Edward Steele “Buddy” Whitesides ’47

Edward "Buddy" Whitesides '47Edward Steele “Buddy” Whitesides, M.D., of Windy Ridge Farm, Clover, husband of Margaret Baldwin Rowland Plowden, passed away on Saturday, October 28, at the age of 94, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.

Born on June 17, 1923 in Gastonia, N.C. to Major Vance Whitesides and Lillian McCown Whitesides, Dr. Whitesides faithfully served God, his family and mankind.

He was educated in the Gastonia public schools and was a graduate of Davidson College and the Duke University School of Medicine. He was a member of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, where he served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre of Operations. Dr. Whitesides married George Anne Robertson of York, S.C. in 1948 and they initially lived in Durham while he was in medical school. Following the completion of his medical education and training, they moved to Gastonia, where he practiced orthopedic surgery for more than 40 years. They had been married for more than 60 years at the time of Mrs. Whitesides’ death in 2009.

In 2010 he married Margaret, a long-time friend of Dr. Whitesides and George Anne. Up until Dr. Whitesides’ final illness, the couple divided their time among Windy Ridge Farm, Wedgefield, S.C. and Bennetts Point, S.C., where they were instrumental in the founding and construction of the Bennetts Point Interdenominational Chapel.

In addition to his medical practice in Gastonia, Dr. Whitesides was deeply committed to medical mission work in Haiti. Beginning in the 1970s, his involvement included arranging the shipment of hospital equipment to a newly built 50-bed hospital in Bonne Fin.

That hospital would be known as the Hospital of Light. Several times a year for many years, Dr. Whitesides and his medical partner Dr. Robert Blake traveled to Bonne Fin to treat the impoverished people of Haiti.

Dr. Whitesides was instrumental in the creation in 1987 of Lumiere Medical Ministries, a Christian non-profit that today supports Christian medical missions across Haiti. At the time of his death, he was a director emeritus on Lumiere’s board of directors.

His last visit to Haiti was in 2010 to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new hospital, King’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, of which Lumiere Medical Ministries is a supporting partner. During that visit, the “Great White Doctor,” as he was often called by patients, had a joyful reunion with many Haitian friends, some of whom he had not seen in 25 years.

During his time practicing in Gastonia, he served on a number of medical boards and committees including the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; member and vice-chair of the Board of Gastonia Health Care; and Chief of Staff of the former Gaston Memorial Hospital, today known as CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Whitesides was also instrumental in the organization of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in Gastonia. For years, he, along with his wife and daughters, attended the FCA summer camps near Black Mountain, N.C. He also served as the team doctor for local high school football games.

A man of many interests, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, trainer of dogs and horses, farmer and gardener. He played the piano and he sang for many years with the Gastonia Choral Society.

He also enjoyed making Southwestern Native American turquois-and- silver jewelry, which he would sign “EZW” — for the whimsically self-named “Edward Zuni Whitesides.” He owned and piloted an airplane, having learned to fly in self-defense, fearing what might happen if something befell one of the pilots of the little two-seater planes used in flying him to and from in Haiti.

Dr. Whitesides is survived by his wife, Margaret; his two daughters, Maryanne Whitesides of Windy Ridge Farm and Roseanne Whitesides (married to Jeff Rockholt) also of Windy Ridge Farm; grandson Cole Nichols (Amy) of Colonial Beach, Va.; and a sister, Mary Lou Pearson of Gastonia.

He is also survived by stepchildren Charles G. Rowland (Sylvia) of Walterboro, S.C., Earle Rowland (Denise) of Paxville, S.C., Louise R. Burns (Jim) of Camden, S.C., and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife George Anne, he was predeceased by a sister, Anne Whitesides Alexander.

The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House for the tender care and comfort provided to Dr. Whitesides during his final days.

A celebration of his life will be held at First ARP Church, 317 South Chester Street in Gastonia at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First ARP Church, 317 S. Chester St., Gastonia SC 28052; Lumiere Medical Ministries, 510 S. First Street, Lowell NC 28098; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Whitesides family.

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Jack Page, Jr. ’47

Jack Page '47

Jack Page Jr., 95, died on Aug. 25, 2017, in Flagler Hospital following a short illness. He was born on Dec. 28, 1921, in New York City to John and Harriet Page.

After high school he worked on Wall Street as a runner for the commodities markets.

While in New York, he joined a fife and drum corps, developing a life-long passion for music, a love that he instilled in his children.

