Frank Wise ’69

Frank Wise, 69, quietly passed away on June 11, 2017, in the Augusta University Hospital surrounded by his family after a difficult battle with leukemia.

Frank was born August, 26, 1947, in Americus, Georgia, the second son of J.C. and Virginia Easterlin Wise, and brother of Roy T. Wise.

He grew up and attended school in Plains, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for two years, before transferring to Davidson College.

Upon graduation, having enlisted in the ROTC program at Davidson, Frank served in the Army as a captain and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Frank then attended Harvard and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the university. Subsequently, he was hired by Dixie Capital, a small business investment corporation, where he worked for 3 years before becoming a management consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates.

After a stint there, he was hired by the Graniteville Company where he worked in New York City, before moving to Aiken in 1987 to work for the company locally. He then left Graniteville to work at Westinghouse Savannah River as a financial analyst where he analyzed budget data for the site until his retirement in 2013.

Frank was an organizer, especially when it came to his two daughters and soccer. When he was employed in New York City and lived in Fairfield, Connecticut, he started the first girls’ soccer program in Fairfield to ensure his young daughters had the same opportunity to play competitive soccer that the young boys did.

When he moved south to Aiken, not only did he jumpstart the girls’ soccer programs at both Aiken High School and South Aiken High School, but he also began the Aiken Soccer Club, which served both the boys and the girls. Frank was the moving force behind the Aiken Soccer Classic, a tournament which began in the mid 1990’s with 60 teams from around the Southeast and grew to over 230 teams at its peak.

He attended St. Thaddeus Church and served as Sunday school teacher, junior warden and senior warden for the Vestry. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Mead Hall School. Frank had many varied hobbies which included golf, gardening, painting and cooking. However, the most important time Frank spent was involving himself with family activities.

Not only did Frank love spending quality time with his wife, Kathy, around the house, and when they traveled together, but he also would drop anything he was doing to help his two daughters, Betsy and Laura, whether the task was a home project, finances or just babysitting his grandchildren.

Speaking of whom, Frank’s treasure here on earth was absolutely spending time with his grandchildren, whether he was watching a school performance, a sports contest, or just on his knees horsing around with each, and all, of them. He will be missed by all, but especially by his grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife, Kathy, of almost 48 years, his daughters Betsy (Jeff) Dick and Laura (Satch) Saunders, his brother Roy (June) and his daughters, Mary and Kristin Wise, his brother-in-law Pete (Lynn) Sampson and their sons Scott and Alan (Amber) Sampson, sister-in-law Mary (Doug) Clementson, along with five grandchildren: Ashley Saunders, Emily Saunders, Satch Saunders, Caroline Dick and Patrick Dick.

Frank will be buried in the Lebanon Cemetery in the Wise family plot in Plains, Georgia, in a graveside service on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 3:00 PM.

The family will receive friends at the Shellhouse Funeral Home on Hayne Avenue Monday, June 19th, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thaddeus Church with The Rev. Grant Wiseman officiating on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, at 11am. The family will receive friends following the service in the Stevenson-McClelland Building.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Davidson College roommates and friends. Also serving as honorary pallbearers are Frank’s friends known as “The Gumpy Old Men.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church or the Mead Hall School Cornerstone Fund, 125 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken, SC 29801.


Published in The Augusta Chronicle on June 15, 2017

Martin Hunter ’80

Martin Hunter, a Charlotte bankruptcy attorney and accomplished pianist with a gifted ear and streak of mischief, died unexpectedly on June 7, 2017 while vacationing with his family in Hawaii. He was 58.

Born George Martin Hunter in Aiken, S.C., on January 11, 1959, the older of two sons of the late Carl Doering Hunter and Doris Jean Martin Hunter, Martin lived most of his life in North Carolina, where family, friends, music, books and the law were central to his life. His family and friends universally marveled at Martin’s unquenchable curiosity and deep knowledge of religion, politics and history.

And for the joy he built into his life – and brought to theirs.

