Van Julian ’56

Van Julian '56

Van L. Julian, 86, was born in Winston-Salem to William Alexander Julian, Sr. and Novella Kirkman Julian. He graduated from Reynolds High School where he excelled in track and football.

He attended Davidson and Guilford College where he played sports and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served in the Army and played football at Fort Meade, Maryland.

He was later stationed in Berlin, Germany where he attended the University of Berlin and served as a cryptologist for the CIC. 

After the Army, he worked for Burlington Industries where he helped develop the “gold cup” sock. He became a salesman for the Carolinas with the men’s clothing firm, The Joseph & Feiss Company of Cleveland, OH and completed studies at the New York School of Retail. In 1969, he was promoted to The Southeastern District Sales Management position in Atlanta, GA.

During the last 10 years of his career, he created and designed the “VanJulian” clothing line labeled through the Hubbard Company of Bremen, GA, and New York, where he served as President of the VanJulian line. He was a loving father and husband, and family was most important to him.

He never met a stranger and loved to travel all over the world. He valiantly fought with strength and determination in his 30-year battle against Parkinson’s. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, William A. Julian, Jr. and nephew, David V. Julian. 

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carole; daughter, Tracey Shultz (Mike) of Evergreen, CO; son, William Julian of the home; daughter, Ashley Rohats (Daniel), granddaughters, Madison and Hayley and grandsons, Noah and Hudson of Mooresville, NC; sister, Jane Onsrud (Charles) of Mooresville, NC; sisters-in-law, Chloris Julian of Greensboro, NC and Cheri Mussel of Burgaw, NC; and several nephews and nieces. 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel.  Interment will be private. 

The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 2101 Sardis Rd. North Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28227, the American Heart Association, 10 Glenlake Parkway NE South Tower Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30328 or a charity of your choice.

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Jason McManus ’56

Jason McManus '56

Jason Donald McManus, 85, of Garrison and New York City, a former editor-in-chief of Time Inc. and board member of Highlands Current Inc., died Sept. 19, 2019.

Born March 3, 1934, in Kansas, he was the son of John and Stella (Gosney) McManus. He grew up in St. Louis after his father, a certified public accountant, was transferred there.

In 1959 McManus married Patricia Ann Paulson; the couple divorced in 1966. He next married Jill Coxhead; they also divorced. In 1973 he married Deborah Murphy, whom he met at Time, where she was a researcher. The couple purchased a home in Garrison in the early 1990s.

McManus graduated in 1956 from Davidson College with a degree in philosophy and religion, planning to become a Presbyterian minister, and from Princeton University in 1958 with a master’s in public administration. That same year, he was named a Rhodes scholar and studied in England at Oxford.

He began working for Time Inc. in 1957 as a summer intern with Sports Illustrated and joined Time in 1959 as a writer. He later served as the magazine’s first Common Market bureau chief in Paris and “had a love for anything French” for the remainder of his life, Deborah McManus said.

He returned to New York in 1964 as a writer and, during his time as world editor, directed coverage of the Vietnam War. Later, as national editor, he oversaw the magazine’s reporting on the Watergate scandal.

In 1985, he became managing editor and in 1987 succeeded Henry Grunwald to become the fourth editor-in-chief of Time Inc., overseeing its 24 magazines. (In 1990 the company merged with Warner Communications to become Time Warner.)

In a profile of Time Inc. published in 1989, The New York Times described McManus as “a talented journalist with a gift for dealing with people and for corporate clubbiness” who had an “easy style” with colleagues. He retired from Time Warner in 1994.

In 2015, McManus joined the board of directors of the nonprofit newspaper now known as The Highlands Current. He stepped down in 2017 but remained as an adviser and supporter until his death.

“Jason brought to our community enterprise the insight, energy and high standards that made him for decades an outstanding figure in American journalism, as a reporter, editor and corporate executive,” the board said in a statement.

McManus was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and would listen to games with his mother on the radio while they washed the dishes together, said Deborah McManus. She recalled that he also would get up in the middle of the night when living in France to watch games. At Time Inc., when he couldn’t find a place to play baseball, he formed a league with colleagues. “If something wasn’t there, he made it,” said his daughter, Mage.

