Andrew “Andy” Harriss Symmes ’44

Andrew “Andy” Harriss Symmes, 94, passed away September 1, 2017. He was preceded in death by his precious wife, Jean Deck Symmes. Having grown up in Wilmington, NC, he was the son of the late Harrison M. and Mary Harriss Symmes.

On December 7, 1945, upon his discharge from the Marine Corps at the culmination of World War II, Andy married Jean Deck. He set an incredible example of being a great husband, exemplified throughout 67 years of marriage, but even more so during Jean’s last years, at which time she was ill and Andy demonstrated unconditional love at her side.

His children and grandchildren all inherited many wonderful traits from him, such as fishing, sailing, ability to fix things, strong work ethic, fierce loyalty, steady temperament, and tenacity, to name a few.<

The slogan, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” applies to Andy. He served in the Marshall Islands during World War II, including the battle at Iwo Jima.

Andy’s family legacy includes: children, Andrew Symmes, Jr. (Jeanne), Jean (Bunny) Godfrey (Bob), Raymond (Ray) Symmes (Kathy), Mary Gwyn (Tom) (former husband Tate Carty, deceased), and James (Jim) Symmes (Katherine); eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother, Francis (Frank) Symmes of Wilmington; sister-in-law, Mrs. Harrison (Joan) Symmes, and predeceased by brothers, Harrison (Harry) and Courtland (Coty) Symmes, and special friend Shirley Freedman (Marlin deceased).

Andy attended Davidson College before entering the US Marine Corps in World War II and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. He worked for Cone Mills Corporation as director of management training and personnel research before retiring in 1984.

He was an active volunteer at Christ United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels and at Cone Hospital in Emergency Department, while remaining active in the Marine Corps League and as a master gardener.

There will be a memorial service for Andy at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church, 5228 Hilltop Road, Greensboro, NC 27282, Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Greater Carolinas MS Society or the PKD Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed online at Wright Cremation & Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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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.

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Published in Charlotte Observer from July 25 to July 26, 2017

Edward W. Coslett ’44

Edward W. Coslett '44Edward Worthington Coslett, Jr. died on July 20, 2017, two weeks short of his 96th birthday at Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, Pa.

Ed was born in Philadelphia on July 31, 1921 to Edward Worthington Coslett, Sr. and Addavail Coslett (nee Young). He was raised in Lansdowne and graduated from the Haverford School before attending Davidson College for two years. He served as a Lieutenant in the Army for two years during WWII.

Ed met his future wife, Judy Connelly, on a blind date. Having graduated from the University of North Carolina, Ed returned to the Philadelphia area to join his father and brother, Harry Coslett, in a family stevedoring business, E.W. Coslett Sons. He subsequently worked in real estate, owning several apartment complexes and contributing to other real estate development projects in Delaware County. Ed and Judy remained married for 69 years, and raised three children in Swarthmore. In 1977, they left Swarthmore to live on a family farm in Newtown Square for 31 years, and spent their final years at Dunwoody Village.

Ed was predeceased by his wife, his brother, and his eldest son, Edward W. Coslett III. He is survived by a son, Branch Coslett, and daughter, Judith Addavail Coslett, as well as 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Ed had a passion for American history and a longtime devotion to the Chesapeake Bay, where he spent much of his childhood. His family remembers him as a devoted and loving husband, parent and grandparent with a kind and generous nature.

Dan C. Hoover ’44

Dan Calvin Hoover, 94, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 24, 2017 with his family by his side.

Dr. Hoover was born May 9, 1922 in Lincolnton, NC, son of the late Heim Hoover and May Shuford Hoover. Dr. Hoover was a longtime dentist in Charlotte. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His life was a shining example of faith and generosity.

A service in celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from the graveside at Evergreen Cemetery with The Reverend Beth Brittain officiating. Military honors will follow.

Dr. Hoover is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Ann Osborne Hoover and by 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

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.

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