Edward Steele “Buddy” Whitesides ’47

Edward "Buddy" Whitesides '47Edward Steele “Buddy” Whitesides, M.D., of Windy Ridge Farm, Clover, husband of Margaret Baldwin Rowland Plowden, passed away on Saturday, October 28, at the age of 94, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.

Born on June 17, 1923 in Gastonia, N.C. to Major Vance Whitesides and Lillian McCown Whitesides, Dr. Whitesides faithfully served God, his family and mankind.

He was educated in the Gastonia public schools and was a graduate of Davidson College and the Duke University School of Medicine. He was a member of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, where he served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre of Operations. Dr. Whitesides married George Anne Robertson of York, S.C. in 1948 and they initially lived in Durham while he was in medical school. Following the completion of his medical education and training, they moved to Gastonia, where he practiced orthopedic surgery for more than 40 years. They had been married for more than 60 years at the time of Mrs. Whitesides’ death in 2009.

In 2010 he married Margaret, a long-time friend of Dr. Whitesides and George Anne. Up until Dr. Whitesides’ final illness, the couple divided their time among Windy Ridge Farm, Wedgefield, S.C. and Bennetts Point, S.C., where they were instrumental in the founding and construction of the Bennetts Point Interdenominational Chapel.

In addition to his medical practice in Gastonia, Dr. Whitesides was deeply committed to medical mission work in Haiti. Beginning in the 1970s, his involvement included arranging the shipment of hospital equipment to a newly built 50-bed hospital in Bonne Fin.

That hospital would be known as the Hospital of Light. Several times a year for many years, Dr. Whitesides and his medical partner Dr. Robert Blake traveled to Bonne Fin to treat the impoverished people of Haiti.

Dr. Whitesides was instrumental in the creation in 1987 of Lumiere Medical Ministries, a Christian non-profit that today supports Christian medical missions across Haiti. At the time of his death, he was a director emeritus on Lumiere’s board of directors.

His last visit to Haiti was in 2010 to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new hospital, King’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, of which Lumiere Medical Ministries is a supporting partner. During that visit, the “Great White Doctor,” as he was often called by patients, had a joyful reunion with many Haitian friends, some of whom he had not seen in 25 years.

During his time practicing in Gastonia, he served on a number of medical boards and committees including the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; member and vice-chair of the Board of Gastonia Health Care; and Chief of Staff of the former Gaston Memorial Hospital, today known as CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Whitesides was also instrumental in the organization of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in Gastonia. For years, he, along with his wife and daughters, attended the FCA summer camps near Black Mountain, N.C. He also served as the team doctor for local high school football games.

A man of many interests, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, trainer of dogs and horses, farmer and gardener. He played the piano and he sang for many years with the Gastonia Choral Society.

He also enjoyed making Southwestern Native American turquois-and- silver jewelry, which he would sign “EZW” — for the whimsically self-named “Edward Zuni Whitesides.” He owned and piloted an airplane, having learned to fly in self-defense, fearing what might happen if something befell one of the pilots of the little two-seater planes used in flying him to and from in Haiti.

Dr. Whitesides is survived by his wife, Margaret; his two daughters, Maryanne Whitesides of Windy Ridge Farm and Roseanne Whitesides (married to Jeff Rockholt) also of Windy Ridge Farm; grandson Cole Nichols (Amy) of Colonial Beach, Va.; and a sister, Mary Lou Pearson of Gastonia.

He is also survived by stepchildren Charles G. Rowland (Sylvia) of Walterboro, S.C., Earle Rowland (Denise) of Paxville, S.C., Louise R. Burns (Jim) of Camden, S.C., and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife George Anne, he was predeceased by a sister, Anne Whitesides Alexander.

The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House for the tender care and comfort provided to Dr. Whitesides during his final days.

A celebration of his life will be held at First ARP Church, 317 South Chester Street in Gastonia at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First ARP Church, 317 S. Chester St., Gastonia SC 28052; Lumiere Medical Ministries, 510 S. First Street, Lowell NC 28098; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Whitesides family.

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John Wishart Campbell ’45

John Wishart Campbell '45John Wishart Campbell, 94, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2017, at his residence in Lumberton.

He was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Lumberton, to the late William Colin Campbell and Flora Wishart Campbell and was the grandson of local merchant and tobacconist J.H. Wishart. His sister, Jean Campbell Russell of Cynthiana, Ky., preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Adkins Campbell, whom he married on Christmas Day 1944, of the home; his children, John Wishart Campbell Jr. (Judy) of Manassas, Va., Leigh Campbell Pope (Grady) of Shallotte, N.C., Lisa Campbell Stuart (Bob) of Raleigh, N.C., and “like-daughters” Kathy Bryan Smith (Steward) of Huntersville, N.C., and Rene O’Neal Campbell of Manassas, Va.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Additionally, Betty Nye held a special place in John Wishart’s life, professionally as well as personally.

