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.

Copyright 2021, The Wilson Times, All Rights Reserved.

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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Kenneth Johnson ’52

Kenneth Johnson '52

Kenneth Marshall Johnson was born near the Deep River in Randolph County, North Carolina on February 11, 1928 to Lydia Florence and Jesse Deverin Johnson. He was named after his Uncle Ken and Dr. Marshall who attended to his birth.

He is survived by his younger sister, Betty Johnson who was born 13 months after Kenneth. At the age of three, Ken proudly announced to his neighbors that his mother just had two babies (twins Bob and Jim)!

During Ken’s childhood and teen years his family formed The Johnson Family Singers. On many Sabbaths during the decades of the 40’s and 50’s, originating from WBT in Charlotte, CBS radio filled the airwaves with the gospel songs of The Johnson Family Singers. The Johnson Family Singers made dozens of records and in the 50’s appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Throughout Ken’s life he expanded on these roots through great preaching, leading the Davidson College Choir, leading singing in revivals, camp meetings, and United Methodist missions and participating in the Haywood Community Chorus.

Ken was the first member of his family to attend college. His father had only wanted him to complete the 8th grade, but Ken was incredibly goal oriented. As a young boy while assisting in egg delivery, Ken went to the house of the President of Davidson College who lived next to the campus. At the sight of the college, he made the decision that he would attend Davidson and he did after graduating from Harding High School in Charlotte.

Through his twin brothers, who were cheerleaders at Paw Creek School near Charlotte, Ken met a young teacher, the cheerleader sponsor, Evelyn Guyton, a South Carolinian. Ken and Evelyn, who survives him, were married on Thanksgiving, November 22, 1951.

Ken counted his marriage and ministry as his two great callings. For 69 years on each anniversary at the exact time of their wedding Ken and Evelyn would intently listen to a recording of their service. They have five children: Martha Lynn (Bruce), Ken Jr., Robin (Dessie), Wesley and Christopher; four grandchildren: Becky, Lee, Sarah and Michael; two great-grandchildren: Nathan and Lily.

Ken graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1955 and received his Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School in 1981. Ken was particularly gifted in hospitality, music, preaching and administration. He served as a pastor for sixteen United Methodist Churches in The Western North Carolina Conference.

After retiring in 1994 Ken and Evelyn continued ministry as Volunteers in Mission to the Methodist Church in Indonesia. During Ken’s retirement he led boat tours around Lake Junaluska and welcomed guests to the Lake.

He loved writing: bulletin covers, articles for The Mountaineer in Waynesville, his family story including The Johnson Family Singers: We Sang for Our Supper and prayers including a book, Prayers for Living.

He also loved Davidson College, Duke Basketball and The Divinity School, attending Duke Divinity Convocation at Duke for over 60 years. Duke Library holds a Special Collection of his sermons and ministry in Western North Carolina. Even in Ken’s retirement he always attended The United Methodist Annual Conference at Lake Junaluska.

A proud Democrat and advocate for social justice, amidst health challenges Ken voted in the 2020 elections. He was a faithful, kind and conscientious son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and pastor always radiating positivity and enthusiasm. “Helpful” was the one word he wanted to describe his life.

Ken and Evelyn moved to Givens Estates in Asheville in 2018. During his period of declining health he stated he was moving on to his next appointment. He died peacefully on the night of January 15, 2021. Ken’s memorial service will be held after the Pandemic.

His body will lie in the Mausoleum of Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to The Choir of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, P.O. Box 838, Waynesville, NC.

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Robert “Bobby” Eugene Nimocks, Jr. ’52

Robert "Bobby" Eugene Nimocks, Jr. '52

Robert (Bobby) Eugene Nimocks Jr., 90, died of natural causes at Carolina Inn on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Fayetteville, NC.

Bobby graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1948, and from Davidson College in 1952 where he remained in touch with many of his buddies for decades after. He played basketball for Davidson and was an alumnus of Beta Theta Pi.

After graduating from Davidson, he studied German abroad at the University of Heidelberg and received an Interpreter’s certificate from the University of Munich.

His two years in Europe were spent on a bike touring and living with his host family, the Stolbergs with whom he maintained a lifetime friendship. He spoke fluent German and stayed up to date and in practice.

A born salesman, Bobby worked for Thomason Industries, Boise Cascade, Terminix, and finally at Soffee company as National Sales Manager until he retired at age 77.

A natural storyteller, Bobby will always be remembered as a “character” with charming eccentricities and an engaging sense of humor with a great sense of timing. Bobby loved classical music and the symphony orchestra but by far his favorite pastime was socializing and making people laugh.

