Dick Little ’54

In celebration, we announce that Pastor Dr. Richard Henry Little (Dick), 87, husband, father, pastor, teacher, evangelist, author, but most importantly life-long servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, went to be with his beloved Savior on Thursday evening March 21, 2019 in Winston-Salem, NC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Notre Shirilee; son Richard Bryant Little and wife Tess; two grandchildren, Vanessa Best, Joshua Jones and wife Angela; three great-grandchildren, Campbell Best, McKenzie Jones and Hollee Jones; cousin Katharine Parrish (who was like a sister).

His daughter Kathryn Lynne Jones preceded him in death.

Dick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Anniston, Ala., the son of Henry Wilson Little and Eleanor Augusta Little. He graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and received his master’s of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. and Dr. of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dick began his ministry as chaplain of the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and was associate pastor of the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church in Fishersville, Va. where he met his wife of 60 years.

For seven years he was pastor of the Parkview Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA (PCUSA). From 1965 to 1979 he was engaged in full-time preaching evangelism under the auspices of the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship.

In 1980 he became pastor of Reynolda Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, leading them into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1987.

In 1995 he retired from Reynolda Church. During his ministry, Dick preached and taught in churches all over the United States, South America, Puerto Rico, Israel, Italy, India, Ukraine and other countries. He was the founder of the Hawkridge Home for the elderly in Neyyattinkara, India.

He served as the coordinating director for the First and Second World Conferences of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, Israel in the 70s where over 3000 believers worshiped and praised the Lord in the Binyenei HaUma convention center with Charismatic leaders of that day. He served on the boards of the Evangelistic Mission to Puerto Rico, the Presbyterian and Reformed Renewal Ministries International and the Presbyterian Charismatic Communion.

He was one of the founding pastors and on the board of Associates in Christian Counseling in Winston-Salem, NC. He was the author of “Kiss Your Church,” written for pastors on how to minister to their people and church. One of his greatest blessings was to be elected moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1997.

From 1995-2012 he remained active serving churches in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, one of which was the Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Va. Beach, Va. where he had a very fruitful ministry. Being a church member all of his life but not coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as his Savior until college, he devoted his life to his greatest passion, declaring the saving message of Jesus Christ.

As one person said, “He was a come to Jesus preacher.” “Someday you will read in the paper that I am dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever.” Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899).

His celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Reynolda Presbyterian Church, 2200 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, NC. Following a graveside service for the family at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, family visitation will follow after the Reynolda church service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Riveroaks Community Church World Missions, Clemmons, NC and Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to those who lovingly cared for him during his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease: Dr. Edward Shaw Memory Counseling Program, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Mrs. Beverly Riddle (Caregiver), Brighton Gardens Reminiscence Care Staff, Pruitt Hospice, North Wilkesboro, NC; and our church families Riveroaks Community Church, Reynolda EPC.

Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.

Bill Currie ’57

Dr. William “Bill” Deems Currie, Sr., passed away peacefully with family by his side on March 14, 2019, in Albemarle, North Carolina.

He was born on September 4, 1935 to Kenneth and Elsie Currie in Wallace, North Carolina and he was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Anna S. Currie, and his brother, Kenneth “Kent” M. Currie, Jr. 

Dr. Currie was educated at Davidson College as an undergraduate (Class of 1957), and he received his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill in Biochemistry.

He met his lovely wife, Anna S. Currie of Sampson County, North Carolina, on the shores of White Lake, and they married on April 2, 1961.

They moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where their first son was born, and returned to North Carolina, settling in Durham, where their second son was born, and where he accepted a position in the Department of Radiology at Duke University Medical School, where he remained until his retirement.

He was an accomplished research professor and he enjoyed teaching medical school students.

Bill loved the Lord and was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, where he served as an elder.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing at the Outer Banks for many years with his wife and sons, travelling the world with Anna, and indefatigably cheering for the UNC Tarheels.

