William E. Crosby ’51

William Estes “Bill” Crosby, 80, husband of Kathryn Free “Kitty” Crosby, died August 6, 2010.Born in Greenwood, he was a son of the late Dr. Curtis Estes and Mary Kennedy Crosby. He was a graduate of Greenwood High School, Presbyterian College and several banking schools. He was a banker for 43 years, first with the County Bank and later retired from Bank of America.

A life long member of First Presbyterian Church, he formerly served as deacon, elder and was the treasurer and officer of the John Knox Sunday School Class. Bill formerly served on the Recreation Commission for many years and the YMCA Board. He was a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis, the Golden K Club, PALS, the United Way and the Senior Golf Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are his children, Kathryn C. May (David), Elizabeth C. Tinkler (Paul), William E. Crosby, Jr. (Tess), John F. Crosby, Daniel C. Crosby (Deidra); a sister, Eliza C. Jay; ten grandchildren.

William Graham Disque ’46

William Graham Disque ’46, of Jamestown, N.C., passed away on Aug. 5 at Beacon Place Hospice Home following a brief illness. The youngest of five children, he was born on July 11, 1925, in State College, Pa., to the late Frederick C. and Jean Caldwell Disque. Disque grew up in Charlottesville, Va., and attended Davidson and the University of Virginia before earning a bachelor’s degree at Penn State University. Disque worked for several companies including Southern Dairy, DuPont Company, Heritage Furniture Company, and Woodmark Originals before founding the Disque Furniture Corporation (currently Jessica Charles). He retired in 1994 at the age of 69. Disque was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was in the Amphibians of the Pacific in WWII. He was a devoted family man and a charter member of Jamestown Presbyterian Church. Other long-standing interests were golf and Duke basketball. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Disque Lange, and three brothers, Frederick, Jr., Joseph, and Donald Disque. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Disque, 611 Rollingwood Dr., Greensboro, NC 27410-4519, and Jan Kiefer.

Jack Switzer Hurley ’53

Jack Switzer Hurley ’53, of Bluefield, Va., lost his courageous battle with cancer on July 31 at his home surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 20, 1932, in Pocahontas, Va., he was the son of the late John Bogle Hurley and Norine Hutson Hurley. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Rupert Bogle Hurley and Macon Warner Hurley; and his nephew, John Patrick Hurley. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary “Mary D” Langhorne Hurley, 112 Penn St., Bluefield, VA 24605; his five children, Beverly Hurley Friedberg (Bob), Rebecca Hurley Mercke (Roger), Jack Switzer Hurley, Jr. ’83 (Julie), John Langhorne Hurley (Katie), and Mary Dabney “Dee” Hurley (Chris); his 15 grandchildren, Brett, Michelle, and Lauren Friedberg, Jim (Shea), Jay, Bill, and Beth Mercke, Hannah and Chandler Hurley, Heather, Luke, and Lucy Hurley, and Nick, Sam, and Abby Shoemaker; one great-granddaughter, Anna Leigh Mercke; nieces and nephews, Martha Hurley Butt (Wilson), Teresa Turley Hurley, Isabel Hurley Ball (Bill), Bo Hurley (Bobbi), Dorset Hurley (Marex), Dewey Hurley (Mary), and Warner Hurley; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Hurley attended Davidson and graduated from Union College (Ky.) in 1953. In 1957, he graduated from the Medical College of Virginia Dental School. After serving his country in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Syracuse, N.Y., from 1957-59, he started practicing general dentistry. In 1960, Hurley opened his private practice at in Bluefield, Va. After practicing dentistry for 35 years, with his assistant of 35 years, Ms. Daralene Plaster, he retired due to health reasons. Being a part of the dental profession was a very special and valuable part of his life. He treated every patient with the dedication, integrity, and commitment of a true professional. Family was the heart and soul of his life. His love, sense of justice, patriotism, and remarkable sense of humor will live on in everyone whose life he touched.

William Bryant Weathers ’50

William Bryant Weathers ’50 died July 28 at his home in Belton, Tex. Weathers was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Rome, Ga., to Frank Clanton Weathers and May Weaver Weathers. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged May 20, 1953. He married Ava Gene Breed Nov. 23, 1951, in Marlin, Tex. He was a graduate of Davidson and the University of Texas Austin. He was a CPA and partner with Wade-Barton-Marsh and subsequently Main LaFrance. He was employed for more than 10 years as the city auditor for the City of Austin and then remained in private practice until he retired. Weathers was a member of Wilshire Presbyterian Church (now Genesis), where he served as deacon and elder. He was a member of the Austin Lions Club and a 45-plus gallon donor at Austin Regional Blood Bank. Weathers was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Frank Clanton Weathers, and an aunt, Frances Weathers. Survivors include his wife, Ava Gene Breed Weathers, 2622 Fort Rd., Belton, TX 76513-6562; five sons, William Philip Weathers (Sandra), Timothy Weathers (Lottie), Scott Weathers (Pam), John Weathers (Sue), and Stephen Weathers (Pat); two sisters, Hope Bothwell (David) and Julia Hart (Phil); a brother-in-law, David Breed (Lorrie); 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Melville Dexter Cunningham, Jr. ’74

Melville Dexter Cunningham, Jr. ’74, of Gurnee, Ill., passed away suddenly July 24, 2010, at his home. Born June 27, 1952, at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., into a naval family, Cunningham traveled throughout the U.S. and lived in Italy for a period of time. He received a B.A. from Davidson and lettered in football. Cunningham entered the Army as an officer and trained as a tanker. He was stationed in Erlangen, West Germany, where his principal duty was patrolling the East German Iron Curtain border, and obtained the rank of captain. Following the Army, he joined the corporate community and was most recently the vice president of operations at the Pactive Corporation in Lake Forest, Ill. Surviving are his wife, Pamela Smith Cunningham ’75, 1204 Vineyard Dr., Gurnee, IL 60031-5102; sons, Doug Cunningham (Ana) and David Cunningham; his grandson, Chase; and his parents, Capt. Melville and Dorothy Cunningham.