Alfred Ervin Thomas ’51

Alfred Thomas '51The Reverend Dr. Alfred Ervin Thomas, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018, with loved ones by his side.

Al was born on February 25, 1930, in Statesville, NC to the late Williford Emmett Thomas and Hester Holder Thomas. He grew up attending schools in Wilson. Al received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, and his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va. He later received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is survived by the love of his life, Elaine Bissette Thomas, to whom he was married for 61 years. He is also survived by their four children: Philip Thomas of Raleigh, Deborah Davis and husband John of Garner, David Thomas and wife Lisa of Cornelius, and Melanie Biddell and husband David of Raleigh. Al was very proud of his beautiful grandchildren: Blake Thomas, Heather Davis Cones and husband Jaron, Hillary Davis, Kendall and Luke Thomas and Caitlin, Drew and Grace Biddell.

Al was deeply devoted to his family and cherished time spent together. He enjoyed family beach vacations and frequent family gatherings, and he loved attending the athletic events, dance recitals, and concerts of his grandchildren.

Al devoted his life’s work to ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was ordained at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in 1954. In 1957, Al was the founding pastor of Butner Presbyterian Church in Butner, NC. From 1970-1983, he was the Director of Counseling Ministries for the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina.

This position included serving as Director of the Presbyterian Counseling Center located in Laurinburg, NC as well as adjunct psychology professor at St. Andrews College. From 1983-1991, Al was the Executive Presbyter for Orange and New Hope Presbyteries. Over the years, Al was invited to speak to groups and lead seminars and workshops with special emphasis on personal and spiritual growth, team-building, Christian vocation and adult career development.

In retirement, Al continued to lead worship in various churches as well as for weddings, funerals, and church anniversaries. He also taught psychology classes at local community colleges. He enjoyed a passion for writing and published six books during his lifetime.

Al was a wise, life-affirming, and compassionate man. In the words found in the sixth chapter of Micah, he lived his life doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with his God. He used his gifts to minister to others in many areas, and in doing so, showed the wondrous love of God and His son Jesus Christ.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Rex Cancer Center for their dedication and loving care.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 3 pm at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. In lieu of flowers, you may consider donations to the Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Foundation, 4921 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, 2205 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Published in The News & Observer on July 29, 2018

Ladson Lawrence DuBose ’51

Ladson DuBose '51Dr. Ladson Lawrence DuBose, 90, of 102 West Ramseur Drive, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Dr. DuBose was born in Dazell in Sumter County on August 28, 1927, to the late Thomas Chalmers and Crawford Jenkins DuBose. He and his siblings went to live at The Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton when he was nine years old. Dr. DuBose went on to graduate from Thornwell High School and entered Davidson College in North Carolina.

After one year at Davidson, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for three years on the USS Goodrich in communications. He then returned to Davidson College and graduated with the Class of 1951. Dr. DuBose earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1955.

Dr. DuBose practiced medicine briefly in Camden, before coming to Blacksburg in 1957. This was where he met Miss Betty Lou Neal, whom he married on April 15, 1961. Dr. and Mrs. DuBose served the community in his medical practice until he retired from private practice in 1990. He went on to work for the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department in Greenville for three years.

Dr. DuBose was an active member of Blacksburg Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and was recently honored a Elder Emeritus.

In addition to his wife, Dr. DuBose is survived by his children, Julia DuBose Smith and husband, Andrew Smith, of York; Ladson Lawrence DuBose, Jr, and wife, Susan Rafferty DuBose, of Greenville; and Neal Franklin DuBose and wife, Donna Kirkman DuBose, of Walnut Cove, N.C.

He is survived by grandchildren: Emily Smith Ivey of Clover, Andrew Gregory Smith Jr. of York, and Laura Elizabeth Smith of Charleston, Ladson Lawrence DuBose, III, of Greenville, Benjamin Crawford DuBose and Mason Norris Du- Bose of Greensboro, N.C., and two greatgrandchildren, Cayden and Charlotte of Clover.

He is survived by Betty’s aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Grady Thomas Childers of Grover, N.C., and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dr. DuBose is preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas Chalmers DuBose, Jr. and Benjamin Franklin DuBose, and his sisters, Marie DuBose Munn, Alice DuBose Fowler, and Myrtle DuBose Pease.

The DuBose family offers sincere gratitude to caregiver, Mrs. Bobbie Jones, and to Dot & Grady Childers.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Blacksburg ARP Church, 108 South Chester Street, Blacksburg, S.C. Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at Blacksburg ARP Church with the Reverend Jim Mitchell and the Reverend Dr. Sinclair Lewis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325 or to Blacksburg ARP Church, 108 South Chester Street, Blacksburg, SC 29702.

The Book of Memories is available at

The Blacksburg location of Gordon Mortuary is serving the DuBose family.

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John Ardrey “Jack” McLaney ’51

The Rev. Dr. John “Jack” Ardrey McLaney, 88, of Charleston, SC passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018.

He was born on June 27, 1929, in Charlotte, NC, son of the late Margaret Shaw Brown McLaney and the late Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Sr. In his youth Jack attended Dilworth Elementary, AG Junior High (when it was on Morehead St.) and Central High when it existed.

Then he did his undergraduate and pre-ministerial studies at Davidson College. Following college, Jack went to the Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, KY. Jack served as a Presbyterian minister for 30 years before serving as a presbytery executive in the Presbytery of Mississippi and eventually taking a position as interim executive at the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery.

From the time he was a child Jack was an avid reader. He was an airplane enthusiast and enjoyed making airplane models, eventually getting his pilot's license.

He was also a life-long sailor and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. Jack loved history, especially Civil War and World War II history, and no one ever asked a question that he couldn’t answer about either. His family will remember him as a faithful Christian, and a kind and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Beverly Tissot McLaney of Charleston, SC; two daughters: Margaret Anne Carney (Ed) of West Hartford, CT and Mary Lynn Runyon (David) of Louisville, KY; two sons: Roy Jeffrey Hodge of Louisville, KY and Christopher Alan Hodge (Jennifer) of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren: Anne Runyon; George “Teddy” Edward Carney, III and Allyson, Ashley and Brooke Hodge; his brother, Joseph Wheeler McLaney, Jr. (Jane) of Charlotte, NC; his sister Mary McLaney Mohr of Mechanicsville, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 1:00 PM 2:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home West Ashley, with a memorial service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414.

Published in Charlotte Observer on May 19, 2018