L. Carrington Thompson ’79

Landon Carrington Thompson, 61, of Suffolk, VA, passed away on January 16, 2019.  A committed member of his community as well as a devoted husband and father and true Southern gentleman, Carrington will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Carrington was born on September 3, 1957 in Gastonia, NC, son of James Landon Thompson and Hazel Eleanor Amick Thompson.

He is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Suzanne E. Gillespie-Thompson; daughter, Hayden Elizabeth Thompson; in-laws Ernest Gillespie of Carrollton; Catherine Gillespie and Andre Hakes of Charlottesville and Cara and Craig Bennett of Charleston, SC; two nephews, Mason Hakes and Emerson Bennett and many more family and friends.

As evidenced by his tremendous record, CD and book collections, Carrington’s greatest loves, outside of his family, were music and reading.  Should a question about music arise in conversation, his encyclopedic knowledge was faster and more entertaining than any Google search.  Hard working, good hearted, with a touch of mischievousness and humor for good measure, Carrington was an integral member of every community of which he chose to be a part.

Trained and certified as a lay speaker at Benn’s United Methodist Church in Smithfield, VA, Carrington most recently served as treasurer for their United Methodist Men and adult Sunday school class teacher.

It was at his own graduation party from William and Mary’s MBA program that Carrington met Suzanne for the first time.  There, they began their long journey towards courtship, marriage, parenthood and partnership in life.  He would want it officially recorded that he was, “blessed to be alive and married to Suzanne for eight thousand-three-hundred and seven days!”  They married on April 20, 1996 by the water of Jones Creek on Suzanne’s family farm in Carrollton, VA. 

After a short time in Richmond, VA, they lived briefly in Greenville, SC, then moved on to Charlotte, NC where they lived and worked for many years before returning to Virginia to raise their daughter and be closer to family.

A graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy in NC, Carrington went on to earn his BA from Davidson College as a student in their ROTC program before completing masters-level coursework in communications at the University of Tennessee.  After faithfully serving our country for four years in the US Army, he pursued a career in radio where he held several director positions at radio stations from North Carolina to West Virginia.   

With a gift for analyzing data and noting trends, Carrington eventually found himself in the world of market research.  While working full time for a market research firm in Williamsburg, VA, he earned an MBA in Strategic Market Analysis and Planning at William and Mary’s Mason School Business. 

After conducting strategic planning for several national homebuilders, Carrington built his own firm, Pinpoint Market Research in NC before returning to Virginia and applying that experience towards a dream of owning his own radio station held since his experience as a DJ in both high school and college. 

President of Hayden Hamilton Media Strategies, Carrington personally managed Bright Radio 105-7 WMXH-FM/1330 WRAA-AM in Luray, VA, which required him to commute during the week several hours away from home and family.  Building connections and community away from home, Carrington joined Luray’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and quickly joined a small cadre of friends with whom he would walk every morning, getting exercise and exchanging news from around town.  It didn’t take long for Carrington to be known in Luray for his great wit, intelligence and genuine kindness.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2 p.m. in Benn’s United Methodist Church, Smithfield, VA   The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA.  Memorial donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences may be registered at www.littlesfuneralhome.com

Bill Olson ’69

Dr. William Bryan “Bill” Olson passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 9, 2019, at the age of 71 from longstanding heart disease. 

Bill was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of the late John Robert Olson, M.D., and Harriet Newell Olson. He was the brother of and prior medical practice partner of the late John Robert Olson Jr., M.D. 

He is survived by his sister, Ingrid Olson Blanton of Oxford, Maryland; his loving wife, Nancy Kaye Olson; two sons, William Bryan Olson II (Kristen) of Ithaca, New York; and Peter Matthew Olson (Brooke) of Richmond, Virginia; a daughter, Kaitlin Olson Burcher of Fairfax, Virginia; two granddaughters, Everett Cady Olson of Ithaca; and Scout Magnolia Olson of Richmond; and one grandson, Knox Houston Olson. 

Dr. Olson was a 1965 graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tennessee; a 1969 graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina; and a 1973 graduate of Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, Louisana. He served his medical internship from 1973-1974 at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in Grand Rapids, where he met and proposed to Nan, his soulmate of more than 44 years. They were married in 1974 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

He served his residency in diagnostic radiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., from 1974-1977 while on active duty in the Army. He served tours of active duty at the Fifth Army Hospital, Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany, and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal twice. Dr. Olson attained the rank of major. 

Following his active duty military service, Dr. Olson went into the private practice of diagnostic radiology while living in Muskegon, Michigan; Williamsburg, Virginia; and Franklin, Virginia, until his retirement in June 2012. He and Nan have lived together in Franklin for more than 25 years and raised their family. 

He was a member of Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, Suffolk, Virginia. 

The private family memorial service will be held at a later date. His cremains will be interred in the family burial plot in Kalamazoo. 

The family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to the Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk, for their dedicated care and support during Dr. Olson’s long illness. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3488 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434; or to the Sentara Heart Hospital, 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk, VA 23507. 

www.wrightfuneralhome.org.

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William Alexander Wier, Jr. ’47

William Alexander Wier, Jr. 91, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Jean Garrison Wier entered into eternal rest Saturday, January 5, 2019.

His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street at 2:00 pm. Interment, Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel.

Bill was born February 27, 1927 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of William Alexander Wier and Mary (Molly) Cuttino Thornhill Wier. He graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1943 and then entered Davidson College, taking time off to serve in the US Navy at the end of World War II.

