Patricia Ann Morris Harris ’77

Patricia Ann Morris Harris, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Edward M. Harris of Perkasie, PA, her daughter Patty Harris Dawson and son-in-law David Dawson of Quakertown, PA, and her son Mac William Harris of New York City, NY.

She is also survived by her parents Mac Glenn and Janelle Connevey Morris of Princeton, NJ, her brother Robert Steven Morris of Cleveland, OH, her sister Janelle Morris Thibau and brotherin-law Eric Thibau of Potomac, MD, and her brother John Logan Morris and sister-in-law Susan Teare Morris of Princeton, NJ, along with many loving nieces and nephews. 


Patricia, known to her family and friends as Pat, grew up on Clearbrook Farm in Princeton, NJ and attended the Princeton public schools. She graduated in 1973 from Princeton High School and attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, matriculating in the first co-ed class. She founded the Davidson Women’s Chorale Group and was lead singer in several campus musicals. She graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in Music. 


Patricia was an advertising sales associate at the Norfolk Ledger Star newspaper and worked in a nursing home in Norfolk, VA, before joining the team responsible for the opening of the Princeton Campus of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, Inc. on Scudders Mill Road. She enjoyed a long career at Merrill Lynch, and later Bank of America, in Human Resources where she focused on Manager Training. She later joined the staff of Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, PA where she made many wonderful friends and colleagues on that exceptional team. 

Countless family members, friends, and the community have heard Pat playing piano and guitar and singing over the years with her family. Aside from her career, she was a dedicated wife to Ed and a wonderful mother to Patty and Mackey. A highlight of her life was the recent wedding of her daughter Patty to David Dawson outdoors at a beautiful farm. At that wedding, her son Mackey, a songwriter in his spare time, assembled his friends and launched the “Silo Boys” as a band unmatched in its talent. Pat was proud to be anointed their Number One fan.

In addition to her love of family and music, Pat was famous for her baking and canning, and her homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee cake were relished by all. She loved her collies, musicals, horseback rides, and singing duets with her sister Janie. She loved to drive out West with a car full of cousins on annual family trips. Pat is known to be the fountain of kindness that has fed a very large extended family and will continue to serve as an inspiration of giving to family, her church, and the community at large. Pat will always be remembered for the music that brought joy to everyone around her, and which will forever be celebrated by those who knew and loved her. 

Pat grew up in the Nassau Presbyterian Church of Princeton, NJ and was a member of the congregation of Deep Run Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at twelve o’clock noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. 


The family wishes to thank the kind and loving staff at The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and her doctors and nurses who cared for Pat as if she was one of their own. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

W. D. “Dave” Erwin ’50

 W. D. “Dave” Erwin died May 7, 2019. Dave was born in Honea Path, SC, son of Malcom and Inez Erwin, in 1929.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice “Mickey” Erwin, his son Pat M. Erwin, and his brother Malcom “Mack” Erwin. He is survived by his son William D. Erwin Jr. and five grandchildren, Catherine, Mary Dallas, Ryan, Lydia, and Marcus Erwin.

Dave graduated from Greenville High in 1946 and from Davidson College in 1950. He was employed in the Savings and Loan business for more than 30 years. After retirement, he worked part time with several Savings and Loans and Banks for 10 more years.

Dave became a member of First Presbyterian Church in 1936. He was a former Deacon, Church Treasurer, and President of the Men’s Bible Class. He was a former Board member of the YMCA, took cancer patients to the hospital, and delivered Meals on Wheels.

Dave’s first love was his family and second love was sports. He played football and basketball and coached County League football, Church basketball, and officiated football.

Dave had several great mentors growing up. They were B.T. Gault (Elementary Principal), George Mackey (Director of Rotary Boys Choir), Monk Mulligan (Director of YMCA Camp Greenville), coaches J. H. “Speedy” Spear and James “Slick” Moore. All had a great influence on him and kept Dave straight growing up.

Dave said, “My father had the greatest influence on me, and I tried my best to do the same for my family. I had the best – my wife, my father and mother, my two sons, and my brother. I don’t think anyone could have had a better life than me – growing up in Greenville and having the friends I had. I was certainly blessed. My visit on Earth is done – it’s time to move on to the welcoming arms of my Heavenly Father.”

