A native of Charlotte, Betty graduated from Old Central High School in 1945 and received her undergraduate degree in education from Salem College in 1950.
Betty married her childhood sweetheart, Dr. Basil Manly Boyd, Jr., on August 8, 1950, and spent the next 45 years supporting him in his career as a well-known orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte.
While Basil was in medical school and completing his residency and training, Betty taught second grade. After returning to Charlotte where Basil began his career, Betty raised five children while serving as a tireless volunteer in her community.
She was staunchly devoted to her church, Covenant Presbyterian, where she served in numerous roles, including President of the Women of the Church, Circle leader, and Elder Emeritus. She also placed a high value on education and served on the Board of Visitors for Salem College and Davidson College and on the Board for Charlotte Country Day School.
In addition to countless other volunteer jobs, she also served as the President of the Charlotte Women’s Medical Auxiliary and the PTA at Charlotte Latin School. Betty also loved spending time with her family at their home in DeBordieu Colony, South Carolina.
Betty is survived by her children and their spouses: Brandon Boyd, Hunter and Johnny Murphy, Blythe and Andy Hughes, Gingie and Kurt Peterson, and Manly and Kim Boyd; her grandchildren: Matt and Jenny Chapman, Elizabeth and Brett Owen, Will and Meredith Chapman, Virginia and Mark Stormer, Chris and Celeste Chapman, Hope Peterson, Sarah Hughes, Alie Peterson, Jared Hughes, Annie B. Boyd, Basil Peterson and Basil Boyd; and her great-grandchildren: Trey, Cooper, Ellie Rose, Ashby Lee, Cullen, Callan, and Emmie. She is also survived by her brother, Harry Flynn Wolfe, Jr., and her sister-in-law Mrs. Corrine Boyd Hunter of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Teresa Anderson, Betty’s companion, care-taker and partner-in-crime, as well as the rest of the caring staff at the Stewart Health Center.
Betty is reunited with her husband, best friend and soul-mate, Dr. Basil Manly Boyd, Jr., who has been patiently waiting for her for 22 years and two days. He is ready with a cold rum and tonic in hand and a window with a view of their children, grand-children and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 3, 2017, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church at 11:00 am, following a private interment. The family will receive friends in Oxford Hall following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made in Betty’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service is assisting the family of Mrs. Boyd.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Apr. 1, 2017.
John Henry Welborn, 89 of Weaver Drive, Lexington passed away Monday, March 27th at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday April 1st at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Lee Zehmer officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.
Mr. Welborn was born in Davidson County on April 8, 1927 to William Fowle Welborn and Bessie Lee Todd Welborn. He attended Davidson College, served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and then the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.
After coming home he received his pharmacist degree from the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was owner/operator of Lexington Drug Company.
John was an active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder. He was also one of the founding members of Sapona Country Club in Lexington.
His wife Janice McNeill Welborn preceded him in death on March 6, 2006. His brothers, William Fowle Welborn, Jr. and wife Geraldine Hobbs, Dr. James Todd Welborn and Samuel Gould Welborn and wife Marion Guerriero and brother-in-law, Hugh McNeill also preceded him in death.
Surviving are sons, John Henry Welborn, Jr. and wife Monica of Cary and Daniel McNair Welborn and wife Christina of Charlotte, grandchildren Hannah Welborn, Lucas Welborn, Caroline Welborn and Caden Welborn and sisters-in-law Peggy McNeill of Raleigh and Lillian Welborn of Lexington.
Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 586, Lexington, NC 27293 or the charity of donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.
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Reaves was the son of Marilyn Reaves Louthan and the late Frank Garrett Louthan Jr. He was born in Richmond, Va. on August 8, 1949.
Reaves graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, received a Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
Reaves married Noreen Frances O’Malley in New York prior to their returning to Richmond.
Prior to retiring in 2013, Reaves worked for Woodfin Oil for over 20 years. His personal and professional relationships with John, Jack and the many Woodfin associates were endearing to him.
Like his father and grandfather, Reaves was an active member and President of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, supporting numerous community projects and living the Kiwanis ideals.
He was active with Darden Alumni in the Richmond area and was a long-time manager for the First Presbyterian softball team.
