Category Archives: 1958

Weldon Bruce Shipley ’58

Weldon Bruce Shipley, 81, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at CarePartners Hospice Solace. Bruce, a lifelong resident of Asheville, was the son of the late Harold Robert Shipley and Mary Sorrells Shipley. He was a 1954 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and a 1958 graduate of Davidson College, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

After graduation from college, Bruce joined his father in the family furniture business, Shipley’s Ethan Allen, and remained active until his retirement. Bruce was a long time member of the Biltmore Forest Country Club where golf and playing ‘set-back’ were his favorite activities with many friends. Bruce was also an Army veteran and a member of Central United Methodist Church for 60 years.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Henderson Shipley; son, Stuart Shipley, and his wife Missy, and their children John Stuart Shipley and Mary Margaret Shipley; daughter Lynne Shipley Murphy and her husband Tom Murphy of Coto de Caza, CA and their children Matthew Chase Murphy, Megan Elizabeth Murphy, and Kelly Murphy Simmons and her husband, William Rees Simmons; and daughter Sandra Shipley Manthorpe of Charlotte, NC and her children Charlotte Louise Manthorpe and Oliver Weldon Manthorpe.

Also surviving is Bruce’s brother William H. Shipley of Charlotte, NC and his children Ed Shipley, David Shipley and Holly Devine.

A memorial service will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 on Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 PM. Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church Building Fund, 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from July 7 to July 9, 2017

Little Howard ’58

Little Howard, 81, passed away unexpectedly on July 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Louise Mundy, a brother Jackie, and an aunt who became his surrogate mom, Gladys Seehorn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 yrs, Kym, children Tammy Wilson and Dane (Susan), sister Julene (Harry) Sherrill, cousins Monte Seehorn and June Raymond, sister-in-law Vickie Watkins, nephew Elijah Watkins and grandchildren Shannon, Landon (Micilin), Jake, Tanner, and Lily.

Little moved in with his aunt Gladys, attending Lenoir High School, where he became a football star. He met his first wife, Beverly Wilson there, and after college graduation, they were married.

Little was recruited by several colleges that offered him scholarships for both his academic and football skills. He chose Davidson College, where he joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated with honors and a BS degree in Economics.

Prior to graduation Little contracted polio in his upper thigh. As a result, he had to graduate a year later due to the length of his treatment. He was asked to play in the Shrine Bowl, and when he walked out on the field, he received a standing ovation from the stadium crowd!

Little was offered a job in sales with Standard Oil Company, so he moved to Charlotte, where he remained for more than 50 years.<

A year later, he received orders from the U.S Army to report to Kaiserschoten, Germany for duty. He became a sergeant, and had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe while enlisted there. In the early 60's, he returned to Charlotte and entered the real estate industry. He got his real estate sales and building contractor's licenses.

His roommate and frat brother, "Bun" Perkinson and he established Howard-Perkinson Realty. They built apartments and some spec homes in southeast Charlotte. Another Davidson graduate, James "Slick" Evans, asked Little to form a construction company with him, and together they built both McClintock Woods and Carmel Woods in the late 60's and 70's.

When the interest rates climbed to 22% for builders, Little was asked to consult for the Lake Norman Company. In the mid-80's, Jim Evans asked Little to come back and work with him as V.P. of Construction, building luxury townhomes. Evans had started the construction of SharonView Place townhomes. Kym was the on-site salesperson for the Allen Tate Company, who represented Evans. They spotted one another, and the lovely courtship began.

Little helped build five successful townhome communities until he retired in 2001. Little became an enthusiastic tennis player through his membership at Olde Providence Racquet Club. He enjoyed sitting out on the front lawn porch telling jokes to his cronies.

He loved to dance to beach music doing what became known as the "disco shag". He never missed a party at OP or at Providence Country Club, where he was also a member. Little loved reading, trips to the beaches, mountains, or Shelton Vineyards, all spectator sports, and relaxing by his pool.

Little has been described as a "beautiful man both inside and out". He was a "gentle giant". He was kind, loyal, honest and humble… a true gentleman. He had a mighty spirit that kept him going through the adversity he faced, as a result of the neck fractures. He kept "plugging" along, walking a mile every day, cane in hand. He has left a huge void in all of our lives.

