Category Archives: 1956

Jeffery Dee Smith III ’56

Rev. Jeff Smith passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017 while participating in his favorite pastime, playing chess.

Smith is survived by his immeasurably loving wife of 53 years, Mary Olive (Gillie) Smith, from Reidsville, NC.

Born in Mt. Airy and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Smith earned degrees from R. J. Reynolds High, 1952 (recipient of the Brevard Hoover Award and a Reynolds football player); Davidson College, 1956 (Beta and Diving Team); Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, 1959; and Harvard University Divinity School, 1961.

Following his graduate work with theologians and Christian philosophers, Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich–mentors who nurtured his steadfast and enduring intellectualism and affirmed his deep concern for humanity in the mid-twentieth century–Smith followed his calling into the ministry.

In 2007 he was named Pastor Emeritus at his first church, Pine Hall Presbyterian, where he began in 1965.

Pastoring at several churches in North Carolina, including Edgewood Presbyterian in Sanford and Taylorsville Presbyterian in Taylorsville, Smith was also an active member of the Salem Presbytery, PCUSA. Dedicated to his lifelong passion for social justice, Smith served devotedly for many years on the Peace and Justice Committee.

He was a member of the Synod of North Carolina and he served as a delegate for two General Assemblies, making arguments for equity within the church. Remaining keen on political activism, Smith committed himself during the 1970s to public service, running the local office of U. S. Congress House of Representative Steve Neal (D-NC) of the Fifth District.

Locally known for his sharp insight, wit, and his timely, articulate interventions at meetings of the West End Association and elsewhere, Smith adored his neighborhood and remained committed to historic preservation, while demanding accessibility for people of all abilities.

A tireless advocate for the mentally ill, Smith fought stigma so that God’s grace could be witnessed in all humans.

Rev. Smith leaves behind not only his wife, but his three daughters, one deeply courageous son, two son-in-laws and five grandchildren who stole his attention and heart. They are: Davilla Gilbert and her husband, Craig Gilbert of Charlotte, NC; Mary Olive Smith and her husband Danny Weiss of Maplewood, NJ; Jeffrey Dee Smith, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; and Sandra Weathers Smith, of New York, NY.

Grandchildren in order of birth and height are: Kelly (18), Michael (12), Inacio (11), Gil (9) and Grant (8).

Smith was predeceased by his sister Davilla Smith Perry and her husband Bob Perry.

He is survived by his cousin Rev. Ned Gillum of Indiana along with four nieces and their families, who have so loved their Uncle Jeff.

The funeral service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC on Tuesday, April 25 at 2 pm. Family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or to Pine Hall Presbyterian Church in Pine Hall, NC.

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner ’56

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner, 82, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Frye Medical Center in Hickory. He resided in Hickory at the time of his passing.

He was born Sept. 24, 1934, to the late Russell Lee and Catherine Smith Bumgarner, in Hickory.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junine Tron Bumgarner; three children, Francis Keith Bumgarner and wife, Diane, Chris Tron Bumgarner and Leigh Ann Respess and husband, Mike.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was a long-time member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and taught Sunday school for many years.

He was a member of the LPDA (LePhare des Alpes) in Valdese. He attended Valdese High School, Davidson College, earned a BA in History at Lenoir-Rhyne in 1958, and a Masters in Education at the University of North Carolina in 1965.

He began a teaching and coaching career in Shelby, and was head football coach at Boyden High School in Salisbury. He moved on to an extended career in pharmaceutical sales and sales management with Ortho Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

He later founded and ran several small businesses, culminating with Omnidex Products, Inc., where he was CEO for many years until the time of his passing. The graveside service will be held at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at 3 p.m., in Pioneer Hall, also at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valdese Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 109 Main St. E, Valdese, NC 28690, 828-874-2531.

Online condolences and memories may be left at Arrangements are made through Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese.

© Copyright 2017, The News Herald, Morganton, NC

L. Hadley Hunt ’56

L. Hadley Hunt died on February 25, 2017, following surgery complications after a valiant medical fight over the last year.

Born September 10, 1934, he was son of the late Lynn Ross Hunt and Emma Ruth Hadley Hunt of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. Hadley was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. JoAnn Padley Hunt; a daughter, Joanna Hunt Whitehouse, her husband, the Rev. Dr. Robert Whitehouse, and their sons Ross and Peter Whitehouse of Vass, North Carolina; son Lynn Padley Hunt, Lynn’s wife Lisa Michele Hunt of Chesapeake, Virginia; and son Benjamin Hadley Hunt and his close friend Tom Heimdal of Chicago, Illinois; two sisters, Mary Charlotte Hunt Kornegay and Ruth Baker Hunt Jobe, and Ruth’s husband Randall E. Jobe, all of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina, as well as many treasured nieces, nephews and cousins of the Hunt/Ross/Hadley Clans.