Martin grew up in Asheville, and as a boy thought he wanted a career as a professional musician. He’d shown an early aptitude for piano, able to play by ear using perfect pitch. In high school, he was twice selected by the prestigious Brevard Music Center to take part in a six-week summer program for emerging musical talent.

He decided to forgo his senior year at Asheville High School and left for Boone to pursue his passion for music by spending a year in a special music program at Appalachian State University.

After that year, Martin decided not to make a living as a professional musician and transferred to Davidson College, where he graduated in 1980 with an English degree.

Yet he did not leave music behind. At Davidson, Martin used his musical skills and knowledge of liturgical music to earn “spending money,” playing organ on Sundays at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church near campus.

 After graduating, he moved to Charlottesville, Va., where he was business manager for the University of Virginia’s Daily Cavalier newspaper and the organist and choirmaster for the Olivet Presbyterian Church.

The Olivet choir loved Martin, and the family cherishes the engraved cups the choir gave him before he left Charlottesville for Winston-Salem to attend law school at Wake Forest University.

  Graduating with his law degree in 1986, Martin moved to Charlotte, developing his bankruptcy law practice after clerking for federal Judge George R. Hodges, then the U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Western District of North Carolina. He spent the next three decades helping financially stressed people and small businesses work through legal problems and create fresh starts.

His clients appreciated his keen legal knowledge, his practical judgment and sure-footed advice. They loved him for his tireless commitment to their cause and his graceful, discreet way of reducing or waiving his fees for clients unable to pay for his legal advice.

In 2007, he was surprised and honored to receive the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service Award for his willingness to serve clients of limited means. His generosity and compassion for the less fortunate came naturally.

As a teenager in Asheville, Martin was an Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest honor, and received scouting’s Order of the Arrow leadership award. Martin took seriously the teachings of Matthew 25: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

It was a lesson he carried through his remarkable life in Charlotte, and that he practiced at Charlotte’s First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and Elder and added a tenor voice to its choir. In that choir Martin met Donna Jenkins, who eventually became his trusted and devoted legal assistant for many years. There he also was introduced to the love of his life, Charlotte lawyer and Fayetteville native Cathy Thompson.

When Martin and Cathy married in 1990, Bob Ivey, First Presbyterian’s organist and choirmaster, traveled with an octet from the choir to Southern Pines to sing at their wedding. The octet honored Martin and Cathy by singing the Lutkin Benediction, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” reserved for very special occasions.

Soon Martin and Cathy were the proud parents of son Paul and daughter Elizabeth. The four formed a tight bond, born of principle, discipline, humor, respect and kindness. Despite all of Martin’s accomplishments, his wife and two children dominated his pride. There never was a more dedicated, loving husband and father. He put his family’s needs first each day.

The routine times with family – cooking Saturday morning breakfast with Elizabeth, taking Paul to concerts Martin wouldn’t have chosen to go to, and having coffee and conversation each morning with Cathy – gave his family comfort and joy. Cathy, Paul and Elizabeth especially treasure memories of family trips in recent years to Santa Fe, Bryce and Zion national parks and Vancouver.

They have also loved their time with extended family and friends at the beach, especially Kiawah Island, Sunset Beach and Emerald Isle.

Martin often played the piano for his family and friends, his range running from hymns to Bach to B.B. King. His natural ear was so astute, Elizabeth said she’d play him a recording of her favorite pop songs and he’d listen closely and replay them on the piano.

Charlotte bandleader Smitty Flynn, a longtime friend, said he’s known few musicians with as broad a range of musical knowledge as Martin. “He had this gift to play by ear, but he was also trained,” Flynn said. “That gave his music a touch of professionalism. On top of that, you felt the joy he brought to it.”

The members of Martin’s nearly 30-year-old book club – of which Flynn is a member – saw that joy each December at their holiday party. Martin, Santa hat atop his head, ended those evenings at the keyboard with fellow member Ray Owens on the guitar playing carols and hymns as the group and their families sang along.

