Francis Hansell “Hank” Watt ’44

Francis Hansell "Hank" Watt '44

Francis Hansell “Hank” Watt was born on February 24, 1923, to William Augustin and “Bob” Mary Lindsey Watt of Thomasville, GA.

The third of four sons, Hank enjoyed practical jokes, poetry, and literature, hunting, fishing, FSU football, baseball, and exploring the natural world.

After high school and a thwarted attempt to join the Army at 17, he graduated pre-med from Davidson College (ODK,1944), then entered Johns Hopkins Medical School. There, he was part of the first surgical team success at blue baby heart repair in 1947-48.

While in medical school, he met his future wife and physician, Dr. Henrietta “Honey” Watt, whom he married in September 1948.

He served as a captain in the US Army (stationed in Puerto Rico) he continued his lifelong participation in medical missions Ometepec and Morelia, Mexico, Haiti, Kenya, the former Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo), Malawi, and Indonesia, all the while maintaining practice as a general surgeon.

Dr. Watt established the first intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital and performed a wide range of surgical procedures there, also serving patients from nearby towns like Havana, Quincy, and Monticello, often accepting payment in corn, beans and garden produce.

A deeply committed Christian, Dr. Watt served as an elder at Faith Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, taught Sunday School, and attended the weekly Men’s Bible Study well into his nineties.

He continued international medical mission outreach, starting a Green Stamps drive to buy a plane for missionaries to Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) and co-founded the Medical Benevolence Foundation (1964) (PCUSA) which provides direct physician care in several foreign countries.

Dr. Watt loved to hunt, fish, and grow his own produce in his hydroponic garden. At one point, he raised quail to help in training his Llewellin setters. After mastering fixed-wing gliders, he earned his instrumentation pilot’s license at 67.

He was a naturalist of the first order, able to identify every tree, fish, fowl, reptile, and weather pattern. He loved the Big Bend and was committed to preserving its natural resources.

Dr. Watt was a committed family man, taking his family on far-flung jaunts to Mexico, the World’s Fair (1964) and vacations at St Teresa, and Cape San Blas. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 63 years, and his son, Francis Hansell Watt, Jr.

He leaves behind six daughters, Lindsey Watt March, Helen E. “Betsy” Watt, MD., Laura Watt “Jeanie” Casati (Bill Lacey), Sandy Watt Hearn (Tom), Jamie Watt Jones and Carolyn Watt Cantwell (Jeff), and daughter-in-law, Margie Best Watt, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren; 3 cousins, George Watt, Marianne “Sissy” Jeffries Williams, and Maggie Watt Roddenberry, and a host of longtime friends.

The Watt family wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to his devoted caregivers.

Interment will be Sunday, August 18, at 10 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Thomasville, GA, with a 2 pm memorial service at Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL, Reception in the Fellowship Hall to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Medical Benevolence Foundation, (9555 W Sam Houston Pkwy S Suite 170, Houston, TX 77099), and the Haitian American Friendship Foundation (HAFF- P.O. Box 1349 State College, PA 16804-1349 USA)

Special thanks to Rocky Bevis of Bevis Funeral Home in assisting this family with these arrangements. Phone (850/385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com).

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John Thompson Wardlaw ’44

John Wardlaw '44John Thompson Wardlaw, 94, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

He was born in Atlanta, GA to the late James Thompson and Belle Thompson Wardlaw and attended Pine Street School, Spartanburg High School, Darlington School, Davidson College and Georgia Tech.

John served in the Navy as a destroyer escort communications officer during World War II. He worked with Milliken and Co., Kentucky Woven Label Co., Bo-Buck Mills and later founded Wardlaw Sales in Spartanburg before retiring in 1995.

He was actively involved in the Spartanburg community serving as President of The Spartanburg Rotary Club; the Spartanburg County Foundation Board of Trustees and Investment Advisory Committee.

He served on the Spartanburg Music Foundation Board, Friends of the Spartanburg County Library Board, Commissioner on the Spartanburg Housing Authority, Chairman of Total Ministries Board, Habitat for Humanity Board, President of the Narrow Fabrics Institute and was the Founder, Chairman, Director and Board Chair Emeritus of The Adult Learning Center. John was a devoted and faithful member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent, where he served on the Vestry, as senior and junior warden.

His service and commitment to Spartanburg has been recognized with multiple civic and state awards. John received the SC Order of the Palmetto from Governor Mark Sanford; the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizen award presented by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; the Wofford College Algernon- Sydney Sullivan Award for public service; the Mary Black Foundation Dr. Sam O. Black, Jr. Health Promotion Award for Leadership; 2014 Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg Citizen of the Year; the Dean Griffin Public Service Award from Georgia Tech; and the National Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; his daughter, Saunders McCollum and her husband, David, of Anderson, SC; and his grandchildren, Ashley and John McCollum.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, on Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00PM, officiated by The Reverend Dr. Clay H. Turner and The Reverend J. Edward Morris.

The family will receive friends following the service at The Parish and Community Life Center.

In remembrance of John, memorials may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, The Adult Learning Center, 145 N Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29306, or Spartanburg Regional Home Health and Hospice, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JMDunbar.com.
Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2018

Andrew “Andy” Harriss Symmes ’44

Andrew “Andy” Harriss Symmes, 94, passed away September 1, 2017. He was preceded in death by his precious wife, Jean Deck Symmes. Having grown up in Wilmington, NC, he was the son of the late Harrison M. and Mary Harriss Symmes.

