Alfred “A.C.” Gregg Jr. ’53

Alfred C. “A.C.” Gregg Jr., 88, of Brevard, passed away Aug. 16, 2018.

He was born in Belmont, N.C. to the late Alfred C. and Elizabeth Mae Butler Gregg. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Dolores Gayleen Sells Gregg, in January 2007, and his sister, Frances Stewart.

A.C. grew up in Greensboro, N.C., attended Lindley Elementary School and Lindley Junior High School, before attending New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C., class of ’49, and then received a football scholarship to Davidson College, class of ‘53.

He was in the ROTC, and proud member of SAE Fraternity while in college. During his high school and college years, he enjoyed working as a lifeguard at Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

He was recruited by the General Electric Co. where he retired after 25 years of service. In 1979, he purchased a long existing appliance business in Greensboro, Hart Appliance and TV, owned it for 20 years, then gave the business to his son-in-law and daughter, Tommy and Kimberly McDaniel.

He was an enthusiastic college sports spectator, and in particular, was an avid fan of the NorthCarolina Tarheels. He loved to play golf and tennis.

He leaves his loving wife, Eve Guthrie Gregg; four children, Kimberly McDaniel (Tommy), Pamella Sealander, A.C. Gregg III, and Dana Boehling (Greg); and two stepchildren, Scott Adam and Kim Whipple.

He was a proud “granddad” to nine grandchildren, Meghan McDaniel, Stephen McDaniel, Bryce Sealander (Anna), Kalie Sealander Moore (Evan), Ashley Sealander Barnhill (Sam), Hayden Sealander, Riley Sealander, Elizabeth Boehling, and Ross Boehling, great-grandchildren, Jayden Moore, Brielle McDaniel and Zeke Moore (and baby Moore due in September).

He also leaves behind his dear sisters, Virginia Sykes, of Charlotte, and Mary Ann Browning, of Hillsborough, N.C .; and special nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Gary Letchworth officiating.

Visitation was prior to the memorial service at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792, The Lutheran Church of Our Father, 3304 Groomtown Road, Greensboro, NC 27407, or N.C. Military Museum, 189 W. Main St., Brevard, NC 28712.

To leave a condolence for the family of Alfred C. Gregg Jr., visit “obituaries” at http://www.moorefh.com.

Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is caring for the family.

Paul Robertson Eastman ’53

Paul Eastman'53After a brief hospitalization, Paul R. Eastman of 46 S. Spring St., Concord, died July 29, 2018, of congestive heart failure. On the day he died, he was in Concord’s Hospice House surrounded by people who loved him.

He was a seventh-generation descendant of Ebenezer Eastman, the first settler of Concord. Paul was born in Dover, to Bernice Munn Eastman and Edson Farnum Eastman. He spent his boyhood in Durham; on Catamount Dairy Farm in Pittsfield; on Rosewald Dairy Farm in Hillsboro; and in downtown Hillsboro, prior to moving to Concord in 1944.

He graduated from Concord High School in 1949 and Davidson College in 1953, and at both schools was an outstanding baseball pitcher. Following two years of army service as a lieutenant, he earned a master’s degree from Springfield College, and then began a 29-year career in Amityville, N.Y., schools, where he coached a total of 80 squads in baseball, wrestling, and soccer.

Upon his retirement in 1986, he returned to his family home in Concord. Three years later his father, Red Eastman – Concord’s Citizen of the Year in 1980 – suffered a stroke. For his father’s final four years and nine months, Paul provided him with total personal care. This complicated and challenging responsibility was an enormous gift to his father and to his entire family.

Paul had a commitment to staying connected to people and honoring the past, qualities he admired and learned from his parents. He wrote and donated to the Concord Public Library, booklets on the genealogy of the Eastman family and the history of the Sunset League, the Chandler Eastman Wagon Company, the Hillsboro Center School, and the milk industry in New Hampshire, including Eastman’s Dairy. He also wrote an autobiographical booklet, My Life and the World I Lived In, 1931-2016.

Each December, Paul sent 150 Christmas cards to friends and relatives. Paul had expressive, sparkling blue eyes, a jolly chuckle, and a big heart. He contributed modestly to a number of charities and organizations, and was a faithful blood donor. Paul’s visitors enjoyed conversations at his kitchen table and often went home with articles or comics cut from the three papers he read daily.

