Arthur S. Jenkins ’49

Dr.  Arthur S. Jenkins passed away peacefully on Friday, October 21st in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he and his beloved wife Frances lived since leaving their home in Beaufort in 2011.

Dr. Jenkins was born on November 1, 1928 in Kobe, Japan to Charles Rees Jenkins and Elizabeth Simons Jenkins during their missionary services in Japan in the 1920’s. After the family’s return to the U.S., Dr. Jenkins spent his childhood years in Littleton and Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He attended Davidson College for one year before being drafted into military service as a medic during the Korean War, where he continued to pursue his growing interest in medicine. After the war he completed his undergraduate degree at Davidson College before attending and graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1957.

He met his wife Frances while living in Columbia, SC where he was a medical resident at Columbia Hospital and she was a laboratory technician. The two were married in 1959 and moved to Beaufort, South Carolina in 1960, where they established a medical family practice, and raised a family of four boys as members of the First Presbyterian Church.

Other than medicine, Dr. Jenkins enjoyed many of the pleasures of the Lowcountry – pleasures including hunting, fishing, eating oysters, and growing prize-winning camellias.

Dr. Jenkins practiced Family Medicine in Beaufort for 48 years before retiring in 2008. In addition to his private practice and his years of service at Beaufort Memorial, he also provided cared for many patients at Bay View Nursing Home.

As life would have it, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which finally led to his retirement from medicine and his departure from the Lowcountry so that he and his wife could be closer to the assistance of their children in North Carolina.

His disability required that he be cared for in an assisted living community, where he was admired by the staff for his sharp mind, and adored for his brilliant smile. He frequently provided advice and counseling to his clinical care team members, and would assist some with strengthening their medical knowledge in preparation for their advanced studies.

He loved to share stories of his early years practicing medicine in Beaufort. He would lovingly brag about the more than 500 children he delivered in those early years when family practitioners had to fulfill many roles now performed by specialists.

He was also deeply honored and proud to have the Arthur S. Jenkins Medical Plaza dedicated in his name.

Dr. Jenkins was preceded in death by his wife Frances, and his brother Rees Jenkins.

He is survived by his sister Beth DeVane, and his four sons, and six grandsons: Arthur Jr. and Celia Jenkins of Sierra Vista, AZ and their two sons Sean and Cody; Charles and Sheila Jenkins of Cary, NC and their two sons Chase and Parker; Wade and Karen Jenkins of Charlotte NC and their son Matthew; John and Sandy Jenkins of Durham, NC and their son John Jr.

A memorial service for Dr. Jenkins will be held in the main sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m., with a reception afterwards at the fellowship hall across the street.

There will not be a graveside burial ceremony, but flowers may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church for the memorial service.

Donations may also be made in his memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Visit our guestbook at Charleston

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Edward Ross Testerman ’50

testermanEdward Ross Testerman of Rogersville, born February 18, 1927, passed away October 18, 2016 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport.

He was a life long resident of Rogersville until May 2016 when he moved to Baysmont in Kingsport.

He graduated from Rogersville High School as salutatorian, attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Commerce.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World II.

He was co-owner of Testerman Motor Company for 54 years.  He served as Rogersville City Alderman and Hawkins County CommisSioner.

He was chairman of the Hawkins County Blood Drive during the Korean War. He was chairman of the Hawkins County Draft Board during the 1960’s, past president of the Kiwanis Club, and vice president of the Rogersville Heritage Association.

He was a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher and trustee of Rogersville Presbyterian Church.  He was chairman of the board of trustees at McKinney Cemetery.  Mr. Testerman was a past member of the Inner Church Council.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Frank Testerman and Katherine Murrell Testerman; infant daughter, Helen Testerman; daughter, Mary Margaret Testerman DuVoisin; brother, J. Frank Testerman, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen Hord Testerman; son, Edward Ross Testerman, Jr. and wife, Jane of Staunton, VA; grandson, Edward Ross Testerman, III and wife, Railey; great-granddaughter, Claiborne “Clay” Testerman all of Charlottesville, VA; grandson, John Mills Testerman of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, Carolyn H. Testerman of Rogersville; special friends, Alice Wright Hale and Karen Brooks of Rogersville; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation hours will be 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Rogersville Presbyterian Church.

Funeral service will be conducted 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Rogersville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rodney Norris officiating.  Burial will follow in McKinney Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Rogersville Presbyterian Church, 309 W. Kyle St., Rogersville, TN 37857

Online condolences may be made at

Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville is honored to serve the Testerman family.

