Category Archives: 1951

Hugh “Woody” Leach ’51

Hugh Underwood “Woody” Leach, 88, of Blacksburg, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home.

He was born December 21, 1928 in Donalsonville, Ga., son of the Reverend Coleaton Underwood Leach and Lois Baker Leach.

He married Nancy Phillips on March 28, 1953. A noted community activist and Presbyterian minister, Woody grew up in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

His undergraduate education was at Davidson College where he was active in ROTC and attended on a football scholarship majoring in history and graduating in 1951. Woody then served in the United States Artillery Army including two years in Germany from 1953 to 1955.

He earned his Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. in 1958. Woody had a burning passion for social justice that was re-enforced by an association with the Rev. William Sloane Coffin during his sabbatical and Masters of Ethics at Yale in 1963-64.

In 1958 Woody began his 35 years of ministry in Blacksburg. He initially served under the Presbyterian Campus Christian Life Committee of Virginia. In 1964 the Presbyterian Westminster Fellowship merged with students of the Disciples of Christ Church. In the 1960s the program was very active as a crisis center to meet student needs.

In 1970 the ministry moved to 305 Washington Street and became known as Cooper House Presbyterian Campus Ministry. Woody was involved in the 1965 Prince Edward County, Virginia literacy project “Operation Catch Up” for African American school children victimized by Virginia’s massive resistance to racial integration. The project enrolled 520 children, with 37 teaching and administering the program.

He served one term on Blacksburg’s Town Council from 1978 to 1982 and was instrumental in the 1989 formation of the San Jose de Bocay, Nicaragua official sister city relationship with Blacksburg. He made many visits with other Blacksburg volunteers and Virginia Tech students to improve their local schools and increase safety through the building of fuel-efficient stoves for town residents.

His advanced professional education continued during summer sabbaticals: one at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif. and another on a Danforth Scholarship at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.

His special interests included enjoying conversations with friends and playing tennis. He was preceded in death by his adult son, Christopher “Chris” Underwood Leach, of California; his granddaughter, Ashley Dowdy, of Christiansburg, Va.; and sister, Martha O’Neal Leach.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Phillips Leach; two daughters, Sheri Leach of Christiansburg, Va. and Susie Borenstein of Alexandria, Va.; and four grandchildren, Josh Dowdy, Zachary Borenstein, Elyse Borenstein and Leah Borenstein. He is survived by two brothers, Neil Calvin Leach and wife, D’Etta of Asheville, N.C. and Dan Blanchard Leach and wife, Genevieve of Greensboro, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at Blacksburg Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Taylor of Blacksburg officiating and the Rev. Jim VandeBerg of St. Augustine, Fla. and Woody’s brother, Neil Leach of Asheville, N.C. assisting. Private inurnment of cremains with the family only will be held at a later date at Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley in Blacksburg.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: UKirk at Virginia Tech (formerly known as Cooper House Presbyterian Campus Ministry) 305 Washington Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060; or Blacksburg Presbyterian Church 701 Church Street SE Blacksburg, VA 24060 or Sojourn Center (hospice house project for the New River Valley,, P.O. Box 295, Blacksburg, VA 24063. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg VA, 540-552-3211.


Joe Gentle Sink, Jr. ’51

joe-sink-51Joe Gentle Sink Jr., 87, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Nov. 3, following an illness of several months.

Joe was born July 12, 1929, in Mooresville. He was the son of the late Joe G. Sink and Georgia Nance Sink.

He married Dolores Eisele Oct. 12, 1963, and they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary a few weeks ago.

Joe is survived by a loving family, including his wife, Dolores; son, David and wife, Beth, along with their daughters, Corinne and Rose; daughter, Linda and husband, Sander Smith, along with their children, Alex, Graham, and Emma.

He is also survived by his sister, June Sink Rummage and her husband, Wayne; as well as his brother, Henry Sink and his wife, Lou.

Numerous nieces and nephews will remember their uncle Joe with funny stories and fond memories. Joe is predeceased by his beloved nephew, Richard Sink.

