Bill Bigger ’85

Rev. Dr. William “Bill” John Bigger, 56, was welcomed into his heavenly home on May 1, 2019, after a short battle with brain cancer. His faith in God and devotion to his family carried him through this struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Bill was born to Dr. John Bigger and the late Sarah “Sally” Bigger on January 22, 1963 in St. Louis, MO. He is a 1985 graduate of Davidson College with a BA in religion, and a 1990 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MDiv. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA in 2008.

Bill served as senior pastor at Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, NC since 2012. Pastor Bill previously had the honor of serving at Enka Baptist Church, Drexel First Baptist Church, Briarcliff Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church of Rome Georgia. His professional ministry began in 1985 as a US-2 missionary in Charlotte. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Leigh Thompson. They were married in February 1987. 

Bill was a pastor truly gifted in caring for others. He was kind, compassionate, soft spoken, and self-sacrificing. Bill helped raise his two children with patience and humility, helping with their homework as well as coaching and cheering them on in their sports endeavors. He loved walking his dog Sammy and serving with the youth and children in his church. His greatest love was playing with and bragging on his grandbabies Clara and Isaac. 

Bill was blessed with a large and loving family. He is survived by his wife Leigh; his son Matthew William Bigger (Lauren); his daughter Kaylee Bigger Kuzbary (Daniel); his two precious grandchildren Clara Marie Bigger and Isaac William Bigger; his father Dr. John Bigger and Carolyn “CJ” Bigger; his siblings Bob Bigger, David Bigger, Robbie Bell, and Buffie Harper and their families; Leigh’s parents Dan and Sara Thompson and his 8 brothers-in-law and 8 sisters-in-law.

He also leaves behind 16 nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Bigger.

Clements Funeral Home in Durham, NC is handling funeral arrangements. Receiving of friends and family will take place at Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, NC on Saturday, May 4th from 5pm until 8pm. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, May 5th at 4pm at Hope Valley Baptist Church. Officiants will be Rev. Dr. Christopher Ingram, Rev. Dr. Steve Bolton and Rev. Amy Herring. A fellowship meal will be served for all family and friends following the service.

An additional memorial service will be held at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, May 7th with Rev. Bobby Morrow officiating. There will be a receiving of family and friends from 2-3 pm and a service to follow at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hope Valley Baptist Church: 6900 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC 27707.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.

William Hawthorne Barber, Jr. ’83

William Hawthorne Barber, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Bill was born on January 30, 1961, in Atlanta where he lived most of his life. He was an incredibly loving son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his mother, Gladys Lamb Barber, his siblings Kathy (Barber) and Paul Boyer, Ken and Cindy (Rugh) Barber, Ellen (Barber) and Kevin Vanderpool, and several nieces and nephews: Scott Boyer, Molly Boyer, Chase Barber, Clay Barber, Caroline Barber, Will Vanderpool and Mary Kate Vanderpool, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins in Metro Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

His father, William Hawthorne Barber, predeceased him. Bill was a graduate of Riverwood High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia and Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. He worked in the banking industry for many years then transitioned to the retail industry.

He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 60 based at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and was also an Assistant Scoutmaster in his adult years. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta where he volunteered for the Sunday Breakfast for the homeless in the community and other church activities including the Archive Committee, Care Council, and Worship Service Usher.

He shared his gentle nature, kind heart, and love for people with church members as a lay minister in the Stephen Ministry.

e shared his gentle nature, kind heart, and love for people with church members as a lay minister in the Stephen Ministry.

In his spare time, he enjoyed helping new U.S. immigrants by providing English Language instruction. He possessed a great love of art, literature, music, antiques, and travel but his greatest loves were for his God and his family.

There will be a celebration of his life at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta on Friday, May 10 at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory can be made to The Fund for Davidson, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or www.davidson.edu/makeagift

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Christopher Charles Westlake ’87

Christopher Charles Westlake '87Christopher Charles Westlake, faithful husband, father, brother, son, and friend embraced his Lord and Savior on September 5, 2018, after a courageous and valiant battle with throat cancer.

