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.

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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.

Henry Neal Pharr II ’61

Henry Neal Pharr II '61Henry 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