Harry Faison Shaw ’50

Harry Faison Shaw '50Harry Faison Shaw, 91, of Fayetteville passed away on May 19, 2018.

Harry was a life-long resident of Fayetteville. He attended Fayetteville Public Schools. Harry served with the US Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

After graduating from Davidson College in 1950 he worked for Superior Stone Company in Lillington, North Carolina.

In 1960 the Shaws returned to Fayetteville when he took a position with Home Federal Savings and Loan Association where he remained for 32 years. After retirement, he became a partner in Gaines and Shaw Appraisers. He was president of both the McLean Foundation and the McLean Development Corporation.

Civic Positions/Boards served:
-Fayetteville City Council
-Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Lafayette Society
-Chairman of the Historic and Scenic Sights Committee
-Member Cape Fear Botanical Garden Board
-Member State Board of Community Colleges’ Commission on the Future
-Member of the West Fayetteville Rotary Club
-Elder Emeritus
-First Presbyterian Church
-President and Chairman of the City of Fayetteville Linear Park Corporation

In 1975 he was appointed by the governor to the board of FTCC and then was appointed as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges’ Commission on the Future.

In 2005, FTCC dedicated the Harry F. Shaw Virtual College Center to honor his 29 years of serving as the Chairman of the FTCC Board. In 2015 he received the I.E. Reedy Award from the State Board of Community Colleges.

Harry’s integrity and energy is the great legacy he leaves behind. His civic and philanthropic pursuits will be missed not only by his family but an entire community.

Harry was predeceased by Sarah Stewart, his wife of 58 years and his son Paul Stewart Shaw.

He is survived by his wife, Claire Chestnut Shaw of the home; two daughters, Faison Shaw Covington of Charlotte and Sally Shaw Schmitz and husband Richard of Piney Creek; his sister, Gillie Revelle of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Hansen of St. Louis, MO, Greg Shaw of New York, NY, Harry Schmitz of Morehead City, and Clair Shaw of Charlotte; his great-granddaughter, Emma Hansen of St. Louis, MO and two step-children, Kate Henley Paradis of Charlotte and Wilson Henley of Washington, CT.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Eller Hall.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the church with Dr. Mike Garrett and Rev. Donna Marchant officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Eller Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cross Creek Linear Park Foundation.

Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home.

Published in Fayetteville Observer on May 21, 2018

Carl C. Hassel Jr. ’50

Carl C. Hassel Jr., beloved patriarch of the Hassel family, went peacefully after a brief illness to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ March 28, 2018.

He was born to Carl and Iverna Hassel on August 17, 1926 in Richmond, Virginia. He attended John Marshall high school where he was Captain of the Cadet Corps and member of the tennis team. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Conner in the Pacific Theater in World War II.

Following the war, he married his high school sweetheart Leslie Ann Bailey. He then enrolled at Davidson College and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1950.

He worked briefly in Burlington, North Carolina before returning home to Richmond to continue his career. In 1959, he took a job with the Reynolds & Reynolds Corporation of Dayton Ohio and moved to Jacksonville. While working at Reynolds, he was awarded the R.H. Grant Award indicative of the company’s top Salesman.

He retired from Reynolds at age 62. In Jacksonville, he was a member of Saint John’s Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, and most recently as a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church. He was past president of the Jacksonville Davidson Alumni Association and a member of the college’s Board of Visitors.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Leslie Ann, daughter Carol Lynn Moore (Elliott), son David Hassel (Candace), grandchildren Trae Moore (Tonya), Blair Moore (Meredith), Joanne Hassel Clifford (Matthew), Kristen Hassel Nagy (Brett), Bryan Hassel (Ashley), and 14 great-grandchildren.

A private family interment service was held at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Donations in his name can be made to either Arbor Terrace Memory Care San Jose 3760 DuPont Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32217 or Thornwell Home for Children 302 South Broad St. Clinton, SC 25325.

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Oliver “Bo” Roddey, Jr. ’50

Oliver "Bo" Roddey, Jr. '50Oliver Fennell Roddey, Jr. (Bo) passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018. He was born in Charleston, SC, Dec. 24, 1928, the son of the former Charlotte Carroll of Summerville, SC, and Oliver F. Roddey, Sr. of Rock Hill, SC.