A graduate of Lumberton High School in 1941, he attended Davidson College prior to entering military service in 1943, and completed additional course work at Mississippi State University while on active duty. At the conclusion of the war he continued undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina, then entered and completed UNC Law School and was awarded a LLB degree in 1949.

John Wishart took his oath in 1949 before Superior Court Judge W.C. Harris, for whom the annual Robeson County Bar meeting is named. During his career, he was a partner in two Lumberton firms, Britt, Campbell & Britt and later Johnson, McIntyre, Hedgpeth, Biggs and Campbell, before establishing a sole practitioner office in what was his grandfather’s Chestnut Street store. He later was partnered with the Raleigh firm of Teague Campbell Dennis and Gorham, LLP.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout his legal lifetime, including Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; President, North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Lawyer’s Hall of Fame, his renown as a trial lawyer is legendary. He retired at the beginning of 2013 having served the citizenry of Robeson County and across the state as an Attorney-at-Law for 63 years.

John Wishart maintained a strong sense of service throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Lumberton Chapter of the Sea Scouts as well as being a member of the Boy Scouts, in which he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. During WWII, he completed the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program and was awarded his pilot’s wings, trained to fly both the B-24 and B-25 aircraft.

After the war he returned to North Carolina to complete his education but later re-entered service with the USAF Reserves subsequently retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General.

An avid golfer and long-time member of Pinecrest Country Club, John Wishart relished his regular rounds at the club, especially in warm weather, where, at 68 years of age, he had a round equal to his age. He was fortunate to have played some of the country’s most famous courses but was most successful at Pinecrest, where he recorded three holes-in-one during his playing days.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton with Rev. David Ruth and Rev. Eva Ruth officiating. Interment at Meadowbrook Cemetery will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the First Presbyterian Church.

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Thomas O. Ruby ’79

Thomas Ruby '79Thomas O. Ruby, 60, of Gahanna, Ohio, died Saturday, October 21, 2017 at home from pancreatic cancer. Tom was born in 1957 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to C. Orland Ruby and Corinne Blackburn Ruby.

Tom grew up in Centerburg, New London and Alliance, Ohio, where his dad and mother served United Methodist churches as minister and director of Christian education, respectively. Tom graduated from Alliance High School (1975), Davidson College (1979) and Harvard Law School (1982).

In 1989, he married the love of his life, Mary Jo Geyer. Tom spent his entire professional career at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, first as an associate and then, since 1989, as a partner. His practice concentrated on commercial finance, including loan transactions (representing lenders and corporate borrowers), commercial contracts, other areas of the Uniform Commercial Code, and aircraft acquisitions, sales and financings.

Tom also had significant involvement in the firm’s opinion letter practice and the training of younger lawyers. He was a member of the Columbus, Ohio State, American, and Lawyer-Pilot Bar Associations. In addition to his professional associations, Tom was a member of Broad Street Presbyterian Church and the Athletic Club of Columbus.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his parents-in-law, Paul and Marjorie Geyer.

In addition to Mary Jo, he is survived by nieces, Tania Barnett and Christie Stouffer, nephew, Joshua Stouffer, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Elaine Geyer, sister-in-law, Linda Stouffer, many cousins, including, on Mary Jo’s side, Larry and Melanie Ross, Cori Ross and Lauren Ross James, and his Vorys family.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Palmer Hall, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at Broad Street Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Tom’s memory may do so to Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Davidson College, Class of 1979 Scholarship, PO Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035-7170 or to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90166-3721.

Tom and Mary Jo would like to thank The James Cancer Center for their compassionate and comprehensive care. Services entrusted to Schoedinger Northeast Chapel. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories or extend condolences.

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Alvis McDonald “Don” Baucom ’53

Alvis McDonald “Don” Baucom '53

Alvis McDonald Baucom, called “Don” by the many who knew him, was born on March 5, 1931, to Charles Franklin Baucom Sr. and Zylpha Caroline Pollard Baucom of Farmville.

Though he was afflicted by illness as a boy, Don’s resolute but warmhearted family succeeded in giving him one of life’s great privileges: a happy childhood in a loving home.

Don grew to be a charming and handsome man with a generous spirit and a strong will to live life to the fullest. Blessed with a thoughtful but clever mind, Don received his A.B. at Davidson College. There he obtained a rich education but also developed a feverish case of wanderlust. He never recovered.

