Campbell Gilchrist Henderson ’49

 Mr. Campbell Gilchrist Henderson, 92, passed away at his home Thursday morning surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Wyndall Mason Henderson. They were married for 61 years.

Mr. Henderson was born in Walterboro on December 11, 1924. He was the son of the late Alexander Fraser and Jessie Harrison Henderson. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a first lieutenant in the Pacific Ocean Theater.

After his military service, he returned to Davidson College and, upon graduation, entered the banking profession. He retired as president of Farmers and Merchants Bank in 1985. Mr. Henderson was an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, having received the Silver Beaver Award for his service.

He was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also a lifelong member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and treasurer emeritus. Additionally, he was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club.

He is survived by his children: Cam Henderson, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Walterboro; Jess Charters and husband Andrew of Megggett; Leigh Stoots of Meggett. There are four grandchildren: Wendy Ferreira (Jason), Nancy Henderson, James Stoots, and Campbell Stoots.

Mr. Henderson leaves behind one great-granddaughter, Leona Ferreira, his sister Alice H. Jervey, and long-time caregiver Willie Mae Holmes.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Sunday at Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home in Walterboro. Burial services will be held privately at Live Oak Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bethel Presbyterian Church, 403 Church Street, Walterboro, SC, 29488 Visit our guestbook at charleston

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A.J. Ellington, Jr. ’49

AJ EllingtonDr. A.J. Ellington, Jr., fondly known as A.J., lived a full and vibrant life to the very end.  At 91, he passed away on Thursday, April 27th, at Sunrise of Raleigh, NC after a brief illness.

Having spent his professional career in Burlington as a physician in obstetrics and gynecology, A.J. had a passion for his family, medicine and golf.  Elizabeth Yowell Ellington, his first wife and mother of his four children, passed away in 2007.  Over the last 25 years, A.J. continued to adore and treasure Molly Sanders, also from Raleigh.

Born April 3, 1926 in Burlington, NC to Dr. Amzi Jefferson Ellington, Sr. and Ruth Norwood Ellington, A.J. attended Burlington City Schools before entering Davidson College.  After one year at Davidson, he joined the US Navy, served on the USS New Jersey, and etched his name in history with other service members of this era as part of the Greatest Generation.

At the end of World War ll, he attended Davidson, UNC Chapel Hill, then medical school while enjoying great friends at the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Married in 1950, A.J. and Betty Anne moved north to Philadelphia, where he completed his M.D. degree at Temple University School of Medicine and his certification in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond, VA.  A.J. returned to Burlington in 1956 to build a medical practice, was soon joined by his brother, Dr. Robert Norwood Ellington, and together they opened the Alamance Clinic for Women in 1965.

A.J. was active in the NC Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North Carolina Medical Society, the Alamance Caswell Medical Society, served as chief of staff at Alamance County Hospital and was a founding member in 1960 of the South Central Obstetrics and Gynecology Society.

A.J.’s sweet golf swing was beautiful to watch, but his golfing demeanor and fun-loving spirit are what we’ll remember most.  Capturing the Alamance Country Club championship numerous times, A.J. also played at St. Andrews, Glen Eagles and Carnoustie in Scotland, Pebble Beach in California, and often attended the Masters at Augusta National.  Africa, Europe, Caribbean, Panama Canal and dude ranches in Wyoming were all completed travels on his bucket list.

An avid UNC Tar Heel sports fan, reader and traveler, A.J. was very engaging and never at a loss for words.

When living in Burlington, A.J. was a devoted member of the faith community of St. Mark’s Church.

Surviving Dr. Ellington are his four children: Elizabeth “Beth” Owen (Rob) of Raleigh, Amzi “Jeff” Ellington (Beth) of Burlington, Johns “Johnny” Ellington (Cheryl) of Raleigh, and Gregory “Greg” Ellington (Sonja), of Burlington; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Norwood Ellington and wife Helen and their four children; and brother-in-law Dr. Robert Klutz Yowell and wife Barbara of Durham and their three children.  The family is most grateful for the friendship and companionship of Molly.

The family will be at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington on Monday, May 8th at 10:00 a.m. for a reception and an 11:00 a.m. service.  You are invited to celebrate both A.J.’s life among us for 91 years as well as his life now at home with his Lord and Savior, with burial at Pine Hill Cemetery following the ceremony.

Contributions may be made on behalf of Dr. A.J. to the soup kitchen he assisted, God’s Helpers of Raleigh, 807 Cotton Place, Raleigh, NC 27601, or to his home church, St. Mark’s Church, 1230 St. Mark’s Church Rd. Burlington, NC 27215.

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Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 30, 2017

John Henry Welborn ’49

John Henry Welborn, 89 of Weaver Drive, Lexington passed away Monday, March 27th at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday April 1st at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Lee Zehmer officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Welborn was born in Davidson County on April 8, 1927 to William Fowle Welborn and Bessie Lee Todd Welborn. He attended Davidson College, served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and then the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.

After coming home he received his pharmacist degree from the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was owner/operator of Lexington Drug Company.

John was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder. He was also one of the founding members of Sapona Country Club in Lexington.

His wife Janice McNeill Welborn preceded him in death on March 6, 2006. His brothers, William Fowle Welborn, Jr. and wife Geraldine Hobbs, Dr. James Todd Welborn and Samuel Gould Welborn and wife Marion Guerriero and brother-in-law, Hugh McNeill also preceded him in death.

Surviving are sons, John Henry Welborn, Jr. and wife Monica of Cary and Daniel McNair Welborn and wife Christina of Charlotte, grandchildren Hannah Welborn, Lucas Welborn, Caroline Welborn and Caden Welborn and sisters-in-law Peggy McNeill of Raleigh and Lillian Welborn of Lexington.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 586, Lexington, NC 27293 or the charity of donor’s choice.

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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

Timothy Harden, Jr. '49Dr. 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