James Horace Montgomery ’55

James Horace Montgomery '55

Mr. James Horace Montgomery, “Mr. Mont”, 86, of Lake City died at his home on Alligator Lake on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

Born March 14, 1933, to parents, Reverend Edwin F. Montgomery and Margaret Horton Montgomery, he was the youngest of three boys. He followed the example of his parents and brothers in giving his life to the service of others. He dedicated his life to his teaching, his church, and his community.

James grew up in Lake City graduating from CHS in 1951, from Davidson College in 1955 and Union Theological Seminary in 1958. He earned a Masters Degree in history from Jacksonville in 1967. His passion was teaching, first at Five Points Elementary School, then at Columbia High School and Florida Gateway College.

Though he was a demanding teacher for nearly 60 years, he taught not only a thorough knowledge of the subject but also by example an admirable way of life. His love for his students was unbounded both in class and outside of class. Students enjoyed trips to the circus, cookouts at his home after prom gatherings, etc.

He coached the girls tennis team for 17 years, attended nearly all class reunions, and participated in many weddings. Mr. Mont developed personal relationships with his students which have lasted through the years. He was honored as Columbia County Teacher of the Year, Coca Cola Educator of distinction, and DAR History Teacher of the Year. CHS Seniors chose him to give the Baccalaureate address 21 times.

James contributed many scholarships to Florida Gateway College for his students to continue their education. His influence will be felt for a lifetime in the students he loved and taught.

He was devoted to the First Presbyterian Church where he grew up and where his father and brother, Edwin, Jr. had been pastors. His Sunday School Class for adults began in a small Sunday School Room, moved to a larger room, and then to the fellowship hall to accommodate those who wanted to attend. He served as an Elder and sang in the choir for over 50 years, loved working in the church yard, planting and watering to make the grounds more beautiful.

James was an Eagle Scout and served as Scoutmaster for Troop 85, the church-sponsored group, for eight years and received the rarely given national award from the National Scouting Association of Outstanding Eagle Scouts. In the community he looked for ways to better the lives of the people, often doing projects himself or helping to finance them.

He served as a County Commissioner for 28 years and on the North Florida Regional Council for 27 years. He received too many awards, citations and honors to list them all. Among them were the Paul Harris Fellow, The National Life of Achievement by President Barack Obama, Rotary Citizen of the Year, Florida Gateway College Friends of the Foundation, the North Florida Family Values Award, the American Cancer Society Courage Award and the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.

A city street was also named the James Montgomery Avenue, and a building at Florida Gateway College was named for him. He contributed to so many community organizations and charities, many reminders of his foresight and work will be visible for many years to come.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and his older brothers, Edwin and David, and David’s wife Theta.

He is survived by his sister in law, June Montgomery (wife of Edwin); four nephews, Edwin Montgomery, III (Jennifer), Joe Montgomery (Rebekah), Jim Montgomery (Cynthia), and Alan Montgomery (Carole); niece, Janet Montgomery Hughes (Tim); four grandnephews, seven grandnieces, and four great grandnephews.

James extended the Montgomery family to include several other families, none closer than the Ives family: Tommy, Patty, Bruce, Tricia, and Mary Ann for which the family is very grateful.
Celebration of Life services will be announced later.

Joseph D. Wheliss ’55

Joseph D. Wheliss '55

Joseph D. Wheliss, age 86, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in the Coventry Assisted Living Facility at St. Josephs of the Pines in Southern Pines, N.C. He was born March 1, 1933, in Rockingham, N.C. to John Grover Wheliss and Nannie Spivey Wheliss.

After attending Rockingham High School, Joe graduated first from Davidson College in 1955, followed by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Business School in 1957. He worked for American Trust (Nations Bank) before moving to Thomasville in 1963, where he worked for Gray Concrete Pipe Company until his retirement in 1986.

He held numerous leadership roles throughout his life, both in governmental and civic duty. As a member of First Presbyterian Church followed by Memorial Methodist Church, Joe served as both an Elder and a Deacon, among other roles in both churches.

He also served in numerous civic leadership roles in Thomasville, with many organizations including the Thomasville Community Foundation, the Thomasville City Council, the Brown A. Finch YMCA, the Thomasville General Hospital Board, the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce and the Thomasville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Gray Wheliss of Southern Pines, a daughter Sarah Wheliss Bosher and her husband Monroe of Greensboro, N.C. and a son Joseph Denson Wheliss, Jr., and his wife Maggie of Nashville, TN.

He has three grandchildren, Joseph Ryland Wheliss, John Hill Gray Wheliss and Sarah Eleanor Wheliss, and two step-grandchildren, Monroe Montgomery Bosher and Morris Gates Baxley. Joe also has numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Martha Wheliss Boswell and his brother John Angus Wheliss.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Memorial Methodist Church Chapel in Thomasville on Tuesday, November 5th at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. Memorials may be directed to the donor’s Choice. 

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Allen Linward Calcote ’55

Allen Linward Calcote '55

Born in Newberry, SC on July 7, 1932, he was a son of the late Reverend Claude Allen and Janet McGhee Calcote. He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School, class of 1951, and received his BS in Business from Davidson College in 1955. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1957. Allen retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1994 after 28 years of service.

