Clelmer Kay Bartell ’57

Clelmer Kay Bartell originally from Indiantown, S.C. died on November 6th at his residence in New Orleans at the age of 83.

He survived despite many long-term medical problems due to his will to live and the skill of his physicians, some of whom he taught as undergraduates in his long career teaching at the University of New Orleans.

He is survived by long term friend Carl Hardy of New Orleans and sister Carrie Bartell of Colorado, as well as beloved cousins in South Carolina. Clel (a.k.a. Kay) was the son of Clelmer H. Bartell and Grace Wilson Bartell.

From boyhood Clel was known for his skills as a naturalist, his keen intellect and his artistic proclivity. He graduated from Davidson College in 1957 and earned a PhD in Zoology from Duke University in 1964.<

He matured into a kind and generous man who attracted a wide circle of loyal, loving friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the Indiantown Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the William "Bill" Chandler fund of Indiantown Church or an environmental group of one's choice.

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Jack Elliott Trawick ’57

Jack Elliott Trawick '57Jack Elliott Trawick, 80, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away on July 8, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center. Jack was born in Macon, GA, the third of four children of Benton Jenkins Trawick and Lottie Donaldson Trawick.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Benton James (Jay) Trawick.

He is survived by his sister, Jeannine Trawick Alley, and brother, Harry Wayne Trawick and sister-in-law Marlyn Utley Trawick, all of Macon, GA.

He is additionally survived by Catherine Ramsey Trawick, his loving wife of 58 years, and his children, Michael Alan Trawick and wife Deborah Crabbe Trawick of Winston-Salem, NC; Benton Jefferson Trawick and wife Amy Raye Trawick of Burke, VA; and Robert Chason Trawick and wife Amanda Sloan Trigg of New City, NY. His grandchildren are Evan Michael Trawick, Marshall Andrew Trawick, Hannah Rae Trawick and husband Jacob David (Jake) Coltrane, Duncan Sinclair Trawick, and Owen Harris Trawick.

Jack was a 1957 graduate of Davidson College, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, and a dedicated journalist, who retired as Assistant to the Publisher at the Winston-Salem Journal.

As a reporter, he participated in the Journal’s 1971 Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the effects of strip mining in the Appalachian region.

He was also a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), serving three churches in that position. He was a longtime member of Parkway Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, and he served on numerous committees and commissions of Salem Presbytery.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 2:00 PM at Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Parkway Presbyterian Church.

E. Benton Johnston ’57

E. Benton Johnston '57E. Ben Johnston, 80, of Greenville, devoted husband for 59 years of Joann Carter Johnston, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

He was born in White Oak, Georgia to the late Rev. John Patterson Johnston and Ruth Prince Siler Johnston.

He graduated from Davidson College and worked for many years as a managing editor of several small-town newspapers in Illinois, Arizona and California before settling down in Memphis, Tennessee to work for The Commercial Appeal for ten years.

In 1980 he moved to Greenville to be the editor of the ARP Magazine for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he retired.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was passionate about sharing the Gospel of his Savior. He could go inside a Chick-Fil-A to order a meal and come back to the car an hour later and recite the life story of the employee who served him, pray for their upcoming surgery, and remember them forthe rest of his life. He was a member of Devenger Road Presbyterian Church.

He leaves three children: two daughters, Vickie (James) Stewart and Candy Jacobs, both of Greenville; a son, Terry (Mayhoward) Johnston of Roanoke, Virginia; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildr en.

There will be a memorial ser vice today, Sunday, at 3:00 pm at Devenger Road Presbyterian Church, 1200 Devenger Road, Greer, SC. Private interment will be held Monday at Coddle Creek ARP Church in North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to World Witness ARP, 918 South Pleasantburg Dr. or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

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James “Jim” Comer Gaither, Sr. ’57

James "Jim" Comer Gaither, Sr. '57

Dr. James (Jim) Comer Gaither, Sr., passed peacefully at his home in Newton, North Carolina, Sunday evening at 10:30 pm, January 15th, 2017. Dr. Gaither suffered from Leukemia and was taken home to our Lord after an extended battle with the illness.

Dr. Gaither loved the community where he was born, and he returned following medical school with his beloved wife Rachel to found his medical practice and raise a family.

Dr. Jim Gaither was born October 19th, 1934 in Newton, North Carolina, to Mrs. Allie Comer Gaither and William Cowles Gaither. Jim and Rachel Gaither were married on September 8, 1959 at the Davidson College Chapel.

Dr. Gaither attended Newton Conover High School and graduated in 1953. Jim went on to attend Davidson College where he majored in Biology and graduated in 1957. While attending Washington University Medical School in St. Louis Jim met the love of his life and his wife of 57 years, Rachel Cole.

Before returning to begin his practice as one of the youngest physicians at the newly constructed Catawba Memorial Hospital, Jim served in the United States Army where he was stationed overseas in Germany with his wife and young family.

