Category Archives: 1952

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.

Copyright: © 2017 Journal Media Group

Jack Arnold ’52

Jack 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.

 

Parks C. “Neil” Underdown, Jr. ’52

Parks C. “Neil” Underdown, Jr., 86, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his residence.

Born May 23, 1930 in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Parks C. Underdown, Sr. and Hazle Teague Underdown.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Underdown Simmons and a daughter-in-law, Sara Shell Underdown.

Neil was a 1952 graduate of Davidson College with a BS degree in Business Administration and received his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. After graduation, Neil joined his father in 1954 at Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company but soon after went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy until 1958 leaving with the rank of Lieutenant J.G.

Following his discharge, he returned to Hickory to serve his family’s business for more than 48 years where he served as President for 28 years and as Chairman for an additional 12 years. He deeply appreciated all of his employees and saw to their welfare.

He also served on the Board of Directors of Snyder Paper Co. for many years.

Neil was very active in his community, serving the City of Hickory on its Human Relations Council, Transportation, and Foresight committees and on the board of the SALT Block. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of Frye Regional Medical Center and on the Wachovia Southern Region Board.

Other service included on the Liberty Mutual Insurance Southern Advisory Board and as a member of the Catawba County Foundation for the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was also active in the Hickory Rotary Club and various other state and regional boards and committees.

Neil served First Presbyterian Church of Hickory as Elder, Deacon, Clerk of Session, and as a Sunday School teacher. He was active on numerous church committees and served as commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

Neil’s first love was for his wife, Joanne, and his family. He loved to dance, play golf, attend ballgames and laugh with his friends, especially at the Hickory Coffee Club. Neil’s wit and sense of humor served him well throughout his life and helped define who he really was; a philanthropic, compassionate, fun-loving and extremely dedicated man.

The Underdown family extends deepest appreciation to all the compassionate caregivers from Home Instead and Catawba Regional Hospice who have played an integral part in our journey.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Joanne Floyd Underdown of the home; children: Parks C. (Chip) Underdown, III; David Underdown and wife Martha; Steve Underdown and wife Gayle; Susan Underdown Geck and husband Joe; and Scott Underdown. Grandchildren: Parks C. (Cory) Underdown, IV and wife Megan, Michelle Underdown Wilkes and husband Chris, Erica Underdown, Patrick Underdown, Adam Underdown, Andrew Underdown, Matthew Underdown, and Christiana Underdown Cantwell and husband Walter; step-grandchildren: Kathy Frye, Jonathan Frye and wife Brenda, Lauren Shawver, and Page Moore; five great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

After a private interment at Oakwood cemetery, the funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, January 28, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory with the Rev. Dr. Whit Malone officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall at the church.

In honor of Neil’s love for Davidson College and UNC, the family requests that those who wish wear red or Carolina blue.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice – 3975 Robinson Rd.; Newton, NC 28658 or to the Scholarship Fund or Good Samaritan Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 237 2nd St. NW; Hickory, NC 28601, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of P.C. “Neil” Underdown, Jr.

Thomas “Tom” Memenger Cumbie ’52

tom-cumbie-52Thomas “Tom” Memenger Cumbie, 86, of Havana Florida, passed away on October 31. 2016.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Quincy Florida. Reverend Ruth Mashewske will officiate. Visitation will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Charles McClellan Funeral Home.

Tom was born to T.M. and Lottie Suber Cumbie in Gadsden County on August 3, 1930. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1948. He attended Davidson College before transferring to Florida State University, graduating in 1952.

He was a member of the Brotherhood of Phi Delta Theta and a letterman on FSU’s the first golf team where he developed the “sweet” swing that only got better with age.

After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, he continued his education at University of Florida where he earned a degree in Pharmacy.

After school, he returned to Gadsden County where he went into business with his father, owning and operating F. P. May Drug Co. until 1986.

Tom was honored to serve for many years on the Northwest Florida Housing Authority, the TCC Foundation, the FSU Foundation, and as a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Quincy. In addition, he was a member of Washington Masonic Lodge No. 2, Quincy and Shriners of Marzug Temple.

In 2016, Tom was named to the Tallahassee Community College Hall of Fame.

When anyone thinks of Tom, it is with a smile; he had a wicked sense of humor. He had a special gift for making and maintaining lifelong friendships. And our family will surely miss our historian. He was a quiet and generous man with strong principles.

Tom was married to Nesta G. Cumbie on December 31, 1976; they were happily married for 39 years.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Jane A. Hutchinson and their sons Timothy Mark and Richard Bradley.