During the Second World War he served in the Army Air Corps, operating the radar on the Northrup P-61 night fighter in the South Pacific.

Following the war, he attended Davidson College, where he earned a degree in accounting and met Mary Elizabeth Nisbet, the woman who would be his wife for 34 years. In 1947, he began a distinguished 26 year long career as an agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Posts took him and his growing family to Baltimore, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Miami and Mexico, but his and his family’s deepest roots were in St. Augustine, where he lived from 1955 to 1965 and, following duty in Mexico, again from 1973 to 2017.

During his 54 years in St. Augustine, Jack, as he was always known, was active in numerous community organizations, taking leadership roles in Memorial Presbyterian Church (as ruling elder and as youth group leader), the St. Augustine Orchestra, the Emil Maestre Music Association, and the St. Augustine Community Chorus. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Ponce Golf Club and the Shores Golf Course for over 50 years.

Following his retirement from the FBI in 1973, he began a second career in St. Johns County’s Vocational Technical Center, training future policemen and sheriff’s deputies in law enforcement as well as holding other administrative roles at the Center.

Not long after the death of his wife Lib in 1983, he retired from the Center, but remained active in the community through his love of music and golf. In 1986 he married Sarah Cottingham, and became a devoted step-father to two young girls, raising a second family in St. Augustine.

Jack is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sarah Cottingham Page, as well as three children, J. Bryan Page, Daniel William Page, Carol Ann Slade, two step-daughters Carey Bailey and Erin Gunia, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

A memorial service will take place at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 36 Valencia St., St. Augustine, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to EMMA Concert Association, Jack Page Project Fund, PO Box 860130, St. Augustine, FL, 32086.

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Thomas Levin Powell, Jr. ’47

Thomas Levin Powell, Jr., passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 in San Antonio.

He was born and raised in Houston where he was elected president of his senior class at Lamar High School. His family relocated to San Antonio before the end of Tom’s senior year where he graduated from Jefferson High School.

Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Debate Team and the Varsity Basketball Team.

He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a Radar Observer and Radar Observer Bombardier, and the United States Air Force Reserve, until his discharge as 1st Lieutenant in 1957.

He had a long career in the insurance business and was head of the San Antonio office of Marsh McLennan Companies.

He was a longtime member, Sunday school teacher and former Deacon of First Presbyterian Church.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Madelyn Plant Powell, his sister, Eleanor Powell of San Antonio, and his sister, Lillion Pace of San Antonio.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jane Cheever Powell, his daughter, Elizabeth Powell Kuper and her husband, Charles A. Kuper, Jr. of Aransas Pass, his son, Thomas L. Powell III of Aransas Pass and his granddaughter, Madelyn Dae Bricken of Boerne, and his niece, Kathy Pace Totten of San Antonio.

A private service and burial is planned for the immediate family at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tom’s memory may be made to SAMMinistries, 5254 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas 78216.

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John Worth McAlister, Jr. ’47

John Worth McAlister, Jr. '47John Worth McAlister, Jr. passed away at home on May 20, 2016. Born on Sept 23, 1924, in Greensboro, NC to John Worth McAlister and Mary Watson Vaughn McAlister, he grew up in that city until entering Davidson College in 1941.

He volunteered at age 18 to serve in the US Army Air Force and was called to active duty in January 1943. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he served as a P 51 fighter pilot with the United States 8th Air Force in Europe until his return in April 1945.

While in combat he received the Air Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster. After the war, he returned to Davidson College and graduated in July 1947. Upon his graduation he was employed by Washington Mills Company, a textile manufacturer.

He married the former Cora Cox Lucas in November 1947, and together they moved to Fries, Virginia, where he became General Manager of Washington Mills weaving division from 1947 to 1973, when he was transferred to Charlotte NC. Together, they raised 5 children in Fries: Betsy, Cynty, Margaret, Sally and Johnny.

Within 3 years of moving to Charlotte, John lost his wife of 29 years, and his job of 26 years, as Washington Mills declared bankruptcy. As was characteristic of his inner strength and resilience, he created a new life for himself, by finding a new career as co-owner of Lucas Travel Agency, and finding a new partner, Eugenia McCray Vanstory, whom he married in December 1978. This chapter of his life was as fulfilling and rewarding as his earlier life in Fries.

