Jon Charles Miller ’65

Jon Charles Miller '65Jon Charles Miller died quietly of leukemia at his Durham home on Sunday. He was seventy-three.

A scholar and a teacher, he was a man of books, language, poetry, and music. He was gentle, patient, and kind. His courtesy was old-fashioned and came to him easily.

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Miller of Durham, Jon was born in Toledo, Iowa, while his father was in service overseas during World War II.

Jon attended Durham public schools and graduated from Durham High School in 1961. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

After college, he served as an officer in the U. S. Army in Korea and at the Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After leaving the service, he earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jon wanted nothing other than to be a teacher. It was his career for forty-six years. For more than ten years he taught in Durham schools. Later, he was part of the founding faculty at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where he taught English for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2015.

His annual reading of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas became a school tradition. His office door was always open. He delighted in his students’ success at school and in their lives afterward. He maintained a voluminous correspondence with former students until very nearly the day he died.

Jon possessed an unlimited curiosity and was an omnivorous reader; he loved books and readers. He worked for almost thirty years as a volunteer with the Friends of the Durham Library and twice was president of that organization.

Jon loved back roads, small towns, and out-of-the-way places. He loved long road trips to Iowa and Maine, stopping at dusty bookshops and familiar dives and diners all along the way.

Jon literally married the girl next door. He was married to Patricia Wilson Miller for fifty-two years. Their marriage cemented the firm bond between the Wilson and Miller families that has continued for three generations.

Jon was pre-deceased by his daughter Amy and his sister Sue Harlow.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, his brother Thomas R. Miller and wife Kimberly, his brother-in-law Walter G. Harlow, his sister-in-law Betty Dayton, his brother-in law Dr. Steve Wilson and wife Dianne, and also by nieces and nephews Doug Dayton, Chris Harlow, Robin Hulbert, William Harlow, Allison Wilson, and Charles Miller, and by a grand-niece Abbey Harlow and a grand-nephew Ryan Harlow.

Jon lived a life surrounded by a family who loved and encouraged him, by interesting and generous colleagues, by students who often challenged him to be better, and by friends whose company gave him great joy,

In lieu of flowers Jon’s wish was that contributions be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Charles David Grant ’65

Charles GrantCharles David Grant, age 73 of Canton, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Halcyon Hospice in Atlanta, GA.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th at 2:00p.m. in the Sanctuary of Canton First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim McRae and Rev. Sandra Henry officiating. Interment with Army Military Honors will be held at 2:30PM Friday October 6, 2017 in the Georgia National Cemetery.

David graduated from North Druid Hills High School in 1961 then attended Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and graduated with a BS in Mathematics then received his Masters degree at the University of Georgia.

Captain David Grant served at N.O.R.A.D.(North American Aerospace Defense Command) being the only U.S. Army officer to serve at that Air Force Installation at that time. After his military service he was a Mathematics Instructor at Dekalb College. He retired in 1979 to pursue his Actuarial career.

David was deeply involved with the Boy Scouts of America from 1990 until the time of his death. The classes he accomplished were Fast Start, Youth Protection, SLT, Wood Badge and BSA Lifeguard. He worked with the Summer Camps: 1993 Daniel Boone, 1994 Woodruff; 1995 Woodruff; 1996 Woodruff (acting Scoutmaster); 1998 Daniel Boone. He Loved High Adventure: 1997 Sea Base (Trip Leader); 1998 Post Philmont; 1999 Northern Tier.

Awards: Scouter Training Award. The District Level Activities were Scoutmastership Fundamentals Staff, Spring, 1998 Dekalb; Fall, 1998 Dekalb; Spring, 1999 Hightower Trail. Camporee Staff: Spring 1997 Highland Games; Spring, 1998 Air & Space; Fall, 1998, Sportsfest. District Committee- Hightower Trail, Boy Scout Training Chair July, 1998 – 2012. District Award of Merit (Dekalb) Spring, 1998. His Council Level Activities were the Allatoona Aquatics Base Staff Swimming and Lifesaving 1996- present, BSA Lifeguard Counselor, BSA Aquatics Instructor Spring, 1998 Camp School- Camp School – Camp Comer, AL, Visitation Team Camp Buck Toms Spring, 1997.

