Dick Little ’54

In celebration, we announce that Pastor Dr. Richard Henry Little (Dick), 87, husband, father, pastor, teacher, evangelist, author, but most importantly life-long servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, went to be with his beloved Savior on Thursday evening March 21, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Notre Shirilee; son Richard Bryant Little and wife Tess; two grandchildren, Vanessa Best, Joshua Jones and wife Angela; three great-grandchildren, Campbell Best, McKenzie Jones and Hollee Jones; cousin Katharine Parrish (who was like a sister).

His daughter Kathryn Lynne Jones preceded him in death.

Dick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Anniston, Ala., the son of Henry Wilson Little and Eleanor Augusta Little. He graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and received his master’s of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Dr. of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dick began his ministry as chaplain of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and was associate pastor of the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Va. where he met his wife of 60 years.

For seven years he was pastor of the Parkview Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA (PCUSA). From 1965 to 1979 he was engaged in full-time preaching evangelism under the auspices of the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.

In 1980 he became pastor of Reynolda Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, leading them into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1987.

In 1995 he retired from Reynolda Church. During his ministry, Dick preached and taught in churches all over the United States, South America, Puerto Rico, Israel, Italy, India, Ukraine and other countries. He was the founder of the Hawkridge Home for the elderly in Neyyattinkara, India.

He served as the coordinating director for the First and Second World Conferences of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, Israel in the 70s where over 3000 believers worshiped and praised the Lord in the Binyenei HaUma convention center with Charismatic leaders of that day. He served on the boards of the Evangelistic Mission to Puerto Rico, the Presbyterian and Reformed Renewal Ministries International and the Presbyterian Charismatic Communion.

He was one of the founding pastors and on the board of Associates in Christian Counseling in Winston-Salem, NC. He was the author of “Kiss Your Church,” written for pastors on how to minister to their people and church. One of his greatest blessings was to be elected moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997.

From 1995-2012 he remained active serving churches in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, one of which was the Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Va. Beach, Va. where he had a very fruitful ministry. Being a church member all of his life but not coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Savior until college, he devoted his life to his greatest passion, declaring the saving message of Jesus Christ.

As one person said, “He was a come to Jesus preacher.” “Someday you will read in the paper that I am dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.” Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899).

His celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolda Presbyterian Church, 2200 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, NC. Following a graveside service for the family at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, family visitation will follow after the Reynolda church service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Riveroaks Community Church World Missions, Clemmons, NC and Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to those who lovingly cared for him during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease: Dr. Edward Shaw Memory Counseling Program, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Mrs. Beverly Riddle (Caregiver), Brighton Gardens Reminiscence Care Staff, Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC; and our church families Riveroaks Community Church, Reynolda EPC.

Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.

George William Crone Jr. ’54

Our city is quieter. George William Crone Jr. passed away on February 23, 2019, at his home of 57 years in Winston-Salem, NC. He was born September 4, 1932, in Goldsboro, NC to George W. Crone and Hazel Omega Grady Crone.

His family moved to Winston-Salem in 1941. He graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School where he was a member of the varsity swim and varsity football teams. During this time, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was elected captain of the swim team at Davidson College where he graduated in 1954.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a self-proclaimed “empty box salesman” for Mengel Box Company that later became Container Corporation of America.

He courted Dorothy Rice Allen during high school and college, married her in 1957 and together they lived a fulfilling life rearing their three daughters and traveling to remote fishing locations from the Caribbean to the Alaskan wilderness for 47 blissful years.

George is survived by his three daughters: Anna Montgomerie (Jeff), Molly Dewey (David), and Betsy Crone; five grandchildren: Liza Dewey Odell (Rob), Cole Dewey (Kristina Vongkaysone, fiancée), Will Dewey, Quinn Montgomerie and Emma Montgomerie; first cousin, James Arthur Cavenaugh, Jr.; and dear friends and caregivers.

He was a lifelong member and active participant of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He was a 30-year member of Long Hope Fishing Club. George was an avid sportsman. He considered one of the blessings of his life that he was retired for more years than he worked. His priority became sharing his lifetime passions with his family and friends: to have a place to play golf, a place to quail hunt, and a place to trout fish Mission Accomplished!

For six decades, he adored his bird dogs: Old Bob, Bob, Jake, Mitch, Hank, Paddy, Lizzie, Belle, Boone, Maggie, Pancake, Biscuit, Sadie, and Puddin’, who died earlier this month.

Because of his incredible gift for spinning a yarn, many were fortunate to laugh heartily with him, spellbound, as he relived his experiences over and over and over. His most memorable gift, however, is the privilege of having shared his adventurous life story.

A celebration of life will be Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:00 at Centenary United Methodist Church with a reception immediately following in the auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, Loaves and Fishes, 646 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, Post Office Box 1205, Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1205.

Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.

Charles Letcher McElveen, Jr. ’54

Charles Letcher McElveen, Jr., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Betty White McElveen died Sunday, October 28, 2018.

A graveside service will be held Friday, November 2, 2018, in the Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends Friday, November 2, 2018 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant at 1:00 PM. A reception will be held after the service at the Sexton residence, 661 Palisades Dr. Mount Pleasant.

Charles “Buddy” was born September 6, 1932, in Kingstree, South Carolina, son of the late Charles Letcher McElveen, Sr. and Eva Robinson McElveen. He was a gifted pianist at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Buddy was a graduate of Kingstree High School and attended Davidson College.

