Hamlin Landis Wade ’52

Hamlin Landis Wade died December 22, 2018.

Ham was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, February 26, 1930 to the late Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade and Mary Hamlin Landis Wade. Ham was a lifelong Charlotte resident.

Ham was a gentleman lawyer, trusted and respected by his clients and colleagues. He began his law career in 1957 in a clerkship for the Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court and then joined the Charlotte law firm where he worked for the rest of his long career.

He treated the practice of law as a noble profession and didn’t retire from Ruff, Bond, Cobb, Wade & Bethune until he was 87 years old, partly because of the 60-year habit but also because he loved being a lawyer, helping clients, and being with his law partners. He was proud to be the attorney for the Mecklenburg County Tax Office and often provided legal services at no charge to non-profits and for the Mecklenburg County Bar, where he served as President in 1982-83.

Ham was a humble man. He didn’t care to be the center of attention, nor to receive accolades for his service and achievements, but his peers voted him to presidential and other positions at Alexander Graham Junior High School, Central High School and Davidson College, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and the fraternity honorary council.

Ham was born into a family that loved sports, “anything with a ball.” At Davidson, he was a four-year monogram letterman in football and he was a good tennis player, but his lifetime passion was golf. He played many a golf game with friends and family at his favorite course, the Donald Ross layout at Charlotte Country Club. In his last month, he was on the sidelines pulling the Davidson Wildcats to wins in football and basketball.

After Davidson College, Ham served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he jumped out of planes only because it paid a little extra. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where he was President of the Class of 1957.

Civic life was as regular to Ham as watching sports. He was a member of the Mecklenburg Optimist Club (formerly North Mecklenburg) for more than 60 years and knew by heart and lived well the opening lines of the Optimist Creed: “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind, to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet, to make all your friends feel that there is something in them, to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.”

Ham was generous with his charitable giving, supporting many worthwhile causes. He had a 60-year connection with the Salvation Army, where he served as a Board member and did anything needed, including ringing the kettle bell to raise money for the Christmas fund. Ham’s spiritual life was important to him. He was a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry, twice.

Ham had a lifelong love affair with Wrightsville Beach, starting at an early age where he served as a lifeguard outside his grandmother’s hotel, The Landis. He set his calendar around the family’s annual trip to “the beach” and spent many summer vacation days trying to catch fish he didn’t care to eat. Going for a “boat ride” or trolling for big ones just off shore with a full cooler, was about as close to heaven Ham got during his lifetime.

But even more than beach life, Ham loved being with his family. He and his wife Julia could “cut a rug” better than anyone in the family, especially to beach tunes. He loved listening to his daughter Jenny play the piano, marveled at how his son Eddie could fix anything, and made sure the “bet was right” on every golf outing he shared with his son Landis. To the grandkids, he was Hambone, and they turned him into a cheerleader at recitals, baseball, football and softball games, musical events, school programs, and graduations, and they also enjoyed having him as a playmate for trick or treating, Disneyworld, trout fishing, golf trips, and board games like Rummikub. And he loved dogs, too.

Ham was a compassionate man who listened without judgment. His friendly nature and Southern manners followed him everywhere. He had an easiness about him that drew his family and friends close, and he melded into his new Cypress community with ease and enjoyment. He was forever loyal to his family, church, friends and profession. He brought comfort to his family and friends and he will be missed. 

Ham is survived by his beloved wife, Julia Kennedy Wade; his children, H. Landis Wade, Jr. (Janet); Edward Kennedy Wade (Mandy) and Jenny Wade Cianciola (Tim); his grandchildren Jordan Leary Wade (Julia); Hamlin Landis Wade, III; William Kennedy Wade (Kallie); Kennedy Chevalier Wade; Harper Chevalier Wade; Michael Paul Cianciola; Joseph Charles Cianciola; his great-grandchild Jaxson Kennedy Wade; sister in law, Sara Hunter Wade; and his godchild, Jessica Coyne Rodarme (Heath).

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carrie Maie Wade Roberts and husband James L. Roberts, and his brother Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade.

The family is grateful for the excellent medical care and loving support provided by the doctors and nurses at Carolinas Medical Center, the Memory Center, Perspective Health & Wellness, Hospice of Charlotte, the Cypress, and Christ Episcopal Church ministerial staff.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, 4015 Stuart Andrew Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 24, 2018

William Lindburgh Freeman ’52

William Lindburgh Freeman, 88, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away on November 4, 2018.  He was born on November 18, 1929 in Winston-Salem to Mamie Gordon Freeman and Hilliard Tillman Freeman.

He is survived by his brother, Sam, his wife Dixie and Sam’s son, Sam Jr.  He is also survived by his two sons, Alan Freeman, his wife Christie, of Mt Pleasant, SC, their two children Tyler and Lauren, and Stephen Freeman, his wife Cristy of Chengdu China, and children Stephanie, Ann Marie and Carter.

