CORNELIUS, N.C. -- David "Tony" Anthony DeLane of Cornelius, N.C., was cradled in the arms of Jesus and lifted into his heavenly home on Tuesday Dec. 4, 2007 at the age of 58.
He proudly served his country in the 1st Air Cavalry Division during Vietnam War, was awarded decorations of Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Device 1960, Sharpshooter Rifle M-14, Expert Rifle M-16 and was a proud participant of Veterans Day Parades.
Tony was one of the founding members of the Carolina Tarwheels Basketball team in 1970, received the Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference Hall of Fame Award in 1996, won three gold medals in the 11th National Veterans Wheelchair games in 1991 and was an Olympic torchbearer for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
He also participated in many sports and activities. Some of his favorites were adaptive snow skiing, fishing and ca mping.
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A celebration of Tonys' life was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Raymer Funeral Home, 16901 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, N.C. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
A loving father to his children, beloved son, grandfather, uncle and friend, he leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Chip Irving (Kellee), Kriste (Kim), Stephen Sorrow (Dixie); parents, Russell "Pete" and Billie DeLane; brothers, Russell (Kathy) and Al; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sherry Toney Delane.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Turning Point Carolina, Tony DeLane Scholarship Fund, 244 Farmstead Lane, Mooresville, NC 28117.