Obituary: Charlotte Symphony booster Kassie Minor, 90

Posted on: March 27, 2012

In Tuesday’s (3/27) Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Steven Brown writes, “Kassie Minor had two families. Her husband and six children made up one of them. The other: the entire Charlotte Symphony. For decades until she died early Saturday at age 90, Minor was the orchestra’s most devoted booster. When her children were growing up, she divided her time between raising them and tending to the orchestra—from serving on its board of directors to chauffeuring guest artists to cooking for post-concert parties. Minor also found time to model clothes at Montaldo’s when it was Charlotte’s snazziest store. That earned her a nickname, based on her maiden name, that still bubbles up from her children: Sassy Kassie Massie with the Classy Chassis. ‘She had that kind of pizazz,’ Ettie Minor Luckey, one of her daughters, said Monday. ‘She was a showoff.’ ” Alan Black, the Charlotte Symphony’s principal cellist, recalls that when he was hired in 1986, “Minor let him live a couple of months for free in her grandmother’s home—which was unoccupied—until the house he had bought was ready. ‘She loved the orchestra and loved us all.’ Minor was born in Virginia on Sept. 7, 1921, and raised in Charlotte. Because of growing up during the Depression, Luckey said, Minor never got to study music herself. But she saw that her children had the chance. … One of her favorite roles with the Charlotte Symphony was as chauffeur and helper to guest artists.”

Posted March 27, 2012