Alvis McDonald “Don” Baucom ’53

Alvis McDonald “Don” Baucom '53

Alvis McDonald Baucom, called “Don” by the many who knew him, was born on March 5, 1931, to Charles Franklin Baucom Sr. and Zylpha Caroline Pollard Baucom of Farmville.

Though he was afflicted by illness as a boy, Don’s resolute but warmhearted family succeeded in giving him one of life’s great privileges: a happy childhood in a loving home.

Don grew to be a charming and handsome man with a generous spirit and a strong will to live life to the fullest. Blessed with a thoughtful but clever mind, Don received his A.B. at Davidson College. There he obtained a rich education but also developed a feverish case of wanderlust. He never recovered.

Don’s interests and his work — which he blended seamlessly throughout his life — first led him to New York, Saigon and Tokyo, where he pursued a career in shipping while learning to sail. Don’s course through Asia ultimately landed him in 1960s, go-go Hong Kong, where he built an international antiques business and spent 30 blissful years.

Eventually, even Don felt the pull of home. After several years in Charleston, he realized a boyhood dream by acquiring the Edwards Dawson Home in Snow Hill. He took great pride in the house, which was built by his aunt and uncle in 1901 and which he lovingly restored.

Never one to act his age, Don eschewed retirement, traveled and spent time with his beloved son, and delighted in engaging his many neighbors and friends in lively conversation. On Friday, October 20, 2017, he died peacefully in the home and community he treasured.

Don is survived by his son, Ben Baucom, and wife Leah, upon whom Don looked as a daughter. Others who survive and cherished him include Noel Lang Baucom, Michael Baucom, Joyce Baucom Jones and Kearney Long, all of Farmville; Steve Mizell of Pactolus; and Bailey Suggs of Snow Hill.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his brother, Charles Franklin “Frank” Baucom, and wife Clara Joyce Brock Baucom Weeks, their daughter Nancy Deborah “Debbie” Baucom Mizell, and their daughter-in-law Kathy Gail Holloman Baucom.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the historic St. Barnabas Cemetery, located at 111 SE Fourth Street in Snow Hill. A reception will follow, where friends are invited to gather and celebrate his long, rich and well-lived life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Snow Hill Presbyterian Church, c/o Bobby Glossip, 201 Hines Street, Snow Hill, NC 28580, or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylor-tyson.com.

Published in The Daily Reflector on Oct. 23, 2017

Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr. ’58

Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr. '58Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr., M.D., 81, passed away September 28, 2017. He was born June 24, 1936 in Mobile, AL to Margaret Hardee and Robert Perrin Oliver, Sr.

His family later moved to Charlotte, NC.

He graduated from Davidson College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis.

He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. He was a family doctor at Methodist Hospital and head of family practice. He taught medical students at St. Francis Hospital.

He graciously and enthusiastically volunteered with Emmanuel Episcopal Center, Doctors Without Borders, Su Casa ESL, Page Robbins, and Blue Suede Shoes at the Memphis International Airport.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judith Meek Oliver; sons, David Oliver (Kristen) and Daniel Scruggs (Lisa); grandchildren, Sadie Oliver and Beatrix Oliver; sisters, Betsy Van Allen (George) and Randall Hunt (Carl). He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Moncure.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, October 6 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 7 at Second Presbyterian Church. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Page Robbins Adult Day Center. Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery; 901-767-8930.

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William “Lee” Hand ’58

Dr. William “Lee” Hand was an accomplished man. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, veteran, professor, and healer. He loved his family and friends, his church, teaching medicine, trips to the beach and a glass of good Scotch.

Born January 23, 1937 in Cartersville, Georgia, Lee was the son of the late Mary Holt and Reverend Jack G. Hand.

His early years were spent in the Georgia cities of Cartersville, Atlanta and Albany and he graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Florida. Lee Hand knew from a young age that he wanted to practice medicine. He earned his B.S. from Davidson College and his M.D. from Emory University.

During his residency at Emory he specialized in and served as chief resident for Internal Medicine. His medical training was completed with a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He also served in the United States Air Force.

A gifted physician, Lee’s love for medicine was superseded only by his passion for teaching and medical research. During his career he authored over 100 articles in various medical journals and served on many councils and advisory boards.

Dr. Hand went on to become the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and then later became the Chairman of Internal Medicine and then Associate Dean for Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.

He was recognized as a Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and was listed as one of the Best Doctors in America as well one of the Best Doctors in El Paso.

Lee’s Sharp wit and keen mind were apparent to all who knew him. These traits, combined with his kind heart and strong faith, were flavored with a deep Southern accent that left a lasting impression. He enjoyed attending symphony performances, swimming, and watching the Atlanta Braves.

