Robert Breedlove Moffett '34, of Winston-Salem, N.C., went to join his maker on Dec. 15 at Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Moffett. He was born in Kiangyin, China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Lacy Irvin and Kate Rod Moffett, on April 5, 1910. He graduated from Davidson. He was one of eight children. His brothers and sisters who preceded him in death were: Newton Moffett, Rod Moffett, Alex Moffett, Irvine Moffett, Florence Snell, and Cai Conway. He is survived by his sister, Martha Ellen Forbes; his son, Robert W. Moffett (Charlotte E. Moffett), 2416 Wimbledon Cir., Burlington, NC 27215-7685; his grandson, Robert L. Moffett (Joy); his great-grandchildren, Daniel Robert Moffett and Lucy Moffett; and his son-in-law, John Owen. He was a major in the U.S. Army during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He continued his military career in the U.S. Army Reserve until his retirement. He and his wife, Eleanor, moved to Burlington, N.C., in 1945, where they had a daughter, Alice Rod Moffett, who passed away in May 2009, and a son, Robert W. Moffett, who currently lives with his wife in Burlington. While in Burlington, he was principal of Glen Hope Elementary School. When that school closed, he became principal of Jessie Wharton Elementary School in Greensboro. He was both a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington. He dedicated his life to the teaching of children, and later, in retirement, to his gardening. He grew many vegetables for his family and gave the excess away to the community. He displayed great optimism and love for everyone and always had a smile for everyone he met.
William Owen Cooke '38, of Greensboro, N.C., died Nov. 29. He was born in Greensboro on Oct. 8, 1917. He was the son of A. Wayland and Annie Owen Cooke. He graduated from Davidson in 1938 and UNC School of Law in 1941. After service in the Pacific Theater during WWII, he returned to Greensboro, where he engaged in the practice of law. In 1948, he formed the firm of Cooke and Cooke with his brother, Arthur O. Cooke '37. Cooke was joined in the firm by his sons, Barden W. Cooke '72 and William O. Cooke, Jr., with whom he practiced until his retirement in 2005. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. Cooke is survived by his wife, Eleanor Winstead Cooke, 4100 Well Spring Dr., Apt. 1201, Greensboro, NC 27410; his sons, Barden W. Cooke '72 (Terri T. Cooke) and William Owen Cooke, Jr. (Jane E. Perrin); and four grandchildren, Christina E. Cooke '03, Laura O. Cooke, Thomas Perrin Cooke, and William W. Cooke. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Arthur Owen Cooke '37.
Sidney Dixon Crane '40, 91, died peacefully at his home in Indianapolis, Ind., on Nov. 4. Crane was born in the Belgian Congo, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. His family tradition of religious service led to his personal dedication to God at age 14. He lived in the Congo until he entered Davidson; he then attended Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va. Upon his ordination, he led ministries in North Carolina, where he met Mary Council Horne; they married in 1943 and had two children, Charles and Missy. Crane served as a chaplain in the Army of Occupation in Korea, 1945-47. From 1952-59, he served as minister at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, Md. In 1963 he received a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary and joined the administration of the Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va. He was later called to Thalia Trinity Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, Va. He left the ministry and worked in human relations for TB Wood's Company, Chambersburg, Pa., until retiring to the mountains of Virginia. He and Mary Council moved to Indianapolis to be close to their daughter's family in 1992, and he enjoyed seeing his grandchildren grow up. Crane continued his Christian ministry by providing counseling to prisoners at Pendleton Correctional Facility. He was an active member of First Friends Meeting, where he especially enjoyed challenging people to explore common truths found in all religions. A lifelong learner, he read avidly and often quoted from books he had read years before. He supported many causes in a sincere effort to make a difference in world peace, hunger, and social justice. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Kendall Crane, 7459 Longleat Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240; son, Charles Crane; daughter, Missy Logie (Keith); grandchildren, Carrie, Hannah, and Stephen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John Lewis Withers '40, 91, of Washington, D.C., passed away Aug. 12 at Ingleside of Rock Creek in Washington. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine L. Withers, and loving father of Sarah Withers Maas and Katherine Withers, 2116 Penn St., Harrisburg, PA 17110-1041.
John Malcolm Parker '41, of Birmingham, Ala., died Dec. 18 at age 90. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, his childhood was in Cuba at Central España in Matanzas Province, where his father, Charles Parker, managed the commercial department of Matanzas Sugar Co. Parker and brother, Bob, were home-schooled by their mother, Mabel. He earned a B.S. from Davidson in 1941. He worked for Standard Oil of N.J., and for Duke Power Co. He was in the U.S. Army during WWII. After WWII, he worked for Southern Bell Telephone Co. in Charlotte, Atlanta, and Birmingham. He was responsible for all internal audit service and was secretary to the board of directors audit committee. He retired in 1983. He founded and was president of Omega Associates, and provided management services to organizations including UAB, Callaway Gardens, and Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Parker was active in Presbyterian churches in Davidson, Charlotte, Atlanta, and joined South Highland Presbyterian Church when he and his family moved to Birmingham. He served as deacon, ruling elder, and teacher. He was commissioner to two General Assemblies. He was active in the Institute of Management Accountants. He was South Birmingham chapter's first president and was national board of directors' representative. He was president of the Birmingham chapter of IIA and vice chair of their international board of directors. He was invited to address the All-India Conference of Internal Auditors in Madras, India, in 1980. Parker was a certified internal auditor, and a member of the International Platform Association and The Club. He is listed in Who's Who in America. Parker was married for 46 years to Irene Davis Parker until her death in 1987. Surviving him is his wife of 22 years, Emma Kathryn Smithey Parker, 1424 Montclair Rd., Apt. 157-E, Birmingham, AL 35210-2208; his daughter, Elane Parker Jones; granddaughter, Meg Jones, a teacher in Morocco; stepdaughters, Joan Dawson (Frank), and Leeds and Ellen Davis; nephews, Jack Parker and Tom Parker; and niece, Sandra McMillan.
Robert "Bob" Jackson Powell Jr. '42, of Washington, N.C., was born in Whiteville, N.C., on Jan. 14, 1921, and died Sept. 9. Powell was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Elizabeth Toon Powell, and a sister, Elizabeth Powell Moore. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Gant Powell, 122 Fairway Dr., Washington, NC 27889; sons, Robert J. Powell III '69 (Clarine), Roger Powell '71 (Anne), and Ronald Powell '76 (Amy); daughter, Catherine Powell; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. He attended Davidson and UNC Chapel Hill, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and joined the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific. He served as the commander of the recon company for the 1st Marine Division, where he saw action at New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa, and the occupational forces in China. He earned the U.S. Navy Commendation with the Valor device, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. In Fayetteville, he was an active member of Holy Trinity Church and held leadership positions in the Diocese of East Carolina. In Washington, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder there. He was a forceful and active man and avid sportsman. He was a member of the North State Game Club, and he raced his sailboats from Long Island to Bermuda to Wilmington to Nassau. He was known for his exceptional and active mental capacity, spending recent years in research and writing. He was interested in and actively supported Barium Springs Home for Children and the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort County.
