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.

Donald Clyde Hott ’40

Retired 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

Gales McClintock '40Benjamin 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

Dr. 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

John “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.

 

Online condolences may be left at nelsenrichmond.com.