David was an Actuary, Employee Benefit Consultant- Towers Perrin
Atlanta Actuarial Club- Society of Actuaries; Enrolled Actuary- Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Atlanta Jaycees.

He was a Sunday School Teacher/ fourth grade boys, chair Finance Committee at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. David was active in the Southern Regional National Camp School for the past 13 years.

He was President of the Clan Grant Society of the United States, He was also a former President of ST. Andrews Society in Atlanta, GA and a former President of the Burns Club of Atlanta, GA.

He is survived by: Wife – Jane Stalcup Grant of Canton, GA, Son – Patrick Grant and Tara Strobach of Atlanta, GA, Daughter – Katherine and Todd Boyce of Decatur, GA, Sister – Anne and Jim Rambo of Conyers, GA, Grandchild – Elizabeth McKinnon Boyce. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. The wearing of Scottish (Kilts) and Boy Scout Uniforms would be appreciated by the family. The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is honored to serve the Grant Family.

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William Louis Daisy ’65

Retired District Court Judge William Louis Daisy, 73, died July 15, 2016. He was born in Greensboro, February 14, 1943, (which he always noted was both Valentine’s Day and Boy Scout Sunday) to the late Harold Louis Daisy and Mary Viola Cameron Daisy.

His family soon moved to Winston-Salem, where he grew up. Bill was an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School where he made lifelong friends. He enjoyed attending many reunions of the Class of 1961.

In 1965, Bill graduated from Davidson College with a degree in business administration. A member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, he maintained many close friendships over the years with his fraternity brothers and classmates. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He served for two years in the US Army in Worms, Germany. After his military service, he worked in Worms as a civilian for the Army, traveling widely in Europe before returning to settle in Greensboro.

He began his legal career in Guilford County as an assistant county attorney. He then worked as an attorney in private practice for several years before being elected a district court judge in 1980. He attended two summer sessions at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV.

He retired from the bench in 2004 and became a certified mediator, which he practiced until his death.Bill was a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Greensboro Bar Association, the Guilford County Inn of Court, and was active in the Greensboro Bar Association Family Lawyers Section.

He had served on the Board of Directors of One Step Further. Since his retirement, Bill was as an active volunteer with the Women’s Resource Center, helping many people navigate the court system. He chaired the North Carolina Bar’s local Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and was a regular volunteer for the Greensboro Bar’s Law Day, specializing in family law questions.

He was a long-time member of the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club, where he had served as a member of the board of trustees and president. Bill also was a member of the UNCG Theatre Angels for many years and served as president. He was an emeritus member of the Society of Bacchus.

He was a long-time member of Sedgefield Country Club, where he spent many happy hours, and where he served on the board of directors.

An avid if not especially accomplished golfer, Bill enjoyed volunteering at various golf events held at Sedgefield, namely the ACC Women’s Golf Tournament, the American Junior Golf Association (now Haas Family Tournament) and the Wyndham Championship.Bill loved fine food and wine, tastes he acquired while living in Europe and on his many travels.

An accomplished chef, he enjoyed entertaining friends and family. He also shared his talent by donating gourmet dinners to the auctions of various non-profit organizations, such as the United Arts Council, Operation Smile and the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club.

Bill is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Leslie Purcell Daisy; his sister-in-law, Wade Purcell Penny (Robert) of Charlotte; and brother-in-law Bradley Purcell (Karen) of Richmond, VA.

He loved very much his three nephews, Rep & Slice Penny and Thomas Purcell.

He is survived also by special cousins Jo Greene of Raleigh, Lois Lindsley of St. Michaels, MD, and Paul Daisy of Moultonborough, NH, in addition to other extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Highland Presbyterian Church, 2380 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC. The Rev. Dr. Augustus Succop will officiate. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Davidson College Class of 1965 Scholarship (Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28036), the UNCG Theatre Angels Scholarship (UNCG Theatre, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402) or Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro (2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405).

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

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Arthur William “Bill” Ross ’65

On June 27th Dr. Arthur Willam Ross (“Bill”) died of cancer and heart failure and passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends and within sight of his hydrangeas and the marsh that he loved.

Dr. Ross was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1943 where he attended Murphy HS before obtaining his undergraduate degree from Davidson University. He served in the Army after college and was honorably discharged as a first Lieutenant in the medical corps. Following the Army he returned to school obtaining his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina followed by Internships and Residencies at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon.

