Category Archives: 1950

Hugh Kerr “Bud” Aiken, Jr. ’50

Hugh 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 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.

A reception will follow in the church hall. People are encouraged to bring and share stories and memories to share. Read More »

Perry Earl Gragg ’50

Dr. Perry Earl Gragg (age 87) died Wednesday, March 1, 2017. A retired professor of English, he had been a resident of San Angelo since 1968.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; three children, Susan Gragg of Durham, NC, Alan and his wife Diana of Santa Fe, NM, Michael and his wife Suzie, and their daughter, Casey of Sugar Land, Texas.

Perry was born June 22, 1929, in San Antonio, Texas, the first of four sons of Perry E. Gragg Jr. and Lucile Pearce Gragg. Two of his brothers, Jess and Richard, both of San Antonio also survive him. His brother Robert precedes him in death. He grew up mainly in San Antonio.

He graduated from Harlandale High School in 1945 and received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1950. He received his Master’s degree in 1955 and a PhD in 1960 from the University of Texas in Austin.

He served in the Army from 1950 until 1952. He was a 1st Lieutenant and platoon leader in the 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War and was awarded a Silver Star for valor in combat during an attack on Pork Chop Hill in May of 1952.

He married Marilyn Langston of San Antonio in 1956 and they became the parents of three children. They lived in San Antonio where he was a professor of English, serving as head of the English Department at San Antonio Jr. College, from 1964 until 1968.

In 1968 he joined the faculty of San Angelo College, which later became Angelo State University, and taught there until his retirement in 1994. He was head of the English Department there from 1971 until his retirement.

He and Marilyn enjoyed traveling and over the years made some forty international trips to learn about the history and cultures of other societies. They visited every country in Europe, as well as Asian and African countries.

He was active in professional organizations during his teaching years, particularly the Conferences of College Teachers of English and the South-Central Modern Language Association.

A life-long Presbyterian, he grew up in the Harlandale Church, and after his marriage at the Northwood Church in San Antonio, and in San Angelo with St. Mark and lastly with Grace Presbyterian.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 6, at Grace Presbyterian Chapel at First Christian Church, 29 N. Oak Street, San Angelo, TX 76903. Visitation for friends and relatives will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a graveside service in Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemetery Dominion, 20900 IH 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257.

Memorials may be sent to: Lucile Pearce Gragg Memorial Scholarship Office of Development ASU Station #11023 San Angelo, TX 76909 Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly 2229 FM 1340 Hunt, TX 78024 San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts 1 Love Street San Angelo, TX 76903

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Charles LaRue Kirby ’50

The Rev. Dr. Charles LaRue “Chuck” Kirby died on February 5, 2017 after a long struggle with dementia. Even as illness clouded his mind, this retired Presbyterian pastor’s deep faith and good cheer prevailed.

He was a happy man who loved the Lord, his wife Charlotte, and his family. Could there be a sweeter legacy? He was 89 years old. He was born on December 17, 1927, in Fort Pierce, FL, the fourth of James Alfred and Emma Jerman Kirby’s seven children.

In 1944, he was on a music scholarship to a Queens-Davidson Music Camp. While there, he needed surgery which was performed by Dr. Thomas D. Sparrow. They became great friends, and then family as Dr. Sparrow adopted Chuck as his foster son. Chuck graduated from Central High School, and Davidson College, where he heard God’s call. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in Oct. 1953.

So began ministry for a man who loved every facet of the pastor’s life. Chuck connected with youth, had a gift for saying the right thing to people during hard times, and hungered to learn more about the Bible. He always performed beautiful weddings, his voice so tender and personal.

Chuck’s first call to lead four small churches in Sampson County changed his life. While serving a congregation near Tomahawk, NC, he was smitten by one of the congregants, Charlotte Murphy, a senior at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina. They were married in 1955, a union whose love was captured in a letter Chuck wrote his wife on Christmas Day 1963: “My Darling Charlotte, Christ has put many blessings on me in my few years. You I prize and rejoice in the most.” Charlotte, of course, has saved the letter in a special box.

Two years after they were married, they spent a year in Scotland with their one-year-old son, Tom, while Chuck studied at the University of Edinburgh. Upon returning to the states, Chuck was called to First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City, NC where he served for eleven years. While there, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Jaycees for his work with the Migrant Ministry and served as Moderator of Wilmington Presbytery. While in Morehead City, the Kirbys’ two daughters, Anne and Frances were born.

