John F. Renfro, Jr. ’59

John Renfro '59John F. Renfro, Jr., 81, of Spartanburg died May 18, 2018.

Born February 18, 1937 in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late John F. Renfro and Bonnie Babb Renfro. Educated in the Spartanburg City schools, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1959. In 1960, he earned an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John married Beverly Folger in 1960 at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. After his service in the US Army, the couple moved to Spartanburg in 1963 where he began his life-long career with Inman Mills. In 2002, he retired as Vice President. He was devoted to his work, colleagues, and friends at Inman Mills.

In high school, John earned the Eagle Scout Award and promoted scouting throughout his adult life. In 2017, in honor of his 80th birthday, his three sons along with Inman Mills commissioned the John F. Renfro Jr. Scout Center in Inman to recognize his contributions.

John was very active in his community and served on numerous boards and committees. He was Treasurer and Trustee of the Inman-Riverdale Foundation as well as a Trustee for both Queens College and the Mary Black Foundation.

John also served as a board member on the Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Development Association, the United Way of the Piedmont, and the Spartanburg Area and State Chambers of Commerce.

John received the Morgan Award from the United Way in 1995 and the David Reid Award from the Arts Partnership in 2001. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Chapman Cultural Center.

From 1988 until 2010, John and Beverly resided on their family farm in Gowansville. They joined Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon where he served as Treasurer. Upon returning to Spartanburg, they rejoined First Presbyterian Church where John served as an elder.

John Renfro was an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather and was blessed with many friends. Known as “Papa John” by his family, he never missed an opportunity to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Some of his favorite memories were the many fishing, hunting, skiing and beach trips with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by three sons, John “Trip” F. Renfro III, MD (Suzanne D., MD) of Greenville, McDuffie “Mac” F. Renfro (Marianna) of Cornelius, NC, and Foy F. Renfro (Mark A. Bradshaw, MD) of Ashland, OR; six grandchildren, Sloan, Sarah, and Emma Renfro of Greenville; Mary Taylor of Charlotte; and Brooks and Anna Renfro; halfsister, Helen Bridgforth of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, Guy Wellman of Flat Rock, NC; and his loving dogs, Boogie and Dabo.

He is predeceased by his parents and his half-sister, Frances Wellman.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Evans and the Rev. Joanne R. Hull on Tuesday May 22, 4:00PM at First Presbyterian Church: 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. A visitation will be held following the service. A private committal will be held at Cemetery Hill, Clemson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals: P. O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; Palmetto Council; Boy Scouts of America: 420 S. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306; or the Chapman Cultural Center: 200 E. St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Charles A. Kottmeier ’59

 Charles A. Kottmeier '59Maj. Charles A. Kottmeier, US Air Force (Ret.)

“You truly have a servant’s heart. It’s the twinkle in your eyes, the gentleness of your voice and the love in your heart” Evelyn Owens.

Charlie was born in Columbus, OH, November 16, 1937, and died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. He spent his early life in Orlando where he graduated from Edgewater High School. As an Eagle Scout, Charlie was awarded the Order of the Arrow.

He graduated from Davidson College, NC, (forever a Davidson Gentleman) and The University of Florida Medical School in the specialty of Anesthesia. Major Charles Kottmeier served in the US Air Force, stationed at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, MO. He concluded his military service as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War. He received the Honorable National Defense Service Medal. Charles began his medical practice of Anesthesia at Morton Plant Hospital in 1971.

As President of Anesthesia Associates of Pinellas, he established the Anesthesia Care Team in 1974. Throughout his distinguished career, Charlie served as FSA Representative in Washington D.C. and President of the Florida Society of Anesthesiologist for two years. He was bestowed the FSA Distinguished Service Award. He was an Honorary Physician of Morton Plant Hospital, March 15, 2012.

Dr. Kottmeier was a member of the Morton Plant Mease Roebling Society, Adler Legacy Society, Endowed Society and Pillars of Philanthropy. While Dr. Charlie was dedicated to caring for his patients, his heart longed for adventure. He enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of nature. His favorites were skiing the Colorado Rockies, sport fishing and diving The Florida Keys. Captain Charlie had a passion for sailing.

In 1992, he and his crew were awarded the Ruder Cup, coming in First Place Non-Spinaker Class, in the Clearwater Key West Yacht Race. Flying his Cessna 210-732 Kilo Quebec was sheer joy. Just one year ago, April 15, 2017, Charlie flew with instructor, Lindsey, C172, KCLW. It was a beautiful spring day, perfect for flying. Charlie and Celia enjoyed traveling Europe with Andy and Julie aboard their Hinckly, “The Bald Eagle”. They took a Moorings, bareboat charter throughout the Greek Islands, a family adventure.

