J. Dick Kelley ’53, of Hartsville, S.C., died Sept. 17. Kelley was born March 23, 1931, in Florence, S.C., the son of the late Henrietta Elizabeth Gandy and Orlando Dickson Kelley, Jr. He excelled in tennis as a youth. He was a 1953 graduate of Davidson, where he was named to the national O.D.K. leadership fraternity, co-captained the Wildcats football team, and was president of and represented S.A.E. social fraternity on the Pan-Hellenic Council. He was awarded the best company commander medal at Davidson. He served in the U.S. Infantry at Ft. Benning, Ga., and Ft. Bliss, Tex., honorably discharged as first lieutenant in 1955. His love of singing motivated him to participate in his church choirs from the age of 12 years until 2006, as well as several civic choruses. Kelley was baptized at Hartsville First Baptist Church, later moving his membership to the Cheraw First Presbyterian Church, then Hartsville First Presbyterian Church. He taught adult and youth Sunday school and Bible school, and was ordained as both deacon and elder. Kelley was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow as an adult. He was an avid fisherman and boater, a former member of Hartsville Cotillion, Second Thursday, and Outdoor Club. He served on Trees for Tomorrow and the Cargill Corridor civic committees, and volunteered for Christmas in April and HIM. He fulfilled the dream of becoming an airplane pilot when he soloed on June 11, 1980. After retiring from Sonoco Products Co. with 25 years service, he enjoyed several pleasant years in real estate and working for the State of South Carolina. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Barbara “Bobbie” Kirkley Kelley, 119 Erwin Rd., Hartsville, SC 29550; two sons, James Randy (Susan R. Kelley) and Glen Dickson (Cathy O. Kelley); one daughter, Barbara Kelley Griffeth ’82 (Jack Thurman Griffeth ’79); grandchildren, Jamie Elizabeth Kelley, Bryan Patrick Kelley (Sarah), Catherine “Erin” Kelley Carnes (Jason), Adam Dickson Kelley (Amanda), Will Dickson Griffeth, Kirkley Ann Griffeth, and Jackson Kelley Griffeth; three great-grandchildren, John Dickson and Henry Hollen Kelley, and Ella Catherine Carnes; one sister, LuBeth Kelley Scott (David); two nephews, Kevin and Jonathon Sherwood; his aunts, Mrs. James Gandy and Mrs. Claude Gandy; two sisters-in-law, Sue Kirkley Arledge and Ruth K. Ingram Jackson; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Samuel Adamson Burgess, Jr. ’49, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully Sept. 14 in Raleigh, N.C. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to Samuel Adamson and Madge Blakely Burgess, and spent his childhood in Florida. He studied at Davidson until he was old enough to volunteer for the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during WWII. Upon completing his military service at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, he returned to Davidson and graduated in 1949. While at Davidson, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After attending the School of Business at Columbia University in New York City, Burgess was employed in the cashier’s office of the Equitable Life Assurance Society in Harrisburg, Pa., for a year before entering Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., to study for the Presbyterian ministry. Upon graduation in 1952, he was ordained in Sparta, N.C., by the Presbytery of Winston-Salem and called to the Elkin Presbyterian Church in Elkin, N.C. There he met and married Carol Stuart, the love of his life for 56 years. Burgess and Carol soon set sail for Scotland to engage in form critical New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews. Upon returning home after completing his studies, Burgess became the organizing pastor of a new Presbyterian church in Garner, N.C., in 1956. During his pastorate, Burgess served as a commissioner to the general assembly of the Presbyterian church three times. Love of community and people led him to serve in various offices and organizations, including boards of directors of the American Cancer Society and the Triangle Counseling Center, president of the local PTA, and chaplain for many years at the Garner Civitan Club. Upon retirement in 1990, Burgess volunteered his time tutoring students in the field of reading at Vandora Springs Elementary School and providing support to patients as a volunteer at Rex Hospital. Survivors are his wife, Carol S. Burgess, 1506 Kennon Rd., Garner, NC 27529; son, Samuel Adamson Burgess III (JimiAnn); daughters, Madge B. Webster (David), Barbara B. Smith (Stephen), and Linda B. Cleve (William); eight grandchildren, David Samuel Webster, Andrew Michael Webster, Elizabeth Stuart Burgess, Adam McRae Burgess, Alexandra Nicole Smith, Caroline Wimberly Smith, Mary Hannah Cleve, and William Burgess Cleve; brothers, Leonard Blakely Burgess and William K. Burgess ’58 (Linda); nephews, Blake Burgess and Parker and Phillip Burgess; nieces, Susan B. Jordan, Tracy B. McCollough, and Christine B. Czumak; and many loving cousins in South Carolina. He was preceded in death by one niece, Alison B. Riggsby.
