James “Mickey” Efird ’54

James "Mickey" Efird '54

Dr. James Michael “Mickey” Efird, 88, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at Duke Hospital.

He was born in Kannapolis, the son of the late James Rufus Efird and I.Z. Christy Efird. In addition to his parents, Dr. Efird was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Kevin “Tony” Crumpler.

Dr. Efird was a professor emeritus at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Efird began teaching in the Divinity School as a graduate student in 1958, and joined the faculty full time in 1962, as professor of Biblical Interpretation. He taught Greek and biblical studies to generations of students. He earned an A.B. degree at Davidson College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa; M.Div. at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. at Duke University.

Dr. Efird was an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and served for nearly 50 years as an interim supply pastor for various churches. Committed to making the Bible understandable and properly understood for pastors and laity alike, he was extremely active in the Divinity School Lay Academy program and taught in churches of many denominations in North Carolina and throughout the country.

He first taught in the United Methodist Church’s Course of Study program in 1966 and continued to do so for many years, even in retirement. He wrote 13 books and more than 60 articles, many of which can be found in the Harper-Collins One Volume Bible Dictionary. Encouraged by his father, Dr. Efird was a loyal Blue Devils fan for more than 60 years.

Dr. Efird is survived by his wife, Vivian Efird; daughter, Michelle Rosen and husband, Rocky; daughter-in-law, Teresa Crumpler; grandchildren, Heather Holloway and husband, Bryan, Tegan Crumpler-Hall and husband, Stephen, Hillary Rosen and husband, Peter Larson, Stephanie Rosen, Taylor Wuliger and husband, Daniel; and great-grandchildren, Riley Holloway, Ryan Holloway, Rowan Holloway.

Service details are currently pending at this time. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face coverings and social distancing are required for all services. We ask that anyone experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms please stay home.

Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Feb. 21, 2021.

Sam Rufus Clare ’54

Sam Rufus Clare '54

A Southern gentleman who believed in family, faith, and country, Sam Rufus Clare, 88, of Midlothian, Va., peacefully passed away on November 11, 2020.

He was predeceased in November 2015 by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Anne Cox Clare; his parents, Fulton Warren Clare and Ruth Elizabeth O’Sullivan Clare; and his brother, Fulton Warren Clare.

He is survived by his devoted daughter, Hilary R. Clare of Midlothian, Va.; son, Mark S. Clare; niece, Elizabeth Clare Weatherman of Kings Mountain, N.C.; nephew, Sam Z. Swygert (Elaine) of Woodbury, Ga.; and many dear cousins.

Sam was born in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Sewanee Military Academy in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1950 where he played football, basketball, and baseball pitcher known as “Slinging Sammy.” He was a Distinguished Senior and “B” Company Commander. Sam attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., for a year-and-a-half, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity like his father. He then served in the U.S. Army for three years during the Korean War.

Upon his discharge to the Reserve in January 1955 he returned home to Atlanta and enrolled in Georgia Institute of Technology. He met the love of his life, Dorothy Cox, and they were married in September 1956. While attending college on the GI Bill he worked a number of part-time jobs including a holiday season postman.

He graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and began working in September 1957 with DuPont in Waynesboro, Va., and later in Chattanooga, Tenn. Sam moved into Human Resources as his career. He spent several years with Hercules in Covington, Ga., before joining Merck & Co. Inc. in 1971 as the Personnel Manager in Elkton, Va.

Several years later he moved to corporate in Rahway, N.J., and eventually White House Station, N.J. He enjoyed traveling to Merck plants in the U.S. and abroad with Ireland being his favorite.

During his 22 years at Merck, Sam was a member of the Corporate Senior Labor Relations Committee, the Corporate Benefits Committee and the Salaried and Hourly Pension Committee. At his retirement party one of the union leaders commented, “If Sam Clare gives you his word you can take it to the bank.”

Sam retired as Director of Human Resources for Merck Manufacturing Division. He was a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and its predecessor American Society for Personnel Administration “ASPA” serving as Charter President of the Central Georgia Chapter, District Director in Virginia, Regional Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. Sam also served as a member of the Certification Committee in the area of Employment and Labor Relations. In 1978 he received certification as Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Personnel Accreditation Institute.

Sam was active in the United Methodist churches his family belonged to in different states where he taught adult Sunday school, was a member of the men’s group and was a youth group leader. He and Dot moved to Williamsburg, Va., in 1993 upon his early retirement from Merck. He had a chance to play more golf which had been a hobby for many years. While he never shot his age, he did get that elusive hole-in-one in June 1996 at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg. He was active in his new community serving various positions and committees including President during the transition from the developer to the homeowners.

