Charles Norvel Childers ’50

charles-childersCharles Childers passed away on November 26, 2016 at the age of 89. He was a resident of the Cypress of Charlotte at the time of his death.

He was born on September 21, 1927 in Lenoir, NC to Charlie and Janie Childers. He married Sarah “Susie” Miller Matthews in June of 1953.

Chuck graduated from Davidson College in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the US Army and served as a platoon leader and company commander during the Korean War. He was particularly proud to have served in the first racially integrated combat regiment.

Transferring to the Signal Corps in 1955, he served in various assignments all over the world including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the British Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

He also earned a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Alabama. He retired in 1977 as Colonel and worked in private industry for another 15 years, first at Digital Equipment Corporation and then the United States Telephone Association.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Lee Austin Childers, and his son, Charles Matthews Childers. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Susie, his daughter Elizabeth Childers Smith, his son-in-law, Richard Smith, grandchildren Michael, Zachary, Noah, Rachel, and great grand-daughter Hayden.

In his later years, he spent his winters in Florida and summers in the mountains of NC where he grew up. He loved golf, listening to baseball on the radio, and a good martini. He hated yardwork and lima beans. He and Susie moved to the Cypress of Charlotte in 2011.

The family wishes to express special appreciation to the entire staff of the Stewart Health Center for their loving care, especially to Misty, Barsia and Aida.

A service to celebrate Chuck’s life will be held at McEwen Funeral Home (10500 Park Road, Charlotte) on December 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the Club House at Cypress of Charlotte at 5:00 pm following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in Chuck’s name. Private interment with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

On-line condolences may be placed at

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 4, 2016


Hugh Alan Baskin ’70

photo_hughDr. Hugh A. Baskin, 68, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Hugh was born on December 3, 1947 in Denver, CO to Jack and Lela Baskin.

He was the middle of three children. His parents instilled in him the values of honesty, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, patience and kindness.

Much of his childhood was spent helping out on the family farm. When the chores were done, Hugh could be found reading, throwing the football or riding his pony Corky to school.

After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina. He sang in the men’s chorus and spent a year studying in Southern France.

He truly valued the liberal arts education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1970. Hugh then attended University of Colorado for medical school, graduating in 1974.

Hugh met Patricia Sheahan of Oak Park, IL on a blind date set up by mutual friends. They were married in Westminster, CO on June 1st, 1974 then relocated to Tucson, AZ for Hugh’s residency in pediatrics.

After visiting the Pacific NW they fell in love with the area and settled in Salem, OR, where he began his career at Salem Pediatric Clinic in 1977.

Dr. Baskin dedicated his career to caring for children and families. His calm demeanor, endless patience and kind heart were qualities that guided him through 37 years of practice. He taught the importance of honesty and service to others by example.

He spent over four years on the board at Salem Hospital, and was head of the medical staff for a year. Despite putting in long hours at work, Hugh was a dedicated husband and father to his two children.

In recent years he was able to enjoy time with his three grandchildren. Dr. Baskin valued a lifetime of education; he was an avid reader, and read both for work and pleasure.

He appreciated music, visits to art and history museums, and was fluent in French and Spanish. He loved the outdoors and travelling. Camping, hiking, and running were frequent activities, and he participated in many Hood to Coast relays.

His greatest adventure was hiking the Camino de Santiago with his wife in 2014, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. The following year they walked the Chemain Jacques, a 200 mile trek through southern France.

Hugh is survived by his wife Patty of 42 years, his son Colin Baskin and wife Jennifer Alexander, his daughter Megan Weathers and husband Sam, grand-daughter Anna (8 years), and grandsons Cormac and Emmett (1 year).

Also surviving are his older sister Mary Lee Moneypenny and husband Robert, his younger brother Joseph Baskin and wife Dee, and nieces René, Kedryn, Cameryn, and Kyna.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Family Building Blocks at



Thomas Arthur Galbreath, Jr. ’41

thomas-galbreathThomas Arthur Galbreath, Jr. died Thursday, November 24, 2016.

