Category Archives: 1970s

Charles Thomas Knighton ’72

Charles Thomas Knighton, 66, of Richmond, Va., died on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. He was the son of Alton L. Knighton and Beverly Wilkinson Knighton, both of whom predeceased him.

Charlie was a graduate of Davidson College, did graduate work at William & Mary and earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. The great bulk of his working years were spent as an employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Charlie is survived by his brother, Alton L. Knighton Jr., and his wife, Susan K. Knighton, of Roanoke, Va.; by his nephew, Alton L. Knighton III, his wife, Joy G. Knighton, and their sons, John Knighton and Graham Knighton, all of Richmond, Va.; and by his nephew, Jefferson C. Knighton, of Richmond, Va.

A service in celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va., with Dr. Alexander W. Evans officiating.

A reception will follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a memorial to Second Presbyterian Church (5 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219), Davidson College (405 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036) or Virginia Historical Society (428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220).

Reid Garrett Hinson ’78

reidReid Garrett Hinson, 60, died unexpectedly on December 20, 2016 at his home in Charlotte.

Reid was born in Rockingham, NC on Nov. 11, 1956 to Robin Ledbetter Hinson and Frances Garrett Hinson, both of whom preceded him in death.

Reid is survived by his best friend and wife, Catherine Cooper, whom he adored; his brothers, Robin L Hinson, Jr. and Minor Thurlow Hinson; his sons, Reid G. Hinson, Jr. and Mills Gray Hinson; his step-daughter and step-son, Alice Williamson Jones (Heath) and Samuel Cooper Williamson (Linda Ketsche); and three step-grandchildren, Bennett, Clara, and Maxwell.

Reid grew up in Rockingham, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. He was a 1974 graduate of RJ Reynolds High School, and a 1978 graduate of Davidson College. He then became a US Naval Officer for 5 years, retiring as Lt. Commander. During his Navy time he was Navigator as well as Gunnery & Assistant Combat Systems Officer on the destroyer USS O’Brien, and Professor of Naval Science at Mass. Maritime Academy.

Reid then attended UNC Law School, where he won American Jurisprudence Awards in Admiralty and Legal Research and Writing. He was admitted to the NC Bar in 1986.

Reid began his legal career in Wilmington, NC, first as associate and partner with the Murchison, Taylor firm, and in 1991 as partner with Clark, Newton, Hinson & McLean.

Reid was a trial attorney and represented business litigants, insurers, personal injury claimants, and defendants in matters such as shareholder, commercial lease and contract disputes, admiralty and maritime claims, products liability, and environmental matters.

He managed his firm while also being lead counsel in cases and appeals at all NC trial and appellate court levels, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the US Court of Appeals. Reid was a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.

>In 1999, he relocated to Charlotte where he had his own general practice before joining the City Attorney’s Office in 2005. Beginning in 2006 he retired from active practice but continued to take document review projects until full retirement.

Reid was fond of saying that he “grew up in the country” in Richmond County, where he acquired his love of the outdoors, animals, general mischief, and driving any vehicle or piece of equipment which could be driven. His love of water began at Camp Sea Gull, and he became an expert boat captain and sailor.

While in the Navy he earned his private pilot license and enjoyed flying. Reid was musically gifted, and was a pre-teen prodigy as a bluegrass and old-time guitar player and singer.

At the age of 13, he hitchhiked to Deep Gap, NC, where he played music with Doc Watson and the Watson extended family, becoming adept at Doc’s singular cross-picking style. The old folks were quite impressed by his talent and taste.

Reid went on to perform solo, and with the “old timers” and others at festivals across the South. He worked as a studio musician in NY for friends on several important albums and later formed his own band locally.

Reid’s moral compass unerringly pointed to honor, integrity and, above all, kindness. His greatest gifts to his loved ones were his big and loving heart, keen intellect, and spirit of adventure and fun. Thank you, Reid.

A Memorial Service for Reid will be held at Providence United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Habitat For Humanity, The Wounded Warrior Project, or other charity of your choice.

Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 25, 2016

Hugh Alan Baskin ’70

photo_hughDr. Hugh A. Baskin, 68, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Hugh was born on December 3, 1947 in Denver, CO to Jack and Lela Baskin.

He was the middle of three children. His parents instilled in him the values of honesty, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, patience and kindness.

Much of his childhood was spent helping out on the family farm. When the chores were done, Hugh could be found reading, throwing the football or riding his pony Corky to school.

After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina. He sang in the men’s chorus and spent a year studying in Southern France.

He truly valued the liberal arts education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1970. Hugh then attended University of Colorado for medical school, graduating in 1974.

Hugh met Patricia Sheahan of Oak Park, IL on a blind date set up by mutual friends. They were married in Westminster, CO on June 1st, 1974 then relocated to Tucson, AZ for Hugh’s residency in pediatrics.

After visiting the Pacific NW they fell in love with the area and settled in Salem, OR, where he began his career at Salem Pediatric Clinic in 1977.

Dr. Baskin dedicated his career to caring for children and families. His calm demeanor, endless patience and kind heart were qualities that guided him through 37 years of practice. He taught the importance of honesty and service to others by example.

He spent over four years on the board at Salem Hospital, and was head of the medical staff for a year. Despite putting in long hours at work, Hugh was a dedicated husband and father to his two children.

In recent years he was able to enjoy time with his three grandchildren. Dr. Baskin valued a lifetime of education; he was an avid reader, and read both for work and pleasure.

He appreciated music, visits to art and history museums, and was fluent in French and Spanish. He loved the outdoors and travelling. Camping, hiking, and running were frequent activities, and he participated in many Hood to Coast relays.

His greatest adventure was hiking the Camino de Santiago with his wife in 2014, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. The following year they walked the Chemain Jacques, a 200 mile trek through southern France.

Hugh is survived by his wife Patty of 42 years, his son Colin Baskin and wife Jennifer Alexander, his daughter Megan Weathers and husband Sam, grand-daughter Anna (8 years), and grandsons Cormac and Emmett (1 year).

Also surviving are his older sister Mary Lee Moneypenny and husband Robert, his younger brother Joseph Baskin and wife Dee, and nieces René, Kedryn, Cameryn, and Kyna.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Family Building Blocks at www.familybuildingblocks.org.

 

 

H. Lee Fowlkes, Jr. ’72

H. Lee Fowlkes Jr., of 183 Gatewood Road, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016, at Hospice of Rockingham County, following a period of declining health.

He was born in Baltimore, Md. on June 20, 1949, to Harry Lee and Nesbitt Magdalene Watlington Fowlkes. He was retired Director of Arts and Education of Caswell County.

He received his B.A. from Davidson College and his MSA from UNCG. He was a member of the Yanceyville Rotary Club, N.C. State Arts Council and Friends of the Library.

Funeral Services are Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 South Fisher Street, Burlington, N.C., conducted by the Rev. David Grissom, with visitation to begin 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Committal services will be 2 p.m. at Pelham United Methodist Church Cemetery, 594 Red Marshall Road, Pelham, N.C.

Mr. Fowlkes is survived a sister, Dianne Fowlkes Webster of Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caswell Council for the Arts P.O. Box689, Yanceyville, N.C. 27379.

Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Fowlkes Family with arrangements and condolences may be made at www.harrelsonfs.com.

  © Copyright 2016, Danville Register & Bee, Danville, VA

Ricky Andre Sadler ’76

sadler-ricky Ricky Andre Sadler passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Ashland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He is survived by his three children, Andre Sadler, Kevin Salder, and Monique Sadler; two sisters, Linda Matthews and Gloria Miller; one granddaughter, Lynnise Sadler, and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

A memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/donate.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

Preston Eugene Rock Powers, Jr. ’78

Preston Eugene Rock Powers, Jr., age 60, a resident of 1272 David Avenue, died Friday, August 26, 2016 at his home.

