Mitchell Mack ’42

Mitchell Mack '42Side Mitchell Mack passed away in the peace of his own home on December 4, 2017, two months after Dolores, his beloved wife of nearly 66 years. They are, no doubt, reunited in glory.

Born the son of Lebanese immigrants on January 16, 1921, he followed assiduously in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in devoting his life to family, faith and community. Mitchell and Dolores were extraordinary parents and role models to their 5 children, and loving grandparents to their 11 grandkids.

He and Dolores stressed the importance of establishing in them a solid foundation built on faith in God, love of family, personal responsibility and service to the community.

Despite his sometimes frenzied life juggling long hours in the family business and his numerous civic undertakings, family was always first. Mitchell lived a life of integrity which left an indelible print on his progeny.

He was a quiet man of action who led by example. After attending Mooresville public schools, he attended Davidson College and then went on to earn an MBA in Industrial Engineering from Harvard. During his career at Harvard, he was called to serve his country in WW II. Rather than accept a deferment, Mitchell chose to serve in the Navy, and as a Lieutenant was stationed in North and West Africa from 1943-1946. He continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until 1956.

After the war, possessing degrees from Davidson and Harvard, Mitchell could have accepted any number of positions anywhere in the country, but once again he chose to serve. This time it was the family that called. As the youngest of 4 children, Mitchell was asked by his father to return to Mooresville to help in the family department store, John Mack & Son, established by his father and grandfather in 1912.

From 1947 until 1993, Mitchell put his talent and intellect to work transforming and growing the family business.

Back in Mooresville, Mitchell lost no time becoming deeply involved in the civic, charitable and religious fabric of his hometown. He was, simply put, an outstanding citizen. He joined, and eventually led, the Rotary Club, serving in virtually every capacity on his way to perfect weekly attendance for over 65 years and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.

He resumed his active involvement in Boy Scouts, from which he had earned his Eagle award at age 15, by becoming a Scoutmaster, District Chairman, Piedmont Council Executive Board member and Silver Beaver award recipient. He would accumulate over 70 years of continuous involvement in Scouting.

As a member of the First Presbyterian Church he faithfully served as Deacon, Sunday school teacher and Elder, as well as in the choir for more than 70 years.

His capacity for and love of service was nearly limitless. He served as President of the local Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, Merchant’s Association and Jaycees. He also served in various leadership roles with Lowrance Hospital, Piedmont Bank, YMCA, the Downtown Commission and too many other organizations to mention. Upon closing the family business in 1993 after 84 years of operation in downtown Mooresville, Mitchell served several terms on the Mooresville Town Board, including as Mayor Pro Tem.

He has been recognized widely for his contributions to the community. Among other acknowledgments, in 1986, he was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Chamber of Commerce; and in 2005 he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest honor for exemplary service and exceptional accomplishment.

S. Mitchell Mack truly lived a life of meaning, consequence and purpose, and unquestionably left the world a better place than he found it. God blessed him with many gifts, and Mitchell used them to the fullest to better himself, his children and his community. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the very way he lived his life and the standard he set for all to see.

He is survived by five children: Side Mitchell Mack, Jr. of Greensboro NC, Ronald (Kathryn) Mack of Greensboro NC, Denise (Skip) Vallee of Shelburne VT, Yvonne (Maurice Williams) of Blowing Rock NC, Jeffrey (Anya) Mack of Charlotte NC and eleven wonderful grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will immediately follow at Willow Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Cavin Cook Funeral Home on Friday December 8, from 5:00-8:00 PM.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers of Home Instead, Bayada, numerous private caregivers and Hospice of Iredell County, and to give special thanks to Patty Martin and Ashlee Vineyard. Their wonderful care kept Mitchell comfortable in his final years at home.

Memorials may be sent to The Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council or The Rotary Foundation c/o The Mooresville Rotary Club or Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Mack family. Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 6, 2017

H. Newton Spencer ’45

H. Newt Spencer '45Newton Spencer, MD, 92, died in the comfort of his home on Friday, November 3, 2017.

His Funeral Service will be held at Ardmore Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 2, at 11 am, where the family will receive guests after 10 am in the Sanctuary.

Dr. Spencer was born on December 20, 1924 in Red Bank, NJ, and graduated from Scotch Plains High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College, NC in 1945 and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950.

After completing an internship at The Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia in 1951, he returned to North Carolina as Medical Director at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, beginning an interest in Occupational Medicine.

In 1953, Dr. Spencer served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon during the Korean Warthat led to an interest in orthopedic surgery. After completing his military service, he was accepted as an orthopedic surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.

Dr. Spencer was active in both orthopedic surgery and occupational medicine. He held medical licenses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. As an orthopedic surgeon, he worked at The Haverford Hospital, The Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia, Springfield Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital.

After earning a certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in Health Systems Management in 1973, he remained active in occupational medicine and developed a fully operational network of clinics serving employers though out the region.

