Douglas Hendon Clark, Jr. ’71

Douglas Hendon Clark, Jr. '71Dr. Douglas Hendon Clark, Jr, 69, died suddenly at his Concord N.C. home on December 4, 2018.

He was born January 14, 1949, to Carolyn Jordan Clark and Dr. Douglas Clark Sr. He grew up in Lumberton, N.C. where he distinguished himself as an Eagle Scout, a champion golfer, and an accomplished student and athlete.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1971—he was MVP of the Davidson Golf team– and received his medical degree from the University North Carolina in 1975. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1980 and practiced pediatrics in Concord until his retirement.

His love of golf led him on many travels including Bermuda where he won the Bermuda Amateur and to Royal Dornoch, Scotland where he was invited to play in the 1985 British Amateur Championship. He was an avid hunter—member of the North State Game Club—and fisherman, and he relished time around the campfire trading tall tales.

A natural at just about anything, when he took something up, he quickly mastered it, from cooking to tennis, water-skiing to drawing. He had an intense curiosity and had intriguing details at his fingertips from his extensive and varied reading sources. And you better believe he used those stats and facts to win an argument or prove a point.
Doug was a dedicated naturalist. He could identify birds by their songs and their flight patterns. He preferred back roads to highways, and the road maps in his mind were marked by Chinaberry trees and running creeks, marshes and soybean fields.

Charming, he had a rare ability to make everyone feel special and valued by him.

In recent years he and his wife Frieda undertook extensive travels including Scotland, Ireland, Jackson Hole, Bermuda, and Alaska. They also loved their time together with their family at their beloved Ocean Isle home. Doug could be found most days on the dock with a fishing pole in hand.

Doug is survived by his wife, Frieda Miller Lowder Clark of Concord, daughters Carolyn Clark Rasmussen (Alan) of Boone, N.C. and Margaret (Meg) Clark Johnson (Brandon) of Asheville, son Douglas Jordan Clark of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; step-children Jake Lowder (Dana) of Greensboro, N.C., Nicole Layden (Justin) of Clayton, N.C. and siblings Spencer Clark (Sarah) of Rockville, Md., Jordan Clark (Patti) of Atlanta, and Mary Jo Clark (William Brown) of Montreat, N.C.; grandchildren Everleigh Clark Rasmussen, Carlisle Grayson Johnson, Lyles Layden, Carson and Miller Lowder.

A visitation will be held at Hartsell Funeral Home, 460 Branchview Dr. NE, Concord, NC on Thursday, December 6 from 6-8 pm.

Family graveside service on Friday, December 7 at Clarkton Cemetery, Clarkton, Bladen County, NC at 1 pm.

Memorials may be sent to Levine Children’s Hospital Children’s Cancer Fund, 1000 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or First Presbyterian Church Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1061, Lumberton, NC 28359.

Nick G. Dumich ’71

Nick Dumich '71Nicholas (Nick) G. Dumich, 69, of Roswell, GA passed away on November 23, 2018.

Son of the late John and Mary Dumich, Nick was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. Nick was a graduate of Montour High School class of 1967 and later attended Davidson College earning a football scholarship and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Nick then attended Samford University Law School earning his doctorate of law. Nick was a practicing attorney for over 30 years in the Atlanta area.

Nick is survived by his sister Donna Dumich and wife Dianne Day Dumich; daughters Amanda Dumich, Allison and husband Kevin Schimmelmann, Ashley Dumich; son Allen Dumich, and 3 grandchildren Logan, Patrick, and Hudson Schimmelmann.

Nick was probably the biggest Pittsburgh everything fan you’ve ever met, especially the ‘Stillers’.

He was a great artist and he was an avid photographer. The beach on 30A had a special place for him and his family.

Nick had a special way of making all four of his children feel like they were the favorite. He truly brightened up any room and his friends and family will miss him dearly.

Memorial services will be conducted on Friday, November, 30th at 11:30 am at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel 173 Allen Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 with a reception to follow. Prior to the service, the family will hold a private committal at Arlington Memorial

Robert Beal ’53

Robert Beal '53Robert Beal, who passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, was born on December 15, 1930.

Raised in Albemarle, NC he was the son of Benjamin Sidney Beal and Vera Pickler Beal Eaves.

