Category Archives: 1949

Herbert Meza ’49

Rev. Dr. Herbert Meza, 94, joined the Church Triumphant on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  After more than 50 years in the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA), he will be an excellent addition to that heavenly congregation.

Herb was born in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, on October 26, 1922, the son of a Spanish father and a Cuban mother. He became a Christian under the tutelage of the Ybor City Mission, headed by Dr. Walter Passigllia, a ministry of the St. Johns Presbyterian Church.

He joined the Marine Corp at 17 years of age, with the consent of his mother, served in the Pacific in WW ll, receiving two Purple Hearts. He made a commitment to seeking peace after hand to hand combat with a Japanese soldier and remained dedicated to that pursuit throughout his life.

After the war, he attended Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary under the GI bill. He served as a missionary to Portugal for five years, returned to the states, and served churches in Texas, Washington, DC, then to Jacksonville to the Fort Caroline Presbyterian Church in 1980.

While serving as a pastor in Houston, TX, in 1960, he invited and chaired a meeting of the Houston Ministerial Association for Sen. John F. Kennedy to allay fears about a Catholic president. It was consequential in Kennedy’s election.

In 1983, Herb won the Presbyterian Peace Seeker Award, which resulted in an audience with Pope John Paul ll to discuss the possibility of USA/USSR communications during the Cold War.

After retiring in 1991, he served as interim pastor in nine various churches until 1999. One of Herb’s enduring qualities was his love of travel and adventure. His wife, Franzle, often said that he was on an adventure or planning one! Herb and Fran traveled to about 70 countries and islands in their 34 years of marriage. Herb peacefully embarked on his great final adventure with eager anticipation.

Herb is preceded in death by his mother and father, Michael and Dulce; and his brother Ed.

He is survived by his wife, Fran; son, Scott Meza(Anny); grandchildren, Jenna and Zach; son, Mark Meza (Kathryn); grandsons, Daniel and Benjamin; son, Chris Meza; and daughter, Cecelia Meza; step-daughter, Karen Parker (Rusty); grandson, Jeff Parker; granddaughter, Jordan Flanagan (Ethan); great grandchildren, Lottie and Luke Flanagan; stepson, Kenneth Collier (Caroline); granddaughter, Amanda Moseley (Ryan); and grandson, Robb Collier.

The family would like to thank our primary doctor, Dr. Jose Garmendia, and Community Hospice for all their dedicated care.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at Geneva Presbyterian, 1755 State Road 13, St. Johns, FL 32259 on Wednesday, February 15 at 11 AM.A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to a charity of one’s choice . Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223,, 904-288-0025.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 12, 2017

Timothy Harden, Jr. ’49

Dr. Timothy Harden, Jr., 92, of Athens, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

As a loving father, an outstanding citizen, patriot, and prominent physician, he exemplified the “greatest generation.”

Born in Macon, GA, he was the son of Dr. Timothy Harden Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Stubbs Harden. Dr. Harden was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Lanier High School for Boys with letters in football, basketball, and track. He attended Georgia Tech in the fall of 1942 prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII.

As a member of the 406th Infantry Regiment of the 102nd Division, he fought in the European Theatre, including driving on the Red Ball Express and meeting the Russians at the Elbe River. He finished his service as a Sargeant First Class, receiving a Good Conduct Medal.

Upon returning from the war, Dr. Harden attended and graduated from Davidson College (Class of 49), where he was on the track team and President of the Sigma Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. He then earned his M.D. from Emory University (Class of 53) and established his Internal Medicine practice in Decatur, GA, which spanned 40 years.

At various times during his career, he served as President of the DeKalb Medical Society, Vice Chief of Medical Staff at DeKalb General Hospital, President of the Medical Staff at Wesley Woods Health Center, Medical Director of Emory Convalescent Home, and Vice President of the Medical Unit at the DeKalb Heart Association.

Dr. Harden also served on the board of trustees at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, as Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 55, and for many years as an elder at Emory Presbyterian Church. Most importantly, he will be remembered for being a very kind, considerate, and caring gentleman who always put others first.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Rosalyn Harden and Dorothea Elizabeth Harden Keen; a grandson, Joseph Benjamin Harden; a great-granddaughter, Austin Evans; and a great-grandson, Cash Evans.

