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J. Charles  “Chaz" Laughon, Jr., age 63, of  Wilmington, NC and formerly of Roanoke Rapids, died Friday, January 26, 2018, at New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington. Chaz was born in Raleigh and raised in Roanoke Rapids where he graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Degree in Business and furthered his education receiving a Degree in Religion and Philosophy from UNC Wilmington.

Chaz was a gifted musician, proficient in many instruments, but he was primarily a songwriter and vocalist of the highest level. He was involved in the movie industry, some well known productions as” Cold Mountain”,” Safe Haven”,” The Choice” and” Leatherheads”.

Preceding him in death was his father, J. Charles Laughon,Sr.

Chaz is survived his mother, Myrt Laughon New, of Roanoke Rapids; sister, Dr. Pamela Laughon, of UNC Asheville; nephew, Jeremy Graham, of Univ. of Notre Dame.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Wilmington to benefit Chaz’s many musician friends and others that be stricken with cancer.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930 Wellness Dr, # B, Greenville, NC 27834.

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