After graduating from Albemarle High School, he attended Wake Forest University. He served in the United States Air Force and returned home where he graduated from Davidson College. There he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the drum major for the band.

Mr. Beal was a salesman who traveled quite a bit. He finally settled in Chattanooga, TN, where he met and married Donna Kay Kinne on July 17, 1977. They moved back to Athens. GA in 1993 to her childhood home, the Daniell House, which they helped restore and place on the National Register for Historic Places.

There, he continued his food bank, which he operated for twenty-five years. He loved playing tennis, working in the yard and just puttering around the house.

He was involved in politics with the Republican Party and in his later years and ran for County Commissioner in 2004. He also enjoyed putting together the reunions for the Class of 1948 at Albemarle High School.

Mr. Beal was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Kinne Beal; and both of his parents.

He is survived by his children, Constance Anne Bundy (Macky) of Charlotte, NC, Robert Alan Beal (Jenny) of Raleigh, NC and Amy Beal Crofoot (Rob) of Cornelius, NC; stepson, Tan Beal of Ruskin, FL; grandchildren, Jessica Jennings (Jay) of Los Angeles, CA; Kathryn Lofland of Tega Cay, SC; Anna Foshee (Zane) of Tega Cay, SC; Benjamin Beal (Alyssa) of Raleigh, NC and Brittany Beal of Raleigh, NC; Alexandra, Elizabeth and Jack Crofoot of Cornelius, NC; and great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Grace Foshee of Tega Cay, SC.

Services will be Friday, November 30 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until time of service on Friday.

The family wants to express sincere thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Lee Elder for all the special care, love and attention she gave to our father and a thank you to the caregivers from Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Daniell House through the Historic Properties Fund, Oconee County Tourism, P.O. Box 145, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Former Trustee B. Franklin Skinner IV

Former Trustee B. Franklin Skinner IVBenjamin Franklin Skinner IV, corporate executive, active civic leader, beloved father and grandfather, died at age 87 on Friday, November 16, 2018, in Atlanta following a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Frank was born in Covington, Virginia to the Reverend B. Franklin Skinner and Charlotte Walton Skinner. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond where he was active in student affairs. A natural leader, he was elected president of the student government.

Upon graduation, Frank joined the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia in Richmond as a staff assistant, thus beginning what would become a 40-year career in the telecommunications industry.

Shortly after joining the C&P Telephone Company, he was called to serve in the United States Army during The Korean War.

After a two-year tour of duty, Frank returned to Richmond to resume his work at C&P. There, he met and married the former Ruth Ann Gee on what he always called the best day of his life. They enjoyed an extraordinarily happy marriage of 52 years until her death in 2008.

Frank’s career took him to assignments in Washington, DC, Roanoke, Virginia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. He was elected president of Southern Bell on February 1, 1982.

He retired at the end of 1992 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BellSouth Telecommunications. Wherever his assignments took him, Frank involved himself in local community initiatives giving generously of his time, his talents and his considerable energy.

He had the unique distinction of leading as General Campaign Chairman of the United Way in three major cities—Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte.

Long associated with the Salvation Army, Frank was a Life Member and past Chairman of its National Advisory Board. He was honored with election as a life member of the Salvation Army, was awarded the Others Award and was inducted into the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest recognition the Salvation Army can give a lay person.

Frank served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce in each of the cities in which he lived. He served as chairman in Atlanta. He served as Chairman of the Board of Central Atlanta Progress and as a Trustee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation and the J. M. Tull Charitable Foundation, Inc.

He also chaired the United Negro College Fund Campaign. He served as a commissioner on the Atlanta Housing Authority Board, was a past president of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and held leadership positions in a number of other organizations.

Frank’s keen interest in education was clearly evidenced by his service as a trustee of several colleges and universities. He was a Trustee of Morehouse College, Davidson College, The University of Richmond, Gardner-Webb College and Columbia Theological Seminary. Frank served as Executive in Residence at the University of Richmond Business School.

He was also a trustee and past board chairman of the Charlotte Latin School. Frank had a strong desire to become part of each community in which he lived, he served on the Board of Directors of several corporations including BellSouth Telecommunications and its parent company BellSouth.