Visitation will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, from 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. The graveside service will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Springwood Cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Greenville High School Booster Club, 1 Vardry St., Greenville, SC 29601, or First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington St., Greenville, SC 29601.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting thomasmcafee.com.

Thomas Loflin III ’64

Thomas F. Loflin III, a Durham attorney, died Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2019, of natural causes. He was 76. He was born in Hendersonville, N.C. His parents were Thomas F. Loflin Jr., and Mary Anne (Turner) Loflin, both deceased.

He was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina Law School. He was a Vietnam War veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Frye) Loflin, his only daughter, Jocelyn, his maternal aunt, Frances Satterfield of Waynesville, N.C., and many cousins.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A brief time of sharing will be held during the visitation starting at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Harold Kistler ’59

Harold Leon Kistler, 82, of Blairs, Va., went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Sovah Health.

He was born in Mooresville, March 27, 1937, to the late Thomas Guy and Lois Clodfelter Kistler. Harold was a graduate of Mooresville High School, Davidson College, and held a Bachelor of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary.

From an early age, he began a 56-year ministry in Pastoring several churches across both Virginia and North Carolina with a commitment to spreading the gospel and serving others. Recognizing a need for the value and efficiency of God’s message, he created a one-minute weekday radio message of hope he called “Moment of Truth”. Harold was a compassionate person who loved his family and making people laugh. Fascinated by cars and fixing things, he was found constantly outdoors, whether gardening or farming or playing a great game of horseshoes.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Patricia Hill Kistler. Also surviving is sister, Doris Sparrow (Ralph); children, Kellie Clark (Kenneth), Chad Kistler (Amy), and Travis Kistler (Mike Kweller); grandchildren, Lauren Cook (Brandon), Joshua Clark, Tiffany Kistler, and Emily Kistler; and great-grandchildren, Storm and Jade Cook.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m., at United Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Adam Woods, Rev. R.G. Rowland, and Rev. Kenneth Clark officiating. Interment followed in Danville Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m., at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Gideons International at www.gideons.org. Wrenn-Yeatts North Main is respectfully serving the Kistler family. Online Condolences at www.wrenn-yeatts.com.

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Bill Bigger ’85

Rev. Dr. William “Bill” John Bigger, 56, was welcomed into his heavenly home on May 1, 2019, after a short battle with brain cancer. His faith in God and devotion to his family carried him through this struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Bill was born to Dr. John Bigger and the late Sarah “Sally” Bigger on January 22, 1963 in St. Louis, MO. He is a 1985 graduate of Davidson College with a BA in religion, and a 1990 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MDiv. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA in 2008.

Bill served as senior pastor at Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, NC since 2012. Pastor Bill previously had the honor of serving at Enka Baptist Church, Drexel First Baptist Church, Briarcliff Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church of Rome Georgia. His professional ministry began in 1985 as a US-2 missionary in Charlotte. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Leigh Thompson. They were married in February 1987. 

Bill was a pastor truly gifted in caring for others. He was kind, compassionate, soft spoken, and self-sacrificing. Bill helped raise his two children with patience and humility, helping with their homework as well as coaching and cheering them on in their sports endeavors. He loved walking his dog Sammy and serving with the youth and children in his church. His greatest love was playing with and bragging on his grandbabies Clara and Isaac. 

Bill was blessed with a large and loving family. He is survived by his wife Leigh; his son Matthew William Bigger (Lauren); his daughter Kaylee Bigger Kuzbary (Daniel); his two precious grandchildren Clara Marie Bigger and Isaac William Bigger; his father Dr. John Bigger and Carolyn “CJ” Bigger; his siblings Bob Bigger, David Bigger, Robbie Bell, and Buffie Harper and their families; Leigh’s parents Dan and Sara Thompson and his 8 brothers-in-law and 8 sisters-in-law.

He also leaves behind 16 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Bigger.

Clements Funeral Home in Durham, NC is handling funeral arrangements. Receiving of friends and family will take place at Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, NC on Saturday, May 4th from 5pm until 8pm. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, May 5th at 4pm at Hope Valley Baptist Church. Officiants will be Rev. Dr. Christopher Ingram, Rev. Dr. Steve Bolton and Rev. Amy Herring. A fellowship meal will be served for all family and friends following the service.

An additional memorial service will be held at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May 7th with Rev. Bobby Morrow officiating. There will be a receiving of family and friends from 2-3 pm and a service to follow at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hope Valley Baptist Church: 6900 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.