Clyde Allen Hall, Jr. ’59

Mr. Clyde Allen Hall Jr, 76, of Dalton passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at his residence after a long illness. Allen came to Dalton in 1966 to begin a computer system for Cabin Craft. He later worked for Science Management America, followed by management at Enduro Mills until he joined Multitex and Globaltex until retirement in 2007.

Allen will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and friend to many. He was born in Elkin, North Carolina to the late Clyde and Mano Brown Hall. Allen is survived by his loving wife and best friend for 54 years, Caroline Hall, 502 Mt Sinai Rd. Dalton, GA 30720; daughter, Lauren Foxworth Hall; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Hal Stuart; nieces and their husbands, Mandy and David Stroup, Robinette and John McLeroy; great niece, Bonnie Stroup; during Allen’s illness he and the family gained a special friend and devoted companion to Allen, Edward Charles McClure.

Kenneth Gerard “Gerry” Bello ’73

Kenneth Gerard “Gerry” Bello ’73 died peacefully at home while engaged in one of his favorite pasttimes, watching sports on television. He was born at Rex Hospital on July 8, 1951, to Jacqueline Hutzler Bello and Harold Lou Bello, and was named for the Duke basketball coach Gerry Gerard.

Gerry attended kindergarten at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, then went to J. Y. Joyner, Daniels Junior High, and Needham B. Broughton High School. During this time, he played Little League ball, was active in track and field, participated in Boys State, served as president of the Honor Society, and took part in his debate team. During holidays and summers, he worked at Boylan & Pearce.

Following high school, he attended Davidson College, graduating in 1973. He then enlisted in the Peace Corps and was in the group held hostage in Uganda by Idi Amin. He went on to serve in Zaire. Returning to Raleigh, he earned his Master’s at NC State. Following graduation, he worked for the State of North Carolina in the Health Department. He then took time off and traveled throughout the United States, visiting many of our national parks.

Returning to North Carolina, he decided to focus on waste-water management, working in Durham, Wilmington, Monroe, and Henderson. Like his sister, Susan, he developed lymphoma, though he worked full-time in Henderson despite his medical treatments. He retired in 2012 and shared his love of life with his family and friends. Also like his sister, he enjoyed a meaningful, enjoyable last weekend and showed no signs of imminent death.

Gerry loved his God, the Bible, his far-flung family and myriad friends, especially his buds from Broughton, Davidson, and State. He will be remembered by his family for his infectious laugh, warm personality, constant thoughtfulness in recalling everyone’s name and every milestone celebration of others, and his deep, abiding Christian faith.

He was predeceased by his father, Lou Bello; his stepfather, Robert N. Harper; and his sister, Susan Bello.

His survivors include his mother, Jackie Harper; his older brother and his wife, Tom and Judy Bello of McLean, Virginia; his stepbrother, Dr. Robert Harper of Raleigh; and two stepsisters, Billie Bellamy Harper Buie and her husband, Dr. Stephen Buie, of Asheville, and Nellie Sue Harper Potter and her husband, Steven Potter, of Toronto, Canada. In addition, he is survived by his nieces and nephews: Yeats and Justine Bello and their son Julian of Washington, DC; Pierce and Alyssa Bello of Falls Church, Virginia; Jackie Bello of McLean, Virginia; Jonathan and Madeline Harper of Brooklyn, New York; Lauren Harper of Durham, North Carolina; and Sarah, Hannah and Grace Buie.

In lieu of flowers (to which he was allergic), please offer any contribution in memory and celebration of his life to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or other charity of your choice.

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William “Bill” H. Towe ’55

Bill Towe died October 18, 2013. Bill was a father, grandfather, and trouble making peace activist. He was happily married to Betsy Jean Towe for 47 years.

Bill dedicated his life working for peace and justice. In the 1960s, he left his job as a history teacher to devote himself full time to the Civil Rights Movement. Since then, he’s been fighting for voter’s rights, fair housing, racial equality, against wars and nuclear proliferation – among other things. His work as a peace – and trouble – maker has taken many forms – from senior planner of Soul City or research director for the NC Voter Education Project to the more colorful ‘Captain Boomerang’ – Bill’s anti-war superhero character. Most recently, he worked with Peace Action at the local and national level.

Bill is survived by children Christopher Towe, 170 Sunset Dr., Athens GA 30606-2846 , and Maria Towe; his grandchildren Beatrix Towe and Matthew Schroeder-Towe and good people Kristin Murphy and Hanna, Richard and Molly Parker.

To honor Bill, contributions may be given to an organization of your choice.