Chester Huskins ’48

Chester was born near Lowesville in Lincoln County, son of the late Levi Anthony Huskins and Lelah Mae Womac Huskins. He was a graduate of Rock Springs High School, Davidson College and The University of Florida. He served in the US Army Air Force during World War II.

After receiving his degree in organic chemistry from The University of Florida, he was employed by the Department of Agriculture, Citrus Experiment Station in Winter Haven, Florida and was involved in the development of frozen orange juice concentrate which brought an economic boom to the orange growing section of Florida.

In 1952 he transferred to the Department of Army at Red Stone Arsenal in Hunstville, Alabama. There he was a solid propellant research chemist in the propulsion laboratory, US Army Missile Command. During his career there he authored numerous technical reports and was the recipient of 25 patents.

He was the Army’s representative to the NATO countries in the exchange of Rocket Meritorious Civilian Service. He was a long-time member of the American Chemical Society, serving as secretary and as president of the North Alabama section of the society. He was a member of Golden K Kiwanis Club of Huntsville and served as president.

Survivors include step-daughter, Phyllis Kay Harper Denton and husband, Fred Denton; granddaughters, Dorothy Denton and Julia Denton. A graveside service to celebrate Chester’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Salem United Methodist Church, Denver, NC.

Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving the family.

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Bob Moore II ’61

Robert (Bob) Letcher Moore II died peacefully at home on March 26, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. Bob was a transplanted Southerner from the Shenandoah Valley, with a soft Virginia accent that earned him some gentle teasing among the Cape Cod folks who knew him.

Born in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1939, Bob graduated from Harrisonburg High School, and got his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Tau Omega. Bob received his law degree from the University of Virginia, with membership in the Order of the Coif.

After law school, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea at a missile installation on the DMZ, the source of many tall tales and funny stories over the years.

For the next forty years, Bob practiced law with the firm of Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., specializing in corporate tax litigation. Mr. Moore was nationally ranked as a Senior Statesman in Chambers USA for his work in the area of Tax Controversy.

He was also recognized in The Guide to World’s Best Tax Advisors and Best Lawyers in America. He frequently spoke and wrote about various subjects involving federal taxation.

In 1988, the Moores bought their home on Pochet Inlet in Orleans. He enjoyed many of the usual past-times on the Cape: boating, birding, hiking and golf, but one of his greatest pleasures was his volunteer work with Cape Mediation where he learned conflict resolution skills that he joked were antithetical to his adversarial trial experience. He was also on the boards of Orleans Can and the Orleans Conservation Trust.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Suzanne, by his daughter Rachel, his daughter Katy Riley and daughter-in-law Paige Riley, and his sister Mary Ellen Moore of Richmond, VA.

Cremation services will be private.

Those wishing to make a charitable contribution in his memory might consider donating to Cape Mediation, the Homeless Prevention Council, the Orleans Conservation Trust, or the Conservation Law Foundation.

Dick Little ’54

In celebration, we announce that Pastor Dr. Richard Henry Little (Dick), 87, husband, father, pastor, teacher, evangelist, author, but most importantly life-long servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, went to be with his beloved Savior on Thursday evening March 21, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Notre Shirilee; son Richard Bryant Little and wife Tess; two grandchildren, Vanessa Best, Joshua Jones and wife Angela; three great-grandchildren, Campbell Best, McKenzie Jones and Hollee Jones; cousin Katharine Parrish (who was like a sister).

His daughter Kathryn Lynne Jones preceded him in death.

Dick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Anniston, Ala., the son of Henry Wilson Little and Eleanor Augusta Little. He graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and received his master’s of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Dr. of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dick began his ministry as chaplain of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and was associate pastor of the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Va. where he met his wife of 60 years.

For seven years he was pastor of the Parkview Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA (PCUSA). From 1965 to 1979 he was engaged in full-time preaching evangelism under the auspices of the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.

In 1980 he became pastor of Reynolda Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, leading them into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1987.

In 1995 he retired from Reynolda Church. During his ministry, Dick preached and taught in churches all over the United States, South America, Puerto Rico, Israel, Italy, India, Ukraine and other countries. He was the founder of the Hawkridge Home for the elderly in Neyyattinkara, India.

He served as the coordinating director for the First and Second World Conferences of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, Israel in the 70s where over 3000 believers worshiped and praised the Lord in the Binyenei HaUma convention center with Charismatic leaders of that day. He served on the boards of the Evangelistic Mission to Puerto Rico, the Presbyterian and Reformed Renewal Ministries International and the Presbyterian Charismatic Communion.

He was one of the founding pastors and on the board of Associates in Christian Counseling in Winston-Salem, NC. He was the author of “Kiss Your Church,” written for pastors on how to minister to their people and church. One of his greatest blessings was to be elected moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997.

From 1995-2012 he remained active serving churches in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, one of which was the Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Va. Beach, Va. where he had a very fruitful ministry. Being a church member all of his life but not coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Savior until college, he devoted his life to his greatest passion, declaring the saving message of Jesus Christ.

As one person said, “He was a come to Jesus preacher.” “Someday you will read in the paper that I am dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.” Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899).

His celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolda Presbyterian Church, 2200 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, NC. Following a graveside service for the family at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, family visitation will follow after the Reynolda church service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Riveroaks Community Church World Missions, Clemmons, NC and Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to those who lovingly cared for him during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease: Dr. Edward Shaw Memory Counseling Program, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Mrs. Beverly Riddle (Caregiver), Brighton Gardens Reminiscence Care Staff, Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC; and our church families Riveroaks Community Church, Reynolda EPC.

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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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