Like his father he prided himself as an honest man and one with integrity. His warm smile made many friends in his lifetime. He loved his family, faith, his country, golf, Georgia Tech, practical jokes, the poem “The Man in the Glass” and the comic strip “Dennis the Menace.” Sam was truly the kindest Southern Gentleman you could ever meet and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Special thanks to everyone at Hospice of Virginia.

Due to Covid-19 services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Heart Association.

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James H. Monroe, Sr. ’54

James H. Monroe, Sr. '54

Reverend Dr. James H. Monroe, Sr., passed on November 3rd of this year in Tallahassee, Florida. He was 93 years old. He was born on December 26, 1926, in Biscoe, North Carolina. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he obtained an undergraduate education from Moody Bible Institute, studied at University of Chicago and graduated from Davidson College. He received his theological training at Union Theological Seminary and later a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1957. During his career he served as Pastor of Parkside Chapel, Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church and established St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

He later served as the Executive of three Presbyteries: Winston-Salem (Synod of North Carolina); St. Johns (Synod of Florida); and South Louisiana (Synod of the Sun). As a pastor and as a Presbytery Executive he was responsible for the development and establishment of twenty-two churches.

Even after retirement he remained active and continued to serve as interim pastor of several churches and presbyteries. He was an excellent speaker and was well known for his intellectual but moving sermons.

He was an active member of the Rotary Club, as he served as President of the Winter Park, Florida chapter. During his life he served on the Board of Trustees of Union Theological Seminary, Governing Board of the National Council of Churches of Christ, Board of Austin Presbyterian Theology Seminary, Board of Eckerd College and President, Florida Council of Churches.

He was proud of his ancestry and family, who arrived in this country from Scotland in 1732, and was active in associations involving his Scottish clan. He had been president of the St. Andrews Society and president of Clan Munro Association USA.

He also served on other boards of civic organizations too numerous to list. He and his wife served many summers as chaplin, staff, and camp counselors at Dogwood Acres Camp where one of the lodges is named for him.

His family is proud of his stand during the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties and he participated in several marches. His favorite quote was by Martin Luther King, Jr., “The arc of moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice!” He remained active in the pursuit of social justice and spent his final weeks writing hundreds of postcards to registered voters in nearby precincts encouraging them to vote in this important election.

He is survived by: his wife of 70 years, Oneida; his son James, Jr. (daughter-in law Barbara Monroe); his daughter Marty Monroe (son-in-law John Rimes); and his grandson Brian.

His family takes comfort in the Bible verse he would speak of that helped him discover the grace of God. John 5:24 ” He who hears my word and believes in him who sent me, has eternal life: he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” His family is grateful for the Grace of God who allowed his faithful servant to pass without pain or suffering, and dying in his loving wife’s arms.

A memorial service will be planned for a future date. He will be interred at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Rev. Monroe to Dogwood Acres (the outdoor ministry of the Presbytery of Florida) marked for the “Dogwood Annual Fund,” and mailed to Ben Powell, Director, 302 W. Washington St., Quincy, Florida 32351.

Breanna Green of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. (850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com)

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G. Dan McCall, Sr. ’54

G. Dan McCall, Sr. '54

The Reverend Doctor George Daniel McCall, Sr. (“Dan”) died Sunday, August 23, 2020 at his home in Augusta, Georgia. He was born on May 14, 1932 in Marion, North Carolina.

A football scholarship allowed him to attend Davidson College from which he was graduated with a degree in economics (1954) and a commission as an infantry officer in the U. S. Army where his primary service was as an instructor in the Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

Following active duty (1956), he worked as a salesman with the Royal McBee Corporation in Charlotte, NC. Coming under the conviction of a call to ordained Christian ministry, he enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA earning a Master of Divinity degree Cum Laude in 1960.

A Fellowship made it possible for him to earn a Master of Theology degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1961. Continued study earned him a Doctor of Ministry degree at Columbia Seminary in 1987, and he also received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Presbyterian College in 1987.

Dr. McCall served Presbyterian Churches in Highlands, Brevard, and Greensboro, North Carolina before becoming the Senior Minister of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA where he served for twenty two years retiring in 1997 and being named Minister-Emeritus by the congregation.

Dr. McCall served as a full-time interim pastor for several churches including Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA and Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC before returning home to become Minister of Pastoral care at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta, SC for 13 years. Dr. McCall retired in December 2015 after 54 years of active ordained ministry.

Over the years, Dr. McCall was active in Christian college ministries serving as a Trustee of Davidson College, Montreat-Anderson College, and Presbyterian College where he was Board Vice Chairman.

