Former Trustee B. Franklin Skinner IV

Former Trustee B. Franklin Skinner IVBenjamin Franklin Skinner IV, corporate executive, active civic leader, beloved father and grandfather, died at age 87 on Friday, November 16, 2018, in Atlanta following a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Frank was born in Covington, Virginia to the Reverend B. Franklin Skinner and Charlotte Walton Skinner. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond where he was active in student affairs. A natural leader, he was elected president of the student government.

Upon graduation, Frank joined the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia in Richmond as a staff assistant, thus beginning what would become a 40-year career in the telecommunications industry.

Shortly after joining the C&P Telephone Company, he was called to serve in the United States Army during The Korean War.

After a two-year tour of duty, Frank returned to Richmond to resume his work at C&P. There, he met and married the former Ruth Ann Gee on what he always called the best day of his life. They enjoyed an extraordinarily happy marriage of 52 years until her death in 2008.

Frank’s career took him to assignments in Washington, DC, Roanoke, Virginia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. He was elected president of Southern Bell on February 1, 1982.

He retired at the end of 1992 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BellSouth Telecommunications. Wherever his assignments took him, Frank involved himself in local community initiatives giving generously of his time, his talents and his considerable energy.

He had the unique distinction of leading as General Campaign Chairman of the United Way in three major cities—Atlanta, Miami, and Charlotte.

Long associated with the Salvation Army, Frank was a Life Member and past Chairman of its National Advisory Board. He was honored with election as a life member of the Salvation Army, was awarded the Others Award and was inducted into the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest recognition the Salvation Army can give a lay person.

Frank served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce in each of the cities in which he lived. He served as chairman in Atlanta. He served as Chairman of the Board of Central Atlanta Progress and as a Trustee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation and the J. M. Tull Charitable Foundation, Inc.

He also chaired the United Negro College Fund Campaign. He served as a commissioner on the Atlanta Housing Authority Board, was a past president of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and held leadership positions in a number of other organizations.

Frank’s keen interest in education was clearly evidenced by his service as a trustee of several colleges and universities. He was a Trustee of Morehouse College, Davidson College, The University of Richmond, Gardner-Webb College and Columbia Theological Seminary. Frank served as Executive in Residence at the University of Richmond Business School.

He was also a trustee and past board chairman of the Charlotte Latin School. Frank had a strong desire to become part of each community in which he lived, he served on the Board of Directors of several corporations including BellSouth Telecommunications and its parent company BellSouth.

He also served on the Board of Nations Bank, The Barclays American Corporation, Interstate /Johnson Lane, Southeast Bank and Shoney’s. Frank Skinner received honorary doctorate degrees from The University of Richmond, Jacksonville University, Morehouse College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

He also received awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award of Christians and Jews, the Blanchard Award for Ethical Leadership, The Turknett Leadership Character Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Service Above Self Award given by the Atlanta Rotary. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians and was admitted to the Hall of Fame of Influential Georgians.

He was past president of the Telephone Pioneers of America, one of the world’s largest volunteer associations of industrial employees. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Florida Council of 100.

Frank Skinner was a man with a deep faith and a love for the church. He was an active member and an Elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

Frank was defined by his unwavering integrity, by his strong work ethic, and by his heart for serving others. He loved words, both spoken and written, and had the gift of using them to inspire, to motivate, to teach and to encourage.

Frank’s excellence in the community and business sector was legendary but it was his role as husband, father, and grandfather that was exceptional.

He showered his family with his immeasurable love, with his abundant wisdom and his unending generosity and with his delightful sense of humor. His blue eyes twinkled with warmth and kindness. He was happiest when “all of the feet were under the dining room table”.

Frank Skinner was predeceased by his wife Ruth Ann and by his daughter Lisa.

He is survived by his daughters Ruthanne Suttles and Christian Kirkland and his son-in-law John Kirkland.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Mackenzie and Molly Suttles and Tyler, John, and McKay Kirkland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. followed by a celebration reception in the Williams Center.

