Category Archives: 1959

Samuel Wilson Smith III ’59

Dr. Samuel Wilson Smith III, died peacefully and surrounded by love at home on April 23, 2017.

Dr. Smith was born on February 1, 1937 in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Samuel W. Smith Jr. and Elizabeth Arbogast Gudger Smith. Dr. Smith and Laura Emilie Simmons were married on August 18, 1962 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Episcopal High School, Davidson College, and The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Following medical school, Sam and Lee moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. where Dr. Smith completed his medical residency, fellowship in hematology, a chief medical residency, and instructor in medicine at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital and UNC School of Medicine.

The five years in Chapel Hill were interspersed by two years in the United States Air Force as Captain and General Medical Officer. At the conclusion of his military service, Dr. Smith was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal.

Dr. Smith began private practice in 1970 in Greenville, S.C. From that time, until 2005, he was an active participant in the teaching of medical students and residents at Greenville Memorial Hospital. From 2002 until 2012, he organized and attended a hepatitis clinic at New Horizons Family practice clinic. In 2007, he received the Ramage award from DHEC for leadership in medical education.

From 1998 until 2009, Dr. Smith was on the faculty at Clemson University in the Department of Microbiology. Intermittently, from 1982 to 1988, Dr. Smith was an attending physician in Cange, Haiti. From 2013 to present, Dr. Smith has been an attending physician at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. Dr. Smith has been a long time devoted member of Christ Church Episcopal since 1970.

Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Laura Simmons Smith and three children: Samuel Wilson Smith IV, William Martin Smith (Kristin), and Susan Smith deHoll (Doug deHoll), and by eight loving grandchildren: William Harrison Smith, Simmons Elizabeth deHoll, Emilie Baldwin Smith, Samuel Wilson Smith V, Danielle Lee deHoll, Helen O’dell Smith, Campbell Douglas deHoll, and Catherine Twining Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Smith White (William) of Charlotte, his sister-in-law, Susan Deen Simmons and three nieces, Elizabeth Dickens (Al), Margaret Black (Robert), and Katie Willingham (Rob).

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Samuel W. Smith will be at Christ Church Episcopal, in the All Saints Center at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Following the service, the family will receive friends and family at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church Episcopal or to the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.

The Mackey Mortuary.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 25, 2017

Charles Langdon Rutherford ’59

charlie-rutherfordDr. Charles Langdon Rutherford, Jr., age 79, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Charles was a native of Mobile, Alabama, the son of Dr. Charles Langdon Rutherford and Nell Schley Rutherford.

He graduated from The McCallie School in 1955, Davidson College in 1959, and the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1963.

Charles served 2 years in the United States Air Force following medical school graduation. He then practiced medicine with Mobile Urology Group, P.A. until his retirement in 1992.

Charles was a past President of the Alabama Urological Association and of the Alabama Chapter of The American College of Surgeons. He served on Board of Censors for the State Medical Association Board of Examiners, and was a founding director of The Bank of Mobile, which became BankTrust.

Dr. Rutherford also served on the Boards of The Julius T. Wright School for Girls (now UMS-Wright Preparatory School), Boy Scouts of America (Mobile Area Council), and the University of South Alabama Medical School Foundation.

Early in his career he was a Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of South Alabama Medical School, and he was also a member of several mystic organizations. Charles was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mobile.

Dr. Rutherford is survived by his wife of 53 years, Harriet Kelly Rutherford; his two daughters, Harriet Sharman Rutherford and Sydney Rutherford Milling (Brooks); 6 grandchildren, Sydney Gaillard Broughton, Langdon Broughton Murphy (Jack), Agee Stallworth Broughton, IV, Nell Frances Milling, Brooks Pitman Milling, Jr., and Charles Rutherford Milling; his brother, John Schley Rutherford (Laura); nephew John Schley Rutherford, Jr.; and niece Lee Rutherford Adams (Sumner); and numerous cousins.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday December 31, 2016, at Pine Crest Cemetery in Mobile. Visitation will be graveside following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wilmer Hall Children’s Home in Mobile.

