Kenneth “Kent” Furman Antley ’69

Kent Antley '69Kenneth “Kent” Furman Antley, age 70, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017, after suffering a massive heart attack.

Kent was a man of rare kindness, patience and intelligence with a selfless dedication to his family, community and profession.

Kent was the only child of Marion Furman Antley and Beatrice Murray Antley, born on March 31, 1947 in Charlotte, NC. He attended Davidson College and UNC at Chapel Hill. He studied at the University of London as a Fulbright scholar, after which he attained his JD from Duke University.

After law school he became one of the first law clerks for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, Judge of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Macon, GA. After his two-year clerkship he taught at Mercer Law School for four years.

In 1985 Kent entered private practice as a corporate attorney in Atlanta at the law firm that became Branch, Pike and Ganz, where he became the 10th attorney and in five years was a made partner.

In 1990 he married the love of his life, Barbara Chandler Evans, whom he met while singing in the Collegium Vocale at Emory University. He became an exemplary stepfather to her two young sons, John and Trey Evans, whom he loved as if they were his own.

In 1991 he and Barbara were blessed with a son, Christopher Marion Antley, making their family complete. Kent was a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Justice Project, President of the Business and Technology Alliance, which eventually became the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and was a founding sponsor of the Atlanta Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, which later awarded him the first Lifetime Membership Award. He also helped found and was on the board of Tech High School, a charter school.

He stayed at Holland and Knight (which acquired Branch, Pike and Ganz) until 1998, then moved to Sutherland Asbill and Brennan. There he focused on tech company start-ups and became recognized as an influential and important figure in Atlanta’s technology industry.

In 2004 he accepted an offer from Miller & Martin and remained there happily practicing until the time of his death. His long time legal assistant Elaine Anderson was his right hand and he valued her as a dear friend.

Kent spent his leisure time actively volunteering his talents in the Chancel Choir at Glenn Memorial UMC where he was Chair of the Board of Trustees at the time of his death.

Kent was a committed Christian who always looked out for the underserved and gave tirelessly to his church and his community. He was an avid vegetable gardener who shared his harvest with others, especially his highly coveted pepper jelly. One of the highlights of Kent’s week was running with his close group of neighborhood friends.

He also completed several marathons. He loved traveling (especially hiking in National Parks), studying German at the Goethe Institute, reading and just being with his beloved wife and children. Kent was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 77 where his son Christopher attained rank of Eagle Scout.

To those who had the privilege of knowing him, Kent had a certain stillness and gentle patience about him that put everyone at ease. He saw a basic goodness in everyone and believed that every individual deserved to be loved. Kent was full of compassion, acceptance and patience in a way that was truly a gift to everyone around him.

Kent was preceded in death by his mother and father, Beatrice and Marion Antley.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 27 years Barbara Chandler Antley, their sons Christopher Marion Antley, Trey Evans (Amanda) and John Evans (Olive), cousin Carole Kjellsen (Dick), brother-in-law Randy Chandler (Ruth), nephew Wesley Chandler (Jordan), and niece Anna Chandler.

Kent was recently blessed with two granddaughters, Sarah Frances Evans (Trey & Amanda) born on October 18, 2017, and Alice Chandler Evans (John & Olive) born October on 21, 2017, with whom he was entirely smitten.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial UMC, 1660 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA, the Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers officiating, on Tuesday November 28 at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow.

Tributes or donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Glenn Memorial UMC (, Georgia Justice Project (, or Open Hand (

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 27, 2017

John McGuire ’67

John McGuire '66John O’Brien McGuire passed away on Thursday morning, October 12, 2017.

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, he came with his wife and three sons to Asheville in July of 1978 to open a private practice of his own in general surgery from which he became a most beloved and successful physician for the next 27 years.

He graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, NC and then went on to Durham and entered Duke Medical School for four years. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He spent two years as a Major in the Air Force in Myrtle Beach, SC where he was the chief surgeon.

After beginning his practice in Asheville he became a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and proving his worth he helped form one of the first general surgical partnerships (Regional Surgical Specialists) in Asheville that has since grown and continues to employ exemplary surgeons for this community.

He was a board member of the Buncombe County Medical Society, Chief of Surgery at Mission and St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Board Chairman of Buncombe County Heart Association , member of the North Carolina Surgical Society, Chief of General Surgery Section at Mission and St. Joseph Hospitals.

John’s medicine was bold, and one of his biggest and extremely important accomplishments was the initiation of Laparoscopic Surgery here in Asheville. He designed and brought online an advanced Laparoscopic training suite at Mission Hospital and taught advanced Laparoscopic techniques to surgeons from all over the U.S.

