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 “Bill” Marion Moss ’62

William Marion Moss, beloved father, husband, brother, and teacher, died October 10 at Forsyth Medical Center.

The son of William Marion and Susan Chappell Moss, he was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on September 28, 1940. When he was nine, his family moved to Macon, Georgia, where he graduated from Lanier High School. At Davidson College, he studied chemistry, philosophy, and classics but ultimately majored in English literature.

From 1963 to 1965, Bill served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander with the 69th Armor, 25th Infantry Division, stationed primarily at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

He completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1971 began teaching English at Wake Forest. He read and studied, taught and wrote about American literature, particularly the work of Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Twain, and Faulkner, for more than forty years.

A sign on his door in Tribble Hall expressed the bond between who he was and what he taught: “American by birth, Romantic by temperament, Southern by the grace of God.”

With a passion for travel that matched his passion for teaching, he pursued projects that married the two. He was involved in founding the Irish Poetry Series of Wake Forest University Press and co-led January-term study trips to Ireland.

Through a friendship with visiting Chinese scholar He Xiang-lin, Bill began to study Chinese language and literature; he spent the fall of 1989 as a visiting professor at Guangxi Foreign Studies University in Guilin and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1992-1993.

He also directed the Wake Forest Program in Japan at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in 2001 and taught American literature at Kansai Gaidai in 2006. Even more important to him than his work, however, was his family.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Elisabeth Stephens; by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan Moss and Miho Kurosawa of Winston-Salem and Cullen and Madison Weidberg Moss of Wilmington; and by two daughters, Beatrice Moss of Durham and Cora Moss of Winston-Salem. He also has five treasured grandchildren, Dixon, Emi, Roi, Louie, and Emmett.

His precious family includes his sister, Sue Moss Coggins of Macon, Georgia, and the beloved brother-in-law who preceded him in death, Wilbur Coggins; nephew Bill Coggins of Beaufort, SC, his wife Mari Flowers and son John Warren Flowers; and goddaughter and niece Chappell Coggins Traynham of Macon, her husband Jay Traynham and children Eleanor and Thomas Traynham.

He is also survived by his first wife, Deanna Carlisle Moss of Winston-Salem, and too many friends, from too many different phases of his life, to list here.

A true renaissance man, Bill blended learning and action in his life. His passions were many and diverse, from literature, theater, and art, to gardening, woodworking, hiking, and college basketball. Sharing his enthusiasms freely, he transformed the lives of family and students.

His family suggests that gifts in his memory might be made to Davidson College, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, or Piedmont Land Conservancy.

Bill’s family thanks the Oncology Specialists at Novant Health, especially the team of Dr. Eun-mi Yu and Donna Nagy, for their knowledgeable and compassionate care during his illness.

A remembrance and celebration of Bill’s life will be held at Tanglewood Park on October 24.

Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.