Joe was a 1947 graduate of Mooresville High School and a 1951 graduate of Davidson College, where he majored in math and business and played many hands of bridge.

Joe was honored to serve 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted following college graduation in July 1951. He completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, then entered the 2-month Aviation Cadet Navigator program in Jan., 1952 at Ellington AFB in Texas.

He received his wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant in Jan., 1953, followed by B-29 Command Crew Training at Randolph AFB, Texas.

The next assignment was Walker AFB, New Mexico as a KB-29 crew member in the 509th Air Refueling Squadron; upgrade to the KC-97G aircraft occurred in 1954. Joe remained in the 509th until 1958 when he was assigned to KC-135 school. He served as a KC-135 navigator for 5 years.

His military career also included 9 months as a student at the Air Command and Staff College, many staff assignments at Bomb Wing level in the Strategic Air Command, 12 months in Vietnam, and a two-year assignment as an operations officer at the Alternate National Military Command Center with primary duty at an underground facility.

Joe retired in the fall of 1973 as a Master Navigator with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring from the Air Force, Joe was privileged to work in an interesting and challenging job as a computer programmer for Duke Power Company in Charlotte until his retirement in October 1986.

Joe was a lifelong Lutheran and a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.

He requested that anyone wishing to celebrate his life do so by making a donation to the charity of their choice.

The family thanks all who have offered prayers, support, meals, and love during Joe’s illness.

They also thank the wonderful people from Hospice of Iredell County who made it possible for Joe to spend his last eight weeks at home.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Sink family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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Richard Brevard Russell III ’51

Richard Brevard Russell III, entered this world on January 31, 1930, as the third child of Robert Lee Russell, Sr. and Sybil Nannette Millsaps Russell. He left this world on October 20, 2016, shortly after 5:00PM, or “cocktail hour”, as he would have said.

Richard was a caregiver to many people throughout his life. His interest in others and their well being was a driving force in his life. He was a passionate man whose faith in God, as well as his love and devotion to family and friends was of upmost importance.

Surviving siblings include Betty Russell Vandiver (Ernie, pre-deceased), Betty Ann Russell (sister in law) and Ina Russell Ingram (Jim, pre-deceased) Richard was preceded in death by his brother, the Hon. Robert Lee Russell, Jr.

Richard’s greatest pride and joy was his wife of 65 years, Nancy Patricia Randolph Russell (Pat). Ever the social butterfly, perfect hostess and homemaker, Richard said that she “made him look good”.

Being her primary caregiver for many years as her memory slowly faded from him, Richard continued to be the love and romantic for Pat as she struggled. When he could no longer care for her at home, he visited her regularly, at her facility, where she still resides.

He is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, with #11 due in January. His extended clan of cousins, nieces and nephews and their families made his life even more complete.

His children are Vickie Russell Smith (Mike), Bethlehem Ga, Tandy Russell Green (Craig), Jacksonville Fl, Nannette Russell Kallestad (Eric) Winder Ga and Kitty Hawk NC, and Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. , Winder Ga. His grandchildren are Justin Hall (Brigit) Caren Pulliam, Jennifer Curell (Craig), Robert Green (Becca), Emily Wells (Mark), Cedric Jernigan III (Amy), Baxter Russell, Mollie Russell, and Emory Russell.

Richard attended Darlington School in Rome Ga, where he developed friendships that he upheld with devotion throughout his life. He graduated and went to work for the summer helping to construct the Alaskan railroad.

Upon return, he attended Davidson College, The University of Georgia and graduated from The School of Law at UGA with a Juris Doctor Degree. He practiced law in Winder, Georgia, served as Superior Court Judge for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, and entered into private practice in the 1960’s with the Hon. T. Penn McWhorter, which was the beginning of a long and fulfilling personal and professional relationship, with Judge McWhorter.

The firm ultimately expanded over the years to include other prominent attorneys, including his son and namesake, Richard B Russell Jr.

He served in the Georgia Army National Guard as Commander of Winder Infantry Company and was honored to do so, maintaining relationships with local guardsmen he had the honor to serve with. Richard was graced with his heritage and legacy of being the namesake of the late Senator Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.

