Fred Reece Stowe Jr. ’54

Fred Reece Stowe Jr. '54 Dr. Colonel Fred Reece Stowe Jr., 85, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Dr. Stowe was born November 8, 1931 in Gaston County, NC to the late Nellie Bailey and Fred Reece Stowe Sr.

Fred was a Pre-Med graduate from Davidson College in 1954. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina in 1958. Fred did his Pediatric Internship and Residency at John Hopkins Hospital from 1958-1959. He did a residence in Adult & Pediatric Neurology at the University of NC from 1971-1973 and Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center from 1973-1974.

Dr. Stowe practiced Pediatric Neurology at Fayetteville Children’s Clinic and Adult & Pediatric Neurology as a private practice in Fayetteville.

Dr. Stowe was a retired US Air Force Colonel.

Fred was a scratch golfer for years where his buddies called him “Doc.” He enjoyed hunting with bird dogs he had raised and trained, competing in field trials where he was an avid horseman.

Graveside services will be Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Memorial Park-West with military honors with Rev. Sandy Saunders, officiating. The family will receive friends at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home on Thursday from 9:45 until 10:45 am.

Dr. Stowe is survived by his wife, Kathy Elmore Stowe of the home; brother, Harold Stowe and wife Betty of Gastonia; niece, Laura Henkel and husband Hugh of Gastonia; nephews, Rudy Stowe and wife Kathy of Gastonia, Jeff Stowe and wife Leanne of Gastonia; great-nephews, William Henkel and wife Bridgette Taylor Henkel, Bennett Stowe; great niece, Baily Stiles and husband Tyler.

Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.

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Timothy Alden Williams ’54

Timothy Alden Williams, 84, of Charlotte, North Carolina, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The family provided some of the following information: Alden was born Nov. 16, 1932.He married Joyce Schuller Williams on June 3, 1962, in Buffalo, New York.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1960. Alden was a member of the First Congregational Church of Manhattan.

He attended A.B. Davidson College and got his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. Alden was a professor of political science at Kansas State University from 1967 to 1994.

One of the smartest and most audacious things Alden’s son ever did was to ask his father, a few years ago, to write his own obituary, since no one else could do it so well. Find it at (or below).

Alden is survived by his wife, Joyce Williams, of Claremont, California, a daughter, Heather Williams, of Claremont, California, and a son, Evan Williams, of Hong Kong.

Services will be June 24, 2017 at Gaither Chapel in Montreat, North Carolina.

Edward Hughes Nicholson ’54

Edward Hughes Nicholson '54Edward Hughes Nicholson, of Cornelius, NC, died on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the age of 83. He was born in Bluefield, WV on May 12, 1933, the son of Matthew Heslop Nicholson and Ruby Evans Nicholson.

He was a graduate of Beaver (Bluefield, WV) High School in 1950 and Davidson College in 1954 after attending West Virginia University for his freshman year.

Following service in the U.S. Army in Korea, he spent most of his working life as a stockbroker in Roanoke, VA, many of those years for A.G. Edwards.

In later years, he and his wife Nancy enjoyed travel outside the United States and he was an avid follower of the Davidson College basketball program to the end.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Nancy Whitenack Nicholson; his children, Evan Matthew Nicholson and his wife Patricia Madre Nicholson of Matthews, NC, and Edward H. Nicholson, Jr. and his wife Susan Shumaker of Salisbury, NC; grandchildren, Cameron Scott Nicholson of Raleigh, NC, Erin Michelle Nicholson of Matthews, NC, John Edward Nicholson of Raleigh, NC, and Virginia Grace Nicholson of Brooklyn, NY.

A visitation will be held at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm, followed by a private family service at a later date.

Memorials contributions may be sent to the charity of choice .

D. Moody Smith, Jr. ’54

D. Moody Smith, Jr., professor emeritus at Duke University Divinity School, died on May 10, 2016. Smith was born in 1931, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Nellie Beckwith and Dwight Moody Smith.

He attended public schools in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1950.Smith received a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Davidson College in 1954, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

As a candidate for ordained ministry in the Methodist Church, he attended Duke University Divinity School, from which he received a B.D. in 1957.

In that same year, Smith entered the graduate school of Yale University to pursue a Ph.D. in New Testament. He completed this degree in 1961, with a dissertation entitled The Composition and Order of the Fourth Gospel: Bultmann’s Literary Theory.

This work marked the beginning of a career-long interest in the Johannine literature of the New Testament, about which Smith wrote a number of books and articles.

His most widely read book was Anatomy of the New Testament (1969), co-authored originally with Robert A. Spivey and, beginning with the sixth edition, co-authored also with C. Clifton Black. This book has been in print continuously since publication and is currently in its seventh edition.