He was a devoted husband and father, sacrificing for the needs of family before his own. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, William Deems Currie, Jr., and his fiancé Gail Johnson; son Patrick W. Currie, his wife Lisa Currie and their children Virginia, Holland, Lachlann and Angus; sister-in-law Catherine “Putsie” Currie and her children, Mark Currie, Rich Currie and Catherine DiLoreto; sister-in-law Carol Stone and her husband, Ed Stone.

Published in HeraldSun on Mar. 24, 2019

Charles Hall Daugherty ’59

Dr. Charles Hall Daugherty – Chuck, Tee, Uncle Chuck, Pops – passed February 25th, 2019, surrounded by a loving horde of family.

Chuck was born in St. Louis Missouri May 27, 1936, to Milton and Carrie Daugherty. He spent his youth in Brazil as part of a missionary family. He graduated from Davidson College and received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

Before international education was commonplace, Chuck participated in a Junior Year Abroad program, studying at the University of Allahabad in India. Chuck completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil where he met Mary Lee Smith and welcomed his first child Sonia into the world.

In 1966, Chuck returned to the States beginning his professional career as a professor of Political Science at Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston) during which time he welcomed his son Shawn. Chuck served as Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council for 20 years.

In 1994, Chuck married his soul mate Christine Weiss Daugherty. Chuck and Christine shared a passion for travel, art, family and community. His marriage to Christine expanded his family to include Margret Vargas, Adam Weiss, and Noah Weiss.

From 1996-1999, Chuck and Christine lived in Slovakia where they assisted rural communities and newly-formed non-profits with economic and community development. As a result of their work in Banska Bystrica they led the effort to form a Sister City Alliance with Charleston, forming art, education, non-profit and business exchanges between the two towns. Chuck also assisted in the development of Nadej Detom (Hope for Children) a organization supporting Roma children. First Presbyterian Church continues to support this organization

Chuck was a missionary, serving his many communities as an enthusiastic volunteer and a convener of many. He volunteered at the Hubbard Hospice House, Meals on Wheels and Kanawha Valley Village People. For several decades Chuck was the primary motivator for a men’s support group to help men with struggles and joys.

Chuck loved music, and loved to sing. He was a member of the Davidson Chorus, various church choirs, particularly First Presbyterian’s, and the West Virginia Symphony Chorus.

Chuck kept active and fit. For many years he ran the Charleston Distance run and completed one marathon. In recent years, he greatly enjoyed the Silver Sneakers program at the Charleston YMCA.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Christine Weiss Daugherty; his sister, Alma Gordon; his children and step children, his many grandchildren, great – grandchildren (who he loved to take for ice cream and books), and a whole host of other family and friends.

Chuck had an easy smile and a wonderfully infectious laugh. He was genuinely interested in what each person he encountered had to say. His light and love will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Hubbard Hospice House, Kanawha Valley Village People or the charity of your choice.

There will be a memorial service on March 10 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston.

George William Crone Jr. ’54

Our city is quieter. George William Crone Jr. passed away on February 23, 2019, at his home of 57 years in Winston-Salem, NC. He was born September 4, 1932, in Goldsboro, NC to George W. Crone and Hazel Omega Grady Crone.

His family moved to Winston-Salem in 1941. He graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School where he was a member of the varsity swim and varsity football teams. During this time, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was elected captain of the swim team at Davidson College where he graduated in 1954.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a self-proclaimed “empty box salesman” for Mengel Box Company that later became Container Corporation of America.

He courted Dorothy Rice Allen during high school and college, married her in 1957 and together they lived a fulfilling life rearing their three daughters and traveling to remote fishing locations from the Caribbean to the Alaskan wilderness for 47 blissful years.

George is survived by his three daughters: Anna Montgomerie (Jeff), Molly Dewey (David), and Betsy Crone; five grandchildren: Liza Dewey Odell (Rob), Cole Dewey (Kristina Vongkaysone, fiancée), Will Dewey, Quinn Montgomerie and Emma Montgomerie; first cousin, James Arthur Cavenaugh, Jr.; and dear friends and caregivers.

He was a lifelong member and active participant of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He was a 30-year member of Long Hope Fishing Club. George was an avid sportsman. He considered one of the blessings of his life that he was retired for more years than he worked. His priority became sharing his lifetime passions with his family and friends: to have a place to play golf, a place to quail hunt, and a place to trout fish Mission Accomplished!

