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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.

Copyright: © 2017 Journal Media Group

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 www.richandthompson.com

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 (http://southhighland.org/giving) or The James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation (http://jltsfi.com/donate.asp).

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.

Online guest registry available at www.mackeymortuary.com

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 www.bullockfuneralhome.com 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

Jeffery Dee Smith III ’56

Rev. Jeff Smith passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017 while participating in his favorite pastime, playing chess.

Smith is survived by his immeasurably loving wife of 53 years, Mary Olive (Gillie) Smith, from Reidsville, NC.

Born in Mt. Airy and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Smith earned degrees from R. J. Reynolds High, 1952 (recipient of the Brevard Hoover Award and a Reynolds football player); Davidson College, 1956 (Beta and Diving Team); Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, 1959; and Harvard University Divinity School, 1961.

Following his graduate work with theologians and Christian philosophers, Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich–mentors who nurtured his steadfast and enduring intellectualism and affirmed his deep concern for humanity in the mid-twentieth century–Smith followed his calling into the ministry.

In 2007 he was named Pastor Emeritus at his first church, Pine Hall Presbyterian, where he began in 1965.

Pastoring at several churches in North Carolina, including Edgewood Presbyterian in Sanford and Taylorsville Presbyterian in Taylorsville, Smith was also an active member of the Salem Presbytery, PCUSA. Dedicated to his lifelong passion for social justice, Smith served devotedly for many years on the Peace and Justice Committee.

He was a member of the Synod of North Carolina and he served as a delegate for two General Assemblies, making arguments for equity within the church. Remaining keen on political activism, Smith committed himself during the 1970s to public service, running the local office of U. S. Congress House of Representative Steve Neal (D-NC) of the Fifth District.

Locally known for his sharp insight, wit, and his timely, articulate interventions at meetings of the West End Association and elsewhere, Smith adored his neighborhood and remained committed to historic preservation, while demanding accessibility for people of all abilities.

A tireless advocate for the mentally ill, Smith fought stigma so that God’s grace could be witnessed in all humans.

Rev. Smith leaves behind not only his wife, but his three daughters, one deeply courageous son, two son-in-laws and five grandchildren who stole his attention and heart. They are: Davilla Gilbert and her husband, Craig Gilbert of Charlotte, NC; Mary Olive Smith and her husband Danny Weiss of Maplewood, NJ; Jeffrey Dee Smith, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; and Sandra Weathers Smith, of New York, NY.

Grandchildren in order of birth and height are: Kelly (18), Michael (12), Inacio (11), Gil (9) and Grant (8).

Smith was predeceased by his sister Davilla Smith Perry and her husband Bob Perry.

He is survived by his cousin Rev. Ned Gillum of Indiana along with four nieces and their families, who have so loved their Uncle Jeff.

The funeral service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC on Tuesday, April 25 at 2 pm. Family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or to Pine Hall Presbyterian Church in Pine Hall, NC.

Rodger W. Durham ’63

Rodger W. Durham, 75, passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2017. He was born in Greensboro, NC on December 31, 1941, to the late Dr. Carey W. Durham and Alberta Rodgers Durham.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the First Presbyterian Church Chapel at 607 North Elm Street in Greensboro. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Cannon’s Solarium located in the church.

Rodger is survived by his wife of 35 years, LuAnn Boyd Durham; daughter, Emily Durham Diy (Carlo) of Durham, NC; and son, Nathan W. Durham (Lisa) of Jacksonville, FL. They were the light of his life.

Rodger graduated from Greensboro Senior High (Grimsley), Davidson College, and Purdue University. He was a land surveyor, teacher, and program manager for North Carolina’s Floodplain Mapping Program in Raleigh.

He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

With Rodger’s declining health over the last eight years, we have missed his keen intellect. He had a depth and breadth of knowledge on the subjects of surveying and survey law, forestry and the outdoors, music, sailing, the Great Books, and philosophy.

A niece wrote a sweet sentiment upon learning of Rodger’s passing that she “pictured him hiking the heavens, surveying paradise.”

The family expresses sincere thanks to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, especially to the nurses, Dr. Feldman, Molly Lyle, Maria Donnell, and Beacon Place. Their help, along with Sara Shapiro’s, made it possible for Rodger to be cared for at home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC, 27405.

Online condolences may be made through www.TriadCremationSociety.com.

  Copyright (c) 2017 Greensboro News & Record

Earl Jones Ferguson ’50

Earl Jones Ferguson died April 19, 2017. He was born January 14, 1930 in Lancaster, South Carolina, the second of three sons of Henry Stokes Ferguson and Wincie Eugenie Jones Ferguson.

He attended school in Lancaster and then was accepted into Davidson College, from which he graduated in 1950 at the age of 20. After service in the United States Army, Earl worked as an accountant in Charlotte, NC.

