Jeffery Dee Smith III ’56

Rev. Jeff Smith passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017 while participating in his favorite pastime, playing chess.

Smith is survived by his immeasurably loving wife of 53 years, Mary Olive (Gillie) Smith, from Reidsville, NC.

Born in Mt. Airy and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Smith earned degrees from R. J. Reynolds High, 1952 (recipient of the Brevard Hoover Award and a Reynolds football player); Davidson College, 1956 (Beta and Diving Team); Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, 1959; and Harvard University Divinity School, 1961.

Following his graduate work with theologians and Christian philosophers, Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich–mentors who nurtured his steadfast and enduring intellectualism and affirmed his deep concern for humanity in the mid-twentieth century–Smith followed his calling into the ministry.

In 2007 he was named Pastor Emeritus at his first church, Pine Hall Presbyterian, where he began in 1965.

Pastoring at several churches in North Carolina, including Edgewood Presbyterian in Sanford and Taylorsville Presbyterian in Taylorsville, Smith was also an active member of the Salem Presbytery, PCUSA. Dedicated to his lifelong passion for social justice, Smith served devotedly for many years on the Peace and Justice Committee.

He was a member of the Synod of North Carolina and he served as a delegate for two General Assemblies, making arguments for equity within the church. Remaining keen on political activism, Smith committed himself during the 1970s to public service, running the local office of U. S. Congress House of Representative Steve Neal (D-NC) of the Fifth District.

Locally known for his sharp insight, wit, and his timely, articulate interventions at meetings of the West End Association and elsewhere, Smith adored his neighborhood and remained committed to historic preservation, while demanding accessibility for people of all abilities.

A tireless advocate for the mentally ill, Smith fought stigma so that God’s grace could be witnessed in all humans.

Rev. Smith leaves behind not only his wife, but his three daughters, one deeply courageous son, two son-in-laws and five grandchildren who stole his attention and heart. They are: Davilla Gilbert and her husband, Craig Gilbert of Charlotte, NC; Mary Olive Smith and her husband Danny Weiss of Maplewood, NJ; Jeffrey Dee Smith, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; and Sandra Weathers Smith, of New York, NY.

Grandchildren in order of birth and height are: Kelly (18), Michael (12), Inacio (11), Gil (9) and Grant (8).

Smith was predeceased by his sister Davilla Smith Perry and her husband Bob Perry.

He is survived by his cousin Rev. Ned Gillum of Indiana along with four nieces and their families, who have so loved their Uncle Jeff.

The funeral service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC on Tuesday, April 25 at 2 pm. Family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or to Pine Hall Presbyterian Church in Pine Hall, NC.

Earl Jones Ferguson ’50

Earl Jones Ferguson died April 19, 2017. He was born January 14, 1930 in Lancaster, South Carolina, the second of three sons of Henry Stokes Ferguson and Wincie Eugenie Jones Ferguson.

He attended school in Lancaster and then was accepted into Davidson College, from which he graduated in 1950 at the age of 20. After service in the United States Army, Earl worked as an accountant in Charlotte, NC.

He is survived by his sons Barry M. Ferguson and his wife, Sandra Anthony Ferguson; Alan E. Ferguson and his wife, Nancy Short Ferguson; his grandson, Will Ferguson; his nephews, Russell, Michael, Douglas, Henry, and David Ferguson, and his niece Susan McWhorter Starnes. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Lorraine, and by his brothers, H.S. Ferguson, Jr. and Wendell Ferguson.

If he were here today, he would particularly thank his daughter-in-law, Sandra, and his caregivers, Carol, Mary Ann, Lisa, and Jessica, whose faithful attentions, multiple kindnesses, and love were a great help and comfort to him.

The family is grateful also to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte, who performed spectacularly in providing assistance and comfort during the last difficult days.

The funeral service will be held at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, April 22. 2017 at 11:00 a.m., where also the family will welcome friends immediately afterwards from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Burial will then follow at 3:00 p.m. at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 2814 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster County, South Carolina 29720. There Earl will join Lorraine and the long line of his family resting there.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte and to Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.

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William Stafford Joyner ’48

Dr. William Stafford Joyner , a longtime family physician in Chapel Hill and clinical professor of medicine at UNC, died on Saturday afternoon, April 8, at his home at the Croasdaile Village retirement community in Durham, after a prolonged decline in his health. He was 92 years old.

