Category Archives: 1960s

Frank Wise ’69

Frank Wise, 69, quietly passed away on June 11, 2017, in the Augusta University Hospital surrounded by his family after a difficult battle with leukemia.

Frank was born August, 26, 1947, in Americus, Georgia, the second son of J.C. and Virginia Easterlin Wise, and brother of Roy T. Wise.

He grew up and attended school in Plains, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for two years, before transferring to Davidson College.

Upon graduation, having enlisted in the ROTC program at Davidson, Frank served in the Army as a captain and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Frank then attended Harvard and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the university. Subsequently, he was hired by Dixie Capital, a small business investment corporation, where he worked for 3 years before becoming a management consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates.

After a stint there, he was hired by the Graniteville Company where he worked in New York City, before moving to Aiken in 1987 to work for the company locally. He then left Graniteville to work at Westinghouse Savannah River as a financial analyst where he analyzed budget data for the site until his retirement in 2013.

Frank was an organizer, especially when it came to his two daughters and soccer. When he was employed in New York City and lived in Fairfield, Connecticut, he started the first girls’ soccer program in Fairfield to ensure his young daughters had the same opportunity to play competitive soccer that the young boys did.

When he moved south to Aiken, not only did he jumpstart the girls’ soccer programs at both Aiken High School and South Aiken High School, but he also began the Aiken Soccer Club, which served both the boys and the girls. Frank was the moving force behind the Aiken Soccer Classic, a tournament which began in the mid 1990’s with 60 teams from around the Southeast and grew to over 230 teams at its peak.

He attended St. Thaddeus Church and served as Sunday school teacher, junior warden and senior warden for the Vestry. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Mead Hall School. Frank had many varied hobbies which included golf, gardening, painting and cooking. However, the most important time Frank spent was involving himself with family activities.

Not only did Frank love spending quality time with his wife, Kathy, around the house, and when they traveled together, but he also would drop anything he was doing to help his two daughters, Betsy and Laura, whether the task was a home project, finances or just babysitting his grandchildren.

Speaking of whom, Frank’s treasure here on earth was absolutely spending time with his grandchildren, whether he was watching a school performance, a sports contest, or just on his knees horsing around with each, and all, of them. He will be missed by all, but especially by his grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife, Kathy, of almost 48 years, his daughters Betsy (Jeff) Dick and Laura (Satch) Saunders, his brother Roy (June) and his daughters, Mary and Kristin Wise, his brother-in-law Pete (Lynn) Sampson and their sons Scott and Alan (Amber) Sampson, sister-in-law Mary (Doug) Clementson, along with five grandchildren: Ashley Saunders, Emily Saunders, Satch Saunders, Caroline Dick and Patrick Dick.

Frank will be buried in the Lebanon Cemetery in the Wise family plot in Plains, Georgia, in a graveside service on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 3:00 PM.

The family will receive friends at the Shellhouse Funeral Home on Hayne Avenue Monday, June 19th, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thaddeus Church with The Rev. Grant Wiseman officiating on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, at 11am. The family will receive friends following the service in the Stevenson-McClelland Building.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Davidson College roommates and friends. Also serving as honorary pallbearers are Frank’s friends known as “The Gumpy Old Men.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church or the Mead Hall School Cornerstone Fund, 125 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken, SC 29801.

 

Published in The Augusta Chronicle on June 15, 2017

James Eugene “Jim” Gee ’62

James Eugene “Jim” Gee, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at his home. He was born in McLeod Hospital in Florence, SC on September 3, 1940 to parents Paul Hood Gee and Margaret Benjamin Gee.

He graduated from McClenagan High School where he was active in sports and served as student body president. Jim attended Davidson College, and in 1962 he married Winnie Bath while attending Emory Medical School.

After graduating in 1965, Jim and Winnie moved to Charleston, SC to complete an orthopedic residency. Jim served as a physician at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, where he and Winnie remained.

In 1972 he became the first orthopedic surgeon in town opening Sumter Orthopedics. As an Orthopedist, Jim set an example by balancing his love of God, family, and medicine. He made rounds early and late so that he could be with his family, and attend his children’s activities.

He was active with the YMCA serving as chairman of the board, coaching, and often examining fingers or ankles while watching his children play sports. He was never out of reach for anyone and always responded attentively with compassion.

