Edward Lee Blanton, Jr. ’53

Edward Lee Blanton, Jr. '53

Edward Lee Blanton, Jr. (89) of Glen Arm, Maryland passed away Easter morning at home with his wife of 60 years, Cathleen Estelle Blanton (nee Edwards) and his daughters by his side. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Mildred Blanton, Jean Gallagher and Faye Curtis. He is survived by his son Edward Lee Blanton, III of Yorktown, VA (wife, Mary; children Julia, Sarah and John), his daughter Cathleen E. Blanton of Alexandria, VA, his daughter M. Ellyn Beiler of Falmouth, VA (husband, David; son Brandon) and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Ed Blanton was educated at Poly HS, Davidson College (’53), Vanderbilt (MA, ’54), UMd Law School (’60). He also served in the US Army in Germany in ’55 and taught math while attending law school at night. He practiced law in Baltimore for 40 years, and enjoyed mentoring and playing tennis with junior associates and friends whom he called his “sons in the Law.”

Ed was active in several organizations including: Long Green Valley Association, Historic Long Green Valley, Inc, CBMC, First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, Center Club, Towson Exchange, the Masons and St James Academy, Monkton, MD. He was also politically active and ran for attorney general in 1978 and 1990.

A small private burial will be held at St. James Church in Monkton, where he was received into the Episcopal church in 2017. The family looks forward to receiving visitors at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc. on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St James or Family Tree would be appreciated.

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Theodore Richard Oldenburg ’54

Theodore Richard Oldenburg '54

Dr. Theodore Richard Oldenburg of Chapel Hill died suddenly on March 25, 2021, in Chapel Hill.

Born in Muskegon, Michigan to the late Theodore Oldenburg and Frederika VanderWeiden Oldenburg. He grew up in Signal Mountain, TN, and entered Davidson College in 1950, entering the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 1953.

Following graduation, he entered the Dental Corps United States Air Force at Hickam Field, Hawaii. After discharge from the Air Force in 1960, he completed a Master’s Degree and Residency in Pediatric Dentistry in 1962 and joined the faculty for a full-time career in teaching and clinical practice that spanned 52 years.

At UNC he served 16 years as the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, overseeing a department that achieved national recognition under his leadership. After a Kenan Scholarly Leave at the University of Zurich 1985-86, he returned to Chapel Hill and continued to teach as a dental school-wide leader.

He served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affaires and as Acting Dean. His final Institution-wide assignment was Assistant Dean for Administration for over a decade, overseeing a major building initiative by the school – Tarrson Hall.

Ted was a prodigious leader for the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Ted’s legacy includes scores of pediatric dentist who trained under his mentorship , hundreds of general dentists who trained under his leadership, and countless children who benefited from his care.

Ted is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Sara Louise DeWitt Oldenburg, his son Lawson Oldenburg (Jan W. Oldenburg), his daughter Caroline Louise Oldenburg Beasley (Byron Holmes Beasley), his grandsons Thys W. Oldenburg, Joseph Hodgin Beasley, III, Connor DeWitt Beasley. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Family for 58 years.

Ted had many interests outside his profession. He was an avid golfer and always managed to to find a famous course to play when he traveled. His love of skiing became a family favorite for many years. However his best love was Carolina Basketball. He was proud of his role as Timekeeper for Carolina home games for thirty some years.

In light of Covid-19 restrictions, there will a limited family service, with perhaps a Celebration of Life at a later time. Any memorial gifts should be sent to the Theodore Oldenburg Pediatric Fellowship Fund in care of the Dental Foundation of North Carolina.

The Oldenburg family is under the care of Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill. www.walkersfuneralservice.com.

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Cecil D. Rhodes, Jr. ’52

Cecil D. Rhodes, Jr. '52

Dr. Cecil D. Rhodes Jr., 90, of Wilson, entered into the presence of the Lord on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

A family service will be held.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the family asks that friends refrain from visiting at the home during this time. At a future time, there will be a celebration of life for Dr. Rhodes at Peace Church.

