John Coleman Thompson ’51

john-thompsonJohn Coleman Thompson, 86, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Conway Manor after a short illness.

He was born June 27, 1930, in Mullins, South Carolina, a son of the late Donna Coleman and Frank Austin Thompson.

John graduated from Conway High School in 1947. Four years later he received an A.B. Degree from Davidson College. From June, 1951 through June, 1954, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army  Counter Intelligence Corps after which he entered the University of South Carolina Law School in September, 1954, graduating with an L.L.B. Degree in September, 1956.

Mr. Thompson Married Barbara Richardson in July, 1957, and they resided in Conway until his death. From 1956 until 1998 he practiced law in Conway organizing the Thompson and Henry Law Firm which maintains an office in Conway.

During this time, he was a member of the Horry South Carolina Bar, and American Bar Association and was President of the Horry County Bar Association.

Among his many public and civic duties, he served as a member of the House of Representatives of the South Carolina Legislature from 1961 through 1963.

Also, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority from 1968 through 1976, serving as chairman in 1975 and 1976.

He also served as a director of the former Peoples National Bank, and the Conway National Bank. He was a charter Member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of 59 years, his sister-in-law, Frankie Hughes and her husband Jay; his nephew Phil Thompson and his wife Pat; Frank Edwards and his wife Vicky Edwards, and Richard Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn T. Edwards, Sara T. Finlayson and a brother Philip A. Thompson.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 26, 2016 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Reverend Reginald Thackston and Reverend Murray Gibbons officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to the Horry County Memorial Library, 801 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526, or to a charity of one’s choice. Goldfinch Funeral Home Conway Chapel is serving the family.

Published in The Sun News on Sept. 25, 2016

Alec Edward Driskill ’82

alec-driskillAlec E. Driskill, 56, of Harrisburg, Pa., formerly of Lynchburg, Va., passed away peacefully Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Spring Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Harrisburg.

Born June 18, 1960, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Alec (Buck) and Dorothy (Dancy) Driskill.

Alec earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College where he was also a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and a lifelong fan of the Davidson Wildcats basketball team.

He had been employed at Nationwide Insurance for the past 29 years, recently earning his CLU from American College.

Whenever Alec had free time you could find him at a sporting event baseball and football being two of his favorites.

He was a lover of nature, and, took pleasure in hunting, camping and hiking with his friends and family.

Alec enjoyed sharing stories with his golf buddies at Deer Valley and with his friends at Nationwide. He was kind, generous, intelligent, and, a great listener and a loyal friend.

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine E. Driskill; son, Alec E. Driskill II; and cat, OC (Orange Cat) of Rehoboth Beach, Del. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Betsy Long.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at First Christian Church of Lynchburg, 3109 Rivermont Avenue. He will be interred in Fort Hill Memorial Park, Lynchburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions, in remembrance of Alec, being made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Those wishing to share memories, or condolences, with the family are invited to visit

Arrangements entrusted to the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Inc., Harrisburg, PA (717) 545-3774.

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Robert Evans Butt ’49

robert-buttRobert E. Butt, age 92, of Davidson, N.C., died peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The Pines.

Mr. Butt was born on June 10, 1924, son of the late Herman Linwood Butt and Lucille Lankford Evans.

Surviving are his wife, “Pat” Elinor Kuhn Butt, to whom he was married for 65 years, their son, David Butt and his wife Amy of Barboursville, Va., their daughter Karen Broaddus and her husband Richard of Woodberry Forest Va., four grandchildren, Aaron Butt, Anna LaRochelle, Jessica Broaddus and Eliza Broaddus and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Butt served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a flight engineer/tail gunner on a B-24 based in Italy. His group flew 50 missions, bombing the Polesti Oil Fields in Romania, then took part in D-Day by bombing the marshalling (railroad) yards in Paris to prevent the Germans from sending trains to the Normandy coast.

He graduated from Davidson College and then from the College of William and Mary with a Master’s in Education Administration. His first teaching experience was at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Georgia as a high school teacher and dean of boys in the dormitory.

