J. Rene’ Herlong ’84

J. Rene' Herlong '84

Dr. James Rene’ Herlong, 58, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He was born December 24, 1961, in Rock Hill, SC, to Eleanor Reid Herlong and the late E.E. “Doc” Herlong.

In addition to his mother, Rene’ is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who loved and admired him.

Rene’ attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, Davidson College and Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.

An expert in pediatric echocardiography, he was chief of pediatric cardiology for Levine Children’s Hospital and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. Rene’ also served as an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Rene’ was one of the founders and assistant director of Camp LUCK, a camp for children with significant heart disease. For more than 20 years, he used two weeks of vacation each year to serve as camp doctor for YMCA’s Camp Cherokee.

In 2015, he was a finalist for the NC Medical Society’s Doctor of the Year. Fluent in Spanish, Rene’ volunteered for many medical mission trips to Central and South America.

Rene’ also had a beautiful singing voice, and for more than 30 years sang “O Holy Night” for the Christmas Eve service at his home church, First Associate Reformed Presbyterian in Rock Hill.

Memorials may be made in Dr. Herlong’s name to First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 201 East White Street, Rock Hill SC, 29730.

Services will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.

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Spottswood Neale ’58

Spottswood Neale '58

Dr. Spottswood Pryor Neale, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his residence. He was born May 6, 1938, in Richmond, Va. He was the son of the late Dr. Richard C. Neale Sr. and Eva Whitehead Neale.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John Neale and James Neale; sister, Diane Savig; and sisters-in-law, Yvonne, wife of Dr. Richard Neale Jr., and Emma, wife of John Neale. 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret (Peggy) Heubeck Neale; children, David Neale, Dr. Christy Schenck and husband, Dr. Scott Schenck, and Jennifer Neale; grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel, Alex, Ashley, and Andrew Schenck; brothers, Dr. Richard C. Neale Jr., Dr. Henry Neale and wife, Margaret, Dr. Wirt Neale and wife, Ginger; sisters, Beverly Johnson and husband, the Rev. Dr. Merwyn Johnson, Donna Kelly, and Vickie Peters and husband, Zayne; Norman and Barbara Heubeck; and beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

At the age of 13, Spottswood boarded a train from his home in West Virginia to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he received his high school degree.

He entered Davidson College, from which he graduated in three years. He then attended the Medical College of West Virginia and completed his medical studies at the Medical College of Virginia. He graduated from medical school at the age of 21 and then completed four years of training in Pathology at Emory University in Atlanta and Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.

Spottswood practiced pathology in Camden, S.C. and later at Valdese General Hospital with his brother, Dr. Richard C. Neale Jr. for 31 years. He dearly loved his family and his church, where he served as an Elder and Deacon and held many committee positions.

Spottswood taught the adult Sunday school class for a number of years, and he especially enjoyed singing in the choir for the many years he was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. 

Spottswood was a member of the armed services as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas; Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro; and Eglin AFB in Eglin, Fla. He served in Spain and Alaska in 1964 during one of the most devastating earthquakes in that state. 

Spottswood spent years attending and participating in his children’s many activities, knowing that supporting his children during their formative years was an important part of being an involved parent. Knowing that, he also gave his employees that same opportunity whenever possible.

He was a very caring and kind individual who treated each person as someone who mattered. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. 

He and his wife, Peggy, were very close and still in love with one another, and enjoying one another’s company. They continued to share humor, which helped sustain them even through difficult times. He first introduced himself to Peggy as “Butch” and will forever be her beloved Butch. 

Because of the country’s health concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later time at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 21, with military honors provided by the United States Air Force. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the choir fund at Waldensian Presbyterian Church; Burke Hospice (which provided invaluable services to the family); or any charity of choice.

Former Trustee Janet Hostetter Wilson

Former Trustee Janet Hostetter Wilson

Janet Hostetter Wilson, of Davidson, North Carolina, formerly of Lenoir, died peacefully on March 14, 2020, at the age of 86, with family by her side.

Janet was born in New York City on January 21, 1934. She grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, and attended Kent Place School.

In 1955, she earned her baccalaureate degree at Wellesley College, where she was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She married Thomas Henry Wilson, Jr., in the fall of 1955, and was married for over 47 years until his death. She lived in Lenoir, North Carolina most of her adult life. After her three children were of school age, she obtained her master’s degree in psychology from Appalachian State University.

Passionate about education, she served on the Caldwell County Board of Education for 16 years, leading the board as its Chair. She served on the North Carolina School Boards Association for 12 years and held the statewide position of President. She served as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Public Education Policy Council, as Director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, and as Chair of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Education.

Devoted to providing educational opportunity to children, in her later years she worked diligently with the Foundation for the Carolinas to establish a fund and strategy to help provide Pre-K education to elementary schools in Caldwell County.

With a special love for Davidson College and as one of its most loyal advocates and supporters, Janet was a member of the Davidson College Board of Visitors and the Davidson College Board of Trustees, serving on its Athletics Policy Committee and Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. She especially loved the Davidson baseball team and regularly attended games.

