Category Archives: 1950s

Hugh Kerr “Bud” Aiken, Jr. ’50

Hugh Kerr “Bud” Aiken, Jr., 87, husband of Clairene Harris Aiken, of Greenville, died Monday, July 10, 2017.

A Greenville native born on July 30, 1929, he was the son of the late Hugh Kerr Aiken and Alberta Farmer Aiken.

An Eagle Scout, Mr. Aiken attended Greenville High School and later graduated from Davidson College where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Aiken began his business career at Piedmont Paint Manufacturing Company where he was President and later founded Rutland Plastics in Charlotte, N.C. Known for his business sense and strong leadership qualities, Mr. Aiken served as the President of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Visitors at Christ Church Episcopal School and as Chairman of the CCES School Board.

He was a communicant of Christ Church in Greenville. Mr. Aiken was President of the Cotillion, President of the Poinsett Club and President of the St. Andrew’s Society.

In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jane Harris Aiken, of Washington, D.C., and her husband, Thomas Gibbes Hagerty, Susan Kerr Aiken, of Camden, SC, Elizabeth Aiken Chambers, of Greenville, and her husband, David Matthew Chambers; nine grandchildren, Mary Lanier Hagerty, Robert Chapman Hagerty, Claire Aiken Hagerty, John Withers Morris, Hugh Aiken Morris, Macon Carlisle Morris, Elizabeth Lenore Chambers, Caroline Alderson Chambers, and Katherine Reid Chambers.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Aiken was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Albert Farmer Aiken (Mary Ruth Lesesne).

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the All Saint’s Center at Christ Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Meadowcroft presiding. Burial will follow in the church yard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Project Host, 525 S. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601, Christ Church Outreach Fund, 10 N. Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee. com.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown

Jack Elliott Trawick ’57

Jack Elliott Trawick, 80, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away on July 8, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center. Jack was born in Macon, GA, the third of four children of Benton Jenkins Trawick and Lottie Donaldson Trawick.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Benton James (Jay) Trawick.

He is survived by his sister, Jeannine Trawick Alley, and brother, Harry Wayne Trawick and sister-in-law Marlyn Utley Trawick, all of Macon, GA.

He is additionally survived by Catherine Ramsey Trawick, his loving wife of 58 years, and his children, Michael Alan Trawick and wife Deborah Crabbe Trawick of Winston-Salem, NC; Benton Jefferson Trawick and wife Amy Raye Trawick of Burke, VA; and Robert Chason Trawick and wife Amanda Sloan Trigg of New City, NY. His grandchildren are Evan Michael Trawick, Marshall Andrew Trawick, Hannah Rae Trawick and husband Jacob David (Jake) Coltrane, Duncan Sinclair Trawick, and Owen Harris Trawick.

Jack was a 1957 graduate of Davidson College, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, and a dedicated journalist, who retired as Assistant to the Publisher at the Winston-Salem Journal.

As a reporter, he participated in the Journal’s 1971 Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the effects of strip mining in the Appalachian region.

He was also a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), serving three churches in that position. He was a longtime member of Parkway Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, and he served on numerous committees and commissions of Salem Presbytery.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 2:00 PM at Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Parkway Presbyterian Church.

Weldon Bruce Shipley ’58

Weldon Bruce Shipley, 81, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at CarePartners Hospice Solace. Bruce, a lifelong resident of Asheville, was the son of the late Harold Robert Shipley and Mary Sorrells Shipley. He was a 1954 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and a 1958 graduate of Davidson College, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

After graduation from college, Bruce joined his father in the family furniture business, Shipley’s Ethan Allen, and remained active until his retirement. Bruce was a long time member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club where golf and playing ‘set-back’ were his favorite activities with many friends. Bruce was also an Army veteran and a member of Central United Methodist Church for 60 years.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Henderson Shipley; son, Stuart Shipley, and his wife Missy, and their children John Stuart Shipley and Mary Margaret Shipley; daughter Lynne Shipley Murphy and her husband Tom Murphy of Coto de Caza, CA and their children Matthew Chase Murphy, Megan Elizabeth Murphy, and Kelly Murphy Simmons and her husband, William Rees Simmons; and daughter Sandra Shipley Manthorpe of Charlotte, NC and her children Charlotte Louise Manthorpe and Oliver Weldon Manthorpe.

