Richard Vance Fulp ’64

Mr. Richard Vance Fulp, 75, a native of Kernersville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

He was born on June 17, 1942 in Forsyth County to the late William W. and Nell Culler Fulp. Dick graduated from Davidson College in 1964 receiving his BA in economics where he was a member of the men’s football squad and the R.O.T.C.

He earned his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill in 1965, and following, joined the United States Army, serving as Captain during the Vietnam War.

After receiving honorable discharge in 1970 he joined the Trust Department of Wachovia Bank, becoming Vice President in 1973 and later, manager of the trust division in Winston-Salem. In 1980 he joined SeaFirst Bank as Senior Vice President and manger of the Trust Division, later becoming Executive Vice President of the Trust Division.

Thru 1992, Dick served on many executive and directorial levels for SeaFirst / Bank of America in the US, Europe and Asia. In 1993, Dick became Chairman of Franklin Street Trust. Later he became General Partner of Franklin Street Ventures.

His professional and civic activities included, Director/Treasurer of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of Seafirst Foundation, Director of Depository Trust Company New York, Chairman of the American Bankers Association Trust and Investment Management Division, Director with Bank of San Francisco, member of Davidson Athletic Foundation, Trustee of historic Bethabara Park, Director at Arbor Acres, Director at Friends of Odd Fellows Cemetery and member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents Dick was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Douglas Fulp.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Larrimore Fulp, of the home; daughter, Leigh Fulp Hughett of Winston-Salem; son, Richard Vance Fulp, Jr. and wife Xiomara of Pittsboro, NC; brother, William W. Fulp, Jr. and wife Annette of Mebane, NC; three grandchildren, Robert Clayton Hughett, Parker Vance Hughett, and Zoe Gabriela Fulp; many nieces and nephews; and Sweetie the Cat.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Ford officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

A private interment in the church columbarium will be conducted prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; Davidson College Athletic Foundation, 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC 20836; Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104; Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; or Respite Care fund at Centenary UMC, 646 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Online condolences may be sent to the Fulp family at

David W. Garvin, Sr. ’59

David W. Garvin, Sr. '59Lt. Col. David W. Garvin, Sr., age 80, of Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017, at his home.

David resided in Boone, NC. He was born in Columbia, SC, to Dr. and Mrs. (Margaret) O. David Garvin. He was educated at Chapel Hill High School in Pennsylvania. He studied and graduated from Davidson College and furthered his education with a master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

David served his country in the United States Army Medical Corps, retiring after 25 years and from Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina in 2000.

He was an avid traveler, traveling throughout the country and the world behind the wheel of his motor home or the helm of his boat. He was a member of the Lake Murray Power Squadron and the Special Military Active Recreational Travelers (S.M.A.R.T.)

In recent years, he was a member and secretary of the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA), High Country Unit, served on the Salvation Army Board of the High Country, longtime secretary of the Boone Kiwanis Club, active in his church, Boone United Methodist Church, and as a volunteer docent for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Goodell Garvin of the home; two sons, David Garvin, Jr. of King George, VA, and Paul Garvin and wife Kimberly of Cades, SC, and four grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Cyle and Coy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. O. David Garvin, M.D., MPH, his mother, Mrs. Margaret Garvin, and a brother, Peter.

Memorial service for Lt. Col. David W. Garvin, Sr. will be conducted Saturday afternoon, August 12, 2017, at 3:00 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock at the church, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boone United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army of the High Country, or to the Kiwanis Club of Boone.

Online condolences may be sent to the Garvin family at www.hamptonfuneranc.c om.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service, in Boone, NC, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Fred Reece Stowe Jr. ’54

Fred Reece Stowe Jr. '54 Dr. Colonel Fred Reece Stowe Jr., 85, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Dr. Stowe was born November 8, 1931 in Gaston County, NC to the late Nellie Bailey and Fred Reece Stowe Sr.

Fred was a Pre-Med graduate from Davidson College in 1954. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina in 1958. Fred did his Pediatric Internship and Residency at John Hopkins Hospital from 1958-1959. He did a residence in Adult & Pediatric Neurology at the University of NC from 1971-1973 and Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center from 1973-1974.

Dr. Stowe practiced Pediatric Neurology at Fayetteville Children’s Clinic and Adult & Pediatric Neurology as a private practice in Fayetteville.

Dr. Stowe was a retired US Air Force Colonel.

Fred was a scratch golfer for years where his buddies called him “Doc.” He enjoyed hunting with bird dogs he had raised and trained, competing in field trials where he was an avid horseman.

Graveside services will be Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Memorial Park-West with military honors with Rev. Sandy Saunders, officiating. The family will receive friends at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home on Thursday from 9:45 until 10:45 am.

Dr. Stowe is survived by his wife, Kathy Elmore Stowe of the home; brother, Harold Stowe and wife Betty of Gastonia; niece, Laura Henkel and husband Hugh of Gastonia; nephews, Rudy Stowe and wife Kathy of Gastonia, Jeff Stowe and wife Leanne of Gastonia; great-nephews, William Henkel and wife Bridgette Taylor Henkel, Bennett Stowe; great niece, Baily Stiles and husband Tyler.

Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

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William Elliott White ’44

William Elliott White '44William Elliott White, 94, of Charlotte passed away peacefully on July 22, 2017 at the Stewart Health Center.

Born August 31, 1922 in Morganton, NC, he was the son of the late William Elliott White and Adelaide Avery Erwin White. Elliott was a proud graduate of The McCallie School, Davidson College (Distinguished Alumni Award in 1977), and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. His pediatrics career began in Charlotte in 1953 when he joined the practice of Dr. Charles Gay.

