George William Crawford '29, of Statesville, N.C., died Nov. 3 at his home at the age of 103. Crawford was born Oct. 21, 1906, and was the son of the late John Clifton and Mary Niblock Crawford of the Chambersburg (Bethany) township of Iredell County. He completed Davidson with honors, earned his master's degree at UNC Chapel Hill, and later his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In 1940, he was called into service during World War II and served as lieutenant colonel of infantry in the European Theater as a member of the First U.S. Army Headquarters. He took part in Normandy, Central European, and Rhineland campaigns, being awarded six ribbons and three campaign stars. On May 19, 1934, George married Frances Knox, of Cornelius, who died Aug. 21, 1991. They had no children but both chose to educate children. She taught first grade, and he served as a professor of physics at N.C. State University, Davidson, and The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.). He retired from William and Mary, and they named him professor emeritus of physics. He cherished the title of "professor." In addition to enjoying teaching, he had many interests and hobbies, including forms of woodworking (marquetry and furniture making). Until he was nearly 100, he shared his knowledge of astronomy through articles and star charts published in the Statesville Record & Landmark. A lifelong Presbyterian, Crawford has served his church as a deacon, elder, and teacher and on many committees. Until recently, he rarely missed Sunday worship at Forest Park. He is survived by a nephew, Robert C. Crawford, and by nieces, Agnes C. Mayes, 849 Old Mocksville Rd., Statesville, NC 28625; Mary Frances C. Holland; Sara C. Wolfson; and Betty Crawford. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred N. Crawford, Sr., James A. Crawford, and Thomas N. Crawford, and by a nephew, Fred N. Crawford, Jr. He is also survived by several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, whom he adored.
Thomas Franklin Henley '33, of Laurinburg, N.C., died Nov. 21, 2008, in his home. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and a retired psychiatrist. He is survived by his wife, Richie, 801 Sherbrooke Cir., Laurinburg, NC 28352; son, Thomas II; daughter, Katherine Youman; and a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Henderson.
Samuel Nisbet Milton '36, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on Sept. 10. He was born Feb. 22, 1916, in Albemarle, N.C. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Milton, 1001 Parkway Blvd., Apt. 105, Columbus, OH 43212-3642; children, Terry Milton (John), Tam Milton (Vince), Tom Milton (Darlene), Debbie Diadiun (Ted), Donna Macaulay (Bruce), Diane Heintz (Randy), and Dennis Heintz; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Milton was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and unfailingly a gentleman to all who knew him. He was a graduate of Davidson and Union Theological Seminary. He served as minister in various Presbyterian churches in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. In a second career, he worked for Ketchum, Inc. as a development director, traveling throughout the country and serving nonprofit clients with fundraising campaigns. He enjoyed sports, especially tennis and golf, but most of all was devoted to his family.
Herbert William "Bill" Bondurant, Jr. '37, of Atlanta, Ga., died Aug. 22 at the age of 93. Bondurant was an orthopedic surgeon, golfer, outdoorsman, husband, and father of five. He was born in Dallas, Tex., on April 19, 1916, to Alyne Thomas Bondurant of Nashville, Tenn., and Herbert William Bondurant of Union City, Tenn. He attended Davidson and later graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1940. During WWII, he worked as a surgeon in the Army Medical Corps. He was the first resident at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, and also completed residencies at Grady Memorial Hospital and at the University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital in Chicago. He began his 45 years of private practice in Atlanta as an orthopedic surgeon in 1949 and served on the staff at Crawford Long, Emory University, and Piedmont hospitals. He was president of the Atlanta Orthopedic Society, the Georgia Orthopedic Society, and the Association of Southern Railway Surgeons. He was a member of many medical organizations, including the Southern Medical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Southern Orthopedic Society, and the Crippled Children's Division of Georgia. In 1950, Bondurant was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, and he was admitted to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 1954. He also enjoyed many years as a teaching professor in orthopedic surgery at Emory University. Bondurant was an avid tennis player and golfer. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church. Over the years, he spent many weekends hunting and fishing with friends and family at Burge Plantation. He was always well known and loved for his cheerful disposition and infectious laugh, and he put friends and strangers alike at ease with his generous and gregarious nature. In his later years, he was often seen with his faithful canine companion, Peanut. He enjoyed all things in nature and frequently sat with his wife, Virginia, on the back porch of their townhome watching the birds. Bondurant was preceded in death by his daughter, Ann Bondurant Rall. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Virginia Kelley Bondurant, 3528 Paces Place NW, Atlanta, GA 30327; his four children, Herbert William Bondurant III (Jacki Martin), Alyne B. Hunt (Walter), Virginia Page Bondurant, and Kelly Lynn Bondurant (Michael Burch); his four grandchildren, Hunter Thomas (Laura), Ann Kennedy Thomas, Maximilian Hunt, and Ella Burch; and his three great-grandchildren, Megan Thomas, Ryan Thomas, and Amelia Thomas-Horowitz.
Yates Wellington Faison, Jr. '38, of Charlotte, N.C., died Dec. 3 at his residence. He was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Charlotte, the son of Yates W. and Mary Cameron Faison. His beloved wife of 59 years, Peggy Rule Faison, preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by his son, Yates Faison III '69 (Robin), 9916 Park Walk E., Charlotte, NC 28269; his son, David Faison '72 (Kim); and his daughter, Sally Faison. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Christopher, Grace, and Jonathan Faison. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his two brothers, William '42 and Cameron '50 Faison. Faison earned a bachelor of science degree from Davidson, and while there, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity and served as president. He was also elected to membership in Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity. He later graduated from the Stoner School of Banking at Rutgers University. He was employed by American Trust Company in Charlotte following graduation and remained with the bank and its successors for approximately 40 years before retiring. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, and ultimately attained the rank of lieutenant commander. During WWII, Faison served in various North and South Pacific locations, including the Aleutian Islands and Guam. While with the bank, he served as senior vice president, chairman of the Charlotte board, and senior banking officer. He was active in several civic organizations, including the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he was chairman, and with the United Way. He was a lifelong of Myers Park Presbyterian Church and served as treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, building committee, and deacon. He was an avid golfer for over 70 years.
Harry Hastings Frampton, Jr. '38, of Hartsville, S.C., died Nov. 18. Born in Hartsville, he was the son of the late Harry H. Frampton, Sr. and Vivian Griffis Frampton. He was a graduate of Davidson, where he played varsity tennis, a sport he enjoyed all of his life. Frampton was a commissioned officer in WWII, serving four years in the Navy. He was in the retail business for 25 years before working for the Darlington County School District as director of federal programs. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an officer, and he was a charter member and first president of the Hartsville Exchange Club. An avid sports enthusiast, he was instrumental in organizing the Hartsville Red Fox Club and the Little League baseball program. He coached Little League baseball for many years. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Kalber Frampton, 2350 W. Lucas St., Apt. 45, Florence, SC 29501-1237; a son, Harry H. Frampton III; two daughters, Carrie Frampton Thompson and Bib Frampton Willis; and grandchildren, Christopher Edgar Frampton '94, David Erwin Thompson, Matthew Hastings Frampton, Harry Frampton Thompson, Barbara Kalber Moses, Ryan J. Frampton Willis, and Tahlah Lou Willis. Known affectionately as "Pa Pa" by his grandchildren, he will be dearly missed by all who knew him and remembered for his gentle spirit, love of nature and animals, sense of humor, and devotion to his wife and family.
