Tommy Brewer Griffin ’57

Tommy Griffin

‘I am the vine; you are the branches….apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5. On his 82nd birthday, January 1, 2018, Dr. Tommy Brewer Griffin went to the place Jesus had prepared for him.

If an obituary of earthly works were going to be written, he wanted the reader to know that apart from Christ, he could do nothing. On January 1, 1936, Tommy was born to Marcus Vann and Elizabeth Brewer Griffin. By the time he was five years old he knew that he was going to be a physician.

After Aiken High School, he graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a BS in Pre-Med Sciences. From a very strong Alpha Omega Alpha Medical School career at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, he graduated in 1961.

The Yale University Grace New Haven Hospital was the site of his internship before he moved back south to Chapel Hill for residencies in internal medicine followed by a residency and fellowship in dermatology at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, the University of North Carolina.

He was a Major in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. His base was in Research and Development at the Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco. Tommy returned to the faculty of the UNC Department of Dermatology.

In 1971 He moved to Spartanburg and opened the second dermatology office (Dr. Paul Cook was the first.) His practice grew with more dermatologists and he retired from Spartanburg Dermatology and Skin Surgery Clinic in 2001.

Patients and their care, teaching in medical settings, and the superbly dedicated staff brought thirty years of great joy in the professional life! Even on his last day he still recognized with a twinkle, his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Freida Deaton Griffin; sons, Marcus Vann Griffin II, wife, Tracy, grandchildren, Maura and Nathanial, of Dana Point, CA, Thomas Scott Griffin, wife, Suzannah, grandchildren, Thomas and Sarah of Spartanburg, SC; daughter, Dr. Julia G. Girard and husband, Dr. Dhru Girard Griffin and granddaughter, Ava of Rome, GA.

An only child, Tommy completely embraced Freida’s siblings as his own: Nancy and Bennie Ward, Glenda and Don Loftis, Mary Jo and Chick Harvey, Dale and Lawrence Ledbetter and Becky and David Wilkins. Since its founding, All Saints Church, Spartanburg, has been Tommy’s very special church home and family.

Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 PM Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 East Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307, with services following at 2:00 PM in the Chapel.

The Reverend Nowell Copley, Rector and the Reverend Mike Smith, Deacon will be officiating the service. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307.

Memorial gifts may be considered to Mobile Meals Service, PO Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or to All Saints Church, Spartanburg, 401 E. Kennedy St. Suite B7, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

The family would like to express their great appreciation to Mary Sipple, his caregiver for over a year, for her love and care.

An online guest register is available at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel

Copyright 2018 Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)

Eugene Douglas Connell, Sr. ’57

Eugene Douglas Connell, Sr., “Gene”, 83 of Savannah, GA passed away peacefully Thursday, December 22nd holding the hands of his children.

Born June 19, 1934, in Spencer, NC, Gene was the son of the late Troy Grubb Wortham also from Spencer, NC. Gene graduated from Spencer High School, attended Fishburne Military Academy, Lenoir Rhyne University, and Davidson College – completing his textile engineering degree at North Carolina State University in 1959.

Gene began his career at Dan River Mills in Danville, VA and Cartex Mill in Salisbury, NC. He remained in the textile industry until he took early retirement from Celanese Corporation to do the things he loved – building houses and opening a barbeque restaurant. Always staying busy, he also worked in outside sales along the way.

Poppie, as he was called by his grandchildren and great granddaughter, was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. His love of family, quick wit, infectious laugh, meticulous attention to detail, loyalty, and generosity was loved, is missed and will always be treasured.

Gene cherished his friendships from his many family moves from Spencer, Salisbury, Danville, Gastonia, Charlotte, Marietta, Clover and Savannah; enjoyed every sport imaginable – from attending ACC basketball tournaments, Clemson football games, and NASCAR races with his best buddy Gene Auten; and took great pride in his famous hot slaw – only recently sharing the secret recipe with his children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish his memory are the love of his life – his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Swaim Connell; daughters Kelly Connell Gasque and husband Michael Gene Gasque, and Susan Connell Galvin and husband Michael Jeffrey Galvin; son Eugene Douglas (Doug) Connell, Jr. and wife Angie Rogers Connell; grandchildren Rachel Connell, Morgan Connell, Ashley Wilkes, Alex Grayson, Sam Grayson, Spencer Gasque, Travis Gasque, Brendon Galvin, and Kyle Galvin; son-in-law Austin Wilkes, daughter-in-laws Nicole Grayson and Courtney Galvin, Spencer’s love Taylor Post and great granddaughter Lucy Kate Wilkes.

Poppie loved his family and treasured the time they all spent together. So to follow his wishes, there will be no service, rather a private family celebration. Well-wishers are encouraged to raise a glass of Early Times in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Gene’s memory to St. Joseph’s Hospital along with a special thank you to the 7th floor south nursing staff for their loving care and support of their dear friend, “Mr. Gene”. St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundation, 5356 Reynolds Street, Suite 400, Savannah, GA 31405, 912-819-8683

We will always all be together. We love and miss you Poppie.

Please sign our online guestbook at

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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.

© Copyright 2017, Morning News, Florence, SC

William Henry “Bill” Gallier ’57

William Henry "Bill" Gallier '57William Henry “Bill” Gallier departed this earthly existence on August 15, 2017. Bill was born on the 5th day of February 1934, in Boston Massachusetts, the son of the late Ted H. and Helen R. Gallier, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by a cousin, Nancy Trimper of Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Bill was a 1953 graduate of Charlotte Central High School. He attended Davidson College where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957. He earned his Masters Degree at the University of NC, Chapel Hill.

Thereafter he taught History at several Universities including Columbia University and Potomac State College of West Virginia University. During his lifetime, Bill accumulated a library consisting of at least 1,000 volumes covering the history of the U.S. and multiple other countries.

He was especially interested in the Hindu religion and culture. The continent of Africa was very important to him and he spent time there three summers when he taught classes for native children.

During the last ten years of his life Bill was dutifully attended by his dear friend, Mary Hayes, of Mint Hill and her husband Theodore Hayes, now deceased, and her son Kent Hayes.

A memorial service will be conducted graveside at Sharon Memorial Park located at the intersection of Sharon Amity Road and Monroe Road on Friday, February 9th, at 2:00 pm.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 5, 2018

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.