In Augusta, Dr. McCall served as Director and President of the Kiwanis Club and as Director and President of the Clinton-Anderson Foundation, president of the Hospital Clergy Association and short terms of service with United Way, Child Enrichment, Red Cross, and the Institute of Religion and Health. Dan was a member of the Leadership Georgia class of 1977.

Dan’s life epitomized the man that he was. It was a life filled with care and thoughtfulness toward others and a heart always focused on gratitude and thankfulness to his heavenly Father. But it was also a life lived fully with a passion for laughter, fun, and the physical pursuits of life like exercise, sports, and competition.

Many have experienced with surprise and delight, having had a brief past discussion with Dan, his ability to remember and remark upon details of that conversation with his usual concern and care. His capacity for remembering extended also to numbers. He could recall with ease the temperature of a day many years ago and loved playing games like Rummikub and Yahtzee where he routinely whipped many opponents.

He especially loved his numbers when they related to football, particularly University of Georgia football. He could quickly recall the scores of key matchups dating back to the 1940s. Dr. McCall served as a chaplain to the UGA football team and loved cheering on the Dawgs every season.

Everyone that knew him was aware of his dedication to daily exercise and realized they better be ready to respond to his question, “Have you been getting regular exercise?” Dan also loved hearing and telling jokes. No family gathering, sermon, speaking engagement, or social encounter was safe from one of his jokes that all came to expect and love.

His greatest moments were when he was seated at the family table with all gathered around him. He would joyfully look around the table at each person, reach out to hold hands for the prayer, and say, “Y’all, THIS is Happiness!”

Dan declared his greatest earthly blessing to be his wife of 63 years, the former Linda Bradley Todd of Huntington, WV. (“Often Presbyterian ministers out marry themselves,” he liked to say). Dan and Linda found great joy in their children, grandchildren, and friends.

Survivors include his wife Linda, children George Daniel McCall, Jr., Bradley Todd McCall (Lee), George Samuel McCall II (Katherine), and Mary Linda Lamar (George), grandchildren George Samuel McCall III “Mac”, Mary McCall Chambers, John David Chambers, Jr., Matthew Bradley McCall, Stephen Trent McCall, Claire Ellen McCall, Anna Grace McCall, and Jonathan Graham McCall, and nephew Stephen Thomas Gore (Martha).

Dr. McCall was the son of George Samuel McCall and Elizabeth Mae Daniel McCall. He was preceded in death by his sister Virginia Mae McCall Gore.

There will be a family funeral in the near future with the hope of a public celebration of life once the pandemic has subsided.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to the Hale Foundation (P. O. Box 2843, Augusta, GA 30914-2843) or to Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC) in memory of the Rev. Dr. George Daniel McCall, Sr.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26, New International Version.

The Augusta Chronicle – 08/26/2020

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William Porter, Jr. ’54

Dr. Porter was born on September 8, 1932, to William V. Porter and Margaret Hughes Porter in Raleigh, North Carolina, and passed away August 18, 2020, in Chicago, Ill.


Dr. Porter received a bachelor’s degree in music in 1954 from Davidson College, a master’s in music history in 1956 from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University in 1962. Elected to Pi Kappa Lambda at Oberlin, he also received fellowships from Yale and a grant for four weeks of study at the Vatican in 1986.


Dr. Porter joined the faculty of the School of Music of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in the fall of 1961, where he remained until his retirement in 1999 as full Professor. At Northwestern, he served as acting chairman of the Department of Music History and as coordinator of the program of musicology.

His specialization was late 16th- and 17th-century Italian music, tho’ in later years, he was an aficionado of all opera and classical music. He enjoyed travel throughout Europe and the US, especially that associated with attending musical concerts and performances.


A Member of the American Musicological Society, American Music Library Association, and International Musicological Society, Dr. Porter was the author of numerous articles and papers.

He was a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Sohlmans Musiklexikon, Studi Musicali, Con che soavita, Essays of Honor of John F. Ohl and Journal of the American Musicological Society, for which he served on the editorial board.

Dr. Porter is survived by his cousins Susanne P. Stephenson, 313 Killington Dr., Raleigh NC 27609 and Martin R. Peterson, Jr, 1749 Huntington Woods Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.


Interment will be in Historic Oakwood Cemetery, in Raleigh NC. A graveside service will be held at a later time.

A memorial service will be held at Fourth Presbyterian Church, in Chicago, Ill., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions in his memory to one of his favorite charities: Credo Music, 65 F College Street, Suite 7, Oberlin, OH 44074 or a charity of your choice.