William Robert Dunn, Sr. ’47

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. age 92 of Cumming, Georgia, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Kehr Dunn; son, Richard K. Dunn; daughter, Barbara Ann Dunn; sister, Elizabeth Grunwald; parents, William and Clara Dunn.

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. was born in Atlanta and graduated from North Fulton High School, Davidson College, and earned his medical degree in 1947 from Emory University.

He wed Norma Kehr Dunn in June 1947. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raising a family together. He spent 2 years in a surgery residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He then enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War. He returned to Grady Hospital to complete his Pediatric Residency in 1954, and attended Columbia Seminary in Decatur.

He then traveled to Belgium to learn French to prepare for a tropical medicine residency. He spent 3 years as a medical missionary in the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three decades later in 1984, he returned to the Congo for another missionary tour.

Returning stateside, he set up a very popular family practice in Cumming, Georgia at the suggestion of Dr. Jim Mashburn. His medical practice was extremely busy and patients would often line up in his waiting room with sack lunches until he could attend to their needs. He always put his patients first.

He managed to find time to perform physicals for the Boy Scouts and high school football teams. He was also very active with the Cumming Kiwanis Club. He also trained Physician Assistant students from Emory University. He remained active in his Emory Medical Class of ’47 reunions.

He retired from practice in 2010, but spent another 5 years volunteering his medical services at the Good News Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia. He taught an adult Sunday school class and sang in the choir at Cumming First United Methodist Church. He was also active with Meals on Wheels, and working his cattle farm in Forsyth County. He loved his family and the Georgia Bulldogs.

A humble man, he quietly joined the Mashburn family in being a major donor in a land grant that helped preserve 932 acres on Sawnee Mountain and creating the Sawnee Nature Preserve. This has become a popular outdoor destination and the largest county park in the state of Georgia. It has over 5 miles of trails and mountain vistas. He was a man of great passion, work ethic, character, compassion, modesty, and skill.

Survivors include his children, Charlene (Terry) McGill of Cumming, Bill (Melody) Dunn of Cumming, Roger (Ruth) Dunn of Cumming; daughter-in-law, Barbara Dunn Roland of Gainesville; sister-in-law, Joanne Kehr of Iowa; niece, Betty Grunwald; nephews, Fred Grunwald, Bill Grunwald; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm at Cumming First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathie Stasko and Dr. Bob Bowling officiating followed by a Reception in the Family Life Center.

The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Friday, March 30th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 11:00 am at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Forsyth County Senior Services/ Meals on Wheels, 595 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040, Cumming First United Methodist Church, P O Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028 or Season’s Hospice, 8013 Majors Road, Cumming, GA 30041.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 30, 2018

Thomas Herbert “Herb” Dimmock Jr. ’47

Thomas Herbert "Herb" Dimmock Jr. '47Father, friend, teacher, and husband, Thomas Herbert “Herb” Dimmock Jr. passed into the next life peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, of natural causes.

Born, in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 29, 1921, he lived 96 years marked by exuberance, unlimited optimism, humor, wisdom, and a keen sense of ethics and Christian morals.

The son of a long line of Presbyterian ministers (seven generations before him), his commitment to the Presbyterian church was a lifelong mission, where he served as elder, teacher, and choir member.

Born to the Rev. Thomas Herbert Dimmock Sr. and Martha Belle Amis, he was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Virginia – where he subsequently taught physics as well as at Wake Forest Univ.

He married Anne Hortense Pruitt in 1948 with whom he had four children, all of whom survive him: Jane (Dimmock) Cain of Davidson, Thomas Herbert Dimmock III of Hershey, Pa., David Dimmock of Baltimore, Md., and Jonathan Dimmock of San Francisco, Calif.

Herb married a second time, after Anne’s death, to Edna Earl Chapman of Fredericksburg, Va.

Herb’s career started in the Army, having served as a first lieutenant in World War II (14th Infantry, 71st Division), including participating in the liberation of Dachau, and serving as a temporary mayor in Germany.

His profession as a physicist took him to the aerospace industry where he patented a fuel cell for the rocket to Mars.

The last half of his career was spent in Northern Virginia where he served the Defense Intelligence Agency in matters related to missile defense. Herb loved to sing and play the piano – which he did nearly up until his day of death.

