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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William Simendinger ’56

William Simendinger '56Dr. Simendinger, 83, passed away on September 18, 2018.

He was born on September 23, 1934, in Montclair, NJ, a son of the late William Henry Simendinger, Sr. and Margaret Ring Simendinger.

Dr. Simendinger graduated from Davidson College and earned a degree in dentistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He practiced his beloved dentistry for over 50 years in southeast Charlotte. He was a member of the Dental Society. He was also a member of the Rose Society of Charlotte, and was an avid gardener for many years.

One of his favorite places to be with friends was the Town House Restaurant on Providence Road. Dr. Simendinger was a member of Myers Park United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Evelyn Shepard Simendinger; daughter, Gail Simendinger Felton and her husband Hill Felton, Jr.; son Dr. William Simendinger, III and wife Dr. Denise Tucker Simendinger; grandsons, Dr. Hill Felton, III and wife Courtney, Mahlon Felton and wife Lauren; and granddaughter Miss Lauren Grace Simendinger.

The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in the chapel of Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte with Reverend Nancy Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn West Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10-10:45am prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Myers Park United Methodist Church, or to Hospice and Community Care, Rock Hill, SC.

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Walter Jackson (Jack) Sims, Jr. ’56

Walter (Jack) Jackson Sims, Jr, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with a long-term respiratory illness.

A native Atlantan, he was born January 26, 1934, to Walter Jackson Sims, Sr. and Martha Frances Dodd. Jack attended Roosevelt Highschool and Davidson College in North Carolina. He had a long and successful career with GoldKist Corp. as a division account manager.

Jack was a devoted friend to many and he, without question, was always there to help. He was “one of the good guys” and a man of substance.

Jack is survived by a cousin, MaryAnn Moore of Lake Wells, Fla. and many dear and special friends whom he regarded as family.

Thank you to the dedicated staff at Brighton Gardens of Buckhead and Kindred Hospice. His family and friends are deeply grateful for the care they provided him.

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