A.W. Franklin Bloodworth ’57

Albert William Franklin Bloodworth, age 81, died on October 16th, 2016 of natural causes. Franklin, as he was known, was the second son born of James Morgan Bartow Bloodworth, Sr. and Elizabeth Dimmock Bloodworth on September 23, 1935, in Atlanta.

A proud graduate of Davidson College, Mr. Bloodworth served for two years in the Army and a year in the Davidson alumni office before attending the University of Georgia School of Law where he graduated number one in his class.

He first practiced law at the firm of Hansel, Post, Brandon and Dorsey and later with partners John Nix and Laurin McSwain focusing on wills, trusts and the administration of estates. As a result, he read obituaries, like this one, religiously.

As their mothers were in the same “church circle” and because they were both single, tall and Presbyterian, Mr. Bloodworth and his future wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Howell, were urged to go on a blind date. When Mr. Bloodworth called to initiate the date he started the conversation famously with the line, “Let’s get this over with.” The couple married in 1967.

Mr. Bloodworth was a member of the Capital City Club where he consumed more than his fair share of buttery saltines. And one would be remiss not to mention his deep and abiding love of dessert in general and ice cream in particular.

He was a man of faith and an active member of both North Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Big Canoe Chapel where he served in various roles including elder, trustee, usher, MC, amateur audio engineer, and unofficial service timer.

Mr. Bloodworth is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth, as well as many nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his wife Liz and his brother James Morgan Bartow Bloodworth, Jr.

The family would like to thank those who assisted in providing Mr. Bloodworth’s care in later years: Dawn Wilson, Hillary Williams, Irma Hardimon, and Geraldine Felton as well as the staff of Brighton Gardens of Buckhead.

A memorial service will be held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street, Saturday, November 5th at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thornwell Home for Children (

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William “Bill” Marion Moss

William Marion Moss, beloved father, husband, brother, and teacher, died October 10 at Forsyth Medical Center.

The son of William Marion and Susan Chappell Moss, he was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on September 28, 1940. When he was nine, his family moved to Macon, Georgia, where he graduated from Lanier High School. At Davidson College, he studied chemistry, philosophy, and classics but ultimately majored in English literature.

From 1963 to 1965, Bill served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander with the 69th Armor, 25th Infantry Division, stationed primarily at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

He completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1971 began teaching English at Wake Forest. He read and studied, taught and wrote about American literature, particularly the work of Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Twain, and Faulkner, for more than forty years.

A sign on his door in Tribble Hall expressed the bond between who he was and what he taught: “American by birth, Romantic by temperament, Southern by the grace of God.”

With a passion for travel that matched his passion for teaching, he pursued projects that married the two. He was involved in founding the Irish Poetry Series of Wake Forest University Press and co-led January-term study trips to Ireland.

Through a friendship with visiting Chinese scholar He Xiang-lin, Bill began to study Chinese language and literature; he spent the fall of 1989 as a visiting professor at Guangxi Foreign Studies University in Guilin and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1992-1993.

He also directed the Wake Forest Program in Japan at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in 2001 and taught American literature at Kansai Gaidai in 2006. Even more important to him than his work, however, was his family.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Elisabeth Stephens; by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan Moss and Miho Kurosawa of Winston-Salem and Cullen and Madison Weidberg Moss of Wilmington; and by two daughters, Beatrice Moss of Durham and Cora Moss of Winston-Salem. He also has five treasured grandchildren, Dixon, Emi, Roi, Louie, and Emmett.

His precious family includes his sister, Sue Moss Coggins of Macon, Georgia, and the beloved brother-in-law who preceded him in death, Wilbur Coggins; nephew Bill Coggins of Beaufort, SC, his wife Mari Flowers and son John Warren Flowers; and goddaughter and niece Chappell Coggins Traynham of Macon, her husband Jay Traynham and children Eleanor and Thomas Traynham.

He is also survived by his first wife, Deanna Carlisle Moss of Winston-Salem, and too many friends, from too many different phases of his life, to list here.

A true renaissance man, Bill blended learning and action in his life. His passions were many and diverse, from literature, theater, and art, to gardening, woodworking, hiking, and college basketball. Sharing his enthusiasms freely, he transformed the lives of family and students.

His family suggests that gifts in his memory might be made to Davidson College, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, or Piedmont Land Conservancy.

Bill’s family thanks the Oncology Specialists at Novant Health, especially the team of Dr. Eun-mi Yu and Donna Nagy, for their knowledgeable and compassionate care during his illness.

