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In Memory of

Ernest S. Delaney

May 21, 1948 - August 7, 2017

Obituary


Charlotte, NC - Ernest S. "Mike" DeLaney, 69, passed away on August 7, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Mike was born in Charlotte on May 21, 1948, to Patricia Keegan DeLaney and Ernest S. DeLaney, Jr. Mike attended local public schools, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1966, and going on to Duke University from which he graduated with honors in 1970. Mike went to law school at the University of North Carolina where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review, and where he met and married his wife, Barbara.

Charlotte, NC - Ernest S. "Mike" DeLaney, 69, passed away on August 7, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Mike was born in Charlotte on May 21, 1948, to Patricia Keegan DeLaney and Ernest S. DeLaney, Jr. Mike attended local public schools, graduating from Myers Park High School in 1966, and going on to Duke University from which he graduated with honors in 1970. Mike went to law school at the University of North Carolina where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review, and where he met and married his wife, Barbara.

After graduation, Mike and Barbara settled in Charlotte where Mike went to work for his father's law firm. A number of years later, Mike and Tim Sellers started a new law firm, DeLaney and Sellers. In 1999, Mike joined Moore and Van Allen where he practiced law until his death.

Mike had an ebullient spirit, an infectious smile, and a kind and gentle manner that people remembered. He mentored a number of young attorneys in his career, and they became an extended family to him. But of all the people whose lives Mike impacted, none was more important to him than his wife and children. Mike was never too busy to spend time with his family, to listen to a problem or concern, to offer sage advice, or to crack a joke. A dry wit was his trademark.

Mike loved to play tennis, to hike in the North Carolina mountains, to kayak on the rivers of his adopted home, Sarasota, Florida, and to bike whenever the opportunity presented itself. He was a diehard Duke Basketball fan who obsessively supported the team through every high and low.

Mike is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Stan; son David and wife, Nicole, and their children, Riley and Colin; and son Matt and wife, Sarah.

The service to honor Mike's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017, at Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte, with Reverend David Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends in the church Rotunda following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nucor Scholarship Fund, c/o the Nucor Foundation, 1915 Rexford Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.