John Manson Webb Crute, Jr. ’61

John Manson Webb Crute, Jr., 79, of Raleigh, NC died peacefully Monday February 5 at his home. Mr. Crute was born January 20, 1939 in Wilson NC, a son of John Manson Webb Crute and Kathryn Fulghum Crute.

He is preceded in death by his son, John Manson Webb Crute III, his parents and a sister, Ann Lancaster King.

Surviving are his three daughters; Mary Crute Crumpler (Burks) Raleigh, NC, Adair Phifer Crute, LaJolla CA, Nancy Holcombe Crute Del Mar, CA.

He is also survived by three grandsons: Edward Phifer Hutchison, Edward Burks Crumpler and Webb Crute Crumpler. He is also survived by his brother, Edwin Fulghum Crute (Jackie) of Beulaville, NC.

Mr. Crute graduated from Davidson College with the class of 1961 and spent the next two years at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas serving as a lieutenant in the US Army. On his return to NC he began his brokerage career at Merrill Lynch in Raleigh and worked as a stock broker in Raleigh for the next 27 years.

After retirement Mr. Crute traveled across the US and eventually settled in Texas. In 2016 he returned to Raleigh.

“Johnny’s” colorful personality will long be remembered and missed by those who knew him.

In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to Healing Transitions 1251 Goode Street Raleigh, NC 27603, or the charity of ones choice.

A private service will be held in Wilson at a later date.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh.

Published in The News & Observer on Feb. 9, 2018

Alison Carol Peeler ’78

Alison Carol Peeler '78Alison Carol Peeler passed peacefully at home January 29, 2018. She was born November 25, 1955 in Burlington to the late Jess and Dave Peeler. Alison was a proud graduate of Davidson College.

She went on to earn her Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1988, specializing in finance. Her New York Wall Street career began as a District Manager for the AT&T Pension Fund and continued at US Trust Company where she managed investment portfolios.

Alison returned to North Carolina to raise her son,Greg, who brought her great joy and happiness. She continued her passion helping guide people in investments to create long term security at Wachovia Capital Management and then Atlantic Trust Company.

In 2003, she founded her own Registered Investment Advisor firm, Mayhew Asset Management, where she sought to create a personal approach to counseling her clients, providing them with her unique, analytical insight.

In 2007, Alison published her book, Investor Beware: An Industry Insider’s Guide to Investment Advisors. Additionally, she contributed to articles published in The Wall Street Journal.

She is survived by her son Gregory Hobbs Peeler; her brother and best friend, Douglas David Peeler and his wife Jodi of Houston, Texas; her loving nephew,Carter, and nieces, Maris and Lane Peeler.

Alison is also survived by her beloved companion Robert “Bokie” Sherk. Alison will be deeply missed by all her friends in Winston-Salem and beyond. Through the years, she had many adored pets.

In lieu of flowers, she requested that memorial donations be given to The Forsyth Humane Society: 4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

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Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade, Jr. ’50

Julius Jennings "Jake" Wade, Jr. '50Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade, Jr., died January 17, 2018.

Jake was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, May 30, 1928 to the late Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade and Mary Hamlin Landis Wade. Jake was a lifelong Charlotte resident.

Jake’s academic and professional leadership skills and service commitments emerged early and continued throughout his life. He held the following president positions: Alexander Graham Junior High School student body; Central High School sophomore class; Darlington School (Rome Georgia) junior and senior classes; Darlington School senior class Honor Council; Davidson College Monogram Club; North Carolina School of law legal fraternity Delta Theta Phi; Mecklenburg County Bar Association; Myers Park Homeowners Association; Mecklenburg County Davidson Alumni Association; and Davidson Athletic Foundation (Wildcat Club).

He received the prestigious faculty medal for General Excellence at Darlington School and was elected to the Davidson College Student Council and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national collegiate leadership society. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

He served as Davidson 1950 Class Agent, Board Trustee for the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Board Trustee for Florence Crittenton Home, Mecklenburg County campaign manager for late governor Dan K. Moore, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Civil Service Commission and Board Trustee of the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

Jake was a true competitor and leader on the sports field. He was captain of his junior and senior high school and baseball teams and a member of the Central High School Varsity State Champion football team. At Davidson College, he was a four-year monogram letterman in football and baseball and made a quite a splash with his 95-yard interception return for touchdown that allowed Davidson College to defeat N.C. State in football. He was voted into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.