A remembrance and celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Tanglewood Park on October 24.

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Harwood Curry, Jr. ’02

harwood-curryPeter Harwood Curry, Jr. 37, departed peacefully in the company of his family and friends on October 7, 2016. He was born June 3rd, 1979 in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1998.

A graduate of Davidson College, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and majored in his life’s passion-philosophy. Following his graduation from Davidson College, he taught English in Qingdao, China and then returned home to Nashville to begin a small business career.

A unique individual in every sense of the word, he had an endless wealth of humor, intellectual curiosity, imagination, and generosity. He embraced all the opportunities that life afforded to him. He fought cancer for seven years with all his heart and spirit, giving his family and friends more time than anyone thought possible.

Through it all, he never lost his sense of optimism or his wit. His concern at all times was the well-being and comfort of others, especially those he loved the most.

He is survived by his husband of five years Zachary Adams Mayo (Zac); parents, Patsy and Peter Curry; sister, Page and brother-in-law Kipp Kranbuhl; parents-in-law, Lisa and Mark Mayo; sisters-in-law, Carmen Smith (Drew) and Rachel Ellen (Hunter); and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Emily Chan and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the Peter Harwood Curry Jr. Colon Cancer Research Fund at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Checks can be made out to the University of Illinois Foundation, add “Curry” in memo line, and send to: University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 302, Chicago IL, 60608. Attn. Stephanie Carani.

Visitation with the family will be held 4:00-6:00 PM Friday October 14, 2016 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike Nashville, Tennessee, 37205. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Angus Murdoch McBryde, Jr. ’59

Angus Murdoch McBryde, Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2016. Born in Durham, North Carolina on February 24, 1937, he was the oldest child of Dr. Angus Murdoch McBryde, Sr. and Priscilla Gregory McBryde.

Dr. McBryde received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College where he excelled in both academics and sports. His love and support of Davidson continued throughout his lifetime whether as team physician, Board of Trustees member or general support of Wildcat activities.

As a runner, he held numerous records, including being named the 1958 Southern Conference Mile Champion and served as captain of both cross country and track teams. Dr. McBryde was subsequently inducted into the Davidson College Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

After Davidson, Dr. McBryde went to Duke Medical School and soon discovered medicine was his true calling as it was for his father, a Durham pediatrician and member of the original faculty at Duke Medical School. At Duke, he was Senior Class President and also served as National Vice President of the Student American Medical Association.

After medical school, Dr. McBryde conducted his internship and residency in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then spent the following two years in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer on the U.S.S. St. Paul and at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego during the Vietnam War.

Dr. McBryde then went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at Duke in the ensuing years and in 1971 was appointed Clinical Assistance Professor of Orthopaedics at Duke and later that year joined the orthopaedic teaching program at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center).

Dr. McBryde, in his long and distinguished medical career that followed, earned numerous accolades and awards, including Alabama Sports Person of the Year, 2012 Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist and 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of Duke Medical School. Dr. McBryde led as Chair of the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery for the University of South Alabama at Mobile and the University of South Carolina in Charleston.

He was team doctor for the Gamecocks in Columbia and served as medical director for the USC athletic department. While in Birmingham he was team doctor for Alabama, Auburn and Troy. He also directed the Ankle and Foot Fellowship Program at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL where he practiced at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

He co-founded and was president of the Southern Orthopaedic Association and president of the Southern Medical Association. He was currently serving as chairman of the Senior Physician Section of the AMA.

He enjoyed serving in other leadership positions in his specialty field. He also served on 11 editorial boards and published more than 70 scholarly publications including 2 books.

A noted academician and skilled surgeon with nationally-recognized expertise in sports medicine, Dr. McBryde served as team physician for the World Games in Yugoslavia in 1987 and for the U.S. National Team for both the Seoul and Atlanta summer Olympics.

Dr. McBryde’s love of medicine was constantly on display in the extraordinary and generous care he showed his patients and all those in need of orthopaedic advice over the length of his career.

