Kenneth “Kent” Furman Antley ’69

Kent Antley '69Kenneth “Kent” Furman Antley, age 70, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017, after suffering a massive heart attack.

Kent was a man of rare kindness, patience and intelligence with a selfless dedication to his family, community and profession.

Kent was the only child of Marion Furman Antley and Beatrice Murray Antley, born on March 31, 1947 in Charlotte, NC. He attended Davidson College and UNC at Chapel Hill. He studied at the University of London as a Fulbright scholar, after which he attained his JD from Duke University.

After law school he became one of the first law clerks for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, Judge of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Macon, GA. After his two-year clerkship he taught at Mercer Law School for four years.

In 1985 Kent entered private practice as a corporate attorney in Atlanta at the law firm that became Branch, Pike and Ganz, where he became the 10th attorney and in five years was a made partner.

In 1990 he married the love of his life, Barbara Chandler Evans, whom he met while singing in the Collegium Vocale at Emory University. He became an exemplary stepfather to her two young sons, John and Trey Evans, whom he loved as if they were his own.

In 1991 he and Barbara were blessed with a son, Christopher Marion Antley, making their family complete. Kent was a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Justice Project, President of the Business and Technology Alliance, which eventually became the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and was a founding sponsor of the Atlanta Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, which later awarded him the first Lifetime Membership Award. He also helped found and was on the board of Tech High School, a charter school.

He stayed at Holland and Knight (which acquired Branch, Pike and Ganz) until 1998, then moved to Sutherland Asbill and Brennan. There he focused on tech company start-ups and became recognized as an influential and important figure in Atlanta’s technology industry.

In 2004 he accepted an offer from Miller & Martin and remained there happily practicing until the time of his death. His long time legal assistant Elaine Anderson was his right hand and he valued her as a dear friend.

Kent spent his leisure time actively volunteering his talents in the Chancel Choir at Glenn Memorial UMC where he was Chair of the Board of Trustees at the time of his death.

Kent was a committed Christian who always looked out for the underserved and gave tirelessly to his church and his community. He was an avid vegetable gardener who shared his harvest with others, especially his highly coveted pepper jelly. One of the highlights of Kent’s week was running with his close group of neighborhood friends.

He also completed several marathons. He loved traveling (especially hiking in National Parks), studying German at the Goethe Institute, reading and just being with his beloved wife and children. Kent was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 77 where his son Christopher attained rank of Eagle Scout.

To those who had the privilege of knowing him, Kent had a certain stillness and gentle patience about him that put everyone at ease. He saw a basic goodness in everyone and believed that every individual deserved to be loved. Kent was full of compassion, acceptance and patience in a way that was truly a gift to everyone around him.

Kent was preceded in death by his mother and father, Beatrice and Marion Antley.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 27 years Barbara Chandler Antley, their sons Christopher Marion Antley, Trey Evans (Amanda) and John Evans (Olive), cousin Carole Kjellsen (Dick), brother-in-law Randy Chandler (Ruth), nephew Wesley Chandler (Jordan), and niece Anna Chandler.

Kent was recently blessed with two granddaughters, Sarah Frances Evans (Trey & Amanda) born on October 18, 2017, and Alice Chandler Evans (John & Olive) born October on 21, 2017, with whom he was entirely smitten.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the sanctuary of Glenn Memorial UMC, 1660 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA, the Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers officiating, on Tuesday November 28 at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow.

Tributes or donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Glenn Memorial UMC (, Georgia Justice Project (, or Open Hand (

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 27, 2017

Frank McGowan, Jr. ’55

Frank McGowan'55Retired SC Circuit Court Judge Frank P. McGowan, Jr., 83, departed this life Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

He was born in Columbia, S.C., June 22, 1934. Son of Frank P. McGowan and Virginia Lancaster McGowan. His father was general counsel of Federal Land Banks of NC, SC, Ga., and Fla. for many years and his mother a graduate of Agnes Scott College.

Frank graduated A. C. Moore Grammar School, University of South Carolina and South Carolina Law School. Sophomore Davidson College. Attended a number of National Judicial College courses. He served two years in the US Army and 3 ½ years in SC National Guard prior to moving to Greenville, July 1, 1961. Was Honor Graduate NCO Academy 4th Division Germany and first Honor Graduate out of 136 Officer Candidate School.

While in Law School he did work part time with CPA Firm, during first year as Honor Council Representative; second year work Page in SC House of Representatives and 3rd year as Page of Lt. Governor in State Senate.

Active member of First Presbyterian Church, Chairman of Board of Deacons; President of Good Neighbors class and Men’s Bible Class and two others; served one year as President of Stone School PTA; 40 years in Rotary Club of Greenville; member of Poinsett Club; Metropolitan Club St. Andrew’s Society of Upper SC; Kappa Alpha Order Cotillion; He practiced law a number of years prior to becoming a full time judge as Master in Equity Greenville Country Club; SC Circuit Judge for 30 years. At a younger age through 1st Pres in Columbia, Frank had been cub, boy explorer and sea scout.