Survivors include his loving wife, Catherine Bracken Moore Harden; four children, Dr. Roslyn Harden Scott (Randy), Laura Elizabeth Harden, Timothy Harden III (Lori), and C. Reid Harden; three step children, Cathy Murphy (Philip), Velinda Evans (David), and Alva C. Moore; nine grandchildren, Kelsey Scott Donald, Rachel Harden, Jessica Scott Westbrooks, Taylor Harden, Commander Ryan Murphy, Ashley Murphy, Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce, David Evans III, and Jason Evans; and ten great-grandchildren.

A family visitation will be held Friday, January 20, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lord & Stephens on Lexington Rd. in Athens.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Lord & Stephens on Lexington Rd. in Athens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to – Emory University School of Medicine (404-727-8875)

Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements.


Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 19, 2017


Edwin Garrett Hardin ’49

Edwin G. Hardin, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, NC.

Edwin was born in Shelby, NC to the late Charles and Annie Louise Dillon Hardin. He was preceded in death by his wife Ethelwyn Rice Hardin.

Ed attended Davidson College for his undergraduate degree, then Clemson University for graduate school. After graduation Ed enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War on the USS Oriskany.

It was during this time he met and married Ethelwyn. He returned to Clemson to teach, he has been an avid Tigers fan and is known as one of the founding members of the “Esso Club”. He has been a native to Polk County since moving here in  1992.

Edwin is survived by his daughter; Valerie E. Hardin of Richmond, VA,  his son; Garrett M. Hardin of N. Chesterfield, VA, his nieces Anne Arbogast of Toccoa, GA and Laura Morris Yarborough  and nephews Tom and Peter Yarborough all of Charlotte, NC

Memorials may be made to the IPTAY, P.O. Box 1529, Clemson, SC 29633. Services will be held at a later date..

An online guest register is available at


McFarland Funeral Chapel

Tryon, NC

James Edward Herndon ’49

james-herndonJames Edward Herndon died peacefully on December 19, 2016 at the Atlanta Hospice Center in Brookhaven with his family by his side. He was 88 years of age.

He was born to the late James Edward Herndon and Virginia Mauney Herndon on September 23, 1928 in Charlotte, NC.

Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia Johnson Herndon and his two younger brothers, William Mauney Herndon and Robert Eugene Herndon.

Jim graduated from Davidson College in 1949 with a B.S in Economics and Business. He lettered in Basketball in 1946.

A year later he earned his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. He was commissioned into the United States Air Force on March 22, 1951 and served as 1st Lieutenant for 4 years. He was inducted into the Mach Busters Club and was appropriately nicknamed “Judge” by his comrades. “Judge” was one of the first fighter pilots to break the sound barrier flying the F-86D fighter interceptor. Their motto was “faster than sound upside down,” which those who knew him well heard often.

He married Patricia Rae Johnson on March 6, 1954 of Taylor, Texas. In March of 1955 he resigned from the USAF and moved to his hometown of Kings Mountain, NC to join his father and brother Will, to help manage the family textile business, JE Herndon Co.

Jim was a faithful servant of God and was very active in St. Matthews Lutheran Church. He was one of the youngest to be awarded Eagle Scout from Troop #91 of St. Matthews.

He generously gave to numerous charities, churches and served as the Chairman of the Cleveland County School Board for 6 years.

Jim will be remembered for his integrity, modesty, hospitality, keen sense of humor, unfailing love and devotion to his family, friends and employees. His generosity knew no boundaries.

He enjoyed people from all walks of life and undoubtedly made an impact on their lives. If he ever told you to “keep your nose low in the turns” when you were leaving you knew he treasured you dearly.

He his survived by his four devoted children, James Edward Herndon III and wife Jane Klinger Herndon of Kings Mountain, NC. Patricia Herndon Whiteside and husband James Monroe Whiteside of Charlotte, NC. Elizabeth Scott Herndon of Atlanta, GA . Charlotte Herndon Cahoon and husband Daniel Thomas Cahoon of Atlanta, GA. He had five beloved grandchildren, Charlotte Coleman Penninger and husband Ryan McCoy Penninger of Washington, DC. Julia Langhorne Coleman of Charlotte, NC. Kathryn Pierce Herndon and James Edward Herndon (“Jay”) of Kings Mountain, NC. Kathryn Ravenscroft Cahoon of Atlanta, Ga.

