William Franklin (Frank) Mansell, Jr. ’62

William Franklin (Frank) Mansell, Jr. '62Rev. William Franklin (Frank) Mansell Jr., died on December 22, 2017, in Charleston, W.Va. He was born on May 23, 1940, in Richmond, Va., to Rev. William F. and Ruth (Hill) Mansell Sr.

Frank grew up in Vicksburg, Miss., and graduated from Carr Central High School in 1958. He attended Davidson College and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1962.

He followed a call to ministry in the Presbyterian Church as an ordained minister, and attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, receiving his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1966.

He also was a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council Churches in Bossey, Switzerland.

Frank served three congregations as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA): Memorial Presbyterian Church, West Monroe, La.; Buntyn Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tenn.; Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, Charleston, W.Va.

In his 38 years of ministry, Frank served as moderator of Memphis and West Virginia Presbyteries, stated clerk of West Virginia Presbytery and was a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1974. Frank had a passion for education, youth ministry and ecumenical relations in the church. He mentored many future lay leaders and pastors in the church.

Upon retiring from active ministry in 2006, Frank regularly volunteered building homes for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam. Frank was also a member of the Charleston Civitan Club.

 Frank loved to travel, enjoyed photography, reading, skiing, golf, volunteering in his community and working on home improvement projects. More than anything, Frank loved spending time with his family. He was kind, thoughtful, gracious and generous.

Frank is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan (Ellsworth) Mansell of Charleston; his son, William Franklin (Deborah) Mansell III of Indianapolis, Ind.; his granddaughters, Erin and Heather Mansell; his sisters, Mary Pope of Port Gibson, Miss., and Sarah Randall of Vicksburg, Miss.; and many members of his extended family.

A service of witness to the resurrection will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. A reception to visit with family and friends will be held immediately afterwards.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Village Chapel Presbyterian Church or Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam, 815 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Allen Millar ’62

Allen MillarAllen Cantey Millar, 77, of Raleigh, peacefully died Monday, July 17 with family after a battle with Alzheimer’s with an abrupt decline in recent weeks.

Allen was born in Charleston, SC on April 2, 1940 to the late William Lawrence Millar, Jr. and Floride Richbourg Millar Dunlap. He was a graduate of the Class of 1958 at Needham Broughton High School where he met his future wife, Brenda Payne Millar. Having played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, he was the sports superlative of his class.

Allen was also a graduate of the Class of 1962 at Davidson College where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, played basketball under Lefty Driesell, and was a member of the baseball team. After completing college, he served as a Lieutenant in the US Army in Ansbach, Germany where he and Brenda began their married life.

Returning to the states in 1965, Allen was one of the first local hires of IBM as they were setting up a new site in NC. He attended Computer Training Program School in Poughkeepsie, NY before returning to Raleigh to begin his illustrious career that took him to LaGaude, France from 1977 to 1979. He became an executive of product development with IBM retiring in 1996 after 31 years of service.

Allen was an active member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church where he served on the Administrative Board, the Staff Parish Committee, Communications Committee, and chaired the Child Development Center Board. He was also a counselor of the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

In his retirement years Allen enjoyed tutoring in the Wake County Schools and serving on the NC Opera Company Board. Golf was one of his favorite pastimes, and he volunteered as a ranger. Working in his yard and planning trips were also a joy to him.

Allen was preceded in death by his brother, William L. Millar, III and his step brother, William Dunlap. He is survived by his cherished wife of 54 years, his son, Gregory Millar (Lisa), his daughters, Leah Millar and Andrea Millar.

Three grandchildren survive him, Chase Millar, Kyla Millar, and Mila Lauck. Also, Tom Dunlap, his step brother, and sisters-in-law, Peggy Duke and Sue Millar, survive him along with a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Although many called him Allen, he was also known as Dad, Geega by his loving grandchildren, AC by his Davidson friends, and Al at IBM. A gentle giant, one may call him. He had a rare combination of intellect, humor, kindness, and gentleness yet he was an outstanding athlete.

He also was a huge fan of sports, especially NC State and the Carolina Hurricanes. His big heart and giving nature made him an easy person to know. A stack of books by his bedside was a common sight with them all being read at the same time.

For 15 years, visiting Park City, Utah was a favorite tradition of the family as they loved skiing and attending the Sundance Film Festival. Traveling to many places around the world was a love of his enhanced by the four years of living abroad. But Charleston was his happy place.

His abounding generosity and love for his family (and dogs) were equally reciprocated by their love and admiration for him. He is already dearly missed, and his family will never forget the constant love in his eyes.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm Saturday, July 22, 2017 in the sanctuary at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Inturment and military honors will follow the service at the church columbarium.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Garden Gallery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center 228 Edenton Street Raleigh, NC 27603. This was a caring place for Allen during the last two years of his life. The family would also like to thank the many friends who shared time and attention with him on many occasions as he walked this difficult journey in later years.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St Mary’s Street. Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynne.com.

