Doug Crosby ’80

Mr. Robert Douglas (Doug) Crosby, 59, of Connelly Springs passed away on March 6, 2018 at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke after complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Crosby was born on May 16, 1958 to the late Willard Lee and Gertrude Lambert Crosby in Augusta, GA. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Morganton First Church of God, a Mason, a member of Burke County GOP. Recently he was a GOP consultant on the campaigns of Congressman Mark Meadows and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Syvana Crosby of the home; three sons: Roger (Rachel) Crosby of Cajah’s Mountain; Josh Crosby of Burke County; Robert (Angela) Crosby of Connelly Springs; daughter Stacey (Jay) Crowe of Valdese; step-son Jason (Lea) Huffman of Salisbury; brother Tom (Donna) Crosby of Drexel; grandchildren Natalie Grace, Natalie Rose, Arabella, Dawson, Xander, Tristian, Abbi; nephew Tom Crosby II; and furbabies Cricket and Roxie.

Funeral services for Mr. Crosby will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Morganton First Church of God with Pastor Jon McDivitt officiating. The family will receive friends 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. and the service will begin at 3:00 pm.

The family requests a memorial be made to .

Huff Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Crosby family. Online condolences may be made at


John Tweed Hannah ’45

John Hannah '45John Tweed Hannah, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend died on Tuesday, the 6th of March 2018 at The Hallmark in Houston. He was 94 years old.

He was born in Houston on the 15th of January 1924 to Ethel Bloomfield Hannah, originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, and David Hannah from Ayrshire, Scotland. John attended Davidson College and graduated with a BBA from the University of Texas. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

His business pursuits were centered on the development of medical buildings. He built the first offices for what is now the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. With Jesse W. Edmundson, he restored Houston’s 1884 Cotton Exchange Building, a historic landmark recognized by the state and nation.

Under the tutelage of master angler Charley Thanheiser, John became an incorrigible fisherman. He took trout and Atlantic salmon on the fly from the streams and rivers of seven countries, including twelve states and provinces.

For a time, John was co-owner, with Brooks Bouldin, of the E. F. Payne Rod Company in Highland Mills, New York.

He and Rita were organizing members of St. Philip Presbyterian Church in the early 1950s and they have continued to serve the church for 65 years. John was a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and helped organize a subsequent General Assembly of the denomination, held in Houston.

He was a writer, publishing two books of fishing memories, as well as two additional books. During his long life, John served a number of organizations in positions of responsibility including Presbyterian MoRanch Assembly, Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center, Riverside General Hospital, Citizens for Good Schools, Texas Interfaith Housing Corporation, Preservation Alliance of Greater Houston, Southampton Residents Association, The Forest Club, the Wodehouse Society and Texas Flyfishers.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate First Class and was stationed on Guam. At the end of the war, he and another former electronics sailor, Frank C. Smith, Jr, took a motorized victory lap of seven thousand miles around the country.

John was active in the Republican Party, and later in the Democratic Party.

He is preceded in death by his siblings David Hannah, Jr, and Mary Hannah Smith; and also by granddaughter Jennifer Thorvilson.

By far the greatest joy of John’s life was his wife and counselor of 70 years, Rita Grace Waters Hannah, who survives him. He was proud of, and enjoyed the company of, his descendants.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Heather Hannah Beadle of Boulder, Colorado, and Janet Hannah Eskridge (Carl) of Lincoln, Nebraska; granddaughters Hannah Eskridge Mirmiran of Omaha, Nebraska, and Rachel Eskridge of Nashville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Grace Thorvilson (Kurt Burne), Johnathan Thorvilson, Joey, Daniel and Lily Mirmiran, and Jac Eskridge-Smith; great-great-grandchildren Will and Daxton Thorvilson.

He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and a host of relatives in Scotland. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Hallmark for their gracious and caring support.

A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 12th of March, in the sanctuary of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe in Houston, where Dr. John Wurster will officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent gathering area.

Prior to the service the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Philip Presbyterian Church.

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Broxie Jay Nelson ’62

Broxie Jay Nelson '62Broxie Jay Nelson, 79, died Tuesday at his residence. A native of Chester, SC, he was the son of the late Jay Leo Nelson and Irene Woodle Nelson.

He was a partner with Lake and Nelson Law Firm, and was a former Raleigh City attorney and also served on the NC Court of Appeals. Mr. Nelson was a graduate of Davidson College and Wake Forest Univerity Law School.

He loved his country and also the military where he served for many years with the NC National Guard, retiring as a Colonel and commanding officer of his unit.

He was an active member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church and had an undying faith and close relationship with God.

