John Thompson Wardlaw ’44

John Wardlaw '44John Thompson Wardlaw, 94, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

He was born in Atlanta, GA to the late James Thompson and Belle Thompson Wardlaw and attended Pine Street School, Spartanburg High School, Darlington School, Davidson College and Georgia Tech.

John served in the Navy as a destroyer escort communications officer during World War II. He worked with Milliken and Co., Kentucky Woven Label Co., Bo-Buck Mills and later founded Wardlaw Sales in Spartanburg before retiring in 1995.

He was actively involved in the Spartanburg community serving as President of The Spartanburg Rotary Club; the Spartanburg County Foundation Board of Trustees and Investment Advisory Committee.

He served on the Spartanburg Music Foundation Board, Friends of the Spartanburg County Library Board, Commissioner on the Spartanburg Housing Authority, Chairman of Total Ministries Board, Habitat for Humanity Board, President of the Narrow Fabrics Institute and was the Founder, Chairman, Director and Board Chair Emeritus of The Adult Learning Center. John was a devoted and faithful member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent, where he served on the Vestry, as senior and junior warden.

His service and commitment to Spartanburg has been recognized with multiple civic and state awards. John received the SC Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford; the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizen award presented by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; the Wofford College Algernon- Sydney Sullivan Award for public service; the Mary Black Foundation Dr. Sam O. Black, Jr. Health Promotion Award for Leadership; 2014 Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg Citizen of the Year; the Dean Griffin Public Service Award from Georgia Tech; and the National Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; his daughter, Saunders McCollum and her husband, David, of Anderson, SC; and his grandchildren, Ashley and John McCollum.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, on Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00PM, officiated by The Reverend Dr. Clay H. Turner and The Reverend J. Edward Morris.

The family will receive friends following the service at The Parish and Community Life Center.

In remembrance of John, memorials may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, The Adult Learning Center, 145 N Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306, or Spartanburg Regional Home Health and Hospice, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at
Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2018

Kirk Oglesby ’52

Kirk Oglesby '52Daniel Kirkland Oglesby, Jr, 87, finished his earthly race and entered eternity with his heavenly Father on April 7, 2018, after a brief illness. Born in Gastonia, NC on September 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Bettie and Dan Oglesby. He was a member of St John’s United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1952 and Duke University in 1954 with degrees in economics and hospital administration. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Davidson College in 1992.

In addition to his loving wife of 65 years, Bobbie Owen Oglesby, Kirk is survived by his three daughters: Lynn O’Neal (Dan), Kathie Jones, Lee Arsenault (Pete); five grandchildren: Joshua Kirkland O’Neal (Lindsay), Anna O’Neal, Rachel Arsenault Rubenstein (Seth), Matthew Arsenault (Allison), and Abbie Jones; and one great grandchild, Vivian O’Neal. He was predeceased by an infant son and son-in-law, Glenn Jones.

Kirk was thankful for the great privilege of working in the healthcare industry for more than 40 years and his contributions were many. He retired after 30 years as President of AnMed Health. He also served as Chairman of three national healthcare organizations. In 2006, he was inducted into the national healthcare hall of fame.

He enjoyed serving his community through his church, United Way, YMCA, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Anderson Free Clinic, Tri County Technical College, Anderson University and others.

Kirk loved golf, travel, reading, Sudoku and especially spending time with family and friends.

He was a true servant who loved God, his family, and the AnMed community.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at St. John’s United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Sullivan-King Mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 515 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624; AnMed Health Foundation, 800 North Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29621; or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2018

Andrew Eugene Geer, Jr. ’51

Andrew Geer '51Andrew Eugene Geer, Jr., died peacefully Friday evening, April 6, 2018.

His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church Street at 11:00a.m. Interment will follow in St. Philip’s Churchyard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 31 East Battery, from 4:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.  Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Gene was born March 21, 1930, in Charleston, South Carolina, son of Andrew Eugene Geer, Sr. and Winifred Williams Geer. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, then matriculated to Davidson College where he received a degree in Business Administration. He then received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War.

He returned to Charleston, SC, after his education and service to work with his father and cousins at The Geer Drug Company. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Betty Sovacool Small of Columbia, SC, in July of 1958. They had been married for 56 years when she passed away in 2014.

He is survived by his children, Cordes Geer Simpson (Jim), of Wadmalaw Island, SC, Andrew Eugene Geer III, M.D. (Susan), and William Gordon Geer (Bonnie), all of Charleston, SC; sister, Mary Goode DiRaddo, of Charleston, SC; grandchildren, Caroline Simpson, Porter Geer, and Gordon Geer, Jr., all of Charleston, SC, and numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

“Gene” was a loyal friend. He loved animals; especially his Boykin Spaniel, Baron, and his rescue cat, Gracie. He was a faithful servant to his community as a lifelong member of St. Philip’s Church and a former Commissioner of Public Works.

