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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Charles Jarrett ’49

Dr. Charles Jarrett, 92, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Born September 30, 1926, in Charlotte, he was the son of the late Dr. Ralph Franklin Jarrett and Rose McIntyre Jarrett. He grew up on Pembroke Ave., and many boyhood friends from those years remained through life.

After graduating from McCallie Military School in Chattanooga in 1944, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War ll. Charles graduated from Davidson College and then Emory University School of Dentistry, where he made many other lifelong friends.

In 1951, while in dental school, he married Laura Rogers Stroupe of Mt. Holly, NC. Charles was a well-known dentist in Charlotte for more than forty years. He started his practice with his father in downtown Charlotte in the old Independence Building.

He was a member of Myers Park Baptist Church, where he served in many different capacities, including church deacon. He also was an active member of Civitan, and a member of the North Carolina Dental Association.

After retiring he participated in a dental service trip to Peru which also allowed him to visit Machu Picchu, a place of great interest and fascination for Dr. Jarrett. Charles enjoyed a good game of golf with his buddies in the BTL Club at Charlotte Country Club, model ship building, canoeing around the salt marsh at Pawley’s Island, volleyball at the Y on Morehead and following Davidson Wildcat basketball.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Baxley Jarrett; two sons, Charles Alex Jarrett Jr. (Diane Silcox) of Raleigh, Robert Mark Jarrett (Holly Waylett), of Charlotte; and four grandchildren, Daniel Jackson Jarrett, Kimberley Diane Jarrett, Robert Jacob Jarrett, Ashley Charlie Jarrett.

He is also survived by his step-daughter, Marcia Baxley and step-grandson, Ryan Baxley Hewett of Durham.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Stroupe Jarrett and his sister, Nancy Sanders Wilds. Charles will always be remembered for his gentle nature, wit, and generosity.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at noon on Saturday, February 9th at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service. Private interment will take place at Forest Lawn West Cemetery.

To honor his love for animals, especially those who needed a home, memorial gifts can be made to the Humane Society of Charlotte ( Condolences may be offered at

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William Alexander Wier, Jr. ’47

William Alexander Wier, Jr. 91, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Jean Garrison Wier entered into eternal rest Saturday, January 5, 2019.

His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street at 2:00 pm. Interment, Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel.

Bill was born February 27, 1927 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of William Alexander Wier and Mary (Molly) Cuttino Thornhill Wier. He graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1943 and then entered Davidson College, taking time off to serve in the US Navy at the end of World War II.

Bill then graduated from Davidson and University of Illinois, before working his entire career and retiring as a Chemical Engineer from Westvaco.

Bill was a man of great faith and member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder.

He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and Past President of the St. Andrew’s Society.

Bill was a family man and put others’ needs before his own.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved being on the water boating, fishing, and shrimping. Above all, Bill was a proud Charlestonian native.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years in Mt. Pleasant; two sons, William Alexander Wier III, (Nancy) of Houston, TX and Charles Garrison Wier (Jane) of Brookhaven, GA; daughter, Elizabeth Wier Tal (Oded) of Herzliya, Israel; sister, Peggy Wier Evans of Davison, NC and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Jan. 7, 2019

Leonard Menius ’40

Leonard Menius '40A memorial service for Leonard Menius, 99, of Lufkin, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at PineCrest Retirement Community, with Dr. Brian Wiggins officiating.

Leonard was born June 14, 1919, the son of the Rev. J. Floyd Menius and Myrtle Goodman Menius. He passed away Friday, August 31, 2018, at Hospice in the Pines Inpatient at CHI St. Luke’s, Lufkin, TX.

He attended schools in North Carolina, graduating from Davidson College in 1940, and later receiving a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina. He served in World War II as a U. S. Air Force pilot and Squadron Operations Officer in the China, Burma, India theater. He also served during the Korean War at the Human Resources Research Center in San Angelo, Texas, doing research in pilot training methods. He was discharged from the Air Force Reserve as a Lt. Colonel, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two clusters, and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three clusters.

After his military service, Leonard was employed as a Personnel Analyst with Union Bag & Paper Corporation in Savannah, Georgia, and later as Director of Industrial Relations for Eastex Corporation. When Eastex was merged with Temple Industries and Inland Corporation, he served as Director of Industrial Relations for the Forest Products Division of Temple-Inland Inc., completing a total of 31 years of service with the company.

Business affiliations included the American Society of Personnel Administrators where he was classified Executive in Personnel, Chairman of Community Relations Service, Southwest Paper Industries, and Chairman of Southern Forest Products Salary Roundtable. He was a licensed Psychologist in Texas and in Georgia.

Leonard supported the Boy Scouts and was awarded the Silver Beaver award. He also enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the East Texas Seniors Golf Group for many years.

Throughout his life, Leonard was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder, Sunday School teacher, chairman of many committees and also serving as chairman of Presbyterian camp Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center.

Leonard is survived by his sons, Robert and wife, Linda of Katy and Joe and wife, Amy of Plano.

In addition to his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2015; and sister, Opal Menius.

Memorials may be made to Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center Scholarship Fund, 2200 South Washington Ave., Livingston, TX 77351; or to Medical Benevolence Foundation, P. O. Box 96877, Washington, D.C. 20090.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Condolences may be offered at

Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

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Park Moore, Jr. ’47

Park Moore, Jr. '47Rev. Park Moore, Jr., died August 3, 2018, at age 93. Son of Park and Lucile Marks Moore of Decatur, Ga., he graduated from Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Ordained in 1950 as a Presbyterian minister, he served pastorates in Grover and Gastonia, N.C., Jackson and Meridian, Miss., and as an associate pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Ark., from 1983 until retirement in 1990.

He and Betty Jean Combs married in Nicholasville, Ky., and had almost 69 years together. She survives along with children Rodney (Terry) Moore of Reedsport, Ore., Janie Rash and Aileen Moore of Little Rock, Ark., and grandchildren Michael Vitela and Lucy Vitela of Little Rock, and Jonathan Moore of New York City, N.Y.

Rev. Moore has a surviving sister, Elizabeth Cameron, of Storrs, Conn., a niece, and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Shirreffs, of Conyers, Ga.

During World War II, Rev. Moore served on a US Navy destroyer in the Pacific and later as a USNR Chaplain.

A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Dr., Little Rock, Ark., 72227, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,

Published August 6, 2018

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