Laurence C. Leafer passed on September 30, 2010. No additional information is available at this time.
Samuel Franklin “Frank” Davis ’48 died at his home, Lost Acres Farm, near Concord, N.C., on Sept. 28. The youngest child of Joseph Vernon and Minnie Williams Davis, he was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Concord. He attended Auburn University, Davidson, and Guilford College. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served overseas for 33 months in North Africa and Italy. After the war, he went into business as a homebuilder and real estate developer under the name of S. Frank Davis Construction and Realty and took pride in his motto, “Quality Construction.” Frank had many friends with whom he enjoyed hunting, fishing, telling stories, and the bond of camaraderie shared by many of his generation. The Yacht and Basin Club, formed by Frank and friends since childhood, continued from right after the war until 2005. They met biweekly and shared food, fellowship, and stories. He was known as a good cook, and fried chicken and barbecue were his specialties. He hosted many gatherings at Lost Acres and at his Lake Norman home where guests were treated to beautiful sunsets. At Lost Acres, he pursued his boyhood love of farming and raising cattle. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Clara Waller Davis, 76 Circle Dr. NE, Concord, NC 28025-3010, originally of Halifax County, Va. Also surviving are a son, Sam Davis ’69 (Alice); three grandchildren, Trey Davis (Cate), McCarley Davis (Lise), and Caroline Johnson (Ben); four great-grandchildren; a sister, Sara Phillips; and a brother, Joe V. Davis, Jr.
James Guy Hollandsworth, Jr. ’66, of Asheville, N.C., died Sept. 21 at his home. He was the son of James G. and Willie Lee Hearn Hollandsworth. He graduated from Davidson, received his master’s and doctorate degrees from UNC Chapel Hill, and did postgraduate work at Madeline College, Oxford University, England. He was a professor and administrator at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. He was the author of many publications and books on psychology and Civil War history and was active in many historical associations. He enjoyed climbing and hiking in the Wyoming Mountains with his father. He retired recently and moved to Asheville, N.C. He is survived by his father, James G. Hollandsworth (Marjorie), 1535 Ritter Blvd., Huntington, WV 25701, and Black Mountain, N.C.; his former wife and best friend, Susan Hollandsworth; and by his dog, Buddy.
James Dewitt Thacker ’55, of North Litchfield, S.C., died Sept. 21 at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. He was 77. He was born in Rome, Ga., the son of James Dewitt Thacker and Mattie Thacker Johnson. He attended Davidson on a football scholarship, setting several college records. His 98-yard touchdown run in 1952 still stands as the longest on record for the Wildcats. He was inducted into Davidson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He graduated with a degree in business administration, and then earned a master’s in financial management from the University of Tennessee after serving two years in the Army Security Agency. He spent the rest of his career with Union Carbide. Thacker and his wife, Phyllis, retired to North Litchfield in 1986. He was active in county and community affairs, including the Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association, with a term as its president, membership in the Waccamaw Neck Council of Property Owners Associations, and service on several county boards and committees. His family said his wisdom and humor will be missed. In addition to his wife, Phyllis Thacker, 245 Windover Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, he is survived by two sons, Tim and Thomas; two granddaughters, Amanda and Lindley; a sister, Betty; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Ben, and a brother, Brad.
Clarence Daniel “Red” Williams ’48, of Irmo, S.C., passed away Sept. 21 after 57 years of active ministry throughout South Carolina. He was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Summerville, S.C., to S.C. United Methodist minister Luther D.B. Williams and his wife, Elizabeth Joyner Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Belva Morse Williams; his sister, Mary Wynn Williams; and his brother, David J. Williams. Surviving are his son, Danny Williams, 304 Hathcock Ct., Columbia, SC 29210-3834; daughters, Sherry (Hal Fair), Dawn (Wesley Gilliland), and Wendi (Timothy Mundy); seven grandchildren, Rainey Chadwell (Brandon), Banks Fair (Mardi), Joseph and Adam Gilliland, and Ashley, Sloan, and David Mundy. Like his father, Williams was a United Methodist minister in the S.C. Annual Conference. He served seven local churches including Wayne U.M.C., Georgetown; St. John U.M.C., Sumter; Mauldin U.M.C.; Bethany U.M.C., Summerville; John Wesley U.M.C., Charleston; Trinity U.M.C., Spartanburg; and Union U.M.C., Irmo. He retired from the S.C. Annual Conference in 1993 and became the minister of visitation at Trenholm Road U.M.C., Columbia, where he served the next 17 years. Without his parents’ knowledge, he applied to Wofford College, where he lettered in football. While there, another calling came, and he left to serve in the U.S. Army during WWII as a radio operator and tail gunner on a B-17 over the Pacific. Post-war he returned to North Carolina and graduated from Davidson and Duke Divinity School. With the onset of the Korean conflict, he once again was pulled into a war effort. This time, however, he served as a chaplain. After the war, he married his college sweetheart, and they were stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., until he was honorably discharged. He and Belva moved to Georgetown, S.C., where he assumed his first pastoral appointment. What is unique is his continued effort (educational programming, etc.) as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He graduated the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., ultimately attained the rank of colonel, and, in 1980, was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. As is true with most beloved ministers, Williams’ pastoral efforts were endless, and many, many individuals have been blessed. He was a true genius, avid reader, competitive board gamer, steadfast friend, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be most remembered as a compassionate Christian crusader and for his words, “Let’s have prayer together, amen, amen, and amen.”