W. D. “Dave” Erwin ’50

 W. D. “Dave” Erwin died May 7, 2019. Dave was born in Honea Path, SC, son of Malcom and Inez Erwin, in 1929.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice “Mickey” Erwin, his son Pat M. Erwin, and his brother Malcom “Mack” Erwin. He is survived by his son William D. Erwin Jr. and five grandchildren, Catherine, Mary Dallas, Ryan, Lydia, and Marcus Erwin.

Dave graduated from Greenville High in 1946 and from Davidson College in 1950. He was employed in the Savings and Loan business for more than 30 years. After retirement, he worked part time with several Savings and Loans and Banks for 10 more years.

Dave became a member of First Presbyterian Church in 1936. He was a former Deacon, Church Treasurer, and President of the Men’s Bible Class. He was a former Board member of the YMCA, took cancer patients to the hospital, and delivered Meals on Wheels.

Dave’s first love was his family and second love was sports. He played football and basketball and coached County League football, Church basketball, and officiated football.

Dave had several great mentors growing up. They were B.T. Gault (Elementary Principal), George Mackey (Director of Rotary Boys Choir), Monk Mulligan (Director of YMCA Camp Greenville), coaches J. H. “Speedy” Spear and James “Slick” Moore. All had a great influence on him and kept Dave straight growing up.

Dave said, “My father had the greatest influence on me, and I tried my best to do the same for my family. I had the best – my wife, my father and mother, my two sons, and my brother. I don’t think anyone could have had a better life than me – growing up in Greenville and having the friends I had. I was certainly blessed. My visit on Earth is done – it’s time to move on to the welcoming arms of my Heavenly Father.”

Visitation will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, from 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. The graveside service will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Springwood Cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Greenville High School Booster Club, 1 Vardry St., Greenville, SC 29601, or First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington St., Greenville, SC 29601.

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

Harold Kistler ’59

Harold Leon Kistler, 82, of Blairs, Va., went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Sovah Health.

He was born in Mooresville, March 27, 1937, to the late Thomas Guy and Lois Clodfelter Kistler. Harold was a graduate of Mooresville High School, Davidson College, and held a Bachelor of Divinity from Southeastern Theological Seminary.

From an early age, he began a 56-year ministry in Pastoring several churches across both Virginia and North Carolina with a commitment to spreading the gospel and serving others. Recognizing a need for the value and efficiency of God’s message, he created a one-minute weekday radio message of hope he called “Moment of Truth”. Harold was a compassionate person who loved his family and making people laugh. Fascinated by cars and fixing things, he was found constantly outdoors, whether gardening or farming or playing a great game of horseshoes.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Patricia Hill Kistler. Also surviving is sister, Doris Sparrow (Ralph); children, Kellie Clark (Kenneth), Chad Kistler (Amy), and Travis Kistler (Mike Kweller); grandchildren, Lauren Cook (Brandon), Joshua Clark, Tiffany Kistler, and Emily Kistler; and great-grandchildren, Storm and Jade Cook.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m., at United Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Adam Woods, Rev. R.G. Rowland, and Rev. Kenneth Clark officiating. Interment followed in Danville Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m., at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Gideons International at www.gideons.org. Wrenn-Yeatts North Main is respectfully serving the Kistler family. Online Condolences at www.wrenn-yeatts.com.

© Copyright 2019, Mooresville Tribune, Mooresville, NC

William “Bill” C. Rawls ’57

Dr. William “Bill” C. Rawls, 84, of Newport, threw off the confines of his tired body and left us Thursday, April 4, 2019. He died at his home.

His service is at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort, officiated by the Rev. Tambria Lee. 

Bill was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Rocky Mount, and was educated at Davidson College. He married Helen Turlington in 1956 and fell in love with the idea of becoming a physician after meeting her father. He completed his medical degree and then residency training to become an OB/GYN at his beloved University of North Carolina. He remained a steadfast UNC basketball fan for the rest of his life.

He was so happy to live long enough to see them beat Duke twice this year. He practiced his medical art in New Bern for many years and raised two sons, who followed his circuitous path into medicine. He and Helen retired to the Beaufort area, where they became a part of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 

Bill was a physician, sailor, comic, pig-cooker, husband, father and grandfather. He was a man who truly had a sense for adventure and wonder. He had great fortitude to the very end of his life and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Turlington Rawls; his eldest son, William “Bill” C. Rawls Jr., wife Meg Foster Rawls and their two children, Braden and Billy; and his younger son, James Turlington Rawls, wife Darlene Oxendine Rawls and their daughter Maya. And last but certainly not least, he is survived by his beloved chocolate Labrador, Luke, who misses him badly. 

