┬áJames Alexander Corrigan ’45

James Corrigan '45James Alexander Corrigan, 94, of Evanston, Illinois, died Monday, June 18, 2018 in Evanston.

Jim was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1924, to John James Corrigan and Charlotte McRae Corrigan. His family then moved to High Point where he was raised. He attended Davidson College until called into service for the war in 1943, during which time he served in the United States Air Force.

After the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at Amherst College, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity and made lifelong friendships. Jim completed his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Jim’s career in finance spanned seven decades and took him to The Treasury Department of the University of Chicago and finally as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service from which he retired at the age of 84.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, William McRae Corrigan and his sister-in-law, Virginia Loebs Corrigan.

Jim is survived by his two nieces who loved him dearly, Louise Corrigan Havens and husband David of New Canaan, CT, and Sallie Corrigan Amos and husband Bob of High Point, NC.

Jim took great joy in the activities of his great-nephews and nieces, William Havens, Charlotte Havens, Samuel Havens, Sophie Havens, Trela Hendrix IV and McRae Hendrix. Jim is also survived by cousins, Sandy and Linda McRae, Catherine McRae, Coralie McRae Barnett and Douglas McRae.

A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery Drive, with Ken Broman-Fulks officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests all memorials be directed to The First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27262.

Cumby Family Funeral Service is serving the Corrigan family.

 Copyright (c) 2018 High Point Enterprise

John Tweed Hannah ’45

John Hannah '45John Tweed Hannah, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend died on Tuesday, the 6th of March 2018 at The Hallmark in Houston. He was 94 years old.

He was born in Houston on the 15th of January 1924 to Ethel Bloomfield Hannah, originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, and David Hannah from Ayrshire, Scotland. John attended Davidson College and graduated with a BBA from the University of Texas. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

His business pursuits were centered on the development of medical buildings. He built the first offices for what is now the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. With Jesse W. Edmundson, he restored Houston’s 1884 Cotton Exchange Building, a historic landmark recognized by the state and nation.

Under the tutelage of master angler Charley Thanheiser, John became an incorrigible fisherman. He took trout and Atlantic salmon on the fly from the streams and rivers of seven countries, including twelve states and provinces.

For a time, John was co-owner, with Brooks Bouldin, of the E. F. Payne Rod Company in Highland Mills, New York.

He and Rita were organizing members of St. Philip Presbyterian Church in the early 1950s and they have continued to serve the church for 65 years. John was a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and helped organize a subsequent General Assembly of the denomination, held in Houston.

He was a writer, publishing two books of fishing memories, as well as two additional books. During his long life, John served a number of organizations in positions of responsibility including Presbyterian MoRanch Assembly, Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center, Riverside General Hospital, Citizens for Good Schools, Texas Interfaith Housing Corporation, Preservation Alliance of Greater Houston, Southampton Residents Association, The Forest Club, the Wodehouse Society and Texas Flyfishers.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate First Class and was stationed on Guam. At the end of the war, he and another former electronics sailor, Frank C. Smith, Jr, took a motorized victory lap of seven thousand miles around the country.

John was active in the Republican Party, and later in the Democratic Party.

He is preceded in death by his siblings David Hannah, Jr, and Mary Hannah Smith; and also by granddaughter Jennifer Thorvilson.

By far the greatest joy of John’s life was his wife and counselor of 70 years, Rita Grace Waters Hannah, who survives him. He was proud of, and enjoyed the company of, his descendants.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Heather Hannah Beadle of Boulder, Colorado, and Janet Hannah Eskridge (Carl) of Lincoln, Nebraska; granddaughters Hannah Eskridge Mirmiran of Omaha, Nebraska, and Rachel Eskridge of Nashville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Grace Thorvilson (Kurt Burne), Johnathan Thorvilson, Joey, Daniel and Lily Mirmiran, and Jac Eskridge-Smith; great-great-grandchildren Will and Daxton Thorvilson.

He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and a host of relatives in Scotland. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Hallmark for their gracious and caring support.

A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 12th of March, in the sanctuary of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe in Houston, where Dr. John Wurster will officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent gathering area.

Prior to the service the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Philip Presbyterian Church.

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Irwin “Ike” Belk ’45

Irwin "Ike" Belk '45Irwin “Ike” Belk was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 4, 1922 to the late William Henry and Mary Irwin Belk.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Carol Grotnes Belk, to whom he was married for 66 years. He was also predeceased by his brothers: Henry, John, Henderson, and Tom, and daughter-in-law Anne Belk.

Survivors are his children: William Irwin Belk (Georgia), Irene Belk Miltimore (Dean), Marilyn Belk Wallis (Edward), and Carl Grotnes Belk (Beth). Irwin is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher Belk, Irwin Belk II, Suzanne Belk, Mary and Carol Miltimore, Jamee and Charlotte Wallis, David and Patricia Belk, Mary Ellen Goode (Matt Spangler) and Edward Goode, Jr., and by his sister, Sarah Belk Gambrell along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Ike attended McCallie School with his brothers, followed by one year at Davidson College. He transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in business. He served two and a half years in World War II in the 491st Bomber group of the famed 8th Air Force.

Ike had a rewarding life as a businessman, philanthropist, civic leader, elected official and public servant. He served most of his adult life (over 50 years) as an executive with Belk Stores. He served on many corporate boards including textile mills, banks, distribution companies, and insurance companies.

Ike was elected and served four terms in the House of Representatives and Senate of the State of North Carolina legislature. One of his proudest accomplishments was to introduce the legislation creating UNC Charlotte as the fourth component of the University of North Carolina. He served many years as a member of the Board of Governors of the University system. Later in life, he served two terms as a United Nations delegate.