Dr. McBryde took the adage, “Time waits for no man,” to heart, living each day of his life quite literally to its fullest. Angus was a loving husband, father and friend and will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Dr. McBryde is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Kay McBryde of Columbia, South Carolina; his sister Read M. Spence and her husband Jim of Greensboro, NC and his brother Neill G. McBryde and his wife Peggy of Charlotte, NC; children of his first marriage to Jane Rostan McBryde: sons, Angus M. McBryde III and his wife Margaret of Charlotte, NC and Dr. JP McBryde and his wife Karen of Abu Dhabi, UAE; daughters, Dr. Holly McBryde Mason and her husband Dr. John Mason of Charlottesville, VA and Mary McBryde and her husband George Newcomb of Norwich, VT; ten grandchildren: Grace McBryde, Jane McBryde, Lea McBryde, Rostan McBryde, Gillie McBryde, John Mason, Mary Holland Mason, Mac Mason, Maddie Newcomb, and Angus Newcomb; the children and grandchildren of Kay McBryde who he embraced, Mary Beth O’Briant and Sam of John’s Creek, GA and their children John, Will and Charlie; Peter Joseph Brennan, Jr. of Charlotte, NC and his children Kelli and Britani; Catherine Parker Brennan of Charleston, SC and her children Parker and Vann; and Anna Kelly Brennan of Birmingham, AL and her children Elizabeth and Jacob. In addition, Dr. McBryde leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who loved him greatly.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Dr. McBryde’s life in Charlotte, NC at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Visitation for family and close friends will be held at 6PM on Monday, October 10 at 6-8PM at the home of his son Angus McBryde III, 1932 Dilworth Rd. West, Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Davidson College for The McBryde Family Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or to the Southern Orthopaedic Association for the Angus M. McBryde, JR MD Memorial Fund c/o Chuck Freitag 110 West Rd. Ste.227 Towson MD 21204.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2016

Lawton Wallace Posey ’57

The Rev. Mr. Lawton Wallace Posey, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, of a stroke at the age of 81.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, July 29, 1935, he was the only child of John J. and Margaret W. Posey. He was named for St. John Alison Lawton, the owner of James Island, S.C., dairy farm where Posey’s father was a managerial employee.

Rev. Posey attended schools in Charleston County, graduating from North Charleston High School. He attended Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. and graduated in 1957 with an A.B. degree in psychology. He received the degree of Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1960. He also attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, specializing in hearing impairment.

Ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, US (now Presbyterian Church, USA) in August, 1960, he served congregations in Virginia and West Virginia. His West Virginia pastorates were at First Presbyterian Church, Welch, and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Included in his thirty nine years of pastoral service was a twelve year employment at St. Francis Hospital as a Chaplain. He was a board certified Chaplain and a Fellow of the Academy of Parish Clergy.

During his early years in Charleston, he served the Presbytery of West Virginia as a pastoral minister to church professionals. During the early years of Kanawha Hospice Care, he was President for a term and served as chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. Posey assisted in the development of lay ministry programs, and was mentor and tutor to lay and ordained ministers in the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church.

As a seminary student he began writing for publication. This work continued for nearly five decades, as he composed essays and feature articles for many religion related magazines, local newspapers and specialty magazines. He once said “there is no money in it, but lots of fun.”

In retirement, he was guest minister in a number of churches in West Virginia, including not only service to Presbyterian Congregations, but to Lutheran Churches. As an organist and pianist, Lawton gave musical service in Presbyterian congregations despite his lifelong hearing impairment.

His interests included reading history and biography, and exploration of transportation history, planes, trains and cars. In his later years, his hearing failed him, and a cochlear implant enabled him to hear electronically with great satisfaction.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Bridget Louise Maloney Posey, whom he married in 2000. He was previously married to Patricia Ann Maine, mother of their two children, Ann Posey-Herring of Fort Pierce, Fla. and Bryson Reed Posey of Charleston, W.Va. His granddaughter, (daughter of Anne and Marshall Herring) Chloe Herring, is a graduate of University of Fla. in Gainesville. He married Pamela Dawyn Ranson Umberger in 1987. She died after a long illness in 1999.

He also leaves his beloved cousin, Katherine Wallace Seabrook and her husband, William J. Seabrook of John’s Island, S.C.; and many friends and associates.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee Street West, Charleston, with the Very Reverend Kent Higgins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to send a special thank you to his special caregivers, Belinda Lawrence, Rene Hughes, Diane McNeely, Teresa Harrington, Samantha Harmon, Amber Bailey and Rosalie Elkins, for the wonderful care and compassion that was given to Rev. Posey and his family during his illness.

John McNeely Dunlap, Jr. ’48

John McNeely Dunlap, Jr., 92, passed away Friday, September 30, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels. Born in Charlotte, he was the son of the late John McNeely Dunlap and Emily Mason Dunlap.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1943-1945. At the end of his enlistment, he attended Davidson College and then UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his master’s degree in English Literature.