Also surviving is Bruce’s brother William H. Shipley of Charlotte, NC and his children Ed Shipley, David Shipley and Holly Devine.

A memorial service will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 on Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 PM. Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church Building Fund, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 7 to July 9, 2017

Little Howard ’58

Little Howard, 81, passed away unexpectedly on July 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Louise Mundy, a brother Jackie, and an aunt who became his surrogate mom, Gladys Seehorn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 yrs, Kym, children Tammy Wilson and Dane (Susan), sister Julene (Harry) Sherrill, cousins Monte Seehorn and June Raymond, sister-in-law Vickie Watkins, nephew Elijah Watkins and grandchildren Shannon, Landon (Micilin), Jake, Tanner, and Lily.

Little moved in with his aunt Gladys, attending Lenoir High School, where he became a football star. He met his first wife, Beverly Wilson there, and after college graduation, they were married.

Little was recruited by several colleges that offered him scholarships for both his academic and football skills. He chose Davidson College, where he joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated with honors and a BS degree in Economics.

Prior to graduation Little contracted polio in his upper thigh. As a result, he had to graduate a year later due to the length of his treatment. He was asked to play in the Shrine Bowl, and when he walked out on the field, he received a standing ovation from the stadium crowd!

Little was offered a job in sales with Standard Oil Company, so he moved to Charlotte, where he remained for more than 50 years.<

A year later, he received orders from the U.S Army to report to Kaiserschoten, Germany for duty. He became a sergeant, and had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe while enlisted there. In the early 60's, he returned to Charlotte and entered the real estate industry. He got his real estate sales and building contractor's licenses.

His roommate and frat brother, "Bun" Perkinson and he established Howard-Perkinson Realty. They built apartments and some spec homes in southeast Charlotte. Another Davidson graduate, James "Slick" Evans, asked Little to form a construction company with him, and together they built both McClintock Woods and Carmel Woods in the late 60's and 70's.

When the interest rates climbed to 22% for builders, Little was asked to consult for the Lake Norman Company. In the mid-80's, Jim Evans asked Little to come back and work with him as V.P. of Construction, building luxury townhomes. Evans had started the construction of SharonView Place townhomes. Kym was the on-site salesperson for the Allen Tate Company, who represented Evans. They spotted one another, and the lovely courtship began.

Little helped build five successful townhome communities until he retired in 2001. Little became an enthusiastic tennis player through his membership at Olde Providence Racquet Club. He enjoyed sitting out on the front lawn porch telling jokes to his cronies.

He loved to dance to beach music doing what became known as the "disco shag". He never missed a party at OP or at Providence Country Club, where he was also a member. Little loved reading, trips to the beaches, mountains, or Shelton Vineyards, all spectator sports, and relaxing by his pool.

Little has been described as a "beautiful man both inside and out". He was a "gentle giant". He was kind, loyal, honest and humble… a true gentleman. He had a mighty spirit that kept him going through the adversity he faced, as a result of the neck fractures. He kept "plugging" along, walking a mile every day, cane in hand. He has left a huge void in all of our lives.

In lieu of a funeral service, visitation will be at the home on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 5-7:30. All friends and family are invited.
A private party at OPRC is planned for Sept., 2017.

Published in Charlotte Observer on July 17, 2017

Hugh “Woody” Leach ’51

Hugh Underwood “Woody” Leach, 88, of Blacksburg, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 21, 1928 in Donalsonville, Ga., son of the Reverend Coleaton Underwood Leach and Lois Baker Leach.

He married Nancy Phillips on March 28, 1953. A noted community activist and Presbyterian minister, Woody grew up in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

His undergraduate education was at Davidson College where he was active in ROTC and attended on a football scholarship majoring in history and graduating in 1951. Woody then served in the United States Artillery Army including two years in Germany from 1953 to 1955.

He earned his Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. in 1958. Woody had a burning passion for social justice that was re-enforced by an association with the Rev. William Sloane Coffin during his sabbatical and Masters of Ethics at Yale in 1963-64.

In 1958 Woody began his 35 years of ministry in Blacksburg. He initially served under the Presbyterian Campus Christian Life Committee of Virginia. In 1964 the Presbyterian Westminster Fellowship merged with students of the Disciples of Christ Church. In the 1960s the program was very active as a crisis center to meet student needs.

