Category Archives: 1961

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.

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Henry Neal Pharr II ’61

1Henry Neal Pharr II, age 75, of Charlotte, died on 7 January 2015. He was born 28 January 1939 in Charlotte, the son of Neal Yates Pharr and Jean Wheeler Pharr and was predeceased by his parents.
Mr. Pharr is best remembered for his sharp intellect and humor, insightful wisdom, and humble demeanor. He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. Young Henry Pharr attended public schools in Charlotte and received the Eagle Scout Award in 1952. In 1954 he enrolled in the Asheville School where he lettered in four sports and was chosen Most Valuable Player in football and track. While at Asheville School he was captain of the football team and the tennis team. He was selected the school’s best athlete in 1956 and 1957. Over the years he served as President of the Asheville School Alumni Association and served as ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. Later in life he maintained an active interest in Charlotte Country Day School and was a member of the Board of Visitors.
In 1957 he entered Davidson College. He joined the SAE fraternity and continued his enthusiasm for sports, active in soccer and track and field. He was Field Captain of the soccer team for four years and for a time held the school record for pole vault. Later he participated in marathons, triathlons, white-water canoeing, and fly-fishing. In 1961, as a graduate of Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, he enrolled in the University of North Carolina School of Law from which he was awarded the J.D. Degree in 1964.
Mr. Pharr followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Henry Neal Pharr and his father Neal Yates Pharr, both graduates of Davidson College and UNC Law School, and is succeeded in the practice of law by his son Henry Neal Pharr III. He was senior partner of the law firm Horack, Talley, Pharr, and Lowndes P.A., and practiced law for forty-nine years with distinction in the fields of commercial real estate and finance, as well as governmental relations. He was well known for strong devotion to his clients and his tireless work ethic, as well as his deep appreciation and understanding of law. His professional affiliations include Mecklenburg County Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
In 2008 he was honored by Business North Carolina as part of the “Legal Elite” for 2008, an honor accorded to only three percent of the North Carolina Bar Association membership. He was also a member of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Mr. Pharr served as co-chairman of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association Memorials from 1996 until 2008. In the 1970’s Mr. Pharr worked closely with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce serving as Chairman of its Low Income Housing Committee. His efforts added to the city’s housing units by helping to create many public/private partnerships. Later he served on the Chamber Land Use Committee as its water matters representative.
From 1993 to 1999 Mr. Pharr served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Committee. He became its first Chairman and served as the Storm Water representative on the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Advisory Committee charged with making recommendations for the water quality of streams in Mecklenburg County. Henry Neal Pharr II served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Thompson Home from the late 1960’s until 2008, and as Chairman of the Board 1997-1998. His maternal grandfather Rev. William Hardin Wheeler was the third Superintendent of Thompson Orphanage from 1922 to 1943. His family continued to support the many good works of this institution. Henry served on the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was a member of Charlotte Country Club and of Belle Acres Golf and Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Hovis Pharr; by his sister, Jean Pharr Gilland and husband Ivan; by his sons, Henry Neal Pharr III and wife Judith, Charles Yates Pharr and wife Marisa, and Stephen Boys Pharr and wife Courtney; by his stepchildren, Athos Rostan III and Elizabeth Carol Rostan; and, by thirteen grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Thompson Child and Family Focus, 6800 St. Peters Lane, Matthews, NC 28105 or UNC Charlotte Foundation: Buchenau/Pharr Scholarship, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223
A service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC at 2:00PM Monday, January 12, 2015. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private. T.H. Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service will be serving the family,

Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 8, 2015


Joseph Donald Eifort ’61

Joseph Donald Eifort, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at his home in Chapel Hill. He was born in Moore County, N.C., on May 3, 1939, to the late Donald Douglas Eifort and Miriam Davis Eifort. He was also preceded in death by his sister Ruth E. Harris. Joe is survived by three sisters; Nancy Lewis of High Point, N.C., Grace Nelson (Wallace) of Vineland, N.J., and Lois Blue of High Point, N.C. He is also survived by his dear friend Ben Armfield of High Point, N.C., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Joe received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1960. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He subsequently received an MA in political science from UNC and taught political science at the College of Charleston in South Carolina for two years. Joe obtained his law degree from UNC in 1973 and practiced law in Chapel Hill for 30 years. In 1986 he went to England for a year, where he received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He was passionate about his friends and family; politics; the protection of civil liberties, wildlife, and the environment – and ACC basketball.

