Theodore Glenn “Ted” Hartsock, Jr. ’56

Theodore Glenn "Ted" Hartsock, Jr. '56Theodore Glenn Hartsock, Jr., age 83, departed this life on February 12, 2018 to be with his Lord and Savior after a long battle with declining health.

Ted was born on April 30, 1934 in Bluefield, WV to Theodore Glenn Hartsock and Margaret Watson Hartsock. Ted attended Beaver High School where he played football and baseball. He went on to attend Davidson College and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He then transferred to the University of Alabama and graduated in 1956.

Ted moved to Charlotte in the late 50’s and married Sarah Ann Mills in 1960. They were married 50 years and had four children. Beginning his professional career with Kaiser Aluminum, Ted pursued business interests in Charlotte as an entrepreneur with a focus on sales and marketing. He started a business selling automated office equipment and then moved into the business computer industry.

In the 1980’s his business was listed as one of the top 500 fastest growing small businesses in the US. Ted was active in politics in the early sixties when he served as Executive Director of the NC Republican Party and ran for the NC House of Representatives in 1964. He was a co-founder of Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in 1972 and was co-chairman of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aquatic Commission that resulted in the beginning of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry.

Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed longtime friendships from his years playing golf at the Charlotte Country Club and Yeaman’s Hall Club in Charleston and the Piedmont Club. He particularly enjoyed several opportunities to play pro-am events and only late in life did he begin to use woods off the tee.

Ted is predeceased by his wife, Sally; his parents; and his two brothers, Calvin Watson Hartsock and Furman Preston Hartsock of Clarksburg, WV. He is survived by his wife, Marian McGowan Nisbet; his four children: son, Langdon Hartsock (Charlotte) of Charleston, SC; daughter, Elisabeth Dwight (David) of Richmond, VA; daughter, Margaret Spickard (Anderson) of Nashville, TN; and daughter, Sarah Keller (Scott) of Durham, NC. He is also survived by cousins: Elias Calvin Watson of Birmingham, AL; A.L. Addington of Savannah,GA; and Sue Clovis of Clarksburg, WV.

Ted has ten grandchildren who were a great joy to him: Langdon, Thomas and Charles Hartsock; Laura and David Dwight; Anna, Lucas, and William Spickard; Christopher and Peter Keller.

The family is grateful to the compassionate staff and caregivers at Waltonwood – Cotswald, and Hospice & Palliative Care.

A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC at 12:30pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207; or Davidson College, 405 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 14, 2018

Howard Ralph Guffey ’52

Col. Howard Ralph Guffey, 87, husband of Jean (Darrah) Guffey, of Staunton, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Avante at Waynesboro.

He was born December 3, 1930 in Rockbridge County, a son of the late Fadeley and Ada (Sandridge) Guffey.

Col. Guffey graduated from Augusta Military Academy and Davidson College. He received his Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University.

He was drafted into the Army where he served and completed Officer’s Candidate School and was a Commissioned Officer in field artillery. He also completed Jump School to become a paratrooper. Howard served in the 11th Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and 1st Calvary Division during a tour in Vietnam. He also served in the 18th Airborne Corp. He attended the U.S. Army War College and was Commander of the 212 Artillery Group.

His last post was serving in the Department of the Inspector General of the Army. He retired with 33 years of service. He was a cofounder of Military Professional Resources Inc. When he fully retired he located back to Staunton where he was a lifelong member of Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Medal as well as other commendations.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Lisabeth Darrah Abel-Polek and Frank Polek of La Mesa, CA; a son and daughter-in-law, Fadeley Michael and Judy Guffey of Staunton; a sister-in-law, Peggy Guffey; 8 grandchildren, Ryan Lisabeth Savino, Clayton Michael Abel, Ashley Darrah Thompson, Drew Edward Abel, Kristin Michelle Trask, Sarah Marie Guffey, Clara Genevieve Remmes, and Molly Anne Jarrette Wincek; and sixteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ada Frances Quick and brother, Albert Leslie Guffey.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Beth McCrary. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 in the Henry Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church Capital Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 118, Fort Defiance, VA 24437.

Published online on Feb. 7, 2018 courtesy of HENRY FUNERAL HOME.

Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade, Jr. ’50

Julius Jennings "Jake" Wade, Jr. '50Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade, Jr., died January 17, 2018.

Jake was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, May 30, 1928 to the late Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade and Mary Hamlin Landis Wade. Jake was a lifelong Charlotte resident.

Jake’s academic and professional leadership skills and service commitments emerged early and continued throughout his life. He held the following president positions: Alexander Graham Junior High School student body; Central High School sophomore class; Darlington School (Rome Georgia) junior and senior classes; Darlington School senior class Honor Council; Davidson College Monogram Club; North Carolina School of law legal fraternity Delta Theta Phi; Mecklenburg County Bar Association; Myers Park Homeowners Association; Mecklenburg County Davidson Alumni Association; and Davidson Athletic Foundation (Wildcat Club).

