George Parker Harris ’64

George Parker Harris '64George Parker Harris, 76, died peacefully at home on February 16, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24 at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro. The family will receive friends in the Virginia Gilmer room following the service.

George was born July 12, 1941 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1960 and Davidson College in 1964. He worked in textile sales for Guilford Mills, followed by positions at Carolina American and Macfield Texturing. Eventually George started his own business, Harris Management.

Over his lifetime, George nurtured a passionate interest in outdoor activities. He was happiest when he was skiing, kayaking, cycling, or backpacking, and one of his favorite places in the world was Alta, UT. George heli-skied in British Columbia and kayaked the Colorado River through the entire Grand Canyon.

The natural world was George’s heaven and he marveled in all its beauty. George was most at home in the outdoors, and he realized how important it is to protect our fragile environment.

He was an ardent supporter of environmental causes and gave generously to the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and the Nature Conservancy. The Southern Environmental Law Center is the group that he was most passionate about.

George loved his family, especially his seven grandchildren, who called him Poppi.

He is survived by his wife Berkeley; his sister Marie Grauerholz of Durham NC; and his three children, Virginia Knox and her husband David of Seattle, WA, Parker Harris and his wife Holly of San Francisco, CA and Berkeley Gardner and her husband Ed of Charlotte, NC.

He is also survived by his seven precious grandchildren, Olivia and Henry Knox, Zoe, Benjamin, and Nicholas Harris, and Berkeley and Luke Gardner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 West Main St., Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27405.

Poppi would probably also want you to go to a local outdoor store and get yourself a new pair of hiking boots. Get outside. Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Harris family. Online condolences may be made to www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

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Theodore Glenn “Ted” Hartsock, Jr. ’56

Theodore Glenn "Ted" Hartsock, Jr. '56Theodore Glenn Hartsock, Jr., age 83, departed this life on February 12, 2018 to be with his Lord and Savior after a long battle with declining health.

Ted was born on April 30, 1934 in Bluefield, WV to Theodore Glenn Hartsock and Margaret Watson Hartsock. Ted attended Beaver High School where he played football and baseball. He went on to attend Davidson College and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He then transferred to the University of Alabama and graduated in 1956.

Ted moved to Charlotte in the late 50’s and married Sarah Ann Mills in 1960. They were married 50 years and had four children. Beginning his professional career with Kaiser Aluminum, Ted pursued business interests in Charlotte as an entrepreneur with a focus on sales and marketing. He started a business selling automated office equipment and then moved into the business computer industry.

In the 1980’s his business was listed as one of the top 500 fastest growing small businesses in the US. Ted was active in politics in the early sixties when he served as Executive Director of the NC Republican Party and ran for the NC House of Representatives in 1964. He was a co-founder of Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in 1972 and was co-chairman of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aquatic Commission that resulted in the beginning of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry.

Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed longtime friendships from his years playing golf at the Charlotte Country Club and Yeaman’s Hall Club in Charleston and the Piedmont Club. He particularly enjoyed several opportunities to play pro-am events and only late in life did he begin to use woods off the tee.

Ted is predeceased by his wife, Sally; his parents; and his two brothers, Calvin Watson Hartsock and Furman Preston Hartsock of Clarksburg, WV. He is survived by his wife, Marian McGowan Nisbet; his four children: son, Langdon Hartsock (Charlotte) of Charleston, SC; daughter, Elisabeth Dwight (David) of Richmond, VA; daughter, Margaret Spickard (Anderson) of Nashville, TN; and daughter, Sarah Keller (Scott) of Durham, NC. He is also survived by cousins: Elias Calvin Watson of Birmingham, AL; A.L. Addington of Savannah,GA; and Sue Clovis of Clarksburg, WV.

Ted has ten grandchildren who were a great joy to him: Langdon, Thomas and Charles Hartsock; Laura and David Dwight; Anna, Lucas, and William Spickard; Christopher and Peter Keller.

The family is grateful to the compassionate staff and caregivers at Waltonwood – Cotswald, and Hospice & Palliative Care.

A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC at 12:30pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207; or Davidson College, 405 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036.

 

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 14, 2018

Stephen Anthony Graham ’66

Stephen Anthony Graham passed away on February 7, 2018. He was born on August 28, 1944, and was the son of the late Dr. Thomas and Vera Koerper Graham of Florence, SC.

He was a 1966 graduate of Davidson College, and he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 1971 after having completed his dissertation year abroad in Berlin.

He taught briefly at N.C. State, Cal-State, San Bernardino and Voorhees College in Denmark, SC. In 1992 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at the University of Indianapolis where he taught for 25 years.

While at the university he authored several books on the world-famous 20th century missionary-evangelist Dr. E. Stanley Jones. Since retirement in 2012, he was a faithful member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Boiling Springs, SC.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia White Graham and a sister: Penny Graham Reed of Murfreesboro, TN.A Memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. E-Condolences may be sent online at www.eggersfuneralhome.com Eggers Funeral Home Boiling Springs

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