An avid reader who loved history, he especially enjoyed reading books on the Civil War and WWII.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 11 years, Janet Sher- Nelson; daughter, Elizabeth Nelson Loyd; son John Nelson; step son, who he developed a special bond with, Mark Stephen Sher; brother, Harry “Huck” Nelson; grandson, Tyler Loyd;

A celebration of Life service will be held 3:00 pm Sunday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. Burial will be held 11:00 am Monday at Raleigh Memorial Park with full military honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Crohns Colitis Foundation, or The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 9, 2018

Charles Davidson Hall ’54

Charles Davidson Hall '54Charles Davidson Hall of Irmo, SC, formally of Charlotte, NC passed away at home on February 26, 2018 of natural causes. He was born in Belmont, NC on August 31, 1932 to Matthew Neagle Hall and Carolina May Hall.

Charles graduated from Belmont High School in 1950 and earned a business degree from Davidson College where he was a member of Phi Kappa Gamma Fraternity.

Charles served as a U.S. Naval Commander during the Korean War stationed in Norfolk, VA where he met the love of his life, Julia Ann Royster Hall.

After serving his country, he entered the business community, rose to vice president of the Dyed Yarn Division of American Effird Mills, Mt. Holly, NC and eventually became president of American Yarn Association of Charlotte, NC.

Charles was an Eagle Scout, dedicated husband and father. He attended and instructed Sunday school at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, daughter Clare Ann Hall Effinger (Tom), and grandchildren Connor Davidson Effinger, and Carolina Rose Effinger. He was respected by all for his acumen of current events.

He enjoyed traveling with Julia Ann, visiting his daughter and watching his grandchildren grow up on Lake Murray with the beautiful sunsets.

He will be missed by family and friends as a true southern gentleman.

A memorial service will be held at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, 2721 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin, SC on Sunday March 4, at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Irwin “Ike” Belk ’45

Irwin "Ike" Belk '45Irwin “Ike” Belk was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 4, 1922 to the late William Henry and Mary Irwin Belk.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Carol Grotnes Belk, to whom he was married for 66 years. He was also predeceased by his brothers: Henry, John, Henderson, and Tom, and daughter-in-law Anne Belk.

Survivors are his children: William Irwin Belk (Georgia), Irene Belk Miltimore (Dean), Marilyn Belk Wallis (Edward), and Carl Grotnes Belk (Beth). Irwin is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Belk, Irwin Belk II, Suzanne Belk, Mary and Carol Miltimore, Jamee and Charlotte Wallis, David and Patricia Belk, Mary Ellen Goode (Matt Spangler) and Edward Goode, Jr., and by his sister, Sarah Belk Gambrell along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Ike attended McCallie School with his brothers, followed by one year at Davidson College. He transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in business. He served two and a half years in World War II in the 491st Bomber group of the famed 8th Air Force.

Ike had a rewarding life as a businessman, philanthropist, civic leader, elected official and public servant. He served most of his adult life (over 50 years) as an executive with Belk Stores. He served on many corporate boards including textile mills, banks, distribution companies, and insurance companies.

Ike was elected and served four terms in the House of Representatives and Senate of the State of North Carolina legislature. One of his proudest accomplishments was to introduce the legislation creating UNC Charlotte as the fourth component of the University of North Carolina. He served many years as a member of the Board of Governors of the University system. Later in life, he served two terms as a United Nations delegate.

Irwin’s love of athletics and education led him to donate generously to create tracks and to procure acclaimed artists from around the world to sculpt mascots for college campuses. His goal was for the sculpture to be the largest of its kind in the world, and he did the research to make certain that was the case.

Ike was fond of saying, “The first objective in life is to educate your brains. Your brain can’t function if your body is not in shape.” His generosity extended to many colleges and universities where Ike and Carol established and funded scholarships, fellowships, libraries, classroom buildings and dining halls. He served on many university boards.

Ike served as District Governor of the Lions Club and as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and received the prestigious Olympic Order, an award presented by the International Olympic Committee. He served on the American Cancer Society board for over 40 years, receiving their highest honor, the Merit Award. He also received numerous honorary degrees.

Ike was a member and retired elder of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed traveling all over the world with his family and especially enjoyed deep sea fishing with his beloved wife, Carol.

Ike was an extraordinary and gracious host when Carol and he entertained their family, friends, and business and professional associates. He was a treasure trove of Charlotte, Mecklenburg, and the State of North Carolina history. Ike delighted in sharing his “history lessons” at every opportunity. His office staff admired and respected him. He abolished the custom of “secretaries bringing the boss coffee,” instead he brought them coffee.

A celebration of Irwin’s life will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11 am at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery will be private.

Memorials may be made to UNC Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207.

The family is grateful to Elena and Joseph Magpayo for their loving dedication to both Ike and Carol, and to Barbara Potts, Carma Bennett, Karen Goins and Devante Finches along with the staff of the Cypress for their compassion and care.

“My father always taught us that those who were fortunate enough to possess or earn wealth had a special responsibility to both use it wisely and to share it with those less fortunate. If you don’t take care of this generation, the next one won’t be worth shooting. My advice is to throw the roses where you can smell them. Don’t wait until you’re dead and gone. Do it now.” — Irwin Belk


Published in Charlotte Observer from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, 2018