Benjamin Land Bivins ’61

Benjamin Land Bivins '61

Benjamin Land Bivins, 81, died peacefully on February 19, 2021, at his home in Tallahassee, FL after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Born and raised in Macon, GA, he was the son of Howard and Katherine (Armstrong) Bivins. A 1957 graduate of Lanier Senior High School, he attended Davidson College and Emory University School of Medicine before enlisting in the Air Force for three years, including one in Vietnam.

Following his residency at the University of Michigan, in 1972 he moved his young family to Tallahassee to open his dermatology practice. Several years later, he became the first in Tallahassee to offer Mohs skin cancer surgery after training with Dr. Mohs. Dedicated to his patients, many expressed over the years how much they appreciated that he took the time to listen to their concerns and treat them as individuals.

After retirement in 2000, he continued helping patients as a regular volunteer at the Neighborhood Medical Center.

Throughout his life learning meant doing. Whether it was teaming with his brother Guy on boyhood woodworking projects, traveling to experience other cultures and locales, sailing, developing photographs, speaking Spanish, or simply trying his hand at something that sparked his interest, his broad curiosity led in many directions.

A longtime supporter of and participant in the local arts community, in retirement his passion for creating art deepened and he returned to school to earn an MFA in painting at Florida State University.

After graduation, he continued his involvement with FSU through advisory positions, as an instructor, and by funding travel for students and visiting artists. He delighted in exploring the possibilities in art, and it was rare to find him without a small pad and pen for quick sketches and notes. Enjoying art remained a central part of his life even as Alzheimer’s took his ability.

He cherished and was cherished by his family. He is survived by his wife, Elece; children; Christopher (Jennifer DuBose and daughter, Kate), Margaret Irene (Kit Goodner and children; Henry and Ana) and Lucy (Eric Schmidt and sons; Hugo and Leif), all of whom he had with his first wife, Nancy, and Elece’s daughters; Ali (Ed Thomas and sons; Chad and Ben) and Emily (Rick Mottern and daughters; Amelia, Ava and Adeline); and siblings; Jack (Deanna), Guy (Juanita) and Charlotte (Roland Knight, who predeceased him) and their families.

The family will hold a private memorial service. Donations in his memory are encouraged to the FSU Foundation to benefit the Ben Bivins Fund for Art or to the Trust for Public Land.

Copyright (c) 2021 The Macon Telegraph

James “Mickey” Efird ’54

James "Mickey" Efird '54

Dr. James Michael “Mickey” Efird, 88, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at Duke Hospital.

He was born in Kannapolis, the son of the late James Rufus Efird and I.Z. Christy Efird. In addition to his parents, Dr. Efird was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Kevin “Tony” Crumpler.

Dr. Efird was a professor emeritus at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Efird began teaching in the Divinity School as a graduate student in 1958, and joined the faculty full time in 1962, as professor of Biblical Interpretation. He taught Greek and biblical studies to generations of students. He earned an A.B. degree at Davidson College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa; M.Div. at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. at Duke University.

Dr. Efird was an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and served for nearly 50 years as an interim supply pastor for various churches. Committed to making the Bible understandable and properly understood for pastors and laity alike, he was extremely active in the Divinity School Lay Academy program and taught in churches of many denominations in North Carolina and throughout the country.

He first taught in the United Methodist Church’s Course of Study program in 1966 and continued to do so for many years, even in retirement. He wrote 13 books and more than 60 articles, many of which can be found in the Harper-Collins One Volume Bible Dictionary. Encouraged by his father, Dr. Efird was a loyal Blue Devils fan for more than 60 years.

Dr. Efird is survived by his wife, Vivian Efird; daughter, Michelle Rosen and husband, Rocky; daughter-in-law, Teresa Crumpler; grandchildren, Heather Holloway and husband, Bryan, Tegan Crumpler-Hall and husband, Stephen, Hillary Rosen and husband, Peter Larson, Stephanie Rosen, Taylor Wuliger and husband, Daniel; and great-grandchildren, Riley Holloway, Ryan Holloway, Rowan Holloway.

