Category Archives: 1948

William Stafford Joyner ’48

Dr. William Stafford Joyner , a longtime family physician in Chapel Hill and clinical professor of medicine at UNC, died on Saturday afternoon, April 8, at his home at the Croasdaile Village retirement community in Durham, after a prolonged decline in his health. He was 92 years old.

Joyner was born and grew up in Kernersville, NC, the third of his parents’ five children and a member of a large clan that had resided in the Winston-Salem area since Colonial days.

Despite the turbulence of the Depression years, he had a happy, active childhood, excelling as a choirboy at Kernersville Moravian Church, an athlete and student in the Kernersville schools, and the undisputed “best whistler in Kernersville.”

In 1943, after his freshman year at Davidson College, he was inducted into the United States Army, assigned first to the Army Specialized Training Program at The Citadel, and upon dissolution of that program to the 100th Infantry Division, for training at Fort Bragg.

In early September 1944, three months after his older brother, Oscar, had been killed in France days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, Joyner shipped out with the 100th to Marseille. He took part in fighting as an infantry sergeant until the end of the war, through eastern France and into Germany, and was awarded two Bronze Stars for valor in combat.

Immediately after the war Joyner taught at the Shrivenham American University for G.I.s in England before returning to Davidson, where he graduated summa cum laude and class salutatorian in 1948.

Upon graduation, he married his Kernersville childhood sweetheart, Jane Linville, and they moved to Chapel Hill, where he entered UNC Medical School, then just a two-year program, and again graduated as class salutatorian. He completed his clinical medical studies at Harvard University, receiving the MD degree there in 1952.

Returning to Chapel Hill, Joyner was a resident physician on the first house staff at UNC Memorial Hospital, having been recruited by his UNC mentor Dr. William MacNider.

After completing his residency in 1954, he joined Drs. Fred Patterson and Kempton Jones in a general family practice, first in a converted chicken coop behind Dr. Patterson’s mother’s boarding house on Franklin Street (now the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house), and then, for 30 years, off Raleigh Road, in Glen Lennox, current site of the Aloft Hotel.

Throughout his career, Joyner was also a highly active leader in Chapel Hill civic, religious, and cultural life. Among many such roles over the years, he was chairman of the town’s Human Relations Committee in the early 1960s, president of the UNC Wesley Foundation in the late 1960s, and president of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club.

Originally a member of University Methodist Church, he and his wife were among a group of people sent out by that church in 1957 to found Aldersgate Methodist, on the southeastern side of town. They served Aldersgate in various capacities for many years, before returning to University Methodist in the 1990s.

Joyner and his wife moved from Chapel Hill to Durham in 1999, to be among the first residents of the Croasdaile Village retirement community. There, they were active in helping to foster cultural life, especially in the creation of a substantial community library.

Jane Linville Joyner died at Croasdaile in 2002, and the library is named for her.

In 2014, Joyner was made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, in recognition of his meritorious service in France in World War II.

 He is survived by a sister, Marian Myers of Martinsville, VA; three children and their spouses—Will Joyner and Linda Jones, of Newton, MA; Matt and Betsy Joyner of Charlotte; and Jane (Joyner) and Rex Kaney of Decatur, GA; and nine grandchildren—Julia Alexander Caldwell (Rick) of Atlanta; Johanna Alexander of Paris, France; Luke Joyner of Chicago; Alec Joyner of New York City; Carolina and Compton Jones of Newton, MA; and Anna Claire, Matthew, and Oscar Joyner of Charlotte. Also surviving is his special friend of recent years, Patricia Coman.

The family would like to recognize and thank the entire staff of Croasdaile Village, particularly of Friendship House Assisted Living Unit, for their compassionate care for Dr. Joyner.

 A service in celebration of the life of William S. Joyner will be held at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (parking in Chapel Hill municipal lots), with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the library fund at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkway, Durham NC 27705, or to the music ministry at University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. Online condolences for the family may be communicated at


William “Bill” Taylor Simpson, Jr. ’48

Simpson, William Taylor “Bill” Jr., died peacefully with his family at his bedside on February 6, 2017.

Bill was born in Newnan, Georgia in 1927, and grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He enrolled at Davidson College at age 15, and was on the basketball, baseball, tennis, and track teams. Bill left college to serve in the Navy during  World War II and returned to graduate in 1948.

After graduation Bill moved to Louisville to teach at Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) for a two-year contract, and never left. He married Diane Dixon Richmond, the daughter of the president of KMI, Col. Charles Blair Richmond, in 1952. He coached the KMI basketball team for 25 years in the highly competitive central Florida Gulf coast area.