In lieu of a funeral service, visitation will be at the home on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 5-7:30. All friends and family are invited.
A private party at OPRC is planned for Sept., 2017.

Published in Charlotte Observer on July 17, 2017

Ivan T. “Van” Wood III ’58

Visitation for Ivan T. Wood III, 80, originally of Marion, SC, and recently Santee, SC, who passed away December 16, 2016, will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Marion, SC.

A graveside service with military honors will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, SC.

Born in Marion, Ivan “Van” will join his best friend and wife of 57 years, Margaret Jones Wood. Van was the son of Ivan T. Wood, Jr. and Margaret E. Wood. Van graduated from Marion High School and Davidson College.

He served his country in the Army Military Intelligence and spent one year in Vietnam.

He retired from many years as a South Carolina school teacher. After retirement he and Margaret spent about 14 good years in Spring Hill, FL.

He moved back to Santee, SC, and he now eternally joins his wife Margaret. He is survived by his sons, Mackey Wood (Patty) of Manning, and Tim Wood (Bonnie) of Marion; his sister, Rose Wood of Spring Hill, FL; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Megan Smolka (Adam) [Wyatt] of Columbia, Jared Wood (Bralyn) [Camden] of Aiken; Randy Bradshaw (Carole Anne) [Sage, Tyson, Wren Oliver].

Memorials may be made to the Psoriasis Foundation(, 1800 Diagonal Road #360, Alexandria, VA 22314.

An online register is available at

Published in The State on Dec. 21, 2016

Felix Woodson Sibley, Jr. ’58

felix-sibley-58Dr. Felix Woodson Sibley, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. A visitation will be at the Sibley’s home at 216 North Dawson Street in Thomasville, on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, also in Thomasville, with a reception following in the parish hall.

Dr. Sibley was born in Atlanta, on May 23, 1936. His parents, both deceased, were Dr. Felix Woodson Sibley and Mary Lou Cranford, of Atlanta. Following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Sibley graduated from Emory University Dental School after being an undergraduate at Davidson College.

He served as a captain in the United States Army as a dentist stationed at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Upon the death of his father, he returned to Atlanta to take over his father’s dental practice, which he continued until he moved to Thomasville in 2003. Early in his practice, he was also a professor of dentistry at Emory University.

After moving to Thomasville, he continued to practice dentistry until one month ago, for a total of fifty-five years of service to his patients. He truly enjoyed and took great pride in caring for his patients both in Atlanta and Thomasville.

On August 17, 1968, he married Margaret McGrew Fortney, with whom he remained happily married for 48 years. Together they shared two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Sibley loved his family and his church and had many other interests. He was an avid reader, with an extensive library, and was a very knowledgeable historian.

He loved to travel with his family all over the world — from Africa to Europe to the Middle East and Russia. He had a great appreciation of music and was an accomplished pianist. He collected the works of numerous composers during his travels and he took great pleasure in playing them on his Steinway for family and friends.

In recent years, he enjoyed playing the piano at meetings and events of the Thomasville Rotary Club. He also loved woodworking and created many beautiful pieces of furniture, including a cradle for his children.

In Atlanta, he was a supporter of the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Symphony, and participated in antique and political science study groups. He was a longtime member of the Cathedral of St. Philip.

After moving to Thomasville, he joined All Saints Episcopal Church, where he will be laid to rest in the All Saints Memorial Garden. He enjoyed being a part of the Thomasville Rotary Club and Glen Arven Country Club. He was a lifetime fitness enthusiast, and was passionate about snow skiing and sailing.

He enjoyed time in the mountains of North Carolina and on the beach at Alligator Point, Florida, both places where he shared vacation homes for many years with his family and friends. He will be missed greatly for his wit and storytelling, compassion, kindness, and generous spirit.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret; daughters Kendall Sibley Hash and Mary Elizabeth Sibley (Beth); son-in-law, Tom Hash; and grandchildren Maryam Sibley, Sibley Hash, and Thomas Hash.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either All Saints Episcopal Church, or Brookwood School, of Thomasville. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest register at

Copyright 2016, Thomasville Times-Enterprise / Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI). All Rights Reserved.

William Loomis Pomeroy, Jr. ’58

Dr. William L. Pomeroy, Jr., 80, of Waycross died Saturday (August 13, 2016) at Gentiva Hospice in Athens, Georgia after an extended illness.