Service details are currently pending at this time. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face coverings and social distancing are required for all services. We ask that anyone experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms please stay home.

Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Feb. 21, 2021.

Jerry Greene ’58

Jerry Hunt Greene passed peacefully with his beloved friends and family by his side. Jerry was born in Charlotte, NC and graduated from Myers Park High School and Davidson College where he was a football star.

Jerry was loved by so many. He was fondly known as Greeneman, Greenie, Gentleman Jerry and Dawg among many others.

Jerry is survived by his children Kathryn Greene and Hunt Greene (Kris) as well as his grandchildren Michael, Daniel (Rhea), Cameron, Will and Matt.

He is preceded in death by his parents Abner and Faye Greene and his grandson Jacob Heyman.

Rest in peace sweet Greeneman. We are raising a glass to you in heaven and as you said, “see you on the other side.” A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to A Roof Above or a charity of your choice.

Copyright (c) 2021 The Charlotte Observer

Donald Lamm ’59

Donald Lamm '59

Donald Beatty Lamm, 84, passed away on January 29th, 2021 after a 7-year bout with dementia. Preceded in death by his father Cecil Beatty Lamm and mother Rachel Herring Lamm, Don is survived by his wife, Nancy Barnes Lamm; his sister, Janice Elizabeth Lamm; his 3 children with the late Carolyn Fish Lamm: daughter Hunter Lamm Peebles (Mike) of Raleigh, Jeffrey Barefoot Lamm (Elisabeth) of Raleigh, Stuart Beatty Lamm (Donna) of Raleigh; grandchildren, Tucker Peebles (Elizabeth), Blake Peebles, Caramy Peebles, Haley Lamm Owens (Dallas), Holden Lamm; great-grandson, Anthony Michael Peebles; stepson Ricky Barnes (Lummy) of Burlington.

Due to Covid-19, no funeral arrangements will be held. The immediate family will have a graveside service at the Lamm Family Cemetery in Lucama, NC.

Published in The News & Observer on Jan. 31, 2021.

J. Charles Cameron ’69

J. Charles Cameron '69

John Charles Cameron V (Age 73) passed away peacefully on January 28, 2021, Charles is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ann Cameron, and one brother: Paul Cameron (Sydni Roberson) of Glen Ellen, CA. Charles leaves behind a daughter, Kelli (Jason) Cox of Atlanta, GA and son, John (Elizabeth) of Memphis. He was known as Da, because it was the first syllable out of his first grandaughter’s mouth, by his seven grandchildren: Abigail Cox, Madelyn Cox, Sarah Ann Cameron, Naomi Cox, Thomas Cameron, Michael Cameron, and Anabelle Cox.

Charles was a graduate of White Station High School (1965), Davidson College, Boston University, and the University of Memphis and was a US Army Veteran. He worked as an accountant for several companies before changing careers, teaching for many years at Wooddale HIgh School. He coached several sports, including softball, track, baseball and golf.

Charles never let a volunteer opportunity go unfilled. He coached his children’s basketball, baseball, and softball teams. Referees ejected him from more than one game.

He taught Sunday School at First and Trinity Baptist Churches. He served at Cubmaster for Pack 241 at Christ United Methodist Church. He drove the van to pick up elderly ladies for Sunday School. He served as a Deacon and went on many youth group trips, even when he didn’t like the music.

He never met a stranger, with language being no obstacle. He never missed an opportunity to teach, retiring only reluctantly before extending his classroom to Gibson’s Donuts and Mattei’s Garage. He would have told you that the Red Sox were his favorite baseball team, though he never missed a Cardinals game. He loved the Tigers and the Grizzlies, but couldn’t keep from rooting for Steph Curry.

Charles loved music and met many up and coming musicians as the Student Union director at Davidson College. He sang in the church choir as long as he could. He would have loved singing high tenor in a gospel quartet, but might have settled for being the Fifth Top. His grandchildren are still making good use of his record collection.

He loved deeply and unconditionally.

His funeral will be Thursday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 8899 Trinity Road, followed by a graveside service at noon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to Trinity Baptist Church, Cordova

Published in The Commercial Appeal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2021.