After graduating from Davidson College, Jake served as an active duty commissioned officer in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and began his lengthy law practice in Charlotte. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and Charlotte County Club.

Jake was loved by hundreds of young ballplayers taking their cuts at the plate. “Got the right man up,” he was known to chatter and “get it next time,” if they struck out. For his years of service in youth sports, he was named the 1987 Sportsman of the year by the Charlotte Sporstman’s Club and awarded the 2010 Legacy of Coaching Award by the Mecklenburg County YMCA.

He coached the Harry and Bryant baseball team in Myers Park Trinity Little League for some sixty years and Jake Wade Field is named in his honor. The bronze plaque at the field is a reminder of his “positive influence,” his “contagious enthusiasm,” and his “optimistic attitude.” Jake will be fondly remembered as an athlete by desire, a gentleman by nature, and a friend to all.

Jake is survived by his beloved wife, Sara; his children James Hunter Wade, Julius Jennings “Jay” Wade, III (Cary) and Amelia Wade Worley (Mike); his grandchildren Malone Lockaby (Rath), Quinn Yi (John), Rebecca Carney Wade, Julius Jennings “Jake” Wade, IV, Abbey Wade Droege (Garret), SaraAnn Worley, and Stuart Elizabeth Worley; his great-grandchildren Ellington Yi, Winsley Yi, Adeline Yi, Henry Droege and Lennon Droege; his brother Hamlin Landis Wade (Julia); his brother-in-law and college roommate Dr. O.F. “Bo” Roddey, Jr.; and Jay and Pat Powell, his special “quasi-adopted’ couple he met while Jay was a Davidson College student. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carrie Maie Wade Roberts and husband James L. Roberts, and sister-in-law, Amelia Hunter Roddey.

Visitation will be at Harry and Bryant Funeral home, 500 Providence Road, on Thursday, January 25, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, on Friday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. A reception follows in the church Blue Room. Interment will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Autism Society, Davidson Athletic Foundation or Myers Park Trinity Little League.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2018

Julius Jennings "Jake" Wade, Jr. '50

William Anthony “Bill” White, Jr. ’52

William White '52William Anthony “Bill” White, Jr. died Thursday, January 11, 2018. He was 87. His last days, like his life, were filled with family, friends, laughter and music – from Presbyterian hymns to bluegrass to the Davidson College fight song.

As an avid reader – and former high school columnist – of the Charlotte Observer, Bill would have preferred a more humble and succinct summation of his life; however, without his red pen to pare our prose, we’ll take the liberty of expanding upon his oft-expressed hope that his life could be defined by two words: he loved.

He was born February 5, 1930 in Charlotte, NC to the late Bess Denny White and William A. White, Sr.

Bill loved school and loved to learn. A proud product of Charlotte public schools, he attended Dilworth Elementary and A.G. Junior High, and graduated from Central High School in 1948. Bolstered by the encouragement and support of community and church leaders, Bill worked his way through Davidson College.

There, as editor of The Davidsonian, member of the track team, and a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, he established lifelong friendships. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in business, with Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa distinctions. He was awarded one of the first Morehead Scholarships to attend graduate school, receiving his M.B.A. from UNC – Chapel Hill in 1953.

He fulfilled his military obligation in the army at Ft. Benning, GA, an experience that provided treasured friendships and colorful stories. It was in nearby Columbus that he began his lifelong ministry teaching high school Sunday School.

Like his collegiate and post-graduate experiences, Bill’s business career was marked by hard work and good fortune. He was profoundly grateful to those who led him to or through open doors to wonderful opportunities. He later reflected, “I cannot but believe they were the hands of God in the creating of the life that has been mine to enjoy.”

After starting out at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, he went to work for the Rouse Company in 1957 as a leasing agent and then manager of the Charlottetown Mall. He became a Vice President, overseeing major real estate development projects throughout the country.

Bill married Betsy Smith in 1961, a feat that was, in his words, “beyond the highest hopes I could have conjured up.” They had three daughters and created a family “rich in love.” Of his life with four women and a female dog, Bill often quipped, “If the good Lord thought there needed to be another man in the house, he would’ve sent one!”

In 1970, backed by the Springs Company, he formed real estate development company Charter Properties and assembled what he called a “grand team” of coworkers. A passionate perfectionist with deep integrity, he held himself and others to the highest standards. Bill loved Charlotte and considered it a great privilege to help mold his “sleepy little town” into a big city. He was a visionary who believed fervently in the revitalization of uptown, particularly enjoying his involvement in the Bank of America/Founder’s Hall/Blumenthal Performing Arts Center project.