He was born May 21, 1920 in Greenville, N. C. He was the son of Thomas Arthur and Amine King Galbreath. Tom was a graduate of Davidson College.

He began his career in banking with The Commercial Bank, now Wells Fargo. He was employed with J. P. Taylor – Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. for thirty five years.

Upon retirement he joined his wife Margaret, in managing the Coral Bay Club, at Atlantic Beach.

Following their retirement they lived in Kinston. Tom loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a life time member of Queen Street Methodist Church, where he was an active member.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Margaret, and brother-in-law Philip E. Edwards.

He is survived by his sister Amine G. Edwards of Rocky Mount and nieces Amine E. Morgan (John), and Ruth E. Nicholson (Paul) and step children Jess Roper McLamb (Gene), Liza Roper, and Thomas J. Roper (Sue), and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at Westview Cemetery. A memorial service will be Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Queen Street United Methodist Church.

Reception immediately following at The Kinston Country Club, 1501 Country Club Dr. Memorials may be made to Queen Street Methodist Church, 500 N. Queen Street, Kinston, N.C. 28501, or a a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Edwards Funeral Home.

Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 27, 2016

Nathaniel “Nathan” Brennan Godwin ’13

nathan-godwinNathaniel “Nathan” Brennan Godwin, 25, of Huntersville died November 23, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center.

He was born on August 4, 1991 in Mecklenburg County. He graduated from SouthLake Christian Academy and Davidson College.

Nathan was a strong believer in Jesus, full of the love of God, who always put others before himself.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Bender Godwin; parents, Buddy and Karen Godwin; brothers, Kendall, Brian and Adam; and grandparents, Gus and Marie Godwin and K.D. Clarke.

A visitation will be from 6-8 PM Wednesday, November 30 at James Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM Thursday, December 1 at James Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Northlake Memorial Gardens.

Memorials and memories may be shared at

James Funeral Home is serving the family.

Ward Landis “Lanny” Voigt ’59

lanny-voigtDr. Ward Landis Voigt, MD, FACS, 79, of 301 Queen Anne Drive, Edenton, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Dr. Voigt was born in Jackson, Mississippi on March 27, 1937, and was the son of the late Ward Furman Voigt and Carol Landis Voigt. Early in his life his parents moved to Greensboro, N.C. where they made their home and raised their family.

An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he attained the rank of Major and performed surgery on the wounded. Dr. Voigt moved to Edenton in 1972 and for ten years was the only surgeon serving at Chowan Hospital.

A partner in Chowan Medical Center, he had been a member of the General Surgeons Association and the American College of Surgeons.

After retirement in July of 2000, he and his wife twice went to Africa with World Medical Mission, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, where he performed surgery on the mission field. He was a member and deacon of Edenton Baptist Church and its Lloyd Griffin Sunday School Class.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ingram “Betsy” Voigt.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Gloria Evans Voigt; his children, Carol Voigt Marriott and husband John, and James Ingram Voigt and wife Rachel, both of Wilmington; and his brother, Robert C. Voigt of Wake Forest.

Also surviving are Gloria’s children, Donna Taylor Hill and husband Ken of Youngsville, and F. Treavis Taylor, Jr. and wife Traci of Asheville. Together Gloria and Landis share six grandchildren, Taylor B. Hill, Haley E. Hill, Lauren A. Voigt, D. Landis Voigt, Carson Marriott, and Clark T. Marriott.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Edenton Baptist Church and will be conducted by the Rev. David Brooks and Dr. Jesse Croom. Burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery. Friends may join the family Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, or in the social hall of the church following the service on Saturday, or all other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial fund of Edenton Baptist Church, 200 S. Granville Street, Edenton, NC 27932, or to World Medical Mission, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the medical staff and caregivers who recently provided wonderful and devoted care to their loved one.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Carl William Knobloch, Jr.

carl-knoblochCarl W. Knobloch, Jr. of Wilson, Wyoming and Atlanta, Georgia died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 22nd.