He earned his B. S. in music from Davidson College in 1956, where his daughter later graduated and grandson Peter is presently a junior. He was immensely proud of this Davidson legacy.

He completed his master of sacred music degree at Union Seminary in New York City in 1958, studying with many eminent theologians and musicians, including Arthur Poister. His professional career encompassed sacred music and music education.

He was in the first class of ministers of music ordained by the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church in the 60s, served as president of the National Association of Methodist Musicians for Virginia, later becoming dean of the American Guild of Organists in Lynchburg, Virginia.

As a church organist/choirmaster, he was distinguished by his improvisation skill. Beginning at age 16, he served two churches in North Carolina: Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church and Marion First United Methodist Church.

In Virginia, he served Huntington Court United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Fort Hill United Methodist Church, Peakland United Methodist Church, and, for nearly 33 years, Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, all in Lynchburg. Additionally, Hadley served as organist 35 years for High Holy Days services at Agudath Shalom Synagogue.

In the early 60s, he was the founding director of the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center Chorus, known for artistic performances of major choral works. This group later evolved into the Jefferson Choral Society and continues to thrive as a world-class choral organization.

He was appointed music director at the Central Virginia Training Center, where he developed an outstanding program for teaching intellectually disabled learners through music.

He and wife JoAnn, a professor at Lynchburg College, were awarded a Federal Developmental Disabilities Grant to facilitate teacher training programs, the first such collaborative effort between a state institution and a private college, dedicated to preparing teachers to use music with intellectually disabled persons.

They were featured as lecturers and clinicians both nationally and internationally, disseminating their techniques to other professionals in educational and medical fields. Hadley considered his creative work in this area as a Christian calling rather than a profession.

Following his retirement, he volunteered his musical skills in several nursing homes and retirement communities, organizing singing groups and bell choirs, and producing numerous musical programs.

In addition, he worked with the Stop Hunger Now Mission Program, helped with the Homeless Overnight Project, and contributed to the music ministry at Deep Creek United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Most recently, he was the inaugural donor to the Anatomical Gift Program for the School of Health Sciences at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, and so will continue to serve society even in death. Hadley was known for his wit, giving spirit, and family storytelling. He will be missed greatly.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, North Carolina on Friday, March 3, 2017 at one p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Davidson College L. Hadley Hunt Fund (address: Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, North Carolina 28035).

A reception will follow in the Gathering Place at the Village at Brookwood, 1860 Brookwood Avenue, Burlington, North Carolina.

© Copyright 2017, The News & Advance, Lynchburg, VA

Charles Walker McCrary Jr. ’56

59fd63a3-2268-496c-a567-f14a9a2f5136Local industrialist Charles Walker McCrary Jr. passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his home in Asheboro with his loving family by his side.

He was born May 15, 1934, in Randolph County.

He is the son of the late Charles Walker McCrary and Julia English McCrary.

Charles graduated from Asheboro High School and attended Davidson College majoring in English. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in the Panama Canal in 1956-1958. He retired third generation President and CEO of Acme-McCrary Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Sapona Manufacturing. He also served many years as a Director and Officer of Randolph Oil Company, Director of Randolph Hospital and Wells Fargo Bank and Trust and a Director and Officer of Acme-McCrary & Sapona Foundation.

Charles was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman. Most weekends one could find him piddling on his boat at Badin Lake. He was a HAM radio operator and self-proclaimed electronics guru. Charles never knew a stranger and was a generous friend and mentor to all.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth McCrary Simmons.

Charles is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Susan Noble McCrary; daughter Suzanne English McCrary; son, Charles Walker McCrary III and wife Shannon; grandchildren, Samantha Grace McCrary and Charles Walker McCrary IV; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, N.C.

The funeral service will be held Monday, July 18, 2016, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 224 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, with his pastors the Rev. Lynda Ferguson and Dr. Donald Haynes officiating. Burial will follow at the city cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Randolph County Honor Guard.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to all his devoted caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 224 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, NC 27203; or Randolph Hospital Community Health Foundation, 364 White Oak St., Asheboro, NC 27204-1048.

Please share remembrances and condolences at www.pugh

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Talmadge Franklin Broughton ’56

Image-15600_20160714Talmadge Franklin (Tal) Broughton, 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 after battling progressive Alzheimer’s for more than ten years.

