Category Archives: 1940

Donald Clyde Hott ’40

1Retired Judge Donald Clyde Hott, 95, of Keyser, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loving family members on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Born in Keyser on May 4, 1919, he was the son of the late Clyde B. Hott and Florence H. Hott.  He was also preceded in death by nephew William G. Nesbit, great nephew David K. Nesbit, great niece Courtney B. Dugas, granddaughter Tara Willey Warren and son-in-law Morris H. Willey.

Surviving is his wife of 37 years, Charlotte, whom he referred to as the “light of his life”; daughters, Lee Jeffrey and son-in-law Chris Straaten of Frederick, MD and Victoria M. Willey of Frostburg, MD; grandchildren Madison, Blair and Lindsay Willey; nephew David G. Nesbit and wife Marianne of Orlando, FL; nieces Becky Dugas and Carol Nesbit of Keyser; great nephews and nieces, Jeffrey Nesbit and wife Melissa of Brunswick, Melinda Dugas of Martinsburg,  Ryan Dugas of VA, Amy Golay and husband Patrick, Tasha Romano and husband John, Natalie Bowles and husband David of Orlando, FL.

Most particularly he had a place in his heart for his great-grands, Bryon Nesbit, Isabelle and Grayson Nesbit, Anyssa Mills, Colin and Chase Russell and Ella and Cohen Bowles; and special friend Dr. Jeffery Byron Kesecker.

A lifelong resident of Mineral County, he was a graduate of Keyser High School.  He continued his education at Davidson College in Davidson, NC and graduated as a member of the class of 1940.  He then was called to serve in WWII and went to Germany where he was in the U.S. Army military police as part of Supreme Headquarters.  Upon his return, he continued with his education and graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law.  He was awarded the Order of the Coif.

After serving as Prosecuting Attorney for several terms, he went on to be elected in 1976 and again for a second term in 1984 as Circuit Judge of the 21st Circuit serving Mineral, Grant and Tucker counties.  In retirement, he served as a Senior Status Judge and served throughout the state.

A lifelong member of the Keyser Presbyterian Church for all of his 95 years, he was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, Youth director, Elder and Clerk of Session for many years.  He served Shenandoah Presbytery on the Permanent Judiciary Committee for the Synod of the Mid Atlantic.

Don was a member of the Keyser Lions Club for over 50 years and served as president more than once.  He was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow and the Leonard Jarrett Award.  He was a member of the American Legion and VFW for over 50 years.  He enjoyed dancing and was a member of El Fidel Dance Club.  He was inducted into the Legion of Honor of the Ed Kelly Society in 1998 and one of the original board members that began Queen-Meadow Point Association.

As a dedicated founding member of Deep Creek Yacht Club, Deep Creek, MD, Don served as Commodore, board member, race commander as well as other leadership positions.  He was a board member, chief Measurer and President of the National Flying Scot Association USA.  Don was a passionate sailor and raced FS 29, one of the first built Flying Scots.

He received recognition for attending and sailing in first 50 regattas of the National Flying Scott Sailing Association.  Because of his love of sailing, he and wife Charlotte joined with friends on charter trips to Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.  Later on, he shared his passion with his family and traveled to the islands with his children and grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Keyser Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Mineral Street  on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Keyser Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Karen J. Long officiating.   The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to services.  Interment will follow in Meadow Point Cemetery, Keyser, where military honors will be accorded.

The family would like to thank the following individuals and organizations: Dr. Rabie Zalzal, Joy Fertig, Patty Rice, Baird Gardner, Sandy Matlick and Norma Braithwaite.  A very special thank you to Joanna Ervin and Jennifer Rosedale for their compassionate caring of Don, allowing him to live out his remaining days at home, as well as their steadfast kindness and support of the family.

Gales McClintock ’40

1Benjamin Gales McClintock (96) formerly of 5 Royal Oak Drive, Greenwood, SC, husband of Caroline Miller McClintock, died on April 3, 2015 at Self Regional Healthcare. A native of Charlotte, NC, he was the son of the late William Banks McClintock, Sr. and Murl Pickard McClintock.