As a man of deep faith, Bill also devoted his time and leadership to causes he loved; first and foremost to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and countless others including Davidson College, the Salvation Army, The Charlotte Housing Authority, the Good Fellows Club and Union Presbyterian Seminary.

For over 50 years, he found great joy in teaching high school students on Sunday mornings at Myers Park Presbyterian and mentoring them in their faith journeys. His interest in sustaining the church with vibrant leadership inspired him to lead the development of Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Charlotte campus.

In a commencement address at the seminary, he expressed his own conviction that “whatever we teach, whatever we write, wherever we work, we must do it first as disciples. And it must be apparent by words and by deeds that we are disciples by the way we love.”

And oh, how he loved- his wife, Betsy, his girls, his sons-in-law, his six grandchildren- and how we loved him! We cherish his quick wit and self-deprecating humor; his corny jokes (punctuated by a self-congratulatory leg kick); his bedtime, dinnertime, ALL-the-time stories; his tender heart and keen awareness of others; his “food for thought” memos in left-handed chicken-scratch; his nicknames for those he loved; his smooth moves on the dance floor; his tennis whites and old-school sweatbands; his eternal faith in Davidson Athletics; his loyalty to dear friends and acquaintances; his silly banter with his grandchildren; his encyclopedic knowledge of “absolutely everything;” his gentlemanly southern charm.

Bill is survived by his wife 56 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith White of Charlotte; his children Elizabeth White Dickens (Al), Charlotte; Margaret White Black (Robert), Arden, NC; Katherine “Katie” White Willingham (Rob), Charlotte. He was affectionately known and adored as “Da” by his six grandchildren: Bess Dickens Kelpin (Peter), Al Dickens IV (Courtney), Amelia Willingham, all of Charlotte, Kate Willingham, Nashville, TN; Bobby and Betsy Black, Arden, NC.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lee Simmons Smith, of Greenville, SC, and his nephews and niece, Sam Smith, Greenville, SC, Will Smith (Kristin), Charlotte, NC, and Susan Smith DeHoll (Doug), Sumter, SC. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Shirley White, Charlotte, and his brother-in- law, Dr. Samuel Wilson Smith, Greenville, SC.

The family is profoundly grateful to the compassionate staff at Sharon Towers; Bill’s caregivers and companions: Barbara Huntley and the staffs of Home Instead and Hospice & Palliative Care.

A worship service in celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC. A reception will follow in Oxford Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund, 220 N.Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202; Union Presbyterian Seminary, 5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences at


Published in Charlotte Observer on Jan. 14, 2018

Frank Etheridge Davis, Jr. ’45

Frank Davis, Jr. '45

Frank Etheridge Davis Jr., passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018. Born on April 28, 1923, he was a lifetime resident of Atlanta.

After graduating from Boys High School in 1941, he attended Davidson College until called to active duty in Dec. of 1941.

While at Davidson College, he was involved with the Tennis Team, Rifle Team, Concert Orchestra, Marching Band as well a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

He served in the US Army for 3 years where he was assigned to the European Theatre and was awarded 2 Purple Hearts. Upon his return, he completed his college education and graduated from Georgia State University.

He had a 41-year career in sales management with Allstate Insurance Company. He was a lifelong member of Northside United Methodist Church where he served on multiple committees.

He was a 50-year member of the Kiwanis Club where he held the office of President, a member of the Fulton County Grand Jurors Association, the 300 Club of Atlanta, and a founding member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club where he was an avid tennis player.

In addition to working for Allstate, he spent many years developing real estate with his brother, Jeff Lee Davis.

One of his greatest joys was spending time at a family home on Lake Burton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Betty Crane Davis.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Frank E. Davis III (Julia) of Savannah, daughter Allison Davis Berkowitz (Gerald) of Charlotte, NC, brother Jeff Lee Davis (Elaine), three grandchildren: Martin Ross Berkowitz of New York City, Cameron Lee Berkowitz of Los Angeles, and Madeline Grace Davis of Savannah as well as multiple nieces and nephews.

The family would like to pay special tribute to the outstanding care provided by the staff at Buckingham South as well the Hospice Savannah team.

Funeral services will be held in Atlanta on Sunday, January 7th at 2pm at Northside Methodist Church.

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