Tom is survived by his wife Nesta, sister Harriet M. Butler, and children W. Thomas Cumbie, William A. Cumbie (Janet), Kelly C. McAlpin (Glenn), John G. Butler (Dot), Pamella Butler, Lori B Gormin (David), in addition to nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and loyal dog Beau.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the  charity of your choice.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Nov. 2, 2016

Jack Lovett Stevenson ’52

jackJohn (Jack) Lovett Stevenson was born January 26, 1928 in Huntington West Virginia to Dorothy Lovett Stevenson and Paul Eugene Stevenson.

A graduate of Huntington High School, Jack enlisted in the Navy in 1946. He graduated with a BS degree from Davidson College in 1952, and later that year married Phyllis (Phyl) Smith of Huntington, WV.

They moved to Richmond, VA where Jack received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1955, and a Master of Theology in 1957.

He was called to pastor the Chadbourn Presbyterian Church in Chadbourn, NC and later became the first director of Camp Calvin, Atlanta Presbytery’s camp and conference center from 1960 to 1965.

The family moved to Bloomington, IN where he earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. at Indiana University. While there, he was the Protestant Chaplain to the Crane US Naval Ammunition Depot in Crane, IN.

In 1968 Jack became a professor at Clemson University in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, a position he held until 1991 when he achieved Emeritus status.

During his years at Clemson, he was selected as the director of Calhoun College, the Honors Program. In addition, he was Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

While living in Clemson, he also served as the installed pastor at Bethel and later at Richland Presbyterian churches.

At various times he served as interim pastor at Presbyterian churches in Walhalla, Seneca, Pickens, Liberty, Midway, North Anderson, as well as the Thornwell Home for Children. He was also a moderator at Foothills Presbytery.

He was a founding member of the SC chapter of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, and served as a pastoral counselor at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson and Easley Presbyterian Church.

Additionally, Jack and Phyl were co-directors of Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, NC from 1968 to 1972.

Jack is survived by his children: John Stevenson and partner Helen Knouf, Susan Stevenson Kaltz and husband Mark, David Stevenson and wife Ceevah and Anne Stevenson Anderson. He was GrandJack to Meredith Kaltz Cleveland and husband Taylor, Emily and Callie Kaltz, & Eliza and Willow Stevenson.

Memorials may be made to Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, Foothills Community Chapel Fund, Pickens County United Christian Ministry, Pickens County Library, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Amnesty International, or the Stevenson Family Endowment for Guitar Studies at Clemson University.

Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 4th at 11am, Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, Clemson SC.

Published in The Greenville News from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2016

James Wallace “Jim” Ivey, Jr. ’52

1808540_profile_picMr. James Wallace “Jim” Ivey, Jr. passed away at home on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

A service of remembrance, officiated by the Rev. Elizabeth Ayscue, will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Albemarle at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the service.

Mr. Ivey was born in Albemarle on January 8, 1930, the son of J. Wallace “Hawkeye” Ivey and Kathleen Lisk Ivey.

Raised in New London, he moved to Albemarle as a teenager and graduated from Albemarle High School. He attended Davidson College and Pfeiffer College and then served four years in the US Air Force in Valdosta, Ga., Greenville, S.C., and Biloxi, Miss., in air traffic control operations and as an instructor.

Upon discharge, Mr. Ivey returned to Albemarle to work at a local supplier of coal, heating oil and firewood. He later established Ivey Sales Company, one of Stanly County’s earliest outdoor power equipment suppliers, and also operated a pulpwood business supplying paper companies.

In 1956, Mr. Ivey married Margaret Barrett, and they raised a family, enjoyed many years of travel, time at their beach home in Oak Island and invaluable years with children and grandchildren and their beloved English springer spaniels.

Mr. Ivey was an avid reader and loved anything associated with the out of doors — fishing, camping and boating. He also loved a good joke, and his dry sense of humor got many laughs. He was a man of few words, but those words spoke volumes.

When he was 15 years old, Mr. Ivey saved the life of a friend in a boating accident and was awarded the National Boy Scout Life Saving Gold Medal and a certificate of heroism from the National Court of Honor, signed by the President of the United States. He was later honored with the Carnegie Bronze Medal of Heroism. He became a lifelong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and was a local troop leader, instructor and volunteer.

He loved being active in the community, serving as elder at First Presbyterian Church, participating in the Optimist Club and supporting many community charities.

Mr. Ivey was on the board of the New London Historical Museum and served as a volunteer, always ready to share his memories of his childhood home. In 2014, he gifted acreage on Main Street in New London to the town.