A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Road Lutheran Church, 3686 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 on January 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Capital City Club, 53 W. Brookhaven Drive, NE, Atlanta 30319.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a contribution to the Atlanta Hospice Center, 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, GA, or a charity of your choice .

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 25, 2016

Zeb North Holler, Jr. ’49

49-zeb-hollerAt the memorial service, everyone will sing Z’s favorite hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” Charlene has added this footnote to that particular hymn, “Sing it like you mean it.”

The Rev. Zeb North Holler Jr., a longtime giant in Greensboro’s social justice movement, died Thursday night surrounded by family and friends at Whitestone, a local continuing care retirement community. He was 88. Everyone knew him as “Z.” His eight grandkids and his four children knew him as “Papa Z.” He will be missed.

He was a husband, a father, a clarinet player, a grad of Greensboro Senior High and a Davidson College alum. He taught high school English, coached high school football, flew planes for the Navy and fell in love with a spirited teenage girl from Florida.

He grew up in Greensboro’s Westerwood neighborhood, attended Presbyterian Church of the Covenant every Sunday and listened to every word the minister said so much so that at age 10 the minister told him, “Z, you need to be a preacher.”And a preacher he became.

His mother, who taught piano in Greensboro, gave him the book, “A Man Called Peter,” a story about a poor Scottish immigrant who worked odd jobs to put himself through seminary and rose to become the chaplain of the U.S. Senate.That struck a chord with Z.

After his four years in the Navy, he enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., and heard one of his professors exclaim, “The problem with Holler is that he’s too much of a revolutionary like Jesus!” Z wanted to be. He went on to get his doctorate at University of Aberdeen in Scotland and titled his dissertation, “Jesus And The Suffering Servant.”

After that, he went on to fight the injustices of the world with fierce honesty and undeniable love. Z was rail thin, with a soft Southern drawl, and he never shied away from writing a whip-smart sermon or calling out the broader community to help the least, the last and the left out.

The Parables of Jesus became the blueprint of his life, and he saw these New Testament stories as important lessons that help make the community he served a better place to live. He believed that.

So did his wife, Charlene, whom he met at a church party during flight training school in Pensacola, Fla. She was 16; Z was 22.They got married two years later, started a family and became a couple who pushed for racial equality and social justice at every stop along his ministerial path.

In 1960 in Anderson, S.C., he hosted civil rights activists known as the Freedom Riders. While they were there, he got a call from the Ku Klux Klan. They told him to stop. Z said no.

In 1968 in Atlanta, following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., he and his church, Central Presbyterian Church, fed more than 5,000 people and housed in the church’s gym more than 100 who came to the city to mourn. He later became a campus minister at N.C. State during the Vietnam War and a pastor at a Presbyterian church in Clemson, S.C.

Then, in 1979, he came back to be the pastor at his home church, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.Two months later, a confrontation erupted a few miles away from his church and changed his life forever. Nazis and KKK members confronted anti-Klan demonstrators at Morningside Homes, a federal housing community.Five demonstrators were killed; 10 were wounded. Z was stunned.

He got calls from his congregation. One was from the funeral director for the demonstrators’ memorial service. The director was nervous. So, Z rode with him in the lead hearse to give him moral support because the funeral home agreed to take the bodies.

Z and the funeral director wore bulletproof vests because police lined the funeral route because of the fear of violence.That was the beginning of how Z worked with his hometown to make it a better place after Nov. 3, 1979.

He also began to question more deeply the injustices he saw in his hometown. So, he worked to improve the relationship between the community and police, pushed to improve public education, and joined workers picketing for higher wages and better treatment. And it wasn’t uncommon for one of Z’s children to call their mom and hear her say, “Your father has been arrested again.” That was Z.