He was a member of the Kingsport Jaycees, Webelows Leader, Assistant Scout Master of Troop 89, Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, and a British car fan. Allen was the past President of the Daniel Boone Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), past President the Appalachian British Car Society (ABC) and he spent numerous hours at Exhange Place Historic Restoration. He was a member of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church for 60 years and served as a Deacon, taught Sunday School, and was instrumental in church maintenance projects.

Throughout his adult life Allen loved working with children, leading scouts, tutoring physics, teaching rope-making, science projects, and Pinewood Derby

His parents, Claude and Janet, and brother Dr. Mack Calcote preceded him in death.

Surviving is his high school sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Margaret Marshall Calcote, his two children, Edward Allen Calcote, Dallas, TX, and Katherine (Kitty) Lynn Calcote Palmer (Vic), Kingsport, TN, grandchildren Edward Palmer (Anna), Thomas Palmer and Marshall Palmer, two great-grandchildren, Charles and Catherine, sister-in-law Vivian Calcote and two nieces.

The family will receive friends 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN. The service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Colin Adams officiating. The graveside service will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waverly Road Childcare Center, 1415 Waverly Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 or Exchange Place Historic Restoration, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN 37664.

Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

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Harold Lee Riley III ’55

Harold Lee Riley III '55

Dr. Harold Lee Riley III graduated from this earthly life to be with Jesus in Heaven on August 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Harold was born in Richmond, Va., on September 2, 1933, to Dr. Harold L. Riley Jr. and Josephine Noel Riley, but raised in Lynchburg, Va., with his four younger siblings, Pat, Bill, Mary Jo, and Dave.

After graduating from E.C. Glass, he went on to receive his B.S. from Davidson College in 1955. He then fulfilled his dream of becoming a doctor with a medical doctorate degree from the University of Virginia in 1959.

After his medical internship at the University of Alabama, his residency at UVA, and his service at the USAF Hospital on the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, he and his wife settled in their hometown of Lynchburg, Va. He established his medical practice in 1966 as the first neurologist west of Richmond in the state of Virginia.

As an active member of First Presbyterian Church for many years and a recent member of Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Harold was a deacon, elder, and served on many committees, but his passion was missions. Harold had a concern for others and a sense of adventure which lead to his first short term missions’ trip to Zaire in 1979. This trip was just the start as he traveled to many countries often with his wife, Barbara, by his side.

In the last 15 years, as a member of the missions committee at First Presbyterian Church, he promoted and organized many trips to Malawi where he had friends and connections in order to inspire others to reach out to those in desperate need. The missions program to Malawi lives on today as his legacy to a country he loved. Harold enjoyed people and a gathering of almost any type.

Whether it was his participation in the Lynchburg Rotary or one of his two men’s Bible Studies, the yearly family beach trip, a grandchild’s graduation, or lunch with a friend, he was always ready to fellowship. He loved and cherished no one as much as his wife, Barbara, and their marriage has been an example of unconditional love. His brothers and sisters, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild benefitted from his Christ-like selflessness and strength that was consistent throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Keefer Riley; his two daughters, Barbara Riley Westbrook (Kevinn Pulford) and Laura Riley Bridges (James); his son, Stephen Lee Riley (Delisa); ten grandchildren, Paul Riley, Daniel Riley, Michael Riley, Jana Riley, Kendra Bridges, Riley Bridges, Bryson Bridges, Matthew Pulford, Ryan Pulford, and Connor Pulford: and one great-grandchild, Judah Stephen Riley.

He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Pat Blackburn (Jim), William Riley (Priss), Mary Jo Thompson (Evan), and David Riley.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg. On Monday, August 19, 2019, at 1 p.m., the family will receive friends at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503, with the memorial service beginning at 2 pm.

Following the service, everyone is invited for a short Graveside Service in Spring Hill Cemetery. Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory of Lynchburg is assisting the family.

To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

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David Fowle ’55

David “Pappy” Tayloe Fowle of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-six at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh on Sunday morning, June 9, 2019. David was born on October 23, 1932, in Washington, North Carolina to Elizabeth Tayloe Fowle and Samuel Richardson Fowle, Jr.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret Carter Fowle, their daughter Margaret Fowle and her partner Scott Boulette; their son David Fowle, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Fowle; and his granddaughters, Catherine and Caroline Fowle.

He is also survived by his sister-in-law Sadie Francis Fowle; sister-in-law Isabel Worthy and brother-in-law Ford Worthy. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Richardson “Bud” Fowle III, and his sister, Elizabeth “Tay” Carter and brother-in-law Samuel Timothy Nicholson Carter.

David proudly graduated from Davidson College where he played on the basketball team. After graduation, he joined the army where he served for two years. Also, during that time, he began courting the love of his life, Peggy Carter. They shared almost 62 years together in love and partnership.

David was the principal of Washington High School in the 1960s before moving to Raleigh in 1971. He earned his masters degree from East Carolina University, his Ed.D. from Duke University, and was the principal of Daniels Middle School for ten years before finishing his career at E.C. Brooks Elementary.

The impact of his school career continued long past his retirement, as he helped shape the lives of thousands of children and enjoyed frequent visits from former students and teachers over the years. David had an unmatched work ethic that he applied to both academics and athletics.

He completed the Boston Marathon twice and competed in his last triathlon at age 80.

He is remembered for his kindness towards all living things–from rescuing puppies as a boy to feeding animals in his backyard in his later years–but is remembered most of all, for his love and dedication to his family.

A graveside service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, NC on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Transitions LifeCare at 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or transitionslifecare.org.

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