John W. Maddox, Jr. ’64, 67, of Rome, Ga., passed away Sept. 14, 2010, while visiting family in Belgium. Maddox was born in Rome on Oct. 30, 1942, the son of the late John W. Maddox, Sr. and Leone Brooks Maddox Sheffield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lee Maddox Wise. He was a graduate of Shorter College and was a member of the track Hall of Fame. Maddox was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Wednesday men’s Bible study. After retirement, he remained a director of SunTrust Bank and was a former board member and current advisory board member of the Family Resource Center. He was also a member of the Rome Exchange Club. Survivors include his wife, Lynn Chumley Maddox, 162 Vinings Dr. SE, Rome, GA 30161-6281, to whom he was married Sept. 1, 1962; one daughter, Johnna Lynn Maddox; one son, John W. Maddox III (Christine); three grandchildren, John W. Maddox IV, Romain Maddox, and Emma France Maddox; one brother, Brooks Maddox (Douglas); brother-in-law, Dennis Chumley (Jane); and seven nieces and nephews.
Robert “Bob” Jackson Powell, Jr. ’42, of Washington, N.C., was born in Whiteville, N.C., on Jan. 14, 1921, and died Sept. 9. Powell was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Elizabeth Toon Powell, and a sister, Elizabeth Powell Moore. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Gant Powell, 122 Fairway Dr., Washington, NC 27889; sons, Robert J. Powell III ’69 (Clarine), Roger Powell ’71 (Anne), and Ronald Powell ’76 (Amy); daughter, Catherine Powell; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandsons. He attended Davidson and UNC Chapel Hill, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and joined the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific. He served as the commander of the recon company for the 1st Marine Division, where he saw action at New Britain, Peleliu, and Okinawa, and the occupational forces in China. He earned the U.S. Navy Commendation with the Valor device, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. In Fayetteville, he was an active member of Holy Trinity Church and held leadership positions in the Diocese of East Carolina. In Washington, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder there. He was a forceful and active man and avid sportsman. He was a member of the North State Game Club, and he raced his sailboats from Long Island to Bermuda to Wilmington to Nassau. He was known for his exceptional and active mental capacity, spending recent years in research and writing. He was interested in and actively supported Barium Springs Home for Children and the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort County.
William Priestley Conyers III ’43, 89, of Princeton, N.J., formerly of Ridgewood, N.J., passed away peacefully Sept. 8 surrounded by family at the University Medical Center at Princeton. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend: he will be deeply missed by all who have known and loved him. He was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., as the first child of William Priestley Conyers, Jr. and Olivia Fitts Wallace. He received his B.S. from Davidson. He was a captain of the Tank Corps in the U.S. Army serving from 1943-46, developing new tank technology, and stationed on the island of Okinawa. He received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va., and completed additional graduate study at the University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, studying under theologian Karl Barth. He was pastor of First Presbyterian Church and Wildwood Presbyterian Church, both of Morehead City, N.C., and First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, N.C. He was executive associate to the president and dean of students at Union Theological Seminary. Following a move to the N.Y. area in 1964, Conyers trained at the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry in New York City, and was a staff therapist at the Long Island Consultation Center, Queens, N.Y., therapist and marriage counselor at the Psychotherapy Center, Fair Lawn, N.J., and counselor for the Palisades Counseling Center for the Palisades Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. In 1969 Conyers created the Center for Counseling in Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., and maintained a private practice until his retirement in 2005. He was a diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a licensed marriage counselor for the state of N.J. Conyers married Janice Marguerite “Marge” Mason of Charlotte, N.C., in 1945. He was a devoted husband for 42 years, and raised seven children with Marge. After her death in 1997, he married Helene Sally Feldhun Franklin. Conyers was preceded in death by his only sister, Olivia Conyers McManaway, in 2006, and his eldest son, William Priestley Conyers IV, in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Helene, 155 Raymond Rd., Apt. 222, Princeton, NJ 08540-9643; his son, James Conyers; his daughters, Anne Conyers Hom, Olivia Van Wagner, Carol Conyers, Mary C. Sullivan, and Janice Conyers; his stepson, Joel Franklin (Nancy L. Messner Franklin); five grandchildren, John R. Sullivan, Jr., Courtney M. Hom, Marguerite M.S. Van Wagner, Isabel C. Van Wagner, and William Y.S. Comparin; two step-grandchildren, Daniel E. and Samuel B. Franklin; and nieces, Lillie Smith, Mary Tucker, and Elizabeth Richie.