His family moved to Charlotte when he was two years old, and he went through the Charlotte school system until the final two years of high school, when he attended and graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

He was a graduate of Davidson College, and the UNC Medical School. After internship at UNC, he served a two-year tour as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Following were residencies at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and then at the Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.

He remained on the clinical staff at the Children’s Hospital and in private practice in Weston, Mass. for eight more years before returning to Charlotte in 1970 and establishing what has since become Eastover Pediatrics.

He was blessed to work with wonderful colleagues and staff, offering support and care to all who worked with him. He assisted countless children (and their anxious parents) through the early years of life.

Dr. Roddey’s professionalism and passion culminated in his being awarded the National Practitioner Research Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996.

He volunteered with numerous organizations, including Kindermourn, Room-in-the-Inn, and R.A.I.N. He was a member of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church, the Charlotte Country Club, the Piedmont Club, the AOA Medical Society, and the NC Sports Hall of Fame, and was in the initial class to be inducted into both the Davidson College Sports Hall of Fame and the NC Tennis Hall of Fame.

Bo had an amazingly eclectic group of friends of all ages that stretched around the world, and he remained in touch with them throughout the years. He was well known for his humor, generosity and his enthusiasm, and he was always intrigued by new things he could learn. He made a habit in life of “rushing the net.” And as fully as he lived his own life, he took great vicarious pleasure in the adventures and experiences of all he knew.

In his wife, Meechie, he found the perfect solid, reliable, supportive partner for his hyper-energetic life and broad range of interests. He always said, “Meechie is just fun to be with!”

Along with his parents, Bo was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, the former Amelia Ann Hunter (Meechie); his sister, Jean Roddey Early and her husband, Albert Terry Early; his brother, Frank Carroll (Skip) Roddey; his brother-in-law, Julius Jennings (Jake) Wade; and his sister-in-law, Marion Hunter Moore and her husband, William John Moore.

He is survived by his two children: Oliver Hunter Roddey and his wife, Susan MacDonald Roddey, and Ann Roddey Bernhardt and her husband, Stephen Foxworth Bernhardt; as well as four grandchildren: Harrison Hunter Roddey, Caroline Amelia Roddey, Oliver Roddey (Bo) Bernhardt, and Ann Foxworth Bernhardt; and two sisters-in-law: Sara Hunter Wade and Nancy Rose Roddey; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank his close friend and companion, Tim Williams, as well as the Memory Center of Charlotte and Novant Hospice and Palliative Care.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 29, at Harry and Bryant Funeral Home from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm. A memorial service will be celebrated at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 30, at 2:00 pm. The service will be led by the Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder and the Rev. Dr. E. Von Clemens.

Memorials may be sent to the Myers Park Presbyterian Church; to Kindermourn; or to any of the donor’s choices.

Condolences may be offered at www.harryandbryantfuneralhome.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2018

Henry Percival Bridges, Jr. ’50

Henry Percival Bridges, Jr. '50Henry Percival Bridges, Jr., Founding Director of Charlotte’s Community School of the Arts, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.

Henry and his wife, Daisy Wade Bridges, came to Charlotte in 1960, when he accepted a call to become the Organist and Choir Director of First Presbyterian Church.

Over the next half century, Henry enriched the cultural life of this community and introduced generations of children to the joy of music and art as he explored his passion for a life of service and care.

Henry Bridges was born July 22, 1927 in Johnson City, TN, the son of Henry Percival

Bridges and Cornelia Shelby Thomas Bridges. He received a BA Degree in Music from

Davidson College in 1950. He studied for two years at Union Theological Seminary in

Richmond and in 1956 received a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union

Theological Seminary in New York City. He studied organ for a year in Paris under Jean Langlais.

Prior to coming to Charlotte, Henry was Organist and Choir Director at Westminster

Presbyterian Church, Bluefield, WV (1952-1955 and 1956-1959), and at the Church In Radburn, Fair Lawn, NJ (1954-1956). He was Dean of the Charlotte Chapter of American Guild of Organists, 1963-1964.

Henry Bridges founded Community School of the Arts in 1969, when he served as the organist and choir director of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlotte. The program was born after Henry realized that the Church had fifteen unused pianos in its basement and that it was surrounded by an urban neighborhood with children who could benefit from-but could never afford-high-quality music lessons.

Henry recruited four of the finest piano teachers in Charlotte as his faculty, and from more than 150 student applications, he accepted twenty children into the School’s inaugural year. Students received instruction free of charge five days a week, including two piano lessons, supervised practice, choir, sight singing, and music theory.