For six decades, he adored his bird dogs: Old Bob, Bob, Jake, Mitch, Hank, Paddy, Lizzie, Belle, Boone, Maggie, Pancake, Biscuit, Sadie, and Puddin’, who died earlier this month.

Because of his incredible gift for spinning a yarn, many were fortunate to laugh heartily with him, spellbound, as he relived his experiences over and over and over. His most memorable gift, however, is the privilege of having shared his adventurous life story.

A celebration of life will be Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:00 at Centenary United Methodist Church with a reception immediately following in the auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, Loaves and Fishes, 646 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, Post Office Box 1205, Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1205.

Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.

Calvin Baird ’53

Calvin Baird, 87, of Charlotte, NC died Monday, January 28, 2019 at Novant Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by family. He was born April 5, 1931 to Calvin B. Baird and Mary Smith Baird at old St. Peter’s Hospital in Charlotte.

Because he was born on Easter, his mother nicknamed him Bunny as a child and among family and friends, he was always known as “Bun.” Raised in Charlotte on Sardis Rd., he attended Sharon School through ninth grade.

He graduated from Central High School in 1949 and matriculated at Davidson College where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1953.

Having joined the Naval Reserve in Charlotte while at Davidson, Bun received a commission in the US Navy and served on the USS Albany from 1953-55 where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. Subsequently he served for eight years in the Naval Reserves. He met his wife, Peggy Phillips in 1950 and they married on June 19, 1954 after she graduated from Queens College (now University).

In 1955, Bun began work on the MBA program at UNC. After one semester, he and Peggy moved to Charlotte and started a family. He began his career in commercial finance at Commercial National Bank in January 1956 and worked at Southeastern Financial Corporation from September 1957 – 1970 advancing to the position of Senior Vice President of Southeastern and Vice President of American Credit Corporation.

From 1970-71, he worked at American Bank and Trust Co. of Monroe as Vice President of Commercial Loan Administration and returned in 1971 to Southeastern Financial Corporation as Senior Vice President-Executive Vice President. In 1976, he joined Associates of North America as Senior Vice President to establish a factoring division in Charlotte. He retired from Associates in 1986 and was hired as President of Colonial Financial Services in Mt. Holly where he worked for 11 years, retiring in 1997. Bun has served on the board for Sharon Towers.

Peggy and their children and extended family were the most important part of Bun’s life. A lifelong and seventh generation member of Sardis Presbyterian Church, he considered Sardis a cherished second family. He served the church as elder and deacon and on numerous committees throughout his life. He worked for a number of years with the Boy Scout Troop 33 at Sardis.

Bun enjoyed family activities including annual camping trips, as well as backpacking on trails in the NC mountains. He enjoyed gatherings with family and friends at their beach house at Caswell Beach, NC and later their house on the waterway near Southport, NC. In 2014, Calvin and Peggy moved to a cottage at Sharon Towers.

Preceded in death by his parents, Bun is survived by his wife, Peggy Phillips Baird; daughters: Dr. Sara Lynn Baird and partner Laurelie Gheesling of Florence, AL; Patricia Baird Isley and husband, Patrick of Cary, NC; Susan Baird Davis and partner Mike Tennant of Charlotte; son: Dr. Philip Baird of Florence, AL; sister, Nancy Baird Bowling and husband Tom; nephew, David Bowling and wife Hollie; and, niece, Marianne Bowling Bowman, husband James, and their children Abbey and Austin.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary at Sardis Presbyterian Church (6100 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270) with the Reverend Drs. Jane Fobel and Joe B. Martin presiding. There will be a reception in the Education Hall following the service.

Bun will be remembered for his extraordinary dedication and love for his family, his devotion to his faith and Sardis Presbyterian Church, his joyful spirit, his exceptional integrity, and his serving nature. He will be greatly missed but lovingly remembered.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the music ministry at Sardis Presbyterian Church (6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270), Sharon Towers Resident Assistance Fund, or Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care (200 Hawthorne Ln., Charlotte, NC 28204).

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 1, 2019