Pressley R. Rankin, Jr. '42, of Ellerbe, N.C., died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Oct. 9. Born on Dec. 7, 1920, in Mt. Gilead, he was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Pressley Robinson Rankin, Sr. 1906; a sister, Catherine Rankin Scarborough; a son, James Michael Rankin; and a granddaughter, Kristen Lee Rankin. Rankin earned his B.S. degree at Davidson in 1942, and entered the U.S. Army, assigned to the 532nd Ordnance Company, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. He later transferred to and completed Army Specialized Training Program, physician's medical training. In 1947, he graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine with his M.D. degree, interning at Watts Hospital, Durham. Rankin began practicing medicine with his father in Mt. Gilead in 1949. He then entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950, graduating at USAF School of Aviation Medicine in San Antonio, Tex., in 1951. He commanded as captain of the 4th Forward Medical Evacuation Flight as a flight surgeon from 1951-54 in Europe and North Africa. He was discharged from the USAF Reserve in 1972. In 1957, Rankin moved his medical practice to Ellerbe, and practiced there until his retirement in 2001. He was on the medical staff of Montgomery Memorial Hospital, Richmond Memorial Hospital, and Moore Regional Hospital. Unlike present day community practices, Rankin practiced medicine during a time when he made house calls on a daily basis to Montgomery, Moore, and Richmond counties; delivered babies; set broken bones and sutured wounds in his office; diagnosed all types of illnesses; and became a family friend to his patients. Professionally, he served as a medical examiner in Richmond County, and was a board member of the Richmond County Health Department. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and was a 50-year member of the N.C. Medical Society. Rankin served many organizations during his lifetime, including director of United Mills, Mt. Gilead; Mt. Gilead Building and Loan; Mt. Gilead Brick Co.; Bank of Mt. Gilead, United Carolina Bank, and subsequently Southern National Bank; the Town Creek Indian Mound; Land Trust Control of Central N.C.; and N.C. Forestry Association. He was appointed by Governor Hunt to the N.C. Archaeological Advisory Committee and to the Governor's Waste Management Board. He was a member of the Richmond County Historical Society, serving a two-year term as president; the Richmond County Scottish Heritage Society; and a 33rd degree mason in the Blackmer Lodge in Mt. Gilead. In 1983, Rankin was named N.C. Tree Farmer of the Year. He also received the Richmond County Citizen of the Year Award in 1987, and was a 2006 recipient of an honor award from the Smithsonian Museum of American Indians. Following a lifelong passion for collecting artifacts and enjoying research in the fields of history, archaeology, paleontology, and anthropology, he established a unique legacy in the community of Ellerbe with the founding of the Rankin Museum of American Heritage in 1984. Since then, he has continuously served as a member of the board of directors, participating actively on the board as well as in the daily affairs of the museum. Surviving family members include a son, Pressley Robinson Rankin III (Elaine), 6618 Windyrush Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226-7559; daughters, Rebecca Rankin Camden (Randy) and Susan Rankin Reynolds (Ralph); a daughter-in-law, Amy Hunsucker Rankin Kesler (Mike); four grandchildren, Pressley Robinson Rankin IV, Katherine Rankin Condell (David), Christopher Reynolds (Louella), and Matthew Camden (Lauren); and three great-grandchildren, Kristen Camden, James Reynolds, and Benjamin Reynolds.
Samuel G. Welborn '42, of New Orleans, La., passed away on May 19, 2010. He was 88 years old. Welborn was the former head of the anesthesia department at Ochsner Hospital and an avid race horse fan. He is survived by his ex-wife, Marion "Manzie" Welborn; his children, Marion Welborn Weinstock, Carol "LuLu" Welborn Reisman, and Samuel Joseph "Joe" Welborn; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, James Todd Welborn '44 and John Henry Welborn '49, 811 Weaver Dr., Lexington, NC 27292.
Joseph Clarendon Barnwell '43, 89, of Greer, N.C., passed away Aug. 29 in Avon Park, Fla. He was born in Burlington, N.C., to Robert William and Willard Smith Barnwell. He was an insurance underwriter, a member and ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Avon Park, a graduate of Davidson with a business degree, and a member of Beta Theta Pi at Davidson. He enjoyed music, golfing, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Hahn (Leo), 107 Cirrus Ct., Greer, SC 29650-0962, Sandy Paulk, and Donna Barnwell Foster; son, Keith Barnwell; sisters, Eleanor Kirkpatrick and Betty Lynn Cooler (Harold); brother, J. Forest Barnwell (Lana); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lurline Barnwell, and three brothers, Robert W. Barnwell '41, Holt Barnwell '41, and Richard Barnwell '51.
Frederick C. Boykin '43, of Pensacola, Fla., was born March 25, 1922, in Akron, Ohio, and passed away peacefully on Dec. 29. Boykin graduated from Davidson and was accepted at Emory Medical School, where he earned his medical degree in June 1945. Boykin served his internship at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and entered the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in 1947. He was transferred to inactive duty after 28 months of service, and began his neurological surgery training at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He completed his training in 1953, at which time he entered into private practice as a neurosurgeon in Shreveport, La. He practiced there until 1985, when he moved to Florida to enjoy his retirement by pursuing his passion for boating. During Boykin's medical career, he was on active/courtesy staff at Christus Schumpert Hospital, Willis Knighton Hospital, and Confederate Memorial Hospital (now known as LSU Health Sciences Center). He served as a diplomat on the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and was a member of the Harvey Cushing Society and American Association of Neurological Surgery Society. He was also the first president of the Louisiana Neurological Surgical Society. Boykin was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Patricia Henry Boykin. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lois Little Boykin, 5269 Pale Moon Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507; previous wife, Betty Robinson Hilliard; stepsister, Carol Abdenour; daughter, Babs Roggero (Tony); son, Fred Boykin (Jane); three grandchildren, Aubrie Patton (Todd), Will Roggero, and Hannah Boykin; stepdaughters, Maria Adams (Clay) and Helen Graham; stepson, John Sekas (Erin); and step-grandchildren, Hayes and Grey Adams, Ashley and John Graham, and Sean and Nick Sekas.
William Priestley Conyers III '43, 89, of Princeton, N.J., formerly of Ridgewood, N.J., passed away peacefully Sept. 8 surrounded by family at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend: he will be deeply missed by all who have known and loved him. He was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., as the first child of William Priestley Conyers, Jr. and Olivia Fitts Wallace. He received his B.S. from Davidson. He was a captain of the Tank Corps in the U.S. Army serving from 1943-46, developing new tank technology, and stationed on the island of Okinawa. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., and completed additional graduate study at the University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, studying under theologian Karl Barth. He was pastor of First Presbyterian Church and Wildwood Presbyterian Church, both of Morehead City, N.C., and First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, N.C. He was executive associate to the president and dean of students at Union Theological Seminary. Following a move to the N.Y. area in 1964, Conyers trained at the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry in New York City, and was a staff therapist at the Long Island Consultation Center, Queens, N.Y., therapist and marriage counselor at the Psychotherapy Center, Fair Lawn, N.J., and counselor for the Palisades Counseling Center for the Palisades Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. In 1969 Conyers created the Center for Counseling in Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and maintained a private practice until his retirement in 2005. He was a diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a licensed marriage counselor for the state of N.J. Conyers married Janice Marguerite "Marge" Mason of Charlotte, N.C., in 1945. He was a devoted husband for 42 years, and raised seven children with Marge. After her death in 1997, he married Helene Sally Feldhun Franklin. Conyers was preceded in death by his only sister, Olivia Conyers McManaway, in 2006, and his eldest son, William Priestley Conyers IV, in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Helene, 155 Raymond Rd., Apt. 222, Princeton, NJ 08540-9643; his son, James Conyers; his daughters, Anne Conyers Hom, Olivia Van Wagner, Carol Conyers, Mary C. Sullivan, and Janice Conyers; his stepson, Joel Franklin (Nancy L. Messner Franklin); five grandchildren, John R. Sullivan, Jr., Courtney M. Hom, Marguerite M.S. Van Wagner, Isabel C. Van Wagner, and William Y.S. Comparin; two step-grandchildren, Daniel E. and Samuel B. Franklin; and nieces, Lillie Smith, Mary Tucker, and Elizabeth Richie.
Wallace M. Gamble '43, formerly of Davidson, N.C., died Aug. 29 at the home of his nephew, Bill Gamble. He was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Davidson, a son of the late Joseph G. and Connie Williamson Gamble. He was a graduate of Davidson, and he retired as an administrative supervisor at the Mooresville plant of Burlington Industries. During WWII, he served as a Navy lieutenant (J.G.) in Europe and Asia. He was a lifelong member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. Gamble had over 50 years of membership in North Mecklenburg Post 86, which gave Lake Norman YMCA its first home and gave Legion Park to Cornelius. For the Davidson Lions Club, he was treasurer for many years and president for two terms. Gamble was a past district governor for Lions District 31-C and was a Jack Stickley and Melvin Jones Fellow. He loved to garden and to share his flowers and vegetables. Gamble was one of the founders and contributors in starting The Pines at Davidson and provided the location for the new St. Albans's Episcopal Church. In his mother's honor, he established a book fund in her name at Davidson College, as she had been a schoolteacher. Surviving are his brother, Joseph G. Gamble '38, 11602 Savannah Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22407-9105; sister-in-law, Sue M. Gamble; nephew, Bill Gamble; and five nieces, Connie Koch, Cecelia Grosse Ray, Nancy Grosse Kelley, Mary Grosse Snizer, and Elizabeth Gamble Bryant. He was preceded in death by sisters, Laura M. Gamble, Mary E. Gamble, and Hilda G. Grosse (late husband, William Maurice Grosse, Jr. '43), and brother, Wayne W. Gamble '48. Memorials may be made to Connie Williamson Gamble Library Fund at Davidson College Library, Box 7200, Davidson, NC 28035-7200.