Mr. McClintock was born on May 8, 1918, in Charlotte, NC. He was a 1936 graduate of Central High School where he served as student body president his senior year. He graduated from Davidson College in 1940 where he was president of the honorary leadership fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa and a member of the social fraternity, Beta Theta Pi.

He ran track and was a member of the football team and the golf team. He served as president of the Davidson College Alumni Association, and was an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. He was honored to be presented the Davidson Alumni Service award in 1990 at his 50th college reunion.

In April 1942 he entered the military service (WWll), serving in the Army Air Corps as a combat fighter pilot. He trained at Ballinger Field, Randolph Field and Ellington Field, all in Texas, before being assigned to the 80th Fighting Group, serving for 18 months in the China-Burma-India Theater. He flew 76 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster.

After 22 years of honorable service (including USAF Reserves) he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Professionally, Mr. McClintock was associated with Aldrich Machine Works of Greenwood, SC, Crompton and Knowles Loom Works in Worchester, MA, and Lummus Industries of Columbus, GA.

On November 6, 1942, in Charlotte, NC, he married the love of his life, Caroline Miller, and they were happily married for 72 years. In 1953, Mr. McClintock moved his family to Greenwood, SC where he served as an elder and a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church. He served on the board of the St. Nicholas Speech and Hearing Center and on the Self Memorial Foundation, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Hospice Care.

In 1979 Mr. McClintock’s business took him to Columbus, Georgia where he became active in First Presbyterian Church and was a Rotarian. After returning to Greenwood in 1988 he became a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club and rejoined First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. McClintock loved to play golf. He played the game often with family and friends, young and old, and considered golf to be the most wholesome sport and a teacher of good character and sportsmanship. Mr. McClintock holds the distinction of having “shot his age or better” 723 times.

Mr. McClintock, a man of great integrity, always wore a smile and sported a hearty laugh. His friends came from all walks of life. He will be remembered fondly and greatly missed.

In addition to his wife of 72 years, Mr. McClintock is survived by two sons: David Miller McClintock (Ellen), of Burlington, NC; Oscar Miller McClintock of Greer, SC; three daughters: Rosemerry McClintock Franks (Dana) of Greensboro, NC; Caroline McClintock Bazzle (Ervin) of Hendersonville, NC; and Hunter McClintock Bell (David) of Greenwood, SC. There are 5 grandchildren: Christopher Bazzle (Becca) of Charlotte, NC; Anne-Miller Bell Bright (Braden) of Greenwood, SC; Jordan Bazzle of Hendersonville, NC; Evans McClintock and Mary-Neel McClintock of Greer, SC, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Benjamin Gales McClintock, Jr. who died in childhood; his sister, Betty M. Huntley of Charlotte, NC, and his two brothers, James H. McClintock and W. Banks McClintock, both of Charlotte, NC.

A graveside service will be held at Oakbrook Memorial Park, Greenwood, SC, on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 AM. A Memorial Service will follow at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood at 12:00 noon. The family will greet friends following the service at the church in Alexander Hall.

The family wishes to thank the caring staffs at Ashley Place, NHC Healthcare and Self Regional for their faithful service and friendship to Mr. McClintock.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 108 East Cambridge Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646, The Burton Center, 2605 Hwy 72-221 E., Greenwood, SC 29649, Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Hugh David Verner ’40

1Dr. Hugh David Verner died March 24, 2015, at Deerfield Retirement Center. He was born April 20, 1919, in Florence, S.C., to Dr. Carl Hugh Verner and Flora Garner Verner. He grew up in Forest City, N.C., and graduated from Cool Springs High School, where he played baseball, football and basketball. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College in 1940. At Davidson, he played baseball, hitting a home run in his first at-bat as a freshman.

