Perry A. Sloan, Jr. ’39

Perry Sloan '39Perry A. Sloan, Jr., having celebrated his 100th birthday in the company of many friends late last year, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 10.

He is survived by his son Perry Sloan III of Salt Lake City and cousin Robert M. Sloan, of Winston-Salem. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Lillie Duke Clements Sloan, and his daughter Trudie Ruffin Sloan Peek.

His passing is grieved by generations of fellow members of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, who loved and admired their friend. Perry was a stalwart of the church, assured to be in his regular pew every week, including the Sunday before his death.

Perry was respected for his kindness, generosity, determination, humility, and faithfulness. He believed in humbly doing the right thing for the right reason. His later years were spent quietly finding ways to make a difference to his family, church, alma mater, and the community.

A Durham native, Perry was born November 6, 1917, to Perry Austin and Gertrude Ruffin Harris Sloan. His father died when he was very young, leaving Perry with fond memories of Durham Bulls baseball games and a lifelong connection to the church he watched being built by his father’s side.

Perry was president of the Durham High School Class of 1935. He then went Davidson to Davidson College where he received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1939. At Davidson, Perry was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and served as fraternity president in his senior year. He was inducted into the ODK national leadership society. He later studied graduate-level finance at UNC Chapel Hill.

Perry was utterly devoted to his wife Dukie, with whom he became acquainted at a college dance while she was a student at the Woman’s College of Duke University. They married in Bethesda, Maryland, July 20, 1942. He had enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940, completing his first tour of duty as a young officer before the war, then returning to active service in the 82nd Airborne Division after Pearl Harbor.

He served with the 82nd as Finance Officer and was awarded a Bronze Star in 1944 for having “demonstrated the most painstaking devotion to duty” as his unit pursued campaigns in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England, France, Holland, and ultimately Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Captain in1946.

Perry began his professional life as a partner in the CM Headache Powder Company in Durham. In 1948 he joined First Securities Corporation as a stockbroker, eventually rising to become the firm’s president in1965. He served in that role until its merger with J.C. Wheat & Co., later known as Wheat First Securities. He retired after a forty-year career.

An abiding concern for Durham led him to service on the Durham County Welfare Board in 1951, later serving as chairman in 1957. He also served as an officer in the Jaycees, the Community Chest, and in 1964, as president of Hope Valley Country Club.

In 1970, he joined the Board of Trustees of Peace College, where he endowed the Sloan Scholars Program. Perry was a loyal and generous supporter of Davidson College. In 2002, Davidson named the Sloan Music Center in honor of Perry and Dukie.

Perry was devoted to Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church and its work was ever a priority. Earlier this year the Presbytery of New Hope presented Perry with Trinity Avenue’s Outstanding Older Adult Award in recognition of the many supportive roles he played, including decades as a Ruling Elder, Finance Committee member, and Stewardship campaign leader.

His financial leadership impacted Trinity Avenue in life-sustaining ways, allowing the congregation to grow the church staff and budge, rebuild the organ, and build a new fellowship hall. These gifts were always made humbly, with a desire to empower others and share God’s blessings.

His regular and faithful attendance at church on Sunday mornings sent a message to the congregation of the value he placed on gathering together to worship God, and in recent years his care providers were always by his side. Fellow members of the George Watts class remembered him singing a favorite hymn, “Dwelling in Beulah Land” with gusto.

He was dearly loved and trusted by all of the pastors through the ages, particularly Bill Bennett, on whose search committee he served, and current pastor Katie Crowe, who spent many happy hours visiting him with her young son Dillon.

Perry was a skilled golfer. He won two men’s titles at Hope Valley spending many happy hours on the course and in the clubhouse with friends. His 63 on the par 70 course in 1977 took the Hope Valley record from professional golfer Mike Souchak, and his 28 on the back nine may never be eclipsed. He was an active leader in the Southern Seniors Golf Association and Perry and Dukie enjoyed many trips playing courses in the U.S., and across the British Isles and South Africa. Well into his 90s, Perry would step out his door and play a few holes. He had his last hole-in-one long after his eyesight began to deteriorate.

In recent years, Perry was surrounded by kind and devoted caregivers whose service is deeply appreciated. The family gratefully wishes to thank Frankie J. Perry, Gretchen Alston, Nate Dove, James Green, Jean Horton, Reggie Perry, Verselle Shaw, the late Sandy Williams for the loving care that so enriched his later years.

