Robert Beal ’53

Robert Beal '53Robert Beal, who passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, was born on December 15, 1930.

Raised in Albemarle, NC he was the son of Benjamin Sidney Beal and Vera Pickler Beal Eaves.

After graduating from Albemarle High School, he attended Wake Forest University. He served in the United States Air Force and returned home where he graduated from Davidson College. There he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the drum major for the band.

Mr. Beal was a salesman who traveled quite a bit. He finally settled in Chattanooga, TN, where he met and married Donna Kay Kinne on July 17, 1977. They moved back to Athens. GA in 1993 to her childhood home, the Daniell House, which they helped restore and place on the National Register for Historic Places.

There, he continued his food bank, which he operated for twenty-five years. He loved playing tennis, working in the yard and just puttering around the house.

He was involved in politics with the Republican Party and in his later years and ran for County Commissioner in 2004. He also enjoyed putting together the reunions for the Class of 1948 at Albemarle High School.

Mr. Beal was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Kinne Beal; and both of his parents.

He is survived by his children, Constance Anne Bundy (Macky) of Charlotte, NC, Robert Alan Beal (Jenny) of Raleigh, NC and Amy Beal Crofoot (Rob) of Cornelius, NC; stepson, Tan Beal of Ruskin, FL; grandchildren, Jessica Jennings (Jay) of Los Angeles, CA; Kathryn Lofland of Tega Cay, SC; Anna Foshee (Zane) of Tega Cay, SC; Benjamin Beal (Alyssa) of Raleigh, NC and Brittany Beal of Raleigh, NC; Alexandra, Elizabeth and Jack Crofoot of Cornelius, NC; and great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Grace Foshee of Tega Cay, SC.

Services will be Friday, November 30 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until time of service on Friday.

The family wants to express sincere thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Lee Elder for all the special care, love and attention she gave to our father and a thank you to the caregivers from Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Daniell House through the Historic Properties Fund, Oconee County Tourism, P.O. Box 145, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Gunn, Jr. ’53

Charles Gunn '53Charles Gunn, Jr., 94, Charles Groshon Gunn, Jr., 94, known to all as “Charlie,” passed away on Friday, September 28 at Forsyth Medical Center.

Born May 10, 1924 in Memphis, TN, to Eliza Woodside Gunn and Rev. Charles Groshon Gunn, he moved to Bluefield, WV, when his father became pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church there. He attended Miss Blanche Miller’s Kindergarten and Continuation School; he graduated from Beaver High School.

Bluefield in those years was the rail hub of booming coalfields, and Charlie and his younger brothers came to love the sounds and sights of her railyards, station, and steam locomotives; this enthusiasm would stay with them throughout their lives.

It was in Bluefield, too, that he became acquainted with a girl named Ginny (Virginia Jackson), reputedly in the Westminster Church nursery; by high school days they were sweethearts.

Charlie left Bluefield in 1942 to attend Davidson College. World War II disrupted his college career, shifting him into the US Navy’s V-12 program for training doctors and transferring him to Duke University. He received his MD degree there in 1948.

By that time Charlie and Ginny were a married couple, and Charlie’s first job in medicine, as a substitute county health doctor, took them to Yazoo City, MS. The couple then moved to Detroit, MI, where Charlie served his medical residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

The year 1950 was a big one for Charlie and Ginny: the first of four sons was born, and six months later Charlie was called up to active duty in the Korean War. He served for ten months on a troopship, the USS Bayfield. Rejoining Ginny and Tommy, he finished his active Navy time in Portsmouth, VA. (Thereafter for decades he proudly remained in the Naval Reserves.)

Then came a period of moving around: the growing family spent a year in Davidson, NC, while Charlie circled back to finish his bachelor’s degree in English, and another year in Durham, for postdoc work in medicine. Charlie joined a private medical practice in Brevard, NC, but the experience of that year redirected him into occupational medicine.

He worked for two years at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, then returned south to Winston-Salem in 1957 to become medical director at Hanes Hosiery Co. It was here that his career as a physician hit its stride.

With the full support of the company president Gordon Hanes, Charlie developed a program of preventive care, employee education, and regular examinations that won national recognition; and he knit this all together with his own skills as an active listener and caring soul. He remained in this position through the evolution of the company into a part of Sara Lee Corp., until his retirement in 1986.

In Bluefield, Charlie and his two brothers had loved not only steam locomotives but also automobiles. One of their games had been to sit on the curb with closed eyes and distinguish passing cars by sound alone. The work at Ford gave Charlie a loyalty to Ford products, and he was ready when the first Mustangs hit the market. Many recall with delight riding with Charlie at the wheel in his beloved Prairie Bronze 1965 convertible, top down. He loved to clean and wax it, or any other car.

Since youth he had made paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; many were of buildings that caught his fancy. The writer takes his masterpiece to be one called “Detroit Portrait.” Charlie was a woodworker. With his speckled green Dewalt radial-arm saw and the hand tools his father had given him at age twelve, he turned out such objects as matching pinewood desks for the four sons.