Henry Baxter Roney, Jr. '43, 86, of Mebane, N.C., and formerly of New York City, died Aug. 25. A native of Alamance County, he was the son of Henry Baxter Roney, Sr. and Carrie Anderson Roney, both deceased. Roney was preceded in death by his brother, James A. Roney, Sr., and two sisters, Nancy Roney Covington and Caroline Edith Roney. He is survived by one niece, Carolyn Roney Turner (Leonard); one nephew, James A. Roney, Jr. (Carolyn), 2334 Barnett Rd, Mebane, NC 27302; two grand-nieces, Carrie and Jennifer; two grand-nephews, George and Jeff; two great-nieces, Sarah and Emily; and four great-nephews, Mark, Matthew, Lee, and James. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson, where he held student assistantships in Bible, English, and psychology, he earned a degree in history and psychology. He held graduate degrees and professional diplomas from Columbia University and the University of the State of New York in history, English, and educational administration. In a career in education spanning 44 years, he held the following positions: professor of history and director of admissions of Darlington School for Boys, Rome, Ga.; headmaster of St. Thomas Church Choir School, New York City; headmaster of Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, Tenn.; professor of history at Scarsdale Senior High School, Scarsdale, N.Y.; and educational consultant for New York Public Schools. He received national recognition for his leadership in teacher training and evaluation, and he was honored for volunteer work in English-as-a-second-language programs in both New York and North Carolina. He was a member of the American Historical Association, the National Association of School Administrators, the American Academy of Philosophy, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and numerous societies for the arts, history, and literature. He was a U.S. Army veteran from WWII. Although an Episcopalian by faith, in his retirement years in North Carolina, he attended Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Mebane, where he taught the covenant class and chaired the witness and service committee. He recently retired from teaching Sunday school after faithfully serving 71 years. Memorials may be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035.
Charles Mebane Robinson '44, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away June 27. He was born Sept. 13, 1923, to Hallie Mebane and Charles McLendon Robinson in Gastonia, N.C. At age 17, he attended Davidson. In 1942 he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated as a Class of 1946 midshipman. Following Navy-sponsored financial management training at Harvard Business School, Robinson served as financial officer on several U.S. naval ships, principally in Panama and the Pacific. An interest in science and service subsequently led Robinson to the Bowman Gray Medical School at Wake Forest University, where he earned a M.D. degree, and thereafter, to an internship at Yale Medical School. It was during this internship that Robinson met, courted, and, on March 28, 1953, married Connecticut nursing student, Juliette LaMar, in New Haven, Conn. Following the completion of his internship, the newlyweds moved to suburban Columbus, Ohio, where Robinson established a private general medical practice, and the couple started their family. The Robinson family relocated to suburban Chicago, Ill., when Robinson accepted a position as a regional medical director for the Travelers Insurance Company. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, Ill., the Wilmette Sailing Club, and as a part-time professor of clinical medicine at Northwestern University's medical school. A 1976 promotion saw Robinson and family relocate to northern Litchfield County, Conn., from where he commuted to Hartford until his retirement in 1988. He and Juliette later moved to Landrum, S.C., where he found satisfying retirement living and great joy in his family. In 2004 he and Juliette last relocated to Iowa City, Iowa, to be closer to family. Robinson reveled in visits with friends and family, engaging conversation, and always in the acquisition of new knowledge. He is survived by his wife, Juliette, 401 Kimball Rd., Iowa City, IA 52245-5828; daughter, Cameron R. Vanni (Jerry L.); sons, Charles L. Robinson (Sarah T.) and Alexander L. Robinson; grandchildren, Charles T. Robinson, Elizabeth C. Robinson, Blaine Robinson, Lexi Schumacher, and Jack Schumacher; and many wonderful friends.
Rufus Woody '44, 88, of Austin, Tex., died Sept. 3. He served in the European Theater in WWII flying photo P-38s. Three weeks prior to the invasion he photographed Omaha Beach at 50 feet using a nose camera. Later the engineers told him that the pictures allowed them to destroy landing craft obstacles, which probably saved thousands of American lives. He flew 69 combat missions, also being awarded two Silver Stars and 12 Air Medals. He retired as a colonel after 31 years in the Air Force. He and his wife, Martha, 2500 Toulouse, Austin, TX 78748-6081, married 63 years, had four children, Rufus III, Lou Kier, Andy, and Claire Loria, and nine grandchildren.
William Alexander Ranson '45, of Charlotte, N.C., died Dec. 15. Ranson was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Charlotte, son of the late Mary Query Ranson and J. Lester Ranson. He attended Davidson and Duke University and received his M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1948. He had postgraduate training at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Charlotte Memorial Hospital, and the University of California Hospital in San Francisco. He served in U.S. Navy Reserve and served overseas with the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, receiving honorable discharge with the rank of captain. In 1954, Ranson married Margaret "Peg" Hartsell, and they made their first home in California. At the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, he was clinical instructor in medicine, and at the University of California in Berkeley he was associate physician for student health. Ranson entered the solo practice of internal medicine in Charlotte in 1957, and, in 1991, he joined group practice with First Charlotte Physicians, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society, an emeritus member of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society, and a former member of the North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Internal Medicine, and the American Medical Association. A longtime member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Ranson served as a deacon and an elder. He was a former volunteer for Friendship Trays and a member of the senior forum. He will be remembered as a faithful churchman; a loving husband, father, and grandfather; a loyal friend; and a kind and gentle physician. Survivors include his wife, Peg, 5100 Sharon Rd., Unit 2401, Charlotte, NC 28210; daughter, Jane R. Little (Charles L. Little, Jr.); sons, Lester A. Ranson (Rebecca) and Forrest L. Ranson '85; grandchildren, Margaret Pate Little and Charles L. Little III; brother, John L. Ranson '38 (Marilyn); sister, Mary Emily R. Baesel (Edward); sister-in-law, Mary Nell Ranson; four nieces and five nephews; and a number of great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elva Ann Sarratt, and brother, Robert Query Ranson.
William Carey Dowd III '47, of Charlotte, N.C., died Aug. 29 at Sardis Oaks in Charlotte. Dowd was born in Fort Worth, Tex., on March 22, 1919, the son of William Carey Dowd, Jr. and Ann Rogers Dowd. He grew up in Charlotte and received a B.S. in physics from Davidson. He did graduate work in physics at Northwestern University and taught physics at both Davidson and Northwestern. Dowd was a lifetime seeker of knowledge and dedicated educator. He was a tutor at First Ward Elementary School and an instructor in management development at the executive program of business administration at UNC Chapel Hill. Although officially serving in the Army during WWII, Dowd also worked for the other services as needed. He fought in four amphibious invasions-North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, and southern France with the 74th Signal Corps Special as a first lieutenant. Dowd spent his career in the printing industry-part of the family's business interest. His grandfather, William Carey Dowd, Sr., owned both the Charlotte News and the News Printing House, a quality commercial printing company. Carey Dowd, Jr. sold the Charlotte News after WWII. Upon his father's death, Dowd took over the printing operation and renamed it The Dowd Press, Inc. Dowd married Gail Elizabeth Griffith in 1949, daughter of Thelma and Brodie Shepard Griffith, who retired as associate publisher of both the Charlotte News and the Charlotte Observer. Dowd was a leader in the printing industry in the Carolinas and the country. He served the Printing Industries of the Carolinas (PICA) as president and was instrumental in merging the Printing Industries of Charlotte with PICA. He served on the board of directors of the Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its executive committee. He was president of the Master Printers of America and chaired many of its committees. In 1970, he was the first member of PICA to be inducted into PIA's prestigious Ash Khan Crew (The Benjamin Franklin Society) and was a proud member of the Pied Pica Club. Following his retirement, he researched insurance fraud for the Printers Group Insurance Trust with the Master Printers of America. Dowd was a member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club. He was a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army. Dowd was a choir member for over two decades, life deacon, and former chair of the board of deacons at Myers Park Baptist Church, where his parents were founding members. Dowd took pride in his military service, his contributions to the printing industry, his wife's charitable and civic contributions, and the Dowd family's important role in the development of North Carolina and the city of Charlotte. He was known for his powerful intellect and strong sense of duty to his family, friends, church, community, and country. Dowd was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gail Griffith Dowd, who died in 1996 after a long illness, and a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Sloan Dowd, who died in 2009. He is survived by his sister, Marie Dowd Latimer; his children, William Carey Dowd IV (fiancé, Charlotte Gore), 3182 Heathstead Pl., Charlotte, NC 28210-7187, Brodie Griffith Dowd, Eloise Dowd Miller (companion, Robert T. Monson), and Melissa Ann Dowd (Curtis Seltzer); his grandchildren, William Christenbury Dowd, Jennifer Dowd Gomes (Jeremy Gomes), Jessica Lauren Dowd, Katherine Elizabeth Dowd, Parker Griffith Dowd (fiancé, Whitney Keane), and Mary Rebecca Wilkinson Seltzer; Sara H. Ellison, who has been a special loving friend to Dowd and his family for over 50 years; and his beloved and devoted friend and confidante, Betty Chambers.