John’s hobbies were numerous. He was an avid fisherman and small game hunter all of his life, and a long time member of Camp Bryan, a hunting and fishing club in eastern North Carolina. His children and grandchildren learned their earliest lessons about the outdoors from him. They were especially thrilled by his skills at handling snakes and knowing where to look for alligators at Camp Bryan.

He enjoyed travel, squash and tennis, particularly with the distinguished “old men’s” doubles group (all over the age of 80) at the Charlotte Country Club.Perhaps his greatest passion in later life was woodworking, with a focus on building 18th Century American reproductions.

In a 35 year span he made over 100 pieces of furniture for his family and friends. He was a charter member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and in 2001, received their prestigious Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement in making period furniture. As a self-taught cabinet-maker, he was one of few amateurs to win that award.

Pictures of his work have appeared in many publications, including The Charlotte Observer, and Fine Woodworking, where his Newport secretary/bookcase was featured on the back cover. Another of his pieces was chosen for the 2006 exhibit of Contemporary Classics at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Ga., the first collection of reproductions exhibited in a major art museum.

He was a charter member of the Charlotte Woodworkers Association, a member of Charlotte Country Club, the Piedmont Club of Charlotte, and Christ Episcopal Church.

John will be remembered by many for his kindness and his humor. His children and grandchildren have treasured his adventurous spirit and his capacity for telling stories. They will carry on his love of wildlife and the outdoors. His legacy of beautiful furniture will be appreciated for many generations.

His great strength in the face of adversity, and the courage and grace he showed as he approached the end of this life sets an enduring example for all.

He is preceded in death by his second wife, Eugenia and his daughter, Cynty. He is survived by Betsy McAlister Groves her husband Tim and two daughters Jeanie and Rebecca; Margaret McAlister and Reed Olszack, her sons David and Alexander Jamison; Sally Marszalek, her husband Fred, and two sons Tucker and Benjamin; and John Worth McAlister III, daughter Mary Beth and son John Worth McAlister IV; step daughter Leigh Vanstory Poe, her husband Tom and daughter, Caroline; step-son Peter Vanstory; step-grandchildren Courtney DeTemple and Stuart Poe.

The family expresses deep appreciation to the staff of the Cypress of Charlotte and to the Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region.

Visitation will be at the Cypress of Charlotte on Wednesday, May 25, 4:00-6:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, on Friday, May 27, 11:00 AM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the McAlister Educational Endowment Fund, Society for American Period Furniture, c/o Charles Watson, 14 Deer Trail Circle, Oxford, OH 45056; or to the North Carolina Nature Conservancy, in the name of John W. McAlister, member id: 1003795456. Online condolences may be shared through www.tallentfuneralservice.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 24, 2016

Rosser Lee Clark, Jr. ’47

Rosser Lee Clark, Jr., 92, of Princeton, NJ passed away at his home on January 2, 2016. Born in Greensboro, NC, Rosser had been a resident of Princeton since 1996. Rosser was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, who had a smile for everyone he met. He was married in 1949 to Mary Harris Clark.

Rosser was a decorated Navy fighter pilot who served in the Pacific theater in World War II. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex, and faithfully attended reunions of his squadron. He continued his military service in the Naval Reserve for more than 20 years.

After the war, Rosser returned to Davidson College where he completed his BS degree. Soon thereafter, he began a nearly 40-year career in textile engineering.

In 1957, Rosser’s work took him and his young family to Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Patagonian region of Argentina. While there, Rosser established the Guilford Argentina textile mill, which is still operating today.

In 1963, Rosser accepted a job with UK-based Courtaulds Fibers in Mobile, AL, where he worked until his retirement in 1988. Rosser was an avid tennis player and sports fan in general.

A lifelong Presbyterian, he was most recently a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church.

The son of Rosser Lee Clark, Sr. and Eva Vertie Aiken, he was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Clark.

He is survived by his wife Mary Bess; his daughter Margaret Tuttle of Decatur, GA; his daughter Sallye Zink and her husband Ron of Princeton; and his son Rosser Lee Clark, III and his wife Rachel of Falls Church, VA. He is also survived by his sister Sara Sue Kruppenbach and her husband Harry of Laurinburg, NC and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Clark of Lynchburg, VA.

In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Robin Lee Clark and Marion Bess Clark, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Rosser will be laid to rest in The Princeton Cemetery at a private service.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rosser’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choiceRosser Lee Clark, Jr. '47 . Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.


Published in the Mobile Register and Baldwin County from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2016