Dr. Gaither opened his internal medicine practice with his friend and partner Dr. Arthur Lynn directly across the street from Catawba Memorial Hospital. After Gaither and Lynn were joined later by the late Dr. Edward Boone it was estimated that at one time the three physicians of Gaither, Lynn and Boone had over 20,000 Catawba County residents that called these physicians their doctor.

The medical practice of Gaither, Lynn and Boone continued to grow and eventually relocated under the name of Catawba Valley Internal Medicine. Dr. Jim Gaither admired and respected his colleagues and had the privilege of working with the fine men and women who make up one of the most respected medical communities anywhere.

Dr. Jim Gaither served on numerous boards and committees and was always available to serve the community he loved so much. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Newton. He shared a love of sports both as a participant and observer.

His humble and giving nature, his sharp wit and his enduring friendship and loyalty will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved him.

Dr. Jim Gaither is survived by his loving wife, Rachel Gaither and by his brother and lifelong friend, Albert Gaither. Jim and Rachel Gaither had three children and eleven grandchildren.

Dr. Gaither is survived by his son, Cole Alexander Gaither and his wife, Anita McCaslin Gaither and their three children, Zachary Alexander Gaither, Jordan Rose Gaither and Benjamin Richard Gaither.

Jim and Rachel’s beloved grandson, Mathew Cole Gaither, preceded his grandfather in death in 2014. Dr. Gaither is also survived by his son, James Comer Gaither, Jr. and his wife Beth Proctor Gaither and their four children, Amelia Wyant Gaither, Andrew Proctor Gaither, William Worth Gaither and James Nicholas Gaither.

Dr. Gaither is survived by his daughter, Rachel Leigh Gaither Maier, and her husband, Major Karl Patrick Maier, U S Army and their three children, Patrick Kenneth Maier, Jacob Comer Maier, and Clancy Alexandra Maier.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Newton. The Revs. Connie Button, Fred Thompson and Smith Sharpe will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC or the charity of one’s choice in the name of Dr. James C. Gaither Sr.

John Calhoun Graham, Jr. ’57

John Calhoun Graham, Jr. passed away January 15, 2017 in Kitty Hawk, NC. “Jack” was born on September 12, 1935 in Red Springs, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Calhoun Graham, Sr. and Kathleen Lowman Graham, as well as his older sister, Ruth Graham Cross.

Jack is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Phyllis Jammer Graham of the home in Kitty Hawk; son John Calhoun Graham, III (Laurie) of Kitty Hawk; and daughter Stephanie Graham Miller (Bill) of Greensboro; grandson John “Jack” Graham, IV of Nags Head; grandson Alexander Prather Miller of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughter Caitlin Graham Miller of Dallas, Texas; and grandson Nicholas Perry Graham of Atlanta, Georgia.

After graduating from Red Springs High School, Jack attended Davidson College where his greatest achievement was meeting Phyllis, a Queens College student who would become his wife soon after graduation. With the support of Phyllis, Jack entered medical school at the University of North Carolina.

Following an internship in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina, Jack’s medical career began as a captain in the U.S Army, where he was stationed with a helicopter group in Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Following his military service, Jack practiced as a family doctor in Newport News, Virginia before eventually heading back to Chapel Hill and a residency in Radiology. A lifelong love of the water led him to Elizabeth City in 1972 as a member of Albemarle Radiology.

In the 1980s, Jack would open the first radiology office along the Outer Banks, and he began dividing his time between the practice in Elizabeth City and Nags Head. In 1997, Phyllis and Jack moved to Kitty Hawk with Jack eventually retiring from practice in 2005.

Jack’s love and appreciation of fishing began as a boy. In 1974 he was appointed by Governor Jim Martin to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission where he sought to fairly balance the rights of sportsmen and commercial fishermen.

Jack was a longtime member of the Rotary Club, both the Elizabeth City and Outer Banks chapters, as well as a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.

Anyone who knew Jack knew that he was truly passionate about three things his family, hunting, and fishing. There was nothing he loved more than to share his love of hunting and fishing with his family. He also loved boating, water skiing and nurturing Stephanie’s love of horses.

His children both benefitted from hours spent with their dad in a boat, deer stand, dove field, duck blind or at a horse show. As his grandchildren were born, he continued to teach them all how to fish, how to hunt, how to water-ski, how to best catch a crab.

As a young man Jack spent 16 summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Wallawhatoola, fostering a lifelong love of the mountains of Virginia. He truly loved Proctors Draft, his farm in nearby Millboro Springs.

He also loved traveling to warmer climes. The Abacos became a favorite destination, shared first and foremost with Phyllis, then children and finally, grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers who provided help and aid for Jack over the last few years.

A funeral service will be held for Jack at 11:00 am Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the family for a luncheon following the service at Kelly’s Restaurant.

Memorials may be sent to Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Rd., Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 or Outer Banks Dare Challenge, PO Box 123, Wanchese, NC 27981.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

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As published in The Daily Advance