Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — A young Charlie Boney captured
the devastation of Hurricane Hazel in Wrightsville Beach on eight-millimeter
film in 1954. His family’s south end beach cottage escaped unscathed, but not
all of their neighbors were so lucky. A video tape of the storm’s aftermath may
be viewed at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.
A year later in 1955, Boney won his first major design award
for the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Wrightsville Beach’s landmark
On Monday, May 19, following 11 a.m. services at First
Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Charles H. Boney, FAIA, will be laid to rest
in Oakdale Cemetery.
The Wilmington architect passed away on Friday, May 16, 2014
at his Gillette Drive residence. He was born in Wilmington, on Nov. 16, 1924,
the son of Mary Lily Hussey and Leslie Norwood Boney. He served in World War II
as a member of the U.S. Army Combat Engineers in the European Theater, where he
built bridges in advance of Patton's march toward the Battle of the Bulge, and
then to Berlin.
Upon returning to North Carolina, Boney graduated from North
Carolina State University's College of Design with a BA in Architecture in 1950.
He was a member of the varsity tennis team and Sigma Phi Epsilon, was inducted
into the Phi Kappa Phi Leadership Fraternity, was alternate winner of the Paris
Prize in Architecture. In 1998 the University honored him as an outstanding
alumnus of the School of Design with its Wings on Wings award.
Following graduation, Boney joined his father and two
brothers at the architecture firm founded by his father in 1922. He became
President and Chief Designer for Boney Architects and went on to win numerous awards
for a wide variety of public, educational, commercial and preservation
projects. His work was published in Architectural
Record, Progressive Architecture,
Southern Architect, North Carolina Education and Modern Hospital, among others.
Healthcare design was a special interest of his. He was
chief architect for the design of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Pender
Memorial Hospital, Duplin General Hospital and Cape Fear Memorial Hospital.
Other notable projects in the Wilmington area include Cooperative Bank
Headquarters (now First Bank), Hoggard and Laney high schools, Brogden Hall,
Alderman Elementary School, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington's
An advocate for the profession of architecture, he held more
than a dozen AIA positions at the local, state, and national levels, and served
as president of AIANC in 1974. He was elevated to the College of Fellows, FAIA,
in 1974. In 2003, his peers across North Carolina recognized Boney with the F.
Carter Williams Gold Medal for career achievement.
Historic preservation was a passion and he was a key player
in the establishment of the Wilmington Historic District. He was president of
the Historic Wilmington Foundation, chairman of the City Historic Preservation
Commission, and was appointed by several Governors to the Capitol Preservation
Commission and the North Carolina Battleship Commission. Boney also held
leadership roles for many civic and service organizations including the
Wilmington Parks and Recreation Commission, the Barium Springs Home for
Children, Union Theological Seminary, the Family Service Society, the Committee
on Performing Arts, the Housing Policy Task Force, and the Greater Wilmington
Chamber of Commerce. He was named Wilmington's Citizen of the Year in 1979.
In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, and served
as youth leader, Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder. He was a member of
Cape Fear Country Club, Carolina Yacht Club, The Surf Club, L'Arioso German
Club and the Downtown Rotary Club. He was a member of the board of directors of
Cooperative Bank of Wilmington for 37 years before his retirement in 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Holland Boney; four
children: Elizabeth Boney Jenkins and husband Dr. Clauston Jenkins, of Wilmington;
Charles Hussey Boney Jr. and wife Lynne of Wilmington; Suzanne Boney Coleman
and husband J. William Coleman III of Wilmington; and Christopher Lawrence
Boney and wife Sutton of Wilmington. Also surviving are his sister, Sue Boney
Ives; sister-in-law, Lillian Bellamy Boney; and sister-in-law, Jessie Leigh
Davis Boney. He has four grandchildren: John William Coleman IV, Christopher
Lawrence Boney Jr., Charles Henry Boney and May Armstrong Boney.
Memorial Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church
at 11 a.m., Monday, May 19. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The
family requests that memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church
Building Fund, The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, the Historic Wilmington
Foundation or the charity of one's choice.