Beverly (Bev) Franklin Dolan – Trustee Emeritus

Beverly (Bev) Franklin Dolan - Trustee EmeritusBeverly (Bev) Franklin Dolan, 90, died on February 21, 2018.

Bev was born in Augusta, Georgia, on November 9, 1927, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Arthur Dolan.

He attended William Robinson Elementary School and graduated from the Academy of Richmond County. He then served a year in the Merchant Marines.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, he served two years in the United States Army. One year into his military service, he married Ada Alice Parramore from Valdosta, Georgia.

In June 1954, Bev and his brother, William (Billy) Arthur Dolan, Jr., founded the E-Z-Go Golf Car Corporation, which became the leader in the golf car industry. His long and successful association with Textron began when E-Z-Go was acquired in 1960.

During his career, Bev was president of E-Z-Go, Polaris, Homelite, and also became President, CEO and Chairman of Textron. Under his leadership, Textron purchased Excello, Avco, and Cessna, among other acquisitions, increasing Textron’s sales ten-fold in approximately five years.

Bev served on the Board of Directors for First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo), Factory Mutual Insurance Company, New York Stock Exchange, Ruddick Corporation, Polaris Industries and Florida Power and Light.

Family members, in addition to his wife, include children: Beverly Franklin (Frank) Dolan, Jr., (married to Cathy) and William (Will) Cleckley Dolan (married to Nelia). Grandchildren include: Beverly Franklin (Franklin) Dolan, III, William Christian (Christian) Dolan, Ada Alice (Her Majesty) Dolan, William Cleckley (Wilkes) Dolan, Jr., and Ellison Elizabeth Dolan.

Bev loved life and tried to fully enjoy each day. He loved Ada Alice and was quick to give her praise. He loved his sons Frank and William and their wives, Cathy and Nelia. The grandchildren were a delight to him.

He enjoyed his community of friends at Quail Hollow, Charlotte, NC; Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, Florida; and Esseola Lodge in Linville, North Carolina.

Bev enjoyed outdoor activities with his friends and family. He was a “people person” and a champion for the underdog. He was a benefactor of Hale House of Augusta as well as for a number of individuals, with little or no fanfare.

Rev. Dan McCall and Rev. Dick Thompson of Lost Tree Village, Florida, will conduct graveside funeral services in Westover Memorial Park, 2601 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 2:00 pm.

The family will receive guests immediately following the service at 808 Milledge Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions be made to the Hale Foundation at 402 Walker Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 26, 2018

Lula Bell Houston

Lula Bell HoustonLula Bell Houston, one of the matriarchs of ​the historic ​Smithville​ community​ in Cornelius and a beloved presence for 60 years at Davidson College, passed away in her sleep at ​age ​94​ today​.

Born in 1923, she worked in the laundry at Davidson College where the new student resource center and the building itself is named after her. She’s known as “Mama Lu” to thousands of young people who attended Davidson during the six decades that she worked there.

​She took the $12 a week job at Davidson after her first husband left the 25-year-old single mother of two. ​Some times, when her children were small, they came to work with her. She would later remarry and add two more children to her family, and she continued to work at the laundry​.​

​The new resource center at Davidson College—simply called Lula Bell’s—was dedicated one month ago. Mama Lu had dinner that night in the president’s mansion with her family.

Lula Bell’s provides students with professional and winter clothing, textbooks, food and kitchen supplies. Along with resources for all students, the space will host innovative and informative programming around systemic social issues and life skills, such as financial literacy.