When one of the members requested “Joy to the World,” Martin would mischievously launch into the Three Dog Night version and over the years the sounds of the group singing “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” ushered in the Christmas season. Martin graciously played the piano for other Christmas gatherings of friends and extended family, providing them much holiday joy as well.

A private man in many ways, Martin was the indisputable host when the book club met at the Hunter-Thompsons. Meetings included dinner. Martin cooked and made sure his guests went back for seconds. He was often quiet during book discussions, but when he spoke up, you knew to listen.

At dinner, he sat at the head of the table, a master of dinner table conversations. His wit was sharp, smart and feisty, delivered with a light but frequently potent touch with a smiling lift of his chin and eyebrows. He was a gifted story-teller, often spinning hilarious – sometimes self-deprecating – tales of growing up and family forays to his deep South Carolina roots. Inevitably, as he told them, his voice slipped into a skillful low-country accent.

Martin couldn’t read too many books and retained almost all of what his eyes touched and effortlessly wove it into conversations. As obscure questions of religion or politics or history arose, Martin quietly provided the answers. He could explain Calvinist double predestination and English history with equal aplomb.

His friends once mused: “What did we do before we had Google? We asked Martin.” He had a special love for the writings of Anthony Trollope, though he could never get his book club to choose one of the writer’s novels to discuss.

One book club wasn’t enough for Martin and Cathy. In recent years, they joined a second reading group, enjoying that group’s conversation and company as well. His friends will miss him greatly.

His extended family loved him so much and his too-early death will leave an empty space in family gatherings. Martin and his brother, Tom, shared a love of learning about important family history. They could talk about long-deceased relatives as if they’d just finished Sunday dinner with them.

Martin loved playing music with his brother-in-law Rick on stand-up bass, and watching Paul and Elizabeth with their cousins around the campfire roasting oysters and marshmallows. He graciously accommodated his sister-in-law Louise’s need to photographically document every family gathering despite his dislike for having his photo taken.

Not one for big shows of emotion, Martin quietly tolerated the incredibly long family good-byes. But still waters run deep: he loved his extended family and they loved him. Most of all, Cathy, Paul and Elizabeth will miss his kind and bright presence in their lives. To paraphrase W.H. Auden: “He was our North, our South, our East and West, our working week and our Sunday rest.”

In addition to Martin’s parents, he was predeceased by many aunts and uncles, including his mother’s identical twin sister, Dorothy Jane Martin Fleming, and her husband, Charles Eaton Fleming.

He is survived by his wife Catherine E. Thompson, son Paul Thompson Hunter, daughter Elizabeth Martin Hunter, all of Charlotte; brother Thomas Rogers Hunter, wife Nicole Ann Hager Hunter, and their daughter, Addie, all of Dallas, Ga.; his three sisters-in-law (who with Cathy are known in the Thompson family as “the Committee”) Ann Thompson of Boone, N.C., Louise Thompson Futrell, husband Mark and their daughter Annie, all of Southern Pines, N.C., and Jane Thompson Myers, husband Rick and their twins Cole and Ellie, all of Richmond, Va.

A service to celebrate Martin’s life will be held at Myers Park Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 2 p.m.  A church reception will follow.

Those wishing to make a contribution in Martin’s memory are encouraged to consider the Council on Children’s Rights, Myers Park Baptist Church, or the Conservation Land Trust for North Carolina.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204.

Online condolences at Phone: 704 641-7606

Published in Charlotte Observer on June 11, 2017

Joe Stuart McClure ’52

Reverend Dr. Joe Stuart McClure passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Knoxville. He was born March 22, 1930 to William David McClure, Jr. and Mary Isabel (Thompson) McClure near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joe was an alumnus of Paw Creek High School, Davidson College, Union Seminary, Austin Seminary and McCormick Seminary. He served as a Presbyterian Minister for over 50 years.<

Joe is survived by his wife Nancy Brown McClure; children and their spouses, Pamella McClure and John Larson (FL), John and Teresa McClure (TN) and David McClure (NY); grandchildren, Ian, Airen, and Henry McClure and nieces and nephews dear to him.

The family will welcome friends to celebrate Joe's life with a worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, on Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00p.m.

Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273)

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from June 9 to June 11, 2017–

Elizabeth “Lib” Averill Harkey – BOV

Elizabeth Averill Harkey (“Lib”) passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Lib was born in Raleigh on September 21, 1919 as the only child of Louise Currie Averill and Frederick Leland Averill. She was a graduate of Peace College and Duke University.

She attended the University of North Carolina School of Social Work at Chapel Hill. Peace College awarded her an Honorary Alumni Award in 1973, the William Peace Medallion in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2011.

Lib endowed a scholarship at Peace College. In 2014, the University of North Carolina School of Social Work recognized her for a Lifetime of Outstanding Social Work, Practice and Achievement.

While attending UNC, she met Henry Lee Harkey, a Davidson College graduate and a UNC Law School student who was a commissioned officer in the US Army. They married on December 13, 1941, just six days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Henry Lee had orders to report for active duty immediately following their wedding. During the reception, Lib convinced her new husband’s commanding officer to allow them a brief honeymoon. Lib could be most persuasive.

Lib was predeceased by her son, Frederick Henry Harkey, on February 9, 1944, and her husband, Henry Lee Harkey on January 6, 1989. Lib is survived by her son Henry A. Harkey and his wife Catherine Harkey, her son Averill C. Harkey and his wife Johanna Harkey, her grandson, Jon H. Harkey, his wife Jill Harkey and their daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Harkey, her grandson, Chris H. Harkey and granddaughter, Lauren A. Harkey.

She is also survived by many wonderful friends who carry on Lib’s legacy of fulfilling her faithful commitment to the giving and providing of service to others.

Lib moved to Charlotte in 1947. She was employed as a Case Work Supervisor with the Department of Social Services and in the same year served as the Co-Chair of the Charlotte-based White House Conference Committee for Child Welfare.

She has served as the State Director of the NC Junior Women’s Clubs, a Cub Scout Den Mother, President of the Eastover Elementary PTA, President of the Mecklenburg County Legal Auxiliary, President of the Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte, Chairman of the Board of Sharon Towers and a Board of Directors member of Habitat for Humanity and the Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center. Lib and longtime friend Sarah Bryant were the co-founding members of Planned Parenthood of Greater Charlotte.

Lib began serving on the Board for Florence Crittenton Services in 1953. She served two terms as the Board President and remained on the Board of Advisors until her death. She received Florence Crittenton Services’ Lucille P. Giles Award in 1998.

She served several terms on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Central Carolinas and as President of the YWCA from 1977-1979. She was honored with the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in 2006.

She served on the Board of Visitors of Davidson College and the Church Relation Council of Warren Wilson College, where an honorary scholarship has been endowed in her honor.

Lib and Henry joined Myers Park Presbyterian Church in 1947. She served her beloved church as President of the Women of the Church, Superintendent of the Primary Department, co-founder of the Peacemaking Council and as Co-Chair of the Linking God’s Children Campaign with the late Bill Lee. Lib and her dear friend Danny Verner were the first women elected as Ruling Elders.

Lib served the Mecklenburg (now Charlotte) Presbytery on the Haiti Development Commission, the New Church Development Committee and the Nominating Committee. She has served the National PCUSA and its predecessor on the Board of Women’s Work, The Synod of NC, the Task Force on World Hunger, the General Assembly Mission Board and the General Executive Board.

Lib loved her grandchildren Jon, Chris and Lauren. They affectionately called her “HiMommy.” Lib provided them with an enviable model of how to live with an open mind and love with an open heart. She adored her “daughters” Johanna and Catherine and would do everything she could to share her special love with her great granddaughter, Brooke.

Lib never met a stranger. It made no difference if you were a bank president, a young pregnant woman in need of a home or a Haitian refugee. She respected everyone and never saw differences, only commonalities. Lib believed that all people have gifts that could be shared. It was her gift to be able to nurture those relationships, just like she tended to her roses, which allowed her to lovingly share them with others.