Joe’s bridge partners could attest to his competitive zeal, and anyone with a political view and an interest in debate found an enthusiastic sparring partner in Joe who was happy to go to the mat for a great argument.

A memorial service to honor Joe’s life will be held at the West End Presbyterian Church in West End, North Carolina, on Sunday, December 14, at 2 o’clock pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Nature Conservancy ( or the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (

George Andrew “Andy” Agett ’61

1Dr. Andrew “Andy” Agett, 75, of Kingsport, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the son of the late Dr. Albert Henry and Julia Hammond Agett. He had many interests: first of all he adored his grandchildren. He was an excellent golfer, loved nature and enjoyed his weekly bridge club games. He delighted in spending time on the farm with his rescued alpacas and was always eager to show their pictures that he carried in his wallet.

Andy graduated from Davidson College and received his D.D.S. from University of Tennessee in 1967. He owned his practice for over forty years. He was a member of Blountville United Methodist Church for 35 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 51 years, Diana Woodard Agett of the home; one daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Agett Denton and husband, Anthony, Abindgon, Va.; two sons, Michael “Mike” Andrew Agett and wife, Cindi, Kingsport, Tenn., and Tim Agett, Bristol, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Nick, Adam, Rachel, Katie, and Caleb Denton, and Chelsea Marie Blaine-Agett; brother, Chip Agett and wife, Sandy, Blountville, Tenn.; two sisters, Gail Agett Cooler and husband, Karl, Bristol, Tenn. and Jamie Agett Maness and husband, Ron, Simpsonville, S.C.; nieces and nephews, Bryan, Avery, Danica, and Elana Woodard, Jennifer Braden, Courtney Carpenter, and Wilson Ligon.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Blountville United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at the church with the Rev. Susan Arnold officiating. Entombment will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Tri-Cities Memory Gardens Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 3101 Browns Mill Rd., Suite 6, PMB 321, Johnson City, TN 37604

Please visit to leave an on-line condolence for the family. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport is serving the family of Dr. Andrew “Andy” Agett.




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Samuel Shannon Wiley, Jr. ’61

Samuel Shannon Wiley, Jr. of Durham, North Carolina died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was born November 26, 1939 in Thomasville, North Carolina. The son of Isabelle Maitland Wiley and The Reverend Samuel S. Willey, he grew up in the congregations of the Presbyterian Churches in North Carolina and Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, where his father was minister.

Sam was retired after 39 years from the N.C. Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security and returned several times as an Employment Consultant. “Sam Wiley was a very gentle man who provided friendship and comfort to those around him. He had a great sense ofhumor and an impeccable work ethic. He was a dedicated public servant and will be greatly missed by his friends and coworkers”, said Debra Mascaro, a supervisor.

Sam was extremely close to the church, Westminster Presbyterian in Durham in particular, and considered the congregation there among his fondest friends. Using his gifts of kindness and compassion, he was trained as a Stephen Minister, listening and offering care to others. He drove the church bus as a part of Westminster’s ministry  with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, also serving as an overnight host of homeless families.

Educated at The McCallie School in Chattanooga Tennessee, he was a 1961 graduate of Davidson College, and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served his country in the United States Navy, having been on the Enterprise VIII on its first trip around the world. He enjoyed going to the ships reunions. Shan enjoyed the classes he took at Duke University at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and was particularly interested in history. He was a student of the Second World War in which his father served as a Navy Chaplain. He traveled in connection with these interests.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh and while living and working in Rocky Mount was a member of and served as President of the Lion’s Club in which he participated in the eye donor program. Shan, as his family called him, considered his friends at church and at work as family including John Mahoney and Doug Strader and his long-time family friend, Jane Graper. His family is grateful to these special people in his life.

