June 6, 1962 - July 26, 2017
David Allen McArtan, age 55, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, July 26, 2017 surrounded by his loving sister, Kay Sitton of Charlotte, and his longtime companion, Ray Vann Mills, also of Charlotte.
Mr. McArtan was born June 6, 1962 in Charlotte, North Carolina, son of the late Robert Colon McArtan and Betty Robinson McArtan. He was known to many as David, Dave, and DA.
David graduated from Olympic High School in 1980 and attended college at UNC—Wilmington. David worked many years in the banking industry and with American City Business Journal in Charlotte.
Dave was an outgoing and caring individual so unique he never met a stranger. He was socially active and has left behind in his wake a multitude of friends and others he met during his brief journey. We mourn the loss but are blessed to celebrate a life that had every ebb and flow imaginable; and never a dull moment. He dared to be different which is the charm and the glory of all creation; cherish and celebrate our differences as individual and unique souls. He enjoyed being with family, friends, animals of all kinds and gardening. Dave loved the beach and sunshine. He will return to Destin Beach, Florida on a sunny day with calm, blue water.
Illness robbed David of some pleasures of life, but he faced each hurdle with determination helped by a foundation of love. These final years, he was surrounded and caressed by that unconditional love which he reciprocated. The love he had for those who guided him these past two years will continue to be comforting to those who mourn until they meet him again in Glory.
David is survived by his sister, Kay McArtan Sitton (John); sister, Gail McArtan Moretz (Mike); longtime companion, Ray Vann Mills; nephews, Brad and Brian Moretz; step-nieces and nephews, aunts, cousins, friends; and Stinky, a loving pet who meant so much to him for 11 years.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of David McArtan will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Sharon Memorial Park, at the corner of N. Sharon Amity and Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC, officiated by Pastor Jonathan Scott. Inurnment will follow and he will be laid to rest joining his parents. Following the service, visitation will be at the home of John and Kay Sitton, 7819 Bradenton Drive.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Special thanks to those healthcare professionals who lovingly cared for David including Country Time Inn Assisted Living in Kings Mountain, NC and the Levine Dickson Hospice House at Southminster.
Robertson Funeral & Cremation Services of Charlotte is serving the McArtan family during this time. Condolences and remembrances can be sent to the online Commemorative Guest Register Book here.
"It has taken me a long time to make my way to the site but I wanted to share; even though the family knows my heart and the loss I feel each day. Dave was my longtime companion and my heart continues to mourn the tremendous loss of his companionship, his friendship, his daily antics and the blessing that the relationship had become. I was not ready to lose that but God had other ideas and Dave is now is a better place free of the pain and suffering I can only imagine. I know we have to let go but it is truly a hard thing for me to do as we fought many years for a better day and we finally got it; the time Dave had with his loving family was such a blessing to me and I've been better able to cope with the loss having been there every step of the way doing all I could for him. Life is so precious and I will always miss my precious, precious Da. I look forward to the day when I will see him again; and what a glorious day that will be!" ~ Ray Vann Mills
"Our love and prayers are with Ray, Kay, Gail, and all of David's extended family. David was one of 'our boys' since he was five years old. He was one of the most unique individuals I've ever known and could make me laugh until tears ran down my cheek. All of his family were and are dear to us. He will never be forgotten and every time I think of him, I will smile, because he was one of a kind!!" ~ Sherrill Suiter