The quality of the instruction was exceptional, and Community School of the Arts rapidly expanded to offer tuition-based programs for families who could pay for lessons, in addition to the School’s free and discounted outreach programs.

Henry remained the executive director of the School until 1982, when he stepped away from administrative duties and became a full-time piano teacher in the Piedmont Courts Public Housing Project. Henry brought his personal piano to the site and taught free weekly lessons to dozens of Piedmont Courts students. Henry retired from teaching in 1992 but remained a lifetime member of the School’s Board of Directors.

From twenty students in 1969, the School has grown to serve more than 3,300 a year, and from four faculty members, the School has grown to employ over 45 dedicated instructors. While Community School of the Arts has expanded and changed throughout its almost five decades, it continues to teach extensively in low-income neighborhoods and provides significant student financial assistance, honoring Henry Bridges’ founding mission and the belief that outstanding arts education should be available to all.

Henry’s belief in the importance of compassionate service extended to all aspects of his life. A lifelong Presbyterian, he served his church, First Presbyterian, as an elder and clerk of session.

After retiring from Community School of the Arts, he became a regular volunteer for the Urban Ministry of Charlotte. Both Henry and his wife were honored as Life Members of the Mint Museum of Art, in recognition of their multiple contributions to the museum.

In 2004, he was the recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, in honor of extraordinary service to the people of North Carolina, the governor’s highest honor. Both his alma mater, Davidson College, and Queens University bestowed on him the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

In 1994, the Sertoma Club of Charlotte awarded Henry its Service to Mankind Award. Additional awards were from the Charlotte Community Concert Association, the Charlotte Arts and Science Council, and the 9th Congressional District Legacy Award which he received in 2005.

He served as Founder and Lifetime Board member of the Community School of the Arts, and Trustee and lifetime Honorary Trustee of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Rolfe Neill, former publisher of The Charlotte Observer, once observed that Henry Bridges was “Beethoven’s living Ode to Joy.”

Henry was a gifted musician who, in the musical terms, marched to the beat of his own drum. He cared little for the typical social norms, became vegetarian long before many people had even heard of the concept, and rode a motorcycle to Church to direct the choir. His favorite outfit was a good pair of jeans, a comfortable T- shirt, and his signature floppy hat. He also always wore a broad smile for everyone.

Whenever possible, he either walked where he wanted to go or took a public bus, and whenever he met someone in need, he always tried to help. If someone on the street asked for money for food, he took them to a restaurant to share a meal. If someone needed bus money to get home, he took them to the bus station to help buy the ticket. Inspired by the work of Teilhard de Chardin, he believed deeply in what he called “the highest state of evolutionary consciousness, unconditional love for all.”

Henry Bridges is predeceased by his parents; and his wife, Daisy Caldwell Wade Bridges of Bluefield, WV. He is survived by his two children, Wade Thomas Bridges and his wife, Mary Ellen Washburn Bridges of Bloomfield Hills, MI; and Lindsay Caldwell

Bridges of Charlotte; his grandchildren, Jackson David Bridges, Caroline Shelby Bridges, Irina Daisy Bridges, and Maria Daisy Bridges; and by his brother, Shelby Powell Bridges and sister-in-law, Barbara Best Bridges.

A Memorial Service will be held 11am Saturday, March 24th at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Community School of the Arts or Urban Ministry of Charlotte.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2018

Walter Jerome “Jerry” Rapp, Sr. ’50

Walter Jerome Rapp, Sr., 90, of Colfax, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018, at River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Born September 16, 1927, in Forsyth County, he was a son of the late Robert Cullen Rapp, Sr. and the late Eunice Jerome Rapp. Mr. Rapp was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired banking executive, and a member of First Presbyterian Church in High Point.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Anne Reid Rapp of the home; sons, David Rapp and wife Wendy of Greensboro, Stewart Rapp and wife Mary of Raleigh, and Walter Jerome Rapp, Jr.; brother, Robert Cullen Rapp, Jr. and wife Jean of Greensboro; grandchildren, Hannah Rapp, Thomas Rapp, Natalie Rapp, and Caroline Rapp.

Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in High Point, at a later date.

We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of this servant of the Lord, Jerome Rapp.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.wrightcremationandfuneral.com.

Wright Cremation & Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.