Ralph Wood Smith, Jr. ’47

Ralph Wood Smith, Jr. '47

The Reverend Ralph Wood Smith, Jr., age 93, Johnson City, passed away Saturday,

December 7, 2019, at NHC Healthcare Center of Johnson City. Mr. Smith was born in Bluefield, West Virginia. He was the son of Ralph Wood and Gladys Ruth Erwin Smith.

He was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Eleanor Jeanne Burton Smith.

The Reverend Smith graduated from Davidson College and from Virginia Episcopal Seminary. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate in 1950 and to the priesthood in 1951. He had additional training from Virginia Episcopal Seminary and the College of Preachers in Washington, D.C. He also had extensive training as an alcohol and drug therapist and marital counselor.

He served parishes at R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA; St.

Andrews on the Sound, Wrightsville Beach, NC; St. Timothy’s, Kingsport, TN; Church of the Ascension, Lafayette, LA; and St. Anne’s Church, Millington, TN.

He served as chaplain at Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University, Emory and Henry College, King University, and The University of Tennessee Martin.

Reverend Smith was an excellent preacher and is the author of a three-volume collection of his sermons and writings (unpublished), Living With and Within an Alternate Empire.

In retirement, he established a private practice in addiction counseling and marital counseling and continued to serve the Episcopal Church as an interim and supply priest to congregations in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

He leaves many friends who have been blessed by his advice, concern, and affection. Very special friends are Patty Bowers, Alice Sparks and Wayne Baumunk, Fran and Fred Davenport, Mary Alice and Bill Fryar, Colby Hall and Beth and Ken Johnson. He also leaves his beloved cat, Marmalade.

Funeral services will be conducted at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 North Roan St., Johnson City, on Friday, December 13 at 11:00 am with The Rt. Reverend Brian Cole, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, officiating.

A reception at St. John’s Church will follow the service. Interment services will be conducted 3:00 pm Friday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the addiction support group, Rebos, Inc., 213 E Maple St., Johnson City, TN 37601.

Condolences may be sent online at www.dillow-taylor.com

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821

Copyright Sandusky Newspaper Group, Johnson City Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved.

William Alexander Wier, Jr. ’47

William Alexander Wier, Jr. 91, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Jean Garrison Wier entered into eternal rest Saturday, January 5, 2019.

His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street at 2:00 pm. Interment, Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel.

Bill was born February 27, 1927 in Charleston, South Carolina, son of William Alexander Wier and Mary (Molly) Cuttino Thornhill Wier. He graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1943 and then entered Davidson College, taking time off to serve in the US Navy at the end of World War II.

Bill then graduated from Davidson and University of Illinois, before working his entire career and retiring as a Chemical Engineer from Westvaco.

Bill was a man of great faith and member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder.

He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and Past President of the St. Andrew’s Society.

Bill was a family man and put others’ needs before his own.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved being on the water boating, fishing, and shrimping. Above all, Bill was a proud Charlestonian native.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years in Mt. Pleasant; two sons, William Alexander Wier III, (Nancy) of Houston, TX and Charles Garrison Wier (Jane) of Brookhaven, GA; daughter, Elizabeth Wier Tal (Oded) of Herzliya, Israel; sister, Peggy Wier Evans of Davison, NC and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Jan. 7, 2019

Park Moore, Jr. ’47

Park Moore, Jr. '47Rev. Park Moore, Jr., died August 3, 2018, at age 93. Son of Park and Lucile Marks Moore of Decatur, Ga., he graduated from Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary.

Ordained in 1950 as a Presbyterian minister, he served pastorates in Grover and Gastonia, N.C., Jackson and Meridian, Miss., and as an associate pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Ark., from 1983 until retirement in 1990.

He and Betty Jean Combs married in Nicholasville, Ky., and had almost 69 years together. She survives along with children Rodney (Terry) Moore of Reedsport, Ore., Janie Rash and Aileen Moore of Little Rock, Ark., and grandchildren Michael Vitela and Lucy Vitela of Little Rock, and Jonathan Moore of New York City, N.Y.

Rev. Moore has a surviving sister, Elizabeth Cameron, of Storrs, Conn., a niece, and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Shirreffs, of Conyers, Ga.

During World War II, Rev. Moore served on a US Navy destroyer in the Pacific and later as a USNR Chaplain.

A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Dr., Little Rock, Ark., 72227, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Published August 6, 2018

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Andrew Lomax “Bud” Kilby, Sr. ’47

Andrew Lomax "Bud" Kilby, Sr. '47Mr. Andrew Lomax “Bud” Kilby Sr., passed away July 18, 2018 at the age of 92.