He was the epitome of a gracious Southern gentleman who behind the scenes, managed many of the needs and requirements of the Senator’s local personal life and later his estate, their very large family, the family home, and Russell Family cemetery.

Richard assisted with establishing the Russell Family Cemetery Trust which is the catalyst that is used today to honor Sen. Russell’s request that the home, grounds, and cemetery be used for family use and reunions for many years to come.

Richard spent a lifetime of Sundays at First Presbyterian Church in Winder where he and Pat would sit together with other family on the exact same row each visit to worship.

Richard engaged in community service and political endeavors, serving as both Barrow County Attorney and Barrow County School Board Attorney, as well as providing legal counsel to corporate presidents and industries, and local farmers and the agricultural community he so loved.

He stood up for his beliefs and causes and staunchly defended them, when needed. His stern appearance was somewhat intimidating and he was a force to be reckoned with to those who were in disagreement with him.

When not practicing law, Richard enjoyed working on his land and managing his herd of cattle. He could change from business suit to coveralls in record time. He enjoyed freshwater fishing, hunting, and driving his “Jeep” on trails in the woods, often including his children and grandchildren.

Richard and Pat also valued their time and friendships in Islamorada, Florida, where they maintained a second home for over 30 years.

Richard was happiest during those years, on his boat with his fishing buddies, Dr. John Castronuova, Sal Tucci and others, as he mastered their saltwater fishing techniques.

Richard was a man of “lists”. A legal pad and ink pen were a requirement for his vehicle, office, and bedside table. So much in fact, that we considered writing his obituary in bullet points. He would have liked that.

Richard’s memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Winder, Ga on Saturday November 5, 2016. Visitation will be 1-3PM at the church, with coffee and dessert. The service begins at 3:00PM. Richard requested cremation with a private burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Winder, Ga or to Eagles Ranch Children’s Home in Chestnut Ridge, Ga. Smith Memory Chapel in Winder, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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John Coleman Thompson ’51

john-thompsonJohn Coleman Thompson, 86, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Conway Manor after a short illness.

He was born June 27, 1930, in Mullins, South Carolina, a son of the late Donna Coleman and Frank Austin Thompson.

John graduated from Conway High School in 1947. Four years later he received an A.B. Degree from Davidson College. From June, 1951 through June, 1954, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army  Counter Intelligence Corps after which he entered the University of South Carolina Law School in September, 1954, graduating with an L.L.B. Degree in September, 1956.

Mr. Thompson Married Barbara Richardson in July, 1957, and they resided in Conway until his death. From 1956 until 1998 he practiced law in Conway organizing the Thompson and Henry Law Firm which maintains an office in Conway.

During this time, he was a member of the Horry South Carolina Bar, and American Bar Association and was President of the Horry County Bar Association.

Among his many public and civic duties, he served as a member of the House of Representatives of the South Carolina Legislature from 1961 through 1963.

Also, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Public Service Authority from 1968 through 1976, serving as chairman in 1975 and 1976.

He also served as a director of the former Peoples National Bank, and the Conway National Bank. He was a charter Member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Barbara of 59 years, his sister-in-law, Frankie Hughes and her husband Jay; his nephew Phil Thompson and his wife Pat; Frank Edwards and his wife Vicky Edwards, and Richard Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Carolyn T. Edwards, Sara T. Finlayson and a brother Philip A. Thompson.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 26, 2016 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Reverend Reginald Thackston and Reverend Murray Gibbons officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to the Horry County Memorial Library, 801 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526, or to a charity of one’s choice. Goldfinch Funeral Home Conway Chapel is serving the family.

Published in The Sun News on Sept. 25, 2016

Charles Liddell Norwood, Jr. ’51

Charles Liddell Norwood Jr. 51Charles Liddell Norwood, Jr., passed peacefully into heavenly hands on the evening of August 19, 2016. He was born September 7, 1929, son of Liddell and Jemima (Jem) McGuirt Norwood of Monroe.

Charles was a graduate of the Monroe City School System and in 1951 received a BS in Business and Economics from Davidson College, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He attended graduate school at the University of Virginia and completed the Executive Program at the University of North Carolina.

