Kenneth “Kent” Furman Antley ’69

Kent Antley '69Kenneth “Kent” Furman Antley, age 70, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017, after suffering a massive heart attack.

Kent was a man of rare kindness, patience and intelligence with a selfless dedication to his family, community and profession.

Kent was the only child of Marion Furman Antley and Beatrice Murray Antley, born on March 31, 1947 in Charlotte, NC. He attended Davidson College and UNC at Chapel Hill. He studied at the University of London as a Fulbright scholar, after which he attained his JD from Duke University.

After law school he became one of the first law clerks for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, Judge of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Macon, GA. After his two-year clerkship he taught at Mercer Law School for four years.

In 1985 Kent entered private practice as a corporate attorney in Atlanta at the law firm that became Branch, Pike and Ganz, where he became the 10th attorney and in five years was a made partner.

In 1990 he married the love of his life, Barbara Chandler Evans, whom he met while singing in the Collegium Vocale at Emory University. He became an exemplary stepfather to her two young sons, John and Trey Evans, whom he loved as if they were his own.

In 1991 he and Barbara were blessed with a son, Christopher Marion Antley, making their family complete. Kent was a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Justice Project, President of the Business and Technology Alliance, which eventually became the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and was a founding sponsor of the Atlanta Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, which later awarded him the first Lifetime Membership Award. He also helped found and was on the board of Tech High School, a charter school.

He stayed at Holland and Knight (which acquired Branch, Pike and Ganz) until 1998, then moved to Sutherland Asbill and Brennan. There he focused on tech company start-ups and became recognized as an influential and important figure in Atlanta’s technology industry.

In 2004 he accepted an offer from Miller & Martin and remained there happily practicing until the time of his death. His long time legal assistant Elaine Anderson was his right hand and he valued her as a dear friend.

Kent spent his leisure time actively volunteering his talents in the Chancel Choir at Glenn Memorial UMC where he was Chair of the Board of Trustees at the time of his death.

Kent was a committed Christian who always looked out for the underserved and gave tirelessly to his church and his community. He was an avid vegetable gardener who shared his harvest with others, especially his highly coveted pepper jelly. One of the highlights of Kent’s week was running with his close group of neighborhood friends.

He also completed several marathons. He loved traveling (especially hiking in National Parks), studying German at the Goethe Institute, reading and just being with his beloved wife and children. Kent was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 77 where his son Christopher attained rank of Eagle Scout.

To those who had the privilege of knowing him, Kent had a certain stillness and gentle patience about him that put everyone at ease. He saw a basic goodness in everyone and believed that every individual deserved to be loved. Kent was full of compassion, acceptance and patience in a way that was truly a gift to everyone around him.

Kent was preceded in death by his mother and father, Beatrice and Marion Antley.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 27 years Barbara Chandler Antley, their sons Christopher Marion Antley, Trey Evans (Amanda) and John Evans (Olive), cousin Carole Kjellsen (Dick), brother-in-law Randy Chandler (Ruth), nephew Wesley Chandler (Jordan), and niece Anna Chandler.

Kent was recently blessed with two granddaughters, Sarah Frances Evans (Trey & Amanda) born on October 18, 2017, and Alice Chandler Evans (John & Olive) born October on 21, 2017, with whom he was entirely smitten.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial UMC, 1660 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA, the Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers officiating, on Tuesday November 28 at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow.

Tributes or donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Glenn Memorial UMC (www.glennumc.org), Georgia Justice Project (www.gjp.org), or Open Hand (www.projectopenhand.org).

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 27, 2017

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.)

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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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.