Published in The News & Observer from July 20 to July 21, 2017

Robert Earl “Butch” LeDoyen ’62

Robert LedoyenRobert Earl LeDoyen passed away June 16, 2017.

He was born to Matthew Weaverly LeDoyen, Sr. (Buster) and Jessie Virginia Culpepper, on May 2, 1940.

Preceded in death by his parents and co-parents: Christine Newman LeDoyen and Presley Maxwell Adamson, Jr.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved Susan Stewart, sons: Robert Edward LeDoyen (Kary Hyed); James Allen LeDoyen (Candice Anglin LeDoyen) and their mother, Ann Stevenson LeDoyen; grandchildren: Yeoman First Class James Dean LeDoyen and Claire S. LeDoyen, sisters: Sharon LeDoyen Miller; Becky Adamson Walker; Ida Adamson Patykula; and brothers: Matthew Weaverly LeDoyen, Jr.; Presley Maxwell Adamson, III; Jeff Adamson.

On his journey he had many interests and enjoyments including: family (large family with lots and lots of cousins), friends, soccer, Davidson College, bridge, travel, the stock market, reading, classical music, art, food, and wine

He had a strong belief in and strived to conduct his life as guided by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”(Matt. 7:12).

He attended Davidson College and believed strongly in Davidson’s Honor Code and Legacy of Trust. As stated “Davidson avoids self-righteousness or arrogance. A community built on trust and honesty by definition practices patience, compassion and forgiveness. Whatever field they choose, Davidson alumni honor the legacy that a culture of trust bequeaths: a life lived courageously and wholeheartedly in service of something that matters” – Dr. Carol E. Quillen President, Davidson College.

James Eugene “Jim” Gee ’62

James Eugene "Jim" Gee '62James Eugene “Jim” Gee, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at his home. He was born in McLeod Hospital in Florence, SC on September 3, 1940 to parents Paul Hood Gee and Margaret Benjamin Gee.

He graduated from McClenagan High School where he was active in sports and served as student body president. Jim attended Davidson College, and in 1962 he married Winnie Bath while attending Emory Medical School.

After graduating in 1965, Jim and Winnie moved to Charleston, SC to complete an orthopedic residency. Jim served as a physician at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, where he and Winnie remained.

In 1972 he became the first orthopedic surgeon in town opening Sumter Orthopedics. As an Orthopedist, Jim set an example by balancing his love of God, family, and medicine. He made rounds early and late so that he could be with his family, and attend his children’s activities.

He was active with the YMCA serving as chairman of the board, coaching, and often examining fingers or ankles while watching his children play sports. He was never out of reach for anyone and always responded attentively with compassion.

After retiring as a surgeon, Jim continued to care for others working at Palmetto Tuomey Industrial Medicine and providing medical services as a volunteer for United Ministries through 2016. Jim served many roles from youth leader, elder and Clerk of the Session as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sumter.

After leading a youth group to Mexico, he developed a passion for international missions and served on nearly a dozen trips to South America. He represented his church and profession abroad with the same integrity and commitment that he served his own community.

He was an associate member of the Rumple Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Jim was a remarkably humble man, who always put others first.

He was a devoted husband for 55 years and a gracious father and grandfather to his own children and to many others. He began each day saying “Our greatest gift is God’s love, our greatest privilege is to share it with others” and he lived each day caring it out.

He is survived by his wife, Winnie, son, Paul Eugene Gee of Louisville, Kentucky, daughter, Julia Muldrow and her sons, Daniel and Patrick. He was predeceased by a son, James Daniel.

He is also survived by a sister, Margaret Schultz of Atlanta, Ga., and husband, Bob; a brother, Paul Gee of Huntersville, N.C., and wife, Karen; and a brother, Dr. George Gee, of Columbia, and wife, Linda.

The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter S.C., on Sunday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

A private service will be held at another time. Memorials may be sent to United Ministries, 36 S. Arillery Drive Sumter, SC 291540 or to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150.

You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

Published in The State on Apr. 22, 2017

William G. Werth III ’62

William WerthWilliam Grayson Werth III ended his brave battle with cancer on January 1, 2017. He died at home, surrounded by loved ones.

He was a cherished husband of 46 years, a proud father and grandfather, and a loving brother and uncle. He was a friend to many. Bill appreciated the simple pleasures in life: sharing a meal and spirited conversation with family and friends, playing an exuberant bluegrass tune on his well worn guitar, and retreating to nature whenever possible. Come spring, the San Juan River will be short one big-hearted fisherman.

All of us who know Bill will miss his fierce devotion to loved ones, his strong-willed, candid views, his mischievous smile, his robust laugh, and his oh-so-sharp wit. Bill’s immediate family is forever grateful for the “TLC” from friends and relatives during this journey.