Reaves is survived by his wife, Noreen; his children, son, Garrett Louthan (wife, Jennifer Louthan) and daughter, Molly Louthan; and grandchildren, Zoey and Ezra. He is also survived by his mother, Marilyn Reaves Louthan; and siblings, Frank Louthan, Lynn Slabaugh, Chip Louthan and Robert Louthan. Reaves loved golf and sports, and dancing, most of all.
There will be a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida, 3323 W. Commercial Boulevard, Suite 260, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309.
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A service of remembrance celebrating his life will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Greensboro, where he was a member, at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends follow the service at the church.
Mr. Patterson worked in college development starting in 1968. He has had direct involvement in eight successful capital campaigns at both large public and small and large private instructions. His fund raising experiences have covered academic, athletic, and the arts, and he had extensive experience in fund raising over a 45 year career.
Mr. Patterson graduated from Davidson College in 1961, where he majored in Psychology. He then served in the United States Army for two years, being honorably discharged at a First Lieutenant.
He began his fund raising career at Meredith College in 1968 as Director of Planned Giving, where he started the planned giving program during the time of the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which first established charitable remainder trusts and pooled income funds. He was also directly involved with Meredith’s first capital campaign. In 1971, he moved to the University of Richmond as Assistant to the President.
At Richmond, he established the University’s first planned giving program and played a key role in a $50 million campaign. While at the University, he was asked to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress during hearings regarding Tax Reform.
In 1974, Mr. Patterson was named Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While at UNCG, he provided leadership in all areas of Advancement, including responsibilities in fund raising, alumni relations, and university relations. It was during his tenure that UNCG completed its first-ever capital campaign during a period when public higher education was just beginning programs seeking private gift support.
From Greensboro, he moved to Wake Forest University to become Associate Athletic Director for Development where he led two major capital campaigns for athletic facilities and endowment. One of these campaigns included a co-operative effort with the City of Winston-Salem to build the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. In addition, he was extensively involved in university-wide capital campaigns.
In 1998, Patterson became Vice President for Advancement at Guilford College where he was asked to rescue a lagging campaign, which ended with 112% of goal.
Staff and advancement programs were built at Guilford as he again led a professional team in fund raising, college relations, and alumni relations. Patterson has written and lectured extensively during his career.
He was a long time member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and served on community chambers of commerce boards, rotary, and other church and civic organizations, including the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a principal of the Summer Development Workshop for over ten years. Patterson was the 2001 recipient of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors Fund Raiser of the Year recognition, the 2003 Guilford Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 recipient of the NC Triad Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004 received the Greensboro, NC Mayor’s Certificate of Commendation for 37 years of advancement in Higher Education.
Those left to cherish his memory, include his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Patterson, of the home; daughter, Gray Boone and her husband, Dereck of Wilmington, NC; sons, Lee Patterson and his wife Heather of Fort Mill, SC and Jay Patterson of Hillsboro, NC; and seven grandchildren, Brandon Boone, Mia Boone, Charles Patterson, Cooper Patterson, Hannah Patterson, Myles Patterson, and Ella Patterson.
The family will receive friends following the service of remembrance at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Greensboro, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401 or Davidson College or Wake Forest University. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm St. Chapel has the honor of assisting the Patterson family.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.
Martha Daniel Newell, died peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1921, she had celebrated her 95th birthday on August 26 with family and friends. She enjoyed excellent health for all of her life and was active and involved with others until the end.
Martha was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zack Fort Daniel; and the sister of Zack F. Daniel Jr. She was a graduate of Georgia College and State University, where in her senior year she was president of the student body and a member of “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” She was named by “Look” Magazine as one of the most beautiful college girls of 1942.
She was the widow of Samuel W. Newell, a much beloved Presbyterian minister first in Davidson, N.C. and then, in Richmond. Martha and Sam’s marriage was a true partnership and they shared many interests: music, books, sailing and travel. They were never happier than when they were at Drum Point, their river place on the Corrotoman River.