Besides his wife, McManus is survived by a son John McManus (by his first wife) and two daughters, Sophie McManus (Jay Mones) and Mage McManus (Rick Schock), with Deborah. He also is survived by a granddaughter, Vivien Mones; a sister, Linda O’Callahan (Jay); and his former wives, Patricia Gold and Jill McManus.

The family will hold a private service. Memorial donations may be made to ProPublica (, a nonprofit national newsroom for investigative journalism.

Thomas Wilson Warlick ’56

Thomas Wilson Warlick '56

Thomas Wilson Warlick, 85, a Newton attorney and prominent cultural, civic, historical, and educational leader on both the local and state level, died on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Newton First Presbyterian Church by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. David A. Roquemore. The family will receive friends in the church social hall following the service. There will be a private interment in the family plot at Eastview Cemetery.

Warlick was born in Newton on July 4, 1934, the son of the late Wilson Warlick, for many years a federal judge overseeing US courts in the Western North Carolina District, and the late Kittie Reed Hipp Warlick.

He is survived by a sister, Martha Reed Warlick Brame of Rockville MD., and a niece, Brandon Brame Fortune of Bethesda MD, as well as grandnieces Martha Fortune and Elizabeth Fortune and one great grandnephew, Leo Frankenberger.

In 1999 Warlick was the recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities, presented during a ceremony in Raleigh by Governor James B. Hunt. In 2002 he was the recipient of the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, bestowed by Governor Michael Easley. Warlick was a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He served as attorney for the Town of Catawba from 1985 through 2003. He was chairman and is currently treasurer of the Newton Conover Auditorium Authority and was vice-chairman from 1995 to the present of the Newton Depot Authority.

He was also on the North Carolina Rail Council from 1994 to 2004. Warlick was chairman, vice chairman and director of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (formerly Catawba County Industrial Development Commission).

He is a former president, vice president, and director of the Catawba County United Way. He was president, vice president, treasurer, and trustee of the Historical Association of Catawba County (formerly Catawba County Historical Association) where he served as a trustee for 40 years. He served on the Newton Old Soldiers Reunion committee for many years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

As a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Newton he was an elder and had been treasurer, a deacon and served on the Campaign Steering Committee and the Building Committee for the new sanctuary. He particularly enjoyed serving on the Organ Committee. He had been a director of the Catawba County Chapter of The American Red Cross.

He was president and a director of the Newton-Conover Jaycees and was recipient of the Distinguished Service Award (Outstanding Young Man of the Year) for 1968, presented by the Newton-Conover Jaycees. With a perfect attendance for 56 years record of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club, he served as president, vice president, secretary, and director of the organization. He is the recipient of the Rotary Club Vocational Service Award and the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Humanities Award. Warlick was a member of the Board of the Directors of the Alexander Railroad Company.

He has been a director and was now a director emeritus of Sipes Orchard Home. He has been chairman, vice-chairman, and a trustee of the Catawba County Library Board of Trustees. He has been the second vice-chairman of the Catawba County Democratic Executive Committee and was president and treasurer of the Catawba County Young Democratic Club. Warlick was a former president, secretary and vice president of the Catawba County Bar Association and has been director and secretary of the Twenty-fifth District Bar Association.

He holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, and the Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was in the Order of the Coif. He was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the United States District Court in 1959.

The family requests that any memorials may be given to Newton Depot Authority, P.O. Box 611, Newton, NC, 28658.

James “Jack” Preston Williamson Jr. ’56

James “Jack” Preston Williamson Jr., 84, of Dacula, GA, passed away in his sleep January 5, 2019 in the comfort of his home. The love of his life and wife of 29 years, Carole Lee Williamson, was by his side.

Jack is survived by five children, Katherine Williamson of Franklin, NC, Lane Williamson, Jay (Elaine) Williamson, and Blake Williamson all of Atlanta, GA, Christie (West) Love of Dacula, GA, sister Jill Williamson Montana of Highlands, NC, and three beloved grandchildren, Katie Rose Nixon, James Love, and Matthew Love.