He finished out a small cabin on a lot at Lake Norman and built a pier. This place became a haven of relaxation for Charlie and Ginny after his retirement; and even after they sold the property, they maintained the practice of taking “lake days,” with breakfast at IHOP and no scheduled events for the day.

Retirement turned Charlie loose into his many interests. He was never at a loss for something to do or to learn about. He wrote lyrics and music for a musical play called “Homicidin,” about a vaccine that prevents the taking of human life. The pièce de résistance of his retired years was a dioramic model of the Bluefield train station and adjoining street, crafted in meticulous detail at a scale matching his N-gauge freight and passenger trains.

Both Charlie and Ginny were longtime members of Highland Presbyterian Church and served there in numerous capacities over the years. Charlie was also a volunteer at Contact Helpline of the Triad, the Community Care Center, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Ginny passed away in 2008, and Charlie became a bachelor in the old house on Kenleigh Circle.

In 2011, he moved into an apartment in the Salemtowne Retirement Community. He shifted his creative energies into putting words together, especially for the residents’ group called Sparkcatchers. Tooling around the halls with his beloved Swedish walker, he had hellos for everyone. He is particularly remembered there for the song he broke into on every sort of occasion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Virginia “Ginny” Jackson Gunn; a brother, James W. Gunn; and a sister, Elizabeth Gunn Langrall.

He is survived by his four sons, Thomas J. Gunn of Chapel Hill, NC, Charles G. Gunn, III (Edeltraud) of Falkensee, Germany, David L. Gunn (Dana) of Washington, DC, and R. Bruce Gunn (Beth) of Swannanoa, NC, a brother, George W. Gunn of Black Mountain, NC, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem on Saturday, October 6, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Highland Presbyterian Church.

Alfred “A.C.” Gregg Jr. ’53

Alfred C. “A.C.” Gregg Jr., 88, of Brevard, passed away Aug. 16, 2018.

He was born in Belmont, N.C. to the late Alfred C. and Elizabeth Mae Butler Gregg. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Dolores Gayleen Sells Gregg, in January 2007, and his sister, Frances Stewart.

A.C. grew up in Greensboro, N.C., attended Lindley Elementary School and Lindley Junior High School, before attending New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C., class of ’49, and then received a football scholarship to Davidson College, class of ‘53.

He was in the ROTC, and proud member of SAE Fraternity while in college. During his high school and college years, he enjoyed working as a lifeguard at Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

He was recruited by the General Electric Co. where he retired after 25 years of service. In 1979, he purchased a long existing appliance business in Greensboro, Hart Appliance and TV, owned it for 20 years, then gave the business to his son-in-law and daughter, Tommy and Kimberly McDaniel.

He was an enthusiastic college sports spectator, and in particular, was an avid fan of the NorthCarolina Tarheels. He loved to play golf and tennis.

He leaves his loving wife, Eve Guthrie Gregg; four children, Kimberly McDaniel (Tommy), Pamella Sealander, A.C. Gregg III, and Dana Boehling (Greg); and two stepchildren, Scott Adam and Kim Whipple.

He was a proud “granddad” to nine grandchildren, Meghan McDaniel, Stephen McDaniel, Bryce Sealander (Anna), Kalie Sealander Moore (Evan), Ashley Sealander Barnhill (Sam), Hayden Sealander, Riley Sealander, Elizabeth Boehling, and Ross Boehling, great-grandchildren, Jayden Moore, Brielle McDaniel and Zeke Moore (and baby Moore due in September).

He also leaves behind his dear sisters, Virginia Sykes, of Charlotte, and Mary Ann Browning, of Hillsborough, N.C .; and special nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Gary Letchworth officiating.

Visitation was prior to the memorial service at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792, The Lutheran Church of Our Father, 3304 Groomtown Road, Greensboro, NC 27407, or N.C. Military Museum, 189 W. Main St., Brevard, NC 28712.

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Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.

Paul Robertson Eastman ’53

Paul Eastman'53After a brief hospitalization, Paul R. Eastman of 46 S. Spring St., Concord, died July 29, 2018, of congestive heart failure. On the day he died, he was in Concord’s Hospice House surrounded by people who loved him.

He was a seventh-generation descendant of Ebenezer Eastman, the first settler of Concord. Paul was born in Dover, to Bernice Munn Eastman and Edson Farnum Eastman. He spent his boyhood in Durham; on Catamount Dairy Farm in Pittsfield; on Rosewald Dairy Farm in Hillsboro; and in downtown Hillsboro, prior to moving to Concord in 1944.

He graduated from Concord High School in 1949 and Davidson College in 1953, and at both schools was an outstanding baseball pitcher. Following two years of army service as a lieutenant, he earned a master’s degree from Springfield College, and then began a 29-year career in Amityville, N.Y., schools, where he coached a total of 80 squads in baseball, wrestling, and soccer.

Upon his retirement in 1986, he returned to his family home in Concord. Three years later his father, Red Eastman – Concord’s Citizen of the Year in 1980 – suffered a stroke. For his father’s final four years and nine months, Paul provided him with total personal care. This complicated and challenging responsibility was an enormous gift to his father and to his entire family.