He was then a founding board member of the newly formed Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) and acting Executive Director for a year. If that was not enough, he initiated, organized and established funding for the Mission Comprehensive Regional Breast Cancer Program.

In his retirement, his love of learning new endeavors continued unabated. After all that he had accomplished in his career, he became a certified private pilot, obtained an instrument license and flew all over the country and down to the Bahamas and Mexico. He also began to blow glass, especially at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC.

From being a student of glass blowing, he became a board of Trustees member at the school for five years. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at Deerfield Retirement Center in Asheville.

John was an extremely brilliant person who could “fix” anything. He loved to fly. He loved to blow glass. He loved to garden. He loved rebuilding his little Austin Healy Bug Eyed Sprite. He loved to grow and admire his many trees, conifers and roses. He loved to fish. He loved to be with people and he loved to tell his stories (over and over). He loved his family very much.

John was a very talented man, a loving husband, a devoted father, a “favorite” grandfather, a dependable brother and a true friend.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Grace Moseley Robinson McGuire and William Bulgin McGuire and his youngest son, Malcolm Boyd McGuire.

Surviving are his wife, Christine (Tina) McArdle McGuire of 49 years; two sons, John O’Brien McGuire, Jr. (Elizabeth Pagano McGuire) and Peter Buckley McGuire (Jennifer Deuel McGuire); six lovely grandchildren, Larisa Michelle McGuire, Cullen O’Brien McGuire, James William McGuire, Lucy Mei McGuire, Connor Douglas McGuire, Jack Booth McGuire; one sister, Elizabeth McGuire Petty; two brothers William Bulgin McGuire, Jr. and Robert Boyd McGuire plus nieces and nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Penland School of Crafts, P.O. Box 37, Penland, NC 28765; Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801 and / or the charity of one’s choice .

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and a guest register is available online at

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2017

Robert Boyd Jones ’60

Robert Boyd Jones '60Dr. Robert Boyd Jones of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on October 9, 2017. He was born on November 10, 1938 in Richmond, Virginia to the Rev. Dr. James Archibald Jones and Mary McAfee Boyd Jones.

He spent most of his childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his father was a Presbyterian minister at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. He attended both Myers Park High School in Charlotte and The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

As a rising senior in high school in Charlotte, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, where his father was installed as President of Union Theological Seminary. While living there, he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. After high school, he returned to North Carolina and graduated from Davidson College in 1960.

In 1964 he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In addition to having spent many summers at Wrightsville Beach with his family during his childhood years, he served as an extern at James Walker Memorial Hospital in Wilmington. At that time, he was introduced to and had the honor of working with several pioneers of the Wilmington medical community.

After graduating from medical school, Dr. Jones was a surgical resident at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. He then served in the United States Navy from 1966-1969 as a Lieutenant Commander, and was a flight surgeon at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute at Pensacola, Florida, and Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

After his military service, Dr. Jones returned to New York to complete his residency in ear, nose and throat medicine at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. In 1972, he returned to Wilmington with his family and established the ENT practice of Callaway, Jones & Fulk with his partners Doctors S. Clayton Callaway and Robert V. Fulk. This practice is now known as Wilmington Ear Nose & Throat Associates.

During his medical career, Dr. Jones served as Chief of Staff at both Babies Hospital and Cape Fear Memorial Hospital and was also Chief of Surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), then known as New Hanover Memorial Hospital. Most recently he served on the NHRMC committee for its 50th anniversary celebration which culminated in the installation of the “Circle of Life” sculpture in front of the hospital.

He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and served as President of the New Hanover County Medical Society.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Rebecca Lynn Bruce and their three children, Rebecca Jones Westendorff, PA-C, (and her husband Mark Westendorff), Robert B. Jones, Jr., (and his wife Rachel Z. Jones, M.D.), and Kelley Bruce Jones (and his wife Kathleen Healey Jones, PA-C), and five granddaughters, Mary Charlotte Westendorff, Genevieve McNair Jones, Lucy McAfee Jones, Eloise McAfee Jones, and Virginia Kelley Jones, all of Wilmington.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon and member of the Session.

Inspired by the experiences of his father from mission trips to Africa in the 50s and 60s, in 1995, Dr. Jones joined other Wilmington physicians in participating in medical mission trips to Leogane, Haiti, and continued supporting mission trips which provided medical care and other aide to Haiti for the next 22 years.