Dr. Pomeroy was born in Waycross to the late William L. and Charlotte Weigel Pomeroy and lived most of his life in Waycross. He was a graduate of Davidson College and Emory University Medical School.

He served his country by joining the United States Air Force. Before serving his country he received his doctorate and became a Doctor of Internal Medicine.

After his service he became an Internal Medicine Physician where he served and provided care to many families in Southeast Georgia.

Dr. Pomeroy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waycross for many years where he served faithfully, the American Rose Society, and the American College of Physicians.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anna Gordon Lewis Pomeroy, he was also preceded in death by his second wife, Sally Ford Pomeroy.

He is survived by two daughters, Alice P. Soderman and her husband Richard, Anna Charlotte Pomeroy; a son, William L. Pomeroy III and his wife Lisa; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Sarah Pomeroy; two sisters, Charlotte Miller and Ann Asbury; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A visitation will be held Saturday (August 20, 2016) from 10:00am-12:00pm at Miles-Odum Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 78423, Atlanta, GA, 30357; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or charity of your choice.

Sympathy may be expressed online at

Miles-Odum Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Noel Feezor, Jr. ’58

Charles N. Feezor, Jr., MD played his final round on March 16, 2016, and passed over to the Heavenly Links. Born in Salisbury on February 26, 1937, to the late Charles N. Feezor, Sr., and the late Joyce Agner Feezor, Charles enjoyed growing up as a N.C. boy.

He received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1958, and his MD from Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University School of Medicine) in 1962, graduating third in his class. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and also Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society.

He was married to the former Carolyn Ann Davis. He began his residency at N.C. Baptist Hospital, but left to serve two years in the Air Force as a Flight Surgeon at Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. After his discharge, he returned to N.C. to finish his Residency in Urology at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now CMC).

After two years of practice with Dr. Daniel and Dr. Johnston, he opened his solo urology practice in Charlotte and continued to practice until 2011. His devotion to his patients and to the practice of medicine was reflected in the warm relationships established with all. He was a very caring and compassionate physician, respected and loved by his patients as well as his peers.

Charles established a love for the game of golf at a young age growing up playing at Salisbury Country Club; and although he never received formal lessons, he had a natural affinity for the game.

At the age of 17, he won the N.C. State Junior Golf Championship. He continued as a low-handicap golfer as a member of The Charlotte Country Club from 1970, until his passing.

He was also a member of High Meadows Golf and Country Club in Roaring Gap, NC. He was a member of Davidson United Methodist Church since moving to the area in 1992. He enjoyed many other hobbies including collecting and restoring vintage cars, gun collecting and shooting, and building and flying model airplanes.

All of these were shared with his son and together they spent many hours of fun. He also loved the time he spent at his home which he referred to as “The Feezor Farm,” working in his beautiful rose gardens or down in his shop. Time spent with his family at home or at the family beach house in Sunset Beach was cherished. He was a lover of animals and, especially, all of his pets, both feline and canine.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathleen Feezor; son, Charles N. Feezor, III, of Clarksville, Md.; daughter, Kimberly Feezor Byrd (James) of Pinehurst; son, Richard Thomas Feezor of Morganton; stepdaughter, Nikole Kennerly (Timothy) of Lexington; brother, Michael D. Feezor, PHD of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Rachel Cole Byrd, Charles Davis Byrd, Carolyn Noelle Feezor, Karoline Grace Kennerly, Krista Jean Kennerly, and Jackson Price Kennerly; nephew, Michael C.D. Feezor; and extended family.

He is also survived by his loyal and loving chocolate lab pal, Bentley.