Bill completed his master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Louisville in 1954, and received a Ph.D. in administration and management of behavioral sciences from the University of Kentucky in 1964. Bill became president of KMI in 1966, and held that position until the school closed ten years later.

He began a second career in 1976 as a trust officer at Citizens Fidelity Bank, where he was senior vice president and head of the Trust and Investments Department from 1979 until his retirement in 1992.

After retirement Bill served as a private banking consultant to PNC, and was on the Board of Directors of the Rembrandt Fund, a Chicago mutual fund company, for ten years.

Bill served on the boards of directors of the Louisville Community Foundation (Executive Committee and Chair of Grants Committee), American Red Cross Louisville Chapter (Chairman of Board of Directors), Bingham Child Guidance Center (President of Board of Directors), Greater Louisville Fund for the Arts, the Kentucky Home Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (President), the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (Chair Kentucky Accreditation Committee), the Kentucky Country Day School, and St. Francis School.

He was a member of the Louisville Country Club, the downtown Rotary Club of Louisville, and the downtown YMCA. Bill served on the Vestry at St. Francis Church, where he was Senior Warden, and later joined St. Matthews Episcopal Church.

Bill was predeceased by his sister Rebecca, his brother David, and his wife Diane.

He is survived by his three sons, Kennedy (Sara), Richmond (Susan), and Taylor (Melinda); his eight grandchildren Tierney Jutzi (Joe), Storey O’Barr (David), Blair Bell (Dustin), Will Simpson, Palmer Simpson, Maclin Simpson, Ryan Simpson and Darcy Simpson; and his two great-grandchildren Emery and Grayson O’Barr.

Bill was an avid golfer and bridge player, and a diehard fan of the Cincinnati Reds and UK basketball. His joy in life was his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He left an indelible imprint on his professions, his community, and his family, and he will be sorely missed as he joins his beloved Diane in the kingdom of heaven.

Visitation will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. Friday, February 10, with a memorial service at 11:30 a.m.

Donations may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, the Louisville Area Red Cross, or the YMCA of Greater Louisville.


Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2017

John McNeely Dunlap, Jr. ’48

John McNeely Dunlap, Jr., 92, passed away Friday, September 30, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels. Born in Charlotte, he was the son of the late John McNeely Dunlap and Emily Mason Dunlap.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1943-1945. At the end of his enlistment, he attended Davidson College and then UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his master’s degree in English Literature.

After retiring from North Carolina National Bank, he enjoyed hiking in the mountains. A lifelong avid reader, John was quite the history buff. He made others laugh with his one-liners and wry observations.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife of 16 years, Nancy Ledbetter Dunlap; brother Mason Morris Dunlap; and his granddaughter, Holly Clark.

He is survived by his daughters, Louise Grose and husband Neal of Harmony, NC and Nancy Clark and husband Ed of Greensboro, NC; son, John Lewis “Jack”Dunlap of Charlotte, NC; grandsons, Josh Clark of Key West, FL, David Grose and John Joseph “J.J.” Grose both of Harmony, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, NC with Chaplain George Bridges of Cornerstone Baptist Church officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Abernethy Laurels in Newton on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 3 p.m.with the Rev. Susan Roddy officiating.

Memorials may be made to InReach, Inc., 4530 Park Road Ste. 300, Charlotte, NC 28209.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC for their true friendship and care of John over many years.

Condolences may be made to the Dunlap family at

Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Dunlap family.

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Charles Walter Patterson ’48

charles-pattersonCharles “Charlie” Walter Patterson, 92, of Charlotte, passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, September 18, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at Sharon Towers.  Charlie was born August 24, 1924, in Charlotte to Onnie and Buford Patterson.

He graduated from Central High School in 1942, and then later from Davidson College in 1948, after serving as a pilot in the Army AirCorp, where he was stationed on Attu in the Aleutian Islands.

In 1998, Charlie was later awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by Davidson College. For many decades he could be spotted front and center at Wildcat games.

Charlie was married to Elsie Caroline Blackburn for 42 wonderful years until her death in 1990. In 2001, he married Betty Beall, with whom he spent 15 joyful years prior to his death. Mr. Patterson was employed as President of Ballabox Company in Matthews until his retirement in 1993.

Charlie was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and elder, and Superintendent of Sunday School.

One of his favorite contributions to the church was serving as a  ‘greeter” on Sunday mornings for 25 years. Charlie never met a stranger-he was known for his huge smile, booming laugh, warm personality, and ability to find something in common with everyone.

