Frederick Riley Sisson ’11

Frederick Riley Sisson '11Frederick Riley Sisson left us on September 1, 2014 at the age of 25. Born in Atlanta on July 28, 1989, Riley grew up in Fayetteville, GA and graduated from Whitewater High School as the salutatorian in 2007, attended Davidson College and played football as an O-lineman, attended UGA and graduated from Kennesaw State. He was beginning a Masters of Social Work graduate program at KSU.

 

Riley is deeply missed by his devoted mother, Margaret Riley Sisson and father, Frederick R. Sisson and his loving sister, Sarah Christine Sisson. Riley was loved by many but no more than his grandmother Mrs. Harris D. Riley, Jr., his aunts and uncles, Laura and Steve Riley, Becky and Mark Riley, Penny and Tommy Smith and his cousins Louise Beasley, Margaret King, Allen Riley, Rob Riley, John Riley, Piper Spencer and Heather Powell.

 

Those who knew Riley understood he was exceptional. Often drawn to him first by his wit, one soon saw his heart-a big heart- one that embraced all good people. Riley was funny, smart, big and lovable. He was a talented musician and music brought him great joy. His empathy for others, particularly those with struggles and hurt, taught us all a lesson in selflessness.

 

Indeed, he taught us many lessons in his years and his loss will be felt deeply by many. To lose a person so young and so kind and with so much to offer the world is heartbreaking. So we celebrate the happy times and encourage all to reach out to those you love and tell them how wonderful it is to have this time together. We will celebrate Riley at 2 pm on Sunday, September 7 at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Inc. PO Box 961029, Boston, MA 02196, an organization in which Riley and his mother have been actively involved. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville-www.mowellfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

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Mary Warner Mack ’13

Mary Warner Mack '13
Mary Warner Mack, 23, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, passed away suddenly on July 3, 2014. She is survived by her parents, Barry and Mary Mack; sisters, Libba and Bayles, all of Fort Mill; grandparents, Joan D. Tabb (Augusta, GA), Joanne A. Mack and B. Bayles Mack (both of Fort Mill). She was predeceased in death by her grandfather, Warner L. Tabb, Jr., for whom she was named. She is also survived by her very special love, Will Duncan of Lexington, KY. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends adored being part of Mary Warner’s life and will hold her in their hearts forever.

Mary Warner was employed by Bank of America and planned to attend the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in the fall. She was a 2009 graduate of Nation Ford High School, where she was the school’s first valedictorian. She was a 2013 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Clemson University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Spanish.

As a teenager, she was a competitive gymnast, winning the South Carolina All-Around state title. In 2006, she represented the state of South Carolina at the USA Gymnastics Regional Championship. Mary Warner enjoyed reading, learning, sailing, traveling, and Clemson football games. She was an avid runner and took great pleasure in spoiling her golden retriever, Ava. Mary Warner was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Unity Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow the service. Memorials may be made in memory of Mary Warner Mack to the Clemson University Foundation, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633-1889; or to the Anne Springs Close Greenway for the establishment of the Mary Warner Mack Memorial Dog Park, P.O. Box 1209,Fort Mill, SC 29716. Wolfe Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mary Warner Mack.
Published in Charlotte Observer on July 5, 2014

David Worthington Sobel ’13

David Worthington Sobel ’13, 20, of Pennington, N.J., died July 28, 2012. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he resided in Pennington from age four until his death.

Sobel was a graduate of Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J., where he was elected to class council and the Cum Laude Society. He was a winner of numerous academic and athletic prizes and also served as captain of the varsity tennis team.

He was selected to serve as a senior prefect and to deliver the class commencement address. Sobel would have been entering his junior year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he planned to major in history.

Sobel was passionate about travel to other cultures, tennis, and American politics. He was deeply concerned to find ways to redress the increasing inequality in American life.

He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Va., where he volunteered for Habitat work days.

Grandson of the late Reverend George W. and Florence Davison, and Benjamin and Jean Sobel, he is survived by his loving parents, Paul and Anne Davison Sobel, 39 N. Main St., Pennington, NJ 08534; his sister, Elizabeth Anne Sobel; and uncles, Paul Davison and Martin Sobel.

John Frankel ’11

John Frankel ’11, of Pelham, N.Y., died of a car accident on Dec. 31 in Westport, N.Y. He was born Feb. 16, 1989, in New York City to Errol Frankel and Elise Falkinburg, 251 Ancon Ave., Pelham, NY 10803. He was a senior at Davidson. He is survived by his parents, loving brother James ’13, maternal grandmother Florence, aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving friends.