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Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr. ’42

Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr., passed away peacefully Thursday evening, March 16, 2017, of natural causes

He was born December 8, 1921, the son of the late Maria B. and Lawrence H. Miller Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine “Jo” P. Miller; sons Lawrence H. Miller III (Rankin), David B. Miller (Mary Ty), a daughter Pat M. Baker (David), and four grandchildren: Joanna Miller, Sarah Miller, Brunson Miller, and Tyson Miller.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, M. Jean Miller, and a grandson, Lawton T. Miller.

Mr. Miller was educated in Florence. After attending The Citadel he graduated from Davidson College in 1942.

He joined the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and was a veteran of World War II. He met and married his wife Jo in 1950. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Mr. Miller was the owner and proprietor of Miller’s Bootery from 1945 until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Miller was highly respected and warmly spoken of in the shoe industry. His keen eye for fashion, and an amazing facility for total recall was much admired by many, along with his wit and gentle manner.

He was kind and benevolent with all who knew and worked with him, and was appreciated for providing fashion conscious women of the Pee Dee area with quality footwear and apparel for many decades.

Among his greatest joys was following and attending the ballet performances of daughter Patricia Miller, along with a life-long love of classical music and opera.

Mr. Miller was active in sports, but was perhaps best known as one of the early aficionados of Half Rubber a modified version of pickup baseball played mostly on the beaches of the Carolinas.

His love of the beach went all the way back to the early 50’s, when he purchased a vacation home in Garden City Beach to enjoy with his family. It was here, through the decades, that Mr. Miller was happiest, when, as “Project Manager,” he doled out assorted tasks for all his children and friends, keeping everyone active and involved.

In his later years, Mr. Miller stayed in excellent health via his vigorous indulgence in gardening and yardwork, typified by day long sessions of clipping and watering, thus serving to provide a therapeutic outlet all the way to the ripe old age of 95.

A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Waters-Powell Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, with an open visitation time with the family immediately following.

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Douglas Dillard ’42

douglas-dillardDouglas Dillard, died on Monday, October 26, 2015 at his home. Mr. Dillard was born on March 28, 1919 weighing in at three pounds four ounces to Angela Tinsley and A. Tyree Dillard.

A native of Greensboro, Mr. Dillard graduated from Augusta Military Academy in Stanton, VA and spent two years at Davidson College before entering the armed forces in World War II.

After his discharge from the Army (Armored Division) as a Major, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946 where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Following graduation, Mr. Dillard began his career in the textile industry in New York City with Burlington Industries and later with the Vasser division of Munsingwear, Incorporated. He moved to Winston-Salem and in December of 1955 joined the Mayo Corporation, which subsequently became Washington Mills and The Washington Group.

He retired as president and a member of the board. Mr. Dillard joined his brother in law at the Ferrell Companies as a commercial real estate broker and investor after his retirement from the textile business.

Mr. Dillard was a faithful communicant of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. He was very active in his community where he served on numerous boards including the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Forsyth County Chapter of the American Red Cross as Chairman, the National Board of the American Red Cross, the United Way Board, The Winston-Salem Housing Authority Board as Vice Chairman, the Winston-Salem Sales Executive Club as President, the Sales and Marketing Executives International as an area director, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Salvation Army Boys Club Advisory Board and the Senior Services Board.

He was president and founder of Junior Achievement in Winston-Salem, Vice President and Director of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, President and member of the board of Amos Cottage, Dixie Classic Fair Board and the Arts Council Board.

He was a member of Old Town Club and President of the Stratford Chapter of Rotary International and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina and a mason with Kane Lodge 454 Park Avenue in New York City.

The word Gentleman describes Doug, as he was always that, a perfect gentleman. Referred to as Yum Yum by his grandchildren, they all loved nothing better than time spent with “Yummy” hearing tales of his life, discussing current events or getting lessons in history and geography.

He was a little league coach, an enthusiastic traveler, an inveterate reader and historian, a textile executive, a real estate investor but most of all he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father in law, uncle and friend. He had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face with those unforgettable dimples through even the most difficult times.

He led by example with his gentle nature and kind heart. We will all miss him terribly. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tyree and James, sister Anne and a stepdaughter Joanne Glenn Meyer.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years Rosena Ferrell Glenn Dillard and their children Vernon Glenn, Paul Glenn and his wife Sharon, Angela Breeden and her husband Ralph and Douglas Perry and her husband Craig.

