Lindsey June Lassiter ’15

Lindsey Lassiter '15Lindsey June Lassiter passed away in the early morning hours of October 1, 2017.

A graduate of Walnut Hills High School (2011), Lindsey earned her bachelor of science in psychology from Davidson College (2015) and her master of education in the art of teaching from Texas A &M University-Commerce (2017).

Lindsey taught kindergarten at Umphrey Lee Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Lindsey was an active member of The Potter’s House church in Dallas and enthusiastically engaged with the Brick House young adult ministry.

Lindsey lived her life with intention, passion, sincerity, commitment and love for her family, friends and students.

She leaves behind her mother, Sharlene Boltz; her father, Christo Lassiter; her brother, Ellery, and sister Natalie; her stepfather, Jay Boltz; her Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at The Chapel, Crossroads-Oakley, 3500 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209. Memorial visitation begins at Noon followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00pm. The Chapel entrance is located adjacent to the East Parking Lot.

In lieu of flowers, donations to establish the “Lindsey Lassiter Memorial Library”, a collection of multi-cultural books for kindergarteners at the Umphrey Lee Elementary School in Dallas, Texas, can be made at

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Oct. 11, 2017

Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr. ’58

Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr. '58Robert Perrin Oliver, Jr., M.D., 81, passed away September 28, 2017. He was born June 24, 1936 in Mobile, AL to Margaret Hardee and Robert Perrin Oliver, Sr.

His family later moved to Charlotte, NC.

He graduated from Davidson College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis.

He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. He was a family doctor at Methodist Hospital and head of family practice. He taught medical students at St. Francis Hospital.

He graciously and enthusiastically volunteered with Emmanuel Episcopal Center, Doctors Without Borders, Su Casa ESL, Page Robbins, and Blue Suede Shoes at the Memphis International Airport.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judith Meek Oliver; sons, David Oliver (Kristen) and Daniel Scruggs (Lisa); grandchildren, Sadie Oliver and Beatrix Oliver; sisters, Betsy Van Allen (George) and Randall Hunt (Carl). He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Moncure.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, October 6 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 7 at Second Presbyterian Church. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Page Robbins Adult Day Center. Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery; 901-767-8930.

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William “Lee” Hand ’58

Dr. William “Lee” Hand was an accomplished man. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, veteran, professor, and healer. He loved his family and friends, his church, teaching medicine, trips to the beach and a glass of good Scotch.

Born January 23, 1937 in Cartersville, Georgia, Lee was the son of the late Mary Holt and Reverend Jack G. Hand.

His early years were spent in the Georgia cities of Cartersville, Atlanta and Albany and he graduated from high school in Jacksonville, Florida. Lee Hand knew from a young age that he wanted to practice medicine. He earned his B.S. from Davidson College and his M.D. from Emory University.

During his residency at Emory he specialized in and served as chief resident for Internal Medicine. His medical training was completed with a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He also served in the United States Air Force.

A gifted physician, Lee’s love for medicine was superseded only by his passion for teaching and medical research. During his career he authored over 100 articles in various medical journals and served on many councils and advisory boards.

Dr. Hand went on to become the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and then later became the Chairman of Internal Medicine and then Associate Dean for Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.

He was recognized as a Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and was listed as one of the Best Doctors in America as well one of the Best Doctors in El Paso.

Lee’s Sharp wit and keen mind were apparent to all who knew him. These traits, combined with his kind heart and strong faith, were flavored with a deep Southern accent that left a lasting impression. He enjoyed attending symphony performances, swimming, and watching the Atlanta Braves.

Lee’s journey on Earth ended on September 27th when he passed peacefully in his sleep to be with our Lord. He was blessed with a full life and will be dearly missed by all.

Lee is survived by his beloved wife, Debbie; his children Julia Johnson (Chris), Bill Hand, Ryan Harper (Kara), and Whitney Harper; brother Jack Hand (Grace) and nephews Chris (Heather) and Michael (Sarah) Hand. He was a proud and loving grandfather to six: Boaz, Ava Jean, Nolan, Annabelle, Emma, and Everly Harper.<

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Western Hills Methodist Church Foundation or El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird Dr., El Paso, TX 79912.

Published in El Paso Times from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9, 2017

Norman Pease ’67

Norman Pease '67James Norman Pease, III, age 72, passed away in Atlanta, GA on September 25, 2017, having led a remarkably full life even while he battled cancer for the past six years.

Born May 8, 1945, in Charlotte, NC, Norman attended Myers Park High School and then Davidson College. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Army ROTC. It was there that he met his future wife of 49 years, Sidney Walker, a student at Queens College.

After graduating from Davidson, Norman completed Officer Candidate School in 1968, served in the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Captain. He and Sidney settled in Atlanta in 1970.

With Norman, no one was a stranger for long, and he created life-long friendships through a variety of activities such as ALTA tennis, Rotary Club, and as a greeter at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. He was fond of his co-workers at Leased Vehicles and then LeasePlan USA where he was known as a person of exceptional integrity and loyalty.

Some of his most cherished activities included attendance at the sporting events of his sons and yearly family beach trips where he would bask in the sun with a good book and stroll the beach to catch up with old friends. Family and friends could count on a laugh from his dry wit and punchy one-liners.

Left to carry his memory in love are his wife Sidney, sons Jay (Catherine) of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Josh (Meg) of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren, Darby, Carson, Declan, and Kieran; sister Carson (Sandy Evans) of Mineral Bluff, GA and Belfast, ME, brother Ed (Emily) of Williamsburg, VA, and a host of extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Norman Pease, Jr. and Mary Carson Jones Pease, both of Charlotte, NC, and granddaughter, Johanna.

Norman will be remembered for his warmth, upright character, good humor, and genuine kindness.

Services will be held in Atlanta at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 11am. Reception will follow at the church.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute for their support and care during his courageous battle with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University ( or Hospice Atlanta Center (

Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 1, 2017

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.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southeast Chapel