Timothy Lent Croft ’66

Timothy Lent Croft '66Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent Croft, who was born on May 12, 1944, in Wichita, Kan. and who grew up in St. Louis, Mo., died at home in Charlotte on November 10, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Myers Park Presbyterian with The Reverend Joe Clifford officiating.  The family will receive friends in Oxford Hall following the service. Tim’s ashes will be placed in the Myers Park Presbyterian Memorial Garden and in the Croft cemetery plot at the Chapel By the Sea, Captiva, Fla.

Tim was predeceased on March 28, 1984, by his beloved first wife Carol Devlin Watson of Greenwood, S.C.

He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret Ann Moses of Charleston, W. Va., the five children and twelve grandchildren they share: Thomas Layton Croft and Chaandmon and Sky Croft of Charlotte, N.C.; Ann Bryson Croft McLean (John) and J.P., Annie and Croft McLean of Cape Carteret, N.C.; Caroline Watson Croft Estay (Pete) and Brayden and Holland Gaston, and Lena Grace and Austen Estay of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Sarah Elizabeth Benson Finch (Geordie) and Ryan Finch of Thousand Oaks, Calif.and Jeremy Eldon Benson (April) and Marit and Torin Benson of Arvada, Colo.

Tim is also survived by his two brothers, Terrence L. Croft Esq. (Merry) and Thomas A. Croft Esq. of Atlanta, Ga., and his sister, Reverend Anne Bartlett (Bill), an Episcopal priest of Talent, Ore.

In addition, Tim is survived by his sister-in-law Frances M. Fesenmaier (Steve) of Charleston, W. Va., and two brothers in law, Dr. Nat E. Watson of Winston-Salem, N.C., and A. Hamilton Cooke Esq. of Jacksonville, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

Tim graduated from the John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Davidson College, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and he studied Systematic Theology at New College of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Tim was awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Presbyterian College and Davidson College.

Tim loved Jesus.  He also loved pink sirloin, cold Bud, Medoc, Lagavulin, Heath bars, fast cars, fast boats, saltwater fishing, especially in Alaska, and European travels with Margaret- and all the while was devoted to Jesus.  He served the Hunter Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Ky.; the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, the First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Va.; the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church in Miami Shores, Fla.; the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. and the Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church in Sneads Ferry, N.C.  He also served for six years as senior vice president at First Union National Bank in Charlotte.

Tim lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it.  He took nothing for granted and he believed in the priesthood of all believers.  He believed that all are saved by grace through faith.

And he believed that nothing in this life or beyond this life will ever be able to separate us from the love of God freely and abundantly extended to all in Christ Jesus our Lord.  For several years Tim fought a consistently positive though uphill battle against the insidiously downhill lung disease IPF.  And in the end, by faith, Tim won!

In lieu of flowers, please feed the hungry, pray for peace, and tell all those whom you love that you love them every day!

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


Darby Cannon III ’60

Darby Cannon '60Darby Cannon III, age 80, of Lavonia, died Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at his home of MDS disease.

Dr. Cannon graduated from Davidson College, received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Emory University, and was awarded a Ph.D. in systemic theology by Drew University.

During his studies at Drew, Dr. Cannon served as Minister to Youth at the United Methodist Church in Sparta, New Jersey.

In 1969 he joined the faculty of Rutgers – The State University in Camden, where he was chairman of the department and assistant professor of religious studies.

He later taught at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Dr. Cannon then joined the Office of Legislative Services, the nonpartisan research unit of the New Jersey State Legislature, where he worked in the education section until his retirement in 2004.

He was a Principal Research Analyst, aide to several commissions and committees in the General Assembly, and served for many years as aide to the Senate Education Committee.

Dr. Cannon had a longtime interest in classical music and served several terms on the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. He was a member of Theta Phi theology honor society and Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity.

After moving back to Lavonia, Dr. Cannon served as treasurer of Franklin Community Players and as a member of the Franklin County Library Board.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Pittard of Manassas, VA; a nephew, William Pittard, IV of Manassas, VA and his wife Suzi; nieces, Betsy Poulos of Gaithersburg, MD and her husband Andy, and Susan Zych of Charleston, SC and her husband Aaron; and several nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Lavonia City – Burgess Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Lacey Bowcock officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Lavonia United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions in his memory to the Southern Poverty Law Center, P.O. Box 548, Montgomery, AL 36101-0548 or www.splcenter.org.