After retiring as a surgeon, Jim continued to care for others working at Palmetto Tuomey Industrial Medicine and providing medical services as a volunteer for United Ministries through 2016. Jim served many roles from youth leader, elder and Clerk of the Session as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sumter.

After leading a youth group to Mexico, he developed a passion for international missions and served on nearly a dozen trips to South America. He represented his church and profession abroad with the same integrity and commitment that he served his own community.

He was an associate member of the Rumple Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Jim was a remarkably humble man, who always put others first.

He was a devoted husband for 55 years and a gracious father and grandfather to his own children and to many others. He began each day saying “Our greatest gift is God’s love, our greatest privilege is to share it with others” and he lived each day caring it out.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie, son, Paul Eugene Gee of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter, Julia Muldrow and her sons, Daniel and Patrick. He was predeceased by a son, James Daniel.

He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Schultz of Atlanta, Ga., and husband, Bob; a brother, Paul Gee of Huntersville, N.C., and wife, Karen; and a brother, Dr. George Gee, of Columbia, and wife, Linda.

The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter S.C., on Sunday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

A private service will be held at another time. Memorials may be sent to United Ministries, 36 S. Arillery Drive Sumter, SC 291540 or to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150.

You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Published in The State on Apr. 22, 2017

Rodger W. Durham ’63

Rodger W. Durham, 75, passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2017. He was born in Greensboro, NC on December 31, 1941, to the late Dr. Carey W. Durham and Alberta Rodgers Durham.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the First Presbyterian Church Chapel at 607 North Elm Street in Greensboro. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Cannon’s Solarium located in the church.

Rodger is survived by his wife of 35 years, LuAnn Boyd Durham; daughter, Emily Durham Diy (Carlo) of Durham, NC; and son, Nathan W. Durham (Lisa) of Jacksonville, FL. They were the light of his life.

Rodger graduated from Greensboro Senior High (Grimsley), Davidson College, and Purdue University. He was a land surveyor, teacher, and program manager for North Carolina’s Floodplain Mapping Program in Raleigh.

He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

With Rodger’s declining health over the last eight years, we have missed his keen intellect. He had a depth and breadth of knowledge on the subjects of surveying and survey law, forestry and the outdoors, music, sailing, the Great Books, and philosophy.

A niece wrote a sweet sentiment upon learning of Rodger’s passing that she “pictured him hiking the heavens, surveying paradise.”

The family expresses sincere thanks to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, especially to the nurses, Dr. Feldman, Molly Lyle, Maria Donnell, and Beacon Place. Their help, along with Sara Shapiro’s, made it possible for Rodger to be cared for at home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC, 27405.

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

  Copyright (c) 2017 Greensboro News & Record

Charles W. Patterson III ’61

Charles W. Patterson, III passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Moses Cone Hospital. He was principal owner of Cp3-Philanthropy Consulting, from 2000-2013.

A service of remembrance celebrating his life will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Greensboro, where he was a member, at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends follow the service at the church.

Mr. Patterson worked in college development starting in 1968. He has had direct involvement in eight successful capital campaigns at both large public and small and large private instructions. His fund raising experiences have covered academic, athletic, and the arts, and he had extensive experience in fund raising over a 45 year career.

Mr. Patterson graduated from Davidson College in 1961, where he majored in Psychology. He then served in the United States Army for two years, being honorably discharged at a First Lieutenant.

He began his fund raising career at Meredith College in 1968 as Director of Planned Giving, where he started the planned giving program during the time of the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which first established charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds. He was also directly involved with Meredith’s first capital campaign. In 1971, he moved to the University of Richmond as Assistant to the President.

At Richmond, he established the University’s first planned giving program and played a key role in a $50 million campaign. While at the University, he was asked to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress during hearings regarding Tax Reform.

In 1974, Mr. Patterson was named Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, he provided leadership in all areas of Advancement, including responsibilities in fund raising, alumni relations, and university relations. It was during his tenure that UNCG completed its first-ever capital campaign during a period when public higher education was just beginning programs seeking private gift support.

From Greensboro, he moved to Wake Forest University to become Associate Athletic Director for Development where he led two major capital campaigns for athletic facilities and endowment. One of these campaigns included a co-operative effort with the City of Winston-Salem to build the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. In addition, he was extensively involved in university-wide capital campaigns.