Born April 16, 1930 to Lily Louise Smith and Carl William Knobloch, Sr., he grew up on a farm in Stamford, Connecticut where he learned the value of hard work and to adore the great outdoors.

Carl graduated from the Hill School, Yale College and the Harvard Business School where he was a George Fisher Baker Scholar. At Yale, he captained the fencing team, was the Intercollegiate Sabre Champion and an All-American.

From fencing, he learned “extreme focus, control and precision. These skills make for both a meaningful athletic career and a productive life.” He was always grateful for his Coach “Papa” Grasson.

He was devoted to business, the great outdoors and his family. Carl loved adventure and was guided by an entrepreneurial spirit. He initiated his first business ventures on the farm.

After graduating from Harvard Business School, he started Central Africa’s first drive-in movie theater and Rhodesia Chemical Corporation in present-day Zimbabwe.

Carl sold those businesses and returned to New York where he worked as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers and then Kidder Peabody. He had the greatest admiration for his boss, the late Albert Gordon, Chairman of Kidder Peabody.

In 1957, Carl met and married Emily Champion, his beloved partner in life. Initially, these two Connecticut Yankees settled in New York City.

In 1961, Carl went to run a bankrupt company building small rural homes in the South that he and his friends had invested in based out of Jacksonville, Florida. He had found his calling in work, investing and turning around businesses.

He then led companies in finance, real estate and oilfield services and production including US Finance, GAMI and Production Operators and was Chairman of Automated Logic and Rhodes Furniture.

In all these businesses, he always believed that employees should be equity owners so all prospered together. He was a Director of numerous companies including General Instrument Corporation.

Carl loved the outdoors, initially on the farm, then hunting and fishing as a child in New England and as an adult all over the world. He learned taxidermy, preserving butterflies and birds, mentored by a friend who worked at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His love of fly-fishing led him to start tying his own flies, many of which were sold to Abercrombie & Fitch.

His family thought he would someday become a curator of a natural history museum. Hard work in the yard most weekends was a favorite way to be outdoors later in life as well as taking his three girls on outdoor adventures.

He has given back in so many ways including as Director and Treasurer of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, Shepherd Spinal Center, Georgia Girl Scouts Council and the National Council of Better Business Bureaus; Chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia, Reagan’s election committee in Georgia, and Director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

He was grateful for all that God had given him and he formed a foundation dedicated solely to preserving land and wild spaces for animals and to valuing our natural resources.

At the American Museum of Natural History, where he spent many happy hours as a boy, Theodore Roosevelt’s words inspired him and summarized well his mission with the Knobloch Family Foundation, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets, which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired, in value.”

He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years Emily, dear barking Knobby, brother Bill Knobloch (Audrey) and sister Sylvia Brown, his three daughters Carla Knobloch, Emily Knobloch (Robert Berlin) and Eleanor Knobloch Ratchford (Tom) and his two devoted grandsons Joseph Thomas Ratchford III and James William Ratchford.

He is also survived by Stevens Sharkey, a nephew who was a son to him, as well as eight nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please give to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service and celebration of Carl’s life will be held on Monday, November 28th at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. A private burial at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut will be held at a later date.

Jack Paul Etheridge ’49

judge-jack-etheridge-241x300Jack Paul Etheridge, Sr., age 89, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2016, at his home after a brief battle with cancer.

There will be a memorial service at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Scott Weimer will officiate.

Judge Etheridge was born on March 16, 1927, in Atlanta, the son of Jessie Shepherd Brown and Anton Lee “Jack” Etheridge. He grew up on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, and attended The Darlington School, Davidson College, and The Emory University School of Law. Eager to serve in World War II, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and was deployed to the Pacific on a tanker; later, during the Korean War, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army.