As Davidson’s nominee, she was the recipient of the Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award. She was also awarded the Satie Broyhill Lifetime Achievement Award, the North Carolina School Boards Association Award for Outstanding Boardmanship, and the L.A. Dysart Citizenship Award, presented by the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce, for her commitment to education and to the community.

Janet served on the boards of the Patterson School Foundation, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, the Caldwell Hospice Foundation, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, the Education Foundation of Caldwell County, and the Caldwell 20/20 Steering Committee. She was an elder of United Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, North Carolina, where she sang joyously in the church choir, and later was a member of the Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

As a lover of art, she worked on the art committees for both the Caldwell Hospice and the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center to help ensure art was present in these facilities. She helped support the construction and opening of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and advocated its value to the community.

She loved nature and believed a large part of every day should be spent outside. Janet had a passion for birds, gardening, and playing tennis. She loved her friends and her family and approached life with humility, graciousness, and concern for others.

Janet is survived by her three children and their spouses, Henry and Karin Wilson, Amy and John Scott, and David and Melody Wilson; her brother and his wife, Amos and Barbara Hostetter, and her six beloved grandchildren, Ellen, Robb, Tommy, Matt, Margaret, and Ben.

A private memorial was held for Janet by her family on March 16. Due to current health concerns, a public service will be postponed until a future time when we may gather in safety and love to remember and celebrate Janet’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645, or Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, P.O. Box 3023, Morganton, North Carolina 28680.

Condolences can be directed to Amy Wilson Scott, P.O. Box 15150, Jackson, Wyoming 83002.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 18, 2020

Ernest Hyde Brown, Jr. ’53

Ernest Hyde Brown, Jr., of Davidson, NC, died on March 13, 2020.

Born in Raleigh, NC, he grew up in Ivanhoe, NC and attended Oak Ridge Military Institute. He graduated from Davidson College in 1953 and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following his graduation in 1957, he completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Charleston, SC.

After a brief practice with the Air Force in Minot, North Dakota, he practiced OBGYN in Lumberton, NC from 1963-1998. While in Lumberton, Ernest worshipped with and served the First Presbyterian Church as elder, deacon, committee chair, and as a faithful member of the congregation. After his retirement, he served as a medical missionary to Malawi, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Brazil.

From retirement until 2008, he collected medical equipment for Project Cure to be shipped worldwide. He was as Trustee for the Medical Benevolence Society of the Presbyterian Church USA and was named a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for the State of NC.

An avid outdoorsman, woodworker, fisherman, and hunter he is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughters Rebecca Speight, Linda Nutt, Rachel Hall, and Margaret Carroll; and his grandchildren Robert, Laura, and Daniel Boyd; Emily Nutt; Thomas and Jeremy Hall; and Bill and Sarah Carroll.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, NC, The Pines at Davidson, or the Medical Benevolence Foundation of the Presbyterian Church USA.

A memorial service is planned for a future date.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Mar. 16, 2020

Charles Caswell Massey, Jr. ’54

Charles Caswell Massey, Jr. '54

Dr. Charles Caswell Massey, Jr., age 87, formerly of Charlotte, now of Davidson, died on March 11, 2020, at The Pines at Davidson. Charles was born October 6, 1932, in Smithfield, NC to the late Dr. Charles C. Massey, Sr. and Eleanor Morgan Massey. The family moved to Charlotte in 1935.

Charles graduated from old Central High School in Charlotte and Davidson College. While at Davidson he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Delta honorary pre-med fraternity. He received his M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine where he met and married his wife Ingrid.

Dr. Massey did a Rotating Internship at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA and then completed his General Surgical Residency and Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency at the Ochsner Foundation Clinic and Hospital in New Orleans, LA.

In 1967, Dr. Massey and his family returned to Charlotte where he went into practice with his father. After his father’s death in 1969, Dr. Massey practiced with Dr. R. Leeves McCarty. When Dr. McCarty retired in 1982, Dr. Massey founded Charlotte Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates with Dr. Fred Vermeulen and they added, over the next several years, Dr. William A. Walker and Dr. John G. Morrison. Dr. Massey was President of this group, all board-certified colon and rectal surgeons, until his retirement in 1996.

Dr. Massey was certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and was a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He was a member and Past President of the Piedmont Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, a Life Member of the A.M.A., the N.C. Medical Society, Mecklenburg Medical Society and the Southern Medical Society. Earlier in his life, he served 2 years in the U.S. Army as a specialist in aerial photo interpretation.

After his retirement in 1996, Charles and his wife Ingrid moved to their cottage on Lake Norman where they lived until moving in 2004 to The Pines at Davidson, a retirement community in Davidson, NC.

Charles is survived by his wife Ingrid, 3 daughters: Caroline (Philip), Katherine, and Joanna (Bill) and 3 grandchildren: Eleanor, Mary (Collin), and Sarah. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Morgan T. Massey.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Please e-mail katherinemassey2020@yahoo.com if you would like to be informed of service details when plans are confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Lake Norman or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, NC is serving the family.