Our beloved Carolyn passed away January 16, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family. Since her diagnosis in April 2021, she has put up a valiant fight against cancer, and right up until the end she was not giving up. Funeral services honoring her life will be held at 11 am Friday, January 20, at Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Dr. in Matthews NC. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. Her family will receive friends for the hour preceding the service starting at 10 am.
Carolyn was born December 7, 1951 in Gastonia to Joyce W. Williams and the late Jack W. Williams. She graduated from Charlotte Country Day and Furman University. After college, she worked a short while in the banking industry and began her service to the Charlotte community by serving in Women Executives, Junior League of Charlotte, and as a Board Member for Hospice at Charlotte. She was also a member and first female board member of Carmel Country Club. At Carmel she also belonged to the Carmel Country Club Divas, and the 9 and 18 holers Ladies golf groups. To Carolyn, friendships were sacred. She never met a fur baby or animal she did not love. This was especially true of her last two Golden's, Jack and Arnie. She also loved to play Bridge, shop at Johnny Was and travel the world.
After her stint in banking, she returned to her roots in the family business of cemetery and funeral homes. Her father, was quite the entrepreneur in the cemetery business starting locations from Florida to North Carolina including Forest Lawn East in Matthews. Later she and her business partner and “brother” Harris High, started Heritage Funeral Homes, and after her father’s death, their brands grew into the premiere funeral and cemetery providers in the Charlotte area. Years ago, after being appointed by then Governor Jim Hunt, Carolyn served on the NC Cemetery Commission.
In addition to her father, and her beloved grandmother, Jessie Whitfield, Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Tommy Megremis in May 2021. Her survivors include her mother, Joyce Whitfield Williams; sister, Dr. Laramie Williams and husband Bob Baker of Blowing Rock; nephews, Austin and Dalton Baker and niece, Savannah Baker. Carolyn also leaves behind a host of friends and extended “family” including Jenn Snyder Gibson and Fernando Baquero.
Over the course of her illness, Carolyn was blessed with many wonderful caregivers including her long time assistant, Mary Bender and her Angels from Heaven, Dorothy and Shona, along with the wonderful nurses and staff from Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region with whom the family would appreciate memorials in memory of Carolyn be sent. Please visit www.hpccr.org for donating.