Joyner was born and grew up in Kernersville, NC, the third of his parents’ five children and a member of a large clan that had resided in the Winston-Salem area since Colonial days.

Despite the turbulence of the Depression years, he had a happy, active childhood, excelling as a choirboy at Kernersville Moravian Church, an athlete and student in the Kernersville schools, and the undisputed “best whistler in Kernersville.”

In 1943, after his freshman year at Davidson College, he was inducted into the United States Army, assigned first to the Army Specialized Training Program at The Citadel, and upon dissolution of that program to the 100th Infantry Division, for training at Fort Bragg.

In early September 1944, three months after his older brother, Oscar, had been killed in France days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, Joyner shipped out with the 100th to Marseille. He took part in fighting as an infantry sergeant until the end of the war, through eastern France and into Germany, and was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor in combat.

Immediately after the war Joyner taught at the Shrivenham American University for G.I.s in England before returning to Davidson, where he graduated summa cum laude and class salutatorian in 1948.

Upon graduation, he married his Kernersville childhood sweetheart, Jane Linville, and they moved to Chapel Hill, where he entered UNC Medical School, then just a two-year program, and again graduated as class salutatorian. He completed his clinical medical studies at Harvard University, receiving the MD degree there in 1952.

Returning to Chapel Hill, Joyner was a resident physician on the first house staff at UNC Memorial Hospital, having been recruited by his UNC mentor Dr. William MacNider.

After completing his residency in 1954, he joined Drs. Fred Patterson and Kempton Jones in a general family practice, first in a converted chicken coop behind Dr. Patterson’s mother’s boarding house on Franklin Street (now the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house), and then, for 30 years, off Raleigh Road, in Glen Lennox, current site of the Aloft Hotel.

Throughout his career, Joyner was also a highly active leader in Chapel Hill civic, religious, and cultural life. Among many such roles over the years, he was chairman of the town’s Human Relations Committee in the early 1960s, president of the UNC Wesley Foundation in the late 1960s, and president of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club.

Originally a member of University Methodist Church, he and his wife were among a group of people sent out by that church in 1957 to found Aldersgate Methodist, on the southeastern side of town. They served Aldersgate in various capacities for many years, before returning to University Methodist in the 1990s.

Joyner and his wife moved from Chapel Hill to Durham in 1999, to be among the first residents of the Croasdaile Village retirement community. There, they were active in helping to foster cultural life, especially in the creation of a substantial community library.

Jane Linville Joyner died at Croasdaile in 2002, and the library is named for her.

In 2014, Joyner was made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, in recognition of his meritorious service in France in World War II.

 He is survived by a sister, Marian Myers of Martinsville, VA; three children and their spouses—Will Joyner and Linda Jones, of Newton, MA; Matt and Betsy Joyner of Charlotte; and Jane (Joyner) and Rex Kaney of Decatur, GA; and nine grandchildren—Julia Alexander Caldwell (Rick) of Atlanta; Johanna Alexander of Paris, France; Luke Joyner of Chicago; Alec Joyner of New York City; Carolina and Compton Jones of Newton, MA; and Anna Claire, Matthew, and Oscar Joyner of Charlotte. Also surviving is his special friend of recent years, Patricia Coman.

The family would like to recognize and thank the entire staff of Croasdaile Village, particularly of Friendship House Assisted Living Unit, for their compassionate care for Dr. Joyner.

 A service in celebration of the life of William S. Joyner will be held at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (parking in Chapel Hill municipal lots), with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the library fund at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkway, Durham NC 27705, or to the music ministry at University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. Online condolences for the family may be communicated at www.cremationsocietync.com.

  

Betty Wolfe Boyd – BOV Member

Mrs. Elizabeth (“Betty”) Wolfe Boyd, 89, of Charlotte, N.C., died Wednesday, March 30, 2017, at the Stewart Health Center at the Cypress of Charlotte.

A native of Charlotte, Betty graduated from Old Central High School in 1945 and received her undergraduate degree in education from Salem College in 1950.

Betty married her childhood sweetheart, Dr. Basil Manly Boyd, Jr., on August 8, 1950, and spent the next 45 years supporting him in his career as a well-known orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte.

While Basil was in medical school and completing his residency and training, Betty taught second grade. After returning to Charlotte where Basil began his career, Betty raised five children while serving as a tireless volunteer in her community.