He served on numerous committees and boards. He was a former president of the local Kiwanis club. He was a member of the St. Cecelia Society, The SC Society, the St. George’s Society, the Society of Colonial Wars and was a former Commodore of the Carolina Yacht Club. He will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite animal rescue and care charity.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Apr. 9, 2018

Arthur Jordan Balk, Jr. ’51

Arthur Jordan Balk, Jr. '51Arthur Jordan Balk, Jr., a fourth-generation Augustan born May 12, 1927 entered into rest on April 4th, 2018. He was the son of Bessie and Arthur Balk, Sr. and the loving husband of 46 years to Martha Gibson Balk.

Arthur was an Eagle Scout at the age of 15 and was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County. He served his country in the US Army during World War II and was stationed in Korea for two years.

Following his military service he graduated with a B.A. in history from Davidson College and subsequently studied for his Masters at the University of Georgia. He was an educator and principal in the Richmond County school system. He was a well-known home builder for many years and founded Balk Construction in 1960.

He was a member of Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church and the Adult Couples and Singles Sunday School Class. He was a faithful member of the Exchange Club of Augusta for over 50 years. He enjoyed flying and held a private pilot’s license for years. He was an avid member of the Augusta Sailing Club and a member of the Augusta Home Builders Association.

Arthur is survived by his children: Bruce Balk, Claire Balk Dalton (Chad) and Chum Balk; step-daughters: Phyllis Hodges Collier (Robert) and Paige Hodges Usry (Brad); grandchildren: Ian, Forrest, Harrison and Madison Balk, Wood Dalton, Riah Collier (Tamara), Blake Collier, (Camila), Jordan Collier ( Meagan), Havird Usry (Brooke), Hodges Usry; 8 great-grandchildren; sister: Betty Gene Balk Lovingood (Al).

A visitation will be held in the Gathering Room at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The service will follow at 11:00 A.M. Honorary pallbearers are Exchange Club Augusta Members and the Adult Couples and Singles Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the Music Ministry at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church,1330 Monte Sano Avenue Augusta, Georgia 30904.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at


Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Apr. 9, 2018

Charles A. Kottmeier ’59

 Charles A. Kottmeier '59Maj. Charles A. Kottmeier, US Air Force (Ret.)

“You truly have a servant’s heart. It’s the twinkle in your eyes, the gentleness of your voice and the love in your heart” Evelyn Owens.

Charlie was born in Columbus, OH, November 16, 1937, and died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. He spent his early life in Orlando where he graduated from Edgewater High School. As an Eagle Scout, Charlie was awarded the Order of the Arrow.

He graduated from Davidson College, NC, (forever a Davidson Gentleman) and The University of Florida Medical School in the specialty of Anesthesia. Major Charles Kottmeier served in the US Air Force, stationed at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, MO. He concluded his military service as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War. He received the Honorable National Defense Service Medal. Charles began his medical practice of Anesthesia at Morton Plant Hospital in 1971.

As President of Anesthesia Associates of Pinellas, he established the Anesthesia Care Team in 1974. Throughout his distinguished career, Charlie served as FSA Representative in Washington D.C. and President of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologist for two years. He was bestowed the FSA Distinguished Service Award. He was an Honorary Physician of Morton Plant Hospital, March 15, 2012.

Dr. Kottmeier was a member of the Morton Plant Mease Roebling Society, Adler Legacy Society, Endowed Society and Pillars of Philanthropy. While Dr. Charlie was dedicated to caring for his patients, his heart longed for adventure. He enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of nature. His favorites were skiing the Colorado Rockies, sport fishing and diving The Florida Keys. Captain Charlie had a passion for sailing.

In 1992, he and his crew were awarded the Ruder Cup, coming in First Place Non-Spinaker Class, in the Clearwater Key West Yacht Race. Flying his Cessna 210-732 Kilo Quebec was sheer joy. Just one year ago, April 15, 2017, Charlie flew with instructor, Lindsey, C172, KCLW. It was a beautiful spring day, perfect for flying. Charlie and Celia enjoyed traveling Europe with Andy and Julie aboard their Hinckly, “The Bald Eagle”. They took a Moorings, bareboat charter throughout the Greek Islands, a family adventure.

Charlie was the eternal optimist, seeing the positive in all situations and people. He embraced people and took great joy in sharing life with family and friends, leaving his legacy of a caring, loving and gentle spirit. After a whirlwind courtship, Charlie and Celia were married at St John’s Episcopal Church, November 27, 1981.

Charles Kottmeier is survived by his wife of 37 years, Celia; three children, Linda Fernandez (Eric ) and children, Michael and Summer, Charles Kottmeier III and Dr. Magdalene Cook (Will) and children, Natalie, Abigail, and Jamie; Uncle Charlie is also survived by his loving extended families; the Nichols, Owens, and Southards.

A memorial service will be celebrated at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 701 Orange Ave., Clearwater, April 14, at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Church of the Ascension or to Morton Plant Hospital Foundation, 1200 Druid Road S., Clearwater, FL 33756.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 8, 2018