He is survived by a loving family including his wife of 59 years, Mary Virginia Broughton; two sons, Mark Talmadge Broughton and Bradley Powell Broughton; twelve grandchildren, Aaron, David, Paige Rosekopf, Peter, Elizabeth Oller, Mary, Julia, Rachel, Rebekah, Samuel, Hannah, and Abigail; and by three great-granddaughters, Claire, Kate, and Megan. He is also survived by his brother, Kirby Broughton of Greensboro, N.C.

Tal accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during his college years at Davidson College where he earned a scholarship to play football. While his life included many accomplishments, none were greater than living to honor his Lord and consistently loving his family.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and received exceptional care by the loving staff at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke during his declining years.

Tal was the Founder and CEO of SATCOM for 40 years, a successful software company headquartered in Virginia Beach, where he shared operational responsibilities with his two sons for more than 20 years.

Tal was also known to be a kind-hearted man with a refreshing personality and an engaging smile. People of all ages and walks of life enjoyed his company.

He was recognized as a leader in the community, in business, and in his church, so his plate often overflowed with responsibilities. But he always seemed to do them well Chairman for the Hampton Roads’ Billy Graham Crusade; Chairman for the Hampton Roads’ Bill Gothard Institute in Basic Life Principles; Chairman of multiple church building committees; and Hampton Roads’ Investment Liaison for State of Israel Bonds.

But despite his busy schedule, Tal always seemed to find time to be with his family and show them love, taking many trips throughout the country with his grandchildren prior to his declining illness.

Tal and his wife Mary Virginia were longtime residents of Virginia Beach, but moved to the Daleville area of Roanoke in 2003.

His public memorial service will be at 7 p.m. held, Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Faith Alliance Church located at 7505 Barrens Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missions to Military (2221 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, Va. 23464, 757-479-2288), or Samaritan’s Purse International Relief at Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home, 540-366-0707.

“In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began” Titus 1:2

  Copyright (c) 2016 The Roanoke Times

Albert Farmer Aiken ’56

Dr. Albert Farmer Aiken, 81, of Summerville, South Carolina, husband of Mary Ruth Lesesne Aiken died Monday, May 9, 2016.

His Funeral Service will be held Sunday, May 15, 2016 in the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street at 3:00 pm. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 pm until time of service in the church fellowship hall.

Albert was born May 22, 1934 in Greenville, South Carolina, son of the late Hugh Kerr Aiken and the late Alberta Corinne Farmer Aiken. He attended Greenville schools and was graduated from Davidson College in 1956.

He served in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a 1963 graduate of MUSC. In the late 1960’s he started his practice of neurology in Charleston and worked at Roper and St. Francis Hospitals. He also served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at MUSC and President of the staff at St. Francis Xavier Hospital.

He was President of Charleston County Medical Society from 1979-1980 and President of South Carolina Neurological Association. Albert was a member of the AMA, SC Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Academy of Neurology.

In retirement he was a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Dr. Aiken was a member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and Elder. For over 50 years, Dr. Aiken was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America serving as troop leader, troop committee member and cub master. He was an Eagle Scout and also earned The Silver Beaver Award. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his loving family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Lesesne Aiken of Summerville, SC; daughter, Ruth Aiken Owens (Tim) of Summerville, SC; two sons, Arthur Kerr Aiken (Bea Hightower) of Columbia, SC and Albert Farmer Aiken, Jr. (Donlyn) of Spartanburg, SC; former daughter-in-law, Dr. Jill Cater Aiken (Michael Smith) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; eight grandchildren; brother Hugh Kerr Aiken (Clairene) of Greenville, SC.

He was preceded in death by his son Dr. Hugh Thames Aiken and a granddaughter, Allyn Fox Aiken.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or Coastal Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1025 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407.


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Cecil B. “Jerry” Bishop ’56

bs-bsh-md-ob-obit-bishop-jpg-20160512Cecil B. “Jerry” Bishop, a retired Alex. Brown & Sons stockbroker who was active with several community organization boards, died May 6 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of respiratory failure.

The Ruxton resident was 81. The son of Cecil B. Bishop Sr., a dry cleaner, and Virginia Elizabeth Wilson, a homemaker, Cecil Brown Bishop was born and raised in Hickory, N.C., and graduated from public schools there.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1956 from Davidson College in North Carolina, then went to work as a sales representative and assistant personnel manager for the Southern Desk Co., and also served as the company’s Mid-Atlantic regional representative.

Mr. Bishop joined Alex. Brown & Sons in 1964 as a stockbroker. In 1975, he was promoted to sales and branch manager of its Towson office. He retired in 1999. From 1981 to 1994, he was a board member of Family and Children Services of Maryland; he was its president from 1991 to 1993. He also was a board member and treasurer of Presbyterian Home in Towson for several years, and had been chairman of the Egenton Home in Mount Vernon from 1982 to 1987.