In 1998, Patterson became Vice President for Advancement at Guilford College where he was asked to rescue a lagging campaign, which ended with 112% of goal.

Staff and advancement programs were built at Guilford as he again led a professional team in fund raising, college relations, and alumni relations. Patterson has written and lectured extensively during his career.

He was a long time member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and served on community chambers of commerce boards, rotary, and other church and civic organizations, including the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a principal of the Summer Development Workshop for over ten years. Patterson was the 2001 recipient of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors Fund Raiser of the Year recognition, the 2003 Guilford Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 recipient of the NC Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004 received the Greensboro, NC Mayor’s Certificate of Commendation for 37 years of advancement in Higher Education.

Those left to cherish his memory, include his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Patterson, of the home; daughter, Gray Boone and her husband, Dereck of Wilmington, NC; sons, Lee Patterson and his wife Heather of Fort Mill, SC and Jay Patterson of Hillsboro, NC; and seven grandchildren, Brandon Boone, Mia Boone, Charles Patterson, Cooper Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Myles Patterson, and Ella Patterson.

The family will receive friends following the service of remembrance at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Greensboro, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401 or Davidson College or Wake Forest University. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm St. Chapel has the honor of assisting the Patterson family.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

James Steele ’60

James L. Steele of Harrisonburg passed away March 8, 2017, at Brookdale Assisted Living after a lengthy battle with dementia.

Jim was born near Charlotte, N.C., in 1937 to the late Claude Steele and Kathleen Young Steele.

In addition to his wife, Jane Dinsmore Steele, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Dinsmore, and a nephew, Richard Griffin Jr. and his wife, Amy. His only child, Gregory Steele, and his only sister, Peggy Griffin, are deceased.

Growing up on his family’s small farm, Jim would rise at 4 a.m. to milk the family dairy cows. He and his sister learned to cook for the family, and Jim continued his cooking skills into his adult life, where his cheesecake was requested for various social functions. Every Christmas, he would spend an entire day creating a raspberry trifle, which could have been shown in any food magazine.

Jim was a good athlete, playing football, basketball, as well as being a standout on the high school wrestling team. In his adult life, he attended James Madison basketball and football games and also rooted for his favorite ACC basketball teams and the Washington Redskins.

In Jim’s senior year of high school, he was elected class president and also student body president, but had to choose between the two, selecting class president. Other honors included being voted “Most Original,” “Friendliest” and “Most Popular.” He kept in touch with his high school classmates, particularly his close friend, Thad Morrison.

After high school, Jim went to Davidson College, where he majored in English. He was an excellent writer and edited publications and books for sociology societies during his career.

Following college graduation, Jim chose to attend Wake Forest University, where he obtained a master’s in theology. For seven years, Jim pastored two Southern Baptist Churches, one in Charlotte and one in New Jersey. He often mentioned his greatest joy during those years was working with the young people in the church. Anyone who knew Jim was aware of his love for children.

Even after this most cruel disease had greatly affected his speech and personality, his face would light up when he would see children in the assisted living facility, and they always received a big smile.

Jim’s love of the West took him to Montana, where he studied and obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Montana. Fishing and hunting were his hobbies during these years, and he often remarked about the beautiful rivers in Montana where he fly-fished.

Due to family circumstances, Jim returned to the East and found his home at James Madison University. It was there that he stayed for 35 years, teaching a variety of classes in sociology, as well as statistics and a class in the athletic department with Challace McMillan. He worked with the Honors Program and was a freshmen adviser for many years.

After retirement at age 71, he was awarded an emeritus status for his long service to the university that had been his home for so long. His name, along with others, is forever inscribed in limestone on the university quad.

Jim’s hobbies included running (he would run 10 miles on his birthday well into his 50s) and rock climbing with his son. He loved camping and traveled with his beloved Dodge Power Wagon (The Boss), pulling his camper, to favorite places like Colorado. Another hobby was fishing every fall at the Outer Banks. He would brag how The Boss pulled out many trucks stuck in the sand. The truck, over the years, became a minor celebrity wherever it went, and Jim drove it until it could no longer pass inspection.

In later years, Jim converted his love for hunting into helping animals. He dearly loved a “pet squirrel” he named Flippy and was devastated when it was killed in the road. A pet stray cat he let into the house was named KitKat, and later he had a rescue Siamese he called Taffy.