Samuel Franklin "Frank" Davis '48 died at his home, Lost Acres Farm, near Concord, N.C., on Sept. 28. The youngest child of Joseph Vernon and Minnie Williams Davis, he was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Concord. He attended Auburn University, Davidson, and Guilford College. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served overseas for 33 months in North Africa and Italy. After the war, he went into business as a homebuilder and real estate developer under the name of S. Frank Davis Construction and Realty and took pride in his motto, "Quality Construction." Frank had many friends with whom he enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling stories, and the bond of camaraderie shared by many of his generation. The Yacht and Basin Club, formed by Frank and friends since childhood, continued from right after the war until 2005. They met biweekly and shared food, fellowship, and stories. He was known as a good cook, and fried chicken and barbecue were his specialties. He hosted many gatherings at Lost Acres and at his Lake Norman home where guests were treated to beautiful sunsets. At Lost Acres, he pursued his boyhood love of farming and raising cattle. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Clara Waller Davis, 76 Circle Dr. NE, Concord, NC 28025-3010, originally of Halifax County, Va. Also surviving are a son, Sam Davis '69 (Alice); three grandchildren, Trey Davis (Cate), McCarley Davis (Lise), and Caroline Johnson (Ben); four great-grandchildren; a sister, Sara Phillips; and a brother, Joe V. Davis, Jr.
Clarence Daniel "Red" Williams '48, of Irmo, S.C., passed away Sept. 21 after 57 years of active ministry throughout South Carolina. He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Summerville, S.C., to S.C. United Methodist minister Luther D.B. Williams and his wife, Elizabeth Joyner Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Belva Morse Williams; his sister, Mary Wynn Williams; and his brother, David J. Williams. Surviving are his son, Danny Williams, 304 Hathcock Ct., Columbia, SC 29210-3834; daughters, Sherry (Hal Fair), Dawn (Wesley Gilliland), and Wendi (Timothy Mundy); seven grandchildren, Rainey Chadwell (Brandon), Banks Fair (Mardi), Joseph and Adam Gilliland, and Ashley, Sloan, and David Mundy. Like his father, Williams was a United Methodist minister in the S.C. Annual Conference. He served seven local churches including Wayne U.M.C., Georgetown; St. John U.M.C., Sumter; Mauldin U.M.C.; Bethany U.M.C., Summerville; John Wesley U.M.C., Charleston; Trinity U.M.C., Spartanburg; and Union U.M.C., Irmo. He retired from the S.C. Annual Conference in 1993 and became the minister of visitation at Trenholm Road U.M.C., Columbia, where he served the next 17 years. Without his parents' knowledge, he applied to Wofford College, where he lettered in football. While there, another calling came, and he left to serve in the U.S. Army during WWII as a radio operator and tail gunner on a B-17 over the Pacific. Post-war he returned to North Carolina and graduated from Davidson and Duke Divinity School. With the onset of the Korean conflict, he once again was pulled into a war effort. This time, however, he served as a chaplain. After the war, he married his college sweetheart, and they were stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., until he was honorably discharged. He and Belva moved to Georgetown, S.C., where he assumed his first pastoral appointment. What is unique is his continued effort (educational programming, etc.) as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He graduated the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., ultimately attained the rank of colonel, and, in 1980, was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. As is true with most beloved ministers, Williams' pastoral efforts were endless, and many, many individuals have been blessed. He was a true genius, avid reader, competitive board gamer, steadfast friend, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be most remembered as a compassionate Christian crusader and for his words, "Let's have prayer together, amen, amen, and amen."
Marshall Scott Woodson, Jr. '48, of Orlando, Fla., died July 7, 2007. He earned degrees from Davidson, UNC, and Columbia University. The retired educator and mortgage broker is survived by two sons, two daughters, two grandsons, and two great-granddaughters.
Samuel Adamson Burgess, Jr. '49, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully Sept. 14 in Raleigh, N.C. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to Samuel Adamson and Madge Blakely Burgess, and spent his childhood in Florida. He studied at Davidson until he was old enough to volunteer for the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during WWII. Upon completing his military service at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, he returned to Davidson and graduated in 1949. While at Davidson, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After attending the School of Business at Columbia University in New York City, Burgess was employed in the cashier's office of the Equitable Life Assurance Society in Harrisburg, Pa., for a year before entering Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., to study for the Presbyterian ministry. Upon graduation in 1952, he was ordained in Sparta, N.C., by the Presbytery of Winston-Salem and called to the Elkin Presbyterian Church in Elkin, N.C. There he met and married Carol Stuart, the love of his life for 56 years. Burgess and Carol soon set sail for Scotland to engage in form critical New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews. Upon returning home after completing his studies, Burgess became the organizing pastor of a new Presbyterian church in Garner, N.C., in 1956. During his pastorate, Burgess served as a commissioner to the general assembly of the Presbyterian church three times. Love of community and people led him to serve in various offices and organizations, including boards of directors of the American Cancer Society and the Triangle Counseling Center, president of the local PTA, and chaplain for many years at the Garner Civitan Club. Upon retirement in 1990, Burgess volunteered his time tutoring students in the field of reading at Vandora Springs Elementary School and providing support to patients as a volunteer at Rex Hospital. Survivors are his wife, Carol S. Burgess, 1506 Kennon Rd., Garner, NC 27529; son, Samuel Adamson Burgess III (JimiAnn); daughters, Madge B. Webster (David), Barbara B. Smith (Stephen), and Linda B. Cleve (William); eight grandchildren, David Samuel Webster, Andrew Michael Webster, Elizabeth Stuart Burgess, Adam McRae Burgess, Alexandra Nicole Smith, Caroline Wimberly Smith, Mary Hannah Cleve, and William Burgess Cleve; brothers, Leonard Blakely Burgess and William K. Burgess '58 (Linda); nephews, Blake Burgess and Parker and Phillip Burgess; nieces, Susan B. Jordan, Tracy B. McCollough, and Christine B. Czumak; and many loving cousins in South Carolina. He was preceded in death by one niece, Alison B. Riggsby.
Calvin Tafel Schmidt '49, of Shelbyville, Ky., died May 22, 2010, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Shelbyville. He was a lifelong resident of Shelbyville, the son of Frederick and Helen Tafel Schmidt. He was an alumnus Davidson, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He worked for 45 years at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Shelbyville, 35 years as president. He cofounded Top Star Vending Co. and founded Stowaway, Shelby County's first mini-warehouse operation. Schmidt was a longtime leader in the Kentucky Coca-Cola Bottlers Association and of the Kentucky Soft Drink Association. He was a trustee of Burks Branch Baptist Church and a longtime member of the Juniper Hunting and Fishing Club and Shelbyville Rotary. He served his community through service on the boards of the Shelbyville School System, United Way, Boy Scouts, Shelby County Community Theater, and Jewish Hospital. He was instrumental in documenting the history of the Juniper Club and the history of Jeptha's Knobs and the Clayvillage area, where he had a farm. Schmidt was cofounder of a coffee club which met over many years in local restaurants. Woodworking was his lifelong hobby. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, 98 Wedgwood Dr., Shelbyville, KY 40065; his daughters, Linda DuBourg (Bill) and Carroll Senior (Dale); son, Greg Batts (Paula); seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Moore Schmidt, and his brother, Craig R. Schmidt '43.
Frank Arthur Hooper III '50 died on Aug. 27 at the Brian Center, Hickory, N.C. He was born April 17, 1927, in Atlanta, Ga., son of the late Frank Hooper, Jr. and Carolyn Newton Hooper. Hooper was a Navy veteran of WWII and a graduate of Davidson, Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He served as a pastor and missionary to Israel 1956-68. He was also a science teacher and a drug abuse counselor. Most important, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ellis Hooper. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Foster Hooper, 3032 5th St. Pl., NW, Hickory, NC 28601; his son, Frank Hooper IV; his daughters, Elizabeth Coffey (Steve Coffey '78), Carolyn Bullen (Gary), Martha Glenn (Robert), and Laura Jaynes (David); and a brother, Charles Hooper '55. His grandchildren are Rachel, Katherine, Robert, and David Glenn; Sarah '09, Ruthanne, and Carolyn Coffey; Nathan and Erin Bullen; Elisha Bullen Scales; and Ethan Jaynes.
