James Gregory Poole, Jr. ’57

James Gregory Poole, Jr. was born on December 18, 1934 to Irene Rand Poole and James Gregory Poole, Sr. at the first Rex Hospital on South Street in Raleigh. After a brief illness, he died surrounded by his loving family on December 29, 2018.

Greg grew up in Raleigh where he attended public school until the 9th grade when he chose to go to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He was Regimental Commander his senior year. His love of Culver, its focus on the mind, body, and spirit, combined with the relationships he built there with his fellow classmates, were strong influences in his life. 

After graduating from Culver in 1953, he attended Davidson College; he was a quarterback on the football team. After two years he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1957.

After serving six months in the Army Reserves, Greg went to work for the Gregory Poole Equipment Company, which his father founded in 1951. He became President and CEO in 1964 and retired in 1998. Greg helped his father develop MacGregor Downs and later founded MacGregor Development Company, which developed Lochmere and MacGregor Park in Cary.

Greg’s life was characterized by a remarkable knack for developing lasting friendships with all those he encountered. He had a great passion for his community and greatly influenced much of what we enjoy in Raleigh today.

In his later years he worked tirelessly advocating for the establishment of the Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. In addition, he spent considerable time developing his basket weaving and woodworking skills, and loved sharing his work with others.

Greg is remembered and admired most not for his considerable accomplishments, but for his character and love of people. His life was framed by his father’s high school class motto, “Building for Character, not for Fame”.

Greg is survived by his four children, James Gregory Poole, III, Barbara Alyson Poole, William Kenan Poole (Stephanie) and Edward Ashton Poole (Fran); eight grandchildren, James Gregory Poole IV, Sarah Lane Poole, John Braxton Poole, Caroline Claire Poole, William Kenan Poole II, Richard Harrison Poole, Edward Ashton Poole, Jr., and Patricia Vaughan Poole.

He is also survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary Ann Dailey Poole, and his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara Hatcher McDonald.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Poole Enderle, and his parents.

A visitation is planned for Tuesday, January 1, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Flowers Cottage, Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh.

A Witness to the Resurrection service in his honor will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A reception will follow.

Memorial gifts in Greg’s honor may be made to the White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dorothea Dix Park, Camp Oak Hill or the charity of your choice

James Gregory Poole, Jr. '57

Published in The News & Observer from Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019

Benjamin W. Farley ’58

Benjamin W. Farley, Ph.D., husband, father, professor, author, mentor, scholar, minister, and friend, died at the age of 83 on December 28, 2018.

Born in the Philippines to Bessie and Lieutenant Colonel Wirt Farley, he graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary, studying also at Le Centre de Villemetrie near Paris.

He retired with emeritus status having served as the Younts Professor of Bible, Philosophy, and Religion, an endowed chair, at Erskine College.

Ben is survived by his wife, Alice Anne G. Farley; his two sons, John (Norma) and Bryan (Stephanie) Farley and their mother, Margaret Dickert (Eugene); his siblings, Marilyn Cowells (Ken), Betty Goodrich, and Jack Farley (Kitty); and his grandchildren, Georgia, Cole, Wren, Anna, and Mae. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and two stepdaughters and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1112 Hummingbird Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Interment will be in Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon, VA.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com

Published in The State on Dec. 30, 2018

Richard Warren Rieger, Jr. ’59

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Richard Warren Rieger, Jr., will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC. Rev. Henry Pickett Wall, Jr., will officiate. Richard died Tuesday, December 25, 2018 in Greenville, SC.

He was born in Camden, SC, September 8, 1937, the son of the late Carolina Houser Rieger and Richard Warren Rieger. Richard attended Camden schools and graduated from Davidson college in 1959. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and served in San Diego, CA. and Norfolk, VA.

Richard was employed by the Development Office at Furman University and was the Executive Director of The Development Foundation at The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Juliana Burns Rieger; son, Richard W. Rieger III (Julie) of Columbia, and daughter, Caroline Rieger James (Hugh) of Spartanburg; and grandchildren, Ashton Conner Rieger, Helyn McNair Rieger, Hugh Tillman James, Jr., and Cooper McKenzie James.

Memorials may be made to Davidson College, 405 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28035; The Citadel Development Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409; or Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Rieger family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.

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Carey Owen Pickard, Jr. ’59

Carey Pickard was born to Lillian (McMichael) and Carey Pickard on March 27, 1937 and died at home on December 24, 2018 due to prostate cancer.

Carey had an unusually happy childhood, much of it spent with friends on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. The yo-yo champion of Macon while at Alexander III and a sharp shooter from an early age, he became the state rifle champion while at Lanier High School.

After graduating from Lanier in 1955, he went off to Davidson College—a school he chose more for its proximity to good hunting than its excellent academic reputation. A member of Kappa Alpha Order and the Davidson class of 1959, he learned to fly airplanes and soloed while still a student. This skill served him well when he joined the Navy and was stationed in the Pacific.

After his military service, he returned to Macon and joined his father in business at Pickard Tile Company. 

He then met and married Lida Hill. Together they raised two children. Carey was a devoted father and spent many hours attending dance recitals, going on camping trips and spending time with his family. During this period, Carey was also deeply engaged in civic affairs and was a member of the Rotary Club of Macon; the Administrative Board of Vineville United Methodist Church; a Boy Scout leader and Council member; and the President of the Board of the Family Counseling Center. The group that meant the most to Carey, however, was the Palaver Club. He was a member for over fifty years and rarely missed a meeting. 