Lee’s journey on Earth ended on September 27th when he passed peacefully in his sleep to be with our Lord. He was blessed with a full life and will be dearly missed by all.

Lee is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; his children Julia Johnson (Chris), Bill Hand, Ryan Harper (Kara), and Whitney Harper; brother Jack Hand (Grace) and nephews Chris (Heather) and Michael (Sarah) Hand. He was a proud and loving grandfather to six: Boaz, Ava Jean, Nolan, Annabelle, Emma, and Everly Harper.<

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Western Hills Methodist Church Foundation or El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird Dr., El Paso, TX 79912. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com

Published in El Paso Times from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9, 2017

Rex Howland Dillingham ’58

Rex Howland Dillingham '58Rex Howland Dillingham, M.D., 82, formerly of Lancaster, died on Sept. 7, 2017, in Orange Park, Fla.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1934, in Lancaster, to Rex H. Dillingham Sr. and Mafalda Wilson Dillingham.

He was the oldest of five children.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Dillingham Lovelace; and brothers, Richard Dillingham and William Dillingham.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Dillingham Brown of Christiansburg, Va.

The father of six children, he was preceded in death by his sons, Rex H. Dillingham III and Phillip Dillingham.

He is survived by his daughters, Susanne Dillingham of Charlotte, Dorothy Dillingham Blue of Culver City, Calif., Dr. Regina Dillingham Shillinglaw of Oakwood, Ohio, and Leslie Dillingham of Kettering, Ohio, and by his grandchildren, Wesley Dillingham, Jackson and Anna Shillinglaw, Fletcher Moore and Rex Blue.

A graduate of Lancaster High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and his doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina. After several years in a family practice with John Willis, M.D., in Lancaster, he moved to Columbia and opened a practice that became the largest single doctor family practice in the state.

Recognizing the need for health care access for all, Dr. Dillingham was a frequent volunteer at the Columbia Free Clinic. He also contributed to the education of others by opening his practice to the students of the USC Medical School for their family practice rotation.

Rex somehow found time to support and participate in the Columbia arts community. He served on the board for the Columbia Music Festival Association and appeared on stage in several productions including “Annie,” “Hello Dolly” and “The Nutcracker.”

In addition to his service as a medical physician, Rex proudly served his country in the armed forces. He joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War and staffed helicopter rescue units. Upon returning to the states, he became a reservist in the Army. He was on active duty during Desert Storm and other assignments. He retired with the rank of Colonel.

Recently, Rex became a resident of Orange Park, Fla., to be with his companion, Nancy Labry.

A viewing is from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine Street, Columbia.

A graveside service will be held Monday, Sept. 18, in Fort Jackson National Cemetery (I-20 – Exit 80 South on Clemson Road, left on Percival Road). A reception will follow at CMFA on 914 Pulaski St., Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Episcopal Relief and Development or to CMFA.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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David W. Garvin, Sr. ’59

David W. Garvin, Sr. '59Lt. Col. David W. Garvin, Sr., age 80, of Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017, at his home.

David resided in Boone, NC. He was born in Columbia, SC, to Dr. and Mrs. (Margaret) O. David Garvin. He was educated at Chapel Hill High School in Pennsylvania. He studied and graduated from Davidson College and furthered his education with a master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

David served his country in the United States Army Medical Corps, retiring after 25 years and from Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina in 2000.

He was an avid traveler, traveling throughout the country and the world behind the wheel of his motor home or the helm of his boat. He was a member of the Lake Murray Power Squadron and the Special Military Active Recreational Travelers (S.M.A.R.T.)

In recent years, he was a member and secretary of the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA), High Country Unit, served on the Salvation Army Board of the High Country, longtime secretary of the Boone Kiwanis Club, active in his church, Boone United Methodist Church, and as a volunteer docent for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Goodell Garvin of the home; two sons, David Garvin, Jr. of King George, VA, and Paul Garvin and wife Kimberly of Cades, SC, and four grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Cyle and Coy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. O. David Garvin, M.D., MPH, his mother, Mrs. Margaret Garvin, and a brother, Peter.

Memorial service for Lt. Col. David W. Garvin, Sr. will be conducted Saturday afternoon, August 12, 2017, at 3:00 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock at the church, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boone United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army of the High Country, or to the Kiwanis Club of Boone.

Online condolences may be sent to the Garvin family at www.hamptonfuneranc.c om.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service, in Boone, NC, is in charge of the arrangements.

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