In 1970 the ministry moved to 305 Washington Street and became known as Cooper House Presbyterian Campus Ministry. Woody was involved in the 1965 Prince Edward County, Virginia literacy project “Operation Catch Up” for African American school children victimized by Virginia’s massive resistance to racial integration. The project enrolled 520 children, with 37 teaching and administering the program.

He served one term on Blacksburg’s Town Council from 1978 to 1982 and was instrumental in the 1989 formation of the San Jose de Bocay, Nicaragua official sister city relationship with Blacksburg. He made many visits with other Blacksburg volunteers and Virginia Tech students to improve their local schools and increase safety through the building of fuel-efficient stoves for town residents.

His advanced professional education continued during summer sabbaticals: one at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif. and another on a Danforth Scholarship at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.

His special interests included enjoying conversations with friends and playing tennis. He was preceded in death by his adult son, Christopher “Chris” Underwood Leach, of California; his granddaughter, Ashley Dowdy, of Christiansburg, Va.; and sister, Martha O’Neal Leach.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Phillips Leach; two daughters, Sheri Leach of Christiansburg, Va. and Susie Borenstein of Alexandria, Va.; and four grandchildren, Josh Dowdy, Zachary Borenstein, Elyse Borenstein and Leah Borenstein. He is survived by two brothers, Neil Calvin Leach and wife, D’Etta of Asheville, N.C. and Dan Blanchard Leach and wife, Genevieve of Greensboro, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Taylor of Blacksburg officiating and the Rev. Jim VandeBerg of St. Augustine, Fla. and Woody’s brother, Neil Leach of Asheville, N.C. assisting. Private inurnment of cremains with the family only will be held at a later date at Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley in Blacksburg.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: UKirk at Virginia Tech (formerly known as Cooper House Presbyterian Campus Ministry) 305 Washington Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060; or Blacksburg Presbyterian Church 701 Church Street SE Blacksburg, VA 24060 or Sojourn Center (hospice house project for the New River Valley, sojourncenter.org), P.O. Box 295, Blacksburg, VA 24063. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg VA, 540-552-3211.

 

Joe Stuart McClure ’52

Reverend Dr. Joe Stuart McClure passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Knoxville. He was born March 22, 1930 to William David McClure, Jr. and Mary Isabel (Thompson) McClure near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joe was an alumnus of Paw Creek High School, Davidson College, Union Seminary, Austin Seminary and McCormick Seminary. He served as a Presbyterian Minister for over 50 years.<

Joe is survived by his wife Nancy Brown McClure; children and their spouses, Pamella McClure and John Larson (FL), John and Teresa McClure (TN) and David McClure (NY); grandchildren, Ian, Airen, and Henry McClure and nieces and nephews dear to him.

The family will welcome friends to celebrate Joe's life with a worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, on Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00p.m.

Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com.

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from June 9 to June 11, 2017–

William Harold Morris, Jr. ’56

William Harold Morris, Jr. was born on June 30, 1934, in Gastonia, N.C. and passed away on June 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harold, Sr., and Margaret Lewis Morris. His brother, Robert, survives.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret; his three children: Beth Sarros (Nick) of Mt. Zion, IL; Hal (Alyssa) of Palo Alto, CA and Bobby (Gloria) of St. John, IN; eight grandchildren: Anthony and Meg Sarros; Grace, Will, J.K., Audrey and Henriette Morris; and Gavin Reinbold-Morris.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 11, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN. Bill moved to Charlotte, NC., at nine years of age found himself taking on many new experiences.

While his grandfather served in the N.C. Legislature (both in the House and the Senate), Bill served 2 terms as a page, one year as Chief Page. He would go to school on Monday, pick up his assignments for the week, and leave for Raleigh with his grandfather. Bill rarely saw his grandfather, so he would complete his school work on the first day, complete his page duties and return home to Charlotte, turn his assignments in on Friday and start the process all over again on Monday. This would go on for several months, but he always managed to achieve outstanding grades!

He attended Harding High School and enjoyed playing football (becoming Charlotte’s leading scorer his senior year, despite never having played the sport until his junior year) and baseball. Bill always loved all sports, but enjoyed baseball the most.

He was greatly influenced by his uncle, Buddy Lewis, who played in the major leagues for 13 years and was a two-time All Star, despite having his career interrupted by World War II and his stint as a pilot flying over 500 missions in the China Burma India Theater and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, with honors, where he played football two years and baseball 4 years, serving as a tri-captain his senior year. <
He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Bill received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1960, where he was named to Alpha Omega Alpha, medicine’s highest honorary.

