Lewis P. Tart

Lewis P. Tart

Lewis P. Tart, age 87 of Wendell, NC passed away October 6, 2019. Lewis was born on July 19, 1932 to the late James and Lola Mae Tart of Clinton, NC. Lewis proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954. Lewis worked for Belks for 45 years, the last 35 years as manager of the Wendell and Zebulon stores. Lewis loved Wendell and the people of this great town. He served as president of the Wendell Chamber of Commerce in 1975 and town commissioner from 1979-1983.

Lewis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Catherine B. Tart, sons Phil Tart, Allen Tart and daughter Dolly Cannon (Charles), granddaughters Emma and Ashton (who named him PopTart) all of Wendell. His wonderful sister-in-laws, Doris Tart, Clara Tart, Ruth Tart, Linda Tart, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Dolly Hairr and her husband Bill, brothers, James E. Tart, Robert Tart, Melton Tart, Billy Tart and Estelle(Pee Wee)Tart.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell, NC. Services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 1:00 p.m. at Wendell United Methodist Church, 129 N. Main Street, Wendell, NC followed by a grave side service at Greenmont Cemetery. The family will receive visitors other times at the home of Dolly Cannon, 913 Trumpet Vine Court, Wendell, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Transitions Hospice Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Wendell United Methodist Church, PO Box 1925, Wendell, NC 27591


  • Ricky & Pat narron Posted October 8, 2019 8:02 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Deborah and Jerry Pace Posted October 8, 2019 8:33 am

    Our lives have been intertwined since 1969 when the Cobbs moved to Wendell and the Tarts were our neighbors across the road.to years of seeing Mr Tart in Hudson Belk to Emma and Cara being roommates At NCSU. What a small world. We are thinking of the family during this time of loss and the days ahead.

  • Brenda Schreyer Peruso Posted October 8, 2019 9:13 am

    Dolly and family. You are in my prayers. May the good Lord hold you in His Arms now and in the days and weeks to come.

  • William and Amy Jo Tant Posted October 8, 2019 9:23 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

    • Lisa Bobbitt Posted October 8, 2019 5:02 pm

      So sorry for your loss Dolly, your dad was such a nice man. Lifting all of you up in prayer.💛

  • Becky Sayles Posted October 8, 2019 9:37 am

    Catherine, Phil, Alan, Dolly and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember spending many a day and night at your house and getting woken up by your dad. He always treated me like I was family. He will be missed but just remember the good times and great memories that you have.

  • Teresa Richardson Posted October 8, 2019 1:25 pm

    Dolly, you and your family are in my prayers during this time.

  • Lynn Morris Carter Posted October 8, 2019 1:27 pm

    Although it is a homecoming, I was saddened to learn of Mr. Tart’s passing. I remember him always being kind and welcoming. I knew him as part of the church family at Wendell United Methodist Church. In elementary school I was often the acolyte to light the candles for Sunday service and he was an usher. He always took the time to say hello and tell me I did a great job lighting the candles. Every time. Even on the times he was not ushering. In retirement he and my Dad, Roy Morris, did their part to make sure their seats at the “Table of Knowledge” were full at Aubreys and Peddies in the mornings. Solving the town’s and world’s problems by 9:00 am. He was a good friend to Dad and always made time to visit him during numerous hospital stays and even at the end at hospice. I know Dad was waiting for him to welcome him home with a handshake, a joke, and a good story. They have a lot of catching up to do. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  • Karl G. Hudson III Posted October 8, 2019 4:02 pm

    To Catherine and all the Tart Family, I was saddened to hear about Lewis. On behalf of Hudson Belk Co, I can say that Lewis was one of our most outstanding store managers. During his 45 years of service, Lewis embodied all of the qualities that we wanted in a Manager; impeccable integrity, strong work ethic, dedication and an outstanding merchant. We were fortunate to have him as part of our Hudson Belk Family.

  • Judy and Bill McCurdy Posted October 8, 2019 4:55 pm

    You all are in our prayers and thoughts. Having the Tarts as neighbors was a blessing. Knowing Lewis as the Belks manager made shopping special. It was obvious he loved Wendell. He was special in many ways.

  • Laura Spell Watkins. Posted October 8, 2019 5:42 pm

    Mr Tart has always held a special place in my family. Whether it was waiting with us at midnight in the hospital for surgical reports to bringing in a delicious homemade cake to cause a much needed smile…. Lewis Tart was there. Our community will miss him. I send his loved ones my sincere sympathy,

  • Lee Spitznagel Posted October 8, 2019 5:47 pm

    I remember Mr Tart as a kind & gentle man with a certain method of persuasion. I’m proud to say I served him & daughter Dolly over some years at Universal Chevrolet. Keep all of your good memories at the forefront during this sad time.

  • lloyd h price Posted October 8, 2019 8:26 pm

    A friend at church in my early years growing up, my first boss in a business- excellent leader, his dear wife was one of my mom’s best friends, he is loved , he will be missed, we shall see him again! Praying for you guys!

  • Lowell and Barbara Sayles Posted October 8, 2019 9:24 pm

    Phil, Alan, Dolly. We are sorry for your loss. Lewis is not hurting now. He is with God! He lived a long life! You will have many memories of him! Prayers for you!!! Barb and Lowell Sayles, Stu’s parent and fans of Dolly and softball back when. Dolly was GOOD!!! And remembering knowing Phil and Alan also.God be with you now! Catherine and I share the same Birthday, me a couple years ahead of her. We used to continually kid each other at about that time of year! Prayers for her too. She and I would stop and talk in Food Lion, forever! Grin!!! God be with all of you!

  • Ira C. Fuller Posted October 9, 2019 2:43 am

    To the Tart Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wendell has lost a great community leader, volunteer and special person who through his many years has touched the lives of numerous people. He served, he gave and he contributed to the well-being of the citizens of Wendell. May you find comfort, peace and strength for the days ahead without him.

  • BETSY GREEN Posted October 9, 2019 10:00 am

    Dolly, we are sad to hear about your dear daddy passing. He was such a happy man when I would see him at Belk’s in Wendell. Such special memories! Also we were with the crowd at 231 ball field when you and Paula were playing softball with Lou Anne, Lisa and Dee. More special memories! Thinking of your family during this time!

  • Pam Earp Posted October 14, 2019 7:58 pm

    Dolly, I just recently heard about the passing of your dad. I am truly sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Shannon Green Posted October 17, 2019 1:50 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mr Tart’s passing, he was a good man.

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