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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Mac Morris ’42

Mac was born on January 24, 1922, and passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019. Mac was a resident of Princeton, New Jersey at the time of passing.

At age 16 he went to Davidson College in Davidson, NC where his two older brothers had also attended.

Services will be held Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina or Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

Benjamin Shannon ’42

Benjamin Eugene Shannon, 97, of Shallotte, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Born May 20, 1920, in Gastonia he was the son of Samuel Edward Shannon and Ina Shannon Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Thelma R. Shannon; brother, Anderson Shannon; sisters, Ruth S. Shanklin and Irene S. Wise; and grandson, Jeffrey Presson.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Ed Presson of Niceville, Fla., and Beth and Steve Spoon of Shallotte; four grandsons, Scott and David Presson and Chad and Eric Spoon; two great-grandsons, Hunter and Tucker Presson; and a great-granddaughter, Lexi Spoon.

He grew up at Barium Springs Orphanage and graduated from Davidson College. He served his country as a career officer in the U.S. Army and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. The graveside service and interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. The Revs. John Causey, pastor of Shallotte Presbyterian Church, and Eric Spoon, pastor of New Bethel Presbyterian Church of Piney Flats, Tenn., will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Hope Alliance in Barium Springs or to Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

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Mitchell Mack ’42

Mitchell Mack '42Side Mitchell Mack passed away in the peace of his own home on December 4, 2017, two months after Dolores, his beloved wife of nearly 66 years. They are, no doubt, reunited in glory.

Born the son of Lebanese immigrants on January 16, 1921, he followed assiduously in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in devoting his life to family, faith and community. Mitchell and Dolores were extraordinary parents and role models to their 5 children, and loving grandparents to their 11 grandkids.

He and Dolores stressed the importance of establishing in them a solid foundation built on faith in God, love of family, personal responsibility and service to the community.

Despite his sometimes frenzied life juggling long hours in the family business and his numerous civic undertakings, family was always first. Mitchell lived a life of integrity which left an indelible print on his progeny.

He was a quiet man of action who led by example. After attending Mooresville public schools, he attended Davidson College and then went on to earn an MBA in Industrial Engineering from Harvard. During his career at Harvard, he was called to serve his country in WW II. Rather than accept a deferment, Mitchell chose to serve in the Navy, and as a Lieutenant was stationed in North and West Africa from 1943-1946. He continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until 1956.

After the war, possessing degrees from Davidson and Harvard, Mitchell could have accepted any number of positions anywhere in the country, but once again he chose to serve. This time it was the family that called. As the youngest of 4 children, Mitchell was asked by his father to return to Mooresville to help in the family department store, John Mack & Son, established by his father and grandfather in 1912.

From 1947 until 1993, Mitchell put his talent and intellect to work transforming and growing the family business.

Back in Mooresville, Mitchell lost no time becoming deeply involved in the civic, charitable and religious fabric of his hometown. He was, simply put, an outstanding citizen. He joined, and eventually led, the Rotary Club, serving in virtually every capacity on his way to perfect weekly attendance for over 65 years and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.

He resumed his active involvement in Boy Scouts, from which he had earned his Eagle award at age 15, by becoming a Scoutmaster, District Chairman, Piedmont Council Executive Board member and Silver Beaver award recipient. He would accumulate over 70 years of continuous involvement in Scouting.

As a member of the First Presbyterian Church he faithfully served as Deacon, Sunday school teacher and Elder, as well as in the choir for more than 70 years.

His capacity for and love of service was nearly limitless. He served as President of the local Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, Merchant’s Association and Jaycees. He also served in various leadership roles with Lowrance Hospital, Piedmont Bank, YMCA, the Downtown Commission and too many other organizations to mention. Upon closing the family business in 1993 after 84 years of operation in downtown Mooresville, Mitchell served several terms on the Mooresville Town Board, including as Mayor Pro Tem.

He has been recognized widely for his contributions to the community. Among other acknowledgments, in 1986, he was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Chamber of Commerce; and in 2005 he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest honor for exemplary service and exceptional accomplishment.

S. Mitchell Mack truly lived a life of meaning, consequence and purpose, and unquestionably left the world a better place than he found it. God blessed him with many gifts, and Mitchell used them to the fullest to better himself, his children and his community. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the very way he lived his life and the standard he set for all to see.

He is survived by five children: Side Mitchell Mack, Jr. of Greensboro NC, Ronald (Kathryn) Mack of Greensboro NC, Denise (Skip) Vallee of Shelburne VT, Yvonne (Maurice Williams) of Blowing Rock NC, Jeffrey (Anya) Mack of Charlotte NC and eleven wonderful grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will immediately follow at Willow Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Cavin Cook Funeral Home on Friday December 8, from 5:00-8:00 PM.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers of Home Instead, Bayada, numerous private caregivers and Hospice of Iredell County, and to give special thanks to Patty Martin and Ashlee Vineyard. Their wonderful care kept Mitchell comfortable in his final years at home.

Memorials may be sent to The Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council or The Rotary Foundation c/o The Mooresville Rotary Club or Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Mack family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 6, 2017

George W. Shannon ’42

George W. Shannon '42George W. Shannon, 97, died peacefully on Oct. 14, 2017 after a short stay at Morrison Manor in Laurinburg.

He was lovingly surrounded by his family during his days there and cared for by Hospice angels. Dr. Shannon is the husband of the late Frances Terrell Shannon, father of five, a leader in his church and a veteran of the U.S. ArmyCorps during WWII and the Korean War. He was a friend and doctor who touched the lives of thousands over 36 years of medical practice, 10 years in military service and 26 years in private practice.

He was a urologic surgeon and the first urologist at the Laurinburg Surgical Clinic. His portrait is displayed in Scotland Memorial Hospital. He served the Lord faithfully raising his family up in the Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and Sunday School teacher over his lifetime.

Dr. Shannon was an artist and painted landscapes with oils and acrylics into his 90s. He prayed beautiful blessings at family gatherings and was the anchor and source of pride for a large family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dr. Shannon was born September 22, 1920 in Tazewell, Va. to Rev. Beverly O. Shannon and Margaret Ward Shannon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Harriett, brother, Beverly, grandson, Benjamin, and wife of 69 years, Frances.

He is survived by his five children; Sandra Hoffman and husband Randy of Laurinburg; Ann Jenkins and husband Len of Wilmington; Karen Shannon of Wilmington; and Carol Shannon Moore of Wilmington; and Dr. George Shannon, Jr. and wife Maggie of Billings, Mo. He is also survived by the eight grandchildren who loved him dearly; Jim, Laura, Bryan, Grey, Kristy, Kent, George III and Hunter, in addition to nine great-grandchildren.

Dr. Shannon’s funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 West Church Street in Laurinburg, with Dr. Duane Hix officiating.

The family will greet friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. A private burial service with military honors will follow at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens in Little River, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Church St, Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Scotland Regional Hospice, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.

Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2017