William Lindburgh Freeman ’52

William Lindburgh Freeman, 88, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away on November 4, 2018.  He was born on November 18, 1929 in Winston-Salem to Mamie Gordon Freeman and Hilliard Tillman Freeman.

He is survived by his brother, Sam, his wife Dixie and Sam’s son, Sam Jr.  He is also survived by his two sons, Alan Freeman, his wife Christie, of Mt Pleasant, SC, their two children Tyler and Lauren, and Stephen Freeman, his wife Cristy of Chengdu China, and children Stephanie, Ann Marie and Carter.

Mr. Freeman was a Davidson College graduate, served Honorably in the Army, was married to Emma Lou Carter Freeman for 34 years and worked at McLean Trucking, Sea Land Service and owned multiple restaurants in his working career.

A private memorial service will be held by friends and family.

William Stokes “Billy” Houck, Jr. ’50

Billy Houck '50William Stokes “Billy” Houck, Jr., MD, passed away peacefully at home in Florence, SC, on Friday, November 2, 2018, just 6 days before his 89th birthday.

He was born on November 8, 1929, to the former Charlotte Weston and William Stokes Houck. He was raised in Florence and graduated in 1946 from Florence High School where he excelled in sports, particularly football and baseball.

He received his B.S. degree from Davidson College in 1950, and received his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1956.

After an internship with the St. Louis (MO) City Hospital during 1956-57, Billy married the former Ann Ward of Rock Hill on June 22, 1957.  Billy fulfilled a five-year residency at Duke University in 1962.

Shortly thereafter, he joined the US Army Medical Corps and served his country as a Captain and the Section Chief of Surgery based in Fort Leavenworth, KS.

During that time period, he completed his boards in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery. He was discharged in December 1964 and spent one year in private practice in Richmond, VA.  He moved home to Florence in 1965 and began a practice in General, Thoracic, and Cardiovascular Surgery that would last until 1990.

Billy maintained memberships in a number of medical organizations, including the prestigious American College of Surgeons, and especially the Southern Surgical Association; he cherished the friendships he made with these doctors from throughout the southeast.

In 1977, he was given a faculty appointment at MUSC Clinical as an associate professor of surgery, and was elected as vice-president of the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners.

In 1986-87, he served as president of the SC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and was president of the South Carolina Surgical Society in 1988-89.

At the urging of his good friend and state representative Malloy McEachin, he ran for and won SC House Seat 63 in the fall of 1990, and represented Florence County as the only physician in the state House or Senate for two terms.

He spent his remaining 24 years enjoying his family and good friends, either playing golf at his beloved Florence Country Club with Joe, playing tennis with Tommy and Jimmy, catching fish at DeBordieu with Took and Lukie, watching the Gamecocks play football in Columbia with his boys and their Davidson buddies, tending to his greenhouse, or reading anything he could get his hands on.

Along with his parents, Billy was predeceased by his brother, the Honorable Charles Weston Houck.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann Ward Houck; their four children and spouses: Jacqueline Houck Borowicz and Eric Justin Borowicz (Greenville, SC), Dr. William Stokes Houck, III, and Betsy Hoffman Houck (Charlotte, NC), Robert Bates Houck and Shannon Stevenson Houck (Mount Pleasant, SC), Dr. Ward Vaughn Houck and Caroline Blackhurst Houck (Murphreesboro, TN); and fourteen grandchildren: Sarah, Kate, Emma, and Robert Borowicz; William IV, Lee, and Mary Houck; Charlotte and Ann Wallace Houck; and Megan, Klara, Isabel, Liam, and Scarlett Houck; nephew and niece, Charles Houck and Elizabeth Houck; as well as dozens of truly beloved in-laws in the extended Ward family of Rock Hill.

The family wishes to thank Agape Hospice Care and Tommy Porter who helped tremendously with Billy’s care in the last years of his life.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church with burial following in Mount Hope Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 1516 W. Palmetto St., Florence, SC  29501; or to First Presbyterian Church, 700 Park Ave., Florence, SC  29501; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Charles Letcher McElveen, Jr. ’54

Charles Letcher McElveen, Jr., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Betty White McElveen died Sunday, October 28, 2018.

A graveside service will be held Friday, November 2, 2018, in the Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends Friday, November 2, 2018 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant at 1:00 PM. A reception will be held after the service at the Sexton residence, 661 Palisades Dr. Mount Pleasant.

Charles “Buddy” was born September 6, 1932, in Kingstree, South Carolina, son of the late Charles Letcher McElveen, Sr. and Eva Robinson McElveen. He was a gifted pianist at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Buddy was a graduate of Kingstree High School and attended Davidson College.

He then volunteered for the Army during the Korean War and served at the Pentagon from 1953-1955. After completion of his military service, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

Buddy operated McElveen Grocery in Kingstree, worked at C&S Bank in Charleston, as junior officer and manager. He was then employed at Berlin’s Men’s Store.

Later he earned a Master of Education degree from Francis Marion College and worked as a special education teacher in the Williamsburg and Georgetown County school districts from 1969-1998.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; his son, Micky Watts (Deanie) of Georgetown, SC; three daughters, Brenda McElveen of Charleston, SC; Eva-Marie Thibodeaux (John Finafrock) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Pamela McElveen Sexton (Tom) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two granddaughters, Mary Ashley Skipper (Davis) of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Brittany Nell Ellis (Brandon) of Pawleys Island, SC; two grandsons, Thomas Edison Sexton, III of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Charles Murray Sexton of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his great-granddaughter, Olivia Caroline Ellis of Pawleys Island, SC, and a great-granddaughter on the way; and his brother, William “Billy” Edward McElveen (Peg) of Auburn, AL.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Oct. 30, 2018

Richard “Dick” Spurgeon Belton ’57

Richard "Dick" Spurgeon Belton '57Mr. Richard “Dick” Spurgeon Belton, Sr., age 83 , of Mt. Airy died Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Woltz Hospice Home.

Mr. Belton was born in Surry Country, April 16, 1935, the son of the late E.C. and Irene Roberts Belton.

He graduated from Mt. Airy High School and Davidson College where he excelled in football. Mr. Belton was a veteran of the United States Army and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church.

He was inducted into the Mt. Airy Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Reece Belton; his daughter and son-in-law, Lib and Ron Rabun; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Leshia Belton, Jr.; his grandchildren, Nathan (Misty) Belton, Jacob (Allie) Belton, Luke Rabun, Molly Rabun; one great-grandchild, Molly Belton; his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Bonahue; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jeanette Belton.

A memorial service will be held Monday, October 29, 2018, at 12:00 at First Baptist Church in Mt. Airy with Rev. Jay Meadows officiating.  The family will visit with family and friends two hours prior to the service in the Fireside Room of First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woltz Hospice Home or First Baptist Church of Mt. Airy.