Bill then graduated from Davidson and University of Illinois, before working his entire career and retiring as a Chemical Engineer from Westvaco.

Bill was a man of great faith and member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder.

He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and Past President of the St. Andrew’s Society.

Bill was a family man and put others’ needs before his own.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved being on the water boating, fishing, and shrimping. Above all, Bill was a proud Charlestonian native.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years in Mt. Pleasant; two sons, William Alexander Wier III, (Nancy) of Houston, TX and Charles Garrison Wier (Jane) of Brookhaven, GA; daughter, Elizabeth Wier Tal (Oded) of Herzliya, Israel; sister, Peggy Wier Evans of Davison, NC and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Jan. 7, 2019

Ike M. Crews ’13

Ike M Crews passed away on December 30, 2018. He was born in Dallas, Texas on August 9, 1989.

Ike graduated from St. Mark’s School of Texas as a member of the Class of 2008, where he excelled in wrestling and football.

After graduating high school, he spent a year completing an outdoor survival course in Utah, teaching English and studying archaeology in Peru, farming bananas in Australia, and traveling through Europe and Japan, among other adventures.

He graduated from Davidson College in 2013 with an AB degree in History and a minor in Anthropology. Ike was a four-year member of the Davidson D-1 Varsity Wrestling team. He also earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2017.

Ike had recently returned to St. Marks, his alma mater, as a sixth grade Humanities teacher and loved coaching both wrestling and football. The previous year he worked at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas as a Cooney Fellow, where he taught history and coached wrestling, football, and lacrosse.

Before giving in to his calling to serve others in the classroom and on the field, Ike was a proud member of Pete Sessions’ Washington, D.C. Congressional staff. Ike often talked of one day running for political office. Ike was truly one of a kind.

He was passionate about music, specifically classic rock. His cover single of Desperado never quite made it to iTunes. He was extremely talented on the guitar, acoustic and air guitar alike. He loved to exercise, and would often guilt his friends and sisters to attend early morning fitness classes whenever he could.

In the summers, Ike loved to explore the wilderness. After straying from the beaten path on a camping trip in the Pecos National Forest, Ike returned as a Sherpa on the St. Marks trip and remained a lively addition to the trek over the past ten years.

In his free time, Ike would FaceTime the many he cared about, and he would frequently send funny photos, caricatures, and memes just to entertain those he loved.

Ike considered himself a professional ninja instructor, fluent in Arabic, and could convince you he had almost reached the top of Mount Everest before having to turn back due to altitude sickness.

Ike was constantly pushing everyone out of their comfort zone. He took every opportunity to gather those he loved, and was the glue holding together an eclectic group of people. His mischievous nature paired with an outstanding work ethic informed all those around him that life should be a fine balance of work and play.

He was preceded in death by all four grandparents, and his beloved childhood dogs, Jake and Bear. Ike is survived by his Mother Patti Cook Crews, Father and Stepmother Ken and Kathiann Crews, older sister Kelly Crews Dayton, younger sisters Carter and Cameron Crews, nephew Miller Dayton, and his many friends whom he considered family.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 7th at 3pm in the chapel at St. Marks School of Texas, followed by a reception in the Great Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Ike McGowan Crews to the St. Marks School of Texas.

James Gregory Poole, Jr. ’57

James Gregory Poole, Jr. was born on December 18, 1934 to Irene Rand Poole and James Gregory Poole, Sr. at the first Rex Hospital on South Street in Raleigh. After a brief illness, he died surrounded by his loving family on December 29, 2018.

Greg grew up in Raleigh where he attended public school until the 9th grade when he chose to go to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He was Regimental Commander his senior year. His love of Culver, its focus on the mind, body, and spirit, combined with the relationships he built there with his fellow classmates, were strong influences in his life. 

After graduating from Culver in 1953, he attended Davidson College; he was a quarterback on the football team. After two years he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1957.

After serving six months in the Army Reserves, Greg went to work for the Gregory Poole Equipment Company, which his father founded in 1951. He became President and CEO in 1964 and retired in 1998. Greg helped his father develop MacGregor Downs and later founded MacGregor Development Company, which developed Lochmere and MacGregor Park in Cary.

Greg’s life was characterized by a remarkable knack for developing lasting friendships with all those he encountered. He had a great passion for his community and greatly influenced much of what we enjoy in Raleigh today.

In his later years he worked tirelessly advocating for the establishment of the Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. In addition, he spent considerable time developing his basket weaving and woodworking skills, and loved sharing his work with others.

Greg is remembered and admired most not for his considerable accomplishments, but for his character and love of people. His life was framed by his father’s high school class motto, “Building for Character, not for Fame”.

Greg is survived by his four children, James Gregory Poole, III, Barbara Alyson Poole, William Kenan Poole (Stephanie) and Edward Ashton Poole (Fran); eight grandchildren, James Gregory Poole IV, Sarah Lane Poole, John Braxton Poole, Caroline Claire Poole, William Kenan Poole II, Richard Harrison Poole, Edward Ashton Poole, Jr., and Patricia Vaughan Poole.

He is also survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary Ann Dailey Poole, and his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara Hatcher McDonald.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Poole Enderle, and his parents.

A visitation is planned for Tuesday, January 1, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Flowers Cottage, Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh.

A Witness to the Resurrection service in his honor will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A reception will follow.

Memorial gifts in Greg’s honor may be made to the White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dorothea Dix Park, Camp Oak Hill or the charity of your choice

James Gregory Poole, Jr. '57

Published in The News & Observer from Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019