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

John Manson Webb Crute, Jr. ’61

John Manson Webb Crute, Jr., 79, of Raleigh, NC died peacefully Monday February 5 at his home. Mr. Crute was born January 20, 1939 in Wilson NC, a son of John Manson Webb Crute and Kathryn Fulghum Crute.

He is preceded in death by his son, John Manson Webb Crute III, his parents and a sister, Ann Lancaster King.

Surviving are his three daughters; Mary Crute Crumpler (Burks) Raleigh, NC, Adair Phifer Crute, LaJolla CA, Nancy Holcombe Crute Del Mar, CA.

He is also survived by three grandsons: Edward Phifer Hutchison, Edward Burks Crumpler and Webb Crute Crumpler. He is also survived by his brother, Edwin Fulghum Crute (Jackie) of Beulaville, NC.

Mr. Crute graduated from Davidson College with the class of 1961 and spent the next two years at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas serving as a lieutenant in the US Army. On his return to NC he began his brokerage career at Merrill Lynch in Raleigh and worked as a stock broker in Raleigh for the next 27 years.

After retirement Mr. Crute traveled across the US and eventually settled in Texas. In 2016 he returned to Raleigh.

“Johnny’s” colorful personality will long be remembered and missed by those who knew him.

In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to Healing Transitions 1251 Goode Street Raleigh, NC 27603, or the charity of ones choice.

A private service will be held in Wilson at a later date.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh.

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

William “Bill” Kimbro Hedrick ’61

The Rev. Dr. William (“Bill”) Kimbro Hedrick of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died peacefully in his sleep on January 6, 2018 at the age of 78.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection in Thanksgiving for Bill’s life will be held at 4:00 pm on January 15, 2018, at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque. A reception will follow the service.

Bill was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on September 27, 1939. He graduated from Warren High School in Warren, Arkansas, in 1957, and was valedictorian of his class. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Trumpet Performance) from Davidson College in 1961 and then matriculated at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, receiving the Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1965.

Between his second and third year of seminary, Bill was awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship that allowed him to study at the Kirchliche Hochschule in West Berlin. Later, he completed a Doctorate of Theology in New Testament at the Graduate Theological Union in San Francisco, California. His dissertation was on a chapter in the biblical book of Revelation.

During his nearly 40 years of active service as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister, Bill served as pastor of First Presbyterian in Natchitoches, Louisiana; St. Andrew Presbyterian in Longview, Texas; Trinity Presbyterian in Midland, Texas; and Second Presbyterian in St. Louis, Missouri

For 13 years, he was Vice President for Development at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Those years as a development officer turned Bill into something of an expert on stewardship, and led him to quip, “My two areas of expertise are the things no one in the Church wants to talk about, the book of Revelation and stewardship!” Bill was a dearly beloved pastor, preacher, and teacher. He was an extremely sensitive listener”to biblical texts and to people. Passionate about ministries of social justice, he was often a leader in creating such ministries in the communities in which he served.

The Rev. Dr. Hedrick was married to the Rev. Dr. Anna Catherine Robinson for 29 years. Partners in life and in ministry, Catherine and Bill never served a church together, but they always approached their work as a team. More than that, however, they were committed to creating family. When they married, they had an immediate family with Bill’s children, Mark and Joy, who were teenagers at the time.<

Later, they adopted George, an infant from Taiwan. Bill adored his children. Indeed, as important as Bill's ministry was to him, absolutely nothing was more important than his vocation as father. Bill also loved music, describing himself as "a has-been trumpeter and a would-be tenor." In fact, he had a lovely tenor voice, & he even soloed once with the Midland Symphony and Chorus.

He also enjoyed mystery and spy novels, and he really delighted in eating sweets! One of his grandchildren was particularly amused by his saying, "The worst ice cream I ever had¦.was TERRIFIC!"

For the last ten years of his life, Bill lived with multiple health challenges – myelofibrosis, Parkinson's, and finally, an above the knee amputation. He did so, however, with incredible grace and humor. After his amputation, he announced, "Now I can be the peg-legged pastor with Parkinson's!" Those who knew and loved Bill were indeed impressed with his dignity in these circumstances, but we rejoice that he now lives fully restored in the loving embrace of the God he worshiped.

Bill is survived by his wife, Anna Catherine Robinson; his three children, Mark William Hedrick, Joy Elaine Maguire (Bill Maguire), and George Kimbro Hedrick.

He is also survived by three grandchildren, Lily Elizabeth Maguire, Daniel William Hedrick, and Ryan William Maguire; his sisters, Ellen Kay Bacon (Tom) and Margaret Jane Beachboard (James); several nieces and nephews; and countless members of the churches he served.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Causey and his parents, Kimbro Young and Joel Dean Hedrick.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas; and Second Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, MO.

Copyright (c) 2018 Albuquerque Journal

Charles W. Patterson III ’61

Charles W. Patterson III '61Charles 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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Fred Baxter Boozer ’61

Rev. Fred Baxter Boozer, age 77, of Acworth, Georgia, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017. Born in Menlo, Georgia, he was the son of the late Rev. David and Juliette Boozer. Fred was a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Seminary. He served faithfully over 40 years in his ministry.

Fred was also preceded in death by sister, Jeanette and brother, John. Survivors include his wife, Louise Boozer of Acworth, Ga.; Daughter and Son-In-Law, Amanda Carter (Duane) of Chaphin, S.C. Son and Daughter-In-Law, Fred Boozer, Jr. (Regina) of Rockmart, Ga.; Grandson, Justin Lyons and Derek Lyons; Great-Grandchildren, Julia, Cohen and Sawyer. Brothers and Sisters-In-Law, David Boozer (Patricia) of Marietta, Ga.; Danny Boozer (Lynn) of Loganville, Ga.