Mr. Ivey is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Margaret Barrett Ivey, and his children, Jim Ivey III and wife Lori of Albemarle; and daughter Dale Ivey Stoehr and husband Larry of Greensboro. He was especially proud of his four grandchildren: William Ivey, Robert Ivey, Claire Ellison and Kathleen Ellison. Mr. Ivey is also survived by his sister, Ann Ivey Cranford and husband, Charles, of Oak Island, along with many special nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family is grateful for the love and support offered by neighbors, friends, church and community and expresses deepest appreciation to Mr. Ivey’s dedicated caregivers, Teresa Maslowski, Jessica Mosby, Karen Sarver, Patsy Yarborough and to Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Albemarle, Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie or the Boy Scouts of America. ­

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Ivey family.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.

Copyright 2016, The Stanly News and Press / Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI). All Rights Reserved.

Frank Manly McWilliams, Jr. ’52

607081e8-d165-4877-976a-8add1e1aa3f1Frank Manly McWilliams, Jr., 85, of Atlanta, passed away May 17, 2016 and moved from his full and active life on earth into eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

A true Southern gentleman from Georgia, Manly was born in Macon, honeymooned in Sea Island, and settled in Atlanta. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends for his gracious, consistent love as a father and the genuine, personal interest he took in others. Manly was generous with his time, showed constant patience, and had a contagious, positive outlook.

A truly kind man, he forever will be remembered for keeping what he called, “an attitude of gratitude”. Grandson of a Methodist Minister and a devoted man of God, Manly was regarded by his family as their personal family preacher, sending handwritten notes and uplifting Bible verses throughout his adult life.

In the Atlanta community, he preached monthly for ten years at a retirement home and was a member of the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. With an open heart, he truly never met a stranger.

Manly attended Davidson College where he was a proud member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, the United States Naval Academy, and Mercer University. He began his professional life with Monsanto in the 1960’s before moving into the hospitality real-estate industry.

He was an original member of the Days Inn of America team in the 1970’s where he served as Vice President of Franchise Sales. He worked steadily throughout his life and completed his final real estate deal at the age of 85.

His favorite pastimes were golf, an occasional cocktail, and spending time with his family and many friends. He always was fond of saying that his crown jewels were his four loving daughters.

Mr. McWilliams is survived by his children’s mother, Patricia R. McWilliams; daughters, Tricia McWilliams, Mary McWilliams, Barbie Cobb (Steve), Betsy Nameth (Jon): grandchildren, Gracey, Walker and Georgia Cobb, Molly, Kate and Maggie Nameth; and sister, Bootsie Goforth.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2 o’clock at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Reception following in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts be made to The Peachtree Road United Methodist Church – Youth Department, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305, or to The Kappa Alpha Fraternity National Office, PO Box 1865, Lexington, Virginia 24450.

Copyright (c) 2016 The Charlotte Observer

Joseph Norris Neel III ’52

0316_malo_neelJoseph Norris Neel III, 86, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

A Celebration of Life will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 17 at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Kinser officiating. Burial is private at Riverside Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Neel House, (Federated Garden Club), 730 College Street, Macon 31201.

Joe was born on December 4, 1929, the son of the late Evelyn Juhan Neel and Roland Hall Neel. A lifelong resident of Macon, he attended and graduated from Alexander II in 1943 and Lanier High School in 1948.

He attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1952, where he was a member of the SAE Fraternity. Joe served during the Korean War as a USAF pilot, flying KB 29s in the early days of midair refueling in the Strategic Air Command.

After serving in the Air Force, Joe joined Joseph N. Neel Co., a family clothing business started in Macon in 1886, by his name sake grandfather. While president of Neel’s, Joe founded the Menswear Retailers of Georgia and got the company in the Guinness Book of World Records, due to Neel’s daily advertisement in the Macon Telegraph for 70 years.

Joe was a past Deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Rotarian, member of Idle Hour Country Club, Vice President of the menswear Retailers of America, various Civic and Help agencies, the Georgia Save Sunday Association (Lord’s Day Alliance), past Commander of Joseph N. Neel Jr. American Legion Post 3, Charter Member starter of Northminster Presbyterian Church, a Chamber of Commerce Board Member, President of Downtown Council, and a member of Young Presidents Organization.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Butler Neel. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Marie Tillman Neel, Patricia Bell Walters, Roland H. Neel (Kay), Joseph N. Neel, IV (Susie), Joseph Neel Bell (Vicky); grandchildren, Roland Hall Neel, III, Kaitlyn Marie Neel, Joseph Norris Neel, V, Reid Key Neel, Kellen Walters, McKenna Walters; and special friend, Joann Woodward.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.

