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

Richard Orr Brooks ’50

Richard Orr Brooks '50Richard Orr Brooks, 89, passed away on December 3, 2017 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

A native of Charlotte, he was son of the late Edward Alexander Brooks, Sr. and Susan Frances Huneycutt Brooks.

Richard was a graduate of Davidson College. He was a Mecklenburg County Police Officer and retired as a Revenue Officer for the state of NC. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Davidson Wildcats and Ashbrook Greenwave.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gastonia.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy H. Brooks; children, Patricia Brooks Elms and husband Gary, Rick Brooks and wife Patty, Mike Brooks and wife Sue, Jane Brooks Hayes and husband Kim “Booty”, and Jimmy Brooks; granddaughters, Sarah Brooks Basadre and husband Trenton, Lauren Stacey Brooks, Susanne Jones Dias and husband Felipe, and Caroline Suzanne Brooks; and six nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Frances Brooks McCorkle; brothers, Edward Alexander “Bub” Brooks, Jr., Robert Marshall “Bob” Brooks.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00PM, Thursday at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte with Pastor Joe Lawing officiating.

Memorials may be made to Gaston County Humane Society, 114 Sherrill Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.

Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com


Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 5, 2017

Hugh Kerr “Bud” Aiken, Jr. ’50

Hugh AikenHugh Kerr “Bud” Aiken, Jr., 87, husband of Clairene Harris Aiken, of Greenville, died Monday, July 10, 2017.

A Greenville native born on July 30, 1929, he was the son of the late Hugh Kerr Aiken and Alberta Farmer Aiken.

An Eagle Scout, Mr. Aiken attended Greenville High School and later graduated from Davidson College where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Aiken began his business career at Piedmont Paint Manufacturing Company where he was President and later founded Rutland Plastics in Charlotte, N.C. Known for his business sense and strong leadership qualities, Mr. Aiken served as the President of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Visitors at Christ Church Episcopal School and as Chairman of the CCES School Board.

He was a communicant of Christ Church in Greenville. Mr. Aiken was President of the Cotillion, President of the Poinsett Club and President of the St. Andrew’s Society.

In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jane Harris Aiken, of Washington, D.C., and her husband, Thomas Gibbes Hagerty, Susan Kerr Aiken, of Camden, SC, Elizabeth Aiken Chambers, of Greenville, and her husband, David Matthew Chambers; nine grandchildren, Mary Lanier Hagerty, Robert Chapman Hagerty, Claire Aiken Hagerty, John Withers Morris, Hugh Aiken Morris, Macon Carlisle Morris, Elizabeth Lenore Chambers, Caroline Alderson Chambers, and Katherine Reid Chambers.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Aiken was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Albert Farmer Aiken (Mary Ruth Lesesne).

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the All Saint’s Center at Christ Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Meadowcroft presiding. Burial will follow in the church yard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Project Host, 525 S. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601, Christ Church Outreach Fund, 10 N. Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown

Earl Jones Ferguson ’50

Earl Jones Ferguson '50Earl Jones Ferguson died April 19, 2017. He was born January 14, 1930 in Lancaster, South Carolina, the second of three sons of Henry Stokes Ferguson and Wincie Eugenie Jones Ferguson.

He attended school in Lancaster and then was accepted into Davidson College, from which he graduated in 1950 at the age of 20. After service in the United States Army, Earl worked as an accountant in Charlotte, NC.

He is survived by his sons Barry M. Ferguson and his wife, Sandra Anthony Ferguson; Alan E. Ferguson and his wife, Nancy Short Ferguson; his grandson, Will Ferguson; his nephews, Russell, Michael, Douglas, Henry, and David Ferguson, and his niece Susan McWhorter Starnes. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Lorraine, and by his brothers, H.S. Ferguson, Jr. and Wendell Ferguson.

If he were here today, he would particularly thank his daughter-in-law, Sandra, and his caregivers, Carol, Mary Ann, Lisa, and Jessica, whose faithful attentions, multiple kindnesses, and love were a great help and comfort to him.

The family is grateful also to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte, who performed spectacularly in providing assistance and comfort during the last difficult days.

The funeral service will be held at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 on Saturday, April 22. 2017 at 11:00 a.m., where also the family will welcome friends immediately afterwards from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Burial will then follow at 3:00 p.m. at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 2814 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster County, South Carolina 29720. There Earl will join Lorraine and the long line of his family resting there.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Charlotte and to Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be offered at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.

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Stewart Moore McMurray ’50

Reverend Stewart Moore McMurray, 86, died suddenly on March 6, 2017 at his home in Lewisburg, WV.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Harriet Jane Blaney McMurray, his parents, Clarence McCain McMurray and Priscilla Leslie McMurray (nee Moore), and five brothers and two sisters.

A graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Davidson College, NC and Union Theological Seminary, VA, Stewart was ordained and lovingly served Presbyterian Church U.S.A. congregations and communities in Quanah TX, and Glenville, Hinton, Lowell, Pence Springs, Gap Mills, Glace, Forest Memorial, Sweet Springs, Alderson and McElhenney.

Stewart’s extensive leadership involvements supported local and regional planning work to establish public library services and Summers County Hospital, foster regional economic development, manage a multi-county food pantry, creatively initiate community events, lead youth development initiatives. Stewart’s life work embodied his deep commitment to universal human rights.

With his wife Harriet, Stewart travelled the globe and served international ecumenical organizing and development organizing in the US, and in Geneva Switzerland, Seoul South Korea, and Northern Ireland.

A beloved and devoted father, grandfather and uncle, Stewart is survived by his five adult children—William Kevin McMurray (m. Tamela Duckworth McMurray) of Newark, DE; Andrew Kent McMurray of New London, CT (Kathy Donlon); Harriet Leslie McMurray of St. Paul, MN; David McCain McMurray of Nashville, TN; and Jonathan Stewart McMurray (m. Yelda Erenler McMurray) of Bethesda, MD—six grandchildren—Angela Jade McMurray, Jay Christopher McMurray, Jewel Lee McMurray, Jonathan Eugene McMurray, Lara Erenler McMurray, and Finian Arda McMurray—and nephews and nieces.

A memorial worship service to celebrate the life of Stewart McMurray will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 AM in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church Street, Lewisburg, with Reverend Dr. Anna Pinckney Straight officiating.

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