Mary Elizabeth Helms Hall

August 6, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Helms Hall, 93, of Charlotte died peacefully on August 6, 2017 at the Cypress of Charlotte. Mary was born on August 8, 1923, in Wingate, NC, the daughter of the late John Lewis and Elvie Mullis Helms.  

Mary married the love of her life, Horace Edward “Buck” Hall, of the Hall Oil Company on April 7, 1951. Mary was a member of the Charlotte Guild Debutante Club and an active member of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church. Together they raised four beautiful daughters.

Mary is survived by her four children, Cindy LaBrosse and her husband, Gary, Teresa Brantley and her husband, Britt, Susan Dooley and her husband, David, and Melissa Mitchell and her husband, Damon; ten grandchildren, Douglas LaBrosse and his wife, Tori, Elizabeth Laur and her husband, Scott, Jennifer Hutson and her husband, Michael, Ian Brantley and his wife, Meredith, Laura Brantley, Caroline Dooley, Laura Dooley, Elizabeth Mitchell, Coleman Mitchell, and Graham Mitchell; her six great-grandchildren, Landon, Greyson, and Emerson Laur, Hall and Henry LaBrosse, and Jackson Hutson; and her sisters, O'Neal Andrews of Atlanta, GA and Betty Jo Pollock of Siler City, NC.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years; her sisters, Lucille Thompson, Esther Burnette, and Clyde Thomas; and her brothers, Atwood Helms, John Helms, Cecil Helms, Floyd Helms, and Frank Helms.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church. Visitations will be held on Tuesday, August 8 at the Cypress of Charlotte from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and at Kenneth W. Poe Services from 7:00 until 9:00 PM. Interment will be private in Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, 501 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204.

The family would like to thank the incredible staff at the Stewart Health Center of the Cypress of Charlotte, as well as Victoria Afful and Deborah Agnone, and her long-time friend and caregiver, Lorraine Leach, for their devout care.

“Mama” will forever be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204. Online condolences at Phone: 704 641-7606



Parking at Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church is very limited with only a fairly small lot.  There is a very limited two-lane road in front of the church.  Hawthorne Lane is closed between Presbyterian Hospital and 7th (Seventh) Street.

Therefore, we would advise approaching the Church from East or West 7th Street.

Traveling east on 7th Street, turn left a block before Hawthorne Lane on Louise Ave.  The first right is 8th Street and will take you right to the church.  You will need to park on Louise or 8th Street coming from this direction.  You can continue across Hawthorne and park on either side of 8th Street.

Traveling west on 7th Street, turn right on Lamar Street, go one block and turn left on 8th or continue on Lamar to Bay Street.  Parking is available on 8th, Lamar and Bay.  This will put you within one block or less of the church.

 Map - Parking at the church and Road Closures



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  • La Donna Haden

    It was my pleasure to see Mrs. Halls' smiling face weekly for decades when she came to have her hair styled by my friend Robert Lancaster.She always went out of her way to speak to everyone. I thought she was a lovely lady inside and out. It was my privilege to know her.

  • Pat Bryant

    How sad I was to read of Mary's passing. She was the kindest most beautiful lady I have ever met in Charlotte. Many years ago I would take her paper from the street and put on front porch while early walking in the Cloisters. She met me at porch one morning and invited me in, I have been her biggest fan ever since that day. She was so wonderful to chat with and always interested in your life. Of course if you know Mary you will soon know her children and their children. Sending love to her family and deepest sympathies to her relatives. She will be greatly missed by all connected to dear special LADY! Love, Ms.Pat


    Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Anne Mulholland

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Anne Mulholland
    Michael and Allyson Martin
    Mrs. Nancy Brooks

  • Nancy LaBrosse

    Our sincere condolences to the Hall and LaBrosse families in the passing of Mary. She was indeed a kind and wonderful lady. We always looked forward to seeing her on our visits to Charlotte. We will miss her. We will always remember her gentile nature and her love of her family!
    Much love,
    Nancy and Dave LaBrosse