He received the prestigious faculty medal for General Excellence at Darlington School and was elected to the Davidson College Student Council and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national collegiate leadership society. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He served as Davidson 1950 Class Agent, Board Trustee for the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Board Trustee for Florence Crittenton Home, Mecklenburg County campaign manager for late governor Dan K. Moore, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Civil Service Commission and Board Trustee of the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

Jake was a true competitor and leader on the sports field. He was captain of his junior and senior high school and baseball teams and a member of the Central High School Varsity State Champion football team. At Davidson College, he was a four-year monogram letterman in football and baseball and made a quite a splash with his 95-yard interception return for touchdown that allowed Davidson College to defeat N.C. State in football. He was voted into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

After graduating from Davidson College, Jake served as an active duty commissioned officer in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and began his lengthy law practice in Charlotte. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and Charlotte County Club.

Jake was loved by hundreds of young ballplayers taking their cuts at the plate. “Got the right man up,” he was known to chatter and “get it next time,” if they struck out. For his years of service in youth sports, he was named the 1987 Sportsman of the year by the Charlotte Sporstman’s Club and awarded the 2010 Legacy of Coaching Award by the Mecklenburg County YMCA.

He coached the Harry and Bryant baseball team in Myers Park Trinity Little League for some sixty years and Jake Wade Field is named in his honor. The bronze plaque at the field is a reminder of his “positive influence,” his “contagious enthusiasm,” and his “optimistic attitude.” Jake will be fondly remembered as an athlete by desire, a gentleman by nature, and a friend to all.

Jake is survived by his beloved wife, Sara; his children James Hunter Wade, Julius Jennings “Jay” Wade, III (Cary) and Amelia Wade Worley (Mike); his grandchildren Malone Lockaby (Rath), Quinn Yi (John), Rebecca Carney Wade, Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade, IV, Abbey Wade Droege (Garret), SaraAnn Worley, and Stuart Elizabeth Worley; his great-grandchildren Ellington Yi, Winsley Yi, Adeline Yi, Henry Droege and Lennon Droege; his brother Hamlin Landis Wade (Julia); his brother-in-law and college roommate Dr. O.F. “Bo” Roddey, Jr.; and Jay and Pat Powell, his special “quasi-adopted’ couple he met while Jay was a Davidson College student. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carrie Maie Wade Roberts and husband James L. Roberts, and sister-in-law, Amelia Hunter Roddey.

Visitation will be at Harry and Bryant Funeral home, 500 Providence Road, on Thursday, January 25, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, on Friday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. A reception follows in the church Blue Room. Interment will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Autism Society, Davidson Athletic Foundation or Myers Park Trinity Little League.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2018

Julius Jennings "Jake" Wade, Jr. '50

William Anthony “Bill” White, Jr. ’52

William White '52William Anthony “Bill” White, Jr. died Thursday, January 11, 2018. He was 87. His last days, like his life, were filled with family, friends, laughter and music – from Presbyterian hymns to bluegrass to the Davidson College fight song.

As an avid reader – and former high school columnist – of the Charlotte Observer, Bill would have preferred a more humble and succinct summation of his life; however, without his red pen to pare our prose, we’ll take the liberty of expanding upon his oft-expressed hope that his life could be defined by two words: he loved.

He was born February 5, 1930 in Charlotte, NC to the late Bess Denny White and William A. White, Sr.

Bill loved school and loved to learn. A proud product of Charlotte public schools, he attended Dilworth Elementary and A.G. Junior High, and graduated from Central High School in 1948. Bolstered by the encouragement and support of community and church leaders, Bill worked his way through Davidson College.

There, as editor of The Davidsonian, member of the track team, and a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, he established lifelong friendships. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in business, with Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa distinctions. He was awarded one of the first Morehead Scholarships to attend graduate school, receiving his M.B.A. from UNC – Chapel Hill in 1953.

He fulfilled his military obligation in the army at Ft. Benning, GA, an experience that provided treasured friendships and colorful stories. It was in nearby Columbus that he began his lifelong ministry teaching high school Sunday School.

Like his collegiate and post-graduate experiences, Bill’s business career was marked by hard work and good fortune. He was profoundly grateful to those who led him to or through open doors to wonderful opportunities. He later reflected, “I cannot but believe they were the hands of God in the creating of the life that has been mine to enjoy.”

After starting out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, he went to work for the Rouse Company in 1957 as a leasing agent and then manager of the Charlottetown Mall. He became a Vice President, overseeing major real estate development projects throughout the country.

Bill married Betsy Smith in 1961, a feat that was, in his words, “beyond the highest hopes I could have conjured up.” They had three daughters and created a family “rich in love.” Of his life with four women and a female dog, Bill often quipped, “If the good Lord thought there needed to be another man in the house, he would’ve sent one!”

In 1970, backed by the Springs Company, he formed real estate development company Charter Properties and assembled what he called a “grand team” of coworkers. A passionate perfectionist with deep integrity, he held himself and others to the highest standards. Bill loved Charlotte and considered it a great privilege to help mold his “sleepy little town” into a big city. He was a visionary who believed fervently in the revitalization of uptown, particularly enjoying his involvement in the Bank of America/Founder’s Hall/Blumenthal Performing Arts Center project.

