Jim Sloan III ’52

Jim Sloan '52Dr. James M. “Jim” Sloan III died on May 23, 2018 in Asheville at the age of 87.

He was a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, born July 8, 1930, the first son of James M. Sloan, Jr. and Frances Robinson Sloan of that city. He went to Davidson on a partial athletic scholarship. There he played both football and golf and graduated in 1952 with a BS degree in pre-med. He then attended Duke University Medical School, Durham, North Carolina, where he received his M. D. degree in 1956. While at Duke he was elected to AOA, an honorary medical society of national prominence.

His internship was at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, under both the LSU and Tulane Medical School sections. Following this he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served two years as a physician with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

After his military service, Dr. Sloan went to the Huey P. Long Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana, for a one year family practice residency. Following this he opened his medical practice at Gibson Hospital in Enterprise, Alabama before moving to Asheville, North Carolina in 1961 and began the practice of family medicine on Tunnel Road, opening the East Asheville Medical Center which ultimately included Dr. Harry Summerlin and Dr. Roger James.

He practiced there for 38 years before his retirement in 1998. In 1976, he served as a short-term medical missionary in Nigeria, West Africa, under the Western North Carolina Methodist jurisdiction. He was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization and was a team doctor for Owen and Reynolds High Schools.

Dr. Sloan received a Mead-Johnson fellowship in family medicine, was a member of the Buncombe County and North Carolina Medical Societies, The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Family Physicians and the Southern Medical Associations along with the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

He was the first Board Chairman and helped start what is now Asheville Christian Academy in its infancy.

An avid golfer since his high school days, Dr. Sloan cherished the competition that the game afforded against such former “greats” as Arnold Palmer, Mike Souchak, Doug Saunders. Childhood friends will remember him as “Slimey” Sloan.

His greatest love, however, was for his family and for The Lord Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Joanna” Sloan and their children, James M. Sloan, IV and his wife, Rhonda of Charlotte, Joseph A. Sloan and his wife, Heather of Troutman, Thomas A. Sloan and his wife, Mary of Asheville and Stephen C. Sloan and his wife, Jeryl of Asheville; eight grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, Cate, Mary Beth, Joshua, Noah, Luke and Grace; brother, Sam R. Sloan and his wife Suzanne of Montreat; nephew, Ross and niece, Barrett.

Dr. Sloan was preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Christine “Christy” Sloan.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 3, 2018 at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville. Dr. Robert Blackburn, Jr. will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Christy Sloan Memorial Scholarship Fund, Davidson College, 405 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28035.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 27, 2018

Harry Faison Shaw ’50

Harry Faison Shaw '50Harry Faison Shaw, 91, of Fayetteville passed away on May 19, 2018.

Harry was a life-long resident of Fayetteville. He attended Fayetteville Public Schools. Harry served with the US Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

After graduating from Davidson College in 1950 he worked for Superior Stone Company in Lillington, North Carolina.

In 1960 the Shaws returned to Fayetteville when he took a position with Home Federal Savings and Loan Association where he remained for 32 years. After retirement, he became a partner in Gaines and Shaw Appraisers. He was president of both the McLean Foundation and the McLean Development Corporation.

Civic Positions/Boards served:
-Fayetteville City Council
-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Lafayette Society
-Chairman of the Historic and Scenic Sights Committee
-Member Cape Fear Botanical Garden Board
-Member State Board of Community Colleges’ Commission on the Future
-Member of the West Fayetteville Rotary Club
-Elder Emeritus
-First Presbyterian Church
-President and Chairman of the City of Fayetteville Linear Park Corporation

In 1975 he was appointed by the governor to the board of FTCC and then was appointed as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges’ Commission on the Future.

In 2005, FTCC dedicated the Harry F. Shaw Virtual College Center to honor his 29 years of serving as the Chairman of the FTCC Board. In 2015 he received the I.E. Reedy Award from the State Board of Community Colleges.

Harry’s integrity and energy is the great legacy he leaves behind. His civic and philanthropic pursuits will be missed not only by his family but an entire community.