After he retired in 1993, he and the Rev. Nelson Johnson, a surviving demonstrator from Nov. 3, 1979, and Barbara Dua, created the Beloved Community Center, a non-profit that followed Dr. King’s message of racial and economic justice.

In 2001, Z co-chaired the Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project, an effort that started a comprehensive dialogue with all the parties involved in Nov. 3 to help the city heal. From that sprang the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first large-scale effort of its kind in the country.

Then, in 2010, Z self-published a book of his sermons. He titled it, “Jesus’ Radical Message: Subversive Sermons for Today’s Seekers.” He wrote that he hoped his book “has the potential of helping open the eyes and minds even the hearts of future generations to new possibilities of honest and respectful resolution of differences, or even to repentance, forgiveness all around, and reconciliation within our community.”

Z is survived by Charlene Holler, his wife of 63 years; and his daughter, Angie Holler of Hopewell, NJ; Ginger Holler and his son-in-law, Don Basnight, of Chapel Hill; his son Roy Holler and his daughter-in-law, Meg Holler, of Roxboro; and his daughter Elizabeth Holler Hunter of Asheville. Z is also survived by eight grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Cox, of Greensboro, and her husband, Lem Cox.A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday for family members at New Garden Cemetery.

The memorial service for the community will follow at 2 p.m. Sunday at Z’s longtime church, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Beloved Community Center, 417 Arlington St., Greensboro, NC 27406; Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 501 South Mendenhall St., Greensboro, NC, 27403; and New Creation Community Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. She knew Z would like that.

Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Funeral Home is serving the family.

Jack Paul Etheridge ’49

judge-jack-etheridge-241x300Jack Paul Etheridge, Sr., age 89, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2016, at his home after a brief battle with cancer.

There will be a memorial service at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Scott Weimer will officiate.

Judge Etheridge was born on March 16, 1927, in Atlanta, the son of Jessie Shepherd Brown and Anton Lee “Jack” Etheridge. He grew up on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, and attended The Darlington School, Davidson College, and The Emory University School of Law. Eager to serve in World War II, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and was deployed to the Pacific on a tanker; later, during the Korean War, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army.

Following the war, Dr. Vernon Broyles of North Avenue Presbyterian Church assisted Judge Etheridge in arranging a year in Germany during which he helped resettle war refugees. It was on the ship to Germany that he met the love of his life, Ursula Schlatter, who was traveling back to her homeland, Switzerland.

He courted her during his year in Europe and, once back in Atlanta, proposed to her after first composing a letter in Latin to Ursula’s father, a Protestant minister in Zurich, asking for his consent. She came to America in 1952 to marry Jack in the chapel of North Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Jack is survived by Ursula and their three children, Jack, Jr., Jack’s wife Joyce, and their children, Alison and Jessie and great-granddaughter Adelaide; daughter Margaret and her children Christina, Nick, and Meredith; and daughter Liz, her husband Steven, and their children Teagan and Molly.

He is also survived by his twin brother Robert Charles Etheridge, a former missionary for the Presbyterian Church, and Robert’s wife, Mary Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his sister Jessie Etheridge Summers, and is survived by Jessie’s husband Carl of Auburn, Alabama.

Judge Etheridge was a law clerk to The Honorable Frank Hooper, U.S. District Court, and The Honorable Ralph Pharr, Fulton County Superior Court. He practiced law with the firm of Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers, McClatchey, and Regenstein before opening his own firm, Huie and Etheridge, with his dear friend W. Stell Huie.

During the 1960s, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives. He then followed in the footsteps of his beloved father, Judge A. L. Etheridge, by becoming a Fulton County Superior Court Judge.

Following his ten-year career on the bench, the Judge embarked on a teaching career, including serving on the faculty of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada; as Associate Dean of the Emory University School of Law; as professor in the College of Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina; as an instructor at The Phillips Exeter Academy; and at The University of the Witwatersrand School of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He was also a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute of Politics where he worked to develop a system of mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. The Judge was the founding Chairman of the Board of The Justice Center of Atlanta, which continues to offer mediation services and mediator training, and he opened the Atlanta office of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS).

He is the author of the book, Getting to the Table, A Primer for Lawyers on Mediation Skills. In recent years, Judge Etheridge served as Special Master in several national class action lawsuits, including defective construction products and asbestos litigation.