Paul had a commitment to staying connected to people and honoring the past, qualities he admired and learned from his parents. He wrote and donated to the Concord Public Library, booklets on the genealogy of the Eastman family and the history of the Sunset League, the Chandler Eastman Wagon Company, the Hillsboro Center School, and the milk industry in New Hampshire, including Eastman’s Dairy. He also wrote an autobiographical booklet, My Life and the World I Lived In, 1931-2016.

Each December, Paul sent 150 Christmas cards to friends and relatives. Paul had expressive, sparkling blue eyes, a jolly chuckle, and a big heart. He contributed modestly to a number of charities and organizations, and was a faithful blood donor. Paul’s visitors enjoyed conversations at his kitchen table and often went home with articles or comics cut from the three papers he read daily.

He followed his parents’ tradition of giving to others produce from his own garden, lovely flowers from the woods he knew well, and extra corn and maple syrup. He found deep joy and satisfaction in doing this for people he loved, enjoyed, and appreciated. His devotion to his beloved Boston sports teams made him a citizen of three sports nations: The Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Celtics. Even in his seriously declining health, he insisted that the sport’s page of the local paper be brought to him.

Paul is survived by his brother William F. Eastman and William’s wife Judith, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; niece Kimberly Eastman Zirkle, her husband Franklin Zirkle, and their sons Chandler and Hartford Zirkle of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and niece Karen Leta Eastman, her husband Gregory Dohi, and their sons Julian and Jordan of Valley Village, Calif. Paul deeply loved his family to whom he was very generous and loving, of whom he was very interested and proud, and with whom he enjoyed many special moments.

Paul’s family is deeply appreciative of the extraordinary care, support and friendship extended to him by neighbors, friends, medical and nursing personnel, especially in these last few years of his journey. We are forever grateful for their loving and caring presence in his life.

It was Paul’s wish that donations in his memory be made to South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord, 03301, or the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, 03301.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at South Congregational Church.

Copyright, 2018, Concord Monitor

Samuel Rainey Hope ’53

Sam Hope '53The Reverend Samuel Rainey Hope, 86, of Montreat, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Born in Coral Gables, FL, to Edward Buist Hope and Isabella Currie Hope, he spent most of his childhood in Fayetteville and Montreat, NC.

Sam earned his BA degree in History from Davidson College and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Union Theological Seminary.

He then earned a Master of Clinical Pastoral Education degree from the consortium of Andover Newton and Harvard Divinity schools and was later awarded a Doctorate of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary.

The great love of Sam’s life was Nancy Wallace Hope, whom he first met when they were young teenagers. They married in 1953. While raising their three sons, Sam and Nancy dedicated their lives to helping others: working with the Civil Rights movement starting in Richmond in the mid-1950s, volunteering internationally to spread justice and peace, and preserving the natural habitat of their beloved Montreat. Sam started his professional ministry as the founding minister of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA, in 1957.

In 1961, he became the founding minister of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in High Point, NC. In 1966, Sam and Nancy felt called to continue his ministry in Saigon, Vietnam, where Sam served as Director of Personnel for Vietnam Christian Service and Nancy did volunteer work with American soldiers and with Vietnamese civilians afflicted with leprosy.

In 1968, Sam became a director for the Presbyterian Board of World Missions in Nashville, TN, and then the Associate Minister at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX, from 1971-1974. He was Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, from 1974-1979 and then left to take on the role of Director of the Montreal Conference Center.

When he left that position in 1984, he spent much time in Nicaragua as a member of Witness for Peace during the Contra War, becoming a director of the organization in the DC office, then Development Director in the Durham, NC, office.

His next adventure was to start and manage One World Market in Durham, a non-profit store devoted to the mission of fair trade by selling handmade crafts from impoverished regions of the world, eventually working with the organization Ten Thousand Villages.

Sam and Nancy moved back to Montreat in 1996 for a “retirement” of more nonstop community involvement. Sam continued to get himself arrested when he felt it was for a just cause and to travel the world as a volunteer in more than 80 countries, while also helping to preserve thousands of acres of wilderness in Montreat and helping to create the Walk Jones Wildlife Sanctuary and, with his son, Beau, the Bridge of Hope.

Focusing on Sam’s wide and deep intellect, religious devotion, and relentless work to help others leaves out that he was also a lot of fun and a joy to be with. He loved dogs beyond all reason, he loved to laugh and to make others laugh, and he never took himself too seriously. An accomplished life-long tennis and golf player, Sam, along with Nancy, had profound, lasting, and meaningful friendships with people of all races and all walks of life.

He touched countless lives around the world and was as open and warm as a human can be. Sam spent the last years of his 65-year marriage devotedly taking care of Nancy as her health has declined. He passed peacefully in a bed beside her bed, after they told each other they loved each other and fell asleep.

Along with his wife, Nancy, Sam is survived by sons Beau Hope of Black Mountain, David Hope of Greensboro, and Robert Hope of Montreat; grandchildren Sam, Charlotte Ann, Hannah, Carleigh, Sarah, and Molly; and great grandchildren Owen and Wren, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers who have tended to and helped Sam and Nancy and have become part of the family.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to or

The family would also appreciate it if friends would write and share memories of Sam: PO Box 1264, Montreat, NC 28757.