William Elliott White ’44

William Elliott White '44William Elliott White, 94, of Charlotte passed away peacefully on July 22, 2017 at the Stewart Health Center.

Born August 31, 1922 in Morganton, NC, he was the son of the late William Elliott White and Adelaide Avery Erwin White. Elliott was a proud graduate of The McCallie School, Davidson College (Distinguished Alumni Award in 1977), and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. His pediatrics career began in Charlotte in 1953 when he joined the practice of Dr. Charles Gay.

For the next 46 years, he served the local pediatric community, including service as Chief of Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital and Charlotte Memorial Hospital (CMC-Main). For many years following his retirement he enjoyed teaching and sharing his experience with the next generation, for which he was chosen as the first recipient of the Community Teaching Award, an award named for him.

On June 21, 1944 he married Shirley Marie Owens, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, who survives him. They were blessed to have 73 wonderful years together. He is additionally survived by daughter, Beverly Edwards (Smokey) of Atlanta, GA; son, Richard White (Glenna) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, James Edwards (Emily) of Atlanta, GA, Matt Edwards (Megan) of Richmond, VA, Avery White of Lincolnton, NC, and Anna White of Asheville, NC; and great-grandchildren, Jack Edwards and Davis Edwards of Atlanta, GA and Erin Edwards of Richmond, VA. He was predeceased by daughter, Adelaide Erwin White; son, William Elliott White III; and grandson, William Scott Edwards.

He had an amazing memory with the ability to recall intimate details about decades old events. He was particularly fond of sharing his knowledge of military history (particularly World War II) and sharing family history photos and stories with the next generations. He was proud of his military service as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

He’ll be remembered for his love of family, strong faith, and his love and commitment to pediatric medicine. He was a lifelong supporter of Davidson College athletics and enjoyed playing and watching sports, particularly basketball and football. Some of his highlights include participation in Senior Olympics basketball, his record of attending 78 consecutive Duke-UNC football games, and attending the 1942 Rose Bowl in Durham, NC.

He was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church and Myers Park Country Club.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff and caregivers of The Cypress for their support and loving care.

Memorial contributions can be made to Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or Levine Children’s Hospital, 208 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203.

A service to celebrate Elliott’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 26, in Harry & Bryant’s Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Road. The family will receive friends following the service.

Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.


Published in Charlotte Observer from July 25 to July 26, 2017

Beal Brent “B.B.” Plyler, Jr. ’40

 B.B. Plyler Jr., 97, died at home July 21, 2017.

He was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Wilson, to the late Beal Brent Plyler and Harriet Settle Plyler. B.B. grew up in Wilson and lived most of his life there. B.B. and Flora McNeill Webb Plyler, his loving wife of 59 years who died in 2011, moved to Raleigh in 2009 to be near two of their three children and their five grandchildren, all of whom live in Raleigh.

Except for a couple of years after college, B.B. spent his entire 60-odd-year business career in Wilson as a salesman for New England Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston (now Met Life), New England Securities and Medical Group Insurance Services.

He was a Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.), a Life Member of Million Dollar Round Table and was licensed by the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). B.B. graduated from the public schools in Wilson and later served for 12 years on the Wilson County Board of Education. He attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson his freshman year.

He then transferred to Davidson College and graduated there in the Class of 1940. He was a member of the tennis team and Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. B.B. was very active in Wilson’s business and social life. He served as president of numerous local organizations, including the Jaycees, the Chamber of Commerce, the Life Underwriters Association (four terms), the Wilson Country Club and the United Way.

He was a former member of the local board of First Citizens Bank and the general board of Builders Federal Savings and Loan — later acquired by Raleigh Federal Savings and Loan.

He was a lifelong member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and formerly served as a deacon and elder.

During World War II, B.B. served four years as an officer in the Navy (January 1942 – January 1946) being discharged as a lieutenant. His ship, the heavy cruiser USS Quincy (CA39), laid down the initial bombardment for the Marine landing on Guadalcanal. The Quincy was sunk by the Japanese two days later, on Aug. 9, 1942, in the battle of Savo Island.

Out of approximately 1,000 men aboard the Quincy, 389 died and 147 were wounded. Out of the nine officers from B.B.’s Midshipman’s class at Northwestern University assigned to the Quincy, seven died. B.B. was scheduled for the invasion of Japan, but the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made it unnecessary.

After Japan surrendered, he went into Hiroshima where he witnessed the devastation. B.B. loved people, and people loved him. He had a quick wit, and he was always kind and affirming when using it.

Until this year, he walked a mile every day from his apartment at Whitaker Glen to Five Points and back. B.B.’s mind stayed sharp until his last breath, jokingly and affectionately referring to Pam Henderson, his fantastic Hospice/Transitions nurse, as “My Doomsday Nurse.”

Though his family and friends miss him greatly, they celebrate B.B.’s amazing life and their good fortune to have been part of it.

