Edward A. Rice Jr. ’69

Edward A. Rice Jr., of Charleston, SC, died on June 28, 2017, at MUSC, following a tragic car accident.

He was born on February 24, 1947 in New York, New York, the son of the late Margaret Koontz Rice and Edward Ambler Rice. Ed was raised in Clemson, SC and graduated from Davidson College and MUSC.

He was married to Elizabeth Fleischman Rice (Bob) for 25 years. They had two daughters, Margaret Killian Rice of Charleston, SC and Corday Elizabeth Rice (Tommy) of Arlington, WA.

Ed is survived by his ex-wife, Beth; daughters; son-in-law, Tommy Grammer; sister, Margaret “Peggy” Rice Gerling (Michael) of Biburg, Germany; nephews, Peter Gerling of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Ed Heyward (Hattie) of Huntington Beach, CA, Keith Heyward (Julia) of Providence, RI, and Alexander Nisbet (Kina) of Seattle, WA; nieces, Diana Gerling Oehmen(Markus) of Munich, Germany, Bet Heyward of San Francisco, CA and Caroline Nisbet of Chapel Hill, NC; cousins George M. Hearn, Jr. (Kaye) of Conway, SC, Peter Lee Hearn (Julie) of Conway, SC, John Judson Hearn (Jane) of Columbia, SC, and Andrew Wrenn Hearn (Christine) of Alpharetta, GA and their children.

He was predeceased by his aunt, Martha Sink Hearn, uncle, Bob Rice, and brother-in-law, Mark Fleischman. Ed lived in Charleston since 1971 and was a devout member of AA since 1994. He loved the outdoors, bird watching, visiting his daughters, and once-a-week dinner and cards with Beth and her husband (his dear friend) Bob Seigler.

Most of all, he loved spending time with his three unruly dogs, Colby, Cooper, and Cotton. He also loved his grand dogs very much, and his special furry friend Brady who he took on weekly outings while his moms, Cameron and Beth, were at work. He wake boarded until turning 70 in February and had definite plans to go a couple of more times this summer.

He visited his loving friends John and Donna Welborne, of Morganton, NC often and was especially fond of their children, Dalton and Shelby.

He kept in touch with old and new friends via phone and email, and if your were lucky, you’d get one of his letters he typed on his typewriter and sent by regular mail. He will be dearly missed by all.

Ed worked as an emergency physician for many years at Trident Regional Hospital in North Charleston, SC. He also worked in Palm Coast, FL and Valdese Hospital near Morgantown, NC.

J Hebry  Stuhr, INC., Downtown Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

His family will follow his wishes and celebrate his life by not having a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to The Charleston Animal Society, “Through torrents of tears we tried to console one another but failed. How many times had we prepared ourselves for this destined event? I felt as though I saw his soul in the form of a majestic raptor soaring over the river where we swam. In the afternoon sun, ever ascending circles into sky, azure blue.” (Excerpt from Ed’s notes, kitchen table, June 2017, regarding passing of one of his beloved grand dogs.)

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Frank Wise ’69

Frank Wise '69Frank Wise, 69, quietly passed away on June 11, 2017, in the Augusta University Hospital surrounded by his family after a difficult battle with leukemia.

Frank was born August, 26, 1947, in Americus, Georgia, the second son of J.C. and Virginia Easterlin Wise, and brother of Roy T. Wise.

He grew up and attended school in Plains, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for two years, before transferring to Davidson College.

Upon graduation, having enlisted in the ROTC program at Davidson, Frank served in the Army as a captain and was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Frank then attended Harvard and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the university. Subsequently, he was hired by Dixie Capital, a small business investment corporation, where he worked for 3 years before becoming a management consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates.

After a stint there, he was hired by the Graniteville Company where he worked in New York City, before moving to Aiken in 1987 to work for the company locally. He then left Graniteville to work at Westinghouse Savannah River as a financial analyst where he analyzed budget data for the site until his retirement in 2013.