She was staunchly devoted to her church, Covenant Presbyterian, where she served in numerous roles, including President of the Women of the Church, Circle leader, and Elder Emeritus. She also placed a high value on education and served on the Board of Visitors for Salem College and Davidson College and on the Board for Charlotte Country Day School.

In addition to countless other volunteer jobs, she also served as the President of the Charlotte Women’s Medical Auxiliary and the PTA at Charlotte Latin School. Betty also loved spending time with her family at their home in DeBordieu Colony, South Carolina.

Betty is survived by her children and their spouses: Brandon Boyd, Hunter and Johnny Murphy, Blythe and Andy Hughes, Gingie and Kurt Peterson, and Manly and Kim Boyd; her grandchildren: Matt and Jenny Chapman, Elizabeth and Brett Owen, Will and Meredith Chapman, Virginia and Mark Stormer, Chris and Celeste Chapman, Hope Peterson, Sarah Hughes, Alie Peterson, Jared Hughes, Annie B. Boyd, Basil Peterson and Basil Boyd; and her great-grandchildren: Trey, Cooper, Ellie Rose, Ashby Lee, Cullen, Callan, and Emmie. She is also survived by her brother, Harry Flynn Wolfe, Jr., and her sister-in-law Mrs. Corrine Boyd Hunter of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Teresa Anderson, Betty’s companion, care-taker and partner-in-crime, as well as the rest of the caring staff at the Stewart Health Center.

Betty is reunited with her husband, best friend and soul-mate, Dr. Basil Manly Boyd, Jr., who has been patiently waiting for her for 22 years and two days. He is ready with a cold rum and tonic in hand and a window with a view of their children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 3, 2017, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am, following a private interment. The family will receive friends in Oxford Hall following the memorial service.

Memorials may be made in Betty’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service is assisting the family of Mrs. Boyd.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 1, 2017.

John Henry Welborn ’49

John Henry Welborn, 89 of Weaver Drive, Lexington passed away Monday, March 27th at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday April 1st at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Lee Zehmer officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Welborn was born in Davidson County on April 8, 1927 to William Fowle Welborn and Bessie Lee Todd Welborn. He attended Davidson College, served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and then the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.

After coming home he received his pharmacist degree from the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was owner/operator of Lexington Drug Company.

John was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder. He was also one of the founding members of Sapona Country Club in Lexington.

His wife Janice McNeill Welborn preceded him in death on March 6, 2006. His brothers, William Fowle Welborn, Jr. and wife Geraldine Hobbs, Dr. James Todd Welborn and Samuel Gould Welborn and wife Marion Guerriero and brother-in-law, Hugh McNeill also preceded him in death.

Surviving are sons, John Henry Welborn, Jr. and wife Monica of Cary and Daniel McNair Welborn and wife Christina of Charlotte, grandchildren Hannah Welborn, Lucas Welborn, Caroline Welborn and Caden Welborn and sisters-in-law Peggy McNeill of Raleigh and Lillian Welborn of Lexington.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 586, Lexington, NC 27293 or the charity of donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

Copyright, 2017, The Dispatch, All Rights Reserved.

Richard Reaves Louthan ’71

Richard Reaves Louthan, 67, of Jupiter, Fla., passed away on Sunday, March 26, after a courageous battle against Benson’s syndrome.

Reaves was the son of Marilyn Reaves Louthan and the late Frank Garrett Louthan Jr. He was born in Richmond, Va. on August 8, 1949.

Reaves graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, received a Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Reaves married Noreen Frances O’Malley in New York prior to their returning to Richmond.

Prior to retiring in 2013, Reaves worked for Woodfin Oil for over 20 years. His personal and professional relationships with John, Jack and the many Woodfin associates were endearing to him.

Like his father and grandfather, Reaves was an active member and President of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, supporting numerous community projects and living the Kiwanis ideals.

He was active with Darden Alumni in the Richmond area and was a long-time manager for the First Presbyterian softball team.

Reaves is survived by his wife, Noreen; his children, son, Garrett Louthan (wife, Jennifer Louthan) and daughter, Molly Louthan; and grandchildren, Zoey and Ezra. He is also survived by his mother, Marilyn Reaves Louthan; and siblings, Frank Louthan, Lynn Slabaugh, Chip Louthan and Robert Louthan. Reaves loved golf and sports, and dancing, most of all.

There will be a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida, 3323 W. Commercial Boulevard, Suite 260, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309.

  © Copyright 2017, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

Charles W. Patterson III ’61

Charles W. Patterson, III passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Moses Cone Hospital. He was principal owner of Cp3-Philanthropy Consulting, from 2000-2013.