After college, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Following military service, he married Vivian Hinson in 1954. Their family included four children Donna, Charles (Chuck), Jimmy and William.

Charles was a Rotarian and committed to the creed of Service Above Self. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon, Elder, and a member of the Chancel Choir for over sixty years. In 2008 he was elected an Elder Emeritus. He served as Moderator of Mecklenburg Presbytery, Chair of Council of the Presbytery of Charlotte, and Chair of Local Arrangements for the 2010 General Assembly, Presbyterian Church USA.

Retired as the Executive Vice President of Branch Banking and Trust, formerly United Carolina Bank in 1994 after 38 years of service, he continued his active role in civic and charitable affairs in Union County and the region.

He was past president of the Monroe Rotary Club, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Rolling Hills Country Club. He served as Chair of the Boards of the Union County Community Foundation, Union Memorial Hospital, now CMC-Union, and dedicated the new building, the Union County Library Foundation and South Piedmont Community College Foundation.

He served on the Hospice of Union County Board for many years. He was president of Lion’s Club and Jaycees in his earlier years of service.

He was honored on many occasions. In 1963 he was the Jaycees Young Man of the Year. In 1975 he was named Union County Man of the Year. He was awarded the Enquirer-Journal’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. He was roasted at fundraisers for Turning Point and Monroe Rotary Club.

He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 by the Union County Chamber of Commerce. He was also a gifted speaker and was asked to speak at many functions. Always witty and wise, he spoke extemporaneously on many subjects. His personal creed was to provide random acts of kindness.

Predeceasing his death was his beloved wife and partner for 51 years, Vivian Hinson in 2005 and his son, Chuck in 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Donna, his son Jimmy and wife Kim, son William and wife Joan, and his grandchildren Allison Pueschel and husband Karl, Laurel, Paul, Charlie Frank and Marianna Norwood. He was blessed with three great-grandchildren Raleigh Grace, Savannah Jane and George Vann Pueschel.

A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Monroe on Monday, August 22, 2016. Burial will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held 4:00 until 6:00 PM at Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave. Monroe NC 28112 on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

The family request memorials be made in Charles’ memory to First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, 302 East Windsor St. Monroe, NC 28112, Union County Community Shelter, 311 E. Jefferson St. Monroe, NC 28112, Union Symphony, 201 N. Main St. Suite 109, Monroe, NC 28112 or Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28112. The family also expresses its gratitude for the excellent care provided by Hospice of Union County.

Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory is caring for the Norwood family.

Online condolences may be made at


Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 21, 2016


T. Hartley Hall IV ’51

ten017700-1_20160819On August 18, 2016, the Reverend Dr. Thomas Hartley Hall IV died in Asheville, NC. He was 87 years old.

Mr. Hall was born in Macon, Georgia on July 1, 1929, the only child of Thomas H. “Jack” Hall, III and Mildred Baird Hall. He attended Lanier High School in Macon. A natural leader, Hartley served as President of Key Club International and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel for the Junior ROTC.

Mr. Hall graduated cum laude from Davidson College in 1951, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and served as Commanding Officer of the ROTC.

He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army, Infantry Division, in the Korean War, and was a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Headquarters Commandant for the 32nd Infantry Regiment. Mr. Hall was awarded a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Silver Star for gallantry in action.

After returning from Korea, Mr. Hall attended Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Virginia, graduating cum laude in 1957.

During his time at Union, Mr. Hall was staff photographer for the American School of Oriental Research in Israel and Jordan as part of an archeological expedition that located the biblical city of Gibeon. He was awarded a scholarship to Yale Divinity School, receiving an STM degree in 1958.

Mr. Hall was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and for the next 23 years served in pastorates at First Congregational Church in Branford, CT, as Presbyterian Chaplain at NC State University, at First Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, NC, First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, TX and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Hall then served as President of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, from 1981 to 1994, when he retired to Asheville, NC. He received honorary doctorate degrees from both Davidson College and Austin College. Mr. Hall was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and a longtime member of Sam’s Club.