Born in Henderson on January 6, 1956 he was the son of Preston E. Powers of Henderson and the late Mary Sue Smith Powers. He was a member of First Baptist Church Henderson and retired from the real estate profession having most recently worked with Century 21 Country Knolls Realty.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church by Rev. Doug Addington, Dr. Marion D. Lark and Dr. Ron S. Cava.

In addition to his father he is survived by two aunts, Annie Lou P. Wright and husband J.D. Wright of Chapel Hill and Earlene S. Wells and husband Durwood of Bobbitt; and his uncle, Glenn W. Powers and wife Peggy of Henderson.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Elizabeth Powers.

The family will receive friends following the service on Sunday in the fellowship hall of the church. At other times they will be at the home, 1272 David Ave.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Partners of Hope, PO Box 1791, Henderson NC 27536 or the Vance County Animal Shelter, Building Fund, 165 Vance Academy Road, Henderson, NC 27536.

Howard “Hal” Leon Huntley, Jr. ’76

hal huntleyHoward “Hal” Leon Huntley, Jr., 62, a long- time resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016, while under the great care of Hospice House in Charlottesville.

He fought a brave battle with heart disease and diabetes for a decade. Hal was born on Monday, May 31, 1954, in Charlotte, N.C at Charlotte Presbyterian Hospital.He was the eldest son of Howard L. Huntley, Sr. and Shirley R. Huntley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard; and his stepmother, Dot, both of Lexington, Va.; his paternal grandparents, Marion Beauford Huntley and Leah Phifer Huntley; and his maternal grandparents, Curtis Adair Redding and Faye Honeycutt Redding, all of Charlotte, N.C.

Hal graduated from Lane High School, class of 1972 and Davidson College, class of 1976. He worked as an accountant his entire life. He loved to rescue cats and was a fan of UVa sports but most especially the basketball teams. As he majored in French at Davidson and studied in France, he loved their culture. He thrived in work environs where his fluency was needed.

Hal is survived by his mother, Shirley, of Charlottesville; his two brothers, Andrew “Andy” A. Huntley, Sr. (Lisa) of Clifton, Va., and Dr. Christopher L. Huntley (Christine) of Fairfield, Conn.; his daughter, Carolyn (Jeremy); his former wife, Diane, all of Charlottesville; and his stepbrother, Phillip Lackey of Lexington, Va.

He will be missed by his four nieces and nephews, one step niece, and his five grand nieces and nephews.

His family would like to give a special thank-you to all his doctors and professional caregivers; and most especially to the gifted staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center and at Hospice House of Charlottesville, who welcomed us as a part of their family for the past couple of weeks.

Most especially we appreciate all the many friends that took time recently to see, call, or write to Hal. It made his journey so much easier.

There will be a graveside ceremony in the near future at Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, Va. where his cremated remains will be interred.

The date of the service will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or online at www.Hopva.org.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com, where there will be a guest book for friends to leave messages.

Copyright 2016, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA

Stephen Gregory “Greg” Hankins ’79

579661029bf30_imageStephen Gregory “Greg” Hankins, 59, of Mount Gilead, N.C. died Sunday, July 24, 2016.

A service of Remembrance and Celebration will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at 2 p.m., at The Friendly Chapel Church, 1656 Smith Ridge Road, Jewell Ridge, Va. All family and friends are invited to attend for scripture readings and music.

Mr. Hankins died from complications from Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at his home.

He was a native of Richlands and Jewell Ridge, Va. and was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1975 at Richlands High School. Mr. Hankins attended Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. and graduated Cum Laude in 1979, with BA honors in Religion. He earned a Masters in Divinity degree at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. in 1982.

Mr. Hankins had worked as a consultant for Butterfield Communications in Belmont, Mass. under David Butterfield. In 1986, he and his family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and he worked with his father and brother in a start up newspaper venture.

The family moved to Omaha, Nebr. in 1987, where he worked for Pappas Telecasting as the Marketing Director and in Sales Support at Channel 42 KPTM television.