A celebration of Perry’s life and service of witness to his resurrection will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, October 16 at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, led by the Rev. Katie Crowe. A reception will follow. Memorial gifts may be made to the outreach ministries of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 West Trinity Avenue, Durham, NC 27701.

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Published in HeraldSun on Oct. 14, 2018

Edward Lasater Irvin ’58

dward Lasater Irvin '58Edward Lasater Irvin passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018, at Batangas Gardens care facility at Bermuda Village after a valiant struggle with cancer.

Ed was born on November 29, 1935, in Winston-Salem, the second son of George Lee Irvin Jr. and Virginia Lasater Irvin.

He attended Summit School and Wiley School in Winston-Salem before graduating from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia.

He spent four happy years at Davidson College where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. There he formed life-long friendships, played soccer and graduated in 1958.

After graduation, Ed served two years in the Military Intelligence Corps of the US Army. He obtained an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill and returned to Winston-Salem to join Integon Corporation, where he worked for 20 years. He then began a second career as a stockbroker, retiring from Wells Fargo Securities in December 2016.

Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Always gregarious and energetic, he loved dancing, tennis, golf and lively conversations about politics, world affairs, and sports, but none as much as his beloved family.

Ed never met a stranger and loved engaging people of all walks of life with curiosity, kindness, and humor. He was devoted to his four-legged constant companion, Boo.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and former wife Nancy Dotterer Irvin.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Rabb Irvin, his children Edward Lasater Irvin Jr. and wife Sandy; William Scott Irvin and wife Jennifer; Virginia Irvin Humphreys and husband Hugh; Robert Carpenter Donovan and wife Debbie; Stuart Clivie Donovan and wife Hilary; Bethany Peters Connolly and his brothers George Lee Irvin III and wife Mary Frances; David Alexander Irvin and wife Robbie. His grandchildren are Tori, Maggie, and Lizzie Irvin, William and Marshall Irvin, Nancy and Charlie Humphreys, Lexy and Katelyn Connolly and Michelle Lore.

Ed was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He served on several community boards including the Prodigal Community, the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Clubs and the United Way of Forsyth Country. He was a long time member of Downtown Rotary and Roaring Gap Club.

During his illness, Ed received caring and excellent support from Dr. Glenn Lesser and his team at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Jeff Williamson and his colleagues at the Sticht Center, the staff at Batangas Garden and Trellis.

Memorial contributions may be made to A Child’s Place, 601 E 5th St. Charlotte NC 28202-3031; Camp Happy Days, 1 Carriage Lane, Building C Unit 101 & 102, Charleston SC 29407; Fellowship Home, 661 N Spring St. Winston-Salem NC 27101 and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Attn: Office of Philanthropy, PO Box, 571021, Winston-Salem, 27157-1021, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 at 2 PM on Wednesday, October 10th.

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Thomas Clelland Coleman IV ’52

Thomas Coleman '52Thomas Clelland Coleman IV, 88, died peacefully in his sleep on October 6, 2018, surrounded by his wife and family.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, his daughters Richmond VanArsdall Coleman, Selena Sadler Coleman and Gladys Coleman Haralu (Mego), and stepsons Earl Patrick Dean and James Hadden Dean (Robin).  Grandchildren are Jessica, Lindsay and Selena Haralu, and step-grandchildren are Garrett, Luke and Abby Dean.  Thomas was pre-deceased by his first wife Selena Hinson Coleman, one daughter Christy and his sisters Helen Coleman, Sara Edwards, Gladys Ebert and Betty Booth Cole.

“T.C.”, as he was affectionately called, was born August 10, 1930 in Harrodsburg to the late Thomas Clelland and Gladys VanArsdall Coleman, III.  He was educated at Harrodsburg High School and later at Davidson College in North Carolina where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  He studied there on a scholarship and played basketball for the Davidson Wildcats as a Center.  Like so many others, his college years were interrupted by service to his country.  He returned to Davidson where he continued to play basketball until graduation.  He remained a Davidson Wildcat fan all his life.  An athlete to his core, he had played football and basketball for Harrodsburg as well.

His career in sales spanned many states:  New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, the latter being his home for approximately 30 years.  He still retains a home and business there.  Brought up by a devout Christian mother, he never forgot that faith.  As long as his health allowed, T.C. and Betty often attended services in the Church where his daughter Gladys serves as senior Pastor.  T.C. was a dynamic, handsome, witty man who will be missed by his wife, family and many friends.