Mr. Freeman was a Davidson College graduate, served Honorably in the Army, was married to Emma Lou Carter Freeman for 34 years and worked at McLean Trucking, Sea Land Service and owned multiple restaurants in his working career.

A private memorial service will be held by friends and family.

Thomas Clelland Coleman IV ’52

Thomas Coleman '52Thomas Clelland Coleman IV, 88, died peacefully in his sleep on October 6, 2018, surrounded by his wife and family.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, his daughters Richmond VanArsdall Coleman, Selena Sadler Coleman and Gladys Coleman Haralu (Mego), and stepsons Earl Patrick Dean and James Hadden Dean (Robin).  Grandchildren are Jessica, Lindsay and Selena Haralu, and step-grandchildren are Garrett, Luke and Abby Dean.  Thomas was pre-deceased by his first wife Selena Hinson Coleman, one daughter Christy and his sisters Helen Coleman, Sara Edwards, Gladys Ebert and Betty Booth Cole.

“T.C.”, as he was affectionately called, was born August 10, 1930 in Harrodsburg to the late Thomas Clelland and Gladys VanArsdall Coleman, III.  He was educated at Harrodsburg High School and later at Davidson College in North Carolina where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.  He studied there on a scholarship and played basketball for the Davidson Wildcats as a Center.  Like so many others, his college years were interrupted by service to his country.  He returned to Davidson where he continued to play basketball until graduation.  He remained a Davidson Wildcat fan all his life.  An athlete to his core, he had played football and basketball for Harrodsburg as well.

His career in sales spanned many states:  New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, the latter being his home for approximately 30 years.  He still retains a home and business there.  Brought up by a devout Christian mother, he never forgot that faith.  As long as his health allowed, T.C. and Betty often attended services in the Church where his daughter Gladys serves as senior Pastor.  T.C. was a dynamic, handsome, witty man who will be missed by his wife, family and many friends.

Our family wishes to thank his caregivers Loretta Claunch and Gloria Dye for their incredible empathy and service.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Harrodsburg Christian Church with Mego Haralu officiating.  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Tebbs Moore, Bill Lively, Samuel Edwards, Gary Houchin, Larry Royalty, Margo Perkins, Tommy Duke, Albert Coleman Ebert, Robert Dickson, Robert Gill, Jack Coleman and Jack Pruitt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Harrodsburg Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 305 S. Main St, Harrodsburg, Ky, 40330, The Harrodsburg Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, Ky 40330 and/or the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 312 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, Ky 40330.  We love them all.

Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at the church.

Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home, Inc. in charge of arrangements.

To leave a message or to share your memories with the family, please visit www.alexanderandroyalty.com.

James Alexander “Alex” Summers ’52

Alex Summers '52James Alexander “Alex” Summers age 88, died peacefully at his residence on the morning of August 16 from complications from lymphoma.

He was born on Valentines’s day 1930 in Johnson City, Tennessee to Frank Mountcastle Summers and Margaret Catherine Copenhaver Summers.

He graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City. In 1952 he earned a degree in math and physics from Davidson College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Following college he served in the Army Chemical Corps, including one year in Korea during the war. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. He came to Atlanta to earn a Masters in Architecture at Georgia Tech in 1957. During this period he worked for several architecture firms including FABRAP and Heery & Heery.

In 1964 he and James Earl Warner opened the firm of Warner& Summers Inc. for the practice of architecture. Their specialty was school buildings, branch banks, industrial and retail buildings. In 1993 they sold the firm to the junior partners who have continued the practice. Alex married Kathleen (Kay) McCaskill Richards on August 4, 1962.

With their shared interest in the arts, Alex was a great patron of the arts in Atlanta but an even greater supporter of Kay’s artistic endeavors. He was a devoted father to their three children, Frank, Kathleen and Margaret. Alex was very active in the community life of their neighborhood, Brookwood Hills, and was successful in establishing a nature preserve.

He was passionate about the beauty of our environment, advocating for the protection of it and wildlife. Though he claimed no musical talents he was a great patron of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as well as the Atlanta Opera and shared much of his time with the High Museum of Art.

A lifetime Presbyterian, he and Kay were members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

He is survived by his wife Kay, and children, Frank Mountcastle Summers, Kathleen McCaskill Summers and Margaret Kathryn Summers and Ernest Tyler Hueter.

A Celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, August 22 at 11 am at Trinity Presbyterian Church 3003 Howell Mill Road N W, Atlanta 30327.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Music Fund of Trinity Presbyterian Church or the Winship Cancer Institute for cancer research. Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road NE Suite 1400, Atlanta, Ga 30322-1710.

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