Published in the Mobile Register and Baldwin County on Jan. 1, 2017

Ward Landis “Lanny” Voigt ’59

lanny-voigtDr. Ward Landis Voigt, MD, FACS, 79, of 301 Queen Anne Drive, Edenton, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Dr. Voigt was born in Jackson, Mississippi on March 27, 1937, and was the son of the late Ward Furman Voigt and Carol Landis Voigt. Early in his life his parents moved to Greensboro, N.C. where they made their home and raised their family.

An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he attained the rank of Major and performed surgery on the wounded. Dr. Voigt moved to Edenton in 1972 and for ten years was the only surgeon serving at Chowan Hospital.

A partner in Chowan Medical Center, he had been a member of the General Surgeons Association and the American College of Surgeons.

After retirement in July of 2000, he and his wife twice went to Africa with World Medical Mission, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, where he performed surgery on the mission field. He was a member and deacon of Edenton Baptist Church and its Lloyd Griffin Sunday School Class.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ingram “Betsy” Voigt.

Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Gloria Evans Voigt; his children, Carol Voigt Marriott and husband John, and James Ingram Voigt and wife Rachel, both of Wilmington; and his brother, Robert C. Voigt of Wake Forest.

Also surviving are Gloria’s children, Donna Taylor Hill and husband Ken of Youngsville, and F. Treavis Taylor, Jr. and wife Traci of Asheville. Together Gloria and Landis share six grandchildren, Taylor B. Hill, Haley E. Hill, Lauren A. Voigt, D. Landis Voigt, Carson Marriott, and Clark T. Marriott.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Edenton Baptist Church and will be conducted by the Rev. David Brooks and Dr. Jesse Croom. Burial will follow in Beaver Hill Cemetery. Friends may join the family Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, or in the social hall of the church following the service on Saturday, or all other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial fund of Edenton Baptist Church, 200 S. Granville Street, Edenton, NC 27932, or to World Medical Mission, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the medical staff and caregivers who recently provided wonderful and devoted care to their loved one.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Kenneth Pitts Maddox, Jr. ’59

Kenneth Pitts Maddox, Jr. passed on to be with our Lord on October 27, 2016 at Well-Spring Retirement Community. He was born on November 23, 1936, to Kenneth and Katherine Maddox. Ken attended Davidson College and graduated from Guilford College.

He worked with the trust department of Nations Bank and with the Richardson Corporation and had his broker’s license in real estate. Ken was a long-time member of Sales and Marketing Association.He later joined the family business started by his grandfather, Pitts Lumber Company.

Upon the death of his father, he took over the ownership and management of College Park Apartments and remained there until his retirement in 2003.

He and his wife are members of Guilford College United Methodist Church.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Alice, and three sons with his former wife; Kenneth III (Jan) of Greensboro, Ed (Cheryl) of Randleman, and Will (Reed) of Greensboro, granddaughter Mary Beth Maddox, step-children Lacey, Clay and Murphy Holmes, and sister Eloise Holt of Greensboro.

He is also survived by his step-family: David Algire (Nancy) of Brewster, NY, Sherri Beaver (Mike) of Charlotte, and grandsons Officer Adam Beaver of Charleston, SCPD; USCG Petty Officer Olin Algire of Charleston, Hank Algire of Brewster, NY, and John Beaver of Charlotte.

He will be remembered for his smile and laugh and his nickname “Boss Man” at the memory care unit of Well-Spring.

Burial will be private on Tuesday, November 1, followed by a memorial service at the Richardson Auditorium at Well-Spring at 2:00 p.m.

His wife sends her sincere thanks to the staff of memory care who lovingly cared for him. They are an amazing group.

Contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund at Well-Spring, 4100 Well Spring Dr. Greensboro, NC 27410 or the American Heart Association, 7029 Albert Pick Road, Suite 200, Greensboro, NC 27409.

Forbis and Dick-Guilford Chapel is serving the Maddox Family. Online condolences may be made to

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Robert Pace Holding ’59

bob-holdingMr. Robert “Bob” Pace Holding passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at The Gardens of Taylor Glen.

His memorial service will be 2 PM Thursday at First Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Peter Bynum. The family will receive friends following the service in Davis Hall.

Bob was born December 11, 1936 in Charlotte to the late William Joseph Holding and Margaret Hawkins Holding. He and his brothers owned and operated Holding Brothers for many years. Bob was a graduate of Fishburne Military School and Pfeiffer College, and was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church.