“Many thanks to all in this great community that helped Bill and Helen over these many years.” 

Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be sent to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 215 Ann St., Beaufort, NC 28516. 

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net. 

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Robert “Bob” Murchison Tucker ’53

Robert (Bob) Murchison Tucker completed his journey home on Thursday, April 4, 2019, to the welcoming words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” He was born on November 27, 1931, in Burlington, NC to Leslie Dewey Tucker and Helon Murchison Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother L.D. Tucker, Jr., his first wife, Joann Newman Tucker and his great-granddaughter Joann Maria Burduja. He was educated in Burlington schools and he enjoyed playing football and baseball.

In 1949 he was selected to play in the North-South All-Star football game. He attended Davidson College on a football scholarship and was a 1953 Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He was a member of Naval ROTC and was commissioned into the Navy upon graduation during the Korean War conflict.

After military service in the U.S Navy, he moved to Goldsboro, NC where he worked for General Electric for 37 years. He served as President of the Goldsboro Jaycees. Bob was a former Chairman of the Goldsboro Salvation Army Advisory Board and served the organization for decades. He especially enjoyed ringing the bell and continued to do so through his 86th year.

Bob spent many years in leadership at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro as an Elder, a member of the “Tuesday Trouble shooters,” and was involved in missions of the church, which included mission trips to Africa on 10 separate occasions. Recently, he was a member of Crossway Church of Goldsboro.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marsha Barrow Tucker, his 5 children: Leslie Tucker Gayk (Ted), Robert M. Tucker, Jr. (Cindy), Jane Tucker Price (Doug), Donald H. Taylor, Jr. (Martha), and Tiffany Taylor Stroud (Ralph). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Cornerstone Church located at 401 N. Oak Forest Road, Goldsboro, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Eastern Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Salvation Army, 610 N. William Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com

Published in TheTimesNews.com on Apr. 9, 2019

Dick Little ’54

In celebration, we announce that Pastor Dr. Richard Henry Little (Dick), 87, husband, father, pastor, teacher, evangelist, author, but most importantly life-long servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, went to be with his beloved Savior on Thursday evening March 21, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Notre Shirilee; son Richard Bryant Little and wife Tess; two grandchildren, Vanessa Best, Joshua Jones and wife Angela; three great-grandchildren, Campbell Best, McKenzie Jones and Hollee Jones; cousin Katharine Parrish (who was like a sister).

His daughter Kathryn Lynne Jones preceded him in death.

Dick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Anniston, Ala., the son of Henry Wilson Little and Eleanor Augusta Little. He graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and received his master’s of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Dr. of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dick began his ministry as chaplain of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and was associate pastor of the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Va. where he met his wife of 60 years.

For seven years he was pastor of the Parkview Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA (PCUSA). From 1965 to 1979 he was engaged in full-time preaching evangelism under the auspices of the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.

In 1980 he became pastor of Reynolda Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, leading them into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1987.

In 1995 he retired from Reynolda Church. During his ministry, Dick preached and taught in churches all over the United States, South America, Puerto Rico, Israel, Italy, India, Ukraine and other countries. He was the founder of the Hawkridge Home for the elderly in Neyyattinkara, India.

He served as the coordinating director for the First and Second World Conferences of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, Israel in the 70s where over 3000 believers worshiped and praised the Lord in the Binyenei HaUma convention center with Charismatic leaders of that day. He served on the boards of the Evangelistic Mission to Puerto Rico, the Presbyterian and Reformed Renewal Ministries International and the Presbyterian Charismatic Communion.

He was one of the founding pastors and on the board of Associates in Christian Counseling in Winston-Salem, NC. He was the author of “Kiss Your Church,” written for pastors on how to minister to their people and church. One of his greatest blessings was to be elected moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997.

From 1995-2012 he remained active serving churches in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, one of which was the Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Va. Beach, Va. where he had a very fruitful ministry. Being a church member all of his life but not coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Savior until college, he devoted his life to his greatest passion, declaring the saving message of Jesus Christ.

As one person said, “He was a come to Jesus preacher.” “Someday you will read in the paper that I am dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.” Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899).

His celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolda Presbyterian Church, 2200 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, NC. Following a graveside service for the family at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, family visitation will follow after the Reynolda church service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Riveroaks Community Church World Missions, Clemmons, NC and Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to those who lovingly cared for him during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease: Dr. Edward Shaw Memory Counseling Program, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Mrs. Beverly Riddle (Caregiver), Brighton Gardens Reminiscence Care Staff, Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC; and our church families Riveroaks Community Church, Reynolda EPC.

Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.