For the next 46 years, he served the local pediatric community, including service as Chief of Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital and Charlotte Memorial Hospital (CMC-Main). For many years following his retirement he enjoyed teaching and sharing his experience with the next generation, for which he was chosen as the first recipient of the Community Teaching Award, an award named for him.

On June 21, 1944 he married Shirley Marie Owens, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, who survives him. They were blessed to have 73 wonderful years together. He is additionally survived by daughter, Beverly Edwards (Smokey) of Atlanta, GA; son, Richard White (Glenna) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, James Edwards (Emily) of Atlanta, GA, Matt Edwards (Megan) of Richmond, VA, Avery White of Lincolnton, NC, and Anna White of Asheville, NC; and great-grandchildren, Jack Edwards and Davis Edwards of Atlanta, GA and Erin Edwards of Richmond, VA. He was predeceased by daughter, Adelaide Erwin White; son, William Elliott White III; and grandson, William Scott Edwards.

He had an amazing memory with the ability to recall intimate details about decades old events. He was particularly fond of sharing his knowledge of military history (particularly World War II) and sharing family history photos and stories with the next generations. He was proud of his military service as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

He’ll be remembered for his love of family, strong faith, and his love and commitment to pediatric medicine. He was a lifelong supporter of Davidson College athletics and enjoyed playing and watching sports, particularly basketball and football. Some of his highlights include participation in Senior Olympics basketball, his record of attending 78 consecutive Duke-UNC football games, and attending the 1942 Rose Bowl in Durham, NC.

He was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church and Myers Park Country Club.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff and caregivers of The Cypress for their support and loving care.

Memorial contributions can be made to Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or Levine Children’s Hospital, 208 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203.

A service to celebrate Elliott’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 26, in Harry & Bryant’s Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Road. The family will receive friends following the service.

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Published in Charlotte Observer from July 25 to July 26, 2017

Beal Brent “B.B.” Plyler, Jr. ’40

 B.B. Plyler Jr., 97, died at home July 21, 2017.

He was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Wilson, to the late Beal Brent Plyler and Harriet Settle Plyler. B.B. grew up in Wilson and lived most of his life there. B.B. and Flora McNeill Webb Plyler, his loving wife of 59 years who died in 2011, moved to Raleigh in 2009 to be near two of their three children and their five grandchildren, all of whom live in Raleigh.

Except for a couple of years after college, B.B. spent his entire 60-odd-year business career in Wilson as a salesman for New England Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston (now Met Life), New England Securities and Medical Group Insurance Services.

He was a Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.), a Life Member of Million Dollar Round Table and was licensed by the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). B.B. graduated from the public schools in Wilson and later served for 12 years on the Wilson County Board of Education. He attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson his freshman year.

He then transferred to Davidson College and graduated there in the Class of 1940. He was a member of the tennis team and Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. B.B. was very active in Wilson’s business and social life. He served as president of numerous local organizations, including the Jaycees, the Chamber of Commerce, the Life Underwriters Association (four terms), the Wilson Country Club and the United Way.

He was a former member of the local board of First Citizens Bank and the general board of Builders Federal Savings and Loan — later acquired by Raleigh Federal Savings and Loan.

He was a lifelong member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and formerly served as a deacon and elder.

During World War II, B.B. served four years as an officer in the Navy (January 1942 – January 1946) being discharged as a lieutenant. His ship, the heavy cruiser USS Quincy (CA39), laid down the initial bombardment for the Marine landing on Guadalcanal. The Quincy was sunk by the Japanese two days later, on Aug. 9, 1942, in the battle of Savo Island.

Out of approximately 1,000 men aboard the Quincy, 389 died and 147 were wounded. Out of the nine officers from B.B.’s Midshipman’s class at Northwestern University assigned to the Quincy, seven died. B.B. was scheduled for the invasion of Japan, but the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made it unnecessary.

After Japan surrendered, he went into Hiroshima where he witnessed the devastation. B.B. loved people, and people loved him. He had a quick wit, and he was always kind and affirming when using it.

Until this year, he walked a mile every day from his apartment at Whitaker Glen to Five Points and back. B.B.’s mind stayed sharp until his last breath, jokingly and affectionately referring to Pam Henderson, his fantastic Hospice/Transitions nurse, as “My Doomsday Nurse.”

Though his family and friends miss him greatly, they celebrate B.B.’s amazing life and their good fortune to have been part of it.

B.B. is survived by his three children, Brent Plyler of Riverton, William Webb Plyler (Sally) and Ella McNeill Plyler Frantz (Stuart), all of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Harriet Settle Plyler Monroe (Jeff), William Johnson Plyler (Ferebee), Brent Bussey (B.B.) Plyler, Flora McNeill Frantz and Robert Mays Frantz (Gabrielle); two great-grandchildren, John Robert Monroe and Duncan Jeffrey Monroe; two nieces, Caroline Webb Smart (David) of Raleigh and Katharyn Stephan of Melbourne, Florida; and one nephew, William Devin Webb of Raleigh. B.B. was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Flora; by his daughter-in-law, Susan Stancil Plyler; and by his great-grandson, William Webb Monroe.

The family thanks the following people for helping B.B. in recent years: Dr. James Parsons (internist), Dr. William Berry (oncologist), Dr. John McNeill (dentist), Mark Prakke (technology specialist), the staff of The Oaks at Whitaker Glen and more recently, the staff of Transitions. At B.B.’s request, his body was bequeathed for medical study and research.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barton College — Harriet Settle Plyler Scholarship, P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893.

There will be a memorial service on the campus of Barton College at The Kennedy Family Theatre, Woodard Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893 on Monday, July 24, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception and visitation of the family in the atrium adjacent to the theater.