Charles Bartel deBruyne

May 30, 1948 - December 30, 2022
Charles Bartel deBruyne

Charles Bartel deBruyne, 74, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home
after a long, valiant battle with Alexander’s Disease. He was born on May 30, 1948, in Durham,
North Carolina, the son of Daisy Burchette deBruyne and Anton Locker deBruyne. He was a
1966 graduate of Durham High School and a 1971 graduate of the UNC School of Pharmacy.
He and his fraternity brothers were instrumental in raising the funds for the construction of the
new Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity house in 1970. Charles, a pharmacist, co-owned
Triangle Pharmacy and True Value Hardware until his retirement in 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Anton Locker deBruyne, Jr. He is
survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Cozart deBruyne; son, Bartel Locker deBruyne, both of
Wilmington; daughter Lisa deBruyne Wright (Aaron); grandchildren Peyton, Cole and Lyndon
Wright, all of Raleigh; sisters Carol deBruyne Clark of Raleigh and Dorothy deBruyne of
Morgantown, West Virginia. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Charlie was well-known for being meticulous. He had a perfectly groomed yard with straight
mowed lines, and he always had shiny, clean, waxed cars. He loved to be active; he biked miles
and miles all over NC and paced Kure Beach for sharks’ teeth. He had a passion for being on the
water whether he was fishing with buddies or pulling the grandchildren around in a tube. Every
evening, Charlie would stop and embrace the sunset and all of its glory over the Cape Fear
River. He cherished his relationships with his friends, neighbors, and customers. Above all, his
greatest pride was his family. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
There will be a private celebration of his life in the spring. Gifts may be made online to the Kappa
Psi Educational Enhancement and Renovation Endowment Fund (474564)
here: . Gifts may also be made by mailing a check payable

to “UNC Pharmacy Foundation” to 194 Finley Golf Course Rd, Ste 106, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Please note
“In memory of Charles deBruyne” in the memo line.


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  • January 12, 2023
    Janet Jones Cagle says:
    Nancy, we were so sorry to learn of Charles' passing. Jim Edgerton sent me a note last week about him. I knew he was having a difficult time but I'll always remember all the dancing we all did at one of the reunions! I can imagine how strong and pushing forward he must have been these last few months. He was definitely one of the best - always cheerful and smiling and willing to get things done while we were at DHS. I'm very happy to see by the pictures that you and Charles have such a big family! I'm sure you will have lots of visits with them. Much love sent your way from Dan and me, Nancy. Janet and Dan Cagle

  • January 09, 2023
    Jeff Miles says:
    Charles taught me so many things about life and business. He made me a better leader. I will always remember him saying rain at the beach is better than sun at home and he is right. Rest in peace my friend.

  • January 08, 2023
    Carrie & Paul Reinecke says:
    Peace be with you all.

  • January 08, 2023
    Nicole Ramsey says:
    You will be missed. Growing up, your family was my second family. So many wonderful memories!!! My love to Lisa, Bart and Nancy!!!!

  • January 07, 2023
    Joe Dozier says:
    Nancy, I looked fondly at our time at Durham High. Especially my friendship with you and Charles. My deepest sympathies and condolences. Love ,Joe Dozier