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

James Todd Welborn ’44

Dr. James Todd Welborn, 92, of Weaver Drive, died Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Hinkle Hospice House after declining health.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Lee Zehmer. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.

Dr. Welborn was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Davidson County to William Fowle Welborn and Bessie Lee Todd Welborn. He was a graduate of Davidson College, the University of North Carolina Medical School and the University of Maryland Medical School, completing his residency at Charlotte Memorial Hospital.

As a physician, he served his community for 53 years, first opening his private practice in Lexington in 1949. He was called to military service in 1956 serving as an Army captain medical officer in Japan, post Korean War and returned to Lexington to reopen his practice in 1958.

He is a former chief of staff of Lexington Memorial Hospital, former chairman of the board of trustees of Lexington Memorial Hospital and member of the Davidson County Medical Society.

He was the staff physician for the Department of Corrections, Davidson County Facility for 40 years and served as medical director of Buena Vista Nursing Facility. Dr. Welborn was also past president of the Lexington Rotary Club and a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder.

His favorite pastimes were playing golf and tennis and traveling after retirement. He was a charter member of Sapona Country Club and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad with his brothers and friends.

His most memorable travel was playing golf at the old course at St. Andrews Golf Links in Scotland. His brothers, William Fowle Welborn Jr. and wife Geraldine Hobbs Welborn and Samuel Gould Welborn and wife Marion Guerriero Welborn, and sister-in-law Janice McNeill Welborn preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian Marie Summers Welborn of the home; sons James Todd Welborn Jr. and wife Becky and David Summers Welborn and wife Ellen, all of Lexington; daughter Leigh Welborn Stephenson of Raleigh; brother John Henry Welborn of Charlotte; grandchildren Lynn Welborn Scott and husband Gabe, Kelly Marie Welborn, Davis Hauser Welborn, Myers Summers Welborn, Blair Stephenson Kuplic and Annie Hunter Stephenson; great-grandchildren Grace Elizabeth Scott, Madelynn Marie Scott and Wyatt James Scott; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 586, Lexington, NC 27293 or Community Health and Wellness, Circle of Friends Fund, c/o Lexington Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 1817, Lexington, NC 27293.

Davidson Funeral Home is serving the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

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Karl E. Fisher, Sr. ’44

Karl E. Fisher, Sr. '44Karl E. Fisher, Sr., age 92, of Thomasville, NC , died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Hospice House of High Point, NC. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Whitley’s Funeral Home, Kannapolis, NC from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. A graveside service will be held immediately following at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, NC conducted by Roland E. Cavanaugh, D.Min.

Mr. Fisher was born September 7, 1923, in Rockwell, NC, son of the late Berry A. Fisher, Sr. and the late Dovie Barringer Fisher.

A graduate of Cannon High School, Kannapolis, NC, he attended Davidson College and Duke University and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during WW II. He retired after 40 years at Cabarrus Bank & Trust Company, Concord, NC and was a member of the Allen-Graham Masonic Lodge #695 of Kannapolis, NC and the VFW.

He was predeceased by his first wife Margaret Cannon who died in 1981, and wife Annie Ruth Brinkley Winecoff who died in 2015.

He is survived by daughter June (David) Christian of Kannapolis, NC; sons Karl Jr. (Betty) Fisher of Kannapolis, NC, and Gary (Katherine) Fisher of Hillsborough, NC; grandsons, Tyler (Beverly) Christian of Durham, NC, Aaron (Stephanie) Fisher of Wallkill, NY, Patrick Fisher of Salisbury, NC and John (Brenda) Fisher of Durham, NC, step-grandson Chris Christian of Kannapolis, NC and four great-grandchildren, he was also predeceased by brothers James Fisher and B.A Fisher Jr.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to Nazareth Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1438, Rockwell, NC 28138-1438 or to Grandfather Home for Children, P.O. Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604-0098. Online condolences may be made at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.
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Henry Page Royster ’44

Henry Page Royster, M.D., passed away peacefully at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond March 1, 2016. Born in Aberdeen, North Carolina to Elizabeth Page Royster and Beverly Sampson Royster Jr., on August 19, 1923, he grew up in Oxford, North Carolina, the third of four boys.