Irwin’s love of athletics and education led him to donate generously to create tracks and to procure acclaimed artists from around the world to sculpt mascots for college campuses. His goal was for the sculpture to be the largest of its kind in the world, and he did the research to make certain that was the case.

Ike was fond of saying, “The first objective in life is to educate your brains. Your brain can’t function if your body is not in shape.” His generosity extended to many colleges and universities where Ike and Carol established and funded scholarships, fellowships, libraries, classroom buildings and dining halls. He served on many university boards.

Ike served as District Governor of the Lions Club and as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and received the prestigious Olympic Order, an award presented by the International Olympic Committee. He served on the American Cancer Society board for over 40 years, receiving their highest honor, the Merit Award. He also received numerous honorary degrees.

Ike was a member and retired elder of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed traveling all over the world with his family and especially enjoyed deep sea fishing with his beloved wife, Carol.

Ike was an extraordinary and gracious host when Carol and he entertained their family, friends, and business and professional associates. He was a treasure trove of Charlotte, Mecklenburg, and the State of North Carolina history. Ike delighted in sharing his “history lessons” at every opportunity. His office staff admired and respected him. He abolished the custom of “secretaries bringing the boss coffee,” instead he brought them coffee.

A celebration of Irwin’s life will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11 am at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall. Burial at Elmwood Cemetery will be private.

Memorials may be made to UNC Charlotte Foundation, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207.

The family is grateful to Elena and Joseph Magpayo for their loving dedication to both Ike and Carol, and to Barbara Potts, Carma Bennett, Karen Goins and Devante Finches along with the staff of the Cypress for their compassion and care.

“My father always taught us that those who were fortunate enough to possess or earn wealth had a special responsibility to both use it wisely and to share it with those less fortunate. If you don’t take care of this generation, the next one won’t be worth shooting. My advice is to throw the roses where you can smell them. Don’t wait until you’re dead and gone. Do it now.” — Irwin Belk


Published in Charlotte Observer from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, 2018

Frank Etheridge Davis, Jr. ’45

Frank Davis, Jr. '45

Frank Etheridge Davis Jr., passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018. Born on April 28, 1923, he was a lifetime resident of Atlanta.

After graduating from Boys High School in 1941, he attended Davidson College until called to active duty in Dec. of 1941.

While at Davidson College, he was involved with the Tennis Team, Rifle Team, Concert Orchestra, Marching Band as well a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

He served in the US Army for 3 years where he was assigned to the European Theatre and was awarded 2 Purple Hearts. Upon his return, he completed his college education and graduated from Georgia State University.

He had a 41-year career in sales management with Allstate Insurance Company. He was a lifelong member of Northside United Methodist Church where he served on multiple committees.

He was a 50-year member of the Kiwanis Club where he held the office of President, a member of the Fulton County Grand Jurors Association, the 300 Club of Atlanta, and a founding member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club where he was an avid tennis player.

In addition to working for Allstate, he spent many years developing real estate with his brother, Jeff Lee Davis.

One of his greatest joys was spending time at a family home on Lake Burton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Betty Crane Davis.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Frank E. Davis III (Julia) of Savannah, daughter Allison Davis Berkowitz (Gerald) of Charlotte, NC, brother Jeff Lee Davis (Elaine), three grandchildren: Martin Ross Berkowitz of New York City, Cameron Lee Berkowitz of Los Angeles, and Madeline Grace Davis of Savannah as well as multiple nieces and nephews.

The family would like to pay special tribute to the outstanding care provided by the staff at Buckingham South as well the Hospice Savannah team.

Funeral services will be held in Atlanta on Sunday, January 7th at 2pm at Northside Methodist Church.

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H. Newton Spencer ’45

H. Newt Spencer '45Newton Spencer, MD, 92, died in the comfort of his home on Friday, November 3, 2017.

His Funeral Service will be held at Ardmore Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 2, at 11 am, where the family will receive guests after 10 am in the Sanctuary.

Dr. Spencer was born on December 20, 1924 in Red Bank, NJ, and graduated from Scotch Plains High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College, NC in 1945 and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950.

After completing an internship at The Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia in 1951, he returned to North Carolina as Medical Director at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, beginning an interest in Occupational Medicine.

In 1953, Dr. Spencer served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon during the Korean Warthat led to an interest in orthopedic surgery. After completing his military service, he was accepted as an orthopedic surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.

Dr. Spencer was active in both orthopedic surgery and occupational medicine. He held medical licenses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. As an orthopedic surgeon, he worked at The Haverford Hospital, The Presbyterian Hospital of Philadelphia, Springfield Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital.

After earning a certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in Health Systems Management in 1973, he remained active in occupational medicine and developed a fully operational network of clinics serving employers though out the region.

Dr. Spencer’s love of medicine also infused his charitable work. He volunteered for several medical mission trips to Haiti in the 1960s. He also served as the doctor for the Haverford Senior High football teams in the 1970s.

Dr. Spencer was an active member of Ardmore Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, where he served as deacon, trustee and elder. He was also involved in other community organizations including the Rotary Club of Havertown, where he was a former president, the Rotary Club of Ardmore and the Union League of Philadelphia, where he was a proud member for 57 years.

Dr. Spencer is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Johnston Spencer, MD. He was the devoted father of four children: Daniel (Donna), Mary Anne Blair (the late Christopher), Patricia Turner (Richard), and the late Currie Gavin, and loving grandfather to: Christine and Jennifer Spencer, Laurel Blair, MD (Thomas Adams), Elizabeth Blair, PharmD (Haynes Dallas), Mary Katherine, Spencer and the late Alexander Gavin, Lara Stuckey (John), James and Katherine Turner.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Ardmore Presbyterian Church. Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home www.chadwickmckinney.com

Published in Delaware County News Network on Nov. 29, 2017