Thomas Wilson Warlick ’56

Thomas Wilson Warlick '56

Thomas Wilson Warlick, 85, a Newton attorney and prominent cultural, civic, historical, and educational leader on both the local and state level, died on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Newton First Presbyterian Church by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. David A. Roquemore. The family will receive friends in the church social hall following the service. There will be a private interment in the family plot at Eastview Cemetery.

Warlick was born in Newton on July 4, 1934, the son of the late Wilson Warlick, for many years a federal judge overseeing US courts in the Western North Carolina District, and the late Kittie Reed Hipp Warlick.

He is survived by a sister, Martha Reed Warlick Brame of Rockville MD., and a niece, Brandon Brame Fortune of Bethesda MD, as well as grandnieces Martha Fortune and Elizabeth Fortune and one great grandnephew, Leo Frankenberger.

In 1999 Warlick was the recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities, presented during a ceremony in Raleigh by Governor James B. Hunt. In 2002 he was the recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, bestowed by Governor Michael Easley. Warlick was a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He served as attorney for the Town of Catawba from 1985 through 2003. He was chairman and is currently treasurer of the Newton Conover Auditorium Authority and was vice-chairman from 1995 to the present of the Newton Depot Authority.

He was also on the North Carolina Rail Council from 1994 to 2004. Warlick was chairman, vice chairman and director of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (formerly Catawba County Industrial Development Commission).

He is a former president, vice president, and director of the Catawba County United Way. He was president, vice president, treasurer, and trustee of the Historical Association of Catawba County (formerly Catawba County Historical Association) where he served as a trustee for 40 years. He served on the Newton Old Soldiers Reunion committee for many years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

As a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Newton he was an elder and had been treasurer, a deacon and served on the Campaign Steering Committee and the Building Committee for the new sanctuary. He particularly enjoyed serving on the Organ Committee. He had been a director of the Catawba County Chapter of The American Red Cross.

He was president and a director of the Newton-Conover Jaycees and was recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (Outstanding Young Man of the Year) for 1968, presented by the Newton-Conover Jaycees. With a perfect attendance for 56 years record of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club, he served as president, vice president, secretary, and director of the organization. He is the recipient of the Rotary Club Vocational Service Award and the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Humanities Award. Warlick was a member of the Board of the Directors of the Alexander Railroad Company.

He has been a director and was now a director emeritus of Sipes Orchard Home. He has been chairman, vice-chairman, and a trustee of the Catawba County Library Board of Trustees. He has been the second vice-chairman of the Catawba County Democratic Executive Committee and was president and treasurer of the Catawba County Young Democratic Club. Warlick was a former president, secretary and vice president of the Catawba County Bar Association and has been director and secretary of the Twenty-fifth District Bar Association.

He holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, and the Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was in the Order of the Coif. He was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the United States District Court in 1959.

The family requests that any memorials may be given to Newton Depot Authority, P.O. Box 611, Newton, NC, 28658.

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. ’71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. '71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr., age 69, a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. He lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed. 

Born October 11, 1949, he was a son of the late Adam Benjamin Robinson and Elizabeth Fox Robinson. He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1971. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973. 

Adam was the fourth generation of his family to be involved in funeral service in Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. He was the President of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., President of Cooperative Life Insurance Company, and Secretary-Treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc. 

Always interested in improving funeral service, he continuously sought ways to better serve families and help them honor their loved ones. Adam also further helped funeral service by serving in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. He was a president and member of both the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association.

He was proud to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and as president of the organization in 2012-2013. 

Adam was a generous, thoughtful, and charismatic man who could command a room and bring joy to any community. He also never met a stranger and cared deeply for people with his gentle, giving nature and spirit, finding his greatest joys in being present for others. 

He was a member of the board of directors of Simmons Bank from 1995 until present, with positions on the Simmons Bank Director Credit Committee and the Senior Credit Committee. Adam loved contributing to Simmons’ credit culture and service to communities. 

