Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr. ’58

Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr. '58Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr., M.D., 81, passed away September 28, 2017. He was born June 24, 1936 in Mobile, AL to Margaret Hardee and Robert Perrin Oliver, Sr.

His family later moved to Charlotte, NC.

He graduated from Davidson College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis.

He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. He was a family doctor at Methodist Hospital and head of family practice. He taught medical students at St. Francis Hospital.

He graciously and enthusiastically volunteered with Emmanuel Episcopal Center, Doctors Without Borders, Su Casa ESL, Page Robbins, and Blue Suede Shoes at the Memphis International Airport.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judith Meek Oliver; sons, David Oliver (Kristen) and Daniel Scruggs (Lisa); grandchildren, Sadie Oliver and Beatrix Oliver; sisters, Betsy Van Allen (George) and Randall Hunt (Carl). He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Moncure.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, October 6 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 7 at Second Presbyterian Church. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Page Robbins Adult Day Center. Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery; 901-767-8930.

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William “Lee” Hand ’58

Dr. William “Lee” Hand was an accomplished man. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, veteran, professor, and healer. He loved his family and friends, his church, teaching medicine, trips to the beach and a glass of good Scotch.

Born January 23, 1937 in Cartersville, Georgia, Lee was the son of the late Mary Holt and Reverend Jack G. Hand.

His early years were spent in the Georgia cities of Cartersville, Atlanta and Albany and he graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Florida. Lee Hand knew from a young age that he wanted to practice medicine. He earned his B.S. from Davidson College and his M.D. from Emory University.

During his residency at Emory he specialized in and served as chief resident for Internal Medicine. His medical training was completed with a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He also served in the United States Air Force.

A gifted physician, Lee’s love for medicine was superseded only by his passion for teaching and medical research. During his career he authored over 100 articles in various medical journals and served on many councils and advisory boards.

Dr. Hand went on to become the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and then later became the Chairman of Internal Medicine and then Associate Dean for Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.

He was recognized as a Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and was listed as one of the Best Doctors in America as well one of the Best Doctors in El Paso.

Lee’s Sharp wit and keen mind were apparent to all who knew him. These traits, combined with his kind heart and strong faith, were flavored with a deep Southern accent that left a lasting impression. He enjoyed attending symphony performances, swimming, and watching the Atlanta Braves.

Lee’s journey on Earth ended on September 27th when he passed peacefully in his sleep to be with our Lord. He was blessed with a full life and will be dearly missed by all.

Lee is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; his children Julia Johnson (Chris), Bill Hand, Ryan Harper (Kara), and Whitney Harper; brother Jack Hand (Grace) and nephews Chris (Heather) and Michael (Sarah) Hand. He was a proud and loving grandfather to six: Boaz, Ava Jean, Nolan, Annabelle, Emma, and Everly Harper.<

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Western Hills Methodist Church Foundation or El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird Dr., El Paso, TX 79912. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com

Published in El Paso Times from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9, 2017

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