On December 7, 1945, upon his discharge from the Marine Corps at the culmination of World War II, Andy married Jean Deck. He set an incredible example of being a great husband, exemplified throughout 67 years of marriage, but even more so during Jean’s last years, at which time she was ill and Andy demonstrated unconditional love at her side.

His children and grandchildren all inherited many wonderful traits from him, such as fishing, sailing, ability to fix things, strong work ethic, fierce loyalty, steady temperament, and tenacity, to name a few.<

The slogan, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” applies to Andy. He served in the Marshall Islands during World War II, including the battle at Iwo Jima.

Andy’s family legacy includes: children, Andrew Symmes, Jr. (Jeanne), Jean (Bunny) Godfrey (Bob), Raymond (Ray) Symmes (Kathy), Mary Gwyn (Tom) (former husband Tate Carty, deceased), and James (Jim) Symmes (Katherine); eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; brother, Francis (Frank) Symmes of Wilmington; sister-in-law, Mrs. Harrison (Joan) Symmes, and predeceased by brothers, Harrison (Harry) and Courtland (Coty) Symmes, and special friend Shirley Freedman (Marlin deceased).

Andy attended Davidson College before entering the US Marine Corps in World War II and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. He worked for Cone Mills Corporation as director of management training and personnel research before retiring in 1984.

He was an active volunteer at Christ United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels and at Cone Hospital in Emergency Department, while remaining active in the Marine Corps League and as a master gardener.

There will be a memorial service for Andy at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church, 5228 Hilltop Road, Greensboro, NC 27282, Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Greater Carolinas MS Society or the PKD Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.wrightcremationandfuneral.com. Wright Cremation & Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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William Elliott White ’44

William Elliott White '44William Elliott White, 94, of Charlotte passed away peacefully on July 22, 2017 at the Stewart Health Center.

Born August 31, 1922 in Morganton, NC, he was the son of the late William Elliott White and Adelaide Avery Erwin White. Elliott was a proud graduate of The McCallie School, Davidson College (Distinguished Alumni Award in 1977), and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. His pediatrics career began in Charlotte in 1953 when he joined the practice of Dr. Charles Gay.

For the next 46 years, he served the local pediatric community, including service as Chief of Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital and Charlotte Memorial Hospital (CMC-Main). For many years following his retirement he enjoyed teaching and sharing his experience with the next generation, for which he was chosen as the first recipient of the Community Teaching Award, an award named for him.

On June 21, 1944 he married Shirley Marie Owens, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, who survives him. They were blessed to have 73 wonderful years together. He is additionally survived by daughter, Beverly Edwards (Smokey) of Atlanta, GA; son, Richard White (Glenna) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, James Edwards (Emily) of Atlanta, GA, Matt Edwards (Megan) of Richmond, VA, Avery White of Lincolnton, NC, and Anna White of Asheville, NC; and great-grandchildren, Jack Edwards and Davis Edwards of Atlanta, GA and Erin Edwards of Richmond, VA. He was predeceased by daughter, Adelaide Erwin White; son, William Elliott White III; and grandson, William Scott Edwards.

He had an amazing memory with the ability to recall intimate details about decades old events. He was particularly fond of sharing his knowledge of military history (particularly World War II) and sharing family history photos and stories with the next generations. He was proud of his military service as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

He’ll be remembered for his love of family, strong faith, and his love and commitment to pediatric medicine. He was a lifelong supporter of Davidson College athletics and enjoyed playing and watching sports, particularly basketball and football. Some of his highlights include participation in Senior Olympics basketball, his record of attending 78 consecutive Duke-UNC football games, and attending the 1942 Rose Bowl in Durham, NC.

He was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church and Myers Park Country Club.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff and caregivers of The Cypress for their support and loving care.

Memorial contributions can be made to Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or Levine Children’s Hospital, 208 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203.

A service to celebrate Elliott’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 26, in Harry & Bryant’s Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Road. The family will receive friends following the service.

Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.

 

Published in Charlotte Observer from July 25 to July 26, 2017

Edward W. Coslett ’44

Edward W. Coslett '44Edward Worthington Coslett, Jr. died on July 20, 2017, two weeks short of his 96th birthday at Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, Pa.

Ed was born in Philadelphia on July 31, 1921 to Edward Worthington Coslett, Sr. and Addavail Coslett (nee Young). He was raised in Lansdowne and graduated from the Haverford School before attending Davidson College for two years. He served as a Lieutenant in the Army for two years during WWII.

Ed met his future wife, Judy Connelly, on a blind date. Having graduated from the University of North Carolina, Ed returned to the Philadelphia area to join his father and brother, Harry Coslett, in a family stevedoring business, E.W. Coslett Sons. He subsequently worked in real estate, owning several apartment complexes and contributing to other real estate development projects in Delaware County. Ed and Judy remained married for 69 years, and raised three children in Swarthmore. In 1977, they left Swarthmore to live on a family farm in Newtown Square for 31 years, and spent their final years at Dunwoody Village.

Ed was predeceased by his wife, his brother, and his eldest son, Edward W. Coslett III. He is survived by a son, Branch Coslett, and daughter, Judith Addavail Coslett, as well as 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Ed had a passion for American history and a longtime devotion to the Chesapeake Bay, where he spent much of his childhood. His family remembers him as a devoted and loving husband, parent and grandparent with a kind and generous nature.