Joseph Henry Cutchin, Jr. '39, of Sherrill's Ford, N.C., died Oct. 7 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1918, in Nash County, N.C., he was the son of the late Joseph Henry and Mary Taylor Cutchin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Franks Cutchin, and a brother, Danford Edmondson Cutchin. Cutchin served the Sherrill's Ford community as a general practitioner of medicine from August 1953 until his retirement on April 1, 1998. He graduated from Duke Medical School in 1942 and received his undergraduate degree from Davidson. He was a past president and member of Catawba County Medical Society and a past delegate to N.C. Medical Society. He served as chief of staff of Catawba Memorial Hospital in 1968 and as staff secretary in 1967. He was a member and past president of the N.C. Field Trial Association and N.C. Walking Horse Assoc., where he received Sportsman of the Year; a member of the Roanoke and Tar River Gun Club; and past winner of the U.S. Open Fox Hound Field Trial. He was a member of Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell, N.C. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served as a major in the 7th armored division under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Cutchin Parsley (James McNeill Archer Parsley); two sons, Joseph Henry "Jay" Cutchin III (Janine) and John Franks Cutchin '72 (Jane), 7424 Windy Pine Cir., Denver, NC 28037-9363; grandchildren, Mary Jett Parsley Wrenn, Jalyn Parsley Wells '95 (James Christopher Wells '95), James Grant Parsley, Caitlin Basile Cutchin, Jennifer Erin Cutchin, and Joshua Ikerd Cutchin; and great-grandchildren, Jackson Christopher Wells, Avery Margaret Wells, Evelyn King Parsley, Jane Lenore Parsley, Emma Cosette Wrenn, Katie Abigail Wrenn, and Ian Thomas Wrenn.
William Lawrence Aycock '41, of Fayetteville, N.C., died July 17. Aycock was the son of the late Richard Noble and Mildred Myatt Aycock. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Noble Aycock, Jr. '39. He attended Davidson for one year and graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree. He served in the Army during WWII as a first lieutenant and in the Air Force Reserve until 1955. After selling Aycock Gas Co. in 1963, he worked as an engineer and then as personnel manager for NCNG for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Judy Aycock, 2001 Galax Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28304; children, Jeanie, Ann, Carolyn, and James; and grandchildren, Carrie Elizabeth, David, Caroline, Samuel, and Lydia.
John "Jack" Jennings Covington '41, of Wadesboro, N.C., died Dec. 8 at Carolina's Medical Center following a lengthy hospitalization. Covington was born in Anson County on Feb. 7, 1921, to May Dunlap Covington and James Madison Covington, Sr. and was the last surviving child of eight born of their marriage. Two sisters and five brothers preceded him in death: Virginia May, Fred Hargrave, James Madison '34, Octavius McRae '38, William Dunlap '37, Richard Sheffield Covington, and Eloise Covington Rywak. While attending Davidson, Covington was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the track team. He graduated in 1941 with a double major in business and physics and completed Davidson's ROTC program. After graduation, Covington managed Western Auto Store in Wadesboro before receiving military orders to report to Ft. Benning, Ga., as a second lieutenant in the infantry. However, his desire to fly prompted him to apply for pilot training, and he qualified for the second spot in a class of 200 pilots training to fly B-24s in Charleston, S.C. He went on to serve as a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps for his complete tour of duty, seeing combat in Italy and Europe and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following active service, Covington served for 13 years in the North Carolina Air National Guard and received the Presidential Unit Citation and Air Medal with three clusters. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and was discharged in July 1969. After his service in WWII, but before joining the N.C. Air National Guard, Covington returned to Western Auto in Wadesboro, where he served as manager for almost 25 years. In 1970, along with his wife, Lou Huntley Covington, he opened his own business, White's Auto Store. Together, he and Lou operated White's for over a decade. He was also active with another business venture, Covington Properties, which kept him busy after his retirement from the store. He remained an active member of both Rotary International and the First United Methodist Church until his death. In Rotary, he was presented with the President's Award and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. As a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Covington served as head usher and as a member of the administrative board for over 40 years. He was also a lay leader, chairman of the trustees, and a member of the bicentennial committee. In the late 1980s, Covington was recognized by the church for his outstanding efforts in the church's operation and renovation. He was also recognized in 2007 for his lifelong service to the church. Covington was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Mary Louise "Lou" Huntley Covington. He is survived by his son, Fred McRae Covington, 1205 Mountainbrook Rd., Oxford, AL 36203-2126; his daughter, Cynthia Covington (William Herzing); grandchildren, Gretchen Rose Covington, John Ross Covington, Meredith Anne Herzing, Matthew Ross Herzing, and William John Herzing; dear family friends, Lonnie and Anna Baucom and their family; and loyal caregivers, Nannie Ruth Robinson and Cathy Brower.
George Thurston Matheny '42 died on Aug. 11 in Albuquerque, N.Mex. at the age of 91. His wife of 58 years, Emma Cooke Matheny, passed away in June 1999. He is survived by two children, Martha Carolyn Matheny and George Thurston Matheny, Jr. '68, P.O. Box 713, Tijeras, NM 87059; three grandsons, Samuel Bede Matheny, Ismael Thurston Halidou, and Moustapha Cooke Halidou; and one great-grandson, Aidan Tyson Halidou. In honor of his request, Matheny's ashes were sprinkled together with his late wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother on Old Rag in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Matheny served for many years as a Presbyterian minister in Virginia and was known for his strong advocacy of civil rights.
Cyrus Johnson Wilson, Jr. '42, of Loganville, Ga., died Aug. 12 with his family at his side. Wilson was born Jan. 27, 1921, in Mint Hill, N.C., to Cyrus J. Wilson and Laura Dixie Beard Wilson. He was a graduate of Davidson and a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces, Pacific Theater of Operations. Wilson retired from Mack Truck Company in 1986 after 40 years of faithful service. At various times, Wilson served as elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher in the Presbyterian church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delle Lindsey Wilson, in 2005. Survivors include his daughter, Delle Lindsey (Barry F. Leonard); son, Cyrus John Wilson III (Carol), 126 Honeysuckle Rd., Monticello, GA 31064-4501; grandchildren, Jeremy Leonard, Gregory Wilson, and Angela Wilson; sister, Mrs. Ray H. Waltman; nieces, Dotty McDaniel and Susan Leggett; and nephews, David and Daniel Waltman.
William Wright Abbot III '43, of Charlottesville, Va., died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 31 at the age of 87. Abbot was born in Louisville, Ga., on May 20, 1922, the son of William Wright Abbot, Jr. and Lillian Carswell Abbot. He attended Davidson for two years. In 1941 he transferred to the University of Georgia, where he was awarded the baccalaureate degree upon his entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. During WWII, Abbot served in small craft in the Pacific Ocean and in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. He would later quip that he felt he reached the pinnacle of his own personal authority at the age of 22, when, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he was made captain of PC 504, a 110-foot submarine chaser. Abbot's career as a teacher spanned nearly 50 years. It began when he was assigned to teach celestial navigation to young naval cadets at Duke University in the spring of 1946. That fall, he returned to his hometown to teach science and English grammar at his old high school. Under the G.I. Bill, Abbot went on to study history at Duke University, where he earned his master's and doctorate degrees. After completing his Ph.D. in 1953, he was hired as an assistant professor of history by the College of William and Mary. He met his wife, Eleanor Pearre, in Williamsburg, and their two sons were born while he was a member of the William and Mary faculty. Except for brief stints with the history departments at Northwestern University and Rice University, Abbot remained at William and Mary until 1966, when he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia. There he held the chair of James Madison professor of history for 26 years, serving twice as chairman of the Corcoran Department of History. Among historians, Abbot was best known as an editor. His association with The William and Mary Quarterly, the magazine of early American History, began in 1953, and he was its editor from 1961 until 1966. He also edited The Journal of Southern History in 1960 and 1961. During the latter years of his career at the University of Virginia, he devoted most of his efforts to editing The Papers of George Washington, serving as chief editor from 1977 until 1992. Although he retired from the university in 1992, Abbot continued to edit individual volumes of the Washington papers until 1998, by which time close to 50 volumes were in print. In addition to editing magazines and documents, Abbot wrote two books and several articles, but he believed his chief contributions as a teacher and historian came from the attentive reading and detailed responses that he gave over the years to what his students, and many of his fellow historians, wrote. Abbot was always active in the affairs of his profession and the institutions to which he belonged. He served as president of the Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and on the councils of the Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Southern Historical Association. For 20 years he was on the board of editors of The Virginia Quarterly Review and was a member of Gridiron Club at the University of Georgia and the Raven Society at the University of Virginia. In 1989, the Virginia Historical Society made him a life member, and in 1998 the College of William and Mary awarded him the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eleanor Abbot, 804 Rugby Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903-1629; his sons, Wright Abbot (Cynthia Cox) and John Abbot; grandchildren, Will and Catherine; his sister, Lillian Easterlin; and Louise Hardeman Abbot, the widow of his younger brother, James Carswell Abbot.
