Frank E. Hanshaw, Jr. ’53

Frank E. Hanshaw, Jr. '53

Frank E. Hanshaw, Jr.,88, of Huntington, died Friday, August 30, 2019, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019, by the Rev. Teresa Deane at Johnston Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park.

Frank was born March 20, 1931, in Huntington, W.Va., son of the late Frank E. Hanshaw Sr. and Elizabeth Oakes Hanshaw, as well as his stepmother, Margaret D. Hanshaw.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Cowden Hanshaw.

Mr. Hanshaw was the president of Huntington Wholesale Furniture Company. He attended Kentucky Military Institute, Davidson College, George Washington University (Master’s) and High Point University (honorary Management Degree). He served his country in the U.S. Army.

He was an active lifelong member of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church and E.T. Jones Fellowship Class.

Mr. Hanshaw was the past president of the International Wholesale Furniture Association and Associated Furniture Distributors; Marketing of Furniture Interior Design Advisory Board (member); Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church Board of Trustees (chair); Huntington Federal Savings Bank Board of Directors (secretary); The Huntington Foundation (vice president); Huntington Rotary Club (past president); Rotary Park Committee (chair); Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (past chair); United Way of the River Cities Board of Trustees (past president); Marshall University Library Associates (past chair); City Club of Huntington (past president); 2005 recipient of the Rotary International “Commitment to Service” award and 2006 Inductee of the City of Huntington “Wall of Fame”; U.S. Army Reserves (retired Major) and Reserve Officers Association (member).

Survivors include his son, Frank E. “Trey” Hanshaw III and his wife Sherry of Huntington, and his daughter, Dr. Helen M. “Meg” Hanshaw of Asheville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Amy, Lauren and Ashley Hanshaw and Meredith and Michael Matsakis; one great-grandchild, Evelynn “Evie” Hanshaw; one sister, Margot Pliml of Williamsfield, Ohio; two brothers, Tom and Charles Hanshaw, both of Huntington.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Jim Ray Fund or Pack for the Future Ministries at Johnson Memorial; i.b.mee. – Empowerment Education at; Foundation for the Tri-State, PO Box 7932, Huntington, WV 25779.

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Robert “Bob” Murchison Tucker ’53

Robert (Bob) Murchison Tucker completed his journey home on Thursday, April 4, 2019, to the welcoming words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” He was born on November 27, 1931, in Burlington, NC to Leslie Dewey Tucker and Helon Murchison Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother L.D. Tucker, Jr., his first wife, Joann Newman Tucker and his great-granddaughter Joann Maria Burduja. He was educated in Burlington schools and he enjoyed playing football and baseball.

In 1949 he was selected to play in the North-South All-Star football game. He attended Davidson College on a football scholarship and was a 1953 Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He was a member of Naval ROTC and was commissioned into the Navy upon graduation during the Korean War conflict.

After military service in the U.S Navy, he moved to Goldsboro, NC where he worked for General Electric for 37 years. He served as President of the Goldsboro Jaycees. Bob was a former Chairman of the Goldsboro Salvation Army Advisory Board and served the organization for decades. He especially enjoyed ringing the bell and continued to do so through his 86th year.

Bob spent many years in leadership at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro as an Elder, a member of the “Tuesday Trouble shooters,” and was involved in missions of the church, which included mission trips to Africa on 10 separate occasions. Recently, he was a member of Crossway Church of Goldsboro.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marsha Barrow Tucker, his 5 children: Leslie Tucker Gayk (Ted), Robert M. Tucker, Jr. (Cindy), Jane Tucker Price (Doug), Donald H. Taylor, Jr. (Martha), and Tiffany Taylor Stroud (Ralph). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Cornerstone Church located at 401 N. Oak Forest Road, Goldsboro, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Eastern Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Salvation Army, 610 N. William Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

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Calvin Baird ’53

Calvin Baird, 87, of Charlotte, NC died Monday, January 28, 2019 at Novant Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by family. He was born April 5, 1931 to Calvin B. Baird and Mary Smith Baird at old St. Peter’s Hospital in Charlotte.

Because he was born on Easter, his mother nicknamed him Bunny as a child and among family and friends, he was always known as “Bun.” Raised in Charlotte on Sardis Rd., he attended Sharon School through ninth grade.

He graduated from Central High School in 1949 and matriculated at Davidson College where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1953.

Having joined the Naval Reserve in Charlotte while at Davidson, Bun received a commission in the US Navy and served on the USS Albany from 1953-55 where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. Subsequently he served for eight years in the Naval Reserves. He met his wife, Peggy Phillips in 1950 and they married on June 19, 1954 after she graduated from Queens College (now University).