He was born in Charlotte on Jan. 4, 1931, to C.D. and Thelma Rhodes. He grew up in Rome, Georgia, and graduated from Darlington School in 1948. Dr. Rhodes attended Davidson College, graduating in 1952. Following his undergraduate studies, he went on to Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University School of Medicine) and completed his medical degree in 1956.

He also served in the U.S. Navy as a physician for two years and was recognized with a promotion to the grade of lieutenant commander in the Medical Corps. His love of medicine carried him to Wilson, where he practiced internal medicine for 21 years at the Carolina Clinic.

Dr. Rhodes had a genuine concern for others and was passionate about knowing and engaging with everyone he encountered. His deepest desire was for everyone to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His love for family was second to none, with the center of that love being his cherished wife of 67 years, Jean Stockton Rhodes.

After building a large and successful medical practice, he retired and spent years relieving medical missionaries around the world, building churches in the United States and supporting local community groups including the Boys Club, Salvation Army and the Wilson Pregnancy Center.

He also served on the following boards: Southeastern Seminary, Wilson County school board and the Wilson Christian School board. His hobbies included golf, woodworking and spending time on the Neuse River with his family.

God blessed Dr. Rhodes and Jean with three sons: C. David Rhodes III (Dee Dee) of Canton, Georgia, Richard Stockton Rhodes (Dori) of Bedford, Massachusetts, and Robert Bernard Rhodes (Debbie) of Suffolk, Virginia; eight grandchildren, Rebecca Rhodes and Sarah Rhodes, Atlanta, Georgia, Haley Rhodes Clement (James) of Arlington, Virginia, Ryan Rhodes, Charlotte, Andrew Rhodes of Burlington, Vermont, Katelyn Sheets (Jon), High Point, Janie Mein (Stephen) of Roxbury, Massachusetts, and Robert Rhodes (Michelle) of Dayton, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Rhodes Sheets, Ray Sheets, Berkley Mein and Owen Mein; and brother, Robert Rhodes (Sandy) of Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilson Pregnancy Center, 702 Broad St. W., Wilson, NC 27893 (www.wilsonpregnancycenter.com) or to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (donate.intervarsity.org).

Arrangements are by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Drive N., Wilson, NC 27896; www.wilsonmemorialservice.com.

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Harry Flynn Wolfe, Jr. ’53

Harry Flynn Wolfe, Jr. '53

Harry Flynn Wolfe, Jr. passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Charlotte, NC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite being ill for many years he unfailingly charmed his friends and neighbors who knew him as a caring, compassionate man with wisdom and boundless grace.

Harry was a lifelong resident of Charlotte. He earned a business degree from Davidson College and then attended the University of Tennessee to complete his master’s degree in business. There he met the love of his life, Jo Ann Rhegness. When he first saw her from across the street, he knew that she was going to be his wife. After they were married, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Williamsburg, VA on a two-year assignment as an instructor.

After his army commitment he returned to Charlotte where he was a staple in the finance industry, first working at North Carolina National Bank, the predecessor to Bank of America, and then completing his career at Sterling Capital Management. He was an expert in investment strategies, a mentor to countless coworkers, and a master in his field.

Harry’s most significant contributions were as a husband to Jo Ann and as a father to Flynn, Ed, Margaret, and James. He was a loving husband who supported Jo Ann’s creative energy to include helping her to complete college and graduate school, and then supporting her multiple business endeavors.

As a dad, he could always be counted on and had never-ending forgiveness frequently tested by each of his kids, once even waving at them when they were seen skipping school as he drove out for a weekend getaway. Harry provided love, understanding, support, and wise counsel and for that they will be forever grateful. He instilled in them a love for the beach and the ocean where the family gathered every year without fail, he treated their friends as his own and nurtured countless pets. He was there whenever and wherever he was needed.

Harry was a lifelong and dedicated member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and served the church in many ways. His children grew up at Covenant and participated in the many events and activities offered there. Many good friends were made at Covenant to Harry as well as to JoAnn and his children. It was a fine place to worship and serve, and cultivate the many good friendships.