He also was a member of Concord Rotary Club served on the Board of the Salvation Army, a member of the N.C. Oil Jobbers Assoc., and was only known as Mr. Anonymous to the people in the community that he helped.

Bob is survived by his wife, Gay Bethune Holding; children, Katharane Holding Dunlap and husband John of Concord, Margaret Holding-Barrett and husband Greg of Alexandria, VA, and R. Pace Holding, Jr .of Charlotte; grandchildren, Brody Barrett, Tyson Barrett, Katie Dunlap, and Jake Dunlap; step-children, George Snyder III, Dusty Snyder, Ginny Eagles, and Charles James; brother, David Holding and wife Gail of Concord; sister-in-law, Barbara Holding; and by a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffin St, Ste 203, Davidson, NC 28036, or to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 789, Concord, NC 28026 or to the Salvation Army, 216 Patterson Ave. SE, Concord, NC 28025.

On line condolences may be sent to Wilkinson funeral home.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 26, 2016


Angus Murdoch McBryde, Jr. ’59

Angus Murdoch McBryde, Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2016. Born in Durham, North Carolina on February 24, 1937, he was the oldest child of Dr. Angus Murdoch McBryde, Sr. and Priscilla Gregory McBryde.

Dr. McBryde received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College where he excelled in both academics and sports. His love and support of Davidson continued throughout his lifetime whether as team physician, Board of Trustees member or general support of Wildcat activities.

As a runner, he held numerous records, including being named the 1958 Southern Conference Mile Champion and served as captain of both cross country and track teams. Dr. McBryde was subsequently inducted into the Davidson College Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

After Davidson, Dr. McBryde went to Duke Medical School and soon discovered medicine was his true calling as it was for his father, a Durham pediatrician and member of the original faculty at Duke Medical School. At Duke, he was Senior Class President and also served as National Vice President of the Student American Medical Association.

After medical school, Dr. McBryde conducted his internship and residency in general surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He then spent the following two years in the U.S. Navy as a medical officer on the U.S.S. St. Paul and at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego during the Vietnam War.

Dr. McBryde then went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at Duke in the ensuing years and in 1971 was appointed Clinical Assistance Professor of Orthopaedics at Duke and later that year joined the orthopaedic teaching program at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center).

Dr. McBryde, in his long and distinguished medical career that followed, earned numerous accolades and awards, including Alabama Sports Person of the Year, 2012 Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist and 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of Duke Medical School. Dr. McBryde led as Chair of the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery for the University of South Alabama at Mobile and the University of South Carolina in Charleston.

He was team doctor for the Gamecocks in Columbia and served as medical director for the USC athletic department. While in Birmingham he was team doctor for Alabama, Auburn and Troy. He also directed the Ankle and Foot Fellowship Program at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL where he practiced at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center.

He co-founded and was president of the Southern Orthopaedic Association and president of the Southern Medical Association. He was currently serving as chairman of the Senior Physician Section of the AMA.

He enjoyed serving in other leadership positions in his specialty field. He also served on 11 editorial boards and published more than 70 scholarly publications including 2 books.

A noted academician and skilled surgeon with nationally-recognized expertise in sports medicine, Dr. McBryde served as team physician for the World Games in Yugoslavia in 1987 and for the U.S. National Team for both the Seoul and Atlanta summer Olympics.

Dr. McBryde’s love of medicine was constantly on display in the extraordinary and generous care he showed his patients and all those in need of orthopaedic advice over the length of his career.