Lib recently stated, “in today’s world I see the value of relationships diminishing and that really concerns me, we take so much for granted – including each other, and that is one of the worst things we can do. Each one of us is responsible for nurturing our relationships with our neighbors, our families and friends. The opportunity to serve humanity has led me to a better understanding of the value and purpose of life…”

Her family would like to express its sincere appreciation for the loving care provided by the staff of Sharon Towers, and also to Lin Watkins for the loving companionship provided in Lib’s later years.

A service to “Celebrate the Life of Lib Harkey” will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Clifford officiating. A reception “for the nurturing of relationships” will be held immediately following the service in Oxford Hall. Interment will be private.

The family would like to ask anyone wishing to share a gift or memorial to do so with the Myers Park Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or the charity of your choice .

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204. Online condolences at Phone: 704 641-7606


Published in Charlotte Observer on June 7, 2017

James Hampton Black, Sr. ’42

James Hampton Black, Sr., age 97, a descendant of John Morrison, a Revolutionary War Soldier and lifelong resident of Mint Hill, North Carolina, passed away on May 5, 2017.

Like his forbearer, Mr. Black was a true patriot, always honoring and respecting his country and state, volunteering for the US Army Air Corps, serving with the 15th Air Force in Italy in World War II, chairing the Mecklenburg County Selective Service (Draft) Board during the Vietnam War, and continuing on various veterans commissions until his late 80’s.

Mr. Black was born on July 5, 1919 in Mecklenburg County, the youngest child of Clinton Montgomery and Annie Wallace Black. His parents and his brother, Clinton Montgomery Black, Jr, preceded him in death. Mr. Black graduated from Bain High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Davidson College in 1942. He retired as President of Central Piedmont Realty Company.

Mr. Black helped found VFW Post 4059 in Mint Hill and later supervised construction of the Post home. He was elected Post Commander, District Commander, State Commander, and later National Council Member. The VFW appointed him for over twenty years to present the concerns of veterans to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives at the VFW Annual Washington Conference.

He worked with many U.S. Congressmen and Senators from North Carolina, who sought his informed opinion on veterans’ issues pending before Congress.

He endowed a scholarship to honor the winners of the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. Governor Jim Hunt appointed Mr. Black to the State Veterans Affairs Commission, where he was instrumental in developing the Veterans Home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

In the 1960’s Mr. Black chaired the Bain School Board. He grew up in the historic Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder and Elder Emeritus. He was Treasurer of the Church for over a decade, devised a plan to sell church bonds in order to build a new sanctuary, and chaired the Finance Committee that made the sanctuary a reality.

Mr. Black was a 50-year member of the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Oasis Temples of the Shrine.

He was a Past Master of both the Mint Hill (founder) and Mathews Masonic Lodges. In 1984, he helped co-found the Mint Hill Historical Society and served as a Trustee until age 89. He urged the Board to purchase the house and lot for what became the extraordinary Carl J. McEwen Historical Village.

He was also instrumental in locating a County Hot Meals Program at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, and “Mr. Jim” served meals nearly every day for over a decade.

In 2005, the Governor of North Carolina awarded Mr. Black the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in the State of North Carolina.

Mr. Black was predeceased by his wife of more than 40 years, the late Beulah (“Boots”) Howell Black. He is survived by his children, James Hampton Black, Jr. and his wife, Dr. Marilyn Shull Black, of Atlanta, and by his daughter, Nancy Black Norelli and her husband, Ronald Allen Norelli, of Charlotte; grandchildren Krystl Lydie Black Eldridge, and her husband, Gerald Austin Eldridge, of Atlanta, Kelly Black-Holmes of Atlanta, Dr. James Clinton Black and his wife, Catherine Bass Black, of Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Margaux Elisabeth Black Gray and her husband, Thomas Cary Gray, of Redwood City, California, Jonathan Andrew Norelli and his wife, Lauren Hawley Norelli, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Margaret Howell Norelli Sanchez and her husband Miguel Andres Sanchez, of Houston, Texas, and Lee Elizabeth Norelli Pedersen and her husband Eric Carlson Pedersen of Charlotte, and ten great grandchildren.

