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

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

John Bunyan Exum, Jr. ’47

John Bunyan Exum, Jr. died Monday, August 17, 2015 at Sunnybrook Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family. A private graveside service will take place at a later date in Rocky Mount, NC. John B., as he was called by his friends, was the son of John Bunyan Exum, Sr. and Bessie Robinson Exum of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

He spent the early years of his life growing up in in Rocky Mount, earning Eagle Scout honors and graduating from Rocky Mount High School in 1943. John then attended Davidson College for one year before serving in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war John attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

At UNC, John earned a degree in Business Administration and subsequently attended Law School in Chapel Hill where he received his JD degree in 1953. John then returned to Rocky Mount to practice law for more than 50 years.

During that time he was the Judge of Nash County Records Court from 1964 to 1968. John also served on the local Board of Directors at First Union Bank. John was a voracious reader and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, recounting his days at Chapel Hill and his war experiences.

He gave his time and support to others without a desire for recognition. John lived his life with firm convictions of honesty, morality and integrity. He will always be remembered for his keen human insights and dry sense of humor.

John is survived by his only son, John B. Exum, III of Jacksonville, Florida, three daughters, Elizabeth Whitley Exum, Caroline Stowe Exum, Margaret Exum Payne and husband William M. Payne, III (Chip) all of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Campbell and Maggie Payne and Julia Powers.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Patsy Ezzell, a friend who gave John support and companionship during the last twenty years.

Special appreciation goes to the staff at Stonybrook Rehabilitation Center in Raleigh for their care of John during his recent illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Caspar L. “Cas” Woodbridge ’47

Caspar L. “Cas” Woodbridge, 93, of Hanover Township, entered the nearer presence of his Lord on Saturday, March 14, 2015. He and his wife, Helen L. (Desh) Woodbridge, shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Caspar L. and Elizabeth (Wilson) Woodbridge.

During his first 3 years at Davidson College in North Carolina, he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. Cas then enlisted in the Army and was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant. He was assigned to the 97th Infantry Division as Platoon Leader and was on the front line in Czechoslovakia at the end of 1945. After the war, he served a year in Japan. In 1947, Cas graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in Physics.

He received a scholarship to continue his education at Penn State University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in 1949 and a PhD in 1952, both in Physics. Cas worked for EI DuPont in Delaware, HRB in Pennsylvania and later for Mitre Corporation in Virginia as a technical consulting representative for the Departments of Defense and Transportation.

After retirement in 1984, Cas learned clock making and repair at Bowman Technical Institute in Lancaster, where he later volunteered for 20 years in the maintenance and documentation of the clock Collection. In Bethlehem, Cas also offered his expertise to the Moravian Museum, Historical Bethlehem Incorporated, the Moravian Historical Society and was a member of NAWCC. He was a member of the Central Moravian Church of Bethlehem.

Survivors: his loving wife Helen; sons, Robert D. and his wife Anne of Columbus, IN, David R. and his wife Lori of Mingo Junction, OH and John W. of Detroit, MI; grandsons, Timothy and his wife Julie of Bloomington, IN and Brian of Columubs, IN.

Services: Memorial services will be held at 10 AM on Monday, March 23 in the Old Chapel of Central Moravian Church, Heckewelder Place, with a luncheon immediately following. Burial will be held at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem.

Contributions: in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Central Moravian Church (for the Tanzanian Well Fund), 73 W. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

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