Charlie was the eternal optimist, seeing the positive in all situations and people. He embraced people and took great joy in sharing life with family and friends, leaving his legacy of a caring, loving and gentle spirit. After a whirlwind courtship, Charlie and Celia were married at St John’s Episcopal Church, November 27, 1981.

Charles Kottmeier is survived by his wife of 37 years, Celia; three children, Linda Fernandez (Eric ) and children, Michael and Summer, Charles Kottmeier III and Dr. Magdalene Cook (Will) and children, Natalie, Abigail, and Jamie; Uncle Charlie is also survived by his loving extended families; the Nichols, Owens, and Southards.

A memorial service will be celebrated at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 701 Orange Ave., Clearwater, April 14, at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Church of the Ascension or to Morton Plant Hospital Foundation, 1200 Druid Road S., Clearwater, FL 33756.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 8, 2018

Walter Scott III ’59

Walter Scott III '59Mr. Walter Scott III, age 81, of Charlotte, NC died February 21, 2018, Mr. Scott was born December 31, 1936 in Charlotte, the son of the late Sarah Adelaide Mayer Scott and Walter Scott, Jr.

Mr. Scott was educated in the Charlotte Public Schools, graduating in 1955 from Myers Park High School. Walter received his Eagle Scott Award from Troop 3.

Walter was a 1959 graduate of Davidson College with an AB Degree in Economics. While at Davidson College, he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the Philanthropic Literary Society and Varsity Rifle Team.

Walter served as a Cadet Major in the Reserve Officers Training Corps, where he received the designation of Distinguished Military Student and Distinguished Military Graduate. Following graduation he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Security Agency.

Mr. Scott was employed in his family’s business, Scott Drug Company, for 12 years, serving as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer and was a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Scott was then employed by United Carolina Bank in Charlotte NC for 12 years as a Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer. Mr. Scott was retired from Cline & Co., Inc. serving as a Condominium Property Manager and collections manager.

Mr. Scott was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte Country Club (where his grandfather had been a founding member), The Mayflower Society, Military Order of the Stars and Bars and the St. Andrews Society.

Surviving are his wife, Diane Ridgeway Scott, daughters, Caroline Talley of Atlanta, GA, Sally McKinley of Charlotte, NC, Adelaide Palermo of Greensboro, NC, Jennifer Brown of Charlotte, NC , nine grandchildren and was predeceased by daughter Heather Mattress, Raleigh, NC (2007).

The family will receive friends at their home on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. There will be a graveside memorial service at Elmwood Cemetery, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

Memorials may be made to The Davidson Fund at Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28036 and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. (704)375-0100.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 25, 2018

David W. Garvin, Sr. ’59

David W. Garvin, Sr. '59Lt. Col. David W. Garvin, Sr., age 80, of Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017, at his home.

David resided in Boone, NC. He was born in Columbia, SC, to Dr. and Mrs. (Margaret) O. David Garvin. He was educated at Chapel Hill High School in Pennsylvania. He studied and graduated from Davidson College and furthered his education with a master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

David served his country in the United States Army Medical Corps, retiring after 25 years and from Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina in 2000.

He was an avid traveler, traveling throughout the country and the world behind the wheel of his motor home or the helm of his boat. He was a member of the Lake Murray Power Squadron and the Special Military Active Recreational Travelers (S.M.A.R.T.)

In recent years, he was a member and secretary of the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA), High Country Unit, served on the Salvation Army Board of the High Country, longtime secretary of the Boone Kiwanis Club, active in his church, Boone United Methodist Church, and as a volunteer docent for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Goodell Garvin of the home; two sons, David Garvin, Jr. of King George, VA, and Paul Garvin and wife Kimberly of Cades, SC, and four grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Cyle and Coy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. O. David Garvin, M.D., MPH, his mother, Mrs. Margaret Garvin, and a brother, Peter.

Memorial service for Lt. Col. David W. Garvin, Sr. will be conducted Saturday afternoon, August 12, 2017, at 3:00 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock at the church, prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boone United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army of the High Country, or to the Kiwanis Club of Boone.

Online condolences may be sent to the Garvin family at www.hamptonfuneranc.c om.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service, in Boone, NC, is in charge of the arrangements.

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John R. Turner ’59

John R. Turner '59John Robert “Bob” Turner, 79 years of age, of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his home.

“Bob” was born August 1, 1936 in Virginia to the late Robert Turner and the late Edith Turner.

Survivors include wife,  Amelia Turner of Harrisburg; three sons, Chad (Luci) Turner of Harrisburg;  Bryan (Jessica) Turner of Mint Hill, and Trent (Mindy) Turner of Stanfield; six grandchildren, Isaac, Caroline, Zachary, Raegan, Graham, and Greyson Turner; and a sister, Betty Turner Crowder of Charlotte.