Charles Letcher McElveen, Jr. ’54

Charles Letcher McElveen, Jr., 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Betty White McElveen died Sunday, October 28, 2018.

A graveside service will be held Friday, November 2, 2018, in the Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends Friday, November 2, 2018 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant at 1:00 PM. A reception will be held after the service at the Sexton residence, 661 Palisades Dr. Mount Pleasant.

Charles “Buddy” was born September 6, 1932, in Kingstree, South Carolina, son of the late Charles Letcher McElveen, Sr. and Eva Robinson McElveen. He was a gifted pianist at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Buddy was a graduate of Kingstree High School and attended Davidson College.

He then volunteered for the Army during the Korean War and served at the Pentagon from 1953-1955. After completion of his military service, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

Buddy operated McElveen Grocery in Kingstree, worked at C&S Bank in Charleston, as junior officer and manager. He was then employed at Berlin’s Men’s Store.

Later he earned a Master of Education degree from Francis Marion College and worked as a special education teacher in the Williamsburg and Georgetown County school districts from 1969-1998.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; his son, Micky Watts (Deanie) of Georgetown, SC; three daughters, Brenda McElveen of Charleston, SC; Eva-Marie Thibodeaux (John Finafrock) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and Pamela McElveen Sexton (Tom) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two granddaughters, Mary Ashley Skipper (Davis) of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Brittany Nell Ellis (Brandon) of Pawleys Island, SC; two grandsons, Thomas Edison Sexton, III of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Charles Murray Sexton of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his great-granddaughter, Olivia Caroline Ellis of Pawleys Island, SC, and a great-granddaughter on the way; and his brother, William “Billy” Edward McElveen (Peg) of Auburn, AL.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Oct. 30, 2018

Patrick Clark Braxton-Andrew ’06

Patrick Clark Braxton-Andrew '06We celebrate the life of Patrick Clark Braxton-Andrew (PBA, Pato, Pibba), a life that ended far too soon on October 28, 2018. Yet in those 34 years, Patrick experienced more than many would ever dream.

He lived his passions: teaching his students to love the Spanish language and Latin culture and food as he did ; setting up his own tutoring business to promote not only academic excellence, but also to instill the desire for lifetime learning and curiosity; traveling to far off places (Central and South America, SE Asia), interacting with locals wherever he ventured, and finding kindness and generosity throughout.

As Patrick wrote in the intro to one of his photo albums “I’ve stood breathless… with loved ones at the feet of world-class wonders and made lifelong friends, oh so many unforgettable friends, and eaten oddities and delicacies, often in the same bite. I’ve contracted exotic illnesses and learned a language and forgotten to call or email and survived the recklessness that perhaps inherently afflicts anyone who’s willing to pack a backpack full of belongings and, simply, leave. Along the way, while learning to shed belongings and preconceptions, I’ve accumulated more stories than I can ever (or, in certain cases, should ever!) tell.”

No matter how far he ventured, he always returned to the Davidson community where he grew up, graduating from Davidson College in 2006.

Many here will miss seeing him on his daily runs along the roads near town; others will recall the meals shared, his voracious appetite, and especially his love for dessert.

We will all continue to be inspired by the commitment he had to his students, the joy he found in his travels, the friendships he cherished worldwide, and his love of life.

Patrick is survived by his mother, Jean Braxton and father, Gary Andrew, his brother, Kerry Braxton-Andrew and sister-in-law, Kathleen Braxton-Andrew, and countless extended family and friends who will carry on his memory.

Patrick’s family wishes to thank the Davidson community for their outpouring of love and support and the yellow ribbons of hope.

We want to thank the friends of Patrick who worked tirelessly to effect the search efforts in Mexico. And we wish to acknowledge the courageous leadership of the Governor and the Attorney General of Chihuahua in finding Patrick’s body and returning him home.

Gifts in Patrick’s memory may be made to one of the following: (1) via check to the Patrick Braxton-Andrew Memorial Fund, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or using the following link: (search for Patrick). This fund will provide grants to Davidson students to study or travel abroad. (2) via check, payable to E2D (, a non-profit organization where Patrick volunteered his time-dedicated to helping people in his community learn technology skills. Mail to E2D, Inc., PO Box 1299, Davidson, NC 28036, writing PBA (or Patrick) in the memo line or donate online at “special instructions”, note PBA or Patrick).

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N Main St, Davidson, North Carolina, 28036. There will be a reception following the service at the college’s Lilly Family Gallery in Chambers Building on campus. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is serving the family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 2, 2018.

Darby Cannon III ’60

Darby Cannon '60Darby Cannon III, age 80, of Lavonia, died Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at his home of MDS disease.

Dr. Cannon graduated from Davidson College, received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Emory University, and was awarded a Ph.D. in systemic theology by Drew University.

During his studies at Drew, Dr. Cannon served as Minister to Youth at the United Methodist Church in Sparta, New Jersey.