Dr. Spencer’s love of medicine also infused his charitable work. He volunteered for several medical mission trips to Haiti in the 1960s. He also served as the doctor for the Haverford Senior High football teams in the 1970s.

Dr. Spencer was an active member of Ardmore Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where he served as deacon, trustee and elder. He was also involved in other community organizations including the Rotary Club of Havertown, where he was a former president, the Rotary Club of Ardmore and the Union League of Philadelphia, where he was a proud member for 57 years.

Dr. Spencer is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Johnston Spencer, MD. He was the devoted father of four children: Daniel (Donna), Mary Anne Blair (the late Christopher), Patricia Turner (Richard), and the late Currie Gavin, and loving grandfather to: Christine and Jennifer Spencer, Laurel Blair, MD (Thomas Adams), Elizabeth Blair, PharmD (Haynes Dallas), Mary Katherine, Spencer and the late Alexander Gavin, Lara Stuckey (John), James and Katherine Turner.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Ardmore Presbyterian Church. Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home

Published in Delaware County News Network on Nov. 29, 2017

Edward Steele “Buddy” Whitesides ’47

Edward "Buddy" Whitesides '47Edward Steele “Buddy” Whitesides, M.D., of Windy Ridge Farm, Clover, husband of Margaret Baldwin Rowland Plowden, passed away on Saturday, October 28, at the age of 94, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.

Born on June 17, 1923 in Gastonia, N.C. to Major Vance Whitesides and Lillian McCown Whitesides, Dr. Whitesides faithfully served God, his family and mankind.

He was educated in the Gastonia public schools and was a graduate of Davidson College and the Duke University School of Medicine. He was a member of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, where he served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre of Operations. Dr. Whitesides married George Anne Robertson of York, S.C. in 1948 and they initially lived in Durham while he was in medical school. Following the completion of his medical education and training, they moved to Gastonia, where he practiced orthopedic surgery for more than 40 years. They had been married for more than 60 years at the time of Mrs. Whitesides’ death in 2009.

In 2010 he married Margaret, a long-time friend of Dr. Whitesides and George Anne. Up until Dr. Whitesides’ final illness, the couple divided their time among Windy Ridge Farm, Wedgefield, S.C. and Bennetts Point, S.C., where they were instrumental in the founding and construction of the Bennetts Point Interdenominational Chapel.

In addition to his medical practice in Gastonia, Dr. Whitesides was deeply committed to medical mission work in Haiti. Beginning in the 1970s, his involvement included arranging the shipment of hospital equipment to a newly built 50-bed hospital in Bonne Fin.

That hospital would be known as the Hospital of Light. Several times a year for many years, Dr. Whitesides and his medical partner Dr. Robert Blake traveled to Bonne Fin to treat the impoverished people of Haiti.

Dr. Whitesides was instrumental in the creation in 1987 of Lumiere Medical Ministries, a Christian non-profit that today supports Christian medical missions across Haiti. At the time of his death, he was a director emeritus on Lumiere’s board of directors.

His last visit to Haiti was in 2010 to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new hospital, King’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, of which Lumiere Medical Ministries is a supporting partner. During that visit, the “Great White Doctor,” as he was often called by patients, had a joyful reunion with many Haitian friends, some of whom he had not seen in 25 years.

During his time practicing in Gastonia, he served on a number of medical boards and committees including the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; member and vice-chair of the Board of Gastonia Health Care; and Chief of Staff of the former Gaston Memorial Hospital, today known as CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Whitesides was also instrumental in the organization of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in Gastonia. For years, he, along with his wife and daughters, attended the FCA summer camps near Black Mountain, N.C. He also served as the team doctor for local high school football games.

A man of many interests, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, trainer of dogs and horses, farmer and gardener. He played the piano and he sang for many years with the Gastonia Choral Society.

He also enjoyed making Southwestern Native American turquois-and- silver jewelry, which he would sign “EZW” — for the whimsically self-named “Edward Zuni Whitesides.” He owned and piloted an airplane, having learned to fly in self-defense, fearing what might happen if something befell one of the pilots of the little two-seater planes used in flying him to and from in Haiti.

Dr. Whitesides is survived by his wife, Margaret; his two daughters, Maryanne Whitesides of Windy Ridge Farm and Roseanne Whitesides (married to Jeff Rockholt) also of Windy Ridge Farm; grandson Cole Nichols (Amy) of Colonial Beach, Va.; and a sister, Mary Lou Pearson of Gastonia.

He is also survived by stepchildren Charles G. Rowland (Sylvia) of Walterboro, S.C., Earle Rowland (Denise) of Paxville, S.C., Louise R. Burns (Jim) of Camden, S.C., and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife George Anne, he was predeceased by a sister, Anne Whitesides Alexander.

The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House for the tender care and comfort provided to Dr. Whitesides during his final days.