Our family wishes to thank his caregivers Loretta Claunch and Gloria Dye for their incredible empathy and service.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Harrodsburg Christian Church with Mego Haralu officiating.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Tebbs Moore, Bill Lively, Samuel Edwards, Gary Houchin, Larry Royalty, Margo Perkins, Tommy Duke, Albert Coleman Ebert, Robert Dickson, Robert Gill, Jack Coleman and Jack Pruitt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Harrodsburg Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 305 S. Main St, Harrodsburg, Ky, 40330, The Harrodsburg Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, Ky 40330 and/or the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 312 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, Ky 40330.  We love them all.

Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at the church.

Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas W. Goodwin ’55

Thomas W. Goodwin '55Thomas W. Goodwin, Jr, 83, peacefully joined God on October 5, 2018.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Macon, GA at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 8, 2018, with Reverend Doctor Ralph Hawkins presiding.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Carlyle Place, Macon, GA at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA at 11:00 on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Tom grew up in Augusta, Georgia, graduated from the Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, attended Davidson College from 1951 to 1952 and graduated from Emory University with a BBA in 1955. He obtained a Graduate Certificate in Banking from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1970.

He served in the US Navy and US Navy Reserves, retiring in 1970 as LT Commander. Tom retired from the C&S Bank (Bank of America) as Senior VP-Credit Policy Officer. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels.

In retirement, he was a commissioned Lay Pastor in the Presbyterian Church. Leading worship, spreading the word, and aiding others in finding the peace and love of the Lord fulfilled his lifelong dream and avocation.

Additionally, he fed his passion for singing by participating in several choirs throughout the community.

He is survived by his wife Grace M. Goodwin of Macon, GA; son Thomas W. Goodwin III (Julie) of Woodland Hills, CA, Grandson LTJG T. Wright Goodwin IV of Pacific Beach, CA, Granddaughter Bailey Walker Goodwin of Brisbane, AUS; Daughter Sarah G. Rollins (Thomas) of Orange Park, FL, Grandson Russell A. Rollins of Atlanta, GA, Madeline L. Rollins of Tampa, FL; His brother Dr. H. North Goodwin (Mickey), His Brother Charles J. Goodwin (Winn), and his sister in law Selman M. Goodwin, all of Augusta, GA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Northminster Presbyterian or Loaves & Fishes Ministry, both of Macon, Georgia.

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Melissa “Missy” Terry Fuhrman ’90

Melissa “Missy” Terry Fuhrman '90Melissa “Missy” Terry Fuhrman, age 50, of Norwalk, IA (formerly of Charlotte, North Carolina) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 28, 2018, at her home.

A visitation with Melissa’s family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 4th at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk, Iowa.  Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 111 Market Street, West Virginia 24963 in Peterstown, WV will be handling services there with burial taking place in the Terry Family Section at Peterstown Cemetery in Giles County, VA.  West Virginia arrangements will be posted here as they become available.

Melissa Anne, the daughter of James J. Terry, Jr. and Anne H. (nee: Hamilton) Terry, was born on February 25, 1968, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She followed her grandfather and father’s footsteps attending Davison College in Davison, N.C.,  earning her bachelor’s degree.  She earned her teaching certification at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina.

During her career she worked for the Boy Scouts of America, as an elementary school teacher, as an administrative assistant at Wachovia Bank and Des Moines University Osteopathic College; and most recently she started to work as a daycare provider at Crossroads Kids Preschool and Early Learning Center in Norwalk.

Melissa married the love of her life, John Richard Fuhrman, on September 26, 2009 at Luxor Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, NV.  Together they made their home in Norwalk and enjoyed spending time watching movies, dining out, and their 90lbs. dog, Max a Dachshund-Labrador mix.

She is survived by her loving husband, John Fuhrman of Norwalk; her mother, Anne H. Terry of Colleyville, TX; a brother, James Terry (wife, Lisa) of Noblesville, IN and their sons, Andrew and Christopher; a sister-in-law, Gina Fuhrman Thomas of Norwalk and her son, David Thomas; and host of aunts, uncles, cousins and several good friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her father, James “Jim” Terry, Jr. whom passed away on September 9, 2016; and her beloved Maggie, a Catahoula leopard dog, who will be buried with her.

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