In 1955, Bun began work on the MBA program at UNC. After one semester, he and Peggy moved to Charlotte and started a family. He began his career in commercial finance at Commercial National Bank in January 1956 and worked at Southeastern Financial Corporation from September 1957 – 1970 advancing to the position of Senior Vice President of Southeastern and Vice President of American Credit Corporation.

From 1970-71, he worked at American Bank and Trust Co. of Monroe as Vice President of Commercial Loan Administration and returned in 1971 to Southeastern Financial Corporation as Senior Vice President-Executive Vice President. In 1976, he joined Associates of North America as Senior Vice President to establish a factoring division in Charlotte. He retired from Associates in 1986 and was hired as President of Colonial Financial Services in Mt. Holly where he worked for 11 years, retiring in 1997. Bun has served on the board for Sharon Towers.

Peggy and their children and extended family were the most important part of Bun’s life. A lifelong and seventh generation member of Sardis Presbyterian Church, he considered Sardis a cherished second family. He served the church as elder and deacon and on numerous committees throughout his life. He worked for a number of years with the Boy Scout Troop 33 at Sardis.

Bun enjoyed family activities including annual camping trips, as well as backpacking on trails in the NC mountains. He enjoyed gatherings with family and friends at their beach house at Caswell Beach, NC and later their house on the waterway near Southport, NC. In 2014, Calvin and Peggy moved to a cottage at Sharon Towers.

Preceded in death by his parents, Bun is survived by his wife, Peggy Phillips Baird; daughters: Dr. Sara Lynn Baird and partner Laurelie Gheesling of Florence, AL; Patricia Baird Isley and husband, Patrick of Cary, NC; Susan Baird Davis and partner Mike Tennant of Charlotte; son: Dr. Philip Baird of Florence, AL; sister, Nancy Baird Bowling and husband Tom; nephew, David Bowling and wife Hollie; and, niece, Marianne Bowling Bowman, husband James, and their children Abbey and Austin.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary at Sardis Presbyterian Church (6100 Sardis Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270) with the Reverend Drs. Jane Fobel and Joe B. Martin presiding. There will be a reception in the Education Hall following the service.

Bun will be remembered for his extraordinary dedication and love for his family, his devotion to his faith and Sardis Presbyterian Church, his joyful spirit, his exceptional integrity, and his serving nature. He will be greatly missed but lovingly remembered.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the music ministry at Sardis Presbyterian Church (6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270), Sharon Towers Resident Assistance Fund, or Novant Health Hospice and Palliative Care (200 Hawthorne Ln., Charlotte, NC 28204).

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 1, 2019

Robert Beal ’53

Robert Beal '53Robert Beal, who passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018, was born on December 15, 1930.

Raised in Albemarle, NC he was the son of Benjamin Sidney Beal and Vera Pickler Beal Eaves.

After graduating from Albemarle High School, he attended Wake Forest University. He served in the United States Air Force and returned home where he graduated from Davidson College. There he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the drum major for the band.

Mr. Beal was a salesman who traveled quite a bit. He finally settled in Chattanooga, TN, where he met and married Donna Kay Kinne on July 17, 1977. They moved back to Athens. GA in 1993 to her childhood home, the Daniell House, which they helped restore and place on the National Register for Historic Places.

There, he continued his food bank, which he operated for twenty-five years. He loved playing tennis, working in the yard and just puttering around the house.

He was involved in politics with the Republican Party and in his later years and ran for County Commissioner in 2004. He also enjoyed putting together the reunions for the Class of 1948 at Albemarle High School.

Mr. Beal was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Kinne Beal; and both of his parents.

He is survived by his children, Constance Anne Bundy (Macky) of Charlotte, NC, Robert Alan Beal (Jenny) of Raleigh, NC and Amy Beal Crofoot (Rob) of Cornelius, NC; stepson, Tan Beal of Ruskin, FL; grandchildren, Jessica Jennings (Jay) of Los Angeles, CA; Kathryn Lofland of Tega Cay, SC; Anna Foshee (Zane) of Tega Cay, SC; Benjamin Beal (Alyssa) of Raleigh, NC and Brittany Beal of Raleigh, NC; Alexandra, Elizabeth and Jack Crofoot of Cornelius, NC; and great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Grace Foshee of Tega Cay, SC.

Services will be Friday, November 30 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until time of service on Friday.

The family wants to express sincere thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Lee Elder for all the special care, love and attention she gave to our father and a thank you to the caregivers from Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Daniell House through the Historic Properties Fund, Oconee County Tourism, P.O. Box 145, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Charles Gunn, Jr. ’53

Charles Gunn '53Charles Gunn, Jr., 94, Charles Groshon Gunn, Jr., 94, known to all as “Charlie,” passed away on Friday, September 28 at Forsyth Medical Center.

