Henry Baxter Roney, Jr. ’43, 86, of Mebane, N.C., and formerly of New York City, died Aug. 25. A native of Alamance County, he was the son of Henry Baxter Roney, Sr. and Carrie Anderson Roney, both deceased. Roney was preceded in death by his brother, James A. Roney, Sr., and two sisters, Nancy Roney Covington and Caroline Edith Roney. He is survived by one niece, Carolyn Roney Turner (Leonard); one nephew, James A. Roney, Jr. (Carolyn), 2334 Barnett Rd, Mebane, NC 27302; two grand-nieces, Carrie and Jennifer; two grand-nephews, George and Jeff; two great-nieces, Sarah and Emily; and four great-nephews, Mark, Matthew, Lee, and James. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson, where he held student assistantships in Bible, English, and psychology, he earned a degree in history and psychology. He held graduate degrees and professional diplomas from Columbia University and the University of the State of New York in history, English, and educational administration. In a career in education spanning 44 years, he held the following positions: professor of history and director of admissions of Darlington School for Boys, Rome, Ga.; headmaster of St. Thomas Church Choir School, New York City; headmaster of Presbyterian Day School, Memphis, Tenn.; professor of history at Scarsdale Senior High School, Scarsdale, N.Y.; and educational consultant for New York Public Schools. He received national recognition for his leadership in teacher training and evaluation, and he was honored for volunteer work in English-as-a-second-language programs in both New York and North Carolina. He was a member of the American Historical Association, the National Association of School Administrators, the American Academy of Philosophy, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and numerous societies for the arts, history, and literature. He was a U.S. Army veteran from WWII. Although an Episcopalian by faith, in his retirement years in North Carolina, he attended Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Mebane, where he taught the covenant class and chaired the witness and service committee. He recently retired from teaching Sunday school after faithfully serving 71 years. Memorials may be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035.
David Brainard Woodward ’39, 93, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 23 at Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra, Calif., from complications following surgery. Born to missionary parents on June 11, 1918, in the Philippines, Woodward spent his life in ministry as a pastor and missionary.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Woodward, 801 W Commonwealth Ave., Apt. 10, Alhambra, CA 91801-3656; son, Ted Woodward (Omi); daughters, Marion Shay (Ken), Edie Nelson (Randy), Susan Bonilla (John); 11 grandchildren, Christy, Omi, and Timothy Shay, Nick and Brian Woodward, Rob and David Nelson, and Theresa (Landon), Andrea, Julia, and Caroline Bonilla; and two great-grandchildren, Jane and Joshua Landon.
Woodward returned from the Philippines to complete studies, earning a B.A. from Davidson in 1939, earning a Th.M. from Princeton Seminary in 1942, ordination by the Presbyterian Church in 1942, earning an M.A. from Seattle Pacific University in 1968, and earning a D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1979. In March of 1945, Woodward and wife Betty embarked on a lifetime of ministry around the world from India, China, Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In 1983 he returned to become pastor of community outreach and then missions pastor at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Calif.
Robert Allen Wright ’73 passed away Aug. 14 at his residence in Atlanta, Ga. Wright was born Nov. 7, 1951, in Wilmington, N.C. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Davidson, where he was involved in theatre, which was his passion and his career. His brother, Russ, recalled that Wright’s interest in the stage began at an early age, with the plays he’d stage in the basement of their parents’ home. After college Wright worked with many productions for the Alliance Theatre and many other venues both locally and internationally. Most recently, he was stage manager for a number of productions for Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, where he shared many good times working with management, staff, and performers. Wright was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Vernon Wright and Catherine Weaver Wright. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, C. Russell Wright and Whit Perrin Wright, 2129 Grandview Rd., Jasper, GA 30143-3313. He also leaves many dear friends and colleagues for whom he cared deeply.
John Addison Ricks, Jr. ’29, 103, passed away Aug. 13, 2010, at Waddell Nursing Home in Galax, Va. He was the son of John A. Ricks, Sr. and Ruth Harriss Ricks. He was born Dec. 23, 1906, in Greenville, N.C. He was a proud and loyal alumnus of Davidson. He also graduated from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., in 1932.
His first pastorate was at historic Rocky River Presbyterian Church in Rocky River, N.C.
In 1941, he moved to Webber City, N.C., with his wife, Mamye. He organized a Presbyterian congregation in the community, meeting in a vacant automotive garage for 11 years and eventually laboring alongside church members as they cut trees, planed lumber, and constructed a building for Immanuel Presbyterian Church.
After 15 years there, he and his family moved to Roanoke, Va., where he served as pastor at Belmont Presbyterian Church for 17 years. In 1973, he was called to Hillsville, Va., and served as pastor at Dinwiddie and Fairview Presbyterian Churches until his retirement.
He also served as interim pastor at Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pulaski, Va., and supplied Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, also in Pulaski.
In addition to his parents, Ricks was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mamye Turner Ricks; his son, William Timothy Ricks ’71; grandson, William Scott Ricks; sister, Julia Hodges; brother, George Harris Ricks; and nephew, John Ricks Hodges.
Survivors include his son, John A. Ricks III ’61 (Elaine), 201 E. Beech St., Cochran, GA 31014-8510; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Whartenby (Tom); grandchildren, Anne Ricks Lampton, J. Addison Ricks IV, Bryan Glover, David Whartenby, and Kathryn Whartenby; great-grandchildren, Amy and Maggie Lampton; niece, Norwood Strasberger; nephews, G. Harris Ricks, Jr. ’75 (Wendy Smith Ricks ’81) and Tom Hodges ’50.
John Lewis Withers ’40, 91, of Washington, D.C., passed away Aug. 12 at Ingleside of Rock Creek in Washington. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine L. Withers, and loving father of Sarah Withers Maas and Katherine Withers, 2116 Penn St., Harrisburg, PA 17110-1041.