Mr. Black proudly carried the Bain Cane as his father had over fifty years ago, as the oldest man in the Church.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m., at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, with interment following in the family plot at the Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, the Mint Hill Historical Society or charity of donor’s choice.

Ellington Funeral Services, 727 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC. Family owned since 1944.

Published in Charlotte Observer from May 6 to May 14, 2017.

H. Earl Woodall ’52

Rev. H. Earl Woodall died on Wednesday, May 3, after 87 full and productive years.

Born in Benson, NC, he graduated from Davidson College and earned his Bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.

With his wife June, he served Presbyterian churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He preached the gospel, connected with people of every station, and conducted successful building programs everywhere he served, including erecting the first building for the Cooperative Christian Ministry of Concord, NC. Even on the day of his death his attendants marveled at his good humor.

Earl and June celebrated 56 years of marriage before her death in 2010. Their home was a warm place of welcome and refuge for relatives, travelers, and sojourners from all over the world.

Later in 2010, Earl entered into a joyous marriage with Margaret Morrison Woodall lasting until her death in early 2017.

Earl leaves one brother, Dennis (Statesville, NC). He leaves two sons, Dr. Hunter Earl Woodall with his wife Sylvia (Anderson, SC), and Rev. Henry Woodall with his wife Beverly (Wasilla, AK). Grandchildren are Ruth Harbin (Danny), Paul Woodall, Alan Woodall, Anna Ruddell (Nick), and Isaiah Woodall.

Services will be published at a later time.

Memorials may be sent to Cooperative Christian Ministry, PO Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026.

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A.J. Ellington, Jr. ’49

Dr. A.J. Ellington, Jr., fondly known as A.J., lived a full and vibrant life to the very end.  At 91, he passed away on Thursday, April 27th, at Sunrise of Raleigh, NC after a brief illness.

Having spent his professional career in Burlington as a physician in obstetrics and gynecology, A.J. had a passion for his family, medicine and golf.  Elizabeth Yowell Ellington, his first wife and mother of his four children, passed away in 2007.  Over the last 25 years, A.J. continued to adore and treasure Molly Sanders, also from Raleigh.

Born April 3, 1926 in Burlington, NC to Dr. Amzi Jefferson Ellington, Sr. and Ruth Norwood Ellington, A.J. attended Burlington City Schools before entering Davidson College.  After one year at Davidson, he joined the US Navy, served on the USS New Jersey, and etched his name in history with other service members of this era as part of the Greatest Generation.

At the end of World War ll, he attended Davidson, UNC Chapel Hill, then medical school while enjoying great friends at the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Married in 1950, A.J. and Betty Anne moved north to Philadelphia, where he completed his M.D. degree at Temple University School of Medicine and his certification in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond, VA.  A.J. returned to Burlington in 1956 to build a medical practice, was soon joined by his brother, Dr. Robert Norwood Ellington, and together they opened the Alamance Clinic for Women in 1965.

A.J. was active in the NC Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North Carolina Medical Society, the Alamance Caswell Medical Society, served as chief of staff at Alamance County Hospital and was a founding member in 1960 of the South Central Obstetrics and Gynecology Society.

A.J.’s sweet golf swing was beautiful to watch, but his golfing demeanor and fun-loving spirit are what we’ll remember most.  Capturing the Alamance Country Club championship numerous times, A.J. also played at St. Andrews, Glen Eagles and Carnoustie in Scotland, Pebble Beach in California, and often attended the Masters at Augusta National.  Africa, Europe, Caribbean, Panama Canal and dude ranches in Wyoming were all completed travels on his bucket list.

An avid UNC Tar Heel sports fan, reader and traveler, A.J. was very engaging and never at a loss for words.

When living in Burlington, A.J. was a devoted member of the faith community of St. Mark’s Church.