Notably, Smith also served as editor of a series entitled Studies on Personalities of the New Testament. Smith’s first teaching position was at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. In 1963, he and his family lived for a year in Zürich, Switzerland, a leave made possible by a Lilly Fellowship.

In 1965, Smith moved to Durham, North Carolina, and began his thirty-seven year career as a professor at Duke Divinity School.

In 1970, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, spent the following year at Cambridge University in England, and returned to Duke in 1971.

During his tenure at Duke, Smith served as Associate Dean of the Divinity School, as the Director of Graduate Studies in Religion, and in 1987, he was named the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament. Smith taught more than 2,000 divinity students and directed twenty-four Ph.D. dissertations.

Among his former students are deans of theological schools, a college president, a bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a past president of the National Council of Churches.

In 1990, Davidson College conferred upon Smith an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, and, in 1993, Duke University named him the Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

In 1996, his friends and students presented him a Festschrift, Exploring the Gospel of John in Honor of D. Moody Smith, edited by R. Alan Culpepper and C. Clifton Black.

In 1999, Smith served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature, an association of more than 8,000 members in the United States and abroad. He was also a member of the International Society for New Testament Studies and the American Theological Society.

Smith married the former Jane Allen in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1954, and he is survived by her. He is also survived by his four children, Cynthia Smith and her husband, Frank Reiss; Catherine Smith Meynardie and her husband, Robert Meynardie; David B. Smith and his wife, Deborah Camp Smith; and Allen Smith and his partner, Andrew Wilson.

Additionally, Smith leaves behind six granddaughters: Hannah Mary Reiss, Juliana Cornwell Avery, Elizabeth Grace Meynardie, Isabella Jane Reiss, Mary Margaret Meynardie and Eleanor Jane Meynardie.

His family will remember him for his quick wit, his abidingly kind nature, his passion for tennis, his dedication to social justice and his devotion to his family.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the staff of The Pines at Carolina Meadows and to UNC Hospice for the very compassionate and skilled care which they have provided since last September.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 North Church Street, Durham, NC, 27701.

Arrangements by Walker’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, NC.

Published in The News & Observer on May 13, 2016


Robert Kent Mitchell ’54

New Orleans native, Robert Kent Mitchell died peacefully Saturday, May 7, one day before his 82nd birthday. Kent was born May 8, 1934, at Touro Infirmary to Robert and Dean Kent Mitchell. He grew up in Jefferson Parish, graduating from Newman School in 1950. He received a BA in History in 1954 from Davidson College in North Carolina.

After graduation, he served in the Transportation Corps at Fort Sill Oklahoma for 2 years, completing his stint as a 1st Lieutenant. Kent then completed his military service in the Louisiana National Guard, in 141st Field Artillery Battalion, retiring as a major.

With his father, Bob, he operated Louisiana Transit Company, serving as General Manager and then President. Kent had many and varied interests, and served the Greater New Orleans community well through the years. He was the Treasurer of WYES, was on the board of NBC in Jefferson Parish, The Red Cross, and The Boys and Girls Club. He was on the Board of Directors of STAIR from 1998 to 2006, service twice as president in 2002 and 2004.

He was active in The American Legion, VOA, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and ACME. Kent was a member of the St Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church where he served on the Session. He belonged to The Stratford Club serving as King of Mithras one year, several Carnival organizations, and the Civil War Round Table.

He was a member of the Southern Yacht Club, the New Orleans Opera Association, and The New Orleans Symphony. He was an early and active supporter of the World War II Museum. He was a dedicated and vocal LSU fan. Kent was a kind, intelligent, witty man. His love of and loyalty to his family, his city, his church, his country and his many friends will serve as his legacy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Alton Mitchell and Dean Kent Mitchell, his brother, Sherwood Anderson (Pete) Mitchell, and his first wife Jean Wilson Mitchell.

He is survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Denton Mitchell, two sons John Wilson Mitchell, Paul Allen Mitchell and wife Fonda; 3 grandchildren, John Paul, Sarah Jean, and Jacob Mitchell; sister-in-law Evelyn Mitchell Contois, nephew Robert Austin Mitchell and wife Susan; niece Anne Mitchell Souvignier and great nieces and nephews Robert, Margaret and Richard Mitchell, and Clara and Alex Souvignier. He is also survived by cousins, HP Forbes of Hammond, and Mary Virginia Thomas and Helen Dean Lawlis of Baton Rouge.

The services will be at 2 pm at Saint Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 12, 2016 with a reception following. Visitation begins at 1 pm.

The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be sent to STAIR, 1545 State St., 70118; the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 1010 Common St #2120, 70112; or The New Orleans Opera Association, 616 Girod St. Suite 200, 70130.

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