She is survived by three daughters and “the three best sons-in-law in Richmond”: Pattie and Mason Williams M.D., Scottie and Tom Slater, and Meg and John Gottwald; nine grandchildren, Carrington Williams III, Taylor Williams, Mary Mason Williams Foukal, Molly Brent Revere, Mason Brent, Sam Gottwald, James Gottwald, Chase Gottwald and Addie Gottwald; and 11 great-grandchildren, Maddie Williams, Grace Williams, Faye Williams, Eloise Revere, Teddy Revere, Mary McKee Williams, Kate Williams, Sam Williams, Jack Brent, Carrington Foukal and Elisabeth Gottwald.
Martha considered herself “just a piano player,” and not a musician. She had the rare talent of playing by ear any melody she heard, and she spent a lifetime filling her home with music and giving enjoyment to a host of people at fashion shows, receptions and holiday events.
Dismissed by her piano teacher when she was seven years old, she believed even at that age that she could make her music sound better than original compositions of the great composers (and she could!). Two of her grandsons, Mason Brent and Carrington Williams, made recordings of her personalized and improvised music, which are still enjoyed by her family and friends.
She was a prolific letter writer, penned with her beautiful and distinctive handwriting. She stayed in touch with friends through her newsy and entertaining letters. Martha was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, The Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and The Country Club of Virginia.
The highlight of her last few years was designing and sewing many beautiful outfits for her great-granddaughters’ American Girl dolls. She had two exhibitions at Cedarfield showcasing these couture creations. The Richmond Times-Dispatch did a feature article on this interesting hobby in 2015.
She often talked of what a blessed life she had lived and quoted from the Book of Proverbs: “my lines have fallen in pleasant places.”
She had a beautiful smile and a radiant, positive attitude, sharing joy, encouraging her family, and expressing appreciation wherever she went and making her world a better place for everyone.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 24, at 11 a.m., at River Road Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will follow at a later date at Christ Church in Irvington, where she will join her beloved husband.
Memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 5 North 5th St., Richmond, Virginia 23219 or to Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3407 Brook Rd., Richmond, Virginia 23227.
He was born December 8, 1921, the son of the late Maria B. and Lawrence H. Miller Sr.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine “Jo” P. Miller; sons Lawrence H. Miller III (Rankin), David B. Miller (Mary Ty), a daughter Pat M. Baker (David), and four grandchildren: Joanna Miller, Sarah Miller, Brunson Miller, and Tyson Miller.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, M. Jean Miller, and a grandson, Lawton T. Miller.
Mr. Miller was educated in Florence. After attending The Citadel he graduated from Davidson College in 1942.
He joined the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and was a veteran of World War II. He met and married his wife Jo in 1950. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.
Mr. Miller was the owner and proprietor of Miller’s Bootery from 1945 until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Miller was highly respected and warmly spoken of in the shoe industry. His keen eye for fashion, and an amazing facility for total recall was much admired by many, along with his wit and gentle manner.
He was kind and benevolent with all who knew and worked with him, and was appreciated for providing fashion conscious women of the Pee Dee area with quality footwear and apparel for many decades.
Among his greatest joys was following and attending the ballet performances of daughter Patricia Miller, along with a life-long love of classical music and opera.
Mr. Miller was active in sports, but was perhaps best known as one of the early aficionados of Half Rubber a modified version of pickup baseball played mostly on the beaches of the Carolinas.
His love of the beach went all the way back to the early 50’s, when he purchased a vacation home in Garden City Beach to enjoy with his family. It was here, through the decades, that Mr. Miller was happiest, when, as “Project Manager,” he doled out assorted tasks for all his children and friends, keeping everyone active and involved.
In his later years, Mr. Miller stayed in excellent health via his vigorous indulgence in gardening and yardwork, typified by day long sessions of clipping and watering, thus serving to provide a therapeutic outlet all the way to the ripe old age of 95.
A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Waters-Powell Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, with an open visitation time with the family immediately following.
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He was born Sept. 24, 1934, to the late Russell Lee and Catherine Smith Bumgarner, in Hickory.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junine Tron Bumgarner; three children, Francis Keith Bumgarner and wife, Diane, Chris Tron Bumgarner and Leigh Ann Respess and husband, Mike.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was a long-time member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and taught Sunday school for many years.