A service of remembrance celebrating his life will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Greensboro, where he was a member, at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends follow the service at the church.

Mr. Patterson worked in college development starting in 1968. He has had direct involvement in eight successful capital campaigns at both large public and small and large private instructions. His fund raising experiences have covered academic, athletic, and the arts, and he had extensive experience in fund raising over a 45 year career.

Mr. Patterson graduated from Davidson College in 1961, where he majored in Psychology. He then served in the United States Army for two years, being honorably discharged at a First Lieutenant.

He began his fund raising career at Meredith College in 1968 as Director of Planned Giving, where he started the planned giving program during the time of the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which first established charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds. He was also directly involved with Meredith’s first capital campaign. In 1971, he moved to the University of Richmond as Assistant to the President.

At Richmond, he established the University’s first planned giving program and played a key role in a $50 million campaign. While at the University, he was asked to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress during hearings regarding Tax Reform.

In 1974, Mr. Patterson was named Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, he provided leadership in all areas of Advancement, including responsibilities in fund raising, alumni relations, and university relations. It was during his tenure that UNCG completed its first-ever capital campaign during a period when public higher education was just beginning programs seeking private gift support.

From Greensboro, he moved to Wake Forest University to become Associate Athletic Director for Development where he led two major capital campaigns for athletic facilities and endowment. One of these campaigns included a co-operative effort with the City of Winston-Salem to build the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. In addition, he was extensively involved in university-wide capital campaigns.

In 1998, Patterson became Vice President for Advancement at Guilford College where he was asked to rescue a lagging campaign, which ended with 112% of goal.

Staff and advancement programs were built at Guilford as he again led a professional team in fund raising, college relations, and alumni relations. Patterson has written and lectured extensively during his career.

He was a long time member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and served on community chambers of commerce boards, rotary, and other church and civic organizations, including the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a principal of the Summer Development Workshop for over ten years. Patterson was the 2001 recipient of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors Fund Raiser of the Year recognition, the 2003 Guilford Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 recipient of the NC Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004 received the Greensboro, NC Mayor’s Certificate of Commendation for 37 years of advancement in Higher Education.

Those left to cherish his memory, include his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Patterson, of the home; daughter, Gray Boone and her husband, Dereck of Wilmington, NC; sons, Lee Patterson and his wife Heather of Fort Mill, SC and Jay Patterson of Hillsboro, NC; and seven grandchildren, Brandon Boone, Mia Boone, Charles Patterson, Cooper Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Myles Patterson, and Ella Patterson.

The family will receive friends following the service of remembrance at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Greensboro, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401 or Davidson College or Wake Forest University. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm St. Chapel has the honor of assisting the Patterson family.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Martha Daniel Newell

Martha Daniel Newell, died peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1921, she had celebrated her 95th birthday on August 26 with family and friends. She enjoyed excellent health for all of her life and was active and involved with others until the end.

Martha was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zack Fort Daniel; and the sister of Zack F. Daniel Jr. She was a graduate of Georgia College and State University, where in her senior year she was president of the student body and a member of “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” She was named by “Look” Magazine as one of the most beautiful college girls of 1942.

She was the widow of Samuel W. Newell, a much beloved Presbyterian minister first in Davidson, N.C. and then, in Richmond. Martha and Sam’s marriage was a true partnership and they shared many interests: music, books, sailing and travel. They were never happier than when they were at Drum Point, their river place on the Corrotoman River.

She is survived by three daughters and “the three best sons-in-law in Richmond”: Pattie and Mason Williams M.D., Scottie and Tom Slater, and Meg and John Gottwald; nine grandchildren, Carrington Williams III, Taylor Williams, Mary Mason Williams Foukal, Molly Brent Revere, Mason Brent, Sam Gottwald, James Gottwald, Chase Gottwald and Addie Gottwald; and 11 great-grandchildren, Maddie Williams, Grace Williams, Faye Williams, Eloise Revere, Teddy Revere, Mary McKee Williams, Kate Williams, Sam Williams, Jack Brent, Carrington Foukal and Elisabeth Gottwald.

Martha considered herself “just a piano player,” and not a musician. She had the rare talent of playing by ear any melody she heard, and she spent a lifetime filling her home with music and giving enjoyment to a host of people at fashion shows, receptions and holiday events.