Frank was an organizer, especially when it came to his two daughters and soccer. When he was employed in New York City and lived in Fairfield, Connecticut, he started the first girls’ soccer program in Fairfield to ensure his young daughters had the same opportunity to play competitive soccer that the young boys did.

When he moved south to Aiken, not only did he jumpstart the girls’ soccer programs at both Aiken High School and South Aiken High School, but he also began the Aiken Soccer Club, which served both the boys and the girls. Frank was the moving force behind the Aiken Soccer Classic, a tournament which began in the mid 1990’s with 60 teams from around the Southeast and grew to over 230 teams at its peak.

He attended St. Thaddeus Church and served as Sunday school teacher, junior warden and senior warden for the Vestry. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Mead Hall School. Frank had many varied hobbies which included golf, gardening, painting and cooking. However, the most important time Frank spent was involving himself with family activities.

Not only did Frank love spending quality time with his wife, Kathy, around the house, and when they traveled together, but he also would drop anything he was doing to help his two daughters, Betsy and Laura, whether the task was a home project, finances or just babysitting his grandchildren.

Speaking of whom, Frank’s treasure here on earth was absolutely spending time with his grandchildren, whether he was watching a school performance, a sports contest, or just on his knees horsing around with each, and all, of them. He will be missed by all, but especially by his grandchildren.

Frank is survived by his wife, Kathy, of almost 48 years, his daughters Betsy (Jeff) Dick and Laura (Satch) Saunders, his brother Roy (June) and his daughters, Mary and Kristin Wise, his brother-in-law Pete (Lynn) Sampson and their sons Scott and Alan (Amber) Sampson, sister-in-law Mary (Doug) Clementson, along with five grandchildren: Ashley Saunders, Emily Saunders, Satch Saunders, Caroline Dick and Patrick Dick.

Frank will be buried in the Lebanon Cemetery in the Wise family plot in Plains, Georgia, in a graveside service on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 3:00 PM.

The family will receive friends at the Shellhouse Funeral Home on Hayne Avenue Monday, June 19th, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thaddeus Church with The Rev. Grant Wiseman officiating on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, at 11am. The family will receive friends following the service in the Stevenson-McClelland Building.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Davidson College roommates and friends. Also serving as honorary pallbearers are Frank’s friends known as “The Gumpy Old Men.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church or the Mead Hall School Cornerstone Fund, 125 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken, SC 29801.


Published in The Augusta Chronicle on June 15, 2017

Paul Hamilton Fuller IV ’69

Paul FullerReverend Dr. Paul Hamilton Fuller IV passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at the McGraw Center of Community Hospice, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

Born February 3, 1947, in DeLand, Florida to Julia Vann Fuller and Paul Hamilton Fuller III, Ham graduated as valedictorian from DeLand High School in 1965 as part of a senior class that has remained close through the years since.

He attended Davidson College, graduated from The Florida State University, and earned a master’s degree in education from Stetson University and a PhD in educational administration from the University of Florida.

He served as headmaster of Holy Comforter Day School, Tallahassee, Florida, where he met and married his beloved wife Lynne.

While there, Ham answered the call to the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church and went on to obtain a Masters of Divinity from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

As a priest, he served Episcopal parishes in Montgomery, Alabama and Tampa, Florida as an assistant rector, and parishes in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida, and Bristol, Virginia as rector. He retired from parish ministry in 2007, but then was called to lead a ministry that was one of the great joys of his life, the ministry to the homeless of The Church of the Advocate, Asheville, North Carolina.

Ham lived out his love of God and of people wherever he went, sharing encouragement and celebrating of the possibilities and blessing of life in God with all his life touched. He relished wonderful food and drink but even more the sharing of it with those he loved. Ham loved to work in his beautiful garden, delighting in the beauty of creation.

He treasured his heritage as a descendant of the early prominent families of coastal South Carolina and Georgia but loved and served all, particularly those less fortunate, with warmth, kindness, joy and humor.