In 1970, Chuck received a call to Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. While serving there, he earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from McCormick Seminary in Chicago, and served as Moderator of Mecklenburg Presbytery.

While serving Caldwell Memorial, the Kirbys did a 2-month exchange with Greenock Presbyterian Church of Scotland which is just outside of Glasgow. Dr. Kirby also served McGee Presbyterian Church, and was an interim pastor at Benton Heights Presbyterian Church in Monroe, NC. He retired from active pastoral work in the late 1990’s.

Such sweet memories: The annual week at the beach with all of the family at Wild Dunes; Saturday morning tennis games with his buddies at Charlotte Country Club; Sunday morning worship with congregants; getting down on all fours to play with the grandkids. All they had to do was ask and Chuck was happy to oblige.

No life is free of pain. Chuck and Charlotte lost their middle child, Anne Kirby Barnhardt of Greensboro, to breast cancer in 2012. She was 46 years old. Anne inherited her dad’s joyful disposition. Her brother, Tom, used to say that the party never started until Anne arrived.

Dr. Kirby is survived by his wife, Charlotte; son, Tom and wife Cynthia of Charlotte; son-in-law, Jimmy Barnhardt of Greensboro; daughter, Frances and husband Ashland Vaughn of Evergreen, CO. He also is survived by his much loved and enjoyed grandchildren: Laura K. Lemons and husband Greg of Charlotte; Quinn K. Branecky and husband Paul of Charlotte; April Kirby of Great Falls, MT; Jack Barnhardt and Lizzie Barnhardt of Greensboro; Kelsey Vaughn and Nora Jane Vaughn of Evergreen, CO; and great-grandchildren, Mylah and Calvin Lemons of Charlotte, and Evan and Collin Branecky of Charlotte.

A service to celebrate Dr. Kirby’s life will be on February 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place in Charlotte. Visitation follows. Interment will be on February 10, 2017 at 1:00 at the Clinton City Cemetery in Clinton, NC.

A gift in his memory can be made to the Thomas D. Sparrow athletic scholarship at Davidson College, PO Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035.

The family offers its deepest thanks to the staff of Sharon Towers, and Hospice & Palliative Care who showed so much love and care to Chuck and Charlotte. Also, thanks to David Lowery, Jim Lawton, and Allan Seidman for their assistance, and to Rev. Dr. Tony Tucker, and David Barnhardt for their frequent visits.

Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service is taking care of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.throbertson.com.

 
Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 8, 2017

 

Lane Cloaninger ’50

Lane Cloaninger, 89, passed away on Feb. 5, 2017, after a brief period of declining health, surrounded by his wife, Bobbie, and three children.

Lane derived the deepest joy from his family. He enjoyed a successful career in marketing. And he never missed the chance to share a laugh and a story, all the better if it was on the golf course with friends.

Lane was born on Jan. 6, 1928, in Charlotte, the second of Everette and Katherine Cloaninger’s two children. He graduated from Central High School and then Davidson College in 1950 with a business degree. He played football in both high school and college, and was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Lane enjoyed a 39-year career in textile marketing with the Celanese Corp., rising to the position of Marketing Director. His job took him to Atlanta, suburban New York City and finally to River Hills, S.C., outside Charlotte, where Lane and Bobbie spent 30 wonderful years before moving to Southminster in 2009. Lane loved life on the golf course in River Hills, then life among friends and activities at Southminster.

Lane is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bobbie; three children – Cathy Perry and her husband, Chris, of Durham, Lane Cloaninger III of Apex and Nina Cloaninger of Charlotte; his sister, Ruth Helton, of Winston-Salem; seven granddaughters – Emily, Beth, Katy, Clara, Anna, Shannon and Laura; six great-grandchildren – Kaylen, Gabe, Emily, Abby, Henry and Lucas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Barnes, and Bobbie’s daughter, Marcia Gough.

A service to celebrate Lane’s life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Southminster, 8919 Park Road.

Instead of flowers, a gift in Lane’s memory can be made to Southminster Community Fund, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28210, or Hospice and Palliative Care, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204. The family is deeply grateful for the love and care shown by the staff at the Southminster Embrace Health Care Unit, and the Hospice counselors.