He followed his parents’ tradition of giving to others produce from his own garden, lovely flowers from the woods he knew well, and extra corn and maple syrup. He found deep joy and satisfaction in doing this for people he loved, enjoyed, and appreciated. His devotion to his beloved Boston sports teams made him a citizen of three sports nations: The Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Celtics. Even in his seriously declining health, he insisted that the sport’s page of the local paper be brought to him.

Paul is survived by his brother William F. Eastman and William’s wife Judith, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; niece Kimberly Eastman Zirkle, her husband Franklin Zirkle, and their sons Chandler and Hartford Zirkle of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and niece Karen Leta Eastman, her husband Gregory Dohi, and their sons Julian and Jordan of Valley Village, Calif. Paul deeply loved his family to whom he was very generous and loving, of whom he was very interested and proud, and with whom he enjoyed many special moments.

Paul’s family is deeply appreciative of the extraordinary care, support and friendship extended to him by neighbors, friends, medical and nursing personnel, especially in these last few years of his journey. We are forever grateful for their loving and caring presence in his life.

It was Paul’s wish that donations in his memory be made to South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St., Concord, 03301, or the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, 03301.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at South Congregational Church.

Copyright, 2018, Concord Monitor

Samuel Rainey Hope ’53

Sam Hope '53The Reverend Samuel Rainey Hope, 86, of Montreat, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Born in Coral Gables, FL, to Edward Buist Hope and Isabella Currie Hope, he spent most of his childhood in Fayetteville and Montreat, NC.

Sam earned his BA degree in History from Davidson College and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Union Theological Seminary.

He then earned a Master of Clinical Pastoral Education degree from the consortium of Andover Newton and Harvard Divinity schools and was later awarded a Doctorate of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary.

The great love of Sam’s life was Nancy Wallace Hope, whom he first met when they were young teenagers. They married in 1953. While raising their three sons, Sam and Nancy dedicated their lives to helping others: working with the Civil Rights movement starting in Richmond in the mid-1950s, volunteering internationally to spread justice and peace, and preserving the natural habitat of their beloved Montreat. Sam started his professional ministry as the founding minister of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA, in 1957.

In 1961, he became the founding minister of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in High Point, NC. In 1966, Sam and Nancy felt called to continue his ministry in Saigon, Vietnam, where Sam served as Director of Personnel for Vietnam Christian Service and Nancy did volunteer work with American soldiers and with Vietnamese civilians afflicted with leprosy.

In 1968, Sam became a director for the Presbyterian Board of World Missions in Nashville, TN, and then the Associate Minister at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX, from 1971-1974. He was Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC, from 1974-1979 and then left to take on the role of Director of the Montreal Conference Center.

When he left that position in 1984, he spent much time in Nicaragua as a member of Witness for Peace during the Contra War, becoming a director of the organization in the DC office, then Development Director in the Durham, NC, office.

His next adventure was to start and manage One World Market in Durham, a non-profit store devoted to the mission of fair trade by selling handmade crafts from impoverished regions of the world, eventually working with the organization Ten Thousand Villages.

Sam and Nancy moved back to Montreat in 1996 for a “retirement” of more nonstop community involvement. Sam continued to get himself arrested when he felt it was for a just cause and to travel the world as a volunteer in more than 80 countries, while also helping to preserve thousands of acres of wilderness in Montreat and helping to create the Walk Jones Wildlife Sanctuary and, with his son, Beau, the Bridge of Hope.

Focusing on Sam’s wide and deep intellect, religious devotion, and relentless work to help others leaves out that he was also a lot of fun and a joy to be with. He loved dogs beyond all reason, he loved to laugh and to make others laugh, and he never took himself too seriously. An accomplished life-long tennis and golf player, Sam, along with Nancy, had profound, lasting, and meaningful friendships with people of all races and all walks of life.

He touched countless lives around the world and was as open and warm as a human can be. Sam spent the last years of his 65-year marriage devotedly taking care of Nancy as her health has declined. He passed peacefully in a bed beside her bed, after they told each other they loved each other and fell asleep.

