William “Bill” C. Rawls ’57

Dr. William “Bill” C. Rawls, 84, of Newport, threw off the confines of his tired body and left us Thursday, April 4, 2019. He died at his home.

His service is at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort, officiated by the Rev. Tambria Lee. 

Bill was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Rocky Mount, and was educated at Davidson College. He married Helen Turlington in 1956 and fell in love with the idea of becoming a physician after meeting her father. He completed his medical degree and then residency training to become an OB/GYN at his beloved University of North Carolina. He remained a steadfast UNC basketball fan for the rest of his life.

He was so happy to live long enough to see them beat Duke twice this year. He practiced his medical art in New Bern for many years and raised two sons, who followed his circuitous path into medicine. He and Helen retired to the Beaufort area, where they became a part of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. 

Bill was a physician, sailor, comic, pig-cooker, husband, father and grandfather. He was a man who truly had a sense for adventure and wonder. He had great fortitude to the very end of his life and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Turlington Rawls; his eldest son, William “Bill” C. Rawls Jr., wife Meg Foster Rawls and their two children, Braden and Billy; and his younger son, James Turlington Rawls, wife Darlene Oxendine Rawls and their daughter Maya. And last but certainly not least, he is survived by his beloved chocolate Labrador, Luke, who misses him badly. 

“Many thanks to all in this great community that helped Bill and Helen over these many years.” 

Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be sent to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 215 Ann St., Beaufort, NC 28516. 

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net. 

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Bill Currie ’57

Dr. William “Bill” Deems Currie, Sr., passed away peacefully with family by his side on March 14, 2019, in Albemarle, North Carolina.

He was born on September 4, 1935 to Kenneth and Elsie Currie in Wallace, North Carolina and he was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Anna S. Currie, and his brother, Kenneth “Kent” M. Currie, Jr. 

Dr. Currie was educated at Davidson College as an undergraduate (Class of 1957), and he received his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill in Biochemistry.

He met his lovely wife, Anna S. Currie of Sampson County, North Carolina, on the shores of White Lake, and they married on April 2, 1961.

They moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where their first son was born, and returned to North Carolina, settling in Durham, where their second son was born, and where he accepted a position in the Department of Radiology at Duke University Medical School, where he remained until his retirement.

He was an accomplished research professor and he enjoyed teaching medical school students.

Bill loved the Lord and was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, where he served as an elder.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing at the Outer Banks for many years with his wife and sons, travelling the world with Anna, and indefatigably cheering for the UNC Tarheels.

He was a devoted husband and father, sacrificing for the needs of family before his own. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, William Deems Currie, Jr., and his fiancé Gail Johnson; son Patrick W. Currie, his wife Lisa Currie and their children Virginia, Holland, Lachlann and Angus; sister-in-law Catherine “Putsie” Currie and her children, Mark Currie, Rich Currie and Catherine DiLoreto; sister-in-law Carol Stone and her husband, Ed Stone.

Published in HeraldSun on Mar. 24, 2019

James Gregory Poole, Jr. ’57

James Gregory Poole, Jr. was born on December 18, 1934 to Irene Rand Poole and James Gregory Poole, Sr. at the first Rex Hospital on South Street in Raleigh. After a brief illness, he died surrounded by his loving family on December 29, 2018.

Greg grew up in Raleigh where he attended public school until the 9th grade when he chose to go to Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He was Regimental Commander his senior year. His love of Culver, its focus on the mind, body, and spirit, combined with the relationships he built there with his fellow classmates, were strong influences in his life. 

After graduating from Culver in 1953, he attended Davidson College; he was a quarterback on the football team. After two years he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1957.

After serving six months in the Army Reserves, Greg went to work for the Gregory Poole Equipment Company, which his father founded in 1951. He became President and CEO in 1964 and retired in 1998. Greg helped his father develop MacGregor Downs and later founded MacGregor Development Company, which developed Lochmere and MacGregor Park in Cary.

Greg’s life was characterized by a remarkable knack for developing lasting friendships with all those he encountered. He had a great passion for his community and greatly influenced much of what we enjoy in Raleigh today.

In his later years he worked tirelessly advocating for the establishment of the Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. In addition, he spent considerable time developing his basket weaving and woodworking skills, and loved sharing his work with others.

Greg is remembered and admired most not for his considerable accomplishments, but for his character and love of people. His life was framed by his father’s high school class motto, “Building for Character, not for Fame”.

Greg is survived by his four children, James Gregory Poole, III, Barbara Alyson Poole, William Kenan Poole (Stephanie) and Edward Ashton Poole (Fran); eight grandchildren, James Gregory Poole IV, Sarah Lane Poole, John Braxton Poole, Caroline Claire Poole, William Kenan Poole II, Richard Harrison Poole, Edward Ashton Poole, Jr., and Patricia Vaughan Poole.