He was an avid gardener, loved volleyball and golfing with friends, fishing, hunting with his son-in-law, and photography. Above all else, Charlie loved his time with family. He was happiest on holidays and annual family beach trips to Sunset Beach.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife Betty, and his daughters Belinda Patterson Collins (Bruce) of Charlotte; Cyndy Patterson Chapman (Dave) of Charlottesville, VA, and Amanda Anne Patterson of
Atlanta, GA.

He is also survived and adored by his grandchildren Whitney Otto (Josh), Bailey Willingham (Brandon), Allie Collins, Reuben Chapman, Katie Patterson, and Bryan Patterson, and also by his great-grandchildren Charles Otto, Wells Otto, and Elsie Willingham.

Charlie also had a wonderful relationship with Betty’s three sons, Ben Beall (Mary), Andy Beall (Laura), Tom Beall, and their families.

A celebration of his life will be held at Monday, September 26th at 2PM at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte with Rev. Katherine Kerr officiating. The family will be greeted following the service in the Wood Fellowship Hall.

In Charles’ s  memory, donations may be made to the Sharon Towers Residents Assistance Fund, 5100 Sharon Rd, Chlt, NC, 28210 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte , 1420 E 7th St., Chlt, NC, 28204.

Charles Rees Jenkins, Jr. 48

rees-jenkins48Mr. Rees Jenkins Jr., 90, of Lexington, S.C., died on Sept. 17, 2016.

The funeral for Rees Jenkins Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, with burial in the church memorial gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

He was born to missionaries in Kobe, Japan, a son of the late Rev. Charles Rees Jenkins Sr. and Elizabeth Noble Simons Jenkins. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII. He retired from Southern National Bank following a long career as a bank trust officer.

Helping his family and others use their talents in meaningful service cast a sunny ray of meaning on his work in the financial marketplace. He made our work possible, not only because he provided so well, but also he set the example we needed to move forward with faith.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Betty Marshall Jenkins; his sons, Rees Jenkins III of Raleigh, N.C., Marshall Jenkins (Wanda Cantrell) of Rome, Ga.; a daughter, Jane Jenkins Booth (Blair) of Cary, N.C.; four grandchildren, Dylan Jenkins, Wilson Booth, Graham Booth and Philip Jenkins; a brother, Dr. Arthur S. Jenkins of Raleigh; and a sister, Elizabeth J. DeVane of Mt. Pleasant.

Memorials may be made to Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, S.C., 29201.


Published in The Robesonian from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2016

Spencer Castles Murray ’48

spencer murrayThe Reverend Dr. Spencer C. Murray passed away on August 23, 2016 at 9:40 am after an extended illness.

Visitation will be held from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, at Osborn Funeral Home, 3631 Southern Ave., in Shreveport.

Funeral services will be on Wed, August 31st, with Reverend Dr. Chris Currie officiating assisted by Reverend Rhodes Stipp, both of First Presbyterian Church. The interment service will be at 9am at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Rd. The memorial service will be at 10am at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan St, followed by a reception at the church. 

Spencer was a native of Camden Mississippi, raised primarily in Starkville, MS, and a resident of Shreveport, LA, since 1980. He had retired as an Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, worked with Samaritan Counseling Center, taught theology courses at LSU Shreveport, and authored church history books for First Presbyterian Church of Old Hickory, First Presbyterian Church of Starkville, and First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport.

He served pastorates in Amory and Jackson, MS, Old Hickory, TN, Macon, GA, and Shreveport, LA. 

He received his B.S. in Ministry from Davidson College in North Carolina  then served as First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army at Fort Benning near Columbus, GA, where he met his future wife. They were married in 1950.

In 1953 he completed his Masters in Theology at Columbia Seminary, Atlanta, GA, and was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church.

In 1971 he obtained his Doctorate in Theology at Vanderbilt University, specializing in Church History. He became a certified Clinical Pastoral Counselor in 1975. 

Dr. Murray was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Redd Johnson Murray (also known as Connie). He is survived by his brother, Paul Murray; sisters, Betty Jane Chatham and Ruth Hagstrom; children, Sarah Dismuke (husband, Fred), David Murray and Robert Murray (wife, Royce); 5 grandchildren; and 9 greatgrandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Samaritan Counseling Center or First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport.

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James Louis Maxwell, Jr. ’48

James-Louis-Maxwell-JrJames Louis Maxwell, Jr., died Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. He was born in Wayne County on January 9, 1927 to the late James Louis Maxwell and Ruth Herring Maxwell.

Louis graduated from Goldsboro High School and attended Davidson College. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and, after completing his service, Louis graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill.

He was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and an Eagle Scout. Louis was Chairman of the Board of Goldsboro Milling Company, a family owned business involved in many ventures including swine, real estate, poultry, and Butterball, LLC.