Frederick Warden Best, Jr. '51, 82, retired Army colonel of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away Nov. 26 in his home. He graduated in 1951 from Davidson, where he played in the band. After Davidson, Best entered active duty again and served until 1975, culminating a career as a colonel at Fort Bragg. During active service, he attended graduate school at Syracuse University in business and finance, which prepared him for understanding how organizations function best. During his military service, he received three Legions of Merit, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and numerous awards and decorations. He also received the Bronze Star while serving in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. After retirement, Best's long and exceptional service to North Carolina began. Over those years, there were two Freds: the "larger than life" Col. Frederick W. Best, Jr., who served with vigor and was a taskmaster to those around him. The other Fred was the quiet professional, who ensured that those in need were taken care of. In those periods where need was identified, Best could always be counted upon to contribute his time, talents, and money. For many years after retirement, Best was deeply involved in several organizations in various leadership positions. He served as president of the Board of Realtors in Fayetteville; as a leader in the Association of the U.S. Army, Braxton Bragg Chapter; as a trustee of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center; as a Mason and Shriner; as a founder and leader of the Tallywood Neighborhood Watch in the 1980s, which was a blueprint for Fayetteville; as part of the Episcopal Congregation at Fort Bragg; and as president of the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville in 1997-98. He served as lieutenant governor of division 11 of the Carolinas district of Kiwanis International. It was his long service to Kiwanis and his generous financial contributions that Best will have a long and lasting impact to North Carolina. He joined the Fayetteville Kiwanis in 1977 and maintained 33 years of perfect attendance. For many years, he was the number one fundraiser for their annual reverse raffle, personally raising more than $100,000 that benefited the children of North Carolina. As a committee member, he helped raise and fund nearly 500 bikes in Cumberland County for the Terrific Kids program, a model program adopted by Kiwanis International. During his term as president of the Fayetteville club, he raised $22,000 to benefit iodine deficiency disorder. During that period, he was also recognized as a Kiwanis International Hixson Fellow by the Fayetteville club for his service to Kiwanis and Cumberland County. As president and lieutenant governor in Kiwanis, he was personally responsible for raising and awarding tens of thousands of dollars to worthy causes in North Carolina. His volunteerism contributed hundreds of hours annually and some years more than a thousand hours. Few have maintained the stamina and fervor that Best had in serving Cumberland County and North Carolina. He was recently awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Best recently established a scholarship fund for military families to further their education at FTCC. He was also a Mason in a Masonic lodge in Fort Benning, Ga., for 54 years, and was also a member of MOAA. He is survived by his wife, Gladys J. Best, 3107 Drury Ln., Fayetteville, NC 28303; daughters, Carla Stanley Griffin and Denise Stanley Brisson; sons, Roger Stanley and Craig Stanley; eight grandchildren; and special friends, Rebecca and Michael Albert, Trent Laviano, and Michael Dibbert.
Thomas E. Cunningham, Jr. '51, 79, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away Jan. 5, 2009.
Alfred John Neumann '51, of Silver Spring, Md., passed away Oct. 13, 2008.
Maurice Wayne Hooks '52, of Matthews, N.C., died Dec. 6 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. A Charlotte native, he was born June 15, 1927, son of the late Charlie and Lola Griffin Hooks. Hooks immediately entered the Navy upon graduation from high school. Upon his return from the service, he entered Charlotte College (now UNCC) and became a member of their first graduating class. He then attended Davidson, from which he graduated in 1952. In 1958, Hooks founded Chair & Equipment Rentals. That company grew into the region's largest special events rental company, known today as Party Reflections Inc., which continues to be operated by the Hooks family. Hooks was an active member of First Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School class. He was 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Excelsior Lodge #261, Scottish Rites Bodies, and the Oasis Temple of the Shrine. He was a past captain of the Oasis Road Runners, past captain of the Oasis Club Car Unit, and a member of the Royal Order of the Jesters. Hooks was a gracious man, who will be remembered fondly by all that knew him. He is survived by his loving wife, with whom he recently celebrated their 51st anniversary, Sue Thomas Hooks, 733 Plantation Estates Dr., Apt. 3, Matthews, NC 28105; son, Daniel Wayne Hooks (Margaret); daughter, Maurisa Hooks Beaver; six grandchildren, Dallas Wayne Hooks, Brandon Hooks, and Rebekah, Rachel, James, and Jonathan Beaver; and a brother, Theavon Hooks. In addition to his parents, Hooks was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Hooks Hinson.
C. Harper Newbold '52, of Davidson, N.C., died Dec. 29 after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Newbold was born July 14, 1928, in Wilmington, N.C., to the late Jeremiah McMullan and Jessie Harper Newbold. He grew up in the First Presbyterian Church, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and served in the 82nd Airborne Division before entering Davidson in 1948. A 1952 graduate of Davidson, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, a battalion C.O. in the ROTC, president of Scabbard and Blade, and a Distinguished Military Army ROTC graduate. After graduation he served as an infantry officer from 1952-54 in Korea. He retired from General Motors (GMAC) in 1988, following 34 years of service. He was very proud of his association with General Motors and the many friends created during this service. After retirement he moved to Davidson and enjoyed living and serving in the college town of his alma mater. He was class chairman of the college Annual Fund drive for 15 years, something he loved to do, as it kept him in touch with his classmates. A Presbyterian all his life, he served as an elder and a moderator for Sam Maloney's Sunday school at DCPC, and as a deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher at other Presbyterian churches. His community service included the Davidson Lions Club (president, 1994-95), receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship; volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Davidson; and serving as a member of several Town of Davidson committees (including the land use committee and the town planning board), helping make critical decisions for the future of Davidson. Newbold was a Christian, Southern gentleman, husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lion, and soldier. His children loved him for his unconditional love and support, his moral character, his sense of fairness, and his generosity. Newbold is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty Sandifer Newbold, 330 Jib Ct., Davidson, NC 28036-7100; daughter, Anne Newbold Dixon (Ed); son, William Hunter Newbold (Linda); and granddaughters, Katherine Harper Dixon Toms (David) and Charlotte Sandifer Dixon. His son, Charles Harper Newbold, Jr., preceded him in death in 1989. Also surviving are his siblings, Caroline N. Swails, Anne N. Perkins, Jerry M. Newbold, Jr. '43 (Pat), Jessie N. Kennedy (James Kennedy), and twin brother K. Raynor Newbold '52 (Ellen). Memorial donations may be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
Vernon D. Clifton '53, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away Sept. 2, 2004.
Robert G. Grigsby '53, of Huntsville, Ala., passed away peacefully Oct. 19 at home surrounded by his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, poppa, brother, minister, and friend. Born April 27, 1930, and raised in Franklin, Tenn., Grigsby received the Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout in 1947. He was called to the ministry at a young age, and graduated from Davidson in 1953 and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1956. He met and married his life partner, Betty Lou Davis, in June 1954 in Louisville, Ky. He was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., in 1956, and served churches in Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida, before being called to Huntsville in 1963 as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He later served as regional communicator for the Synod of the Mid-South, and presbytery executive for Wilmington Presbytery in Wilmington, N.C., and Holston Presbytery in Kingsport, Tenn. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., in 1992 for his years of service to the college and the presbytery. Throughout his life, Grigsby loved the outdoors and was an integral part of the camping ministries at Maranatha Camp and Conference Center in Scottsboro and Holston Camp and Retreat Center in Banner Elk, N.C. His love of travel and camping included many adventures with his family and friends throughout the 50 states and around the world. He was a fisher of men and a fisherman, loving both the time spent sharing the Good News of the Gospel and the sport of fishing. Grigsby was a gifted carpenter and delighted in taking a slab of wood and turning it into a work of art. He also loved sports-especially his beloved Kentucky Wildcats basketball team and enjoyed many trips to cheer them on in the nosebleed section of Rupp Arena. He loved being his grandchildren's "Poppa" and spent many hours attending their sporting events, dance recitals, band concerts, horse shows, racing events, school programs, and graduations. He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 56 years, Betty Lou Grigsby, 110 Paddington Green, Huntsville, AL 35824-1334; his children, Becky Wall (Jimmy), John Grigsby (Susan), Leslie Franklin (Philip), and Janet Stanfield (Michael); and his grandchildren, Toshi Satake (Megan), Lindsey and Nathan Franklin, Carl and Grace Stanfield, Jim Wall, and Bailey and Kenya Grigsby. Grigsby is also survived by his sister, Daisy Davis; brother, Jack Grigsby (Claire); sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen and Paul Taylor; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, John Booker and Cleo Gregory Grigsby, and infant sister, Mabel Grigsby.