He is also survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary Ann Dailey Poole, and his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara Hatcher McDonald.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Poole Enderle, and his parents.

A visitation is planned for Tuesday, January 1, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Flowers Cottage, Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh.

A Witness to the Resurrection service in his honor will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. A reception will follow.

Memorial gifts in Greg’s honor may be made to the White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dorothea Dix Park, Camp Oak Hill or the charity of your choice

James Gregory Poole, Jr. '57

Published in The News & Observer from Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019

W. Roy Robinson, Jr. ’57

William Roy Robinson, Jr., 83, devoted son, husband, father and indulgent grandpa, passed away on December 18, 2018, in Winston-Salem.

Born in Gastonia on August 10, 1935, Roy enjoyed in his youth a reputation as a hellion, not only setting off fireworks indoors and sneaking into–and being expelled from–baseball games, but also spying on the bootleggers around Booger Mountain and getting chased off by their whizzing bullets. When he drove by, residents would remark, “There goes Roy, like a bat outta hell.”

From his parents, the late William Roy Robinson, Sr., and Lida Stacy Robinson, Roy quickly learned self-reliance and the value of a buck and would purchase movie tickets from money earned collecting soda bottles and running paper routes. He also learned the virtues of patience, devotion to family, taking care of others, and being cool, although these took more time. After he knocked his mom out. Accidentally.

After graduating from Gastonia High School in 1953, Roy attended Davidson College, where he was on the track and field team, earned his BA in Business upon graduation in 1957, and formed lifelong friendships. In 1958, he married Allene Hudson, also from Gastonia, and began his 38-year career with Wachovia Bank, first in Charlotte, then later in Winston-Salem, until his early retirement in 1996.

Together he and his wife raised a son and daughter in Clemmons, where they were community leaders, founding the local PTA chapter. Roy also saved countless lives by donating his rare blood; coached and managed Clemmons Little League Baseball; was an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 736; and was active in the Clemmons Civic Club, promoting–and consuming–their pancake breakfasts and assisting with their investment portfolio to fund West Forsyth High School scholarships.

A graduate of and, subsequently, teacher at the American Institute of Banking (Investments), Roy developed a deep passion for the stock market and began day trading of stocks, specializing in the selling of call and put options. He loved to explain to anyone that would listen the intricacies and magic of options and taught many people the technique of option trading.

Blessed with a keen wit, analytical mind, and a competitive, feisty spirit, Roy loved a puzzle and never turned down a challenge. During the ’60s and ’70s, he was a professional contester. He was both a card, winning joke contests, and a card shark. An expert bridge player, Roy challenged any takers, especially his nieces, to marathon bridge matches and played weekly at the Shepherd’s Center, South Fork, and Miller Park in Winston-Salem. 

Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Allene Hudson Robinson, Roy leaves behind his grieving children, West Tripp Robinson of Davidson and Susan Allene Robinson of Clemmons; sister, Carolyn Robinson Lineberger of Dallas; brothers, Stacy Banks Robinson of Charlotte and Starr Neely Robinson of Forest City; daughter-in-law, Becky Montelibano, and granddaughter, Kalista Chuanshi Robinson, both of Davidson; granddog, Rosie Mathilda; and many loved ones, both friends and family.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Clemmons Moravian Church, 3535 Spangenberg Ave. The family will receive friends for a visitation following the service.

Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www.frankvoglerandsonsclemmons.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either Davidson College or the Clemmons Civic Club.

Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 23, 2018

Richard “Dick” Spurgeon Belton ’57

Richard "Dick" Spurgeon Belton '57Mr. Richard “Dick” Spurgeon Belton, Sr., age 83 , of Mt. Airy died Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Woltz Hospice Home.

Mr. Belton was born in Surry Country, April 16, 1935, the son of the late E.C. and Irene Roberts Belton.

He graduated from Mt. Airy High School and Davidson College where he excelled in football. Mr. Belton was a veteran of the United States Army and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church.

He was inducted into the Mt. Airy Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Reece Belton; his daughter and son-in-law, Lib and Ron Rabun; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Leshia Belton, Jr.; his grandchildren, Nathan (Misty) Belton, Jacob (Allie) Belton, Luke Rabun, Molly Rabun; one great-grandchild, Molly Belton; his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Bonahue; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jeanette Belton.

A memorial service will be held Monday, October 29, 2018, at 12:00 at First Baptist Church in Mt. Airy with Rev. Jay Meadows officiating.  The family will visit with family and friends two hours prior to the service in the Fireside Room of First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woltz Hospice Home or First Baptist Church of Mt. Airy.