While in Chapel Hill he also tried to revive interest in the graduate intramural program, achieving some amazing results for the medical school. Internship and residency years were spent at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. His love of pediatrics and of children only intensified during this time; and he made the decision that private practice would be his future, not academic medicine.

Having made the private practice decision, Bill entered the Army as a Captain. The Vietnam war was in full swing; and Bill was assigned to Ft. Rucker, AL, to establish the Department of Pediatrics. Ft. Rucker was the base for training helicopter pilots who would be sent to fight the war in Vietnam.

At one time it was named the busiest airport in the world. The worst part of Bill’s assignment was the casualty lists which so often contained the names of his patients’ fathers. At the conclusion of his service, he was commended for his dedication and his service to the children of Ft. Rucker. The Hammond Clinic was Bill’s final professional destination.

He came to the Clinic in July of 1965 to establish the Department of Pediatrics. Thus began his 35 years of devotion and service to the children of northwest Indiana and northeastern Illinois. Along the way he became the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics both at St. Margaret’s Hospital and Community Hospital.

He served on national committees for the American Medical Association. He was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Society and Lake County Medical Society. Bill thoroughly enjoyed his practice and was very devoted to his patients and to his nurses.

Parents had his permission to start calling him between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. if they had concerns about a sick child whom he had seen or a brittle diabetic who might need to be regulated. He wanted to be sure that his patients received the care and attention that they deserved.

Upon his retirement on January 1, 1999, Bill was able to enjoy some of his passions- crosswords puzzles, music, reading, all sports, but especially baseball, English mysteries, his dogs- “Ditka” and “Brick”, travel and travelogues.

Throughout his life, his family always came first. He tried very hard to make his children’s swim meets, baseball games, tennis matches, basketball games, etc. He also enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams, going out to play them in tennis matches or serving as Commissioner of the Munster Babe Ruth 13 year old league. He simply enjoyed the sports environment- the friends and coaches, the players, the rituals, the interaction with other teams and their players.

His family and his grandchildren were such great joys to him. There was always a lot of teasing, but always a lot of fun and a lot of love.

He will be sorely missed. Upon Bill’s retirement on January 1, 1999, Governor Frank O’Bannon awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest award to be given to a citizen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society, 421 45th St. Munster, IN 46321, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN or a charity of your choicewww.kishfuneralhome.net

Published in The Times from June 9 to June 10, 2017

H. Earl Woodall ’52

Rev. H. Earl Woodall died on Wednesday, May 3, after 87 full and productive years.

Born in Benson, NC, he graduated from Davidson College and earned his Bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.

With his wife June, he served Presbyterian churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He preached the gospel, connected with people of every station, and conducted successful building programs everywhere he served, including erecting the first building for the Cooperative Christian Ministry of Concord, NC. Even on the day of his death his attendants marveled at his good humor.

Earl and June celebrated 56 years of marriage before her death in 2010. Their home was a warm place of welcome and refuge for relatives, travelers, and sojourners from all over the world.

Later in 2010, Earl entered into a joyous marriage with Margaret Morrison Woodall lasting until her death in early 2017.

Earl leaves one brother, Dennis (Statesville, NC). He leaves two sons, Dr. Hunter Earl Woodall with his wife Sylvia (Anderson, SC), and Rev. Henry Woodall with his wife Beverly (Wasilla, AK). Grandchildren are Ruth Harbin (Danny), Paul Woodall, Alan Woodall, Anna Ruddell (Nick), and Isaiah Woodall.

Services will be published at a later time.

Memorials may be sent to Cooperative Christian Ministry, PO Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026.

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Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark ’55

Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark of Birmingham, AL died on April 26th, 2017. The son of Robert Eugene Clark and Marion Hopkins Clark, Corky was born on May 18th, 1933 in Utica, NY.

Corky attended high school in Harrisburg, PA and Charlotte, NC. He went on to attend Davidson College, graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. In his senior year, Corky led the Davidson College Tennis team, in winning both the Southern Conference tournament Singles and Doubles titles.

Following college, he served in the US Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. On May 19th, 1959 he married a fourth generation Floridian, Greta Sims Clark. They proceeded to live in Gainesville, FL; Camp Hill, PA; Allentown, PA and Chattanooga, TN prior to moving to Birmingham, AL in 1981.

