Benjamin Shannon ’42

Benjamin Eugene Shannon, 97, of Shallotte, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Born May 20, 1920, in Gastonia he was the son of Samuel Edward Shannon and Ina Shannon Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Thelma R. Shannon; brother, Anderson Shannon; sisters, Ruth S. Shanklin and Irene S. Wise; and grandson, Jeffrey Presson.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Ed Presson of Niceville, Fla., and Beth and Steve Spoon of Shallotte; four grandsons, Scott and David Presson and Chad and Eric Spoon; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Tucker Presson; and a great-granddaughter, Lexi Spoon.

He grew up at Barium Springs Orphanage and graduated from Davidson College. He served his country as a career officer in the U.S. Army and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. The Revs. John Causey, pastor of Shallotte Presbyterian Church, and Eric Spoon, pastor of New Bethel Presbyterian Church of Piney Flats, Tenn., will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Hope Alliance in Barium Springs or to Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

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John Thompson Wardlaw ’44

John Wardlaw '44John Thompson Wardlaw, 94, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

He was born in Atlanta, GA to the late James Thompson and Belle Thompson Wardlaw and attended Pine Street School, Spartanburg High School, Darlington School, Davidson College and Georgia Tech.

John served in the Navy as a destroyer escort communications officer during World War II. He worked with Milliken and Co., Kentucky Woven Label Co., Bo-Buck Mills and later founded Wardlaw Sales in Spartanburg before retiring in 1995.

He was actively involved in the Spartanburg community serving as President of The Spartanburg Rotary Club; the Spartanburg County Foundation Board of Trustees and Investment Advisory Committee.

He served on the Spartanburg Music Foundation Board, Friends of the Spartanburg County Library Board, Commissioner on the Spartanburg Housing Authority, Chairman of Total Ministries Board, Habitat for Humanity Board, President of the Narrow Fabrics Institute and was the Founder, Chairman, Director and Board Chair Emeritus of The Adult Learning Center. John was a devoted and faithful member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent, where he served on the Vestry, as senior and junior warden.

His service and commitment to Spartanburg has been recognized with multiple civic and state awards. John received the SC Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford; the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizen award presented by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; the Wofford College Algernon- Sydney Sullivan Award for public service; the Mary Black Foundation Dr. Sam O. Black, Jr. Health Promotion Award for Leadership; 2014 Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg Citizen of the Year; the Dean Griffin Public Service Award from Georgia Tech; and the National Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; his daughter, Saunders McCollum and her husband, David, of Anderson, SC; and his grandchildren, Ashley and John McCollum.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, on Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00PM, officiated by The Reverend Dr. Clay H. Turner and The Reverend J. Edward Morris.

The family will receive friends following the service at The Parish and Community Life Center.

In remembrance of John, memorials may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, The Adult Learning Center, 145 N Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306, or Spartanburg Regional Home Health and Hospice, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at
Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2018

William Littleberry “Fritz” Vinson ’48

Fritz Vinson '48William Littleberry Vinson, “Fritz”, 91, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Pawleys Island, SC. Fritz was born on January 9, 1927 in Greensboro, NC to Barnard Bee Vinson and Helen Julian Vinson. He was the youngest of four sons, and was preceded in death by his parents and brothers; Barnard Bee, Charles Julian, and Paul Garrett.

Fritz was a life-long learner. Invited along with his mother to accompany his brother Charles during his US Navy pilot training, Fritz attended five different high schools in Florida and Texas, ultimately graduating from Miami High School in 1944. He studied political science at Davidson College and graduated in 1948. He completed his law degree at Emory University in 1952 and was a member of the Georgia Bar since 1951. Throughout his life, Fritz was a well-regarded business man.

After graduating from college, Fritz joined the credit department at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved into management of the tax department at Sears after completing law school and remained there until founding his own property tax consulting business, Cape and Vinson, with his friend Forrest Cape. Fritz continued to be a well-respected property tax consultant in Atlanta until he retired as president of Avtax, Atlanta in 1998 and moved to Pawleys Island, South Carolina in 1999.

Soon after arriving in Pawleys Island, Fritz studied to become a Master Gardener and volunteered at Brookgreen Garden and with the Clemson Extension Service on their water sampling team. Fritz was never comfortable being retired and was glad to be able to continue working as the Financial Director and Treasurer at Georgetown Presbyterian Church right up until his death. Fritz deeply valued the friendships he enjoyed with his co-workers.

Fritz was a loving husband and father. It was friends, Nancy and Kent Beals, who introduced Fritz to two of his greatest loves, Pawleys Island and Luan Butler, the beautiful woman who would become his wife and best friend. Fritz proposed to Luan two weeks after their first blind date.

He often said that one of the best things about Luan was her beautiful daughters, Nancy and Kathy. When Luan and Fritz married on October 3, 1964, he became not only husband to Luan but daddy to these two little girls. Over the next sixteen years, two more girls, Caroline and Anna, joined the family. He was so proud of all his daughters, their spouses and his grandchildren. 

Fritz’s generous love embraced and supported not only his wife and children, but many extended family members, friends, colleagues, and members of the wider community.

When their own nest emptied, Fritz and Luan adopted a residential cottage at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, South Carolina, providing for the needs of the cottage including hosting the children and their house parents for vacation time at the beach and in the mountains. Together, Fritz and Luan served on the Board of Visitors for Thornwell Home, and established a family legacy fund for cottage life.

As a man of faith, Fritz was a dedicated member and Ruling Elder of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, South Carolina. He taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. His wisdom and expertise were valued in the many church and Presbytery committees on which he served.