He was born January 13, 1926 to Andrew Franklin Kilby and Grace Lomax Kilby. Mr. Kilby was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Betty Summers Kilby, and his sister, Grace Frank Mayberry.

Mr. Kilby is survived by his children: Andrew Lomax Kilby, Jr. (Mary); John Asbury Kilby, Sr. (Phyllis); and Betty Ann Kilby. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Sarah Kilby Munson (Scott), Anne Kilby, Elisha Grace Kilby Jernigan (Justin), John Asbury Kilby, Jr. (Lacey), Jenni Foster Roope, Beau Foster (Katy); and by his great-grandchildren: Drew Roope, Grey Roope, Harrison Jernigan, Pierce Jernigan, and Lizzie Foster.

Mr. Kilby was President of Yadkin Valley Motor Company, North Carolina’s oldest Ford dealership established in 1915. He worked there six days a week, arriving by 6:30 AM, until 6 days before his death.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC and served as superintendent of the Children’s Building there for 20 years. He was also a past member of the Board of Directors of Wilkes General Hospital serving as its Chairman during a major expansion. He was a charter member of Oakwoods Country Club, the North Wilkesboro Elks Club, the Kiwanis Club, and a past member of Ford’s Dealer Council.

He attended Davidson College prior to his voluntary enlistment in the US Army Air Force on December 7, 1943.

He proudly served as a bottom-turret and waist gunner on a B24 Liberator bomber during World War II in the 2nd Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group of the 5th Air Force. The majority of B24s were made at Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run Plant.

When the war ended, Mr. Kilby served as part of the US occupation force in Japan. After leaving the military service, Mr. Kilby attended college in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

He returned from there in 1948 to work as a partner with his father at Yadkin Valley Motor Company in 1948. He worked at Yadkin Valley his entire life beginning in his early teens.

A graveside service with Military Honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142 will be held at Mountlawn Memorial Park, 10:00 AM Friday, July 20, 2018, with Dr. Bert Young and Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. Following the graveside service, a reception will be held in the Wayland Hall of First Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro at 11:00 AM.

The family requests no food. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

William Robert Dunn, Sr. ’47

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. age 92 of Cumming, Georgia, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Kehr Dunn; son, Richard K. Dunn; daughter, Barbara Ann Dunn; sister, Elizabeth Grunwald; parents, William and Clara Dunn.

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. was born in Atlanta and graduated from North Fulton High School, Davidson College, and earned his medical degree in 1947 from Emory University.

He wed Norma Kehr Dunn in June 1947. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raising a family together. He spent 2 years in a surgery residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He then enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War. He returned to Grady Hospital to complete his Pediatric Residency in 1954, and attended Columbia Seminary in Decatur.

He then traveled to Belgium to learn French to prepare for a tropical medicine residency. He spent 3 years as a medical missionary in the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three decades later in 1984, he returned to the Congo for another missionary tour.

Returning stateside, he set up a very popular family practice in Cumming, Georgia at the suggestion of Dr. Jim Mashburn. His medical practice was extremely busy and patients would often line up in his waiting room with sack lunches until he could attend to their needs. He always put his patients first.

He managed to find time to perform physicals for the Boy Scouts and high school football teams. He was also very active with the Cumming Kiwanis Club. He also trained Physician Assistant students from Emory University. He remained active in his Emory Medical Class of ’47 reunions.

He retired from practice in 2010, but spent another 5 years volunteering his medical services at the Good News Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia. He taught an adult Sunday school class and sang in the choir at Cumming First United Methodist Church. He was also active with Meals on Wheels, and working his cattle farm in Forsyth County. He loved his family and the Georgia Bulldogs.

A humble man, he quietly joined the Mashburn family in being a major donor in a land grant that helped preserve 932 acres on Sawnee Mountain and creating the Sawnee Nature Preserve. This has become a popular outdoor destination and the largest county park in the state of Georgia. It has over 5 miles of trails and mountain vistas. He was a man of great passion, work ethic, character, compassion, modesty, and skill.

Survivors include his children, Charlene (Terry) McGill of Cumming, Bill (Melody) Dunn of Cumming, Roger (Ruth) Dunn of Cumming; daughter-in-law, Barbara Dunn Roland of Gainesville; sister-in-law, Joanne Kehr of Iowa; niece, Betty Grunwald; nephews, Fred Grunwald, Bill Grunwald; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm at Cumming First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathie Stasko and Dr. Bob Bowling officiating followed by a Reception in the Family Life Center.

The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Friday, March 30th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 11:00 am at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Forsyth County Senior Services/ Meals on Wheels, 595 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040, Cumming First United Methodist Church, P O Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028 or Season’s Hospice, 8013 Majors Road, Cumming, GA 30041.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 30, 2018