When Mama Lu retired, US Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., a Davidson alum, prepared a congratulatory statement for the Congressional Record. It was read on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

She was also a ​gifted ​vocalist​, and sang with the Gethsame Gospel Singers, ​based at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Davidson​ for many years​. She received the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Womens Club in 2012 and Business Today’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

​She is survived by her four children, Peggy Rivens, William Edward Miller, Clarence Miller and Loria Houston, as well as grandchildren and great granchildren and nieces and nephews and a host of friends, including a special friend, Bill Williams.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of W.H. Bryant A.E Grier & Sons Funeral Home in Mooresville.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Musical Tribute – 5:30 p.m.
Gethsemane Baptist Church
565 Jetton St, Davidson, NC 28036
Pastor Ernest E. Jeffries presiding

 

 

 

Copyright:   November 24, 2017

 

Learn more about how Lula Bell’s legacy lives on at Davidson:

RESOURCE, GATHERING PLACE & COMMUNITY INSPIRATION: COLLEGE DEDICATES LULA BELL’S (PUBLISHED OCT. 17, 2017)
https://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/171017-college-dedicates-lula-bells

HELPING HAND AND A WARM SMILE: NEW CAMPUS RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS TO BEAR NAME OF 60-YEAR EMPLOYEE LULA BELL HOUSTON (PUBLISHED MAY 18, 2017)
https://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/170518-new-campus-resource-for-students-named-for-lula-bell-houston

Richard C. “Dick” Burts, Jr. – Registrar Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Dr. Richard C. Burts, Jr.Dr. Richard C. Burts, Dean of Students, 1961-1970; Registrar, 1970-1985; and Professor of Psychology, 1961-1985

Richard C. “Dick” Burts, Jr., of Greenville, husband of Annamarie Booz Burts, died September 10, 2017, after an extended struggle with dementia.

Born November 11, 1919, in Rock Hill, he was the son of the late Richard C. and Mamie Norris Burts.

Dick graduated from Furman University in 1940 where he was a member of the SAE fraternity and the Quaternion Club. He received both a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he met and married his wife.

Dick devoted his career to serving as Dean of Students at Denison College in Granville, OH, Mercer University in Macon, GA, and Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

Dick served as a Deacon in the Baptist church and later as an Elder in the Presbyterian church. He was a loyal member of the Lions Club for over 50 years where he served as club president and as District Governor. He was awarded a Lion’s life membership and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He and his wife were recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of their service to Davidson College and the town of Davidson, NC.

A resident of Rolling Green Village for 22 years, he assumed leadership roles as long as he was physically able to do so.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of 73 years, include his daughter Julie Cline of Simpsonville; his son Richard C. Burts, III, (Ann) of Raleigh, NC; four grand children, David M. Cline, Jr. (Chamblee) of Greenville, Wade Cline of Anderson, James R. Burts (Mitake) of Raleigh, NC, and Kathryn Jones (Jonathan) of Raleigh, NC; and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Norris Burts of Bronxville, NY.

A Memorial Service will be held at Rolling Green Village on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 3:00 PM. Dick donated his body to medical research at the Willed Body Program at the Greenville Heath System. Interment will take place at a later date.

The family is especially appreciative of the wonderful care provided by Homewell Senior Care and Lutheran Hospice.

Memorials may be sent to The Richard and Annamarie Burts Scholarship Fund at Davidson College, Davidson College Donor Relations, Box 7195, Davidson, NC 28035; to the Smith/ Smart Residents Support Endowment Fund at Rolling Green Village, Rolling Green Village, 1 Hoke Smith Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29615, ATTN: L ynn Lentz; or to a charity of your choice.

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

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southeast Chapel

Elizabeth “Lib” Averill Harkey – BOV

Elizabeth "Lib" Averill Harkey - BOVElizabeth Averill Harkey (“Lib”) passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Lib was born in Raleigh on September 21, 1919 as the only child of Louise Currie Averill and Frederick Leland Averill. She was a graduate of Peace College and Duke University.

She attended the University of North Carolina School of Social Work at Chapel Hill. Peace College awarded her an Honorary Alumni Award in 1973, the William Peace Medallion in 2007 and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2011.

Lib endowed a scholarship at Peace College. In 2014, the University of North Carolina School of Social Work recognized her for a Lifetime of Outstanding Social Work, Practice and Achievement.

While attending UNC, she met Henry Lee Harkey, a Davidson College graduate and a UNC Law School student who was a commissioned officer in the US Army. They married on December 13, 1941, just six days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Henry Lee had orders to report for active duty immediately following their wedding. During the reception, Lib convinced her new husband’s commanding officer to allow them a brief honeymoon. Lib could be most persuasive.