Always active in efforts improve the quality of life in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, he served in numerous organizations, including a past president of Fifty for the Future, Inc.; a past member of the board of directors for the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; a past member of the board of directors; and a past member and president of the Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex Commission.

Adam was also a past member and chairman of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Development Council and a longtime member of the Pine Bluff Downtown Rotary Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a past-president and member of the board of directors of the Pine Bluff Country Club. 

A tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Pine Bluff, Adam was the co-chairman of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment Building Campaign in 1993 and oversaw the fundraising and construction of the Center’s permanent home. He was a past president in 1987 of the Arts Center board and also appeared in numerous roles in the Arts Center’s theatrical and musical productions. 

Though Adam was reluctant to take credit and quick to give it, his awards included 2006 Small Business Person of the Year from the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; the 2002 Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Volunteer of the year; the Arts and Science Center Catherine Bellamy Award in 2013; the 1993 Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year, presented by Morticians of the Southwest; and the Special Impact Award for 1991 All Civic Night presented by the Chamber of Commerce. 

Adam’s survivors include his wife, Anne Seawell Robinson, whom he married on March 30, 1974 in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City; two sons, Adam Scott Robinson of Pine Bluff and William Seawell Robinson and his wife, Dr. Christina Kilby of Crozet, Virginia; his two beloved granddaughters, Beverly Anne Robinson and Clementine Kilby Robinson; a brother, Spencer Fox Robinson and his wife, Debbie of Pine Bluff; and a sister, Dr. Margaret Robinson Rutherford and her husband, Dick of Fayetteville. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. John Landis and Reverend Gordon Topping officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Robinson’s. 

Memorials may be made in Adam’s honor to the Arts and Science Center Endowment Fund, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or to Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Road, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. 

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Former Trustee Isaiah Tidwell

Former Trustee Isaiah Tidwell

FEBRUARY 13, 1945 ~ AUGUST 4, 2019 

Services Friday, August 9, 2019 11 AM Friendship Baptist Church 80 Walnut Street SW Atlanta Rev. Dr.  Richard Wills, Sr., Pastor, Officiating Private Interment

Omega Services for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will be Thursday, August 8, 2019 6 PM – 8 PM at Friendship Baptist Church. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published this piece in honor of Mr. Tidwell’s service.

BOV Member Joan Huntley

Dr. Joan Huntley of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, age 88, died on August 5, 2019 at North Carolina Memorial Hospital following a sudden illness. 

Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, Dr. Huntley was a graduate of Mary Washington College (AB, 1953) and received an MPH degree from the University of Virginia in 1962.  After working as a research assistant at Harvard University School of Public Health and Yale University School of Medicine, she pursued further graduate studies in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from which she received a PhD degree in 1970. 

For the next several years, Dr. Huntley taught and conducted research in the UNC School of Public Health and was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in 1975.  Her career then took her to Washington, D.C. where she was a division director in the National Institute on Aging (part of the National Institutes of Health) until retiring to Chapel Hill in 1990. 

In addition to being a member of numerous professional associations, she served as president of the UNC School of Public Health Alumni Association and vice-president of the UNC School of Public Health Foundation.  Dr. Huntley was awarded the H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award by the UNC School of Public Health in recognition of the substantial impact she had over her career on the field of epidemiology.  She was the author of numerous scientific articles published in professional journals.

Dr. Huntley was a world traveler and an avid collector of antiques and eighteenth and nineteenth century French paintings.   As an art lover, she enthusiastically supported the North Carolina Museum of Art by serving as a member of the Museum’s board of trustees.  She also provided support to NCMA for the establishment of the Joan and Robert Huntley Gallery and has promised to the museum a valuable collection of Barbizon paintings to be displayed in the Huntley Gallery.

Prior to his passing, Joan and Robert Huntley spent much of their retirement together traveling the world,  when they were not traveling, they enjoyed each other’s company and the serenity of nature in the private escape of their cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  While in this area, Joan became interested in the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia where she was a member of the Board of Directors. In more recent years, she enjoyed spending time with friends and colleagues in Charlottesville, VA, as well as Padua, Italy.  Joan always treasured experiencing local art and culture and continued to do so up until her passing.

