Katie Sanderson 34, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 15th, 2011, in Colleyville, TX. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Michael Miga, and devoted mother to Milo, 3, with whom she lived in Long Island City, NY. Katie is also survived by her adoring parents Mark and Ruth (Kopcinski) Sanderson of Bristol, RI, formerly of Raynham, MA, and her sister, Ellen, also of New York City, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins all over the country. Katie served proudly as the director of development at The Moth, and in development capacities at the Park Avenue Armory, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Vassar College, and as the manager of the Young Lions Program at the New York Public Library. She had also worked for International Creative Management and Hungry Man Films. She held a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Davidson College, where she met her husband. Katie was an accomplished pianist and tennis player, an adventurous traveler, and an art and film lover. Her warmth, infectious laugh and unmistakable love of life allowed her to make friends with almost anyone. She loved to gather family and friends together, and had the rare ability to make each person in a crowd feel that he or she was the center of attention. Her greatest pleasure, though, was in spending time with her family and planning adventures with Milo. She will be missed forever.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Moth (www.themoth.org), an organization that exemplified Katie’s passion for bringing people together; creating, sharing and demonstrating the pleasure of living life in the moment. A memorial service is being planned.
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John “Jack” Manson Sherrill ’67, 65, passed away at The Pines at Davidson, N.C., on July 12. He was born Aug. 6, 1945, to the late Margaret Armstrong Sherrill and Flake Anderson Sherrill. Sherrill received his B.A. in history from Davidson in 1967. In l967 he was commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Branch, serving his country in the Vietnam Conflict from 1969-70. He left the service at the end of his career as first lieutenant. During the conflict he was awarded a Bronze Star. He returned to school in 1970, earning a B.S. in forestry management from N.C. State University in 1972. Sherrill started his professional career in 1972 working for Daniel H. Gelbert and Associates, leaving as a vice president in 1977. He returned to Statesville in 1978 opening his own consulting forestry practice, Jack Sherrill and Associates, licensed to practice in North and South Carolina. Sherrill was elected president of the N.C. Society of Consulting Foresters in 1988, serving in that capacity for two years. He had previously served in other capacities and as a board member. He was a member of the N.C. Forestry Association and American Forestry Association. In 2007 Sherrill was recognized by the N.C. Forestry Association as Forester of the Year. Sherrill had been a member of Statesville’s Arts and Science Museum, serving as a board member and board chairperson. He served on the board of directors of Camp Tekoa, United Methodist Church. He was a life member of Trout Unlimited and served its local affiliate in a number of capacities. Sherrill was a lifelong member of Broad Street United Methodist Church. He served as president of the men’s Bible class, chairperson of the evangelism committee, adult council coordinator, council on ministries, the administrative board, and as church lay leader. He also served his church as Scoutmaster of Troop 175, taking particular pride in working with those young people and turning out more than a handful of Eagle Scouts. He leaves behind his brother, F. Anderson Sherrill, Jr. ’62 (Cummins), 3209 Deauville Pl., Statesville, NC 28625-4753; a niece, Elizabeth Sherrill Druga (John); and a nephew, Flake A. Sherrill III ’90. His family and friends will always miss his kind and gentle spirit. Sherrill lived a life of “service to others,” which was demonstrated in the loves of his life-his church, his profession, his family, and his friends.
Robert Emmett Chumbley III ’65, of Baton Rouge, La., went home to be with the Lord on July 11 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Covington, Va., on Feb. 29, 1944, to Bessie Stokes Chumbley and Robert Emmett Chumbley, Jr. As a young man, Chumbley excelled in both academics and music. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Davidson, he developed a passion for French literature, spending his junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. At Davidson, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in French at Yale University. He was an associate professor of French at LSU, where he taught for 40 years. He was also a devoted Sunday school teacher, most recently at Broadmoor Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Burks Chumbley, 10335 Browning Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815; son, Robert Emmett Chumbley IV; daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Chumbley; cousin, Elizabeth Lindsay Jones; his wife’s parents, Bill and Lynne Burks; sister-in-law, Laura Moser; and brothers-in-law, Brad Burks and Charles Burks. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39.
James Clagett Taylor, Jr. ’57 died July 10. He was born in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1935 to Annie Laurie and J. Clagett Taylor, Sr. He returned to Sebring, Fla., with his parents at age four. He received his B.A. from Davidson. He was a proud member of the Sebring High School and Davidson College bands. He also obtained a master’s degree in international relations at the American University in Washington, D.C. His thesis on the political development of the African nation of Tanganyika was later published by both Oxford and Princeton Press. In 1958 he married Patricia Kressly of Easton, Pa., and in the spring of 1961 they went with their six-month-old daughter to Rhodesia in Southern Africa as educational missionaries for the Methodist church. Both their sons were born during the five years they worked there. When they returned to Florida, Taylor attended the University of Florida in Gainesville in the newly developing African studies program. Meanwhile, he received a position as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State. He was assigned to several different countries to work in their U.S. Embassies: Jamaica, West Indies, Zambia in central Africa, and Venezuela, South America, as well as a cultural exchange with a man from Mauritius back in Washington. Following a tour in Washington and the desk officer for South Africa, the family returned to Sebring in 1979 due to ill health of his dad to help in the family businesses. A few years later, he was taking courses at Polk Community College to study citrus growing, as well as joining with Joel Stevenson to purchase and run Webster Manufacturing, which Hank Webster, Joel’s father-in-law and Taylor’s father, had originally started. He supported the Sebring Blue Streaks and was proud to see two sons follow him as graduates of SHS. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia Taylor, 5959 Sun N. Lake Blvd., Apt. B303, Sebring, FL 33872-7645; a daughter, Debbie Valencia (Pablo); sons, J. “Jim” Clagett Taylor III (Sue) and John A. Taylor (Katherine Livingston); and eight grandchildren, Laura and David Valencia, James Clagett Taylor IV and Kristen Taylor, and Forrest, Johnny, Patricia, and Daniel Taylor.
David R. Peeler, Jr. ’52, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was born June 22, 1929, and passed away July 10. He was a resident of Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem, having retired from a 40-year career at Burlington Industries as an executive vice president of the Klopman division in the early 1990s. He was a beloved father and dear friend to many. Born in Cleveland County, N.C., he graduated from Davidson in 1952, where he played football. He loved playing golf and tennis, and remained an avid fan of all sports throughout his life. A favorite tradition was breakfast out with his friends, which was something he did without fail for many years. Survivors include his son, Douglas David Peeler (Jodi); his daughter, Alison Carol Peeler ’78, 929 Oaklawn Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27104-1038; their mother, Jess Carter Peeler; sisters, Catherine P. Ross and Margaret P. Harbison; and four grandchildren, Elana, Gregory, Carter, and Maris.