Harry was predeceased by Sarah Stewart, his wife of 58 years and his son Paul Stewart Shaw.

He is survived by his wife, Claire Chestnut Shaw of the home; two daughters, Faison Shaw Covington of Charlotte and Sally Shaw Schmitz and husband Richard of Piney Creek; his sister, Gillie Revelle of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Hansen of St. Louis, MO, Greg Shaw of New York, NY, Harry Schmitz of Morehead City, and Clair Shaw of Charlotte; his great-granddaughter, Emma Hansen of St. Louis, MO and two step-children, Kate Henley Paradis of Charlotte and Wilson Henley of Washington, CT.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Eller Hall.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the church with Dr. Mike Garrett and Rev. Donna Marchant officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Eller Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cross Creek Linear Park Foundation.

Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home.

Published in Fayetteville Observer on May 21, 2018

John F. Renfro, Jr. ’59

John Renfro '59John F. Renfro, Jr., 81, of Spartanburg died May 18, 2018.

Born February 18, 1937 in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late John F. Renfro and Bonnie Babb Renfro. Educated in the Spartanburg City schools, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1959. In 1960, he earned an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John married Beverly Folger in 1960 at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. After his service in the US Army, the couple moved to Spartanburg in 1963 where he began his life-long career with Inman Mills. In 2002, he retired as Vice President. He was devoted to his work, colleagues, and friends at Inman Mills.

In high school, John earned the Eagle Scout Award and promoted scouting throughout his adult life. In 2017, in honor of his 80th birthday, his three sons along with Inman Mills commissioned the John F. Renfro Jr. Scout Center in Inman to recognize his contributions.

John was very active in his community and served on numerous boards and committees. He was Treasurer and Trustee of the Inman-Riverdale Foundation as well as a Trustee for both Queens College and the Mary Black Foundation.

John also served as a board member on the Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Development Association, the United Way of the Piedmont, and the Spartanburg Area and State Chambers of Commerce.

John received the Morgan Award from the United Way in 1995 and the David Reid Award from the Arts Partnership in 2001. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Chapman Cultural Center.

From 1988 until 2010, John and Beverly resided on their family farm in Gowansville. They joined Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon where he served as Treasurer. Upon returning to Spartanburg, they rejoined First Presbyterian Church where John served as an elder.

John Renfro was an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather and was blessed with many friends. Known as “Papa John” by his family, he never missed an opportunity to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Some of his favorite memories were the many fishing, hunting, skiing and beach trips with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by three sons, John “Trip” F. Renfro III, MD (Suzanne D., MD) of Greenville, McDuffie “Mac” F. Renfro (Marianna) of Cornelius, NC, and Foy F. Renfro (Mark A. Bradshaw, MD) of Ashland, OR; six grandchildren, Sloan, Sarah, and Emma Renfro of Greenville; Mary Taylor of Charlotte; and Brooks and Anna Renfro; halfsister, Helen Bridgforth of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, Guy Wellman of Flat Rock, NC; and his loving dogs, Boogie and Dabo.

He is predeceased by his parents and his half-sister, Frances Wellman.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Evans and the Rev. Joanne R. Hull on Tuesday May 22, 4:00PM at First Presbyterian Church: 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. A visitation will be held following the service. A private committal will be held at Cemetery Hill, Clemson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals: P. O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; Palmetto Council; Boy Scouts of America: 420 S. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306; or the Chapman Cultural Center: 200 E. St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.jmdunbar.com Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Rusty Goode, Jr. ’54

Rusty Goode, Jr. '54Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr., 86, died peacefully and surrounded by family on May 14, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Jane Nisbet Goode.

Rusty was born on January 7, 1932 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Seddon Goode, Sr. and Hallie Ross Goode. Rusty was raised in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1950 and Davidson College in 1954. After serving two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, he earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957.

Rusty began his business career in 1957 in Charlotte with Southeastern Financial Corp. He later held executive positions with North Carolina National Bank and Interstate Securities Corp., working for his father-in-law, Walter Olin “Mutt” Nisbet. In 1981, Rusty became President and Director of the University Research Park. Upon his retirement in 2006, he became Vice Chairman.