In 1969 he joined the faculty of Rutgers – The State University in Camden, where he was chairman of the department and assistant professor of religious studies.

He later taught at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Dr. Cannon then joined the Office of Legislative Services, the nonpartisan research unit of the New Jersey State Legislature, where he worked in the education section until his retirement in 2004.

He was a Principal Research Analyst, aide to several commissions and committees in the General Assembly, and served for many years as aide to the Senate Education Committee.

Dr. Cannon had a longtime interest in classical music and served several terms on the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. He was a member of Theta Phi theology honor society and Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity.

After moving back to Lavonia, Dr. Cannon served as treasurer of Franklin Community Players and as a member of the Franklin County Library Board.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Pittard of Manassas, VA; a nephew, William Pittard, IV of Manassas, VA and his wife Suzi; nieces, Betsy Poulos of Gaithersburg, MD and her husband Andy, and Susan Zych of Charleston, SC and her husband Aaron; and several nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Lavonia City – Burgess Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Lacey Bowcock officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Lavonia United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions in his memory to the Southern Poverty Law Center, P.O. Box 548, Montgomery, AL 36101-0548 or

Strickland Funeral Home of Lavonia is in charge of the arrangements. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Richard “Dick” Spurgeon Belton ’57

Richard "Dick" Spurgeon Belton '57Mr. Richard “Dick” Spurgeon Belton, Sr., age 83 , of Mt. Airy died Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Woltz Hospice Home.

Mr. Belton was born in Surry Country, April 16, 1935, the son of the late E.C. and Irene Roberts Belton.

He graduated from Mt. Airy High School and Davidson College where he excelled in football. Mr. Belton was a veteran of the United States Army and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church.

He was inducted into the Mt. Airy Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Reece Belton; his daughter and son-in-law, Lib and Ron Rabun; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Leshia Belton, Jr.; his grandchildren, Nathan (Misty) Belton, Jacob (Allie) Belton, Luke Rabun, Molly Rabun; one great-grandchild, Molly Belton; his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Bonahue; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jeanette Belton.

A memorial service will be held Monday, October 29, 2018, at 12:00 at First Baptist Church in Mt. Airy with Rev. Jay Meadows officiating.  The family will visit with family and friends two hours prior to the service in the Fireside Room of First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woltz Hospice Home or First Baptist Church of Mt. Airy.

Richard Fretwell Brubaker ’59

Richard Fretwell Brubaker '59Richard Fretwell Brubaker, 81, of Rochester, died October 23, 2018 at Seasons Hospice, from pancreatic cancer. Richard was born February 13, 1937 in Macon, Georgia, to Leonard Hathaway Brubaker and Frances Bush Brubaker.

He attended Davidson College in North Carolina and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemistry in 1959. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1963.

After an internship in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, he completed residency training in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1968. While in Boston, he met his future wife, Nancy Ogle; they were married in 1965.

He served two years in the United States Public Health Service, NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland, before moving to Nancy’s hometown of Rochester, Minnesota to join the staff at the Mayo Clinic as Consultant in Ophthalmology in 1970. 

Richard had a distinguished 30 year career at the Mayo Clinic, retiring in June 2000. He was a leader in patient care, research, education, and administration. Included in his many accomplishments were Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology 1984-1992, President of the Staff in 1990, and Medical Director of Mayo Medical Ventures 1994-2000.

He was an active researcher in glaucoma, publishing over 200 articles, and he received numerous local and international awards and grants. He was beloved by medical students, residents, and fellows for his gentle, humble, and enthusiastic teaching style.

Throughout his life, Richard’s spirit of curiosity and adventure led him to pursue many diverse activities and projects. He built harpsichords, sang in a barbershop quartet, ran many marathons, windsurfed on Pelican Lake, invented three bike boats, took up ice hockey at age 50 and snowboarding at 60, and learned to play the soprano saxophone during his 70s.

He co-authored with his daughter Jill two mystery stories for young readers. He amazed friends with his ability to double whistle. “Dr. Bru” could be seen unicycling, hacky sacking, and playing street hockey with neighborhood kids while on rollerblades. He was never too old to try something new. 

In retirement, Richard and Nancy developed a farm in Oronoco, where he planted hundreds of trees, built a 9-hole “golf course,” and created over a hundred metal sculptures in his art studio. He donated five of his pieces, which can be seen on Rochester bike trails, as part of the Art4Trails program.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children: Jill Brubaker (William Elmquist), Woodinville, WA; Bart Brubaker, Rochester, MN; and Heather Brubaker (Ted Sorom), San Rafael, CA; three grandchildren, Hillary, Brooke, and Hannah; brother Leonard (Margaret) Brubaker, Augusta, GA; and sister Barbara (James) Hightower, Tyrone, GA. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 10, 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1884 – 22nd Street NW, Rochester. The family will welcome visitors beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the Rochester Area Foundation or Art4Trails at C4/Art4Trails, 609 4th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901. 

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Published in The Telegraph on Oct. 27, 2018