Inspired by the example set by his beloved father, Judge Etheridge enjoyed serving his community and opening doors for others. He was a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club; a past president of the Atlanta Bar Association; and Chairman of the National Conference of State Trial Judges. He served on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College and of Atlanta University.

He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fuqua Industries, Inc., Initiatives for Change based in Caux, Switzerland, and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jack’s hobbies included golf and flying planes when he was younger, and cooking classes and extensive international travel in later years. On weekends, he retreated to the family’s cabin on Lake Burton where he enjoyed reading, tending to his woodpile, and hiking with his grandchildren.

Throughout his life, he loved books, learning, classical music and opera. He especially enjoyed Thursday nights at the Atlanta Symphony with Ursula.

Please express condolences for the family in the comments section below. The Etheridge family is being cared for by Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services, Acworth, Georgia.

Arthur S. Jenkins ’49

Dr.  Arthur S. Jenkins passed away peacefully on Friday, October 21st in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he and his beloved wife Frances lived since leaving their home in Beaufort in 2011.

Dr. Jenkins was born on November 1, 1928 in Kobe, Japan to Charles Rees Jenkins and Elizabeth Simons Jenkins during their missionary services in Japan in the 1920’s. After the family’s return to the U.S., Dr. Jenkins spent his childhood years in Littleton and Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He attended Davidson College for one year before being drafted into military service as a medic during the Korean War, where he continued to pursue his growing interest in medicine. After the war he completed his undergraduate degree at Davidson College before attending and graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1957.

He met his wife Frances while living in Columbia, SC where he was a medical resident at Columbia Hospital and she was a laboratory technician. The two were married in 1959 and moved to Beaufort, South Carolina in 1960, where they established a medical family practice, and raised a family of four boys as members of the First Presbyterian Church.

Other than medicine, Dr. Jenkins enjoyed many of the pleasures of the Lowcountry – pleasures including hunting, fishing, eating oysters, and growing prize-winning camellias.

Dr. Jenkins practiced Family Medicine in Beaufort for 48 years before retiring in 2008. In addition to his private practice and his years of service at Beaufort Memorial, he also provided cared for many patients at Bay View Nursing Home.

As life would have it, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which finally led to his retirement from medicine and his departure from the Lowcountry so that he and his wife could be closer to the assistance of their children in North Carolina.

His disability required that he be cared for in an assisted living community, where he was admired by the staff for his sharp mind, and adored for his brilliant smile. He frequently provided advice and counseling to his clinical care team members, and would assist some with strengthening their medical knowledge in preparation for their advanced studies.

He loved to share stories of his early years practicing medicine in Beaufort. He would lovingly brag about the more than 500 children he delivered in those early years when family practitioners had to fulfill many roles now performed by specialists.

He was also deeply honored and proud to have the Arthur S. Jenkins Medical Plaza dedicated in his name.

Dr. Jenkins was preceded in death by his wife Frances, and his brother Rees Jenkins.

He is survived by his sister Beth DeVane, and his four sons, and six grandsons: Arthur Jr. and Celia Jenkins of Sierra Vista, AZ and their two sons Sean and Cody; Charles and Sheila Jenkins of Cary, NC and their two sons Chase and Parker; Wade and Karen Jenkins of Charlotte NC and their son Matthew; John and Sandy Jenkins of Durham, NC and their son John Jr.

A memorial service for Dr. Jenkins will be held in the main sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort on Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m., with a reception afterwards at the fellowship hall across the street.

There will not be a graveside burial ceremony, but flowers may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church for the memorial service.

Donations may also be made in his memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Visit our guestbook at Charleston

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Robert Evans Butt ’49

robert-buttRobert E. Butt, age 92, of Davidson, N.C., died peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The Pines.

Mr. Butt was born on June 10, 1924, son of the late Herman Linwood Butt and Lucille Lankford Evans.

