Thomas Poindexter Speas ’46

Thomas P. Speas, 94, passed away at Salemtowne in Winston-Salem, Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. in Amos Room/Babcock Health Center, Salemtowne.

Mr. Speas graduated from Reynolds High School in 1942. He attended Davidson College and graduated from University of Virginia in 1944. He received his master’s degree from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1963.

Mr. Speas was in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1943-1946. He was employed with Western Electric and retired from RCA in 1987.

Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Ruth L. Speas; children: P. Lynne S. Messenger (William) and Thomas P. Speas, Jr. (Suzan); grandchildren: Bert Haifley (Jeanette), Justin Haifley, Brad Messenger (Mary Charles); Sara Messenger, and Laura Messenger (Amber); and great-grandchildren: Maya Haifley, Maverick Haifley and Eli Messenger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. William P. Speas and mother Nora E. Dixon; brothers: Frederick W. Speas, Dr. W. P. Speas, Jr., Charles A. Speas and Richard D. Speas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Parkinson’s Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Road North, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28227 or the Boy Scouts of America, Old Hickory Council, 5058, 6600 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

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Rayburn J. Fisher, Jr. ’66

Rayburn J. Fisher, Jr. died on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 73. He was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the son of Miriam and Rayburn J. Fisher.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Bridges Fisher; daughters Elizabeth Anne Fisher (Kevin Reimer) and Vivian Bridges Fisher (Judy Eustace); grandchildren Megan, Clare, Michael, Ryan, Eliza, and Benjamin; sisters Miriam Fisher Gentry and Vivian Boyd Fisher (Jim Newcome); and niece Clare Nicole Gentry (Steve Lorch).

Mr. Fisher grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from North Fulton High School in Atlanta in 1962. He received a BA degree from Davidson College in 1966 and an MBA degree from Stanford University in 1968.

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He served two years in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant, including a one-year tour of duty with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam, 1969-1970.

He was a commercial banker in Atlanta for almost forty years and served as a Chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association, 1996-1997. Mr. Fisher was a co-founder of Metro Bank of Atlanta in 1984 and was its CEO until the bank was sold to Regions Bank in 1996.

Ashes will be buried at a private memorial service in the Chapel Memorial Garden of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, where Mr. Fisher was a long-time member and an elder.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice

Rayburn J. Fisher, Jr. '66

James McCutchen, Jr. ’63

James McCutchen, Jr., 77, of Spartanburg, SC, died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at home. Born August 5, 1941, in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late James McCutchen, Sr. and Mary Alexander McCutchen.

Jamie was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and Davidson College, and he received his MBA from the University of North Carolina. In his Davidson years, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was recognized as “Wildcat of the Week” when he was goalie on the soccer team.

During his professional career, he worked as a real estate developer, appraiser, and consultant in the Spartanburg area and beyond. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church where he formerly served as a Deacon. 

Jamie was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed golf and hunting, but was an especially enthusiastic fisherman. His love of fly fishing gave him the needed excuse to travel far and wide to such locations and Christmas Island, Venezuela, the Caribbean, and “tailing in the flats” of South Carolina’s inlets and marshes. His annual fishing trip to Montana with long-time fishing buddies was a cherished tradition for over 25 years. Jamie was known and loved for his great sense of humor and often sarcastic wit.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Eubank McCutchen; son, James David McCutchen (Laura) of Spartanburg; daughter, Stewart McCutchen Yeargin of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, James David McCutchen, Jr. (Elizabeth), Samuel Watkins McCutchen, William Houston Yeargin, and Mary Isabella Cooper Yeargin; sister, Anne McCutchen Wilson of Atlanta, GA; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly Catherine McCutchen.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307, by The Rev. Joanne R. Hull. Visitation will follow at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Service, PO Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304, or the charity of one’s choice.

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Charles Hall Daugherty ’59

Dr. Charles Hall Daugherty – Chuck, Tee, Uncle Chuck, Pops – passed February 25th, 2019, surrounded by a loving horde of family.

Chuck was born in St. Louis Missouri May 27, 1936, to Milton and Carrie Daugherty. He spent his youth in Brazil as part of a missionary family. He graduated from Davidson College and received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

Before international education was commonplace, Chuck participated in a Junior Year Abroad program, studying at the University of Allahabad in India. Chuck completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil where he met Mary Lee Smith and welcomed his first child Sonia into the world.

In 1966, Chuck returned to the States beginning his professional career as a professor of Political Science at Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) during which time he welcomed his son Shawn. Chuck served as Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council for 20 years.

In 1994, Chuck married his soul mate Christine Weiss Daugherty. Chuck and Christine shared a passion for travel, art, family and community. His marriage to Christine expanded his family to include Margret Vargas, Adam Weiss, and Noah Weiss.

From 1996-1999, Chuck and Christine lived in Slovakia where they assisted rural communities and newly-formed non-profits with economic and community development. As a result of their work in Banska Bystrica they led the effort to form a Sister City Alliance with Charleston, forming art, education, non-profit and business exchanges between the two towns. Chuck also assisted in the development of Nadej Detom (Hope for Children) a organization supporting Roma children. First Presbyterian Church continues to support this organization

Chuck was a missionary, serving his many communities as an enthusiastic volunteer and a convener of many. He volunteered at the Hubbard Hospice House, Meals on Wheels and Kanawha Valley Village People. For several decades Chuck was the primary motivator for a men’s support group to help men with struggles and joys.

Chuck loved music, and loved to sing. He was a member of the Davidson Chorus, various church choirs, particularly First Presbyterian’s, and the West Virginia Symphony Chorus.

Chuck kept active and fit. For many years he ran the Charleston Distance run and completed one marathon. In recent years, he greatly enjoyed the Silver Sneakers program at the Charleston YMCA.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Christine Weiss Daugherty; his sister, Alma Gordon; his children and step children, his many grandchildren, great – grandchildren (who he loved to take for ice cream and books), and a whole host of other family and friends.

Chuck had an easy smile and a wonderfully infectious laugh. He was genuinely interested in what each person he encountered had to say. His light and love will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hubbard Hospice House, Kanawha Valley Village People or the charity of your choice.

There will be a memorial service on March 10 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston.