Rodger W. Durham ’63

Rodger W. Durham, 75, passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2017. He was born in Greensboro, NC on December 31, 1941, to the late Dr. Carey W. Durham and Alberta Rodgers Durham.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the First Presbyterian Church Chapel at 607 North Elm Street in Greensboro. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Cannon’s Solarium located in the church.

Rodger is survived by his wife of 35 years, LuAnn Boyd Durham; daughter, Emily Durham Diy (Carlo) of Durham, NC; and son, Nathan W. Durham (Lisa) of Jacksonville, FL. They were the light of his life.

Rodger graduated from Greensboro Senior High (Grimsley), Davidson College, and Purdue University. He was a land surveyor, teacher, and program manager for North Carolina’s Floodplain Mapping Program in Raleigh.

He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Vietnam War.

With Rodger’s declining health over the last eight years, we have missed his keen intellect. He had a depth and breadth of knowledge on the subjects of surveying and survey law, forestry and the outdoors, music, sailing, the Great Books, and philosophy.

A niece wrote a sweet sentiment upon learning of Rodger’s passing that she “pictured him hiking the heavens, surveying paradise.”

The family expresses sincere thanks to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, especially to the nurses, Dr. Feldman, Molly Lyle, Maria Donnell, and Beacon Place. Their help, along with Sara Shapiro’s, made it possible for Rodger to be cared for at home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC, 27405.

Online condolences may be made through www.TriadCremationSociety.com.

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William H. “Bill” Jarman, Jr. ’63

William H. "Bill" Jarman, Jr. '63Dr. William H. “Bill” Jarman, Jr., 75, retired orthopedic surgeon, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Born in Gaston County, he was the son of the late William Henry Jarman, Sr. and Mary Delia Rankin Jarman. He was a graduate of Frank L. Ashley High School, class of 1959; where he was a standout senior center basketball player under coach Larry Rhodes.

He went on to attend Davidson College, class of 1963, where he played three seasons of basketball, who in 1962 was the third player ever to break 1000 points. That same year he was ranked # 18 by the Associated Press. Bill Jarman was a sophomore under coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell’s first year of coaching at Davidson.

Bill was an outstanding Pivot Man with an unbelievable ambidextrous hook shot, and, according to Coach Driesell, the 6’6″ “helped turn Davidson into a basketball powerhouse” and was one of his “best players ever”. He scored an amazing 1338 points in his career at Davidson. He was inducted into the Davidson College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Bill went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who graduated in 1967 with his medical doctorate in orthopedics. He served two years residency at Chapel Hill and through the Berry Plan went to Ft. Bragg and entered the Army as a Major and finished his residency there.

He immediately returned to Gastonia after his residency and began practice with Dr. Edward S. “Buddy” Whitesides and Dr. Robert A. Blake in July of 1974. The practice of Whitesides, Blake, and Jarman Orthopedics was located on S. York St. in Gastonia and served many generations of families throughout Gaston and surrounding Counties.

In 2000, the practices of Southern Orthopedics and Gaston Orthopedics merged to become Carolina Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center in 2000. Dr. Bill retired from the practice in the spring of 2006 after 32 years of kind and dedicated care for others. He was a member of the Southern Orthopedic Association, the NC Orthopedic Association, and a Diplomat with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. He will be missed as a regular Monday morning attendee of the retired doctors group at Trackside Café. Dr. Bill’s second career and true love was for everything outdoors.

He loved farming and sharing his knowledge and skills at wing shooting, hunting, conservation, and breeding and raising ducks, geese, swans, chickens, dogs, cats and horses; especially with young people. He was a State Board member with the NC Wildlife Federation and in 2009, founded the Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards PAWS, Chapter, still serving as its President.

Many people who shared Dr. Bill’s love of the outdoors attended the annual BBQ Opening Day festivities at Wood Duck Farm, as well as the many Sportsmans Group Annual Dinners and Banquets.

Additionally, he was a lifetime sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, served on the State Board of the National Wild Turkey Federation, was on the Board of Trustees for the Schiele Museum, a recipient of the Robert C. Clawson Memorial Sportsmans Award, and was working with Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens with a focus on bird watching.

Dr. Jarman is survived by his wife, Debbie Jarman; children and spouses, Meredith and Fernando Cardenas of New Hill, NC and Jay and Beth Jarman of Denver, CO; grandchildren, Henry Jarman and Hollis Cardenas; brother, Dick Jarman of Gastonia.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Tuesday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia with the family receiving friends in the church parlor immediately following the service. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

The family kindly suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the NC Wildlife Federation – c/o Gaston County PAWS Chapter, 1346 St. Julien Street, Charlotte, NC 28205 or First Presbyterian Church 1621 E Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.

An online guest registry, at www.mcleanfuneral.com McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Dr. Jarman.

Carl Vance Hunt Jr. ’63

Carl Vance Hunt Jr. '63Carl Vance Hunt Jr., 74, of Asheboro died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at Randolph Hospital. Mr. Hunt was born July 27, 1941, in Guilford County to Carl and Mary Hall Hunt. Carl grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the Children’s Home and distinguished himself as a star athlete in baseball, basketball and football as well as excelling in the classroom.