Dr. McBryde took the adage, “Time waits for no man,” to heart, living each day of his life quite literally to its fullest. Angus was a loving husband, father and friend and will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Dr. McBryde is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Kay McBryde of Columbia, South Carolina; his sister Read M. Spence and her husband Jim of Greensboro, NC and his brother Neill G. McBryde and his wife Peggy of Charlotte, NC; children of his first marriage to Jane Rostan McBryde: sons, Angus M. McBryde III and his wife Margaret of Charlotte, NC and Dr. JP McBryde and his wife Karen of Abu Dhabi, UAE; daughters, Dr. Holly McBryde Mason and her husband Dr. John Mason of Charlottesville, VA and Mary McBryde and her husband George Newcomb of Norwich, VT; ten grandchildren: Grace McBryde, Jane McBryde, Lea McBryde, Rostan McBryde, Gillie McBryde, John Mason, Mary Holland Mason, Mac Mason, Maddie Newcomb, and Angus Newcomb; the children and grandchildren of Kay McBryde who he embraced, Mary Beth O’Briant and Sam of John’s Creek, GA and their children John, Will and Charlie; Peter Joseph Brennan, Jr. of Charlotte, NC and his children Kelli and Britani; Catherine Parker Brennan of Charleston, SC and her children Parker and Vann; and Anna Kelly Brennan of Birmingham, AL and her children Elizabeth and Jacob. In addition, Dr. McBryde leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews who loved him greatly.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Dr. McBryde’s life in Charlotte, NC at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Visitation for family and close friends will be held at 6PM on Monday, October 10 at 6-8PM at the home of his son Angus McBryde III, 1932 Dilworth Rd. West, Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Davidson College for The McBryde Family Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or to the Southern Orthopaedic Association for the Angus M. McBryde, JR MD Memorial Fund c/o Chuck Freitag 110 West Rd. Ste.227 Towson MD 21204.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2016

Eugene Monroe Long II ’59

eugene longDr. Eugene M. Long II, 79, of Elon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his residence on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

A native of Alamance County, he was the husband (38 years) of the late Gray Duncan Long and husband of (15 years) Deborah Thurlow Long. He was the son of Nathan Alexander Long and Lyda Lee Long, both deceased, and stepson to Reginald Glenn Miller also deceased. Dr. Long was a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Thurlow Long, two daughters, Kerrie Long Kendall of Burlington and Dayna Long Bowline and husband Beaver of Cumming, GA; son, Eugene Monroe Long, Jr., and wife Laura of Greenville, NC; twin brother, Jerry A. Long and wife Nancy of Burlington; brother, Alan Long and wife Nancy, deceased, of Raleigh; seven grandchildren, Tanner, Kendal, Lindsay, Ryder, Haley, Duncan and Gray; three step-children, Mary Alice, Vernon and Rebecca; and three step-grandchildren, Anderson, Oliver and Isaac.

In 1959, Dr. Long graduated from Davidson College and then attended Duke University Medical School, graduating in 1963. He served an internship at Duke Hospital from 1963 to 1964. He moved to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1964 to 1969 for his medical residency. From 1969 to 1971, Dr. Long served as a Major in the US Air Force in Tucson, Arizona. After serving his country, he moved to Burlington to set up practice and to be near family. He practiced at Alamance Clinic for Women for the first ten years and then practiced at Kernodle Clinic until he retired in 2004.

As an OB/GYN physician, Dr. Gene Long was hard-working and loved his profession. He took great care of not only his patients, but of his friends and family as well. Someone once said to him, “Dr. Long, I think you delivered half of Burlington.” In the last few days of his life, he encountered several patients who remembered him so fondly and told him how much they appreciated him. This was a testament to his life.

Dr. Long’s family loved him with all their hearts. He was their Hero and they all looked up to him. They all wanted to make him proud and follow in his footsteps. He set the perfect example for family…how to be loving, caring and selfless. His kindness, compassion and gentle way will be missed by all.

A visitation will be held at Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Saturday, August 27, from 2:00 to 4:00.

A private graveside service for family will be conducted at Pine Hill Cemetery in December.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elon Academy at Elon University, 2105 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244 or to Habitat for Humanity, Post Office Box 5036, Burlington, NC 27216.