Starting in 1988, Mr. Hankins worked for WTVF Channel 5 Television station in Nashville, Tenn. as the Marketing Director under General Manager, Tom Erwin and eventually for Lemuel E. Lewis of Landmark Communications Inc. He served in this position for seven years.

In 1995, he and his family moved to Mount Gilead, N.C. to pursue his dream career in the newspaper business, in the beginning working with his father and brother for two years at the Montgomery Herald, Troy, N.C. and eventually becoming the editor and publisher of The Seven Lakes Times of Seven Lakes, N.C. He did this for over twenty years with his wife, Marcella (Marcy) Hankins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Guy Hankins; maternal grandparents, Avery and Narcie Smith; and paternal grandparents, Sutherland and Georgia Hankins.

Mr. Hankins is survived by his wife, Marcella Hankins; daughters, Jennifer (Jeni) A. Hankins of Nashville, Tenn., and Sarah E. Hankins of Greensboro, N.C.; his mother, Ann Smith Hankins Shreve of Jewell Ridge, Va.; brother, Thomas G. Hankins, and his wife, Crystal of Candor, N.C.; half-sister, Stephanie Grayson Pierce, and her husband, Joshua of Mooresville, N.C.; his nieces and nephews; and his faithful cat, Olivia.

Copyright 2016, Washington County News, Abingdon, VA

Steven Venning Kruger ’77

Steven Venning Kruger was born February 19, 1955 in Charleston, SC, and passed away July 20, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, surrounded by family.

He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College in 1977 and a master’s in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina in 1981.

His career was highlighted by periods at Heery Architecture and The Coca-Cola Company. A life-long student of art and literature, a follower of American musical theatre, and collector of original Disney drawings, his life was full of curiosity.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Venning Kruger of Atlanta, GA; brother, Walter James Kruger, III and sister-in-law, Sandra Kruger of Atlanta, GA; niece, Logan Frances Kruger of Brooklyn, NY; uncle and aunt, Louis and Nancy Kruger, of Charleston, SC; aunt, Elizabeth Yon of Summerville, SC; beloved cat, Grover; many cousins, honorary nieces and nephews, and countless loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, Project Open Hand or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory.

Copyright (c) 2016 The Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution

Howard George Ling ’76

1828225_profile_picThe family of Dr. Howard George Ling announces his passing with peace and grace  on July 13, 2016 after a brave and optimistic battle with cancer.

A native of Fayetteville, NC, Howard was the eldest of four sons of Lt Col Pete Ling (deceased) and Colleen Milligan. His brothers are Chris of Fayetteville NC, Andrew of Winston-Salem NC, and Daniel (wife Lia Kalom and children Annika and Per) of Wilmington, NC.

Married to Dr. Marilu E. Santos, Professor of Microbiology at the University of North Carolina Pembroke for 12 years, Howard and Marilu have travelled the world together from Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean. They loved sailing the Carolina waters and driving the countryside in his 30 year-old MGB.

Howard treasured family time with his stepchildren Jan Lee, Paolo, Angelin (with fiancée Austin Hobbs,) and Angelie (with husband Andrew Twaro and son Colin) in their home in The Oaks, Lumberton NC. Howard and Marilu are parish members of the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC.

Dr. Ling earned his PhD degree from Old Dominion University. He spent 16 years as Professor of Marketing and International Business and served as MBA Director and Chair of the Department of Marketing, Management, and International Business at UNCP. Howard served as Commodore of the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Racing Association and earned a sea captain’s license and a scuba diving certification.

Perhaps Howard’s greatest gift was being able to make anyone feel special.  A lover of music and the arts, Howard was always interested in sharing ideas and hearing about the experiences of others.  We will all miss him.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM Floyd Memorial Chapel at 809 East 5th Street, Lumberton, NC 28358 with Rev. Joe Bounds officiating.   A time for visitation will follow the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be made to St. Jude Children’s Cancer Clinic, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or donors@stjude.org