Thomas Wilson Warlick ’56

Thomas Wilson Warlick '56

Thomas Wilson Warlick, 85, a Newton attorney and prominent cultural, civic, historical, and educational leader on both the local and state level, died on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Newton First Presbyterian Church by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. David A. Roquemore. The family will receive friends in the church social hall following the service. There will be a private interment in the family plot at Eastview Cemetery.

Warlick was born in Newton on July 4, 1934, the son of the late Wilson Warlick, for many years a federal judge overseeing US courts in the Western North Carolina District, and the late Kittie Reed Hipp Warlick.

He is survived by a sister, Martha Reed Warlick Brame of Rockville MD., and a niece, Brandon Brame Fortune of Bethesda MD, as well as grandnieces Martha Fortune and Elizabeth Fortune and one great grandnephew, Leo Frankenberger.

In 1999 Warlick was the recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities, presented during a ceremony in Raleigh by Governor James B. Hunt. In 2002 he was the recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, bestowed by Governor Michael Easley. Warlick was a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He served as attorney for the Town of Catawba from 1985 through 2003. He was chairman and is currently treasurer of the Newton Conover Auditorium Authority and was vice-chairman from 1995 to the present of the Newton Depot Authority.

He was also on the North Carolina Rail Council from 1994 to 2004. Warlick was chairman, vice chairman and director of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (formerly Catawba County Industrial Development Commission).

He is a former president, vice president, and director of the Catawba County United Way. He was president, vice president, treasurer, and trustee of the Historical Association of Catawba County (formerly Catawba County Historical Association) where he served as a trustee for 40 years. He served on the Newton Old Soldiers Reunion committee for many years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

As a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Newton he was an elder and had been treasurer, a deacon and served on the Campaign Steering Committee and the Building Committee for the new sanctuary. He particularly enjoyed serving on the Organ Committee. He had been a director of the Catawba County Chapter of The American Red Cross.

He was president and a director of the Newton-Conover Jaycees and was recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (Outstanding Young Man of the Year) for 1968, presented by the Newton-Conover Jaycees. With a perfect attendance for 56 years record of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club, he served as president, vice president, secretary, and director of the organization. He is the recipient of the Rotary Club Vocational Service Award and the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Humanities Award. Warlick was a member of the Board of the Directors of the Alexander Railroad Company.

He has been a director and was now a director emeritus of Sipes Orchard Home. He has been chairman, vice-chairman, and a trustee of the Catawba County Library Board of Trustees. He has been the second vice-chairman of the Catawba County Democratic Executive Committee and was president and treasurer of the Catawba County Young Democratic Club. Warlick was a former president, secretary and vice president of the Catawba County Bar Association and has been director and secretary of the Twenty-fifth District Bar Association.

He holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, and the Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was in the Order of the Coif. He was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the United States District Court in 1959.

The family requests that any memorials may be given to Newton Depot Authority, P.O. Box 611, Newton, NC, 28658.

C. Robert Clark ’52

C. Robert Clark '52

Charles Robert Clark, M.D., 89, died at home on July 5, 2019. He was born May 22, 1930, the son of the late Ethel C. and John S. Clark and raised on Lookout Mountain Tenn. 

Survivors include his wife, Jody Moody Clark; children, Rex M. (Jacque), Hatchechubbee, Ala., John K. (Stacy), Wildwood, Ga., Allen C. (Renata), Lookout Mtn, Tenn., and grandchildren, Drew, Gabi, Charlie, Jake (Bergen) Logan (Sarah). 

Dr. Clark was educated at Lookout Mountain School and he was a graduate of McCallie School and Davidson College. His medical education included graduating from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College, internship First Surgical Division, Columbia University, Bellevue Hospital, NY, NY, and residency in orthopaedic surgery at North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Cripple Children. 

Society memberships included being a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, emeritus fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, past president Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, emeritus member of Rotary Club of Chattanooga, and life member of Hamilton County-Chattanooga Rescue Service.

He served on the boards of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority, was chairman of the Tennessee Board of Emergency Medical Services, and was mayor of the Town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. As a Colonel in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve, he was State Surgeon for the Tennessee Army National Guard. In college he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and in medical school he was a member of Phi Chi fraternity. 

For many years Dr. Clark was in the private practice of orthopaedic surgery in Chattanooga. His faculty appointments were Instructor of Anatomy, Duke University School of Medicine and Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Chattanooga Unit, University of Tennessee College of Medicine. 

The Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association presented him the Distinguished Service Award, the McCallie School honored him with an Alumni Achievement Award, the Baroness Foundation selected him for the Distinguished Physician Award, and The Sertoma Club of Chattanooga selected him for the Service to Mankind Award. 

Dr. Clark was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Chambliss Center for Children, Church of the Good Shepherd, Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service or the charity of your choice. 

Family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain. 

Funeral Services will be 3:30 p.m. at the church with Rector Robert Childress officiating. 

There will be a reception to follow the service in the Parish Hall. 

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

 Copyright 2019, Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Homer G. Sparks ’54

Homer G. Sparks, 88, passed away at home in Melbourne, Florida on June 27, 2019. 

Born and raised in Anniston, Alabama, he was the youngest child of Mary and Leonard Sparks. He graduated from Anniston High School in 1949 where he played trombone in the band and was active in the YMCA Hi-Y Council and many other activities.

He began volunteering at the Anniston YMCA USO during World War II under the direction of his life-long mentor W. Paul Alexander, and later directed the YMCA summer day camp. He attended Auburn University before graduating from Davidson College in North Carolina. 

Homer served as a First Lieutenant in the Army as a paratrooper, helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, and flight instructor, and later served in the Connecticut and Tennessee National Guards.

After earning a Master’s of Religious Education from Yale Divinity School, he started his career serving young people as a YMCA Director in Westport, Connecticut and Lebanon, Tennessee. In Lebanon he was also active in the community as a Rotarian, church elder, and part-time professor at Cumberland College. 

In 1976, Homer moved to Melbourne, Florida where he worked as a Realtor and real estate developer. In retirement he enjoyed his family, caregiving for elderly friends, traveling, reading, following politics, and gardening.

Homer was always a positive, adventurous, hands-on person with a tremendous zest for living. He never said no to a trip, never met a stranger, and never stopped telling jokes and funny stories. He was a loyal friend, husband, father, and citizen. 

Homer leaves behind Jean, his wife of 58 years; 4 children with their spouses and partners; 2 grandchildren; and many beloved members of his extended Sparks, Alexander, and Clark families. 

His ashes will be buried in the Fall at the Golden Springs Cemetery, final resting place of many generations of Sparks. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Springs Cemetery Fund here: 

Arrangements are being handled by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care in Melbourne, Florida. 

Condolences may be left at

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David Fowle ’55

David “Pappy” Tayloe Fowle of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-six at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh on Sunday morning, June 9, 2019. David was born on October 23, 1932, in Washington, North Carolina to Elizabeth Tayloe Fowle and Samuel Richardson Fowle, Jr.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret Carter Fowle, their daughter Margaret Fowle and her partner Scott Boulette; their son David Fowle, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Fowle; and his granddaughters, Catherine and Caroline Fowle.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law Sadie Francis Fowle; sister-in-law Isabel Worthy and brother-in-law Ford Worthy. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Richardson “Bud” Fowle III, and his sister, Elizabeth “Tay” Carter and brother-in-law Samuel Timothy Nicholson Carter.

David proudly graduated from Davidson College where he played on the basketball team. After graduation, he joined the army where he served for two years. Also, during that time, he began courting the love of his life, Peggy Carter. They shared almost 62 years together in love and partnership.

David was the principal of Washington High School in the 1960s before moving to Raleigh in 1971. He earned his masters degree from East Carolina University, his Ed.D. from Duke University, and was the principal of Daniels Middle School for ten years before finishing his career at E.C. Brooks Elementary.

The impact of his school career continued long past his retirement, as he helped shape the lives of thousands of children and enjoyed frequent visits from former students and teachers over the years. David had an unmatched work ethic that he applied to both academics and athletics.

He completed the Boston Marathon twice and competed in his last triathlon at age 80.

He is remembered for his kindness towards all living things–from rescuing puppies as a boy to feeding animals in his backyard in his later years–but is remembered most of all, for his love and dedication to his family.

A graveside service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, NC on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Transitions LifeCare at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or

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James W. Cannon ’54

Mr. Cannon was born on August 13, 1932, and passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Mr. Cannon was a resident of Hartsville, South Carolina at the time of passing.

Mr. Cannon was a graduate of Hartsville High School class of 1950, and Davidson College class of 1954. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville on Wednesday, June 5 at 4:00 pm.

The family will receive friends beginning at 3:00 pm in the church Narthex. The burial will be private.

He received numerous awards for his contributions and commitments as well as The Order of the Palmetto from former Governor David M. Beasley.