Dr. Ross returned to the Lowcountry and settled on Sullivan’s Island and brought a passion for youth soccer back from Portland, helping found the Hungryneck Soccer Association in the late seventies. His career in Charleston began at Family Medicine at MUSC where he worked for a number of years seeing patients and teaching medical students.

In the early 80s he departed MUSC and opened a private practice in Mt. Pleasant (Psychology and Associates). There his life’s work flourished as a child psychologist. Dr. Ross counseled thousands of area children and teens in their moments of crisis, doubt, pain and turmoil. Using his acute senses of empathy, compassion and rational advice, he provided many of his patients with solace and genuine healing in their hearts and minds. These gifts and that important work resonates in the lives he touched then, now and forever.

Bill remained humble and curious until the end. An incomplete listing of his passions and interests include: golf, science, civil rights, liberal politics, photography, humanism, evolutionary theory, Davidson basketball, Steph Curry, gardening, backpacking, cooking his Mother’s gumbo recipe, soccer, bridge, racquetball, sarcasm, music (from Bach to the Allman Brothers and all things in between and beyond), a good pun, birds and reading. Bill was a longtime member of the LOD and the HDRT.

Beyond this rangy bouillabaisse of pursuits, at the center of his being was his love and devotion to his wife and children. As a Grandfather, there was none more loyal, engaged and creative. Bill and Niki are thought to be the only grandparents in history to allow their two young grandsons to spend the night with them every Saturday night from the time they were 6 months old until he passed.

Bill was proceeded in death by his parents Arthur Leonidas Ross and Dorothy Sanding Taylor, his sister Nancy Taylor Ross, his beloved Aunt Nannie Taylor Winberry and his first wife Rosalyn Hazlehurst Mitchell, Niki’s father Robert Eugene Wilson.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 31 years Niki Wilson Ross of Mt. Pleasant, his son Buff and Leila (Davenport) Ross of Sullivan’s Island, his children by marriage Alex and Laura (MacGregor) of Philadelphia, Janie Haddad Tompkins and Paul F. Tompkins of Los Angeles and his closest friend of 48 years, Thom Hiers of Sullivan’s Island, and his son Gary Hiers of Mt. Pleasant and his beloved grandchildren Jack and Barlow Ross.

The family would like to thank the numerous caregivers, nurses, doctors and friends that have shown immense love, patience, support and grace throughout this process. His energy has returned to the universe but his spirit remains forever in the hearts and souls he touched during his time on this planet.

A Memorial Service will be held at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Bill’s honor be made to 180 Place (http://one80place.org/)

William Lyman Joyner III ’65

William Lyman Joyner  III, member of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and former Chair and Professor of the Department of Physiology at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, passed away on March 14.

Dr. Joyner was born June 10, 1939, in Farmville, NC, and grew up in Dunn, NC, where he was voted Most Athletic at Dunn High School, and was proud of his accomplishments as an Eagle Scout.

He received a B.S. degree from Davidson College in Davidson, NC; a Master’s of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Duke University, College of Medicine in Durham, NC. Dr. Joyner enjoyed a long and distinguished career in academic research focused on cardiovascular physiology.

He joined Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU in 1989 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was a prominent professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He was a respected research scientist; he served as primary investigator on grants for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, and authored and co-authored numerous publications.

He was beloved by his students, colleagues, friends, church, and family. He had a special place in his heart for his students, whom he encouraged and inspired in relationships that continued through the years. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, and relished his role as leader of the pack of their six MiKi dogs.

A dedicated and loving husband and father, he is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Deborah Joyner; his five children, Jeff Joyner (Kristi) of Melbourne Beach, FL, Candace Martin (Earl) of Samford, FL, Andrew Joyner (Jessica) and Evan Joyner of Johnson City, TN, and Adithya Shanmugan of Burbank, CA; his 7 grandchildren; and his brother, Robert Sandlin, of Dunn, NC.

Dr. Joyner was a devoted member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He will be missed by all fortunate enough to have known him.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2016, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 5:00 PM at Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, Johnson City.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Ebenezer Baptist Church Building Fund, 1026 Maple Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 or to the Dr. Festus Adebonojo Pediatrics Professorship Endowment, East Tennessee State University Foundation, P.O. Box 70721, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614.

Online condolences may be shared through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.

Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is serving the family.

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