Ham was predeceased by his parents and his sister Sally Landon Fuller Ten Eyck.

In addition to his wife of almost 36 years, Lynne Pierce Fuller of Mills River, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida, he is survived by their son Vann Hamilton Fuller (Katie Beals) and grandson Liam Hamilton Fuller, all of Johnson City, Tennessee, his sister Jean Fuller Underhill (Frank) of DeLand, Florida, ten nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

>A celebration of Ham’s life will be held at noon, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, DeLand, Florida, where he was baptized and confirmed and served as a youth minister as a young man. He will be interred at a later date at St. Helena’s Church, Beaufort, South Carolina among many generations of his Hamilton and Fuller ancestors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ham’s memory may be made to The Church of the Advocate, 60 Church Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Apr. 16, 2017

Thomas Worthy Graves ’69

Thomas GravesThomas Worthy Graves Sr passed away in Mason, TX on January 8, 2017 at the age of 69 along with his son Thomas Worthy Graves Jr. Thomas was born on June 19, 1947 in Houston, TX and was the son of the late Wilburn and Stella D Graves.

Thomas is survived by his wife Penny of 48 years, his son John and wife Cindy, Granddaughter Brittany and husband Sam, Grandsons Jeffery, Durrell, Andrew, Trey, Joshua and Granddaughters Kayla, Jessica, Emma and 4 Great Grandchildren.

Samuel E. Aycock ’69

Samuel E. Aycock '69Samuel E. Aycock, 69 of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Sam was born on December 28, 1946 in Smithfield, Johnston County, NC and was the son of the late Ernest Oscar Aycock and Sadie Massey Aycock Lyon.

Sam received his undergraduate education at Davidson College, where he was inducted into “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” as well as the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity and the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. A member of the Class of 1969, Sam was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army upon his graduation.

Sam later attended law school at the University of North Carolina. During that time, he worked as a research assistant at the North Carolina Institute of Government, where he helped develop a courtroom manual used by District Court prosecutors that is still in use throughout North Carolina.

Sam began practicing law in Morganton in 1972. He was a partner in the Simpson Aycock, P.A. firm until September of 2000, at which time he became a partner at Starnes, Aycock, Haire, Hogan, Saunders & Rigsbee, PLLC. Sam was a member and Past President of the Burke County Bar Association and of the 25th District Bar, as well as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was a certified Superior Court Mediator, and conducted over 1,600 mediated settlement conferences.

Sam also served as Treasurer of the Litigation Council of the North Carolina State Bar, and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the State Judicial Council. Sam was a member of the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators, and was one of approximately 800 members of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Sam served as legal counsel for both the Burke County Board of Education and Western Piedmont Community College.

Sam was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, where he served as a Member of the Session (Elder), as Chairman of the Stewardship Committee, and sang in the Choir.

He was a member and former director of the Morganton Rotary club, and was a past member of the Morganton Jaycees and Lions Club.

He was also a member of the City of Morganton Planning and Zoning Commission. He served on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and was a past member of the Board of Directors of The Good Samaritan Clinic of Burke County, Phoenix Group Homes, Inc., and Options, Inc.

Sam played bassoon in the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra in Hickory from 1982 to 1997, and also served on the Symphony’s Board of Directors. He was a member, director, and former secretary of Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club, and was a member of the Knob Mountain Motorcycle Chapter of BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, as well as the BMW Riders Association and the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians.

Sam was an accomplished skier, a fine golfer, and a horseback riding enthusiast.

Sam is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 47 years, Laura Ray Aycock; sons, David Woodall Aycock and wife, Angie Harris Aycock of Hickory, NC, and Samuel Tyler Aycock and wife, Lacey Alexandra Rush of Winston-Salem, NC, grandchildren, Ava Catherine Aycock and Robert Rush Aycock; and brother, Thomas Lester Aycock and wife Melissa Paine Aycock of Bluffton, SC.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Morganton with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.

Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 2, 2016