He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1943 and took post-graduate training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, at Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland and at Carolinas Medical Center. While in Cleveland, he was sent to check on an ill student nurse named Margaret “Danny” Oberdorfer; they married July 22, 1945. They had been happily married almost 63 years when she died in 2008. During World War II, he was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

After his discharge in 1947, the Verners moved to Charlotte, where he co-founded the medical practice that became Mecklenburg Medical Group with Dr. James M. Alexander. A beloved doctor to his patients and a leader in the Charlotte medical community, he was president of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society, the Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Internal Medicine and the Medical Staff at Carolinas Medical Center. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

He was also a clinical assistant professor at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Verner believed that everyone should have access to quality medical care. In 1954, he made the motion to integrate the county Medical Society, which allowed black doctors to practice at Carolinas Medical Center. He was the founding director of the Neighborhood Medical Clinic, which served low-income inner-city residents.

He chaired the Mecklenburg Medical Society Task Force on Improving Access to Health Care for the Uninsured and Underinsured. Dr. Verner was president of the Mecklenburg Unit of the American Cancer Society and served on the boards of directors for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Florence Crittendon Home, Charlotte/Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Charlotte Family and Children’s Services, and Thoms Community Care Foundation in Asheville.

He was a ruling elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, moderator of the Mecklenburg Presbytery and a commissioner to the General Assembly that reunited the north and south branches of the Presbyterian Church. He was a Myers Park Little League coach for 10 years.

Devoted to the colleges that he loved, he was founding president of The Johns Hopkins Alumni Chapter of North Carolina and served on Hopkins’s National Resources Committee. He served multiple terms on the Davidson College Board of Trustees and was president of its National Alumni Association. He was a longtime trustee and board chairman for Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. A lab and a scholarship there are named for the Verners.

After he retired from medical practice in 1991, he and Danny moved to Montreat, N.C. Shortly after arriving, they attended a “Leadership Swannanoa Valley” program. During one session, an elementary school principal talked about issues that hindered local children’s ability to learn: poverty, family dysfunction and other unmet needs. Danny led the effort – along with Hugh and several others who had heard the presentation – to found the Swannanoa Valley Voice for Children. The SVVC developed plans for a program that included high-quality child care, family services, teacher education and health services.

Early cost estimates were sobering. More than once, they were told what they wanted to do was impossible. Led by the Verners, however, the organization raised $3.6 million, enough to pay for construction of the building and underwrite the first year of operation. The Mountain Area Child and Family Center opened in 2001 on the Warren Wilson College campus and now has three sites and a home-based program. It was renamed Verner Center for Early Learning in 2014.

Dr. Verner was honored with the Davidson College Alumni Service Medal, the Charlotte Community Health Association Silver Anniversary Distinguished Service Award and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The Verners were named Western North Carolina’s Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers of 1998 by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives’s Western N.C. Chapter. Athletic throughout his life, Hugh was an avid golfer and tennis player and a fan of virtually all sports, especially baseball and Davidson basketball, which he instilled in his sons. He loved nature and built an impressive wildflower garden on his property in Montreat.

He spent many hours sitting on the “high spot,” often with a grandchild beside him, enjoying the natural beauty surrounding him. His sons and grandsons have fond memories of listening to his “Hey Diddle Dumpling” stories and warming their feet by one of his expertly built fires.

Hugh was loved dearly by his and Danny’s extended families and by a wide circle of friends of all ages, who will miss his kindness, generosity, intellect, humor and love and the example he set of how to live a good life. His advice for us would be the same as he gave his young sons whenever they needed a boost: “Confidence, chin up, smile on your face!”