Fritz enjoyed water skiing, fishing, camping, body surfing at the beach, opera, carpentry, gardening, reading history and current events, genealogical research, playing bridge, and a good game of Scrabble. Fritz possessed a keen intellect and a wry sense of humor. His wisdom, guidance, and integrity have shaped many lives. 

Fritz is survived by his wife of 53 years, Luan Butler Vinson; children, Nancy and Dave Seay of Greensboro, NC, Kathy and Bill Cates of Greensboro, NC, Caroline and Phillip Dennis of Indianapolis, IN, Anna and Hunter Jones of Washington, DC; grandchildren Rachel and Libby Seay, Ryne Gabel, MacKenzie Cates Allen (Mark), Hayley Cates, Allyson Cates Koopman (Brian), Helen, Hannah and Jacob Dennis, Graydon and Piper Jones; great-grandchildren Layleigh and Elizabeth Allen.

A service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Life will be held at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road Georgetown, SC 29440 at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 4, with a reception to follow. You may sign a guest book at 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vinson Family Legacy Fund for Cottage Life at Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325, or to Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

William Robert Dunn, Sr. ’47

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. age 92 of Cumming, Georgia, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Kehr Dunn; son, Richard K. Dunn; daughter, Barbara Ann Dunn; sister, Elizabeth Grunwald; parents, William and Clara Dunn.

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. was born in Atlanta and graduated from North Fulton High School, Davidson College, and earned his medical degree in 1947 from Emory University.

He wed Norma Kehr Dunn in June 1947. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raising a family together. He spent 2 years in a surgery residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He then enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War. He returned to Grady Hospital to complete his Pediatric Residency in 1954, and attended Columbia Seminary in Decatur.

He then traveled to Belgium to learn French to prepare for a tropical medicine residency. He spent 3 years as a medical missionary in the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three decades later in 1984, he returned to the Congo for another missionary tour.

Returning stateside, he set up a very popular family practice in Cumming, Georgia at the suggestion of Dr. Jim Mashburn. His medical practice was extremely busy and patients would often line up in his waiting room with sack lunches until he could attend to their needs. He always put his patients first.

He managed to find time to perform physicals for the Boy Scouts and high school football teams. He was also very active with the Cumming Kiwanis Club. He also trained Physician Assistant students from Emory University. He remained active in his Emory Medical Class of ’47 reunions.

He retired from practice in 2010, but spent another 5 years volunteering his medical services at the Good News Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia. He taught an adult Sunday school class and sang in the choir at Cumming First United Methodist Church. He was also active with Meals on Wheels, and working his cattle farm in Forsyth County. He loved his family and the Georgia Bulldogs.

A humble man, he quietly joined the Mashburn family in being a major donor in a land grant that helped preserve 932 acres on Sawnee Mountain and creating the Sawnee Nature Preserve. This has become a popular outdoor destination and the largest county park in the state of Georgia. It has over 5 miles of trails and mountain vistas. He was a man of great passion, work ethic, character, compassion, modesty, and skill.

Survivors include his children, Charlene (Terry) McGill of Cumming, Bill (Melody) Dunn of Cumming, Roger (Ruth) Dunn of Cumming; daughter-in-law, Barbara Dunn Roland of Gainesville; sister-in-law, Joanne Kehr of Iowa; niece, Betty Grunwald; nephews, Fred Grunwald, Bill Grunwald; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm at Cumming First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathie Stasko and Dr. Bob Bowling officiating followed by a Reception in the Family Life Center.

The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Friday, March 30th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 11:00 am at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Forsyth County Senior Services/ Meals on Wheels, 595 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040, Cumming First United Methodist Church, P O Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028 or Season’s Hospice, 8013 Majors Road, Cumming, GA 30041.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 30, 2018

Mr. Thomas McLean (Buck) Faw, Sr. ’49

Mr. Thomas McLean (Buck) Faw, Sr., age 93, of Mount Airy, passed away on Saturday March 24, 2018. He was born in Millers Creek, N.C., September 13, 1924, to the late Claude C. and Edna McLean Faw.

He was preceded in death by Virginia Smith Faw, his wife of 42 years and good friend, his brother C.C. Faw, Jr., his sisters, Elizabeth Lewis, Margaret Heyward, and Corinne Sink.

Mr. Faw is survived by his daughter, Catherine Faw Lewis of Westwood, KS; his son McLean Faw, Jr. (Denise) of Matthews, NC; grandsons, Chris Lewis (Angela) of Columbia, SC, Luke Faw (Kelle) of Matthews, NC, Benjamin Faw of San Francisco, CA, and Matthew Faw (Alissa) of Los Angeles, CA.

He also had four great-grandchildren, Carter Lewis, Harper Faw, Asher Faw, and Amelia Faw.

Mr. Faw graduated from North Wilkesboro High School, Darlington Preparatory School in Athens, GA, Davidson College, and Wake Forest University School of Law.

He was a trial and corporate attorney in Mount Airy, NC for fifty-three years. He served as a Captain in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He was an Elder of First Presbyterian Church, and on the board of directors of Southern National Bank, Spencer’s Inc., North Carolina Foam Industries, and the Northern Hospital of Surry County. Mr. Faw was an avid tennis and golf player.

A visitation with the family will be held Tuesday March 27, 2018 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon, at Moody Funeral Home of Mount Airy, NC.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Joy Christian Fellowship, 11516 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105, Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030, or to Amazing Grace Non-Denominational Ministry, PO Box 292, Toast, NC 27049.

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