B.B. is survived by his three children, Brent Plyler of Riverton, William Webb Plyler (Sally) and Ella McNeill Plyler Frantz (Stuart), all of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Harriet Settle Plyler Monroe (Jeff), William Johnson Plyler (Ferebee), Brent Bussey (B.B.) Plyler, Flora McNeill Frantz and Robert Mays Frantz (Gabrielle); two great-grandchildren, John Robert Monroe and Duncan Jeffrey Monroe; two nieces, Caroline Webb Smart (David) of Raleigh and Katharyn Stephan of Melbourne, Florida; and one nephew, William Devin Webb of Raleigh. B.B. was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Flora; by his daughter-in-law, Susan Stancil Plyler; and by his great-grandson, William Webb Monroe.

The family thanks the following people for helping B.B. in recent years: Dr. James Parsons (internist), Dr. William Berry (oncologist), Dr. John McNeill (dentist), Mark Prakke (technology specialist), the staff of The Oaks at Whitaker Glen and more recently, the staff of Transitions. At B.B.’s request, his body was bequeathed for medical study and research.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barton College — Harriet Settle Plyler Scholarship, P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893.

There will be a memorial service on the campus of Barton College at The Kennedy Family Theatre, Woodard Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893 on Monday, July 24, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception and visitation of the family in the atrium adjacent to the theater.

Campbell Gilchrist Henderson ’49

 Mr. Campbell Gilchrist Henderson, 92, passed away at his home Thursday morning surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Wyndall Mason Henderson. They were married for 61 years.

Mr. Henderson was born in Walterboro on December 11, 1924. He was the son of the late Alexander Fraser and Jessie Harrison Henderson. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a first lieutenant in the Pacific Ocean Theater.

After his military service, he returned to Davidson College and, upon graduation, entered the banking profession. He retired as president of Farmers and Merchants Bank in 1985. Mr. Henderson was an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, having received the Silver Beaver Award for his service.

He was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also a lifelong member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and treasurer emeritus. Additionally, he was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club.

He is survived by his children: Cam Henderson, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Walterboro; Jess Charters and husband Andrew of Megggett; Leigh Stoots of Meggett. There are four grandchildren: Wendy Ferreira (Jason), Nancy Henderson, James Stoots, and Campbell Stoots.

Mr. Henderson leaves behind one great-granddaughter, Leona Ferreira, his sister Alice H. Jervey, and long-time caregiver Willie Mae Holmes.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Sunday at Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home in Walterboro. Burial services will be held privately at Live Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bethel Presbyterian Church, 403 Church Street, Walterboro, SC, 29488 Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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John Frampton McGee ’43

John Frampton McgeeJohn Frampton McGee, 94, died on June 23, 2017, after a short period of declining health.

Born in Charleston, SC, January 9, 1923, he was the son of Hall Thomas McGee and Gertrude Wyman Frampton McGee. He graduated from Charleston (SC) High School in 1939 and Davidson College in 1943.

A member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, he was President of the Eumanean Literary Society, Track team manager and Army ROTC Captain. He received his Commission at Ft. Benning and was deployed to England. He landed at Utah Beach on June 12th and was assigned to Company “D” of the 117th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Division. He saw combat from Normandy to Germany.

During the Bulge, he aided in halting the S.S. Panzers at Stavelot, Belgium. He was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with two Clusters, five Campaign Stars, a presidential Unit Citation and French and Belgian Croix de Guerre with Silver Star and was discharged as a Captain. In 1946, he joined the Evening Post Publishing Company in Charleston, SC.

In 1961, he joined the State-Record Company in Columbia, SC, and served as general manager and associate Publisher. He became General Executive with Knight Newspapers, Inc., in Miami in 1969 and joined Clay Communications in Charleston, WV, in 1970. He became its president and guided the company from one newspaper to a holding company with five daily and three Sunday papers, and four television stations.

After the sale of the company in 1987, he served on the Board Thomson Newspapers until 1990. McGee served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and was President of the State Press Associations of South Carolina and West Virginia. He was elected twice as a member of the Board of Directors of the Associated Press.

The McGee’s shared a passion for travel and education, which they generously instilled in children and grandchildren through shared experiences with family. After his retirement, McGee and his beloved wife, Ruth, returned to Africa to teach journalism at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and later in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Because of his efforts in the development of a free press in Africa, he was chosen to be a poll-watcher in the 1994 election in which Nelson Mandela became President of S. Africa.

In Thailand, he continued his free-press development efforts through service on the Board of the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation and its development and distribution of a basic journalism textbook for students and working journalists throughout Southeast Asia.

The McGee’s shared a strong faith in God. They were devoted members of First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV. They established the McGee Foundation in Charleston, WV, in 1991, for philanthropic endeavors in the U.S., Africa and Asia, with a special emphasis on giving back to institutions in West Virginia like the Clay Center, WVU, and numerous other eleemosynary endeavors.