Mr. Butt’s professional career continued in several locations in Virginia – Mecklenburg County as principal of Boydton High School, then General Supervisor in the county office, Director of Instruction, then Interim Superintendent, for the city of Fredericksburg, Superintendent of Orange County Schools and culminated with 19 years as Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools.

Mr. Butt brought about full integration of Loudoun County Public Schools during the 1969-70 school year. When he retired in 1988, Mr. Butt was the longest-serving superintendent among Virginia’s 140 school divisions. Fourteen new schools were built during Mr. Butt’s tenure.

In addition, kindergarten, vocational and adult education, special education and the middle school and alternative school programs were started when he was superintendent. He served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

He served two terms on the board of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and also two terms on the board of Northern Virginia Community College.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Lingle Chapel at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. A committal service for the family will be held at the Columbarium after the service. Visitation will be at The Pines at 4 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to The Pines Resident Support Fund, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, N.C., 28036. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may offer condolences to the family at

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Charles Walter Patterson ’48

charles-pattersonCharles “Charlie” Walter Patterson, 92, of Charlotte, passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, September 18, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at Sharon Towers.  Charlie was born August 24, 1924, in Charlotte to Onnie and Buford Patterson.

He graduated from Central High School in 1942, and then later from Davidson College in 1948, after serving as a pilot in the Army AirCorp, where he was stationed on Attu in the Aleutian Islands.

In 1998, Charlie was later awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by Davidson College. For many decades he could be spotted front and center at Wildcat games.

Charlie was married to Elsie Caroline Blackburn for 42 wonderful years until her death in 1990. In 2001, he married Betty Beall, with whom he spent 15 joyful years prior to his death. Mr. Patterson was employed as President of Ballabox Company in Matthews until his retirement in 1993.

Charlie was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and elder, and Superintendent of Sunday School.

One of his favorite contributions to the church was serving as a  ‘greeter” on Sunday mornings for 25 years. Charlie never met a stranger-he was known for his huge smile, booming laugh, warm personality, and ability to find something in common with everyone.

He was an avid gardener, loved volleyball and golfing with friends, fishing, hunting with his son-in-law, and photography. Above all else, Charlie loved his time with family. He was happiest on holidays and annual family beach trips to Sunset Beach.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife Betty, and his daughters Belinda Patterson Collins (Bruce) of Charlotte; Cyndy Patterson Chapman (Dave) of Charlottesville, VA, and Amanda Anne Patterson of
Atlanta, GA.

He is also survived and adored by his grandchildren Whitney Otto (Josh), Bailey Willingham (Brandon), Allie Collins, Reuben Chapman, Katie Patterson, and Bryan Patterson, and also by his great-grandchildren Charles Otto, Wells Otto, and Elsie Willingham.

Charlie also had a wonderful relationship with Betty’s three sons, Ben Beall (Mary), Andy Beall (Laura), Tom Beall, and their families.

A celebration of his life will be held at Monday, September 26th at 2PM at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte with Rev. Katherine Kerr officiating. The family will be greeted following the service in the Wood Fellowship Hall.

In Charles’ s  memory, donations may be made to the Sharon Towers Residents Assistance Fund, 5100 Sharon Rd, Chlt, NC, 28210 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte , 1420 E 7th St., Chlt, NC, 28204.

William (Bill) Earl Loftin, Sr. ’41

bill-loftin-srThe world lost a kind and gentle soul on September 18, 2016. William Earl Loftin Sr. (Bill) died peacefully at age 96, in Charlotte, NC. 

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Charles Ivey Loftin Sr. and Martha Jackson Loftin; his beloved wife of 59 years, Martha Enck Loftin; his beloved wife of 9 years, Ruth Lipford Loftin; his brother Charles Ivey Loftin Jr.; his brother John Frank (Hank) Loftin; and his sister Martha Loftin Whaley.

Bill Loftin loved God, family, work, Davidson College, and Rotary International. Bill was born in Gastonia, NC on January 10, 1920. He graduated from Davidson College in 1941, earning both Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Though unable to serve in WWII due to health issues, Bill moved to Boston and worked in the airplane industry during the war. He often lamented losing his brother, Hank, and friends to the war, and wished he could have joined them on the battlefield.