Mr. Hall is survived by his four children, Aurie Hall (Marcy Wilder) of Washington, DC, Grace Hall (Kathy Theoharis) of Asheville, NC, Hartley Hall (Carolyn Griffin Hall) of Nashville, TN and Leigh Hall (Michael Smith) of Carrboro, NC, and his six grandchildren, Ellis and Graham Wilder, Nicholas Hall, Grace Hall and Emma and Walker Smith. He was married from 1957 to 1997 to Ann Hartzog Hall, currently of Black Mountain, NC.

T. Hartley Hall was a man of singular intellect and Calvinist sensibility. He had boundless intellectual curiosity and an irrepressible, irreverent sense of humor. His engaging conversations could range from religious and theological issues to canning recipes; and from history and politics to the recent discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Never one to suffer fools gladly, Mr. Hall established long lasting and rewarding friendships with a wide range of people who became family to him. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him well.

For many years, Mr. Hall has supported the Verner Center for Early Learning in Asheville, NC, where he established a scholarship fund for the children of single, working mothers.

Donations can be made in Mr. Hall’s honor to the Verner Center for Early Learning,, Davidson College,, or Union Presbyterian Seminary,

Published in Tennessean from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, 2016

George Irvin Richardson ’51

201607113300-1CpKC5HmFNDr. George Irvin Richardson, 86, of Reidsville, NC, went to be with the Lord Monday, July 11, 2016 at Brookdale Reidsville.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery.

A native of Rockingham County, he was a son of the late Robert Payne Richardson, III and the late Lucy Irvin Richardson and had lived in Reidsville his entire life.

A graduate of Davidson College, affectionately known as “Boys Town,” he later attended UNC School of Medicine. A retired physician, and a US Army veteran, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and loved the Montreat House.

He was a former member of the Board of Directors of Wachovia and later served on the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings & Loan.

He was a member of the Heritage Club of Annie Penn Hospital Foundation and was also a charter member of the Oak Island Golf Club.

Always a Southern gentleman, his kindness made everyone feel special. Things he loved most were first and foremost his family, his friends, caring for his patients, gin rummy with his friends, and playing golf.

He was dedicated to everything he pursued; he never missed a day of school. Irvin was a great storyteller, and whatever he lost on the golf course he would recoup in the card room.

Although he was known as “Runt” by many of his friends, he was a giant of a man.

Irvin was preceded in death by a daughter: Hunter Richardson Snow and a brother: Robert Payne Richardson, IV.

Survivors include his wife: Dorothy Smothers “Dot” Richardson of the home, daughters: Susan Richardson McLeod and husband Bill of Reidsville, Jane Richardson Stenhouse and husband John of Raleigh, son James Irvin “Jim” Richardson of Atlanta, GA, son-in-Law: John M. Snow of Raleigh, sister: Jane Richardson Vieth and husband G. Duane of Bethesda, MD, grandchildren: Jane Snow Myers (Taylor), John Richardson Snow (Kristen), Benjamin Paul Snow, Robert Alexander Snow, William Franklin McLeod, III (Cherie), Dr. George Irvin McLeod, James Richardson McLeod (Isabelle), Robert Payne McLeod, George Merritt Stenhouse, Lucy Hunter Stenhouse, and Hunter Britt Richardson, and his loving companion, his pet dog, Susie Payne.

The family will see friends 6 till 8 p.m. Wednesday July 13, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church and at other times will be at the home.

Memorials may be sent to: Hospice of Rockingham County, P.O. Box 281, Wentworth, NC 27375, or to First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Main St., Reidsville, NC 27320.

The family would like to thank the staff and management of Brookdale Reidsville and Dr. Roy Fagan, who lovingly cared for Irvin.

Citty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Online condolences may be sent to:

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Fred Campbell Holder ’51

Rev. Fred Campbell Holder, 89, died May 29, in Montreat, NC. Raised in Lillington, NC, he was a graduate of Davidson College and UTS in Richmond, Rev. Holder served several churches in the Charlotte area, including Amity Presbyterian from 1966-1989.