Surviving Dr. Ellington are his four children: Elizabeth “Beth” Owen (Rob) of Raleigh, Amzi “Jeff” Ellington (Beth) of Burlington, Johns “Johnny” Ellington (Cheryl) of Raleigh, and Gregory “Greg” Ellington (Sonja), of Burlington; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Norwood Ellington and wife Helen and their four children; and brother-in-law Dr. Robert Klutz Yowell and wife Barbara of Durham and their three children.  The family is most grateful for the friendship and companionship of Molly.

The family will be at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington on Monday, May 8th at 10:00 a.m. for a reception and an 11:00 a.m. service.  You are invited to celebrate both A.J.’s life among us for 91 years as well as his life now at home with his Lord and Savior, with burial at Pine Hill Cemetery following the ceremony.

Contributions may be made on behalf of Dr. A.J. to the soup kitchen he assisted, God’s Helpers of Raleigh, 807 Cotton Place, Raleigh, NC 27601, or to his home church, St. Mark’s Church, 1230 St. Mark’s Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27215.

Condolences may be offered at

Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 30, 2017

Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark ’55

Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark of Birmingham, AL died on April 26th, 2017. The son of Robert Eugene Clark and Marion Hopkins Clark, Corky was born on May 18th, 1933 in Utica, NY.

Corky attended high school in Harrisburg, PA and Charlotte, NC. He went on to attend Davidson College, graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. In his senior year, Corky led the Davidson College Tennis team, in winning both the Southern Conference tournament Singles and Doubles titles.

Following college, he served in the US Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. On May 19th, 1959 he married a fourth generation Floridian, Greta Sims Clark. They proceeded to live in Gainesville, FL; Camp Hill, PA; Allentown, PA and Chattanooga, TN prior to moving to Birmingham, AL in 1981.

Following their move to Birmingham, he was employed by and retired from National Cement Company, where he was Vice-President of Sales.

An accomplished athlete, Corky continued forward with his love for tennis, playing with all of his children, his friends and competitively across the Southeastern United States. During his competitive years, he won numerous State Age Group Singles and Doubles titles. His love for tennis also extended to his volunteer spirit.

He was passionate about bringing the game of tennis to the inner city youth of Birmingham. He was a founding member of BATA (Birmingham Area Tennis Association), and also served for many years on the board of the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation.

In addition to his love for tennis, Corky was an avid golfer, playing most of his golf at Vestavia Country Club where he was a member for many years. Beyond his love of sport, he was a dedicated volunteer. His service to community included many years as a member of the Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Scholar.

He was passionate about his interaction and fellowship with international students at UAB. He was instrumental in starting ‘Lets Talk’ at South Highland Presbyterian Church, with the goal of enhancing the conversational English skills of his International Student friends. Countless numbers of his international friendship partners were regulars at his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church for many years, he served as an Elder and on the Board of Directors for both the Child Development Center and Southside Shepherd’s Center.

In his earlier years, he also served as an Elder at three other Presbyterian USA churches. After retiring from their careers, Corky and Greta also strove to live a life of grand adventure.

They were active travelers, accomplishing a longtime goal of setting foot on all 7 Continents, when they touched down on Antarctica.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Greta Sims Clark, and their children and grandchildren: his son, Douglas Reynolds Clark and his wife Rhonda, their son Zachary, and step-grandchildren Hilari Sheffield and Joshua Sheffield; his daughter Marion Hopkins Clark Savic and her husband Milan, and their children Alexandria, Peter and David; his son Daniel McMullen Clark and his wife Andria.

He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Gallena and her husband Paul; two nieces, nephew and their nine children.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either South Highland Presbyterian Church ( or The James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation (

A memorial service for Corky will be held at South Highland Presbyterian Church at 11am on Saturday, April 29th.

Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 28, 2017

Samuel Wilson Smith III ’59

Dr. Samuel Wilson Smith III, died peacefully and surrounded by love at home on April 23, 2017.

Dr. Smith was born on February 1, 1937 in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Samuel W. Smith Jr. and Elizabeth Arbogast Gudger Smith. Dr. Smith and Laura Emilie Simmons were married on August 18, 1962 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Episcopal High School, Davidson College, and The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following medical school, Sam and Lee moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. where Dr. Smith completed his medical residency, fellowship in hematology, a chief medical residency, and instructor in medicine at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital and UNC School of Medicine.