He will be greatly missed by all and remembered as a loving, caring man who knew no strangers and made all comfortable with his beautiful smile. His sense of humor and brilliant mind will live on in all of those who loved him. Visitation and

Service: Memorial service will be held at Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 South Main St., Davidson, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, in the Sanctuary. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

Memorials: The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Levine Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC, or to the animal rescue of your choice. James Funeral Home of Huntersville, NC is serving the family of Mr. Feezor and online condolences can be made to


Published in Salisbury Post on Mar. 18, 2016

Richard Austin Makepeace Sr. ’58

makepeaceRichard Austin Makepeace, Sr., passed away in Nassawadox, Virginia on February 16, 2016, with his daughter, Helen, by his side. Richard was born in Sanford, NC to Harold Turner Makepeace and Helen Sherrill Makepeace on July 22, 1935. In his youth, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and gained a love for tennis. Richard graduated from Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Virginia and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Richard’s great passion for playing tennis led him to capture numerous titles both locally and nationally. Whether singles, doubles, or father /son tournaments, he was a fierce, left-handed competitor. If asked, he would tell you he truly enjoyed the father/son tournaments the most, which gave him the opportunity to play with all three of his sons.

While Richard’s professional career took him to several different cities, he truly loved his time spent in Richmond, Virginia and Cashiers, North Carolina, with his faithful, canine companion, Lucky.

Christmas time was such a special time for Richard as he spent it each year traveling to three different states to visit his grandchildren. He made each one feel special and they, in turn, would make Richard’s heart full.

Richard was proceeded in death by his eldest son, Richard Austin Makepeace, Jr. He is survived by his sons Charles Walton Makepeace (Lisa) and David Sherrill Makepeace (Lee); and his daughter, Helen Finley Pruitt (Guy); grandchildren Henry Makepeace (Mackenzie), Andrew and William Makepeace; Austin, Chandler and Daniel Makepeace; Turner and Hannah Makepeace; Landon and Olsen Pruitt.

The family would like to thank Heritage Hall and Intrepid Hospice in Nassawadox, Virginia and especially the nurses and CNA’s in the Eden Garden for the excellent care and love Richard received over the past couple of years.

The family will celebrate Richard’s life at a private ceremony and he will be laid to rest in the family plot in Sanford, North Carolina. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of one’s choice .


Published in The News & Observer on Feb. 21, 2016

George Capers Hemingway Jr. ’58

George Capers Hemingway Jr., MD died at Davis Health Care in Wilmington NC on Thursday, January 7. He was born November 2, 1935 in Winston-Salem, NC.

After graduating from Davidson College and UNC School of Medicine, he served in the United States Army, spending one year in Vietnam.

He joined a medical practice in Tarboro, NC, and worked at the Tarboro Clinic until his retirement.

In 2012 he moved to Wilmington, NC. An avid fisherman and hunter, he enjoyed many years of volunteer work with the Boy Scouts and the Rotary Club.

His parents, Dorothy (Luckenbach) and George C. Hemingway, his stepmother, Mary (Tesh) Hemingway, and his baby daughter, Elizabeth, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Blalock Hemingway, and their three children and their families. His daughter, Susan Wood and her husband, John, live in Edenton, NC, with their sons, Gilliam and George. His son, George III (Chip) and his wife, Kimi, live in Wilmington, NC, with their children, George IV, Sam, and Parker. His daughter, Alice Baker, and her husband, Jay, live in Wilmington with their daughters, Elizabeth and Carolyn.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 11 at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tarboro, NC.

Memorials may be made to Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, 303 E. St. James Street, Tarboro, NC 27886, or to The Davis Community, 1011 Porters Neck Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.

Online condolences at

Copyright (c) 2016 The News and Observer

Alfred Shih-p’u Wang ’58

1Alfred Shih-p’u Wang  passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2015, in Missouri City, Texas, at home and surrounded by his wife of 54 years, Veronica, and his two daughters, Dorothy and Lisa. He was Associate Professor Emeritus of English at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C., where he had taught in the Department of English for 27 years. Wang published several articles on American literature and comparative literature in such journals as Literature and Medicine and Walt Whitman Review. From 1990 to 1996, he served on the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Wang and his wife, whom he met his senior year in 1957, while she was attending nearby Queens College, were one of the rare Chinese nationals not only to earn Ph.D.s in English Literature at an American university but also to teach as American college professors in that field in the era before the normalization of relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (and were likely the sole husband-and-wife couple from China who taught English literature at the college level in the United States in that same period).

They were also one of the first academics to teach and publish in the new field of Asian American literature.

Wang was a loyal alumnus of Davidson. While in college he was Class Poet of 1958, served on the Scripts ‘n Pranks editorial board, and was a member of Sigma Upsilon (literary honorary fraternity) and Phi Mu Alpha (music honorary fraternity).