After his first marriage ended, Carey met and married Beverly Bowden. Much of their life together was centered in the small town of Saluda, North Carolina where they bought and restored an old house. While there they had a steady stream of family and friends visit. They also opened Saluda Fine Arts as a showcase for Beverly’s art and that of other regional artists. At this time, Carey increasingly explored photography as a means to express his lifelong love of wildlife and the outdoors. Health issues eventually drew them back to Macon where his focus was being a caregiver for Beverly who survives him. 

He is also survived by his son Carey (Christopher), daughter Elizabeth (Daniel) and stepdaughters Anne and Virginia (Steve), stepson Bowden (Debbie), seven step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive visitors from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, December 27 at 1066 Magnolia Street. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Hart’s Mortuary on Cherry Street.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative. ocmulgeepark.org 598 D.T. Walton Way, Macon, GA 31201 

Please visit www.hartsmort.com to sign the online guest registry. 
Hart’s Mortuary, 765 Cherry Street, Macon, GA has charge of arrangements.

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Carey Owen Pickard, Jr. '59

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Hamlin Landis Wade ’52

Hamlin Landis Wade died December 22, 2018.

Ham was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, February 26, 1930 to the late Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade and Mary Hamlin Landis Wade. Ham was a lifelong Charlotte resident.

Ham was a gentleman lawyer, trusted and respected by his clients and colleagues. He began his law career in 1957 in a clerkship for the Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and then joined the Charlotte law firm where he worked for the rest of his long career.

He treated the practice of law as a noble profession and didn’t retire from Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune until he was 87 years old, partly because of the 60-year habit but also because he loved being a lawyer, helping clients, and being with his law partners. He was proud to be the attorney for the Mecklenburg County Tax Office and often provided legal services at no charge to non-profits and for the Mecklenburg County Bar, where he served as President in 1982-83.

Ham was a humble man. He didn’t care to be the center of attention, nor to receive accolades for his service and achievements, but his peers voted him to presidential and other positions at Alexander Graham Junior High School, Central High School and Davidson College, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and the fraternity honorary council.

Ham was born into a family that loved sports, “anything with a ball.” At Davidson, he was a four-year monogram letterman in football and he was a good tennis player, but his lifetime passion was golf. He played many a golf game with friends and family at his favorite course, the Donald Ross layout at Charlotte Country Club. In his last month, he was on the sidelines pulling the Davidson Wildcats to wins in football and basketball.

After Davidson College, Ham served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he jumped out of planes only because it paid a little extra. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where he was President of the Class of 1957.

Civic life was as regular to Ham as watching sports. He was a member of the Mecklenburg Optimist Club (formerly North Mecklenburg) for more than 60 years and knew by heart and lived well the opening lines of the Optimist Creed: “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind, to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet, to make all your friends feel that there is something in them, to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.”

Ham was generous with his charitable giving, supporting many worthwhile causes. He had a 60-year connection with the Salvation Army, where he served as a Board member and did anything needed, including ringing the kettle bell to raise money for the Christmas fund. Ham’s spiritual life was important to him. He was a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry, twice.

Ham had a lifelong love affair with Wrightsville Beach, starting at an early age where he served as a lifeguard outside his grandmother’s hotel, The Landis. He set his calendar around the family’s annual trip to “the beach” and spent many summer vacation days trying to catch fish he didn’t care to eat. Going for a “boat ride” or trolling for big ones just off shore with a full cooler, was about as close to heaven Ham got during his lifetime.

But even more than beach life, Ham loved being with his family. He and his wife Julia could “cut a rug” better than anyone in the family, especially to beach tunes. He loved listening to his daughter Jenny play the piano, marveled at how his son Eddie could fix anything, and made sure the “bet was right” on every golf outing he shared with his son Landis. To the grandkids, he was Hambone, and they turned him into a cheerleader at recitals, baseball, football and softball games, musical events, school programs, and graduations, and they also enjoyed having him as a playmate for trick or treating, Disneyworld, trout fishing, golf trips, and board games like Rummikub. And he loved dogs, too.

Ham was a compassionate man who listened without judgment. His friendly nature and Southern manners followed him everywhere. He had an easiness about him that drew his family and friends close, and he melded into his new Cypress community with ease and enjoyment. He was forever loyal to his family, church, friends and profession. He brought comfort to his family and friends and he will be missed. 

Ham is survived by his beloved wife, Julia Kennedy Wade; his children, H. Landis Wade, Jr. (Janet); Edward Kennedy Wade (Mandy) and Jenny Wade Cianciola (Tim); his grandchildren Jordan Leary Wade (Julia); Hamlin Landis Wade, III; William Kennedy Wade (Kallie); Kennedy Chevalier Wade; Harper Chevalier Wade; Michael Paul Cianciola; Joseph Charles Cianciola; his great-grandchild Jaxson Kennedy Wade; sister in law, Sara Hunter Wade; and his godchild, Jessica Coyne Rodarme (Heath).

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carrie Maie Wade Roberts and husband James L. Roberts, and his brother Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade.

The family is grateful for the excellent medical care and loving support provided by the doctors and nurses at Carolinas Medical Center, the Memory Center, Perspective Health & Wellness, Hospice of Charlotte, the Cypress, and Christ Episcopal Church ministerial staff.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, 4015 Stuart Andrew Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 24, 2018