He had a difficult fight with cancer and neuropathy for many years losing 112 pounds at one point. He was a member of the Neuropathy Association.

“My wife” Dee Mitchell McGowan is one of the most lovely, darling and dear people possible. She has made and does make life so much more wonderful. Her abilities are utterly amazing. We love her.

Surviving are two sons, Frank P. McGowan, III and Eugene Bryant McGowan, his wife Alison M. McGowan and their three children, Reed H., Harriet S. and John Bryant McGowan; sisters Margaret M. Robertson (William) and Virginia Smith (H. Bronson, III).

Pallbearers and Honorees are Honorable Rex L. Carter, Honorable Harry A. Chapman, Jr., James C. Parham, Jr., Julian W. Dority, Richard N. Gribble, Mac James, John E. Johnston, Judge Alex S. Macaulay, Austin T. Moore, Jr., Towers Rice, Frank Spencer, James Barnes, Charles M. Groves and Judge Frank Eppes. Members of the Greenville Bar are asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or Charity of One’s Choice.

Private Interment prior to service. Service to be held at 3:30 PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017 conducted by Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

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DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. ’56

DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. '56DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. departed this life peacefully at home with his wife Anne by his side on November 8, 2017.

Born April 24, 1933, DeWitt was reared in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia where his parents were Presbyterian home missionaries. He was graduated from Woodberry Forrest School and Davidson College before serving as an officer in the U. S. Army Air Defense Command.

DeWitt spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry at Richardson-Vicks, Pfizer, and AH Robbins. These years were filled with indelible memories of advertising Clearasil with Dick Clark during the heyday of American Bandstand; increasing sales of Visine eye drops with “gets the red out;” and aggressively marketing Sergeant’s Pet Care Products.

In 1981, he was recruited by the Association of National Advertisers, Inc. to be its President and CEO. In 1987, he led the organization’s successful resistance of Florida’s sales tax on services including its tax on advertising. With record attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences its membership thrived. While at ANA, he served on a number of industry boards and was elected an Honorary Director for Life of The Advertising Council, Inc.

The Church was an integral part of DeWitt’s life. He was ordained a Deacon by Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1961; elected and ordained an Elder by the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va. in 1975; and installed an Elder by the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, S.C. in 2007, 2014 and 2017. DeWitt taught Sunday school, chaired numerous committees and designed and conducted new member classes which increased the congregation by over 150 members.

When DeWitt and Anne retired to Beaufort, SC in 2003 he brought a strong commitment to the community. He twice served as President of the Point Neighborhood Association. During his tenure, two neighborhood parks, Harvey Park and the Charlie Knott Park, were restored and dedicated. DeWitt’s life was filled with 84 active years. He loved living in Beaufort; traveling with Anne; selling on eBay; lunching with friends and being with his constant companion, his sweet Australian Shepherd Jezebelle.

DeWitt will be missed, but his work and stories will be remembered. DeWitt is survived by his wife Anne Valle, son, Frederick (Barbara), daughter, McNair Bishop (Diggs), sister, Blanche Nichols, her son Bobby, and grandchildren Melissa, Katharine, Morgan, Bill, Mary, and Coleman. He was preceded in death by Jezebelle.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 14th at First Presbyterian Church, North Street, Beaufort, S.C. Following the service a reception will be held at the Church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort and Friends of Caroline Hospice, Port Royal. Copeland Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in The Island Packet on Nov. 10, 2017

Bill Proctor ’55

Bill Proctor '55Mr. William Paul Proctor, 88, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at CMC Mercy Hospital from complications after a fall. Bill played college basketball at Davidson College in the early 1950s.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Germany during the Korean War. After leaving the service he began a thirty year career with Maryland Casualty Insurance as the Area Manager, obtaining his CPCU designation.

Upon retirement, he was employed by Harris Teeter at the Arboretum location at the time of his passing.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Doris McMillon Proctor; daughters Patti Proctor, Pam (Shawn) Panuline; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place at McEwen Funeral Service, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte on Saturday, November 11, 2017 beginning at 1:00pm.

Funeral Service will follow at 2:00pm. Interment will take place at Sharon Memorial Park. To leave online condolences, please visit

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Clelmer Kay Bartell ’57

Clelmer Kay Bartell originally from Indiantown, S.C. died on November 6th at his residence in New Orleans at the age of 83.

He survived despite many long-term medical problems due to his will to live and the skill of his physicians, some of whom he taught as undergraduates in his long career teaching at the University of New Orleans.

He is survived by long term friend Carl Hardy of New Orleans and sister Carrie Bartell of Colorado, as well as beloved cousins in South Carolina. Clel (a.k.a. Kay) was the son of Clelmer H. Bartell and Grace Wilson Bartell.

From boyhood Clel was known for his skills as a naturalist, his keen intellect and his artistic proclivity. He graduated from Davidson College in 1957 and earned a PhD in Zoology from Duke University in 1964.<

He matured into a kind and generous man who attracted a wide circle of loyal, loving friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the Indiantown Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the William "Bill" Chandler fund of Indiantown Church or an environmental group of one's choice.

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