Howard Ralph Guffey ’52

Col. Howard Ralph Guffey, 87, husband of Jean (Darrah) Guffey, of Staunton, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Avante at Waynesboro.

He was born December 3, 1930 in Rockbridge County, a son of the late Fadeley and Ada (Sandridge) Guffey.

Col. Guffey graduated from Augusta Military Academy and Davidson College. He received his Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University.

He was drafted into the Army where he served and completed Officer’s Candidate School and was a Commissioned Officer in field artillery. He also completed Jump School to become a paratrooper. Howard served in the 11th Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and 1st Calvary Division during a tour in Vietnam. He also served in the 18th Airborne Corp. He attended the U.S. Army War College and was Commander of the 212 Artillery Group.

His last post was serving in the Department of the Inspector General of the Army. He retired with 33 years of service. He was a cofounder of Military Professional Resources Inc. When he fully retired he located back to Staunton where he was a lifelong member of Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Medal as well as other commendations.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, family members include a daughter and son-in-law, Lisabeth Darrah Abel-Polek and Frank Polek of La Mesa, CA; a son and daughter-in-law, Fadeley Michael and Judy Guffey of Staunton; a sister-in-law, Peggy Guffey; 8 grandchildren, Ryan Lisabeth Savino, Clayton Michael Abel, Ashley Darrah Thompson, Drew Edward Abel, Kristin Michelle Trask, Sarah Marie Guffey, Clara Genevieve Remmes, and Molly Anne Jarrette Wincek; and sixteen great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ada Frances Quick and brother, Albert Leslie Guffey.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Beth McCrary. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 in the Henry Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church Capital Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 118, Fort Defiance, VA 24437.

Published online on Feb. 7, 2018 courtesy of HENRY FUNERAL HOME.

William Anthony “Bill” White, Jr. ’52

William White '52William Anthony “Bill” White, Jr. died Thursday, January 11, 2018. He was 87. His last days, like his life, were filled with family, friends, laughter and music – from Presbyterian hymns to bluegrass to the Davidson College fight song.

As an avid reader – and former high school columnist – of the Charlotte Observer, Bill would have preferred a more humble and succinct summation of his life; however, without his red pen to pare our prose, we’ll take the liberty of expanding upon his oft-expressed hope that his life could be defined by two words: he loved.

He was born February 5, 1930 in Charlotte, NC to the late Bess Denny White and William A. White, Sr.

Bill loved school and loved to learn. A proud product of Charlotte public schools, he attended Dilworth Elementary and A.G. Junior High, and graduated from Central High School in 1948. Bolstered by the encouragement and support of community and church leaders, Bill worked his way through Davidson College.

There, as editor of The Davidsonian, member of the track team, and a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, he established lifelong friendships. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in business, with Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa distinctions. He was awarded one of the first Morehead Scholarships to attend graduate school, receiving his M.B.A. from UNC – Chapel Hill in 1953.

He fulfilled his military obligation in the army at Ft. Benning, GA, an experience that provided treasured friendships and colorful stories. It was in nearby Columbus that he began his lifelong ministry teaching high school Sunday School.

Like his collegiate and post-graduate experiences, Bill’s business career was marked by hard work and good fortune. He was profoundly grateful to those who led him to or through open doors to wonderful opportunities. He later reflected, “I cannot but believe they were the hands of God in the creating of the life that has been mine to enjoy.”

After starting out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, he went to work for the Rouse Company in 1957 as a leasing agent and then manager of the Charlottetown Mall. He became a Vice President, overseeing major real estate development projects throughout the country.

Bill married Betsy Smith in 1961, a feat that was, in his words, “beyond the highest hopes I could have conjured up.” They had three daughters and created a family “rich in love.” Of his life with four women and a female dog, Bill often quipped, “If the good Lord thought there needed to be another man in the house, he would’ve sent one!”

In 1970, backed by the Springs Company, he formed real estate development company Charter Properties and assembled what he called a “grand team” of coworkers. A passionate perfectionist with deep integrity, he held himself and others to the highest standards. Bill loved Charlotte and considered it a great privilege to help mold his “sleepy little town” into a big city. He was a visionary who believed fervently in the revitalization of uptown, particularly enjoying his involvement in the Bank of America/Founder’s Hall/Blumenthal Performing Arts Center project.

As a man of deep faith, Bill also devoted his time and leadership to causes he loved; first and foremost to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and countless others including Davidson College, the Salvation Army, The Charlotte Housing Authority, the Good Fellows Club and Union Presbyterian Seminary.

For over 50 years, he found great joy in teaching high school students on Sunday mornings at Myers Park Presbyterian and mentoring them in their faith journeys. His interest in sustaining the church with vibrant leadership inspired him to lead the development of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus.

In a commencement address at the seminary, he expressed his own conviction that “whatever we teach, whatever we write, wherever we work, we must do it first as disciples. And it must be apparent by words and by deeds that we are disciples by the way we love.”

And oh, how he loved- his wife, Betsy, his girls, his sons-in-law, his six grandchildren- and how we loved him! We cherish his quick wit and self-deprecating humor; his corny jokes (punctuated by a self-congratulatory leg kick); his bedtime, dinnertime, ALL-the-time stories; his tender heart and keen awareness of others; his “food for thought” memos in left-handed chicken-scratch; his nicknames for those he loved; his smooth moves on the dance floor; his tennis whites and old-school sweatbands; his eternal faith in Davidson Athletics; his loyalty to dear friends and acquaintances; his silly banter with his grandchildren; his encyclopedic knowledge of “absolutely everything;” his gentlemanly southern charm.

Bill is survived by his wife 56 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith White of Charlotte; his children Elizabeth White Dickens (Al), Charlotte; Margaret White Black (Robert), Arden, NC; Katherine “Katie” White Willingham (Rob), Charlotte. He was affectionately known and adored as “Da” by his six grandchildren: Bess Dickens Kelpin (Peter), Al Dickens IV (Courtney), Amelia Willingham, all of Charlotte, Kate Willingham, Nashville, TN; Bobby and Betsy Black, Arden, NC.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lee Simmons Smith, of Greenville, SC, and his nephews and niece, Sam Smith, Greenville, SC, Will Smith (Kristin), Charlotte, NC, and Susan Smith DeHoll (Doug), Sumter, SC. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Shirley White, Charlotte, and his brother-in- law, Dr. Samuel Wilson Smith, Greenville, SC.

The family is profoundly grateful to the compassionate staff at Sharon Towers; Bill’s caregivers and companions: Barbara Huntley and the staffs of Home Instead and Hospice & Palliative Care.

A worship service in celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC. A reception will follow in Oxford Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund, 220 N.Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202; Union Presbyterian Seminary, 5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

 

Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 14, 2018

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) www.cremationoptionsinc.com.

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.