Along with his wife, Nancy, Sam is survived by sons Beau Hope of Black Mountain, David Hope of Greensboro, and Robert Hope of Montreat; grandchildren Sam, Charlotte Ann, Hannah, Carleigh, Sarah, and Molly; and great grandchildren Owen and Wren, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and a large extended family.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers who have tended to and helped Sam and Nancy and have become part of the family.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church at 117 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to www.bountyandsoul.org or www.bmpcnc.org.

The family would also appreciate it if friends would write and share memories of Sam: PO Box 1264, Montreat, NC 28757.

Fletcher White Bright ’53

Fletcher White Bright '53Fletcher White Bright, 86, died peacefully at his home on Lookout Mountain on December 25th, surrounded by his family.

Born to Margaret White Bright and James Gardner Bright on June 27, 1931, Fletcher was a lifelong resident of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, and a devoted member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, Lookout Mountain, where he served on the vestry, sang in the choir, and regularly lent his fiddling skills to the music program.

He attended the Bright School, McCallie School and Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

After graduating in 1953, he went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chattanooga and his law degree from the McKenzie College of Law. Shortly thereafter, he obtained an MAI designation from the Appraisers Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Married in 1956, Marshall and Fletcher would make their family home on Lookout Mountain and welcome to the world their five children, George, Lizzer, Frank, Ann and Lucy.

Fletcher joined his father’s real estate firm, Gardner Bright Realtors, and tackled his career with great energy and vision, growing the company from a small residential firm to a full-service residential and commercial development company with offices in Chattanooga and Atlanta. He taught college level classes in real estate, fundamentals of real estate law and real estate appraisal.

Over the decades the name Fletcher Bright has become synonymous with Chattanooga real estate, and his old fashioned “hand shake” style is familiar to anyone who had the pleasure of doing business with him.

One of the world’s great traditional old time and bluegrass fiddlers, Fletcher was a lover and supporter of all things bluegrass, and his vast repertoire of fiddle tunes is legendary.

His interest in music began at a young age, first on the piano, then the violin. Much to his mother’s chagrin, his classical music studies turned to bluegrass when he first heard Bill Monroe on the radio as a student at McCallie School in the 1940’s. Fletcher and fellow classmates Ed ”Doc” Cullis, Frank McDonald, Ansley Moses and Sammy Joyce formed the band that would later become the Dismembered Tennesseans, kickstarting a seventy year journey of music, entertaining, travel and just plain fun.

Over the years Fletcher and the band played at countless fundraisers, church events, parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners and festivals across the country. He held weekly picking parties in his home for decades. He has taught fiddle from coast to coast and in England and Canada. He has produced and co-produced numerous CD’s, and for the past eleven years he has sponsored the free 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival along with his son George. Fletcher’s passion for bluegrass inspired hundreds of would-be musicians to pick up an instrument and join the party.

Throughout his lifetime he won many awards and honors but perhaps the most meaningful was his recent Distinguished Achievement Award bestowed by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), recognizing his lifelong dedication to learning, playing and teaching bluegrass music.

The family wishes to thank all members of the Dismembered Tennesseans, past and present, who brought so much joy, music and pleasure to Fletcher’s life: Frank McDonald, Ansley Moses, Ed “Doc” Cullis, Laura Walker, Don Cassell, Bobby Martin, Brian Blaylock, Louis Wamp, Mike Parham and band caretaker extraordinaire Cindy Pinion.

Fletcher’s love of music was in no way limited to bluegrass. He was an accomplished jazz and boogie woogie piano player and continued to be an avid student of jazz theory. Walking into his home, one might expect to be greeted by a Bill Monroe tune only to be surprised by a beautiful rendition of “Stomping at the Savoy” or “Satin Doll” on the piano.

Fletcher served on the Boards of The Bright School, McCallie School and the International Bluegrass Music Museum. He was the recipient of the McCallie School Distinguished Alumni Award (2000); the Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year Award (2001); the Tennessee Governor’s Award for the Arts (2005); the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award (2008); the Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award (2016); and the International Bluegrass Music Association Distinguished Achievement Award (2017).

He is a past President of the Tennessee Association of Real Estate Boards; a former Director of the National Association of Real Estate Boards; and a past President of the Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS. At the time of his passing, he was a nominee for an Honorary Degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

A true Renaissance man, Fletcher pursued his many interests with passion and vigor. He loved bass fishing and took great pleasure in his biannual fishing trips on the Suwanee River.