Left to cherish his memory are three sons and daughters-in-law, David C. and Sallie Caudill Verner of Durham, Scott C. and Pat Miller Verner of Concord, and Jonathan K. and Leslie Latta Verner of Asheville; and six grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Sam Verner of Durham, Andy Verner of Concord, Ben and Erica Smith Verner of Charlotte, Ryan and Charity Huffman Verner of Charleston, S.C., Jeffrey Verner of Boone, and Matt Verner of Chapel Hill. Hugh said his “fourth son” was Dr. Ashok “Kookie” Kapoor, whom he and Danny befriended when Kapoor attended Davidson College in 1960, launching a decades-long friendship. Hugh’s younger brother, Scott Verner, died in 1950.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church in Swannanoa. The family will receive friends after the service in the church fellowship hall. According to his wishes, he will be cremated; the scattering of ashes will be private.

The family asks that memorial gifts be made to Verner Center, 2586 Riceville Road, Asheville, NC 28805 or Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815.









Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 29, 2015



John “Jack” Thomas Ferguson ’40

1John “Jack” Thomas Ferguson, 95, of Varina, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Myrtle D. Ferguson; six brothers and sisters; and his granddaughter, Sarah Daniel. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Julia Meade Ferguson; their children, Jack Ferguson, Jr. (Leah), Meade Welch (Randy), Bill Ferguson (Susan), Pat Daniel (John); four grandchildren, John Daniel (Erin), Will Daniel, Courtney Fields (Danny), and Ryan Ferguson; one step-granddaughter, Samantha Miller (Brian); two great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jack was born in North Carolina, grew up on Curles Neck Farm, and continued to live out his life on Malvern Hill Farm in Henrico County. He graduated from Varina High School and Davidson College. Mr. Ferguson was very active in his community and loved his church.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231; where a funeral service will be held Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Interment will be private.

Contributions may be made to the Willis United Methodist Church Building Fund or to a local charity of your choice.


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Elmer Culbertson Hulen ’40

Elmer C. Hulen, 95, of Davidson, NC died Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at The Pines at Davidson. Born February 15, 1919 in Horse Cave, Kentucky he was the son of the late Elmer C. Hulen and Natalie Edwards Hulen. Mr. Hulen was a graduate of Davidson College (1940), Harvard Business School and George Washington School of Law. He was WWII US Army veteran having served his country for five years and retired as LT Colonel in the US Army Reserves.


He joined the US Foreign Service in 1947 serving in Saudi Arabia, South Korea (two tours), Canada, Greece, Pakistan and the Philippines. Upon his return in 1976 he received his J.D. from George Washington School of Law. After 30 years of service he retired from the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.


A memorial service will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday October 3, 2014 at St. Albans Episcopal Church in Davidson, NC. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mary Fulcher Hulen; daughters, Natalie Diana of Charlotte, Sarah Hulen of IN, Anne Hulen and husband, Mike Kuster of MD and five grandchildren.


Memorials may be made to Hospice &; Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home &; Cremation Service, Huntersville, NC is assisting the family.


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John Robert Phipps, Jr. ’40

John Robert Phipps Jr., longtime resident of the Glenaire Retirement Community, Cary, North Carolina died (date). He was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, April 16, 1919 and was the son of The Rev. John Robert and Mary Helen Barber Phipps.

He grew up in Pollocksville, Jones County, NC and graduated from Davidson College in 1940 with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. He served as Battalion Communications Officer with the 424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division in Europe in World War II. This unit saw action in the Battle of the Bulge during the winter of 1944-45. He was honorably discharged in February 1946.

He married Mary Elizabeth Moore Phipps on June 26, 1948 and enjoyed a wonderful marriage until her death in February 2009.They lived in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina until December 1966 then were residents of Raleigh until 1993. Bob and Mary Lib were among the first residents of Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, moving there in June 1993.

After his discharge from the Army, Bob was employed by Hudson-Belk Company where he worked for 38 years, retiring in 1984 as Vice President/General Merchandise Manager. A lifelong Presbyterian, he was ordained as an Elder on November 10, 1946.