In addition, he is survived by his ten grandchildren CC, Douglas, Rory, Dillard, Paul, Jim, Wood, Daniel, Crane, Charlotte, and many devoted nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank his numerous caregivers.

There will be a service to celebrate his life at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday October 29 at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service in the Colhoun Room. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; The American Red Cross, 690 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; Crisis Control Ministry, 200 E. Tenth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be made to

Charles Lee Isley, Jr. ’42

1Dr. Charles Lee Isley, Jr., age 94, of Woodland Drive, Boone, passed away Friday evening, September 11, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Dr. Isley was born December 21, 1920 in Cooleemee, North Carolina, a son of the late Charles Lee Isley, Sr. and Sophie Cope Isley. He received a BS Degree in Education at Davidson College and became music director at Waynesville Township High School, Waynesville, North Carolina.

He served one year in the U.S Marine Corps in World War II, and returned to Waynesville where he taught band, orchestra and chorus while completing a Masters Degree in Education at Appalachian State Teachers College.

In 1958, he became Associate Professor and Director of Bands at Appalachian State Teachers College, and after completing a Doctorate in Education at North Texas State University was promoted to professor. While at Appalachian, he led the way in founding Cannon Music Camp and served as the first camp director.

He was active in professional music organizations, served as state chairman of the orchestra and choral sections of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, as president of the association as was named an honorary life member. He was a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame, and named Professor of Music Emeritus at Appalachian State University.

Isley was active in church and community work, serving as choir director in several churches. After retirement for the university, he taught instrumental music in the Watauga County Public Schools, where he had overseen development of an orchestral program several years earlier.

He was founding conductor of the Watauga Community Band, performed in Blue Ridge Community Theater, and in a Barbershop Quartet, and served one term as president of the Watauga County Retired School Personnel.

Dr. Isley is survived by two daughters, Catherine Huzl and husband Jim of Charlotte, and Susan Lyons and husband Harry of Boone; three granddaughters, Sarah Lyons McKethan and husband Ben of Boone, DeAnna Lyons and fiancé Chris Gragg of Boone, and Emily Huzl McCarthy and husband Brandon of Charlotte; two grandsons, Charles Lyons and wife Molly of Asheboro and Michael Huzl of Charlotte; four great-grandsons, Patrick McKethan, Nickolas Lyons, John Thomas McKethan and Edward Lyons; three great-granddaughters, Ellie McKethan, Olivia McCarthy and Isley Lyons; a brother-in-law, Charles Robinson of Winston-Salem, one sister-in-law, Delores Caldwell of Florida, and a very special friend, Nancy Henry.

He is also survived by a number of special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Lois Caldwell Isley, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, and his sisters, Ellen Sowell and Imogene Robinson.

A Celebration of Life service for Dr. Charles Lee Isley, Jr. will be conducted Saturday afternoon, September 19, 2015 at 5:30 PM at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Jeff McLean, Pastor David Hockett, Pastor Michael Gragg, and Dr. George Naff.

Military honors and entombment, provided by the United States Marine Corp, American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will be conducted Saturday morning, at 11:00 o’clock, at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, from 5:00 until 7:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to The Dr. Charles Isley Scholarship Fund, ASU Advancement Services, Gift Processing, PO Box 32014, Boone, North Carolina, 28608, or to the Watauga Community Band, 454 Grand Boulevard, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Isley family at Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Crosland Caldwell ’42

1Frank Crosland Caldwell, 94, husband of Peggy Hull Caldwell, died June 3, 2015 in Newport, RI.

Native of Spartanburg, SC, Col. Caldwell was the son of the late James Bryson Sr. and Lillian Covington Caldwell. He graduated from Davidson College and joined the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA, in 1942.

Col. Caldwell served in World War II and the Korean War earning the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his heroism in Iwo Jima.

During his long military career, Col. Caldwell was an instructor at both the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Senior School in Quantico, VA until 1962.

He was assigned to the Operations Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters Marine Corps from 1962-1963. Col. Caldwell then became Director of Marine Corps History from 1962-1973, when he retired with the rank of Colonel.

Also surviving are his three children and several grandchildren.