J. Dick Kelley '53, of Hartsville, S.C., died Sept. 17. Kelley was born March 23, 1931, in Florence, S.C., the son of the late Henrietta Elizabeth Gandy and Orlando Dickson Kelley, Jr. He excelled in tennis as a youth. He was a 1953 graduate of Davidson, where he was named to the national O.D.K. leadership fraternity, co-captained the Wildcats football team, and was president of and represented S.A.E. social fraternity on the Pan-Hellenic Council. He was awarded the best company commander medal at Davidson. He served in the U.S. Infantry at Ft. Benning, Ga., and Ft. Bliss, Tex., honorably discharged as first lieutenant in 1955. His love of singing motivated him to participate in his church choirs from the age of 12 years until 2006, as well as several civic choruses. Kelley was baptized at Hartsville First Baptist Church, later moving his membership to the Cheraw First Presbyterian Church, then Hartsville First Presbyterian Church. He taught adult and youth Sunday school and Bible school, and was ordained as both deacon and elder. Kelley was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow as an adult. He was an avid fisherman and boater, a former member of Hartsville Cotillion, Second Thursday, and Outdoor Club. He served on Trees for Tomorrow and the Cargill Corridor civic committees, and volunteered for Christmas in April and HIM. He fulfilled the dream of becoming an airplane pilot when he soloed on June 11, 1980. After retiring from Sonoco Products Co. with 25 years service, he enjoyed several pleasant years in real estate and working for the State of South Carolina. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Barbara "Bobbie" Kirkley Kelley, 119 Erwin Rd., Hartsville, SC 29550; two sons, James Randy (Susan R. Kelley) and Glen Dickson (Cathy O. Kelley); one daughter, Barbara Kelley Griffeth '82 (Jack Thurman Griffeth '79); grandchildren, Jamie Elizabeth Kelley, Bryan Patrick Kelley (Sarah), Catherine "Erin" Kelley Carnes (Jason), Adam Dickson Kelley (Amanda), Will Dickson Griffeth, Kirkley Ann Griffeth, and Jackson Kelley Griffeth; three great-grandchildren, John Dickson and Henry Hollen Kelley, and Ella Catherine Carnes; one sister, LuBeth Kelley Scott (David); two nephews, Kevin and Jonathon Sherwood; his aunts, Mrs. James Gandy and Mrs. Claude Gandy; two sisters-in-law, Sue Kirkley Arledge and Ruth K. Ingram Jackson; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Robert "Tim" Gilley '54, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., died Aug. 25. His life partner and wife of 52 years, Doris Anita Boyer Gilley, joined him in heaven within a week; the two were never apart for long. Gilley is survived by their sons, Rob Gilley (Lonnise), 25209 Wymont Park Rd., Worton, MD 21678, and Tim Gilley, 300 Overbrook Rd., Richmond, VA 23222; nieces, nephews, and many extended family whom he discovered through extensive genealogy research.
Robert D. Amos '55, of Schulenburg, Tex., formerly of Cooleemee, N.C., passed away Feb. 2, 2009, in Schulenburg. Amos was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Mecklenburg County, N.C., to the late Lottie and Hiram Dean Amos. He attended Davidson on a football scholarship from 1952-54. Amos was a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne from 1953-55. He graduated from Carson Newman College in Tennessee in 1958. Amos had lived in Cooleemee from 1971-2006. He enjoyed a long career with the N.C. Department of Natural Resources. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Amos, in 2005. Survivors include two daughters, Jill Amos Lindblade (Philip), 2911 Colonel Court Dr., Richmond, TX 77406-6703, and Robyn Youngblood (Gene); three granddaughters, Abby Lindblade, Rachel Lindblade, and Amber Youngblood; a sister, Beth Long; a brother, Jerry Amos; and many relatives and friends.
Edward Cameron "Cam" Cridlebaugh, Jr. '55, of High Point, N.C., passed away on Dec. 16 in High Point. He was born on Dec. 11, 1932, in High Point to the late Edward Cameron Cridlebaugh, Sr. and Frances Welch Cridlebaugh. He was a third generation and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of High Point and a former Sunday school teacher. Cridlebaugh graduated from Davidson, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was the president and CEO of the Atlantic Insurance and Realty Company, a firm that was started in 1922 by his father in High Point. Cridlebaugh served the real estate community as the president of the High Point Regional Association of Realtors in 1977. He served on numerous professional and community organizations, including the High Point Jaycees (life member), High Point Fair Association (life member), High Point Regional Association of Realtors (life member/realtor emeritus), High Point YMCA Board of Directors, High Point Insurance Exchange, High Point Chamber or Commerce (life member), and Camp Cheerio. He was a member of the High Point Rotary Club, with 47 years perfect attendance, and was a Paul Harris fellow. One of his proudest accomplishments was achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow. Cridlebaugh proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Randolph from 1956-58. His passion was the circus, and he would travel frequently with the Roberts Brothers Circus and Hoxie Brothers Circus and especially enjoyed working with the circus elephants. In 1966, he married Hilda Penn "Penny" Hines of Greensboro, N.C. Cridlebaugh is survived by his wife, Penny Cridlebaugh, 1415 Heathcliff Rd., Greensboro, NC 27262; his daughter, Natalie Penn Kelley (Tim) and children, Timothy and Cameron; a son, Edward Cameron Cridlebaugh III (Nicole) and children, Tilman and twins, Emily and Rowan; sister, Nancy Beard (Tom Beard '55) and children, Anne Krahnert, and Richard and John Beard; sister, Carol Hutchins (Ray) and children, Ray and Elizabeth; mother-in-law, Hilda Hines; and brother-in-law, Andy Hines (Nancy).
James Dewitt Thacker '55, of North Litchfield, S.C., died Sept. 21 at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. He was 77. He was born in Rome, Ga., the son of James Dewitt Thacker and Mattie Thacker Johnson. He attended Davidson on a football scholarship, setting several college records. His 98-yard touchdown run in 1952 still stands as the longest on record for the Wildcats. He was inducted into Davidson's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He graduated with a degree in business administration, and then earned a master's in financial management from the University of Tennessee after serving two years in the Army Security Agency. He spent the rest of his career with Union Carbide. Thacker and his wife, Phyllis, retired to North Litchfield in 1986. He was active in county and community affairs, including the Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association, with a term as its president, membership in the Waccamaw Neck Council of Property Owners Associations, and service on several county boards and committees. His family said his wisdom and humor will be missed. In addition to his wife, Phyllis Thacker, 245 Windover Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, he is survived by two sons, Tim and Thomas; two granddaughters, Amanda and Lindley; a sister, Betty; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Ben, and a brother, Brad.
France F. Jordan '56, of Hollywood, Md., passed away Sept. 4. He was born June 13, 1934, in Liberty, N.C. General Jordan was commissioned in 1956 from the ROTC program at Davidson. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and of the regular course of the Command and General Staff College. His initial assignment was as a platoon leader, followed by duty as a company commander at the medical training center of Brooke Army Medical Center. In 1958, he was selected as aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. William E. Shambora, the medical center commander. His assignments included duty with the Army General Staff; deputy chief of staff for Plans and Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, Vietnam; chief, Operations Division, and later executive officer, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command; commander, 44th Medical Brigade; deputy director for health care operations, OTSG; and executive officer for the Surgeon General. In 1984 the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. named Jordan as the first recipient of the Outstanding Federal Services Health Administrator Award. In 1984 he was selected as the first MSC officer to fill the two-star billet of deputy assistant secretary of defense for medical readiness, a position from which he retired in 1987. He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal upon his retirement, as well as the U.S. Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal. France is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Jordan, P.O. Box 747, Hollywood, MD 20636-0747; sister, Betty Hamilton; son, France F. "Sam" Jordan, Jr.; daughter, Martha Angela Jordan; stepsons, Ian Goetchius and Wade Christian; stepdaughter, Laura Kimberly; and five grandchildren.
Frank McMillan Renfrow '56, of Matthews, N.C., died Dec. 13 at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. A lifelong Matthews resident, he was the only child of the late Annie Lou McMillan Renfrow and the late Eugene McDowell Renfrow. He was a descendant of one of Matthews' pioneer families. Upon graduation from Davidson, he became associated with his father in the family business of Renfrow General Merchandise and Cotton Brokerage and Ginning. The business was founded late in the 19th century by his grandfather, the late T.J. Renfrow. He remained associated with the business throughout his life. Renfrow also engaged in farming in Mecklenburg and Union counties. Joining Matthews Presbyterian Church as a youth, he served as deacon, elder, and trustee. He served as chairman of the board of directors and the vice president of the former Bank of Matthews. Upon the bank's merger in 1976 with Branch Banking and Trust Company, he served for 27 years on various advisory boards of BB&T. Renfrow served on the Davidson's Board of Visitors. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. In recent years Renfrow enjoyed watching college basketball and spending time at his summer home on the South Carolina coast.
