CHARLOTTE, NC — Preston Ira Aaron, 92, died March 2, 2005, at his home in Charlotte with his wife and family at his side.
He was born Aug. 19, 1912, in Sipsy, Ala., son of Charles Washington Aaron and Martha Samantha Morgan Aaron.
Graveside service 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, Forest Lawn West Cemetery. Visitation 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Hankins & Whittington Dilworth Chapel
At age twelve his family moved to Westerly, West Virginia.
Mr. Aaron and his wife, Irene, were pioneers in bringing Dairy Queen to the Charlotte area. In 1947 they opened their first store on Wilkinson Blvd. and later opened additional stores in Mecklenburg, as well as promoted others in Gaston and Cleveland Counties.
Mr. Aaron was a former member of the West Charlotte Lions Club and the West Mecklenburg Optimist Club. He sponsored local athletic teams, including a Dairy Queen little league team that he coached, a courthouse men’s softball team, and adult and youth bowling teams.
“Popeye,” as his grandchildren called him, had great love for his family and he will be greatly missed.
In addition to Irene Aaron, his wife of 64 years, Mr. Aaron is survived by a son, Dane Aaron and his wife Malinda of Lake Wylie, SC; daughter, Janice Maloney and her husband David of Cornelius, NC; grandchildren, Stephanie Frost and her husband Rick of Provo, UT, Shelley Tate and her husband Chad of Charlotte, NC, Lisa Shannon Van Cleve and her husband Darren of Cornelius, NC, April Morris and her husband Travis of Charlotte, NC, Dane Stephen Aaron Jr. of Lake Wylie, SC and Benjamin Aaron of Charlotte, NC; eight great-grandchildren, Parker, Alexa, Tate and Summer Frost, Madison and Makenzie Tate, and Preston and Hunter Van Cleve.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Aaron was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Elizabeth Miller and Estelle Louise Bevins; and one brother, William Bradford Aaron.