He made many contributions to the betterment of his communities, state and country through his dedicated involvement in many organizations and passionate service on numerous boards.

There will be a private graveside service at The Maxwell Family Cemetery.

He is survived by four children and their children and grandchildren, daughter, Mary Ann Maxwell; daughter, Charlotte Maxwell Weaver and husband, Harroll Hudson Weaver, and their children, Maxwell Jeffreys Weaver and wife Leigh Anna Weaver, and their son, Maxwell Jeffreys Weaver, Jr., James Harroll Weaver, David Hudson Weaver and wife, Tracey Harrell Weaver, and their children, David Hudson Weaver, Jr. and Leslie Forbes Weaver, and Kathryn Weaver Sumrell and husband, Stephen Cale Sumrell, and their children, Weaver Davenport Sumrell and Isabelle Kathryn Sumrell; daughter, Elizabeth Maxwell Yarboro and husband, Thomas Richard Yarboro, and their children, Thomas Richard Yarboro, Jr., Virginia Marshall Yarboro, Eleanor Maxwell Yarboro, and Charlotte Ruth Yarboro; son, James Louis Maxwell III and wife, Gina Comer Maxwell, and their children, Lily Page Maxwell and James Louis Maxwell IV.

In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Jeffreys Maxwell, and his sister, Effie Ruth Maxwell Pike.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at his home, 711 Lake Shore Drive, Goldsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to honor Mr. Maxwell be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530; UNC Memory Disorders Program, c/o Medical Foundation of North Carolina, 880 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, N.C., 27514; or Kitty Askins Hospice Center, 107 Handley Park Court, Goldsboro, N.C., 27534.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sey

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William D. Vinson, Sr. ’48

William D. “Bill” Vinson ’48 passed away at his home in Davidson on April 7, at the age of 90.

He was born in Rochester, Minnesota, to Lenore Dunlap Vinson and Dr. Porter Paisley Vinson, the youngest of their three children. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, he attended Davidson College and proudly served his country during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he completed his degree at Davidson and then obtained a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

It was during his time in Chapel Hill that he met his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Godbee. They were married in her hometown of Millen, Georgia, and moved to Asheboro, North Carolina, where he began a 35-year career with General Electric Company. Six years later, he was transferred to GE headquarters in Manhattan, and they moved with their two young children to White Plains, New York. Later transfers took them to Maryland, Ohio and Connecticut. Upon retiring from GE, he and Mary moved to Davidson.

For decades, Bill was known on campus as the most stalwart of Wildcat fans, bouncing over brick sidewalks in a golf cart on his way to the next athletic contest, fundraising event or classroom presentation. Bill “re-enrolled” at the college upon retiring to Davidson, auditing classes (at one point he and grandson Brendan found themselves enrolled in the same class) and attending thousands of athletic events, lectures, concerts, and plays over the course of the past 28 years. More than once Bill held rapt a roomful of 18-year-olds with an eyewitness account of his Navy service as an 18-year-old himself, as an ensign aboard the USS Wasatch in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Bill was a regular fan in the stands at field hockey and tennis matches, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball games, football, and men’s and women’s soccer. In 2012, Bill was honored by the Southern Conference with its Distinguished Service Award for his abiding dedication to Davidson athletics. Bill also aspired each year that his Davidson class would reach 100 percent participation to the college’s annual fund; he had the bully pulpit as a longtime class secretary whose chatty submissions to the Davidson Journal are legendary.

Bill’s love for both the college and the town ran deep, with family connections going back a century and a half, said his son William D. Vinson Jr. ’78.

Bill’s great-grandfather, Pinkney Helper, built the Helper Hotel, now the Carolina Inn academic building. His grandfather, the original William D. Vinson, chaired the college mathematics department in the 1890s. And Bill Jr., himself, lived in the ancestral family home on Main Street, when his dad was renting it to the college for student housing in the 1970s.

Bill and his wife Mary renovated the home to its full Victorian splendor and returned to Davidson to live in it in 1987. Later, the Hood House next door came to be occupied by College Relations staff, many of whom Bill had befriended, as, in the words of his obituary “an enthusiastic supporter of all things Davidson over the years.”

“He appreciated that level of connection in life,” said Bill Jr., “and being a generous person, he reflected that love of the college and the town in his activities.”

