H. Woods Gleason III ’70

Hope Woods Gleason  III, 69, of London, UK, and Charlottesville, Va., passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2018, after a brief illness at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Woods was a Charlottesville native, born June 13, 1948, at UVA Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hope Woods “Bootie” Gleason and Dorothy Williams “Ditty” Gleason.

Woods led a successful academic life, beginning with graduating from Albemarle High School at the top of his class. This was followed by an undergraduate degree at Davidson College, a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School and an MBA from the University of California Los Angles.

In addition to these milestones, special mention is made of his attending Paris Sorbonne University and even appearing as a contestant on the game show Jeopardy in the early 1980’s.

 Woods work life was beginning to evolve during his academic days, including teaching police officers in Atlanta, working for a senator on Capitol Hill, and even becoming a member of the U.S. Army, eventually achieving the rank of Captain.
His life’s work began in earnest after graduating from UCLA when he joined with an international consulting firm specializing in the film industry.
This job led to his eventual geographic posting from being Los Angeles based to being promoted to handling the European division from a London based office where he stayed for the remainder of his working career until retiring.


Woods is survived by his brothers, Christopher B. Gleason of Charlottesville, Va., and Gregory W. Gleason and his wife, Jerrilynn C. Gleason, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a nephew, Shawn G. Gleason of Denver, Colo.; and a niece, Lauren E. Gleason of Richmond, Va.

The extended family of an aunt and first cousins and their families that have always been an integral part of our close knit family are thanked for their special love and friendship over his lifetime.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Woods will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Jefferson St., Charlottesville, Va.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, P.O. Box 7047, Charlottesville, VA 22906.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

Alison Carol Peeler ’78

Alison Carol Peeler '78Alison Carol Peeler passed peacefully at home January 29, 2018. She was born November 25, 1955 in Burlington to the late Jess and Dave Peeler. Alison was a proud graduate of Davidson College.

She went on to earn her Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1988, specializing in finance. Her New York Wall Street career began as a District Manager for the AT&T Pension Fund and continued at US Trust Company where she managed investment portfolios.

Alison returned to North Carolina to raise her son,Greg, who brought her great joy and happiness. She continued her passion helping guide people in investments to create long term security at Wachovia Capital Management and then Atlantic Trust Company.

In 2003, she founded her own Registered Investment Advisor firm, Mayhew Asset Management, where she sought to create a personal approach to counseling her clients, providing them with her unique, analytical insight.

In 2007, Alison published her book, Investor Beware: An Industry Insider’s Guide to Investment Advisors. Additionally, she contributed to articles published in The Wall Street Journal.

She is survived by her son Gregory Hobbs Peeler; her brother and best friend, Douglas David Peeler and his wife Jodi of Houston, Texas; her loving nephew,Carter, and nieces, Maris and Lane Peeler.

Alison is also survived by her beloved companion Robert “Bokie” Sherk. Alison will be deeply missed by all her friends in Winston-Salem and beyond. Through the years, she had many adored pets.

In lieu of flowers, she requested that memorial donations be given to The Forsyth Humane Society: 4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

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James Fredrick Wood III ’78

James Fredrick Wood III '78James Fredrick Wood III 61, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2018 following a short illness, surrounded and comforted by his family.

Jim, as everyone knew him, was born to Marian Prince Wood and the late James Fredrick Wood, Jr. and was a native Charlottean.

He was born on February 29, 1956 and was a “leap year baby.” Some who knew him wondered whether his “true” age (15 1/4) was a truer reflection of his spirit than his chronological age.

Jim attended Myers Park High School. Upon graduation, he attended Davidson College where he earned a BA in Economics. He was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon where his fraternity brothers became his brothers in life. Jim was a star swimmer for the Davidson swim team, but he played many intramural sports including tennis, volleyball and soccer. He remained a huge sports enthusiast throughout his life.

Upon graduation from Davidson, in 1978, Jim attended Wake Forest University School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1981. Despite the fact that he was a Davidson Wild Cat and a Demon Deacon, he was a professed and diehard Tar Heel fan. Jim and his father spent countless hours together watching the Heels evolve into one of the most well respected basketball programs in the nation. When the Carolina Panthers were born, he promptly became a loyal supporter and fan.

Jim returned to Charlotte after law school to practice law, practicing for many years and becoming a partner with Baucom Claytor Benton Morgan and Wood. Jim’s areas of practice included civil litigation and insurance defense with a focus on insurance fraud, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, Construction Litigation , Coverage and Bad Faith.

Jim’s clients included many large insurance companies as well as private clients. Throughout his career, he taught classes and seminars for the Justice Academy and was a member of the North Carolina Bar and a many other Bar associations.

In the legal profession, Jim was unique because he regularly practiced on both sides of the litigation aisle, representing plaintiffs and defendants throughout North Carolina. He came very close to his “bucket list” goal of trying cases in all 100 North Carolina counties. Both the bench and bar respected his ability and trusted his word. Jim practiced law with style and grace, rarely resorting to tactics he felt were beneath him or the Bar. In fact, many referred to him as a “true Lion of Bar.”