 

Copyright (c) 2016 The Macon Telegraph

 

Roy Walton Davis, Jr. ’52

1Roy Walton Davis, Jr. died on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at his home. Born on January 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Roy Walton Davis and Mildred Wilson Davis. Roy grew up in Marion where he was a proud member of the Marion High School Rippers’ football team and earned the nickname “Whiz.”

Roy graduated from Davidson College and the University Of North Carolina School Of Law, cum laude. While in law school, he was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. Roy then spent three years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the Army Aviation Center in Ft. Rucker, Alabama.

In 1960, Roy joined The Van Winkle Law Firm and began a long, fulfilling career practicing law. He was president of the 28th Judicial District Bar, president of the NC State Bar, vice-president of the NC Bar Association, member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, and a member of the NC Board of Law Examiners from 2002-2014. Roy was active with Pisgah Legal Services where he served as board president.

In 2001, Pisgah Legal Services established the Roy Davis Volunteer Lawyer Award.Roy received the Centennial Award for Outstanding and Exemplary Community Service from the 28th Judicial District Bar. He was a recipient of the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award.

He was a Fellow and past state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow in The International Society of Barristers. He was a member of the NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame and received the John B. Macmillan Distinguished Service Award from the NC State Bar.

Roy served the Episcopal Church in various capacities throughout his life. As a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, he was in the choir, a Sunday school teacher, member of the vestry, and Senior Warden. Roy was Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina for over thirty years.

He is survived by his wife, Madeline; son, Walton (Maura); daughters, Cissy, Becky (Grady), and Sally (Billy Ray); grandchildren, Henry, Ella, Harriet, and Wilson; and mother-in-law, Madeline Combs.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801; Pisgah Legal Services, 62 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801; or a charity of one’s choice. Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue, is in charge of the arrangements.

Kenneth Raynor Newbold ’52

Brigadier General Kenneth Raynor Newbold, PhD, (Army National Guard, retired) died Sunday, March 1, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Newbold served North Carolina public education for three decades, beginning as a teacher and principal in Wake County.
Dr. Newbold served as principal in Richmond County, principal and assistant superintendent in Sampson County, assistant superintendent for Greensboro City Schools. He served as superintendent in Scotland County and Greensboro City Schools.
In 1989 Dr. Newbold served as interim deputy state superintendent of Public Instruction in North Carolina.During active duty service with the U.S. Army in Korea, Ken attained the rank of staff sergeant with the 31st Infantry, 7th Division.
Following his transfer to the U.S. Army Reserve he advanced to the rank of first lieutenant. As Brigadier General, Army National Guard, he served as commander of the 30th Infantry Brigade (mechanized) (Separate].
A lifelong Presbyterian, he was an active member of Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Rose Hill. Ken attended First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington with his parents, Jerry and Jessie. During that time he joined Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
His commitment to education led Ken to teach Sunday school in a number of churches throughout his career.He also served as a deacon, elder, and presbytery moderator of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina. He served for six years at the national level as a member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
A strong supporter of women and children, Ken was made an Honorary Life Member of Presbyterian Women, Inc.A devoted public servant, Ken gave his time to numerous not for profit organizations. Among others he served on the boards of directors of the Duplin County Board of Elections (chair), Duplin County Library, District 61 State Employees Association, Moore’s Creek Battlefield Association, Rose Hill Jubilee Inc., and North Carolina Military Historical Society. He served on the Advisory Committee of Tuscarora Boy Scout Council and as chair of the Rose Hill Jubilee (1993 and 1994).
Ken is a member of Davidson College’s R.O.T.C. Hall of Fame and a recipient of awards that include Lion’s Club International’s Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Army Legion of Merit, Calvin Wiley Educator of the Year, Army Commendation Medal, Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award, North Carolina’s Personnel and Guidance Association Administrator of the Year (1978), and Eagle Scout with six palms.
Ken is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ellen (nee Sheffield), his son Joe (Amy) and daughter Lisa (Jeff), grandson Drew; sisters Caroline Swails, Jessie Kennedy, and Ann Perkins Newbold and his brother Jerry, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his twin brother Harper.
In lieu of flowers, Ken and the family request donations in memory of Ken Newbold to any of the following:•Duplin County Library Memorial Fund, Town of Rose Hill, P.O. Box 8, Rose Hill, NC 28458.

•Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 188,Rose Hill, NC 28458

•Vidant Hospital Foundation for the Palliative Care Unit, P.O. Box 8489, Greenville, NC, 27835.

Memorials: Friday, March 6, Graveside service with military honors, 1:30 pm, Rose Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Rose Hill, North Carolina. Memorial service, 2:30 pm, Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, 129 East Main Street, Rose Hill. The family will greet guests after the service in the Mt Zion Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 4, 2015