He was a member of the LPDA (LePhare des Alpes) in Valdese. He attended Valdese High School, Davidson College, earned a BA in History at Lenoir-Rhyne in 1958, and a Masters in Education at the University of North Carolina in 1965.
He began a teaching and coaching career in Shelby, and was head football coach at Boyden High School in Salisbury. He moved on to an extended career in pharmaceutical sales and sales management with Ortho Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
He later founded and ran several small businesses, culminating with Omnidex Products, Inc., where he was CEO for many years until the time of his passing. The graveside service will be held at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at 3 p.m., in Pioneer Hall, also at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valdese Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 109 Main St. E, Valdese, NC 28690, 828-874-2531.
Online condolences and memories may be left at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Arrangements are made through Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese.
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Thomas Levin Powell, Jr., passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 in San Antonio.
He was born and raised in Houston where he was elected president of his senior class at Lamar High School. His family relocated to San Antonio before the end of Tom’s senior year where he graduated from Jefferson High School.
Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Debate Team and the Varsity Basketball Team.
He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a Radar Observer and Radar Observer Bombardier, and the United States Air Force Reserve, until his discharge as 1st Lieutenant in 1957.
He had a long career in the insurance business and was head of the San Antonio office of Marsh McLennan Companies.
He was a longtime member, Sunday school teacher and former Deacon of First Presbyterian Church.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Madelyn Plant Powell, his sister, Eleanor Powell of San Antonio, and his sister, Lillion Pace of San Antonio.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jane Cheever Powell, his daughter, Elizabeth Powell Kuper and her husband, Charles A. Kuper, Jr. of Aransas Pass, his son, Thomas L. Powell III of Aransas Pass and his granddaughter, Madelyn Dae Bricken of Boerne, and his niece, Kathy Pace Totten of San Antonio.
A private service and burial is planned for the immediate family at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tom’s memory may be made to SAMMinistries, 5254 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas 78216.
You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com
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Jim was born near Charlotte, N.C., in 1937 to the late Claude Steele and Kathleen Young Steele.
In addition to his wife, Jane Dinsmore Steele, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Dinsmore, and a nephew, Richard Griffin Jr. and his wife, Amy. His only child, Gregory Steele, and his only sister, Peggy Griffin, are deceased.
Growing up on his family’s small farm, Jim would rise at 4 a.m. to milk the family dairy cows. He and his sister learned to cook for the family, and Jim continued his cooking skills into his adult life, where his cheesecake was requested for various social functions. Every Christmas, he would spend an entire day creating a raspberry trifle, which could have been shown in any food magazine.
Jim was a good athlete, playing football, basketball, as well as being a standout on the high school wrestling team. In his adult life, he attended James Madison basketball and football games and also rooted for his favorite ACC basketball teams and the Washington Redskins.
In Jim’s senior year of high school, he was elected class president and also student body president, but had to choose between the two, selecting class president. Other honors included being voted “Most Original,” “Friendliest” and “Most Popular.” He kept in touch with his high school classmates, particularly his close friend, Thad Morrison.
After high school, Jim went to Davidson College, where he majored in English. He was an excellent writer and edited publications and books for sociology societies during his career.
Following college graduation, Jim chose to attend Wake Forest University, where he obtained a master’s in theology. For seven years, Jim pastored two Southern Baptist Churches, one in Charlotte and one in New Jersey. He often mentioned his greatest joy during those years was working with the young people in the church. Anyone who knew Jim was aware of his love for children.
Even after this most cruel disease had greatly affected his speech and personality, his face would light up when he would see children in the assisted living facility, and they always received a big smile.
Jim’s love of the West took him to Montana, where he studied and obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Montana. Fishing and hunting were his hobbies during these years, and he often remarked about the beautiful rivers in Montana where he fly-fished.
Due to family circumstances, Jim returned to the East and found his home at James Madison University. It was there that he stayed for 35 years, teaching a variety of classes in sociology, as well as statistics and a class in the athletic department with Challace McMillan. He worked with the Honors Program and was a freshmen adviser for many years.