He is survived by Cousins, Rosalie Laughlin and her husband, John Laughlin of Salisbury, Sherburne Laughlin and her husband Brad Shingleton of Bethesda, Md., John Chappell Laughlin and his wife Gail of Charlotte, and William Laughlin and his wife, Paula of Waxhaw.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 7 at 2:00PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, N.C. 27707. Memorials may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church if the donor so chooses.

Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be submitted to, select obituaries.

Samuel Gayle Riley III ’61

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, we lost beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Samuel Gayle Riley III. Sam was born on October 8, 1939, in Raleigh, N.C., the only child of Samuel Gayle Riley Jr. and Janie Ruth Blalock Riley. His childhood and youth were in his words “idyllic,” thanks mostly to the strong foundation his admirable parents provided for him. He graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1957, and then received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Davidson College in 1961, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1962 and 1970, respectively.

He accepted a position at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1970; and in 1974, started a brand new journalism program at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Ga., where he served as department head. He started in Virginia Tech’s Communication Department in 1981 and taught there full time for 33 years. He spent four of his years at Tech as head of the department. He taught and researched in the areas of magazine writing, opinion writing, communications law and ethics, and media institutions.

He wrote 19 books; numerous scholarly journal articles and conference papers; more than 1,000 reference book entries on Southern newspapers, Southern magazines, African-American newspaper columnists in the South, Will Rogers, and other media figures and topics; and established a blog, Riley’s Blog of Fame, which honored some his students’ best writing. Sam is considered the, or one of the, world’s leading authorities on Southern newspapers and Southern magazines. His last book was published in January of this year by Pocahontas Press. A deeply personal homage to his wonderful mother, Janie, this book is titled, Things My Southern Mother Used to Say: Yesteryear’s Expressions

From Piedmont N.C., and is a treasure for his family for generations to come. Beyond his many professional accomplishments, Sam’s greatest legacy is the joy he brought everyone who knew him. He was a “bon vivant and a raconteur,” a gentleman and a gentle man.

Sam Riley is survived by his wife, Rebecca Riley; son, Daniel Riley; daughter, Heather Ducote, her husband, Bryan Ducote, and their children, Jane, Mary, Jack, and Sam; former wife, Mary Elaine Riley; stepdaughter, Jennifer Rhue, her husband, Chris Rhue, and their daughter, Vivienne; stepdaughter, Cindy Nance, her husband, Greg Nance, and their children, Brady and Carter; and hundreds of relatives, friends, former and current students, and colleagues.

A memorial service will be held at McCoy Funeral Home at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Communication Department at Virginia Tech. Donations may be mailed to Shanks Hall, Mail Code 0311, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, and may be payable to Communications Department, Virginia Tech, with “in memory of Sam Riley” noted on the message line.


John Timothy “Tim” McCorkle ’61

 John Timothy “Tim” McCorkle, 75, of Emerald Isle, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

Tim was born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 9, 1938, and was the son of William Hart McCorkle and Martha Burkhead McCorkle. He graduated from Davidson College and obtained his master’s degree from Converse College.

Tim was a teacher for more than 44 years, 11 of which were in Venezuela, and touched the lives of many during his educational journey. Retiring in 2005, he moved to Emerald Isle.

Tim is survived by his best friend and wife of 18 years, Mary Ethel; two sons, William “Bill” McCorkle and Richard “Rick” McCorkle; two daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” McConkle and Martha “Marty” Wessel and husband Reggie; sister, Catherine “Cathie” McConkle; and five grandchildren, Molley, Kendall, Conner, Sean and Emily.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312,