Every morning, even after his affliction became worse, he would dress before a city park opened its gates to take food to the homeless cats that were born and lived in the park. They became tame and watched for his car.

Not neglecting feathered “friends,” Jim carried his father’s love for raising exotic fowl over into keeping bird feeders and water baths filled for the birds, including hiding peanuts every morning for a family of crows. He was so tender-hearted, he could not bear to be present when a pet was suffering and had to be put to sleep. His yard was a burial ground for three favorite squirrels, one cat, and two guinea pigs.

Having been gifted with a beautiful voice, Jim listened to and collected all kinds of music. He directed the church choir while attending Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church. His other enjoyment were movies, his favorite form of relaxation, and he had a wide variety of films, some which he would watch over and over.

Jim was a generous and kind father, stepfather and husband, and his love for teasing, making friends with everyone he met, and his dedication to his many students over the years, will be greatly missed. He endured his last years of a terrible affliction with great courage and a strong will to live.

The family thanks the management and wonderful staff at Brookdale Assisted Living who saw to Jim’s needs for three years. They affectionately nicknamed him “Jimbo,” and he enjoyed teasing the staff as best he could communicate.

The family will receive friends at the Lindsey Funeral Home on Saturday, March 11, between 6 and 8 p.m. Burial will be private.

Any donations in Jim’s honor can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Copyright (c) 2017, Byrd Newspapers, All Rights Reserved.

             

Warren Coleman Leamon ’60

Warren Coleman Leamon, 78, of Athens GA passed away peacefully, Saturday January 14th, in his home.

A requiem mass in his honor will be held at the UGA Catholic Center, 1344 South Lumpkin Avenue Athens, on Friday January 27th at 11am.Burial will follow at Winterville Cemetery.

Chickens roamed in the yard as Warren was born on his family dining room table on East Wesley Road NW Atlanta, in 1938.

Warren graduated from North Fulton High School in 1956, and pursued further studies at Davidson College, the University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University before earning a PhD in English from University College in Dublin Ireland. Warren worked as a Associate Professor of English, a poet, a novelist, and a literary critic.

Warren began his academic career at the University of Georgia in the 1970s and retired from the University of Hiroshima in Hiroshima Japan at the turn of the century. Warren liked to say that he never lived anywhere that did not lose “the War”.

Warren published poems and critical reviews during his retirement years, while splitting his time between Athens GA and Blairsville GA.

Warren is survived by his children, Sarah Leamon Turula, Dominic Leamon, and William Leamon, and his grandchildren Dominic and Jane Turula.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the University of Georgia Foundation, in care of the Libraries. Lord and Stephens, East is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com

Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 20, 2017

 

 

Fred Elvin Lewis III ’66

Mr. Fred Elvin Lewis III, age 73, of Mount Airy, passed away Thursday December 22, 2016, at Bermuda Commons in Advance.

Mr. Lewis was born in Forsyth County, on November 2, 1943, the son of the late Fred E. Lewis, Jr., and Stella Pfaff Lewis.

He graduated from Mineral Springs High School in Winston-Salem and Davidson College; and proudly served our country in Korea as a Captain in the United States Army.

Mr. Lewis then graduated from Wake Forest Law School and practiced law with Woltz, Lewis and LaPrade in Mount Airy for many years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Sunrise Rotary, the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, and a member of Central United Methodist Church where he served in the choir.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Rachel B. Lewis; sons, Fred E. Lewis, IV “Lou” and wife Lori; and Russell Lewis and wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Connor Lewis, Griffin Lewis, Ava Lewis and Grace Lewis; a sister Ann L. Jenkins and a brother-in-law, Jerome Still, Jr.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy L. Still.

All services for Mr. Lewis will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church at 1909 N. Main St., Mt. Airy, NC 27030 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

John Cole Hatcher ’60

John Cole Hatcher, 78, passed away peacefully at Novant Presbyterian Hospital on November 14, 2016. He was born July 25, 1938, at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte to the late Rueben and Jean Cole Hatcher.

He graduated McCallie School in 1956, attended Davidson College and graduated from North Carolina State University with an Industrial Engineering Degree.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne-Scott Hatcher; his grandchildren, Grace Anne Fabyan and Cole Salem Fabyan and their father, Barry Fabyan; first cousins, Jean Hovis Henderson and family; Betsy Culp Boyer and family; and Benjamin Culp and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Anne Suber Hatcher. John Cole Hatcher loved fiercely and was fiercely loved.