After retirement at age 71, he was awarded an emeritus status for his long service to the university that had been his home for so long. His name, along with others, is forever inscribed in limestone on the university quad.
Jim’s hobbies included running (he would run 10 miles on his birthday well into his 50s) and rock climbing with his son. He loved camping and traveled with his beloved Dodge Power Wagon (The Boss), pulling his camper, to favorite places like Colorado. Another hobby was fishing every fall at the Outer Banks. He would brag how The Boss pulled out many trucks stuck in the sand. The truck, over the years, became a minor celebrity wherever it went, and Jim drove it until it could no longer pass inspection.
In later years, Jim converted his love for hunting into helping animals. He dearly loved a “pet squirrel” he named Flippy and was devastated when it was killed in the road. A pet stray cat he let into the house was named KitKat, and later he had a rescue Siamese he called Taffy.
Every morning, even after his affliction became worse, he would dress before a city park opened its gates to take food to the homeless cats that were born and lived in the park. They became tame and watched for his car.
Not neglecting feathered “friends,” Jim carried his father’s love for raising exotic fowl over into keeping bird feeders and water baths filled for the birds, including hiding peanuts every morning for a family of crows. He was so tender-hearted, he could not bear to be present when a pet was suffering and had to be put to sleep. His yard was a burial ground for three favorite squirrels, one cat, and two guinea pigs.
Having been gifted with a beautiful voice, Jim listened to and collected all kinds of music. He directed the church choir while attending Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church. His other enjoyment were movies, his favorite form of relaxation, and he had a wide variety of films, some which he would watch over and over.
Jim was a generous and kind father, stepfather and husband, and his love for teasing, making friends with everyone he met, and his dedication to his many students over the years, will be greatly missed. He endured his last years of a terrible affliction with great courage and a strong will to live.
The family thanks the management and wonderful staff at Brookdale Assisted Living who saw to Jim’s needs for three years. They affectionately nicknamed him “Jimbo,” and he enjoyed teasing the staff as best he could communicate.
The family will receive friends at the Lindsey Funeral Home on Saturday, March 11, between 6 and 8 p.m. Burial will be private.
Any donations in Jim’s honor can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.
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Reverend Stewart Moore McMurray, 86, died suddenly on March 6, 2017 at his home in Lewisburg, WV.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Harriet Jane Blaney McMurray, his parents, Clarence McCain McMurray and Priscilla Leslie McMurray (nee Moore), and five brothers and two sisters.
A graduate of Greenbrier Military School, Davidson College, NC and Union Theological Seminary, VA, Stewart was ordained and lovingly served Presbyterian Church U.S.A. congregations and communities… in Quanah TX, and Glenville, Hinton, Lowell, Pence Springs, Gap Mills, Glace, Forest Memorial, Sweet Springs, Alderson and McElhenney.
Stewart’s extensive leadership involvements supported local and regional planning work to establish public library services and Summers County Hospital, foster regional economic development, manage a multi-county food pantry, creatively initiate community events, lead youth development initiatives. Stewart’s life work embodied his deep commitment to universal human rights.
With his wife Harriet, Stewart travelled the globe and served international ecumenical organizing and development organizing in the US, and in Geneva Switzerland, Seoul South Korea, and Northern Ireland.
A beloved and devoted father, grandfather and uncle, Stewart is survived by his five adult children—William Kevin McMurray (m. Tamela Duckworth McMurray) of Newark, DE; Andrew Kent McMurray of New London, CT (Kathy Donlon); Harriet Leslie McMurray of St. Paul, MN; David McCain McMurray of Nashville, TN; and Jonathan Stewart McMurray (m. Yelda Erenler McMurray) of Bethesda, MD—six grandchildren—Angela Jade McMurray, Jay Christopher McMurray, Jewel Lee McMurray, Jonathan Eugene McMurray, Lara Erenler McMurray, and Finian Arda McMurray—and nephews and nieces.
A memorial worship service to celebrate the life of Stewart McMurray will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11 AM in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 200 Church Street, Lewisburg, with Reverend Dr. Anna Pinckney Straight officiating.
A reception will follow in the church hall. People are encouraged to bring and share stories and memories to share. Read More »