Lloyd Harvey Robertson, Jr. '56, of Salisbury, N.C., died Nov. 11 at the Virginia Casey Center of the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Robertson was born in Salisbury to Lloyd Harvey Robertson and Mozelle Poole Robertson on Feb. 1, 1934. He was a graduate of Davidson and Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in urology at Duke in 1965, and returned home to join the medical practice of the Salisbury Urological Clinic. Robertson served as president of the medical staff of Rowan Regional Medical Center in 1987. He retired in 1991. An avid hunter and sportsman throughout his life, he won numerous awards for his skill at competitive sporting clay and shooting events on a national level. As a private pilot for many years, he also participated in air shows flying aerobatic airplanes. He enjoyed the game of golf and served on the board of the Country Club of Salisbury. He served as a major in the Army Reserves. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Katharyn Smith Robertson, 3035 Leonard Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146; son, Mark Harvey Robertson (Virginia); daughter, Heath Robertson van Wagenberg; and four grandchildren, Katherine DeBeer van Wagenberg, Mark Parker van Wagenberg, Virginia Moye Robertson, and Ann Hunter Robertson.
William Ernest Taylor '56, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., passed away Aug. 8, 2006.
Brown M. Hamer, Jr. '58, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Nov. 7 after a short battle with cancer. He was born March 1, 1936, in Florence, S.C., to the late Brown McCallum Hamer 1922 and Louise Gary Haynsworth Hamer of Dillon, S.C. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1952 and his Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm Award in 1953. While attending Davidson, he played football and was a member of the Delta chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In 1958, he graduated with a B.S. in economics. During his career in corporate accounting, he worked for Beaunit Corp., Shakespeare Co., Wilbur Driver Co., and Amax Inc. From 1983-95, he was president of Hamark Enterprises d.b.a. Orangeburg Ace Hardware. Hamer was a lifelong member of Mackey Lodge 77 A.F.M., served a term as state secretary of the S.C. Chapter of the National Association of Accountants, was a trustee of the R.P. Hamer Sr. Cemetery Association, and was a former member of the Lions Club. He was a charter member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the American Diabetes Association, both of Orangeburg. Hamer is survived by his daughters, Sara Anne Hamer Edmonds and Elizabeth Gary Hamer Albrecht (Robert), 7780 Pintail Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28311-7404; and three granddaughters, Katherine Louise Edmonds, Emma Louise Albrecht, and Rebecca Marie Albrecht. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Pickett Hamer, and his sister, Margaret Louise Hamer Floyd.
John W. Daniel III '59, 73, of Raleigh, N.C., passed away April 30, 2010. Surviving are his two daughters, Stephanie Semke and Elizabeth Brauns, 810 E. Farriss Ave., High Point, NC 27262-3326, and seven grandchildren.
John Lampros Toumaras '59, of Greensboro, N.C., passed away Jan. 9 at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro. Toumaras was born Aug. 2, 1937, in Burlington, N.C. He is a graduate of Davidson and Duke University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army JAG Corp and practiced law in Greensboro for many years. He is survived by his son, L. John Toumaras (Ann Cooley), 715 Rhodes Creek Trl., Alpharetta, GA 30004-3665; granddaughter, Katie Toumaras; sister, Ireni Autry (Raz); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Marvin Leroy Allen '61, of Kernersville, N.C., died Oct. 17 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was born April 11, 1939, in Gastonia, N.C., the son of the late Rubin Lloyd and Anna Johnson Allen. Allen graduated from Davidson in 1961 with an economics major. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-67. He received his master's in business in 1968 from East Carolina University, and began his work experience at Grinnell in Winston-Salem. Allen joined Forsyth Tech in 1973 and retired as vice president of business technologies in 2004, after 31 years of service and much guidance to his faculty and students. He served as an original board member, treasurer, and emeritus board member of WinstonNet, a community organization focused on providing computer technology skills to the disadvantaged. Most recently, he was instrumental in securing a federal BTOP grant for almost a million dollars. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Allen and Margaret Allen Mullinax. Survivors include his wife, Sandy S. Allen, 804 Springhouse Ct., Kernersville, NC 27284; his daughter, Kristie Allen; his granddaughter, Renee Belcher; his stepdaughter, Nicki Sledge; his sister, Libby Allen; his brother, Don Allen (Ann); and his special four-legged "children," Bailey and Munchie.
Albert Lee "Buck" Flintom '61, of Holly Springs, N.C., died Dec. 6 after a two-year bout with cancer. Born in Greensboro to Rachel and Albert G. Flintom, he was a 1961 graduate of Davidson and a 1964 M.B.A. graduate of UNC. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and had a 30-year career with IBM. Flintom was active in the community with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Warmth for Wake, Meals on Wheels, and Hospice of Wake County. His curiosity developed into a lifelong pursuit of a diverse number of hobbies, from gardening, woodworking, bee keeping, and raising chickens, to motorcycle riding, restoring old cars, painting, and writing. These hobbies also included memberships in antique car clubs and the Triangle Orchid Society. He was also an active member of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and in other aspects of the church community. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret White Flintom, 4400 Middle Creek Farm Rd., Holly Springs, NC 27540; his two children, Ward Flintom (Tracey Medlin) and Ann Flintom Ford (Joshua); his granddaughter, Caroline Ford; his sisters, Suzanne Flintom Hicks (Ron) and Jill Flintom Williams; and his brother, Jack Flintom (Marjorie).
Robert L. Winsor, Jr. '61, of Lenox, Mass., died Oct. 17, 2006, at his home. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., on Sept. 30, 1939, son of Robert L. Winsor, Sr. and Inglis MacLennon Winsor, he was a 1961 graduate of Davidson, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He received his master's degree in history in 1966 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Winsor served in the Army from 1961-1964 and was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant. He was employed by Cranwell Resort, retiring in 2000. Previously, he was employed by Eastover Resort for more than 30 years, leaving as resort manager. Winsor had been a member of the Town of Lenox Conservation Committee and the former Lenox Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed traveling and reading. His wife, the former Kathleen Byrne Cooney, whom he married in Charlottesville, Va., on March 19, 1987, died Sept. 16, 2005. He leaves two daughters, Susan W. Sudnikovich and Elizabeth W. Kelly, 43 Jaynes Rd., Lenox, MA 01240-2114; two stepsons, Thomas F. Cooney, Jr. and Michael J. Cooney; one sister, Sandra Emler; seven grandchildren, Lindsey and Keegan Kelly, Meghan, Jack, and Patrick Sudnikovich, and Isabelle and Jack Cooney; his sons-in-law, Kenneth A. Sudnikovich and John G. Kelly; and daughter-in-law, Christine L. Cooney.
Carl Andrews "Andy" Boggs, Jr. '62, of Monroe, N.C., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 1 after a tough battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 13, 1940, in Mt. Airy, N.C., to the late Carl Andrews Boggs and the late Margaret Lucille Bivins Boggs. He was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Boggs Asbury. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Martha Sue Taylor Boggs, 1709 Beechwood Ln., Monroe, NC 28110; a sister, Sara Boggs Gaines (Howard); two sons, Carl Andrews "Drew" Boggs III (Christa) and David Christopher "Chris" Boggs (Susan); and five grandchildren, Katie (12), Leah (11), Jake (11), Sara Margaret (9), and Logan (8). Boggs was raised in Elberton, Ga., and graduated from Davidson with a bachelor of science in mathematics, where he was a track and field star. He then was commissioned in the U.S. Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1965, he began his road building career with Dickerson, Inc. In 1985, he formed Boggs-Vaughn Contracting, Inc., with several close associates. In 1995, he helped his two sons form Boggs Paving, Inc., where he served as a mentor and advisor until recently. Boggs was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, where he was an elder, a member of the choir, and sang tenor in a special barbershop quartet group. Boggs had many hobbies and passions, and he enjoyed life to the fullest; he was an avid world traveler and mountain climber, successfully climbing Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta in Washington, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, the Matterhorn and others in Switzerland, Grand Teton and others in Wyoming, and an awesome Arctic Circle Canoe trip in Alaska. He was a dedicated supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served many years on the Central North Carolina Council; was district chairman and Scouter of the Year in 1990; received the Silver Beaver Award in 1995, Scouting's highest honor for a volunteer; and served as Council president from 2006-08. Boggs was also an avid collector of early Ford V8 automobiles; he refurbished two of these classics to "like new" condition, as well as a 1950 Willis Jeepster for his wife, Sue.
James Guy Hollandsworth, Jr. '66, of Asheville, N.C., died Sept. 21 at his home. He was the son of James G. and Willie Lee Hearn Hollandsworth. He graduated from Davidson, received his master's and doctorate degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, and did postgraduate work at Madeline College, Oxford University, England. He was a professor and administrator at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was the author of many publications and books on psychology and Civil War history and was active in many historical associations. He enjoyed climbing and hiking in the Wyoming Mountains with his father. He retired recently and moved to Asheville, N.C. He is survived by his father, James G. Hollandsworth (Marjorie), 1535 Ritter Blvd., Huntington, WV 25701, and Black Mountain, N.C.; his former wife and best friend, Susan Hollandsworth; and by his dog, Buddy.