Lane and Bobbie were members of Myers Park Baptist Church. When it came time to tell a joke at his Central High School reunion, Class of 1946, Lane was always ready with a quip. They enjoyed traveling the world together, family beach vacations to DeBordieu in South Carolina, and golf trips to Scotland and elsewhere with friends from River Hills Country Club at Lake Wylie, S.C. The Sweet Sixteens, they called themselves.

But Lane was just as content to take a walk with Bobbie or watch the trees sway from the balcony of their fourth-floor home at Southminster. Content and at peace.

J.B. Tallent Funeral Service is taking care of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.tallentfuneralservice.com.

 
Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 14, 2017

Theodore B. “Ted” Sumner, Jr. ’50

Theodore B. (Ted) Sumner Jr., a 33-year banking veteran and former Vice Chairman of First Union Corporation, died January 28, 2017 in his home. He was 88.

Mr. Sumner was born in Asheville, N.C. on July 9, 1928. The son of Lovie Winn and Theodore Sumner, he graduated from Georgia Military Academy and then Davidson College in 1950.

Mr. Sumner served in the Korean War in the First Calvary Division from 1951-53 as a second lieutenant. In 1953, he joined Union National Bank and began his steady rise through the managerial ranks. When the bank began to merge, he served as city executive in Hendersonville and Gastonia, senior vice president in Asheville and executive vice president in Greensboro.

He also served as president of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sumner was appointed regional executive in 1969, and three years later was named statewide officer in charge of all branch offices.

In 1973, Mr. Sumner became chairman of First Union National Bank and ten years later was named vice chairman of First Union Corporation where he served until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Sumner helped lead the bank’s interstate expansion and organized banking and political support for the Southeastern Regional Banking Compact, a key step in what was eventually to become nationwide branch banking.

Mr. Sumner’s extensive professional, civic, charitable and church endeavors included serving as president of the North Carolina Bankers Association and as a member of the American Bankers Association and the Association of Reserve City Bankers.

He was dean of the North Carolina Banking Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served on the NC Economic Development Board under Governor Jim Hunt.

Mr. Sumner was the board chairman of Chauncey Group International, Ltd., and served as a director of First Union Corporation, Parkdale Mills, Dana Corporation, the Heinemann Medical Research Center, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina. Mr. Sumner was a member of Quail Hollow Club and The Country Club of North Carolina.

Five years after his bank retirement Mr. Sumner capitalized on his keen interest in international business affairs by founding Madison Financial Group. He chaired the firm as it worked with financial institutions along the eastern seaboard and in Canada, Poland, the Ukraine and Latvia.

Mr. Sumner’s work included partnering with Lech Walesa to organize a bank in Poland and helping modernize the infrastructure, procedures and technology of a Kiev bank after the Cold War ended.

A longtime member of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, Mr. Sumner served as chairman of the administrative board. He was also active in the Western North Carolina conference serving as chairman of the council on finance and administration, chairman of the board of pensions, and chairman of the Methodist Foundation for western North Carolina.

At the general church level, Mr. Sumner was a member of the general council of finance and administration, and served as a delegate to the annual conference of western North Carolina and the general conference.

The family would like to acknowledge the special care he received by the nurses and staff at Southminster. Loretta, Shirley, Anna, Michele, Jackie and Caroline

Mr. Sumner is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth (Patsy) Moser Sumner; his daughter Stacy Sumner Jesso and her husband John of Rocky Mount; and his son Theodore B. Sumner III of Raleigh.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Myers Park United Methodist Church with The Reverend Dr. James Howell officiating. The family will receive friends in Jubilee Hall following the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Myers Park Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC, 28207 or United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, Inc. Address: 13816 Professional Center Drive, Suite 100 Huntersville, NC 28078

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204. Online condolences at www.kennethpoeservices.com Phone: 704 641-7606

 
Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 30, 2017

 

R. Wallace Pack ’50

R. Wallace Pack of Ft Myers, FL passed away on January 24, 2017 at the age of 88. He was born on December 25, 1928 in Beaumont Texas. He grew up in Beaumont and graduated from the Asheville School in Asheville, NC and earned his bachelors degree from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX where he was also on the SMU Law Review staff.

He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1950 to 1960. After graduation from SMU Law School, Wallace practiced law in Dallas and then became a landman for Sun Oil Company.

