years old when Dr. Pattishall installed my braces in the Concord office. I have fond memories of him being so gentle and kind. May God continue to bless you and keep you.


    Frank and I where not only neighbors in Stone Haven on Bismark, Dr. in Stonehaven, but also partners in our joint dental building on Rama Road in the early 1970's. A dear friend and a golfing buddy and both our children where best friends growing up. We started PDS and we where proud to be founding parents . Memories of Frank and his family are deep in our minds and souls and Debbie and Tricia , now living in McKinney Texas and Prosper TX., often bring up past thoughts of Missy,Dave, Laura, Jane. A super wonderful Southern Comfort Family that loved Jesus Christ. RIP Frank you have helped me in so many ways, I will be very grateful for our friendship in Dentistry and in Life.

  • Mary Irvin Plummer

    Dear Family,
    I have wonderful memories of taking my children to Dr. Pattishal's Concord office. Your mother was always there and there was a gentle banter between the two.
    I know you now both parents, and I send my sincere sympathies.