Following their move to Birmingham, he was employed by and retired from National Cement Company, where he was Vice-President of Sales.

An accomplished athlete, Corky continued forward with his love for tennis, playing with all of his children, his friends and competitively across the Southeastern United States. During his competitive years, he won numerous State Age Group Singles and Doubles titles. His love for tennis also extended to his volunteer spirit.

He was passionate about bringing the game of tennis to the inner city youth of Birmingham. He was a founding member of BATA (Birmingham Area Tennis Association), and also served for many years on the board of the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation.

In addition to his love for tennis, Corky was an avid golfer, playing most of his golf at Vestavia Country Club where he was a member for many years. Beyond his love of sport, he was a dedicated volunteer. His service to community included many years as a member of the Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Scholar.

He was passionate about his interaction and fellowship with international students at UAB. He was instrumental in starting ‘Lets Talk’ at South Highland Presbyterian Church, with the goal of enhancing the conversational English skills of his International Student friends. Countless numbers of his international friendship partners were regulars at his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church for many years, he served as an Elder and on the Board of Directors for both the Child Development Center and Southside Shepherd’s Center.

In his earlier years, he also served as an Elder at three other Presbyterian USA churches. After retiring from their careers, Corky and Greta also strove to live a life of grand adventure.

They were active travelers, accomplishing a longtime goal of setting foot on all 7 Continents, when they touched down on Antarctica.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Greta Sims Clark, and their children and grandchildren: his son, Douglas Reynolds Clark and his wife Rhonda, their son Zachary, and step-grandchildren Hilari Sheffield and Joshua Sheffield; his daughter Marion Hopkins Clark Savic and her husband Milan, and their children Alexandria, Peter and David; his son Daniel McMullen Clark and his wife Andria.

He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Gallena and her husband Paul; two nieces, nephew and their nine children.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either South Highland Presbyterian Church (http://southhighland.org/giving) or The James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation (http://jltsfi.com/donate.asp).

A memorial service for Corky will be held at South Highland Presbyterian Church at 11am on Saturday, April 29th.

Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 28, 2017

Samuel Wilson Smith III ’59

Dr. Samuel Wilson Smith III, died peacefully and surrounded by love at home on April 23, 2017.

Dr. Smith was born on February 1, 1937 in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Samuel W. Smith Jr. and Elizabeth Arbogast Gudger Smith. Dr. Smith and Laura Emilie Simmons were married on August 18, 1962 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Episcopal High School, Davidson College, and The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following medical school, Sam and Lee moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. where Dr. Smith completed his medical residency, fellowship in hematology, a chief medical residency, and instructor in medicine at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital and UNC School of Medicine.

The five years in Chapel Hill were interspersed by two years in the United States Air Force as Captain and General Medical Officer. At the conclusion of his military service, Dr. Smith was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal.

Dr. Smith began private practice in 1970 in Greenville, S.C. From that time, until 2005, he was an active participant in the teaching of medical students and residents at Greenville Memorial Hospital. From 2002 until 2012, he organized and attended a hepatitis clinic at New Horizons Family practice clinic. In 2007, he received the Ramage award from DHEC for leadership in medical education.

From 1998 until 2009, Dr. Smith was on the faculty at Clemson University in the Department of Microbiology. Intermittently, from 1982 to 1988, Dr. Smith was an attending physician in Cange, Haiti. From 2013 to present, Dr. Smith has been an attending physician at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. Dr. Smith has been a long time devoted member of Christ Church Episcopal since 1970.

Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Laura Simmons Smith and three children: Samuel Wilson Smith IV, William Martin Smith (Kristin), and Susan Smith deHoll (Doug deHoll), and by eight loving grandchildren: William Harrison Smith, Simmons Elizabeth deHoll, Emilie Baldwin Smith, Samuel Wilson Smith V, Danielle Lee deHoll, Helen O’dell Smith, Campbell Douglas deHoll, and Catherine Twining Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Smith White (William) of Charlotte, his sister-in-law, Susan Deen Simmons and three nieces, Elizabeth Dickens (Al), Margaret Black (Robert), and Katie Willingham (Rob).

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Samuel W. Smith will be at Christ Church Episcopal, in the All Saints Center at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Following the service, the family will receive friends and family at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal or to the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.

The Mackey Mortuary.

Online guest registry available at www.mackeymortuary.com

Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 25, 2017