He married Anna Rogers of Winnsboro, LA in 1957. Wallace moved with his family to Ft Myers in 1965 where he oversaw field operations for Sun Oil Company in south Florida. He began practicing law in Ft Myers in 1967 and was appointed Lee County Judge in 1970.

In 1972, he became one of the first circuit judges of the newly formed 20th Circuit and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1999.

During his 27 years of service to the citizens of the 20th Judicial Circuit, he was greatly respected and admired by the many lawyers who appeared in his courtroom.

Wallace enjoyed sailing, bridge, fishing, travel, sail planes and was an avid photographer. He was also active in the Kiwanis, Goodwill, the Calusa American Inns of Court and the Presbyterian Church.

Wallace was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Rogers Pack in January 1990. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Buchanan of Dallas, TX, Sarah Thomas of Black Mountain NC and his sons, Robert of Ocala, FL and John of Shreveport, LA.

The family asks that gifts be made to Hope Hospice in lieu of flowers.

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 5, 2017

Charles Norvel Childers ’50

charles-childersCharles Childers passed away on November 26, 2016 at the age of 89. He was a resident of the Cypress of Charlotte at the time of his death.

He was born on September 21, 1927 in Lenoir, NC to Charlie and Janie Childers. He married Sarah “Susie” Miller Matthews in June of 1953.

Chuck graduated from Davidson College in 1950 with a degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the US Army and served as a platoon leader and company commander during the Korean War. He was particularly proud to have served in the first racially integrated combat regiment.

Transferring to the Signal Corps in 1955, he served in various assignments all over the world including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the British Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

He also earned a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Alabama. He retired in 1977 as Colonel and worked in private industry for another 15 years, first at Digital Equipment Corporation and then the United States Telephone Association.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Lee Austin Childers, and his son, Charles Matthews Childers. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Susie, his daughter Elizabeth Childers Smith, his son-in-law, Richard Smith, grandchildren Michael, Zachary, Noah, Rachel, and great grand-daughter Hayden.

In his later years, he spent his winters in Florida and summers in the mountains of NC where he grew up. He loved golf, listening to baseball on the radio, and a good martini. He hated yardwork and lima beans. He and Susie moved to the Cypress of Charlotte in 2011.

The family wishes to express special appreciation to the entire staff of the Stewart Health Center for their loving care, especially to Misty, Barsia and Aida.

A service to celebrate Chuck’s life will be held at McEwen Funeral Home (10500 Park Road, Charlotte) on December 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the Club House at Cypress of Charlotte at 5:00 pm following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in Chuck’s name. Private interment with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

On-line condolences may be placed at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 4, 2016

 

Edward Ross Testerman ’50

testermanEdward Ross Testerman of Rogersville, born February 18, 1927, passed away October 18, 2016 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport.

He was a life long resident of Rogersville until May 2016 when he moved to Baysmont in Kingsport.

He graduated from Rogersville High School as salutatorian, attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Commerce.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World II.

He was co-owner of Testerman Motor Company for 54 years.  He served as Rogersville City Alderman and Hawkins County CommisSioner.

He was chairman of the Hawkins County Blood Drive during the Korean War. He was chairman of the Hawkins County Draft Board during the 1960’s, past president of the Kiwanis Club, and vice president of the Rogersville Heritage Association.

He was a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher and trustee of Rogersville Presbyterian Church.  He was chairman of the board of trustees at McKinney Cemetery.  Mr. Testerman was a past member of the Inner Church Council.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Frank Testerman and Katherine Murrell Testerman; infant daughter, Helen Testerman; daughter, Mary Margaret Testerman DuVoisin; brother, J. Frank Testerman, Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen Hord Testerman; son, Edward Ross Testerman, Jr. and wife, Jane of Staunton, VA; grandson, Edward Ross Testerman, III and wife, Railey; great-granddaughter, Claiborne “Clay” Testerman all of Charlottesville, VA; grandson, John Mills Testerman of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, Carolyn H. Testerman of Rogersville; special friends, Alice Wright Hale and Karen Brooks of Rogersville; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation hours will be 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Rogersville Presbyterian Church.

Funeral service will be conducted 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Rogersville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rodney Norris officiating.  Burial will follow in McKinney Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Rogersville Presbyterian Church, 309 W. Kyle St., Rogersville, TN 37857

Online condolences may be made at www.broomefuneralhome.com

Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville is honored to serve the Testerman family.