R. Holt Ardrey Jr. '43, of Rye, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 27, 2009. He was born on Dec. 23, 1922, to Robert Holt Ardrey, Sr. and Lina Blakeney Ardrey in Charlotte, N.C. Ardrey served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant during WWII in southern Germany in 1944-45. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson in 1946. He then served during the Korean War. In 1951 he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Duty as platoon leader of the Garryowen Regiment of the U.S. Army's First Calvary Division. In 1953 he married Ruby (Ronnie) Barnes, and moved to Rye, N.Y., in 1955. Ardrey was active in the Rye community with the Boy Scouts of America, Rye Little League, and as deacon of the Rye Presbyterian Church. Ardrey was a marketing executive and retired from the Metromail Corp. in 1988. He is survived by his three children, R. Holt Ardrey III, 23231 Sumners Creek Ct., Katy, TX 77494-7598; James B. Ardrey; and Elizabeth A. Burgett. He is also survived by five grandchildren.
Hugh Horn Battle, Jr. '43 died on Sept. 15. He was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., on April 2, 1921, son of the late Hugh H. Battle and Maude Arrington Battle. Battle was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Cooper Jeffreys Battle; his son, Hugh Horn Battle III; and his sister, Maude P. Johnson. He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Battle Brownlee, 107 Chapel Dr., Savannah, GA 31406-6268; his grandchildren, Cooper Jeffreys Brownlee, Lauren Abbott Brownlee, and Melissa Paige Battle Poland; and his great-grandchildren, Rylee Cooper Deloach and Carmen Poland. Battle will be remembered and missed by the many friends who added joy to his life journey.
George Wilson Tate '43, of Charlotte, N.C., died March 21, 2009, at his residence. A native Charlottean, he was born May 9, 1921, son of the late John Austin Tate and Sarah Wilson Tate. He was one of four children, and is survived by his younger sister, Sarah Lindsay Tate. His older siblings, Betsy Tate Freeman and John Austin Tate, Jr., preceded him in death. In his early teens, Tate left Charlotte for Culver Military Academy in northern Indiana. He returned to North Carolina to attend Davidson. His education was interrupted by WWII, when he chose to enlist in the U.S. Army. As he made this decision, he also made one of the most important decisions of his life: to marry his childhood sweetheart. On Sept. 9, 1943, he married Elizabeth Robinson Hoppe, 5100 Sharon Rd., Unit 1204, Charlotte, NC 28210-4766. He and Libby would spend 65 wonderful years together. Tate shipped out in 1944 to join his comrades-in-arms in the European Theatre. Soon after arriving in Italy, he was captured by the Germans and remained a prisoner of war until liberated at war's end. He and Libby were blessed with three children, George "Pudge" Wilson Tate, Jr. (Jane), William "Billy" Hoppe Tate, and Elizabeth "Libby" Tate Higgins, and, subsequently, four grandchildren, Mary Austin Tate Bolin (Rob), Jane Wilson Snyder (William), John "Tate" Higgins, and David William Higgins, and one great-grandchild, Will Bolin. Tate loved his family, and he loved life. He started his career at Hoppe Motors, an early Chrysler franchise for the Charlotte area. Later he worked with Freeman and McClintock in the real estate business. In addition to his family, he loved his church. He and Libby joined St. Martin's Episcopal after marrying, where he would be the Sunday school superintendent and a member of the vestry.
Jack Cummins Ramsay, Jr. '44, of Denton, Tex., passed Aug. 31, the 58th anniversary of his marriage to Karin Kinsey. Born in Norfolk, Va., to a Virginian mother and native Texan father, Jack Ramsay, he moved with his family to Laredo and later solidified his Texan heritage when he married Karin Kinsey, a seventh-generation Texan. He and Karin, after his retirement, lived in Corinth/Denton, Tex., where, though suddenly totally blinded Dec. 7, 2005, he wrote mostly on subjects that involved historical research for which he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended the University of Texas and graduated from Davidson and Union Seminary (Va.). He is an ordained Presbyterian U.S.A. minister. He had seven books published and, with his wife's help and the wonders of modern technology (a computer that read what he wrote back to him), finished his part on a new book about Civil War photographer George S. Cook, utilizing pictures, recipe books, and more from Cook's personal diary. He also completed manuscripts for three additional books, which his wife plans to publish. He is survived by his wife, Karin, 2104 Post Oak Ct., Denton, TX 76210-1900; their daughter, Annetta Hunt (Randy) and two sons, Ian and Camden; their son, Robin Andrew Ramsay (Kathy) and children, Jena Ramsay and Jared Ramsay (Amber); and great-grandson, Gavin Andrew Ramsay, born Aug. 5.
William Austin Emerson, Jr. '45 died Aug. 25 at his Atlanta, Ga., home. Emerson was a son of the late William A. Emerson, Sr. and Laura Cole Emerson of Atlanta. Born in Charlotte, N.C., he attended Davidson for two years before joining the Army. After serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII, Emerson earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1948. In that same year, he married the late Lucy Peel Kiser Emerson. During the 1950s, Emerson was a reporter for Collier's and Newsweek magazines in New York and in Atlanta. In 1953, he established the Atlanta bureau of Newsweek and covered the South until 1961, when he moved back to New York for an editor's position at Newsweek. Emerson subsequently accepted an editorial position at the Saturday Evening Post, where he ultimately became editor-in-chief. Following the dissolution of the Saturday Evening Post in 1969, Emerson worked as a writer, columnist, and radio commentator and was an author of several books. In addition, he and his wife, Lucy, founded Fountain Publishing, which produced a number of books. Beginning in 1975, Emerson taught for 10 years as a chaired professor at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism in Columbia. After his retirement, he returned to Atlanta, where he worked as a book editor for Peachtree Publishing. He edited books by a number of authors, including Ferrol Sams for whom he edited Run with the Horsemen. Survivors include daughter, Laura Emerson Alexander (Sydenham), 510 Monroe St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516-3015; daughters, Lucy Emerson Sullivan (Christopher) and Ellen Emerson Yaghjian (David); sons, William Austin "Bo" Emerson III (Maureen Downey) and John Finley Emerson (Jane); 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Boynton Cole Emerson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Clare Emerson Thornwell.
William H. Kerr '45 passed away Feb. 16, 2007.