His favorite professor was the legendary English literature teacher Henry T. Lilly. Perhaps Wang’s most striking memory of his Davidson years was his having spent the evening in conversation with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during a dinner at President Cunningham’s house in November of 1956.

Wang landed in a pre-Civil Rights Davidson and North Carolina; he was one of the very few nonwhites attending the all-male college. He later told his daughters how surprised he was by the signs that read “White” and “Colored” in the bus station (the missionaries had somehow failed to inform him about Jim Crow) and how shocked and appalled he was by writings in the local newspaper regarding African Americans.

Wang had made a perilous and uncertain journey to attend college in the United States at the height of the Cold War. He arrived after the start of the fall semester in 1955, during Homecoming Weekend, from China by way of Hong Kong. His permission to enter was granted only after the personal intervention of John Foster Dulles at the State Department. (The headline on the front page of the Oct. 21, 1955 issue of The Davidsonian read “Chinese Student Eludes Reds for D.C.”)

Wang was born March 16, 1931 (lunar calendar) in Yantai (Chefoo), China, the son of Wang Chen-dong and Lin Yu-ying. He was a third-generation Presbyterian, his paternal grandmother having been converted by American missionaries at the end of the nineteenth century. His father and aunt held leadership positions in the YMCA/YWCA in China, and Wang began to learn English at an early age.

He grew up and lived under the shadow of the Japanese occupation of China: an older brother, a guerilla fighter, was killed in the anti-Japanese struggle; Wang’s father was briefly imprisoned by the Japanese and the family subsequently fled to Shanghai. Wang graduated from the prestigious high school of St. John’s University in Shanghai.

In Shanghai he met Frank Wilson Price (Davidson class of 1915 and the first Editor-in-Chief of The Davidsonian), an American missionary who became a beloved and respected mentor and was the reason Wang chose Davidson.

He left China in 1952 for Hong Kong, where he enrolled in Chung Chi College (later incorporated into the Chinese University of Hong Kong), as he waited for permission to enter the United States.

After Davidson, he and Veronica worked for two years in New York City, where they were married in 1961. They then earned Ph.D.s in English literature at Tulane University in New Orleans in 1967 before taking up positions as Assistant Professors at ECU that same year. They lived for 34 years in Greenville, N.C. where they raised their daughters.

Their older daughter, Dorothy, is an Associate Professor who teaches English literature at Williams College in Massachusetts; their younger daughter, Lisa, is a pediatric oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. Wang was an artistic spirit who loved literature and music, especially Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms; he also had a deep sense of social justice. He is deeply missed by his family.

Wang is survived by his wife and daughters, his grandson Henry Wang Steinbauer, two sisters, a brother, and five nieces and two nephews.


Cecil Davis Dickson ’58

1Cecil Davis Dickson, 79, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at Hospice at Wendover. A native of Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Brady and Isabel Davis Dickson Sr.
Cecil served as President of the 1954 class of Shelby High School and upon graduation, was made lifetime President. Much of his pleasure was derived from keeping up with former classmates and planning reunions. After high school, Cecil attended Davidson College and graduated in 1958.
Upon graduation he began working with his father at Dickson Auto Supply in Shelby, and that became his lifelong profession. Upon his father’s death in 1963, Cecil operated the business until his retirement in 2009.During his career, he was a member of the NC Automotive Wholesaler’s Association, and served a term as President.
His civic involvement included being a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he served a term as President. Cecil was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 1992, and during his tenure, he served as Chairman all four years.He was a lifelong member and deacon of Shelby Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed playing golf, reading, skiing, being with friends and family, and having lunch with his Gambini friends were among his many pleasures in life.He is survived by his two sons, David Scott Dickson of Boiling Springs, and Patrick Ernest Dickson and wife Jennifer of Shelby, three brothers, Ronald Wayne Dickson of Mooresville, Glenn Wilson Dickson of Gainesville, Fla., and Brady Wilson Dickson Jr. and wife Joan of Mt. Gilead; as well as eight nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends following the service, at the church.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, at Shelby Presbyterian Church, officiated by Dr. Luke Harkey and Dr. Luther “Drag” Kimrey.

A private family burial will take place in Sunset Cemetery

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby.

Published in Shelby Star on Sept. 17, 2015