Edward “Ned” M. Hedgpeth, Jr. ’58

Edward "Ned" M. Hedgpeth, Jr. '58Edward (Ned) McGowan Hedgpeth, Jr. died peacefully at home on March 31, 2018. His metastatic prostate cancer progressed rapidly in the last two months. Ned was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on May 22, 1936, the son of Dr. Edward McGowan Hedgpeth and Marian Reese Hedgpeth, who both predeceased him.

He graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1954 and from Davidson College with a B.S. in Biology in 1958. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1962. After serving as Captain in the US Army Medical Corps in Heilbronn, Germany, he began his surgical residency in ophthalmology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Following his residency, Ned completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, MD.

In 1969, Ned joined McPherson Group, PA (which later became North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat, PA) in Durham, NC, where he practiced successfully for many years. He served as President of NCEENT from 2000-2003. Ned was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology and an active member of the North Carolina Medical Society and the Durham Orange County Medical Society where he served as President in 2000.

He was passionate about the study and practice of ophthalmology and a highly respected ophthalmologic surgeon who performed delicate eye surgery with extraordinary skill. He enjoyed many years of helping patients achieve better eyesight. It was a source of great satisfaction to him that he was able to help so many with their eye problems.

Ned served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at both Duke Medical School and UNC Medical School and assisted in the training of many younger Ophthalmologists. He was a proud founding member of North Carolina Specialty Hospital and was also an active member of the medical staff at Durham Regional Hospital.

Ned was a long-standing member of Hope Valley Country Club and of Roaring Gap Club, where he spent many happy years at his beautiful mountain home. He was an excellent golfer and enjoyed both the golf and the great fellowship at both Hope Valley and at Roaring Gap. Ned was a lover of animals all his life; he especially loved his pony in his early years, and in his later years, he adored his beloved Yorkies, first Buddy, and then Peanut and Little Bit, who accompanied him almost everywhere he went.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Terry Hedgpeth, his daughter Marian Wells Hedgpeth and her husband Kevin B. Seifert of Durham, NC, and by his step-daughter Dr. Terry Anne Sams, DMD, her husband Gus, and their sons John Charles and McGowan of Southern Pines, NC. Ned is also survived by his sister, Jane Hedgpeth Wells of Houston, TX.

Ned was an outstanding physician, a devoted husband and father, an effective leader in the Durham medical community and a wonderful friend and colleague. He was loved by his many patients, colleagues, friends and family members, and he will be dearly missed by all.

James “Jim” Ward Weller ’58

James "Jim" Ward Weller '58James Ward (Jim) Weller, 82, died at his home in Spartanburg on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Born December 19, 1935 in Lexington, NC, he was the son of the late Leslie Ward Weller and Pauline Church Weller. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Central High School in Charlotte, NC and a 1958 graduate of Davidson College.

At Central, he lettered in football and track. At Davidson he ran track and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served in the Marine Corps.

Jim was married to Lillian Shannonhouse of Charlotte for 44 years until her death in 2003. Jim was a small business owner and was very successful in many diverse ventures in the business world.

Jim was a long-time member of St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte. On April 25, 2015 he married his Central High School sweetheart, Betty Barnes Walpole of Spartanburg.

In Spartanburg he was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Throughout his life, Jim was an avid reader and enthusiastic runner. He loved dogs and trained many breeds for years. Jim was a gentle and quietly generous man who was devoted to his family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Betty Barnes Walpole Weller; his three children, Lilly Goodnow (Bill), Jim Weller Jr. (Katherine) and Andrew Weller; his sister, Patricia Weller Engle; his ‘bonus’ children, Chip Walpole (DeAnn) and Beth Walpole Neidenbach (Peter); seven grandchildren, Ellie and Will Goodnow, Jamie, Alex and Graham Weller, Mac and Lucy Weller; and seven ‘bonus’ grandchildren, Gambrell W. Burns, Trey and Caroline Walpole, Charles, Sarah Glenn, Charlotte and Thomas Neidenbach.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, Jim was predeceased by his sister Marjorie Weller Walker.

The entire family is grateful for the care given by Spartanburg Regional Hospice and Jim’s youngest son, Andrew who was at his father’s side for the last two months offering loving care.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Evans and the Rev. Joanne Hull. Committal into the Columbarium will be private.

Memorials may be made to Winter Warmth, First Presbyterian Church, 393 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com The J. F. Floyd Mortuary

Copyright 2018 Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)

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.

Copyright (c) 2017 The Charlotte Observer

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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