He is survived by his sons Barry M. Ferguson and his wife, Sandra Anthony Ferguson; Alan E. Ferguson and his wife, Nancy Short Ferguson; his grandson, Will Ferguson; his nephews, Russell, Michael, Douglas, Henry, and David Ferguson, and his niece Susan McWhorter Starnes. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Lorraine, and by his brothers, H.S. Ferguson, Jr. and Wendell Ferguson.

If he were here today, he would particularly thank his daughter-in-law, Sandra, and his caregivers, Carol, Mary Ann, Lisa, and Jessica, whose faithful attentions, multiple kindnesses, and love were a great help and comfort to him.

The family is grateful also to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte, who performed spectacularly in providing assistance and comfort during the last difficult days.

The funeral service will be held at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, April 22. 2017 at 11:00 a.m., where also the family will welcome friends immediately afterwards from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Burial will then follow at 3:00 p.m. at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 2814 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster County, South Carolina 29720. There Earl will join Lorraine and the long line of his family resting there.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte and to Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.

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Jack Arnold ’52

Jack Arnold, loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 with his wife, Nancy and longtime care giver, Michelle Boling by his side.

Jack was born May 3, 1930 in Bristol, VA to Thomas Edward Arnold and Zella Moore Arnold. He graduated from Virginia High School and pursued post graduate work at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, VA where he ranked first in his class.

He received a business administration degree from Davidson College in 1952. After graduation, Jack served in the U.S. Air Force and taught air weather services at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL from 1952-1956.

Jack married Dorothy Senter Arnold in 1954. They had two sons, Tom and Jim, and enjoyed 32 years of marriage.

June 6, 1987, Jack was again blessed by marriage to Nancy C. Arnold, who has been a devoted wife and companion for almost 30 years. Nancy’s children, Ray and Kathleen, came into the family and Jack became a supportive father figure to them.

Jack is survived by his wife, Nancy C. Arnold; one son, Jim (Michelle) Arnold; beautiful granddaughters, Alicia (Logan) Patrick and Tessa (Jacob) Roulston; nephew, Dudley (Suzanne) Senter and their daughter, Ginny Senter; step children, Ray (Terrie) Mooney and their son, Joey Mooney of Wellington, FL and Kathleen Mooney Bradshaw and her sons, Trey and Ben Bradshaw, of Cleveland, TN; and sister-in-law, Carolyn (Tom) Jensen of Knoxville, TN. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas Lee Arnold; infant grandson, Thomas Luke Arnold; his first wife, Dorothy Senter Arnold; and his brother, Joseph Arnold.

Jack spent 35 years with Moore’s Quality Snack Food. He was Vice President when the company sold in 1989. Jack’s grandfather, J.W. Moore began the business in the basement of his home. Jack worked in every aspect of the business, but his main expertise was production. As Vice President in that area, his main goal was to produce the highest quality products possible.

Joe Arnold, Jack’s brother, joined the company in 1960 and together they built and expanded several major facilities. Their annual sales and employment increased throughout eight southern states.

At one time Moore’s employed over 700 people and was a generous supporter of the Bristol community. Sons, Tom and Jim, also joined in the family business. Jack was a member of the Snack Food Association and served as President of the South Eastern Region Association in 1976.

Jack was an active member of State Street United Methodist Church from age 11 until his death. He presented the organ in the chapel in memory of his mother and father. Jack has been described as a true Virginia Gentleman, gracious, unassuming and generous to a fault.

Jack shared a deep love of young people and devoted his community service to institutions that serve children. Jack was the principal donor to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County, given in loving memory of Dorothy Arnold.

Jack supported the Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America. Jack’s mother, Zella Moore Arnold, who helped establish the Boys Club, worked tirelessly for 30 years and Jack continued her legacy by becoming an active Board Member in 1990, serving what is now Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Empire.

Jack was often seen at the club visiting, observing and interacting with the young members. Jack said, “Throughout a child’s life and especially during the time that he or she is with the Boys and Girls Club, that child will have a hand to hold on to.” Jack served as President of the Board in 1993 and currently as President Emeritus.

He has been honored with several service awards from the organization: including the Man and Boy, Man and Youth Award and both the Tennessee and Virginia Board Member of the Year awards, and the Zella Moore Arnold Award. He also was honored with a Life Membership.

To commemorate his service to the youth and families in the community, the City of Bristol, VA declared December 1, 2000 as Jack Arnold Day and the club named the youth activities building the “Jack Arnold Teen Center”.

Mr. Arnold has been a long-time supporter of Emory & Henry College. In March, 2008 the college recognized his business entrepreneurship and civic leadership by awarding him a Charter Day Citation.

Other honors include, being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Silver Eagle Award from Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America and outstanding Alumnus for the class of 1952 from Davidson College

Jack had a lifelong fascination with airplanes, both in their construction and in the cockpit as a pilot.