Bill attended and taught at Harvard Business School and went on to teach at Florida State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

One of Bill’s mottos was “live to work, not work to live.” In 1956, Bill opened a business, Heritage Printers Inc. in Charlotte, NC. Heritage Printers became nationally known for its high quality letterpress books with customers such as University of California, Yale University and Atheneum Press. Bill also continued his father’s commercial printing company, Loftin and Co. (founded in1898 and still operating).

Bill Loftin was a Southern gentleman, known for his integrity and good will. He served as Charlotte Rotary president and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as deacon and elder of Avondale Presbyterian Church and was active with Davidson College alumni.

He was a friend to the downtrodden, and taught his family to “provide for the comfort of others.” He was a servant leader who left the world better.

Bill loved his family and often called them “The Lucky/Blessed Ones.” He is survived by his daughters, Ann Loftin Robinson (Peter), Judith Loftin Hobbs (Walter), Martha Loftin Whitfield (Chip) and his son, William Earl Loftin Jr. (Nan); eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Bill’s caregivers, Ida Vaughn and Pier Williams, for their loving service over the past four years, and the staff of Levine/Dickson Hospice House.

A celebration of Bill Loftin’s life will be held October 15, at 2 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Boulevard Gastonia, NC. The family welcomes friends to honor Bill, October 14, 7-9 pm, 221 Altondale Avenue, Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Levine/Dickson Hospice House or “The Rotary Foundation” c/o The Rotary Club of Charlotte, 1850 East 3rd St., (Suite 220), Charlotte, NC 28204.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Loftin family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 25, 2016


Charles Rees Jenkins, Jr. 48

rees-jenkins48Mr. Rees Jenkins Jr., 90, of Lexington, S.C., died on Sept. 17, 2016.

The funeral for Rees Jenkins Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, with burial in the church memorial gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

He was born to missionaries in Kobe, Japan, a son of the late Rev. Charles Rees Jenkins Sr. and Elizabeth Noble Simons Jenkins. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII. He retired from Southern National Bank following a long career as a bank trust officer.

Helping his family and others use their talents in meaningful service cast a sunny ray of meaning on his work in the financial marketplace. He made our work possible, not only because he provided so well, but also he set the example we needed to move forward with faith.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Betty Marshall Jenkins; his sons, Rees Jenkins III of Raleigh, N.C., Marshall Jenkins (Wanda Cantrell) of Rome, Ga.; a daughter, Jane Jenkins Booth (Blair) of Cary, N.C.; four grandchildren, Dylan Jenkins, Wilson Booth, Graham Booth and Philip Jenkins; a brother, Dr. Arthur S. Jenkins of Raleigh; and a sister, Elizabeth J. DeVane of Mt. Pleasant.

Memorials may be made to Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, S.C., 29201.


Published in The Robesonian from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2016

Todd Grant Kimsey ’84

todd-kimseyTodd Grant Kimsey was born June 6, 1962 in Athens, Georgia and died September 16,2016 in Westwood, Ca.

Todd fought double hit lymphoma and it’s effects valiantly for three and a half years. He was strong and courageous until the very end and he never lost faith in his God that he loved so much.

Todd was an honor graduate of Clarke Central High School in 1980. He attended Davidson College in North Carolina for two years and then transferred to Florida State to pursue his true passion of acting. After graduation he was accepted for a year’s internship at Bert Reynold’s Dinner Theater in Jupiter, Florida.

After this training Todd went to New York and immediately began booking several commercials and a few off Broadway productions.

Following a year long tour of Biloxi Blues, Todd decided to move on to Hollywood. This is where he began his TV and film career. He had guest shots in Doogie Howser, M.D., Growing Pains and over forty televisions shows as well as films such as The Perfect Storm, Planet of the Apes and Hildago.

As much work as Todd did, he will always be recognized for playing “The Communist” in a popular episode of Seinfield and was named in Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 100 characters of all time. In 2010 Todd began what would be the greatest roll of his life.