Samuel J. Patton '46, of Toccoa, Ga., and formerly of Decatur, Ga., died April 18, 2008, at Toccoa Nursing Center. A son of the late James G. '16 and Katherine Jones Patton, he was born June 27, 1924, in Atlanta and spent his early years in Abingdan and Waynesboro, Va. He attended Davidson until he was called into service for his country. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in England for three and a half years. He graduated with the Class of 1950 from the University of Virginia. He was a member of the V-Club, having played baseball for four years. He was also a member of the Eli Banana Society. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as an officer of the church for more than 50 years, as well as a Sunday school teacher and class president. He also was an active Stephen minister. After graduation from U.Va., he moved to Orange, Va., where he coached football and baseball at Orange County High School. Later, he served in the Orange County Volunteer Rescue Squad and became one of the first life members. He loved helping people and giving back to the community. After several years, he became an executive in a hosiery company. The remainder of his career was spent as a sales representative and sales manager for several art needlework companies. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Toccoa and a former member of Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Decatur. He was preceded in death by his sons, Richard E. Patton and Samuel J. Patton, Jr., and twin brothers, James G. Patton '46 and Claude "Red" Patton. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Merkel Patton, 7104 Crawford Hill Cir., Toccoa, GA 30577-8822; a daughter, Ann Lynn Patton; and sister, Mrs. William B. Carssaw.
Walter Montgomery Cart '48, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Sept. 27. Born April 7, 1927, in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late John and Lucile Montgomery Cart. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Cart Morrison, and his grandson, Henry Robinson Cart. He attended Davidson and the Citadel, and graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Iceland during WWII. He was executive vice president of Eastern Motor Lines until his retirement. From 1979 to 1982, he was co-owner of Crutchfield's Sporting Goods Store. He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, where he served on the vestry and the Kanuga Conference Advisory Board, Flat Rock. He was a life member of the S.C. Waterfowl Association, having served on the founding board and was a charter member of the Sportsman's Club. He was a former Rotarian and a life member of Historic Flat Rock, Inc. He was an avid sportsman and conservationist, enjoying hunting, fishing, sailing, and gardening. Other hobbies included traveling, photography, and art. He spent his boyhood summers at Lake Summit, and in later years he especially enjoyed his time there with family and friends. Above all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his ready smile and the twinkle in his eye. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Donna Robinson Cart, 1140 Partridge Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29302; four children, Emily Cart Cochran (Stuar), Walter M. Cart, Jr. (Elizabeth), A. Robinson Cart (Roberta), and Lucile Cart Boyle (Robert); nine grandchildren, H. Carter S. Cochran, Jr. (Jodie), W. Alexander R. Cochran, Eliza R. Cart, Eleanor G. Cart, Walter Henry M. Cart, Jessie H. Cart, E. Heyward Cart, Lucy M. Boyle, and Robert G. Boyle, Jr.; and two great-granddaughters, Caroline and Kate Cochran. He is also survived by his brothers, John M. Cart (Lynn) and Ben M. Cart (Ella), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Newton Park Hoey '48, of the Cypress in Charlotte, N.C., passed away peacefully at Carolinas Medical Center on Feb. 9, 2009. Hoey was born on Aug. 2, 1923, in Murrysville, Pa. On Nov. 14, 1945, he married Margaret Davis of Mt. Holly. He then attended Davidson, where he earned his B.S. degree. He attended UNC Chapel Hill for accounting graduate studies. He was a partner with the public accounting firm Conrad, Hoey, East, and Company. He served in WWII as a first lieutenant in the Air Force, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Hoey, 3738 Cypress Club Dr., Apt. 412, Charlotte, NC 28210; his children, Newton "Park" Hoey, Megan Thomas, and Anna Hallman (Wes); nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers; and two sisters.
Berry A. Fisher, Jr. '49, of Timonium, Md., died Aug. 7 surrounded by his family at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson, Md. Fisher served in the U.S. Marines during WWII in the 6th Marine Recon Division. He retired in 1991 as vice president of Mercantile Bank and Trust. For 61 years he was the beloved husband of Mary Margaret Helms Fisher, 238 Cinder Rd., Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093. He was the devoted father of William Neil Fisher (Patty), Mary Beverly Casey (Jeff), and Berry N. Fisher (Sally); brother of Karl E. Fisher '44, C. Larry Fisher, Margaret A. Griggs, and the late James E. Fisher '55; grandfather of Kimberly Holmes (Chris), Stephanie Wright (Bruce), Ryan Casey, Christopher Fisher, Timothy Fisher, and Matthew Fisher; and great-grandfather of Tyler Wright, Hayden Holmes, and Chase Wright.
Robert Hampton Hair '49 passed away on Sept. 4 at Alamance Regional Hospital after residing at Twin Lakes Retirement Community in Burlington, N.C. Hair, a native of Gastonia, was born on Aug. 4, 1928, son of the late William Bates Hair and Inez Weathersby Hair. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and then served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist. He had a fulfilling professional career as an information technology manager for Fieldcrest Mills in Eden and Chatham Blankets in Elkin. Hair loved travel and science, and had a lifelong intellectual curiosity and love of learning. He always enjoyed planning family vacations, and after retirement traveled with Mickey to all seven continents, including a memorable trip to Antarctica. He was a longtime member of the Eden Rotary Club and the First Baptist Church of Eden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Hair Higdon. Surviving is his loving wife of 59 years, Millicent "Mickey" Hair, 3312 Watauga Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410; sons, Roger Hair (Brenda) and David Hair (Beth); four grandchildren, Thomas, Anna, Matthew, and Margaret; brother, Bill Hair; and sister, Frances Edwards.
Joseph Cain Leonard '49, of Lincolnton, N.C., passed away July 20, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Lorene Hamrick Leonard, and a son, J. Cain Leonard, 215 Kennedy Dr., #189, Lincolnton, NC 28092-3213.
John Lewis Payne Jr. '49, of Lexington, Ky., died Oct. 13 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born in Charlotte, N.C., the son of John and Louise Payne. He was a graduate of Davidson, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and received an M.A. from West Georgia College. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister for 16 years, serving churches in W.Va., and was a Presbyterian campus minister at University of Tennessee. He was professor of psychology at Lees College for 20 years, then professor at Lexington Community College for five years. He retired in 1994. In addition to his wife, Peggy, 551 Albany Rd., Lexington, KY 40502, he is survived by his children; John Payne III, Robert Payne, and Margaret Jack; six grandchildren, Seth Payne, Luke Payne, Becky Payne, Cammie Payne, Alleya Jack, and Noah Jack; and one great-grandchild, Elena Watts. Memorials may be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
Edwin F. Montgomery, Jr. '50, of Lake City, Fla., died Sept. 7 at his residence following an extended illness. Born on June 2, 1927, Montgomery was the son of the late Edwin F. Montgomery, Sr. and Margaret Horton Montgomery. He joined the U.S. Army and served during the occupation of Japan in 1946-47. He graduated from Davidson in 1950 and from the Union Theological Seminary in 1954 and married June Conyers that same year. He worked for a brief time in the final estimates department of the State Road Department (D.O.T.). Montgomery's career in the ministry began in 1954, as he served as the minister for both the Jasper and White Springs Presbyterian Churches. He then served the Orange Park Presbyterian Church and was elected the minister emeritus of that church in 1992. The administrative building of that church still bears his name. He also organized Boy Scout Troop #414 while serving in Orange Park. In 1975 he began his ministry in Lake City at the First Presbyterian Church, where he served until he was honorably retired by the Presbyterian Church of U.S.A. in June of 1992. He was subsequently elected minister emeritus there, as well. Following his retirement he wrote and published a biography of his father that was entitled, Dr. Mont: An Exceptional Man. Montgomery was presented the Service to Mankind award by the Orange Park Sertoma Club and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award by the Orange Park Rotary Club. He was flown aboard the aircraft carrier the Saratoga and spent three days as the guest of Captain Freeman and Admiral Baldwin for the work that he had done with the bereaved families of the husbands and fathers who had been killed during the Vietnam War. He was named Lake City Citizen of the Year by the Lake City Rotary Club and was made an honorary member. He received the Silver Beaver Award from the North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as the chairman of the Suwannee River District of the Boy Scouts of America and on the board of directors of Lake Shore Hospital including a stint as chairman. He helped organize the Christian Service Center and served on the first board of directors. He served on the District V Mental Health Board of North Central Florida and on the human studies of the research and development committee for the Veterans Administration Hospital. Other services included a year as the president of the Columbia County Ministerial Alliance and the four years that he spent with the allocations committee of the Suwannee Valley United Way. For 35 years, Montgomery conducted small group camps for the young people in the churches that he served at the Montgomery Camp on the Suwannee River: the last 10 years were canoeing camps held on the many rivers in North Florida. The rustic camping facility located at Montgomery Camp and Conference Center was dedicated to Ed and June Montgomery in 1992. Montgomery's spare time was spent doing research on the genealogies of Lake City, Columbia County, Luraville, the State of Florida, and one of his final projects was the history of the Lake City Fire Department that began in 1883. Montgomery is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, June C. Montgomery, 942 NW Scenic Lake Dr., Lake City, FL 32055-8590; his three sons, Edwin F. Montgomery III (Jennifer), Joseph Montgomery (Rebekah), and Jim Montgomery (Cynthia); his two brothers, James H. Montgomery '55 and David Montgomery (Theta); and his eight grandchildren, David Montgomery (Zita), Emily Montgomery, Anne Montgomery, Mary Beth Montgomery, Hannah Montgomery, Kate Montgomery, Scotty Montgomery, and Melissa Montgomery.