Lib was predeceased by her son, Frederick Henry Harkey, on February 9, 1944, and her husband, Henry Lee Harkey on January 6, 1989. Lib is survived by her son Henry A. Harkey and his wife Catherine Harkey, her son Averill C. Harkey and his wife Johanna Harkey, her grandson, Jon H. Harkey, his wife Jill Harkey and their daughter, Brooke Elizabeth Harkey, her grandson, Chris H. Harkey and granddaughter, Lauren A. Harkey.

She is also survived by many wonderful friends who carry on Lib’s legacy of fulfilling her faithful commitment to the giving and providing of service to others.

Lib moved to Charlotte in 1947. She was employed as a Case Work Supervisor with the Department of Social Services and in the same year served as the Co-Chair of the Charlotte-based White House Conference Committee for Child Welfare.

She has served as the State Director of the NC Junior Women’s Clubs, a Cub Scout Den Mother, President of the Eastover Elementary PTA, President of the Mecklenburg County Legal Auxiliary, President of the Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte, Chairman of the Board of Sharon Towers and a Board of Directors member of Habitat for Humanity and the Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center. Lib and longtime friend Sarah Bryant were the co-founding members of Planned Parenthood of Greater Charlotte.

Lib began serving on the Board for Florence Crittenton Services in 1953. She served two terms as the Board President and remained on the Board of Advisors until her death. She received Florence Crittenton Services’ Lucille P. Giles Award in 1998.

She served several terms on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Central Carolinas and as President of the YWCA from 1977-1979. She was honored with the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award in 2006.

She served on the Board of Visitors of Davidson College and the Church Relation Council of Warren Wilson College, where an honorary scholarship has been endowed in her honor.

Lib and Henry joined Myers Park Presbyterian Church in 1947. She served her beloved church as President of the Women of the Church, Superintendent of the Primary Department, co-founder of the Peacemaking Council and as Co-Chair of the Linking God’s Children Campaign with the late Bill Lee. Lib and her dear friend Danny Verner were the first women elected as Ruling Elders.

Lib served the Mecklenburg (now Charlotte) Presbytery on the Haiti Development Commission, the New Church Development Committee and the Nominating Committee. She has served the National PCUSA and its predecessor on the Board of Women’s Work, The Synod of NC, the Task Force on World Hunger, the General Assembly Mission Board and the General Executive Board.

Lib loved her grandchildren Jon, Chris and Lauren. They affectionately called her “HiMommy.” Lib provided them with an enviable model of how to live with an open mind and love with an open heart. She adored her “daughters” Johanna and Catherine and would do everything she could to share her special love with her great granddaughter, Brooke.

Lib never met a stranger. It made no difference if you were a bank president, a young pregnant woman in need of a home or a Haitian refugee. She respected everyone and never saw differences, only commonalities. Lib believed that all people have gifts that could be shared. It was her gift to be able to nurture those relationships, just like she tended to her roses, which allowed her to lovingly share them with others.

Lib recently stated, “in today’s world I see the value of relationships diminishing and that really concerns me, we take so much for granted – including each other, and that is one of the worst things we can do. Each one of us is responsible for nurturing our relationships with our neighbors, our families and friends. The opportunity to serve humanity has led me to a better understanding of the value and purpose of life…”

Her family would like to express its sincere appreciation for the loving care provided by the staff of Sharon Towers, and also to Lin Watkins for the loving companionship provided in Lib’s later years.

A service to “Celebrate the Life of Lib Harkey” will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Clifford officiating. A reception “for the nurturing of relationships” will be held immediately following the service in Oxford Hall. Interment will be private.

The family would like to ask anyone wishing to share a gift or memorial to do so with the Myers Park Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund or the charity of your choice .

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte NC 28204. Online condolences at www.kennethpoeservices.com Phone: 704 641-7606

 

Published in Charlotte Observer on June 7, 2017