Thomas Haughton Pardee ’42

1Thomas Haughton Pardee departed this life peacefully at home on May 4, 2015, at the age of 96. He was born in Charlotte, NC, on August 12, 1918, to John Grove Pardee and Jane Haughton Pardee. He graduated from Central High School and then attended Davidson College, graduating in 1942.

He served during World War II in the U.S. Army in India engaged in malaria control efforts. Following the war, he pursued additional training in engineering and environmental science through the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, subsequently joining W.K. Dickson and Company, Consulting Engineers of Charlotte. In 1957 he became a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, serving initially in Monrovia, Liberia.

He was detailed to the U.S. State Department as an adviser to the Liberian National Health Service regarding malaria control and environmental health. Additional assignments involved living in Charlottesville, Virginia, Columbia, South Carolina, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Decatur, Alabama. Prior to retirement, he served as Program Analyst for the Indian Health Service in Rockville, Maryland. He returned to Charlotte upon retirement.

Mr. Pardee was a lifelong member of St. Peter’;s Episcopal Church where he served as Usher for many years. For a number of years he was also active with the Charlotte Engineers Club and he was a Charter Member of the Matthews Chamber of Commerce. He was beloved and dear to his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Martha Cannon Means and his sister Sarah Pardee Henderson.

He is survived by his daughter Dr. Angela Pardee, son-in-law Gary Glaze and grandchildren Iris Glaze, Reid Glaze and Lauren Glaze as well as nieces and nephews.

The service to honor his life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at St. Peter’;s Episcopal Church. Family and friends will gather following the service. Interment will be private.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Thomas Jefferson Bell, Jr. ’42

1Dr. Thomas Jefferson Bell, Jr., 94, of Columbia, died Sunday, December 21, 2014. Born in Wampee, SC on June 14, 1920, he was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth McNeil and Thomas Jefferson Bell. He attended Conway Public Schools, completed two years undergraduate work at The Citadel, and graduated from Davidson College in 1942. He then attended the Medical College of Virginia, School of Dentistry, and served in the US Army and Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Dr. Bell began his dentistry in 1946 in Davidson, NC later moving his practice to Columbia where he practiced for 47 years until his retirement in 2000.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Mengedoht Bell; daughters, Julia (Sissy) Hunter, Mary (Lib) Jennings, Gervais Emanuel, Floyd (Trippi) Jennings, Mary Ball Brantley, Sara (Sally) Cox and Edward Jennings; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Julia Mebane Bell, son, Thomas J Bell III and a daughter, Ann J Ball.

The service for Dr. Bell will be held at 11 o’clock, Tuesday, December 23 in Keenan Chapel at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with inurnment in the Columbarium at a later date. The family will be at the home and welcomes visitors there.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Amedisys Hospice, especially Katie, Jackie, Rob, Laura and Tawanda, for their care of the Bell family.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or to Kanuga Conference Center, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

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Robert James Smith ’42

Robert James Smith , 94, son of Robert James and Elizabeth Shepherd Smith, died September 7, 2014, at the Cypress of Charlotte. He was born April 13, 1920, and was a life-long resident of Charlotte. Bob attended Central High School, Class of 1938, where he played on four state championship teams. He continued to excel in sports at Davidson College as an end on the football team and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a member of the SAE fraternity and made their All American team his senior year. After graduation from Davidson College in 1942, Bob joined the U.S. Coast Guard and attended officers training school in New London, Connecticut.

During World War II he was the ranking officer aboard the USS Ontonagon and served in the Atlantic and Pacific arenas. After Bob’s discharge from the military, he joined his father at Smith Sales Corporation and continued there until his retirement. Bob was a faithful member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church since childhood and served the church as a Deacon, an Elder and a Senior High advisor. Through the years he volunteered with Loaves and Fishes, Friendship Trays and Alexander Children’s Home. He also coached Little League Baseball for many years. Bob was a former member of the Charlotte Country Club and The Touchdown Club.

He was an avid follower of Davidson College athletics his entire adult life and was a past President of the Davidson Alumni Association for Mecklenburg County. Bob will always be remembered for his loyalty and devotion. He had a quiet, humble strength and was a true southern gentleman. He was a people person who never met a stranger and who unselfishly put others’ needs first. His unconditional love for Betty Scott, Betsy, Nancy, his sons-in-law and his four grandsons was exemplary.

Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Scott Barber Smith; and his daughters, Betsy Smith Weaver (Curtis) of Greensboro and Nancy Smith Baccich (Thorn) of Charlotte; along with his grandchildren, George Curtis Weaver, Jr. (Anne), Robert Scott Weaver, Charles Thorn Baccich, Jr. (Laura) and Wade Barber Baccich; and two great-grandsons, Thomas Schoch Weaver and George Curtis Weaver, III. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Ed Holmes and Wade Barber (Marina), and sister-in-law, Margaret Smith. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Smith Bertini and brother, the Reverend Dr. Harvey Howard Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11th, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A private interment service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery.

Heartfelt thanks is expressed to Compassionate Care of Charlotte for their excellent caregivers: Mary Payne, Gayle Hall, Judy Hautau, Lisa Hoban and Bruch Bucholtz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 6160, Charlotte, NC 28207 or Davidson Athletic Fund, Box 7172 Davidson, NC 28035. Condolences may be offered at

V. Earle Copes ’42

V. Earle Copes died July 20 in Sarasota, Florida. After graduating from Davidson with a music major, he obtained two master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He served as minister of music in several of United Methodism’s largest churches, played organ recitals in 32 states, and composed many hymn tunes and anthems.

He is survived by his wife, Laura (Eakin), with whom he recently celebrated 70 years of marriage; two sons and their wives; and two granddaughters.

George Thompson “Tommy” Brown ’42

Rev. George Thompson “Tommy” Brown died in his sleep Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014 at the Park Springs retirement home in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 92 years old. Tommy Brown was born in Kuling, (now Lushan) in Jiangxi China, April 30, 1921. He was raised in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, as the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Frank A. Brown of Norfolk and Charlotte Thompson Brown of Atlanta.

A 1942 graduate of Davidson College, he served in World War II as a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer. After the war, he attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and Princeton Seminary in New Jersey, receiving graduate degrees in theology and eventually his doctorate from Union. After two years as a pastor in Gastonia, North Carolina, he was appointed a Presbyterian missionary to Korea just as the Korean War was ending. Tommy Brown believed a primary role of the missionaries was to train local church leaders. He worked with scores of new churches in the Southwest region of Korea and founded Honam Theological Seminary, which is now a thriving institution with 900 students in the city of Gwangju.

Dr. Brown’s leadership in international missions led to his appointment in 1973 as Director of International Missions for the Southern Presbyterian Church, headquartered in Atlanta, a position he held until 1981. His leadership and expertise helped the denomination establish true partnerships with national churches around the world. From 1981-1989, he was Professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and also served as a special consultant on China for the Presbyterian Church.

He authored six books on the church in Asia, as well as Face to Face: Meditations on the Life Everlasting, a guide to helping people understand the end of life. At age 81 he returned to Gwangju to participate in the centennial of the founding of the Presbyterian hospital in that city. Honam Seminary awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 2012. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mardia Hopper Brown, also a child of missionaries. They met in Pyongyang, now the capital of North Korea, where both were attending high school. Without Mardia’s love and support he would not have been able to live such a full and purposeful life.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The children are: Mary Brown Bullock, George Thompson Brown, Jr. and Bruce Perrin Brown, all of Atlanta; Charlotte Brown Hill of Orlando, Florida; and William Barron Brown of Herndon, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his brother, Frank A. Brown, Jr.

The memorial service will be held Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm at Decatur Presbyterian Church.

William F. Haake ’42

William Francis Haake, 92, was called by God on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 4, 1921 in Queens, New York, a son of the late William G. Haake and Anna Neubert Haake.
Mr. Haake served in Marines during WWII as a captain. He was a member of Masonic Lodge – Steele Creek in Charlotte. He was a member of VFW #10420 in Murrells Inlet, a member of DAV of Conway and Captain of the Charlotte police department reserve unit. He was a member of Tilly Swamp Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will be greatly missed.
Mr. Haake is survived by his wife Cecile Mckenzie Haake of the home; four sons, Jerry W. Pond of Conway, Billy Haake II, Richard A Haake (Carolyn) and Eric Frank Haake (Karen); one daughter, Arrenna Hernandez of Conway; one brother, Col. Arthur H. Haake of Virginia; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
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