Born May 10, 1924 in Memphis, TN, to Eliza Woodside Gunn and Rev. Charles Groshon Gunn, he moved to Bluefield, WV, when his father became pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church there. He attended Miss Blanche Miller’s Kindergarten and Continuation School; he graduated from Beaver High School.

Bluefield in those years was the rail hub of booming coalfields, and Charlie and his younger brothers came to love the sounds and sights of her railyards, station, and steam locomotives; this enthusiasm would stay with them throughout their lives.

It was in Bluefield, too, that he became acquainted with a girl named Ginny (Virginia Jackson), reputedly in the Westminster Church nursery; by high school days they were sweethearts.

Charlie left Bluefield in 1942 to attend Davidson College. World War II disrupted his college career, shifting him into the US Navy’s V-12 program for training doctors and transferring him to Duke University. He received his MD degree there in 1948.

By that time Charlie and Ginny were a married couple, and Charlie’s first job in medicine, as a substitute county health doctor, took them to Yazoo City, MS. The couple then moved to Detroit, MI, where Charlie served his medical residency at Henry Ford Hospital.

The year 1950 was a big one for Charlie and Ginny: the first of four sons was born, and six months later Charlie was called up to active duty in the Korean War. He served for ten months on a troopship, the USS Bayfield. Rejoining Ginny and Tommy, he finished his active Navy time in Portsmouth, VA. (Thereafter for decades he proudly remained in the Naval Reserves.)

Then came a period of moving around: the growing family spent a year in Davidson, NC, while Charlie circled back to finish his bachelor’s degree in English, and another year in Durham, for postdoc work in medicine. Charlie joined a private medical practice in Brevard, NC, but the experience of that year redirected him into occupational medicine.

He worked for two years at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, then returned south to Winston-Salem in 1957 to become medical director at Hanes Hosiery Co. It was here that his career as a physician hit its stride.

With the full support of the company president Gordon Hanes, Charlie developed a program of preventive care, employee education, and regular examinations that won national recognition; and he knit this all together with his own skills as an active listener and caring soul. He remained in this position through the evolution of the company into a part of Sara Lee Corp., until his retirement in 1986.

In Bluefield, Charlie and his two brothers had loved not only steam locomotives but also automobiles. One of their games had been to sit on the curb with closed eyes and distinguish passing cars by sound alone. The work at Ford gave Charlie a loyalty to Ford products, and he was ready when the first Mustangs hit the market. Many recall with delight riding with Charlie at the wheel in his beloved Prairie Bronze 1965 convertible, top down. He loved to clean and wax it, or any other car.

Since youth he had made paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; many were of buildings that caught his fancy. The writer takes his masterpiece to be one called “Detroit Portrait.” Charlie was a woodworker. With his speckled green Dewalt radial-arm saw and the hand tools his father had given him at age twelve, he turned out such objects as matching pinewood desks for the four sons.

He finished out a small cabin on a lot at Lake Norman and built a pier. This place became a haven of relaxation for Charlie and Ginny after his retirement; and even after they sold the property, they maintained the practice of taking “lake days,” with breakfast at IHOP and no scheduled events for the day.

Retirement turned Charlie loose into his many interests. He was never at a loss for something to do or to learn about. He wrote lyrics and music for a musical play called “Homicidin,” about a vaccine that prevents the taking of human life. The pièce de résistance of his retired years was a dioramic model of the Bluefield train station and adjoining street, crafted in meticulous detail at a scale matching his N-gauge freight and passenger trains.

Both Charlie and Ginny were longtime members of Highland Presbyterian Church and served there in numerous capacities over the years. Charlie was also a volunteer at Contact Helpline of the Triad, the Community Care Center, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Ginny passed away in 2008, and Charlie became a bachelor in the old house on Kenleigh Circle.

In 2011, he moved into an apartment in the Salemtowne Retirement Community. He shifted his creative energies into putting words together, especially for the residents’ group called Sparkcatchers. Tooling around the halls with his beloved Swedish walker, he had hellos for everyone. He is particularly remembered there for the song he broke into on every sort of occasion.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Virginia “Ginny” Jackson Gunn; a brother, James W. Gunn; and a sister, Elizabeth Gunn Langrall.

He is survived by his four sons, Thomas J. Gunn of Chapel Hill, NC, Charles G. Gunn, III (Edeltraud) of Falkensee, Germany, David L. Gunn (Dana) of Washington, DC, and R. Bruce Gunn (Beth) of Swannanoa, NC, a brother, George W. Gunn of Black Mountain, NC, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem on Saturday, October 6, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Highland Presbyterian Church.