Harry loved to travel. All parts of America were fair game, but he also enjoyed travel overseas. He went to Europe frequently and developed lifelong friends in the UK. Harry took the entire family on an epic trip to Jamaica, introducing the locals to red hair on James, eating fresh coconut plucked from a tree as they watched, fresh fish pulled from the ocean that very day, and sleeping under mosquito nets. The whole family experienced life in a tropical paradise.

His favorite destination was Debordieu, his home away from home. Harry and JoAnn built a second home there which was a place of gathering for family and friends. He enjoyed swimming in the ocean, eating fresh shrimp from Independent Seafood, walking on the beach, and especially spending time with those he loved most.

Harry was a sportsman who played high school football, later enjoyed tennis, and had a lifelong passion for golf. He loved cool cars, great food, and enjoyed ice cream, especially ice cream, up until his final day on earth.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Ruth Wolfe and Harry F. Wolfe, Sr., his sister, Betty Boyd, and grandson Harry F. Wolfe, IV (Buddy).

He is survived by his children, Harry F. Wolfe III, (Flynn) and his wife, Sherri, Edward Rhegness Wolfe and his wife, Maria, Margaret Wolfe Clarida and her husband, Daryl, and James Blythe Wolfe and his wife, Julie. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider contributing to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or https://www.alz.org/

A memorial service at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where Harry was a lifelong member, will be delayed due to the Covid pandemic. As the spread of the disease decreases, and the vaccine becomes more readily available, the family hopes to be able to hold a memorial service within two to three months. Prior to the memorial service, Harry will be interred at the columbarium at Covenant in a private ceremony attended by close family members. This obituary will be published again once the date of the memorial service has been finalized.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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Philip Conrad Hammond, Jr. ’52

Philip Conrad Hammond, Jr. '52

Philip Conrad Hammond, Jr., son of the late, Margaret Edmunds Hammond and Philip Conrad Hammond of Greensboro, North Carolina. Philip passed away March 10, 2021, surrounded by loving wife and soul mate, Linda. Philip was born in Lynchburg, Virginia February 5, 1930. He was 91 years old.

Philip lived with grandparents, Henry and Louise Edmunds in Halifax, Virginia, the first three years of his life while his parents relocated to Greensboro to establish an Orange Crush Bottling Company business.

Philip grew up in Greensboro where he went to Grimsley High School and later attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia graduating in 1948. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1952, Philip had a two-year US Navy tour in the Netherlands. After completing his Navy service, he returned to Greensboro in 1955 for a job with Security National Bank.

Following the merger of Security National Bank with NCNB the bank relocated Philip to Wilmington North Carolina to work in mortgage lending and construction servicing. He remained in Wilmington for 19 years with NCNB while raising a family.

In 1978 NCNB relocated Philip to Charlotte for establishment of the Mortgage division for new construction, working with and establishing new home builders for residential community construction. It was during this period that he met Linda. On November 1, 1980, Philip married Linda with total love, caring and companionship. The 40 year marriage of love, faith and compassion will flourish for a lifetime.

Writing, reading, music and choir singing have been a staple of Philip’s life. Philip continued to play tennis until his early retirement and enjoyed golf for many years with his senior golf group at Carmel Country Club. Most of all, Philip loved just being at home with Linda and The canine Girls, Sophie and Lucy.

Over Philip’s two banking careers his team players honored him with affirmations of his professional ability, the tenacity of getting the deals done, his absolute knowledge of the banking and construction lending industry, his honesty and high code of ethics and most importantly, his being a true Southern Gentleman with his tremendous heart of kindness and compassion in every respect of life.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; children, Helen Hammond, Philip Hammond, III and wife, Robin; sister, Margot Cunningham; stepchildren, Kathlene Stith, Julie and Dennis Willis, Scott and Patsy Lester; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Philip was preceded in death by a daughter, five-year-old, Caroline Hammond.

Memorial services for the family with be 2:00 PM March 26, 2021 at Myers Park Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Roth, Pastor officiating. Please join the family via livestream https://livestream.com/mpumc/funeral

Memorial gifts may be made to Danny and Ron’s, Senior Dog Rescue, PO Box 604, Camden, SC 29021 .http://www.dannyronsrescue.org/

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606.

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