Rusty loved helping and connecting people and serving the City of Charlotte and the State of North Carolina. From 1979 to 1989, Rusty served on the board of the NC Department of Transportation, including a term as vice chairman. Rusty’s terms spanned both Republican and Democratic administrations, and he became affectionately known as the “Road Czar”. Rusty was one of the architects of Interstate 485 for which a section was named in his honor in 1997.

In 1992, he was honored by the Governor of North Carolina by being awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Rusty spent 21 years on the Board of Commissioners of the Carolinas HealthCare System and 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College. In addition, he served on the boards of Canal Industries, Inc., the NC Global TransPark Authority, The NC State Ports Authority, The NC Advisory Budget Commission, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the State Teachers Retirement System and the UNC Charlotte Foundation. UNC Charlotte awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 2007.

While Rusty spent a lot of time working, he always managed to find ways to do the things he loved most: sharing time with Jane, especially watching their kids and grandkids play sports; cheering on the Wildcats; puttering in his tool sheds in Montreat and Wrightsville Beach; rebuilding a Boston Whaler in his driveway; ordering from catalogues; fishing in the Florida Keys and Wrightsville Beach or driving through the farm or the URP just to “check on things” and to catch up with those who went along for the ride.

Rusty is survived by his daughters, Beth Goode Reigel (Ernie) and Mary Jane Goode (Walt Gramley). In addition to his wife, Jane, Rusty was preceded in death by his son, Ed Goode, and is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Beth Goode (Carl Belk). Also surviving are his seven grandchildren who lovingly called him Papoo or Pop: Rebecca Jane Ponton (Rob), Will Reigel, Rusty Reigel, Mary Ellen Goode (Matt Spangler), Eddie Goode, Elizabeth Gramley and Ross Gramley and three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jane and Robbie Ponton. Additionally, Rusty is survived by his sisters-in-law, Becky Rencher and Marian Nisbet and was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Olin Nisbet and Bud Rencher. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews also survive Rusty.

The family would like to thank Lametsha “Buffy” Crawford for the invaluable love, support and care she has provided over the years to Rusty, Jane and “Gagi”. You will forever be a part of our family. Thank you also to Southminster Healthcare and Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte for your care, compassion and support.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11 o’clock in the morning at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The interment will be private. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Edward S. Goode Scholarship Fund , Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035, The Levine Children’s Hospital c/o Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, 208 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

John Ardrey “Jack” McLaney ’51

The Rev. Dr. John “Jack” Ardrey McLaney, 88, of Charleston, SC passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018.

He was born on June 27, 1929, in Charlotte, NC, son of the late Margaret Shaw Brown McLaney and the late Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Sr. In his youth Jack attended Dilworth Elementary, AG Junior High (when it was on Morehead St.) and Central High when it existed.

Then he did his undergraduate and pre-ministerial studies at Davidson College. Following college, Jack went to the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, KY. Jack served as a Presbyterian minister for 30 years before serving as a presbytery executive in the Presbytery of Mississippi and eventually taking a position as interim executive at the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.

From the time he was a child Jack was an avid reader. He was an airplane enthusiast and enjoyed making airplane models, eventually getting his pilot's license.

He was also a life-long sailor and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. Jack loved history, especially Civil War and World War II history, and no one ever asked a question that he couldn’t answer about either. His family will remember him as a faithful Christian, and a kind and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Beverly Tissot McLaney of Charleston, SC; two daughters: Margaret Anne Carney (Ed) of West Hartford, CT and Mary Lynn Runyon (David) of Louisville, KY; two sons: Roy Jeffrey Hodge of Louisville, KY and Christopher Alan Hodge (Jennifer) of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren: Anne Runyon; George “Teddy” Edward Carney, III and Allyson, Ashley and Brooke Hodge; his brother, Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Jr. (Jane) of Charlotte, NC; his sister Mary McLaney Mohr of Mechanicsville, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 1:00 PM 2:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley, with a memorial service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com.

Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 19, 2018