An accomplished pilot with over 47 years’ experience and 6,500 hours, he held instrument, multi-engine and commercial ratings when he voluntarily relinquished the left seat at age eighty.

But perhaps what brought him the most joy was traveling to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, with his family and friends, a summer vacation he took for 83 years.

Fletcher’s life was a richly woven tapestry of love, family, music, work, humility, faith, humor and gracious Southern charm. He lived fully, gave freely, and laughed often. We may never know how many lives he touched with his kind and generous spirit, profound wisdom, and teacher’s heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Gardner Bright; his wife, Marshall Soyars Bright; and his siblings, Ann Bright Govan, Lucy Bright Thatcher, George Thomas Bright and James Gardner Bright.

He is survived by his five children, George Thomas (Anne) Bright, Lookout Mountain, Georgia; Elizabeth “Lizzer” Bright (Scott) Graham, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; Franklin Soyars (Paul) Bright, Bluffton, South Carolina; Ann Bright (Greg) Monk, Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Lucy Bright (Mark) Griffin, Dalton, Georgia; and seven grandchildren, Marshall Ratliff Bright, Jones Raymond Graham, Eleanor Stafford Bright, Lucy Ann Graham, Elizabeth Nicholson Graham, Katherine Dyer Griffin and Fletcher Bright Griffin.

He also leaves behind his dear friend, Mimi McDonald, and lifelong friend, Stud Martin.

The family visitation and memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 28th, at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain. The visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and the service will begin at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Fletcher be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 211 Franklin Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee 37350, or the charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Mary Jo Guffey, Pam Matthews and John Hartline for their many years of loving and dedicated service to the family.

They would also like to thank BrightStar Care Chattanooga and Prestige Senior Homecare for the competent and compassionate care they provided, especially Bill Gauntt whose steadfast devotion and friendship meant so much to Fletcher and his family.

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 4000 Tennessee Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee, (423) 821-7551.

Share your memories, stories and photos at www.wannfuneralhome.com.

Alvis McDonald “Don” Baucom ’53

Alvis McDonald “Don” Baucom '53

Alvis McDonald Baucom, called “Don” by the many who knew him, was born on March 5, 1931, to Charles Franklin Baucom Sr. and Zylpha Caroline Pollard Baucom of Farmville.

Though he was afflicted by illness as a boy, Don’s resolute but warmhearted family succeeded in giving him one of life’s great privileges: a happy childhood in a loving home.

Don grew to be a charming and handsome man with a generous spirit and a strong will to live life to the fullest. Blessed with a thoughtful but clever mind, Don received his A.B. at Davidson College. There he obtained a rich education but also developed a feverish case of wanderlust. He never recovered.

Don’s interests and his work — which he blended seamlessly throughout his life — first led him to New York, Saigon and Tokyo, where he pursued a career in shipping while learning to sail. Don’s course through Asia ultimately landed him in 1960s, go-go Hong Kong, where he built an international antiques business and spent 30 blissful years.

Eventually, even Don felt the pull of home. After several years in Charleston, he realized a boyhood dream by acquiring the Edwards Dawson Home in Snow Hill. He took great pride in the house, which was built by his aunt and uncle in 1901 and which he lovingly restored.

Never one to act his age, Don eschewed retirement, traveled and spent time with his beloved son, and delighted in engaging his many neighbors and friends in lively conversation. On Friday, October 20, 2017, he died peacefully in the home and community he treasured.

Don is survived by his son, Ben Baucom, and wife Leah, upon whom Don looked as a daughter. Others who survive and cherished him include Noel Lang Baucom, Michael Baucom, Joyce Baucom Jones and Kearney Long, all of Farmville; Steve Mizell of Pactolus; and Bailey Suggs of Snow Hill.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his brother, Charles Franklin “Frank” Baucom, and wife Clara Joyce Brock Baucom Weeks, their daughter Nancy Deborah “Debbie” Baucom Mizell, and their daughter-in-law Kathy Gail Holloman Baucom.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the historic St. Barnabas Cemetery, located at 111 SE Fourth Street in Snow Hill. A reception will follow, where friends are invited to gather and celebrate his long, rich and well-lived life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Snow Hill Presbyterian Church, c/o Bobby Glossip, 201 Hines Street, Snow Hill, NC 28580, or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylor-tyson.com.

Published in The Daily Reflector on Oct. 23, 2017