Mr. Bishop played a role in the 1990s in helping secure for the Maryland State House the sword that Tench Tilghman, aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington, carried on his ride from Yorktown, Va., to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to announce the British surrender in 1781.

“The sword is prominently on display alongside the Charles Willson Peale portrait of Washington, Lafayette and Tilghman in the Old Senate Chamber,” said Joseph M. Coale III, a Ruxton writer and Maryland historian who was a longtime friend of Mr. Bishop’s.

A member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Bishop died on the 28th anniversary of his sobriety.

He was an active member of First & Franklin Presbyterian Church and served on its board from 1973 to 1982. He helped guide the church through a 1980 restoration.

He was a fan of Davidson and Duke University basketball and an avid tennis player.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at his church, 210 W. Madison St., Baltimore.

He is survived by a son, Carter W. Bishop of Hong Kong; a daughter, Deborah B. Fox of Towson; his companion, Jeannie Trout; and three grandchildren. Three marriages ended in divorce.

Mr. Bishop played a role in helping secure for Maryland a sword belonging to an aide to Gen. George Washington.

  Copyright (c) 2016 The Baltimore Sun Company

Harry Brownlee ’56

0596fab1-33ea-4b6a-8675-7d1fba5e54c5Harry Brownlee, age 81, passed away on March 14, 2016 in New York City. Born in Charlotte, NC, Harry attended Davidson College and moved to New York City to attend Columbia Medical School, graduating in 1960.

He interned at St. Vincent’s, served two years in the Army as a Captain and did his residency at Roosevelt Hospital. He left there as Director of Outpatient Psychiatry.

He went on to co-found and preside over Brownlee Dolan Stein Associates, a pioneer of employee assistance programs in the late 1970s. He volunteered with various agencies to coach first time job interviewees and assist refugees in using English conversational skills.

He is survived by Marvin Koenig, his husband of 23 years, his two sisters Sarah Bryant and Fran Parker of Charlotte, NC, his nephews James Bryant of Linville, NC, Frank Bryant of Charlotte, NC, Rick Brownlee of Savannah, GA, Frank Brownlee of Kinston, NC and nieces Anne Glover of Palo Alto, CA, Karen Ham of Greenville, NC and their families.

He will be remembered by all who knew and loved him as a wise, humorous, thoughtful, and generous soul, a mentor.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 17, 2016

Jon Watson Regen ’56

1Jon Watson Regen, of Davidson, NC, died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at the age of 81. He was the son of Kelsey and Jocelyn Regen of Durham, NC. He was a graduate of Durham High School (1952), Davidson College (1956), Duke University (1960) and Union Theological Seminary (1974).

Following a fifteen year career in education, he became a Presbyterian minister, serving the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, VA, and Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, VA.

In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his dogs and his family, especially his grandchildren.

He had many fine adventures in exotic locations, including bird banding in the North Atlantic, a peace mission to the Soviet Union, relief work in Haiti, and, at age 70, a motorcycle ride across the United States.

A move to Davidson, NC, in 2006 brought Jon and Barbara home to a beloved community where he volunteered at the Davidson Elementary School library, attended classes at Davidson College, and gave his enthusiastic support to Davidson Wildcat athletics, particularly basketball.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Barbara; his children, Kelsey Regen of Reston, VA; William and Harriet Regen of Davidson, NC; Suzanne and Rob Grzeszczak, also of Davidson, NC; his eight grandchildren; and his sister, Margot Regen of Mechanicsville, VA. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Jocelyn and Hank Grzeszczak, Mary Lang and Jon Regen, and Catherine, Claiborne, Charlotte, and Annie Regen.

A service to celebrate his life is planned for February 27th, at 3 pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be sent to the Kelsey Regen Memorial Scholarship Fund at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, or a charity of your choice.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at

Copyright (c) 2016 The Charlotte Observer

William Roy Conine, Jr. ’56

The Rev. Dr. William R. Conine, Jr., 81, of LaGrange, GA died Thursday, November 12, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

Dr. Conine served as minister at seven churches in the Georgia area and was presently the Parish Associate at the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Clare McCarley Conine; son, W. Roy Conine, III (Kathy) of Ellerslie, GA; daughter, Cathy Kennedy of Marietta, GA; daughter, Beth Bean (Steve) of McCormick, S.C.; grandchildren, Ben Barnes, Alex Conine, Alison Kennedy, Madeline Kennedy, and Andrew Kennedy; great grandchild, William Wyatt Conine; sister, Pegge Murphy (Ed) of Huntsville, AL; and several nephews.

Memorial service will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, November 15, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange. The reception will be in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions to the Dr. William R. Conine, Jr. college fund be made to First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

Published in LaGrange Daily News from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2015