He enjoyed writing poetry and jokes, and he won recognition in a writer’s national publication in the seventies and in 1997, published a book of poetry called Filets.

For many years, family vacations were spent at the Haigh cottage (his sister’s) at Holden Beach. The highlight was the crabbing expedition led by “Captain Bobby” which often resulted in a car getting stuck in sand and culminated in a family feast at the end of the day to celebrate the catch.

Boiling crab pots and cocktail sauce, laughter and sunburns, he always loved events that brought aunts, uncles, nephews, children and nearby neighbors together.

His best friend John Huske never gave up trying to convert Bobby to an expert quail hunter but much to his dismay, that conversion never took place and Bobby’s lack of hunting skills were often the inspiration behind his many self-deprecating stories on the subject that would have his family and friends in tears.

His carpentry skills were no better. No one was less handy than Bobby Nimocks and he never met a hammer or screwdriver he got along with and to celebrate that lack of talent, he named himself “Mr. MaGoo.”

He had a modest portfolio of magic tricks that he would use to entertain children and grandchildren, his favorite being the “quarter behind the ear,” a trick remembered fondly by his grandson Charles later as a teenager.

A little known fact about Bobby was that he was a remarkably adept ping pong player. Despite the family’s best efforts over decades, he was never defeated by any member of his family no matter how practiced, and he once won a ping pong championship for the state of North Carolina.

A dedicated friend, he religiously kept up with those he knew and always visited his elders. To his nephews he always promised them “check was in the mail” and it was years before they figured it was all a joke.

From entertaining his family on long trips with stories about the golden egg, to simple card tricks, and silly stories, Bobby lived a long and full life with few regrets and a lot to be grateful for.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Eugene Nimocks Sr. and Daisy Bell Nimocks of Fayetteville, NC; his sister Peggy Nimocks Haigh and his grandson, Charles Aubrey Rogers, 20.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anne McCabe Nimocks, of Fayetteville, NC; his daughter Anne Moss Nimocks Rogers of Richmond, VA and his son Robert Eugene Nimocks III (Gene) of Asheville, NC, his grandchildren Richard Lee Rogers and Aurora Anne Wulf and his four nephews; Chip, Nimocks, Charles and Marsden Haigh.

During a time of COVID-19 and grief without the gathering, his family offers gratitude to the dedicated staff at Carolina Inn and Community Hospice who never left him alone in his final hours.

A private graveside service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra.

Copyright 2020 The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer

Winslow Ballew, Jr. ’52

Winslow Ballew, Jr. '52

Winslow Gordon Ballew, Jr., 90, of Morehead City, NC died Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.

His private service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Morehead City with Reverend E. Powell Osteen, Jr. officiating.

Mr. Ballew was born in Marion, NC on January 13, 1930 to the late Winslow G. Ballew, Sr., and Wahlee Greene Ballew. Mr. Ballew was a graduate of Christ School in Arden, NC and Davidson College in Davidson, NC.  He also attended Chevrolet Dealer Management School in Detroit, MI.

He married Sara Tulloch Ballew of Winston-Salem, NC on June 7th, 1952. They located in Marion and lived there from 1952 to 1991. In 1991, they relocated to Morehead City.

Mr. Ballew worked for his father at Ballew Motor Company, and after his father’s passing in 1959, he became owner/dealer of Ballew Motor Company. He served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association.

Mr. Ballew served on the Board of Directors of the First Union Bank of North Carolina in Marion. He was a member and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Marion.

He served as the inaugural president of the McDowell County Youth Football League.  Mr. Ballew served as a board member and president of the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce. He served on the board of directors of the Marion general hospital.

Mr. Ballew was a devoted and active member of the First United Methodist Church of Marion, serving on numerous boards. After moving to Morehead City, he became an active and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Morehead City.

Mr. Ballew was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed quail hunting, duck hunting, and fresh and saltwater fishing.  Most importantly Mr. Ballew was a devoted loving husband and father.

He is survived by his children Elizabeth Tulloch Ballew of Morehead City and Winslow G. Ballew III of Charlottesville, VA; Grandchildren Anna Kathleen Tidwell of Birmingham, AL, Caleb Winslow Ballew of Huntsville, AL, Olivia Hamill Ballew of Bloomington, IN and Elias Taylor Ballew of Cary, NC; Great grandchildren David Winslow Raymer and Eliza Ballew Tidwell.

In addition to his parents, his sister Catherine Ballew Gourley and his wife Sara preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Crystal Coast Hospice House, P.O. Box 640, Newport, NC 28570 or First United Methodist Church, 900 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557,