Strickland Funeral Home of Lavonia is in charge of the arrangements. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.stricklandfh.com

Charles Alexander Schenck ’61

Charles Alexander Schenck '61Charles Alexander Schenck “Charlie” as he was known to family and friends, passed away October 20, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family and his sweet dog Missy after an extended illness.

Charlie the son of Lewis & Betty Schenck was a native of Davidson, NC and graduate of Davidson College. After serving as a sergeant in the Marine Corps, Charlie worked for Duke Power company until his retirement.

He was a past member of Mulder United Methodist Church in Wetumpka, AL, and his faith and church life were most important to him. He greatly enjoyed watching The Church of the Highlands from his computer each Sunday when he was no longer able to attend.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Jane Howard Schenck and his children Charles Graham Schenck (spouse Tonya) and Susan Schenck Bradshaw (spouse Timothy). His sister Betsy Schenck Kylstra (spouse Chester) his half-sister Judy Gantt. Six grandchildren Kelsey Propst, Jacyln Dillard, Trevor Dillard, Logan Bradshaw, Joshua Bradshaw, Emma Bradshaw. Great-grandson Trevor Dillard Jr.

A time of visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 27th, in the parlor of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, North Carolina. A memorial service will immediately follow in the Chapel of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Samaritans’ Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

We thank the Lord for his life and service to others.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 26, 2018

Joseph Graham Morrison IV ’62

Joseph Graham Morrison IV '62On October 16, 2018, Dr. Joseph Graham Morrison IV., age 77, passed away peacefully after a prolonged battle with cancer

He was born November 7, 1940, in Kinston, NC, to the late Rev. Joseph Graham Morrison, III. and Carolyn Craven Morrison.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jackson Davis Morrison and Junius Watson Morrison.

Surviving are his loving wife of forty years, Waltraud (Traudy) Morrison; sister, Ann M. Keir and husband Danny; children, Laura Morrison of Chapel Hill, NC, Amy Jesko and husband Josh of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Michelle Morrison of Marshall, NC, and stepson, Michael Engel of Smyrna, GA; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Fitzenrider, Benjamin Fitzenrider, Samuel Fitzenrider, and Evelyn Jesko; nephews, Daniel Keir and wife Ashley, Dr. Christopher Keir and partner Dr. Kevin Kalinsky, Ralph Morrison, and Jake Morrison.

After graduating from Davidson College in 1962, he went into the United States Air Force and retired as a Major (Intel Officer) after twenty years of service. Always interested in alternative medicine, he obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Ga.

Later on in life, he enjoyed working as a financial advisor and retired from Lincoln National after many years of service. Joe’s passions in life were performing magic and playing a myriad of musical instruments for any and all audiences. He was truly the life of the party!

He belonged to the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 9 (Georgia Magic Club), enjoyed Bluegrass music and was an avid player of his Lowery organ.

Burial with military honors will be held at Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Burgaw, NC at 11:00 a.m. on November 3, 2018. Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home and Crematory in Kennesaw, GA and Quinn- McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw, NC will be in charge of all funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, any memorial donations can be made to Wellstar Community Hospice ? Wellstar Foundation, 805 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30066.

We are so grateful for the loving care they provided him in his final days. Morrison, Joseph Graham

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Dan H. Barefoot ’66

Dr. Dan H. Barefoot, husband of Betty “BJ” Foster Barefoot, passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain, he was 74.

Dan was born September 13, 1944 in Bentonville, N.C. to the late Golden Hardy and Juanita Smith Barefoot.

Dan grew up working on a tobacco farm with his family in North Carolina. He attended Davidson College on a football scholarship and later graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Doctorate in Periodontics.

Dan served for 3 years in the United States Army and loved the time he was stationed in Germany, even becoming proficient in the German language. He was an award winning chili cook in the C.A.S.I chili competitions, winning best chili awards in N.C., S.C., and GA.

Dr. Barefoot was a member of the Rotary Club in North Carolina and was instrumental in starting two more chapters there. In later years he became an expert at framing his wife’s cross-stitch creations and loved spending time at his grandchildren’s sporting events.

In addition to his parents, Dan is preceded in death by his twin brother Tan Barefoot.

He is survived by his wife BJ Barefoot; daughter, Christa Nelms and her husband Jason; brother, Jerry Barefoot and his wife Glenda; and grandchildren Tate and Cooper Nelms; as well as a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of Life service will be held at Poole Funeral Home, 1970 Eagle Dr. Woodstock, GA 30189, on September29, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Dr. Dan Barefoot.

Online condolences may be made at www.poolefuneralhome.net