He served many terms as an Elder, in multiple capacities within his church community and also served on various committee of the Presbytery and Synod of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Service to others and to his community was important to him throughout his life and accordingly, he served in various capacities on civic and community organization boards and freely shared his time and gifts in many other volunteer roles. Following his retirement, he was particularly active as a volunteer with Dorothea Dix Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a brother, William Walton Phipps.Surviving to celebrate his life are:Daughter, Mary Barber Phipps Such of Richmond, VA. Daughter, Elizabeth Beatty Phipps of Asheville, NC, Son and son-in-law: John Robert Phipps, III and William Raymond Bond of Decatur, GA; Grandchildren: Mary Elizabeth Silverman Sprenkle (Taylor Sprenkle) of Richmond, VA; William Walton Silverman (Ashley Andrew Silverman) of Raleigh, NC; Nicholas Gregory Such of Richmond, VA; Alice Elizabeth Langrall and James Corbett Langrall of Asheville, NC. Great-grandchildren: Catherine Annabelle Sprenkle and Caroline Elizabeth Sprenkle of Richmond, VA; Walton Liles Silverman,William Whitaker Silverman, and Andrew Phipps Silverman of Raleigh, NC.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the exceptional staff of the Glenaire Health Care Center for their attentive and loving care of Mr. Phipps.

A memorial service will be held at Glenaire Retirement Community, 40000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511 June 10 at 2:00 PM. A reception will be held at Glenaire following the service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Giles Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 5010

Oak Park Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 or The Glenaire Foundation, Inc., 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC 27511.

Thomas Harrison McKnight, Jr. ’40

Thomas Harrison McKnight, Jr.  died peacefully in his sleep, Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the age of 96. He was a life-long Memphian and was the son of Thomas Harrison and Verney Malone McKnight and the Grandson of Mayor James H. and Estelle Verney Malone.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1940 and served four years during WWII as S4 of the 92nd Armored Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz) of the 12th Armored Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service in France and Germany. After WWII he joined his father and brother, James Malone (Buddy) McKnight , in the food brokerage business and later became president of the firm. He was Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, President of Woodlawn Shores Development in Sugar Tree, Tennessee, and President of LeMaster Sunday School Class of Idlewild Presbyterian Church. After retirement he took great pleasure driving the bus for Idlewild Presbyterian Church where he was a member and deacon having joined at 12 years of age.

Tom leaves his wife of 72 years, Nola Campbell McKnight , eldest son, Thomas Randolph McKnight and wife Julia Sullivan McKnight of Arlington, VA; and youngest son, Thomas Harrison McKnight III of Memphis, TN; three grandsons and their wives: Sullivan Randolph McKnight and wife Shawna Palmer McKnight of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Shawn Harrison McKnight and wife Julie Boyce McKnight of Charlottesville, VA; Glen Crampton McKnight and wife Julian Leigh McKnight of Oakland, CA; and four great-grandchildren: Tyler Saied McKnight , Geneva Allison McKnight , Rysen Charles McKnight of Charlottesville, VA, and Maylia Elizabeth McKnight of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was the patriarch of a large, loving family; all of his family and friends grieve at his passing and celebrate the wonderfulness of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104 where a memorial service will be held later this summer.


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Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN)
Date: June 10, 2014
Edition: Memphis
Page: 4
Record Number: M0005089844
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Remembrances for Samuel R. Spencer, Jr.

Samuel R. Spencer, Jr., a former president and alumnus of Davidson College whose active association with the institution spanned almost 80 years, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. He was 94 years old.

Spencer’s scholarship and courtly manners were supported by a keen sense of diplomacy, a kind sense of humor and an uncanny ability to remember names going back to his earliest Davidson days. As president from 1968 to 1983, those attributes helped him successfully manage some of the most challenging changes in the college’s history.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church on Monday, Oct. 21 with a reception to follow in the Lilly Family Gallery in the Chambers Building.  Read the entire obituary.

William ”Bill” Edgar Perdew ’40

William ”Bill” Edgar Perdew , 93, of Wilmington, NC, died on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his residence. He was born on May 29, 1919 in Wilmington, the son of John William Perdew and Florence Renneker Perdew. Mr. Perdew is survived by his wife Margaret (Peggy) Moore Perdew, his sister Kathryn (Kay) Perdew White Minnick, niece June White Ingram, nephew Jack (Kathy) Dunn and niece Florence (Thomas) Harvey and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by nephew Charles Ellis White and niece Kathyrn Perdew White.