While in Haiti in 1997, Dr. Jones met Edvy Durandice, a Haitian diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Dr. Jones brought Edvy to Wilmington where he lived with the Jones family for six months while undergoing successful treatment.

Dr. Jones had many interests, including golf, hunting, and cooking. He loved fine wine and food. He was also an avid reader, regularly poring over several newspapers cover-to-cover on a daily basis, completing the New York Times crossword puzzle. In ink.

As a result, he enjoyed discussing varied topics with his family and many friends including medicine, science, travel, politics, foreign affairs, the arts, music and literature. He was a member of the Cape Fear Country Club, the Surf Club, the Carolina Yacht Club and L’Arioso German Club.

Dr. Jones was a devoted husband, supportive and loving father and grandfather, and a fervent supporter of everything Virginia, including his University of Virginia Cavaliers, whom he supported much to the consternation of his many Tarheel and Blue Devil friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, North Carolina or to Haiti Reforestation Partnership, Post Office Box 99165, Raleigh, North Carolina 27614-99165, a sustainable agricultural development and reforestation program in Haiti.

Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, 2017

Jon Charles Miller ’65

Jon Charles Miller '65Jon Charles Miller died quietly of leukemia at his Durham home on Sunday. He was seventy-three.

A scholar and a teacher, he was a man of books, language, poetry, and music. He was gentle, patient, and kind. His courtesy was old-fashioned and came to him easily.

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Miller of Durham, Jon was born in Toledo, Iowa, while his father was in service overseas during World War II.

Jon attended Durham public schools and graduated from Durham High School in 1961. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

After college, he served as an officer in the U. S. Army in Korea and at the Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After leaving the service, he earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jon wanted nothing other than to be a teacher. It was his career for forty-six years. For more than ten years he taught in Durham schools. Later, he was part of the founding faculty at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where he taught English for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2015.

His annual reading of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas became a school tradition. His office door was always open. He delighted in his students’ success at school and in their lives afterward. He maintained a voluminous correspondence with former students until very nearly the day he died.

Jon possessed an unlimited curiosity and was an omnivorous reader; he loved books and readers. He worked for almost thirty years as a volunteer with the Friends of the Durham Library and twice was president of that organization.

Jon loved back roads, small towns, and out-of-the-way places. He loved long road trips to Iowa and Maine, stopping at dusty bookshops and familiar dives and diners all along the way.

Jon literally married the girl next door. He was married to Patricia Wilson Miller for fifty-two years. Their marriage cemented the firm bond between the Wilson and Miller families that has continued for three generations.

Jon was pre-deceased by his daughter Amy and his sister Sue Harlow.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, his brother Thomas R. Miller and wife Kimberly, his brother-in-law Walter G. Harlow, his sister-in-law Betty Dayton, his brother-in law Dr. Steve Wilson and wife Dianne, and also by nieces and nephews Doug Dayton, Chris Harlow, Robin Hulbert, William Harlow, Allison Wilson, and Charles Miller, and by a grand-niece Abbey Harlow and a grand-nephew Ryan Harlow.

Jon lived a life surrounded by a family who loved and encouraged him, by interesting and generous colleagues, by students who often challenged him to be better, and by friends whose company gave him great joy,

In lieu of flowers Jon’s wish was that contributions be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Dennis Dewitt Nicholson ’67

Dennis Dewitt Nicholson III, 71, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, October 1, 2017 in Asheville, NC with his brother, Don at his side.

His funeral service will be held Friday, October 6, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 232 Calhoun Street at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery following the service. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Chapel.

Dennis was born November 21, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama, son of the late Colonel D.D. Nicholson, Jr. and Celeste Peeples Nicholson. He graduated Rivers High School ’63, Davidson College ’67 and the University of South Carolina ’70.

He was a residential home builder for many years in Charleston and most recently in Asheville, NC.

Dennis loved his family, college basketball, the Lowcountry and surf-fishing on Seabrook Island. He was an adventurous traveler, enjoyed a knowledge of words, lively conversation and heated debates.

He will be missed by many. Dennis is survived by his son, Dennis Dewitt “Witt” Nicholson IV of New York City, NY; sister, Judy Frey (Keith) of Westport, CT; two brothers: David Nicholson (Martha) of Lewisburg, PA and Donald Nicholson (Christina) of Asheville, NC; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his former wife, Melinda Nicholson of Charleston, SC.

Memorials may be made to the Col. D.D. Nicholson, Jr. Scholarship Fund at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at charleston

Copyright, 2017, The Post and Courier. All Rights Reserved.