After retiring from North Carolina National Bank, he enjoyed hiking in the mountains. A lifelong avid reader, John was quite the history buff. He made others laugh with his one-liners and wry observations.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife of 16 years, Nancy Ledbetter Dunlap; brother Mason Morris Dunlap; and his granddaughter, Holly Clark.

He is survived by his daughters, Louise Grose and husband Neal of Harmony, NC and Nancy Clark and husband Ed of Greensboro, NC; son, John Lewis “Jack”Dunlap of Charlotte, NC; grandsons, Josh Clark of Key West, FL, David Grose and John Joseph “J.J.” Grose both of Harmony, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC with Chaplain George Bridges of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Abernethy Laurels in Newton on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 3 p.m.with the Rev. Susan Roddy officiating.

Memorials may be made to InReach, Inc., 4530 Park Road Ste. 300, Charlotte, NC 28209.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC for their true friendship and care of John over many years.

Condolences may be made to the Dunlap family at

Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Dunlap family.

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H. Bruce Fisher ’45

bruce-fisherBruce Fisher was born in Corner Brook Newfoundland and moved to Clearwater, Florida, while still in grade school.

The family attended Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church and the youth minister influenced Bruce so deeply that he decided to go into the ministry himself.

After high school, Bruce attended Davidson College and then Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. There he met Dorothy Edine “Dean” Bock, the young woman who would become his wife, best friend and life partner. Bruce and Dean served churches in South Carolina, West Virginia and Texas.

After retiring, Bruce continued to serve churches as interim minister in West Virginia and Texas. Preaching was Bruce’s passion and it showed. He had the ability to present the gospel with a modern day relevance that was poignant, hopeful, heartfelt and most certainly inspired by God.

Through the years Bruce watched with great joy as his family grew, first with three daughters, then with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The people whose lives Bruce touched and changed for the better are too numerous to count. He was humble in the true sense of the word. He was a true gentleman, a gentle man. He was one of the most Christlike Christians to ever grace this earth and he will be remembered always.

One final note, the family learned that Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, the place Bruce helped found back in 1963, wants to honor him by creating a memorial garden on the grounds in his memory. It warmed our hearts beyond measure.

If you like, please send memorial contributions to: The Reverend Bruce Fisher Memorial Garden Fund, Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood, Houston TX 77025.

Other places close to Bruce’s heart include: St. Philip Presbyterian Church,; 4807 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77056; Montreat,; PO Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757. Saturday, October 22, 2016; A Day-long Celebration of a Life Well Lived!

PALS: Morning Reception, 8:30 am-10:00 am; Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

PRAYERS: Memorial Service and Reception, 11:00 am-1:30 pm; St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

PARTIES: Afternoon Celebration, 4:00 – 8:00; Details available by request and at the Pals and Prayers gatherings; Dress: Casual

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John Coleman Thompson ’51

john-thompsonJohn Coleman Thompson, 86, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Conway Manor after a short illness.

He was born June 27, 1930, in Mullins, South Carolina, a son of the late Donna Coleman and Frank Austin Thompson.

John graduated from Conway High School in 1947. Four years later he received an A.B. Degree from Davidson College. From June, 1951 through June, 1954, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army  Counter Intelligence Corps after which he entered the University of South Carolina Law School in September, 1954, graduating with an L.L.B. Degree in September, 1956.

Mr. Thompson Married Barbara Richardson in July, 1957, and they resided in Conway until his death. From 1956 until 1998 he practiced law in Conway organizing the Thompson and Henry Law Firm which maintains an office in Conway.

During this time, he was a member of the Horry South Carolina Bar, and American Bar Association and was President of the Horry County Bar Association.

Among his many public and civic duties, he served as a member of the House of Representatives of the South Carolina Legislature from 1961 through 1963.

Also, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority from 1968 through 1976, serving as chairman in 1975 and 1976.

He also served as a director of the former Peoples National Bank, and the Conway National Bank. He was a charter Member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of 59 years, his sister-in-law, Frankie Hughes and her husband Jay; his nephew Phil Thompson and his wife Pat; Frank Edwards and his wife Vicky Edwards, and Richard Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn T. Edwards, Sara T. Finlayson and a brother Philip A. Thompson.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 26, 2016 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Reverend Reginald Thackston and Reverend Murray Gibbons officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to the Horry County Memorial Library, 801 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526, or to a charity of one’s choice. Goldfinch Funeral Home Conway Chapel is serving the family.

Published in The Sun News on Sept. 25, 2016

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