He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1936 and received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College (Phi Beta Kappa). Following his service during WWII in the U.S. Air Corps, Captain Perdew attended Harvard Business School, receiving his MBA degree in 1947. He was partner in the firm of Brand, Perdew, Joyner and Rhyne for many years, then later associated with R.S.M. McGladrey.

 Mr. Perdew served as President of the N.C. Association of CPA’s and has been a President, Chairman, Director or Treasurer of numerous area civic, community and professional organizations, including the Historic Wilmington Preservation Foundation, Inc., The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Cape Fear Area United Way, Cape Fear Museum, Oakdale Cemetery Board, Cape Fear Community Foundation, North Carolina American Institute, Mid-Atlantic States CPA organizations, The Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Wilmington Civitan Club.

 He has faithfully served his church, First Presbyterian, in numerous leadership capacities for many years, including the Presbyterian Counseling Center, Flynn Christian Home and served on a committee for Bible Study in the area public schools. The family will be receiving condolences at the home.

 Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with burial following at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, The Salvation Army or charity of ones choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at Andrews Market St. Chapel

Brice T. Dickson, Jr. ’40

Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on October 16, 1919, Dr. Brice T. Dickson, Jr. died Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. The eldest of four children of the late Brice T. Dickson, Sr., and Louise Flowers Dickson, he is survived by one brother, Walter Watt “Dub” Dickson (a retired Veterinarian of Gastonia and former N.C. State House Representative) and his wife Ruth Day Dickson, one sister, Mary Louise “Widdy” Dickson Barnhill and her husband Robert Barnhill of Gastonia. Also surviving are his children Brice T. Dickson III and wife Debra R. Dickson of Boiling Springs, N.C., 
Stephen L. Dickson Sr. and wife Elizabeth of Bluffton, S.C. 

Dr. Dickson graduated from Gastonia High School in Gastonia NC in 1936. He attended 3 years at Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1940 with a BA degree. In 1940, he joined a National Guard Unit which was inducted into the 120th Infantry of the US Army, where he served in a Medical Detachment at Fort Jackson, SC until five days before Pearl Harbor when he received a discharge and entered Medical School at the University of NC, Chapel Hill.
In 1944, he received his Medical Doctorate Degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA.
His internship was served at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia after which two years was spent as 1st lieutenant in the US Army Medical Corp. both in the United States and China (one year in which he traveled extensively).

Diplomas and Certificates included:

Georgetown Medical School service in Internal Medicine at DC General Hospital, 1953.
University of Miami Medical School Annual Clinical Cardiology Teaching Conferences.
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine in Pediatrics, 1947-48.
N. C. Pediatric Society, 1950. 

Brice practiced Pediatrics for 5 years and Family Practice for 30 years in Gastonia.

One of his more interesting diplomas was from NC State University in Sport Fishing, which was held at Hatteras, NC in 1970. He attended this course with his son Brice III who was 13 yrs. old at the time.

Dr. Dickson was an active member of First ARP Church in Gastonia where he once served as Deaconate. He enjoyed chess, swimming, jogging, pilates, geneology, and 
computers. He taught water aerobics at the YMCA for many years and enjoyed attending classes in other aerobic exercises at the YMCA on a regular basis.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Tommie Flowers formerly of Columbia, SC and a daughter, Connie Jean Dickson Barry, formerly of Charlotte, who died in an Amtrack train accident north of Baltimore, MD, in 1987.

Also surviving are grandchildren: Hayley and Leigh Dickson of Boiling Springs, NC; Dr. Stephen L. Dickson, Jr. of Prospect, KY., Ernest Harvey “Trey” Barry, III of Atlanta, Ga., and Margaret Barry Stewart of Newberg OR. He is also survived by three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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