Carl was elected to the 1958 Shrine Bowl Team for North Carolina and earned a football athletic scholarship to play at Davidson College as a fullback and linebacker. Carl played in one of the biggest wins in Davidson School history beating Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) 9-7 on Nov. 5, 1960, in the game tabbed as “David vs Goliath.”

After college, Carl joined the Army and retired as Lt. Colonel having served with the 1st Calvary Division (First Team), 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) and A Company 158th Aviation Battalion (Ghost Riders). Carl was an artillery officer and paratrooper with more than 400 jumps overall. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam where he started as a Forward Observer in Infantry and later became a skilled helicopter pilot.

As a helicopter pilot, his call sign was “Ghost Rider” and was known to his troops as “Darth Vader.” Carl received multiple commendations, including Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Valor, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 DVC, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (multiple), Purple Heart.

After leaving the military with 20+ years of service, he served as Executive Director of the Kernersville and Asheboro Chamber of Commerce. He was a smart man who was very tough both mentally and physically. Carl was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was known as “Jop” to his family and “Joppy” to his grandchildren.

Carl was an active member of the Central Carolina Community Church (C4), where he served on the Council.Carl truly made a positive impact on everyone’s life that he touched. Carl’s relationship with Jesus Christ had become very strong, as he had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. The entire C4 community will miss him.

Carl and his wife, Tressie, enjoyed traveling and were most happy taking their RV all over the country to meet new friends and visit family. They made regular trips to Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and South Carolina. Carl particularly enjoyed having the family down to Myrtle Beach, S.C., every summer and getting to watch everyone relax and have a good time.

He is survived by his wife, Tressie McGuffin Hunt; children, Laura Ritter of St. Cloud, Fla., Gayelyn Phillips and husband Travis of Asheboro, Andrew Hunt of Orlando, Fla., Buddy Britt and wife Cassandra of Asheboro, Carla Dougherty and husband Kevin of Durham and Lee Hunt and his significant other Andrea Stewart of Lexington; grandchildren, Leah Reysen, Dusten Ritter and fiancé Taylor, Chase Ritter, Kayla Hunt, Tyler Hunt, Jeffrey Brigman and wife Julie, Cameron Pickel, Will Britt, Wesley Britt, Helen Britt, Lucy Britt, Griffin Dougherty, Bridget Dougherty, Connor Dougherty, Brendan Carl Dougherty and Wesley Stewart; and great-grandchildren, Taylor Wade, Teely Brigman, Ethan Reysen and Jaxon Reysen.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, from 1-2:45 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. in the Pugh Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward J. Arroyo officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in New Hope Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Foundation, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.

Please share remembrances and condolences at www.pugh funeralhome.com.

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Frank Lyon, Jr. ’63

Frank Lyon, Jr. '63James “Frank” Lyon, Jr., 74, of Little Rock passed away Sunday, November 8 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Frank was born in Little Rock in May of 1941, attended Little Rock’s Central High School and graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1959. He further attended Davidson College and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, graduating with honors in 1963.

Frank then served his country in the United States Army earning the Army Commendation Medal. He subsequently earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 1967.

Frank was an icon in Arkansas business serving as chairman, president or director of many companies including The Frank Lyon Company, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Arkansas, TC Bankshares, Wingmead, Inc., Arkansas Irrigation Company and US Bank of Arkansas.

Additionally Frank and Jane Lyon began Summer Wind Farm, a thoroughbred breeding business, in Georgetown Kentucky in 1995 which they have operated together ever since.

His civic service included involvement in the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock Boys Club, Lyon College, Goodwill Industries, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, United Way and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

He was an avid outdoorsman and a veteran of dozens of African Safari hunts dating back as far as 1956. Known by his friends and family as “The Stealth Philanthropist” he quietly supported countless charities across the state with extraordinary generosity and dedicated service.

Frank is survived by his wife Jane, two daughters Karen Bailey (Mark Moloney) and Ashley Jackson (Wil) and four grandchildren Henry and Hannah Jackson and William and Ryan Moloney. Frank was preceded in death by his father Frank Lyon Sr. and mother Marion Bradley Lyon.

A visitation is planned for family and friends on Wednesday, November 11 from 4-6pm at the Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock. Memorial service to be held at the Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on Thursday, November 12 at 11:00 am.

The family would like to express its most sincere and heartfelt appreciation for those who cared for Frank in his final time with us – among them Dr. Jeanne Wei of UAMS, Arthur Castellano, Montague Martin, Jack Lanham and Ryan Leonard – for their tireless care and compassion.

In addition, the family thanks honorary pallbearers Charles Whiteside, J.D. Simpson, John Witherspoon, Jack Davis, Tom Nash, Rick Shutt, Bill Hawkins, Tim Doepel and Darren Walker.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Thomas-Lyon Longevity Center at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock or your favorite charity.