Don’s interests and his work — which he blended seamlessly throughout his life — first led him to New York, Saigon and Tokyo, where he pursued a career in shipping while learning to sail. Don’s course through Asia ultimately landed him in 1960s, go-go Hong Kong, where he built an international antiques business and spent 30 blissful years.

Eventually, even Don felt the pull of home. After several years in Charleston, he realized a boyhood dream by acquiring the Edwards Dawson Home in Snow Hill. He took great pride in the house, which was built by his aunt and uncle in 1901 and which he lovingly restored.

Never one to act his age, Don eschewed retirement, traveled and spent time with his beloved son, and delighted in engaging his many neighbors and friends in lively conversation. On Friday, October 20, 2017, he died peacefully in the home and community he treasured.

Don is survived by his son, Ben Baucom, and wife Leah, upon whom Don looked as a daughter. Others who survive and cherished him include Noel Lang Baucom, Michael Baucom, Joyce Baucom Jones and Kearney Long, all of Farmville; Steve Mizell of Pactolus; and Bailey Suggs of Snow Hill.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his brother, Charles Franklin “Frank” Baucom, and wife Clara Joyce Brock Baucom Weeks, their daughter Nancy Deborah “Debbie” Baucom Mizell, and their daughter-in-law Kathy Gail Holloman Baucom.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the historic St. Barnabas Cemetery, located at 111 SE Fourth Street in Snow Hill. A reception will follow, where friends are invited to gather and celebrate his long, rich and well-lived life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Snow Hill Presbyterian Church, c/o Bobby Glossip, 201 Hines Street, Snow Hill, NC 28580, or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylor-tyson.com.

Published in The Daily Reflector on Oct. 23, 2017

Jennifer Hoffman Moore `90

Jennifer Hoffman Moore `90
Jennifer loved to be outside.  She loved the sunshine more than anyone else.  She was the only person who would say, “Thankfully, it’s going to be 94 degrees tomorrow!”

She loved fireworks; when she heard them going off she would grab a kid and run around town together until they could see them.

Jen loved mashed potatoes.  She loved cheese. She loved laughing.  She loved driving a stick shift with the top down. She loved dancing in the kitchen to whatever her girls put on the radio. She was incredibly generous and gracious.  Jen loved her family above all else.

Jen was born Jennifer Lynn Hoffman on March 6, 1968, in East Lansing, Mich., to Judith Lee Stangel Hoffman and Alan John Hoffman.  Jen grew up in Tucker, Ga., and graduated from Shamrock High School in Decatur in 1986. She served as the school’s Miss Shamrock her junior year.  Jen studied political science at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and served as editor of its student newspaper, The Davidsonian. She graduated in 1990.

Jen was a journalist. She began her professional career as a college intern at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She joined the newspaper full-time as a staff writer the summer immediately after she graduated from college. She launched many of the then-new newspaper’s now-signature reports, including The Philanthropy 400 and its annual survey of charitable-organization salaries.

Jen was a gifted writer and editor, and eventually earned the role as The Chronicle’s managing editor. She was known for having a deft touch with profiles and how-to stories, and had a great ‘bedside manner’ with her reporters.

Her longtime friend and editor, Stacy Palmer, writes that Jen “always knew just how to tell a reporter what a story needed to be stronger and supported the journalists at COP with intelligence and compassion all the way through the editing process.” Jen later worked for Amtrak in Washington, D.C., and BLH Technologies, Inc., in Rockville, Md.

Jennifer Lynn Hoffman married Thomas Hampson Moore ’90 in Two Rivers, Wis., on June 23, 1990, as her grandparents Helen and Hugo Hoffman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Though they divorced in 2011, their marriage produced three amazing children: Katherine Violet Moore, born 1997; Joseph Hugo Moore, born 2000; and Eleanor Rose Moore, born 2002.  They were truly the loves of Jen’s life and she could not have been more proud of their many accomplishments.

Jen died October 14, 2017, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., as the result of a long illness. The last of Jen’s many gifts to the world was her donation of her organs and tissues.

Among those left to mourn Jen are her children, Katie, Joey and Ellie, of Rockville, Md.; her sisters, Laura Jane Cohen, of Burke, Va., Brenda Crellen, of Lady Lake, Fla., and Allison Sutton, of Norcross, Ga.; her father and stepmother, Alan and Nancy Hoffman, of Dumfries, Va.; her mother and stepfather, Judith and Ken Crellen, of Lawrencevillle, Ga.; two nieces (and one on the way); three nephews; countless in-laws and cousins (particularly on the Hoffman side); and many devoted friends and colleagues.

Jen’s memorial service will be held at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, Md., 20814) on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5-8 p.m.