Robert Henkel Spilman, Sr. '50, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Bassett, Va., died peacefully on Nov. 15. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane Bassett Spilman, 967 Dover Farm Rd., Manakin Sabot, VA 23103-3034; his children, Robert H. Spilman, Jr. (Nancy), Virginia Spilman Perrin (Coleman), and Vance H. Spilman (Beth); and nine grandchildren, Forrest Perrin, Coles Perrin, Whit Perrin, Anne Spilman, Ginny Spilman, Robert Spilman, Janie Spilman, Vance Spilman, and Campbell Spilman; as well as a host of nieces and nephews and many beloved friends. Spilman was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and served briefly in WWII in the U.S. Army Infantry Division. He later attended Davidson and graduated from the Engineering School of North Carolina State University with a degree in textiles. He served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne during the Korean Conflict and then as an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was the retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bassett Furniture Industries. He served on numerous corporate boards including Dominion Resources, Dominion Energy, Jefferson-Pilot Corporation, NationsBank Corporation, International Home Furnishings Center, The Pittston Company, Trinova Corporation, United Investment Trust, and Virginia Business Council. Spilman served on the boards of trustees of academic institutions in Virginia and North Carolina, including the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, N.C. State University, Appalachian State University, Virginia Military Institute, Old Dominion University, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, and the State Council of Higher Education. He also served as chairman of Virginia Port Authority and was instrumental in the unification of the ports of Norfolk and Hampton Roads. He was publicly recognized many times during his life, including being honored by the Anti-Defamation League, Humanitarian of the Year (City of Hope Hospital, Los Angeles), and three-time winner of the Wall Street CEO Award of Furniture Industry. He was the recipient of the American furniture industry's highest honor, the James T. Ryan Statesman of Commerce Award. In 1989 he was named Virginia's Outstanding Industrialist. He was appointed to the Virginia-Israel Commission by Governor Baliles and served on Virginia's Economic Advisory Council under Governors Baliles and Robb. Spilman was a true gentleman and fierce competitor in business, on the golf course, in the trout stream, and around the gin rummy table. He dearly loved his family and his multitude of friends and never hesitated to offer words of wisdom to those around him. He was one of the few two-time Billfish Masters Tournament champions, conducted annually by the Sailfish Club of Palm Beach, Fla. He traveled the world in search of red-legged partridge, bonefish, and good cigars, and never stopped enjoying the challenge of his next adventure.
Paul D. Young '50 died after a brief illness on Nov. 25 in Washington, D.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Ann Mary Shaffer Young; by his wife of 22 years, Mary Frances Allen Young; by his parents, James Gordon and Irma Louise Schmidt Young; by his twin sister, Norma Young Collier; his brother, Arthur K. Young; and his daughter, Linda Allen Bagley. He is survived by daughter, Gay Young (Karim Nashashibi) and her twins, Leila and Walid, 6427 Dahlongea Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816-2101; sons, William Andrew Young and Thomas H. Allen III; granddaughters, Dana Hood and Erin K. Bagley; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Shannon Young; sisters, Laura Jageman (George) and Shirley Adwers (Ron); many nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Bobbi Yauger. Young was born in Houston Jan. 13, 1926. He worked in his father's woodworking business for one year and then declared his intention to be a Presbyterian minister. He attended Trinity University for two years, graduated from Davidson and from Yale University Divinity School in 1955. He was ordained and installed Aug. 5, 1955, as pastor of the Webster Presbyterian Church, Webster, Tex. He was called as organizing pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton, Tex., and then was called as pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Waco, Tex. In 1972 he was called as executive presbyter, stated clerk and treasurer of Palo Duro Presbytery, with offices in Lubbock, Tex. In 1978 he earned the degree of doctor of ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. He retired in 1988 and moved to Santa Fe in 1990, where he became a volunteer with the Santa Fe Opera as coordinator of volunteers for youth night performances and archivist of John Crosby's daily correspondence. From 1946 to 1949, Young served as a volunteer-in-mission in Puerto Rico for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), working primarily in construction and animal husbandry, and there became fluent in Spanish, his college major. In March 1949, he married coworker, Ann Mary Shaffer in Puerto Rico. Their daughter, Gay, was born in New Haven, Conn., in December 1950. In New Haven and Bridgeport, Conn., Young organized two Puerto Rican worship communities and preached in Spanish each Sunday evening. He also served federal, district, and municipal courts as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking defendants. In the three pastorates and the administrative position, Young oversaw construction of two church buildings and expansion of two others. From the time he could hit his thumb with a hammer, he seemed destined to be a builder. In all four of the positions, Young established supportive contact and sometimes organizational structures to assist black and Hispanic individuals and groups attain their rights in society. Since September 2000, Young was a member of Lutheran Church of the Servant, adjacent to the Kingston residence where he and Mary Frances moved in September 2003, and where she died in January 2004. He served on the church council and as secretary of the council.
James Wallace Campbell '51, retired Presbyterian minister, died Oct. 1 after a long illness. He was 82 years old. He leaves his wife of 51 years, Nancy Howe Campbell, 5264 S. Angela Rd., Memphis, TN 38120-2202; and a son, Robert Howe Campbell. After service in the U.S. Navy he attended and was graduated from Davidson. He had been employed in a banking career for several years, when he felt a call to the ministry and was ordained after completing three years of required study at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Va. He served lengthy pastorates in Natchez, Miss., Wynne, Ark., and Buntyn Church in Memphis, Tenn. Lifelong interests included music, English literature, and Southern culture. After retirement he enthusiastically pursued an advanced degree at the University of Mississippi.
