Walter Eddice Oakes, Sr. ’52, of Columbia, N.C., died on June 2 at Chowan Hospital in Edenton. Born in Halifax County May 21, 1928, he was the son of the late Albert Womble and Betty Taylor Oakes. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years after which he attended Gardner Webb College for an additional two years, where he played football. He then transferred to Davidson, where he was on the football and baseball teams. He was known by his teammates as “Sturdy Oaks.” He married Helen Braswell Copeland in 1951. He was a banker in his professional life, and he was a caring husband and father in his personal life. He was an active member of Wesleyan United Methodist Church and also was a member of the Columbia Rotary Club until his vision no longer allowed him to attend meetings. He was an avid jogger and continued that until he died. He will be missed by all who knew him. Surviving are his wife, Helen Braswell Oakes, 1855 N.C. Hwy. 94 N., Columbia, NC 27925; two sons, Walter Eddice Oakes, Jr. (friend, Pam Smith) and William “Billy” Albert Oakes (Sherry); daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Oakes Orr (Richard); two brothers, Taylor Oakes and Albert W. Oakes, Jr.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
William “Bill” Hiden McEachern III ’52, of Wilmington, N.C., died June 1 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center after a brief illness. He was born in Wilmington, N.C., on April 27, 1929, the son of the late William H. and Katherine McEachern. McEachern graduated from Davidson and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After returning from the service, he married Norma Carpenter and worked for W.H. McEachern Sons, Inc., a wholesale fruit and produce company, until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club for 55 years, where he served in various capacities, including past president. McEachern was a former chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Elections and served in various capacities throughout the years and was active in local politics. He was one of the South’s top amateur showmen and horseback riders, won numerous championships on American Sun Dance, and received top honor by being recognized in the American Blue Book. McEachern continued to ride his horse “Dolly” until his recent illness. McEachern was the best husband, father, grandfather, and friend to everyone he met. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Norma C. McEachern, 1506 Beasley Rd., Wilmington, NC 28409; three children, Hidy McEachern (Julia), Stuart McEachern, and Caroline “Missy” McEachern (Lou Pucillo); two grandchildren, Will McEachern V (Tiffany) and Drew McEachern; and one great-grandchild, Curran McEachern.
Calvin Tafel Schmidt ’49, of Shelbyville, Ky., died May 22, 2010, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Shelbyville. He was a lifelong resident of Shelbyville, the son of Frederick and Helen Tafel Schmidt. He was an alumnus Davidson, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He worked for 45 years at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Shelbyville, 35 years as president. He cofounded Top Star Vending Co. and founded Stowaway, Shelby County’s first mini-warehouse operation. Schmidt was a longtime leader in the Kentucky Coca-Cola Bottlers Association and of the Kentucky Soft Drink Association. He was a trustee of Burks Branch Baptist Church and a longtime member of the Juniper Hunting and Fishing Club and Shelbyville Rotary. He served his community through service on the boards of the Shelbyville School System, United Way, Boy Scouts, Shelby County Community Theater, and Jewish Hospital. He was instrumental in documenting the history of the Juniper Club and the history of Jeptha’s Knobs and the Clayvillage area, where he had a farm. Schmidt was cofounder of a coffee club which met over many years in local restaurants. Woodworking was his lifelong hobby. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, 98 Wedgwood Dr., Shelbyville, KY 40065; his daughters, Linda DuBourg (Bill) and Carroll Senior (Dale); son, Greg Batts (Paula); seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Moore Schmidt, and his brother, Craig R. Schmidt ’43.
Meldrum Barnett Winstead, Jr. ’46, 84, of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away on May 21. He was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Lincolnton, N.C., a son of the late M.B. and Annie H. Winstead. Winstead was a 1946 graduate of Davidson, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1952 he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. Winstead became a faculty member at Bucknell University in 1952 and retired as professor emeritus of chemistry in 1991. Post-doctoral studies during his 39-year tenure included research at Chelsea College of the University of London, California Institute of Technology (under a National Institutes of Health fellowship), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Medi-Physics Inc. at Emeryville, Calif., and Israel Resources Corporation, Technion, Haifa, Israel. In 1969, Winstead shared the first Georg von Hevesy Prize awarded by the European Society of Nuclear Medicine with former student and colleague, H.S. Winchell. He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, and belonged to the American Chemical Society for 62 years. He was a member of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, the Buffalo Valley Singers, and the Milton Area Theater of the Arts. In Arizona he played softball with the Sun City West Senior Club, was a member of the Sun City Concert Band and the West Valley Chorale, and a Sun Health volunteer chapel organist at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Winstead is survived by his wife of 52 years, Merle Holden Winstead, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Apt. C621, Sun City West, AZ 85375-6045; three married children, Deborah W. McNicholas (Edwin), Charles H. Winstead (Kunjan Raval), and Ellen M. Winstead (John Gordon); four grandchildren, Audrey and William McNicholas, Kalina Winstead, and Matilda Gordon; and one sister, Margaret W. Spainhour.