John F. Renfro, Jr. ’59

John Renfro '59John F. Renfro, Jr., 81, of Spartanburg died May 18, 2018.

Born February 18, 1937 in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late John F. Renfro and Bonnie Babb Renfro. Educated in the Spartanburg City schools, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1959. In 1960, he earned an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John married Beverly Folger in 1960 at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. After his service in the US Army, the couple moved to Spartanburg in 1963 where he began his life-long career with Inman Mills. In 2002, he retired as Vice President. He was devoted to his work, colleagues, and friends at Inman Mills.

In high school, John earned the Eagle Scout Award and promoted scouting throughout his adult life. In 2017, in honor of his 80th birthday, his three sons along with Inman Mills commissioned the John F. Renfro Jr. Scout Center in Inman to recognize his contributions.

John was very active in his community and served on numerous boards and committees. He was Treasurer and Trustee of the Inman-Riverdale Foundation as well as a Trustee for both Queens College and the Mary Black Foundation.

John also served as a board member on the Arts Partnership of Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Development Association, the United Way of the Piedmont, and the Spartanburg Area and State Chambers of Commerce.

John received the Morgan Award from the United Way in 1995 and the David Reid Award from the Arts Partnership in 2001. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Chapman Cultural Center.

From 1988 until 2010, John and Beverly resided on their family farm in Gowansville. They joined Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon where he served as Treasurer. Upon returning to Spartanburg, they rejoined First Presbyterian Church where John served as an elder.

John Renfro was an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather and was blessed with many friends. Known as “Papa John” by his family, he never missed an opportunity to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Some of his favorite memories were the many fishing, hunting, skiing and beach trips with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by three sons, John “Trip” F. Renfro III, MD (Suzanne D., MD) of Greenville, McDuffie “Mac” F. Renfro (Marianna) of Cornelius, NC, and Foy F. Renfro (Mark A. Bradshaw, MD) of Ashland, OR; six grandchildren, Sloan, Sarah, and Emma Renfro of Greenville; Mary Taylor of Charlotte; and Brooks and Anna Renfro; halfsister, Helen Bridgforth of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, Guy Wellman of Flat Rock, NC; and his loving dogs, Boogie and Dabo.

He is predeceased by his parents and his half-sister, Frances Wellman.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Evans and the Rev. Joanne R. Hull on Tuesday May 22, 4:00PM at First Presbyterian Church: 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. A visitation will be held following the service. A private committal will be held at Cemetery Hill, Clemson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals: P. O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; Palmetto Council; Boy Scouts of America: 420 S. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306; or the Chapman Cultural Center: 200 E. St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.jmdunbar.com Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Rusty Goode, Jr. ’54

Rusty Goode, Jr. '54Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr., 86, died peacefully and surrounded by family on May 14, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Jane Nisbet Goode.

Rusty was born on January 7, 1932 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Seddon Goode, Sr. and Hallie Ross Goode. Rusty was raised in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1950 and Davidson College in 1954. After serving two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, he earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957.

Rusty began his business career in 1957 in Charlotte with Southeastern Financial Corp. He later held executive positions with North Carolina National Bank and Interstate Securities Corp., working for his father-in-law, Walter Olin “Mutt” Nisbet. In 1981, Rusty became President and Director of the University Research Park. Upon his retirement in 2006, he became Vice Chairman.

Rusty loved helping and connecting people and serving the City of Charlotte and the State of North Carolina. From 1979 to 1989, Rusty served on the board of the NC Department of Transportation, including a term as vice chairman. Rusty’s terms spanned both Republican and Democratic administrations, and he became affectionately known as the “Road Czar”. Rusty was one of the architects of Interstate 485 for which a section was named in his honor in 1997.

In 1992, he was honored by the Governor of North Carolina by being awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Rusty spent 21 years on the Board of Commissioners of the Carolinas HealthCare System and 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College. In addition, he served on the boards of Canal Industries, Inc., the NC Global TransPark Authority, The NC State Ports Authority, The NC Advisory Budget Commission, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the State Teachers Retirement System and the UNC Charlotte Foundation. UNC Charlotte awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 2007.

While Rusty spent a lot of time working, he always managed to find ways to do the things he loved most: sharing time with Jane, especially watching their kids and grandkids play sports; cheering on the Wildcats; puttering in his tool sheds in Montreat and Wrightsville Beach; rebuilding a Boston Whaler in his driveway; ordering from catalogues; fishing in the Florida Keys and Wrightsville Beach or driving through the farm or the URP just to “check on things” and to catch up with those who went along for the ride.

Rusty is survived by his daughters, Beth Goode Reigel (Ernie) and Mary Jane Goode (Walt Gramley). In addition to his wife, Jane, Rusty was preceded in death by his son, Ed Goode, and is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Beth Goode (Carl Belk). Also surviving are his seven grandchildren who lovingly called him Papoo or Pop: Rebecca Jane Ponton (Rob), Will Reigel, Rusty Reigel, Mary Ellen Goode (Matt Spangler), Eddie Goode, Elizabeth Gramley and Ross Gramley and three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jane and Robbie Ponton. Additionally, Rusty is survived by his sisters-in-law, Becky Rencher and Marian Nisbet and was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Olin Nisbet and Bud Rencher. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews also survive Rusty.

The family would like to thank Lametsha “Buffy” Crawford for the invaluable love, support and care she has provided over the years to Rusty, Jane and “Gagi”. You will forever be a part of our family. Thank you also to Southminster Healthcare and Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte for your care, compassion and support.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11 o’clock in the morning at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The interment will be private. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Edward S. Goode Scholarship Fund , Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035, The Levine Children’s Hospital c/o Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, 208 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

John Ardrey “Jack” McLaney ’51

The Rev. Dr. John “Jack” Ardrey McLaney, 88, of Charleston, SC passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018.

He was born on June 27, 1929, in Charlotte, NC, son of the late Margaret Shaw Brown McLaney and the late Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Sr. In his youth Jack attended Dilworth Elementary, AG Junior High (when it was on Morehead St.) and Central High when it existed.

Then he did his undergraduate and pre-ministerial studies at Davidson College. Following college, Jack went to the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, KY. Jack served as a Presbyterian minister for 30 years before serving as a presbytery executive in the Presbytery of Mississippi and eventually taking a position as interim executive at the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.

From the time he was a child Jack was an avid reader. He was an airplane enthusiast and enjoyed making airplane models, eventually getting his pilot's license.

He was also a life-long sailor and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. Jack loved history, especially Civil War and World War II history, and no one ever asked a question that he couldn’t answer about either. His family will remember him as a faithful Christian, and a kind and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Beverly Tissot McLaney of Charleston, SC; two daughters: Margaret Anne Carney (Ed) of West Hartford, CT and Mary Lynn Runyon (David) of Louisville, KY; two sons: Roy Jeffrey Hodge of Louisville, KY and Christopher Alan Hodge (Jennifer) of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren: Anne Runyon; George “Teddy” Edward Carney, III and Allyson, Ashley and Brooke Hodge; his brother, Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Jr. (Jane) of Charlotte, NC; his sister Mary McLaney Mohr of Mechanicsville, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 1:00 PM 2:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley, with a memorial service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com.

Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 19, 2018