He treasured every single adventure with his fishing buddies, cherished his personal and professional families and truly appreciated each tenant and vendor. His legacy lives in the wisdom and wit he shared with all who came to him for advice.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at his home, 7525 Valleybrook Road, Charlotte, NC 28270.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, with Reverend Frank O’Rourke, Celebrant.

Inurnment in the church columbarium will follow. There will be a reception for friends in the Fellowship Hall after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels, Inc. at holyangelsnc.org. Harry & Bryant is serving the family.

Copyright (c) 2016 The Charlotte Observer

Wayne Everett Crumwell ’68

wayne-crumwell-68 Wayne Everett Crumwell died on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

Survivors are: beloved life partner, Glenda Hart Slade; children, SFC Wade Crumwell (La Tonya), Chad Crumwell (Amy), Tina Chestnut (Reginald), Rashad Slade (Misty) and Alexandria Battle; 13 grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Elam (Otis), Joyce Alleyne, Wanda Williams (Raymond), Steven Jones (Sharon), Larry Jones, Alex Hawkins, Sr. (Tammie), Clarence Hawkins, Waverly Hawkins, Kevin Hawkins, Lynn Hawkins, Donald Hawkins, Richard Hawkins, Scott Riley (Barbara), Michael Riley, Thomas Riley, Deborah Evans (Darryl), Vanessa Taylor (Jerry) and Lauren Riley; other relatives and many cherished friends.

Memorial services will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2016 from the First Baptist Church, 401 Hubbard Street with Dr. Joseph A. Bryant presiding. The family visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 3 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions made to the Wounded Warriors, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonvile, Florida 32256. Funeral arrangements are by Johnson & Sons.

Online expressions may be offered at www.johnsonandsonscare.com.

Samuel E. Aycock ’69

sam-aycockSamuel E. Aycock, 69 of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Sam was born on December 28, 1946 in Smithfield, Johnston County, NC and was the son of the late Ernest Oscar Aycock and Sadie Massey Aycock Lyon.

Sam received his undergraduate education at Davidson College, where he was inducted into “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” as well as the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity and the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. A member of the Class of 1969, Sam was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army upon his graduation.

Sam later attended law school at the University of North Carolina. During that time, he worked as a research assistant at the North Carolina Institute of Government, where he helped develop a courtroom manual used by District Court prosecutors that is still in use throughout North Carolina.

Sam began practicing law in Morganton in 1972. He was a partner in the Simpson Aycock, P.A. firm until September of 2000, at which time he became a partner at Starnes, Aycock, Haire, Hogan, Saunders & Rigsbee, PLLC. Sam was a member and Past President of the Burke County Bar Association and of the 25th District Bar, as well as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was a certified Superior Court Mediator, and conducted over 1,600 mediated settlement conferences.

Sam also served as Treasurer of the Litigation Council of the North Carolina State Bar, and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the State Judicial Council. Sam was a member of the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators, and was one of approximately 800 members of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Sam served as legal counsel for both the Burke County Board of Education and Western Piedmont Community College.

Sam was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, where he served as a Member of the Session (Elder), as Chairman of the Stewardship Committee, and sang in the Choir.

He was a member and former director of the Morganton Rotary club, and was a past member of the Morganton Jaycees and Lions Club.

He was also a member of the City of Morganton Planning and Zoning Commission. He served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and was a past member of the Board of Directors of The Good Samaritan Clinic of Burke County, Phoenix Group Homes, Inc., and Options, Inc.

Sam played bassoon in the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra in Hickory from 1982 to 1997, and also served on the Symphony’s Board of Directors. He was a member, director, and former secretary of Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club, and was a member of the Knob Mountain Motorcycle Chapter of BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, as well as the BMW Riders Association and the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians.

Sam was an accomplished skier, a fine golfer, and a horseback riding enthusiast.

Sam is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years, Laura Ray Aycock; sons, David Woodall Aycock and wife, Angie Harris Aycock of Hickory, NC, and Samuel Tyler Aycock and wife, Lacey Alexandra Rush of Winston-Salem, NC, grandchildren, Ava Catherine Aycock and Robert Rush Aycock; and brother, Thomas Lester Aycock and wife Melissa Paine Aycock of Bluffton, SC.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Morganton with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.

Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 2, 2016