December 7, 1973 - March 12, 2022
One year for the Geek Gala, we had a workday at my parents’ house. People were working both inside and out, but as things were winding down, people migrated inside, sitting around the table talking. We had cats, but for the most part, they had become scarce since people were going in and out all day. However, my George (also known as the Silver Slut) came out. She immediately started rubbing all over Chris and even let him pick her up to give her special lovin’. I was flabbergasted, but I knew that he was a gentle giant. That Gentle giant was Christopher Allen DeLisle. Chris left us on March 12, 2022, at 11:57 AM. Luckily, he was in no pain and unaware of the chaos around him at Novant Matthews. He knew nothing of the grief that his family, myself, and the Owens were experiencing. He was at peace. On December 7, 1973, Chris was born to Wayne and Betty DeLisle, weighing a whopping 9.2 pounds and 21 inches long. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, at Parkview Hospital. Chris was the middle child between his older brother Wayne Jr. and younger brother Andy, and he let everyone know it. The Delisle family moved from there in 1982 to Charlotte, North Carolina. Chris started first grade at Newell Elementary School. Jay T. Williams was home for junior high, where he joined the marching band playing saxophone. His high school years were spent at Garinger High School, graduating in 1992. Over those years, Chris leaned towards the geekier side of life, falling in love with comic books, gaming of all types, and his extraordinary love of science fiction in all its forms, especially Doctor Who. At both CPCC and UNC: Charlotte, the years spent in college were some of his happiest. His thirst for knowledge grew exponentially, and his hairline began to recede. During his club days, he became known as Runs With Scissors, and many only know him by that name to this day. Everyone was welcome in his circle, and he could converse with everyone on their level. He often knew more than the person he was talking to, especially if it had to do with comic books or time travel. This gentle giant’s knowledge was even more considerable than he was. And it was during these years, many friends for life were made. Chris liked almost everyone he met, with a few exceptions. Though he did not show it as much as he should have, he loved his family dearly. Wayne Sr. was the catalyst behind Chris’s love of computers and sci-fi. Betty, his mother, provided unconditional love and support, always encouraging him to do what made him happy. He knew he was loved by them. Wayne Jr. was the person who introduced Chris to gaming. He would take him to the UNCC Guild game nights every Friday and their special events, sometimes with Andy, their youngest brother, tagging along. During his time spent at college there he becomes Guild president. It is well known that Chris and Wayne Jr. had a contentious relationship at times, but he loved Wayne Jr. for showing him a whole new world. He spoke of it with fond memories, constantly reminding people that he was the middle child. Andy, his younger brother, was very loved by Chris, but Chris didn’t really get to know Andy the adult, until Andy moved to Phoenix. The walls the two had built up were slowly coming down at first and gained momentum with each passing year. By the end of Andy’s last visit, their brotherly bond was whole again, and both looked forward to learning more about one another. By the time 2010 rolled around, Chris dated here and there but mostly lived a solitary life except for Empire Games and the old friends he had accumulated over the years. That was also the year he met a curious creature named Micki. I lacked almost all subtlety but could keep up with him intellectually and had an even wickeder sense of humor. In 2011 we became partners. We never married, but went through good times and bad, until the end, as a team. We were each other’s cheerleaders. Chris introduced me to his family and most of his friends, and soon we were all friends. Suzanne and Scott Owens were like Chris’s older siblings. Soon they were ours: helping us move, lending a hand when I was going through cancer, and a million other things over the years, including being there at the end. Lee, Shelby, and Kaliegh, their children, were also there for us, as we tried to be for them. Then there is Tim and Michelle Link. When they opened their home for a game day during their time in Weddington and later Charlotte, Chris always looked forward to those times. He knew he would have a great time no matter what because he was doing his favorite thing – gaming. There are many others, too many to be named here, but he would most certainly want to give a shout out to the following: Kevin and Maria Dorn, Seth Rutledge, Chainsaw AKA Michael Cy Cooper Jr. and Nellie, Herring Cooper, Mikey Mason, Kennetha Miller, Jon Wooly and Cindy Sites-Wooley, Tommy Vielkanowitz, Abigail Woodhouse, Mike and Misty McLaughlin, Joey and Matt Starnes. It can be sad and joyful to think about what we’ll miss now that Christopher DeLisle has passed. However, putting it into words will keep him closer to us in spirit (even though Chris was a DEVOUT Atheist), bringing all of us closer together. He loved to laugh, and he would want you to as well. There will be a memorial service for Chris on Saturday, April 30, at the Delisle Family Home. The address is 7139 Cedarbrook Drive Charlotte, NC 28215. The itinerary for the day is as follows: 10:30 AM – Please feel free to just come and chat or help out. 11:45 AM – Memorial will begin. 11:57 AM – A minute of silence will be observed at the time of Chris’s passing. 12:00 PM – The potluck will commence because Chris loved a good potluck. We will be providing some food (scalloped potatoes for one), plates, utensils, napkins, and drinks. We ask you to bring something to share that you know Chris loved or would have loved. DM Micki with what you are bringing ASAP, so we don’t end up with 40 lbs of fried chicken. 1:00 PMish – Time to start the sharing. How did you meet him? When did you meet him? What was the most memorable time you had with him? What was the time he made you feel special? We ask that everyone be respectful and listen to the speakers regaling us with tales of Runs With Scissors and more. 2:30PMish – There will be gaming until 6PM. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Flowers, cards, charitable donations, and other special arrangements can be sent to the following: DeLisle Family 7139 Cedarbrook Dr Charlotte, NC 28215 Micki Knop 3634 Piney Grove Rd. Charlotte, NC 28212 Both can be found on Facebook.
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