Following the war, Dr. Vernon Broyles of North Avenue Presbyterian Church assisted Judge Etheridge in arranging a year in Germany during which he helped resettle war refugees. It was on the ship to Germany that he met the love of his life, Ursula Schlatter, who was traveling back to her homeland, Switzerland.

He courted her during his year in Europe and, once back in Atlanta, proposed to her after first composing a letter in Latin to Ursula’s father, a Protestant minister in Zurich, asking for his consent. She came to America in 1952 to marry Jack in the chapel of North Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Jack is survived by Ursula and their three children, Jack, Jr., Jack’s wife Joyce, and their children, Alison and Jessie and great-granddaughter Adelaide; daughter Margaret and her children Christina, Nick, and Meredith; and daughter Liz, her husband Steven, and their children Teagan and Molly.

He is also survived by his twin brother Robert Charles Etheridge, a former missionary for the Presbyterian Church, and Robert’s wife, Mary Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his sister Jessie Etheridge Summers, and is survived by Jessie’s husband Carl of Auburn, Alabama.

Judge Etheridge was a law clerk to The Honorable Frank Hooper, U.S. District Court, and The Honorable Ralph Pharr, Fulton County Superior Court. He practiced law with the firm of Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers, McClatchey, and Regenstein before opening his own firm, Huie and Etheridge, with his dear friend W. Stell Huie.

During the 1960s, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives. He then followed in the footsteps of his beloved father, Judge A. L. Etheridge, by becoming a Fulton County Superior Court Judge.

Following his ten-year career on the bench, the Judge embarked on a teaching career, including serving on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada; as Associate Dean of the Emory University School of Law; as professor in the College of Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina; as an instructor at The Phillips Exeter Academy; and at The University of the Witwatersrand School of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He was also a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics where he worked to develop a system of mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. The Judge was the founding Chairman of the Board of The Justice Center of Atlanta, which continues to offer mediation services and mediator training, and he opened the Atlanta office of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS).

He is the author of the book, Getting to the Table, A Primer for Lawyers on Mediation Skills. In recent years, Judge Etheridge served as Special Master in several national class action lawsuits, including defective construction products and asbestos litigation.

Inspired by the example set by his beloved father, Judge Etheridge enjoyed serving his community and opening doors for others. He was a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club; a past president of the Atlanta Bar Association; and Chairman of the National Conference of State Trial Judges. He served on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College and of Atlanta University.

He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fuqua Industries, Inc., Initiatives for Change based in Caux, Switzerland, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jack’s hobbies included golf and flying planes when he was younger, and cooking classes and extensive international travel in later years. On weekends, he retreated to the family’s cabin on Lake Burton where he enjoyed reading, tending to his woodpile, and hiking with his grandchildren.

Throughout his life, he loved books, learning, classical music and opera. He especially enjoyed Thursday nights at the Atlanta Symphony with Ursula.

Please express condolences for the family in the comments section below. The Etheridge family is being cared for by Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services, Acworth, Georgia.

John Cole Hatcher ’60

John Cole Hatcher, 78, passed away peacefully at Novant Presbyterian Hospital on November 14, 2016. He was born July 25, 1938, at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte to the late Rueben and Jean Cole Hatcher.

He graduated McCallie School in 1956, attended Davidson College and graduated from North Carolina State University with an Industrial Engineering Degree.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne-Scott Hatcher; his grandchildren, Grace Anne Fabyan and Cole Salem Fabyan and their father, Barry Fabyan; first cousins, Jean Hovis Henderson and family; Betsy Culp Boyer and family; and Benjamin Culp and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Anne Suber Hatcher. John Cole Hatcher loved fiercely and was fiercely loved.