He was preceded in death by his parents James Preston Williamson, one of the founders of the Winn-Dixie Grocery stores, and Doris (Hill) Williamson, and first wife and mother of four of his children, Anne Patrick Williamson (Glisson).

Jack was born March 5,1934 in Greenville, SC. He graduated from Greenville High School and Davidson College. After marrying his first wife they moved to the Washington, DC area, where he served his country in Army Intelligence.In 1960, Jack moved the family to Jacksonville, FL where he worked at the corporate headquarters of Winn-Dixie.

While successful in the family business, he was at heart a Renaissance man and chose a different path; leaving Jacksonville for Atlanta in 1967.He lived the rest of his life in and around Atlanta with the exception of many glorious Summers on Martha’s Vineyard and two years living in St. Augustine, FL.

A true a bon vivant, Jack packed a lot of living into his 84 years. He was a pilot, a poet, a sailor, an artist, a musician, a bibliophile, an audiophile, a motorcyclist, a car collector, a photographer, a philosopher, a Realtor, a cook, a raconteur of jokes, limericks and tales, a published author (Frozen Lightening), a student of history, and the most honest grading contractor in Atlanta. Finally, at the age of 70, he discovered his true professional calling as a flight instructor. He was by all accounts a patient, wise, and gifted teacher devoted to the art and craft of flying and to his students.

The family will meet privately to witness a flyover of the missing man formation, led by old friend John Downing. A casual remembrance for family and friends will be hosted by Jay and Elaine Williamson on Sunday, January 13.Some of Jack’s favorite foods, forbidden in recent years but enjoyed during his last days, will be served. 

In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice, or enjoy a chili dog and a side of rings at the Varsity in Jacks honor.

Arthur M. Martin Jr. ’56

Arthur M. Martin Jr. '56Dr. Arthur M. Martin Jr., of Butler, Ala., died on October 23, 2018, at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson MS.

“Bubba,” as he is known by his family and friends (or “Dr. Bubba” by his professional staff), was born in Savannah Ga. on November 26, 1934, the eldest child of the Rev. Arthur M Martin and Mary Grubbs Martin.

After public school in Winnsboro SC (Mt Zion Institute), he attended Davidson College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1956. He received his MD in pathology from Duke University, after which he served in the US Army, with a tour in Vietnam.

Dr. Martin served on the pathology staff of Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C., Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C., Danville Memorial Hospital in Danville VA, and Rush Health Systems in Meridian MS. He retired to Butler, Ala., where he helped to expand facilities and services of a Rush Systems affiliate Choctaw General Hospital.

“Bubba” was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Joseph Bacon Martin III, and by former wife, Anne Beckman Rumer.

He is survived by his children, Mary Ruth Martin Bird (Rick) of Westland MI, Arthur M Martin III of Mt Pleasant SC, Michael Benjamin Martin and John William Martin of Raleigh NC, brothers James Grubbs Martin (Dottie) and Neal Anderson Martin (Mary) of Mooresville NC, grandchildren Ryan Bird (Rachel) and Erik Bird of San Francisco CA and Melissa Bird of Madison WI, and sister-in-law Joan Martin (Pat Burgess) of Charlotte, as well as by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition, he is survived by his step-family: daughter Teresa Cooper Drinkard (Bill) of Ward AL, grandchildren Brian Robinson (Kristin) of Tuscaloosa AL, and Staci Vice of Chelsea AL, great-grandchildren Caroline, Porter, and Matthew Robinson, and Audrey and Cathleen Luker.<

He is also survived by two former wives, Jacquelyn Harris Martin of Butler and Diane Lethco Foster of Raleigh.

A service of witness to the resurrection and to celebrate Bubba's life will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Meridian MS, on Tuesday, October 30. A private interment will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Ga. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation, 100 N Tryon St #3420, Charlotte NC 28202, or Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4223 Poplar Springs Drive, Meridian MS 39305.

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