Rex Howland Dillingham ’58

Rex Howland Dillingham '58Rex Howland Dillingham, M.D., 82, formerly of Lancaster, died on Sept. 7, 2017, in Orange Park, Fla.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1934, in Lancaster, to Rex H. Dillingham Sr. and Mafalda Wilson Dillingham.

He was the oldest of five children.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Dillingham Lovelace; and brothers, Richard Dillingham and William Dillingham.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Dillingham Brown of Christiansburg, Va.

The father of six children, he was preceded in death by his sons, Rex H. Dillingham III and Phillip Dillingham.

He is survived by his daughters, Susanne Dillingham of Charlotte, Dorothy Dillingham Blue of Culver City, Calif., Dr. Regina Dillingham Shillinglaw of Oakwood, Ohio, and Leslie Dillingham of Kettering, Ohio, and by his grandchildren, Wesley Dillingham, Jackson and Anna Shillinglaw, Fletcher Moore and Rex Blue.

A graduate of Lancaster High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and his doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina. After several years in a family practice with John Willis, M.D., in Lancaster, he moved to Columbia and opened a practice that became the largest single doctor family practice in the state.

Recognizing the need for health care access for all, Dr. Dillingham was a frequent volunteer at the Columbia Free Clinic. He also contributed to the education of others by opening his practice to the students of the USC Medical School for their family practice rotation.

Rex somehow found time to support and participate in the Columbia arts community. He served on the board for the Columbia Music Festival Association and appeared on stage in several productions including “Annie,” “Hello Dolly” and “The Nutcracker.”

In addition to his service as a medical physician, Rex proudly served his country in the armed forces. He joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War and staffed helicopter rescue units. Upon returning to the states, he became a reservist in the Army. He was on active duty during Desert Storm and other assignments. He retired with the rank of Colonel.

Recently, Rex became a resident of Orange Park, Fla., to be with his companion, Nancy Labry.

A viewing is from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine Street, Columbia.

A graveside service will be held Monday, Sept. 18, in Fort Jackson National Cemetery (I-20 – Exit 80 South on Clemson Road, left on Percival Road). A reception will follow at CMFA on 914 Pulaski St., Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Episcopal Relief and Development or to CMFA.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

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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 grocefuneralhome.com.

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

Little Howard ’58

Little Howard '58Little 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(Psoriasis.org), 1800 Diagonal Road #360, Alexandria, VA 22314.

An online register is available at RichardsonFH.net.

Published in The State on Dec. 21, 2016

Felix Woodson Sibley, Jr. ’58

Felix Woodson Sibley, Jr. '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 www.allenfh.com.

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