William Lambert Taylor ’66, of Raleigh, N.C., died Oct. 30 at Rex Hospice in Raleigh after a long, courageous battle with kidney disease. Taylor was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Raleigh, to the late Marvin Edward Taylor and Ellen Borden Broadhurst Taylor. He grew up in Smithfield, N.C., and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. He graduated from Davidson, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity. After graduation from Davidson, he did graduate work at UNC Chapel Hill, and then was employed by Phillips Fibers (an affiliate of Phillips Petroleum) in Greenville, S.C., for several years. Taylor contracted a rare kidney disease that led to dialysis for many years, and more recently, he was diagnosed with cancer. Despite the limitations of his illnesses, Taylor enjoyed photography, the outdoors, travel, art, and music. He was also an unabashed computer geek. Taylor was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and, in recent years, developed an interest in family history. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Edwin Brownrigg Taylor, who died shortly after birth. He is survived by his brothers, Marvin Edward Taylor, Jr. (Gunilla) and Jack Borden Taylor ’61 (Linda). He also is survived by the light of his life, his niece, Karin E. G. Taylor. Taylor had his ashes scattered in the mountains and on the coast of his beloved North Carolina.
John Eric Bone ’91, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away on Oct. 24 at the age of 39. Born in Newton County to Charles Bone and the late Becky Barr Bone, he earned his B.A. degree in English from Davidson and then studied film and media production at UNC Chapel Hill. Bone enjoyed camping, reading, cooking, and entertaining his many friends. He enjoyed life and will be missed by all who knew him. Bone is survived by his father, Charles W. Bone, 100 Riverbend Dr., Covington, GA 30014-1659; sister, Kimberly Bone Brooks; brothers, Eddie Bone and Kevin Bone; paternal grandmother, Retha Bone; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Ricky Donnell Childers, 25, of 100 Edzell Drive, who passed Oct. 22, 2009, while visiting Santo Domingo, was born in Rowan County to Mr. Christopher D. and Rena Robinson Childers Feb. 4, 1984. He was a Project Manager with Wells Fargo, a 2002 South Rowan graduate, 2006 graduate of Davidson College and a member of First Cavalry Baptist Church. He leaves fond memories to his parents; brother Darryl (Trenita) Childers of Salisbury; sister Cherese Childers(Damon) McKee of Durham; his fiancee Mima Stojanovic; parental grandmother Jessie Childers; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Published in Salisbury Post on Nov. 1, 2009
Samuel Davis McDaniel, Jr. ’50 passed away peacefully with his family by his side Oct. 22, 2009, in Richmond, Va., at the age of 81. McDaniel was a lifelong resident of Atlanta, Ga., and a Buckhead native. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Davis and Dororthy Bryant McDaniel, and his brother, William Bryant McDaniel. He is survived by his daughters, Catherine Hart, Marquerite Tyre (Keith), Susan Holland (Matthew), and Jennifer McDaniel; and grandchildren, Jake Hart, Cary Hart, Hannah Hart, Kate Tyre, Ansley Tyre, and Matthew Holland, Jr. McDaniel was a retired lieutenant commander from the Navy and spent 20 years in the Naval Reserve. Following the Navy, McDaniel went into the investment banking and brokerage industry. His two loves after his family were music and nature, which led him to be a member of the original Huff and Puffs singing group and a trail maintenance volunteer for the Appalachian Trail Club.
J. Rodman Williams ’39, of Virginia Beach, Va., left to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 18.
He was a noted theologian, pastor, author, and professor. Dr. Williams was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson, of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Columbia University in New York.
He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Marine Corps, taught philosophy and religion at Beloit College in Wisconsin, pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Rockford, Ill., taught theology and philosophy of religion at Austin Presbyterian Seminary in Texas, and served as president and professor of theology at Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, Calif.
Beginning in 1982, he taught theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Va., and became professor of renewal theology emeritus in 2002.
Although his family rejoices that he now beholds the glory of heaven, he will be deeply missed by his wife, Johanna S. Williams, 608 Fleet Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23454-7307; his daughter, Cindy Pryzmenski; his granddaughter, Laura Kopp (Jesse); his son, David, and grandsons, Seth and Kevin Williams; his sister, Lee Watts (John); and other family members, plus a host of students, friends, and colleagues whom he loved and to whom he continually gave himself.