Dr. Huntley was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ross Huntley, M.D., a family physician who served as founding chairman of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  The Huntleys were generous donors to numerous organizations in North Carolina.  In addition to their donations to the NC Museum of Art, they contributed to the Morehead Foundation, Ackland Art Museum, and Davidson College. 

Joan was devoted to her late husband Robert Huntley, Class of 1949, who first introduced her to Davidson College.  She wholeheartedly embraced its purpose, people, and principles, serving as a lifetime member of the Board of Visitors and a founding member of the Art Collection Advisory Committee. Her legacy lives on in the college’s permanent collection and campus sculpture program.

In 2004 Dr. Huntley established an on-going, annual visiting professorship for the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine in memory of her husband.

Surviving relatives include a niece, Elizabeth Dinsmore Nolan of Darien, Connecticut; a nephew, Paul Dinsmore of Los Angeles, California; three stepdaughters —Julia Mehalik of Leland, North Carolina, Katherine Ponton of Warrenton, North Carolina, and Elizabeth Weide of Bend, Oregon; and a stepson, Jeff Huntley of Woodbridge, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held for the immediate family at Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and a memorial service is scheduled for September.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the NC Museum of Art, The Ackland Museum of Art, Davidson College or the Morehead Planetarium.

 “Joan Huntley’s commitment to Carolina, from the Ackland to public health, medicine and beyond, was extraordinary.  For many, she was a gateway to the university, welcoming them to this incredible place and making them feel at home.  Her passion for educating our students, encouraging collaboration, and taking care of people in Chapel Hill was inspiring.  The impact of Joan’s generosity, support and love for this university will be felt for decades to come.”  – Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz

“Joan Huntley was a Gillings doctoral student who returned to get her PhD after she had worked in the field of aging for some time.  She was an adjunct faculty member, a respected epidemiologist who focused on issues of aging and worked for the National Institute of Aging,  and a member of the Public Health Foundation Board, generous in her wisdom and contributions to the School.  Dr. Huntley always took a pan-university perspective.  She loved many parts of this university and the larger community.  She was a patron of the arts and was as comfortable talking about a painting as about an aging study.  Her renowned Christmas parties were a great example of her broad network.  She came to our May Foundation meeting as an emeritus board member and joined in an active discussion about how one of our faculty intended to measure cognition in older adults.  We will miss Joan very much.”  – Barbara K Rimer, Dr. PH, Dean Alumni Distinguished Professor – UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 

The Huntley family is under the care of Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill.  Please express your online condolence by using the tab below.

William Frye Summers ’42

Rev. Dr. William Frye Summers passed away peacefully on July 15th, 2019. Bill was born on January 15th, 1921 in Statesville, NC to Jason Watt and Roberta Frye Summers. He graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hampton Sydney.

After graduating in 1944, he married Nan Allen Summers on August 31, 1944, and then volunteered as a Navy chaplain, serving with the First Marine Division in Tientsin, China.

After the war, Bill served as the pastor of the following churches: Handley Memorial, Birmingham, Ala; First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, TN; First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas; Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA; and First Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach, VA.

Upon retirement in 1985, he and his wife moved to his beloved home, known as Rest and Be Thankful, on the Ware River in Ware Neck, Gloucester County, VA, where they lived for the next 25 years.

Then the time came, as he said, to move closer to the cemetery, so they moved to the lovely village of Weems. There they loved and were loved by the Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church. They were the tenants of the most gracious landlords, Jeff and Wendi Szyperski until 2016 when they moved to the Presbyterian Village of Summerville in South Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Nan Allen Summers; a sister, Phyllis Ewart of Pawleys Island, SC; four children, Rev. Dr. William F. Summers, Jr., (Lynne), Rev. Dr. Charles A. Summers (Marsha), Glenn Ellis Summers (Denise), Nancy Summers Bonanno (Mark); 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The service of resurrection will be held Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Weems, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Weems VA or the Employees Fund at the Presbyterian Village, Summerville, SC.

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