Dismissed by her piano teacher when she was seven years old, she believed even at that age that she could make her music sound better than original compositions of the great composers (and she could!). Two of her grandsons, Mason Brent and Carrington Williams, made recordings of her personalized and improvised music, which are still enjoyed by her family and friends.

She was a prolific letter writer, penned with her beautiful and distinctive handwriting. She stayed in touch with friends through her newsy and entertaining letters. Martha was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and The Country Club of Virginia.

The highlight of her last few years was designing and sewing many beautiful outfits for her great-granddaughters’ American Girl dolls. She had two exhibitions at Cedarfield showcasing these couture creations. The Richmond Times-Dispatch did a feature article on this interesting hobby in 2015.

She often talked of what a blessed life she had lived and quoted from the Book of Proverbs: “my lines have fallen in pleasant places.”

She had a beautiful smile and a radiant, positive attitude, sharing joy, encouraging her family, and expressing appreciation wherever she went and making her world a better place for everyone.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 24, at 11 a.m., at River Road Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will follow at a later date at Christ Church in Irvington, where she will join her beloved husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 5 North 5th St., Richmond, Virginia 23219 or to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3407 Brook Rd., Richmond, Virginia 23227.

 

Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr. ’42

Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr., passed away peacefully Thursday evening, March 16, 2017, of natural causes

He was born December 8, 1921, the son of the late Maria B. and Lawrence H. Miller Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine “Jo” P. Miller; sons Lawrence H. Miller III (Rankin), David B. Miller (Mary Ty), a daughter Pat M. Baker (David), and four grandchildren: Joanna Miller, Sarah Miller, Brunson Miller, and Tyson Miller.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, M. Jean Miller, and a grandson, Lawton T. Miller.

Mr. Miller was educated in Florence. After attending The Citadel he graduated from Davidson College in 1942.

He joined the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and was a veteran of World War II. He met and married his wife Jo in 1950. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Mr. Miller was the owner and proprietor of Miller’s Bootery from 1945 until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Miller was highly respected and warmly spoken of in the shoe industry. His keen eye for fashion, and an amazing facility for total recall was much admired by many, along with his wit and gentle manner.

He was kind and benevolent with all who knew and worked with him, and was appreciated for providing fashion conscious women of the Pee Dee area with quality footwear and apparel for many decades.

Among his greatest joys was following and attending the ballet performances of daughter Patricia Miller, along with a life-long love of classical music and opera.

Mr. Miller was active in sports, but was perhaps best known as one of the early aficionados of Half Rubber a modified version of pickup baseball played mostly on the beaches of the Carolinas.

His love of the beach went all the way back to the early 50’s, when he purchased a vacation home in Garden City Beach to enjoy with his family. It was here, through the decades, that Mr. Miller was happiest, when, as “Project Manager,” he doled out assorted tasks for all his children and friends, keeping everyone active and involved.

In his later years, Mr. Miller stayed in excellent health via his vigorous indulgence in gardening and yardwork, typified by day long sessions of clipping and watering, thus serving to provide a therapeutic outlet all the way to the ripe old age of 95.

A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Waters-Powell Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, with an open visitation time with the family immediately following.

© Copyright 2017, Morning News, Florence, SC

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner ’56

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner, 82, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Frye Medical Center in Hickory. He resided in Hickory at the time of his passing.

He was born Sept. 24, 1934, to the late Russell Lee and Catherine Smith Bumgarner, in Hickory.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junine Tron Bumgarner; three children, Francis Keith Bumgarner and wife, Diane, Chris Tron Bumgarner and Leigh Ann Respess and husband, Mike.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was a long-time member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and taught Sunday school for many years.

He was a member of the LPDA (LePhare des Alpes) in Valdese. He attended Valdese High School, Davidson College, earned a BA in History at Lenoir-Rhyne in 1958, and a Masters in Education at the University of North Carolina in 1965.

He began a teaching and coaching career in Shelby, and was head football coach at Boyden High School in Salisbury. He moved on to an extended career in pharmaceutical sales and sales management with Ortho Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

He later founded and ran several small businesses, culminating with Omnidex Products, Inc., where he was CEO for many years until the time of his passing. The graveside service will be held at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at 3 p.m., in Pioneer Hall, also at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valdese Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 109 Main St. E, Valdese, NC 28690, 828-874-2531.

Online condolences and memories may be left at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Arrangements are made through Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese.

© Copyright 2017, The News Herald, Morganton, NC

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