Rev. Holder is survived by his wife Jean Seagrove Holder, daughter Ann, son Patrick, grandson Ian Campbell Holder, two sisters, Marjorie Freedle and Ruth Hinson, and many nieces/nephews.

Memorial Service will be held 2:00, Saturday, June 4, at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in can be made to: The Presbyterian Heritage Center, Montreat, NC

Condolences can be made to the family at

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James Fraser Miller, Sr. ’51

Reverend-James-Miller-1463592756The Reverend James F. Miller, Sr. (Jim), born in Savannah, GA, October 19,1929, died in Greensboro, NC, on May 17, 2016.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1810 Phillips Avenue, Greensboro, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a time for greetings afterward.

The son of the late Rev. James William Miller and Marion Fraser Miller, he was raised in Clarkton, NC, spent summers in Hinesville, Liberty Co., GA, and was educated at Davidson College and Union Seminary in Richmond, VA. He served churches in WV, Fayetteville, NC, and the Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Greensboro for 47 years until retirement in 2010.

Active in church and community affairs, he served as Chair of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission, the Board of Adjustment, Presbytery’s Council, the Presbyterian Homes of High Point of North Carolina and various other agencies.Jim’s passions were for the care and development of children, pastoral care for the people of church and community, and the promotion of unity among all people.

Quiet and unassuming, he never sought recognition or cared who got the credit, only that important and lasting goals were achieved. Through his efforts and the congregation, the Presbyterian Church of the Cross was selected as the Urban Church of the Year in 1998 by the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Jim was awarded the Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the GPD’s Citizen of the Year Award, and various other tokens of appreciation.Jim was a sports enthusiast, excelling in basketball, baseball, fast pitch softball, and golf.

Especially did he enjoy gardening and teaching others gardening. His method in whatever field was “teaching in a way that they did not know they were being taught.” Jim loved life and loved people and they loved him.

His survivors include his son James F. Miller, Jr. (Bo), his daughter Christy, his grandson Austin, and granddaughter, Olivia Ann.

He was predeceased by his spouse, Carroll Christian Miller, and a daughter, Linda Gordon Miller.

Online condolences may be made at

Many thanks to his family and friends for their love and care, and to his co-worker, Merrie Cline Shelton, as well as Dr. Gray Clark, his successor. Forbis and Dick North Elm Street is assisting the Miller family.

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Herbert Davis Middleton III ’51

1Herbert Davis Middleton III, 86, of Fort Mill, SC passed away January 17, 2016. Born April 10, 1929, at St. Peters Hospital, Charlotte, NC, he was the son of Herbert Davis Middleton Jr. and Ethel Jennette Middleton. He attended Charlotte schools, graduating from Central High School in 1947.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Davidson College in 1951 where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity and Sigma Delta Pi scholastic fraternity. Mr. Middleton also attended American University graduate school.

After serving four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company on the college training program.

After 32 years, he retired as N.C. District Engineer for the Transmission &; Maintenance Engineering group.

Mr. Middleton was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Austin Davis Grey and his brother Edwin Lee Middleton and sister-in-law Joan Watson Middleton.

Mr. Middleton is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley Dobbins Middleton; his three children, Carol Middleton Palmgren and her husband Tom, Michael Davis Middleton and his wife Heather and Lynn Middleton Cole and her husband Tim; his grandchildren, Ian Middleton Smith, Ashley Rene Middleton, Zachary James Grey and Nathan Thomas Grey; and five step-grandchildren, Erik Palmgren, Philip Palmgren, Karl Palmgren, Brooke Cole and William Cole and his nephews Kevin Middleton and Jeff Middleton.

Mr. Middleton was a faithful member of Sharon Presbyterian Church for many years. One of his greatest pleasures in life was music; he enjoyed playing the piano from an early age. He enjoyed playing bridge at his church on every Thursday and was also a Red Cross volunteer for many years.

Mr. Middleton will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and son-in-law. He will be greatly missed by his family that loved him dearly.

A memorial service will be held at Sharon Presbyterian Church on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 1:30 pm immediately followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive guests after the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500-A Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206. Online condolences may be left at

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