He also served on the Board of Nations Bank, The Barclays American Corporation, Interstate /Johnson Lane, Southeast Bank and Shoney’s. Frank Skinner received honorary doctorate degrees from The University of Richmond, Jacksonville University, Morehouse College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

He also received awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award of Christians and Jews, the Blanchard Award for Ethical Leadership, The Turknett Leadership Character Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Service Above Self Award given by the Atlanta Rotary. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians and was admitted to the Hall of Fame of Influential Georgians.

He was past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America, one of the world’s largest volunteer associations of industrial employees. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Florida Council of 100.

Frank Skinner was a man with a deep faith and a love for the church. He was an active member and an Elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

Frank was defined by his unwavering integrity, by his strong work ethic, and by his heart for serving others. He loved words, both spoken and written, and had the gift of using them to inspire, to motivate, to teach and to encourage.

Frank’s excellence in the community and business sector was legendary but it was his role as husband, father, and grandfather that was exceptional.

He showered his family with his immeasurable love, with his abundant wisdom and his unending generosity and with his delightful sense of humor. His blue eyes twinkled with warmth and kindness. He was happiest when “all of the feet were under the dining room table”.

Frank Skinner was predeceased by his wife Ruth Ann and by his daughter Lisa.

He is survived by his daughters Ruthanne Suttles and Christian Kirkland and his son-in-law John Kirkland.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Mackenzie and Molly Suttles and Tyler, John, and McKay Kirkland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. followed by a celebration reception in the Williams Center.

Timothy Lent Croft ’66

Timothy Lent Croft '66Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent Croft, who was born on May 12, 1944, in Wichita, Kan. and who grew up in St. Louis, Mo., died at home in Charlotte on November 10, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Myers Park Presbyterian with The Reverend Joe Clifford officiating.  The family will receive friends in Oxford Hall following the service. Tim’s ashes will be placed in the Myers Park Presbyterian Memorial Garden and in the Croft cemetery plot at the Chapel By the Sea, Captiva, Fla.

Tim was predeceased on March 28, 1984, by his beloved first wife Carol Devlin Watson of Greenwood, S.C.

He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret Ann Moses of Charleston, W. Va., the five children and twelve grandchildren they share: Thomas Layton Croft and Chaandmon and Sky Croft of Charlotte, N.C.; Ann Bryson Croft McLean (John) and J.P., Annie and Croft McLean of Cape Carteret, N.C.; Caroline Watson Croft Estay (Pete) and Brayden and Holland Gaston, and Lena Grace and Austen Estay of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Sarah Elizabeth Benson Finch (Geordie) and Ryan Finch of Thousand Oaks, Calif.and Jeremy Eldon Benson (April) and Marit and Torin Benson of Arvada, Colo.

Tim is also survived by his two brothers, Terrence L. Croft Esq. (Merry) and Thomas A. Croft Esq. of Atlanta, Ga., and his sister, Reverend Anne Bartlett (Bill), an Episcopal priest of Talent, Ore.

In addition, Tim is survived by his sister-in-law Frances M. Fesenmaier (Steve) of Charleston, W. Va., and two brothers in law, Dr. Nat E. Watson of Winston-Salem, N.C., and A. Hamilton Cooke Esq. of Jacksonville, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

Tim graduated from the John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Davidson College, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and he studied Systematic Theology at New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Tim was awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Presbyterian College and Davidson College.

Tim loved Jesus.  He also loved pink sirloin, cold Bud, Medoc, Lagavulin, Heath bars, fast cars, fast boats, saltwater fishing, especially in Alaska, and European travels with Margaret- and all the while was devoted to Jesus.  He served the Hunter Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Ky.; the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, the First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va.; the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church in Miami Shores, Fla.; the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. and the Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church in Sneads Ferry, N.C.  He also served for six years as senior vice president at First Union National Bank in Charlotte.

Tim lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it.  He took nothing for granted and he believed in the priesthood of all believers.  He believed that all are saved by grace through faith.

And he believed that nothing in this life or beyond this life will ever be able to separate us from the love of God freely and abundantly extended to all in Christ Jesus our Lord.  For several years Tim fought a consistently positive though uphill battle against the insidiously downhill lung disease IPF.  And in the end, by faith, Tim won!

In lieu of flowers, please feed the hungry, pray for peace, and tell all those whom you love that you love them every day!

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at