The family is most grateful to Michelle Boling, Jack’s care giver five days a week for six and a half years and Beth White for weekend care of six years which allowed Jack to be at home. These women served Jack with caring patience and endearing devotion.

The family would like to thank Health South of Bristol and National Health Care where Jack was a resident when he died. The staff, nurses, and techs at each facility offered kindness, skill and attentive care.

Sharon Ramsey was a recent loyal care giver. Thank you to Dr. Fred Greear, Jr. and Dr. Bert Smith for their encouraging and outstanding medical care.

Special Friends include, Andrea Wrightenberry of Burlington, NC; former employees of Moore’s Quality Snack Foods; and the staff and board of The Boys and Girls Club.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at State Street United Methodist Church with Senior Pastor Jonathan Jonas officiating. Receiving of friends will follow in the Fellowship Hall. The Graveside Service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol, c/o Mr. Dick Collins, P.O. Box 1074, Bristol, VA 24203, State Street United Methodist Church Music Fund or Building Fund, 300 W. Valley Dr., Bristol, VA or to a charity of your choice.

 

William Stafford Joyner ’48

Dr. William Stafford Joyner , a longtime family physician in Chapel Hill and clinical professor of medicine at UNC, died on Saturday afternoon, April 8, at his home at the Croasdaile Village retirement community in Durham, after a prolonged decline in his health. He was 92 years old.

Joyner was born and grew up in Kernersville, NC, the third of his parents’ five children and a member of a large clan that had resided in the Winston-Salem area since Colonial days.

Despite the turbulence of the Depression years, he had a happy, active childhood, excelling as a choirboy at Kernersville Moravian Church, an athlete and student in the Kernersville schools, and the undisputed “best whistler in Kernersville.”

In 1943, after his freshman year at Davidson College, he was inducted into the United States Army, assigned first to the Army Specialized Training Program at The Citadel, and upon dissolution of that program to the 100th Infantry Division, for training at Fort Bragg.

In early September 1944, three months after his older brother, Oscar, had been killed in France days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, Joyner shipped out with the 100th to Marseille. He took part in fighting as an infantry sergeant until the end of the war, through eastern France and into Germany, and was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor in combat.

Immediately after the war Joyner taught at the Shrivenham American University for G.I.s in England before returning to Davidson, where he graduated summa cum laude and class salutatorian in 1948.

Upon graduation, he married his Kernersville childhood sweetheart, Jane Linville, and they moved to Chapel Hill, where he entered UNC Medical School, then just a two-year program, and again graduated as class salutatorian. He completed his clinical medical studies at Harvard University, receiving the MD degree there in 1952.

Returning to Chapel Hill, Joyner was a resident physician on the first house staff at UNC Memorial Hospital, having been recruited by his UNC mentor Dr. William MacNider.

After completing his residency in 1954, he joined Drs. Fred Patterson and Kempton Jones in a general family practice, first in a converted chicken coop behind Dr. Patterson’s mother’s boarding house on Franklin Street (now the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house), and then, for 30 years, off Raleigh Road, in Glen Lennox, current site of the Aloft Hotel.

Throughout his career, Joyner was also a highly active leader in Chapel Hill civic, religious, and cultural life. Among many such roles over the years, he was chairman of the town’s Human Relations Committee in the early 1960s, president of the UNC Wesley Foundation in the late 1960s, and president of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club.

Originally a member of University Methodist Church, he and his wife were among a group of people sent out by that church in 1957 to found Aldersgate Methodist, on the southeastern side of town. They served Aldersgate in various capacities for many years, before returning to University Methodist in the 1990s.

Joyner and his wife moved from Chapel Hill to Durham in 1999, to be among the first residents of the Croasdaile Village retirement community. There, they were active in helping to foster cultural life, especially in the creation of a substantial community library.

Jane Linville Joyner died at Croasdaile in 2002, and the library is named for her.

In 2014, Joyner was made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, in recognition of his meritorious service in France in World War II.

 He is survived by a sister, Marian Myers of Martinsville, VA; three children and their spouses—Will Joyner and Linda Jones, of Newton, MA; Matt and Betsy Joyner of Charlotte; and Jane (Joyner) and Rex Kaney of Decatur, GA; and nine grandchildren—Julia Alexander Caldwell (Rick) of Atlanta; Johanna Alexander of Paris, France; Luke Joyner of Chicago; Alec Joyner of New York City; Carolina and Compton Jones of Newton, MA; and Anna Claire, Matthew, and Oscar Joyner of Charlotte. Also surviving is his special friend of recent years, Patricia Coman.

The family would like to recognize and thank the entire staff of Croasdaile Village, particularly of Friendship House Assisted Living Unit, for their compassionate care for Dr. Joyner.

 A service in celebration of the life of William S. Joyner will be held at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (parking in Chapel Hill municipal lots), with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the library fund at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkway, Durham NC 27705, or to the music ministry at University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. Online condolences for the family may be communicated at www.cremationsocietync.com.