He was beloved as a Bible teacher and scholar, a passion which occupied him for at least 60 years of his life. Mostly, friends and family remember him for his gentle sense of humor, humility, warmth, and unusual ability to communicate interest in other people.

A lover of the outdoors and physical health, his greatest accomplishment, in his words, was raising a loving Christian family.

His funeral will be held at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, Va., Monday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.

Charitable donations, in his memory, may be given to the Dimmock Memorial Fund at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church or to his nephew, Frank Dimmock’s, African missionary work through The Outreach Foundation at https://www.theoutreachfoundation.org/dimmock-frank. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Dimmock family.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.

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Charles Lemmon Shaw ’47

Charles Lemmon Shaw '47A memorial service for Charles Lemmon Shaw, who died Wednesday, January 3, 2018, will be held at First Presbyterian Church Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3 o’clock with the Reverend Nick Cheek officiating.

Mr. Shaw was born at Tuomey Hospital on April 4, 1924 to Paul Whitworth Shaw and Lilly Lemmon Shaw.

Charles Shaw, affectionately known as Flop, spent the first five years of his life in Alcolu when his father worked for his grandfather, David Wells Alderman, in his timber business.

Upon entering school, Flop moved to Sumter, and his father, Whit Shaw, established Shaw Lumber Company in 1930.

Flop worked at Shaw Lumber Company his entire adult life and served as president of Carolina Lumber Dealers Association. Charles Shaw graduated from Edmunds High School and Davidson College. As a Davidson freshman he joined the U.S. Army during World War II and was sent to Anzio, Italy where he received the Purple Heart.

He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Church Treasurer, Clerk of the Session, Church Trustee, and Elder Emeritus.

He was president of the YMCA Board of Directors and selected as Humanitarian of the Year. He served as on the board of the Salvation Army

Flop is survived by his wife of 70 years Mary Macaulay Brown Shaw and their two children Mary Brown Shaw White and her husband Dr. Charles White , and Paul Whitworth “Whit” Shaw and his wife Robin all of Sumter; three granddaughters Macaulay White Smith and her husband Representative Murrell Smith, Mary White Finley and her husband Justin and Sarah Corbett Shaw; and two great grandchildren Mary Brown “Bee” Smith and George Murrell Smith, III.

Graveside services will be private. The family will receive friends at the family home Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 3-5 in the afternoon. Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church at 9 West Calhoun Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150 or The Salvation Army of Sumter at 16 Kendrick Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Published in The State on Jan. 5, 2018

Milton Knox Mann, Jr. ’47

Milton Knox Mann, Jr. '47Milton Knox Mann, Jr., 95, of Collierville, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 72 years, Martha Haynes Mann; daughter Betty Mann Ed-wards (Brian); son James Milton Mann II (Judy); and daughter Marilyn Mann Hiner (Russ), all of Collierville.

He enjoyed watching the family expand with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is third generation of Collierville heritage, the son of Alice Cartwright Mann and Milton Knox Mann, Sr. He graduated from Collierville High, then attended Davidson College.

As World War II broke out, he was called to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Army Air Corps, rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant, having trained as a pilot flying B-17s, B-24s and B-29s preparing to be shipped overseas when the war ended.

After the war, he completed his college education with a degree in physics from Davidson. Milton and Martha were married on February 7, 1945, and they moved around the country where his Ar-my service led him before the war ended, before finally settling back in Collierville. With hard work and perseverance, he started a new business built from the ground up, Collierville Lumber company, which provided a comfortable living for his growing family.

He was an avid golfer (he notably made two holes in one after age 70) and tennis player, and en-joyed scuba diving, hiking, camping and canoeing. After retiring in 1980, he and Martha enjoyed traveling around the country as well as traveling all over the world. He had an insatiable third for adventure and seeking firsthand knowledge of new places. He never met a stranger.

He was proud to serve the Collierville United Methodist Church as a lifelong active member. He served with many missionary groups in foreign countries helping others, donating his time, energy and money. He was an excellent role model and encouraged his children to work hard and instilled faith-based values and a great sense of respect for others.

Later in life, Milton even wrote a book about growing up in Collierville with colorful stories of his travels. He will be greatly missed by so many, but his body had grown tired and he was ready to go “home”…a well-deserved rest.

(Published in The Collierville Herald 12.7.17).

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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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