The five years in Chapel Hill were interspersed by two years in the United States Air Force as Captain and General Medical Officer. At the conclusion of his military service, Dr. Smith was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal.

Dr. Smith began private practice in 1970 in Greenville, S.C. From that time, until 2005, he was an active participant in the teaching of medical students and residents at Greenville Memorial Hospital. From 2002 until 2012, he organized and attended a hepatitis clinic at New Horizons Family practice clinic. In 2007, he received the Ramage award from DHEC for leadership in medical education.

From 1998 until 2009, Dr. Smith was on the faculty at Clemson University in the Department of Microbiology. Intermittently, from 1982 to 1988, Dr. Smith was an attending physician in Cange, Haiti. From 2013 to present, Dr. Smith has been an attending physician at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. Dr. Smith has been a long time devoted member of Christ Church Episcopal since 1970.

Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Laura Simmons Smith and three children: Samuel Wilson Smith IV, William Martin Smith (Kristin), and Susan Smith deHoll (Doug deHoll), and by eight loving grandchildren: William Harrison Smith, Simmons Elizabeth deHoll, Emilie Baldwin Smith, Samuel Wilson Smith V, Danielle Lee deHoll, Helen O’dell Smith, Campbell Douglas deHoll, and Catherine Twining Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Smith White (William) of Charlotte, his sister-in-law, Susan Deen Simmons and three nieces, Elizabeth Dickens (Al), Margaret Black (Robert), and Katie Willingham (Rob).

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Samuel W. Smith will be at Christ Church Episcopal, in the All Saints Center at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Following the service, the family will receive friends and family at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal or to the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.

The Mackey Mortuary.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 25, 2017

James Eugene “Jim” Gee ’62

James Eugene “Jim” Gee, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at his home. He was born in McLeod Hospital in Florence, SC on September 3, 1940 to parents Paul Hood Gee and Margaret Benjamin Gee.

He graduated from McClenagan High School where he was active in sports and served as student body president. Jim attended Davidson College, and in 1962 he married Winnie Bath while attending Emory Medical School.

After graduating in 1965, Jim and Winnie moved to Charleston, SC to complete an orthopedic residency. Jim served as a physician at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, where he and Winnie remained.

In 1972 he became the first orthopedic surgeon in town opening Sumter Orthopedics. As an Orthopedist, Jim set an example by balancing his love of God, family, and medicine. He made rounds early and late so that he could be with his family, and attend his children’s activities.

He was active with the YMCA serving as chairman of the board, coaching, and often examining fingers or ankles while watching his children play sports. He was never out of reach for anyone and always responded attentively with compassion.

After retiring as a surgeon, Jim continued to care for others working at Palmetto Tuomey Industrial Medicine and providing medical services as a volunteer for United Ministries through 2016. Jim served many roles from youth leader, elder and Clerk of the Session as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sumter.

After leading a youth group to Mexico, he developed a passion for international missions and served on nearly a dozen trips to South America. He represented his church and profession abroad with the same integrity and commitment that he served his own community.

He was an associate member of the Rumple Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Jim was a remarkably humble man, who always put others first.

He was a devoted husband for 55 years and a gracious father and grandfather to his own children and to many others. He began each day saying “Our greatest gift is God’s love, our greatest privilege is to share it with others” and he lived each day caring it out.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie, son, Paul Eugene Gee of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter, Julia Muldrow and her sons, Daniel and Patrick. He was predeceased by a son, James Daniel.

He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Schultz of Atlanta, Ga., and husband, Bob; a brother, Paul Gee of Huntersville, N.C., and wife, Karen; and a brother, Dr. George Gee, of Columbia, and wife, Linda.

The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter S.C., on Sunday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

A private service will be held at another time. Memorials may be sent to United Ministries, 36 S. Arillery Drive Sumter, SC 291540 or to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150.

You may go to and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Published in The State on Apr. 22, 2017

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