Bill was a life-long volunteer, serving in Davidson on town committees, as coordinator for the Loaves and Fishes program at DCPC, and as a fundraising volunteer for the Davidson Public Library and WDAV. He was a founding member of WIMPS (“We’re Intent on Making Progress Slowly”), a small group of men who met weekly at the Soda Shop to discuss Town issues. He had a strong appreciation for music, and sang in the Davidson College, DCPC and Gilwood Church choirs. Whenever weather permitted, he could be found working in his yard or playing tennis, even at age 88.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Mary Vinson Bedinger and Portia Vinson Lawson. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Gay Paisley Vinson, and son-in-law, Clarke Wittstruck, of Asheville, North Carolina; son, William Daniel Vinson Jr., and daughter-in-law, Barbara MacKay Vinson, of Greensboro, North Carolina; grandson, Brendan Vinson Wittstruck ’04, of Austin, Texas; grandson, Nathaniel Vinson Wittstruck ’05 and wife, Mimi Wolff Wittstruck, of Austin, Texas; grandson, William Daniel Vinson III, of Wilmington, North Carolina; granddaughter, Anna Vinson Wittstruck and fiancé, Peter Gottlieb, of Palo Alto, California; grandson, Porter Lee Vinson, of San Diego, California; nephews John and Eric Lawson, and Gary and Mark Godbee; nieces, Jan Hansen, Diane Godbee and Terri Janney; many cousins; and a treasure trove of friends.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, considering a gift to Davidson College, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Gilwood Presbyterian Church or a charitable organization of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences at


Ned Purvis Everett ’48

Ned P. Everett, 90, of Robersonville died on the morning of Monday, October 26, 2015. A graveside service will be held Friday October 30th at 2:00 pm in the Robersonville Cemetery in Robersonville, NC. He was born on December 26th, 1924, in Robersonville, NC. The son of Nun C. Everett and Allie G. Little Everett.

He enlisted in the US Army where he took part in World War II Theater and played in the Military band. After his term in the service he left the Army and returned to North Carolina where he attended Davidson College and received a law degree from Duke University School of Law-1951.

He received a position on Capitol Hill as Administrative Assistant for the Honorable Herbert C. Bonner in the US House of Representatives-1966-1970 and also served the Legal Counsel for the US House of Representatives- House Merchant Marines & Fisheries Committee 1970-2000.

After nearly four decades of service he became a Real Estate Broker serving the Arlington Virginia area. He was an active member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Arlington, VA. The last years of his life he was troubled with illnesses. His caretakers, family and friends have remained by his side through it all. Ned’s family would like to offer special thanks for his wonderful care by his caretakers.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Everett brother, William R. Everett and Nun C. Everett, Jr. Surviving are nephew; William R. Everett, Jr. (Tex) and wife, Vel Thurber Everett; niece, Alyce Everett Green and her husband, John I. Green: great nephews; Brian C. Everett, Christopher Ned Everett, J. Tyler Green, 1LT Zachary T. Thurber, and wife, Aimee Thurber, Cameron E. Green and Mason A. Thurber.

The family will receive friends Thursday night October 29th, 2015 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Biggs Funeral Home in Robersonville, N.C. Arrangements by Biggs Funeral Home, Williamston , N.C. BIGGS FUNERAL HOME 302 W MAIN ST. WILLIAMSTON NC 27892 252-792-4152

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David Garvin Blevins ’48

David Blevins, age 90, of Hillcrest Circle, Spruce Pine went to his heavenly home on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.

Mr. Blevins was born in Johnson City, TN on November 7, 1924 to Daniel O. Blevins Sr. and Lillian Garvin Blevins. Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie English Blevins who he had married in 1948.

David was a lifelong Member of First Presbyterian Church in Spruce Pine where he was an elder and Sunday school teacher. David was a graduate of Harris High School in Spruce Pine, NC in the Class of 1941 and Davidson College, the Class of 1948. He served 18 years in elected office in the Town of Spruce Pine: six years as mayor and 12 years as Board of Alderman.

He was a member of Kiwanis Club of Spruce Pine for 56 years and has always been active in the civic life of Spruce Pine.

David served in WWII as a radio operator/Gunner on B-25 Mitchell Bomber. He flew 22 combat missions in the Mediterranean Theater, 57th Bomb Group 12th Air Force.

He was awarded the Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster, and Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation and Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Blevins along with his son, Oscar Sam Blevins, own and operate Blevins Oil Co. Inc. of Spruce Pine, NC.

Survivors include his four sons; Dave Blevins Jr. and Steve Blevins, both of Johnson City, Tn. and Sam Blevins and Dale Blevins both of Spruce Pine. He also leaves eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Blevins will be conducted at 3:00 pm Wednesday October 21, 2015 in the First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine with the Rev. Bill Sweetser officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until the service hour at the church. Interment will follow in the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Mitchell County Animal Shelter or the First Presbyterian Church, both of Spruce Pine, NC

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website;, selecting Mr. Blevins’ name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is assisting the Blevins family.

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