Charles "Chuck" Martel Barrett '52, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away on Aug. 25 at Mayview Convalescent Center in Raleigh, N.C. Barrett died from complications following a stroke. He was born on Dec. 4, 1929, in Robbinsville, N.C., to the late Roscoe Conklin Barrett and Esther Brown Barrett. Barrett was raised in the Barium Springs Home for Children, in Barium Springs, N.C. His friends include many he has known and loved since his childhood at Barium. He often spoke of the many fond memories from his childhood, including summers spent poling down the Catawba River during summer camp, and church services at Little Joe's Presbyterian Church. He attended Davidson for two years, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He left Davidson to serve in the military during the Korean War, in the U.S. Air Force 51st Fighter Squadron. When he returned from Korea, he enrolled in UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned his undergraduate degree in English. He received his master's degree in drama and television at UNC, and his doctoral degree in adult education from N.C. State University. The summer after receiving his master's degree, he joined the cast of The Lost Colony at the Waterside Theater in Manteo, N.C., playing the role of the villain, Simon Fernando. The next fall, he became a professor of English and director of theater at Western Carolina College in Cullowhee, N.C. In 1960, he moved with his family to Raleigh to begin a career with the Department of Community Colleges, where he served as the vice president of the community college system for several years. Following his retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively abroad for 10 years. Barrett was an extraordinarily talented classical pianist, writer, and actor, and thoroughly enjoyed participating in several Raleigh Little Theater productions. He was especially fond of his role in Mame of Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, for which he received standing ovations. He toured The Rainmaker with Louise Fletcher, the Academy Award winner for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Barrett had a great tenor voice, sang with the Davidson College chorus, the church choir, and at home on Saturday mornings with various artists from his album collection. He was an art enthusiast, and relished any opportunity to explore museums both at home and abroad. He was a lifelong photographer, with a great eye for light and subject. One particular picture, taken after Hurricane Hazel in 1954, won a prize in a UNC photography contest. Barrett was an incredibly talented writer, who loved the English language, the study of words, literature, and poetry. He was most proud of one favorite project, a history of the Barium Springs Home for Children called An Album of Memories, which he wrote and produced in 1994. He was an avid reader, and he was curious about all things, passionate about the arts and his family, and always engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. Barrett is survived by his devoted and loving wife of almost 54 years, Barbara W. Barrett, 1008 Manchester Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609. He and Barbara met on Valentine's Day 1953, in Raleigh and celebrated their 50th anniversary in the same city in 2005. He is also survived by his daughter, Jean Hudson (Richard) and their daughter, Sarah Catherine Sherrard Hudson; sons, Steve Barrett and Chet Barrett; and sister, Mrs. Maeallen Form. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including his devoted niece, Barbara Moore; his nephews, Maurice and Mark Williams; Doug and David White; Ben, Ed, and Tim Bundy; Tom and Barry Form; and nieces, Barbara Sanders and Carolyn Gonzales.
John C. Livingston '53, husband of Elsie Howard Livingston, 123 Portsmouth Dr., Greenwood, SC 29649-8429, died Sept. 13 at The Woodlands at Furman. Born in St. Pauls, N.C., April 15, 1931, he was a son of the late Bessie Klarpp and James McNatt Livingston. He received a B.A. degree from Davidson and a M.Div. degree from Union Seminary in Richmond, Va., in 1956. Later he received a D.Min. degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. During his ministry he served congregations in Winchester, Va., Statesboro, Ga., and Greenville, S.C.; and the wider church as executive presbyter and stated clerk in the Presbytery of South Carolina and Trinity Presbytery in S.C. In retirement, he served as interim pastor in four congregations in the state and as associate pastor emeritus in Greenwood. Surviving in addition to his wife of over 56 years are two daughters, Paula L. Goforth (John) and Rosemary Livingston; two sons, Howard Livingston and Jamie Livingston (Janet); five grandchildren, Marty Goforth (Amanda), Bradley Goforth, Christina Livingston, Chase Livingston, and Christian Livingston; and one great-granddaughter, Grace Goforth.
Alexander Tunnel Jennette, Jr. '55, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (retired), a resident of Washington, N.C., died Aug. 17 at the Beaufort County Medical Center. Jennette was born in Beaufort County on Dec. 1, 1933, to the late Alexander T. Jennette, Sr., DDS and the late Mary MacLean Jennette. On Dec. 20, 1955, he married Ann Marie Winslow, who survives. He attended Davidson and graduated in 1955 from UNC, where he received his B.A. in chemistry. He then went on to receive a master's degree in history from East Carolina University. Jennette proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. His 23 years of service included two tours of duty in Vietnam, Korea, and other stateside assignments. He retired in June of 1978. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service award, both with oak leaf clusters, among other commendations. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include his wife Ann, 1102 Summit Ave., Washington, NC 27889; two daughters, Ann Jennette Tallo (Robert) and Elizabeth Jennette Beaton (James); one son, Alexander T. Jennette III (Carla); seven grandchildren, Lee Spilman (fiancée Kimberly Argudin), John Spilman, Mary Lindsay James, William James, Kathryn Jennette, Laura Jennette, and Katherine Beaton; one sister, Annetta Jennette Howell (Charles); and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Duart Jennette Johnston.
Henry Marshall Pitts '55, of Charlotte, N.C., died Sept. 22. He was born on March 10, 1933, the son of Henry Martin and Miriam Freeze Pitts of Kannapolis, N.C. Pitts graduated from Davidson, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He retired as executive vice president of Barclays Commercial Corporation. Pitts is survived by his wife, Peggie Beeker Pitts, 5834 Kirkpatrick Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211; son, Patrick Marshall Pitts (Julie) and their sons, Henry Robert Pitts and Charles Jackson Pitts; son, Michael Stuart Pitts (Alison Rowan Pitts) and their sons, William Marshall Pitts, John Michael Pitts, and Thomas Rowan Pitts; father, Henry Martin Pitts; and sister, Judith Pitts Goodson.
Edward Smith Schoenberger '55 passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 9 at his home in Jacksonville, Fla. The son of the late Esther and Earl Schoenberger, Sr., Schoenberger was born outside Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sep. 2, 1933. His family moved to Jacksonville in 1939, and he grew up in the St. Nicholas area. After graduation from Davidson, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-58 and retired after 19 years in the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain. He married Carol Ann Cooper of Nutley, N.J., in 1962. In 1968, he returned with Carol to Jacksonville, where he worked in the insurance business, spending the last 10 years of his career as risk manager for Atlantic Marine, Inc. He was a Jacksonville Exchange Club member and former president. His deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ guided his life. He was a devoted member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, where he served in many ways: as elder, as first-grade Sunday school teacher, as a willing volunteer to do whatever was needed. He enjoyed the time he spent visiting in nursing homes and hospitals and regular lunches with dear friends. Schoenberger had a true servant's heart and his life exemplified the word "goodness." Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Carol A. Schoenberger, 8649 Haverhill St., Jacksonville, FL 32211-5119; daughter, Nancy Holland (Steve); son, Neil (Alison Emery); grandchildren, Evan and Rebecca Holland, and Lindsay, Lukas, and Landry Schoenberger; brother, Earl Schoenberger '51; sisters, Betty Walton (Frank) and Emily Wasson (John); nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Ralph Washburn Maynard, Jr. '56, of Hickory, N.C., passed away Dec. 13 at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton, N.C. Maynard was born April 12, 1934, in Catawba County to the late Ralph Washburn and Estelle Pettit Maynard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Pettit Maynard '53. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He graduated from Davidson and Southern College of Optometry. He was an optometrist for more than 40 years. Maynard is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mickey Rhyne Maynard, 1009 15th Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601; sons, Ralph Washburn Maynard III (Lynn) and Paul Rhyne Maynard (Diane); daughter, Amanda Hoke Maynard; and five grandchildren, Suzanne Maynard, Matthew Maynard, Ashley Maynard, Brandon Maynard, and Nicholas Maynard.
George W. Whitlock, Jr. '56, of Wedowee, Ala., died Dec. 17, 2007, at Golden Living Center in Oxford, Ala.