Jim was always available to associates or colleagues to discuss difficult legal problems. He was able to quickly absorb a factual situation and see a path toward resolution. Inside or outside the courtroom, his powers of persuasion were dogged without being belligerent and always well based on face. Jim was even able to persuade his wife, Wendi Wood (a sometimes pushy Demon Deacon fan) to watch and support the Heels, which was no small task.

When Jim met Wendi, he began a chapter in his life that brought joy in ways that the practice of law never could. Jim and Wendi married in 2008. Though Jim was never blessed with children of his own, he quickly became “Dad” to Wendi’s daughter, Taylor, and relished the job of parenting and reveling in the successes achieved by Taylor. Though he may have been happiest when hunting, fishing and cooking with his brother- in- law, Ab, from a cabin deep in the woods, the joy of being married to Wendi and raising Taylor was evident every time he talked about them.

Jim will always be remembered to the legal community, they lost a colleague willing to share his wisdom. To his friends, they lost a brother. To his family, they gained a Guardian Angel. The lives of Jim’s family, friends and community were made richer for Jim’s life among us as a dedicated husband, father, brother, son and friend.

Jim is survived by his wife Wendi Wood, his daughter Taylor , his brothers Kenneth (Karen) Wood and John Mangum; niece Summer Ann Mangum and nephew Cord Mangum.

A service will be held at Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 South Main Street, Davidson on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 3:00 pm with visitation following the service.

Memorials may be made to The Make A Wish FoundationJames Fredrick Wood III '78, 1131 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204 or nc.wish.org. Online condolences may be addressed to carolinafuneral.com. Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 7, 2018

Karen Husted “Kit” Snyder ’76

Karen Husted “Kit” Snyder '76Rev. Karen P. “Kit” Snyder, 63, of Oakfield, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at her family home in Ashville, N.Y., surrounded by her family, after battling breast cancer for more than a year.

She was born in Jamestown on June 3, 1954, a daughter of Theodore H. and Winifred (Kemp) Husted, who predeceased her. On Dec. 27, 1979, Kit was married to Dr. David J. Snyder, who survives.

She is also survived by her sons Jeremy J. Snyder (and fiancée Jess) of W. Columbia, S.C., and Wesley F. (and wife Kayla) Snyder of Sioux Falls, S.D., her granddaughters Rya, Tinsley, and Adalay Snyder of Sioux Falls, her sisters Judith Husted of Thomaston, Conn., and Rev. Rebecca (and husband Rev. Edward) Patterson of Franklin, Pa., and seven nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Chautauqua Central School and Davidson College, Pastor Kit earned a Master of Divinity at Duke University and an MBA at St. Bonaventure University.

She was ordained an Elder in the Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1981 and served the Weston’s Mills, Allegany, Limestone, Killbuck and Bowmansville UM Churches, First UMC of Fredonia, Hope UMC of Niagara County, and the Brockport, Oakfield, and West Barre UM Churches, and was involved for a number of years with the camping ministries of the conference.

Kit and David taught for a year at Africa University in Zimbabwe, and spent a sabbatical year circumnavigating the globe on Semester At Sea.

Rev. Snyder was an accomplished organist and enjoyed travelling, knitting, playing Scrabble, and building decks and shelving. She loved sailing and the view of Chautauqua Lake from the family home on ‘the Hill,’ especially the sunrises. She also loved canoeing and camping, and working on the family’s cabin.

A memorial service will be held at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 164 Shadyside Ave, Lakewood, NY 14750, on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Ted Anderson, and the Rev. Paul Robinson officiating.

Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service in the church.

Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Western New York, 742 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209.

You may leave words of condolence at www.lindfuneralhome.com.

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Calvin McIntosh Wicker, Jr. ’72

Calvin Wicker Jr. '72On December 2, 2017, Calvin McIntosh Wicker, Jr., 67, went to be with his Lord

A devout Christian and family man, Calvin will be sorely missed and loved by his wife, Shirley, his sons, Grey ’04 and Cal ’09, his daughter-in-law, Amanda (Grey’s wife), and their son, Daniel McIntosh Wicker, his grandson.

Predeceased by his father, Calvin McIntosh Wicker, Sr.; his mother, Gonnie Hayes Wicker; and his sisters, Leonora Wicker and Sarah Wicker, Calvin brought his family name from Eastern NC to Spar-tanburg in 1978.

A graduate of Davidson College, a heavily patented chemist, and a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, Calvin was proudest of his family. An Eagle Scout and lover of the outdoors, he enjoyed spending time discovering the intricacies of life with family and friends. Calvin leaves behind a legacy not to be forgotten.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 6th at 11:00 AM in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely. Visitation will follow at the graveside. Honorary Escort will be the Friday Men’s Bible Study Group.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Calvin by making a donation to Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, 419 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com

Copyright:  2017 Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)