Surviving are his wife, “Pat” Elinor Kuhn Butt, to whom he was married for 65 years, their son, David Butt and his wife Amy of Barboursville, Va., their daughter Karen Broaddus and her husband Richard of Woodberry Forest Va., four grandchildren, Aaron Butt, Anna LaRochelle, Jessica Broaddus and Eliza Broaddus and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Butt served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a flight engineer/tail gunner on a B-24 based in Italy. His group flew 50 missions, bombing the Polesti Oil Fields in Romania, then took part in D-Day by bombing the marshalling (railroad) yards in Paris to prevent the Germans from sending trains to the Normandy coast.

He graduated from Davidson College and then from the College of William and Mary with a Master’s in Education Administration. His first teaching experience was at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Georgia as a high school teacher and dean of boys in the dormitory.

Mr. Butt’s professional career continued in several locations in Virginia – Mecklenburg County as principal of Boydton High School, then General Supervisor in the county office, Director of Instruction, then Interim Superintendent, for the city of Fredericksburg, Superintendent of Orange County Schools and culminated with 19 years as Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools.

Mr. Butt brought about full integration of Loudoun County Public Schools during the 1969-70 school year. When he retired in 1988, Mr. Butt was the longest-serving superintendent among Virginia’s 140 school divisions. Fourteen new schools were built during Mr. Butt’s tenure.

In addition, kindergarten, vocational and adult education, special education and the middle school and alternative school programs were started when he was superintendent. He served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

He served two terms on the board of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and also two terms on the board of Northern Virginia Community College.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Lingle Chapel at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. A committal service for the family will be held at the Columbarium after the service. Visitation will be at The Pines at 4 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to The Pines Resident Support Fund, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, N.C., 28036. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may offer condolences to the family at

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Robert G. McGehee ’49

robert-mcgeheeReverend Robert G. McGehee, 89, of Decatur, Alabama, died on Saturday, September 3, 2016, in Decatur.

Born in Mansfield, Louisiana on December 29, 1926, “Little Robert” was the youngest of four sons born to Robert Marshall and Wessie Eula McGehee. He was the youngest of 68 first cousins.

Early in life Bob committed his life to Jesus Christ. Bob began his colligate studies at LSU and then completed his bachelor degree at Davidson College.

While always athletically inclined, Bob lettered in track at both LSU and Davidson. Throughout his life he continued to enjoy a myriad of athletic activities and shared his passion of nature with his children and grandchildren. After LSU, he attended Emory University to complete an M.S. degree in Physics.

In Atlanta, he met his beloved wife Corinne Smith McGehee (“Sis”) at one of her voice recitals. Bob and Corinne were married in Valdosta, Georgia and lived on to have three beautiful children (Georgia, Mary, and Marshall). Corinne preceded Bob in death in 2009.

He pursued his Physics career in Huntsville, Alabama for approximately two years before he was called to a career in Christian ministry, as his father and two other brothers had also done. He attended Austin Theological Seminary, attaining a Master of Divinity and becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Reverend McGehee served as a pastor in Mansfield, Louisiana (his birth place), Dallas, Texas, Plainview, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee (where he served as moderator of the Middle Tennessee Presbytery), Birmingham and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. While in Birmingham, at the age of 60, he again changed career direction to become a certified Pastoral Counselor.

In 1985, Bob and Corinne made their final move to Decatur, AL where Bob served in different capacities until his retirement from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Bob and Corinne greatly enjoyed being an active part of the St. Andrew Presbyterian church family in Decatur.

Bob cherished the joy he found in the shared love of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Throughout his entire life Bob earnestly strove to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s love and grace with his family, his community, and all he met. His life was a demonstration of his enduring faith.

Survived by, daughters, Georgia McGehee Atkins (Whittier, CA), Mary Wess McGehee Wallis), (Chattanooga, TN) son, Marshall McGehee (Atlanta, GA); grandchildren, Chasie Wallis, Briggs Wallis, MacGregor Wallis, Bess Wallis Davis (Barrett), Talmadge Atkins, Eleanor Atkins (Thomas Bellier).

A celebration of his life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Valdosta, Georgia on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Glenda Hollingshead will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Cemetery. A luncheon to greet family will precede the service at the church at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Decatur, AL or the charity of your choice. Carson McLane Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be made online at

Copyright 2016, Valdosta Daily Times / Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI). All Rights Reserved.

