Joe Stuart McClure ’52

Reverend Dr. Joe Stuart McClure passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Knoxville. He was born March 22, 1930 to William David McClure, Jr. and Mary Isabel (Thompson) McClure near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joe was an alumnus of Paw Creek High School, Davidson College, Union Seminary, Austin Seminary and McCormick Seminary. He served as a Presbyterian Minister for over 50 years.<

Joe is survived by his wife Nancy Brown McClure; children and their spouses, Pamella McClure and John Larson (FL), John and Teresa McClure (TN) and David McClure (NY); grandchildren, Ian, Airen, and Henry McClure and nieces and nephews dear to him.

The family will welcome friends to celebrate Joe's life with a worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, on Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00p.m.

Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273)

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from June 9 to June 11, 2017–

H. Earl Woodall ’52

Rev. H. Earl Woodall died on Wednesday, May 3, after 87 full and productive years.

Born in Benson, NC, he graduated from Davidson College and earned his Bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.

With his wife June, he served Presbyterian churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He preached the gospel, connected with people of every station, and conducted successful building programs everywhere he served, including erecting the first building for the Cooperative Christian Ministry of Concord, NC. Even on the day of his death his attendants marveled at his good humor.

Earl and June celebrated 56 years of marriage before her death in 2010. Their home was a warm place of welcome and refuge for relatives, travelers, and sojourners from all over the world.

Later in 2010, Earl entered into a joyous marriage with Margaret Morrison Woodall lasting until her death in early 2017.

Earl leaves one brother, Dennis (Statesville, NC). He leaves two sons, Dr. Hunter Earl Woodall with his wife Sylvia (Anderson, SC), and Rev. Henry Woodall with his wife Beverly (Wasilla, AK). Grandchildren are Ruth Harbin (Danny), Paul Woodall, Alan Woodall, Anna Ruddell (Nick), and Isaiah Woodall.

Services will be published at a later time.

Memorials may be sent to Cooperative Christian Ministry, PO Box 1717, Concord, NC 28026.

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Jack Arnold ’52

Jack ArnoldJack Arnold, loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 with his wife, Nancy and longtime care giver, Michelle Boling by his side.

Jack was born May 3, 1930 in Bristol, VA to Thomas Edward Arnold and Zella Moore Arnold. He graduated from Virginia High School and pursued post graduate work at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, VA where he ranked first in his class.

He received a business administration degree from Davidson College in 1952. After graduation, Jack served in the U.S. Air Force and taught air weather services at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL from 1952-1956.

Jack married Dorothy Senter Arnold in 1954. They had two sons, Tom and Jim, and enjoyed 32 years of marriage.

June 6, 1987, Jack was again blessed by marriage to Nancy C. Arnold, who has been a devoted wife and companion for almost 30 years. Nancy’s children, Ray and Kathleen, came into the family and Jack became a supportive father figure to them.

Jack is survived by his wife, Nancy C. Arnold; one son, Jim (Michelle) Arnold; beautiful granddaughters, Alicia (Logan) Patrick and Tessa (Jacob) Roulston; nephew, Dudley (Suzanne) Senter and their daughter, Ginny Senter; step children, Ray (Terrie) Mooney and their son, Joey Mooney of Wellington, FL and Kathleen Mooney Bradshaw and her sons, Trey and Ben Bradshaw, of Cleveland, TN; and sister-in-law, Carolyn (Tom) Jensen of Knoxville, TN. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas Lee Arnold; infant grandson, Thomas Luke Arnold; his first wife, Dorothy Senter Arnold; and his brother, Joseph Arnold.

Jack spent 35 years with Moore’s Quality Snack Food. He was Vice President when the company sold in 1989. Jack’s grandfather, J.W. Moore began the business in the basement of his home. Jack worked in every aspect of the business, but his main expertise was production. As Vice President in that area, his main goal was to produce the highest quality products possible.

Joe Arnold, Jack’s brother, joined the company in 1960 and together they built and expanded several major facilities. Their annual sales and employment increased throughout eight southern states.

At one time Moore’s employed over 700 people and was a generous supporter of the Bristol community. Sons, Tom and Jim, also joined in the family business. Jack was a member of the Snack Food Association and served as President of the South Eastern Region Association in 1976.

Jack was an active member of State Street United Methodist Church from age 11 until his death. He presented the organ in the chapel in memory of his mother and father. Jack has been described as a true Virginia Gentleman, gracious, unassuming and generous to a fault.

Jack shared a deep love of young people and devoted his community service to institutions that serve children. Jack was the principal donor to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County, given in loving memory of Dorothy Arnold.

Jack supported the Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America. Jack’s mother, Zella Moore Arnold, who helped establish the Boys Club, worked tirelessly for 30 years and Jack continued her legacy by becoming an active Board Member in 1990, serving what is now Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Empire.

Jack was often seen at the club visiting, observing and interacting with the young members. Jack said, “Throughout a child’s life and especially during the time that he or she is with the Boys and Girls Club, that child will have a hand to hold on to.” Jack served as President of the Board in 1993 and currently as President Emeritus.

He has been honored with several service awards from the organization: including the Man and Boy, Man and Youth Award and both the Tennessee and Virginia Board Member of the Year awards, and the Zella Moore Arnold Award. He also was honored with a Life Membership.

To commemorate his service to the youth and families in the community, the City of Bristol, VA declared December 1, 2000 as Jack Arnold Day and the club named the youth activities building the “Jack Arnold Teen Center”.

Mr. Arnold has been a long-time supporter of Emory & Henry College. In March, 2008 the college recognized his business entrepreneurship and civic leadership by awarding him a Charter Day Citation.

Other honors include, being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Silver Eagle Award from Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America and outstanding Alumnus for the class of 1952 from Davidson College

Jack had a lifelong fascination with airplanes, both in their construction and in the cockpit as a pilot.