At Davidson, he served on both the Board of Directors and the Board of Visitors, which he chaired. The couple endowed a Visiting professorship in Writing and the Directorship of the Dean Rusk Program. McGee served as Vice-Chairman of the Charleston Area Medical Center, Vice-Chairman of the Clay Center, and Board of Directors of the United Bank.

A Rotarian, he was a member of the Huguenot Society of SC, the Cosmos Club, Edgewood Country Club, and numerous civic organizations. He received YMCA’s Spirit of the Valley Award for his lifetime of service to the people of the Kanawha Valley.

He is survived by two daughters from his first marriage to Ann Beverly Canby of Little Rock, AR., Beverly (Mrs. Archibald Hardy) of Saluda, NC, and Cathy (Mrs. W. deBerniere Mebane) of Greenville, SC, in addition to eight grandchildren: Perry Kinder Longno (Lance), Emory Kinder Wright (Jon), Will Mebane (Martha Corcoran), Harriet Mebane, John Mebane, Catharine Mebane Sturtevant (Drew), Jane Mebane Mobley, and Beverly Mebane Helms (Carter) and 14 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his cousin, counselor and best life-long friend, Joseph H. (Peter) McGee and his wife Patti, of Charleston, SC. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Bauknight McGee, who was survived by one son, Charles Smedley (Sue), and one granddaughter, Sara Jane Smedley.

A memorial celebration will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 p.m. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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James Hampton Black, Sr. ’42

James Hampton Black, Sr. '42James Hampton Black, Sr., age 97, a descendant of John Morrison, a Revolutionary War Soldier and lifelong resident of Mint Hill, North Carolina, passed away on May 5, 2017.

Like his forbearer, Mr. Black was a true patriot, always honoring and respecting his country and state, volunteering for the US Army Air Corps, serving with the 15th Air Force in Italy in World War II, chairing the Mecklenburg County Selective Service (Draft) Board during the Vietnam War, and continuing on various veterans commissions until his late 80’s.

Mr. Black was born on July 5, 1919 in Mecklenburg County, the youngest child of Clinton Montgomery and Annie Wallace Black. His parents and his brother, Clinton Montgomery Black, Jr, preceded him in death. Mr. Black graduated from Bain High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Davidson College in 1942. He retired as President of Central Piedmont Realty Company.

Mr. Black helped found VFW Post 4059 in Mint Hill and later supervised construction of the Post home. He was elected Post Commander, District Commander, State Commander, and later National Council Member. The VFW appointed him for over twenty years to present the concerns of veterans to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives at the VFW Annual Washington Conference.

He worked with many U.S. Congressmen and Senators from North Carolina, who sought his informed opinion on veterans’ issues pending before Congress.

He endowed a scholarship to honor the winners of the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. Governor Jim Hunt appointed Mr. Black to the State Veterans Affairs Commission, where he was instrumental in developing the Veterans Home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

In the 1960’s Mr. Black chaired the Bain School Board. He grew up in the historic Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder and Elder Emeritus. He was Treasurer of the Church for over a decade, devised a plan to sell church bonds in order to build a new sanctuary, and chaired the Finance Committee that made the sanctuary a reality.

Mr. Black was a 50-year member of the Masonic Order, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Oasis Temples of the Shrine.

He was a Past Master of both the Mint Hill (founder) and Mathews Masonic Lodges. In 1984, he helped co-found the Mint Hill Historical Society and served as a Trustee until age 89. He urged the Board to purchase the house and lot for what became the extraordinary Carl J. McEwen Historical Village.

He was also instrumental in locating a County Hot Meals Program at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, and “Mr. Jim” served meals nearly every day for over a decade.

In 2005, the Governor of North Carolina awarded Mr. Black the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in the State of North Carolina.

Mr. Black was predeceased by his wife of more than 40 years, the late Beulah (“Boots”) Howell Black. He is survived by his children, James Hampton Black, Jr. and his wife, Dr. Marilyn Shull Black, of Atlanta, and by his daughter, Nancy Black Norelli and her husband, Ronald Allen Norelli, of Charlotte; grandchildren Krystl Lydie Black Eldridge, and her husband, Gerald Austin Eldridge, of Atlanta, Kelly Black-Holmes of Atlanta, Dr. James Clinton Black and his wife, Catherine Bass Black, of Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Margaux Elisabeth Black Gray and her husband, Thomas Cary Gray, of Redwood City, California, Jonathan Andrew Norelli and his wife, Lauren Hawley Norelli, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Margaret Howell Norelli Sanchez and her husband Miguel Andres Sanchez, of Houston, Texas, and Lee Elizabeth Norelli Pedersen and her husband Eric Carlson Pedersen of Charlotte, and ten great grandchildren.

Mr. Black proudly carried the Bain Cane as his father had over fifty years ago, as the oldest man in the Church.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m., at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill, with interment following in the family plot at the Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, the Mint Hill Historical Society or charity of donor’s choice.

Ellington Funeral Services, 727 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC. Family owned since 1944.

Published in Charlotte Observer from May 6 to May 14, 2017.