Gungor Mustafa Solmaz, 77, of Denver, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on Aug. 19, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital, Huntersville.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1933 in Ankara, Turkey, son of the late Selahattin and Azize Solmaz.
Mr. Solmaz was a successful business owner in the textile industries, in Charlotte, Claremont and Newton, N.C., and Pontotoc, Miss. In addition, he was known for his philanthropic efforts, business and technical prowess, and a passion for helping others.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years; Diana Solmaz, daughters, Rezan Solmaz and Laura Alghothani and her husband Dr. Nael Alghothani, son, Kent Solmaz and his wife Anette. He is also survived by four grandchildren; Cristina Solmaz, Steven Solmaz, Kari Solmaz, and Nelson Alghothani. In addition, he is survived by his stepmother Nermin Solmaz, stepsister Ebru Germiyanoğlu, and nephew Cem Germiyanoğlu.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Ron Taylor, Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake in Denver officiating. Burial will follow at Northlake Memorial Gardens located in Huntersville. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. before the funeral, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank; Carolina BioOncology Cancer Therapy & Research Center headed by Dr. John Powderly and his staff, the second floor ICU staff at Presbyterian Hospital, Huntersville, and the numerous doctors and nurses who administered care during his illness.
Memorial contributions are welcome in lieu of flowers to Carolina BioOncology Cancer Therapy & Research Center, which is headed by Dr. John Powderly (704-947-6599), the Solmaz Institute for Obesity (828-328-7473), and the Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake in Denver , North Carolina (704-483-3460).
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Huntersville, is assisting the family. www.raymerfh.com