Dr. Royster was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Beverly Sampson Royster III, Lee Page Royster and Stephen Sampson Royster.

Dr. Royster graduated from Davidson College in 1944, then pursued his medical training at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency in General Surgery at MCV.

During his residency, he met his wife of 66 years, Kathleen Winston Ryland (Tina); they were married in 1949. Following residency, he went into practice with his mentor, Dr. Isaac A. Bigger, and his close friend, Dr. Jacquelin Harrison.

He then served in the United States Navy for two years, where he was stationed at a Marine base in Cherry Point, North Carolina, before returning to MCV as a professor of General Surgery.

In 1968, he left MCV to pursue a private practice in surgery, where he had a long and rewarding career with Surgical Associates of Richmond.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children and their spouses: Kathleen Royster Nelson (Jim), Allison Page Royster Redpath (Randy), Martha Royster Young (Chris), and Henry Page Royster Jr. (Heather); as well as 10 grandchildren: Katie Nelson Maddux (David), Emily Nelson Lamb (Josh), Jay Nelson (Caitlin), Margaret Ryland Redpath, Elizabeth Redpath (Jennifer), Christopher Young (Ashley), Cap Young, Virginia Young, Bear Higgins and Henry Page Royster III.

He is also survived by five great- grandchildren: Libby Maddux, Nelson Maddux, Bennett Maddux, Gabe Lamb and Oliver Lamb; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Royster was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Eastern Surgical Society and the Medical Society of Virginia. While practicing medicine with Surgical Associates, he also helped to establish a residency program for family practice residents at MCV, and mentored and taught many young physicians.

Dr. Royster was a longtime member of Stratford Hills United Methodist Church.

His interests included golf, and he especially enjoyed playing at the Country Club of Virginia and the Princess Anne Country Club, and being a member of the Bogies and the Captains golf groups. He also enjoyed bird hunting, boating on the James River, entertaining his children’s friends, and making navy bean soup to share with his friends and neighbors.

A memorial service celebrating Dr. Royster’s life will be held in the Sara Belle November Theatre at Westminster Canterbury of Richmond, 1600 Westbrook Ave., at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, with a reception to follow.

Dr. Royster’s family would especially like to thank the staff of the Mary Morton Parsons Health Care Center at Westminster Canterbury for their kindness and compassion during his time there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Fund at Westminster Canterbury of Richmond.

Robert Caldwell Bradford Jr. ’44

Rev. Robert Caldwell Bradford Jr., 92, passed away on January 15, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on Feb. 12, 1923, son of Robert Caldwell and Mamie Alspaugh Bradford of Davidson, NC.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1944. He served in the Army with the occupation troops at the end of WWII. Upon his return, he married Constance Louise Kistler in 1947. He then attended Union Theological Seminary, graduating in 1950.

His first call to the ministry was as pastor of the Opequon group of four churches in Winchester, VA. In 1957 he accepted a call to Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD.

In 1969 he accepted his final call to Virginia Beach, VA, where he served as pastor of Thalia Presbyterian Church until retirement.  While at Thalia he also served as chaplain at Norfolk General Hospital and traded churches with a pastor from Bathurst, Australia for one year from 1981-1982. In 1986, Bob & Connie returned to Australia following retirement.

Robert is survived by his wife of 68 years, Constance Kistler, and by three of his four children; Robert C Bradford, III of Los Angeles CA , Deborah Stanley of Moreno Valley, CA and Frances Jimenez of Felton, DE. Robert’s daughter Celeste Johnson passed away in October 2007.

Robert is survived by five grandchildren; Erin Jimenez, Tiffany Jimenez, Dr. Jonathan Thoens, Chantelle Bradford Gerber, and Kyle Bradford. Three great-grandchildren are Jonah Gerber, Phoebe Gerber and Piper Pollex.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Thalia Trinity Presbyterian Churc , 420 Thalia Rd, Virginia Beach, VA. A reception will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Thalia Presbyterian Church.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 20, 2016