Chris was born on October 16, 1964, in La Mesa, California, and moved to Bozeman, Montana, in 1969 with his family where they purchased Midwest Welding.

Chris entered Bozeman Senior High School in 1979. There he played varsity tennis and football along with the trumpet. He graduated from BSHS in 1983 as co-valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA.

Chris went on to attend Davidson College in North Carolina where he graduated with a BA in French and a Minor in Economics in 1987. He completed his junior year abroad while attending a school in Montpellier, France. In 1989, Chris went to Naval Officer Candidate School graduating number one in his class. He joined the Naval Supply Corps where he served honorably from 1989 to 1995 with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

While serving in the Navy in Washington, DC, Chris met the love of his life, Amy, on September 13, 1991. Chris and Amy married on August 28, 1993, at Soldier’s Chapel in Big Sky, Montana. They were happily married for 25 years. While in DC, their first son, Ryan, was born.

Following his service in the Navy, Chris received his MBA from Duke University in 1997 after which he accepted a position with Hewlett Packard in Boise, Idaho. There they added three additional children to their family, Connor, Daniel, and Kathryn. It was also in Boise that the Lord called Chris and Amy to saving faith.

After living in Boise for seven years, Chris felt the Lord leading him to join his dad, brother, and uncle, Val Lint, in the family business, Midwest Welding. So, in 2004, he moved his family to Bozeman, Montana, and served as the CFO until 2009. Chris completed his career doing what he loved and did best; helping people and businesses to thrive as a business consultant from 2009 to the present.

Most importantly, Chris was a faithful man of God, who adored his family and friends. He was a passionate conversationalist who loved to get to the heart of the matter. He had a witty sense of humor and an amazing gift with languages and accents. He was an incredible family man who devoted his life to his wife and children, supporting them in everything that they did.

He coached years of baseball and enjoyed taking tens of thousands of photographs from the sidelines of the many sports activities his children played. He was their biggest fan and greatest supporter. He loved people and would do anything to help them and point them to the Lord. He took great joy in being a Bible Study Fellowship leader for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Amy; children, Ryan, Connor, Daniel, and Kathryn; father, Chuck; mother-in-law, Barbara Jones; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Robin Westlake; brothers-in-law, Dean and Mark Jones; nieces and nephew, Megan and Madison Westlake, and Matthew Jones. He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Westlake, and his father-in-law, Bob (Rial) Jones.

Donations may be made in Chris’ name to Paul Tripp Ministries, 7214 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19135.

A graveside service with military honors will be held, Thursday, September 13, at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Veterans section. A memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at Grace Bible Church with refreshments to follow.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com

Copyright (c) 2018 Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Alex Hayden ’89

Aaron Alexander Hayden (Alex), 50, of Seattle, was killed in a hit-and-run bicycle accident on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

Alex was born and raised in Athens, Ga. He was a graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., and spent his junior year abroad in Wurzburg, Germany.

After two years teaching English with the JET program in Toyama, Japan, he settled in New York City and began his career as a photographer. After several years in New York, he and his wife Susan decided to make their home in Seattle.

Alex loved his job as a commercial photographer. His career took him all over the country for architectural and interiors photo shoots. He thrived on the creative challenges of photography and the opportunity to work with different collaborators on each project.

Alex enjoyed year-round bicycling, playing and watching soccer and exploring new music (while remaining loyal to The Clash). But most of all, Alex was devoted to his wife Susan and children, Charlie,16, and Clara,14.

In addition to his wife and children, Alex is survived by his mother, Elaine Lawson Kalber, Hickory, N.C.; his stepmother, Ellen Hayden, New York, N.Y.; sisters, Stephanie Hayden Belcher, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jennifer Hayden Adolph, Virginia Beach, Va.; and multiple extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Steven (Buddy) Hayden.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 2 p.m. at University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Avenue E., Seattle, Washington. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Bikeworks (bikeworks.org) or Cascade Bicycle Club (cascade.org) in Alex’s name.

Published on NYTimes.com from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2018