He treasured every single adventure with his fishing buddies, cherished his personal and professional families and truly appreciated each tenant and vendor. His legacy lives in the wisdom and wit he shared with all who came to him for advice.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home, 7525 Valleybrook Road, Charlotte, NC 28270.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, with Reverend Frank O’Rourke, Celebrant.

Inurnment in the church columbarium will follow. There will be a reception for friends in the Fellowship Hall after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels, Inc. at Harry & Bryant is serving the family.

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Felix Woodson Sibley, Jr. ’58

felix-sibley-58Dr. Felix Woodson Sibley, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. A visitation will be at the Sibley’s home at 216 North Dawson Street in Thomasville, on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, also in Thomasville, with a reception following in the parish hall.

Dr. Sibley was born in Atlanta, on May 23, 1936. His parents, both deceased, were Dr. Felix Woodson Sibley and Mary Lou Cranford, of Atlanta. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Sibley graduated from Emory University Dental School after being an undergraduate at Davidson College.

He served as a captain in the United States Army as a dentist stationed at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Upon the death of his father, he returned to Atlanta to take over his father’s dental practice, which he continued until he moved to Thomasville in 2003. Early in his practice, he was also a professor of dentistry at Emory University.

After moving to Thomasville, he continued to practice dentistry until one month ago, for a total of fifty-five years of service to his patients. He truly enjoyed and took great pride in caring for his patients both in Atlanta and Thomasville.

On August 17, 1968, he married Margaret McGrew Fortney, with whom he remained happily married for 48 years. Together they shared two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Sibley loved his family and his church and had many other interests. He was an avid reader, with an extensive library, and was a very knowledgeable historian.

He loved to travel with his family all over the world — from Africa to Europe to the Middle East and Russia. He had a great appreciation of music and was an accomplished pianist. He collected the works of numerous composers during his travels and he took great pleasure in playing them on his Steinway for family and friends.

In recent years, he enjoyed playing the piano at meetings and events of the Thomasville Rotary Club. He also loved woodworking and created many beautiful pieces of furniture, including a cradle for his children.

In Atlanta, he was a supporter of the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony, and participated in antique and political science study groups. He was a longtime member of the Cathedral of St. Philip.

After moving to Thomasville, he joined All Saints Episcopal Church, where he will be laid to rest in the All Saints Memorial Garden. He enjoyed being a part of the Thomasville Rotary Club and Glen Arven Country Club. He was a lifetime fitness enthusiast, and was passionate about snow skiing and sailing.

He enjoyed time in the mountains of North Carolina and on the beach at Alligator Point, Florida, both places where he shared vacation homes for many years with his family and friends. He will be missed greatly for his wit and storytelling, compassion, kindness, and generous spirit.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret; daughters Kendall Sibley Hash and Mary Elizabeth Sibley (Beth); son-in-law, Tom Hash; and grandchildren Maryam Sibley, Sibley Hash, and Thomas Hash.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either All Saints Episcopal Church, or Brookwood School, of Thomasville. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest register at

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H. Lee Fowlkes, Jr. ’72

H. Lee Fowlkes Jr., of 183 Gatewood Road, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016, at Hospice of Rockingham County, following a period of declining health.

He was born in Baltimore, Md. on June 20, 1949, to Harry Lee and Nesbitt Magdalene Watlington Fowlkes. He was retired Director of Arts and Education of Caswell County.

He received his B.A. from Davidson College and his MSA from UNCG. He was a member of the Yanceyville Rotary Club, N.C. State Arts Council and Friends of the Library.

Funeral Services are Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 South Fisher Street, Burlington, N.C., conducted by the Rev. David Grissom, with visitation to begin 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Committal services will be 2 p.m. at Pelham United Methodist Church Cemetery, 594 Red Marshall Road, Pelham, N.C.

Mr. Fowlkes is survived a sister, Dianne Fowlkes Webster of Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caswell Council for the Arts P.O. Box689, Yanceyville, N.C. 27379.

Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Fowlkes Family with arrangements and condolences may be made at

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