He married into a ready made family including 2 young sons and then they added a son of his own.

Todd is survived by his wife Lisa(Andizzoni)Kimsey and sons Jack, Judah and Kellen of Los Angeles, Ca.; his parents Linda and Bill Kimsey of Athens, Ga.;sister, Terri Langford and husband, Jon of St. Simons, Ga.; sister, Tracey Evans and husband Rick of Colbert, Ga.; and brother Dr. Troy Kimsey and wife Bethany of Knoxville, Tenn.; Todd is also survived by his thirteen nieces and nephews, many cousins and several aunts and uncles including his beloved Aunt Jane of Athens, Ga.

There will be a celebration of life in honor of Todd on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:00p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Athens.

Please join us in remembering the love, joy and exuberance that was Todd. 1962 – 2016

Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Sept. 23, 2016

James Johnston Terry, Jr. ’66

jim-terry-2James Terry Jr. passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home, 705 Airport Frwy., Hurst. Interment: Peterstown Cemetery in Giles County, Va.

Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

James was born to James J. Terry Sr. and Frances Terry on July 13, 1944. He was the retired CFO of the Boy Scouts of America, National Council.

Survivors: Loving wife, Anne; son, James J. Terry III and wife, Lisa; daughter, Melissa Fuhrman and husband, Don; brothers, John C. Terry and Edward I. Terry; and grandsons, Andrew Johnston Terry and Christopher Jason Terry.

Published in Star-Telegram on Sept. 11, 2016

Robert McLelland Stevenson ’55

robert-stevensonDr. Robert McLelland Stevenson, 82, of Statesville, N.C., passed Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born September 17, 1933, he was the son of the late Robert Rockwell Stevenson and Rachel McLelland Stevenson.

He graduated from Scotts High School Class of 1951, Davidson College Class of 1955 and U.N.C. Chapel Hill Medical School Class of 1959.

On July 15, 1961, he was married to Judith (Judy) Whisenant Stevenson who died March 7, 2014.

Dr. Stevenson did his Medical Residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. from 1959 until 1963. In 1964 he came to Davis Hospital in Statesville where he presided over the Radiology Department until called into the U. S. Army from 1967 until 1969 during the Vietnam War.

Following his service to his country he became the first full-time Radiologist at the new Lincoln County Hospital where he stayed until 1979. While in Lincolnton he was an avid pee-wee football coach and established the Rotary Rams little league football program from 1972 to 1979.

In 1979 he returned to his home County (Iredell) and Davis Hospital where he continued to work until 2003.

Following that he traveled to many different cities in North Carolina to help with Radiology. He retired from active work in 2008. Dr. Stevenson was a past president of the Statesville Rotary Club and was also a Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Stevenson was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed having a big garden on his farm. He was an avid hunter and rifleman and was a founding member of the Iredell Gun Club.  He is survived by four sons, Charles (Chuck) Joseph Stevenson of Statesville, John Gregory Stevenson and wife, Sterling, of Charlotte, Robert (Rob) Blake Stevenson and James (Jim) McLelland Stevenson, both of Statesville.

Also surviving are two grandsons, Banks and Mac Stevenson of Charlotte, along with two brothers-in-law, Charles L. (Chub) Whisenant of Tampa, Fla., and Gregory A. Whisenant (Jan) of Lincolnton, one sister-in-law, Cindy Moose (John) of Belmont, N.C. and two nieces, Megan Moose and Mandy Goodwin (Jason).

Services celebrating the life of Dr. Stevenson will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 12, 2016 at Concord Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kyle Goodman and Rev. Grant Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Sunday evening at Nicholson Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Active pallbearers will be his sons: Chuck, Jim and John Stevenson, Rondal Lineberger, Shawn Fleming, Frederick Frey, Shannon St. Clair and Kenneth Herndon.Honorary pallbearers will be Rob Stevenson and Lentz Waugh.

Condolences may be sent online to the family to

Memorials may be given to the Gordon Hospice House, C/O Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, N.C. 28625. Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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