He then volunteered for the Army during the Korean War and served at the Pentagon from 1953-1955. After completion of his military service, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

Buddy operated McElveen Grocery in Kingstree, worked at C&S Bank in Charleston, as junior officer and manager. He was then employed at Berlin’s Men’s Store.

Later he earned a Master of Education degree from Francis Marion College and worked as a special education teacher in the Williamsburg and Georgetown County school districts from 1969-1998.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; his son, Micky Watts (Deanie) of Georgetown, SC; three daughters, Brenda McElveen of Charleston, SC; Eva-Marie Thibodeaux (John Finafrock) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Pamela McElveen Sexton (Tom) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two granddaughters, Mary Ashley Skipper (Davis) of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Brittany Nell Ellis (Brandon) of Pawleys Island, SC; two grandsons, Thomas Edison Sexton, III of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Charles Murray Sexton of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his great-granddaughter, Olivia Caroline Ellis of Pawleys Island, SC, and a great-granddaughter on the way; and his brother, William “Billy” Edward McElveen (Peg) of Auburn, AL.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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Rusty Goode, Jr. ’54

Rusty Goode, Jr. '54Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr., 86, died peacefully and surrounded by family on May 14, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Jane Nisbet Goode.

Rusty was born on January 7, 1932 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Seddon Goode, Sr. and Hallie Ross Goode. Rusty was raised in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1950 and Davidson College in 1954. After serving two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, he earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957.

Rusty began his business career in 1957 in Charlotte with Southeastern Financial Corp. He later held executive positions with North Carolina National Bank and Interstate Securities Corp., working for his father-in-law, Walter Olin “Mutt” Nisbet. In 1981, Rusty became President and Director of the University Research Park. Upon his retirement in 2006, he became Vice Chairman.

Rusty loved helping and connecting people and serving the City of Charlotte and the State of North Carolina. From 1979 to 1989, Rusty served on the board of the NC Department of Transportation, including a term as vice chairman. Rusty’s terms spanned both Republican and Democratic administrations, and he became affectionately known as the “Road Czar”. Rusty was one of the architects of Interstate 485 for which a section was named in his honor in 1997.

In 1992, he was honored by the Governor of North Carolina by being awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Rusty spent 21 years on the Board of Commissioners of the Carolinas HealthCare System and 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College. In addition, he served on the boards of Canal Industries, Inc., the NC Global TransPark Authority, The NC State Ports Authority, The NC Advisory Budget Commission, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the State Teachers Retirement System and the UNC Charlotte Foundation. UNC Charlotte awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 2007.

While Rusty spent a lot of time working, he always managed to find ways to do the things he loved most: sharing time with Jane, especially watching their kids and grandkids play sports; cheering on the Wildcats; puttering in his tool sheds in Montreat and Wrightsville Beach; rebuilding a Boston Whaler in his driveway; ordering from catalogues; fishing in the Florida Keys and Wrightsville Beach or driving through the farm or the URP just to “check on things” and to catch up with those who went along for the ride.

Rusty is survived by his daughters, Beth Goode Reigel (Ernie) and Mary Jane Goode (Walt Gramley). In addition to his wife, Jane, Rusty was preceded in death by his son, Ed Goode, and is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Beth Goode (Carl Belk). Also surviving are his seven grandchildren who lovingly called him Papoo or Pop: Rebecca Jane Ponton (Rob), Will Reigel, Rusty Reigel, Mary Ellen Goode (Matt Spangler), Eddie Goode, Elizabeth Gramley and Ross Gramley and three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jane and Robbie Ponton. Additionally, Rusty is survived by his sisters-in-law, Becky Rencher and Marian Nisbet and was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Olin Nisbet and Bud Rencher. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews also survive Rusty.

The family would like to thank Lametsha “Buffy” Crawford for the invaluable love, support and care she has provided over the years to Rusty, Jane and “Gagi”. You will forever be a part of our family. Thank you also to Southminster Healthcare and Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte for your care, compassion and support.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11 o’clock in the morning at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The interment will be private. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Edward S. Goode Scholarship Fund , Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035, The Levine Children’s Hospital c/o Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, 208 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Charles Davidson Hall ’54

Charles Davidson Hall '54Charles Davidson Hall of Irmo, SC, formally of Charlotte, NC passed away at home on February 26, 2018 of natural causes. He was born in Belmont, NC on August 31, 1932 to Matthew Neagle Hall and Carolina May Hall.

Charles graduated from Belmont High School in 1950 and earned a business degree from Davidson College where he was a member of Phi Kappa Gamma Fraternity.

Charles served as a U.S. Naval Commander during the Korean War stationed in Norfolk, VA where he met the love of his life, Julia Ann Royster Hall.

After serving his country, he entered the business community, rose to vice president of the Dyed Yarn Division of American Effird Mills, Mt. Holly, NC and eventually became president of American Yarn Association of Charlotte, NC.

Charles was an Eagle Scout, dedicated husband and father. He attended and instructed Sunday school at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, daughter Clare Ann Hall Effinger (Tom), and grandchildren Connor Davidson Effinger, and Carolina Rose Effinger. He was respected by all for his acumen of current events.

He enjoyed traveling with Julia Ann, visiting his daughter and watching his grandchildren grow up on Lake Murray with the beautiful sunsets.

He will be missed by family and friends as a true southern gentleman.

A memorial service will be held at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, 2721 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin, SC on Sunday March 4, at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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