Thomas Bart Peaden '66, 65, of Philadelphia, Pa., died of heart disease Aug. 27 at home. Since the mid-1970s, Peaden taught basic, advanced, and business French at the Alliance Française de Philadelphie, a not-for-profit French school and cultural center. Besides teaching, Peaden assisted with administrative duties and with social events. Peaden also taught French for many years at the University of Pennsylvania and recently taught at La Salle University. He was a literature, film, and music enthusiast. His favorite reads included the Inspector Maigret series by the French writer Georges Simenon and works by Italian writer Umberto Eco. His favorite musician was the late gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Other musicians who were in heavy rotation on his iPod included Wanda Jackson, Etta James, Zap Mama, Fine Young Cannibals, and Elvis Presley, and he recently attended a performance by Natalie Merchant. A lifelong dog lover, Peaden's first magazine subscription was to Dog World when he was 10 years old. As a youngster, he made model cars from kits with his brother, Bret. Later, he found car kits and assembled cars on eBay and sent them to his brother as gifts. He "thrilled" his friends with other eBay finds, such as vintage postcards, jewelry, and religious icons. Peaden grew up in Florida and spent summers at his family's cabin in Boone, N.C. After earning a bachelor's degree in French from Davidson, he earned a master's degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania and completed course work for his doctorate at Penn. For three years he lived in Lyon and Avignon, France, and taught at the University of Lyon. In addition to his brother, Bret Peaden, P.O. Box 63, Keysville, VA 23947, Peaden is survived by a brother, Greg; a sister, Sarah Thogode; three nieces; and three nephews.
Henry S. Cochran '67, 64, of Danville, Ala., passed away Sept. 2, 2009.
Bruce A. Martin '68, 57, of El Paso, Tex., passed away Dec. 24, 2003.
William Whitfield Morrow, Jr. '70, 62, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Dec. 29 at his home. Son of William Whitfield and Margaret Jolly Morrow, he was born and raised in Albemarle, N.C., where he earned his Eagle Scout and a football scholarship to Davidson. Morrow majored in economics, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and won All Southern Conference honors in football and track. After graduation from Harvard Business School and service in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, he began a career in real estate development with Sea Pines Corporation of Hilton Head. At the time of his death, he worked for the New Hope Technology Foundation of Chapel Hill. In 1997, he received the Davidson Alumni Service Award. Morrow was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Morrow, 218 Hillcrest Cir., Chapel Hill, NC 27514; daughters, Katie, Paige, and Leigh; son, James; son-in-law, Bishop; granddaughter, Graceyn; and sister, Ellen and her family.
George Michael Moskos '70, of Swarthmore, Pa., died Jan. 4. Moskos, a professor of French language and literature and James C. Hormel professor in social justice at Swarthmore College, was a dedicated and talented teacher, a scholar eager to explore new intellectual territory, and a champion of justice and equality. He was 62 and is survived by his partner, Blair Gannon, 915 Harvard Ave., Apt. 1100, Swarthmore, PA 19081-2210. Moskos joined Swarthmore College and the modern languages and literatures department in 1975, after earning a B.A. at Davidson and then completing his Ph.D. in French, with a minor in art history, at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was a specialist in French literature of the 19th century and, in his academic pursuits, often explored themes of identity, gender, and sexuality. Moskos sometimes co-taught with colleagues outside of his discipline and was an active participant in the comparative literature and women's studies programs. While serving on the benefits committee of Swarthmore College, he was instrumental in moving the college to support same sex partner health benefits until the insurance industry adopted that practice. In 1997, Moskos was appointed to the James C. Hormel professorship in social justice, a chair that recognizes a professor in any academic division whose teaching and scholarship stimulate increased concern for and understanding of social justice issues, including those pertaining to sexual orientation. Moskos was an ardent traveler, a generous and entertaining host, and a collector of tasteful and intriguing mechanical toys, some of which could be seen on the bookshelves of his campus office.
Steven John Rowland '70, 61, of Cumming, Ga., formerly of Camden, S.C., passed away on Oct. 6 due to complications from prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Donna Rowland, 6315 East Hills Ct., Cumming, GA 30041; his three sons, Nathan, Benjamin, and Matthew Rowland; and five wonderful grandchildren. He was the son of John and Jean Rowland and the oldest brother to Ellen, Keith, Kenny, and Joanne. Rowland attended Davidson before enlisting in the Air Force. He served in the Air Force for four years, where he excelled as a Russian linguist. He went on to a successful career in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. Rowland's professional career was a story of courage, dedication, and professionalism. His start in hotel communications was an indication of his future successes. After working with some of the telecommunication giants, he decided that it was time to start his own business. His desire to provide the greatest level of service for each and every customer was quite similar to the dedication he gave to his family and friends. Over the course of 17 years, Rodeo Communications evolved from a basement operation to a full-service technical partner for almost every hotel brand in the United States. His success can be measured by the dedication of his employees and loyalty of business partners. Rowland made important contributions to the field of cancer research by volunteering as a subject in several groundbreaking clinical trials on the treatment of prostate cancer at the National Institute of Health. Rowland was also a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He will be remembered as a caring husband, father, grandfather, and compassionate employer. He took great pleasure in cooking for his extended family. He followed sports closely and was a parent-alumnus of both the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia. He had an abiding love of animals, both for family pets and wildlife.
William Henry Hawkins '71, 56, of Bartow, Fla., passed away June 19, 2005.
Robert Allen Wright '73 passed away Aug. 14 at his residence in Atlanta, Ga. Wright was born Nov. 7, 1951, in Wilmington, N.C. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Davidson, where he was involved in theatre, which was his passion and his career. His brother, Russ, recalled that Wright's interest in the stage began at an early age, with the plays he'd stage in the basement of their parents' home. After college Wright worked with many productions for the Alliance Theatre and many other venues both locally and internationally. Most recently, he was stage manager for a number of productions for Marietta's Theatre in the Square, where he shared many good times working with management, staff, and performers. Wright was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Vernon Wright and Catherine Weaver Wright. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, C. Russell Wright and Whit Perrin Wright, 2129 Grandview Rd., Jasper, GA 30143-3313. He also leaves many dear friends and colleagues for whom he cared deeply.
Eben Hearne Miller '76, of Concord, N.C., 53, passed away May 16, 2007.
Robert Ward Kirkendol '80, 52, of Falmouth, Ky., passed away on Dec. 11 at his residence. He was a financial advisor at Lincoln Financial for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his father, Connie Kirkendol. He is survived by his mother, Mary Jane Kirkendol; his former wife, Karin Kirkendol; his son, Ryan Sevek (Katherine); his daughters, Laine Lisowsky (Adam) and Alexandra Kirkendol; his brother, Dallas Kirkendol '76 (Susan), 7209 Yellowhorn Tr., Waxhaw, NC 28173-6100; and his grandson, August Lisowsky.
Stanley Meriwether Armistead '89, of Johnson City, Tenn., died June 14 at his home after a long illness. Armistead was born on Jan. 3, 1963. At the age of three he went to Costa Rica with his family, who were to serve in Latin America as Presbyterian missionaries. They then were in Mexico, in Chilpancingo and Ometepec, where he and his siblings were home schooled by his mother. He also attended schools in the U.S., Mexico City, and Quito, Ecuador. He was active in sports, especially basketball and mountain climbing. Armistead attended King College, and then graduated from Davidson with an art studio major. He enjoyed painting in oils and did graphite drawings. He loved animals, especially dogs; his special friend was Cinnamon. His interests were philosophy, reading, writing poetry and short stories, photography, and was a student of current issues. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James N. and Charmie White and William C. and Ann Armistead. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Estelle Armistead, 423 Lambeth Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601; brothers, Robert, James (Patti), and Daniel '82 (Mary Elizabeth); sister, Audrey Valencourt (Keith); aunt, Mary Frances White; "Uncle" Fred and "Aunt" Margret White and Uncle William C. and Aunt Nancy Armistead; nephews, Issac, Lewis, and Robert; niece, Anna Marie '13; and cousins, Ellis, Ellen, David, and Steve.
John Frankel '11, of Pelham, N.Y., died of a car accident on Dec. 31 in Westport, N.Y. He was born Feb. 16, 1989, in New York City to Errol Frankel and Elise Falkinburg, 251 Ancon Ave., Pelham, NY 10803. He was a senior at Davidson. He is survived by his parents, loving brother James '13, maternal grandmother Florence, aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving friends.