The family is most grateful to Michelle Boling, Jack’s care giver five days a week for six and a half years and Beth White for weekend care of six years which allowed Jack to be at home. These women served Jack with caring patience and endearing devotion.

The family would like to thank Health South of Bristol and National Health Care where Jack was a resident when he died. The staff, nurses, and techs at each facility offered kindness, skill and attentive care.

Sharon Ramsey was a recent loyal care giver. Thank you to Dr. Fred Greear, Jr. and Dr. Bert Smith for their encouraging and outstanding medical care.

Special Friends include, Andrea Wrightenberry of Burlington, NC; former employees of Moore’s Quality Snack Foods; and the staff and board of The Boys and Girls Club.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at State Street United Methodist Church with Senior Pastor Jonathan Jonas officiating. Receiving of friends will follow in the Fellowship Hall. The Graveside Service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol, c/o Mr. Dick Collins, P.O. Box 1074, Bristol, VA 24203, State Street United Methodist Church Music Fund or Building Fund, 300 W. Valley Dr., Bristol, VA or to a charity of your choice.


Robert S. Turk ’52

Robert TurkRobert (Bob) S. Turk, MD Feb. 19, 1931 – March 6, 2017.

Bob was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Lula Spencer Turk and Lucas Newton Turk, Jr, MD, a general practitioner in Atlanta. He went to Davidson College, where he was an outstanding athlete in basketball, football, and track, honored by the Tommy Peters award. He attended Emory Medical School.

After marrying Naomi Allison in 1956, he served in the armed forces in Paris, France, and returned to Atlanta with baby Luke in tow. Following a residency in general surgery at Grady hospital in Atlanta, he moved to Asheville in 1964. In 1971, he moved his family (which had grown to 7) to Belgium, where he studied French and tropical medicine en route to Kinshasa, the capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Turk worked as a surgeon from 1972 to 1978 at the large public hospital in Kinshasa. He developed a residency program in surgery, and became Chief of Surgery. His dedication to surgery improved the quality and length of life of many Congolese, including the conjoined twins he successfully separated.

Out of his love of adventure, he accompanied the British military on a portion of their Zaire River Expedition, climbed the Ruwenzori’s, and spent many hours hunting for prehistoric stone tools in Bas Zaire. Ten years after his return to Asheville in 1978 he was pleased to find that one of his first surgery residents had taken his position of Chief of Surgery at the central hospital in Kinshasa.

In Asheville, Dr. Turk continued his steadfast work as a general surgeon until his retirement in 1996. He was kind and gentle. Patients appreciated his bedside manner, his dedication to their care, his sense of humor, and his resolve never to turn anyone away. He was a consummate student, picking up Spanish at UNC-Asheville, which was helpful when he was paired with a surgeon in Cuba on missionary trips.

He loved traveling with his wife to visit their children in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Scotland, New Zealand, Madagascar, Central African Republic, and Guatemala. He also went on Elderhostel and Earthwatch trips. On one occasion he climbed Mount Kenya with friends: Upon reaching the summit, he pulled out a chocolate bar and commented that it was a fine way to celebrate his 70th birthday. He modeled modesty and a willingness to empower others.

When in Asheville, Dr. Turk was a faithful member and elder at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, known for being a man of integrity in service to others. His skills of diplomacy and tact enhanced relationships on organizational as well as personal levels. He played on a tennis team well into retirement, reaching the state level of competition on several occasions, and he also enjoyed playing on the church softball team. Hobbies included watching birds, reading, collecting stamps and coins, and playing with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Naomi Allison Turk, by his sister, Beth Stockton, and by his 5 children (Luke, Anne, Dan, Tom, and Alice), and 10 grandchildren (Benjamin, Bobby, Timothy, Robert, Frances, Marcos, Sebastian, Laura, Matilda, and Jef). He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017. In lieu of flowers a memorial gift may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, or to support the nursing school at the hospital in Gamboula, Central African Republic.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Mar. 8 to Mar. 12, 2017

Charles G. Herion ’52

Charles G. Herion '52Charles Gilbert Herion passed away peacefully on February 27, 2017 at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and surrounded by family. He was born on August 16, 1930 and grew up in Mt. Pleasant, NC. He graduated from Davidson College in 1952 and served our country during the Korean War as a Captain in the United States Army.

His career with Union Carbide Corporation took him from Los Angeles to the New York office, where he and his family lived in New Jersey and Connecticut, to Chagrin Falls, OH, where he finished his career by working for the Lubrizol Corporation for 16 years. He and his wife, Sherry, retired to St. Simon’s Island, GA before moving to Charlotte in 2005 to be closer to family. They enjoyed the fellowship of many churches along the way, including Valley Lutheran Church in OH, Wesley United Methodist Church on St. Simon’s Island, and Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, where they are members of the Crosstalkers Sunday School Class.

Charles was predeceased by his parents, John and Helen Herion of Mt. Pleasant; his brother, John Herion, M.D. of Chapel Hill; his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Tom and Aleece Fulton, and Frances and Linton Deck, PhD, Asheville; and his son-in-law, the Hon. H. Brent McKnight.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sherry Hampton Herion; his two children, Mark Herion of Wilson, NC, and Beth McKnight of Charlotte; six grandchildren: John Herion and Jeffrey Herion of Columbus, OH, Jessica Herion of Wilmington, Brent McKnight and wife, Ashley, of Weaverville, NC, and Matthew McKnight and Samuel McKnight of Charlotte; his sister, Elizabeth Deal and her husband, Rev. Claude Deal of Durham; sister-in-law, Mary Herion of Chapel Hill; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Charles and Sherry were married for almost 59 years. He was a loving husband, son, father, brother, grandfather, and friend.