As a man of deep faith, Bill also devoted his time and leadership to causes he loved; first and foremost to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and countless others including Davidson College, the Salvation Army, The Charlotte Housing Authority, the Good Fellows Club and Union Presbyterian Seminary.

For over 50 years, he found great joy in teaching high school students on Sunday mornings at Myers Park Presbyterian and mentoring them in their faith journeys. His interest in sustaining the church with vibrant leadership inspired him to lead the development of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus.

In a commencement address at the seminary, he expressed his own conviction that “whatever we teach, whatever we write, wherever we work, we must do it first as disciples. And it must be apparent by words and by deeds that we are disciples by the way we love.”

And oh, how he loved- his wife, Betsy, his girls, his sons-in-law, his six grandchildren- and how we loved him! We cherish his quick wit and self-deprecating humor; his corny jokes (punctuated by a self-congratulatory leg kick); his bedtime, dinnertime, ALL-the-time stories; his tender heart and keen awareness of others; his “food for thought” memos in left-handed chicken-scratch; his nicknames for those he loved; his smooth moves on the dance floor; his tennis whites and old-school sweatbands; his eternal faith in Davidson Athletics; his loyalty to dear friends and acquaintances; his silly banter with his grandchildren; his encyclopedic knowledge of “absolutely everything;” his gentlemanly southern charm.

Bill is survived by his wife 56 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith White of Charlotte; his children Elizabeth White Dickens (Al), Charlotte; Margaret White Black (Robert), Arden, NC; Katherine “Katie” White Willingham (Rob), Charlotte. He was affectionately known and adored as “Da” by his six grandchildren: Bess Dickens Kelpin (Peter), Al Dickens IV (Courtney), Amelia Willingham, all of Charlotte, Kate Willingham, Nashville, TN; Bobby and Betsy Black, Arden, NC.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lee Simmons Smith, of Greenville, SC, and his nephews and niece, Sam Smith, Greenville, SC, Will Smith (Kristin), Charlotte, NC, and Susan Smith DeHoll (Doug), Sumter, SC. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Shirley White, Charlotte, and his brother-in- law, Dr. Samuel Wilson Smith, Greenville, SC.

The family is profoundly grateful to the compassionate staff at Sharon Towers; Bill’s caregivers and companions: Barbara Huntley and the staffs of Home Instead and Hospice & Palliative Care.

A worship service in celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC. A reception will follow in Oxford Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund, 220 N.Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202; Union Presbyterian Seminary, 5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences at


Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 14, 2018

Tommy Brewer Griffin ’57

Tommy Griffin

‘I am the vine; you are the branches….apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5. On his 82nd birthday, January 1, 2018, Dr. Tommy Brewer Griffin went to the place Jesus had prepared for him.

If an obituary of earthly works were going to be written, he wanted the reader to know that apart from Christ, he could do nothing. On January 1, 1936, Tommy was born to Marcus Vann and Elizabeth Brewer Griffin. By the time he was five years old he knew that he was going to be a physician.

After Aiken High School, he graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a BS in Pre-Med Sciences. From a very strong Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School career at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, he graduated in 1961.

The Yale University Grace New Haven Hospital was the site of his internship before he moved back south to Chapel Hill for residencies in internal medicine followed by a residency and fellowship in dermatology at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, the University of North Carolina.

He was a Major in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. His base was in Research and Development at the Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco. Tommy returned to the faculty of the UNC Department of Dermatology.

In 1971 He moved to Spartanburg and opened the second dermatology office (Dr. Paul Cook was the first.) His practice grew with more dermatologists and he retired from Spartanburg Dermatology and Skin Surgery Clinic in 2001.

Patients and their care, teaching in medical settings, and the superbly dedicated staff brought thirty years of great joy in the professional life! Even on his last day he still recognized with a twinkle, his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Freida Deaton Griffin; sons, Marcus Vann Griffin II, wife, Tracy, grandchildren, Maura and Nathanial, of Dana Point, CA, Thomas Scott Griffin, wife, Suzannah, grandchildren, Thomas and Sarah of Spartanburg, SC; daughter, Dr. Julia G. Girard and husband, Dr. Dhru Girard Griffin and granddaughter, Ava of Rome, GA.

An only child, Tommy completely embraced Freida’s siblings as his own: Nancy and Bennie Ward, Glenda and Don Loftis, Mary Jo and Chick Harvey, Dale and Lawrence Ledbetter and Becky and David Wilkins. Since its founding, All Saints Church, Spartanburg, has been Tommy’s very special church home and family.

Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 PM Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 East Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307, with services following at 2:00 PM in the Chapel.

The Reverend Nowell Copley, Rector and the Reverend Mike Smith, Deacon will be officiating the service. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307.

Memorial gifts may be considered to Mobile Meals Service, PO Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or to All Saints Church, Spartanburg, 401 E. Kennedy St. Suite B7, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

The family would like to express their great appreciation to Mary Sipple, his caregiver for over a year, for her love and care.

An online guest register is available at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel

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