Thomas McMurtry Brewer ’57, of Purcellville, Va., died of kidney cancer Sept. 20. He was a U.S. Navy Air veteran. He was the son of the late Elizabeth Bottom Brewer and John Bowman Brewer of Lebanon, Ky. A retired pilot with American Airlines, he and his family moved to Loudoun County in the mid-1960s. After retirement, he owned and operated Happy Times Farm, a cattle farm in Clarke County. Upon diagnosis, he sold the farm, bought a place out on the northern neck of Virginia, and set up shop there, meeting new people, fishing, planting trees, and having a “big time” on the water. He is survived by his wife, Lillian C. Brewer, 17691 Silcott Springs Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132; daughters, Kate Brewer Fisher ’86 and Nancy Brewer Trollinger; son, Thomas McMurtry Brewer, Jr.; grandchildren, Connor, Campbell, and T. Brewer, Emma, Grace, and Bowman Garrett Trollinger, and Mckillop and Sam Hopper Fisher; brothers, Robert Burton Brewer and Dr. McHenry Shreve Brewer ’44; and sister, Cecil Brewer Fish. He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Bottom Brewer ’50. On Sept. 28, a boat parade was held in his honor, and he had his ashes spread on the creek in order to “improve the environment.”
James Lewis “J.L.” Barksdale ’57, of Waynesboro, Va., died June 5 at his home. He was born June 14, 1936, in Waynesboro, a son of Lewis Oscar and Alma Martin Barksdale. Barksdale was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder. He served as vice-president of Barksdale Furniture for a number of years, and had retired as city assessor for Waynesboro. He was a veteran of the Navy; was a past member, president, and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Waynesboro; and was a former member of the board of directors of the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Emily Kemp Barksdale, and his sister, Virginia Lancaster. Surviving are his wife, Carol M. Barksdale, 806 Maple Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980-2207; three children, Diane Paulsen (Rich), Elizabeth Knicely (Jim), and Kemp Barksdale (Kerry); two brothers, George Barksdale ’48 (Betty) and the Reverend John O. Barksdale (Virginia); six grandchildren, Meredith and Eric Paulsen, Matthew and Carter Knicely, and Benjamin and Erin Barksdale; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Thomas Oscar Mann ’57, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully at home Feb. 28 surrounded by loved ones. He was born Nov. 29, 1934, in Neptune Beach, Fla., to the late Charles and Martha Mann. Tom grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., where he attended and graduated from The Bolles School. He then spent two years at Davidson College where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in business administration. During his time at FSU he served two years in the U.S. Army in Okinawa, Japan, teaching scuba, swimming, and first aid and fostering a love of the ocean that continued throughout his life. He received his captain’s license and spent several seasons bare-boating throughout the Caribbean and racing sailboats on Lake Norman. After college, Tom began his 26-year career with Aetna in Jacksonville, Fla., where he married Ruth Dale Reynolds in 1961. They moved to Hartford, Conn., where his two daughters were born. The family then moved to Charlotte, N.C. After retiring from Aetna, he joined Cameron Harris Company managing the group benefits department. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing with friends at Camp Bryan, N.C. Tom was a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, was on the Council of Community Ministries, chaired the Community Ministries Committee, and travelled on a mission trip to Brazil. He was an active member on the board of the Emergency Winter Shelter and the board of Crisis Assistance Ministries where he received the Shirley Henry Award for outstanding volunteer service. Tom also chaired the building of a house for Habitat for Humanity, and worked with Loaves and Fishes food pantry. Tom is survived by his two daughters, Tracy Larson (Brad) and Ashley Martin (Michael); stepsons, Dawson Rhoad (Jill) and Matt Rhoad (Christie); grandchildren, Kevin Martin, Davis Martin, Grant Larson, and Gray Larson; four step grandchildren; and a brother, Reverend Charles Mann ’53 (Eleanor). He was preceded in death by his second wife, Virginia Duvall Mann, and infant son, Kirby Russell Mann.
Edwin Samuels Young, Sr. ’57, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away at his residence at Sharon Towers on Jan. 18. He was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in London, Ky., a son of the late William Bryan and Florence Samuels Young. Ed graduated from Atherton High in Louisville, Ky., in 1953 where he was a member of the first graduating class with male students. He attended and graduated from Davidson College cum laude, where he was head cheerleader, editor of the yearbook, was tapped for ODK, and earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. It was in Davidson that he met and married Carol, his wife and companion of 49 years. In 1958, Ed served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Tex., continuing in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1967. He was employed by Louisville Cement Co. until he moved to Charlotte in 1967. In Charlotte, he worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. and remained in the insurance business throughout his professional career. After retirement he continued insurance consultation with a good friend, John Rasberry. Ed was an avid reader, life-long learner, teacher, mentor, and friend to all he met. Ed was a devoted husband and loving father; he never missed any of his children’s baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, tennis, or track events. Ed faced long years fighting a degenerative neurologic disease with strength, good humor, and courage. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Sherrill Young, 5100 Sharon Rd., Unit 559 W., Charlotte, N.C. 28210-4777; his sons, Dr. Edwin Samuels Young, Jr. (Pam), Philip Henry Young (Kimberly), and Frank Sherrill Young (Keela); grandchildren, Kaitlyn Hurst and Henry and Sam Young; brothers, William B. Young, Jr. (Analeise), J. Richard Young, and R. Van Young (Libby).
Richard “Dick” N. James ’57 died July 28 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Montour County, Pa., to Dr. Alfred E. and Esther R. James. His early career included serving as a research chemist at Riegel’s Research Laboratory, where he was awarded several patents, one of which sold to General Motors. The major portion of his career was spent as a senior chemist with Monsanto Co. in Greenwood, S.C., and also in Decatur, where he was presented with the Monsanto Achievement Award for designing and implementing a robotic testing system for the quality control laboratories. Dick was a graduate of Davidson with a B.S. degree in chemistry. He also completed graduate studies at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga., and The Polytechnical Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. Following his retirement, he was a member of the adjunct faculty of Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood. Dick was a member of the American Chemical Society and recognized as one of the distinguished chemists in America. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood. Surviving are his wife, Sandra N. James, 101 Wexford Place, Greenwood, SC 29649; his mother; and a brother, David R. James (Kristin). Also surviving are three children, Christopher N. James (Rebekah), Candace James Cummings, and Dr. Karen James Cubelli; and five precious grandchildren, Ryley Breeding and his father, Brad Breeding, Alexander and Abigail Cummings, and Juliana and Carmine Cubelli. He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, and a special friend to all who knew him.