Published in from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2016

Kenneth Dale Owen, Sr. ’59

1Dr. Kenneth Dale Owen, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on November 16, 2015. A native Charlottean, he was born May 9, 1938, the oldest child of Dr. Olin and Ruth Watlington Owen. “Dr. Kenneth” graduated in 1956 from Myers Park High School where he was senior class president and captain of the basketball team. He continued his basketball career at Davidson College, graduating in 1959.
Before finishing college, he married his childhood sweetheart, Lura Carnes, in 1958. After completing dental school at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1963, Dr. Owen served in the US Army Dental Corps. until 1965. He continued his military service as a reservist, attaining the rank of Captain.
In 1972 he completed his M.Sc.O. in orthodontics at UNC-Chapel Hill, then joined his father, Dr. Olin Owen, in his orthodontics practice in Charlotte and, eventually, Albemarle. Dr. Owen led and served the dental community in numerous ways.
He was President of the North Carolina Dental Society, North Carolina Second District Dental Society, Southern Association of Orthodontists, North Carolina Association of Orthodontists, Dental Foundation of North Carolina, and UNC Orthodontic Alumni Association. A founding member of the Holiday Dental Conference, he was General Chairman for 22 years.
In 2012, he became Executive Director of the Charlotte Regional Dental Health Foundation. He began his instrumental leadership with NCMOM-Charlotte, providing free dental care to thousands of Charlotte residents annually. He was passionate about giving back to the community with this dentistry outreach program.
A lifelong member of Myers Park United Methodist Church, he served on the Administrative Board and chaired an usher committee for 42 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lura Carnes Owen; son, K. Dale Owen, Jr. and his wife, Amy F. Owen; daughter, Aven Williams and her husband, Hank; grandchildren, Alex, Lindsey and Gracey Owen and Rebecca and Whit Williams, all of Charlotte; his brother, Michael Owen and wife Betsy of Del Ray Beach, FL; his sister, Margaret Owen Blackstock of Atlanta; and her sons, Towner Blackstock and his wife Holly, Michael Blackstock and his wife Tara, and Kendrick Blackstock.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Jerry Blackstock.
A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be held at 2:00 PM at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte NC 28207, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The family will receive friends following the service in Jubilee Hall. Burial will be private.
Special thanks to Dr. Daniel Hagstrom of Levine Cancer Institute for his unwavering care and support. ComForcare Home Care and Hospice of Charlotte were invaluable in fulfilling our father’s wishes to stay at home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dr. Kenneth’s passion: the free dental clinic, Charlotte Regional Dental Health Foundation NC MOM-Charlotte Project, 497 North Wendover Road, Charlotte, NC 28211.

Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at

Published in Charlotte Observer on Nov. 18, 2015

Hugh Brown Campbell, Jr. ’59

1Hugh Brown Campbell Jr., a Mecklenburg County District Court judge who also served a term on the state Court of Appeals, as attorney for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and as chairman of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, died Friday. He was 78.

As a Mecklenburg County District Court judge, he was tough on DWI cases but often spoke fondly of the bailiffs and others he worked with, said his son, Hugh Campbell III.

Campbell was a graduate of Davidson College and Harvard School of Law. He was planning a reunion for the Myers Park High School class of 1955 when he became ill, his son said. Campbell died Friday at Mercy Hospital, where he was also born.

He retired from his work as a judge at age 72, as required by state law, his son said. He continued to serve as a special judge as needed, frequently returning to the bench in Gastonia and other areas. “He loved being a judge,” his son said.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary Irving Carlyle Campbell; three sons, Hugh Campbell III of Mount Airy and his wife Susan, Irving Carlyle Campbell of Toano, Va., and his wife Kim, and Thomas Lenoir Campbell of Charlotte and his wife Leah; six grandchildren; a brother, Wilburn “Bill” Campbell, of Columbia, S.C.; and a sister, Betty Cantey, also of Columbia.

Robertson Funeral and Cremation is handling final services.


Robert Andrew “Andy” Gordon, Jr. ’59

Andy Gordon, 77, formerly of Gastonia passed away February 16, 2015 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he lived for the last 15 years.

Andy was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, to Lucille Mason Gordon and Robert Andrew Gordon, Sr. on March 21st, 1937. He graduated from Gastonia High School and went on to earn a degree in economics from Davidson College and a Juris Doctorate degree from Duke Law School.

He worked as a bank trust officer for most of his career. Andy was in the ROTC at Davidson College and served as a captain in the United States Army.

He gave of his time generously and, among many charitable involvements, was a Boy Scout leader, president of a Chamber of Commerce and a pioneer in the training and organization of Hospice and Head Start programs in Florida.

A dedicated father, he also enjoyed hiking, camping, woodworking projects and playing music with his sons. He was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden.

Andy is survived by his wife, Linda Gordon; his brother John B. Gordon of Raleigh; sons Robert, Gary and Steve Gordon; grandchildren Katheryn Wolfley, Heather Gordon, Robert Gordon, Alexis Gordon, Alaina Gordon and Anastasia Gordon; and great-grandsons Wilhelm and Robert Wolfley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elizabeth House at Four Seasons Compassion for Life in Flat Rock.