Don Randolph, Jr. ’61

don randolph 61Joseph Donald “Don” Randolph, Jr., age 78, of Marietta, SC passed away in his sleep on April 25, 2018

He was born in Greenville, SC on March 6, 1940 to the late Joseph Donald and Elizabeth Gantt Randolph. He graduated from Greenville High School receiving a National Merit Scholarship, and earned a BS in chemistry from Davidson College in 1961.

Following his service in the US Army, Don worked as a chemist for a number of years. In 1998 he suffered a stroke and has spent the time thereafter at a nursing facility in Marietta, SC.

Don is survived by his brother, John Randolph of Knoxville, TN; his son, Thomas Randolph; and grandchildren: Hanna, Thomas, and David Randolph, all of Woodbridge, VA.

A funeral service will be held 2:30 PM Monday, April 30, 2018 in the Markley Chapel at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, SC, with burial in the Churchyard immediately following.

Arrangements by Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Dr., 864-232-6706.

Broxie Jay Nelson ’62

Broxie Jay Nelson '62Broxie Jay Nelson, 79, died Tuesday at his residence. A native of Chester, SC, he was the son of the late Jay Leo Nelson and Irene Woodle Nelson.

He was a partner with Lake and Nelson Law Firm, and was a former Raleigh City attorney and also served on the NC Court of Appeals. Mr. Nelson was a graduate of Davidson College and Wake Forest Univerity Law School.

He loved his country and also the military where he served for many years with the NC National Guard, retiring as a Colonel and commanding officer of his unit.

He was an active member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church and had an undying faith and close relationship with God.

An avid reader who loved history, he especially enjoyed reading books on the Civil War and WWII.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 11 years, Janet Sher- Nelson; daughter, Elizabeth Nelson Loyd; son John Nelson; step son, who he developed a special bond with, Mark Stephen Sher; brother, Harry “Huck” Nelson; grandson, Tyler Loyd;

A celebration of Life service will be held 3:00 pm Sunday at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. Burial will be held 11:00 am Monday at Raleigh Memorial Park with full military honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Crohns Colitis Foundation, or The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 9, 2018

Ned Davis ’61

Ned Davis '61Paul “Ned” Wynnedna Davis III, 78, died Thursday, February 22, 2018.

The memorial service will be at 2:00PM, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends directly following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Ned was born on July 22, 1939, to Ellen Williamson Davis and Paul Wynnedna Davis Jr. in Greensboro, NC. He grew up in Piney Flats, TN, attended Bristol High School and went on to attend Davidson College on a football scholarship, graduating in 1961. Ned met Adelaide Anderson of Morganton, NC, while she was a student at Queens College. They married a year after they both graduated and made Charlotte their permanent home.

Ned’s unwavering drive and his pursuit of the good life were evident early on. He earned his Eagle Scout badge as a teenager, his pilot’s license as a young man, and, later, a reputation for civic leadership in the greater Charlotte area. After helping to grow multiple small businesses, Ned founded and served as the CEO of The Colville Group.

He was a generous and active board member of a number of local non-profit organizations, including the Dowd YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and Sharon Towers. He served as an Elder in the Presbyterian church and a Trustee at Davidson College.

Ned was happiest gardening (aka working his children in the yard), reading, flying, skiing, playing golf, taking photographs and spending time with good friends and family. His can-do spirit and his commitment to service have left an indelible mark on Charlotte and those who knew him.

Ned is survived by his wife, Adelaide; his son Wynn Davis and wife Angie of Charlotte, NC; his daughter Katherine and husband Mark Brooks of Asheville, NC; his daughter Elizabeth and husband Scotty Utz of Asheville, NC; and nine grandchildren. He also is survived by his sister Bonnie Davis Kirkley of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and his sister Molly Davis Greene of Knoxville, TN. He is predeceased by his beloved dog “Emily Dickinson Davis.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dowd YMCA at 400 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202; Sharon Towers at 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210; the Adelaide and Ned Davis Scholarship at Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035; or to Covenant Presbyterian Church at 1000 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

An online guestbook is available at and provided by Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 25, 2018

George Parker Harris ’64

George Parker Harris '64George Parker Harris, 76, died peacefully at home on February 16, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 24 at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro. The family will receive friends in the Virginia Gilmer room following the service.

George was born July 12, 1941 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Myers Park High School in 1960 and Davidson College in 1964. He worked in textile sales for Guilford Mills, followed by positions at Carolina American and Macfield Texturing. Eventually George started his own business, Harris Management.

Over his lifetime, George nurtured a passionate interest in outdoor activities. He was happiest when he was skiing, kayaking, cycling, or backpacking, and one of his favorite places in the world was Alta, UT. George heli-skied in British Columbia and kayaked the Colorado River through the entire Grand Canyon.

The natural world was George’s heaven and he marveled in all its beauty. George was most at home in the outdoors, and he realized how important it is to protect our fragile environment.

He was an ardent supporter of environmental causes and gave generously to the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and the Nature Conservancy. The Southern Environmental Law Center is the group that he was most passionate about.

George loved his family, especially his seven grandchildren, who called him Poppi.

He is survived by his wife Berkeley; his sister Marie Grauerholz of Durham NC; and his three children, Virginia Knox and her husband David of Seattle, WA, Parker Harris and his wife Holly of San Francisco, CA and Berkeley Gardner and her husband Ed of Charlotte, NC.

He is also survived by his seven precious grandchildren, Olivia and Henry Knox, Zoe, Benjamin, and Nicholas Harris, and Berkeley and Luke Gardner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Environmental Law Center, 201 West Main St., Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27405.

Poppi would probably also want you to go to a local outdoor store and get yourself a new pair of hiking boots. Get outside. Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is serving the Harris family. Online condolences may be made to

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Stephen Anthony Graham ’66

Stephen Anthony Graham passed away on February 7, 2018. He was born on August 28, 1944, and was the son of the late Dr. Thomas and Vera Koerper Graham of Florence, SC.

He was a 1966 graduate of Davidson College, and he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University in 1971 after having completed his dissertation year abroad in Berlin.

He taught briefly at N.C. State, Cal-State, San Bernardino and Voorhees College in Denmark, SC. In 1992 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at the University of Indianapolis where he taught for 25 years.

While at the university he authored several books on the world-famous 20th century missionary-evangelist Dr. E. Stanley Jones. Since retirement in 2012, he was a faithful member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Boiling Springs, SC.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia White Graham and a sister: Penny Graham Reed of Murfreesboro, TN.A Memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. E-Condolences may be sent online at Eggers Funeral Home Boiling Springs

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