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.

Lawrence H. “Lonnie” Miller, Jr. ’42

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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Richard Davis Thomas ’42

Richard Davis Thomas died August 15, 2016, in Tallahassee. He was born October 13, 1920, in Tampa, FL, to Walter Wynn and Nina Anderson Thomas.

A graduate of Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary), he served as a flight instructor in the U.S. Naval Corps during World War II. Later, he began his career as a pastor at Moscow Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO and then served Presbyterian churches in Wynne, AK; Tallahassee, FL; Kingsport, TN, and New Port Richey, FL.

Of particular note was his time at First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, where he served as pastor from 1956-1968 and led numerous activities related to desegregation. He retired to Tallahassee in 1985 and attended First Presbyterian until the time of his death. Davis was an avid fisherman, card player, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Virginia Coffin Thomas; sister Nina Thomas Paxton; five children Nancy Andrews (John), Ann Knox (Bob), Martha Gordon (Lyn), Dave Thomas, and Mark Thomas (Sheila); 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, two older siblings, and two grandchildren.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 20, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 17, 2016

John Walker Inskeep ’42

John Walker Inskeep, age 94, of Brodnax, VA passed away on November 3, 2015.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Lee Inskeep and survived by his stepdaughter, Elaine Wilson, and three nephews, James N. Mills, Clayton I. Mills, and Lee T. Mills.

Walker was a WWII Army Veteran, serving as an electrician in the western Pacific.

The family will have a private service. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be making the arrangements.

Douglas Dillard ’42

Douglas Dillard '42Douglas 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 www.salemfh.com.