Philip Lafayette Edwards ’49

Philip-Edwards-1469639176Philip Lafayette Edwards, 89, widower of Flora McLeod Edwards, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born October 22, 1926, in Sumter, SC, he was a son of Richard Thomas and Louise Williams Edwards.

After moving to Conway, SC in 1932 he attended public schools in Conway and graduated from Conway High School in 1944 with academic and athletic honors.

He entered Davidson College in the fall of 1944, and after one year of school, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marines Officers Training Program where he served in the Pacific and Atlantic. Upon his discharge from the Merchant Marine, he re-entered Davidson College.

Upon his graduation in 1949, he moved to Sumter going to work in the family business, Williams Furniture Corp. He served as Vice President and General Manager of Williams Furniture Corp. until its merger in 1967 with Georgia Pacific Corp. which he served as General Manager of the William Furniture Division of Georgia Pacific, until his retirement in 1983.

He also served on Southern Coatings and Chemical Co. Board of Directors, V.B. Williams Furniture Co. Board and Sumter Coatings Board as Secretary. Phil’s commitment to community and state through his involvement and philanthropy endeavors are numerous.

He and his wife established the Williams-Brice-Edwards Charitable Trust, which he served as Chairman. This charitable trust has funded all or a portion of charitable endeavors throughout Sumter County including the Recovery Wing at Swan Lake, the Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building at USC Sumter, and conference rooms at Tuomey Hospital and the Sumter County Library.

He served on the following: Davidson College Board of Trustees, MUSC Board of Visitors, NBSC Board of Directors 1958-1997 (Board Member Emeritus), Mid Carolina Commission for Higher Education 1995-2007 (Vice Chairman), Sumter County Museum Foundation Board and long serving Board Member and financial supporter of The Sumter County Museum, Sumter Rotary Club since 1953, serving as President in 1975-1976, Past President of the Sumter Industrial Assoc., Covenant Place Board of Trustees and past Director or Board Member of the following organizations: Sumter Family YMCA, Sumter Mental Health Assoc., Sumter Red Cross, Heritage Trust Advisory Board, Governor’s Mansion Committee, Santee Wateree Manpower Commission, Sumter United Way, Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Derthick Foundation-Sumter High School and the Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has established and funded numerous scholarships at USC Sumter, Davidson College and MUSC.

Along with his brother Thomas W. Edwards as Executors of the Martha Williams Brice Estate they negotiated details of the Estate’s bequest to enlarge the football stadium at the University of South Carolina to become Williams-Brice Stadium and the Williams-Brice School of Nursing at USC, built the Williams-Brice Youth Center at Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, Williams-Brice Youth Center at Trinity Church in Sumter, the Williams-Brice Center at Coastal Carolina University in Conway and gave the Williams-Brice home in Sumter to the Historical Society for the purpose of housing the Sumter County Museum.

His many awards include Order of the Palmetto, SC Ambassador of Economic Development, YMCA Humanitarian of the Year, Rotarian of the Year, City of Sumter-Gamecock City Society Award, Daughters of the American Revolution-Award of Excellence in Community Service, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow and Silver Beaver Award. He was an avid accomplished tennis player becoming a top ranked player in the state and winning the SC State Championship in both Singles and Doubles in the seniors division.

He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Boyle Bible Class which he attended faithfully. He was also socially active in The Sumter Assembly, the Thalian Club, the Trian Club, Knock Rummy Club, Sunset Country Club and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club.

Phil is survived by three nephews, Richard T. Edwards, II of Surfside Beach, SC, Frank O. Edwards (Vicky) and extended family of Sumter, and Dr. John R. Edwards of Vermont; sisters-in-law, Florence McLeod Ervin and extended family, Mrs. James C. McLeod, Jr. and extended family both of Florence, SC and trusted friends and advisor Wilson and Lynn MacEwen of Sumter, SC.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas W. Edwards and Richard L. Edwards.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 A.M. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Stephen Holler and Rev. Dr. Reginald Thackston officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Boyle Bible Class. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 A.M. Friday in the Parlor at Trinity United Methodist Church. Private burial will be held at Sumter Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.comElmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.


Published in The State on July 27, 2016