Robert “Bob” Klugh ’56

Robert “BRobert “Bob” Klugh '56ob” Klugh went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2018 in Olathe, KS. Cremation.

Robert was born August 28, 1934 to Robert Parker Klugh, Sr. and Sarah (Saxon) Klugh in Union, South Carolina. Bob attended Davidson University and received a bachelor’s degree in business.

It was always his dream to be a pilot and immediately after college gained a spot in officer training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola’s flight school. Bob served with his fighter squadron on the U.S.S. Coral Sea during the Vietnam war.  After a decade in the Navy and becoming a pilot he went to work for Trans World Airlines. Bob retired from TWA after three decades with the airline.

Bob married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Billings and together they raised four children, Robert, Michael, David and Elizabeth. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his son Michael, his sister Martha Ann Bull and his wife Beverly who passed away in 2005.

Bob is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home, whom he married in 2010, his sons, Robert III (Janet) and David (Patty) and his daughter Elizabeth (Reagan) Rayburn. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Emily, Sammy and Allison.

Robert is also survived by and will be sadly missed by his step children, step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on March 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS.

Memorial donations in memory of Bob can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Lewy Body Foundation or Catholic Community Hospice of Olathe.


Theodore Glenn “Ted” Hartsock, Jr. ’56

Theodore Glenn "Ted" Hartsock, Jr. '56Theodore Glenn Hartsock, Jr., age 83, departed this life on February 12, 2018 to be with his Lord and Savior after a long battle with declining health.

Ted was born on April 30, 1934 in Bluefield, WV to Theodore Glenn Hartsock and Margaret Watson Hartsock. Ted attended Beaver High School where he played football and baseball. He went on to attend Davidson College and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He then transferred to the University of Alabama and graduated in 1956.

Ted moved to Charlotte in the late 50’s and married Sarah Ann Mills in 1960. They were married 50 years and had four children. Beginning his professional career with Kaiser Aluminum, Ted pursued business interests in Charlotte as an entrepreneur with a focus on sales and marketing. He started a business selling automated office equipment and then moved into the business computer industry.

In the 1980’s his business was listed as one of the top 500 fastest growing small businesses in the US. Ted was active in politics in the early sixties when he served as Executive Director of the NC Republican Party and ran for the NC House of Representatives in 1964. He was a co-founder of Mecklenburg Aquatic Club in 1972 and was co-chairman of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aquatic Commission that resulted in the beginning of the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry.

Ted was an avid golfer and enjoyed longtime friendships from his years playing golf at the Charlotte Country Club and Yeaman’s Hall Club in Charleston and the Piedmont Club. He particularly enjoyed several opportunities to play pro-am events and only late in life did he begin to use woods off the tee.

Ted is predeceased by his wife, Sally; his parents; and his two brothers, Calvin Watson Hartsock and Furman Preston Hartsock of Clarksburg, WV. He is survived by his wife, Marian McGowan Nisbet; his four children: son, Langdon Hartsock (Charlotte) of Charleston, SC; daughter, Elisabeth Dwight (David) of Richmond, VA; daughter, Margaret Spickard (Anderson) of Nashville, TN; and daughter, Sarah Keller (Scott) of Durham, NC. He is also survived by cousins: Elias Calvin Watson of Birmingham, AL; A.L. Addington of Savannah,GA; and Sue Clovis of Clarksburg, WV.

Ted has ten grandchildren who were a great joy to him: Langdon, Thomas and Charles Hartsock; Laura and David Dwight; Anna, Lucas, and William Spickard; Christopher and Peter Keller.

The family is grateful to the compassionate staff and caregivers at Waltonwood – Cotswald, and Hospice & Palliative Care.

A memorial service celebrating Ted’s life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC at 12:30pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207; or Davidson College, 405 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 14, 2018

DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. ’56

DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. '56DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. departed this life peacefully at home with his wife Anne by his side on November 8, 2017.

Born April 24, 1933, DeWitt was reared in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia where his parents were Presbyterian home missionaries. He was graduated from Woodberry Forrest School and Davidson College before serving as an officer in the U. S. Army Air Defense Command.

DeWitt spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry at Richardson-Vicks, Pfizer, and AH Robbins. These years were filled with indelible memories of advertising Clearasil with Dick Clark during the heyday of American Bandstand; increasing sales of Visine eye drops with “gets the red out;” and aggressively marketing Sergeant’s Pet Care Products.

In 1981, he was recruited by the Association of National Advertisers, Inc. to be its President and CEO. In 1987, he led the organization’s successful resistance of Florida’s sales tax on services including its tax on advertising. With record attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences its membership thrived. While at ANA, he served on a number of industry boards and was elected an Honorary Director for Life of The Advertising Council, Inc.

The Church was an integral part of DeWitt’s life. He was ordained a Deacon by Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1961; elected and ordained an Elder by the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va. in 1975; and installed an Elder by the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, S.C. in 2007, 2014 and 2017. DeWitt taught Sunday school, chaired numerous committees and designed and conducted new member classes which increased the congregation by over 150 members.

When DeWitt and Anne retired to Beaufort, SC in 2003 he brought a strong commitment to the community. He twice served as President of the Point Neighborhood Association. During his tenure, two neighborhood parks, Harvey Park and the Charlie Knott Park, were restored and dedicated. DeWitt’s life was filled with 84 active years. He loved living in Beaufort; traveling with Anne; selling on eBay; lunching with friends and being with his constant companion, his sweet Australian Shepherd Jezebelle.