Ernest W. Carpenter III '58, of Petoskey, Mich., died May 9.
Gray Nisbet Lewis '58, of Leawood, Kans., and formerly Overland Park, Kans., passed away June 2. Lewis was born in Statesville, N.C., to Noscoe and Ivah Lewis. He married Marsha Caudle on July 12, 1958. Gray received a B.S. in economics from Davidson and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University; National Commercial Lending School, Oklahoma University; and the Bank Market School, Northwestern University. Lewis was employed as a senior vice president with M&I Bank at the time of his death. He was a vice president for banks in Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, before moving his family to Overland Park in 1980. Lewis is survived by his wife, Marsha W. Lewis, 12912 Broadmoor, Leawood, KS 66209-4016; daughters, Jennifer Lewis, Anne Lewis, and Lila Lesley Brady (Kevin); and grandchildren, Kiana and Quin Brady. Lewis was a championship tennis player and past president of two tennis associations. He enjoyed golf, sports, and bridge.
William Foster Price '58, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Dec. 2 at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare. Born Oct. 18, 1936, in Fayetteville, N.C., Price was the son of the late Joseph Fields and Elizabeth Moore Price. He was a graduate of Davidson and Duke University School of Medicine. Price completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. Price was a founding member of the Board of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. He retired from Spartanburg Regional Diabetes and Endocrine Services and Spartanburg Medical Group after 30 years of practice. Price honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent. In addition to his wife of 50 years, Mary Frances Eaheart Price, 325 Club Terrace Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29302; Price is also survived by his daughter, Nancy Price Owings (Darryl) and their children, William Price and Mark Joseph Owings; his son, John Thor Price (Laura Poteat) and their children, John Carlton, Frances Caroline, and Samuel Foster Price; a sister, Doris Price Kramer; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Fields Price, Jr., and a sister, Ruth Price Carlson. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
George Grier Egerton '59, born Dec. 11, 1936, passed away on July 20 at Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, N.C. Egerton was the son of the late Lawrence Egerton, Sr. and Mary Grier Egerton of Greensboro. He attended Davidson. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Greensboro Country Club. He worked for the family business, Egerton Wholesale, and as a stockbroker for Interstate Securities. In the mid 1960s he became a frontrunner in the childcare industry, starting, owning, and operating Young World Child Care Centers, Inc. With hard work and an entrepreneurial drive, he grew Young World to include 18 childcare centers, from Virginia Beach to Georgia. Later, he entered the restaurant business with The Library Restaurant, Harry's Shrimp and Oyster Bar, and the1742 Great House Restaurant in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Grey Egerton. Egerton is survived by his daughter, Catherine T. Egerton; son, David G. Egerton (Kathryn), 2017 Bluemont Dr., Greensboro, NC 27408-5501; a grandson, Davis C. Egerton; a brother, Lawrence Egerton (Linda); and a sister, Mary Albright.
Edward E. Wilson '59, who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1987, died of complications from cancer at his home in Springfield, Va., on July 29, which was also his birthday. Following his retirement, Wilson taught French, Latin, and other languages at Osborne Park High School in Prince William County, Va., for about 15 years. He also served as chairman of the department of foreign languages for several years. Wilson was born in Charlotte, N.C., where he graduated from Davidson with a degree in linguistics and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Subsequently, he earned an M.A. from Duke and a Ph.D. from UNC. He was commissioned through ROTC, and began his military service in 1963. His first overseas assignment was in France, and later in his career he served at NATO headquarters in Belgium. Wilson, a career military intelligence officer, served as an advisor to the Vietnamese Army in 1967-68. Other overseas duty included Korea and Iran. In the latter case, he was an advisor to the Iranian Army when the February 1979 revolution overthrew the imperial regime. In the subsequent chaos, among the last official Americans to be evacuated, Wilson got out with only one suitcase and his dog. Among his interests was intelligence history. While teaching career officers at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., Wilson coauthored a seminal unclassified history, The Evolution of American Military Intelligence. Wilson first lived in northern Virginia in 1963, and he settled permanently in Springfield in 1982. He had no immediate survivors. He was buried in Charlotte, N.C.
John D. Warlick '60, of Kings Mountain, N.C., died Nov. 4. A native of Kings Mountain, he was the son of the late Charles Ervin and Madge Patterson Warlick. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Ervin "Bud" Warlick, Jr. and George Hunter Warlick. Warlick graduated from Davidson and served in the Army Security Agency during the Korean War. For 42 years he was a partner in the C.E. Warlick Insurance Agency, later known as Warlick and Hamrick Associates. He was active in Central United Methodist Church, where he served as past chairman of the administrative board, in the choir, and on many committees. Warlick learned to play bridge at age eight and began playing tournament bridge at 17. In 1958, he achieved the ranking of gold life master in the American Contract Bridge League. He also enjoyed golf and tennis. Survivors include his wife, Rheta Gamble Shytle Warlick, 903 Sherwood Ln., Kings Mountain, NC 28086-2753; two daughters, Robin Warlick Elder (David) and J.J. Warlick Holshouser (Warren); four stepchildren, Debbie Poland (Mike), Andy Shytle (Bernie), Beth Pierce, and Bill Shytle (Deb); 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
James Irl Dale '63, of Augusta, Ga., entered into rest on Aug. 3. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irl Askew Dale and Nancy McFadden Dale. Dale served as a captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a native of Jackson, Miss., and attended Millsap's College and Davidson. He graduated from Emory School of Dentistry in Atlanta and practiced dentistry in Augusta for over 35 years. Dale was a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, The Beech Island Agricultural Club, Kiwanis Club, and he served as a past president of the Augusta Dental Association. Survivors include his wife, Victoria Raymond Dale, 2920 Lake Forest Dr., Augusta, GA 30909-3026; three children, Sibley Winifred Dale (Timothy Leow), Margaret Dale Williams, and George Royal Sibley Dale (Elizabeth Pearson); stepdaughter, Ivey Newton Dunaway; stepson, Thomas Whitfield Dunaway III; five grandchildren, Timothy Joseph Leow, Abigail Rose Leow, John "Jake" Howard Lott, Isabelle Reid Williams, and Katherine Reid Dale; and two nieces, Margaret Elizabeth Boardman Copenhaver (David) and Kathryn Boardman. Additional survivors include one brother, David Dale, and two sisters, Anne Dale and Catherine Dale Schwartz.