A celebration of his life will be held at First ARP Church, 317 South Chester Street in Gastonia at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First ARP Church, 317 S. Chester St., Gastonia SC 28052; Lumiere Medical Ministries, 510 S. First Street, Lowell NC 28098; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolence messages may be sent online at

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Whitesides family.

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John Wishart Campbell ’45

John Wishart Campbell '45John Wishart Campbell, 94, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2017, at his residence in Lumberton.

He was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Lumberton, to the late William Colin Campbell and Flora Wishart Campbell and was the grandson of local merchant and tobacconist J.H. Wishart. His sister, Jean Campbell Russell of Cynthiana, Ky., preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Adkins Campbell, whom he married on Christmas Day 1944, of the home; his children, John Wishart Campbell Jr. (Judy) of Manassas, Va., Leigh Campbell Pope (Grady) of Shallotte, N.C., Lisa Campbell Stuart (Bob) of Raleigh, N.C., and “like-daughters” Kathy Bryan Smith (Steward) of Huntersville, N.C., and Rene O’Neal Campbell of Manassas, Va.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Additionally, Betty Nye held a special place in John Wishart’s life, professionally as well as personally.

A graduate of Lumberton High School in 1941, he attended Davidson College prior to entering military service in 1943, and completed additional course work at Mississippi State University while on active duty. At the conclusion of the war he continued undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina, then entered and completed UNC Law School and was awarded a LLB degree in 1949.

John Wishart took his oath in 1949 before Superior Court Judge W.C. Harris, for whom the annual Robeson County Bar meeting is named. During his career, he was a partner in two Lumberton firms, Britt, Campbell & Britt and later Johnson, McIntyre, Hedgpeth, Biggs and Campbell, before establishing a sole practitioner office in what was his grandfather’s Chestnut Street store. He later was partnered with the Raleigh firm of Teague Campbell Dennis and Gorham, LLP.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout his legal lifetime, including Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; President, North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Lawyer’s Hall of Fame, his renown as a trial lawyer is legendary. He retired at the beginning of 2013 having served the citizenry of Robeson County and across the state as an Attorney-at-Law for 63 years.

John Wishart maintained a strong sense of service throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Lumberton Chapter of the Sea Scouts as well as being a member of the Boy Scouts, in which he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. During WWII, he completed the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program and was awarded his pilot’s wings, trained to fly both the B-24 and B-25 aircraft.

After the war he returned to North Carolina to complete his education but later re-entered service with the USAF Reserves subsequently retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General.

An avid golfer and long-time member of Pinecrest Country Club, John Wishart relished his regular rounds at the club, especially in warm weather, where, at 68 years of age, he had a round equal to his age. He was fortunate to have played some of the country’s most famous courses but was most successful at Pinecrest, where he recorded three holes-in-one during his playing days.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton with Rev. David Ruth and Rev. Eva Ruth officiating. Interment at Meadowbrook Cemetery will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the First Presbyterian Church.

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Claiborne Pendleton Smith ’49

Claiborne Pendleton Smith, 92, died Oct. 20, 2017 at The Hospice of the Golden Isles.

His love for God and his family was evident by the many lives he touched and the rich legacy he left behind.

He was born April 25, 1925 in Salisbury, N.C. to John Bellamy Smith and Virginia Bryan Walton Smith of Wilmington, N.C. Clay was raised in Wilmington, N.C. and Florence, S.C.

He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.

Clay attended Davidson College, majoring in Physics, before being inducted into the Navy on Aug. 2, 1943. He served as Aviation Electronic Technician’s Mate First Class and was discharged in March of 1946.

He married Betty Jane Hancock on Nov. 4, 1950 in Atlanta, Ga.

Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, Clay went to work for Western Electric and later become a registered electrical engineer in North Carolina and Virginia. He then worked for Hewlett-Packard in Richmond, Va., San Juan, Puerto Rico and Atlanta Ga. before retiring.

Clay and Betty moved to Jekyll Island, Ga. in 2000, where he was a member of the Lions Club and St. Simons Community Church. Clay was a talented and gifted craftsman. He enjoyed wood carving and decorative blacksmithing. He held an extra class ticket as a ham radio operator, and was an avid sailor and lifetime Bible student.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Hancock Smith, daughter Patricia Smith Bowman and son David (Liz) Claiborne Smith.

His grandchildren are Ann Bowman Jones of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Charles Edward Bowman (Jennifer) of Missoula, Mont., Virginia Bowman Hall (Pate) of St. Simons Island, Ga., Kathleen Smith of Monrovia, Calif. and Alexandra Smith of Elma, Wash.

His great-grandchildren are Pendleton Jones and Gwyneth Jones of Upper Arlington, Ohio and Jasper Pate Hall of St. Simons Island, Ga.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.26 at the Jekyll Island Baptist Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Hospice of the Golden Isles in honor of Claiborne Smith, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.

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