DeWitt will be missed, but his work and stories will be remembered. DeWitt is survived by his wife Anne Valle, son, Frederick (Barbara), daughter, McNair Bishop (Diggs), sister, Blanche Nichols, her son Bobby, and grandchildren Melissa, Katharine, Morgan, Bill, Mary, and Coleman. He was preceded in death by Jezebelle.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 14th at First Presbyterian Church, North Street, Beaufort, S.C. Following the service a reception will be held at the Church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort and Friends of Caroline Hospice, Port Royal. Copeland Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in The Island Packet on Nov. 10, 2017

James Richard Holshouser ’56

The Rev. James Richard Holshouser, 83, of Blowing Rock, passed away Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. He was the son of the late Robert Jacob Julius Holshouser Sr. and Mamie Gladys Roberts Holshouser. He was a graduate of Davidson College and Union Seminary in Richmond, Va. He was a retired Presbyterian minister and served many churches throughout eastern and western North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie Rebecca Rigler Holshouser; two daughters, Natalie Lorraine Holshouser of Blowing Rock, and Laura Ailene Holtsberg and husband, Russell of Bend, Ore; two sons, Richard Andrew and wife, Francisca Holshouser of Denver, Colo., and Jonathan David and wife, Rebecca Holshouser of Boulder, Colo.; one sister, Lorra Lee Holshouser of Mooresville; two brothers, Robert Holshouser, Jr. and wife, Susan K. of Conover and Howard and wife, Rita Holshouser of Mooresville; three granddaughters, Lorraine, Madison and Lillian; and one grandson, Dylan.

Services for Rev. James Richard Holshouser Sr. will be conducted Sunday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., in Grace Lutheran Church in Boone.

Memorial donations may be made to The Masonic Home For Children At Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.

Online condolences may be shared with the Holshouser family at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Holshouser family.

William Harold Morris, Jr. ’56

William Harold Morris, Jr. '56William Harold Morris, Jr. was born on June 30, 1934, in Gastonia, N.C. and passed away on June 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harold, Sr., and Margaret Lewis Morris. His brother, Robert, survives.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret; his three children: Beth Sarros (Nick) of Mt. Zion, IL; Hal (Alyssa) of Palo Alto, CA and Bobby (Gloria) of St. John, IN; eight grandchildren: Anthony and Meg Sarros; Grace, Will, J.K., Audrey and Henriette Morris; and Gavin Reinbold-Morris.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 11, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN. Bill moved to Charlotte, NC., at nine years of age found himself taking on many new experiences.

While his grandfather served in the N.C. Legislature (both in the House and the Senate), Bill served 2 terms as a page, one year as Chief Page. He would go to school on Monday, pick up his assignments for the week, and leave for Raleigh with his grandfather. Bill rarely saw his grandfather, so he would complete his school work on the first day, complete his page duties and return home to Charlotte, turn his assignments in on Friday and start the process all over again on Monday. This would go on for several months, but he always managed to achieve outstanding grades!

He attended Harding High School and enjoyed playing football (becoming Charlotte’s leading scorer his senior year, despite never having played the sport until his junior year) and baseball. Bill always loved all sports, but enjoyed baseball the most.

He was greatly influenced by his uncle, Buddy Lewis, who played in the major leagues for 13 years and was a two-time All Star, despite having his career interrupted by World War II and his stint as a pilot flying over 500 missions in the China Burma India Theater and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, with honors, where he played football two years and baseball 4 years, serving as a tri-captain his senior year. <
He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Bill received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1960, where he was named to Alpha Omega Alpha, medicine’s highest honorary.

While in Chapel Hill he also tried to revive interest in the graduate intramural program, achieving some amazing results for the medical school. Internship and residency years were spent at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. His love of pediatrics and of children only intensified during this time; and he made the decision that private practice would be his future, not academic medicine.

Having made the private practice decision, Bill entered the Army as a Captain. The Vietnam war was in full swing; and Bill was assigned to Ft. Rucker, AL, to establish the Department of Pediatrics. Ft. Rucker was the base for training helicopter pilots who would be sent to fight the war in Vietnam.

At one time it was named the busiest airport in the world. The worst part of Bill’s assignment was the casualty lists which so often contained the names of his patients’ fathers. At the conclusion of his service, he was commended for his dedication and his service to the children of Ft. Rucker. The Hammond Clinic was Bill’s final professional destination.

He came to the Clinic in July of 1965 to establish the Department of Pediatrics. Thus began his 35 years of devotion and service to the children of northwest Indiana and northeastern Illinois. Along the way he became the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics both at St. Margaret’s Hospital and Community Hospital.

He served on national committees for the American Medical Association. He was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Society and Lake County Medical Society. Bill thoroughly enjoyed his practice and was very devoted to his patients and to his nurses.

Parents had his permission to start calling him between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. if they had concerns about a sick child whom he had seen or a brittle diabetic who might need to be regulated. He wanted to be sure that his patients received the care and attention that they deserved.

Upon his retirement on January 1, 1999, Bill was able to enjoy some of his passions- crosswords puzzles, music, reading, all sports, but especially baseball, English mysteries, his dogs- “Ditka” and “Brick”, travel and travelogues.

Throughout his life, his family always came first. He tried very hard to make his children’s swim meets, baseball games, tennis matches, basketball games, etc. He also enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams, going out to play them in tennis matches or serving as Commissioner of the Munster Babe Ruth 13 year old league. He simply enjoyed the sports environment- the friends and coaches, the players, the rituals, the interaction with other teams and their players.

His family and his grandchildren were such great joys to him. There was always a lot of teasing, but always a lot of fun and a lot of love.

He will be sorely missed. Upon Bill’s retirement on January 1, 1999, Governor Frank O’Bannon awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest award to be given to a citizen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society, 421 45th St. Munster, IN 46321, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN or a charity of your choiceWilliam Harold Morris, Jr. '

Published in The Times from June 9 to June 10, 2017