Toney Daniel McMillan '63, of Hot Springs, Ark., died on Nov. 22. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. W. and Elizabeth Daniel McMillan, an elder brother, Henry William McMillan, Jr., and a sister Elizabeth McMillan. He is survived by his wife, Jill Jordan McMillan, RR 5, Box 425-A, Hot Springs National, AR 71913-9804; two sons, Daniel Kevin McMillan (Paige) and their children, Matt, Ben, and Alli; and Carter Jordan McMillan (Elizabeth); two daughters, Sarah and Caroline; and a brother, David Williams McMillan. McMillan was a partner in McMillan, McCorkle, Curry, and Bennington law firm in Arkadelphia, Ark., where he practiced for the past 35 years. He was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Prior to the practice of law and, in what he termed his "other life," McMillan was a Presbyterian minister, serving churches in Eldorado and Kingsville, Tex., from 1967-1972. He graduated from Davidson and then attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His legal training was at the University of Arkansas before joining the firm founded in 1859 by his great-grandfather. Besides maintaining a thriving law practice, McMillan proudly served as a trustee of the Ross Foundation of Arkadelphia and the Harper Family Foundation of Wimberly, Tex. Despite relinquishing his pastoral role in the early 1970s, he was committed to the Presbyterian church and worked tirelessly on its behalf as an elder and lay leader. He was on the board of Louisville Theological Seminary and served Arkansas Presbytery as a member of the committee on ministry for many years. He was also well-known in his local church as a dynamic Sunday school and Bible study teacher. A self-proclaimed "yellow dog Democrat," McMillan was an avid reader and follower of state and national politics. Despite his professional responsibilities and commitments, his most satisfying role was as grandfather. Affectionately known as "Bobbu" to his five grandchildren, he spent many happy hours catching wiggly youngsters as they bounded from the dock of his Lake Hamilton home into the water and his waiting arms, sitting on his lap to drive the boat, or baking chocolate chip cookies after a day on the water. Memorials may be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
Weyman Henry "Hank" English '64, passed away Aug. 1 in Kennewick, Wash. He was born to Stephen and Etta English in Sanford, Fla., on May 18, 1943, and grew up in Union Point, Ga. Hank attended Davidson and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Georgia. Later, he attended City University and obtained an M.B.A. in 1986. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1964, and volunteered to serve in Vietnam as an air traffic controller. He later was stationed in Japan and Tucson, Ariz., and served in the Air Guard. Throughout his working life, English worked in all aspects of procurement (e.g., buyer, contract manager, subcontract administrator) for Battelle PNNL, Boise Cascade, ICF Kaiser Hanford Corporation, Port Townsend Paper Corporation, Freightliner Corporation, Washington Demilitarization Company (Umatilla Army Depot), AMEC Earth and Environmental, and KSL Services. He had several other interesting jobs (e.g., building mobile homes, working in a motorcycle shop) throughout his lifetime. He was a hard worker and fun to work with. He will be greatly missed by many. English married Cindy Taylor on Oct. 28, 2006, while they both worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.Mex. Together, they and their daughter, Hristina, moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, for work, back to Los Alamos, and then back "home" to Tri-Cities, Wash. Most recently, English worked as a contract administrator for Lockheed Martin, from which he retired July 6. He had a lot of pride from serving his country in the Air Force and Air Guard. He was a patriot, a Christian, a motorcyclist, an animal lover, a father, a grandfather, a husband, and country music fan. He was a man who knew something about everything, and was conversant on any topic. Hank got joy from long motorcycle rides, walking his boxer dog, Winston, and taking firearms training out in the desert in Nevada. He was fiercely loyal to causes he thought worthy, but truly believed that we choose our own path in life. Hank is survived by his wife, Cindy T. English, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Apt. 233, Kennewick, WA 99336-8241; daughter, Hristina; and sister, Dolores Davidson (George). From a previous marriage, English's survivors include his first wife, Ann Howard (Bill); children, Hap English (Liz) and Lenore Hylton (George); and grandchildren, Jack and Sophie Hylton, and Lucy and Katie English.
Steven Ronald Fore '64, of Greensboro, N.C., died on Aug. 16 at home after a brief illness with pancreatic cancer. Fore was born in Melrose Park, Ill., on Sept. 5, 1942, a son of the late Berta and Julian Fore. He was a graduate of Davidson and of Wake Forest University Medical School. During his three years active duty in the Army Medical Corps, he proudly served from as a battalion surgeon of the 2/503 Infantry, 173 Airborne Brigade in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. From 1972-76 he completed a residency at Duke University in obstetrics and gynecology. He was in private practice in Greensboro from February 1976 until April 2009. He is survived by his wife, Mitzi Fore, 1812 Regal Ln., Greensboro, NC 27410; children, Susan Fore Cushing '85, Katherine Fore, Whitney Fore, Matthew Fore '11, and Kim Pope; and grandson, Mason Pope. He is also survived by a brother, David A. Fore '69.
William Lambert Taylor '66, of Raleigh, N.C., died Oct. 30 at Rex Hospice in Raleigh after a long, courageous battle with kidney disease. Taylor was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Raleigh, to the late Marvin Edward Taylor and Ellen Borden Broadhurst Taylor. He grew up in Smithfield, N.C., and was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He graduated from Davidson, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity. After graduation from Davidson, he did graduate work at UNC Chapel Hill, and then was employed by Phillips Fibers (an affiliate of Phillips Petroleum) in Greenville, S.C., for several years. Taylor contracted a rare kidney disease that led to dialysis for many years, and more recently, he was diagnosed with cancer. Despite the limitations of his illnesses, Taylor enjoyed photography, the outdoors, travel, art, and music. He was also an unabashed computer geek. Taylor was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and, in recent years, developed an interest in family history. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Edwin Brownrigg Taylor, who died shortly after birth. He is survived by his brothers, Marvin Edward Taylor, Jr. (Gunilla) and Jack Borden Taylor '61 (Linda). He also is survived by the light of his life, his niece, Karin E. G. Taylor. Taylor had his ashes scattered in the mountains and on the coast of his beloved North Carolina.
Michael Thornton Page '70, of Rome, Ga., passed away Sept. 19 at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. Page was born in Anderson, S.C., on Aug. 9, 1948, son of the late Eleanor Thornton Page and the late James William Page. Page was employed with Milliken & Company in various management positions from 1977 until his retirement in 2005. His work in the textile industry included roles with the Carpet and Rug Institute, the Home Furnishings Council, and the Hotel and Motel Association. Prior to his death, he was affiliated with Riddle and Page Office Products in Rome. Page was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rome. He graduated from Davidson and The Citadel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Page was a member of the Rome Rotary Club and served as chairman of the Darlington School Board of Visitors. He also served on the Ben Franklin Academy Board of Advisors and was past chairman of the Board of Trustees for LaGrange Academy. He also served as chairman of the board for the United Way of Floyd County and the Rome Area History Museum. In addition, he was a house parent for both the Methodist Children's Home and Thornwell Home for Children. Other memberships include the Cum Laude Society, Kappa Alpha Order, the Dan Hanks Heritage Society for Darlington School, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the League of the South, and the Georgia Tech Club. Survivors include his wife, Mary Agnes Shaughnessy Page, 21 River Pine Dr. SW, Rome, GA 30165-8564; and two sons, Wade Hampton "Bo" Page (Heather) and Davis Alexander Page.
Michael Cedric Fox '79, of Charlotte, N.C., died on July 12 at Carolinas Medical Center. Fox, born Dec. 6, 1957, was the son of the late Carl L. and Rachel E. Duncan Fox of Mt. Olive, N.C. He is survived by his brother, Carl R. Fox, P.O. Box 16203, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-6203; sister, Angela Fox; sister-in-law, Valerie Stafford-Fox; and a host of friends.
John Eric Bone '91, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away on Oct. 24 at the age of 39. Born in Newton County to Charles Bone and the late Becky Barr Bone, he earned his B.A. degree in English from Davidson and then studied film and media production at UNC Chapel Hill. Bone enjoyed camping, reading, cooking, and entertaining his many friends. He enjoyed life and will be missed by all who knew him. Bone is survived by his father, Charles W. Bone, 100 Riverbend Dr., Covington, GA 30014-1659; sister, Kimberly Bone Brooks; brothers, Eddie Bone and Kevin Bone; paternal grandmother, Retha Bone; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
David Lee '94, of Flushing, N.Y., passed away in a drowning accident in Maui on Nov. 26. Survivors include his parents, Kwun and Yuk Ping Lee, 142-07 60th Ave., Queens, NY 11355; and a brother, Thomas.
Ricky Donnell Childers '06, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away at the age of 25 in a drowning accident in the Dominican Republic on Oct. 22. Survivors include his parents, Christopher D. and Rená R. Childers, 100 Edzell Dr., Salisbury, NC 28145-6213; brother, Darryl D. Childers '04; and sister-in-law, Trinita Brookshire Childers '05.